Twice a year, in the winter and summer, Huber Guitar Studio hosts a student recital downstairs in the eclectic parlor room of the James E. Hooper House. This past July, students had a chance to polish up their songs and perform them in front of family, friends, and fellow students. We had quite a range of guitar music from Led Zeppelin to Mississippi John Hurt to Astor Piazzolla, a great mix of music! We all had a chance to mingle afterwards, enjoy refreshments, and talk about music and guitar. All students are encouraged to participate to develop performance experience.
Custom Guitar Lessons, Tailored to Your Needs
Whether you’ve been playing guitar for years or are just starting out, personalized, one-on-one guitar lessons at Huber Guitar Studio will put you on your own path to excellence with guitar.
At your first lesson, I will sit down with you to find out where you are with your guitar playing and where you would like to go. As we go along, I hope to find out how you work best so we can develop a solid practice routine. From my many years of teaching guitar, I’ve seen that each student has different strengths, musical interests, and time frames to work with, so I hope to learn a lot about you so I can tailor the lessons to meet your needs.
If you are brand new to playing guitar, we’ll start at the beginning, but it’s important to have an idea, even at the very early stages, of your overall expectations and of what style of music you’d like to focus on. It can give you a lot more motivation, if you have some specific goals in mind!
If you’ve been playing for a while and want to take your guitar playing to the next level, I will assess all the aspects of your playing, then ask you about where you’d like to be as a guitarist and about any difficulties in the past that you’ve encountered as well as what you like the most about playing music and guitar. My goal is to get feedback from you so that we’ll be moving in the direction that feels right for you.
I aim to make my guitar lessons as enjoyable as possible and I hope that after each lesson you’ll feel like you’ve learned something new and will feel motivated to keep your guitar playing moving forward!
When teaching guitar, I like to break down songs and techniques into smaller more manageable parts. So I thought it would be a good idea to break down my teaching philosophy into 5 areas that will help beginner students maximize their practice time. Here are the 5 best ways for beginners to improve at guitar.
1. Practice 15 minutes every day. Set a timer and practice no longer than 15 minutes, but practice for 15 minutes everyday. It’s not too hard to fit in 15 minutes of practice into the day somewhere. 15 minutes over 4 days is better than an hour once every 4 days.
2. Learn to read rhythms and practice strumming. Setting a strong foundation in rhythm is vital for success in guitar playing down the road. So many issues arise as a result of a lack of understanding rhythm.
3. Learn the notes on the fretboard. There are a few methods for learning the fretboard notes and it’s a good idea to employ all of them. Being able to “see” the notes on the fretboard will take you very far.
4. Learn to play simple melodies by ear. This will greatly improve your ear for music and help your ability to learn songs faster. It can be tricky at first, but very rewarding.
5. Practice chord changes. Mastering chord changes is a very fundamental step, but an extremely important one. So special attention should be made in this area. I’ve found that a lot of issues arise from simply not being able to play the chord changes effectively.