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Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my teacher profile. Here's a little bit about me and how I can help you become the musician you want to be.
I started playing the guitar at age 17. I was being paid to play guitar and hand drums for dance classes at his college by the age of 19, and was hired on to the guitar faculty of the Fairmount School of Music at the age of 24. I realized that I'd gotten good only partially through short bursts of discipline lasting up to 6 weeks or so before I had to relax and just have fun for a while, and that for most people, year-round discipline was impossible due to temperament or other demands on people's time. These observations led me to boil down a teaching approach I summarize like this: "The more you have your guitar in your lap, the better player you're going to become. The best way to keep the guitar in your lap is to be playing things that are fun. For you. While it is essential to have a certain amount of technique in order to have fun playing guitar, it's a mistake to always consider it a matter of primary importance. There are things to be learned through hours of enjoying the guitar that cannot be taught." I try to find what makes people have fun on the guitar and from there it's much easier to tackle weaknesses and maintain strengths.
Right around the same time as I started working at FSM, I embarked on a 4-year-long course of classical guitar study with Jason Vieaux, who shortly became (and remains) one of the top classical performing artists in the world. Mr. Vieaux provided me with loads of problem-solving tools that he uses to this day to help people of all levels get better and have more fun on the guitar.
In 2004, as a guitarist in a band with a pianist but no bass player I found it sometimes more desirable to the music to have a bass than a guitar, so I bought a bass and started performing on it right away, using techniques already learned from classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, with necessary adjustments and application of music theory. The bass proved to be much more fun than I had imagined and I have incorporated regular practice of the instrument into my musical regimens, as well as playing dozens of studio dates on the bass and performing in multiple bands.
My teaching techniques are effective--many of the teens I taught in the 90's and 2000's are pro's now themselves, some with record contracts, others with conservatory degrees, some with a large student rosters of their own. My students have opened for or otherwise shared the stage with Santana, Jethro Tull, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Maroon 5, The String Cheese Incident, and more. You can see a few of my former students performing in my profile pictures. The first one you see is Brian C., who studied with me from about age 12 to age 16. This is a picture of him with his band "The Bottom Dollars" playing in Brooklyn June 26, 2012. The next one you see is a pic of Craig B. playing with his band "Turkuaz" , and the next one has a picture of two of my students in it, Loren S. and Max S. who are in a signed band called "Signals Midwest."
Not that you have to have aspirations of being a pro like these guys! Most people just want to have fun and get better at the instrument, but do know that I can help you make it if you want to take it all the way. Thanks for reading this far; I look forward to working with you! --Ian Z.
*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of instrument, students are asked to have a spiral-bound, 8.5"x11" college ruled notebook, a USB flash drive, and a tuner/metronome. Ian recommends the Korg TM-40. Books are decided upon depending on the student's instrument, goals, age and sometimes other factors. Plan on learning the songs you want to learn.
*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home professional studio has a full Pro Tools set up w/ 7 guitars, 2 basses, 5 amps, mics w/ seating for parents.
Ramsey's pianos has a windowed studio with an electric guitar amp. Parents are welcome to wait in the piano showroom or sit in on the lessons.
*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar, Acoustic Steel String fingerstyle (esp. British Isles Folk), Acoustic Steel String pickstyle, Electric and Acoustic Rock.
ACT, ACT English, Acting, ACT Reading, ACT Test Prep, American Literature, Anthropology, AP English, AP English Literature, AP European History, Archaeology, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Creative Writing, Dance, English, English Literature, ESL, Essay Writing, Film Acting, Film Studies, French, German, Grammar, GRE, Guitar, History, Humanities, Improv Acting, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Philosophy, Phonics, Physical Science, Poetry, Public Speaking, Reading, Science, Singing, Social Sciences, Sociology, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Speech, Study Skills, Test Prep, Theater Acting, Vocabulary, World History, Writing
I have been tutoring and teaching for twenty years for private students as well as at academic institutions (University of Arizona, Southern Mississippi, Phoenix, Capella, and Pima and Gulf Coast Community Colleges. In sessions, I find out what the student really needs and help them achieve realistic goals through thorough evaluation, pacing and persistent challenge. No matter what level of achievement is desired, I customize a lesson plan and learning regimen and guide the student to cross transformational thresholds. I look for and draw out the potential in students and help them achieve the competency they need to be independent learners and succeed in their endeavors professionally and personally.
*** Lesson Details ***
First 90 minutes is evaluation and introduction to principles
Subsequent sessions are training in skills with assignments
After six weeks, there is a performance evaluation for performing arts (recital or scheduled performance)
*** Specialties ***
Gutar and voice (bel canto)
Field Research, Logic and Critical Thinking
Literary and Film Criticism
French and German
Film, Sound and Stage Production
Research writing, critical analysis
Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Elementary Math, English, GRE, Math, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, Reading, SAT, Statistics, Test Prep
A Flinn Scholar, Blake C. graduated from The University of Arizona with a degree in Business Management in 2007 and later returned for a second Bachelor's in Music Theory History and Criticism which was awarded in December of 2013. He will be entering the University of Arizona's Musicology Program next fall in pursuit of a Masters of Music with plans to continue onward toward his PhD.
Blake has tutored since his teens, but began pursuing tutoring seriously during his college career. During his time at The University of Arizona's Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center, or SALT Center, he has learned how to help students with learning and attention challenges reach their academic and professional goals. Blake can tutor a wide array of subjects and has developed a wonderful aptitude for taking complex concepts and breaking them down so that they become easy to understand. The SALT Center has relied on his expertise as a Tutor Leader as well, in which capacity he has served with distinction as a mentor and resource to fellow tutors. Blake has also earned his Master Tutor Certification through the College Reading and Learning Association.
Read some of my blog postings on TakeLessons to learn a bit more about my expertise.
"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."