Guitar Lessons with Glenn Weiser
Bluegrass - Blues - Celtic - Classical - F
olk - Rock
Albany - Latham - Cononie - Clifton Park - Delmar, NY 
 4 Studio Locations:
1316 Central Ave,  Albany 

476 Troy - Schenectady Rd, Latham
118 Adams St, Delmar
Parkwood Plaza, Rt. 9, Clifton Park 
Office phone: (518) 767-9595 
Cell: (207) 329-4889 
Email:
banjoandguitar100@yahoo.com  
Mail: P.O. Box 2551, 
Albany, NY, 12220
  
Private Guitar 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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 traditional folk and roots music.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 accurately.
  5. 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 to learn.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Fingericking Ė I teach most acoustic fingerpicking styles-folk, blues, Celtic, and contemporary styles.
  10. 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.
  11. Music Theory. Learning theory will revolutionize the way you understand music. You can learn scales, intervals, triads, harmony, jazz chords and other essentials.

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