We will study slap techniques as well as consistent 8th note muting and walking. We will attack a variety of styles ranging from jazz and blues all the way to funk and Latin music.
I Love music, and I love people. I feel that music is and has historically been a way of interpreting and expressing all the diversity in life and our experiences and that our instruments are our tool of expressing, whether it be the drum, guitar, piano, voice, sitar, etc. My inevitable goal here is to help you(student) obtain the technical, theoretical understanding to help you express your own message and story musically and or achieve any musical standard that one connects too and wishes too achieve.
Teaching Philosophy - My teaching philosophy is really built on well rounded communica
tion and multiple facets of explanation and examples so that a student can truly understand and learn a topic, surrounded in a very humorous, light and supportive environment. I feel that along with being provided good information a student learns better and feels more motivated to learn when there is a balance of positive support and confidence building accompanied by constructive criticism and examples/information that can help a student assess what ever walls they may be meeting in their musical growth.
I understand that all students/artists have different goals they wish to achieve. So it is very important to me to accommodate each individuals needs and wants and help them grow in the fields they wish too; However, In that I have played music for a long time I understand there are certain things that a student may not have been exposed to yet, it is also important to me to also supply a well rounded education environment along with the fields in which the student wants to focus specifically on.
I truly believe music has an amazing influence on the world and has the ability to change peoples way of thinking. Therefore, I try and keep an open awareness to all music so I can understand all the different musical languages utilized to communicate to people, and don't believe I will ever know them all. I hold it to attention to influence my students somewhat similarly so that they can shape the landscape of how we communicate musically in the future.
I also try and be very patient with my students, empathizing, knowing that when I feel rushed it makes it more difficult to comprehend, remember and allocate a topic or musical piece. I love watching the gears run in my students head so I try and provide information that pushes a student but is within their musical computation abilities.
HUMOR is very important. I like to break people out of their shell by telling a joke and hopefully getting one back so they feel more comfortable and free. One of a musicians worst enemies are nerves I feel that keeping things light-hearted and maybe even a little small talk can be very helpful to a students development and growth in a topic. After all Music is meant to be fun and we should enjoy every moment of it, in fact we should enjoy every moment in life period.
I understand music requires focus and discipline and I have certain expectation of a student to understand that and practice. You can't buy chops you can't buy music theory etc. you can get help but eventually your the one who must understand it and play it.
I am here to help you. Based on what I know and what I have extensively studied I will do all that I can to help you achieve your musical goals. I am here to answer your questions and help you grow. I love teaching because I love sharing knowledge as long as your seek it, it is here for you. Otherwise, I'd still love to hear some jokes.
In short I love teaching and I love seeing my students accomplish things and get what they want. I am here to help that happen and here to help you elevate your skills and perspectives on music.
Education - I was born touring with the grateful dead and my whole life has been saturated in music. I received my first guitar when I was 11 and it has been my life since. Soloing within a week I started gigging soon after being acclaimed by some as a child prodigy and now have been doing so ever since.
-After studying extensively on my own (self taught) for 2 years or so, after which I received a full scholarship to a performing arts private school in Santa Monica called Garden of Angels where I studied guitar with Bruce Buckingham (Professor at Musicians Institute and nationally acclaimed guitar player) along with many others. While attending this school I also studied in music ensembles, and musical appreciation along with dance, acting, art/painting etc. and various other art forms.
I consider it supremely important to be well rounded and I have a history of achieving in diverse musical environments. I can't wait to meet you all and begin to learn together and help you achieve your musical aspirations.
Much Love, Azuri Zen M.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm very disciplined but am also very light hearted. It's important for me to assess things seriously so that one can understand a topic or piece of information; yet, it also important to me for a student to feel comfortable and relaxed when learning and performing so I try and joke and keep things positive.
I generate my lessons based on the individuals needs and therefore draw from various curriculum sources and various other sources and examples such as : MI curriculum for ear training, theory, single string technique, reading, rhythm guitar as well as the real book other artist books(Eric Clapton, etc.) the guitar players hand book, Bach pieces and self developed curriculum relative to the topic at hand and students personally goals amongst many others.
-Beginning students within three months of consistent lessons should have the ability to solo and playing chords to songs that they are interested in and songs provided in the lesson along with a basic understanding of the major scale and its relationship to all of the diatonic music.
-intermediate students should have an elevated understanding of scale and chord patters along with the theory that explains modal relationships and use of these concepts.
-Advanced students should learn all of diatonic scale shapes and modes assuming they don't already know them in which case their specifically situation will be assessed
-Professional students I expect to have specific questions therefore where they grow should be largely subjective.
Overall, in a short amount of time on a scale of 1 - 10 I expect to in three months at-least elevate a students musical abilities one full point if not more.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio in home in private room with guitars, amps, piano, and seating. Em's studio is family owned cafe with studio in finished basement with an office, recording equipment, and teaching space for acting and guitar.
