I have a B.A. in Music from SUNY Stony Brook. My instrument majored in was Classical Guitar. I was a student at, and then a teacher at, the famed GUITAR WORKSHOP on Long Island. I was a Clinician for Martin Guitars for several years. I am a touring pro with 5 CDs out.
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ragtime Guitar
Acoustic guitar, Classical guitar
My influences are:
Paul Simon, James Taylor, Van Morrison, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Jonie Mitchell.
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 typically take place on these days and hours:
both weekdays and weeknights.
My cancellation/booking policy:
first and second cancellation are no-penalty. After that, cancellations within 24 hours must be made up same week or else are 50% owed.
30 mins. $30
45 mins. $45
60 mins. $60
Which methods of payment are accepted?
Cash, Credit Cards, Paypal
Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following:
I have them play for me. We talk about their music background, what they're interested in learning, etc. Then I usually start them off with some basic chords and right hand strumming or finger-style patters (or basic pick technique). We go over proper position for the guitar, both hands, etc.
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:
I usually give my students some technical exercises to strengthen their fingers. Then we learn songs or licks, or an element of acoustic guitar playing usually encapsulated in a song that incorporates those lessons.
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:
Someone with the time to practice and a decent sense of rhythm
“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...”