Whether you're a beginner guitarist or a seasoned pro, I am excited to have the opportunity to teach you guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo or music theory in Bend, Oregon! I offer music lessons PERSONALIZED to your goals, playing level, and style. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to learning to play the guitar. If your goal is to play classical guitar, then I will teach you to read music - faster than you thought possible. If your goal is to shred solos like Slash, then we don't have to start by playing Nursery Rhymes. If you're in a position where you've been playing for many many years, but you're looking to expand your understanding of music theory or learn some new, hot licks...let's rock!

A bit about me. I graduated with honors from Austin Peay State University where I studied pedagogy and advanced music theory and was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar. I've been a guitar teacher and bass teacher for over 14 years. I've played guitar for over 90 bands and artists, 28 of whom are major-label artists. I've had the honor of living my dream. I now live in Bend, Oregon and perform with Precious Byrd. I'm a guitar teacher and music theory instructor, serving students in Bend and Redmond, Oregon and also online via Skype. If you're looking for a music instructor Bend, Oregon, I would be honored to teach you what I've learned over a lifetime of being a student myself and of real-life experience with the guitar.

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and instantly REWARDING!

Many of us set out to learn guitar or any instrument, but sometimes our busy lives prevent us from dedicating the time to tackle that goal. Let me be the guitar teacher who shows you the ‘life hacks’ of learning to play guitar. Learning guitar, bass or other stringed instruments should be super fun and instantly gratifying. We don’t have to learn the basics to move onto the fun stuff. I’ll teach you what YOU want to learn, not what I think you should learn. 

There's certainly 'the right way' to learn a musical instrument, and there's a fun way, full of life hacks...guess what? We can do both at the same time! I'll teach you the 'party tricks' of guitar while also taking a properly classical approach to teaching the instrument which I learned while earning a classical guitar degree at Austin Peay State University under the tutelage of Dr. Stanley Yates. Contact me for your first guitar lesson, and let me show you how fun AND enlightening guitar lessons can be. I look forward to getting to know you or your student. I'm offering guitar lessons and music theory lessons in Bend, Oregon and Redmond, Oregon and online. I would love to be your guitar teacher. Learn more about pricing and booking, here...



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