Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
Paul is a guitarist/songwriter/educator from Branford, CT. He began playing the guitar at age 13 with a strong background in piano. He performed and recorded with bands in high school, during which time he was influenced by a wide variety of musical artists and styles, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pink Floyd.
Paul enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music in the fall of 1994 and discovered a love for jazz, particularly guitarists such as Joe Pass and Tal Farlow and arrangers Nelson Riddle and Gil Evans. At Berklee, Paul continued to study the guitar while working toward a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, which he received in 1998.
After graduating, Paul remained in Boston for several years performing and teaching private guitar lessons. He developed a hands-on, practical instruction method that teaches music fundamentals, theory and improvisation through playing and analyzing popular songs. Now back in Connecticut, he continues to teach privately in Branford and the surrounding area. He also performs regularly with his bands, The Syndicate and Debacle on the shoreline and in New York City.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory
My name is Doug and I have been teaching professionally either in the public school systems of Connecticut or privately for over 22 years. I possess a Master’s Degree in Liberal studies from Albertus Magnus College and a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Western Connecticut State University. I own and operate a private teaching studio in Connecticut which has been in business since 2005. Along with teaching I am also a professional musician and have been since the age of 13. I have gigged and recorded professionally in and around the tri-state area for numerous years.Music is and has always been my only form of income,so teaching and playing is much more than just a hobby to me it is my life and my livlihood. When a student chooses me as his/her instructor they can feel confident that they are learning the instrument correctly and that they will be benefiting from many years of schooling and independent study with some of the industries most esteemed and trusted instructors/musicians.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
STUDYING WITH ME:
Learning guitar should be interesting and fun! While we're studying all the different aspects of the instrument, you'll also be learning how to play your favorite songs and solos! I approach each student as an individual and structure their lessons according to what I determine they need, as well as what they are interested in musically. I concentrate on many different areas; ear training, theory, playing technique, improvisation, various styles of music, and, the physics of the guitar. Understanding how the instrument works is important in my opinion. My long term goal is to teach a student how they can teach themselves down the line. Understanding why you’re playing something is just important as knowing how to play it. I aim to give a student rich and well rounded one-on-one time!
I have been teaching and performing for over a decade both in the US, and in England. I have played in various bands and have produced independent artists. I have worked for a recording studio and for various academic institutions including the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York city.
I obtained my degree from Purchase College in New York and am a member of their Conservatory of Music.
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