Kale didn't just give me new information, he gave me a new way to think.
In my first lesson with Kale, he quickly gave me a context in which I could put everything I knew about guitar chords - a system which made further exploration of the guitar possible and exciting. I realized I had a fear of heights when it came to guitar frets - I became less confident the higher up the neck I went, and I'd have to question where I was all the time. Kale didn't just give me new information, he gave me a new way to think. Kale aims to make his students self-sufficient. In doing so, he benefits as well; he will never have to answer another specific question from me about, "How do I play X chord this far up the neck?" and I'll never need to refer to a chord chart again.
Kale's great with kids--he's engaging, patient, and thoughtful.
My 11-year-old daughter has been taking guitar with Kale for about a year and a half now, and I've been very happy with our experience with him. Kale's great with kids--he's engaging, patient, and thoughtful. Every lesson, I can tell he's working to put himself in my daughter's shoes to understand what she's getting and what she's not. And Kale's not one of those teachers who's only interested in teaching technical skills. He helps my kid to think musically--playing interval-hearing games and such.
I searched for many instructors, but I know I stumbled upon the best in the city.
When I first went to Kale Good Guitar studio, I had zero ability to play the guitar. I am now 25 years old, and it had always been a dream of mine to be able to play the guitar. I searched for many instructors, but I know I stumbled upon the best in the city. Kale is a very nice and funny guy. He makes you feel very confident in your ability to pick up the skill, and he himself is immensely talented on the guitar; it gives his students something to look up to. I sing and work with very talented musicians, and each of them have been impressed with how quickly I was able to pick up learning the guitar under Kale's guidance. I cannot imagine there being a better guitar instructor in all of Philadelphia. If you're serious about learning to play the guitar, there is only one place to go, Kale Good Guitar Studio. When it comes to great instructors, Kale Good could not be better.
For sure. Kale knows his stuff.
I've know Kale for over ten years and I've always appreciated his interest in deeply exploring many different guitar methods and teaching skills. I know that he brings a depth of knowledge and experience to his students, and doesn't get complacent, but is always learning and adapting his approach to fit a given student's needs. As a fellow music teacher, this is inspiring to see.
For sure. Kale knows his stuff.
Kale is good natured and has a great sense of humor... studying with him would never feel too "heavy" or too much like another thing you "have to do". He has also worked extensively with different age groups and knows a wide range of material. I think any student should feel confident that they have a qualified teacher.
We are really lucky to have found him!
My son began taking lessons with Kale when he was only 5 years old and has continued with him now for 3 years! ...Kale has such a way about him that, even when he is correcting my son, he does it with respect and kindness. ...Kale has passed down his love of music and instruments to my son... I have recommended him to many friends and will continue to do so--we are really lucky to have found him!
My favorite thing... is to see Kale meet our son where he is at each time
If you’re interested in learning guitar, we highly recommend Kale! …we loved it and made the commitment, and haven’t regretted it for a second.
I believe the most important thing is having a connection with a great teacher… Kale has an amazing ability to connect with students of any age, and it has been amazing for us to see our young son develop a respect for his teacher and an enjoyment of making progress through practice. His relationship with Kale is… a rich enhancement of his overall view of the world and himself.
My favorite thing about our lessons is to see Kale meet our son where he is at each time and then find a way to learn more about himself at the same time as learning more about music — quite a feat given that it can be hard to get a four-year-old to do much of anything if they’re not in the right mood.
I have seen significant improvement in my playing, musical rhythm, and understanding of music theory
Prior to taking lessons with Kale, I was more or less self-taught, having taken only a few lessons from other guitar teachers over the years, and could string a few chords together and play the songs of some of my favorite artists. I've been working with Kale for less than a year and have seen significant improvement in my playing, musical rhythm, and understanding of music theory. Kale's classically trained background coupled with his enthusiasm to share his musical passion are unparalleled. Highly recommended.
He's a terrific teacher. Challenging and patient
I've taken lessons with Kale for a few years now. He's a terrific teacher. Challenging and patient. I started with an interest in expanding my 3 chord vocabulary for my job working with kids in a preschool setting. Over the course of a year or so I was able to expand my limited repertoire, improve my rhythm skills with different strum patterns and to figure out how to play new songs on my own.
