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I'm classically trained as a singer, and currently sing with L'harmonia, a quartet of soloists focusing on renaissance polyphony.
I have broad experience singing, playing piano, guitar, and drums, Korean instruments, and programming beats using computers. I'm well versed in classical, popular, and world styles. As well as teaching instrumental techniques, I teach music theory and analysis, and coach composition to budding songwriters and electronic music producers.
I have a doctorate in music composition from UCSC, and have written a lot of music for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal forces. I studied traditional music in Korea for one year on a research grant from the Korea Foundation. I also write songs in a pop/rock style, and compose electronic music for TV ads. I enjoy having a creative musical mind, and find great delight in the musical creativity of my students.
I'm a computer programmer in Python, Matlab, C, and other languages, having done back-end programming for a music app "JamBandit." I've put out my own music app, "Key In" on Apple's app store, and will soon release a second, "Helixician."
Music is a great joy and pleasure in my life. It's very meaningful to me to help students gain skills and confidence so that they can realize their desire to be musical.
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Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
I have played the guitar and bass professionally for almost 50 years; performing, recording and writing with many well-known artists such as, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers), Larry Carlton, Bill Champlin and others. I started teaching 28 years ago and developed a method of learning how to play that's fun and really works. I have been teaching in the Santa Cruz area for over 20 years now. Music is my life and I love sharing what I've learned with creative people of all ages in this area. I believe we are all musicians. We just have to find our instrument.
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Each lesson is designed for the individual, depending on skill level, goals and learning abilities. The student is taught the songs he or she wants to learn. Emphasis is placed on how to practice. Through correct practice techniques the student sees results, wants to practice more and improves quickly. Progress is checked and all questions are answered. Video/audio recording of the lesson is recommended so the student may review at home.
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Eight-track digital recorder, yamaha keyboard workstation, Yamaha multi-effects, too many guitars and basses.
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My specialties are:
The ability to instantly transcribe any song and teach it
Technique (essential scales, chords, etc.)
An endless repertoire (from Bach to Beck)
Music Theory (and how to use it)
Performance (solo or in a band)
How to practice correctly
Classic rock, modern rock, pop, blues, jazz, r&b, funk, reggae, metal, classical, folk, country, flatpicking, fingerpicking, slide guitar, slap bass, hot licks and cool riffs
Having as much fun as I can playing and teaching guitar and bass
Beggining students will start by learning the fundamentals of the guitar including basic picking and strumming patterns, string names, notes and chords in open position. I will emphasize practice techniques that will help to keep them interested and to have fun learning. Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace playing songs and styles of their choice. I will help them to pick songs that match their skill level. I will also emphasize ear training and teach students how to learn songs on their own.
Moving forward, students will learn guitar theory, music theory, sight reading, composition and arranging techniques, improvisation techniques and most importantly, how to play in a band situation and be able to jam succesfully with others.
"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."