*** Specialties *** As a Musician I try and play as many styles and be proficient in as many as possible and therefore can play most. However, in the fields of blues, jazz, funk, flamenco and Latin I excel.
Ingrid B. December 21, 2012 Verified Student
Azuri is a fun teacher!
I love working with Azuri. He is patient and encourages me. Everytime I have a lesson he says something that opens my eyes. It usually just takes that one meaningful statement he says throughout the lesson for the time there to be worth it all. Moreover, he is a great teacher! It's very fun learning from him.
SandraF1 June 5, 2012
My son Loves this teacher!He is prompt, well mannered, nice personality and has inspired my son in a great way. He is excited for his lesson each week!:-)
For over 10 years Jan has helped bass students attain proficiency on the instrument by developing their sense of time, their knowledge of scales and chords so that they can effectively write a bass line in a band situation, and their general musicianship and music theory. A good mixture between learning songs and specific exercises geared to the student's needs, combined with frequent writing and recording opportunities, will fuel your inspiration to want to practice and progress on the bass guitar.
Learning an instrument in a music recording studio environment has many advantages and is a lot more fun, creative and rewarding. From your teacher jumping on different instruments for you to develop your independence and timing as a player and recording prepared projects you've been working on, to playing at a higher volume to get to know your gear's real sound, the rocking' memories you'll walk away with will fuel your inspiration to practice and improve fast.
My focus is to help you achieve your goals on your instrument.
With each individual student, I offer exercises, songs and t
echniques to practice that will help you to immediately begin seeing positive results. I believe that anyone can play an instrument and take their next step in music. It makes a big difference if you have the right teacher to help you learn the music you love. Most people that have attained musical proficiency had someone that took the time to guide them along their way. Much of what is thought of as difficult to play or understand in music is only mysterious until it is explained and practiced.
Jan has been teaching professionally since 2001. He graduated with honors from Musicians Institute in Hollywood after earning a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and IT in Germany. He has been playing music for over 24 years, in bands ever since age 16 as a lead guitarist, bass player and singer. In his newest band he is on drums and vocals. He built a music recording studio in the city in 2004 at which he teaches and has engineered and mixed many bands since. He has also taught a guitar and band afterschool program at Brightstar Middle School Charter Academy in Los Angeles, fronts the band Audiocination, plays lead guitar in Clark 8, bass with Radius and drums with OG Booker T.
*** Lesson Details *** With each individual student, I offer exercises, songs and techniques to practice that will help you to immediately begin seeing positive results. I believe that anyone can play an instrument and sing and take their next step in music. It makes a big difference if you have the right teacher to help you learn the music you love. Most people that have attained musical proficiency had someone that took the time to guide them along their way. Much of what is thought of as difficult to play or understand in music is only mysterious until it is explained and practiced.
*** Studio Equipment *** Drum kits, amplifiers, lots of electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, synthesizer, an old piano, a fully equipped professional music studio.
*** Specialties *** I am mainly a funky rock and blues guitar player, and have been in bands on bass, drums and with my own project, Audiocination, on guitar and vocals. There are so many different styles that get mixed into rock that I find it important to introduce my students to a lot of them, so they can find the one that suits them best.
HeatherD September 30, 2011
I am currently a drum student of Jan's and I couldn't be happier. He is a really great teacher. He obviously cares a lot about what he does and he is very good at understanding what each student needs individually to keep moving forward at a pace that is right for the student. He strikes an excellent balance between keeping the fun part of music alive (playing music!) and making sure that you receive solid technique instruction as well. He is super excellent at helping you understand how the things you are learning will build together over time (this helps a lot when some things are frustrating to make your body and mind do at first). You do have to do some exercises, but his focus is all related to working towards having fun and playing music. If you're a drum student, even as you're getting your first beats down he plays guitar with you right away (the first lesson in my case). It's really terrific to get a feeling for what it's like to play with other people from the very beginning. I can be self conscious about doing things around other people before I feel like I know what I'm doing. Playing with him right from the beginning helped me toss that aside without it taking hold of me this time, because, well, it's pretty darn fun to be completely honest.If you take lessons from Jan I am pretty sure you will feel very fortunate, as I do, to have found such talented and supportive instructor.
SusannaC July 18, 2011
my six year old grandson started his music lessons with Jan two month ago.Jan is an amazing teacher and extremely patient with kids- more of a friend/ teacher to my grandson who enjoys his lessons while learning fast and without pressure.I highly recommend Jan to anybody, young, medium, "old"...Jan enriches the takelessons community
HalbertR February 7, 2011
Speaking for Malcolm: Malcolm is enjoying the lesson sessions with Jan. Speaking for myself: I appreciate him always being timely and teaching my son by using the type of music that he is interested in. This helps him to stay interested and motivates him to practice.
