‘Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision.’ (Herbie Hancock).
As a tutor, I am here to serve you. Instead of relying on a preestablished teaching plan, we will find the right approach together and come up with your personal learning strategy. During my lessons we’ll listen to your favorite tracks, study your favorite artists and discover your unique sound as a guitarist and musician. My goal as a teacher is not only to improve your guitar playing, but also expand your music understanding and appreciation.
No two lessons will be the same – the order and pace of the learning material you receive will rely on what your long, medium and short-term goals are. Moreover, I will adapt my approach in accordance to how you adjust to the content of our lesson, your interest on specific subjects and the amount of time you have to practice during the week.
Forget about stressful teachers and excruciating hours of practice! Music is supposed to be fun, and my job is to encourage you to learn as much as you can at your own pace. While some of the content might be challenging, we will break it down together and review previous lessons until there are no questions unanswered.
Here’s the main subjects we’ll approach in my lessons:
Stylistic Guitar Techniques:
Over the past 6 years I performed professionally with jazz ensembles, function bands (rock, R&B, funk) as well as pop and hip-hop artists. I studied each style extensively and acquired a broad range of techniques which conveyed authenticity to my sound. During our lessons, we’ll break down this process and find the right approach for you to develop your technique. Think of it as a ‘toolbox’ – there are specific tools for specific jobs, so you need to learn how and when to use them.
Here are some of the ‘tools’ I can give you:
• Picking (alternate, sweep, economy)
• Fretboard Visualizing (CAGED system, 3 Note per string)
• Rhythm (timing, ‘swing’ feel, reggae, funk)
• Modern Rock Techniques (Legato, Tapping, double stops)
• Triads and 7th chords
• Drop 2 & Drop 3 Voicings and Inversions
Performing as part of an ensemble is very different from practicing alone in your room. I believe the most beautiful part of music is to share it, and that feeling is never more present than when you’re communicating with fellow musicians. In this broad element of my teaching plan, we will talk about performance, becoming a more complete musician and how certain skills will help you transition from rehearsal room to the stage.
Here are some of the key elements we’ll discuss:
• Music Theory (modes, cadences, re-harmonizing techniques)
• Sight Reading (score, chord chart)
• Ear Training (identifying intervals, chords, scales)
• Stage Fright
• Alexander Technique
Composing & Improvising:
Music is all about creating, and our lessons will be no exception! I encourage all my students to explore new ideas and express their opinions on music because that will help you to find your own voice and express your emotions through music. As a tutor I will shed some light on the contemporary conceptions of music creation in order to broad your musical knowledge.
• Developing melodies and motifs
• Arranging (orchestral, big band, string quartet)
• Improvising (solos, embellishments)
• Music production (instrumentation, sound design)
So if you’re either a complete beginner, a singer-songwriter trying to develop your musical palate or a more experienced guitar player who wants to become a versatile and complete musician, I believe I have the right tools to direct you towards your goals. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact me and we’ll take your playing to the next level!
Hi! My name is Ricardo and I'm a session guitarist, award-winning composer and music tutor. I recently completed my bachelors degree in Popular Music Performance and became a full-time working musician.
During my studies I began working as a freelance music teacher. I worked with students of all ages from beginner to intermediate levels. I also have an enhanced DBS check and previous experience working with people with intellectual disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy).
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