Academy of Guitar Music Lessons
I teach guitar and other music skills with the philosophy that you must have fun to learn.
A practical hands on approach is important. This means that you pick the song, I arrange it to fit your skill level, I walk you through the song step by step, I arrange background music for the song (adding bass guitar, drums, etc), then you record the song with the accompaniment. Its huge fun to learn this way and you have a CD to show your family and friends at the end.
When you learn music theory, you learn what is practical to use and not a lot of academic theory that you will not likely need.
When learning to improvise, I teach you through actual performance practices so that you can hear your progress immediately.
I will teach to you to really understand your instrument so you can feel confident in finding your way around the instrument. Its easier than you may think!
My goal it to teach you to learn to think on your own about music, so that by the time you leave me, you will be able to answer many of the questions that come to you concerning music.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Master of Music Degree, Boston University
Bachelor of Music Degree, Pacific Lutheran University, Cum Laude, Major in Composition & Theory.
Graduate, Pacific Northwest Film Scoring School, Bellevue, Washington.
Private studies with 2 times Emmy recipient, Hummie Mann in film composition and orchestration.
Jazz arranging studies with Grammy nominee and multiple Downbeat award winner, Roger Treece.
Graduate, Professional Entertainment Training, Green River Community College.
Additional studies in guitar, piano, theory, and composition from:
Pacific Lutharan University, School of Music
California State University, Fullerton, School of Music
University of California, Irvine
Ft. Steilacoom Community College
Green River Community College
Tacoma Community College
Method Behind the Madness: Two Handed Soloing
Going in Circles: A Practical Use for the Cycle of Keys
Listen Up! A Study in Ear Training
Count On It! A Study in Rhythm
Think With Your Fingers! A Study in Improvising
Stack 'Em Up! A Study in Building Chords
Understand What You Can! A Study in Music Theory
Cool Riffs! The Fast Track to Improvising
Years Experience: 34