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Accepting New Guitar Students

Posted: January 20, 2017

Acclaimed NYC guitarist is currently accepting new students for in studio (Brooklyn), house calls (Manhattan & Brooklyn only) or Skype lessons.

I have 20 + years experience teaching privately – as well as in workshops – students of all levels (beginner to advanced) and all ages (youngest student ever: 7 / oldest: 79 – and still playing!). My methods vary from student to student as I focus on the strengths, weaknesses and goals/interests of each one.

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* And also my full RESUME

Some potential areas of focus during sessions:

Technique: Finger-style, Flat-picking, Hybrid Techniques, Left/Right-Hand Balance, Scales, Arpeggios, Chord Progressions, etc.
Learning By Ear: *Super IMPORTANT* – more so than anything else, frankly. Ideally, we could spend a lot of time developing your ear and translating that to your instrument. Learning YOUR favorite music on guitar can be quite exciting!
Reading Western Notation: *Optional* – I highly recommend this, but it is not always within a musician’s goals. We can spend a little, a lot or no time on this. It absolutely will help one to grow but there are many other means for musical growth.
Harmonic Theory: Basic – Advanced: a certain level is key for all music. Most Western music is made up of the same musical DNA. It’s important and insightful to delve into these areas whether you have a primary interest in one or many styles of music.
Melodic Theory: Basic – Advanced: melodies are the fabric of most music. When we zoom in and deeply listen and/or analyze, we can unlock their algorithmic secrets which will allow us access to more and more music, subsequently.
Chordal Concepts: Basic – Advanced: this is my bread and butter! I love chords and have spent tens of thousands of hours unlocking their secrets. Let me show you what I’ve found!
Feel: *SUPER important!* All music has some sort of groove. We need to feel it, but in earlier stages of learning, this can be difficult. But it’s almost like swimming or riding a bike: once we get the hang of getting into the groove, it always fits like a glove. Feel and groove can oftentimes make up for lack of technical knowledge, but NEVER vice-versa! We can spend quite a bit of time on groove alone – getting comfortable with any style(s) you desire.
Tone: whether on acoustic or electric, tone is a key element of the styles of all your favorite players. Learn to mimic the tones of others and/or focus on finding your tone, YOUR sound!

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As you can see, there are so many dimensions of the guitar to potentially explore. Lessons may also include basic to advanced music theory in conjunction with our studies together. I believe in an organic and engaged approach to teaching and learning. One should not be too rigid on either end of the exchange. As much as I have learned from my many teachers during 25 years of playing, I may have learned just as much, if not more from my students.

Sessions currently offered:

Studio: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (close to Q, 2/3, C trains) - $75/hr | $110/90 mins.
Your Home:
will travel reasonably to Manhattan or Brooklyn - $100/hr | $140/90 mins.
Skype:
fun & insightful! Study from ANYWHERE in the world – $75/hr | $110/90 mins.

Please get in touch with any questions or serious inquiries: lessons@bentyree.net

Thanks!
Ben Tyree