Learn how to get your music production up to snuff with some lessons from a seasoned music producer!
My name is Ryan and I have been involved in music for over 15 years now. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2010, I moved to Seattle to pursue my career in music. While there I taught lessons, performed in musicals, performed at weddings/events, and played with my rock band all over the country. Now I'm home in NJ and ready to continue with that same trend!
I love and respect every type of music there is but I have always excelled and found myself happiest in the broad genre of Rock. Some of the bands that have influenced me in music and that I still listen to t
o this day are: Blink 182, Yellowcard, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, No Doubt, Metallica, and such hard rock acts as Periphery, A Day To Remember, and many others.
It is hard to get a good gauge on who I am as a person through a website so please feel free to call or message me for more information or, of course, book a lesson!
Beginner to intermediate music recording instruction and tips to assist you with basic recording skills. While I can't help you with Pro Tools or Logic, I have extensive experience with Garageband, having recorded an entire CD with it and as well as countless other tracks. So if you're a Mac person and want a jump-start with Garageband, I can definitely help you.
Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.
Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills ar
e formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter approach to teaching…". Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.
After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music. When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".
As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.
Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.
Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.
Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.
Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!". The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".
*** Lesson Details *** At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.
I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.
I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.
After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.
Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.
Bossa nova guitar
Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)
the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)
Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.
Recording on Garageband. I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.
Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
Ken K. May 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jeff is an excellent teacher. He asks what you want and who you want to be as a guitarist. I feel so very comfortable talking to him and asking any questions that I may have. I understand why he is a student favorite. I started guitar not knowing anything and has learned so much. I don't ever get bored at anything he says. He has a great sense of humor. He always makes me laugh and cracks jokes that always crack me up. You can tell that he definitely loves what he does. He always say to ask any questions and writes down anything that you may have trouble with. Jeff is very knowledgable and laid back. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Ken K. January 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
So far Emily loves the lessons from Jeff. She's learning a lot!
Nitesh J. December 14, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Jeff is an outstanding teacher.
I started taking guitar lessons with him since November 2012, for more than 2 years now. I was an absolute beginner with the guitar, and Jeff taught me the basics of the guitar amazingly and helped me build a strong guitar core. Jeff lets you stay a few extra minutes after the class ends, if you are "in the zone" or if you are just finishing up the lesson. He also gives great advice on the type of guitar you would be best off buying. Jeff also tells you when you need to change the strings and gives advice on fixing up the guitar should it have a problem. Also, Jeff teaches you any song you want. The genre doesn't matter - Jeff will help you master any song you wish to learn. One of the most important thing about Jeff is that he is always looking to find ways to make playing guitar easier and make it sound better. He gives little tips that greatly help you, in both playing chords or songs. He is also very patient and will always answer your questions, so don't be afraid to ask anything. Jeff also supplements his lessons with the Hal Leonard book, to help you learn how to read and play written music and he also explains what all the symbols mean.
I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone who wants to learn the guitar as he goes to great lengths to help his students in any way possible.
Dr. Vince is a musician, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and a producer. Vince has three cds out with one in Germany. Dr. Vince has two master degrees one in music and in education with a PhD in Music Vince was produced by" Badfingers" Joey Molland, which was the Beatles first band signed to Apple Records. My band VitalpointRocks was also recorded by Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot and is now playing guitar for Guns and Roses I also performed with the Del Vikings, Ben E. King, and many local groups Vince wrote two instructional books one for guitar and vocal and is currently writing a book he
also plans to record more music.
*** Lesson Details *** Through my methods of teaching a student could excel, learn, and become an accomplish musician at any age. I work within the age group that is, to teach in the level of that student instead of above them.I have help students to get into bands and become songwriters. I show students how to practice within 15 minutes and become productive in ideas and have fun in the process all ages could have fun. I am one of those individuals who love to teach music and my reward is when you learn and feel good about your studies in the instrument so my last words to conclude in all of this is “have fun and enjoy the beauty of music.”
I am emphatic about learning music I cover all the grounds in music such as theory the basics to harmony and my favorite songwriting and get you to play what you like I have worked with all ages and the one thing I know in the beginning is to make that student feel comfortable and to get the attention from that student so they can learn, play, and most importantly have fun with it. I show students time management in their studies how to practice in such a little time I plan each lesson and if the lesson is not right for that day I quickly go into a second plan. I can always detect if the plan does not go well because there is one thing a teacher must know and that is to teach in the level of the student and not beyond so they can succeed properly and move on to the next level.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private teaching studio in a finished basement a whole drum kit, 3 keyboards, has several guitars and a bass for students to use at his home, microphones for voice and plenty of music stands
*** Specialties *** Teaching bands how to write songs and record as well as instructions on instruments
Leo Cagliostro August 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
This instructor is a professional with a comfortable mannerism that puts you at ease and confident that you will learn and have a wonderful experience doing it.
Patrick graham G. June 25, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Vincent and I hit it off right from the beginning. He is very knowledgable about music and the bass in particular, which is what I wanted. He also is very comfortable to work with and has a very spacious studio to work in.
John L. November 1, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Vince has shown patience and professionalism since the first day I started.
He answers questions fully and allow the lessons to flow at a pace that works for me.
His lessons stay on point and we don't proceed unless I have a grasp of the technique or principle.
I recommend him for prospective students of all ages.
I am a certified pro audio engineer. I've worked in the following audio engineering fields: Music recording, mixing and production; Post Production; Front of house engineering; A1 & A2; Live Stage Recording. I have a professional recording studio, which is equipped with the following: Isolated and acoustically treated recording booth; Neumann condenser mic, Genelec monitors, Pro Tools & Logic on a Mac Pro computer and many instruments for live music production (keyboards, guitars, bass, drum set) all of which are set up for recording.
