Ukulele lessons are all about having fun. We’ll dig into all of your favorite pop tunes. At the same time, I’ll give you a firm foundation for you to play whatever you want going forward. Or, give you the confidence to approach guitar? Maybe?
I took guitar lessons from Jerry Baiden in the late 90s. I have since studied music at Princeton, Berklee College of Music, and MIT. In retrospect, I learned more about music from Jerry than I did from any of the university professors. This guy is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever met, and he’s also one of the most passionately musical people I’ve ever known. Since taking lessons from Jerry, I have performed across the country and I now develop guitar technology with companies like Gibson and Avid. Lessons from Jerry are worth their weight in gold!
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Over the years I’ve had the unique pleasure of working with some of the best guitar players in the music business. Jerry is definitely in that class and his peers will concur. To have that gem of talent teaching here in the Bay Area is NoCal’s best kept secret. Add to that his “nice guy” demeanor and I’m sure he’s one of the best teachers there is. I heard proof of this when I saw a concert one of his students played in last year. The boy was shredding and Jer took him on as a beginner! Can’t say enough great things about Jerry, but I think I can sum it up in one word. Talent!
I have never sat closer to a better guitar player in my life. At my first lesson, I told Jerry that I wanted to play like this person or that person. After that lesson, the only person I wanted to play like was Jerry. I used to stop him and say, “show me how to play that lick!”, or “what made you decide to play that.” He would always remind me to take it slow, yet practice more.
When I was his student I practiced around 6-8 hours a day, everyday, for years. Now 20 years later, I am pretty much able to do/play whatever I want with the instrument, controlling sound with emotion.
Jerry really takes his students to the next level. He explains more than just theory and licks, and slowly lets you into his approach on music, visualizing the fret board, playing with dynamics, etc. One of the best pieces of advice jerry gave me was to learn the opposites. I would ask, “should i finger pick this or flat pick it? Should I use economy picking or alternate? Should I think theoretically, play licks, or just play whatever comes out.” His reply was, learn them all. so very true.