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  Lessons for All Ages and Goals - Tailor Made

Above you see the banner "Yelp - we have TWO reviews. ​ Actually, they have 12 reviews and all but one of them (which they picked as their featured review) is a FIVE-Star review. Here are the reviews they did not feature. YELP (10) REVIEWS THAT WERE HIDDEN FROM YOU! Yelp says "these reviews were not factored into Paul's overall rating."

 

  • Phil W.  5 STARS

  • San Diego, CA

4/28/2018 

I participated in Paul's Band Clinic for 2 one-month sessions.  He taught us about how to function as a unit, how to communicate, and how to pick songs, among other things.  But he also taught me about music, in general - I learned a lot from him and my bandmates about how to discuss musical arrangements and about music theory.  

I had been playing along with MP3s and Pandora for several years. It was an excellent idea for me to start playing with real people and you can't easily arrange for something like that on your own.  Paul took care of getting people of my approximate talent-level to fill the different roles so I didn't have to. Well worth the reasonable fee and 3 hours per weekend to get my chops up and my confidence, too.  I intend to participate again in a few months (if he'll have me!)

  • James T.  5 STARS

  • Poway, CA

4/27/2018

I participated in Paul's Rock Clinic.  Paul does a great job of allowing the participants to run the show but steps in with helpful advice when its needed.  He covered a lot of relevant topics including song selection, how to give feedback and how to arrange parts.  I particularly beneffited from a number of suggestions for improving my lead guitar work.

The Rock Clinic is primarily aimed at musicians who have never had the opportunity to work in a band setting but it is also useful for anyone who wants a chance to play with some new musicians in a setting that is more focused than the usual jam MeetUp.


I heartily recommend Paul.

  • Sean T.  5-STARS

  • San Diego, CA

9/5/2017

After a few decades of old habits and getting stuck in a guitar rut, I took a couple of sessions with Paul.  He's a great listener, taking the time to understand what the individual is seeking, as well as establishing a plan for identifying where you are and a path to achieve your goals.  His depth of knowledge and his patient approach allow pacing appropriate to the topic and learning speed of the student.  Theory remains at the forefront of Paul's approach so you are better able to make valuable connections to real world playing, which then accelerate skill growth.
Starting out or an intermediate/advanced player, you will learn something from Paul.

  Free Meet and Greet    

My goal is to design a personalized guitar lesson for each student.  I want your lessons to feel like fun, and for you to feel good about playing and impress your friends. Please feel free to contact me about setting up a free meet and greet to assess your potential and discuss your goals. My email address is below, or use the contact form  at the bottom of the "About Paul George Motter" page.

  Beginner Program    

I believe students learn fastest by working with songs they already like, so we begin with songs you already know; finding the popular songs that are easier to play than you may think. Soon, with more practice, you will progress to even more challenging songs. We make it a simple "one step at a time" process.

As I assess your unique talents I will introduce new skills to you. The goal is to have you playing songs as quickly as possible - maybe even the first day. Part of the process that most guitarists eventually find is this; as you become more confident there soon comes a day when you start learning faster on your own than you believe is possible. My goal is to get you to that point - where you are learning on your own because it has become so easy for you.

More Advanced Players

If you have been playing a few years and you are ready to play in a band I will teach you the skills you need to become a band member - learnings songs from the intros to the endings. How to count time so you know when to play, all the basics. Unfortunately, the COVID virus has put live music on the back burner for now - but it will come roaring back with a vengeance. And why not use this time to get yourself ready to join a live band now, when live music is a regular activity again?

 

Playing guitar, bass, or singing in a band makes you a far better player, a real musician. You learn to listen and respond to other musicians, to use dynamics and harmonic instincts. It is crucial to have musical ear training - the secret to improvising and learning solos. A good ear is mandatory for singers, for example, and so it also helps guitarists to play better, especially in a band. I also strongly encourage my student guitar players to try singing, even just a little (which is all I teach you). The ability to sing will get you far more offers to join bands.

Advanced Students: Music Theory and Ear Training

There is a common phrase with pro guitarists, "tone is in the fingers." This means your hands do a lot more than just hold down notes - they add expression through vibrato, bends, pick attack, slides, tapping, pull-offs and hammer-ons. I have another personal motto, "Tone is in the ears" which means you must first learn to hear all of those embellishments before you can use them. 

A violin has no frets. So, how does the player find the right notes? The answer is they use their musical ear. Vocalists do the same thing - there is no way to know which note to sing unless you hear it in your head first. I was lucky enough to get extensive music theory and ear training classes in my teen years. Ear training is the key to finding the notes you hear in your head. It will allow you to listen to music and instinctively know what the players are doing. It will help you know what to play to respond musically to what you hear your fellow band members playing.

Most importantly, I am the only guitar teacher I know who tailors my ear training specifically to guitar players. I show you the nuance of bending notes, playing in different modes, playing the blues with feeling, and how to figure out and play harmony lead guitar.

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