Melanie Faye | Lessonface

Melanie Faye

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

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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

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
January 15th, 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 9th, 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 29th, 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
Melanie was flexible to my skill level and great at adapting on the fly. I would consider my level around upper intermediate and have tried taking lessons from various people in person. It was nice being able to connect and learn a few different licks, signature techniques and her unique approach. One thing that could make what I learned stick stronger is if there were a supplemental visual aid of a sort in addition to verbalizing and demoing the guitar licks on the fretboard. This has nothing to do with the instructor’s teaching style, just a suggestion from a learner’s perspective and something a little extra that I find would enhance what was an already great lesson to be even more great. Overall, 5 stars and plan to do again next chance because she is very knowledable and is open to sharing what she’s doing and how.
Jex Nguyen, Verified Student
January 18th, 2019
Melanie is not only a brilliant and talented musician, but she's also an amazing teacher. She is really kind and patient and knows how to listen. She really surpassed my expectations.
Pablo Contreras, Verified Student
January 28th, 2019
Been looking for help to push myself past the intermediate plateau and into fresh territory. Melanie certainly fits this bill. Already looking forward to my next lesson.
Todd Cooley, Verified Student
January 19th, 2019
awesome teacher, she gives great advice, and i honestly cannot wait to learn more from her.
Luke White, Verified Student
January 16th, 2019
Melanie was very detailed and clear with teaching. Extremely nice and helpful! I recommend her to anyone who wants to take a guitar lesson. Overall a great experience.
Hannah Botello, Verified Student
January 13th, 2019
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