My teaching style is relaxed but with a firm accent on Practicing specific techniques as well as approaches to Creativity. I teach Blues, beginning Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Experimental techniques. I know some "slap" and "snap" techniques for Funk. I am fluent with either the use of a guitar pick or fingers.
Hello Future Students!
Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.
I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience. I now live in southwest Detroit near River Rouge.
As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is often the best form of support.
It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as imp
rove in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.
One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I was born with and have developed throughout my life. I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.
I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music and Thomas Jefferson College (MI). I have a BA at Columbia College Chicago double majoring in Music Composition and English .
My band THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all the Songs. If you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach.
As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I also formed and composed two symphonies for my 12-member saxophone orchestra in NYC. Currently, I am rehearsing new work with a Detroit-based multiinstrumental orchestra.
I hope to talk to you soon! Benjamin
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!
For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!
For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.
I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.
For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.
*** Studio Equipment *** At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)
*** Specialties *** I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
Excellent instructor and a way cool guy. My first lesson was really informative, with so many helpful tips and techniques. Ben is a friendly, patient teacher, and I am looking forward to my next lesson!
June 22, 2019
Charlie and Cindy
We had our first saxophone lesson with Benjamin today and it was excellent! He is clearly a master that can assess a student’s skill level and adapt the lesson to suit their needs. He is just what we needed :)
March 14, 2019
30 lessons for my high school son with Ben. Excellent teacher. Always on time. Very professional. Baritone Sax. Highly recomend. Will be getting more lessons with Ben.
It is my goal as a teacher to give you the tools to play music but more importantly to create music.
My Teaching Philosophy
Left Hand- Scales and arpeggios our the bedrock of music. They are the foundation of everything harmonically and melodically. We will begin with learning our major, minor and pentatonic scales and corresponding arpeggios. Once we have an understanding of those we will delve into our modes and more “exotic” scales.
Right Hand- The right hand is our time machine. It gives us the ability to play in time and with groove and feel. We will work on rhythmic studies string crossings and practicing with a metronome. Remembering music is harmony, Melody and rhythm working as one.
For those who are new to playing music the hardest thing for some to master is rhythm/time keeping. It is the black and white right or wrong of the music world. Often times our want to progress quickly is hampered by skipping over the basic building blocks of rhythm and ...
Steven F offers instruction for electric or acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele as well as music theory.
Steven F., a professional musician and teacher for over fifteen years, graduated cum laude with a performance degree in the upright bass from The Ohio State University where he studied and performed everything from classical to classic rock. Indeed, from the blues to bluegrass, from rock to classical, he has done it all. He currently plays with The Spikedrivers, Fox ‘n’ Hounds Bluegrass Ensemble, and Neil Jacobs' American Gypsy. He recently performed with guitar legends GE Smith and Jorma Kaukonen and David Grier.
In addition, Fox is a gifted instructor with over twelve years of experience. He incorporates music theory and technique in lessons so his students are able to go farther than just readin
g music. They learn to create music, to play with other musicians, and to play by ear.
Although Fox is serious about music he is able to keep lessons entertaining for students, and offers instruction in many musical genres. Many of Fox’s students have gone on to study music in college and have started successful careers in the field.
I can’t believe how much material was covered in a 60 minute lesson! Steven was engaging and encouraging. My 16 year old son learned a lot and had a great time doing it. We are looking forward to future lessons!
November 12, 2018
Steven is an excellent teacher. He had a lot of helpful information and made a great effort to assess my needs. I’m looking forward to more lessons!
October 29, 2018
Steven is an excellent instructor. He is patient and kind. He breaks things down to make it easier to learn and play. I see improvement in my lessons every week.
Learn Parts and play with tracks, rhythm techniques etc...
I teach all styles of music and all levels of ability
As I look back at my life, I see that music was my constant companion. My passion for music, and more specifically for the guitar, goes back to the time when, as a ten year old I received a guitar for my birthday. The sound of the instrument truly struck a chord in my heart and I learned to respect and love the instrument to the point that I thought of it almost as a companion, as something alive or, more exactly, as something my fingers could make come alive. At first I wanted to play rock and popular music, but eventually I switched to classical. When I entered the realm of classical music, a whole new world opened up for me -- new feelings, new emotions, and new challenges. My enthusiasm for music continued, and beginning in 1990 I attended the Hartt School of Music, part of
the University of Hartford. I knew, of course, that the education of a musician is truly never finished, and between 1995 and 1997, I took Master Jazz Classes in New York City, under the direction of Dennis Cinelli, the international guitar player and soloist. While in Florida, I attended classes at Florida International University. Between 2000 and 2003 I played in an orchestra on board the ships of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. All along the way I have been teaching the guitar at just about every level, an activity that I always enjoyed but admittedly is somewhat limiting. Teaching brings us back to the basics, but for a musician performing is what makes us grow professionally and satisfy us emotionally.
When it comes to bass guitar we are looking at it like the rhythm section along with drums. It is a very important piece to any ensemble. I will be showing you basics of the bass guitar and prepare you to head in the right direction to be able to play live one day.
