I'm obsessed with Ableton! I've been using it since version 3 and every piece of Trailer & TV music I've done in my career was with Ableton. From Trailer Sound Design to Hip Hop to Rock, I've got you covered! From getting started to digging in.
TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2012, Kyle K. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring a screen sharing experience like no other for personal and detailed instruction!
Kyle has been playing guitar for over 25 years, written hundreds of songs and is currently a professional composer and sound designer for television and Hollywood movie trailers. Credits include all major networks and shows like American Idol, NFL games and movies like Jurassic Park and Independence Day. He has developed his own method of teaching to positively build on the student's strengths, dexterity, ear-training, natural technique, memorization and creativity.
The goal is to always design lessons around you as an individual to help you reach your goals as an artist and musician. Whether it's guitar, bass, songwriting or production this metho
d is used to maximize results!
A word from Kyle K: "I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music all around me at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!
My musical life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 12 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing with focus. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands over the years. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write and produce music and sound design daily for TV, Film and Trailers for companies like Disney, Universal, MTV, NFL and many more.
I started teaching 11 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue."
All lessons take place in a fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience with current technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows the student to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique playing experience. Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.
*** Lesson Details *** Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual. Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory, etc.) the style teaching will be adjusted to fit. It's all about YOUR goals and needs.
Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!
*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson. *You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to write your own music is desired. *You will be given everything you'll need to succeed including custom made drums and songs to play with so you can improve at home.
Let's start learning and improving today!
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender Telecaster Fender J Bass Schecter 7 String Schecter 6 string Hellraiser Italia Modena Electric gtr Danelectro U2 Peavey T60 Seagull Acoustic Saxophone Tambourine Egg shaker Line 6 Spider amp Vox Valvetronix amp Novation X-station KRK Rokit monitors Alesis monitors Presonus monitor station Shure SM57 GT55 Condenser Ableton Live Suite 9 Guitar Rig 5 Superior Drummer Dozens of Virtual Instruments Music stand Guitar stands Mic stands
*** Travel Equipment *** I currently do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!
Kyle is an excellent teacher. My son learned so much from him and loves his lessons. He is very knowledgeable, patient and kind.
April 1, 2019
Kyle K has a unique teaching style. His Ableton Live knowledge has no bounds. In just five lessons he talked me through most of my usual brain-fog to help me understand, in the simplest terms, how to use Live to record music and use Midi to enhance your work. Super, Super man, Kyle is. I highly recommend Kyle if you need a teacher. John G.
March 18, 2019
Kyle employs an interactive teaching style that a total beginner like me needs to begin to understand how Ableton works.
*Navigating Software *Developing a workflow *Recording *MIDI Data *Using Built-in Plugins *Mixing and Mastering *Live Performance *Push Tutorials *Audio Production
Joey Earnest is a Southern California musician and educator who specializes in keyboard, saxophone, composition, and production. In addition to teaching private music lessons, he teaches several rock and jazz history courses at Mesa College. He received a BM in Jazz Studies: Saxophone Performance from UC Irvine, an MM in Composition from San Diego State University, and an MA in Education from National University. Joey also produces and composes electro-acoustic music under the pseudonym, M_NKY. His compositions and improvisations are influenced by Jazz, European Classical, Experimental Electronic Music, Drum & Bass, Reggae, Rock, R & B, Hip-Hop, Indian Classical, Native American, Appalachian Folk, Afro-Cuban, and many more genres of music. Joey can be heard performing in and around San Diego with his band, The Munks.
Joey teaches music
lessons for piano, saxophone, composition, and production. He has taught all levels and ages for over 10 years. Joey has been playing the saxophone and piano for over 20 years. In addition to working as an adjunct professor at Mesa College, Joey has coached saxophone at Westview and Mt. Carmel High School, and taught college level courses in electronic music and music production at SDSU. Joey has a very adaptable approach when he teaches. He understands that all students have very different learning styles and interests. His broad range of musical and educational training allows his students to learn many styles and genres of music while understanding fundamentals like theory and technique. Students will be empowered to hone their craft as an instrumentalist, composer, producer, artist, or all of the above.
