Learning To Play Guitar Merced CA

It takes time and patience to play the guitar. If you don t have these two qualities, you might as well throw your guitar away because it can only bore and annoy you. Investing patience means listening to the song you want to play as frequently as possible.

Garret S.
(877) 231-8505
Owensmouth Ave
Canoga Park, CA
Subjects
Piano, Mandolin, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Guitar, Songwriting, Singing, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
15 to 60
Specialties
Guitar, Bass and Vocals: all the way to advanced Piano: beg I can sing and play virtually all styles of popular music--blues, rock, country, folk, jazz, latin, you name it. As a performing professional, the skill I call upon most is my ear. Once you learn to hear the chord changes and the rythmic subtleties in a piece of music, you can truly play along with anything. And because that skill directly impacts so many aspects of what we collectively call good musicianship, I tend to make ear deve…
Education
Laney College (Oakland, CA) - Music Theory & Composition - 1976-78 (Associate degree received)
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Cliff R.
(877) 231-8505
17th ave
San Francisco, CA
Subjects
Songwriting, Music Theory, Drums, Guitar
Ages Taught
10 to 99
Specialties
I'm trained in the Walden School method of music education, which is used at the Peabody Conservatory and Santa Clara University. The method utilizes sight singing, aural dictation, and piano fluency. Not only was I trained in this method, but I also attended the Walden School in August to learn how to instruct students in this method. As a guitarist, I specialize in metal, rock, blues, and other pop styles. My education has also provided me aptitude in jazz and classical. I have been playing…
Education
St. Ignatius College Prep - - 09/2000-06/2004 (High School diploma received) Gonzaga University - Education, English, Music - 09/2004-05/2006 (not complete) Santa Clara University - Music, English - 09/2006-06/2009 (Bachelor's degree received) Walden School - Music Education - 8/2009 (Degree received)
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Adam H.
(877) 231-8505
Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Subjects
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Recording, Songwriting
Ages Taught
10 to 99
Specialties
Music, Guitar, Bass, Recording, Songwriting Beginner and Intermediate Pop, Rock, Country, Folk. Songwriting using a variety of tools: Guitar, Piano, Midi, Garageband, Pro Tools, Apple Logic, etc.
Education
Steinert HS, NJ - Music - 1994-1998 Ithaca College, NY - Music Guitar - 1998-1999 University of North Carolina - Music Guitar/Production - 1999-2003
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Jordan M.
(877) 231-8505
Balboa Terrace
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Tuba, Songwriting, Music Recording, Harmonica, Percussion, Clarinet, Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Piano, Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Trombone
Ages Taught
5 to 999
Specialties
My major in college was music education/jazz emphasis. I have an extensive background in both classical wind ensembles, jazz bands, and improvisation. I also currently perform in original and cover bands on keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk.
Education
University of Miami, Coral Gables - Music Education - 8/2003 - 5/2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Matthew M.
(877) 231-8505
Centralia St.
Lakewood, CA
Subjects
Piano, Singing, Trumpet, Ukulele, Music Theory, French Horn, Percussion, Songwriting, Guitar, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin. For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will more closely follow school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials. I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing. Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
Education
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Music Education w/Secondary Applied Vocal Instruction - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - Trumpet Performance - Fall 2003- Spring 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Bob Cole Conservatory of California State Long Beach - Trumpet Performance - Spring 2008- Present (not complete)
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Noah W.
(877) 231-8505
n. serrano
Los Angeles, CA
Subjects
Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Fiddle, Songwriting, Violin, Singing, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in the classical and rock genres.
Education
UNC school of the arts - Violin, Composition - 1996-2000 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Lars R.
(877) 231-8505
Skillman Lane
Petaluma, CA
Subjects
Guitar
Ages Taught
7 to 65
Specialties
Guitar I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I could handle teaching any style. I teach all styles at work currently.
Education
SF State University - Music and Spanish - 2006-Present Petaluma High School - Music and Spanish - 2000-2004
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Jason M.
(877) 231-8505
La Playa Ave
San Diego, CA
Subjects
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Education
KPC/University of Alaska Anchorage - Music/Business/Teaching - 98-00
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Jay R.
(877) 231-8505
Kester Ave
Van Nuys, CA
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
My primary emphasis is in classical double bass, both orchestrally and in solo repertoire. I also have extensive experience as an electric bassist in the rock, funk, and pop genres, as well as many years as a guitarist in the same genres. I also have spent some time as a jazz bassist and guitarist, and I am very comfortable teaching jazz bass.
Education
Cal State Northridge - Music Performance - Double Bass - 2008-present (In progress) (not complete) UCLA - Music Performance - Double Bass - 2006-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Patrick T.
(877) 231-8505
North La Fayette Park Place
Los Angeles, CA
Subjects
Drums, Music Recording, Clarinet, Cello, Music Performance, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Upright Bass, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 80
Specialties
Having grown up in an academic environment, I find it imperative to begin students with the basics (unless they demonstrate a certain level of proficiency). With upright bass - my strongest instrument - I like to emphasize playing with a bow. As far as method books go, I'd start off with Rabbath vol. 1. It contains fun, short études that are relatively simple and easy to digest. I prefer this method rather than forcing students to play scales all day! For the acoustic bass, I specialize in Fo…
Education
Urban School of San Francisco - General Study - Sep. 2001 - May, 2005 (High School diploma received) University of Southern California - BM - Jazz Performance - Sep. 2005 - May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Learning To Play Guitar

