What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
My students choose what they play!
My training allows me to write down and teach any song just by hearing it. The guitar sounds great playing every style of music, so whatever you're into, let me show you how to play it!
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
All you need is your own guitar!
I create a personalized lesson plan for each student that is based on musical interests and skill level.
Each time we meet, I will provide clear, hand-written instructions about any song you choose.
Kids and adults both practice more when they choose the music!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
After receiving my music degree from Colorado College in 2004, I realized that I truly enjoy the experience of sharing music with others.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to play guitar.
I am always looking to improve my abilities and I have experienced the value of a good teacher giving me a hand up.
When I see other people start to discover the world of music and I can give them a hand up, it is a satisfying way to contribute to the musical community.
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With more than 10 years of tenure in the music industry?including experience teaching, recording, and touring with bands such as Blessid Union of Souls?Bryan Billhimer knows how to shred. In his latest venture, Center Stage Guitar Academy, he's converted his knowledge into easy-to-follow, high-quality lesson videos designed to let students master the guitar at their own paces. Shot from multiple angles, the videos feature split-screen footage for ease of comprehension. With instruction broken down into over 400 lessons with new ones added each month, students can start with basic strumming and fingerpicking techniques, building up the motor skills and hand dexterity needed to tackle subsequent lessons in barre chords, 12-bar blues, and improvisation. Students are welcome to design their own lesson plans based around skill levels, techniques (including music theory), or genres of music, such as country, blues, rock, pop, and pop rock, which must never be mixed with Diet Coke.
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The academy's video seminars cover fundamental techniques as well as popular songs, including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Wagon Wheel," and Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." Additionally, students are encouraged to submit lesson requests for songs they'd like to learn. Each video aims for the utmost clarity with a split-screen setup and shots from multiple angles, enabling players to perfect their finger placement without so much as a dollop of superglue. The academy also supplements its classes with resources such as tabs and helpful diagrams.