"At age 47 with no previous musical experience, I bought an acoustic guitar and started taking lessons from Andy Lemaire. After six months of weekly lessons, I have learned the fundamentals of the guitar, have learned to play many songs and enjoy playing for my family and friends. Andy is an excellent guitar instructor. He is a true professional who challenges me to improve but is very patient during the learning process. I am simply amazed at what I have accomplished so far."
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I’m Andy Lemaire, a guitar teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina. I teach guitar lessons to students aged 7 and up, with ability ranging from complete beginners to advanced students. I have 9 years of experience teaching guitar, and I've played for 20 years.
Some core ideas that make up my teaching philosophy are:
- The ultimate goal is to cultivate enthusiasm and love for the guitar in the student. Learning and playing the guitar should be fun.
- Learning happens best in a peaceful, non-judgmental environment that is free of anxiety and pressure.
- Lessons should always be directly relevant to the type of music the student is passionate about.
- Concepts should build on one another in a progressive and logical way.
I have plenty of experience working with beginners of all ages. I don’t waste time doing boring exercises from method books. Starting in the first lesson, we begin working on learning real songs and the most practical techniques. The focus is on working out the mechanics of playing. Most beginners are able to strum through a simple song by the end of their first lesson.
My experience also extends to teaching a range of intermediate and advanced players. For these students, my first priority is to evaluate what exactly needs to be done to bring their playing up to the next level. I determine which techniques need to be adjusted and developed, and which areas of theoretical understanding are missing. I then put together an integrated program where we develop these areas of playing while examining their use in the styles in which the student is most interested.
With all students, the things that I specialize in are:
- Developing flowing, tension-free technique
- Analyzing technical problems the student is having, and creating strategies to fix those problems
- Teaching how to interpret and play music more emotively
So, please have a look around my website. If you have any questions, or if you would like to inquire about starting lessons, please contact me. If you'd like to keep up with what's going on in my studio, head on over to my studio's Facebook page.
"I've studied guitar with Andy for about 8 months now, and am enjoying the experience tremendously. Andy has a very gentle teaching style, so if you're nervous or self-conscious about your skills (as I was), I would highly recommend checking him out. I've used the time to explore a variety of different styles (acoustic, fingerstyle, classic rock on the electric, and about to break into some jazz/classical). Andy can teach just about anything, and I'm a lot better than I was when I started. Andy emphasizes music theory in his teaching, which I find invaluable. It's really nice to know not just what you're playing, but also the theoretical underpinnings of why it sounds good. All in all, I am extremely happy with Andy as a teacher, and I think anyone would be."