476 Troy - Schenectady Rd, Latham
118 Adams St, Delmar
Parkwood Plaza, Rt. 9, Clifton Park
Office phone: (518) 767-9595
Cell: (207) 329-4889
Mail: P.O. Box 2551,
Albany, NY, 12220
Lessons with Glenn Weiser
Lessons can go in a lot of different directions, depending on where you
want to take your playing. Some students want to learn their favorite songs,
others want to play specific styles of music, and still others want a
structured, progressive approach that will make them better all-around
players. The choice of directions is yours. Here are some of the styles,
skills, and techniques I teach:
- Guitar for Beginners. Just starting out?
Beginners are always welcome. When youíre a beginner what you need to
know are the basic chords in the first four frets and how to play
melodies. If youíre out to learn rock on the electric, this can include
power chords, easy riffs, and intros to famous songs. If youíre
learning on an acoustic, you need to focus on standard chords. I teach
beginners the chords in the six keys used the most by guitarists (A, C, D, E, F,
and G). Weíll move on there.
- Intermediate Acoustic Guitar. I used to
write instructional columns for Acoustic Guitar magazine, and I play a
lot of acoustic styles. As I mentioned above, learning acoustic guitar
starts with basic chords. After you can change some chords easily, weíll
learn right hand strumming and picking techniques including down-up
strumming, bass note-chord, and fingerpicking patterns. Then itís on to
barre chords and beyond. The singer-songwriters of the 1970s such as
James Taylor and Neil Young are good to study at this stage,. as is
folk and roots music.
- Classic Rock Guitar. Many electric guitar
students want to learn classic rock. If thatíd be you, I have an
organized file of hundreds of tabs from guitar magazines and
transcription books that thoroughly covers 60s-70s rock. You can pick
out a tab and Iíll copy it for you. Tab is free with lessons, too. I
have a list of my classic rock tabs is on my website here-
http://www.celticguitarmusic.com/tab.htm. I can also teach you lead
guitar scales and how to use them to solo over rock chord changes.
- Current Rock Guitar-If you want to learn
current rock, there are a few different ways to study. I subscribe to
all the guitar magazines-Guitar World, Guitar One, Guitar World
Acoustic, Acoustic Guitar, and others in order to get the half dozen or
so tabs they have every month. You can give me the name of a band you
like and Iíll look through my back issues and copy some tabs for you. Or you can also bring in a CD or an iPOD with
a song you want to learn, and I can figure out the song from the
recording. One word here-Internet tab is better than nothing, but not
much. It never has rhythm stems like professional tab and is sometimes
way off. I only use tab from books and magazine that has been written
- Reading Music and Tab. If youíre really
serious about become a good musician, sooner or later youíll need to
learn to read music. Itís the best way to study music theory and get the
big picture of how music works, and allows you to open up a book written
for any instrument and play from it. But reading music isnít always the
best way to get started on guitar, so I teach how to read tab too. If
you donít want to learn to read music, no problem-there are other ways
- Blues Guitar-I teach both electric blues
and acoustic fingerpicking country blues styles. For electric blues, you
learn chord backup and how to solo. For country blues students I have a
library of guitar books, including transcription books on Robert
Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis, Skip James, John Hurt and many others.
- Celtic Guitar- Among other things, I play traditional Irish and Scottish music and have written four
books of Celtic fingerstyle guitar solos. You can learn Celtic guitar in
three styles-solo fingerpicking, single-note melodic flatpicking, or
backup styles in DAGAD, dropped-D, other open tunings or standard
tuning. The material can range from straight-ahead traditional to Clancy
Brothers bar songs.
- Classical Guitar. I studied classical
guitar all through high school, and still use classical technique in
much of my fingerstyle playing. Classical guitar is pretty well-defined
route in which we study out of a couple leading texts and take it from
basics to Bach.
- Fingericking Ė I teach most acoustic
fingerpicking styles-folk, blues, Celtic, and contemporary styles.
- Flatpicking / Bluegrass Guitar. You can
learn the styles of Doc Watson, Clarence White and Tony Rice, the Big
Three of flatpicking guitar, as well as flatpicking fiddle tunes. I have
transcription books on all three players and other bluegrass/flatpicking
volumes in my library as well.
- Music Theory. Learning theory will
revolutionize the way you understand music. You can learn scales,
intervals, triads, harmony, jazz chords and other essentials.