How many weeks do sessions run and can I start mid-session?
All the group classes run in 8-week sessions. You are welcome to join a class at any point in the session, and can catch up with the online videos. If you are starting after week three, the sessions can be prorated based how many are remaining.
How long is each class and how much does it cost?
Classes meet once a week for an hour. The cost is $340 for each 8-week session.
I’m not sure I want to commit to 8 weeks without trying it, is that ok?
Yes, please come to a class and you can pay just for the single class ($40). At that point you can decide if you want to commit to the whole 8 weeks.
Do I have to know how to play to take lessons?
No experience necessary! I am happy to work with beginners of all ages.
I have been playing for awhile, but still feel I am missing some guitar skills, can you help?
Absolutely! A lot of people develop many of the physical skills of playing without understanding how music works and how to visualize the guitar to use it creatively. I love to help with this!
Do I need to have a guitar to take lessons?
Yes. If it’s a hardship to bring your guitar to class, please let me know and we can discuss. I have a few here to borrow, but you will definitely need one at home to practice.
Where are the lessons?
All classes are in my beautiful studio called SoundSpace! located at 2111 Mission St Suite 303 (on the corner of 17th and Mission). It’s in the same building as Fabric Outlet - one block from the 16th St. BART and very close to a ton of places to get food and shop!
What styles do you teach?
I focus on skills that apply to all styles of music. In class we do a lot of “classic” rock, pop and folk, basically songs I think most people will know. Ultimately the songs are all about learning and practicing specific skills. It’s a bonus if you enjoy the song, and the skills you learn will enable you to choose and play the songs you do know and love!
What if I miss a class (or more)?
As each class has a password-protected webpage, and each lesson has a video which is uploaded with any accompanying handouts after the live class takes place. This gives you the opportunity to review what happened in class, and if you miss a class you will be able to catch up with the video.
Do you have guitar recommendations?
Here are the names of a few models/brands that students have had that I've had an opportunity to check and give thumbs up to:
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha FS720S (smaller body)
Taylor GS Mini (smaller body)
Taylor Academy Series (smaller body)
Taylor makes a few smaller models, "baby or big baby"
Do you have a mailing list?
Yes, and it's the best guitar list around - see below!