Last year, with an interest in learning to read music and play for pleasure, I began studying classical guitar with Kale and have found it an interesting challenge. One thing I particularly appreciate has been Kale's willingness to work at whatever pace I'm able to go. Practice is everything of course and some months I'm able to work a lot and progress quickly and other times I have to go at a slower pace because I'm busy and preoccupied with other things and Kale has always been an encouraging and flexible teacher.
My confidence and ability are far beyond what I could have accomplished on my own
I decided to try out guitar lessons because I've always envied the fun my brother and uncle have playing guitar. Also, with a little one on the way any day now, I think it's important for kids to grow up with, and around, music. Even though I had played other instruments fairly proficiently in the past, I knew that with something like the guitar, I could save myself a lot of frustration, bad habits, and time by getting lessons from a professional. And that's where Kale comes in! I've enjoyed and learned from each lesson from day one. I like the pacing and combination of music theory, technical lessons, and the opportunities to play along. My confidence and ability, even though still quite nascent, are far beyond what I could have accomplished on my own by watching YouTube videos or that kind of thing. When my husband hears me practice, which he admits to enjoy, he's impressed that he can recognize songs or notice improvement in such a short time. I'm very appreciative of Kale and the careful attention he has applied to my playing and lessons.
Kale Meets His Students at Their Level.
Kale relates to his students, meeting them at their level. From young toddlers thru college-age, he connects the activities and the music to fit their interests and learning style.
He assesses the needs and interests of his students, and formulates a teaching plan for them as individuals. In this way, they receive instruction that truly motivates them to learn.
I think students will feel that their teacher takes an interest in them and cares to see them progress. They will appreciate the energy he brings to his teaching and will benefit from that.
He has an outstanding knowledge… surpassed only by his knack for teaching it
After studying classical guitar throughout college I was concerned about finding a local instructor with a solid classical background, who could teach well beyond the basics.
With Kale, I was able to jump in comfortably where I had left off. He has an outstanding knowledge of the instrument, theory, and the genre, surpassed only by his knack for teaching it.
He truly understands the nuances and techniques of great playing, and is able to hone in on areas of improvement that I wouldn't pick up on otherwise. He takes the time to find music and exercises that are enjoyable and challenging - at the appropriate level for each student. On top of all this, Kale is relatable, patient, encouraging, and a blast to work with; I look forward to his lessons each week. He couldn't come with a higher recommendation!
I feel well equipped to take on new challenges with the guitar
I came to Kale with a very limited understanding of guitar playing. However, within a few lessons I could approach the music with confidence, knowing that with his guidance, I would be able to work through the inherent difficulties of learning an instrument. I have been working with Kale for a little over a year at this point and with his knowledge of music and proper practicing techniques, I feel well equipped to take on new challenges with the guitar. These lessons help to make the learning process fun. There is no substitute to working with an instructor like Kale when it comes to helping you attain your guitar goals.
He has displayed acute understanding and patience...
I have been a student of Kale for four years. I am 75 years of age and started with Kale without any musical experience. He has displayed acute understanding and patience which has helped with my progression. I am very satisfied with my progress, and committed to constant improvement.
Now I'm going to be attending Berklee College of Music!
Your lessons got me started on something great and now I'm going to be attending Berklee College of Music this fall! I really appreciate you working with me and getting me started.
Our son loves Kale and playing music
Kale has been teaching our son Suzuki guitar for a year now, he began shortly after his third birthday. He is an excellent, patient and skilled teacher who really knows how to redirect an easily-distracted young learner. Our son loves Kale and playing music has had a great impact on him, we hope that this is the beginning of his life-long love for music.
Kale is a great teacher
Kale is a great teacher and gives me the scheduling flexibility I need to keep up with my lessons.
He's very perceptive...
I've been taking lessons from Kale for about ten months, and it's been pretty awesome! Kale has a great sense of humor, is very personable, and is a really good teacher. He's very perceptive during lessons, and quickly spots mistakes I'm making, and helps me make corrections. He also gives me really good advice about practicing, and teaches me little tricks so that I am making the most out of my practice time. And on the administrative side, everything seems to run smoothly; he's very professional, and always replies when I reach out to him with questions and whatnot. All this stuff adds up to Kale being a great teacher!
Kale has a unique combination technical expertise, passion for guitar, and a genuine desire to help his students succeed
I started with Kale as a complete beginner, never having picked up a guitar.I stepped into Kale's studio having no idea if I would do more than 1 lesson, but I walked out not wanting to wait another week before my next one. Kale has a unique combination technical expertise, passion for guitar, and a genuine desire to help his students succeed that makes him an amazing guitar teacher. Not only does he really know his stuff, but he is also excellent at making lessons fun and getting students excited to play every week.
