Learn the ins and outs of Digital Recording Workstations and how to make great-sounding recordings. Mic choice and placement, use of midi and software synths, laying tracks and mixdown are all covered extensively with hands-on sessions using Pro-Tools, Garage Band, Cubase, Live, and Audasity on both Mac and Windows systems.
Whether you want to have some fun and learn to play and sing a few tunes, enough to be the 'life of the party' or to really knuckle down and learn a lot, Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio will hit the right note. It is also the place where you'll find a caring, positive and inspirational music teacher who will help you to deepen your musical knowledge, and advance beyond your current level of understanding and ability on the Guitar, Bass, or Voice.
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Joe has logged many years of pr
ofessional performance experience with musical groups of all kinds and is now the owner of Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio, located in St. Petersburg, Fl. since 1998.
In addition to a stint in the 90's as Orchestral Guitarist aboard "The Monarch of the Seas" with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Joe served as Musical Director in 2001 for a Tampa, Fl. production of "Hair", and as Guitarist with numerous Broadway Show road companies such as "The Bernadette Peters Show," "Hello Dolly", and "A Chorus Line." Joe continues to serve the St. Petersburg area as a music instructor in addition to performing locally.
*** Lesson Details *** Singing Lessons: Learning to use your own voice is fun! To develop your voice, and your ability to hear musically, you'll learn ear training and vocal exercises that are proven methods of developing a good musical ear and a strong vocal presence. Want to learn to sing in harmony with others live, or with yourself on a recording? You can do that! If you're a performer, you want to be called back to play again, right? I have personally played many solo gigs over the years, and will provide insights as to how to operate, and comport yourself in a professional manner.
Guitar Lessons: What do you do or want to do with your guitar? Beginning guitar lessons focus on proper methods of tuning the guitar, fundamentals of music, and an early start in the development of correct technique. Most new guitar players want to strum accompaniment chords to back themselves up singing songs. Learning to play chords and melodies leads students in the right direction musically. Taking lessons with a teacher who can guide you in both endeavors makes sense, and at Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio, there is no additional charge if you want both guitar and voice lessons. Of course, you can always take just guitar lessons or just singing lessons.
Learning to play the guitar is a rewarding and fun experience for anyone to enjoy. Maybe you already can play some guitar, and would like to learn more about how to play solos and improvise melodic lines on your guitar. I can help in that department as well. Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio is the place where you will learn about the relationships between scales and chords, develop technical ability, and begin to cultivate a melodic vocabulary, or 'bag of tricks.' In other words, you can ROCK!
Blues Guitar Lessons: I led a local Blues, Rock-a Billy, and Soul R&B band in the 90's in Florida, "The Paradise Blues Band", hosting countless beach bar dates, blues jam nights, opening the St. Petersburg Blues Festival in 1993 at the Bayfront Arena, Festival of States Straub Park appearances and we were the first band to play at William's Park Bandshell outside for St. Petersburg's first 'First Night' New Year's Eve.
Solo Jazz Guitar Lessons: Improvization of melodic solos and how to create your own arrangements of Jazz Standards is a favorite area of study for me, and if you're interested too, we can delve into this area of guitar playing. Learn tunes by Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, and other Jazz greats.
Classical Guitar Lessons: Is Classical Guitar your passion? Learn to play works by the great composers of classical guitar music, such as Sor, Carcassi, Segovia, Haydn, and others. It's a personally rewarding, satisfying experience to play beautiful classical guitar. If performing for money is your objective, a lot of solo classical guitar gigs at nice restauratnts, hotels, and weddings are out there. I'll get you playing the best selections for these gigs.
Bass Guitar Lessons: Bass players will learn to read and play the great tunes of the work of artists like Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Paul McCartney, and James Jamerson. Learn to play Rock, Blues, Motown, and Pop styles.
*** Studio Equipment *** Learn in a comfortable, state of the art music studio equipped with a ProTools computer-based digital recording system, an incredibly large library of printed music in book form, as well as an extensive selection of digital music files. You'll find Keyboard synthesizers with weighted keys, pro-level microphones, sound system and musical instrument amplifiers, making your learning experience at Ace Guitar and Vocal Studio realistic and fruitful. Weekly lessons are often supplemented with short video presentations that arrive via email for you to watch and review as often as you like.
*** Specialties *** Online lessons available via Skype. Blues guitar specialty. I also teach Classical and Jazz as well as Rock and Country pop styles.
James T. October 9, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Joe is a real professional talent and teacher. He is extremely patient and thorough with beginners like me. He takes time to cover basic guitar instrument basics, guitar music theory, scales, notes, etc. He is very flexible and will always go over lessons that require review with the student. Being new to instrument lessons I feel very comfortable with Joe's suggestions for me personally for areas that require practice. His videos are very informative as well as other documents regarding reading music, sessions, clefs, etc. His ability to relate his professional experiences into the lessons make the experience that much more valuable. I would highly recommend him as a guitar teacher.
Holly W. August 28, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
We have been using Joe for guitar lessons for several years. My oldest Son started with Joe and also participated in his Rock Shop events. Although he is no longer taking lessons, he was playing the guitar last evening and I asked him what song he was playing? It was his original piece and it sounded excellent. The lessons with Joe really paid off. My youngest Son is currently taking lessons from Joe and we are confident that he too will be able to write and play his own music in the future. Joe is very flexible with our changing schedule and always follows up regarding our appointments. We highly recommend Joe to families with kids of all ages.
