Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Where are you located?

I am located fairly close to the intersection of Berkeley & Manchaca in Austin TX, 78745. I'll send precise directions upon successful payment and confirmation of your first lesson.

Skype lessons are available if you’d like to learn guitar remotely.

 

How much do you charge?

  1. Your first lesson is $30.

  2. If you lock down a weekly appointment, your next four lessons are $50 each.

  3. If you keep your weekly appointment, each lesson is $80 each. If you decide to take a lesson every other week, each lesson is $105 each.

Can I take a lesson every other week?

Of course!

Can I still learn guitar if I take a lesson every other week?

Traditionally, weekly appointments are the norm. However, doing weekly guitar lessons works for some people and not for others. Doing a lesson every other week manages to save you time and effort, and you get an extra week to practice while still retaining some accountability.

I have a hard time believing I can learn guitar by practicing only five minutes each day. Seriously?

Yes, seriously. That's the best part of taking lessons with me!

 

But, I'm really bad at guitar. How can practicing five minutes really do the trick?

First off, you're not bad at guitar. You've probably just run into a problem that seemed unsolvable. That's my job!

Second off, I have more than 25 years of playing and learning guitar. I know the ins and outs of it so well that I can pinpoint one very small problem that, once solved, will make the entire experience easier.

 

All the things I've read about practicing indicate an hour minimum. What do you say to that?

I think the people who write these silly things are incorrect, and here's why:

  1. Has any of these people ever asked you what you want to learn from guitar? What your goals are? Chances are your goals are considerably less intense than theirs are.

  2. Has any of these people ever talked to you about how to practice for an hour a day? Like, how to structure that time spent practicing? Chances are 80% of their "practice time" is spent wasting time.

Five minutes of hard work yields to hours and hours of enjoyment and a brand new, amazing hobby. If you want to simply learn basic songs that make you happy to play, not learn how to read music or understand music theory, and just enjoy a new hobby that gives back to you far more than you put in, then five minutes of practice is just fine!

 

Including lesson time, commuting to your office, and the practicing I have to do, what's the smallest commitment I can get away with and learn guitar?

Here's the best way: Take Skype lessons every other week. That comes out to a weekly commitment of One Hour and Five Minutes. 1:05.

Curious what your time commitment would be in other situations?

 

A: One Lesson Each Week, At The School of Feedback Guitar:

60 Minute Lesson + 35 Minutes of Practice Each Week = 1 Hour and 35 Minutes Plus Your Commute Time

B: One Lesson Each Week, Over Skype

60 Minute Lesson + 35 Minutes of Practice Each Week = 1 Hour and 35 Minutes Total

C: One Lesson Every Other Week, At The School of Feedback Guitar:

60 Minute Lesson Every Two Weeks + 35 Minutes of Practice Each Week = 1 Hour and 5 Minutes Plus Your Commute Time

D: One Lesson Every Other Week, Over Skype

60 Minute Lesson Every Two Weeks + 35 Minutes of Practice Each Week = 1 Hour and 5 Minutes Total

 

Do you like working with beginners?

Beginners are a total blast! So much fun!!! I've specialized in teaching beginners since 2006. All you would need to do is have a guitar with six strings, and I'll take care of everything else. That, and I'll have your back the entire time you take lessons with me.

 

So, seriously, you'll teach me even though I know nothing?

Absolutely. I've done it countless times. Just check out my Yelp reviews. Most of those people started from scratch. Not only that, but I'm prepared to help complete beginners. From showing you how to strum, play chords, and even how to tune your guitar, I've got your back.

I also have made it a priority to have all of the learning materials you need ready to go as soon as you are ready to tackle songs. I've got a ton of photos, videos, and ridiculously gorgeous song sheets to help you learn this instrument. Very few teachers can match the value of these materials. I know for certain you'll learn very quickly.

If you know nothing about guitar and want to learn, I'm happy to help. Honored.

 

I know you think I'm not bad at guitar, but I still have a feeling I am. Can you still help me?

Wait, really? We're going into this again? Seriously?

Look, guitar is my life's work. I've worked hard to gain the knowledge I have, to communicate as well as I do in lessons, and to create the optimal situation for you to learn in. There is no doubt in my mind you can learn.

If you're willing to follow my lead, I will bend over backwards to help you learn.

 

How long do you expect me to practice, outside of lessons?

Five minutes, each day.

 

How do I book my first lesson?

Easy! Go here!

 

Do you do group lessons?

No, sorry!

 

Can I reserve a time each week to work with you?

