My name is Alison and have been playing guitar for the past twenty years. I have been teaching it for the past fourteen years and am an RGT registered tutor. I share with my students anything I know and learnt throughout these years from my father. However, one need to understand that without effort, sacrifice, dedication and practice no progress is achieved - no matter how good the teacher is. Every student must find some time to practice during the day. It is useless to be equipped with the best guitars, amps, sound effects and so on - they do not play on their own!!!
Through experience, I can say that at first students (of any age) are very eager to learn and do well. However, as things start to get more complicated, they tend to become a bit 'bored'. They do not appreciate that most of the famous guitarists in bands studied really hard to achieve a good standard of playing - including scales, arpeggios,chords progression and so on.
As for Classical Guitar, I tend to emphasize a lot the position in which one has to be to play correctly this instrument. For instance I spend a couple of weeks on the relaxation of the right-hand, which is extremely important so as to play gracefully. Moreover, I cannot imagine a student playing classical guitar without the use of a foot stool. This is placed under the left foot so that the guitar is at a 45 degree angle with one's body.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday (in Santa Venera) and all students are given individual attention. All ages are welcome, preferably over 8 years. The classroom is equipped with amplifiers and stands, so students need only bring with them their guitar and the wire/cable. Those who wish to try out a couple of lessons before buying the guitar are also welcome - in that case they can use our guitars during the lesson. Moreover, students who own a guitar, but for a reason or another cannot bring it along for the lesson, are provided with one too.
Description of lessons:
Knowledge of the Guitar Fingerboard (Chromatic Scales)
Scales (major, minor, pentatonic, blues)
Left-hand technique (for speed)
Read standard notation (music notes)
Other useful techniques (hammer-ons, pull-offs, bending, harmonics etc...)
Various types of strumming
Chord construction, inversion and transposition
More detailed theory
System of Knowledge Curriculum
.......and much much more!!!!
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