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Classical Guitar Classes Southfield MI

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 Southfield that give access to instruction in guitar playing techniques as well as advice and content on playing classical guitar.

Al McKenzie
PO Box 760573
Lathrup Village, MI
Instruments
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Oboe, Other, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin
Styles
Jazz
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$0
Years of Experience
20 Years

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John G.
(877) 231-8505
N. Edgeworth Ave.
Royal Oak, MI
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.
Education
Bishop Foley Catholic High School - College Prep - Sept. 1997- May 2001 (High School diploma received) Oakland University - Liberal Arts - Sept. 2001 - Dec. 2004 (not complete) Wayne State University - Music (Fine & Performing Arts) - Jan. 2005 - Dec 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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John G.
(877) 231-8505
Lyster Lane
Troy, MI
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.
Education
Bishop Foley Catholic High School - College Prep - Sept. 1997- May 2001 (High School diploma received) Oakland University - Liberal Arts - Sept. 2001 - Dec. 2004 (not complete) Wayne State University - Music (Fine & Performing Arts) - Jan. 2005 - Dec 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Nicholas C.
(877) 231-8505
Barton
Garden City, MI
Subjects
Piano, Guitar, Music Recording, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Theory, Trumpet, Music Performance
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Have a firm understand of Latin and Caribbean grooves and how to apply them.
Education
Columbia College Chicago - Jazz Studies - Instrumental Performance - September 09 - Present (not complete) Rudolf Steiner High School - - Sep 05 - Jun 09 (High School diploma received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Axis Music Academy
(248) 799-8100
29555 Northwestern Highway, 2nd F...
Southfield, MI
 
Robert Gallagher
25850 Concord Rd
Huntington Woods, MI
Instruments
Cello, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Stand Up Bass, Theory, Viola, Violin
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$45
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Steven Dearing
35563 Valley Creek
Farmington Hills, MI
Instruments
Ear Training, Guitar, Music Business, Theory
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$65
Years of Experience
20 Years

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John G.
(877) 231-8505
Dequindre Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI
Subjects
Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.
Education
Bishop Foley Catholic High School - College Prep - Sept. 1997- May 2001 (High School diploma received) Oakland University - Liberal Arts - Sept. 2001 - Dec. 2004 (not complete) Wayne State University - Music (Fine & Performing Arts) - Jan. 2005 - Dec 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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William Emerson
21817 MacArthur
Warren, MI
Instruments
Audio Recording, Chorus, Composition, Drums, Dulcimer, Ear Training, Early Music, Guitar, Handbells, Harpsichord, Mallet, Marimba, Organ, Other, Percussion, Piano, Recording, Theory, Timpani, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$25
Years of Experience
27 Years

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Professional Guitars INC
(248) 398-9437
131 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI
 
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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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