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Intro to Guitar + Music Theory


60 per session Virtual OK

Teaching the very basics including correct positioning, chords, and basic strumming.
What to expect: not everything may be covered in this 30 minutes, and note that everyone learns at different rates. For complete beginners, I can do a short introduction on notes and chords, and then get in to guitar positioning. For my faster learners, I can go ahead and start teaching chords and strumming patterns. For my super fast learners, I can start teaching more advanced techniques such as palm muting and hammering. Lol don't worry about this terminology yet XD

I can also give basic music theory advice for starting musicians, including some mnemonics for reading notes in music staff. There are two ways to teach guitar or any other music instrument. I learned both music by ear and by note. Most students I teach prefer the former because it eliminates having to learn notation and can eventually help you play spontaneously. However, it may be more difficult a skill to acquire quickly. By note is the traditional way to teach, but it does require some music theory to be introduced.

Training & Qualifications

Have had 4 years of guitar experience, on and off. I do some finger style (still working on it doe), and can strum to most chords. I was taught by my dad and grandfather, and in fact, I belong to a very musically oriented family. I studied piano for over 15 years and violin for 10 years. I composed music for full orchestra and have taught lessons for the instruments I have listed over my years in order to help myself gain a deeper understanding.

Availability & Preferences

It is variable, since there is a lot of school work.

Trading Preference: I prefer exchanging services


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About Rick Cruz

I am a graduate student with various hobbies and skills including espresso making, cooking, violin, piano, guitar, music composition, computer technology and many others. I will only offer services I am very comfortable teaching to others. My online presence will be minimal at first because I am new to this service, but hopefully if this is all legit, I can come back and offer lessons on most of the hobbies that I enjoy. I honestly love teaching, and after finding this website on Facebook ad, I was drawn to the possibility of being able to teach other through this website. I may not be as active as other users due to my heavy involvement in school (which I am not ready to mention yet). Though, as I get experience and credibility, I hope to be very frequent on this website, especially when I am not studying my butt off. My first lesson ever on here is one on espresso making, a skill that I have acquired through my years as a undergraduate to graduate student. I have been playing various instruments like the piano and violin for well over 10 years. I do give lessons in real life, but only to my friends whom I see every day. It would be nice to hone my skills as a teacher and expanding my horizons to you guys. It'll just take some time for me to adapt to this online presence. Thank you all, and have a wonderful day!show more

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