Greg offers his beautiful
acoustic guitar music throughout Northern California including the
Greater Sacramento Valley and Foothills, Lake Tahoe, Gold Country, Bay Area,
Yosemite, and Napa Valley. Cities
include: Auburn, Berkeley, Concord, Davis, Elk
Grove, Fairfield, Folsom, Foresthill, Fremont,
Granite Bay, Jackson, Lincoln, Lodi, Manteca,
Martinez, Marysville, Modesto, Mountain View, Napa, Nevada City,
North Lake Tahoe, Novato, Oakland, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Petaluma,
Placerville, Pleasanton, Redwood City, Rocklin, Roseville,
Francisco, San Jose, Stockton, South Lake Tahoe,
Tahoe City, Truckee, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, Woodland,
Private Classical Guitar Lessons
Greg has been teaching privately for almost 20 years as well as teaching guitar courses at California State University, Sacramento, and Sacramento City College. Greg holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance under Dr. Richard Savino, and a Master of Music degree in composition under Stephen Blumberg. Greg has also studied with Brandon Yip and Dusan Bogdovic, and has performed in master classes with William Kannengeiser, Andrew York, Nigel North, Paul Bier, David Tanenbaum, and Marc Teicholz. Greg is also an accomplished electric guitarist with a passion for 1970s and 1980s hard rock and heavy metal.
Greg teaches beginning through advanced students. Greg stresses proper technique, theory, tone production, interpretation, relaxation and repertoire (pieces). In addition, Greg is passionate about the guitar and stresses developing an efficient and enjoyable practice routine. Students also have access to Greg's extensive music library, compositions, and hand-written scores.
Rates: $30 per half hour weekly, $50 per hour weekly, $60 per hour occasionally
Recommended Materials - Student Guitar:
Recommended Materials - Accessories:
Recommended Materials - Method Books and Technique:
These method books, co-authored by Parkening and David Brandon, are excellent and well thought-out, with helpful photos and illustrations. Volume one is beginning to advanced beginning, and volume two is intermediate. Volume two is especially good, with repertoire arranged by style period, notes on technique and interpretation for each piece, and the best blurb on fingernail care I have read.
Great pair of books by Robert Benedict. Daily sight-reading material with emphasis on phrasing, form, etc. Intelligently graded and highly recommended for all students.
The great Andres Segovia's fingerings of 12 Major and 12 Melodic Minor Scales. The study of scales is essential to a proper and well-rounded guitar technique.
Recommended Materials - Studies/Etudes/Estudios:
Collection of the great guitar composer Fernando Sor's most effective and beautiful etudes edited by Andres Segovia. Comes with an excellent CD including all 20 etudes recorded by Paul Henry. I personally like these very musical interpretations a lot.
Reprinting of the definitive Chanterelle publication by Mel Bay. Includes historical information, both original and modern fingering, and further performance suggestions.
Giuliani's masterful set of 120 studies for the right hand. A must own.
Recommended Materials - Repertoire:
These 4 volumes comprise the Frederick Noad Guitar Anthology. Fully fingered and exceptionally laid out, each volume also provides a wealth of historical background. Each volume is graded with the easiest material at the beginning of the book and the most difficult at the end. The Renaissance and Classical volumes are particularly great.
~ Call Greg at (916) 739-6571 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a lesson.
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