Brandon Hawkins' Online Guitar Lessons
Brandon Hawkins' Online Guitar Lessons

Brandon Hawkins' Online Guitar Lessons

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Introduction: Hello! My name is Brandon and I've played guitar for 12 years. My journey with guitar and music may have very well started out just like yours--by searching for an instructor. After my lessons were complete, I began to seek out as much information and education I could find regarding guitar, music theory, and music in general, and over the years what initially has become a hobby slowly developed into a side gig, then a job, and now a career. Even aside from teaching guitar and music theory professionally, I personally gain a lot from expressing myself through music, and it truly means the world to me to have the opportunity to share that experience with my students. I've been conducting lessons in person (in Wilmington, NC) as well as via Zoom or videochat with students all across the country. I'll give my first lesson for free and I view that as an opportunity to get to know each other. It's important to discuss how often you'll want lessons, what you want to be able to do with the guitar, what kind of music you want to play, and what practice expectations you have. If you decide it's not a good fit, you don't owe a penny. However, if you decide to move forward, you'll be getting: -Personalized instruction that's tailored to your specific skillset and interests -Any relevant charts, tabs, or diagrams discussing any new concept -After each lesson, a follow-up e-mail summarizing what we've discussed and guidance on what to practice in order to make best use of your time -The support and encouragement from your instructor (me) who truly cares and wants to see you take guitar to wherever you want to go! I'm very experienced with both electric and acoustic guitar, and I've had a lot of success working with students who are brand new, students who've been playing for a few years, and anywhere in between! Whether you've never even picked up a guitar, or have learned to play some chords and some songs but feel stuck in a rut, I'm happy to work with you to build on what you've already learned and get you to a place you want to be. Topics I'm comfortable teaching --Guitar Basics, from Choosing a Guitar, gathering the right equipment, chords, using a pick, strumming, fingerpicking, scales, chord transitions, and rhythm --Music Theory --Chord composition --Scales (and how to use them) --Soloing/Improv --Hammer-ons/Pull-offs --Musical Modes --How to find the key to a song --How to learn a song "by ear" --How to use a metronome --Intervals --Chord Families --and much more! I'm looking forward to starting this venture with you! Please let me know if you have any questions. I post some videos of my music on Instagram linked below. Feel free to check it out! COVID-19 Disclaimer: I am happy to be fully vaccinated! However, I'm happy to take precautions, such as conducting lessons outside (weather dependent), ensuring at least 6 feet of social distancing, and wearing a mask if it makes you more comfortable, or doing lessons via videochat. When reaching out, please inform me if there's anything specific precautions I can take that will make you feel more comfortable.
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Hired 10 times

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2 years in business

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Heath E.
Sep 8, 2021
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Brandon is very professional and patient. Holds up to what he has advertised. Even though our first lesson was about “get to know you”, I feel that learning guitar will be fun, exiting, and very educational coming from Brandon

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Electric • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • My home, venue, etc.

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William C.
Sep 14, 2021
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Have just started lessons with Brandon and can already tell I'm in for an awesome experience. He highlighted what I am already doing well, where I'm showing aptitude, and even gave me some helpful hints on how to maintain motivation. I look forward to continued practice with Brandon and the feedback he will provide. Highly recommend!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • No, cannot read music • Electric • Rock • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

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Juliette S.
Jun 28, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Brandon is a fantastic instructor! He has engaging, encouraging teaching style that make his lessons both enjoyable and effective. Additionally, he was very quick to respond to emails when I needed to make sudden schedule changes, or had any other concerns. Overall, I am very happy with the progress I have made so far.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Electric • Rock • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Nicole N.
Mar 22, 2021
I found Brandon on thumbtack about five months ago. He was quick to respond, communicative, and eager to help me start my guitar journey. Your first session is complementary and it’s a good opportunity to talk about what your goals are and what to expect through taking lessons. When we first started, I could play three chords and now I can sit down and make my way through playing a song (it’s most definitely not perfect but it’s been so fun). Over the last several months I have learned so much from basic guitar knowledge, to chord progressions, strumming, finger picking, scales, and even music theory. He has a good way of incorporating what you want to learn, while also giving you a variety of things to work on in between your sessions. Each lesson you have, you will continue to improve on what you already know and build on top of that. He gives encouraging constructive criticism but also always acknowledges what you are doing well. He has helped make the experience of learning guitar super rewarding and fun for me. He’s passionate about teaching and you can tell from the way he talks about music and guitar. Excited to see what else I can learn and where my guitar journey takes me with the help of Brandon!
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Sarah L.
Mar 19, 2021
Brandon is an amazing teacher! I had no guitar experience before him and was very nervous to try something new, but he made me feel comfortable and has made it easy to learn! He is so patient and knowledgeable about music! I truly look forward to our lesson every week! I highly recommend him if you’re looking to take lessons!!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I offer very competitive rates and they're established for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour, depending on your goals and your budget. I'll ask students to pay for the month's lessons up front, based on how many lessons they expect to take that month (for example, if you'd prefer weekly lessons, I would charge you for four lessons at the beginning of the month). However, if something comes up and you need to reschedule or need to skip a week, I'm happy to refund you for that lesson(s). I only ask that you try to be considerate of that policy, and please let me know as soon as possible if you won't be available for a scheduled lesson. As far as discounts go--I offer a free lesson if you refer another student to me and they take at least one lesson!

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

    I will not charge students for the initial lesson/meeting. I like to use the first meeting to have a discussion about the student's expectations, goals, and to communicate my expectations as an instructor. I'd like to know about what experiences you've had with musical instruments, especially with guitar. If you haven't had any, that's ok! You've gotta start somewhere.

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

    I've given formal lessons to the public for a little over a year now, but I've also given some basic and intermediate lessons, tips, tricks and advice to friends and family for years. I've played acoustic and electric guitar for 12 years. I also have experience playing the bass and piano as well, and I've recently been working on my singing! I always like to push myself to improve my musical abilities.

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