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Otis Read / Remote lessons from RI
Otis Read / Remote lessons from RI

Otis Read / Remote lessons from RI

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Offers remote services
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$35/hour
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Introduction: Greetings! During the COVID 19 Epidemic I am only taking remote customers with video conferencing. When conditions improve, I may be able to travel locally on occasion. Thanks! Do you love music? I’ve been playing for over 50 years, and help beginners and advanced players alike to fall in love with music even more, and expand their technical skillset. Whether you’re interested in learning certain pieces, reading music, exploring music theory, accompanying your singing with guitar, songwriting, feeling comfortable jamming with friends, learning finger picking or improvising, I’d love to support you. I teach guitar, bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. For the parents who are looking, I also often work with kids, as young as 4, who love music and want to start to play (I’d be happy to have a conversation about your child’s specific needs). Whether you’ve never played, you’re self-taught, or you’ve taken years of formal training, I would love to help you bring more music into your life!
Overview

Current Top Pro

Hired 92 times

Serves Warren, RI

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1 employee

16 years in business

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, professionalism, and work quality.

Excellent 4.9

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Kathleen W.

Guitar Lessons

Otis is great! He moves the lesson from one point to the next smoothly and only after he feels I understand what I am working on. He is amenable to teaching the things I want to learn most. I am looking forward to many more lessons.
Aug 5, 2020
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Janet t.

Guitar Lessons

OK, so I am 65 years old and was hesitant about taking guitar lessons, afraid that the instructor wouldn't have enough patience with an older learner. Well, Otis provides more patience than I could have hoped for. I repeat my questions often and he provides all the answers. He is a brilliant guitarist and I am amazed at all he knows and in his ability as a guitarist. He knows I am hesitant about learning music theory and he respects that but slips in some theory every now and again, so that I don't feel overwhelmed. I have learned so much and have improved my playing immensely. He is awesome and I highly recommend him.
Jan 29, 2020
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Jennifer P.

Guitar Lessons

Otis took the time to learn the abilities of my children and their desires for music lessons. He was very encouraging and both of my children found their lessons explanatory and understandable. Great music teacher at a reasonable price.
Nov 21, 2019
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Trevor C.

Guitar Lessons

Otis was flexible, enthusiastic, and passionate working with our 6 year old. He was very encouraging, responsive, and easy to work with. Highly recommend!
Jul 20, 2020
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Danny W.

Guitar Lessons

Otis has been great! He’s helping me expand on what I know in a creative way that makes me actually want to play. He’s got great communication with me that I appreciate, and he’s just a great guy in general.
Jul 5, 2020
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Robert Otis Read

FAQs

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

    I have a beautiful music office in Warren that students love to come to (you can browse my music book collection, and my unique collection of instruments). Check out the photos and videos in my pro profile. Music studio rates: $30 for 30 minutes, $40 for 45 minutes, and $50 for 60 minutes. Sliding scale available, please inquire. I can also travel to you for a lesson, and charge an additional $5 for my travel time. I also often work with groups. If you and a friend or two are interested in learning together, let's talk!

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

    I start by listening. What music do you love? What songs do you dream of playing? Where in your life would you love to play music? What skills do you want build? Then we set goals together. Perhaps you already have a goal in mind? Or perhaps you’d like support in creating goals for you together? It can be as as simple as: “I’ve always loved music, and I just want to learn how to play, maybe with friends or family eventually”. Or as complex as: “I want to learn more music theory and explore songwriting.” I believe, and it’s been my experience over the last 50 years of playing and teaching, that I’m not teaching you something totally new (even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before), I’m helping you to unlock your own ability to play, to uncover something you already have. Music is for all of us. Bottom line, I want you to enjoy the process of learning to play. The focus isn’t just to get it right (though we do that); it’s to enjoy yourself and the music along the way. I love to share the culture of music with you, to listen to a solo on a song you love and break it apart, and to have fun. I respect and get to know your unique learning style, and give you exercises and explorations that strengthen your abilities between sessions, building your personal practice.

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

    I started playing guitar when I was 9 and I never put it down. I mostly taught myself, though I wish I could have had a local teacher, which is part of why I began teaching all these years later. I started my first band in high school, Big Lost Rainbow, and we recorded albums and played all over the country. I’ve been living and playing in Rhode Island for 40 years. I produced a series of instrumental albums for Northstar Records, including Christmas music, and sea shanties with local musicians. I’ve now released 10 albums. I started teaching about 15 years ago. I love passing on the music that I love so much, and teaching people who love music.

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