Rapid Growth For Committed Students
Rapid Growth For Committed Students

Rapid Growth For Committed Students

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Introduction: Are you feeling stuck in your development as a guitarist? Like you’re always stuck in one part of the fretboard? Or speed seems impossible to develop? Or you want to be able to learn music by ear? Or you look at other guitarists playing all these chords and you have no idea what they are? Most online guitar pedagogy is designed to keep students at an intermediate stage of their development by obscuring the musical challenges at the root of any piece of music and instead offering endless temporary solutions. Another tab. Another app. These solutions perpetuate these problems. Here’s the truth: This is not how professional musicians learn! This is not how your heroes learned to play music! My teaching method works differently and has consistently gotten results from students, one of whom has said “it is literally changing my life”. And not only does it work, it gives you a sense of ownership over your music-making, which builds confidence, and can more easily be connected with improvisation and composition! As a guitar teacher, I work most often with: • professional musicians, who are trying to develop guitar skills, • hobbyists, usually aged 25-50, who have some experience either with the guitar or music-making more broadly, and want to take the guitar more seriously. Many of these hobbyist students work in business or technology and have strong problem-solving skills. • select children/teens who actively enjoy music, are interested in creativity, will come with questions, and will practice. The physical and technical part of my teaching approach is built around precise strategies for practicing which have allowed my own guitar skills to develop dramatically in the last few years. With these practice strategies, many of my students in the last year have found that they are able to make rapid progress towards their goals. I've taught songs by Nirvana, Big Thief, James Brown, Alex G, Tom Petty, Simon and Garfunkel, Tame Impala, the Eagles, and many others, as well as jazz repertoire. There is another component to my teaching practice, which is as, or arguably more important than the physical component, and involves *mindset*. To frame the process of practice, growth, the acquisition of skills, and the setting of new goals, I draw upon ideas from neuroscience, existentialist and stoic philosophy, mindfulness, personal development, and daily life. I have been told that I seem to think about a lot of things that most guitar teachers don’t seem to think about, and I think that’s true! My own creative work draws on songwriting, jazz and free improvisation, studio production and electronic music, classical composition, as well as narrative ideas from literature and cinema. I have a rock band and have toured the Northeast and Midwest US. My 2023 release “Mundiglossia” was described as “epic” by critic Peter Margasak. I also run a recording studio in Ridgewood, Queens. A few things I like include the music of Four Tet and the writings of Gilles Deleuze. Education: Bachelors of Music, Contemporary Improvisation, England Conservatory. Courses in Jazz, Electronic Music, Mathematics, Computer Science, Oberlin College. Studies in guitar with Julian Lage, Bryan Sutton, Joe Morris, Bob Ferrazza, and Bob Thompson. Studies in composition with Trevor Bača, Victoria Cheah, Sivan Cohen-Elias, Anthony Coleman, and Stratis Minakakis.

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Will C.
Mar 4, 2024
Cole has been transformative to my guitar practice. Having plateaued in my independent development, working with Cole for the past year has restarted my passion for guitar and completely changed how I approach practice as well as appreciation for music more broadly. I can't recommend working with Cole highly enough!
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Jordan C.
Dec 14, 2022

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Cole is really great to work with! He has both practical and theoretical teaching experience at a highly advanced level so he can guide you through whatever stage you’re at in your learning. Plus he doesn’t just assume you want to learn the theoretical stuff, he always asks before spending any lesson time on anything but hands on guitar training.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Rock • Folk • Jazz • Yes, the student has an instrument • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Luke S.
Jun 20, 2023
Cole is extremely easy to work with and learn from. He listened to what my goals were and helped to put together a customized, comprehensive curriculum. He was also very open to hearing what aspects of the learning process I wanted to avoid/didn't have the energy for, which made it much easier to keep up my enthusiasm and put the work in each week between sessions. I highly recommend Cole, whether you're starting from scratch or a higher skill level.
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James R.
Nov 20, 2020
Cole has an amazing amount of guitar knowledge and is very friendly and encouraging! In one short lesson I learned a lot of chords that I never knew existed - I feel like I have a lot to practice and want to keep working.
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Aleksis M.
Nov 17, 2020
Cole is an extremely knowledgeable musician and I had a fascinating time studying guitar with him. To anyone who’s just beginning their artistic journey or is looking to broaden their musical horizons, I’d highly encourage you to reach out to Mr. Blouin.
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Cole Blouin


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing model is flexible according to income and need.

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

    I think of the first lesson as a consultation, and it's free - we talk about the student's interests and their long-term goals, I share some relevant things to practice, we might play some music, and if that's feeling good with the student, we can move onto regular lessons.

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

    I have a Bachelor's of Music degree from New England Conservatory, where I studied Contemporary Improvisation.

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