My name is Ray - I'm 26 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 12 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching am currently working as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, considering it one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have the patience to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for the individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials upon my request. I can purchase them for you for full and immediate reimbursement.
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my training background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop music, and enjoy teaching students their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to fully enjoy learning music and the instrument.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.
*** Lesson Details *** My desire to share my passion for m
usic is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson plans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius. MBox recording interface. Audio Technica condenser microphone. Sennheiser dynamic microphone. Fender precision bass. Kala ukulele. Gemeinhardt flute. Rogue mandolin. Takamine guitar. Ibanez performance series guitar. Epiphone SG guitar.
*** Specialties *** My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
Erin U. July 30, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I am a beginner at bass and Joshua is very patient. He makes learning fun and teaches in a way that is easy to follow. He is a very skilled musician and his passion for music shows. I highly recommend him.
We'll work to find the music that inspires you and work on forming a solid technical foundation along the way.
I encourage students to learn to read simple musical notation and basic music theory, but everyone's individual goals are accommodated, as well.
I've been making my living playing all kinds of music for over ten years. I feel that working on and creating music night in and night out with bands and artists from rock to hip-hop, pop to jazz, folk and country to disco has given me unique insights into what makes a good bassist. There's a balance to be struck between theory and instinct, as well as technique and emotion.
I tailor each lesson to each student, creating most of my own lesson materials. These can range from pages of scales and arpeggios, to full transcriptions and even audio recordings of practice tracks. I like technol
ogy and feel it can be a valuable part of the learning experience. But generally, I teach by having students learn songs and basslines, then illustrate musical ideas and principles by pulling directly from the music we've just been working on.
The most important aspect of my approach, however, is to find what brings out students' passion for music. I've been fortunate enough to have studied with some amazing players who's love for music and their instrument inspired (and continues to inspire) me. If I can find that, you will practically teach yourself.
*** Lesson Details *** Sample Lesson Plan for a beginning/intermediate electric bass student. (With beginning upright bass students, I tend to focus a little more on the technical aspects of the instrument at first.)
I. Technical Simple technical exercises aimed at developing good technique and physical comfort with the bass
II. Practical We'll look at Songs/Basslines (usually of the student's choosing) and learn how to play them, pulling out salient points relevant to bass instruction and music in general. For intermediate/advanced students we'll incorporate Music Theory as we work through songs. This is also where I'd introduce reading music notation if that is something the student wishes to learn.
III. Theoretical Work on scales that we've encountered in the song or bassline we've been working on and relate them to making music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home recording studio setup for recording lessons as well as making practice tracks.
Amazing Slow Downer (for the record, this is the best $50 investment you can make in your musical education.)
Practice bass and guitar amplifiers.
Ability to quickly create sheet music and tablature with Finale and Power Tab.
*** Travel Equipment *** Two Channel Practice Amp
iPad with good quality mic for recording lessons and playing audio lesson material.
*** Specialties *** Electric Bass Styles- Rock, Country, Retro styles of R&B and Top 40 Upright Bass Styles- Classic Jazz and Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Jump Blues
Establishing solid fundamentals.
Ear training and transcriptions.
Nick S. February 12, 2015
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
Easy going guy, totally prepared for lesson when I arrived. Had printouts and a folder for me ready to take home for practicing. He was understanding of my changing schedule and happy to move our lesson around to accommodate.
Super encouraging, I would recommend him to anyone just starting to learn an instrument or maybe having trouble getting past a technique issue. Gave me gentle reminders to correct technique issues early, which is invaluable. Unfortunately, due to a job change, I can't take lessons anymore, but when I come back I will be taking them from Brian again.
James Edward Tuppen, II (jimmynovacaine) is an experienced and accomplished musician that hails from around the world. Tuppen discovered his passion for music thirteen years ago after moving with his family to Singapore, South-East Asia where he experienced his first concert watching pop-punk groups Sum 41 and local band Pug Jelly.
It was at that moment that Tuppen decided on the path he would take throughout his life. Tuppen later joined the pop-punk trio from Pug Jelly on a new venture that was named Saw Loser. It was with Pug Jelly and Saw Loser that he gained experience in touring and
performing all over the eastern hemisphere in countries such as: Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia to name a few. Through the band's success Tuppen was able to play and work with renowned bands and artists like Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, as well as, many more through large-scale, international festivals known as Sing Fest (Singapore), Pattaya International Music Festival (Thailand), Good Vibrations Festival (Singapore/Australia), Pop Carnival (Japan), and Soundrenaline (Indonesia).
Upon Saw Loser's independent success, Tuppen and the band landed record deals through major record label: Universal Music and independent record label: In and Out records (Japan). The band quickly gained traction in the media with newspapers all over the eastern hemisphere with Singaporean zines: Lime Magazine and Teenage Magazine, Japanese rock zine: INROCK, and television channels: MTv Asia, and RAGE TV (Australia).
In the midst of the band's momentum, Tuppen gained world-class endorsements with companies like ESP Guitars and Sennheiser. Both companies grew Saw Loser and Tuppen's popularity through rapid marketing on public transportation and artist profiles on their international websites, as well as through artist clinics with ESP endorsed artist Kiko Loureiro in Singapore.
