My Method

My approach to working with one student may differ wildly from how I might work with another, but I've found the following three simple statements to be damned near universal:

Fundamentals are key.

My method is all about establishing a solid foundation of the fundamentals of the western musical system, showing you how the guitar works with and relates to that system, and then teaching you to use those paired understandings to artfully create or re-create anything you hear out in the world, in your head, or in your heart.

Listening is everything.

Rhythm, strumming, and chords are all key, but the one skill that rules them all is also the most basic. If you can listen it - really listen - then you're more than halfway there.

Everyone is different.

No two people learn in exactly the same way. I suss out your innate talents and hidden skills, whatever they may be, and play to those strengths to stretch you toward your goals.

My Support

Learning to play the guitar is serious fun, but it also takes serious work - much of which happens outside of class when you're working on your own. This is where even the most well-meaning folks can falter, because the fact that dedication and discipline are oh-so-important doesn't keep them from feeling like four-letter words. I don't believe it has to be this way, nor do I believe that my job as your teacher stops when you walk out my door.

That's why I record every lesson I teach and then post that audio, along with lesson notes, homework reminders, and more, to private, password-protected pages right here on this this website. Every one of my students gets one. Click here to see how they work.

My Space

It's cozy, well-lit, quiet, and comfortable. The grey couch is for you. You'll find outlets and charging cables within easy reach if you need to top up devices during class, still and sparkling water in case you need to whet your whistle, and I'd be more than happy to put the kettle on for you too. I brew a mean cuppa.

My Pledge

I will always be prepared both for you and your lesson, and I will always do my utmost to ensure that your experience of learning to play the guitar is rewarding, engaging, fulfilling, and fun.