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Suke…I just wanted to call you out specifically for your fantastic books and instruction in Lead Guitar II and Rhythm class. I took up guitar late in life, with absolutely zero background at all in music. I’m talking baby knowledge. For the several years I’ve played, I’ve definitely enjoyed and improved. But…I never could clarify in my head how music worked…and how the guitar really worked…until your class Suke. Your ability to separate out being a musician and guitarist suddenly separated everything for me and it all started making sense. Plus, your outstanding ability to simplify the guitar anatomy, to share your personal frustrations and experience and revelations in your own career, and your style of teaching have made a profound difference. Suddenly, the idea of music is understandable and accessible, and the craft of playing the guitar can be practiced and built. So, without doubt, you’ve detangled a bunch of clumped up ideas in my head and you’ve clarified a world. I actually sat at a piano the other day and having no knowledge of a piano could suddenly “see” how it all worked together.
Suke's background as a professional musician and lifetime student of guitar make him a master of teaching anyone at any level in their musicianship. I came to Suke as a self-taught guitarist of 14 years and he not only helped me learn what I aimed to learn but he also clarified the musical vocabulary and theories behind what my ears and hands naturally knew. His lessons have exponentially helped me navigate the guitar, expedite my songwriting process, and expand my abilities to collaborate with other musicians. - Kaylyn Marie
"Suke is more than just a guitar player who is extremely knowledgeable (check his resume) and extraordinarily talented (check his resume!) He is an equally superb guitar teacher. He has a patient, friendly, encouraging manner that puts the learner at ease, and consequently makes learning a pleasure. Thanks to Suke, I have learned more than I thought possible about using modes and the what,why, and how of playing the Blues. Playing guitar is now more pleasing than ever, and it keeps getting better. I have no doubt that Suke can do the same for you."
Before even meeting Suke, I was told how amazing he was as both a player and a teacher. Not only did I know this to be true at our very first lesson, but Suke has continued to exceed my expectations in terms of what a guitar teacher can be. He is extremely patient, knowledgable, humble and crafts lessons in a way that makes sense for the individual. His musical knowledge expands well outside of just the guitar, and our lessons very often touch on other areas of music that help me to continuously grow as a musician.
What a wonderful class! I am also a teacher, Suke, and I've observed a lot of teachers over the last few years. You are beyond good: you analyze and break things down for us; you explain things clearly; you are passionate about your lessons; you are patient and encouraging with us. I could go on!
Suke is a wonderful, intuitive teacher. Never a cookie-solution to teaching. He truly listens to what a student can do, wants to do, where the gaps are, and what is a natural teaching progression for each student. I had an over 20 year gap in playing guitar, and Suke helped me relearn, learn new ideas and gain the confidence to play out with people again. He is great at finding useful tools and hints to play that are like “light bulbs” going off that make it memorable. It is never just learning by rote. He increased my knowledge/skill level to the point that I am currently playing in a gigging band and at open jam sessions.