My name is Ralph Oleski and
I've been playing guitar for, oh, let's just say over 30 years. I've been
involved in music pretty much all my life. I started in grade school playing
the saxophone, then once I got into high school, it was more hip to play
guitar, so that's what I did. After high school, I played in several
bands and toured up and down the east coast. While playing in bands, at the
request of a friend, after touring I joined his guitar teaching studio to
help him out with all the students he could not accommodate. Well, it didn't
take long for me to figure out that I really enjoyed the teaching experience.
I enjoyed not only the younger students, but there were many in their 40's,
50's and 60's that were just as fun and the music brought them the
same amount of joy - if not more. I truly
enjoy teaching and now that I'm "taking the show on the road",
I look forward to helping you become the guitar player that you want to be!
ABOUT MY METHOD
I'm all about results. Unlike other instruments, there are 2 methods of teaching
guitar. The first way, which I do not use, is to start out with teaching
music theory and teaching to read actual music notation (aka Mel Bay Books). Nothing will put
you to sleep faster - or be more boring - resulting in a slow tedious process
in which you learn very little about actually playing something on the guitar.
(I always get students that come from teachers that are using this method!)
The method I use is a combination of chords, rhythm and tablature (a simple
method of reading guitar music) to get you going quickly so you can see results
much faster. For me, having you see results, and getting enjoyment from the
guitar is what it's all about. As we go along, we will incorporate music
theory in a way that you won't even know you're learning it.
Learning guitar should be a fun, relaxing experience!