This is the master video montage we made summarizing what students are saying about the lessons. If you only watch 1 video here, let it be this one.
Hilary is a professor at Ithaca College who is now in a very popular band and is making great progress on the guitar. She says:
“Dennis has all the characteristics of a master teacher. He has a thought-out plan for each lesson, adapts to students’ needs, is patient, has a good sense of humor, and is innovative. His rotating format keeps things fresh, and even in group classes and jam sessions, he still individualizes the lessons to your needs. His audio CDs are a great learning tool and his commuter audio series allows me to ‘practice’ while driving to and from the lessons. My understanding of the fretboard has allowed me to really learn how to play rather than simply memorize songs and chords. The amoun that I learned from Dennis in 3 months is more than I learned in 3 years with my former teacher. Dennis is the real deal.”
Taylor is also a Ph.D. student at Cornell and started as almost a complete beginner and now can jam with virtually anyone.
This is Doug, who is a highly experienced guitarist who used to play in regularly gigging bands in the 80s and 90s.
Andrew is a very creative kid who plays and sings at his school’s talent shows and is now learning to play lead guitar.
His mom says that he “has made a huge amount of progress in a very short time. Every time he interacts with Dennis he comes home really enthused and motivated. He plays with his dad now and the whole family has benefitted greatly from the lessons.”
Kara is a Cornell Ph.D. student who knows that playing guitar is a great hobby she can use to take a break from studying or lab work.
This testimonial is from a compete beginner named Yue. Look how much she learned after only 1 month of lessons!
Listen to what Tim and Barb both say about how you can get better and have fun even while being a busy adult without much time for guitar.
Matt works at Cornell and is coming along nicely on guitar, even writing his own songs.
Brian and Kaye talk about how the lessons are motivating and fun, and rich with content but never overwhelming.
Art has been playing guitar for many decades but had many questions about how to put it all together. He is so much more confident now and performs with his wife.
“Dennis is really encouraging, and he follows exactly what my goals are and teaches me relative to those goals. He makes things really easy, attainable and approachable, not intimidating. I have learned an incredible amount in a short amount of time and can play so much music now.” – Frank D.
“My son Nial is learning so much faster now with Dennis than he was with his former teacher. “- Angie B.
Michele is a professional flute player who wanted to expand her horizons and came to Dennis to learn how to play jazz. She is one of the few students who is not a guitarist.
“Dennis is wonderful at helping me accomplish the goals I’ve set for myself and I highly recommend him as a music teacher. Although I’m not a guitar student, I’ve had Dennis work with me to help develop my skills with jazz. He makes lessons both interesting and challenging yet never leaves me feeling discouraged or feeling that that something is too difficult. I love that he gives me many strategies for learning new pieces, for developing my ear, and for improving my competence as a jazz musician (rhythmically, technically, harmonically, etc). I especially like that everything we work at gets applied in the context of playing real tunes – nothing is ever given in isolation without going on to the application of the skill during the lesson. I’ve been working with Dennis for 5 years now and continue to look forward to each lesson with him. “
“Dennis is an excellent instructor. He has been super patient with my 8 year old daughter yet still pushes her to give her best and keep at it when she becomes discouraged. I would recommend Dennis to anyone looking to learn an instrument or even to just improve upon their skills as a musician.” – Hank B.
“Dennis is an outstanding teacher. I have found him to be very knowledgeable, patient, and fun to work with. His teaching method is very effective, in that weak spots become apparent, without the student being discouraged. A plan to improve is mapped out which is also very effective. There are no shortcuts, but the hard work pays off. The great thing is, I am having a blast while getting better!” – Dave F.
“I absolutely recommend Dennis Winge as a guitar teacher. When I first started thinking about playing jazz I had no idea where to begin, although I was an experienced rock guitarist. It was great to learn how to use what I already knew as well as learn new things in an easy and fun way. We went over my goals in detail when I first started and now I am happy to say I have accomplished almost all of them. One of the biggest goals I had was to be able to play a song’s melody and chords at the same time. Now, not only do I have a few of those memorized, but I also understand the process of how to do it. Recently I wrote out and played a tune I like on my own with only very little help and I will be able to take that skill with me for the rest of my life. I am proud of my accomplishments and none of them would have been possible without Dennis’ help.” – Andrew S.
When I first came to Dennis I knew a lot of things (chords, picking, soloing techniques) but I didn’t know how to put any of it together, and I had so many bad habits, it was horrible! I couldn’t play with anybody because I couldn’t play songs in rhythm. Three years later, with steady guidance from Dennis, I have my own band and have been going to jam sessions. My soloing still needs work, but overall I’m having a great time on the guitar.” – Dan W.
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