Learn How To Write Good Songs, In Any Style
Over 39 Years Of Experience
Songwriting is of my favorite things, and favorite things to teach. I have a method for understanding good songwriting. I put songs I’ve heard into 3 categories: 1. That’s horrible and I never want to hear it again. 2. That’s pretty good. and 3. Damn! I wish I would have wrote that! I keep a list of category 3 songs and spend time tearing them apart to understand why they move me so. Then I try to find ways to reuse, recycle, borrow, and steal those elements. Yes, that’s right! John Lennon, when asked about his songwriting said “I’m the greatest thief of all time. I’ve just never been caught!” I can show you how to do this as well.
For the most part, music is a simple and elegant system. A big part of good songwriting is trusting the deep, natural, instinctual understanding of music theory that all humans possess.
Beginning Guitar Lessons
What You Will Learn
My Approach & More Lesson Information
I’ve taken hundreds and hundreds of guitar and vocal lessons in my life, and with my 33 years of guitar teaching experience, I have a firm grasp on what it means to both student and teacher.
Playing music both by yourself and with others is one of the most joyous and satisfying endeavors one can embark on. Music should be fun, and I embrace this ideal.
I always want students to have a good time at their lesson, even when they haven’t practiced. There is always something fun that we can work on. Over my many years of study with different instructors, I did not appreciate it when a teacher would yell or scold because I was not practicing enough, or was too slow to comprehend certain concepts or ideas.
I have always provided a calm, fun, nurturing, and relaxed atmosphere for my students to learn in. My job is to teach you what you want to learn, and to make sure that you have a good time doing it.
What To Expect With Online Lessons
I have found online guitar lessons through Zoom are just as effective as in-person lessons. The process of overcoming the challenges associated with online learning has led me to discover new teaching techniques and new insights into how people learn. In addition, the extra time gained by not having to travel to the lesson each week, find a parking space, wait for a ride or bus obviously means extra time for practice or anything else that a student wants or needs to do.
Taking a lesson in the comfort of your own home (in your PJs if you want!) also reduces stress for many people. I’ve even given lessons to students while they are on vacation. I now have students all over the US and the world. Currently I give online lessons to students in New York, California, Texas, Kansas, Canada, Australia, Europe, and India.
My over 33 years of guitar teaching experience and my over 40 years of experience as an audio engineer have made the online lesson experience every bit as rich and fulfilling as in-person lessons. During online lessons, the smiles, the laughter, the fun, and the joy of making music together are present and every bit as real.
I have always offered an easy, affordable way for you to try 3 lessons. This gives you the chance to see if Zoom guitar lessons are for you. Send me a message through the contact page and we can find you an open time slot and get started.