Will help you navigate the different options and give you the tools you'll need to be able to create your best music without technical trouble in Pro Tools, Logic, Garageband, Ableton and other DAW software. Teach you to use Plug-ins and get great sounds and the basics of putting a "mix" together.
I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter in a widely known touring rock 'n' roll band. I hold a Bachelors of Music in jazz guitar from New York University, and have produced, toured and recorded with internationally known artists/celebrities & legendary producers. My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and more) and in video games.
I have established a solid client base in my home teaching studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn working with guitarists/bassists, vocalists & composers of all ages and skill levels in styles including: Rock, Metal,
Pop, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Classical.
I am highly experienced as an online (Skype, Facetime and G+) instructor, and I have taught online lessons worldwide for over 2 years. I've witnessed amazing progress in my online students (both national and international).
*** Lesson Details *** My students gain expertise in the following techniques and more...
Lead & Rhythm Guitar:
Chord voicing: triads, four note open/closed chord voicing, chord melodies, comping, strumming, fingerstyle, standard grooves in various styles Step-by-step approach to soloing/improvisation: major & minor scales & modes & arpeggios, triads, blues/pentatonic scales and "licks". phrasing & line development over simple & sophisticated harmonic changes. Techniques including: Alternate/sweep & tremolo picking, hybrid picking, slide guitar, hammer on/pull offs, (up to 8 finger) tapping, bending and whammy techniques, diagonal scale, arpeggios & note groupings and 4 finger scales.
Right hand: finger style, pick & slapping/popping Groove, rhythms and playing time Time signatures, walking bass lines, arpeggios, double stops, chords & improvising Writing bass lines.
Pitch & intonation Proper breathing Voice placement The mixed voice Finding your voice Diction and it's application in live performance/recording Rock/Metal vocal technique and screaming.
All students learn:
Sight reading (standard notation/tablature)
Music Theory & Ear Training
We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on the technique. I have my students let me know via text/email what songs they would like to work on for the weeks lesson a few days prior to the lesson, then I cater the technical study during the lesson to help them learn the song we are working on. It has been proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less "boring."
*** Studio Equipment *** I have (6) guitars including (3) electric, (1) acoustic/electric, & (2) Bass Guitar (2) tube guitar amplifiers, and various guitar effects pedals.
A full-size 88-key MIDI keyboard, a 61-key USB keyboard controller and an assortment of industry standard dynamic & condenser microphones for live performance and recording applications.
DAW recording software (Pro Tools 12.x, Logic 10.x, Ableton Live) & a variety of software synthesizers & plug-ins.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a guitar, videos, music recording, music workbooks and everything else a student may need... I prefer for students to print chord/fretboard & staff paper and bring to their lessons... Although I can do it if they can't... Students should just bring a list of songs they wish to learn to our lessons and a desire to learn
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Indie, Metal, Punk, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Classical and more... recording technology, songwriter/composing, performance coaching.
Kristen Lee August 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Just had my first lesson and I feel like I already learned a lot. Can't wait for more lessons with him!
Ksenia M. August 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Eric is a great instructor and easy to follow. He is patient and gives good advices and learning techniques to the beginners. I recommend!
Andrew R. August 19, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Eric is an awesome teacher and I really enjoy our lessons. I feel like I walk away with something from every lesson. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to learn enhance their musical abilities.
I went to Sarah Lawrence College from 1983 to 1987 and studied early music, chamber improvisation and composition. I also attended Berklee School of Music from 1983 to 1984, and studied bass performance, ear training and arranging. My teachers have included Rick Laird (bass), Meyer Kupferman (composition, improvisation and theory), Karl Berger (improvisation), Michael Manring (bass), Adam Nitti (bass) and Chris Tarry (Bass). I was a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock NYC from 2008 to 2009, and also a volunteer bass instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp. I am currently an ins
tructor at Come Join The Band which is an after school program that pairs pro musicians with kids to write original music .
I have taught private bass, guitar and ear training/harmony lessons since 1980.
