I've been a pro player and teacher for 46 years. I've performed and recorded with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Stitt, David Bromberg, Paul Butterfield, and countless others, and have toured internationally with my jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro.
I've prepared over 300 pages of worksheets, exercises, assignments, transcriptions, and other materials which I use to teach all styles, at any level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pro
Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Country Guitar, R & B Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Pop Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Ragtime Guitar
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
My influences are:
So many... Robert Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Lightnin' Hopkins, Doc Watson, Jeff Beck, Mississippi John Hurt, Jim Hall, Earl Hooker, Blind Blake, Otis Rush, and on and on...
The number of years I've given guitar lessons:
My guitar lessons take place in:
The teacher's studio
Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas:
Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours:
Many possible options, any one of the 7 days, up to 8PM.
My cancellation/booking policy:
Many of my students take lessons once/week, but a large number prefer lessons once every TWO weeks, and still others (including many professional players) prefer lessons sporadically, as their readiness and finances allow. I request a 48-hour notice for cancellation of lessons without penalty.
I teach 50 minute lessons at my home here in Burlington, which I schedule on the hour, and I charge $60.00/lesson. I've taught many workshops at nationally-known Guitar Festivals. I also teach online, using web-cam, and occasionally by long-distance telephone.
Which methods of payment are accepted?
Cash, Checks, Money Orders, Paypal
Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following:
Listen to them play a bit, chat about how they learned what they can already do, and find out what's their "pipe dream" of what they would be able to do after taking lessons. Then, I figure out how to get there, and we start.
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:
Depends entirely on the student, and their strong suits, weak links, and goals for study.
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:
I love working with students who have learned to play primarily by ear, who can play songs, copy licks, and "make music", but don't "get" how music and the underlying patterns work. I enjoy demonstrating how learning some music theory can dramatically open doors for self-improvement, creativity, and confident expression.
That said... I usually enjoy teaching anyone who's excited about music, and is willing to work in order make real progress.
“I took lessons from Raymond for a number of years while I lived in Gainesville. He is by far the best guitar teacher I have ever had. He knows the instrument well, he knows music and music theory, and he teaches proven methods (Sagreras, Pujol, Carcassi, Aguado, Brouwer). Raymond is an excellent musician and can teach any level or style. So many gu...”