My approach to teaching comes down to whatever is right for the student. Each student, from beginner to pro will have their strengths and weaknesses. My job is to help you improve as a musician. Each student also has different goals. I will help you reach them.
I started with classical piano at age 6, sax at 11, guitar at 13 and double bass at 16. I graduated from Musician's Institute (GIT) in 1989 and have played around the Morris County for several bands and recorded for other artists. I have a small home studio that I use to record my own material as well. I do still perform occasionally.
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R & B Guitar, Metal Guitar, Pop Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Ragtime Guitar, Reggae Guitar, Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Country Guitar, Alternative Guitar
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Electric bass
My influences are:
My influences vary from KISS and AC/DC in my early years to bands like Porcupine Tree currently. I don't think there are many guitarists that I have listened to over the years that haven't influenced me one way or the other. If I had to name some they would be: Gilmour, EVH, George Lynch, Angus, Frehly, Steven Wilson, Hendrix, Page, Vai, Tool, Beatles, Billy Gibbons and countless others.
The number of years I've given guitar lessons:
My guitar lessons take place in:
The teacher's studio
or the student's home
Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas:
Your home or mine. I live in Wharton and will travel anywhere within 15 miles of Wharton.
My cancellation/booking policy:
If you need to cancel, please give me at least a days notice.
$25 for a half hour and $50 for an hour but I always go over by 5 to 10 minutes.
Which methods of payment are accepted?
Cash, Checks, Money Orders
Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following:
In your first lesson, if you already have some playing experience, I will ask you to play something you know for me. I will look carefully at your technique and timing. Also, I will ask you some basic music theory questions to asses your knowledge of theory. I will ask you to read charts, if you can and if you are comfortable with that, ask you to play the chart. I will also ask you to play me different types of scales.
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:
In the beginning we will determine where you are as a musician and where you want to go. Then I will build a plan based on where you want to go. Each week we will review what we have previously covered, go over any questions or issues you came up with while you practiced and then move on to the next step in your plan.
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:
My ideal student is one who wants to learn. It's that simple. There is nothing more satisfying than having students who are enthusiastic about learning and want to improve. It doesn't matter how old you are or whether you are a beginner or a pro. Everyone can always improve and if you want to do that, then you are the right student for me.
“Allen, I know that CustomGuitarWorks is no longer around. Are you still giving lessons? I want to learn Bass Guitar and if you are still providing lessons please email me your rates and info.