Smoky Hill Music

Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele Lessons Aurora CO

I strive to keep lessons FUN for my students! 

I encourage and praise them for improvement, effort and performance.

I have a very patient and constructive approach to correcting mistakes and helping with any difficulties they encounter.

On Reading Music
Younger students are strongly encouraged to learn to read music. I teach this from the Hal Leonard guitar method books.

These popular books have been used successfully for years by teachers everywhere. The method books use a step-by-step approach to teach note reading.

Being able to read notation is very helpful for any guitarist, though it is not mandatory for learning how to play guitar. 
However, I will usually recommend that younger students start with the Method Books and learning to read music. 
Not only does it give them a valuable skill, it also uses a logical step-by-step approach that helps develop their musical understanding and the physical skills needed to play guitar.
This will come in very handy when they move on to playing their favorite songs!

I believe students should be exposed to a wide variety of music. I try to give them a sampling of everything from classic rock to country to jazz to oldies to blues and  heavy metal. There is something to be learned from any music style. My hope is that listening to and playing something new fosters a deep appreciation for music 
in general.  They will usually gravitate to a style that they are best suited for and really enjoy. I've had students come in who at first only liked rap or punk, but eventually developed a real feel for blues or jazz or funk or classic rock.

Some students will want to become well-versed in many different styles of music. Others will eventually want to focus on one style and master it. It all depends on your goals as a guitar player. I work with each student to develop a customized approach suited to their musical taste and goals.

Whether you enjoy top 40, classic rock, oldies, country, blues or jazz - I can help you learn to play the music you love!

Here is just a small sample of some of the music my students have learned to play:

Santana - Oye Como Va, Smooth
Green Day - American Idiot, Good Riddance, Holiday

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
U2 - Pride, Vertigo, New Year's Day, 
Taylor Swift - Mean, Fifteen, You Belong with Me

Keith Urban - Stupid Boy

Train - Hey There Delilah

Eric Church - Talladega

Jason Aldean - Big Green Tractor

Tim McGraw - Shotgun Rider
Dire Straits -Sultans of Swing
The Ventures - Wipe-out, Walk Don't Run, Pipeline
The Beatles - Day Tripper, Help!, Let it Be, Eight Days a Week, Blackbird
America - Sister Golden Hair, Horse with No Name
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze, Hey Joe, All Along the Watchtower
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon
Duke Ellington - Satin Doll

Lumineers - Ho Hey
AC/DC - Back in Black, Highway to Hell, TNT, Hells Bells
Eagles - Hotel California, Take it Easy, Tequila Sunrise
Neil Young - Heart of Gold, Old Man, Needle and the Damage Done
Tom Petty - Refugee, Free Fallin, Breakdown
Avril Lavigne - I'm with You , Nobody's Home, Girlfriend, When You're Gone
Led Zeppelin - Black Dog, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, D'yer Maker
Metallica - Wherever I May Roam, Enter Sandman
Ozzy Osbourne- Crazy Train
Black Sabbath - Iron Man, Paranoid
Allman Brothers - Melissa, Jessica, Ramblin' Man, Midnight Rider
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke (bass!)
Modern English - Melt With You
Duran Duran - Rio (bass)
Traditional Bluegrass  - Cripple Creek, Foggy Mt. Breakdown
Brooks & Dunn - Neon Moon
Garth Brooks - Beaches of Cheyenne, The Dance, Friends in Low Places
Eric Clapton - Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Crossroads, Tears in Heaven
Boston - More Than a Feeling, Piece of Mind, Rock and Roll Band
Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See, Heard it in a Love Song, Fire on the Mountain
Pink Floyd - Money, Another Brick in the Wall, Comfortably Numb
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Hey Porter, Hurt
Waylon Jennings - Amanda, Are You sure hank Done it This Way?,
Kris Kristofferson - Me & Bobbie McGee, For the Good Times, Why Me?
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville, Fins, Cheeseburger in Paradise
Simon & Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair, America, Mrs. Robinson, Kodachrome
Van Halen - Ain't Talking 'bout Love, You Really Got Me, Running With the Devil
Fleetwood Mac - Landslide, Dreams, Don't Stop, Go Your Own Way
Jim Croce - Operator, Time in A Bottle
John Denver - Rocky Mt. High, Annie's Song, Country Roads
Bon Jovi - Wanted: Dead or Alive, Livin' on a Prayer
Buddy Holly - That'll be the Day, Rave On, Peggy Sue
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode, Rock and Roll Music
ZZ Top - La Grange
Pure Prairie League - Aimee
Temptations - My Girl
Def Leppard - Rock of Ages, Photograph, Foolin'
Guns n Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine, Paradise City
Billy Idol - White Wedding
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Kansas - Dust in the Wind, Carry on Wayward Son
Kiss - Detroit Rock City, Rock and Roll All Nite
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama, What's Your Name?, Freebird
Bob Seger - Night Moves, Mainstreet, Against the Wind
Rush - (Bass!) Tom Sawyer, Limelight, YYZ
Blind Melon - No Rain
Van Morrison - Brown-Eyed Girl
Paul Simon - Kodachrome
CSNY- Ohio, Helplessly Hoping, Teach Your Children, Southern Cross

...and so many, many more!