Lessons FAQ

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What styles do you teach?

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I teach students fingerpicking, classical, chords, reading music, rhythms and I give a strong foundation from which they can build on.  If students wish to sing with the guitar, I can teach them how to do so. I do not teach jazz or rock styles since I am not trained in that area.

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What is your background as a teacher/musician?

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I started playing the classical guitar when I was 7 and began teaching in 1973 at a local music store in Albuquerque New Mexico.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance and pedagogy from the University of New Mexico. I received my Master of Arts degree in classical guitar performance from California State University, Northridge. I have studied with Andres Segovia, Pepe Romero, John Duarte, Andrew York and Alice Artz along with my guitar professors in college, Hector Garcia and Ron Purcell.  I have studied and performed in Volos Greece, Quebec Canada, London England and throughout the United States. I perform both as a soloist and in duo with either my violinist or flutist for recitals, chamber concerts, weddings, corporate events, holiday parties and in home concerts. Since 1997 I have been on the faculty at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO teaching classical guitar and music business. As a teacher, I believe in the potential of every student. It is my goal to provide the best music education to anyone who studies with me.

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Do I need a guitar to take guitar lessons?

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Yes, it is necessary to have an acoustic or classical guitar to practice every day. I do not have guitars to loan or sell. If you need to buy a guitar, I recommend shopping at Robb's Music on 30th St. in Boulder or Guitars Etc. in Longmont. I am happy to help you with guitar buying advice.

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How often and long are lessons?

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Lessons are once a week for either 30 minutes or one hour. Less frequent lessons tend to cause a loss of momentum in the learning process.  Beginning students do well with a half hour lesson each week.

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Do you offer group lessons?

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Not at this time but I can teach 2 students of the same ability during the same time slot. This works well for siblings or friends who wish to take together.

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What ages do you teach?

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My youngest students begin at age 6 and older ages are accepted. I currently teach a 78 year old man who is loving lessons and doing very well.

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What kind of guitar should I buy?

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Adults could play both steel string and nylon string instruments. Children should probably start with nylon string guitars. Smaller children should use a 3/4 or half size guitar.  I would be happy to speak with you or meet you in person to discuss exactly what you or your child should purchase if needed.

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How much should I (or my child) practice?

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It depends on the age and experience of each student.  With very young children, I encourage about 10 minutes a day.  Much more than this will cause pain to their finger tips. Children around the age of 12 and up can practice 20 - 30 minutes daily.  Adults often practice around 30 minutes a day to begin, gradually increasing with ability and enthusiasm.