Miami Guitar Lessons by Dyce Kimura here! I am a guitar teacher, giving guitar lessons in Miami and also on Skype. I’m doing this video blog today just to talk about some common questions that I get asked every day on the phone from prospective students that want to come in and get guitar lessons. So I thought I’d just do a video to just address some common questions in case any of these pertain to you. So I typed up a few of these common questions. I’m going to read off one of […] Read more
Hi this is Dyce Kimura. I am giving Miami guitar lessons and I just want to do a video blog today about some modern blues guitar players that I pay close attention to. So first up Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Warren Haynes and Slash; so hopefully I’ll be able to get to all those, and also Billy Gibbons. I just want to talk a little bit about blues in general. It’s 2016 and what the scene is like and just some thoughts. Starting with Joe Bonamassa – I just got done listening to […] Read more
Miami electric guitar teacher Dyce Kimura here folks! Today I am going to talk about the Stratocaster, particularly this Strat. I am going to talk to you about why I play a Strat. I wanted to get into to some specific features about this Strat that I’ve had since 1999. Why do I play this Strat? One of the reasons I like it, is it cuts through the mix. It’s a very clean, crunchy tone. Okay?
That was a half-tone. I’m at half-tone with these pickups. You can get a really nice bold, bluesy tone with your front […] Read more
Beginner Guitar FAQs | Miami Guitar Teacher
Miami guitar teacher Dyce Kimura here, and I want to do an FAQ video today for people that are just starting to learn guitar. You might have a few questions. I get asked a series of questions, usually one of these questions every single day in my teaching studio. I just want to address them in a video. I’m going to read off these questions and then I’m going to answer them after that.
These are the questions, I put this list together, that I typically get asked. Should […] Read more
For our next lesson we are going to cover the song “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz. We’re advancing past the basic concepts we covered earlier and we’re moving into the realm of four chords per song. The rhythm is more complex and exciting as well so get ready to dig in!
The chords are: | A C | G D | Each chord is played 5 times each in a fast rhythm. We will play the A chord as a barre chord which means you will lay your entire finger down on strings 4-3-2-1 (and slightly mute the 1<sup>st</sup> string by […] Read more
For our next lesson we will learn to play “Hang on Snoopy,” by the McCoys. The song is basically | G C | D C | and you will play each chord 2 times each. Please refer to the video for the chord charts.
To begin to play the song simply strum each chord with down strokes 2 times each. Start by strumming slowly and playing by yourself until you can switch records comfortably. Then start playing with this drum machine beat at 65 BPMs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ACh9uGNcu0
Ultimately you want to get a place where you can play with the song. If you […] Read more
For this week’s lesson I’m excited to teach you the song “Stir It Up” by Bob Marley. This is another beginner lesson and we will be using the chords A, D, and E for this simple song.
Let’s start by getting familiar with the chords A, D and E as best you can and practice switching back and forth between them. Keep in mind that we are doing a beginner version of the song “Stir It Up.” This lesson will allow you to play along with Bob Marley but not necessarily do exactly what he does in the recording.
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Today we are learning to play a simplified version of the classic song “Sweet home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, using the chords D, C, and G. I have gone to great lengths to find songs like this that can be simplified because it allows the beginner student to participate in playing a famous song that they know and love. In this beginner lesson we are focused strumming the chords along with the song.
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This is a lesson on Pink Floyd’s “Time”. It is definitely one of David Gilmore’s finest masterpieces. While taking the time to learn this song, I must say I was blown away by Gilmore’s soaring melodic structures and his ability to convey subtle inflections in his soloing. I was equally amazed by the sheer power of the solo and the fact that he played it without playing fast. This shows true mastery in my opinion. Playing fast instantly gains the performer the “wow” factor, but few guitarist can play slowly and deliberately while still maintaining a captive performance level. Also, […] Read more
For our next lesson I decided to cover the epic classic rock song “Mississippi Queen” by Mountain. For equipemt on this recording, the guitarist Leslie West used a Gibson blues Junior loaded with a P90’s thru a Sun Amp PA head (it wasn’t even a guitar amp!) He accidently discovered this massive sound when his booking agency sent him the wrong equipment at his gig at the Fillmore West. For equipment in this video I used a Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro with an Analogman King of Tone into a Billm modified Blues Junior with a Heritage Greenback speaker. It […] Read more