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Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory
Hey there musicians to be. I'm Jamie! Guitar player for 14 years. I've played all styles, from Jewel to Lamb of God to Mozart to BB King. No matter what you want to learn, I can teach it. No polka though : )
I've had years of lessons myself that provided that push and input I needed to grow on my instrument. Not just guitar too, I've played tuba, trombone, even sang in school choir up into college.
Speaking of college, I attended Macomb community for a couple years taking classes in theory and classical guitar. Also, I went to Berklee school of music in Boston for their summer sessions, I highly recommend it if you want to learn a lot real fast . It is THE guitar college, wish I had the money for it. BTW they placed me in advanced classes when I was 15 years old : ) smirk
In general my specialty will always be metal and blues. Though I did learn Womanizer by Britney Spears just so I could create a death metal version. In my time as a for hire studio guitarist I had to remake a lot of different styles of music. Music is Music, pitches and rhythms. Style and technique is what gives it soul and feeling.
If you're in a band already I can give you tons of advice. I joined my first major band at 19... my band mates were 29-40. Got plenty of studio and live performance advice and tricks. You can see me on stage in my photos, no I'm not passed out... my signature move was the bend backwards til I'm lying on my legs. I hate being old now - frown.
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You will have to buy some books if you're just starting out. I know most of us hate theory, it's a pain and can get very boring if you're not trying to be a classical virtuoso. In the end you can only fake your way through so much and theory doesn't need to be a set of rules like it's a private school code of conduct. It will help you through improvisation, song writing, and understanding how and why music sounds evil, beautiful, strange, happy, sad, etc...
Now the other half of your lesson is whatever you want to learn. Any song, I won't judge you if it's backstreet boys (i figured out a song or two by them.) guilty. My old band was even on a rock tribute album to Motown. We played Get Ready by the Temptations. HA!
If you don't practice then I won't give you the evil eye or berate you. Just know if you are in the same place as the last lesson, then there's not much I can do to further your study. I rather you have fun with me and playing guitar. Why do something you don't want to?
*** Studio Equipment ***
My living room set up with equipment for lessons, a computer, lil' mixer, seating for parents, outdoor porch for the warm days. WiFi access, extra guitars if your's is broke.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to have a guitar and amp, purchase their own books. I can print my own lessons and transcribed songs. It's best to have a blank tab book so I can write notes that you can bring home.
*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach pop, blues, metal, progressive metal, and classical.
Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspects of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.
I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.
Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! ‚¬Ä¶the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.
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I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 15 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!
At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.
For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: ‚¬Ä¬úJimmy Page‚¬Ä¬ú, ‚¬Ä¬úBrian Setzer‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úStevie Ray Vaughan‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úJoe Satriani‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úLindsey Buckingham‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úPaul McCartney‚¬Ä¬Ě, ‚¬Ä¬úJohn Mayer‚¬Ä¬Ě, and many, many more.
To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.
Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.
With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.
I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.
More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"
With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.
Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.
Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.
At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.
*** Studio Equipment ***
-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)
- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)
-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)
- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)
- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)
-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)
-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
Banjo, Bass Guitar, Drum, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting
My name is James and I am a professional multi-instrumentalist/composer from the metro-Detroit area. I've recently completed my B.Mus. Degree from Wayne State University, concentrating in Jazz Studies with a minor in Music Theory/Composition.† I've worked as a private and group lesson teacher in and around Detroit for the last ten years and have more recently started directing choirs and musical theater casts with ages ranging from 4-approx. 90. My experience started at 3 years old with learning and performing Traditional Arabic music, and eventually moved on to American folk, Rock, Jazz, and Classical finally landing me in Wayne State's college of music. I learned completely by rote, and didn't learn to read music until I was 18 years old. This has given me a firm appreciation for balancing a completely formal approach to music with a completely home-grown one. The upside of this in an educational setting is that I can comprehend a student that has no formal training but does have a natural knack for music. I try to give a student a heads up on the intangibles, musicianship, and functionality, while still keeping it fun and giving them the opportunity to be a rock star.
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In lessons, I try to create a comfortable and student driven environment where we work on building up a student's personal sensibility. I'm fairly laid back, though students are accountable for their own practicing and comprehension of the lessons. I concentrate on finding the best way for a student to approach the instrument and whatever music they are currently practicing/performing. After a few months of lessons, students will start gaining the ability to create a groove in a multitude of styles. Lessons focus on balancing technical studies, scales, patterns, etc. with creating a personal style and feel. Generally, about half of the assignments in lessons will be brought in by the student, pieces/tunes they want to learn, and styles of music they want to focus on. The other half will be my assignments and lessons on theory, music history, and good, solid technique.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars, amplifiers, books and staff paper. I expect students to have their own instrument, including a Drum Set.
*** Specialties ***
Gypsy Jazz, Big Band style guitar, with a firm grasp of bebop and single line playing. I've played Blues and Rock and Roll for years as well. As a percussionist, I've been in Rock and R&B Bands for my entire life on drum set, and on world percussion I've performed traditional Arabic music on doumbek and riq for the last 20 years. As a composer I've written pieces for Big Bands, String Quartets, Full Orchestras, and Choirs, and tunes for ensembles ranging from solo pieces to 9 or 10 piece bands.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."