George Walker

Jazz guitarist

402/496-2233      

gww36@hotmail.com 

www.georgewalkermusic.com


George is best known for his smooth jazz guitar instrumentals. George has really lived with the music that he plays. He plays blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues, and has played and recorded with many top names in the music world. George has worked with Tommy Tucker who sang the hit single „High Heel Sneakers,’ Freddie Scott who sang ‘Hey Girl,’Lou Rawls, who won a Grammy Award for the song ‘Natural Man,’ Bill Cosby with his 13-piece band, Barry White, and many more. In 2004, he published his own music book, ‘How to Play Today's Guitar Music Today,’ and in 2005, he summed up American Idol performances for Omaha's Fox 42 network. In 2006, George won two first place awards for composing music for the Hot Shops Film Festival, having composed music for 3 film contestants that won first place in comedy, first place for best video, and second place in drama. George takes all of these experiences and rolls them up into his performances and includes some songs from his CD, ‘One Way or Another the Blues.’ His performance is designed to give a complete overview of the many extensions of what can be played on the guitar, and describes the techniques that he uses to write for films, songs and T.V. jingles. One-hour workshops are also available, with the following themes: George Walker's Blues Workshop, How to Read Music of all Kinds for Guitarists, and Popular Songs for Guitarists. Copies of George's book, How to Play Today's Music Today, are available at workshops or by mail order. George had his own T.V. show ‘How to Play Today’s Music Today’, which was featured on Cox Cable channel 23 every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This show featured interviews with local people in the arts, music, and film. George played live original music and gave guitar lessons, pointing out the latest techniques that are used in today's guitar music. George currently partners with the Durham Museum and The Omaha Blues Society in a program of visiting various schools conducting workshops. Other teaching programs he is involved with are Love's Art Center, The Omaha School of Music and The Latino Museum. Visit George's website for music samples or www.Songcastmusic.com for the CD: ‘One Way or Another The Blues’. On Youtube: George Walker Plays Jazz on The Green. George has updated his book ‘How to Play Today's Guitar Music Today’. It is possible to apply for grants to have George provide guitar workshops using his book.


Linden park musician hosting six-week guitar lessons seminar

By Kim Kuncl

N2 Publishing Contributor


As a longtime professional musician, Linden Park resident George Walker will be offering music lessons for students of all ages interested in learning to play the guitar. This six-week seminar will begin March 26 at Rego, 9124 Bedford Avenue, in Omaha. For more information call (402) 991-7346.


George has been teaching guitar lessons for more than 20 years.


“My objective is to teach students what they need to know about the guitar, so that even if they have picked up the guitar for the first time, they can demonstrate to family and friends what they have learned without any embarrassment,” George said.


He notes the guitar is not a difficult instrument to learn if taught properly, such as how and where to put your fingers when playing the notes and chords. Plus, learning to play the guitar enriches students in many ways including discussing some of the same subjects they learn in school.


* Reading

* Problem solving

* Math

* Music alphabet

* Geography

* History

* Science

Along with learning to play a musical instrument, taking guitar lessons will also benefit students’ lives in many other ways. Some of which include…


* Music makes you smarter

* Understanding the music staff and placement of notes

* Having a stronger sense of pride and accomplishment

* Be more creative in music and in their lives

* Developing spatial skills, coordination, and rhythmic skills

* Boosting self-esteem and self-confidence

* Developing the memory system and being able to see patterns


“I enjoy teaching because it makes me and my students happy when they understand the rudiments of music that helps them to play the guitar,” George said. “I also enjoy the art of playing what I want on the guitar. It gives me relaxation, a sense of pride, control and accomplishment, and entertaining people by expressing my skills.”


Below is some feedback George received from some of his students.


“George was able to answer my music questions and assured my understanding before moving forward.”

“I have been taking guitar lessons at music stores for years, but I never learned what George has taught me in just a few lessons.”

“Thanks for the guitar lesson last week! It was awesome to sit down with you and go over some of the basics of the guitar and get your input on playing. I have been practicing for an hour or two each night and have begun to master the assignment you gave me.”

“George brings great knowledge as well as a great love of music to his lessons. Time with George is a constant learning of how rich music can be. A fine teacher and a good man.”

 

Guitar Music enrichment class
  Provider Name:  George Walker  

 Primary Contact Person:  George Walker 

 Phone:  402-496-2233 or 402-871-1469    Fax:  N/A 

 Email:  gww36@hotmail.com

 

Brief program description  

Students of all ages will learn how to play the guitar using standard music notation and hands on instruction.  I use a tablature method which helps the students to see where to place their fingers on the finger board of the guitar to assist them in playing music.  My sessions focus on reading music, using math to explain the value of notes and to increase problem solving skills. 

 

The starting age is 10 years old 
They must own their own guitars.
maximum number of students 8 


This guitar program is designed To provide musical instruction that will help students to find and develop their talent and creativity.  
And help students to develop fine arts appreciation. 
To mentally stimulate students to challenge their brains to do more. 
To build a sense of pride and accomplishment by learning how to play the guitar. 


 
Program description and curriculum 
 

Week 1: Introductions and a full hands on overview of all of the components of the guitar  
Week 2: How to read standard music notation using both handouts and written notes on the music staff 
Week 3: Instruction in tablature along with understanding beats and duration of notes  
Week 4: Creatively challenging the students by applying all of this information to learn how the notes are combined to play basic songs  
Week 5: Allowing the students to choose a popular song from a music genre that they are interested in which provides the biggest benefit to students interested in different types of music 
Week 6: Allowing each student play any song successfully to feel a sense of accomplishment 

Learning Goals 
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To learn how different notes can be played on the guitar by reading music, recognizing the music clef,  knowing the musical alphabet, remembering the notes on the lines and spaces on the staff.  These goals used together to enable to student to play a song. 



This program links with the school day curriculum. 

I show the students how music relates to math, theory, reading, problem solving, listening and following instructions, remembering  signs, multi tasking.  This is done using question and answer techniques such as: 

1. Writing the musical alphabet. 
2. Using math to tell how many beats a quarter note gets. 
3. Remembering what sign is used to tell you to repeat a bar of music. 
4. Explaining what a scale is and how it’s used in music. 
5. Incorporating science to tell what a pitch is. 
6. Drawing and describing the music staff. 
7. Explaining what the blues format is. 
8. Using geography to tell where blues music started. 


 This budget includes all supplies such as ,worksheets for each class/session, and materials for up to a 6 week program. 

Group lessons and private lessons are available. Please contact for a quote.

Provider Name: George Walker
Phone: 402-496-2233 or 402-871-1469
Email: gww36@hotmail.com