Awesome Guitar Teacher
Phil does a great job teaching guitar. He is very patient and helpful. Excellent teacher!
Fantastic guitar instruction! Phil takes the student through the guitar, and each lesson continues the building blocks of understanding the guitar neck. Chords, chord shapes, sight reading, theory. . . Phil is very knowledgeable and patient. I would recommend the Oslo Studios approach for any guitarist of any level of skill. I’ve had a great experience, and will continue with lessons.
New or Experienced
If you are new to the guitar – Oslo Studio’s is excellent! If you are experienced with the guitar – Oslo Studio’s is even better. As an experienced guitarist, he will take you to the next level you have been looking for without trying to change your whole style of playing. This is a rare talent most teachers do not possess.
A New Way to Look at Lessons
When I took lessons as a kid it was memorization and playing the 1st 5 frets on each string. It was so monotonous that I quit. I discovered Phil on a recommendation and signed up my then 9 year-old daughter. In a couple months, she knew more than I had learned in years of lessons. She is 14 now and writing her own music.I’m so happy with Phil’s method that my 8 year-old son started with him last month, on the guitar we bought for my daughter 5 years ago. I recommend Phil for guitarists of all ages and all skill levels!
Phil takes an approach to teaching guitar that is unique to the guitar and not just the traditional approach that is piano based. If you truly want to learn guitar theory and how music works and how to apply it to your playing Phil is your man. I started with Phil when I was almost a complete beginner and through his teaching I understand a lot more about how music works than a lot of people that I have played with. You will not be disappointed.
Oslo Studios Review
I have taken lessons from other instructors and/or friends over the years, and have not learned nearly as much as the (just under) two years under Phil. Phil tailors the lessons to suit my overall needs and also keeps the lessons structured in a way that builds upon previous lessons. He mixes the “mandatory repetitive scales” in with songs and other exercises that helps a person get over the “wall” of learning. The environment Phil provides in excellent and allows you to focus on the lessons without distraction. Clean and friendly.
I have the confidence to play live now!
Phil teaches how to play guitar in such a way that the whole neck of the guitar becomes three dimensional. I can see notes unfold as I play solos. I am playing in a band at least once a month, and playing solo acoustically at least three times a week. Thanks to Phil and his methodology I understand music and guitar far more than I ever could have learned on my own.
I had taken a few lessons with other guitar teachers but never really felt a strong teacher/student connection. I began taking guitar lessons with Phil and could immediately see that his teaching curriculum was nothing that I had been exposed to. Phil’s approach allows you to completely unlock the fret board. Not only will you be playing music/solos at a much more accelerated pace, but you will gain a true understanding of why the music you play sounds so good. I have also purchased both of Phil’s recently published books (A Complete Guide To The Guitar Volumes 1/2). These are a “must have” for any new and/or intermediate level guitar player. They are great resources that allow you to practice what you have learned through his lessons while also being exposed to additional guitar instruction & exercises.
A Well-Written Book For Beginners
A very humble and well-written book for beginners who are looking to learn theory and get good at the instrument fast! Additionally, an excellent reference for players of all levels. I have known Phil, the author of this series, for years and took lessons from him. In fact, I was one of his first students when he began teaching from his home studio in the mid 2000s. Not only is Phil an excellent and open-minded musician, he truly cares about his students and loves having the ability to share his knowledge about the instrument with others. The book begins with a discussion about good habits when playing the instrument and is followed by some common guitar and music definitions. Phil then discusses the structure of standard tuning and how it affects certain patterns on the neck. Finally, there is a lot of discussion on fretboard patterns and repetition on the neck as well as the construction of scales and chords. The reason why the book is an excellent choice for beginners is that you don’t need to know how to read music to get started with it! That is developed later on. Phil provides you with tablature and staff as well as sound recordings of the exercises. In fact, if I did not take lessons from Phil and learn theory from him, I would never have achieved what I have in my music career. I have four east coast and two west coast tours in a band called “The Fast Track” beginning at the young age of 21. Our recordings are available for streaming on Spotify. Thanks Phil! Rock on!
Tablature is included! A+
Volume I is a great book for beginners who are looking to learn, understand, and get good at the guitar fast! Additionally, a great reference for experienced players at well. I have known Phil since the mid-2000s and was one of his students. Not only is Phil an excellent musician, he is very passionate about helping his students succeed on the instrument. This clearly shows in his writings/discussions of various topics covered in this part of the series. This particular book begins with establishing good playing habits followed by common musical definitions/guitar terminology. Phil then discusses the structure of standard tuning on the instrument and how it affects patterns and repetition on the neck of the instrument. Volume one closes with lessons on how scales are built and chords. Again a great book for beginners! Tablature is included! A+
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