My Next Three Gigs:

Apr16

Flight Risk (Jared Carrozza and Barry Hyman)

The Publyck House, Historic Route 7A, Harwood Hill, Bennington, VT

Apr23

John Davis Sr. and Friends

The Publyck House, Historic Route 7A, Harwood Hill, Bennington, VT

Link to my Facebook Music Page

Imagine if I told you I could increase your lifespan, improve your physical and mental health, make you more popular with everybody (including members of your preferred persuasion), get you more affection and respect, give you a powerful consolation during difficult times, and provide you with a delightful part-time job you could enjoy until you're 80!  That's what I mean by "Holistic Music Instruction."  You give me $40 an hour; I give you magical powers.  Not a bad deal, right?

I teach private music lessons on several different instruments. For guitar and pedal steel guitar, I offer beginning to advanced instruction. With bass, keyboard, banjo, slide guitar, lap steel, percussion, harmonica, and mandolin, I provide lessons for beginning and intermediate students only. I also teach recording, songwriting, arranging, performance skills, and music therapy techniques.

The emphasis is on creative and improvisational music. I teach music theory, so that the student really understands how music works, and I teach proper technique so that the student can execute his or her musical ideas with professional ability. Students do not have to be good at memorization, notation, or tablature -- a mastery of theory and technique allows one to construct something new that is appropriate for every musical situation.

But more than anything else, I emphasize the joy of making music, and the therapeutic value of having a creative outlet. Music is supposed to be a pleasure! So there is only one rule: You must be comfortable and having fun.

Besides providing private lessons in my studio, I am currently teaching guitar part time at three Vermont schools:  the Community College of Vermont in Bennington, Green Mountain College in Poultney, and the Community College of Vermont in Rutland.

I also offer recording services.  I will play on your recording, or I can help you make your own recording.  I do studio work on guitar (electric, acoustic, nylon string, 12-string), pedal steel guitar, bass, and other instruments.  Sweet and Happy Studio is equipped to make professional recordings of soloists, duos, and small ensembles -- I can arrange, produce, engineer, and mix your demo or cd.

Contact me at kinghappyartmusic@msn.com or at 518-677-5641.  I charge $40 an hour for lessons or recordings at my studio, plus $12 an hour for travel time if I come to your location.