Totally. This is the best way to assure your success with guitar. Email me to get started.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

Please cancel your lesson by using the online scheduling service more than 24 hours before your lesson, and I'll issue a refund shortly thereafter. No emailing, no calling, no hassles.

I recommend reading my policies before you book your first lesson.

 

What if I forget about my lesson?

This is super uncool. I don't refund for forgetfulness.

 

Do you offer gift certificates?

Nope! Sorry!

 

Do you teach children?

Nope! Sorry! No one under 14, please.

 

Do you teach intermediates?

Yes! I love to help intermediates refine their technique. Email me to talk more about it.

 

What are your expectations of your students?

I expect five minutes of practice each day, enthusiasm, and presence.

 

Do you require students to perform?

Most students don't want to perform, and I can't blame them for it, so, no. Besides, it's possible for a person to learn guitar without performing. After all, I've taught hundreds of beginners how to do it.

 

Do you require students to learn music theory, or to learn to read music?

No. I only teach what you ask me to teach you. If you'd like to get down and dirty with music theory or reading music, I'll help you.

 

How do I know that you're the right teacher for me?

Only you can know for sure. I can point to my reputation, or perhaps a bachelors and masters degree in music, but only you will know if I'm a good fit. If you have a good gut feeling after your first lesson, you'll love taking lessons with me.

 

What is the first lesson like?

Your first lesson with me is specifically about us getting to know each other. After we have had a chance to talk and get all of our expectations in the open, we'll work on some guitar stuff.

 
 
 
 
 

I'd like to do Skype lessons, but what if the video quality is blurry?

Skype recommends that you have 1.5 mbps up and down for HD video. I have upgraded my internet to being far above this, so all you need to get is that 1.5 up and down. If you're unsure, go here to test the speed of your internet connection.

Even if your screen is blurry, I can still tell by the sound of your playing how you are doing (10,000 hours will do that to you), and I can still help you.

 

What equipment do I need to learn guitar on Skype?

  1. Webcam

  2. Fast internet access

  3. Guitar

  4. Enthusiasm

I'll send you some very-easy-to-follow directions to help you get set up.

 

Which video service/app is the best for guitar lessons?

In my opinion, guitar lessons on Skype can't be beat. If you're new to Skype, then go here to view a FAQ on how to use it.

 

After I book my first lesson with you, do I call you at the time of our lesson?

No. I will call you at the exact time of your lesson. Keep Skype open before your lesson starts, and be sure to be signed in so that we don't get delayed. Also, delays that occur on your end are non-refundable.

 

Do I have to book a slot in a different time zone?

No. You will be presented with time slots in your time zone.

 

What if you aren't calling? What happens then?

If I don't call you and it's later than 10 minutes from the start of your lesson, then assume that I am in an emergency and I won't be calling. Also, expect an immediate apology and a refund if your lesson was prepaid.

If I don't end up calling right at the time of your lesson starts, we'll either go late or I'll prorate you. But again, don't worry about calling me. If things are bad on my end, like if I'm in an emergency situation, I'll get back to you as soon as I can, and I will also refund you.

 

What happens if I'm in the middle of an emergency?

Don't email me. Take care of your stuff, and email me after the danger has passed you. I'll refund any emergency (with the exception of internet going down).

 

What if my internet access is down?

You need a great internet connection to make Skype guitar lessons work. If your internet goes down or is too slow for Skype lessons, I will not refund your money. You need 1.5 mbps up and down at the very least (go here to check) for this to work.

I repeat: Any internet issues on your end are non refundable. If my internet is out, I will completely refund your money, immediately.

 

Do I need to buy a book?

Not at all. I've digitized all of the materials and I will send them to you. Further, I've got tons of videos of specific techniques and workflows ready to go. What's even better is that I'll help you create and record custom guitar videos for your practicing.

No book is needed, I've got your back. You're going to be all set.

 

What's the minimum speed for video chat guitar lessons that I need for good picture and sound?

Skype recommends that you have 1.5 mbps up and down for HD video. I have upgraded my internet to being far above this, so all you need to get is that 1.5 up and down. If you're unsure, go here to test the speed of your internet connection..

I would recommend being connected at home via your own personal internet connection and not your phone's data plan. The latter is expensive and unruly. The former is stronger and can handle video streaming easily.

In addition, make sure no one else is downloading, streaming, or doing anything else that is bandwidth-heavy while we are in our guitar lesson.

 

What about Facetime?

FaceTime really sucks for online lessons, but we'll do it if Skype isn't working. Skype, however, is the best!

If you're new to Skype, then go here to view a FAQ on how to use it.