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What Others Are Saying

Eddie Dorman is one of Anchorage's most innovative and awe-inspiring guitarists and musicians but he's also a great guitar instructor. He not only has the patience to help kids get through their frustrations, he also taps into each student’s particular tastes and interests. Our son started when he was 13, and now plays right along with some of his favorite CDs. At their speed! As parents, we couldn’t be more proud and he now thinking about going to college for a music major! 

I don't call Eddie "The Master" for nothing. Whether it's improvisation, technique, ear training, or rhythm, Eddie opens the door to boundless possibilities. -- Jason 

My mother was tuned in to all types of music. There was always music and dancing around my house. I identified with that vibration. Inspiration comes with the experience and appreciation of your roots and relating to your culture in a positive way.

I learned from the old folk (the masters); being raised in Brooklyn, New York, in the seventies, I was exposed to gospel, blues, jazz, Elvis, Ray Charles, James Brown, Earth, Wind and Fire, the Blue Notes, Little Richard and many others. Much later, Miles and Coltrane inspired me, and so did Bach, Mozart, Clapton and even KISS!

Follow your passion. That is the invaluable lesson I’ve learned from participating in a field that I love. My main objective has always been to give my best. The path is long and full of challenges, but these challenges have created great results.

As a musician, I have grown as a product of my experience. I make mistakes while expanding in awareness. I stayed unified. This dream could never have been a reality without the energies of others -- my sisters, Maria and Sally, and my mother, who helped put the dream in perspective.
Think “Notes” Instead of “Shapes”

When everything you play starts to sound the same, you’re in a rut.

A great way to get out, is to think about how the notes you’re playing relate to each other in their underlying chords.

There will usually be more than one “right” chord, but no matter, the result still will suddenly make your solos sound more like melodies.

Also, you’ll become more adept at chord playing and substitution as you aim for target notes rather than target frets, allowing you to get out of the same old shape!

Bonus! Try this: Avoid beginning with or ending at the root note. Oooh, fresh sounds!

Till next month!
Learn essential elements every great musician knows, but few know how to teach. If you have the desire, I can help you achieve it. There is a difference
  • Strumming

  • Rhythm/timing

  • Soloing/improvisation

  • Technique: developing speed and accuracy

  • Theory (and how to apply it!)

  • Chords and structure (You’ll never need a chord book again!)

  • Scales and modes

  • Fingerpicking

  • Ear training

  • Pitch recognition

  • Pitch memory

  • Relative pitch/perfect pitch

  • Arpeggios

  • Composition

  • Understanding/using keys (Major or minor)

  • Embellishments - how to "dress up" any chord

  • Writing and analyzing great chord progressions

  • Fretboard knowledge

  • Sight-reading

  • Songwriting/accompaniment ("comping")

  • Chord-melody/self-comping

  • How to harmonize a melody

  • Ensemble/playing in a band

  • Learning/playing songs by ear

  • Using effects...effectively

  • Choosing/using the right gear

  • “Active listening” vs. “Passive listening”

  • Creativity (Yep -- I can TEACH you how to be creative, even if you think you aren't!)

  • Playing your own music/developing a style

  • Learn your favorite songs!

Guitar Lessons by Eddie
Where it all started
(for Mr. Dorman)

Before there was Muse School of Music, there was Guitar Lessons by Eddie. Eddie still teaches and operates in Anchorage under this name, though it is not a separate and distinct entity from Muse, other than it does not include piano instruction. Guitar Lessons by Eddie was created after years of playing, writing, and teaching. Eddie’s experience in performance heavily influenced his instruction and resulted in a style that emphasizes the stage rather than the classroom.

Though Eddie had formal training at well‐respected institutions, he still felt there were certain aspects of playing being overlooked in his course work. When he was asked to begin teaching private lessons to a friend’s daughter, he began writing a curriculum as he sought to fill in the holes of traditional teaching. Thus Guitar Lessons by Eddie was born.

A few years later, Eddie made the acquaintance of Cara Walsh, who was new to teaching private lessons, but equally concerned about the lack of complete and inspired teaching available for the recreational player. The very first conversation that took place between the two was on this very topic, and these conversations continue today under the roof of Muse School of Music, where Eddie and Cara have joined their respective studios in a single mission to offer a new alternative to the old standard.
My Original Curriculum = Your Success

I choose to write my own curriculum. People often ask me why I take on this massive task when there are so many guitar method books already out there. As I see it, the bulk of these basic guitar methods get you playing a few songs or scales (which certainly can be useful), but they seldom, if ever, help you understand how it all goes together on the guitar. Instead, you're usually left with a lot of questions, or worse, a lot of confusion and frustration.

For these reasons, I believe that a method book by itself has a tragically short shelf life for you, the "typical learner". It does little in the way of turning you on to music as a living, breathing thing, and it certainly doesn't address your unique needs as a student. A custom curriculum, however, when used in conjunction with you -- a unique human being who can understand, work, and grow -- can be the ultimate formula for success. YOU are the key component in this equation, and the curriculum is complementary to you. I’ll take the time to write and present my original curriculum tailored to your needs. You take the time to practice and supply your open and curious mind. The result -- both you and the guitar get the most out of each other every week. Guaranteed!

Learning to Play In the Age of All Things Digital

I learned in the "old school" ways from the greatest innovators in the field, but in this new day of Garage Band, I have a specific duty to you as my student to teach you what you must know in order to become an educated and enlightened musician. Despite all the gadgets and programs you can buy to make your sound and your guitar the absolute envy of the neighborhood, let's be honest: these gizmos end up only serving as crutches to prop you up if you don't really know what you're doing. That's why I make sure my students master the basics of playing in order to feel like they're not "faking it" and to prepare them to move on to the really fun stuff like developing their own advanced style or signature.

The Last Word

Let me end with this final analogy: learning guitar is like learning to paint. At first, we start off with just a basic brush and palette. I introduce you to each of the colors you can play with. When you see them, you’ll want to use them, BUT you don’t yet know any brush strokes or techniques. After I show you how to properly apply color, you may wonder, "Well, how does this color work with that color?” or “If I start with this color, do I guess and play around with the others to see what works or is there a system to knowing what colors will work well together before I even start to paint?” 

These are legitimate questions that need to be addressed. That's why I have crafted the curriculum and the entire process to flow in a seamless stream of lessons that you will look forward to every week as you acquire each new color and each new stroke. In a typical lesson, you'll learn a new set of skills and exercises, hear a song that has elements of those exercises in them, and go home with your very own lesson plan. Everything makes sense. Everything goes together. Nothing is overlooked, and your only constraint in rocketing to stardom is the hours in a day you commit to practice!
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