Lessons for guitar, bass, and ukulele. All ages, levels, and styles welcome! Your first lesson is FREE! Serving Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers, or online via Skype or Zoom, anywhere in the world!
A Patient Music Instructor
In the summer of 1979, I received my first guitar. My dad and I were at a department store and I saw this guitar hanging on the wall, and I said, dad, look, a guitar! I'd like to play that! Can we get it? Well, I admit, I don't remember my exact words, but it was something to that effect. My dad--a big fan of country music, and seeing that the guitar was not expensive--agreed to buy it for me. I played it, learning some basic chords from a book that came along with it. By Christmas of that year, I was ready for an upgrade, and I got a decent electric guitar. I also realized that I'd hit a plateau with my playing, and asked for lessons, which I begun in January, 1980. I had solid instruction from my teacher who stressed the importance of fundamentals, which I still value to this day. I had found my self-confidence through playing the guitar and by immersing myself in music.
I went on to study at the Shortridge School of Performing Arts, where I was taught how to refine my playing through the study of classical guitar. I also gained a breadth of knowledge about music with theory and history courses. After high school I was accepted to the Ball State University School of Music, and received the Young Artist Award, which is the highest merit scholarship offered by the university.
After Ball State, I went on to study at the graduate level at Illinois State and Indiana Universities. I taught class guitar and private lessons to undergraduate non-music majors. Since 1993, I've been teaching privately in the greater Indianapolis area, instructing students of all ages, levels and styles. My philosophy is not a one size fits all approach, but rather, a tailored approach. Through the years, I've learned that each student is unique with different learning styles, needs and desires.
Phil Lashley, guitar instructor.