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Guitar Lessons NYC: FAQs

FAQs

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DO I HAVE TO OWN A GUITAR?

Yes. If you don't own a guitar (or bass), I will help you help you choose an instrument that fits your needs and budget. I do have instruments available at my studio so that you don't have to bring your instrument to the lesson if that is difficult for you.

WHAT KIND OF LESSONS DO YOU OFFER?

I offer private lessons only. Private lessons provide the kind of one-on-one attention you can never receive in a group. For my intermediate students I offer the opportunity to participate in band workshops at a minimal cost.

WHAT STYLES DO YOU TEACH?

I teach rock, folk, blues, fingerpicking, jazz, reggae, funk, r&b and country. I don't cover classical and flamenco.

HOW LONG ARE THE LESSONS?

I teach one hour lessons for adults. In the case of young children (ages 8-10), I start out at a half hour and then as the child's powers of concentration permit, move up to a full hour.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO COME?

I recommend one session per week. If finances are a problem, I suggest lessons every other week or weekly half hour lessons.

HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO PRACTICE?

To make reasonable progress on the guitar, you should practice an hour a day, (a half an hour a day for children) several times a week. I know that it can be tough to juggle the demands of job, school and/or family and maintain regular practice. I can work with you to develop a realistic practice schedule that supports your goals.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO BE ABLE TO PLAY?

That depends on how much time and energy you have to commit to the guitar. It has been my experience that serious students can play basic chords and strums within three to four months. It generally takes about two years to get to an advanced intermediate level.

CAN YOU HELP ME PREPARE FOR A COLLEGE LEVEL MUSIC PROGRAM?

Yes. For those students interested in pursuing academic training at a college or dedicated music school such as Berklee, I provide the theory background necessary to compete at a college level. I can provide assistance with recording audition demos which can be produced at my own ProToolsfacility.

CAN YOU HELP ME RECORD MY SONGS?

Yes. I have years of experience in music production. I have produced recordings for rock, folk, country, metal, rap and spoken word artists. I can assist in all facets of preparation and completion of a professional recording.