Bass, Guitar, Singing, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I have been a successful professional musician and instructor for 45 years and have a reputation as one of the finest guitarists and guitar instructors in the Midwest. I am a guitar virtuoso, having mastered 12 styles of music on the guitar. I am also an outstanding vocalist and skilled bassist, both of which I also teach. I have appeared as a solo featured artist and backup musician on television and radio as well as in concerts, shows, casinos, clubs and countless other venues. I have also backed up prominent regional artists as well as national artists.
My students range from beginners to advanced and professional, including other instructors. I teach classical, plectrum (or pick style), and fingerstyle method on guitar as well as plectrum and fingerstyle on bass. I also utilize over 50 guidelines for proper vocal techniqe and training for vocal students. All of my students advance very rapidly and become skilled enough to perform for their own personal enjoyment, for family, friends, social events and gatherings, church, school, recitals, or professional debuts. Many of the finest professional musicians and instructors in the area have been former students of mine.
I believe in a relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere for learning and best results. I am also extremely skilled in writing out transcriptions in tab and standard notation, as well as providing accurate transcriptions from recordings. Check me out performing on YouTube at Scott Fraser/Guitar. I also have a studio in Maple Grove, 10650 Hwy 81.
My Musical Education Background
I have studied under some of the finest instructors in the Midwest. This includes University instructors and premier guitarists in the area, both classical and jazz greats and studio guitarists.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, R&B, Metal, Funk, Fusion, Pop, Latin, Country, Bluegrass, Country Rock, Swing, Hard Rock, Folk, Rockabilly.
I have taught over the years at Schmitt Music, Normandale Community College, Metropolitan Community College, Podium, West Bank School Of Music, Suneson Music, House Of Rock, Mainsteet Music, Reynolds Music, Guitar Zone, Guild Of Performing Arts, Guitar Store, Groth Music, Lavonne Music, A to G Music, etc.
My rates are $23.00 a half hour. Due to my success as a musician, I have purposely kept my rates very affordable and competitive in a tough economy. This is my gift to upcoming and future generations of students and in no way should be viewed as undermining the level of my virtuosity as a musician and my degree of teaching skills as an instructor. Home lessons are optional and would require a commmuting fee.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I have students who start as young as 7 years of age and other students who are in their eighties and have been with me for over 40 years.
My Musical Influences
Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Roy Buchanan, Chet Atkins, Johnny Smith, Django Reinhart, Les Paul, Tony Mottola, Charlie Christian, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Barney Kessel and many more.
Scott is a master guitar instructor with very many years of performance, and styles on his resume! When I took lessons from Scott I was at the beginning stages of learning guitar. A bad guitarist with bad playing habits! Within a few months Scott taught me how to straighten out my approach to the guitar and technique. He taught me the foundational chords, scales, arpeggios, etcs. At the same time worked with me on the songs I was interested in. And he makes sure you're getting right! If you put the real work in, he will guide you to become a top quality guitarist.
I have been a bass student of Scott's for around 6 years. When I started, I could not play the simplest of anything. The brain and fingers were not in sync. While I lack talent, with Scott's tutelage I have been able to play some more sophisticated jazz and rock riffs and songs. Scott will insist on proper technique which is great especially before a student develops bad habits.
As a long time student of Scott's, I have found him to be a premier teacher as well as a performer. Scott is well versed in all aspects of music and takes time to know his students and their pace of learning. He is able to take any song and arrange it to fit the student's level of ability. Listening to him play is certainly inspiring. Which makes for a great teacher! While I may not aspire to his level of playing, I always feel I did not just get a guitar lesson; but a gift of his impressive musical experience. It's kept me coming back for over 25 years!