Neil Hogan has been a professional musician and guitar teacher for over 45 years. As a performer he has shared the stage with the likes of John Renbourn, Al Stewart, Muriel Anderson, Keola Beamer and Laurence Juber. His teaching career started as a teenager and he has given private lessons continually ever since. This includes over 30 years at his own shop, Joplin & Sweeney Music in Los Gatos, California. His extensive experience in instruction has carried over to TotallyGuitars where he has been the teacher-in-residence since its launch in April of 2009.
TotallyGuitars also runs The International Guitar Camp at The Asilomar Conference Center on Monterey Bay in Northern California. The IGC brings together students and teachers from around the world for four nights of intensive instruction and interaction. A primary focus of the IGC is to give students the opportunity to perform in front of a very supportive audience, but also to collaborate with others on playing and performing new songs.
Neil's teaching philosophy centers around bridging the gap between the artists who create great music and students who want to learn these great pieces. He feels the best way to do this is to give them the background, theory, techniques, and tools to solve many of the problems themselves, rather than just show them how to play particular songs. It is a style that helps each player progress astronomically in a relatively short period of time.
Some links to Neil's playing
For our breakout sessions, we will use this inaugural meeting to assess everyone's desires and goals. Attendees will still breakout into their self-determined skill level (Rookie, Minor and Major). After our assessment phase, each group will explore guitar playing tips based on the discussions.