Salisbury, NC

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am fairly patient with my students. I try to motivate and challenge them, but yet I'm understanding of the fact that all students have different skill levels and therefore, move at a different pace. Not all students will grasp the same information right away, so there is a need for patience and empathy with their struggles and desires to play guitar. I am excited when someone enjoys playing as much as I do, and if they are as passionate about it, and learn new and exciting things. Sometimes certain students have mental or physical handicaps that hinder them, and it's important to approach them individually and give them patience and flexibility in teaching them.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Meeting new and interesting people and watching them progress and succeed in meeting their goals with playing the guitar. It's exciting to see people finally break through and grasp a new skill or technique. Teaching and motivating students is an exciting part of what I do with the guitar lessons. I also take an individual interest in each student's development in their playing.
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Salisbury, NC 28144

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6 Reviews
  • Susan H. Mar 10, 2016
    I really enjoy having Bob as my guitar teacher. He is very good at explaining things in a way a new player will understand.
  • Jeff H. Mar 9, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Bob is very helpful and a great teacher.
  • Gail W. Mar 7, 2016
    I highly recommend Bob as a fantastic guitar teacher. Bob's passion for the guitar is evident in how he teaches and is excited to see his students succeed and enjoy playing. I'm a long distance student in another state but he makes sure I have the information I need by either online or phone. I wanted to learn the guitar for many years and glad my goal of playing has come true. It's never too late to learn. I gave him five stars because he's outstanding. Thank you, Bob!
  • Marti J. Aug 14, 2014
    I attended my first sessions and follow up classes with Bob. He taught me several basic chords and lots of fun songs. It is amazing how many songs you can play with just a few chords. Bob has a passion for guitar music and is enthusiastic about passing it on to his students in as many ways as possible. In addition I have made new friends who are playing on my same level and we can share our enjoyment. Thanks, Bob, for getting me started , and helping me check off another item on my "bucket list" - playing the guitar!!
  • Sandi L. Aug 14, 2014
    “I started taking Bob Wingate’s class at Rufty Holmes Center because the name of the class was “Absolute Beginners”; and that’s what I was. I wanted very basic training – learning simple chords. I accomplished that and more. My intention has never been to play for the public but to play for myself and for or with close friends. I love playing songs that I’m familiar with and singing along – still just playing basic chords and loving it. For those that want to learn more and go further into “guitarism”, Bob offers classes for those as well. Thank you, Bob, for encouraging and helping me to learn exactly what I wanted to learn.” --Sandi Lauzon
  • Gail K. Aug 1, 2014
    Bob is always on time and plans ahead. He is considerate of the class in planning by incorporating suggestions of students for preferred genre and/or specific songs to learn. He is patient and kind. He reminds us as students that each person makes his/her own progress which he expects to be varied. (I am currently a beginner student.)


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I just have a fee for individual lessons, and discount that rate if it involves a class of multiple students, or if the student pays for multiple months in advance. Not too complicated.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Get to know them. Ask them what they would like to learn. Ask them if there are any particular techniques, styles or songs that they would like to learn. Develop a plan and discuss with the student and proceed from there. I'm also flexible to change.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I haven't had a lot of formal individual training, but I keep a running list of websites (and also make them available to my students) that offer guitar instruction. I also get emails with audio and video links to guitar lessons. Also, I subscribe to a guitar magazine which features regular guitar teaching lessons. I've been to guitar workshops and conferences over the years.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It was quite natural after playing the guitar for so many years. I wanted others to be able to have the same enjoyment that I have for this instrument. I also needed to make some money (!) It's great getting paid by doing something that you really enjoy doing.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've taught students of all age groups. Since 2013, I've taught guitar classes for Senior Adults at a local senior center. I also have private individual students. I'm now teaching a friend remotely via telephone and internet--- which is fun to do. So I would say--- I have worked with ALL types of students.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This past year, my students were able to participate in several programs, including a local Blues & Jazz festival, concerts at local retirement centers, and a special Christmas concert together as a class. I believe this year will include a private recording project (an album) and also possibly recording a CD with my guitar classes.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Come & check it out. I'm passionate about teaching guitar. My rates are affordable. I believe in each and every one of my students with all of my heart, and seek to inspire that belief within each of them also. What are you waiting for ? Come on-- let's get started.. =)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Most beginner guitarists don't know enough about the instrument to even know what or how they want to learn or play. Think about the music that you like. What styles or aspects of music do you like? If you listen to guitar music, what kinds of playing would you like to learn? Is there a particular guitarist that you'd like to emulate or learn from? These types of things help a teacher to know how and where to lead their students in learning the guitar.