Sid Bardfield has been a top guitarist and guitar instructor in the New Orleans and Metairie music scene.Read more
After buying my acoustic guitar, I thought I’d just download some lessons online and would be off and playing in no time. I quickly discovered that teaching myself was a lesson in frustration and it was a serious struggle to get beyond just plucking some strings. Needless to say, the guitar sat in its case for a few years. Much later, I met a friend who had a similar frustrating experience and we decided that we were going to find a guitar instructor who would allow us to take lessons together. She found Sid’s ad and we’ve been going to him for about 8 months now…and unlike when I “taught” myself, I’ve been able to make great progress and have finally put this guitar to work! It’s been so enjoyable and relaxing to just pick up the guitar and sit on the sofa to play just for the enjoyment of it. I’ve had so much fun with it that I’ve also recently purchased an electric guitar. Thanks to Sid’s ability (and patience!) to explain and simplify ideas and techniques, I can now play melodies, chords, some blues, have learned some music theory along the way and now he’s teaching us to write our own licks. For the first time, I feel like being a good guitar player is within my reach. Sid is a very talented musician and a great instructor rolled into one!
After many years of being a music/guitar fan and having the pleasure of listening to my dad play, I finally became determined enough to pick up a guitar and take lessons w/ Sid a little more than a year ago. Throughout that time, I have progressed to a point that I did not anticipate reaching so quickly while understanding that there is still tremendous room to grow. Although I am aware that there remains a vast array of guitar skill and knowledge that I hope to learn, Sid makes me excited and optimistic about my “journey.” In addition to Sid’s physical and technical training on the guitar, there are philosophical and psychological components to his instruction that aim to inspire you to find the creativity in your heart. It appears that Sid truly takes pride in watching his students progress with the knowledge that he is a prominent reason for their progression. He continues to encourage while being real and fair with his critique. I hope and look forward to continuing my journey on the guitar with Sid’s guidance. Nick G o the Northshore
I found Sid by his internet advertisement by chance. It was a true gift. At 53 and just starting out I needed someone that could work with me at my level, also at my pace. Sid had done just that. His teaching methods produce really fast results with real life applications to a wide variety of music styles. I was amazed at the speed I was up and playing songs that applied to my lessons. Not only am I strumming guitar songs, but, finger picking also. This is something I thought I could never do. I drive 45 minutes from Luling to Sid’s, for guitar lessons every week for over a year now. It’s one of the best drives I make during the week. Sid’s teaching techniques are fast, effective and proven. Sid also has the patience with students, which it takes, to be a great instructor for all age groups of students. All in all, one of the best choices I made when looking for an instructor. Well worth the drive in from Luling!
After years of not progressing any further on the guitar. I discovered that I was in need of help to get on the right track. I searched for the right person to help me. I found Sid to be my best choice to instruct me on the guitar. I learned more in 4 weeks than I had in years of not really knowing how to progress.
My daughter, Daniella, has been nagging me for a few years to enroll her in guitar lessons. With my busy schedule as a single mom finding lessons that would fit our lifestyle has been difficult. A flyer for Sid’s Guitar Lessons appeared on my door the week before Daniella’s 16th birthday. I called Sid and he was able to schedule her first lesson on her birthday just 4 days before her birthday. She was so surprised and thrilled to finally have the opportunity to learn to play the guitar. She says it’s one of the best birthday presents that I have ever given her. Within a few weeks she was able to play some simple songs that she proudly did so for a few family members and friends. She was so excited and it really helped to build her self confidence. Sid has always been supportive, encouraging, positive and extremely patient. He is quick to diagnose the difficulties Daniella is having with new tasks and shows her how to correct the problem in order to accomplish her goals. Learning to play an instrument takes work. There is no way around that. Sid has shown Daniella ways to do this so it does not seem so much like work but more like fun. He teaches different styles and tasks so that her lessons are never monotonous or what your typical teenager would call “boring”. I am very happy to have found Sid as a guitar instructor for my child. I would recommend him to anyone of any age and any skill level. Sid reads people well and adapts his techniques to fit the person. He doesn’t just do One Size Fits All lessons. He provides individualized stimulating lessons that keep his students interested while building their abilities in a positive and uplifting environment. I am looking forward to Daniella’s continued success, and hope to take her soon to see her teacher perform one Saturday Night at the Retro Grill.
I have been playing guitar for a good part of my life. I pretty much put it aside for about ten years. Since Swamp Pop has come into play I have found the guitar again. I have taken guitar lessons with other instructors and have learned different techniques. However, since I have been with Sid he teaches me what I want to learn, not what the teacher wants me to know. He also appreciates the knowledge and back ground that I have in music. Sid seems to be one of the most patience and extremely informative guitar instructors I have found so far. Sid has brought my guitar playing to a higher quality of playing.
It seemed a bit intimidating to start guitar lessons at my age (I’m over 40) but Sid has made it easy and fun. I left the first lesson knowing how to play a few chords, and by my second lesson I had learned a classical piece. Sid has a way of explaining theory that makes it easy to grasp. I really enjoy the lessons, and Sid has taught me how to get the most out of my practice time – even the minimal time of ten minutes a day, if that’s all the time I have, is really beneficial. He also incorporates different elements into each lesson so that I am not just learning how to play, but how to play with others and how to perform.