From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years. I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory wor
ks—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them! Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached the third round of auditions for 3rd oboe in The Minnesota Orchestra in 2006. Lastly, I have been an active vocalist since being a boy soprano in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.
I genuinely enjoy all aspects and styles of music—whether I’m studying a Chopin Etude, playing Charles Mingus at a jazz gig, writing and performing with my rock band, or composing hip hop tracks for a short film. I am an easygoing teacher who gets results, and I would love to welcome more people to my diverse group of students.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very pleased with my teaching method because I help my students achieve great progress, as well as immense enjoyment. I have a fairly standard routine of teaching technique, theory, and musicality, but I keep a comfortable, laid-back environment. The result is solid, consistent advancement that might come from a stricter method of teaching, with a lesson experience that is more fun and loose.
I am also a highly versatile instructor. While there are certain things that I believe are always necessary when learning a musical instrument, I incorporate them into each student's distinct capabilities and preferences. In short, I can instill the same musical values in every student, whether they’re studying J.S. Bach, The Rolling Stones, or Rihanna.
I take my students' goals and musical preferences very seriously and strive to make every student happy. I am always open to any ideas a student might have, and I am available to answer questions at all times.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide literature and some accessories. Student needs to have instrument, other accessories, and a music stand.
Aubrey T. March 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
I appreciate his patience! My 5 year old can get a little frustrated sometimes, but Thomas is always patient with him.
Albertha May 14, 2014
I am a very shy person and doing this was a challenge for me. Thomas put me at ease, and we had a very good lesson! I learned a lot, and I can't wait to practice more on my own.
Thank you, Thomas!!
Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
Brian discovered his talent and passion for teaching while still in college, and has been teaching guitar and piano in Southern California for over 20 years. Gifted at teaching students of all ages and abilities, he combines patience, creativity, imagination and boundless enthusiasm with solid professional training and experience. Brian also has over 10 years experience teaching piano and guitar to blind and autistic students.
A lifelong musician, Brian received his first musical training at the age of 4 and 5 years when his actor/singer Dad and musically talented Grandma taught him to si
ng and play the mandolin. He began piano lessons at age 5, and formal guitar instruction at the age of 10 years.
By the time he was a 14-year-old high school student, Brian was performing as lead guitarist in rock bands around Southern California, developing mastery of rock guitar and blues performance and improvisation. Brian went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Los Angeles.
As a jazz guitarist, Brian continues to grow musically in association with his colleagues of the Naomi Jazz Group, and other close musical friends who include students of the late, great Ted Greene.
*** Lesson Details *** METHOD BOOKS: FOR PIANO: Faber & Faber Method Series Dozen A Day Technique series FOR GUITAR: STEEL STRINGS: Mel Bay, Alfreds Method Book CLASSICAL: Fredric Noad Julio Segraras Method JAZZ: Stanford Jazz Workshop The National Guitar Workshop's Jazz Guitar Method Series Real Easy Books: Beginning & Intermediate Levels
MY APPROACH: I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:
â¢ the uniqueness of each student; â¢ the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning; â¢ the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence; â¢ the development of musicianship through performance.
EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE: My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply appropriate teaching techniques to maximize their potential. I gear my lesson plans to the individual and strive to optimize the learning potential of the student.
ENJOYMENT MAXIMIZES LEARNING: In a lesson with me you can expect to never be bored, to laugh a lot, learn a lot, be positively engaged emotionally and challenged intellectually. I believe that learning is maximized when the student is enjoying the experience, and is faced with challenges appropriate to their skill level. I aim to make learning music fun, choosing musical selections to learn in the style and genre that relate to the student's interests and aspiration.
TECHNIQUE & UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC THEORY TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE: When my students perform in concerts, recitals, juries, auditions, recording sessions or simply for friends and family, they have self-confidence because they know precisely the "how" and "why" of everything required to perform well. My goal with students is to build a solid foundation in instrumental technique and thorough understanding of Music Theory at their appropriate level.
PERFORMANCE: On a monthly basis, all my students practice performing pieces they are working on during the lesson time, with family/friends as an audience if desired and appropriate, and/or using digital recording to help the student develop a critical ear for their own playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stands, guitar/s and guitar stands, Dynarelle cushion, footrests, Korg 88 fully--weighted digital keyboard, Zoom H4 digital recorder.
As well, I have guitars and equipment both for teaching and performance of various styles, as below. Students will have the opportunity to learn about, play and become familiar with any of these instruments/equipment according to their interests and skill levels.
