Prepare

The first half-hour session with me is free and no-obligation.  I expect any prospective student to ask some questions and see what I’m like in person before making any decision.  All of my lessons are “open door” and I encourage parents, grandparents, and/or siblings to sit in on any lesson and see the progress the student is making.  I have a list of references available on request.

Make sure you have these items to be prepared for your first lesson:

– If you have a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, the Guitar Pro app is required (click on links to add it to your device):

iOS

Android

Kindle

PC/Mac version for laptop.

– I prefer to send lesson notes via email.  Students who do not have access to email must bring a three ring-binder to every lesson.
– If you don’t have a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, you will need a guitar or bass method book.  Groups of two students must use the same guitar or bass method.
– A guitar tuner (I suggest the Korg GA-1 or Guitar Tuna – a free tuner for guitar).
– If you don’t have a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, you will need to purchase a metronome to help develop rhythm (I suggest the Korg MA-1).
– Acoustic guitar students will want to purchase a capo.

Click HERE for some tips on downloading Guitar Pro files to your device at home.

Make sure you have these additional items to be prepared for your first video lesson (new for March 2020):

1) Only Skype or Zoom will be used for a video lesson.  Being able to share screens really helps during the lesson and I have my audio routed in my studio to help you hear what I’m doing.

2) Install Dropbox on the same device as Guitar Pro so I can share all of my Guitar Pro files and PDFs to your computer or smart device.  Click HERE to add my BisManJams to your device via Dropbox.

3) Best set up for Skype or Zoom would be a computer with a large screen hardwired into your internet modem (avoid wifi) to ensure the highest quality connection.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  I will share all of my Guitar Pro files with any teacher via Dropbox.