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I like being able to play the songs that I like. Mr Fish is a nice teacher and he does
not get upset when you mess up. I think lessons are fun and I like being able to
play full songs. I look forward to coming to lessons every week.
When I started bass lessons I thought they would be hard but now I think
lessons are fun.
-Nathan Strano (age 7)
I took guitar lessons from Brian Fish for roughly ten
years from age 6 to 16, and he instilled within me a
lifelong love for guitar. I have often told other musicians
how great he was, as he was able to adapt to the way I
learned and help me form a style of my own.Different
from other instructors, he taught me in a way that left
room for me to improvise, grow, and write my own
music. He is a patient and extremely skilled teacher, his instruction is a huge part of why I still love music so much today, and I would recommend him to absolutely anyone interested in picking up guitar, young or old.
When I first came to Brian for guitar lessons
my plan was to learn from him and take what I
learned and teach it to my daughter Bethany.
After my first lesson I realized he was the
teacher for both of us and signed her up for
lessons too. My goal from the start was to be
able to play with my friends who play
music and Brian had me doing this within the
first month. Brian makes the lessons fun and
at your pace and is an excellent teacher.
Before I started lessons I was
worried that learning the guitar
was going to be really hard but
I found lessons with Mr. Fish to
be lots of fun. I have learned to
play a lot of chords, read music
and how to transpose music to
fit a singers vocal range. I am now learning to play other guitarist's lead parts and how to write my own lead lines. I am able to use all of these skills in my church's youth band. Mr. Fish is a great teacher and makes learning guitar fun. -Joshua List
I have taken guitar lessons from Mr. Fish for many years.
Mr. Fish is very knowledgeable and makes learning fun too.
Besides learning the fundamentals (all my chords, scales
and apeggios etc.) Mr. Fish has helped me learn songs I like
such as Cliffs of Dover- Eric Johnson, I'm Alright - Neil Zaza,
All For You - Sister Hazel. I enjoy coming to my lesson each
week and am still excited to be learning new things on the guitar
Before taking lessons with Mr. Fish I had another teacher and thought that playing the
guitar and practicing were a chore that I had to do. Now guitar lessons are fun and I
have a lot more confidence in my guitar playing. Every lesson is interesting and I have
learned a lot. I now know all the notes on the guitar neck and know how to use scales
and arpeggios to create my own solos.
I noticed a big change in my son’s practice habits once he began lessons with
Brian Fish. He practiced more and has since taken up the bass guitar and drums. The more he works with Brian the more he loves music. Brian quickly learned where my son’s abilities were and then tailored the lessons to keep taking him to the next step. Unlike some teachers who just teach songs, Brian teaches the fundamentals too. Zach doesn't just learn information, he learns how to really use the things he is working on and how to apply them to the songs he is working on. -Matt Moormeier (Zach's Dad)
When I came to Mr. Fish to learn to
play bass guitar I had no
experience at all. Three years later, I
have learned more than I ever thought
I could and I can play better than I
ever thought I'd be able to. Taking
lessons from Brian fueled my love for
music and it made me want to learn
more about my instrument.
I owned my guitar two years before I began taking lessons from Brian. I had looked up tabs on the internet,
followed along with free online courses and watched countless YouTube videos. After all that time I still was not
comfortable with my playing and considered myself an absolute beginner. After just a few months of lessons with
Brian, I am much more confident and proficient. I am even starting to learn some riffs and songs by ear. The great
thing about Brian, is that while he has specific things that you need to learn, he does not shove them at you in
scales and memorization, nor does he only teach you just songs. He incorporates the style of music or songs you
want to learn along with theory and things you should learn into the lesson. He also is flexible enough that if you
come in with a problem on something you’ve been working on or a question about something completely different, he can change gears and work on that with you.The best thing about taking a lesson, as opposed to watching
YouTube or just reading tabs, is that he can answer questions about proper finger placement, alternate fingering or
strum patterns that aren’t always clear. He can break down a difficult part for you and show you ways to practice it
so that it is manageable. On more than one occasion I had parts I struggled with and Brian showed me techniques
on how to overcome my difficulties.
When I started playing, I played only semi-regularly and felt like I would never be good at the guitar. Even when I started lessons, some weeks I didn’t practice that much. But after going to lessons regularly now for months, I’ve
suddenly reached a tipping point, where I am playing daily and it doesn’t feel like a chore. I lay in bed at night or
sometimes even wake up thinking about playing. While I am still no expert, Brian has guided me toward being an
actual guitar player, not just a wannabe guitar player.
I had lessons at
another music store
and was just learning notes and found it very
boring. When I started
taking lessons with
Brian I realized learning
guitar can be fun. I am
now playing entire
songs and am getting
much better at
managing my practice
time. Lessons are fun
and I now want to
practice Brian goes out
of his way to help me
reach my musicals
- Holly Finzel
I took lessons from Brian Fish before I left
for the Atlanta School of Music. I needed
help understanding the theory behind music
and how music is created.What I learned
jump started me into a successful college
experience along with a successful career
in music that I do now. Experienced or
beginner, Brian understands the fundamentals all the way up to the most
advanced parts of music theory and helped me make sense of them. I
also learned proper techniques which helped me be an all around better
musician in the classroom and on stage.
I had learned a few things from my cousin before taking lessons with Mr. Fish but I still couldn't play much on the guitar. Now I am able to play full songs with bar chords, do chord melody arrangements, and play some intricate classical songs (pick style). I have also started to play guitar for Sunday school classes at my church. My guitar playing has improved a lot since I started lessons with Mr Fish and I love the fact that he keeps lessons fun too
- Caleb Dyck.