Robert Jones Guitarist

 

PRICING

PRIVATE LESSONS
40 minutes - $40.00
20 minutes - $20.00
(20 min. for small children only)

GROUP LESSONS
40 minutes
2 Students - $50.00
3 Students - $60.00

FREE CONSULTATION!
40 minutes. No obligation.

CALL NOW
707- 291-7203
guitarrjones@gmail.com

 

GUITAR TIPS

#1
Save time and money by tuning your guitar before you leave for your lesson. You can purchase a good tuner at your local music store, or download an app for your iPhone or other smartphone. If your computer has a microphone you can go to aguitartuner.com and use their online tuner.
DO NOT take it to an auto shop for tuning.

#2
Students that are embracing the art of improvisation always ask me: "How do you find, by ear, the KEY to a particular piece of music?" Many of my students have heard that it is the first chord that is played in a musical piece. However, this is not always true. One of the better ways to do this is:
1. learn the chords to the song, then...
2. play each chord by yourself (without other music playing in the background). Then listen carefully to "hear" which of those chords would be the best chord to end the musical piece. The correct chord will give you a sense that the musical piece is finished. The other chords will sound like you're left hanging.

 

LESSONS

All lessons are customized to meet your needs and expectations. I am patient so you can learn at your own pace. I additionally supply lesson printouts for you to practice at home.

Your free consultation is not a lesson. It is an opportunity for you to see if we are a good fit. (No obligation). I will also provide you with a package of my “Lesson Plans.” For beginners the consultation includes:
1. Checking your guitar's Intonation & Action, so you can learn on a properly-setup guitar, or…
2. I will help you figure out what kind of guitar to buy, based on your musical preferences, etc


LESSON PLANS

SONGS & RIFFS
- Most styles taught

CHORDS: AN INTRODUCTION
- Open forms
- Barred forms
- (For advanced chording see THEORY below)

HOW TO READ
- Chord charts and "mapping"
- Tablature (Tabs)
- Chord and scale diagrams

LEFT HAND TECHNIQUE
- Proper hand-to-neck placement
- Logical fingering

RIGHT HAND TECHNIQUE
- Strumming patterns
- Flat picking techniques
      > economy vs alternate picking
      > sweep picking
      > hybrid picking
      > speed picking
- Finger picking
- Finger tapping

HOLDING THE GUITAR
- The ergonomically correct way
- Other approaches

PRACTICE TIPS
- Effective exercises
- Schedule routines that work
- Create your own exercises

BLUES CONCEPTS
- Learn the roots to Rock & Roll, Metal, Country, Jazz and   all
"Americana"
      > dominate chords in Blues
      > basic Blues progressions:
          - I-IV-V, i-iv-v, i-iv-V, i-IV-V
          - altered Blues progressions
          - Blues shuffles
          - swing beats (triplets)
          - the Blues scale (5+1)
          - combining the major pentatonic with the minor pentatonic
          - Mixo-Blusian (Mixolydian scale combined with Blues scale)

FRETBOARD MAPPING
- Memory tricks to note location
- The CAGED system
- Three notes per string system
- Other systems
- Thinking outside of the box

IMPROVISING (How to jam)
- Finding the "key"
- Selecting the right scale
- Licks:
       > bends (several intervals)
       > hammer-ons
       > pull-offs
       > slides
       > double stops
       > expressive vibratos
       > passing tones
- Lead or soloing concepts:
       > phrasing and note clustering
       > avoiding the "linear" trap
       > imitation phrasing
       > dynamics (human vs electric)
       > pitch axis
       > playing "out"

MUSIC THEORY
- Single notes
- Intervals
- Scale studies:
       > scale terminology and formulas
            - diatonic scale
            - pentatonic scales
            - septatonic scales
       > Modes:
            - Ionian
            - Dorian
            - Phrygian
            - Lydian
            - Mixolydian
            - Aeolian
            - Locrian
       > altered modes
       > other scales:
            - Diminished
            - Augmented
            - Harmonic Minor
            - Whole tone, etc
       > foreign and exotic scales
       > thinking outside of the box
- Chord studies:
       > basic triads (why 3rds?)
       > bass root notes
       > power chords and other dyads
       > chord inversions
       > chord extensions:
            - 7ths, 9ths, 11ths & 13ths
       > the 3 chord families
       > "slash" chords
       > altered chords
       > stacked 4ths or 5ths
       > arpeggios (guitar & bass)
- Chord progression studies:
       > diatonic progressions
       > modal progressions
       > progressions based on the pentatonic scale
       > "tension-release" progressions
       > chromatic progressions
- Keys:
       > tonal centers
       > matching chords with scales
       > circle of 5ths
       > modulating
- Compositional concepts:
       > analyzing song structures
       > creative thinking
- Breaking the rules of Theory
- How to put it all together

EAR TRAINING
- How to "pull out" the chords in a recording
- Identifying intervals, scales, chords and progressions through:
       > "emotional" association
       > "shade intensity" association
       > "artist use" association

ALTERNATE TUNINGS
- Drop D
- Open tuning families:
       > open D (or E) & variations of
       > open G (or A) & variations of
       > open C or variations of
- Other tunings

SHOP TALK & GEAR INFO
- This section is for students who want to better understand how different equipment works. Learn how a variety of construction methods, employed by manufacturers, affect the tone & feel of guitars, amps & effects.

INSTRUMENT CARE
- Cleaning and re-stringing:
       > electric guitars
       > steel string acoustic guitars
       > nylon string guitars
       > bass guitars
- How to adjust the Truss Rod

BAND COACHING
- This section is for students who's band needs musical coaching during rehearsals. My rate is the same as my lesson rate.


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