Avi Blum
Brooklyn, NY
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Avi Blum

Avi B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced Guitar teacher of over 10 years available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of musical and critical listening skills. I specialize in rock, punk, metal, progressive, pop, and blues, and have cultivated my own curriculum which is personalized to each student.

Here are the tools available to use during lessons: Ovation Celebrity, Gibson SG Standard, Schechter Diamond Series, Marshall AVT50, Digitech RP500 effects pedal, and Logic Pro X.

Want to learn to play your favorite songs and find out why they're your favorite songs? I'm your guy!

About Avi B.

***COVID-19 UPDATE: Until authorities have deemed it safe, all of my lessons will take place online. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this strange and important time.***

Greetings! My name’s Avi and I’m committed to getting you to rock your heart out as quickly as possible. My goal is to guide my students and cultivate their interest in music into a life-long passion. Learning to embrace our creativity through music won’t just get you playing and having fun; but can teach us about ourselves, about life, and aid us in reaching any goal that we set for ourselves.

Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition from CUNY City College of New York with over 10 years teaching experience, my approach is personalized for every student and their specific style and pace of learning.

As a heavy empath, I'm the kind of teacher who will connect with you to make sure you are understanding and resonating with the material we learn; whether it’s a concept in music theory or learning a new riff. My teaching style revolves around fun and laughter. We tend to remember things that make us laugh, so it’s my goal to make this process as fun as possible.

My main subjects are Guitar, Music Theory, and Songwriting for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students. No matter what age or level you’re at, from hobbyist to professional, I can help you reach your goals, or guide you into creating them in the first place!

Here are some of the concepts I can teach you:
-Developing Technique
-Practical Music Theory
-Reading Tabs and Music Notation
-Improvisation
-Developing A Personal Style and Sound
-Lead Guitar and Soloing (legato, sweep & tremolo Picking)
-How To Write A Riff
-Developing Your Ear
-Creating A Quick And Effective Practice Routine
-Songwriting and Arranging
-Basic Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

Styles of music:
-Rock
-Indie
-Emo
-Prog
-Metal
-Punk
-Classical (composition and theory)
-Blues


If you have any questions, feel free to ask using TakeLessons' amazing “Ask A Question” feature. There, I can give you personalized answers to start you on your journey to becoming the musician you want to be!

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Clay B.
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Awesome first lesson with Avi! Natural ability to connect with kids!

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Cody
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Really great teacher, explains really well.

Posted Apr 22, 2020
David N.
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Just took my first lesson (I am a beginner) with Ari and he was easy to work with; really friendly; totally understands my goals and is not judgmental. I am really looking forward to working with Ari as I think I'll achieve my goals of learning to play the guitar without a lot of mental strain. I give Ari totally 5+ stars!!

Posted Feb 21, 2020
Isabella
Profile-location-home Student's Home

First lesson with Avi was great! I have been playing guitar for about 6 months self-taught and could feel myself plateauing, in need of a teacher. He made things really easy by listening to what I want to improve upon and learn, immediately giving some useful tips on things I had been struggling with, and going over what we could do to achieve my goals. He's very good at explaining things in a way that is clear and doesn't make them seem intimidating, even if it's something I typically have a hard time with. Also, it was a great mix of physical guitar stuff (such as helping me improve barre chords), basic theory to begin with (such as how to form a chord), and also breaking down mental barriers which had previously kept me intimidated by songwriting. I am already much more confident and ready to try new things! Overall, if you are looking to improve at guitar or start for the first time, I recommend Avi.

Posted Nov 18, 2019
Theresa
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Avi works with my 8 year old son once a week. He is prompt, friendly and my son looks forward to seeing Avi every week. My husband and I could not be happier with this experience.

Posted Jul 18, 2017
Dylan
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My son loved the first lesson. He is very excited for his next lesson.

Posted Jan 13, 2017
Caitlin
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson

Posted Dec 6, 2016
Caitlin
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He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson

Posted Dec 6, 2016
Nick
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Avi has always been a helpful resource when learning to approach any number of instruments and musical experiments. His encyclopedic knowledge of theory and music technology, coupled with his adaptability to different tastes and approaches and willingness to experiment, makes him a great source of knowledge and an endlessly awesome collaborator.

Posted May 14, 2016
Alex
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I had just gotten a guitar as a gift for my birthday, but had no idea how to play. I heard about Avi through a friend for lessons, so I figured, "why not give it a try?"

So far the lesson's have been great: he's very understanding and patient, and has a good structure and method to the way he teaches. I'm still a novice, but I'm able to play a few songs, and my chord knowledge and technique have been improving rapidly!

Strongly recommend1

Posted May 11, 2016
Taylor
Profile-location-online Online

This guy is a true master at his craft, but also a delightfully positive and patient instructor. Words really don't do him justice, but I can say with great certainty, I am ten times better after only a few months.
He has all kinds of 'hacks' to make guitar easier. I tried learning for years, but only now am I really improving tonally as well as musically.
If you want to really play with joy, and the knowledge/technique to back it up, who's your guy? THIS GUY. PERIOD.

Posted May 11, 2016

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Experience

Owner, Founder
Feb 2020 - Present

Musical Engineering

A music education blog and resource to aid musicians of all levels in the process of playing and writing music. There's a couple of videos below from the YouTube channel.

Guitar Instructor
Feb 2017 - Present

Music School

I teach students from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds all with different goals in mind.

Owner, Musician / Engineer / Teacher / Composer
Feb 2007 - Present

Music Studio

Teach guitar, bass guitar, songwriting/composition, and basic recording/audio engineering to students. Compose, record, and engineer, and produce music for digital media and recording artists.

Music and Prayer Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016

Woodbury Jewish Center

Teaching 3rd through 6th graders music, folk songs, and traditional chants!

Assistant Audio Engineer
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016

Masterdisk Studios

Assist in everyday studio responsibilities. QC mastered projects for clients, bounce files, spectral cleaning, and project setup.

Studio Intern
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Nightlife Production Studios

Cleaned the studio space, performed artist outreach, and shadowed engineers.

Premiere Composer
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014

Mannes New School for Music

An original piece entitled, "Two Songs by William Ernest Henley" premiered at the Master's Recital of Mezzo-Soprano, Yiselle B.

Composer, Lead Guitarist, and Lead Vocalist
Apr 2003 - Nov 2008

Disposable Heroes

Metal band with influences like Metallica, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down. Played many shows in the Long Island area.

Guitarist
Jun 2003 - Jun 2007

Temple Beth Shalom

Performed guitar with the Friday Night Live Band at Temple Beth Shalom, including improvised solos and harmonies.

Education

BA in Music
Feb 2010 - Feb 2014

CUNY City College of New York

Music
Sep 2004 - Jun 2008

Paul D. Schreiber High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelors In Music, Specialty In Composition
Feb 2014

CUNY City College Of New York

Volunteer
Nov 2009

Habitat for Humanity

I helped build a house!

Awards

The Pro Musica Award
Feb 2014

CUNY City College of New York

The Mark Brunswick Composition Award
May 2013

CUNY City College of New York

The Sydney Zolot Graduation Award
Feb 2013

CUNY City College of New York

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2017
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Game Audio Network Guild
Nov 2014
This organization is the central hub for composers and sound designers of the video game industry. G.A.N.G. is your global game audio community. G.A.N.G. provides one voice to articulate, discuss and confront issues affecting the interactive audio industry as well as build a strong community for its fellowship through an online forum, local chapters and industry-wide events
Golden Key International Honor Society
Sep 2010
Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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