My Performance Experience includes: Blue Man Group….Chapman Stick, bass guitar and talking drum from 1991 to present including performing on the Jay Leno Show in 1994; ongoing gigs as sideman and leader (bass, guitar, stick and voice) in NYC from 1981 to present Tom S. Trio on fretless guitar - NY Fretless Guitar Festival, 2006 Solo bass CD Brillliant Coroners CD Otis Ball and The Chains - I'm Gonna Love You Till I Don't; Dumptruck For The Country CD
Specializations: Improvisation Music Learning (Theory) Music Technology (MIDI and Digital Recording)
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back, but focused instructor. I use a variety of methods to best improve my students strengths and lessen their weaknesses. After three to six months , most students will be comfortable playing in rhythm and understanding basic harmony.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the music room, upright bass, guitar, electric bass, amps, computer with recording equipment, protools, logic
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring a bass or guitar. They must have an instrument and some form of amplifier.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz
Alex L. October 31, 2013
Bass Guitar Verified Student
Tom really knows his way around a bass. Each time I go for a lesson, i leave happy about the things we've accomplished in the lesson. Anything that i would like to learn Tom makes it possible for me to do so. I started getting lessons in order to not slow down on my playing. With my schedule constantly changing Tom has been very nice at accommodating when possible.
I have produced and recorded professionally for more than 10 years, and have created music for film and network Television, as well as professionally distributed pop music and jazz.
Recording is an art of its own, and requires the same training and focus as any musical instrument. From Garage Band to Logic, Protools to Fruity Loops, I work with my students to build all the necessary skills to work with professional recording software and hardware.
Cited by All About Jazz as a musician with "all the groovy elasticity necessary to encompass the melodic complexity of compositions," Isaac is a strong voice among a new generation of musicians. Discovering a love for the piano, guitar, and bass in his youth, Isaac began performing in coffee shops and jazz clubs at the age of 15, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young musicians in Westchester County. While still in high school, Isaac had the opportunity to study with jazz legend John Patitucci. Isaac's selection for New York's prestigious All-State Festival came as no surprise.
Isaac graduated from New York University's undergraduate jazz program in 2009, where he studied with many seminal jazz musicians including Ari Hoenig, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Martin Wind. In the spring of that year, Isaac recorded and self-released his first CD, Of Pandas and People, featuring his original compositions and accompanied by a group of powerful improvisers.
Isaac has toured internationally with his own quartet and has written and recorded music for film and television. Most recently, Isaac completed work composing and recording the musical score for the documentary "Return to El Salvador," featuring narration by Martin Sheen.
In addition to his performance, composition, and recording work Isaac has taught privately and in music schools for 7 years. An accomplished piano, guitar, and bass teacher, Isaac has experience teaching kids as young as four years old how to play, read, and love music. Isaac is currently a member of the staff at the R & D Music School in Carmel, NY and has previously taught at George Jackson Academy.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher, I am committed to helping my students achieve their goals whatever they may be. I find as much satisfaction out of teaching a guitarist how to play the latest Green Day song as I do preparing a student for performing a Beethoven piano sonata for concert or competition.
I have found that students tend to fall into two categories, though some share characteristics from each. The first kind of student comes to me with a specific goal in mind; to learn a song, a technique, or a musical style. For this student, I am goal oriented and let the student dictate where the lessons go. If the student doesn't have any interest in reading music, that's fine! I work for you, not the other way around.
The second kind of student doesn't know exactly where to begin, but has an enthusiasm for music, or perhaps their parents want to include music in their general education. For this student I take more initiative in designing curriculum to include the classical masters, reading proficiency, theoretical understanding of how music works, and practice techniques and strategies. I am always goal oriented and maintain practical, short term goals in addition to a long term road map.
