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Classical Guitar Classes Butler PA

Classical guitar classes include lessons on right hand positions, rest stroke, free stroke, playing scales, pedal tones, vibrato, basic arpeggios and more. See below for local music schools in Butler that give access to instruction in guitar playing techniques as well as advice and content on playing classical guitar.

Frank R.
(877) 231-8505
portman rd
Butler, PA
Subjects
Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I would not say i specialize in any one thing.I have played mainly rock and top 40.But music is universal....If you play\teach guitar ,piano, flute or whatever i think you need to lay down that basic foundation for your student and they will find their own voice
Education
Penn Inst.Culinary Arts - culinary arts - 91-93 (Associate degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Mays Music Shoppe
247 E Jefferson St
Butler, PA
 
DRUMS and More
(724) 895-3055
1832 Union Av
Natrona Heights, PA
 
Guitars Plus
(724) 934-3336
11883 Perry Hwy
Wexford, PA
 
Fudoli Music Center
(724) 287-8080
142 S Main St
Butler, PA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Just In Time Strings
(412) 527-0516
231 Woodlawn Rd
Butler, PA
 
Noteworthy Music
(724) 443-0040
1410 Pittsburgh Rd, # 1
Valencia, PA
 
Musik Innovations
(412) 366-3631
9795 Perry Hwy
Wexford, PA
 
Hoots Music Center
(724) 752-1214
1001 S 2nd St
Ellwood City, PA
 
Shearers Music Center
(724) 282-0299
1640 N Main Street Ext
Butler, PA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Put That Guitar Down

Put That Guitar Down
(and really improve as a musician!)
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

For all the words of encouragement you have ever heard pertaining to picking up the guitar and practicing, either from me or your own sources, this article may come as a bit of a surprise to you. For once I am going to tell you to put the guitar down!

A little confused? Don't be, I'll try to explain. And the best way I can get my point across is by sharing an experience I personally had some time ago.

Back in the 80's, I went to music college in London. I feverishly studied classical guitar for 3 years. Practiced for hours each day. During this time I really developed some good disciplinary skills as far as practice was concerned. I would split up the day. Morning playing Bach fugues or whatever torturous classical guitar piece that had enslaved me at the time. A break for lunch, and in the afternoon I would pick up my electric guitar and plough through violin and flute music, which I'd rented from the music school library, to get my sight-reading together. Reading jazz and pop music is very different from classical music because phrasing interpretation is relative to the genre being played. So it is as much about listening to the band as it is reading the note values. So I wanted to get that together. Finally I worked on jazz harmony, specifically vocabulary for playing over changes. The Charlie Parker Omnibook was my bible, but I would also listen to be-bop players and steal their phrases and try to figure out how I should work them into my own playing. I remember stealing from Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Mike Brecker, and I fell in love with the swinging styles of pianists Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, both of whom played on Miles Davis' album "Milestones", a record that had a profound effect on me. Just as importantly, I listened to the way these musicians would feel the music. It wasn't just about the notes.

Wynton Kelly in particular had a certain thing about playing over altered chords. He would play 4 note phrases that would be repeated in thirds going down. Sometimes in whole tones. In fact many jazz guys I knew at the time would make fun of his style a little bit by singing his name as they played those motifs, going "Wyn-ton-Kell-ey-Wyn-ton-Kell-ey" and so on. After I got the hang of his ideas I would find myself sitting at the guitar and working out my own variations of those ideas. Pretty soon I had a whole bag of Wynton style 'tricks".

And then something interesting happened...

I would practice and practice these new motifs and melodic ideas and really try to work them into my playing. Pretty soon I had a pretty broad library of resources I could draw from. And I would practice them over Jamie Abersold records and so on. The woodshedding continued. Over time, I realized that some of those phrases were technically difficult to play on guitar (...

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