I started playing guitar two months before my seventeenth birthday. I practiced between six to eight hours a day trying to learn songs and new chords. I jammed with a few people frequently and played at church, it was there I started learning how to play lead guitar. I took my first formal lesson in college from Mrs. Terrie Fleming where I first learned proper technique and how to read sheet music. Since then I studied under several instructors in various styles and continue to study independently.
I love improvisation. The idea of playing whatever comes at the time is both challenging and exciting. My primary instrument is guitar.
I don’t have an overall favorite musician but if I had to choose it would be Beethoven. We have “similar” attitudes according to his letters, somewhat.
I have a natural tendency – wanting to help people succeed if I’m able to. What I enjoy about teaching is helping students succeed by working with them through the challenging times.
Personal responsibility is something I teach from day one. I think as a teacher I can only be responsible for gauging what is challenging enough yet not impossible to achieve. I tell the students that if they want to become players they have to play as much as possible.
I adapt to the student’s interest. I give them what they need to play what they want to play and help them to recognize why and what they are playing in the process.
Don’t have a clue. I guess Maple