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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$30
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Introduction: Greetings! I teach guitar, bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. 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. 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!
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17 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

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

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Chandra g.
Nov 30, 2021
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Otis has been an excellent teacher . kids absolutely love guitar lessons and been impressed with my kids progress and how they respond to Otis's instructions. I would definitely recommend Otis to anyone who is looking for a guitar instructor.

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Electric • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

Guitar Lessons
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Joe R.
Nov 29, 2021
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Otis is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and his lessons combine learning and enjoyment. I look forward to them every week. I moved to Rhode Island in 2018 and thought it would be good to remove the dust from the guitar and take lessons again. Like many, I have started and stopped guitar lessons over the years. Since taking lessons with Otis, I have not stopped and I have learned so much. Joe Riccio Narragansett, Rhode Island

Details: 65 years or older • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Yes, can read guitar tabs • Acoustic • Rock • Country • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • I travel to the guitar teacher

Guitar Lessons
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Kerry H.
Nov 28, 2021
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My 10-yr old has been taking lessons from Otis for over 4 years. He’s phenomenal. Always adjusts the lessons based on her attention span, mood and where she is at the moment. She can now full on play the guitar and read music. Most important to me- she has fun, has stayed self-motivated and loves playing. Highly recommended Otis!!

Details: 10 - 13 years old • 4+ yrs of formal training • Yes, can read music staff • Acoustic • Country • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

Guitar Lessons
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Maura P.
Sep 24, 2022
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Otis is an amazing music teacher. I have been taking remote banjo lessons from Otis for over a year now! Otis is knowledgeable, patient, fun, flexible, and kind. I have grown so much as a banjo student over the past year - when I started taking lessons from him I didn't even know how to read music! He approaches music lessons from a holistic perspective; I've not only learned how to read music and play both bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, but I've improved as a singer as well. (I even had my first gig this summer!) Otis is super encouraging and I am looking forward to another year of lessons.

Details: 18 - 25 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • No, the student cannot read music • Bluegrass • Country • Folk • What my teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

Otis Read / Remote lessons from RI's reply
Thanks Maura!
Banjo Lessons
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Jim M.
Sep 21, 2022
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I recommend Otis highly to adult learners. He is a gifted teacher, very patient and encouraging. He understands that busy adults may have limited time to practice and adjusts smoothly to changes in your circumstances. His enthusiasm for music and the guitar is contagious. You will enjoy working with him.

Details: 65 years or older • No formal training • Yes, can read music staff • Acoustic • Country • Folk • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

Otis Read / Remote lessons from RI's reply
Thanks Jim!
Guitar Lessons
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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! *I also offer Mandolin instruction*

  • 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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