Over the years I have had students of all ability, talent, and age levels. I believe that knowledge of and experience with music is valuable for everyone, and as a teacher I know my job is to find an efficient and engaging way to connect my students with the material. Some young students benefit from longer concentrated periods of time on the instrument, while others require a different approach. I have developed many physical games that provide a break from time on the instrument while constantly reinforcing the material we have worked on. This is invaluable with many young students, as attention spans vary from pupil to pupil. For instance, my younger students love to play musical twister, a variation on twister in which I set out different colored tape in five lines to reflect the treble or bass clef staff and work the student through a program of memorizing the letters for each line and space. For the youngest students unfamiliar with the alphabet I have pneumonic keys to facilitate reading notation before they can read words! The key is to keep every lesson full of information, and full of fun.
For young piano students, I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Library books, as they have fun illustrations and a balanced approach to reading notes and rhythms, theory, and technique. For older students, I use several method books but also focus on supplemental material of my own design.
Upright bass students will study out of Simandl, with a large body of supplemental material as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** home studio---all the guitars and basses you can imagine, piano, parents can sit in
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide music notation paper and an instructor instrument (Guitar/bass). For a initial lesson I will provide an instrument for the student, after which he or she must provide his or her own.
*** Specialties *** When teaching children, I prefer Alfred's method books for their accessibility and simplicity. I have a very deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history from classic New Orleans to the most contemporary styles.
I also teach classical music on the upright bass and piano and have students playing Beethoven and Bach regularly. I have a thorough knowledge of Western classical music history and as a composer, am an expert theoretician.
I have taught rock and pop guitar for many years and have always found great satisfaction in helping students achieve their own goals-to play a favorite song, to form a band, to develop their songwriting.
Jeffrey S. June 9, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Isaac is an incredible instructor. His lessons are easy to understand and educational. I look forward to practicing what I learned the previous week and Isaac's methods really make it fun.
Marisa R. October 24, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Isaac is awesome!
Isaac is the best teacher I've ever had and he is super fun to work with. I am learning all different kinds of cool music with him, from blues to classic rock to jazz. I feel like I am learning so much with him, from playing music to reading music to writing music.
FleurV January 19, 2012
Isaac is awesome
Isaac is really able to connect with our 6 year old and engage her in a musical way. He is a very creative teacher. He is punctual and nice, our daughter always looks forward to him coming!Highly recommended
Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to music and teaching. That passion would lead me to attend Berklee College of Music, and after graduating, move to New York to pursue a career as a music educator.
I began teaching professionally in 2007 while still attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College. During my time at CGCC, I was a co-founder and tutor of the Music Theory Study Group. In my last year at the college, I won first place in the composition division for the Artists of Promise contest with my electric guitar concerto titled "IDP's of Darfur Prelude and Concerto," which
granted me a chance to perform it at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Shortly after the performance, I was awarded with the 2008 Most Outstanding Theory and Composition Student Award.
During my time at Berklee, I worked on projects involving composition, performance, and production/engineering. Throughout my time at Berklee, I was featured on several performance and recording sessions as a guitarist. During my last year, I was an orchestrator for "Curtain up!," a student concert that featured original musical theatre works, and was selected to lead The Cooperative Big Band, a student organized ensemble for senior jazz composers.
Currently, I teach children and adults within a wide range of formats including private lessons, summer camp, rock band classes, and theory classes.
*** Lesson Details *** My philosophy as a teacher starts first and foremost on the idea that music should be enjoyed. With that in mind, I feel it is my role as a private instructor is to leverage what it is students enjoy about music as a means to expand their comfort with performance and musical concepts. An advantage to the private lesson setting is that it allows the instructor to taylor the curriculum and approach to the individual student. I am here to help students discover, set, and reach goals that fit them, as well as expose them to musical styles, content, and ideas that they might not discover on their own.
*** Studio Equipment *** Raven RG100 amp, 1/4 cable, music stand, and tuner.
For production: KRK Rokit5 Monitors, Mackie 1202VLZ mixer, basic acoustic dampening, and Mac Mini with Logic, Pro Tools, Reason, Sibelius, Finale, Izotope, and Waves Plugins.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring my own instrument, students are expected to provide their own instrument, and, as needed, amplification. I recommend students have their own music stands and tuners.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary styles, including pop/rock, funk, jazz, and metal to name a few.
