Whether it’s a private lesson or Online Skype lesson, my private teaching is based on in-depth study of advanced techniques and concepts. Making sure the student’s core knowledge is complete in whatever style they’re focusing on is my top priority. I want all of my students to have the “chops” to perform on their instrument while obtaining the theory of what it is they’re playing. At the same time, I strive never to let the student lose sight of the end result – the music. I’ve had great success preparing students for college programs, as well as instructing established musicians to realize new levels in all aspects of their playing. As a teacher, I’ve formulated concepts and ideas about my own playing that otherwise would never have surfaced. In turn, these ideas are passed on to my students, forming an endless circle of shared knowledge.
There are several approaches we can take with your guitar studies in both private and Online Skype lesson environments. The most common method is an open-topic style approach where we co-develop your studies as we progress. Whatever you decide to study, I will make sure that timing, ear training, improvisational skills, technique, theory and neck vision all remain constants. Some specific topics and/or styles I’ve explored with students over the years are:
- Avant-jazz/funk comping and soloing skills
- Jazz chord melody
- Modal studies on all levels (check out Diatonic 7-Tone and watch for Melodic Minor 7-Tone coming soon!)
- Preparation for college-level music program auditions specializing in Berklee College of Music curriculum
- Funk comping and soloing skills
- Jazz comping and soloing skills
- Rock/Metal soloing techniques
- In-depth interval studies
- Multi-part guitar arrangement
- Whammy bar techniques
- Effects and tone tweaking
- Transcribing and engraving
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Soon after completing Gerry Carboy‘s 7-Tone Program (part of his all-encompassing approach to teaching called The Method) in 1993, I began to teach and further develop this game-changing approach into what I call Diatonic 7-Tone. Many have tried, few have completed it. For the truly brave Diatonic 7-tone graduates (AKA 7-Tone Monks), I developed the Melodic Minor 7-Tone as well as the Pentatonic or 5-Tone programs. Four have tried MM 7-Tone, none have finished. As for 5-Tone, it’s not any easier. At the end of the day both are major game changers.
If you’re looking to push your playing to the next level and beyond and you’re ready to work hard then click here and let’s talk.