My name is Coire Walker, and I love to balance the technical, creative, and theoretical elements of music to build my students into innovative, well-rounded musicians. Lessons are low-pressure and fun, and all ages are welcome. I have been playing guitar for twenty-five years and teaching professionally for fifteen. If you are looking to pick up the guitar for the first time, I can provide you foundational techniques and approaches to controlling the instrument, give you the confidence to practice on your own, and answer questions as they arise. If you have plateaued with your playing, I can offer perspectives that will help you to see new depth in what you already know, provide theoretical context, and develop creative ways for you to apply them. This is my primary occupation and it suits me well; the long-term relationships forged and the medium used couldn't be more rewarding to me.
My music degree is from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
Currently, due to the pandemic, most of my lessons are provided online through Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime. I encourage every new student to share a thoughtfully constructed playlist with me. I want to understand what you love most about music and where you want to grow. Where do you see yourself in three, six, and twelve months after beginning our lessons? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player? How do you learn most effectively, and what structure will you need at home to succeed? What do you want to achieve by taking lessons with me?
"Coire quickly became the best guitar teacher I've ever had by really understanding my musical goals. He helped me develop skills to reach those goals by using music I was interested in and exercises that challenged my comfort zone."
- Max D.
I teach all genres of music except advanced jazz and classical guitar; these two are their own discipline, and I do not claim to have mastery of them, however, we can play with them as much as you like! I enjoy folk, fingerstyle, rock, shoegaze, funk, punk, blues, and many other styles. Lesson topics include songwriting, reading, ear training, strumming and picking techniques, singing and playing simultaneously, soloing, composition, and connecting the aforementioned topics to their underlying theory. Sometimes I even have the honor of helping students with live performing and personal compositions.
"Coire is very talented at teaching as well as playing. I came in as a true beginner, and with his guidance I have developed a solid foundation. He allows you to submit songs you would like to work towards so that classes are rewarding and you learn songs you actually want to play. He makes guitar both approachable and enjoyable!"
- Brittany B.
If audio recording is something that interests you, I can provide you with a foundational understanding of Pro Tools, the industry-standard in recording software.
Teaching music is a tremendous privilege and responsibility, and I take my job very seriously even though I am relaxed in my lessons. As a student, you will have a personal folder in Google Drive containing relevant lesson work, including homework, notation, exercises, links, and demonstration videos I create. Documenting in this way takes time, but I have found that having this online framework available generates significantly better results from individual practice. There is a freedom in playing the guitar that is unlike anything else I have experienced, and as a teacher, it is my primary objective to help you succeed with this challenging and deeply rewarding instrument so you can experience this freedom for yourself.
"Coire is an exceptional teacher! Great with any song or style, and great at using technology: recording video tutorials, using GDocs for sketching out songs, and using Zoom for lessons."
- David C.
"Coire is top notch. He is really trying to help you become a better guitarist and musician. He gives a ton of helpful advice on technique, explains theories patiently, and encourages creativity. His lessons are fun and inspiring. I highly recommend him."
- Jung Y.
Lessons are $60 each and one hour long. I have found an hour to be the optimal lesson length, however, if you are on a budget or would prefer shorter lessons, we can work something out.
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about me. Please reach out so we can discuss your goals email@example.com