If your not sure about making the investment and you'd like to rent a guitar for a few months that can also be
arranged.On the average, most of my students stay with me for about 2 years.At the moment I have 3 students
who have been with me for over 4 years.I had one student who was with me for over 13 years..If your looking
for references i'd be happy to give you his home phone number so you can talk with him yourself. Larry,who
was a Student of mine for over 6 years would also be happy to talk with you.I have at the moment an 8 year
old who has been taking lessons with me for a bit over a year.He's young,but doesn't do a half bad version of
Eric Claptons "Sunshine of your love."I have a Diploma with a major in"Professional Music" from Berklee
College of Music in Boston Massachusettes.I created and taught (for over 3 years)a very popular music course
at Northern Essex Community College in Haverihill.I also taught in the Guitar department at the College.
Over the past years I've helped a number of students gain admission to Berlkee working with the director of
admissions 'Steve Lipman.. I teach all ages,styles and levels of Guitar.If you've got an instrument and have
some experience that's a plus.If not...? Don't worry about it.... ALL BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME...
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Many times when I receive calls from people regarding GUITAR LESSONS-whether it be for the Six
string, Twelve string,Acoustic,Electric or Bass Guitar I understand that things can be a bit confusing for the
beginner. What kind of Guitar should I buy?Where can I purchase an instrument?How much should I
spend?There are probably as many options as there are moves on a Chessboard. My advice to you is to keep it
simple. If you had the answers to all of these questions then more than likely you wouldn't even need an
instructor. Without making a large investment you can buy an Electric or Acoustic Guitar for about 125
Dollars at most music stores, and as I stated earlier, It can be confusing so just keep it as simple as you can.
Anatomy of a Guitar
A Guide to Guitar Terminology
12 -Fret/14-fret ...This describes the
number of frets of the acoustic
guitar's body,not the total number of
frets on the fretboard.If the guitar
has a cutaway,you count the frets
clear of the noncutaway side
12-String...A "Double-strung" guitar
with 6 pairs of strings.The treble
pairs(high E and B)are usually tuned
in unison,and the rest are tuned in
. ...The height of the
strings above the fretboard.
Amplifier...The box used to boost the
sound transmitted from the pickups on
an electric or acoustic-electric guitar.
Archtop.An acoustic guitar in which
the soundboard(the top of the
instrument)is carved or pressed into
an arched shape,higher in the center
where the bridge is located.
Bolt-on Neck...A guitar neck that is
bolted to the body,as opposed to
fastened with a glued dovetail joint.
Bout..The portion of the guitar
defined by the side's convex
Bracing...Thin strips of wooden
reinforcement glued to the top
and back of the inside of an
Bridge...A support for the
saddle to which the strings are
Bridge Pins...Small,tapered pegs
of plastic,wood,or metal that
anchor the string balls in a pin
Buzz....The noise created when a
vibrating string is striking frets
between the fretted note and the
Cutaway...Describes a guitar body
from which a U-shaped portion of
the upper bout has been removed.
FingerBoard...Also called a fretboard.A
thin piece of hardwood,ebony or
rosewood,glued to the upper surface of
the neck and usually continuing over
the soundboard to the soundhole.
HeadStock...The top of the guitar's
neck,where the strings are fastened
to the tuning machines or pegs.Also
called the Peghead.
Heel...The portion of the guitar's
neck that fastens to the body.
HumBucking Pickup...A magnetic
guitar pickup that uses two electric
coils to cancel out unwanted noise.
Machine Heads...Tuners usually
found on guitar's..Also called
Tuning Machines or Tuning
Master Volume...Controls the
overall volume of an amplifier
Neck Angle...The angle at
which the neck intersects
the body of the guitar
Nut...The upper string
bearing at the top of the
guitar sound achieved by
using an external effect.
PreAmp...An electronic device
that increases the weak signal
of a guitar's pickup to match
that of a power amp.
Reverb... An effect that
imitates the echo in a room.
guitar that is partially hollow
but with a solid center to limit
feedback at high volume.
Chorus..An effect that modulates
the Guitar's tone into a swirly
Stomp Box..A guitar
effect housed in a small
battery-operated foot pedal.
EndPin..A wooden or plastic
pin to which a strap can be
attached to an Acoustic Guitar.
My Thoughts on Things
Be kind to your ears
Hearing is Believing
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I've been playing and teaching the Guitar for more than 35 years. One of the things I tend
to emphasize when I teach is the importance of a serious commitment to practice. To me, music
is a language (which in itself) can be very rewarding..But when it gets right down to it, it's a
challenge that requires a good work ethic. Most players get their first exposure to the guitar through Rock
and Roll because this style can be played using very limited technical skills...many players are trapped into
poor working habits. Guitarists seem to have a unique gift for becoming fixated upon playing like someone
else when they should be developing their own musical skills. Usually I find that for the most part, using
your own imagination can produce some very interesting results. Gaining the musical skills necessary to
developing your own voice is an area in which the teacher must play an active role. I feel that there are
basically two primary factors in learning musicianship; the source of the instruction and the quality of time
spent mastering the skills. When it comes time to select an instructor there are a few criteria to follow. Can
the teacher read and write music..If not-he or she has no business teaching. (be wary..guitar teachers are a
dime a dozen) If an instructor offers to teach you by way of a method called "Tab" (tablature) stay away. To
me it raises a red flag regarding the instructor's abilities. Being able to play the Guitar doesn't necessarily
translate into being able to teach it. The bottom line is, I feel the ultimate aim of good musicianship is the
development of a musician's own voice. This can sometimes be an ongoing and often difficult process. The
slightest spark of originality is however infinitely more rewarding-for the player and the listener-than the
most accurate imitation. Well..Now that I've presented the serious side of what's involved when it comes to
making music, there's just one other thing I feel is of the utmost importance, and that is to sit
back...Relax..and just have fun.