Hafa Adai, I hail from the beautiful island of Guam! Now living in Seattle, Washington. I received my Associate Degree in Music with a focus on Guitar Performance from Musicians Institute Hollywood, California in 2007.
I have had my music placed on multiple tv shows and a movie (the Real World, Road Rules, The Tested etc) and got to play on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with my former band Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind. I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths and share the stage with many musical giants, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, John Mayer, Don Felder, Brandi Carlile, Russell Ferrante, Travis Carlton, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I love playing music, but meeting good people through music and arts is also just the best thing ever and I hope to keep that going 🙂
I’ve been a working musician for the past 20+ years, teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele full time for the past 6 years, and have grown very passionate about sharing and teaching all the joys of music! I hope to be able to spread that joy and positivity to my students and the global music community!
I take pride in catering to each student’s needs and wants with lessons, whether it be learning songs, riffs, weird noises, music theory, etc. Beginners through advanced players are all welcome!
Your choice of 30min or 1hr lessons! Beginner students can expect to learn the fundamentals: how to fret, how to tune, basic chords and scales, how to read(I teach with tablature!), rhythm, scale, and fretting exercises, hand posture and songs etc! Intermediate and Advanced students can expect to cover mostly anything from music theory and its applications, to creating chord melody arrangements for things like: weird memes, 80s Japanese synth pop wave video game anime music (lol), and Yellow Magic Orchestra (which I literally do for fun). Pick a song, we'll learn it!
I do expect my students to have their instruments along with a tuner and metronome (or some sort of rhythm machine) to play along/practice to. These can be had for free and I can recommend certain apps or products if you have any questions regarding these items!
And finally, I totally understand that everyone learns differently and wants to play differently, so I will never(probably never?) say you have to do things exactly a certain way. Instead, I will give instruction, direction, and suggestions to help you figure out and develop your own personal style!
Associate of Arts Focus on Guitar Performance - Musicians Institute
Music placed on TV and film. Performed on various television programs including Jimmy Kimmel Live!
20+ years performing, writing, recording experience with guitar bass and ukulele. Six years of teaching guitar bass and ukulele. Two years of teaching online lessons :)
You will need a computer or tablet with a webcam and microphone...Read More
You will need a computer or tablet with a webcam and microphone that is connected to a good Internet connection, with a download speed preferably above 25 Mbps, your instrument (of course), and/or any equipment recommended by your teacher prior to the lesson. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.
Online Lessons are all attended on the Zoom video conferencing platform. After...Read More
Online Lessons are all attended on the Zoom video conferencing platform. After you book, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a link to your upcoming lesson that you’ll join using a web browser or the Zoom app. Lessons use both audio and video, so make sure that you can meet the system requirement before booking a lesson. Online lessons are interactive, so you’ll be able to communicate with your teacher, ask questions, and comment as much as you like.
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Lessons can be canceled or rescheduled directly on the platform using the...Read More
Lessons can be canceled or rescheduled directly on the platform using the cancel/reschedule function in the Booked Lesson section of your Dashboard at least 24 hours before the lesson time. If you need to cancel a lesson, do so by clicking on the “Cancel” button on your booked lesson and your teacher will be notified automatically.
You can always think ahead and get a few things ready before...Read More
You can always think ahead and get a few things ready before your lessons. Make sure to tune your instrument before the lesson. Bring à a notepad and anything you might need to write down notes. We strongly recommend testing your video conference settings at least 15 min before each lesson to avoid any unwanted technical issues during the lesson.
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