New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production 8. PR and Promotions Business Background: I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.
I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be. When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.
The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!
Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.
*** Lesson Details *** Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.
We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable. ----------------------------
Student Comments: What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style
“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.” --Rebecca L., guitar student, Venice Beach, CA 2003
“James taught me to play pop and rock, and introduced me to fingerstyle guitar. I love it!” --Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006
“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!” --Daniel S., guitar student, Los Angeles, CA 2010 ""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist ----------------------------------- What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:
"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."
Regards, Keri W.
*** Studio Equipment *** Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !
*** Travel Equipment *** Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.
*** Specialties *** Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
James Walsh has helped me in more ways than can I could even imagine in the past 6 months I have trained with him. His challenges and ideas lit a creative spark in my mind, helping me express myself through playing the role of a character nicely (absolutely loving the accent practice i am being taught in). He has also provided a very therapeutic healing for my mental health, helping me to be more spontaneous and witty, instead of the wooden and mechanical person I once was.
James has a ridiculous amount of connections, resources and ideas at his hands, and gladly offers him to me to help me in my Method Acting. For those looking for a career in Acting, Comedy, or Film, James is definitely your man for opening several doors.
Throughout the months, he has been very supportive and encouraging, oftentimes doing welfare checkups on me throughout the week and showing me new ideas and techniques in film, acting and spontaneity. He demonstrates patience with learning curves, and gives good assignments to work on through the week for the next time you meet up. He also is understanding if you cannot make an appointment.
In terms of the actual classes, they are phenomenal. Many classes, when deliberately practicing, feel more like an actual In-the-moment conversation rather than a mechanical " Do this than that" layout. He gives a lot of good and fair feedback for improvement at the end of the class, and following the advice never failed to be right. Be prepared for time to fly, though, as 45 minutes will feel like 10, especially if you are REALLY in character and going back and forth with him on random topics, which almost make you feel like you have a hidden persona lol.
All in all, James is very experienced and skilled in teaching students of all walks of life, from aspiring actors/actresses to would be filmmakers to people simply looking to learn life skills that are invaluable to life, career, relationships and even mental health! There is something for all in this coach's teachings, provided you are wiling to put in the work. Phenomenal teacher and an all around great person!
March 13, 2019
James is a very caring teacher who took the time to get to know my strengths and weaknesses. He has many years of experience in this field and it shows in his lessons.
Thank you James for the training, I grew as a improv student from the time I worked with you. I utilized this class as a test for my profession (business) and am grateful that I selected you as a mentor/teacher. I am happy with the results and may be knocking on your door again down the road. Stay tuned.
Bethany is extremely nice and fun. She seems extremely knowledgeable, having a ton of experience teaching. My first lesson was a good amount of information, but not overwhelming. It is a true joy to have a teacher that is incredibly passionate about music and teaching others!!! I highly recommend Bethany for anyone looking to start playing piano.
June 19, 2019
I needed a voice coach to help me with the mechanics of singing. Bethany gave me advice on proper breathing, warm ups and vocal exercises, dietary do's and don'ts, etc. Her knowledge and experience helped me tremendously. I highly recommend Bethany.
It is time to achieve your goals, and I definitely can help you with that. I dedicated my life to the "Art of Teaching", and I have been helping people to improve their music skills ever since. I LOVE to teach, and because of this passion, I know how to listen to you, design a perfect lesson that will be exactly what you are looking for, and make your learning process enjoyable!
I have worked with Bill as a vocalist for several years, and have always been impressed with his singing voice. Now having studied with him privately, I am even more impressed with his teaching skills—fun, encouraging, and informative, his lessons are not to be missed! Also, very reasonably priced!
August 15, 2014
I've worked with Bill in multiple capacities since we met. He has an incredible instrument and a fantastic attitude. He is always willing to help you with whatever your particular need may be, and he's a very kind and engaging vocal instructor. He is passionate about what he does, and equally passionate about helping you with what you do!
June 24, 2014
Bill is an awesome instructor! He's versatile, so I can go to him for arrangements issues, vocal coaching, choir questions and whenever I need to record an accompaniment for a song. AND he's also fun! I highly recommend!
