We are often asked, “Can I learn from watching Internet Videos”? The answer is yes, to some extent. But what you wont have is the feedback of having a teacher watch while you learn to be sure you are doing it right or to help you improve. Often times, a teacher can prevent you from getting into bad habits that may impede your ability to play better. Posture, positioning, technique; all are an interactive part of the learning process that requires a teacher to correct and remind you. Why would you want to take online guitar lessons, when you can have some hands on training? Online guitar lessons only offer something to see or do but no-one will be available to correct you or help you improve.
Statistically, the method of learning from a teacher has a much higher success rate than those who try to self teach by taking online guitar lessons or any lesson for that matter. More often than not, without formal lessons, people lose interest quickly.
Stop in and take advantage of the many lesson programs we have:
- Violin, Viola, Cello
- Flue, Trumpet, Trombone
- Clarinet, Saxophone
- Acoustic, Bass, and Lead Guitar
- Piano, Keyboard, and Synthesizer
- Snare and Complete Drum Kit
- Sound Reinforcement Systems and Components
- Microphones and their Uses
- Mixing Console Operation
- Church Sound
- Digital Recording Fundamentals
- Basic Music Theory
Music lessons are a type of formal instruction in playing a musical instrument or singing. Typically, a student taking music lessons meets a music teacher for one-on-one training sessions ranging from 30 minutes to one hour in length over a period of weeks or years. For vocal lessons, teachers show students how to sit or stand and breathe, and how to position the head, chest, and mouth for good vocal tone. For instrument lessons, teachers show students how to sit or stand with the instrument, how to hold the instrument, and how to manipulate the fingers and other body parts to produce tones and sounds from the instrument. Music teachers also assign technical exercises, musical pieces, and other activities to help the students improve their musical skills. While most music lessons are one-on-one (private), some teachers also teach groups of two to four students (semi-private lessons), and, for very basic instruction, some instruments are taught in large group lessons, such as piano and acoustic guitar. Private lessons can also take place through live video chat using webcam and videotelephony online.
Music lessons are part of both amateur music instruction and professional training. In amateur and recreational music contexts, children and adults take music lessons to improve their singing or playing skills and learn basic techniques. In professional training contexts, such as music conservatories, university music performance programs (e.g., Bachelor of music, Master of music, DMA, etc.), students take a music lesson once a week for an hour or more with a music professor over a period of years to learn advanced playing or singing techniques. Many instrumental performers and singers, including a number of music celebrities, have learned “by ear”, especially in folk music styles such as blues and popular styles such as rock music. Nevertheless, even in folk and popular styles, a number of performers have had some type of music lessons, such as meeting with a vocal coach or getting childhood instruction in an instrument such as piano.
Although not universally accepted, many teachers drill students with the repetitive playing of certain patterns, such as scales, arpeggios, and rhythms. Scales are often taught because they are the building blocks of melody in most Western art music. In addition, there are flexibility studies, which make it physically easier to play the instrument. Percussion instruments use rudiments that help in the development of sticking patterns, roll techniques and other little nuances such as flams and drags. There are sets of exercises for piano designed to stretch the connection between fourth and fifth fingers, making them more independent. Brass players practice lip slurs, which are unarticulated changes in embouchure between partials. Woodwind players (Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute) have a multitude of exercises to help with tonguing techniques, finger dexterity, and tone development. Entire books of etudes have been written to this purpose.
We offer classes for all band and orchestra instruments. If you are in a school band program and want to get some remedial training to better prepare you, come take a few sessions and our teachers will get you going in the right direction.