Online Guitar Lessons
Take a online lesson with one of our expert ASF instructors! Cost is $60 per hour, 25% of which is a tax-deductible donation back to the foundation. So the more you study, the more you support the ASF, its mission and programs.
Whether you’re a raw beginner, hobbyist, advanced player, or an experienced teacher interested in studying the Shearer Method, we can help. Our personable and distinguished faculty is dedicated to the highest standard of guitar instruction. Lessons are conducted through Go To Meeting, one of the best and easy-to-use teleconferencing services around. All you need is a guitar, high-speed internet connection and a webcam.
We offer instruction in a multitude of areas, such as:
- Mindful Learning–pre-reading, visualization, and memorization.
- Optimal Positioning and Principles of efficient movement.
- Tone quality and your nails.
- Right-hand technique–free stroke, rest stroke, sympathetic motion, and alternation.
- Left-hand development and exercises.
- Repetoire preparation and performance development.
- Expressive interpretation.
- Music theory, composition, and arranging.
- Classroom teacher training.
- Preparing for an audition.
Alan Hirsh collaborated with Aaron Shearer in the 1980’s, writing music for the 3-volume method series: Learning the Classic Guitar published with Mel Bay. He continued collaborating with Aaron (along with Thomas Kikta) to develop The Shearer Method: Classical Guitar Foundations, Classical Guitar Developments, and Learning the Fingerboard by Alfred Music. In additon, he has authored Classroom Shearer and Guitar Harmony, and directs the ASF’s virtual guitar orchestra program. Alan currently works in NC as Music Director and Fine Arts Dept. Chair at Bishop McGuinness High School and teaches guitar at Wake Forest University. Alan is a frequent guest conductor at guitar festivals around the country and has an extensive online catalogue of music, Guitar Ensemble Music.com.
Ben Meyer holds a bachelor degree in Music Business from Millikin University (Decatur, IL) where he initially fell in love with guitar pedagogy upon discovering the Shearer Method. From 2012 – 15, he offered guitar instruction in a variety of programs, adapting the Shearer Method for all levels. Following his passion, Ben moved to Pittsburgh where he studied the Shearer Method closely with Tom Kikta at Duquesne University. Here, he received a Master of Performance in 2017 and continues to teach the Shearer Method now more refined than ever. Currently Ben teaches throughout the Pittsburgh area, providing instruction to children as well as adults
The first 30 minutes of your first lesson is free!
Within 24 hour of registering, you’re teacher will contact you to make arrangements for a lesson time and will provide you instructions on how to connect using Go To Meeting.