Lessons

Private Guitar and Piano Lessons

To Register, call: (780) 426-4155 or Email: info@mafletcher.com

  • Guitar Rentals Available!
  • Kids 3/4 size and adult, $5/week.
  • Free Trial Lesson (start at your own convenience)
  • 10 Minutes from Bonnie Doon Mall!
  • Lessons at my clean, friendly, comfortable, bright Riverdale studio.

 


 

Guitar Lessons

Exercises for strength, stretching and flexibility, using the metronome to keep the beat.

CHILD BEGINNER
For those who have never played the guitar (or have only played a little).Acoustic or electric guitars acceptable.  Starts from scratch and includes:

  • holding the guitar
  • parts of a guitar
  • names of strings
  • simple chords and strumss
  • reading TAB music
  • 6 – 10 simple songs
  • all handouts are included
  • how to read basic tablature
  • guitar tuned by instructor at start of every class.

Songs start from very simple (Twinkle, Twinkle and Happy Birthday) to more challenging songs such as the cartoon themes from the Flintstones and (beginning) Sponge Bob.  Basic rock is also taught.

Instructor follows the pace of the student rather than imposing his own pace.

CHILD INTERMEDIATE
Takes over from where the beginner course leaves off.
Acoustic or electric guitars acceptable. This course emphasizes:

  • more chords
  • songs such as Star Wars Theme, O Canada!, Lion sleeps tonight, Frere Jacques
  • flatpicking technique
  • 3 basic rock riffs
  • power chords, Smoke on the Water
  • right hand finger style technique
  • more advanced tablature reading
  • all handouts are included
  • guitar tuned by instructor at start of every class.

Songs include more basic rock, complete Simpsons Theme, complete Sponge Bob theme and Spiderman theme.

Instructor follows the pace of the student, rather than imposing his own pace.

A motivational specialist, students get not only verbal reinforcement, but also stars. stickers, and a granola bar (with parents permission) if they’ve done a good lesson.  Extra special prizes as they proceed.  All girl students get flowers to take home in the spring.
ADULT BEGINNER
for those who have never played the guitar (or have only played a little).  Starts from scratch and includes.

  • holding the Guitar
  • care of the guitar
  • parts of a guitar
  • reading TAB music
  • hammering on
  • basic chords
  • six strums
  • 6 – 10 simple songs
  • all handouts are included (from Ma Fletcher’s weekly Edmonton Journal column The Guitar man)
  • how to read basic TAB
  • guitar tuning by instructor at start of every class.

Instructor follows the pace of the student, rather than imposing his own pace.

ADULT INTERMEDIATE
For those who know basic chords and can play a few songs well enough that they don’t have to pause between chords to position their fingers.This course emphasizes:

  • more chords and strums
  • theory and application of chord progressions to play almost any song.
  • Combining chord progressions
  • hammering-on
  • alternating bass
  • folk
  • country
  • bluegrass strums
  • flatpicking
  • basic finger-picking
  • how to read tablature
  • all of these techniques are applicable to rock n roll as well
  • introduction to blues guitar
  • 6 – 10 songs

Instructor follows the pace of the student, rather than imposing his own pace.

ADULT ADVANCED
For those who want to learn advanced guitar from an expert teacher and folk guitarist. This course emphasizes:

  • folk finger-picking (about 30 patterns)
  • advanced flatpicking
  • 12 bar blues
  • blues shuffle
  • many songs in tablature
  • how to jam
  • open tunings
  • slide guitar
  • how to learn songs from a recording
  • lead guitar patterns
  • lead guitar patterns and riffs (5 pages)
  • special techniques for folk, country, blues, rock and bluegrass.
  • about 10 songs and instrumentals.

There is no other advanced class like this in the city.

Piano or Keyboard Lessons

CHILDREN

Starting with names of notes and numbers of fingers, Ma Fletcher emphasizes posture hand position and the importance of practice from the beginning. Children’s introductory piano book.

ADULTS

Adult piano book.  Most students learn the basics, and a song at their very first lesson.