ROCK: Fender Stratocaster (pre-CBS) Shechter Omen6 Shechter Elite Series C1
FOLK: Martin (steel string) Dobro
JAZZ: Oscar Schmidt by Washburn (hollow body electric) Gibson SG (electric)
AMPS: Fender Twin reverb Pevey practice amp Rock amp
Boss GT8 Effects Pedal
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar stands, guitar/s, Zoom H4 digital recorder. Generally I do not transport my Korg 88 keyboard to the student's home for lessons, but I can if necessary. However, I do require that piano students have their own piano/keyboard or at least reliable access to one for practice between lessons.
Guitar students should also have their own guitar. I can advise on appropriate instruments and can help students find a suitable guitar for their learning level and price range.
Georgia L. June 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great first lesson -- looking forward to next one!
Jim C. May 31, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great first lesson. As an absolute beginner he made me feel comfortable and set a framework to move forward.
Pietro N. April 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very good first lesson...great way of teaching. Very clear and patient.
I believe it is important to have fun when learning a new instrument. Because, why do it if you don't enjoy it? Therefore, I tailor all lessons per student to make sure you get the most out of your lessons. We can work on anything from learning new songs, to different techniques and theory or even performance.
Moa hails from deep woods of southern Sweden. She found her love for music at an early age conquering vocals, followed by excelling at bass guitar. However, her true love became the six string guitar and songwriting. She has toured Europe with several bands and performed at major events such as the Sweden Rock Festival and England's Hard Rock Hell Festival. In 2012 she relocated to Hollywood, California to pursue her musical aspirations and formed the band Dead Heroine. The debut single Closer To The Edge was released independently in November 2013. Moa also plays the role of Paul Stanley in K
ISS tribute band Priss and played with KISS themselves at the Kiss Kruise in Florida in November 2013.
Moa has an Associates of Arts degree in music performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute, Los Angeles.
Moa has years of teaching experience and tailors her lessons for each individual student. She has designed classes and programs especially developed for beginner girls in vocals, guitar and bass at the popular Swedish music institution "Studieframjandet". You can expect a fun-filled, exciting lesson while gaining a lot of new knowledge about your instrument.
Moa is endorsed by Washburn guitars.
Let's get rocking!
*** Studio Equipment *** Washburn PS12 (electric guitar) x 2 Gibson Les Paul Studio (electric guitar) Rickenbacker 4003 ÃÂ´81 (bass) Yamaha Steel String Acoustic (acoustic guitar) Orange Tiny Terror and Orange 2X12 (guitar amp) ProTools and Logic with MBox soundcard and KRK Rockit speakers (home studio set up)
Jenny Sandersson S. October 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Super talented girl! She teaches you very good technics to sing better :)
Rachel Zisette October 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Knowledgeable and adaptable and fun
Qeila Martinez September 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Moa is so sweet! She's super fun and has helped me so much. I've only taken five lessons so far with her and I already hear a change in my voice. I look forward to my lessons. They are always so exciting!
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"Great instructor overall
Marty was a great instructor to me. Taught me a lot in the 4 lessons I had with him. Very professional and knowledgable in Bass.
Unfortunately because my schedule changing I could not keep him as an instructor. My only gripe would be that his studio room gets a little cramped and my guitar sometimes would hit things. Other than that. I would definitely recommend him."
Tampa, FL teacher:
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"Very good teacher"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by John
"I've been taking lessons with Kim, off and on as finances allowed, for 10+ years. Kim has a brilliant knack for being able to quickly assess what is need
ed to keep me moving forward in my study of music. We have primarily focused on bass with some guitar thrown in. That speaks to the flexibility and patience that this instructor possesses. She will keep lessons focused and moving forward,challenging me when it's called for, all in a gentle, affirming manner. I cannot speak highly enough about Kim's abilities both as a performing musician or as a music instructor. Nobody could go wrong with Kim as a teacher, she's been great!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
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"Had a fabulous experience with Dave. He taught my 13 year old son and was very patient and flexible. We had to change dates sometimes and he was very flex
ible...in addition Dave was patient and changed his approach a couple of times to help my son become more interested in bass going forward! Thanks Dave!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Ginny
Scotty is a excellent teacher. I've been learning bass from him and he is very knowledgeable in everything from the history of music, theor
y, techniques and much more."
Albuquerque, NM teacher:
Review by Cameron
"After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend
. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Jill
"Spring is an amazing teacher! She is so down to earth, patient and a great listener. My son is only 6 years old and she tailored each lesson to his beginn
ing level yet incorporated his taste in music so that he would stay interested. She was able to teach him to play his some of his favorite songs on the bass guitar and also introduced him to some new bands too. He has always loved music but Spring has inspired him to want to be a musician."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jaime
"Zephyr is one of the most patient, articulate, and encouraging instructors I have studied with. As a visual artist, I have not had much music training in
the past. Zephyr is incredibly knowledgable and is a terrific instructor for students at any age / skill level."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Adil
"One of the most organised bass teachers i'v ever had. Learned the importance of a good practice routine and playing over changes with a lot of focus on go