Lessons & Clinics

Lessons

Yes! I give lessons! I teach in the Bronx, and I strongly prefer that you come here to study. Bronx lessons are very reasonably priced. I will travel to teach, schedule permitting, but I charge significantly more to do so. Contact me for specifics.

If you already know a bit about the instrument and are serious about learning more, or you want to acquire the skills you need to be a working pro, I can help you. We’ll discuss your goals. I’ll evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a player, then tailor your lessons accordingly. What we do together evolves as your playing does. If you want to learn something I don’t know much about, I’ll refer you to a teacher who can help.

Before We Start

First: I can tell you what to do and how to do it, but I can’t make you into a guitar player. Only you can do that. Learning an instrument is just like working out. If you follow a regular schedule and put the time in, you’ll see improvement.

If you can read music, we can go a lot faster. I do accept non-reading students, but reading is very important. A musician who can’t read music is like an actor who can’t read a script. It’s certainly possible to be a great actor if you can’t read, but it’s a whole lot harder.

I don’t use tablature. Why not? Because no one will ever hand you tablature at a session or a gig and ask you to read it.

I recommend weekly lessons. Unless you’re a pro who wants a private master class, you won’t progress otherwise. I am  flexible about scheduling. But if you’re not here at least three times a month, you’re not being honest with either of us about your level of commitment.

I don’t teach absolute beginners or young children. It’s a specialized discipline, almost a calling. I have tremendous admiration for those who can do it well, but I’m not one of them.

Clinics

The topics I can present effectively on are:

  • Improving your rhythm section playing
  • Coming up with guitar parts for recording
  • Learning material quickly
  • How a reggae rhythm section works (this can be solo, or I can provide a full four-piece rhythm section for demonstrations and questions)

Clinic outlines and rate quotes available on request.

Use the form here to contact me about clinics or lessons. I do my best to respond to all requests within 24 hours.

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