We each teach in person across Manhattan, and online globally. If you would like lessons with us, please contact us through either email or our social media. We you enquire we can discuss rates, but we accept payment via direct deposit/cheque, venmo, cash, and paypal.
If you're not sure what style/genre you want to learn, it's okay! We're happy to give you advice on what is right for you. We can also advise you on what guitar to get if you don't have one yet. We can teach you to do everything.
Classical; Suzuki (we are both registered Suzuki guitar teachers); contemporary/pop; jazz; rock.
We teach 30-min, 45-min or 60-min lessons. They can either be in focused on you (a solo lesson) or your ensemble (a chamber coaching).
If you have a regular teacher and want a second opinion from one or both of us, we can give you an unbiased opinion.
You don't! Learning an instrument should be fun and have a meaningful impact on you outside of your instrument.
We know how that feels! We've been there and experience that. We will help you structure your practice so that thinking about practicing isn't stressful.
For every style and type of guitar playing, the left hand (the one that presses down the strings on the neck) stays the same. The right hand (the one that plucks the strings) is what changes.
There are two different ways that guitarists pluck strings: With fingers (sometimes called fingerstyle), and with a guitar pick/plectrum. Fingers are used for classical and some pop playing. Classical guitarists grow fingernails on their right hand specifically to pluck with as it improves your tone, volume, and makes playing a lot easier. A pick is used in rock, metal and pop playing, and is usually used to strum chords and play notes really fast! For jazz, a pick is mainly used, but some guitarists use a combination of a pick fingers - some also use nails just like classical guitarists.
There are three main types of guitars: Classical, acoustic, and electric. Electric guitars are used by most bands because they are amplified. Acoustic guitars are often used by singer songwriters and a lot of "fingerstyle" guitarists. They are versatile because some are amplified but also audible on their own, and they can often take a beating if you want to do a lot of guitar percussion. Unlike electric and acoustic guitars, classical guitars have nylon strings, a wider neck, and a much more refined sound. The wider neck allows for much greater precision when playing lots of notes at once, and the nylon strings are much kinder to nails than steel strings.