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Juilliard and Carnegie Mellon trained teacher available for students of all levels and ages.I want to ensure that we focus on what you want to learn, that you are happy with your progress, master proper technique, and have fun!
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I started playing flute when I was 8 and bass when I was 13. In 2002, I moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass performance. I came to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where I got a Master's of Music degree and a post-graduate Performance Residency Certificate. Since finishing at Carnegie Mellon in 2011, I have been freelancing in Western PA, Ohio, and West Virginia. *** Lesson Details *** I want to provide a fun, relaxed environment in which you feel appropriately challenged and comfortable to make mistakes. I don't have a pre-set course of music and exercises that I give to every student. Rather, I prefer to have a variety of music and exercises at ...
Basics of open scales and arpeggio fingerings and movable patterns for bluegrass, country, blues or beginning jazz..
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. Other teachers at my studio teach guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, saxophone and flute. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. Our teachers are experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
I have played double bass for 12 years, and Double Bass is by far one of the hardest string instruments for students to learn in terms of developing the muscles and endurance. It is a very hefty instrument, and requires quite a bit of time to develop a well rounded sound. I have studied with many different bassists, and would enjoy sharing many tips to help improve sound quality, sound production, intonation, etc.
Ahmer'e Blackman has been a very musically active and involved individual within the Pittsburgh Area as well as across the globe. Ahmer'e has played for First Lady, Michelle Obama, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Steven Isserlis, and other well-known individuals. From 2011 thru 2013, he was Principal Bassist with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra; and from 2013-2014 he sat as the Assistant Principal Cellist. He has played with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions - sitting as principal for both Double Bass and Cello. In 2013, he embarked on an international tour with the Inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America directed by Valery Gergiev and guest soloist, Joshua Bell. Ahmer'e is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Music Performance under the ...
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