Karin Z. August 22, 2013
A great person and a great teacher.
At first I hesitated starting guitar lessons with my child because of his young age, but then met Eric. My child has a short attention span but Eric managed to keep him engaged and happy about playing the guitar! He is really intuitive and understands children very well. He knew how to eliminate distraction during the lessons, and how to keep my boy focused and interested.Â
I work at a major Brooklyn Recording Studio as a music producer, arranger, composer. I write and record live orchestral instrumentations (strings) for various artists. Record vocals and different instruments. As well as I program extensive electronic accompaniment. I work in both -Ableton Live and Logic. I can teach you music production and music recording, working in ether of these programs, to create and record your own music, as well as to work with other artists.
Hi! I am a conservatory trained singer, violinist, pianist and composer, trained in classical, jazz and popular music at the Kharkov Conservatory in Ukraine and at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. By Thumbtack research I'm called #2 in the 10 Best Music Instructors in New York in 2015. I have over 10 years of experience in music education and have worked with students of all levels of experience and all ages. Over these years I've been developing using my own personalized approach to every individual student, as well as a uniquely designed program that gives a student the best opportu
nity to reach their specific goals, while developing basic music skills and increasing overall creativity and intelligence. My goal is for my students to feel real results even after just the first lesson. With bigger gains being noticed by the end of the first month, including improvement of pitch accuracy, improved tone quality, an increase of their overall range, and even helping students find their own individual style and manner. I can assist with preparation for any kind of performance/audition, recording process, touring. I also use a special technique to reanimate a student's voice after oversinging (a tired voice) or any after-sickness effects (weak, dull voice, or even no voice at all). I try to incorporate basic piano and songwriting. Especially in cases where a student wants to also be able to accompany themselves or build their own original music repertoire - this can be one of the most important criteria for students whose goals include being signed by a label. I have worked with many successful recording and performing artists (including Diana Ross's daughter - Rhonda Ross), children of Hollywood celebrities - like Graham King, and students of the Manhattan School of Music.. I will be happy to assist you in achieving your dreams and goals in this exciting music journey!
I also work at a major Brooklyn Recording Studio as a music producer, arranger and composer. I write and record live orchestral instrumentations, program extensive electronic accompaniment in both, Logic and Ableton Live… as well as work as a session musician, recording piano, violin and vocals for various artists.
I have performed internationally at venues all over Europe, North America and South America. I have also recently collaborated with the Grammy award winning composer/pianist Fernando Otero on the album “RITUAL”, on which I was the featured vocalist.
Jesslynn June 27, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Maria is an amazing teacher!!! She has some unique technique that makes you understand and memorize things a lot easier and faster. I started piano lessons with her then move on to vocal training.
She's super super friendly, patient, skillful and approachable. I highly recommend her to anyone who's looking into vocal or piano lessons. I can't describe how talented she is...she pretty knows most of the instruments.
Thanks so much Maris! :) xx
Simon S. June 19, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Maria is an excellent, patient, and an absolutely meticulous instructor. Outstanding progress speaks for itself. Thank you Maria!
Fen I. June 10, 2015
I've been coming to Maria for violin lessons for almost a year and a half and she is the best thing that could ever have happened to me! She is a true musician and a very good coach, with a perfect balance of patience, pushing me to do my best, and working with me to find technique solutions that work best for me specifically. She is also kind and cheerful and an absolute joy to be around, and has worked with me on voice and music theory when I needed that as well. I would never go to anyone else for violin lessons and I highly recommend her.
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Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michael
"Hey Seth, Thank you so much for the great work you did engineering the recordings for Martini & Olive. We shot the videos today and the tracks were perfec
t. Had a blast working with you and hope to create more music with you soon. And your Triumph was pretty terrific a well. Cheers
Had a great recording session with Seth this week. He gave us good direction and really finessed our vocals and timing on the final recordings. Thank you Seth!
