There are countless topics we can cover in lessons but the bottom line is I’ll teach you what you need to know to play the guitar better.
I’ve taught many kinds of intermediate players. Some people have been picking for decades but they’ve been playing the same tunes and need some inspiration. Some people make progress but spend months or years on musical plateaus where they feel like they haven’t learned much. Some people play great but don’t understand why this lick works here or why that sounds good. Further still some people have just logically advanced from a beginner to the next level. Wherever you’re coming from I can help build on what you already know or maybe recap some topics that might have gotten overlooked.
It is my goal for all my students to be able to eventually teach themselves. More specifically letting music be the teacher by figuring things out by ear. If you’ve never done this before it can be intimidating but if you start with the right songs and get some help it’s not so bad. The more you learn about music the more parallels you see between different styles and genres. Things like understanding that country and jazz players approach soloing in a similar way or that certain song forms are prevalent in almost any genre really help to develop your musicality. I am always trying to find parallels in different genres of music but if you dig on the blues and only want to learn the blues(or any style), the same concepts apply. If you want to play more blues you dive into the sub-genres, music first, until you can differentiate between Texas Blues, Jazz Blues, Delta Blues etc. The more you learn, the more similarities you discover. “These chords are exactly the same as this other song but with a different chorus”, or, “That Stevie Ray Vaughan lick I learned last month was actually from this Skip James record, very tricky Stevie Ray.” One of the most beneficial aspects of these musical connections is that they really help with memory retention. Music is cumulative so the deeper you go down the guitar rabbit hole the faster you’ll get at understanding new concepts.
After I identify where a new student is on the guitar I set up some short and long term goals. Some musical concepts take a while to digest and internalize as opposed to musical devices like licks and songs that you can learn relatively quickly. I try to have a balanced mix of both. Like I mentioned on the main lessons page I decide on material based on your musical taste and intentions with the instrument. You know what you like and I’ll never teach you something that you don’t want to play. If you aren’t into the long-term develop your musicality thing, don’t fret! There is a lifetime of material we can tackle, all we need to do is figure out where you want to start.
I have 15 years of playing experience and 10 years of teaching experience. To give you an impression of some of the work I do on guitar here is a short(1:25) video is of me playing one of my favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan solos, it has a ton of tasty licks. It’s time consuming to figure out solos note for note but what you can learn from them is invaluable . If you think lessons with me would be a good fit then send me an email on the Contact page.
Here is a short list of potential topics we can cover in intermediate lessons.
- Position Playing
- Unlocking The Neck
- Sweep Picking
- Right Gear For The Right Sound
- Unusual Tunings
- String Muting
- Practical Music Theory
- Understanding Song Form
- Intro To Ear Training