Guitar & Music Theory Lessons

Interested in learning to play the guitar? Ready to take your guitar playing skills to the next level? I’m a guitarist and teacher with decades of experience performing, composing and teaching music who can help you reach your musical goals. I’m available for lessons on guitar and in music theory. All ages, all levels (beginner to advanced) welcome. Reasonable rates, flexible scheduling. I currently teach in Middlebury, VT and throughout Addison County. Online lessons also available through Zoom, Skype or Facetime.

Please use the contact link below for additional information.


More about guitar lessons:

Lessons incorporate three components: playing techniques, music theory and repertoire. These components are interrelated. For example, a particular exercise may introduce a theoretical concept, such as melodic intervals, but also require the student to perform string crossings fluently and with ease. A song or etude can make you aware of problems or difficulties with your playing technique that can be addressed through technical studies.

There are many reasons to take lessons-learning songs, improving your technique, learning a new style-but probably most important is that lessons can give you the tools you need to learn and grow as a musician on your own.

Intermediate/advanced topics include:

-Reading music in both treble clef and bass clef.
-Learning to read and play from a piano score.
-Counterpoint techniques for solo guitar and accompaniment.
-System for learning chords and inversions.
-Approaches to improvisation.

More about music theory lessons:

Music theory is simply a way of thinking about music. It can be as subtle as comparing the pitches of a scale to the colors of the rainbow, as proposed by Sir Isaac Newton in the 17th century, or as complex as applying mathematical set theory to music, as first introduced by composer and theorist Milton Babbitt.

Music theory is a vast field that includes various topics, like ear training, analysis, composition, improvisation, perception and cognition, not to mention the fundamentals of music, like scales, chords, harmony and music notation. Because of the breadth of the topic, music theory lessons are tailored to students’ individual goals.

Interested in improving your ear, learning music fundamentals, learning to improvise, composing your own music? Preparing for a career in music? Music theory is a tool that can help you reach your musical goals!