Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I have had quite a lot of beginning guitar players come to me. People who I have taught from scratch how to hold the instrument and play the notes. I have also had more advanced and intermediate students. The students who are more advanced still have just as much to learn. If you are an intermediate guitarist we can discuss deeper concepts that will keep you playing for the rest of your life. There is an endless well of knowledge to be tapped.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When choosing a guitar teacher, make sure they have the proper credentials. You need a teacher who can teach you music theory and all the proper technique on his or her instrument. Having someone classically trained can be very valuable even if you do not wish to play classical. This is because the classically trained teacher has much experience in technique. These techniques will apply to whatever kind of music you wish to play. Especially if the teacher is familiar with the different genres.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work is very important to me, because many guitarists are self taught, and they do not know the proper way to hold a guitar. Even many professionals guitarists play with lousy technique. That is the way they learned, and to this day they have to compensate for their lack of technique. My lessons are designed to get rid of bad habits that will hold us back as players. A player can always learn to live with a bad habit, but why not get rid of that habit all together? We advance much faster for it.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The most satisfying thing about my job is having people tell me that they never thought they would be able to accomplish the things they have accomplished. It is amazing to look back on the journeys that my students have taken. When a student tells me that they had only planned on taking a year of lessons, and that year is up but they wish to continue, that makes it all worth it. And teaching kids to do something incredible like playing music is awesome.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Music is a journey that never ends. I constantly continue my study through practice, performance, and even still lessons from revered musicians. I hope to continue my education until the day I play my last note and breathe my last breath.