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Jay Dancing Bear

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"I love teaching, and  I am committed to giving you the best guitar guidance possible".
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Steel String -Acoustic-Electric

As someone who has taught guitar for 30 years,  someone who practices qigong, yoga, and massage, what i am offering goes way beyond the usual guitar lessons. That is why i am calling what i am doing,
Guitar Mentoring.

What you can get from me is a deeper understanding, deeper insight and guidance,  both into the mechanics,  and into the more mystical aspects of making music,
and of course,
you will learn
great technique.

some examples:

My strengths as a teacher include:

Everyone has music inside them. I take great pleasure in helping to bring out the music inside you. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn as quickly and easily as possible, or an intermediate player wanting to move up to that next level, I will do my best to help you realize your highest potential.

If you want to see an unformatted version of the original Official Jay Dancing Bear Guide to Guitar, and some very rough notes for the new version of the book, Deep Guitar , click on the links. Also, I have some notes for playing guitar for the Dances of universal peace

Beginners will learn

Intermediate students will learn

>In a rut?
>Know "a little", ready for more?
>Looking for a strong grounding in fundamentals?
>Looking for an experienced, patient, encouraging teacher?
>Just want a few lessons, with no ongoing commitment? (and of course you can take as many lessons as you wish).

I have been teaching guitar for 30 years, and I have developed a special system. The emphasis is on fundamentals, particularly how to use your hands, and understanding the fretboard, so that when you find the root note, you also know physically which scales and chords start from that note. I do not teach students to read, instead they learn to play by ear. I do teach Jay's simplified 5 step music theory, which covers the basics, and which is presented in a practical manner, which will help you play better immediately.

I use a unique approach to teaching scales, having students use an open tuning which really brings out the sound of the scale. Of course I also teach the scales in standard tuning.

My teaching is oriented mostly to steel string players, both electric and acoustic, mostly in the styles of rock, folk and blues. I am not a jazz or classical teacher, although I do enjoy those musics.


I love the blues, I've played a lot of it, I've had too much of it.
I know and can teach you a lot of great blues styles, licks, rhythms, lead, slide, electric, acoustic, you name it.


The basics of slide are easy. I can teach them to you in one long lesson.
I love the blues !


as a songwriter myself I love helping others with their self expression. There are a few simple "tricks of the trade" which can really help you, even if your technique is limited.

Sooner or later you will probably want to play with some other musicians. There are some tips I can give you which make it a lot easier.

Do you love the way some players can just get a flow going. That can be you!
It's a lot easier than you think.

Do you only have 15 minutes a day to play? Want to make a lot of music without a lot of practice? Using open tunings it can be done. You won't sound like your favorite band, but you will have fun and sound good.



If you are only in town for a short period, or if just want to do a lot of learning in a short time, you  can take as many lesson hours as you can absorb in the time available.
For the right person this is a great way to go.


If you and perhaps a small group of friends want an all day class, or even several days,
you are welcome to book me out for that day or days.

We will totally immerse ourselves in the guitar.

I am willing to travel (if you pay me enough).

My teaching style has evolved in many ways over the 30 years that I have been teaching. Typically I prefer to give longer lessons of one and a half or two hours,  rather than the more usual one hour, although I am also available for that. The longer format gives us the chance to cover each topic in depth. In my system I compare guitar playing to juggling, in that there are really only four or five different elements, the trick is getting them all going smoothly at the same time. In 12-20 lesson hours I  give students a complete understanding of the basics of my system.

Lessons are like a roadmap. I can tell you how to get there, then it's up to you to practice. My job is to make the information as clear, accurate, thorough and easy to understand as I possibly can, and I believe that my many years of teaching experience and communication skills help me do a good job of this. I say proudly, my students learn.

I believe that playing should be enjoyable. You probably already have a job. Don't turn learning guitar into one. If you want to make money I don't recommend guitar playing. How quickly you learn depends on how much you practice, and that depends on your motivation. I certainly advise daily practice, but don't beat yourself up about it. If it's in you to play you'll find the guitar in your hands. If not don't worry about it, and accept that progress will be slower.

As you can see there are a lot of different teachings I offer.

I love teaching, and I am committed to giving you the best guitar guidance I can.

Jay Dancing Bear

If you want to see an unformatted version of the original Official Jay Dancing Bear Guide to Guitar, and some very rough notes for the new version of the book, Deep Guitar , click on the links.


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