The first thing I need to do is say I’m sorry to my guitar teacher for making an outright shitty statement about his teaching structure. I can only apologize to him. I am not even sure he reads my blogs, but it is the right thing to do. Sorry to Richard Mac. I took lessons from Richard for almost three years, from Feb 2005 to the end of 2007. Richard gave me the solid background I now have for learning to play the guitar. I learned some priceless techniques and some detailed vibe about Hendrix that only a great guitar player like Richard would know. Richard is a great guitar player too, it totally floors me every time I hear him play at a gig, he makes every band sound better with his terrific guitar knowledge and skills.
Let me say that I am entering the early intermediate stage of learning to play guitar, most people would agree that I’m getting pretty good at goofing around with Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar music and the like. Well, I’m absolutely sure I would not be at the level of play I’m at if it were not for Richard. Let me also state that I meant to say that Richards methods of teaching the guitar are similar to how Berklee and The Julliard Music Schools present their programs.
The similarities between the way Richard taught me and how you will learn from the online guitar lessons that I recommended (and dissed Richard in) in my last post, are very obvious. In fact, if you were to be able to see my guitar lessons book from Richard and then examine the 400 plus page guitar lesson manual that comes with the course, you will be getting the same info I was trained with, and plenty of other great guitar players were trained with, in an easy to understand and well organized book (you also get a set of excellent dvds). Since I stopped my lessons two years ago, I did not get all of the information that the book has. I know for a fact that guitar players like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai learned in the exact same way too. Check out the Berklee website and see who the most famous guitar player who graduated from there is. http://www.berkleemusic.com/
This turned into a sales pitch for online guitar lrssons or courses. That is OK with me, since it is a testimonial for Richard and this particular teaching method as well. Since it is unlikely that you will ever get to take guitar lessons from Richard, and he is not interested or likely (lazy) to make online guitar lessons and DVD’s, this is the way I would recommend you learn to play guitar. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
BTW: Dan Denley is a graduate of The University of Memphis Music school. He has the education and background to teach in the manner he suggests. GuitarPlayersCenter.com.