Guitar Instruction by Phil Westfall

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39 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for punctuality, value, and work quality.
  • Jennifer K.

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    Phil has been a joy to work with thus far! I have had an excellent experience! Great customer service!

    Jan 30, 2018Verified
  • Tim W.

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    Phil got back with me quickly and was very willing to work with me at my current level and the level at which I progress individually. Good guy. Thanks Phil.

    Jan 20, 2018Verified

About this pro

There are as many ways to learn to play modern popular music on guitar, bass or vocals as there are people wanting to do so. That's why I broke away from the "old school," the traditional, the factory-style, "one size fits all" approaches still typical in the industry today. I emphasize a Fun Style way of learning, first by helping people learn to play THEIR Music of Choice, second by breaking it down to a level of simplicity. Everyone I work with starts playing something from the very first lesson. They're excited to go home and play the new things they've just learned. I strive to keep it fun; after all, there's always something new and cool to play! I love watching my players' eyes light up when they discover that they too can play their favorite music. Many find that becoming a Musician is a thrilling, life-transforming process, bringing confidence and healing. This is what makes teaching music my "dream job come true."

Years in business

13

Times hired on Thumbtack

74

Number of employees

1

Background check

Completed
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    Q & A

    • How did you get started doing this type of work?
      I saw the need for a more relaxed, yet accelerated approach to playing for today's busy student. I was taught people in bands how to play their repertoires for about 30 years before turning to offer my services to the general public. My calendar is always full. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I can honestly state that I don't have any competition in my field here in Colorado Springs at this time.
    • What types of customers have you worked with?
      Helping people to learn the guitar in a new, fun way. Wrangling virtually any song of your choice to help you play it, while coming to understand and apply the note theory and beat theory behind it. Showing players how to figure out most popular songs, as well as improvise -- groovily and with feeling. Hosting two kinds free jams: Acoustic and the Band Jam. Everyone's welcome! These jams let players experience the thrill of group playing, and are designed to be comfortably easy.
    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      Think about what it is you specifically want to play. Do you just want to be able to strum and sing around the campfire? What styles of music are you into? If you're into Metal or Blues, for instance, will the teacher you are interviewing start you right out on those things? Because they should! For instance, there's no point in learning classical music styles if you're into modern pop.

    Business hours

    Mountain Time Zone
    SundayClosed
    Monday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Tuesday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Wednesday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for Guitar Instruction by Phil Westfall is about 30+ miles of Colorado Springs, CO.