Welcome to my profile! My name is William Beck. You can call me Will or Billy your choice.
I have been teaching mainly guitar and songwriting here and there for over 11 years. I started playing guitar at age eleven. I began writing my own songs at age thirteen and haven't stopped since. I am an artist above all things, and meditate frequently for continuous inspiration and insight. I graduated high school in 2005, now I am a full time student at SPC. I am going for my A.S. in Music Industry Recording Arts degree. It has been said a good teacher will remain a student. With me you will learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, yet challenging and encouraging. I would like you to have a pleasant experience, which is why patience, tolerance, and communication are very important to me. To sum it up I am an artist, musician, writer, stud
ent, and teacher, eager to learn more, and inspired to pass it on.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Looking forward to meeting new people eager to learn with me.
Billy helped me understand what i wanted out of music and tailored the lesson to do just that...started w the basics but then let me direct whete i wanted to take my playing...easy going and made it so much fun....i would recommend him to anyone at the beginner/intermediate level, as he is adept at getting to know who u are as a player and goes at the appropriate pace....great teacher!
February 12, 2016
William is an awesome teacher. He is exactly what I was hoping for, very knowledgeable, low key, great personality. I am excited to be learning from him!
February 1, 2016
William is very well prepared and very encouraging.
I always approach lessons through the lens of what my students want to be able to accomplish, and with music that my students enjoy. I focus heavily on building a strong foundation in groove, and learning the difference between playing something correctly, and playing it correctly with a strong sense of feel and groove.
I have ten years of teaching and performing/touring experience ranging across a number of different genres, and I was trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I currently play for multiple groups in Philadelphia including one of my own called The Lion and the Badger.
Marshall has been working with my son on his acoustic guitar for nearly a year -- both online and in person. He is a terrific teacher -- Marshall is patient, kind, and engaging. He is readily able to assess my son's continuing abilities and tailor the lesson to his specific needs. Marshall is also a great communicator and is always quickly in touch if we need to reschedule or change lesson times.
I am a long time teacher, and student of Music at San Jose State University. I want to help you become a better player, and a better musician! I will teach you theory, technique, how to learn your favorite songs by ear, and how to write your own! I want to be the teacher that I always wished I had when I was learning. Send me a message and let's get started!
I was passionate about music when I was younger, but I never had the tools to get where I wanted. Music was always a mystery to me and I got stuck learning from tabs and not stepping out of my circle of knowledge. It wasn't until I pursued music seriously that my love for the art really took off. I suggest doing the same! Let me help you get there quicker!
I received my associates degree in music from Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, and I will receive my Bachelors in music from San Jose State University Spring of 2019. I have taught guitar, bass, piano, and composition to students from 8-80 over the past 12 years. I am excited to meet you and to help you succeed!
Alex is experienced and seasoned guitar teacher . My kid is learning and enjoying at the same time
January 29, 2019
Alex has been teaching guitar to my 14 year old son since last summer and my son really enjoys his lessons. Alex is very patient and goes at my son's pace. He is prompt and flexible. I would highly recommend Alex!
Laying down grooves, knowing the fretboard and coming up with bass lines are just a few of the subjects we can work on!
My name is Nadav and I have been a professional guitar player and teacher for most of my life now. I have a very extensive experience playing festivals and venues in the U.S and abroad and have been teaching beginner and advanced guitar/bass and musical ensemble classes for 15 years.
I always strive to make the lessons fun (otherwise, what's the point? (: ) all the while being educational and try to have the student start playing actual music (simple melodies/songs) from the very first lesson.
For more advanced students- I focus on many valuable technics for live playing/recording situations as well as theory/harmony and ear training and cover a very wide range of musical styles.
I also teach electric bass and Ukulele.
I have graduated from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance (Jerusalem) with honors and was
a dean's list honoree while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (NYC) I have been awarded with the America-Israel Culture Fund's "Exellence in Jazz Guitar" award as well as many scholarships for various prestigious musical institutions around the world.
I'm happy to teach at both my studio in Los Feliz or online.
Speaking from the standpoint of a colleague of Nadav’s for many years and professional musician/educator myself, Nadav is the real deal. He is my top recommendation, without question, for anyone looking to study the guitar and/or music in general.
Nadav is an extremely gifted and skilled musician, composer, and bandleader with very deep understanding of playing the guitar. He has the experience and versatility to so in a multitude of different styles ranging from R&B, Pop, Funk, Jazz and Ethiopian groove music (check out his incredible band: Abbess Orchestra). He is also extremely kind, has a gentle yet “matter-of-fact” demeanor and is the consummate professional.
For anyone who has interest in learning the guitar and needs an instructor, no matter their experience level, it’s impossible to go wrong with Nadav. Just check him out and sign up!
February 4, 2018
I was a self taught guitar player since a very early age, so when I met Nadav for the first time I already knew many songs and chords. But my technique was a mess.
Nadav helped me establish a healthy and meticulous practice routine that fixed my technique very quickly.
