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phil volan and joleen bell
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Lately, I've been taking on a few students, getting my teaching
It feels like the right time to dive back in.
I'm not teaching in my home as it's not an ideal scenario, but if
you find it convenient,
I will come to
home. I charge $45 for an hour. If it's a long distance I might
a few bucks extra for gas money and time. I'll meet you at your
skill level and tastes, and go from there.
I rarely use written music because I don't read well
myself, but I can work with chord charts, recordings and lyrics
which I can provide. My strength is with fingerpicking patterns, and
my ear is very well-developed.
I will help you with various picking patterns and apply them to
singing songs or instrumentals of your choosing or by my suggestion.
My own progress as a professional guitarist has
mostly been by ear. It's a valid way to learn and many of your
favorite players learned this way, but if you prefer or require
notation or extensive theory, there are other teachers in Colorado
Springs which I can recommend. Most students from my past experience
wanted to learn a similar style maybe inspired by my own, and wanted
to accompany their voice with guitar, with maybe a little more
expression than just strumming. I can help there.
Call or text me at 719-237-9189
or email at:
few kind words
from this community's favorite instructor
of acoustic guitar, and the famed Pied Piper
of terrific acoustic music jams, Charlie Hall (now retired):
is a mentor of mine. He earned Second Place in the
2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. He was, at least
Best Musician of the Pikes Peak Region back in the 1990s, and is a
very positive guy.
He himself is primarily a fingerstyle player, but he can come across
as if heís using a flat pick,
and teach it as well. Truly amazing. Iíve seen him take at least
one person who had never
played before, and in some years, sheís playing gigs. I canít
guarantee youíll do that,
but heíll work with you at your level and raise it."