A Better Way

Live Guitar Lessons On Skype & Other Platforms $60 for a 1 Hour Session
Scheduled Individually Includes Tabs, Practice Tracks, Videos, etc.

Learn to play the music you love

• Visual, play-by-ear approach
• No note reading required
• No demands, no guilt-trips, no obligation
• Play in real time with real music
• Styles: Classic Rock, Blues, Texas Country, Smooth Jazz, Reggae, World Beat
• Just 45 minutes practice recommended per week
• Use my guided practice videos - just follow along

You can play along with the music you love. The true measure of your ability as a player is your ability to play with real music.

I’ve been a professional musician and teacher for more than 20 years. I’ve played two thousand live gigs, and I’ve taught thousands of lessons.

My students are capable, confident, and musically ‘street-wise.’ My methods are different from most other teachers. I use a shape-based, play-by-ear approach to teaching guitar, bass and keyboards. Playing with tracks and songs is our main activity.

My approach is conditioning-based. I focus on how the guitar feels to you. You’ll never get the sound you want if you’re uncomfortable. You can tell whether someone is comfortable just by watching someone play. The right conditioning, physical and mental, allow you to play easily and comfortably. Mental conditioning includes ear-training and learning to play in time.

Valuable practice tools available nowhere else

My play-along practice videos and audio tracks are basically like workout videos - imitate the action until the end of the video.  My guided practices are based on real guitar parts from hit songs.

My students never say, “I don’t know what to practice.”  With hundreds of guided practice routines on chords, scales, picking - you’re never stuck in a rut.

My schedule is flexible, but spaces are limited. (If my schedule is full, I can set you up with an online teacher I know personally and have worked with for years.)

• I can help you reach your musical goals.

• I tailor my approach to match the learning style of each student.

• You wont be bombarded with information that
seems to have no purpose. I don’t push “Learning For Learning’s Sake.”

• Take lessons only as many lessons as you want. There’s never an obligation to take another lesson. I wont contact you unless you specifically ask me to. You can book lessons up to four months in advance.

But the other guys have 10,000 videos? Why should I subscribe here?

The key to getting better is practice. Let me guide your practice. Imitate what I do in my practice videos. Work the practice routines for the recommended amount of time, and you will become a better guitarist, barring injuries or other special circumstance.

I walk you through the note patterns that make up rock music. When you hear these patterns in real music, you recognize them by sound, and you've already learned to associate those sounds with shapes. You know these sound/shape relationships thoroughly, because you played them with my practice tracks. Now, you're playing by ear, and able to teach yourself.

The guys with 10,000 videos have done a great job, they can all teach you a lot. But do you really plan to watch 10,000 videos? How many videos do you plan to watch before you say to the world, "I'm a great guitar player." Is their approach teaching you the crucial ear-training skills that allow you to "see" music as a "sound-hologram," like I do?

HoustonGuitar is designed so you can target a skill, then develop that skill. I offer the most direct and efficient way to get better on the guitar for beginners and intermediates. This includes people preparing for music school, a band, or a career as a musician. Guided practice is the key.

 

For Video Conference (Skype) Lessons

You can book your video conference lesson right now. I use Skype and other platforms. Lessons are booked through SimplyBookMe. We need to communicate by email or Skype before you take your first lesson.

If your phone or tablet doesn't open the booking page, copy and paste this link in your browser:

https://houstonguitaronline.simplybook.me/v2/