Otis Read / Remote lessons from RI
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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, 2020Verified
Otis is clearly an expert guitar player and a fantastic teacher. My daughter has made great progress in only 3 lessons with him. She truly looks forward to her lessons. I feel we are getting tremendous value for our money. He makes the lessons fun and gives practice “homework” that is doable and builds her confidence. Highly recommend Otis.Apr 26, 2018Verified
I was a relative beginner to the guitar when I started lessons with Otis. From the first lesson he was patient, encouraging and enthusiastic. He tailors the lessons to the types of music and songs you are interested in. He has a wide range of music knowledge and styles which make him an ideal teacher who can help any student take that first step toward becoming a guitar player or help a seasoned player hone their skills. Highly recommended!Feb 8, 2015Verified
High praise for Otis Read. He is a talented musician, and shares his musical creativity and teaching skills with me every Friday morning. He has done so since September 2017. Otis is attentive, patient, congenial and enthusiastic. He has innovative answers for the numerous questions I have about chords, reading music, fingerpicking—anything that comes up during our lessons. He brings himself totally to these lessons, never preoccupied or rushing through them. I am always curious, and he takes the time to show me alternative keys for various songs, styles/methods of strumming/plucking as well as inventive “moves” on the guitar. I have learned so much in the nine months we’ve been working together. Otis is also honest, no false praise from him. He challenges me weekly, making me a better player. When I get discouraged about being unable to negotiate a complicated chord or frustrated with my lack of plucking agility, he’s always encouraging and supportive. One anecdote: Several of my musicians friends,—guitar, mandolin and stand-up bass —were playing at my house recently during a big party. They insisted I play with them—I was petrified, deer-in-the-headlights intimated. I got my guitar and sat in with this talented group, and while I’m not in their league at all, I was able to handle the material and sound good. The musicians complimented me and the rest of our friends applauded. Wow! Thank you, Otis!Jun 10, 2018Verified
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, 2020Verified
Robert Otis Read
- 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 (thought 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, a Folk Rock band, 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.