Guitar & Bass Lessons
Landon Mattox is offering lessons in Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele and Bass guitar. He teaches the guitar and ukulele classes at Kapiolani Community College and is the owner of Honolulu Music Lessons Workshop. He has been teaching guitar, ukulele and bass lessons for over 20 years and for the past 10 years right here in Honolulu. Landon has received a Master’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He taught for 4 years at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China helping them to establish the first Jazz Studies degree program offered by that Conservatory. Also, during that time, he taught guitar at the British School of Guangzhou and Utahloy International School of Guangzhou. Since moving to Honolulu, Landon has taught Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Lessons at Easy Music Center and taught ukulele and guitar at various schools and churches around Oahu and performed at many locations for events and weddings such as Honolulu Museum of Art Art After Dark, Bishop Museum, Halekulani Hotel, Orvis Auditorium, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Spalding House and Loulu Palm Estate.
Landon offers private lessons for guitar, ukulele and bass and about half of his students are adults and half are kids starting from age 6. Most of them are beginners, but if you have previous experience and you want to develop further, even better. Landon utilizes the most cutting edge technology, apps, multimedia, digital music resources and music notation software in order to provide students with a modern method that meets their needs immediately. If a music chart isn’t immediately available, that’s ok, we can make one, which is great, because that creates additional music resources…
Various styles is no problem and most of Landon’s students end up exploring many different styles from acoustic fingerstyle guitar, electric rock, blues and improvisation and even classical and jazz if that’s what inspires you. Landon encourages his students to develop independence, resourcefulness, creativity and all the skills they need to pursue a fulfilling musical journey for the rest of their lives. For more information about Landon or to listen to his music, please visit http://www.landonmattox.com
Hans Fahling is offering lessons in Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Guitar. Even though Hans has published two books on guitar improvisation and taught ensemble workshops for several years, he enjoys teaching great habits and beginning technique to young players. And by ‘young players’ he is referring to both children as well as beginning adults. Proper posture and good habits set the stage for a more fun and effortless playing experience. There is a ton of great literature out in the ether. But most of it targets the grown-up demographic and offers musical repertoire that often lacks appeal for children. Kids prefer to play melodies and studies that they can relate to, not Greensleeves right out of the gate. Hans uses a very well designed classical guitar series written by Jay Traylor, called “Classical Guitar for the Young” . For teaching great habits and technique, he prefers to use either the Christopher Parkening method or the series by Julio Sagreras.
Hans has earned a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and composition, from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle) after attending the Musicians Institute (GIT) in Hollywood. He initially focused on teaching and coordinating jazz ensemble workshops – at first in Seattle at the Seattle Drum School of music and later, after 2001, in Hamburg and Berlin.
Having taught extensively in private lessons as well as coordinating and teaching adult/adolescent music ensemble classes, Hans has developed a real interest in curriculum and the implementation thereof. A deep understanding of music theory from his study of music composition has helped him profoundly with writing two instructional books on music improvisation. Hans is currently working on revisions of both his books (“Introductory Studies for
the Improvising Guitarist” and “Bebop Improv Concepts”).
Jay Koseki teaches the Music Therapy class at Kapi’olani Community College and the Guitar and Hawaiian Ensembles at Punahou School and taught the Guitar and Ukulele Courses at Kapi’olani Community College for the past 5 years until this year and has been a professional musician, music instructor and practicing Music Therapist since 2008. Jay has received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Chapman University, he is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) and has also received a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Arizona State University. Jay specializes in Classical Guitar, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele and Hawaiian music of all sorts in general. Fingerstyle acoustic and classical guitar is his forte, but he is currently studying jazz guitar with Landon Mattox and Shoji Ledward and is an accomplished performer, singer-songwriter and composer.
Jay’s teaching method focuses on grounding students in a strong foundation of left and right hand technique, ear training and sight reading both tablature (tabs) and music notation and is well versed in both the classical and popular traditions, but with strong roots in Hawaiian Music.
He has been a practicing therapist from 2013-2016 at Kapi’olani Women and Children’s Medical Center providing music therapy to children in the pediatric oncology unit and bedside therapy in the pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric ambulatory unit as well as at the Special Education Center of Oʻahu from 2013-2019 where he provided group music therapy for adult clients with special needs and created and implemented a music therapy program to address clients’ cognitive, social, emotional, and physical goals.
I took lessons from Landon for about a half of a year every week. He is very knowledgeable and is well versed in his music knowledge including music theory. No matter what songs I brought to Landon he always knew how to teach me and learn the song him self in a very proficient manner.
My son Hunter (age 9) took lessons with Landon over the last year. During our first lesson Landon assisted us with choosing a guitar that was the right body size for Hunter. I was able to sit in on the first few lessons with them so I understood what Hunter needed to practice. Landon's directions for practicing were very clear and easy to follow. Hunter showed improvement weekly when he practiced 15 minutes per day.
I have been taking weekly lesson with Landon for 15 months and I can't begin to tell you how fun, challenging and creative the lessons are. I had never picked up a bass before this and now I'm on my third bass book and creating bass lines. Dream come true.
My son has been taking guitar lessons from Landon for the past six years. My son's skills have improved and he is able to play some impressive pieces thanks to Landon. Landon is teaching him both the acoustic guitar and electric guitar. He is very patient and supportive. My son enjoys the lessons because of the supportive experience and I think Landon has helped him build a love for the guitar that will stay with him for life.
Three months in, learning what I could not teach myself, from an accomplished, patient, encouraging and gifted teacher. Really enjoying this experience!
Mr. Landon is a great guitar teacher. I have been taking lessons from him for quite a while now and I can tell you that I have learned a ton. Unlike most teachers, who will traditonaly force music on to you, he wants you to learn what you are interested in. All in all, very good teacher with lots of musical knowledge to back it up.
Taking as little as eight electric guitar lessons from Landon Mattox has taught me a lot. Landon is a great teacher that takes his time to teach you as much as he can at a pace that is comfortable for you. Landon also teaches fun songs to learn with and if you take the initiative to practice and learn, it will take you a long way. Also, Landon has great methods to improve your overall guitar playing experience. He makes lessons and learning the guitar very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend taking lessons from him.