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SELF-ISOLATING? USE SKYPE!
Guitar Lessons Via Zoom Or Skype Are Great!
The corona virus might just be THE opportunity that gives you the time you need to learn to play music. Sure, it is great having face-to-face lessons, but when was the last time you had this much practice time on your hands? For years I've been teaching online, that is what I do! Whether via Skype, via youtube, live, video, or anything else, I've done it and I've become good at it. Try it for yourself and find out!
Some Of Your Options
A big advantage of a private lesson is a more personalized approach and lesson pace which can be great for motivation and self esteem. These lessons also provide the focus needed to develop individual skills on the instrument.
Classes & Group Lessons
Learning in a group can be extremely fun and powerful. Students love to connect with each other, and quickly realize that everyone has their challenges on the instrument. Seeing your classmates play and improve is super motivating!
Summer Camps & Workshops
Camps and workshops come in many shapes and forms. The great thing about a camp is that for a short period you are immersed in a musical experience. You can sometimes jump up a level in a single week that would otherwise have taken months.
What I Offer
Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Over the past 27 years I have studied both Electric, Steel String, and Classical guitar. Whatever your instrument of choice and playing style is, I will assist and guide you on your journey.
No-one is the same. In my lessons I have a student focused approach which means I ask a lot of questions about your goals and your ideas about music. The lessons are then tailored to those goals without losing sight of your progress and development on the instrument.
Online Support Videos
Both online learning and in-person lessons have their strengths and weaknesses. I provide both to get the best of both worlds in one convenient and powerful package.
Coaching & Mentorship
We are all human and many of our insecurities can surface during a lesson or during practice. I have had a special interest in guiding and improving students in a way that their mind doesn’t come between their heart and their music.
Bachelor & Master Degree
In 2003 I graduated for my Bachelors degree in Music. In 2005 I graduated for my Masters Degree at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.
25+ Years Experience
Private lessons (kids & adults), group lessons (kids & adults), classes (College), band coaching, music events, workshops, summer camps, etc.
Ukulele & Bass
Next to guitar I also offer ukulele & bass lessons. I use a similar approach for these instruments and for ukulele there are also online support courses and videos available.
Followed by 115.000 on YouTube
Next to being a private guitar instructor and a Selkirk instructor, I have also in the past 10 years created over 900 videos for YouTube and Vimeo. Those videos have generated over 21 million views!
Starting at the age of 16 or 17 meant that most of my guitar playing friends were way ahead of me. From the start I was extremely motivated and methodical in my approach to the guitar. I would visit anyone who knew something I didn’t, observe them do it, and then go home and figure it out. Soon I started looking for other challenges. 4 years after playing my first chord I started my study at the Conservatory of Hilversum (now located in Amsterdam).
To say I tried to make up for lost time would be an understatement. I had an incredible hunger for knowledge and I was writing all my own exercises to practice all of it…