I'm obsessed with Ableton! I've been using it since version 3 and every piece of Trailer & TV music I've done in my career was with Ableton. From Trailer Sound Design to Hip Hop to Rock, I've got you covered! From getting started to digging in.
TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2012, Kyle K. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring a screen sharing experience like no other for personal and detailed instruction!
Kyle has been playing guitar for over 25 years, written hundreds of songs and is currently a professional composer and sound designer for television and Hollywood movie trailers. Credits include all major networks and shows like American Idol, NFL games and movies like Jurassic Park and Independence Day. He has developed his own method of teaching to positively build on the student's strengths, dexterity, ear-training, natural technique, memorization and creativity.
The goal is to always design lessons around you as an individual to help you reach your goals as an artist and musician. Whether it's guitar, bass, songwriting or production this metho
d is used to maximize results!
A word from Kyle K: "I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music all around me at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!
My musical life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 12 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing with focus. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands over the years. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write and produce music and sound design daily for TV, Film and Trailers for companies like Disney, Universal, MTV, NFL and many more.
I started teaching 11 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue."
All lessons take place in a fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience with current technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows the student to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique playing experience. Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.
*** Lesson Details *** Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual. Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory, etc.) the style teaching will be adjusted to fit. It's all about YOUR goals and needs.
Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!
*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson. *You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to write your own music is desired. *You will be given everything you'll need to succeed including custom made drums and songs to play with so you can improve at home.
Let's start learning and improving today!
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender Telecaster Fender J Bass Schecter 7 String Schecter 6 string Hellraiser Italia Modena Electric gtr Danelectro U2 Peavey T60 Seagull Acoustic Saxophone Tambourine Egg shaker Line 6 Spider amp Vox Valvetronix amp Novation X-station KRK Rokit monitors Alesis monitors Presonus monitor station Shure SM57 GT55 Condenser Ableton Live Suite 9 Guitar Rig 5 Superior Drummer Dozens of Virtual Instruments Music stand Guitar stands Mic stands
*** Travel Equipment *** I currently do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!
Kyle is an excellent teacher. My son learned so much from him and loves his lessons. He is very knowledgeable, patient and kind.
April 1, 2019
Kyle K has a unique teaching style. His Ableton Live knowledge has no bounds. In just five lessons he talked me through most of my usual brain-fog to help me understand, in the simplest terms, how to use Live to record music and use Midi to enhance your work. Super, Super man, Kyle is. I highly recommend Kyle if you need a teacher. John G.
March 18, 2019
Kyle employs an interactive teaching style that a total beginner like me needs to begin to understand how Ableton works.
I've been producing in Ableton for about 3 years. I know my way around the program and have no problems executing ideas. Whether your problems are trying to figure out the layout (don't worry, it took me a while too), or getting your mix to sound cohesive, we can work through it together.
I am a music lover. I love anything and everything that is music. It has been one of the most consistent things in my life since I was a child, and there's nothing that makes me happier than making that a reality for someone else.
I've spent a lot of time studying with different musicians, such as Tigran Hamasyan, Ben Wendel, Ari Hoenig, Adam Benjamin, Josh Nelson, Vardan Ovsepian, and many other amazing musicians. I've also spent a lot of time studying different genres of music, which is why I'm capable of teaching almost any style of music.
I believe in designing lessons around each student's goals and needs, so every student gets a personally tailored lesson plan that will help excel them into being an amazing musician. I believe that great music teachers leave lasting impressions on their students. I wish to impart on my studen
ts the same lessons and experiences that have influenced me throughout my journey.
I have been wanting to learn piano for some time, and was recommended to Mesrop by a friend. He has been very patient with my pace of learning, which isn't always the fastest, and introduced concepts in a really logical and digestible way. Great guy and teacher, highly recommend!
