Classical Guitar Lessons in Victoria, BC

Guitar Lesson in Victoria, Bradford WernerClassical Guitar lessons in Victoria, BC, Canada, with Bradford Werner. All ages and levels are welcome. I aim for positive, productive, and well-rounded lessons. I teach at two locations, a private studio and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music located downtown Victoria. I teach a studio of 30 one-on-one lessons as well as chamber music coaching and classes. I mainly teach classical guitar but I also accept a number of other guitar students including fingerstyle acoustic. In additional to guitar lessons, I also teach music theory, history, and musicianship.

I enjoy teaching a variety of students from youth, post-secondary, to hobbyist adults. I’ve been teaching at the Conservatory for around 12 years and have been playing guitar for 26 years. I’ve adjudicated festivals, exams, and masterclasses for The Alberta Provincial Festival, Mount Royal University Conservatory, Calgary Guitar Society, and many more.  Although I specialize in classical guitar I love popular music from rock, folk, metal, and jazz. In addition to teaching I also perform professionally and have received financial assistance from the Canada Council for Arts.

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Classical Guitar Lessons 
I primarily teach and perform on classical guitar. The classical guitar is a nylon string instrument played with the fingers and has a musical history ranging from the Renaissance era to modern times, Latin and Spanish music, and many cross-over styles. Students of the classical guitar learn all the same things that pianists, violinists, and other orchestral musicians learn. It is likely the most versatile musical instrument in terms of styles and eras of music. My classical students also learn some popular music, chords, and improvisation as well. In the end, the classical students learn everything! I don’t require my students to focus on “classical” music necessarily, once they have the skills of a good musician they can choose what styles or genres they wish to pursue. The educational benefits of the classical guitar teaching route create solid musicians that can read, perform, and tackle a variety of musical styles and situations.

Popular Guitar Styles
From nylons string to steel-string and electric. I teach a number of students who wish to learn popular styles (rock, folk, jazz, metal), chords, melodies, and fingerstyle guitar arrangements. As long as the student is interested in learning about how music works, basic reading skills, and is willing to play some set educational material on top of their own interests then I enjoy teaching them. I also really like for my popular style students to learn solo arrangements so they can perform solo if they choose. So many guitarists are left out if they don’t play in a band or sing so learning some solo arrangements ensures they have something to play for others if they choose.