I was 24 when I started lessons with Kale, but I consistently witnessed how he had similar positive connections with students much younger and older than myself, and with a variety of guitar skill levels, so I would strongly recommend him for lessons regardless of your age and experience.
After years of guitar lessons, I have found a teacher that will guide me to my fullest potential on the guitar.
After years of guitar lessons, I have found a teacher that will guide me to my fullest potential on the guitar. In my other lessons I always felt that there was no long-term plan for what I was going to learn. There was no system, just "Bring in a song you want to learn". The songs I wanted to learn were WAY too hard for a beginner to learn. I would struggle to learn the song; sometimes I would get it but more often I would not. Frustration would follow and the guitar would sit un-played for days.
Now, I know where we are headed. The songs that I learn are challenging but not so far over my head that I put down the guitar. The lessons build on the skill that you have learned. Kale makes you feel comfortable from the first lesson. He watches you play and then gives immediate feed back on how you can improve. It is all-positive. My playing has improved so much in three months it is incredible.
He is fun-loving... he does NOT scrimp on musicality
Kale has a firm belief in making music fun. Even though he is fun-loving, he does NOT scrimp on musicality. Students will benefit from seeing Kale's excellent technique and being around his infectious personality.
I believe the benefits of his teaching can be infinite
Kale clearly has a deep understanding of child psychology. He was able to get a very impulsive, easily distracted toddler to follow directions and have a great time doing it. He was kind, understanding, and very tolerant.
I believe the benefits of his teaching can be infinite. Counting can become fun, patience a virtue, and for others, like my son, who struggle with speech, this can give them another method of communication and a confidence of self that is priceless...
Kale can see what type of person you are and player you can potentially become.
‘Breakthrough.’ ‘I had decent breakthrough.’ I find myself actually saying this. I believe that my lessons with Kale are why. I'm John. I have always really loved music, constantly feeling it, listening to music a lot, several hours most days. I have always wanted to be able to play music. So I turned 50 this year. Time left now for me in life is obviously less than when you are 20 but more perhaps in time to devote to music... Decided to finally to pick up a guitar. Began playing with a very good a guitar player who was teaching but I was not actually learning and soon became frustrated. Sound familiar? I needed to find a good teacher. I believe I found one with Kale. I felt very comfortable right away with my lessons and I am really learning. I think Kale can see what type of person you are and player you can potentially become and teach you to play where it remains fun and challenging but not frustrating... I had another breakthrough this week. I can truly say this most weeks. Thanks, Kale!
My playing, my practice habits, and my skill level have all been taken to the next level
Despite years of playing, I severely lacked the confidence and ability to play lead in either a band or friendly jam session setting. Within a month of taking Kale's Fretboard Freedom course, I jumped on the chance to play lead during a jam session with some rather accomplished friends and was given some nice compliments. Kale has been instrumental in helping me understand what was previously daunting and confusing, and he has also helped me clean up some bad habits. My playing, my practice habits, and my skill level have all been taken to the next level in a very short period of time.
Kale is a really nice guy and is very patient
I started taking lessons from Kale about a month ago as a beginning guitarist. My experience has been great so far. Kale is a really nice guy and is very patient. He is really good at breaking music down and teaching how to learn new things. I would recommend to anyone.
Most importantly, my son is having fun
Neither my wife nor I are very musically inclined, but when my son showed interest in playing the guitar we wanted to find a good local option that could provide a worthwhile experience. Teaching my 5-year son was a challenge from the start. While he insisted on trying to learn the guitar, he would often shut down at Kale's lessons.
Kale remained persistent, patient, and supportive throughout as we all tried many different games and strategies to engage my son. After a break through and a year later my son is engaged and making good progress. My son looks forward to lessons, practices at home, and enjoys listening and playing music. Most importantly, my son is having fun, while learning good fundamentals from a strong musician and committed teacher.
Kale is very genuine and good-spirited. He is patient and approachable.
Kale Good, the Guitarist, is classically trained and professional. He has the scholarship and the know-how to teach and explain things clearly and effectively. Kale Good, the person, is very genuine and good-spirited. He is patient and approachable. I've been taking guitar lessons for two months now, and I'm progressing quite notably. I'm learning and having fun too --Kale, the Guitarist and the Person, comes highly recommended.