Yesh N. March 3, 2014
Great overview of the blues and classical history
I took lesson with Joe Mcintosh for a little over a year with the intent of leaning the basics of guitar playing and specifiaclly the blues. I got a lot of practical information and knowledge from Joe in various aspects of music and its history. I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the value it carried.
Joe is a very accomplished player and very patient with his students. I would highly recommend him for anyone with any skill level.
Mike has been playing the guitar for over 35 years. For the last 12+ years he has played guitar with the modern worship teams at two different churches. For the last 5+ years he has been teaching guitar at the local elementary and middle schools. And since 2005 he has shared his love of the guitar with thousands of school children as part of the annual Great American Teach-In. Mike has played professionally as a session guitarist for several musical theater productions and as a long-time guitarist in his church's praise band.
Mike holds a B.A. in Audio Recording and Production and worked
as a radio DJ and music store manager for several years before moving into the technology sector. Mike has extensive experience as an audio engineer (FOH and studio) as well as video editing experience. During his 25+ years in the technology world Mike has been a corporate trainer, application developer, support consultant, and college professor, teaching I.T. classes at a local career college. Mike is constantly seeking new ways to merge his love of music with his technical background.
Mike's teaching style is a mix of the theoretical and the practical. He believes in providing a solid "book knowledge" (chord theory, music reading, tab,etc.) but framed in a fun and engaging way that motives the student to want to play (and practice) their instrument. This is accomplished by using songs and musical styles that appeal to the student vs. simply "going by the book" all the time. Whether teaching music or computer skills, Mike has been blessed with the ability to translate the technical into "layman terms" so that the student can quickly grasp the concept without getting hung up on the "geek speak."
As for how a typical lesson works with Mike, the student provides his/her own guitar and Mike will provide some printed reference material, audio samples, practice CDs, etc. Mike's specialties included rock and blues, help with equipment selection and setup (general guitar maintenance, effects usage/signal routing, etc.), and music theory, including traditional notation and guitar tabs.
Professional musician in the 434th Army Band, ten years teaching private lessons for guitar, bass, and mandolin (ages 5 to adult), ten years teaching music focusing on Elementary education, facilitated reading and music workshops for Hillsborough County, presented for MENC pre-conference 2007 and participated in the Hillsborough County Music Education Grant for Professional Development, lead teacher on the Guitar team at Florida Virtual School.
*** Lesson Details *** A typical lesson starts with a warm up time, followed by a review, which is where the student gets to show off what they
have accomplished from the previous week. Then a new concept or skill is introduced and we wrap up the lesson playing a student picked song.
*** Studio Equipment *** Den, TV, couch, table, chairs no arms for lessons, piano, only room for parents is in room
*** Specialties *** Classical Guitar, Bluegrass, Flatpicking, basic jazz, Latin, country, what ever is needed.
Nicholas R. June 17, 2015
He offers all the right instructions to give you peace of mind and trust in yourself in order to really understand the guitar. He exemplifies the kind of qualities that I find most admirable in a person, and I really can't speak highly enough about him. He is incredibly experienced, and he is always learning and passing that on. He is so reliable, and I always look forward to my lessons! I highly recommend him as a teacher!
DebrorahT May 15, 2011
feedback on lessons and teacher
Any time one takes up something new in later life it is a challenge to stay with it and not sink back into comfy life. i have enjoyed my singing lessons with William though it took me a couple to get past my self-conscousness. It helped that he moved the lessons to a church--from his home. Better setting for singing practice. And william has done a great job of matching our lessons to how i want to develop my voice.
BerniceM February 28, 2011
I walked into the first lesson having absolutely no knowledge of guitar. It was nice to have a teacher that not only taught me how to play chords but also gave me a little bit of history of the guitar. Now, only three months later, I can proudly say that I know enough to play whatever song I want! He's very patient and encouraging. I would recommend him to anyone.
I have 8 years of experience recording music and I would be happy to consult you in starting up your own studio, what equipment to get, and how to use it to the fullest once it's there.
I have been playing guitar for 17 years and bass for 7. I've also taught for 7 years and had many happy students with online or Skype as a possibility. I play many different styles of music from Death Metal to Country to Funk. I am also endorsed by a large US guitar company (Schecter Guitar Research). I can teach acoustic, electric or bass and have lots of experience with kids.
*** Lesson Details *** The lessons will be guided by the student. My main goal is to keep you interested in music and inspired to practice. We will learn styles and techniques of music that you enjoy and achie
ving your goals as well as effective, fun practice methods. We can cover any topics you want and learn songs by any artist. I will interject a bit of theory knowledge whenever it is applicable, but focus mostly on proper technique so it sounds great when you play guitar and it doesn't hurt your hand/wrist!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in living room, I have acoustic or electric available
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring an acoustic guitar, chord book and my notes. Student will have to own a guitar.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Metal, Rock, and Blues, but can teach anything the student wants to learn...have taught and played Pop, Classical, Funk, Country, Folk.
we will learn how to play in the studio. How to become and have the sesitivety of a studio musician.
My name is Mike. I am passionate about music. Moreover I am passionate about teaching anybody who wants to learn and grow musically. It's a part of life for me and I love doing it. I am a music theory composition major, and have also spent the last six years in Nashville playing and traveling with country artists ranging from Easton Corbin,Randy Houser, and Jake Owen to name a few.
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HUMBLE. This is hugely important. There is not a pretentious bone in his body. Cody is great at what he does but is not afraid to ask for help from people who might know more about whatever aspect of the music creation process specific to the artist. There is no “I’m the producer and I know more than you” attitude. Instead, his attitude is very much of equality where both parties understand the strengths that they bring to the table.
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