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“Every artist needs at least one Muse (acknowledged or not). For songwriters, there is no better Muse than the instrument at hand. Treat your instrument like a lover. Hold it close. Understand how it works; what makes it sing. Care for it. Listen to what it's telling you. Then reap the rewards of passion-fired inspiration that will surely follow. ”

David Rossiter

Reach out to me to schedule a free 10-minute call to talk about your goals and interests.

Many songwriters starting out today are working at a significant disadvantage because their guitar-playing knowledge and abilities lag behind their songwriting skills and ambitions. Over time, this can result in many of your songs sounding more or less the same. Now, if you're a master lyricist like John Prine, as one stellar example, this deficit can be overcome through sheer brilliance. For the rest of us mortals, possessing a solid, theory-based understanding of the guitar is really helpful for writing songs that are inspired, original, unique, and memorable.

Here are just some of the topics we can cover that will have a huge impact on the sophistication of your songwriting and how it's received by audiences.

  • The CAGED + 5 chords and how they relate

  • Which chords work in which keys

  • Crafting original progressions

  • Establishing the song's vibe

  • Strumming patterns

  • Alternating bass parts

  • Hybrid picking

  • Chord inversions

  • Neglected chords (e.g. the Diminished 7 chord) and how to use them

  • Transitional chords (walking up and down; passing notes)

  • Discovering your unique style, approach and guitar sound

  • Chord embellishments

  • Using rhythmic syncopation

Rates:

$35 for one 30-minute lesson

$55 for one 45-minute lesson

$70 for one 60-minute lesson

$200 for a 4-lesson package of 45-minute lessons (paid in advance)

Book a lesson today to turn your guitar into a powerful songwriting engine.

Schedule your first 30-minute lesson at 50% OFF the regular rate. 

Schedule your first 50-minute lesson at 50% OFF the regular rate.

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