We love joey!!! He's a great teacher because he teaches the way that is right for the student. He comes to our house twice a week to teach our 5-year-old son, who wasn't particularly interested in learning the songs from the book, scales, etc, so Joey changed it up to make it fun for him by focusing on making up songs and improvising (while still sneaking in some of the technical stuff). Our son looks forward to his lessons so much! Joey is obviously a masterful pianist and could teach at any skill level.
May 20, 2016
Joey is a gifted musician and even more gifted teacher. My 14 year old has been taking piano lessons with Joey for about eighteen months now. We lived in San Diego for a year and my son started in person with him for close to ten months. Joey's teaching style and connection with my son was so effective that we decided to continue lessons via Skype. My son is a highly gifted kid for whom lots of learning comes easily. Not so with music, but he is inspired and motivated by Joey. Joey's ability to meet the learner where they are and push them beyond their normal comfort zone is impressive. I am very, very glad that we found him. Joey's teaching style is engaging and encouraging while holding the learner accountable to practice, development, and growth. I wholeheartedly recommend him for both in person and online lessons.
October 8, 2015
Joey has been teaching piano to our now 8 and 11 yo boys for more than a year. Although my kids aren't musical per say and don't tend to practice during the week, thanks to Joey their piano skills are impressive! Without ignoring the theory, Joey was able to adapt his teaching style to their personalities and has taught them to play their favorite songs. My younger son was so excited to to learn Fall out Boy's "Centuries" he would run to the piano to practice! Both boys are clearly proud of their accomplishments and love to show them off to their friends. Thank you Joey!
I produced my newest EP on Ableton and am excited to share everything I've learned. I have read the entire manual, in addition to my own experimentation. I also have the added advantage of helping you understanding basic recording techniques, basic piano or music theory for electronic music, and composing & arranging. Let me know what your goals are, I'm excited to work with you!
Hi! My name is Kaia, I'm passionate about teaching students in the way that makes the most sense to them, & inspiring others to reach their potential. I am a singer-songwriter from Denver with a diverse background and years of teaching experience. I studied classical voice at CU Boulder 2008-2010, and songwriting & commercial music business at CU Denver 2010-2013. Teaching full-time since 2013, I LOVE helping students find their best natural sound and how to use their instrument. My strength is teaching fundamental basics in a way anyone can understand, using a variety of ways of thinking and learning. I encourage students to play & sing when they are interested and try composing their own songs. I've played classical piano 23 years, guitar 16 years, and taken voice lessons for 15 years (plus a degree). I also LOVE arranging & composing
and translating this to Ableton and electronic music! Let me know how I can help you!
I've had to record my own band's albums for years, and have recorded a lot of local bands as well. Mixing and producing has become a huge passion of mine since the first time I learned what a compressor could do. Letting the music shine through while maintaining clarity and punch is an art that I love teaching.
Hi, my name is Ryan and I would love to teach you how to play guitar. I've been playing for over 10 years and have been gigging for a little less than that in my band. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience performing on stage and teaching to people of all ages. If you want to shred, jam, or rock out then look no further. I okay all styles of music and pride myself in building a fun and educational curriculum based solely on you or others who have had similar interests as you. This means if you have a question about guitar or music in general, 9 times out of 10 I can answer it. The remaining tenth is either a well kept secret, or something that is left to be found. So if you're ready to start your journey or just need a guide to help you on your way, let's go!
Ryan was great! He's obviously a talented guitarist and he is very laid back and makes you feel comfortable. He shows you in detail what you need to do to become a better guitar player. My ONLY advice, and the reason he doesn't get 5 stars, is I think he should have more visual aids with his lessons. For example, write down the different scales or transcribe the first several measures of a song. Then, one has something to refer back to when you are practicing and invariably get stuck. Other than that, I would highly recommend Ryan as a guitar teacher!
January 19, 2017
Ryan is prompt and very respectful and patient.
October 3, 2016
We are so happy to have Ryan as our guitar instructor. Ryan is very knowledgeable and kind. Our son really enjoys having Ryan as a teacher.