I'm a professional musician and audio engineer. I'm a classically trained pianist and I offer lessons in piano, guitar, voice, music theory, music recording, music performance and songwriting.
I received my music education from The Brooklyn Music School, Cornell University and the The Institute of Audio Research.
I perform in original & cover bands as a keyboardist and back up singer. I also do work for hire session recordings and have composed music for commercials and short films.
As an audio engineer, I record, mix, edit, arrange, master and program demos, EPs albums, mix-tapes,
karaoke tracks and ringtones. I also produce as well. I co-own a project recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Radian Studios.
I'm very passionate about what I do and I guarantee a creative, enjoyable and fulfilling experience!
*** Lesson Details *** For piano and voice, I incorporate basic music theory methods but I also focus on ear training as well. My ultimate goal when teaching is for the student to have a visceral experience while playing or singing.
For audio engineering, I go over audio recording techniques and the tools & equipment needed to produce a professional sounding song.
I enjoy imparting my knowledge of music to others and I demonstrate that enthusiasm in my teaching style. I love relating what I'm teaching a student to his/her learning style. Figuring out how someone learns is a key component to my method and I'm a better instructor because of it.
*** Studio Equipment *** lives in a brownstone three story home with recording studio f/w 88 keys seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano, a keyboard with 88 keys and sustain pedal.
*** Specialties *** Classical, music theory and ear training
Esther L. September 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter's confidence is soaring.everyone is commenting on her improvements since she's been working with Ms. Ramona! Awesome instructor...
Vesta C. June 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Ramona is truly a musician and a knowledgeable, professional and delightful teacher. I was not able to continue my lessons due to family illness, but would take her again if I could.
Taahir J. May 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I am the owner of a Professional Class A Recording Studio, and have been working in & out of Studios for 40 years. My goal is to help you establish a strong foundation and understand of the Recording process. I want to help you have a clear perspective on how to think when you're approaching Recording, whether it's a Vocal, Guitar or even a Harmonica, it's a combination of experience, fore site & an overview of what you want that individual instrument to sound like, along with the Bigger picture of how the whole project will sound as a finished Product..It's important to understand the conditions you're working in, or under because that also can be a factor in the whole process as well.
I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 40 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. I do all my Lessons in my Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great L
essons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. I do offer Lessons through Skype as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do. I Own and Operate my own Music School which you can find online. I also will give the Names & Phone Number of my Students as a Reference if you'd like to call them and ask them about their experience taking lessons from me. I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.
Daniel C. September 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Jimmy for a few months now. I have seen great improvement with my skill and overall knowledge of the guitar and music. He is a very patient teacher while being able to push you to achieve your best. He is very flexible with scheduling and any time I have an issue he works with me to reschedule. Overall I really enjoy learning from Jimmy and will continue to take lessons with him. I highly recommend working with him!
Ryan P. September 10, 2015
Music Theory ·
I have been studying with Jim for almost two years now. He has a great structure to his studying that creates an organized and focused outcome. He is very personable and can take on any types of students. Jim makes a comfortable environment for any student to enjoy learning and to have a great instructor as well. Highly Recommend!!
Tom September 9, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Started with Jim Back in Feb 2015...Im in my 50's and didn't have a clue, my girl gave me a guitar for Christmas and new it was on my bucket list to learn, and learn I did with Jim. Patience and clear, no pressure lessons are what I got. All I wanted to do is sit in my yard and play something that sounded like something, lol.... I am slowly getting better and better as long as I keep to my practice and Jim is always there to help even when I am not in class so to speak. He answers you phone calls and texts if u have questions or forgot something, even sends videos if u need it... Glad I got on board with this guy and I am hoping for more and more enjoyment from my instrument...Give him a shot, I did and pretty sure you wont be disappointed
Students are raving about their Music Recording instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Max
"Seth is a pleasure to work with! He is very flexible, accommodating, and most importantly talented! He's got a real signature to his sound and his ear is
pretty much impeccable. Seth has written the music and produced my first album and am very proud of how it sounds. Oh and he's also a great vocal coach. He's a one stop shop! 5 stars!!"
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 Shoshanna
"Seth is an amazing human being and talented musician and producer. I'm impressed with how quickly he can pick something up and learn it. And the creative
nuances he brings to the table are always innovative and yet compliment the work. Thank you, Seth, for such a positive experience!!!"
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."
Los Angeles, CA 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 Ricky
"Rick is awesome!
Great midi composer, engineer and mentor. Everytime I have an issue he always gives more than one solution to the same problem. He thoug
ht me Midi and Synthesis in Sae Institute Mexico."
Chicago, IL 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 Byron
"Hey Everybody My Man Prophet X is a Awesome Teacher he has been really teaching me so much in this music industry you need to jump on his teachings he is
v erst in Music Rapping songwriting in more in the music field i recommend him highly if you are already all the above im sure it is more he can teach you."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Cat
"To whom it may concern although I've never taken guitar lessons from Mr Carter one thing I can assure you is that he is a great musician and guitarist.
His musicianship and his professionalism as well as his personality all adds up to one thing just a great person with a gift from God. I must highly recommend him for any project course of learning guitar or studio project that you may like to have him to work with you on. C. Huff (Owner, Artist, Booking agent & entertainment consultant) Huff Productions & entertainment (DC / Hong Kong, China) 443-240-4421"
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