Frequently Asked Questions

f you’re looking for in-person music lessons in Central Illinois, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.  I also occasionally teach on Skype. Here are some common questions people ask about lessons.  Thanks! Andy

Do you accept beginners?
Yes!  Everybody starts out as a beginner, and beginners are always welcome. 

How often are lessons?
Either 30 minutes weekly, or 60 minutes 2x’s a month.   Most students take a 60 minute lesson two times a month.  

How much do lessons cost?
Lessons are priced competitively for the Peoria, IL area.  Please contact me with any questions about private lessons.  Don’t hesitate to call or email. 

Where do you teach your lessons?
Lessons are taught at my office in Peoria, easily accessed from I-74 or War Memorial Drive. Contact for more details.

What instruments do you teach?
I teach acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.  I also occasionally teach upright bass.

What styles of music do you teach?
I am teach all styles of rock, blues, country, bluegrass, folk, singer-songwriter, r and b, jazz, gospel, modern praise, music theory, etc.  Anything on the radio or record.  There are better people in town than me to teach heavy metal or spanish-style classical guitar.

Should I start on acoustic or electric?
You can start on either, but will progress faster when you have a similar instrument to the style of music you listen to.  If you listen to Jack Johnson, you’ll do better on an acoustic guitar.  If you listen to the Rolling Stones, you’ll do better on electric. 

What is a good starter instrument?
For acoustic guitars, I like Yamaha or Fender guitars.   For electric, Fender, Dean, Ibanez, Yamaha, Peavey, all seem ok.  For mandolin, I love the Kentucky KM-150.  Goldtone and Deering make the best beginner banjos, but most banjos are ok. Young kids need an appropriately sized guitar.

When should I upgrade to a better instrument, and what advantage is there to that?
I think you should start on whatever you have.  When you know that you enjoy it and are going to stick with it, purchase the best instrument you can afford.   A good-quality instrument will help you learn how to play.   I often help students find good instruments, don’t be afraid to ask.