August 15, 2017
I've always enjoyed playing guitar and bass, but the added element of piano was something that seemed so daunting I convinced myself to let it go. Mesrop was able to break it down so simply for me from the start, and I'm extremely thankful for his patience and focus throughout lessons. Along the way, I picked up more on theory and am now more comfortably able to transcribe as well. I think he's a tremendous musician but an equally excellent teacher.
August 7, 2017
I was struggling with my Music Appreciation class and I really needed extra practice. Mesrop was really patient with me, and helped me throughout the semester- even at inconvenient times of the day. Passed with flying colors! Thank you!
I've had to record my own band's albums for years, and have recorded a lot of local bands as well. Mixing and producing has become a huge passion of mine since the first time I learned what a compressor could do. Letting the music shine through while maintaining clarity and punch is an art that I love teaching.
Hi, my name is Ryan and I would love to teach you how to play guitar. I've been playing for over 10 years and have been gigging for a little less than that in my band. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience performing on stage and teaching to people of all ages. If you want to shred, jam, or rock out then look no further. I okay all styles of music and pride myself in building a fun and educational curriculum based solely on you or others who have had similar interests as you. This means if you have a question about guitar or music in general, 9 times out of 10 I can answer it. The remaining tenth is either a well kept secret, or something that is left to be found. So if you're ready to start your journey or just need a guide to help you on your way, let's go!
Ryan was great! He's obviously a talented guitarist and he is very laid back and makes you feel comfortable. He shows you in detail what you need to do to become a better guitar player. My ONLY advice, and the reason he doesn't get 5 stars, is I think he should have more visual aids with his lessons. For example, write down the different scales or transcribe the first several measures of a song. Then, one has something to refer back to when you are practicing and invariably get stuck. Other than that, I would highly recommend Ryan as a guitar teacher!
January 19, 2017
Ryan is prompt and very respectful and patient.
October 3, 2016
We are so happy to have Ryan as our guitar instructor. Ryan is very knowledgeable and kind. Our son really enjoys having Ryan as a teacher.
I've produced 100+ tracks using Ableton and my plugin library including Nexus, Serum, Sylenth, UAD, DadaLife, and Native Instruments.
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.
Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci
I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.
June 19, 2019
I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!
November 25, 2018
I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!
I have been producing electronic and acoustic music in Ableton for nearly a decade. I am deeply familiar with its capablilities and workflow and can teach you to feel at home inside the software.
Not only can I show you what all the devices and components of the software do, but also how to perform advanced programming to gain unlimited functionality out of your DAW.
I've studied music for 25 years.
In addition producing of both electronic and non-electronic, I am a multi-instrumentalist playing primarily piano/keys, but also brass and woodwind instruments, drums, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, voice, and (slowly-but-surely) cello.
I have been producing my own music in Ableton for almost 10 years and have and have upcoming EPs with The Producer Dojo and Impossible Records for my newest project Missing Lynx.
Don't make this journey alone. At this point I've made all the mistakes and can save you from wasting time and money on skills, gear, and software that are unnessary or low-yielding. Moreover, I can give you another set of ears and feedback on your music that you can trust, which is invaluable while you are still training your ears to listen objectively.
Alex is a great teacher, willing to go at your speed. I can tell he's very qualified to teach any level of student. I'm brand new to DAW software, and I really needed someone to help me work through it from step one. Now I feel like I've got the ideal situation going on, where I work on it on my own during the week, come up with a million questions, and then I can ask him and solve my issues once a week. Very nice guy, more than worth the price of the lessons.
As a keyboardist, I basically live my life in Ableton Live. I can teach how to setup Ableton, how to run midi keyboards through Ableton, how to build synths in Ableton, how to build full tracks in Ableton, how to run other hardware through Ableton, and the list goes on.
I've been playing piano for 27 years, and I've been a touring musician & recording artist for 15 years.
I can teach anything about any keyboard or synthesizer: piano, organ, rhodes, analog synths, digital synths, software synths, Ableton Live, midi setup, production, beat making with midi, and the list goes on.
I'm also a trained vocalist. I can teach vocal lessons, but each student has specific needs vocally, so let me know what your goals are for your voice. Recording? Live performance? Just would like to sing better, but no specific goals?
