Music lessons for individuals and groups are available in the following subjects:
- Acoustic guitar
- Electric guitar
- 12-string guitar
- Baritone guitar
- Bass guitar
- Harp guitar
Concepts & Techniques
Improvisation & Jamming
Don’t play the instrument, play the music. Following directions is great, but it doesn’t leave much room for individual style or expression. Learn to make your music instead of copying someone else’s.
What is a chord? How do you transpose a song to a different key? Why does a scale sound the way it does? And how can I use this information? Find the answers here. If you can count to 8, you are already on your way to learning music theory. It’s a lot easier than you think, especially when we link an idea to a sound.
Songwriting & Composition
Learn to express your own thoughts and feelings through music you write yourself! Song structure, finding inspiration, and the art of crafting a song are all waiting for your eager brain.
From selecting and running your sound gear to tips on lighting, stage setup, and costuming, find more technical know-how than you ever thought you knew. Also learn how to connect with an audience and make the leap from musician to entertainer.
A workshop where musicians learn what it’s like to be in a band by actually being in a band. Your band will do everything from choosing its name to the songs you’ll be playing and who’s going to do what in each song. It’s also for those with performance experience who want to explore new musical directions in instrumentation, singing, or genre.
If you think of yourself as a beginning guitarist, this session is for you. We will cover a wide range of topics including, but not even remotely limited to: tuning, chords, strumming & picking, how to learn songs, caring for your instrument, and much more. We’ll also introduce a few of the concepts covered in the Survival Guitar class. Bring your guitar and let’s make some music!
A VERY basic introduction to music theory and how it actually relates to real sounds from real instruments. If you can count to 8, you’re all set!
A method of playing and listening that allows the guitarist to walk into new situations and make great-sounding music even if they aren’t sure of the songs to be played. In more structured situations, it allows the guitarist to discover his or her own style and add more expression and interest to their music.
Are you ready to own the stage and play some awesome leads but don’t know where to begin? This is the class for you.
This intensive workshop is for anyone who is new to playing in a band situation, where each member of the group has a different job to do. Whether you’ve only ever played by yourself or in groups like song circles where everyone is doing a similar thing at the same time, this workshop is for you. Open to all instruments.
Individual lessons are $30 for 1 hour or $20 for a half-hour at my studio in Aloha, Oregon. Group discounts are available. Click here for more detailed information.