Many teaching techniques are used by our instructors, ranging from high tech computer software to educational media examples to more traditional music learning and practice aides.
I use many traditional and conceptual musical practice and performance methods, some of which are described in great detail in my book "Hip 251 Progressions".
Improvisation skills are developed through the study of jazz theory and ear development. Lessons may include the use of computer generated rhythm tracks and other music software.
For my beginning students, I use common rock and blues songs for the student to learn fundamentals such as single note lines, chords, simple scales in addition to basic music reading. With more advanced students I use a variety of materials that are tailored to the individual student.
I encourage my students to be well rounded in a variety of learning and playing techniques. Playing by ear, understanding theory, and being able to read music all contribute to accelerated learning and the ability to handle a variety of playing situations. Proper methods of practice and efficiency are taught to increase the student’s progress. I also teach a variety of left and right hand techniques to increase tone, fluidity and ease of playing the guitar.
Rock and blues soloing, fingerstyle, tapping, slide, chord solo, synthesizer and looping.
Students set goals, measure progress, and find ways to express themselves musically, integrating improving technique, understanding theory, and musical interpretation in lessons that don’t put them “on the spot.” Instead, each student sets an individual pace and decides on a unique musical direction.