Guitar & Ukulele

Lesson Information

Our guitar students range from three years old right through to seniors! Students may choose to learn electric, acoustic, bass, or classical guitar. Our instruction ranges from pure classical guitar to pop music to campfire songs.

Beginner level guitar students learn how to hold the guitar correctly, hand position, tuning the guitar and the basics of the fretboard. Elements of music theory are also introduced. Students explore chords on the guitar and they may learn techniques such as fingerpicking.

Guitars can be purchased or rented at many fine instrument stores in the city. Young students may start on a smaller size guitar or the ukulele if they are very young. It is best to get a guitar size that kids can grow into. Your teacher will recommend an instrument size for you and let you know where they like to shop!

Our Teachers

Matthew DiLabio

Matthew DiLabio

 
I’m currently a 3rd year Carleton University music student [BMus] and have performed with both the Fusion and Jazz ensembles.

Pop, Rock, Progressive Rock/Metal, Jazz and Fusion music have been my main focus throughout the years I have been playing guitar. Artists and groups like Alan Holdsworth, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Mclaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra, Porcupine Tree, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Yes, and so much more, have all inspired me to create my own musical voice and identity.

Through studying guitar, I have gained a knowledge and understanding of Western Theory and musical concepts. My focus as a musician is to always compose new music that interests me and to learn from others who do the same. I look forward to sharing this passion with my students!

Rick Lavergne

Rick Lavergne

 
Hi guitar students and those wishing to learn how to play! I am a retired, young at heart guitar player of 50 years. My teaching approach is to have fun when learning a life-long hobby or passion. I like to work with mature beginners or intermediate players, and my musical interests range from 50’s to current rock and roll, rock, pop, country and folk – the fun stuff! Looking forward to helping you learn this great instrument!

James Siwanowicz

James Siwanowicz

 
James [BMus 2018] studied at Carleton University with a focus on guitar performance. He has been active in Ottawa’s live music scene for many years, playing at countless bars, restaurants and festivals. Listeners enjoy his unique blend of rock, pop and blues stylings on electric guitar. James played lead guitar in the Ottawa pop band Little Stella for 4 years before switching gears to focus on studying finger style and jazz guitar in an effort to expand his musical horizons and gain further proficiency with varied guitar techniques.

With over 5 years of guitar instruction experience, James offers students a variety of teaching techniques to fit any unique goals and interests on the instrument. He is happy to teach any genre, electric or acoustic.

Dave Williamson

Dave Williamson

 
I am a third year Bachelor of Music student at Carleton University. I have been collecting music skills and knowledge for almost a decade now. I love to share what I have learned with everyone and anyone who wishes to better their playing and musical comprehension. This is my 2nd year teaching at Manotick School of Music!

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