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Instruction available in the Petaluma, CA USA area or online. Background, Pedagogical Outline, and practice suggestions below.
I am continually looking to craft my offerings for private students and group classes. As such, I have found that defining an emphasis is apropos. My specialization has been taking shape through a conscious effort on my part since 2011; however, the knowledge and skills I am eager to share is most certainly the result of my lifelong interests in both music and the world of letters. There are many ways in which the guitar and the written word interact. Singing, perhaps the most apparent way, is an activity I would hope to include in all of my lessons, but it is not required. I welcome students interested in accompanying oneself while singing, writing texts to music, studying cultural backgrounds of certain pieces or composers, writing instructional texts, and exploring any and all manifestations of Textual Chordophonics, traditional or innovative. My aim is to improve skills in guitar, voice, composition, arranging, and theory, while instilling a sense that the entirety of the musical experience thrives on language arts.
I offer here some ideas on how to organize your practice session:
1.) Beginning with a meditation, prayer, or some other sort of centering ritual can be beneficial. Relatedly, gather any materials you will need and tune your instrument. You can also set goals for the practice session, cultivate awareness, reflect on aspects of music you need to work on, etc.
The lesson phases below are designed to apply to students of any level. They provide structure for instruction, but will be flexible according to the particular needs and interests of the student as determined by open dialogue. Each phase is comprised of a composition/melody of creative, technical, and historical importance to the guitar (more than one composition/melody in similar styles may be used); a study in harmony and chord progressions; two techniques or sets there of, one related to plucking, one to strumming; a theoretical concept central to understanding the instrument; and lastly, a particular historical period that has shaped the guitar into what it is today.
With my guidance, students will be able to lead themselves through topics of interest and pursue creative excellence. Each phase lasts a minimum of two months, though the duration will likely vary from student to student. All instruction is drawn from historically pertinent canons, bolstered by the best of my creative production (J.S. Bach employed a similar approach, using both masterworks and original compositions).
All phases consist of a composition/melody, a harmonic progression, two sections on technique (one plucking, one strumming), a theoretical concept, and important historical information from a given time period.
Lesson Phase 1:
More to come!