Bertrand' s Guitar Studio @ Porter Sq.02140
Bertrand' s Guitar Studio @ Porter Sq.02140

Bertrand' s Guitar Studio @ Porter Sq.02140

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Introduction: Fall/Winter deal: FREE Zoom lesson .We can discuss your ideal lesson plan & I'll show you how I can animate PDF's, fingerboards & writes TABs on-screen just for you as we speak. ( great for visual learners!). Zoom makes it so easy to build your own library of digital documents: Animated PDF’s, Tabs, MP3, videos. Yours to learn from for years to come. Two basic systems to understand: -How Music Works -How the Guitar works Those 2 broad subjects are broken down into the “5 Pillars of Making Music”: MUSIC THEORY (How Music works, how chords, melodies & songs are built) EAR TRAINING ( Recognize sounds&Patterns, Proper Voice training) TECHNIQUE ( "Stolen" from your chosen songs: Flat or Finger-Picking/Strumming/Rhythm/Lead, Slide) CREATIVITY (Style, Expression, Arrangement, Improvisation, tell a story on the guiatr. ) PERFORMING.( Getting ready to share your music: recording or live) My job is to create fun games that teach those subjects. You grow your musicianship while having Fun. If learning is boring, it just won’t happen. I find that that is true for most. You can keep on reading, or just contact me for a free consultation/lesson. You 'll be able to see why some of my in-person students said" Your Zoom lessons might actually be better!". It is pretty cool to write music on screen, or draw&animate maps of the guitar neck, while we talk. That is is short story. Keep on reading for more details or just go ahead and contact me (any questions at all are welcome!)....Looking forward! Bertrand I offer a unique, innovative approach to growing musicianship on the guitar. My system teaches not just guitar but how music basically works for any style. A step by step discovery makes it fun. It is flexible enough to welcome the student's own taste, personality, ideas, learning styles- and age too. Traditional styles like Blues, Country, Folk, Ragtime, Swing, Classical can be explored. Skills like sight-reading, ear-training can be added to the mix. In terms of techniques: finger-style, pick-style, strumming and even slide guitar can be developed with songs picked by the student. Cross-training can really be fun. In the end, I believe a good assignment strikes a good balance between being challenging and rewarding. You can see where it leads and that alone makes it exciting. My Porte Sq studio (02140) has parking and is a walk to the Red Line. It is small but you can use there acoustics, electrics & amps, borrow from my music& books library. I also offer recording options The big idea here is to free up the student's personal expression on the guitar. ("Learn the rules to better break 'em!") Imagine that there is no obstacle between your playing and your feelings. Imagine that you can express how you feel freely and eloquently on the guitar. My job is to help you get closer to that ideal. I want to mention that Self-teaching is great. "Stealing" from the greats t is a great thing to do. So is noodling around, daydreaming on the guitar, not knowing what you are doing. Much good can come from those activities. We can talk about how and why. So keep those going, at any stage, & whether you have a teacher or not. So here how I break it down to three basic parts to work with: 1) How music works (theory, how pitches are organized, the musical alphabet. I have designed my own maps and worksheet to help make sense of it all.) 2) How does theory show up on the guitar (theory turned into real sounds you can recognize, identify by ear, by feelings and relate to songs you've heard. Ear training, (use your voice even if you don't want to sing in public) chords and melody start to tell a story, visual learners recognize shapes. You start to "hear in color". 3) How to play with the flow ( Ergonomics, technique, body, breath, posture) Focusing on those 3 things absolutely leads to growing your musicianship. I have been working for years on a unique workbook. The one book that was missing in my collection, one that put it all together. Right now it is a binder with maps, worksheets, grids, that helps the student stick to the plan. At the same time, welcomes any spur of the moment ideas, songs to quote or cover. With a binder, you can add and enrich the book with your own creativity. We file those ideas in the right spot so in the end, the students end up with a very personal lesson plan and workbook. It has been an absolute joy so far, and it keeps getting better. It is never boring since it is never the same. All of my students are unique and I teach to that uniqueness. I do not believe in the "One size fits all" formula, though I have developed my own set of "secret recipes" that I tweak to the personality and taste of the individual in front of me. Since I offer various directions, a unique lesson plane can be devised. Also, I do recommend theory for the guitar program. It is a workbook ( binder) that teaches how the music system works, and how it shows up on the guitar. you get a solid foundation applicable for any style you choose to develop.
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Brian M.
May 20, 2021
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I'm only one lesson in, but Bertrand has been great! His teaching method makes learning the guitar an approachable and fun experience.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Yes, can read guitar tabs • Acoustic • Country • Folk • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Olivia K.
Sep 20, 2019
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Four years ago, I met Bertrand at one of his performances and I was blown away. I’ve taken lessons with him since. He isn’t just a fantastic guitarist, he is a wealth of musical knowledge and artistic insights. Bertrand is an incredibly versatile player and can help you achieve any musical goal you are seeking. In four years I’ve gone from chord shapes and strumming to someone who understands both the guitar and music. Bertrand is a master of his craft, and I know me and all of his other students consider ourselves lucky to have him as a teacher.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 4+ yrs of formal training • Yes, can read music staff • Acoustic • Blues • Classical • Jazz • Rock • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Jason W.
Jul 10, 2019
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I've taken six guitar lessons now with Bertrand and they were great! I like his approach and idea of applied theory rather than just music theory, and learning how songs work to be a better musician and not just a guitarist who plays things and doesn't understand how or why they work. Also of the long term goal of being able to express whatever you want with a guitar through the guitar. Thanks! Will be continuing with my lessons

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Yes, can read music staff • Electric • Blues • Rock • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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James D.
Sep 18, 2017
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Learning from Bertrand has been great! After a 10 year hiatus from guitar I started taking lessons with Bertrand, and only wish I had started sooner. Great approach and lessons are always fun.
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Christopher D.
Dec 11, 2016
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Bertrand is an excellent teacher! After every lesson I have with him, I come out with a lot of new material to review, and a lot of cool tricks on the guitar that I had not realized before. He's really opened my eyes to a lot of theory and ear training, I look forward to lessons with him.
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Hour & prices: In my studio: $60 (But $50 Bulk rate and 1rst lesson) Your house: $75 if within 3 miles of Porter Group: Workshops /Classes TBA Any frequency welcome (Weekly/monthly etc...)

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    -Preliminary chat/ orientation on the phone, a two way interview of sorts. We talk about goals, styles, the music that inspires the student (could be anything at all) I present various style of learning so we can design a unique lesson plan and approach for that person. - i present the various supporting materials I use for teaching, and the path, the thread that will connect all lessons.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Berkley College of Music was good for theory, Mass Art was great for creativity. Before that, I self studied from books and mostly by ear from recordings. I learned a lot on stage: Rock, Blues & avant-guard bands freed up my the electric guitar side, but I never forgot the acoustic. Guitar for live Improv' Theatre for years was /is a great training in articulating on the spot an emotion. I study classical to improve reading skills, to understanding composition. I also study how the brain learns, and positive psychology. I do think a good teacher must remain a student forever.

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