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Paul B.

Branford, CT

About Paul

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 g
uitar 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe my job as a guitar teacher is to help you get better at whatever you would like to improve. For beginners, that is probably pretty straightforward. After a few lessons, with a little hard work at home, you can be playing songs YOU choose. If you are more experienced, you tell me what you'd like to work on, and I'll give you a specific path to your goals.
I have a pretty laid back teaching style, but I can tell if you've been practicing!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I require my students to have a guitar and a notebook. I bring my guitar and any handouts I might use as well as recordings of music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in blues, rock, funk and some jazz.
Over the years I have developed a hands-on, practical instruction method that teaches music fundamentals, theory and improvisation through playing and analyzing popular songs.
After a solid base of fundamentals, I let the student choose the style and songs.
With some very young children I use Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method.
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Sofia C. April 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul has the patience of Job with children
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Paul B.

Paul B.

Branford, CT 06405
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT

structural analysis, listening exercises, analysis of classical, contemporary, pop, rock and folk music, basic music theory, basic harmonic analysis, collaborative songwriting, recording, lyrical structure

About Matthew

Heralded as "œa smart, tasteful, and genuine singer" and "a consummate multi-instrumentalist," Matthew continues to perform and broaden his range of musical experiences through diverse engagement in both the classical and non-conventional realms. Matthew has had the great privilege of performing around the world and working with some of today's brightest and most acclaimed singers, ensembles, and conductors such as Leon Botstein, Dale Duesing, Karen Brunssen, James Hall, Warren Jones, Phyllis Hoffman, Pro Arte, Canticum Scholare, and VOCES8.

As an educator, Matthew's 10+ years of teaching e
xperience in voice and drums has brought him to work with young musicians of all ages and skill types. Matthew's approach is technique driven, while at the same time, expressive, musically sensitive, and fun! Matthew's voice students will learn English and foreign language diction, ear training and sight-singing, proper posture, stage presence, confidence, and healthy vocal production suitable for all styles of singing. Drum students will learn the importance of snare drum rudiments, how to read drum charts, the nuances of various styles, as well as, develop dexterity and increase muscular function and independence. Matthew currently teaches voice and theory at Wyoming Seminary Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the Summer, teaches voice at Fairfield School of Music, and owns and operates a full service analog and digital recording studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Being a musician is exciting, challenging, and of course, rewarding. Musicians are communicators; instruments of expression. I'm a firm believer in diligent practice habits and learning the fundamentals of one's craft. From there, the music can happen.

I offer a relaxed, comfortable learning environment that is both fun and productive. A stuffy, tense atmosphere promotes timidness, and insecurity, the opposite of the environment I foster in my studio.

Whether you're a beginner with a passion, or a professional looking to fine tune your proficiency, I can help you get to where you want to be. Diligent, concise, uncomplicated, and fun! That's how I teach.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Various keyboards, full 5 piece drum set, full production and recording facility, music scores/sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained vocalist, but can teach all styles and genres of voice. Recording engineer & producer. Versed in many styles of composition. Session drummer.
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Emily Z. May 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was terrific!
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Emily Z. May 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was terrific!
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Giuseppina W. February 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing teacher, he makes you feel very comfortable. Just from the first lesson I could see a huge difference in my voice! Super great!
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Matthew V.

Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT 06605
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starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Scott B.

Miller Place, NY

As a songwriter who has been featured by American Songwriter & CMT, as well as in film and television, I can help you understand the nuts and bolts of what makes a great song work.

As a former music analyst for Pandora internet radio's Music Genome Project, I have analyzed over 15,000 songs, a process which imparted a deep understanding of popular song forms across all genres.

We can work on basic or advanced songwriting ideas- chord/melody relationships, substitutions, voice leading, lyric writing, matching musical themes to lyrics, ensemble arranging, scoring, etc.

About Scott

"a masterful guitarist -- really, a total whiz of a rare order."
--Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly

"a force to be reckoned with... sophisticated chord voicings, complex finger picking patterns, and a flurry of blues, jazz, and folk inflected riffs performed with a ringing acoustic tone and an undeniable rhythmic drive."
--Wired.com

Scott is a an internationally touring guitarist and songwriter based in New York. In addition to his work as an in demand sideman for various artists and bands around the country, Scott is also an accomplished bandleader and composer with four acclaimed release
s under his belt over the last ten years.

As a guitarist, Scott brings a modern, technical approach to traditional american styles - jazz, bluegrass, country blues, western swing and chick'n pick'n country guitar - but as a songwriter he gravitates toward straightforward rock, blues and folk.

Scott's guitar playing and songwriting has landed him features from American Songwriter, CMT, and more. He holds a BFA in Studio/Composition, with a minor in Jazz Performance, from SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY.

