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Mike de Velta Professional Guitar & Ukulele Lessons

General Details

Bachelor of Education, 30 plus years professional music experience., Police Clearance, Working with Children Checked, Music primary school specialist

For adults & children, beginner to advanced, enjoy one on one guitar or ukulele tuition in a friendly, courteous and encouraging environment. Having produced 5 albums and playing for live audiences for over 25 years I have also been a teacher in Western Australian schools for over 30 years. Qualified with a Bachelor of Education (Music Specialist), Police Clearance and Working with Children Check let me help you or your child take guitar playing to the next level.

Take it as deep as you like covering Pop, Blues, Jazz Blues, Folk, Slide Guitar (upright and lap style position), Finger style, Open tunings, Rock, Latin and Nouveau Flamenco.

YOUNG CHILDREN
“Music is not a race but an experience which can be enjoyed by anyone at any age”.

Having taught children from age 4 and up and worked in Early Childhood and Primary Schools for many years I can provide a safe and nurturing environment for your child to grow.
Very young children may also benefit from learning how to play the ukulele before attempting to play the guitar. Ukuleles can be a great introduction to playing music in a fun and exciting way.

METHOD
Unlike a piano the guitar or ukulele can be difficult to understand and access. There are no black and white keys, just strings and frets!
Initially we may be happy memorising a few chords and their finger placements but if we are to extend any further we need to master the neck and that takes work.

Fortunately with the use of computers and apps we can learn to visualise the neck much more effectively. These pictograms if you like can be learned over a period of time, genuine persistence to understand and recognise them embeds them in our subconscious. No longer is playing the guitar or ukulele a guessing game but we can now attack any note we “hear” confidently.

During my lessons I use my guitar or uke as well as Scales HD for my demonstration purposes which I highly recommend students download to their iPads. If you do not have a tablet we can still use this method as I am able to send you PDF via email during the lesson pictures of the particular study or scale we are working.
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IMPROVISATION
Improvisation features heavily in my approach and something I would encourage any new aspiring musician to do. Some people play incredible pieces on guitar only to discover they are unable to communicate and enjoy music with others lacking in the most basic understanding of chord harmony and theory. In other words they have not developed the “inner ear”.
As a teacher of music one of my roles is to bring out your inner muse, to help you fearlessly explore and develop your own style and go beyond your own expectations.
You will find in the long run that learning complex pieces will be much easier once you have developed the ability to play what you can “hear”.

DO I HAVE TO SIGHT READ?

No. While I can teach sight reading it is my experience that the styles I cover are more effectively taught using Guitar TAB or a combination of both. Most songs that I use can be attained at https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ to give you an idea of what to expect.

WHERE ARE WE?
We are located in Coogee south of Fremantle in the lovely city of Perth. Lessons are generally taken in my studio. Special requests are considered.

My promise to you is that I can really advance your playing in spectacular ways which bring great joy, a feeling of accomplishment and health of mind. Music is so much more than learning a bunch of notes, it is a way of living and growing. Allow me to share my experience with you and take the next step to guitar mastery.

For bookings please don’t hesitate to call 0415 108 230

Thank you
Mike de Velta

These details were last updated on January 3, 2018