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I am fifty-one and wanted to take a few guitar lessons. I was turn on to Jacob back in February of 2012 and go for thirty minute lessons once a week. I suppose there are hundreds of good teachers in the ares, but I think in Jacob I have found a good mix of what I need to know and what I want to know. In the short time that Jacob has been teaching me, I can now read music, know a little about theory, know enough chords to play hundreds of song! We spend a lot of time playing scales up and down the neck, this is called soloing. Its what you hear in most rock and blues with all the bends, hammer on, hammer off and slides. I take my lessons sometime with my acoustic and then my electric. I will never be able to play classical like Andres Segovia or shred like Slash, but with Jacobs help someday soon I will be able to play a ton of stuff. Each week he gives me more and more tools to help me to fulfill a dream I have had for as long as I can remember. Give Jacob a try and see if he's a good fit with what you want to accomplish. You may want to pay him just to play for you!May 1, 2013
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- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am currently studying at UMKC Conservatory of Music for my BA in Jazz Studies. I am taking guitar pedagogy(teaching) classes with Doug Neidt, as well as jazz lessons with Danny Embry and Dan Thomas. My studies include piano, arranging, composing, transcribing, history, technique, etc.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I have had quite a lot of beginning guitar players come to me. People who I have taught from scratch how to hold the instrument and play the notes. I have also had more advanced and intermediate students. The students who are more advanced still have just as much to learn. If you are an intermediate guitarist we can discuss deeper concepts that will keep you playing for the rest of your life. There is an endless well of knowledge to be tapped.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?When choosing a guitar teacher, make sure they have the proper credentials. You need a teacher who can teach you music theory and all the proper technique on his or her instrument. Having someone classically trained can be very valuable even if you do not wish to play classical. This is because the classically trained teacher has much experience in technique. These techniques will apply to whatever kind of music you wish to play. Especially if the teacher is familiar with the different genres.