*** Lesson Details ***
When studying with Scott, students can expect a comfortable and fun atmosphere that promotes experimentation and positive reinforcement. Employing a curriculum that is equal parts formal technique and informal playing of the students favorite music, Scott makes every lesson engaging and exciting for his students.

After 3 to 6 months studying with Scott, beginners should expect to be able to play many of their favorite songs, have a firm grasp on basic scales, chords, theory and sight reading, and can even begin writing their own songs and improvising solos!

If you're already an intermediate/advanced player, Scott will push you to find your unique voice on the guitar, and tap into advanced techniques and approaches that will help you fully realize all that the guitar has to offer.

Lessons are tailored to each individual student's particular interests and abilities. Wherever you want to take your guitar playing, Scott will get you there and beyond!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring an acoustic guitar with me. My student must only have a guitar of their own of any kind. If it's electric, an amp is preferable, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Guitar, Bass, Theory, Song Writing, Composition, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Advanced Harmonic and Rhythmic Concepts, Group Playing
I am schooled in Jazz, but have a passion for all styles, including rock, blues, country, funk, folk, punk, and world music.
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Kathleen P. July 14, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor!
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Randall D. May 14, 2015
Bluegrass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson was wonderful! I have been playing guitar for 20 years, and have been in a rut for the last several. Scott has already challenged me in my first lesson and I have direction for personal practice.
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barbara F. August 27, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Scott is not only an amazing guitarist, but he is a superb teacher. Kind, supportive, and has an uncanny ability to break-down difficult pickings and strums into understandable and easy to follow directions. Most importantly, very patient. I was self-taught in the 70s when everyone picked up a guitar, stopped as an adult and am now re-starting it again after 30 years-and enjoying every moment. Scott is able to teach any type of music or song and intuitively understands and teaches the guitar style that the student would like to learn. Any student who studies with Scott should consider themselves fortunate. Not only does he know his stuff, he is passionate about music and passing on this musical knowledge to his students.
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Scott B.

Miller Place, NY 11764
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Zachary H.

Stony Brook, NY

About Zachary

I believe teaching is a partnership between the teacher and the student. I am a friendly, laid-back person, I’m very patient, and I’m 100% there for my students, so you or your child can enjoy a comfortable, welcoming learning environment. To make great music, all I ask in return is an open attitude and a commitment to appropriate amounts of regular practice. With those things, almost anything is possible!

My teaching philosophy is totally centered around your individual needs. I understand that people approach the study of music at various ages, with different abilities, goals, and desi
res. I see my role as a teacher as one where I use my knowledge and experience to help you along your path. Once we establish your goals, then I can teach you what you need to know to get there.

No matter what your musical dreams entail, you will need a solid technical foundation to build upon, as well as a musical ear to help you create and collaborate. I specialize in helping students learn and improve upon both of these skills. If you are just starting out, my goal is to get you playing REAL music as soon as possible. You’ll be amazed by what you can play after just a few lessons! For intermediate students, depending on your goals, we might study chords and theory, ear training to hear song structure and chords, fretting technique and scales, different types of right hand sound production, different genres of music, or many other topics.

It’s even more important to me that our study builds your confidence, opens you up to the vast world of music, and teaches you about yourself. This personal growth, attained with consistent time and effort, is the most meaningful aspect of musical study. Helping students like you along that path is my favorite thing about teaching!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheet music, books and amplification, as well as my own instrument. The student would need to have their own instrument and a music stand and amplification, if applicable.

*** Specialties ***
I have an uncommonly wide breadth of experience in many genres of music. I studied both classical and jazz music intensively at the conservatory level, and have a lot of rock band experience from various projects in high school and college. I've played just about every other style at some point, from bluegrass to R&B.
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Matthias R. February 8, 2016
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Zach, is a very polite person and we are looking forward to having him as our instructor.
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Ray H. February 20, 2014
Music Theory
Great teacher

Zach taught me music theory. I am now able to read music and create compositions. Zach is passionate about music and also makes you passionate. He makes sure that you fully understand a topic. Best teacher I've had in a long time !
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Kevin G. February 17, 2014
Bass Guitar
A great teacher

Zach was a great teacher! He picked things that would clearly help me grow as a player, and gain greater facility on the instrument. We had a couple snafus scheduling where I might wait for 10+ minutes for a lesson to start.
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Zachary H.

Stony Brook, NY 11794
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Ed D.

Meriden, CT

All styles from classical to jazz/blues to many ethnic/world music styles

About Ed

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student just needs a guitar and amp if electric.
I travel with a laptop/portable studio.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Metal, World, Electronic etc.
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Christine J. September 30, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful first session. So nice to begin lessons again. Ed was very professional and enthusiastic.
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Ed D.

Meriden, CT 06451
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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