I base lessons completely around the student. I will find the direction that the student in interested in going and then advise a strategy. My primary occupation is operating a recording studio and producing musical acts. The lessons will take place in the recording studio where a very wide variety gear will be available to the students at all times.
Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Folk Guitar, Country Guitar, Alternative Guitar, R & B Guitar, Metal Guitar, HipHop Guitar, Pop Guitar, Reggae Guitar
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Electric bass
My influences are:
I am a big fan of The Beatles. Their songwriting and performances are phenomenal. That being said, I have a very wide range of musical tastes from rock to jazz to classical to pop.
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:
I own and operate a recording studio in Simi Valley, CA where most lessons take place.
My cancellation/booking policy:
The month is to be for in advance on the first lesson of that month. Cancellations before 48 hours of the session will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience. No shows are to be paid sessions.
I charge $35 an hour. Minimum lesson is a one hour session. Lessons are to be weekly for maximum benefit.
Which methods of payment are accepted?
Cash, Checks, Money Orders, Paypal
Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection
Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following:
I will ask the student to play a couple of their favorite songs that they have been practicing. I work and have worked in music exclusively for quite some time now. I am able to assess where a player is in their development in a couple minutes.
A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:
A general lesson will start with some conversation about musical interests and style preferences. Then I may offer suggestions about how many sessions of those interests were accomplished to set out the lesson plan. Then usually we would work on a song or two together. I would then assign some homework along the same lines to work out and bring back in the following week. There can be a wide variety of differences from client to client.
The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:
My ideal student is one that is dedicated and does his/her homework! There is very little that I can teach if the student is not willing to put in the time and effort to do the work.
“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...”