FAQs

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Is it better to learn on an electric or acoustic guitar?

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There are advantages to both but the decision comes down to a personal preference.  The lay out of the fret board, as well as the teaching approach, are essentially identical for both instruments.  For younger students, ¾ size guitars are ideal and are manufactured for both electric and acoustic guitars.

My personal preference is the electric guitar because the music that interests me (jazz, blues, rock, funk, pop etc.) is strongly associated with it.  Also, the electric guitar body and strings are typically thinner than those of an acoustic, allowing greater maneuverability with the instrument.

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Do you rent guitars for lessons?

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Unfortunately guitars are not rented because of the wear and tear they would have to endure but there are many affordable options for purchasing a new or used electric or acoustic guitar.

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Do I need a drum set to take drum lessons?

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A practice pad and drum sticks can be used to get started with the first few drum lessons but a drum set will eventually be needed for individual practice.  Buying a drum set can seem overwhelming but I am more than happy to assist in finding a new or used drum set that is suitable for you.

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Is there anything that can be done about the loudness of a drum set?

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Yes.  There are a number of drum dampening/muting products and techniques that can be applied to drastically lower the volume of an acoustic drum set.  Electronic drum sets allow the most volume control either through an amplifier or use with headphones.

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What age is ideal to start taking lessons?

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You’re never too old to begin learning an instrument but students under the age of 8 are typically not ready for guitar, bass or drum lessons.  There are always exceptions, but students of this age are usually not developed enough in cognitive awareness and fine motor skills to benefit greatly from private music lessons.

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How are the lessons scheduled and paid for?

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Lessons are typically scheduled once a week for the same day and time and are paid in advance for the month in the form of cash, check or credit.

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How often do I need to practice?

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That is up to you.  Musical development requires time and patience.  My goal is to show you the most efficient and productive way to practice to maximize your time spent, allowing you to progress as quickly as possible.

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Are there any other materials I need to bring or purchase for lessons?

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My studio is equipped with guitar amplifiers, drum sets, instrument cables and audio equipment.  All that is required to bring to the lessons is your guitar or drumsticks.  If you have any resources such as books, audio tracks or sheet music you’d like to bring to the lesson you are more than welcome but are not required.  I provide the entire lesson curriculum in the form of printed copies, PDF files and or mp3 files.