Adam Varner

Adam V.

Houston, TX

Lesson Details



Adam delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2006

here's my Youtube page

however it doesn't really explain me very well

My name is Adam. My expertise is on composition and improv. I play keyboard, bass guitar, drumset, guitar and I sing. I began taking piano lessons when I started elementary school, and it took a liking to me. I attended performance arts schools here in Houston both middle school and high school. As an early teenager I was in both orchestra for cello and jazz band for electric bass. I excelled quickly and was in a local houston jazz big band named the young sounds of Houston. Shortly after I began gigging as a jazz bassist. During high school, I studied jazz and began composing electronic music. At this time me and my friends had been playing in a jazz combo which eventually turned in to a band which played a type of music known as ska. This is a music which originated from jamaica and became very popular in england during the 80s-90s. This band turned into a punk band near the end of high school, simultaneously I was attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts here in houston as a jazz bassist. When I left high school I moved to miami and studied jazz bass while focusing primarily on the balance between punk and metal guitar. I ended up playing in a punk band which transformed in to a hardrock metal band. This band eventually teamed up and turned in to a progressive metal band similar to perhaps yes or frank zappas bands. Near the end of college I joined up with a duo who had been working on an experimental rock/r&b band and did small tours around the east coast. During this time period there was a lot of "noise rock" and experimental grungy dance music going on and we did something similar. It was primarily an experimental / improvisational southern style soul rock band and did fairly well in Miami where we were located.

I moved to Houston, where I was from after college and spent most of my time working on timbaland style beat production fusing it with my jazz studies and ecclectic harmonization techniques which I had acquired. I currently work on fusing the styles of acoustic/electric rock, modern pop dance, 70s style jazz fusion characteristics and ecclectic style electronic beat construction with symphonic/jazz harmonic structures.

Primarily I work on a jazz piano/ singing routine which focuses on improv and fresh perspectives on song forms and am always writing more songs that intend on taking characteristics from the various styles I've learned to focus on a central universally liked live band type musical style.

*** Lesson Details ***
Primarily what I teach is harmony structure. I believe that what makes me impressive is that I can validly flavor any style of music and blend easily in to any genre. I learned this from being involved with several types of bands but studying harmony too acquaint myself with sounds that display different emotions.

What you would learn is notes, scales, riffs etc which acquaint you with any style immediately as well as how to play well with others and most easily. Once these notes are learned the iintensity or vibe you are going for is really up to you. You could just as easily rock out triumphantly, or write dissonant repetitve riffs that go well with a live hip hop act.

I also have focused a great deal of my life learning jazz improv coupled with chord changes. This knowledge is great for doing improvisational and interesting sounding movements that sound like gospel or r&b, but are also the foundation for things as simple as deadmau5's minimalistic dance music.

For me, it's all about composition, and bands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: computer, electric piano (88 keys and weighted), guitars, bass, amp, music stand, bass amp, recording equipment, chairs, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should have the instrument they own, I will bring my own equipment with me.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in modern music and how improvisation fits in to song form.

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this is something I started today, a rock and roll style guitar midi sequence   computer music has come a way
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