My approach to pedagogy is centered on developing an aural relationship with musical material via singing, clapping, and even dancing. I have a background which touches on many styles - jazz standards, funk, rock, blues, fingerstyle folk, bluegrass, contemporary classical music, and even Brazilian choro. I'm open to students with almost any stylistic interests who play steel string guitar - with the exceptions being that I'm not an experienced nylon-string guitarist, and I (unfortunately) don't have a background in metal.
I believe that learning music by ear from one's favorite recordings is, for the most part, the most effective way to learn about a particular type of music. This approach is repertoire-oriented. As repertoire is engaged, issues of technique, theory, and even music history may become important - all of which are also passions of mine. As someone who has spent many hours practicing scales, developing a vocabulary of chord voicings, and cultivating right-hand technique (for tone and volume as well as speed), I believe that teaching these materials becomes relevant when the student's interests make technical, theoretical, or historical awareness necessary - but I believe it's always best to start with making music that the student really cares about - and to continue making music that the student really cares about!
I'm a guitarist with eleven years of experience playing jazz, rock, folk, and other styles of music. I'm active as a singer-songwriter, improvisor, ambient musician, and composer of contemporary classical music - I tour several times per year and maintain an active performance schedule in Boston. My songwriting practice is particularly informed by musicians Joanna Newsom, Frank Ocean, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell, and I'm passionate about lyricism - a topic I'd be happy to discuss with a student! My background in jazz guitar includes studies with guitarists Joe Morris, Vic Juris, Paul Bollenback, Bob Ferrazza, Maine guitar legend (and Lenny Breau student) Bob Thompson, and, briefly, Julian Lage. I can also teach music theory, contemporary notated composition, beginner voice, keyboard skills, and electric bass.
I live near Jackson Square on the Orange Line, and have a car. Generally speaking, travel fees should be fine at $3, but in the unusual case that the student lives far enough away that gas costs are more prohibitive, it might be a little more. However, it's unlikely that this will be an issue.
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