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I offer lessons in:

  • Accompanying
  • Arranging
  • Composition
  • Ear Training
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Electric / Rock Guitar
  • Improvisation
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • Advanced Music Theory
  • Performance Techniques
  • Sight Singing
  • Songwriting
     
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    Joe WalkerOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Introduction
    I teach Seattle Guitar Lessons in rock, blues, and jazz guitar.

    My Background
    Iíve been playing and teaching guitar for over a decade, and in 2011 I earned my Masterís in jazz studies from San Diego State University. I grew up in the Seattle area and started playing in 1998. In the years since, Iíve studied, performed, and taught lessons in alternative rock, punk, grunge, classic rock, pop, funk, metal, blues, folk, country, and jazz. I write guitar articles at Deft Digits, my teaching website, and From the Woodshed, a guitar blog chronicling my own study of music and guitar.

    I've performed extensively around LA and San Diego with Led Zeppelin tribute band Dazed and Confused and original rock bands Blue Judy and Staring at Strange. I've also performed jazz and blues in many school groups, local gigs, and open jams.

    Rates And Availability
    I usually teach in a studio in my home, but I can also drive anywhere in the Seattle area.

    See DeftDigits.com for current rates, schedule, and policies.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    My primary goal is to give every student a rewarding experience with the guitar. I keep my lessons fun, effective, and never boring.

    I Love Teaching Guitar
    Learning guitar can be an awkward experience, but it doesnít have to be frustrating. Iím in love with the instrument, and few activities bring me more joy than helping someone figure out how to make music. With patient support and guidance, Iíll turn your frustration into fascination.

    Customized Lessons: Exactly What You Need
    Every guitar student has a unique set of goals and learning habits. You might want to play songs around a campfire, cultivate a private hobby, woo a love interest, fill gaps in your knowledge/abilities, or become a guitar god. I treat every student differently so that each lesson is a step toward your own musical ambitions. I construct a curriculum to see immediate improvements while sowing the seeds for long term growth.

    Anatomy of a Lesson
    Listening, not just hearing, is every musicianís most valuable asset. The primary focus of every lesson is the study of real recordings. Bring in recordings of songs you love; weíll analyze the music together as I show you how to play it. I combine this element with smaller doses of theory and exercises.

    A few skills I aim to cultivate early on are reading music, reading guitar tablature, learning songs by ear, knowing how to analyze a song, and navigating the fretboard. With these elements in place, you can go anywhere.

    Learning Tools
    I have a background in computer programming, so I like to use computer tools to help my students (and me) learn. Sometimes I make my own when Iím unsatisfied with whatís out there. Intermediate and advanced players should check out the Resources section of my personal guitar blog, From the Woodshed.

    While you can technically get everything you need straight from the recordings, Iím also a big fan of instructional books. Iíve owned and worked through dozens, so I only recommend the best. For beginners, I frequently take my students through the Hal Leonard Guitar Method. For more, see the Deft Digits Store.