I've been playing guitar for 34 years. Opened my school "Ed Fuhrman Guitar Academy" in Bergen County, NJ, in 1983. In 29 years of teaching I've had the privilege of instructing guitar to more than 5000 students. I have a unique approach to teaching. I don't use any books or music reading. The lessons are based on mastery of specialized techniques, along with ear training and the understanding of theory. It's a hands on approach to the instrument that allows the student to move forward quickly and easily. You'll be sounding like a pro in no time, and you'll have fun throughout the whole process. No boring books or charts allowed!!! :) All levels are taught and beginners are most welcome.
I believe one of my strengths as a guitar teacher is helping students overcome problems with their playing techniques. Most guitarists pick up bad habits along the way. Most of the time they don't even know they are bad habits. And of course, the more of these that you have, the harder it will be for you to play. I teach my students to streamline their playing techniques and to refine their abilities so that even the most difficult guitar lines can be played with relative ease.
The problem with books and videos is that you can't ask them questions. And with an instrument as complex as the guitar, there are bound to be questions that will arise. Having a good qualified guitar teacher around can help you answer these questions. Does that teacher have to be me?? Well, I hope so!! :) But if you're unsure, you might want to take lessons from a few teachers and see which one you like the best.
Looking for a good guitar teacher is not the same as shopping for a pair of jeans or some other retail item. If three different stores offer the same item for sale, a smart shopper will buy from the store with the lowest price. But choosing a guitar teacher this way would be downright stupid. Yet, you'd be surprised how many people call me for lessons and the first question they ask me is "how much is it?"
It's impossible to judge the value of a service until you've experienced it at least once!!
Most of my students tell me that I show them more in one lesson than they've learned in months of lessons with other guitar teachers. So think about it... Sure, I'll bet you can find someone who only charges $30/hour for guitar lessons, but if you don't learn anything, you're throwing your money away. The price should be the last thing on your mind. Choose the teacher who will give you the most for your hard earned dollar. Hmmmm, I wonder who that could be?? ;-)
I played lead guitar for the heavy metal band Hades. Appeared on every Hades album except for the debut record "Resisting Success". Toured the US and Europe.
I also played in a band called System Addict. We recorded 2 demos and 1 EP called "Sickness & Wealth". We played shows in the tri-state area from 1991-1995.
In 2001 I started a new group called Ten Ton Truck. We recorded a 4 song demo in 2004. Played one show, then the singer quit the band unexpectedly in early 2005 and the group disbanded shortly thereafter.