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All styles and genres!

Intermediate or beginner, serious musician or hobbyist, new music or classic rock, blues, classical, or jazz!  

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Music Theory

Whether you want to know a little or a lot, I can help. General knowledge or music school prep. I can teach treble and bass clef!

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Songwriting/music business

I understand the art of songwriting and the spirituality of it. I keep things simple and help you explore your creative side. Lots of stories and experience to help you understand what you are getting yourself into :)! 

How To Buy a Guitar

 
 HOW TO BUY A GUITAR
 After playing and teaching guitar for over 20 years, one of the most common questions I get asked is, ‘What’s a good guitar to buy?’ The following information can answer this question.   
 YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
 It’s that simple! Guitars range from $100 to $10,000, kind of like cars. Which car would you rather drive? However, most of us can’t afford the ‘high end’ equipment right away, so work with your budget. If you want to play, JUST BUY ONE! You can always upgrade later. We all do this!
 $300-$500 is a good price for a guitar to start and grow with. Don’t forget a case, picks, a strap, a tuner, and a guitar cable and amplifier (if you go electric), then of course there’s always sales tax $$$. YOUR MONEY GETS EATEN UP QUICKLY!   
 Package deals are great ways to save a little money, but the guitar should come first!
 KEEP IT SIMPLE!
 Acoustic instruments are simplier than electric instruments, because an amplifier is not involved. Fender guitars are easier to deal with than Gibson guitars. There are fewer knobs to twist and they weigh less, but you should explore EVERY guitar brand and model possible. EVEN ONES YOU CAN’T AFFORD!
 Usually, the more expensive you go, the more bells and whistles involved. I have had many students get the coolest looking, rock-n-roll guitar in the store, just to quit a few months later. DON’T BASE YOUR GUITAR PURCHASE ON THE WAY IT LOOKS!   
 Also, it’s okay to start with an electric guitar, especially if your going to buy it later anyway, but if you’re the type who starts new hobbies and quits early, you might want to rethink this. Like I said, KEEP IT SIMPLE!   
 BUY FROM A MUSIC STORE!
 Avoid pawn shops, television, online, or your local all in one ‘super store.’ It is better to physically see, or play, the guitar before you buy it. Other places may try and rip you off and most of what they sell is of questionable quality!!!   
 A music store employee is the most qualified to help you find what you’re looking for; however, they are salesmen, so don’t let them push you into something you don’t need. I once had a teenage girl come to her first guitar lesson with a 7 string guitar! That is too much guitar even for some of the pros. Do some homework, and hopefully you’ll find a salesperson who understands that THE GUITAR SHOULD FIT THE PLAYER! The internet is a great way to do research and explore your options.   Most music stores also have a 30 return policy. That way, if you get it home and decide you don’t like it, or your teenager daughter gets upset that it’s the wrong color, you can return it. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT!   
 GET IT IN YOUR HANDS!
 Sit down, put your arms around it, and see if you’re comfortable. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t want to play and it will go into the closet or under the bed. WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!
 Today guitars come in all different shapes and sizes. Full size, half size, and three quarter size acoustic guitars are available as well as ‘mini’ electrics for kids who want to rock out at an early age.
 This should get you started!   
 Take this for what it’s worth. 20 other people may tell you 20 other things, but to me, this is what the first time buyer needs to know.   
 Once you’ve progressed passed a beginner, well that’s a different story!
 Eric Sykes 

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Beginning Warm Up!

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Beginning Guitar Chords!

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How to get a pick out of your guitar!

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