I would recommend him as a teacher for every level.
February 4, 2018
Great teacher with good vibes! Nadav showed me great ways to practice harmony and soloing on the guitar. Highly recommended.
I can teach a variety of styles from classical Contra-bass an bow technique to jazz, or if you prefer we can work on syncopation for metal, holding down changes for country or just rocking it out. If you need to learn how to slap it or want to learn to strum it, then you got the right guy. I can help you work or learn to sight read sheet music, learn tab, and improve over changes/modes. Basic or advanced music theory is alright, or if you want to get really deep into it then you've got the guy that discovered Siegel Harmonics. Google it and yes there is a follow up (double blind peer-review) study coming!
I also spent a year singing and playing Bob Dylan covers on bass while on a solo tour in Stockholm Sweden. Stockholm is where they hand out the Nobel Prize, the year following Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize. There is more to the story I assure you. Now, I cannot officially claim there was a connection, but if you my future student want to believe that there was a connection then I ...
I come from a musical family, my grandmother was an Opera signer at the Metropolitan in New York for a season before getting married, this was in the early 1900s. So I had musical training from an early age at the house hold. Later in grade school I learned to play the flute because my mother refused to buy me a drum set. It was not really my instrument though.
Then I started playing the electric bass guitar at roughly 11 or 12 so I could perform in a friends punk rock band. I kept up with it as I grew up and in my 20s I purchased my from contra or double bass, sometimes also known as a upright or stand-up bass. Although I had a day job I lead and performed with an impromptu jazz group known as the Wise Men of Gotham, once I lost the day job I started touring with cover and review or tribute bands. Eventually the drummer of the band wh
ich was my main staple for money broke his collar bone so I applied for a music scholarship and went to college in my mid-twenties.
While in college I received not only my first formal bass lesson but also started managing small jazz combos and we even recorded an album. Meanwhile I was touring the south of the USA with a blues band. Unfortunately the college I obtained a scholarship to did not offer Classical orchestra and so after a few years I left college after auditioning for and making it into the Fort Worth Civic Symphony Orchestra in Texas. While playing for them I became a musical director at a local synagogue and learned from the Cantor about musical notation predating the form used today which was adapted by the Monk Gregory.
I left the Symphony and Texas in my late twenties venturing off to tour Europe playing in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland before heading back to Stockholm Sweden and setting up came there for the next year. At that point in my career I had started to perfect singing and playing bass at the same time. The only cover I knew by heart at first was a Bob Dylan song, "Call Letter Blues" and a Swedish diplomat requested I sing it a lot because it reminded him of the Vietnam Era.
The following year I left Sweden, Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize (which are awarded in Stockholm Sweden), and I began work on writing up my musicology research on Siegel Harmonics. The foundational study I published in my early thirties after completing the blind peer-review required to publish an academic journal.
Due to having a family member who was diagnosed with Autism I have some relative experience when it comes to dealing with special need students and would have no issues offering lessons so long as the guardian and I can review specifics before hand.
"Peter has been a great instructor. He really knows his theory, practical applications, and is easy to work with. I've been taking lessons with him for abo
ut a year, and my playing has really gone to the next level by taking lessons with Peter. I had taken lessons from various instructors for years and haven't made as much progress as I have with a year with Peter. Highly, Highly recommended."
"Great person to work with to achieve your goals."
"Best word to describe Joe, is PROFESSIONAL! Joe has a great plan for me at my skill level, which is a beginner. My gut already is telling me that Joe can
help me meet my goals but also take my playing further than I expect."
"I started with Jeff in 1976 after becoming frustrated with my teacher who only taught the Carol Kaye method. Jeff was a breath of fresh air with his enco
uraging me to perfect my basic skills and expand the genres of music I listened to and played. After a few months he understood exactly the way I learned and my lessons became focused on my personal progression that was always changing at that age of my life.
What remained a constant during my years of lessons was Jeff’s caring nature, commitment to better my skills, understanding reading music, theory, and playing by ear. These skills he imparted to me continue today, over 40 years later.
Thank you Jeff!"
"Top of the line for musicianship! Hands down the best bass instructor i've ever had."
"Marc is incredibly friendly and willing to work around a student's schedule. After taking several years off of formal lessons, he was very willing and a
ccommodating to meet me at my current skill level and knowledge, while designing lessons to meet my goals and interests."
"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."
"Working with Greg has been nothing, but amazing. He is laid back and works with you at the pace that you need to learn. I’d highly recommend anyone who wa
nts to improve with their bass or guitar skills."
"Simply the Best or one of the Best Bass Teacher I ever had in my whole life !!!!
I've never learned so much from him, Thank you Akos ! !"
Don't let anyone tell you the bass is easier than a regular guitar just because it has less strings! Bass guitar teacher Kevin S. shares the unique challenges you face as you learn bass guitar...
1) Capos are Misleading
Any bassist who has regularly played with a guitarist who uses a capo has discovered that this simple tool can be confusing to deal with at first. This is a where good transposing skills come in handy, especially if the guitarist is referring to the chords they are play …