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Do you want to develop as a songwriter? I can show you techniques used by the pros to create dynamic song structures and amazing lyrics. I specialize in songwriting as it relates to the guitar. So if you want to advance your chord vocabulary or become a better guitarist in the process this is the class for you.
I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio production as well. Feel free to ask me questions, and expect informative non-judgmental answers.
I have spent a lot of time developing as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, which helps me in all aspects of my music and teaching, I'm always looking to learn more. I have played in heavy metal bands, but have also done solo acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, I have produced raw hip-hop but also love old soul and ska tunes. Being well rounded musically and drawing from lots of influences is what makes me a good teacher and shapes me as a m
As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and am a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist.
I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip-hop, and electronica.
*** Lesson Details/ What to Expect ***
You can expect a custom, fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique and get my students playing right away. This boosts confidence and fosters interest because once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.
By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord.
In 3-6 months you will be playing guitar with a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony and be able to play scales and songs.
Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore more specific music subjects and lessons will become more personalized: songwriting, guitar tones, musicology, making a DIY record, shredding like a metalhead, I can guide you to help you achieve your goals.
I receive a very large number of student requests everyday, So to keep things organized please keep the following in mind:
Takelessons is a wonderful service that I use to handle all my payments and scheduling. I want to focus on the teaching, so they help with the rest.
I have a 24 hour cancelation policy, please give me at least 24 hour advanced notice, or you will forfeit your lesson credit.
All scheduling changes or time off can be requested right from the website for your connivence. it's super easy!
Use an email that you will actually check to sign up for notifications, it's not spam, it's to help us all stay organized.
Remember to please reserve your spot by paying in advance. (I have a waiting list of people asking me for those super convenient days, and times)
Online students please make sure you have the highest connection speed available to you. This will ensure you get the most out of the lessons.
*** Equipment ***
Please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.
· Hip Hop & Rap · In studio
· Bass Guitar · In studio
· Guitar · In studio
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All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Song structure, harmonic analysis, melodic analysis
I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.
I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.
Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.
Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.
My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.
*** Lesson Details ***
Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.
Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.
With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.
I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.
I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.
So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.
Look forward to making music with you!
Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.
*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
· Ukulele · Online
· Guitar · In studio
· Piano · Online
I have composed many songs myself, as well as helped musicians compleat their compositions when stuck on the bridge section etc.
Tony played guitar with many top recording artist in the mid 1970's. Later, he started to teach formerly at the John Waltrip Music School in Arcadia California. From then on, he began to teach privately.
In addition, he is teaching 6th and 7th grade guitar classes at St. Cyril of Jerusalem School in Encino. Tony is a bonded and certified by the LAPD and FBI. Tony finds it very rewarding in helping beginner and advanced students to learn the beautiful music the guitar can make.
As Tony's teacher, George Van Eps taught him to think of the guitar as a "Lap Piano" so Tony does the same. The guitar is a versatile chordal and melodic inst
In addition to the above, I play guitar and arrange music for various Inde-Alternative and Jazz recording artist. I have arranged music for large orchestras, including a 35 piece orchestra in Hong Kong.
This May I will be a featured solist for Occuping Mars a robotic music tour sponsored by NASA and Roland Instruments. I will be playing a Roland synth guitar.
*** Lesson Details ***
I will be able to teach students of all ages, from beginners to semi pro players. My studies will include: Learning popular songs, reading chords, single line, guitar harmony, improvisation, blues, rock and jazz. Chordal melodies, finger picking, guitar pick with. left hand studies
*** Specialties ***
Acoustic and Electric Guitar. Piano: Improvisation, Composition, Arranging/Orchestration, All styles, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Brazilian, Latin, Standard Music. All Ages and Levels.
Teach at my studio, or On Line (Skype).
Tony has been a great instructor; he is a very knowledgeable and skilled guitarist with so much passion that is very infectious! He really gives me the motivation to try harder until I get it! He is very patient and tries to understand how I learn and what I want to learn and customizes the lesson to my learning ability. It's not easy teaching me, but some how he figures it out! Tony thanks for all your time, effort and genuine care in teaching me the guitar and being the jump start for a lifetime of guitar playing!
I am finding my lessons with Tony P. to be very helpful. He is personable and knowledgable. He also seems genuinely interested in seeing me achieve my full potential as a guitarist.
I have been writing songs for 14 years and have studied with influential songwriters in the LA music business for the past 4 years, as well as with Philly writers for many years before that. I believe that writing is all about honesty and finding your own voice. Through these lessons I will help you to do both of these things along with building your knowledge of music theory and what makes a song click.
I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and graduated this May 2017 with a Bachelors of Music degree from the highly selective Popular Music Performance program at the University of Southern California. I'm a patient, supportive, and enthusiastic person and am excited to work with students to help them find their own unique musical voice. I have worked with Larry Gold (Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson), Rick Friedrich (The Roots, Rihanna), Sean Holt (John Legend, Bruno Mars), and many more music industry professionals.
I have experience with music of a multitude of genres including folk, rock, blues, funk, R&B, Motown, and
· Guitar · In home
· Guitar · In home
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My specialty is helping you write amazing melodies. I can coach lyrics too but that is not my biggest strength. I can help you learn how to put chords to your melodies and then how to convert your song into the style of your choice. I can then help guide you on making a demo of your song.
*** All Levels, All Styles ***
*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.
*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.
*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."
*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Pitch Control Training
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)
*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.
*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
· Piano · In home
· Piano · Online
We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.
Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.
I recommend Howard without any reservation.
· Piano · In studio
If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!
Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
My approach to songwriting is through a process called Kaizen. Kaizen is a philosophy of constant improvement, one step at a time.
I believe that to write their best songs one must live their best life.
My lessons are very catered to the student's needs. I can teach the theory and techniques of song structure, lyric, melody, harmony, rhythm, groove, sound selection, music production, vocal intonation, audio recording, and music production. I can also speak conceptually to help deepen concept, improve cohesiveness, or simply advise on inspiration and creativity.
I specialize in Pop, Electronic, Indie, and Hip-Hop.
I value honest art of all types. Music holds the highest place in my heart for its ability to conjure emotion and to express the inexpressible.
I graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Entrepreneurship and am currently a student at Icon Collective.
· Ableton · Online
Rather than implementing a typical teacher/student hierarchy, I treat my lessons like a collaboration. I guide my students through all the steps of music creation from songwriting, music production, recording, to mixing. I love giving my students the tools to express themselves musically. By the end of our lessons together, students will leave with the ability to create original music that they are proud of all on their own.
· Music Performance · In home
· Singing · In home
· Singing · In studio
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Want to learn how to write a song like your favorite artist? Maybe you want to get better at writing songs for yourself to release your own EP, or possibly write songs to license to TV & Film, or to other artists (which can be some big bucks!! $$) - no matter your songwriting goals or your level, I can help you achieve your creative writing flow, teach you how to overcome writer's block, give you exercises for better lyric writing, show you how to create diverse unique melodies, and give you greater tools of versatility for your creator's tool box. Let's write your first hit!
In addition to performing, Madlyn is passionate about sharing her experiences with others, and teaching the craft she knows and loves. She has a wide age range of piano, singing, and songwriting students, she teaches privately throughout Los Angeles.
I have been writing songs since I was a little kid and still try to write every single day! If you are hoping to write more original music of your own I am happy to guide you along with some of my tips and tricks!
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Learn to break down the mechanics behind your favorite music, explore creative writing techniques, and create music that is unique and meaningful to you. I also guide aspiring professional musicians with insight into building your brand, networking, booking shows, and managing a healthy work-life balance.
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