I have used Ableton Live for over ten years. I use it for recording, producing, and live performance. There are many Ableton controllers that I am familiar with such as the Push, Push, APC40, and Launchpad. My education comes from a self taught practice, as well as having a Music Technology B.A. from Cal State San Bernardino.
Trying to learn or get better on the drums? Want to produce, mix, master, record, or perform with Ableton Live? Set up a lesson time to learn and collaborate right away!
Starting with percussion and drum set in the styles of Classical and Jazz at Cuesta College for his A.A. in Music Performance. He then moved to the Inland Empire (Southern California), attending Cal State San Bernardino focusing on his B.A. in Music and Minor in Music Technology. Co-Founding his own Record Label called, MASS Productions, he now works with many artists for live performances, music production, recording, mixing, etc. Still, actively playing in a Jazz Fusion Quintet (“Half-Past”) and Orchestra. Drum lessons taken with Mike Raynor, Darrel Voss, Todd Johnson, Justin Scott, and Joel Taylor. Tech lessons taken with Scott Vance. Zen continues his st
udy’s as an instrumentalist with Ableton Live 10 and the Push II, using the Push as a musical instrument.
Hardware: -Push II -Launchpad -Maschine Mikro MK2 -M-Audio Keystation Mini32 -Pioneer DJ DDJ-SX2
Instruments: -Gretch Catalina Club Drum Set -Nord Piano (88) -Electric Guitar -Ukulele -Aux Percussion
Knowledgable guy with solid gig experence. Very worth it.
October 11, 2018
Chill and helpful instructor! He gives you a good structure on where to spend your time and energy as efficiently as possible
August 31, 2018
Zen is a great teacher. He has taught me polyrhythms, timing, and playing subdivisions with different note groupings in jazz styles. He also shows up on time and prepared to get to business. Id recommend him to anyone looking to learn drums or Ableton!
The main goal of an Ableton class is to be able to effectively use all the tools that you are given to achieve your specific goal. Each student will have a different idea of what they want to create with this software, and its really important to be able to remove the technical obstacles and get straight to the creating. I will enable each student to be able to better visualize their projects, and I will train their ears to be able to better listen to sound such that they can understand the specifics behind creative decisions. As a producer you have to take both microscopic and macroscopic views when it comes to a piece of music, understanding how both a small sound can affect the progression of a story though music, and how the story itself unfolds over time. This can all be done through practical training in Ableton Live.
I am a professional pianist/keyboardist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Arts in Music & Technology and am pursuing my MFA as a Performer-Composer at CalArts in Valencia, CA.
With my diverse background in both the technical and creative arts, I will be able to help build a foundation of musical knowledge that will allow students to explore areas from theory & performance to production and innovation, all with a musical focus.
I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. My background is mainly in Carnatic (South Indian classical) music, which I have been playing on the keyboard for 15 years now, but I have been playing and performing jazz piano for the past 8 years as well. I have been performing with my band, "In the Works" for the past 2
years in the NYC area, and I also play with another band that performs often in the tristate area, so I have a lot of experience with live shows that I can also offer. I specialize in teaching students to read and play contemporary & jazz music using chord sheets, but more importantly, I can help you attain a deeper level of understanding of the music that most piques your interest, allowing you to tackle any challenging
My teaching style combines theory, piano, composition, and production to give students a more comprehensive understanding of music and how they can find their voice within it. My personal passion is contemporary music but I feeI that any musician can benefit from guided study, analysis, and practice in all different genres and styles of art. Making these connections is where I feel I have the most impact with my students, and I look forward to meeting and growing as musicians together!
I have been using Ableton to produce, engineer, and mix my own music for the past 2 years and now use it on a daily basis. I learned my current skills from experience and 1 year of production classes at LACM (Los Angeles College of Music).
