Professional Berkeley musician is accepting students interested in learning guitar and/or enhancing what guitar skills they already possess. All levels are welcome. Teaching the beginner is a real passion for me and one of my greatest joys in life. The basics are the toughest, yet most important element when learning to do something new. If you can master the basics of guitar then you can start to have some real creative fun. Generally I teach in the comfortable setting of my Berkeley based studio. Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country and Ballads. It's all here for you to learn. I also accept students for Bass Guitar instruction.
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There are many methods teachers use to help students learn guitar. The most popular method is the CAGED method. Although this method has achieved much notoriety and praise, my approach is slightly different. Please search CAGED Method for the guitar for a better description. As with the caged method, I endeavor to teach all my students open Spanish chord forms, both major and minor. With these chords alone one can play literally thousands of songs from blues to pop to rock & roll to folk to ballads. Mastering these chords and being able to change between them as if it were second nature takes time, but with the help of a good instructor and a little determination, the student is off and playing up a storm in no time.
Areas of Study & Focus:
• Guitar Breakdown: Understanding your instrument
• Tuning and Open Tuning Techniques
• First Position, Bar & Advanced Chords
• Flat picking & Finger Picking Techniques
• Fingering & Strumming Techniques
• Rhythm & Dexterity Exercises
• Key Signatures
• Scales, Modes, and their Applications
• Soloing, Riff Building and Vibrato Techniques
• Chord Analysis
• Ear Training
• Song Composition
• Singing & Playing, Performance
• Learning the songs you want to learn
• Piano instruction is incorporated
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Lessons also available through Skype. Please contact me for more information.
Teaching Experience: Extensive
All new students are required to call for a short discussion about their goals. It also gives me a chance to get to know a little bit about you. I will be happy to discuss my rates with you at that time.
Studio Location: West Berkeley - Very close to University Ave.
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Instructor: Marc Gantz