Learning to play the guitar may be easy, but there are still good and bad habits that you should always keep in mind. The rules are simple: take note of the following do s and don ts so that you don t waste your time and effort for nothing.

It takes time and patience to play the guitar. If you don t have these two qualities, you might as well throw your guitar away because it can only bore and annoy you. Investing patience means listening to the song you want to play as frequently as possible. You are trying to get the idea of the song, so it is advisable to really get familiar with the song. Learning to play the guitar means that you have to be able to detail out every melody, pitch and frequency of the notes and patterns of the chords being played. Transferring the melodies to the guitar is easy once you are able to find out how the songs has been produced in the first place.

If you are really interested in learning to play the guitar then you should first master finger variations. You can do it if you are already familiar with the chords as these are the most fundamental knowledge for every guitarist. You cannot even play the simplest melody without the knowledge of guitar chords because these are the basics of learning the guitar. Once you have mastered them, your fingers will naturally follow.

The next thing to learn is strumming. Good strumming will enable you to play the guitar as a rhythm guitarists of a band or as a solo performer, just to amaze your friends. A good musician must be well balanced and equipped when it comes to guitar skills – that is, he or she must be capable of both plucking and strumming. There are several ways in strumming your guitars and these are usually coupled with patterns to induce variations and style. Learning the correct strumming is relatively difficult because you have to maintain a steady and firm tempo and still be able to follow the melody. You can do this by constantly listening to the song you wish to play. Also, strum the strings according to the type of music – if you are playing jazz music with a too determined (rock style) type of stumming, it will simply sound wrong and it will be easily recognised as a mistake you are making. Because of that you should always get to know the song well enough to know what goes with it and what doesn t.

If you are a guitar beginner, then you can rely on tablatures as they provide guitarists the finger patterns of the notes without having to deal with too many difficulties of actually figuring out the song on your own. If you are finding it hard to read and study tabs, don t waste too much time on a single part of the song you just can t get right – this will just slow you down and that won t be helpful in your guitar lessons at all, because you need to advance quite quickly in order to stay motivated. It s strongly advised to break the song down into smaller parts (intro, verse, chorus, solo, outro) and learn them one at a time. There are several advantages of using tablatures. With them, you can learn to play your favourite song quite accurately in a matter of hours or less. You can also learn only the part of the song that you are interested in playing. All the same, learning to play the guitar through reading tabs still requires a lot of patience and effort, but it s all guaranteed to be worth your while.

Will Griffin has been playing both acoustic and electric guitar for more than 10 years. For his guitar needs he visits http://YourChords.com . Check it out at http://www.yourchords.com



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