Hi! My name is Nick and I have been teaching guitar, piano, and songwriting lessons for 2 years both privately and also as part of Oaklawn Music Studio in Rhode Island, and St. Maria Goretti School in Long Beach, CA. I have played the guitar for 11 years, been singing for 7, played piano and ukulele for 4, and producing/mixing/audio-engineering for 2. I moved from my home state of Rhode Island to Los Angeles in 2016 and attended the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA to earn a Certificate in Music Composition (Songwriting) and have written over 150 songs myself. I have played several live shows around Los Angeles, Rhode Island, and Montana at farmers markets, art shows, coffee shops (among other humble venues), and have served as a session instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and engineer for numerous studio sessions around Lo
Currently, I reside in the small town of West Yellowstone, Montana and work as the resident musician for a company called Under Canvas. I feel that it is my time to give back to the community and teach others all that I have learned, an experience I would love to share with you.
If you have questions about any of my experience (or anything for that matter) feel free to reach out :) I typically will respond within 24 hours.
February 6, 2019
Principal of St. Maria Goretti School
Nicholas was a wonderful employee and excellent instructor! The students enjoyed and were engaged when Nicholas taught lessons during and after school.
He is greatly missed at St. Maria Goretti School
January 29, 2019
Nick is a very patient and fun teacher! He is very knowledgeable and really encourages his students to practice as much as they can. I would not recommend anyone else for lessons!
January 29, 2019
Wonderful, patient, and passionate about music. Really helps spark an interest in passion and music for kids. So impressed with his ability to connect with his students! I really appreciated his flexibility in scheduling lessons - it made it so much easier when things came up and we needed to reschedule. Self-taught, he knows wonderful techniques and strategies to help teach the kids he works with.
"Lauren's expertise and creativity really shines through during the lessons!! It's the perfect mix of a thorough, methodical lesson but also fun and extrem
ely engaging, with room for our individual visions and artistry to shine through on Ableton. I can't recommend her enough, She's the best out there!!!"
"My first session with Jarod was great! Lots of great information, very focused session, and great experience in a very well put together studio. Jarod was
also very welcoming and open to conversing about personal manners that influence my music experience. Even after our first session, I feel much more confident in mixing practices which I had not before. Looking forward to our future meeting and I would highly recommend Jarod as an instructor for anyone looking to improve their knowledge and practices in regard to production and mixing/mastering!"
"Scott is amazing! He helped teach me the basics of Ableton, over Skype. I was coming from Logic and needed a quick course. I learned how to have a faster
workflow and tons of cool shortcuts! Also he is a very chill guy and easy to get along with. I highly recommend Scott if your looking to take your music production, and mixing/mastering skills to the next level."
"First lesson with Kaia
Kaia is very welcoming and kind and very knowledgeable
Looking forward to more lessons"
"Max is an excellent music producer, musician and teacher. With years of experiencing performing, producing and teaching, he is an excellent instructor and
an inspiring mentor to develop your tracks and skills. Great methodology to teach, live vibe and lots of fun!"
"Jil Christensen is a superhuman who comes down to Earth on occasion to help us mere mortals become better musicians. Having pushed Ableton to its limits,
she is able to troubleshoot almost any issue a budding producer/composer will come up with and has a seemingly endless bag of tricks to help the student explore different possibilities for a composition. At the same time, she is able to break down the most basic concepts to get the beginner started (I didn't know what an oscillator was at my first lesson, nor had I ever used Ableton or any other DAW). In addition to being an expert in Ableton, Jil has extensive knowledge of synthesizers and other equipment both for the studio and live music production. Jil also has an encyclopedic knowledge of modern compositional techniques and years of experience implementing them. She is sure to take your music production and composition skills to the next several levels. Highly recommended!"
"David is the man. Super easy-going, personable, and very knowledgeable about his craft. Makes learning fun."
"I’ve worked with Jarod over the past few months, and I can unconditionally say that he’s the real deal. He has an excellent command of the entire music p
roduction process and how to navigate the music industry; not surprisingly he’s now a signed artist. Unlike a lot of instructors, Jarod is a naturally gifted mentor who actually takes time to figure out and plan out the best way forward. He is willing to share any insight and experience he has with his students. If you’re thinking about learning music production, Jarod is the perfect mentor to help you get to the next level."