with cesar montecristo
with cesar montecristo
Cesar Montecristo's first musical adventures started very early. In elementary school, the school faculty noticed Cesar's aptitude while testing for music and art skills. He was one of only two students chosen to attend a local gifted program, twice weekly. At this gifted musician program, Cesar was taught viola and drums, including his first taste of live performances. He attended this program for three years.
Soon after Cesar started attending the local music school, he met his first true love, the Guitar. On that day, the eldest of his siblings, Peter, proudly announced the purchase of an electric guitar -- shiny, lustrous and with a black finish. The new axe, a 24-fret Peavey Mantis caused Cesar to begin drooling.
Peter warned, "Mom -- I'm going to hang the guitar up on the wall in my room. Don't let Cesar touch it because he might break it." Those were possibly the worst words that Peter could have uttered. Or as it turns out for Cesar, the BEST. The instant that Peter stepped out of the room, Cesar picked up the guitar. The rest -- as they say -- is history!
The ensuing fever which struck Cesar was unlike anything he had ever experienced. He breathed, ate with and even slept with the guitar. Yes, you read that right -- "slept with" the guitar. "Obsession" didn't even touch the tip of the iceberg to describe the relationship that developed. Cesar would learn half of the songs on one CD in a single day! (Guitar solos included). All of his spare time was spent in his room, learning everything he could about the guitar.
It's that passion that brings Cesar to teach. Cesar says it's the joy and determination he learned at a young age which he strives to impart to each and every student he has the chance to impact. Seeing every individual's face light up as they proficiently play their favorite passage from a song is such a reward for Cesar. His teaching style can be described as a combination of technique and motivation to keep each student interested, whether it's learning a new style or mastering their favorite song on the radio. Cesar reminds each individual that learning, though requiring practice and determination, CAN be fun and exciting with every lesson.
Cesar currently lives just south of Nashville and enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time creating music in his studio.
Whether you want to shred fast, impressive licks for your friends or just get better overall, I can help you. All lessons are personalized for each student, making sure you learn techniques and songs that will inspire you to practice and sharpen your skills as a musician.
I teach the following styles:
The techniques you may learn in your lessons include the following:
30-MINUTE & 60-MINUTE LESSONS AVAILABLE*
*Skype lessons also available
Refer a friend (4 lessons booked) and receive a free lesson.
Tuition is billed in advance and is due at the first lesson of each month unless you choose A-LA CARTE lessons. Payments accepted: Cash, Check or Paypal.
To take skype guitar lessons, you will need a free skype account, a webcam (with microphone), strong, reliable internet access, and a well-lit area comfortable for your lesson. If you do not have a webcam, you will need to purchase one. Here are some recommendations.
Q: Should I take 30-min or 60-min lessons?
A: In general, I suggest 60-minute lessons for ages 12 to adults, and 30-minute lessons for children under 12.
Q: What if I need to cancel/reschedule a lesson?
A: You must give a 24-hour notice to cancel a lesson without forfeiting the lesson. I should be contacted directly to cancel -- meaning you've either spoken with or received a text message back from me stating the message was received. If a student cancels with less than 24 hours notice, or is a "no-show" at the time of their scheduled lesson, they will be charged the full price of the private lesson. Only sicknesses wil be rescheduled. Doctor's appointments, vacations and other excuses will be rescheduled only with at least a 72-hour notice. If you know of a date where you will not be able to attend your lesson, you need to notify me as soon as possible. Your lesson is a scheduled appointment with me. Canceling a scheduled makeup forfeits that makeup lesson. If the instructor cancels a lesson and is not able to schedule a makeup lesson, the student will receive a credit for the missed lesson for the next month.
Q: How do I cancel my lessons permanently?
A: All cancellations must be submitted in writing (CLICK HERE TO CANCEL). A 30-day notice is required to terminate lessons. If you are paying for lessons a la carte (lesson by lesson), a 48-hour notice is required to cancel indefinitely.
**For a limited time, book 3 months and receive a 15% discount.
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