|Monday||8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Friday||8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
Guitar Lessons and Recording - Electric Giraffe Studio
Brian T.Oct 4, 2017Verified
Mark has helped my playing improve immensely since I started taking lessons with him. Mark's endless knowledge of music theory has really helped my understanding of the fretboard and has allowed me to grow as a player. I highly recommend taking lessons with Mark.Aug 6, 2017Verified
About this pro
Times hired on Thumbtack41
LocationSan Jose, CA 95131
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- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I start by asking my students about their prior music experience (if any), be it guitar or other instruments. I also want to know what music they like to listen to and what about that music excites them. For more advanced students we will discuss their music education in more detail to identify any areas that need to be revisited. The key to being a great teacher is the same as being a great student - ask questions and listen. For recording services the questions are different, but the process is the same. Ask questions and listen carefully.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have studied guitar and music theory almost my entire life. Over the decades I have taken numerous private lessons from many great musicians and read piles of books on guitar, music theory, composition, and audio engineering. I am and will forever be a student of music and the guitar. On the studio side I have been in and around recording studios since my first band (in high school). I hold an electrical engineering degree, have studied acoustics at the graduate level, and even build some of my own equipment. I stay involved with the audio engineering community and just like with playing guitar, I am always seeking to improve my skills and learn more.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?When looking for a guitar instructor you should absolutely speak with the person before making a decision. There are many great guitarists out there, but they are not all great instructors, and a great instructor for one person might not be so great for you. We all learn differently. During your telephone interview with the instructor you are looking for a connection - can they communicate on your level and are they approachable. Do they understand your goals and challenges? If everything looks good, give them a try. And after a few lessons if you don't things are progressing like they should, by all means try a new instructor. If you stay with guitar long term chances are you will have many instructors as there is no one instructor that is ideal for you in all stages of your progression as a musician.