-Judy of Martini and Olive Seth worked with us (Martini & Olive) engineering our Medleys — and he was patient inciteful and so helpful — massaging our intricate comedy melodies for our music video. We are a quirky fast funny funky lounge act and he understood our concerns musically and comically. We spent hours with him and he was a joy the entire time. Thanks Seth!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Patrick
"READ THE BREAKDOWN.
Cody is a great producer and a great guy - both are equally important in creating the best recording experience. Some of his attri
butes are best expanded upon with bullet-points.
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.
PATIENT. Sometimes I have a lot of ideas - or none at all. Cody would bear with my A.D.D. moments in the studio when dealing with ideas that I sometimes couldn't communicate. Instead of writing my ideas off, he instead worked with me until we achieved exactly what I was trying to get at.
RESPECTFUL. Being an artist himself, Cody has immense respect for the artist and their creations.
UNDERSTANDING. Cody’s understanding of all kinds of music lends to his fearlessness of exploring new genres - but it doesn't stop at exploring - he captures their essence. I've heard tracks he’s done that are R&B, indie-rock, country, EDM, etc. and its hard to imagine they were all from the same brain. If you wanted a Bollywood track, I’m sure he could give you one.
RESOURCEFUL. Cody has ingenuity and is resourceful. He would never tell me what *works with my kind of music* or what kind of instrument I would *need for the song* - if we wanted a certain sound, we’d make it - out of wax paper and water bottles if necessary.
EFFICIENT. Mostly I sat in awe and watched Cody click and move stuff.
COMMITTED. Even when he didn't have to, Cody would work on my track in his free time meticulously making sure everything was how it should sound and also just to make sure there wasn't any territory we had overlooked.
And that's just naming a few.
All in all, Cody brings a child-like spirit of wonder to his sessions - where the song is not a job or a chore, but a new world waiting to be explored, full of possibilities waiting to be uncovered. And that excitedness and spirit of discovery is KEY to sustaining creativity in a studio environment. Not only does it make the whole process productive, it makes it FUN. Cody’s character bleeds into how he works and into what he creates and the final product reflects that."
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Review by April
I've been Marc's student since last September and I couldn't be more pleased.
He's kind, witty and extremely gifted; his expertise far ou
tpaces the usual level of ability in most schools. I would send my kids to him with utter joy, if I had them. Anyone who hires Marc is getting something very special; not only is he certified in Europe, he has forgotten more music than I'm ever likely to know. He's a brilliant composer, drummer, vibes player, pianist, engineer and producer, and yes, I've seen him or heard him do all of the above. It takes extreme talent to write the songs he's written *and* play all the parts *and* record them all, and he does that. On top of all that, he loves to teach. He takes great joy in music, and in sharing it with enthusiastic students.
Congratulations to anyone lucky enough to hire Marc Wagnon!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lynn
"Randy is a wonderful mentor in music for my son
My biggest thanks goes to you for mentoring, caring for and guiding my son during his young adult days. Y
ou are a very powerful figure in his life, and for this I am most grateful. Lynn M."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Benjamin
"You gotta try this guy, he won't let you down.
Simplistic and easily understood. Designed dummyproof. Intuitive to the student needs and best learning st
yle. Does not read off the page. Dynamic and injects fun into the lesson. Highly recommended to anyone regardless of ability level."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by steve
"I've had a great experience working with Brendon. He's been reliable, and explains things very well. He's been able to tailor the lesson plan to exactly w
hat I need. I am much further ahead than I expected to be at this point, thanks to him.I give him the highest recommendation."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Julia
"What a talented musician! He really knows his stuff! I learned a lot from him, and I'm looking forward to learning more! Thumbs up!"
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Review by Justin
"Brad Pawlak is highly efficient and extremely dedicated. A great quality that he possesses that reinforces his skill level is his ability to communicate a
nd express the world of musical engineering gracefully. When it comes to the elements of musical creation and control, Brad has shown me things I never thought I would see or understand. He truly has a gift with music and he definitely has a positive way of sharing his knowledge and understanding of his craft."
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