I teach private stringed instrument
lessons in Little Rock. I'll teach anybody, old or young, who shows genuine
interest. I teach:
— Specializing in Bluegrass flatpicking — Also fingerstyle, bluegrass
rhythm, folk, acoustic pop, basic swing styles. Sorry I don't teach
classical or jazz. UALR
has a very good guitar program if you're serious about those styles.
— fiddle tunes for mandolin; bluegrass style mandolin — note for note,
tremolo styles, Bill Monroe style.
bass — basic bass technique and advanced bluegrass style bass
My teaching environment (I teach in
my home studio in central Little Rock — pictured above) is warm, pleasant
and, most of all, positive. It's also family-friendly, with a big couch
for mom or dad to relax on and toys to help little brother or sister pass the
time. Don't mind the pups, they're just saying "hello."
I won't constantly hound you about practicing your instrument; however,
I will expect improvement over time until a level of proficiency is reached
that works for both of us. My long-term goal is for you to be at a level where you can play with others, and share your music with all those who would enjoy listening to you..
Practicing isn't always
when you're just starting out and there are fingers to toughen and muscles
to strengthen. The goal is to progress, over time, away from "practicing"
the instrument to "playing" the instrument. If it's play, you'll
never get enough of it. There will always be self-discipline involved,
but it becomes much more of a joy as your skill develops. And the rate
of development varies greatly from person to person. It can be difficult
to be patient with yourself, but I've found that part of my job is to
encourage you to keep pressing forward. I have yet to find a student who
was genuinely interested in progressing, but simply couldn't, because
they were too uncoordinated or "tone-deaf." If you hang in there
and do what your teacher says, you will move forward. Everyone progresses at different speeds, because everyone is different.
Openings in my schedule appear as yellow boxes on the chart below. If you don't see an opening that works for you, check this page often. If you see a slot that works for you, E-mail
me and we can get started. Or I'll be glad to put you on a waiting list and let you know when an opening comes up.
My rate is $20.00 per half-hour lesson, once a week, payable month-by-month, at the beginning
of each month, by check or cash.
I do set some times aside during the week
for make-up lessons (indicated by blue boxes). If you're a current student and unable to come to a lesson, contact me and I will do my best to schedule a make-up for you on a case-by-case