Charlie Hall

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This is a general description of how lessons go.  For more detail, see What you get from me as a teacher.

Lesson length.  Lessons are 45 minutes long.

Levels.  I teach all levels, but will be straight with you if I think another teacher can do a better job.  There are several other teachers in town who do especially well with certain levels, styles or age groups.

Who I teach.  I teach mostly adults; my average student is around 48 years of age, but they range in age from their twenties to their seventies. Some are beginners, some played back when they were young and are now just getting back into it, some are currently performing and looking to hone their skills.

I generally don't teach students younger than 20 years of age unless he or she has previously demonstrated a genuine love of music and willingness to apply himself or herself to it.  If you feel you or your child have those qualities, please contact me and let's discuss it.  If you're looking for someone who works a lot with young folks, I'd recommend the following teachers:

  • Adam Gardino, a former student of mine and 2012 International Finger Style Guitar Champion.  He's a great young guy, very positive and patient.  He's at 719-651-5097.

  • Beezy Taylor; she's taught many of the folks who are now playing guitar (and performing) in Colorado Springs.

  • Mike Zimmerman with Foothills Guitar Studio; Mike uses the Suzuki method for teaching classical guitar, and it's a very effective way of getting young people playing.

Teaching methods.  There are a few different approaches we can follow for lessons.  We can, to some extent, switch between approaches:

  • I provide my own notation of pieces to work on, as well as CDs with a recording of the piece.  This is generally the approach most students take.  We start at your current level and go from there.  As you're working through pieces, I will probably assign exercises that will help you master the techniques that are challenging you.

  • You can bring your own notation (method book, transcriptions, etc) and I can work with you on that.  I will often also make a recording of how something is to be played - slowed down and in small enough sections for you to work with - and give them to you in a CD or MP3 file.

  • I can provide you with a method book and a set of pieces to work on.  Iíll try to tailor this closely to your own desires and abilities.

  • You can bring in a recording (CD, MP3, etc.) and say "I want to learn this song."  We'll sit and notate it, then get it under your fingers.  This is the most customized approach; the disadvantage is that we'll spend significant time notating and recording instead of working on specific skills (but often, that might be what you want). 

 

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