I have been working with Keith for a few months and have deeply valued the lessons he has taught me and the experience I am gaining. He is immensely flexible and listens to what your goals and interests are. At no point did I feel I had to learn what he wanted me to learn, but rather he has been deeply interested in what I am trying to gain as a guitar player. This has included learning specific songs (including him transcribing guitar parts by ear) and helping improve certain techniques.
Alex Gomory ★★★★★
I have been a guitar student of Keith's on two different occasions, most recently for the past year, and I could not recommend him any more enthusiastically to guitarists of all ages and skill levels. His knowledge of the instrument and of music theory and history is scary, but more importantly, he knows how to impart that knowledge to people like me who are less experienced and have less expertise. He is a rock solid teacher who has the ability to break down a seemingly impossible project into manageable parts and approach them in an organized, playable fashion. He is a thoughtful and soft spoken person who excels at bringing out the best in every student. I've probably been a difficult student as I'm a middle aged (at least!) player who doesn't read music, but has picked up bits and pieces of styles and technique over the decades. With me, Keith has done a fantastic job of piecing together the few things I do know with the many things he knows that I don't. I've learned an enormous amount from Keith, and I can guarantee that you will, too.
James Gallanis ★★★★★
Keith is a great teacher! He's patient, thorough, and very knowledgable. Also very flexible as I've had many work related meetings pop up last minute that cause me to cancel my lessons. If you are interested in taking guitar lessons, I'd highly recommend Keith!
Liz Jun ★★★★★
Keith is an amazing teacher! He taught me the fundamentals of guitar playing and many other important aspects in a fun and easy to understand manner. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn or enhance their guitar playing.
Bryce Rivers ★★★★★
I had a good time with Keith while trying to increase my guitar skills. He taught me how to listen to what I was hearing, try to find patterns with that and then put it on to the guitar.
Meera MacDonald ★★★★.
Also see my blog posting on guitar lessons
Tailoring guitar lessons to what you want to play. It has been the practice to assume there is only one way to learn guitar. Traditionally that meant using one of the standard books by Hal Leonard or Mel Bay. Although this not a bad idea I believe that there is a better way. I believe tailoring guitar lessons around what kind of music the you want to play.
Basic guitar techniques If you are a just starting to play guitar there are some basic concepts you must learn before you can begin to play. That includes things like how to hold the guitar, tune the guitar, hand placement and how to use a guitar pick. Below are examples how to correctly hold the pick.The pick is held firmly between the thumb and the index finger.
The pick strikes the string on a diagonal with a movement from the wrist not from the arm
The CAGED chord system I use the CAGED chord system to start learning chords. As seen below the five first position chords that form the basis to create many other chords that can be used anywhere on the neckBelow is a simple example how A major can be changed to A minor, A7, and A major 7. Many other chords of complex harmonies can be created using the CAGED system.
Pentatonic scales as a platform for all scales The pentatonic scale forms much of the melodies in modern music. Using this basic form in it's many variations and placement on the neck can also be used to create other scales as seen below where A pentatonic scale is also C major diatonic.
Techniques for advanced students If you are a intermediate or advanced student Milwaukee Guitar school can take your abilities to the next level. Our teachers are experience guitarist whose backgrounds offer a treasure trove of ideas and techniques to help you on your way.