Portland Metal Guitar Lessons

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Learn Heavy Metal Guitar in inner SE Portland

Topics Covered: Heavy metal, death and thrash techniques, black metal, soloing, sweeping, arpeggios; classic metal, tone, palm muting. Improvisation in key, composition, performance, rehearsing.

Music Theory: Key signatures and sight-reading music notation for those whom wish to read; simplified and easy-to-use music theory for those who wish to rock. Playing in key. Scales, modes; chordal theory and rhythms. Intervals, and interval-related ear training.  For vocalists of any sort and age, a capella interval vocalization and creative improvisational composition is encouraged – and possible.

Material and Application: You pick the music.

Instructor notes: The guitar is definitely my specialty. I love the guitar in all forms including blues, rock, jazz, latin jazz, and country, fingerstyle guitar with alternate tunings; psych rock, industrial, kid’s tunes, church songs and traditional songs. Beginners should not start with metal guitar.

You Should Bring: Your guitar, and your friends/parents. After the first lesson (when I’ll check out your guitar for its playability), you’re welcome to use one of my guitars. I don’t care if you bring your lesson papers back. I prefer that you know the material and leave the papers at home. When we are learning what we love, we memorize it better. That’s why students of all ages guide their own lessons.

About the Instrument: Metal is generally played on an electric guitar with humbucking pickups… this is not a music instrument gear site. Variations on guitars, and my problem with instrument purchasing, is its own discussion. 😉

Note:  I no longer have an online payment system or online scheduling system. That’s because I’ve retired from teaching in-person lessons. For more information, please see my home page for information on where to get music lessons in Portland, where to buy an instrument, and tips and guides on instrument purchases. Thanks, and rock on! – Amanda

A music teacher in Portland Oregon