My name is Rebecca and I am a Classical/ Pop singer living in New Orleans! I received my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts , and am currently in the second year of my Master's at Loyola University New Orleans. I have sung numerous operatic roles, recitals, have appeared as the guest artist for the St.Luke's Concert Series and the Stahl Family Theater, and perform in two local New Orleans bands. In lessons, students don't only learn how to control their voices with tension free techniques, but also about the insider music industry tips and resources that are available to them. Students don't only learn the knowledge that I have collected over my 10+ years of vocal training, but also benefit by having access to the knowledge of my professors that I study with in school as I pursue higher educati
Rebecca is a wonderful teacher! She listens to my goals and prepares each lesson with them in mind, bringing in highly relevant exercises and instruments. She critiques while remaining supportive. She is a treasure chest of musical know-how and tips!
March 6, 2019
Rebecca is very professional, knowledgeable, and helpful—tailoring the lesson specifically for my skill level and goals!
Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.
I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life.
Mark is a patient, friendly, experience and pleasant teacher. I enjoyed working with him very much. I learned a lot of new things during his classes. I need to practice all. I am very happy to recommend him to anyone else who is looking for a great teacher .
Quinn VanAntwerp is a Broadway and Television actor that prides himself on helping performers cultivate their unique abilities in order to take their skills to the next level.
He is best known for his work as the longest running Bob Gaudio in the Broadway Company of the Tony Award Winning Musical, Jersey Boys, as well as recurring roles on AMC’s Better Call Saul and Showtime’s The Affair.
He has also appeared on I’m Dying Up Here, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Elementary, Shades of Blue, Nurse Jackie and The Following, and in the Broadway Company of The Play the Goes Wrong.
While starring in Jersey Boys, Quinn performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The TONY Awards, and the CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has performed for President Barack Obama and Former President Bill Clinton, guest hosted Network Morning shows acros
s the country, and performed the National Anthem at numerous MLB, NFL, and NBA games, including multiple performances at Madison Square Garden.
Quinn has a BA in Theatre from The University of California, Irvine.
I am from Miami, FL and I have had a passion for acting since I participated in my first show at 10 years old in a local theatre camp. Ever since then, I studied musical theatre in middle school and a conservatory based high school, New World School of the Arts. I took rigorous classes in acting, ballet, jazz, improv, movement, scene study etc. while starring in multiple musicals and plays such as In the Heights, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Our Town Hamletmachine, and more.
I had fallen in love with acting so much so that I returned to that local theatre -where my passion first sparked,- to be a counselor this summer in hopes of encouraging the younger generation to dive in and explore the beautiful adventure of becoming an artist -of becoming an ACTOR!
Now that summer is coming to an end and Fall is approaching, I am humbled to
share that I will be attending Carnegie Mellon University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.
"love him alreadya after one lesson. doesnt just care about the physicality and statistics of acting, but the emotion and history of it"
"Kelsey is a great teacher and is wonderful at adapting the class to my needs. I highly recommend her."
"amazingly good at acting and singing! Great with child lessons!"
"he's the best"
"Jennifer is a fantastic ballet teacher for all ages and levels! She is extremely knowledgeable and has experience both as a teacher and as a dancer. Jenni
fer is excellent at teaching strong and solid ballet technique, while keeping the class energy light, fun, engaging, and encouraging. In addition to being an incredible teacher, Jennifer is also a wonderful person. She's genuinely awesome all around, and anyone would be lucky to have her as their ballet teacher!"
"I am ultimately new and have a ways to go with this, but for someone who has just entered and is exploring acting, her advice is just plain excellent!"
"I am glad I found Gabriel. I feel like every session I learn something new and I am learning techniques that will be helpful in everything I do. Gabriel
is a patient and kind teacher and makes sure I am learning before moving on to the next lesson."
"I become a magician"
"Alicia has the ability to pull the best out of every individual and I had the opportunity to work with her over 6 weeks while I was working on monologues/
prepping for auditions.
She is straightforward, upfront, and her ability to coach and relay her thoughts to her students is what students need.
She is able to use her experience in the industry and transfer that knowledge into material that most students can relate to/ use in their acting methods.
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