My husband and I started guitar lessons via Zoom with Linda as something to do together during the stay at home orders. She promised we'd be playing real songs after the first lesson and she was right! Linda has a great sense for how to keep us challenged while making sure we are continuing to improve prior songs along the way. She keeps us going and makes it fun!
What Linda has given me is beyond measure. My life changed in miraculous ways the day I walked into her Guitar 1 class at the Old Town School of Folk Music over eight years ago. A little over two years ago, I started taking private lessons with Linda. One of the goals I had when first learning guitar, was to start performing–playing guitar and singing in a public forum. Almost three years later, I have realized that dream and have also started writing and performing my own material under Linda's guidance. Through it all she has become so much more than just my guitar teacher–she is my friend, my mentor and my inspiration. My world is an infinitely better place because of her, and "Thank you" doesn't begin to adequately express my gratitude. If you're looking to "up your game" with your guitar playing and/or your vocal performance, I highly recommend Linda. She will tailor a program to meet your specific needs and help you achieve goals you never thought possible!
Although I've been a lifelong musician, I'd always dreamed of playing the guitar and singing. In May 2017, I picked up a guitar with Linda for the very first time and I simply cannot believe how far I've come under her tutelage! Her instruction is a blend of guitar technique, music theory, and voice coaching, and in a few short years, I've gone from a complete beginner to feeling confident playing and singing in front of others, soloing, and even arranging pieces to better fit my voice and ability. She has a ridiculous amount of knowledge to give her students, but more than that, she is an empathetic teacher who truly cares about each and every one of her students, and while she will always be a teacher and mentor to me, I consider her a friend as well. Whether you're a beginner or someone with years of experience, I truly feel as though Linda has something to offer that is going to not only enhance your ability, but enrich your life as well.
I taught myself how to play by ear but I wanted to know what the hell I was doing. Enter Linda Marie Smith. I started taking guitar lessons with Linda in a group setting where I became more familiar and comfortable with my playing. My next step was to start private lessons with Linda and I have nothing but good things to say about her. I enjoy the fact that every lesson feels different. They're never boring. Linda inspires me to play better! She's patient and encouraging and the lessons are tailored to what I want to learn. Linda can take any song and dissect it and help you find the right key for you. I never had any desire to sing but Linda gave me that push and encouragement to actually get up on a stage and play and sing in front of an audience! Of course with anything, there are certain things up to you, practice, practice, practice! Linda is not only a gifted Singer/Songwriter, she is also a phenomenal teacher. Taking guitar and vocal lessons from her has been a life changing experience and one of the best decision of my life.
Linda Marie Smith is an incredible teacher, mentor, and friend. I had always wanted to play the guitar, but as a 40+ something adult, I had never picked up an instrument. Linda demystified the process for me, giving me the guidance, confidence, and technical instruction that enabled me to stick with it and achieve my vision. Along the way, she would gradually up the stakes — progressing from chords to bar chords to fingerpicking, and always remaining positive and tailoring the lesson plans around me. She allowed me to pick the music I was passionate about, that I really wanted to play, and that made the process even more rewarding. Along the way she also challenged me to perform, write original music, participate in open mics and more. I can't believe what I am able to do today musically, and the impact it has had on my spirit. I could not imagine a better person and instructor to take me through this journey, and I am blessed to have Linda in my life.
Linda helped me find my voice - literally! Having always played an instrument, I never participated in school choir, and never thought I had a singing voice. Linda helped me find my range, my style and my confidence. For me, Linda solved the mystery of singing, which has added so much more meaning to all things music, from playing for myself to songwriting to performing live.
Linda also helped me find myself in my guitar playing. I love playing covers, and her teaching style is far more than instruction; Linda really got to know me and helped me interpret music for myself and stylize how I play guitar. Her instruction played into my strengths and challenged me to try new methods. I listen to music and perform in ways that have enriched my life thanks to Linda's private sessions.
When I started on my vocal journey, my goal was to better understand how to use the voice as a songwriter. Not being a very successful singer up to that point myself, I never realized where my journey could lead. I chose Linda as my teacher because she was a singer-songwriter herself but yet was very open and approachable. Linda saw that potential in me that I did not see myself. Under her guidance, I learned about my unique vocality, how to handle my challenges and how to persevere through doubt. She gave me a roadmap for traversing the mountains of singing: warm-ups, pitch, breath control, emotional expression, motif. It was hard work, at times frustrating, but Linda's cheerful and generous spirit helped me over the rough patches and we have even had some fun along the way! She also let me pick our destinations (songs) that spoke to my heart. Linda is a very talented pianist/guitarist and we have covered many genres with her great skill for arranging and accompaniment. I could not have made it this far without her tutelage and friendship. As I now can enjoy my own singing, I can never thank her enough for not giving up on me back then and for leading me on this amazing journey of song.