What You Can Learn…

Achieving your musical goals – and more!

Part of the fun in learning to play music is discovering that you can do a lot more than you thought you could. Virtually all of my students are surprised by the musical doors that open once they get started.

What would you like to do with music? Take your pick!

Get Started

  • Have fun playing music!
  • Learn to sing and play at the same time.
  • Enjoy playing at home or jamming with others.
  • Grow from never playing to playing with people. (Or playing with recordings,
    if you’re shy. That’s okay, too.)
  • Play songs written by others.

Grow

  • Understand user-friendly music theory and concepts that apply from one song to another.
  • Learn to "see the fingerboard," which will help you become comfortable playing along the entire fingerboard.
  • Learn songs by ear.
  • Pick up things more quickly in a jam session.
  • Learn to read and write charts.
  • Learn to read music and discover what a joy it is to be able to read music.
  • Or, learn other techniques instead of reading traditional musical notation!

Unleash Your Creativity

  • Write and arrange your own material.
  • Improvise melodies and solos.
  • Learn concepts that help you improvise creatively.
  • Become increasingly fluent in the language of music, and develop your own ideas and sounds.

Teach Yourself

  • Discover resources that you can study on your own to get more value out of hands-on lesson time.
  • Learn more with listening and viewing assignments, if you just can’t get enough…

Listening

  • Increase your appreciation of the songwriters' craft.
  • Encounter music you haven’t heard before; expand your "comfort zone".
  • Understand where the music’s been, where it’s going, and how it has evolved.
  • Develop a greater appreciation of the nuances of the music you love to listen to.
  • Hear the whole band sound in the music you listen to – arrangements, harmonies and production.
  • Become a better accompaniest by listening and responding to others as you play.

 

"Use what talent you possess.
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except those
that sang best."
— Henry Van Dyke

 

 

"I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down."
— Virgil Thomson (American Composer, 1896-1989)

 

 

"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."
—Confucius (Chinese Teacher, 551-479 BC)

 

 

"If you're not listening to the person next to you, then you're just beating stuff up."
—Airto Moreira, Brazilian percussionist