Welcome to My Lesson Page
Here you'll will find information on my teaching philosophy, recommendations on books and study materials, and some free downloads.
I teach the following:
Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo, Resonator (slide), Composition, Theory, Song Arranging, Recording Technology and Sound Production.
Private one on one lessons are available Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 7:30 PM and Friday 10AM - 6PM.
CURRENTLY DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC, ALL LESSONS ARE ONLINE THROUGH SKYPE OR ZOOM.
Weekday Times Monday - Thursday:
10AM - 2PM are great for retired adults, working adults in the area with flexible schedules and home school families.
2:30PM - 6PM work well for ten year olds through young adults.
6:30PM - 8PM are ideal for HS through working adults with busy daytime schedules.
Friday: 4PM - 6PM
I offer monthly block scheduling billed at $30.00 per half-hour once a week or $60.00 for one hour lessons scheduled once a week per month.
A single one time, one hour lesson billed at $75.00.
For Online lessons:
My Teaching Philosophy
My philosophy is simple:
A thorough understanding and application of the basic fundamentals of music (Listening, ear training, timing, technique, logic, theory, and harmony) will lead to the freedom of musical expression.
I began playing the guitar more than 40 years ago and I still consider myself as a student of the instrument. I have found that in order to master the guitar one must constantly maintain a level of proficiency, explore new techniques, expand our repertoire and compose new ideas everyday. As a musician, we must keep our ears and minds open to what has come before, its evolution and what is on the horizon.
I have always had a passion for music and the guitar was my primary instrument choice. I share this passion for music and the instrument with each and everyone of my students.
“My desire is not just to help you to become a great guitar player, but to develop excellent musicianship skills which enable you to express your musical voice through the guitar”.
In the private lessons each student learns, studies and applies tools that enable them to master skills that are required to fulfill the demand of any musical situation.
As their instructor, I like to learn about a students’ musical interests, hobbies, sports activities, study habits, organizational skills, comprehension and family. The more I know about the individual student, the better prepared I am to develop a program specifically addressing their individual needs. To me, investing in their interests and study habits enables me to present the student with a concise, well thought out instructional plan that they can follow at a pace that meets their abilities and time commitment. I have found that this approach makes it easier for them to establish a consistent practice schedule, they feel more confident and they are able to reach their individual goals in shorter period of time.
All of my students study their principal instrument, but are also taught ear training skills, music theory, composition, transcribing music and music history. They are also learning traditional and non-traditional instrument theory and techniques. I place a large percentage of the development on the student. I present them with concepts and techniques which they must process and apply to determine for themselves through research (trial and error) which devise is more efficient and effective for a given task.
Please e-mail me with any questions you may have firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are in the Northern, Virginia region call Bang! Music, Inc. (540) 659 - 6687.
If you or a family member is interested in learning to play the guitar and is willing to work hard, I highly recommend they take lessons from Bruce Middle Guitar Lessons. Zack has been taking lessons from Bruce for a long time and Bruce has given Zack the tools he needs to be very good guitar player. If you or your family member is willing to do their homework and practice (Zack has practiced at least a thousand hours), they will benefit greatly from lesson with Bruce Middle.
Bruce your a kind and patient teacher - Each week I knew I could look foreword to a healthy dose of music with a capital M !
Enjoyed my time taking lessons from Bruce....I offered a few challenges (Old man hands that don't stretch well, or conform to difficult chord patterns, fat fingering strings, and slower than normal fingering of single notes, just to name a few) and he always had a "work-around" solution. He tailors his teaching to the student's musical leanings and level of proficiency. Everything is explained in a simple, easy-to-follow manner. Great knowledge of the instrument and music theory makes him an excellent choice for an instructor...for beginners to accomplished players. We all learn something that makes us better. Thanks, Bruce, for the time I spent with you. I'll probably be back in the near future.
Love playing with this guy. If you decide to take lessons from him, please pick up his most endearing trait: He listens to the other musicians, and bases his musical statements as a response to what they have said.