Online guitar lessons
Are you considering online guitar lessons with a professional? No matter who you work with, you should be set up to have an ideal technique. Our instructors are experienced in working with guitarists of all levels and genres, and many of the elements of a good guitar technique are are the same for all! Our instructors will work with you on the following elements:
1) Tablature in Online Guitar Lessons
A diagram for how to play notes and chords in a guitar piece. This is a sort of “cheat sheet” for playing a guitar piece where you don’t have to read sheet music, but focus only on what fingers to use and when during practice of a song. You will learn this first in online guitar lessons so that you can learn the guitar technique and speed up your ability to learn a new piece. You’ll then be able to learn new pieces from sheet music much faster.
2) Scales for Guitar Lessons
Scales are patterns of notes that go up or down in pitch progressively. Scales are the building blocks for leads, melodies and even Eddie Van Halen’s scorching guitar solos! Learning scales during online guitar lessons allows you to improve your finger strength, speed, and flexibility.
Chords are a set of notes played at the same time – usually 3 for guitar. Chords provide a “thicker” guitar sound that can accompany other instruments and or the voice. As a guitarist, you’ll learn strong accompanist skills during online guitar lessons.
4) Power Chords
Chords made of the root note and the fifth of a chord, and sometimes their octaves. The standard chord’s rebellious cousin, power chords are simple, raw and ready to rock and roll! They sound strong and crunchy, especially on electric guitar, and that’s why they are used in rock and metal so much.
5) Having Fun with Guitar Lessons
Guitar can be a frustrating and time-consuming instrument to learn. Because it takes so much work, you should work with an instructor that’s able to make learning guitar fun and has the patience that can get you there. Our instructors are able to teach a wide variety of guitar styles – it’s important to work on music you’ll enjoy.
Jeffery Dunn is a classically trained professional guitarist who earned his BA in Guitar Performance, studying under Dr. Matthew Dunne, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was inspired by his older brothers to learn, and at age 11 he was on his way to being a skilled self-taught guitarist.
Over the span of his career, Jeffery has performed at weddings and formal events, played the Aztec theater, and taught guitar at studios across the Alamo city. He specializes in classical guitar and metal and incorporates music theory at the core of his lessons.
Today, Jeffery balances his time between teaching and playing guitar in local bands.
Kimo Knowles is an artist, engineer and educator. Trained in classical piano and viola, Kimo was awarded first place in the MHCC Northwest Orchestra Festival and a gold medal in the Oregon Bach Festival. Kimo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus in Art & Technology Studies.
For over 15 years, Kimo has led and contributed to projects in film, video, new media, dance, folk, punk, classical and ambient music. In the classroom, Kimo draws influence from his studies in philosophy, his piano teacher (a Doctor of Psychology) and a career in K-12 STEM education.
Kimo prefers holistic, collaborative and emergent styles of learning, and treasures the relationships of inspiration and respect that make this possible. Kimo is available for lessons in guitar, piano, voice, theory & composition and audio production.
Anson Brown started his musical career at Fresno City College where he studied with David Schramm and Dr. Kevin Cooper where he studied classical guitar and started to develop a fondness for historical music. At the University of California, Irvine, he studied the lute and historically informed guitar performance under John Schneiderman. At Irvine, he earned both his Bachelors of Music and his Masters of Fine Arts degrees in 2013 and 2015.
He specializes in performance on the guitar and the lute. He also specializes in basso continuo and historical accompaniment from the 16th-17th century. He has extensive knowledge of music theory in modal counterpoint, tonal music, and 20th century music.
He also believes that music should be used as a form of communication and outreach to the community. He has performed for charities, group homes, scholarship fundraisers, taught after school programs for underserved communities in Saint Louis. Anson has always thrived in any and all musical communities and strides to help others do the same.
Ty Napierskie (they/them) is a middle school music teacher whose love for music, which started early in their life, blossomed into teaching . They have a BM in Music Education and have years of experience teaching private piano, voice, and guitar lessons. Ty currently teaches choir and guitar at a middle school in Virginia and LOVES learning new instruments.
Ty has been involved in many different ensembles including: playing piano in musicals, singing soprano in select and jazz choirs, playing piano in jazz bands, playing flute in marching bands, playing flute and euphonium in concert bands, and playing piano for solo and accompanied performances.
They also love watching anime and the K-pop group BTS. They saw BTS live in 2019 and hope to see them live again soon. Their other interests include going on hikes, painting, making earrings, and playing with their pet dog and pet rats.
One passion of theirs is personalizing lessons to suit each individual student’s need, and they are dedicated to helping their students begin and continue their lifelong musical journey. Currently Ty is based in Northern Virginia, USA.
Melodi Alper is a voice, piano, guitar, and flute teacher from Izmir, Turkey. Her classical music education started at age 5 with solfege training, continued with playing the piano at age 6, and began guitar training at age 10.
From an early age her dream was to be a professional pianist! She has studied piano with many great pianists such as Basarcan Kivrak and Basak Goren Han at Armoni School of music. She has also had the honor of playing flute in many formal ceremonies!
Since 2015, Melodi has been teaching private lessons with a passion for both music and LGBT acceptance.
Frankie is a teacher based out of Oregon. Raised in sunny San Diego, he was introduced to a love of music by his mother and picked up a guitar and began writing songs at 5 years old. In high school, Frankie re-introduced himself to the guitar, and with much dedication and training began leading the junior high and high school worship bands.
After high school, his pursuits of music remained, although constant, more in the background as he began teaching Environmental Education in San Diego. After Instructing students in Environmental sciences and guitar/ ukulele for the past 5 years, his passion to teach remains strong. These experiences have given him a drive to explore, discover, and grow with the world around him.
Levels: all for voice, beginner and intermediate for piano and guitar
Genres: any but classical/opera
Brandon Tuzio is a music instructor based in New Jersey. He began his music education at a young age and eventually graduated from Berklee College of Music as a Voice Principal with a Professional Music Bachelor’s Degree.
He writes and produces his own music, as well as composing music for film and video games. Brandon also has an extensive performance background in Musical Theater, performing keyboards and vocals in numerous wedding bands, and being a part of many bands performing original music.
As a music teacher, he has had years of experience teaching voice, guitar, piano, bass, and music theory. He truly enjoys getting to know students and what their individual goals are, and works hard to help achieve them.
Christi Brekke is a musician/producer, singer/songwriter, voice/music instructor, author and advocate currently based in South Texas. A former public-school choir director, music teacher, and church worship minister, Christi has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds on many styles of music and voice.
In 1993, Christi’s heavy metal band “Unblessed” wrote and produced their self-titled album. They disbanded a year later. In 2010, they reunited and Christi (still “Chris” in those days) produced their second album, “The Devil’s Fifth,” at her home studio, where she also made records and demos for local bands and singers.
She continues to record and produce songs for her YouTube channel. Christi spent almost a decade in music/worship ministry sharpening both her musical and technical skills. In 2004-2005, she recorded each worship service and produced a weekly audio program that was broadcast on local radio.
As a high school choir director, Christi led her students to success at regional and state-level singing competitions for both soloists and ensembles. Versatile, experienced and passionate, Christi is dedicated to helping her students succeed.