Patrick Mencel – Guitar Teachers

Specializing in Guitar and Voice
University of the Arts
Studied Guitar Performance, Theory, Composition, and Audio Engineering
Jazz, Blues, Folk, Rock


305008_4840349000032_992074182_nI teach guitar, voice and piano. I studied guitar and vocals at the University of The Arts. Growing up, I played trumpet and when I turned 13, I began taking lessons at Temple University. Playing trumpet gave me a good sense of melody and tone, which I later incorporated into the guitar. I was 15 when I first started taking lessons on guitar at University of the Arts. Since then, guitar has been my primary instrument.

Currently, I am the lead singer and writer for the Philadelphia band Bel Heir, signed to RCA records. Bel Heir has given me the opportunity to tour the country and play festivals such as SXSW, Bunburry, and Musikfest.  Also, I am a published producer and songwriter on Pulse Recording. Through working with other artists on co writes and productions I have realized how much I enjoy collaborating and helping other people. Teaching is the same thing to me. I love to recognize potential in students and help bring them to the next place.

Music is my passion – always has been, and always will be, and I hope to share that with my students. Like writers, I know how each student can be different and learn differently. I look forward to teaching each individual student in their own way and welcome students that range from beginner to advanced. Also, I would love to teach students to not only play music, but how to write songs as well. I think it is important as a musician to learn how to be as creative as possible.

When did you begin playing Guitar, and why?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13 years old. I started playing guitar because of my father. I grew up listening to him sing and play James Taylor and Jim Croce songs. Ever since the guitar has been my refuge. 

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
I took piano lessons as a child, I consider myself a decent pianist. I shortly after picked up the trumpet, then the guitar. I also took Jazz vocal lessons in college, and began to study contemporary Jazz Vocal. I’ve learned proper warm up techniques that I still use today before I perform. 

What are your personal goals as a musician?
To always be happy playing music. I will forever create music and forever perform music. And I hope to inspire others to do the same.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?
I started thinking of chords in terms of numbers. It was the way my brain picked up on remembering progressions for songs. It especially helps with writing and improvisation. I have taught it to a few students and they caught on pretty quickly.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
To focus on the “power of now.” I always wanted to excel way faster then I was able to. I always find it important to set achievable goals, and achieve them.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?
Learning to have patience.

What is your biggest musical achievement?
To date: Signing to RCA record in 2014, and Pulse Recording in 2015.

Favorite thing about teaching?
Seeing students advance and amaze not only me, but themselves.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Discover the best way for you to learn and what music means to you. Also, to discover how music can open the door to your creativity. 

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any)
Bel Heir – We play some of my favorite venues in Philadelphia: Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda’s, Boot and Saddle, and Festival Pier, and will be releasing our debut LP Spring 2017.  

Here’s a Daytrotter session we recorded at SXSW this past year: