Melanie Faye | Lessonface

Melanie Faye

Electric Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Rock Guitar
33 Reviews
100+ lessons booked on Lessonface
Featured Teacher on Lessonface Since July 2018

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From: $60.00 / 30 Minutes
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“This song is a work in progress. Actually, I myself am a work in progress...” That’s how teenage guitar prodigy Melanie Faye captioned the impromptu bedroom performance that would launch her name rocketing across the internet. If you’re surprised by the fact that a minute-long instrumental guitar tune went viral the way it did, you’re not alone; it surprised Melanie, too.

“That video was just supposed to be me in progress,” she said in an interview. “It’s not the end game or all I can do. It was just me letting people know what I sound like.”

Nearly 100k followers later, it’s safe to say she accomplished her goal. Praised for her “divine guitar skills” by Fader, the Tennessee native melds melodic jazz, rhythmic funk, and soulful R&B into an intoxicating and hypnotic blend that belies her young age. While Hendrix comparisons may be an inevitable rite of passage for any brilliant black guitarist, especially one with a stunning look and throwback style like Faye, her music actually shares more in common with Stevie Wonder, commanding your attention through a tender, understated sophistication rather than any virtuosic display of fireworks. She counts Michael Jackson among her biggest inspirations, and it’s not hard to hear hints of Eric Johnson as her fingers glide across the fretboard, but there’s no denying that Faye is a uniquely modern artist: raised a Jehovah’s Witness by chemist parents, she counts R&B star SZA among her earliest fans, and her first exposure to her instrument came through the Guitar Hero video games.

It may be an unconventional origin story, but there’s nothing conventional about Faye, and that’s just the way she likes it.

“If you’re truly great at what you do and believe that you’re great at it, no one can deny your talent,” she says. “Your talent is your power.”

If that’s the case, keep an eye on Melanie Faye. She may be a work in progress, but she’s already well on her way to taking over the world.

I'll teach you jazz ideas/theory that can be applied to essentially any genre of music. My style of teaching is the ear training method. I specialize in r&b and neo-soul styles. I teach both electric and acoustic guitar.

I tailor my curriculum to the individual student.

Reviews of lessons with Melanie Faye

Great teacher, very adaptive to all skill levels.
Jacob Whiteford, Verified Student
August 11th, 2019
Melanie made our 30 minutes super efficient and taught me a lot in the short time. We managed to cover 3 areas - theory, chord progressions and scales to a great level. She gauged my level of playing very quickly and covered what I wanted to know really well! Also lets you slow down, go over things and ask questions whenever you need to.
Salman Abbasnejad, Verified Student
July 19th, 2019
Melanie is an incredible player and teacher as well as super easy to follow along with. She's also very humble given her enormous skills!
Alex Graham, Verified Student
July 13th, 2019
All I can say is OUTSTANDING!! The lesson was more than I could’ve hoped to imagine it would be. Melanie was patient and addressed my goals in a manner that was not intimidating (as talented as she is). After a few years of just going through the same routine, this lesson has give me a different approach to the instrument. If you’re looking for inspiration, you will find it with this instructor. Thank you!!!
Hilary Poole, Verified Student
July 11th, 2019
I had some questions for her pre-lesson and she answered them beyond from what I thought the answered would be. She made you feel very comfortable and It opened more opportunities to ask questions to understand what she was saying.
Verified Student
July 10th, 2019
Melanie was very professional and was able to gauge what my skills were very rapidly. Her playing has been very inspirational for me as a guitarist for the past year so to see her take what I play and add embellishments to it live was mind blowing. What I learned was certainly challenging and she was great at answering my questions and breaking it down. I will certainly try to get what she taught me only to see how she adds on to it next lesson. Additionally, I would like to commend both Melanie and the lessonface staff in their professionalism and cooperation with regards to scheduling.
Tahsin Chowdhury, Verified Student
February 17th, 2019
Melanie is a great teacher she had lots of patience with me as a beginner ..I actually learned a whole bob marley song the next day from watching our recorded lessons thanks melanie! I'll be booking a gain soon
Latrecia Pooler, Verified Student
February 14th, 2019
Melanie is extraordinarily gifted and communicates musical theory in a very clear and straightforward manner. Her lessons are easily worth the time and money.
Thomas Allen, Verified Student
February 10th, 2019
Perhaps I'm biased because I'm a fan of her as a guitarist, but I thought Melanie did a great job simplifying things for me in our first lesson. She also showed me a few tips on embellishments (her signature style) that were really helpful.
Connor Frischmeyer, Verified Student
January 30th, 2019
Melanie is fantastic. She quickly assessed me and we dove right into the area where I'm weakest; chords. I walked away from my first lesson with a completely new level of confidence for learning the guitar. She's extremely professional, yet incredibly easy to talk to. I feel lucky to be able to take lessons from her.
Patrick Terry, Verified Student
January 29th, 2019

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