I can teach songwriting, production, arranging, and how to be in a rock band. I have a wide range of experience in the industry, so I can teach anyone how to go beyond their instrument, and develop their music further into full compositions either by on their own, or with a band.
ught professionally for 4 years at Band Aid School of Music in Austin, Texas.
I've released multiple professional albums, and I have countless hours of experience in multiple professional recording studios, including my own.
I've toured all across the United States, Canada, U.K., and mainland Europe.
I am a former touring DJ (NYMZ) from the duo Milo & Otis. I have been producing and using Ableton for about 10 years and specialize in electronic/pop music. I have produced with all kinds of well known artists throughout the years and have a learned many tips and tricks that will help any type of producer take their skills to the next level.
NYMZ, a veteran in the industry with over seven years of decorated experience and best known for his successful DJ duo, Milo & Otis, has recently decided to further his career as a solo artist and explore partnerships with fresh new artists. His experience includes playing festivals around the world, as well as, playing alongside top talent such as Skrillex and Dillon Francis. NYMZ has recently signed an exclusive deal with Kobalt, and his music can be heard in both National TV Shows/Commercials and Featured Films. Most notably, his collaboration with A-Trak, “Out The Speakers (feat. Rich Kidz)” can be heard in Mountain Dew’s Super Bowl Commercial.
Want to learn how to create industry quality music on your laptop using Ableton and other fun free online tools? Interested in curating your own unique sounds while also drawing inspiration from tracks being played today? My teaching approach will be tailored to your experience level to help you develop as an artist, and eventually be able to produce, mix, and master your own tracks. I believe that you learn the most when you are in the driving seat, and for that reason YOU will guide the way as we make a track together! I will help and give you creative suggestions along the way, it can really be a great time. Please contact me if you think I may be a good match as your instructor and mentor.
Hello! Little bit about me, I am a very energetic and uplifting individual who always loves to get creative and make unique moments. I studied Recording Arts and Electrical Engineering at Loyola Marymount University and taught Recording Arts students throughout my whole academic career. I am currently working at Universal Audio working in the hardware engineering department. I think that this is something unique about myself as an instructor, I not only draw from creative influence, but also from technical influence. I find this to be a good blend of attributes as a music producer and engineer. Please contact me if you ever want to set something up with me!
"Lauren is a fantastic teacher, patient and thorough in her technique. I learned so much from taking lessons with her!"
"Zen knows everything there is to know about Ableton Live production, and from what I can tell he is an excellent percussionist and songwriter as well. Our
lessons are thorough and professional, and fun too. He is very passionate about music and art. Definitely recommend!"
"Love the lessons!! I always learn something new that benefits me when I comes to producing in Ableton. Everything is taught in a very simple way."
"Lauren is the best. I had taken a few online tutorials in Ableton, but it wasn’t until I had help putting all the pieces together in person that it start
ed to click.
She is friendly, patient and she has an incredible understanding of Ableton. Highly recommended and grateful for her lessons."
"Hien is a knowledgeable and caring instructor who taught me so much! She is well versed on a variety of disciplines within the realm of music and producti
"Alex is a great teacher, willing to go at your speed. I can tell he's very qualified to teach any level of student. I'm brand new to DAW software, and I
really needed someone to help me work through it from step one. Now I feel like I've got the ideal situation going on, where I work on it on my own during the week, come up with a million questions, and then I can ask him and solve my issues once a week. Very nice guy, more than worth the price of the lessons."
"Zen is a great teacher and makes online lessons worth your time and money. I appreciate his patience and knowledge in ableton and look forward to more tra
ining from him."
"Devin is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher! He taught me the basics of Ableton and the details of music production, recording audio/midi tracks, sou
nd libraries, effects, etc. He guided me through the songwriting process, and made this complex software easier to navigate through and understand. I highly recommend Devin for anyone interested in enhancing their skills in music production. Thank you Devin for all your help!"