While our group guitar classes are an excellent way to get started learning how to play guitar in a relaxed, fun environment, our private guitar lessons offer tailored curriculum’s for all ages that are custom designed for the beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar student. We are a Fender Certified teaching program and we use the latest technology in equipment and teaching methods, making our lessons one of the country’s most recognized industry leaders in music lesson innovation. Our staff attends continual education courses and are members of NAMM and the MENC.
We have only long term, background checked teachers in our studios that understand today’s requirements for the modern music student. Most important, our teachers love playing and teaching music. Long term guitar instructor Adam Sturt has been teaching guitar and bass lessons at Progressive Music Center® for over 13 years while instructor Jay Street has been teaching guitar, piano and saxophone lessons with us for well over 10 years and Andrew Davis has been teaching guitar and bass lessons at Progressive for over 7 years. Our staff of experienced, degreed guitar and bass instructors also includes Kevin Wing (teaching at Progressive for 5 years), Matt Grady (teaching at Progressive for 3 years) and Chris Haymer (teaching at Progressive for 2 years).
For students that can not read standard notation our staff begins simple reading exercises using books such as the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 and theory and progression books by Musicians Institute. The reading portion of our beginners curriculum incorporates note recognition, time signatures, note values, hand/eye coordination and more.
Guitar students will also learn ear training by using their favorite songs from CD and recreating the songs on the guitar by ear. Students will learn to recognize pitch and tone, which will branch into chord theory while learning basic open chord forms and power chords. As students advance they will learn bar chords, Jazz chords and voice leading. This will be demonstrated by using chord progressions (chord progressions are chords put in a musical sequence which makes learning chords a lot more fun).
With single string improv. the student learns all the notes on the fretboard with a multitude of exercises. All Major and Minor scales, Pentatonic scales, Blues scales, and Modes are covered. The more advanced students learn improvisation which gives them the understanding to play lead guitar over chord progressions plus phrasing with melodic voice leading.
For further information on our private lesson guitar programs, available lesson times and teacher schedules, please contact our studio. For information on our group guitar classes please click here. For information on finding the right guitar teacher and asking the right questions of your potential teacher to meet your needs please click here.
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919.787.1688 – Raleigh
919.453.1688 – Wake Forest