During the bands preproduction phase of their sophomore album to be recorded in Ft. Collins, Colorado at the Blasting Room Studios with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, The Descendents, and The Lemonheads), Saw Loser went on hiatus. All plans for travels to the United States to play at the world famous Whisky A Go Go, along with other venues on the way to record in Colorado, were cancelled. Saw Loser would never play in North America, but Tuppen would.
During his own personal three year hiatus from performance, Tuppen moved back to Texas and enrolled in Berkleemusic (Berklee College of Music online school) to gain master certification in Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training while simultaneously attending the Steinway Music School at Midland College to earn his degree in performing arts. Towards the end of his final semester, Tuppen met a former drummer of Here Lies the Hero that would introduce Tuppen to his new band mates and partners in an excIting career.
With Here Lies the Hero, Tuppen has so far performed with the likes of From First to Last, Dayshell, We Came As Romans, He is Legend, Of Mice & Men, August Burns Red, Trivium, A Lot Like Birds, Norma Jean, For the Fallen Dreams, Jamie's Elsewhere, Divided By Friday, Greeley Estates, Letlive, Secrets, and many more. The bands epic performances with Tuppen secured him with his long desired endorsement with favored guitar company, Ernie Ball Music Man and cable company, Intex Cables. As the band rapidly grew, Tuppen moved the project to the heart of the music industry in Los Angeles, California - perhaps where he was destined to be all along - where he resides today instructing up and coming artists, producing refreshing new projects, and performing around the country.
For lessons and booking inquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Tuppen is endorsed by:
Ernie Ball - http://www.ernieball.com/ Music Man - http://www.music-man.com/ Intex Cables - http://www.intexcables.com
I really appreciate James' patience and persistence. it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. James is a very talented young man with an outgoing personality, he is obviously comfortable with people and has a great knowledge and understanding of music.
I would recommend him without a doubt.
Gabriele June 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Can not say enough nice things about James. He is very patient, super knowledgeable, compassionate and passionate about what he is teaching and doing! Incredibly good with kids, too. Highly recommend him.
I can teach you how to play with fingers and pick, walking bass Lines for blues or jazz, popular rock and pop songs.
I come from Italy, but have been living in the US for the past twelve years. I have achieved two degrees (production & performance) cum laude at the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Massachusetts and have ever since worked as a guitarist and producer. I have been teaching for over ten years privately and in schools. I have helped students of all levels from beginners to fellow professionals. My philosophy is to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible and at the same time make sure the student keeps marking solid progress towards their goals. I believe to achieve that as man
y of my students told me I had helped them not just in the subject, but in their overall confidence, concentration skills and the quality of their study or practice.
Giovanni G. October 24, 2014
Andrea is a very good guitar teacher, I can guarantee. While he was in Italy this summer, I had the chance to take a few lessons from him. I am a beginner, so we focused on rather simple things, but what I can say without a doubt is that his approach to teaching is very useful and at the same time funny. I had taken some lessons with other teachers before, but they were somehow dull and left me a sensation of "incompleteness" like I hadn't been able to fully comprehend what was taught to me. This was not the case. Plus, he's Italian, so could you ask for more than a good lesson AND pasta?
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
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I'd highly recommend Ryan if you are looking for a very knowledgeable, easy going and talented teacher to help with
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His lessons helped me learn different techniques and theory, but also in a relateable way that was easier to understand, which helped me learn quicker. I'm sure any level of player could benefit from having him as a teacher. Thanks man, keep up the good work."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
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New York, NY teacher:
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ear training and more. I have been playing for many years and get great benefit from Andrew's lessons."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
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"Stress Free and Tailored to You
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Washington, DC teacher:
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San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Doug
"I am not one for writing reviews unless a person or product is exceptionally good, or bad. As a child, I took guitar lessons and the experience made me g
ive it up. Yes, a bad instructor can kill a dream.
Fast forward a few decades and my wife insists that my birthday gift is a bass guitar and instructor (she was tired of seeing me air guitar). I considered lots of potential teaches because I didn't want a repeat of my last experience. I chose Courtney.
He immediately identified and corrected the bad habits that my childhood instructor had taught. Suddenly, I wasn't just playing notes...I was playing music and having the time of my life doing it. Pardon the pun, but Courtney is a rock star!!
His lessons were tailored to me, and he even provided cord call outs (he spoke the notes as he played them) to my wish list songs so I could practice them between lessons. It has been only a few months and I am now jamming to my songs. I am so happy. My wife...well she sometimes wishes for the quieter air guitar days."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Macy
"Todd is an awesome teacher!!
My 15 year-old son started lessons with Todd a few months ago. Todd is excellent with him and Ben has learned so much, so fa
st. When I pick Ben up at the end of the lesson, he and Todd are in there jamming away. Todd is never rushed and always gives Ben things to work on that are appropriate for a 15 year-old. Todd asks Ben what he wants to work on. They look it up and go for it. Ben loves bass and practices every day because he enjoys it so much."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by jeff
"I've had a good experience with Alex. He has a very thoughtful approach and is very knowledgeable. I think he is a great teacher and would fully recommen
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Grace
"Sam is not only a wonderful teacher but also a talented bass player. He accommodates to the student's pace, but does it in an efficient manner. He also te
aches in a fun manner that makes learning the bass not too difficult. He is always well prepared with lessons and uses encouragement to push me further. Furthermore, seeing how he is passionate about the bass inspired me to also pursue the bass guitar. I highly recommend him to anyone who is seeking for bass lessons, and without a doubt he will help you learn the fundamentals and strive beyond that."