Frequently Asked Questions

 See below for some of the most commonly asked questions.  If you can't find the information you are looking for, please email me at:

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"My teaching style shows you how to play the proper way the first time so you can avoid picking up any bad habits which can put a damper on your playing down the road."
"I won't overwhelm you with a bunch of mumbo jumbo that you don't understand.  I explain every lesson in detail to help you get the best results."
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    Why should I consider private lessons?
    Private lessons are fun! They are the best way to learn how to play your ukulele or guitar. Not only will you learn how to play the proper way, but you also get one-on-one instruction with no pressured environment. I once was a beginner so I know how it feels.
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    Can I just learn from watching YouTube videos?
    Online videos can show you how to start playing, but they can't answer your questions, help diagnose and fix problem areas and cater to your developmental needs. This can leave you with unanswered questions and uncertainty. This approach to learning can also cause you to improperly hold your instrument, chords not sounding clear, fretting hand irritation, discomfort and/or pain and a weak strum.
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    What can I expect from taking private lessons?
    Success! I custom tailor lessons to each student. Everyone is different and has different needs. When I meet with a new student for the first time, I talk about what the student wants and likes. This is very important as it helps clarify what goals the student has in mind. I then develop a course of study which will put the student on the right path toward reaching those goals.
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    How fast will I learn?
    This is the most common question I get from new students. The only answer I can give you is that it will take time. Every lesson comes with practice sheets. Practicing the study materials we work on during your lessons will determine how quickly you improve and develop your skills. More importantly, the more you practice, the better you will get. Practice does make perfect!
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    Where do you teach?
    Lessons are scheduled at one of several businesses located in Fashion Valley, Mission Valley, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Clairemont and North Park. I do not teach in a studio as my fee would double. To help my lessons stay affordable, I keep a good rapport with local businesses where I teach, and this saves the student money!
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    Do you have an extra guitar or ukulele I can use?
    Yes, I have an extra guitar and ukulele for new students to use during your free lesson. After your free lesson, I can help you find an affordable guitar or ukulele to help you get started. Please let me know ahead of time if you will need a loaner.
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    Do you offer a military discount?
    Yes. Please contact me for details. A military ID is required.
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    What is your cancellation policy?
    For cancellations, postponing and/or moving lesson time slots, please see my policy for more information.