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Brett R.
Seattle, Washington
Expand your Piano skills with a 25 year pianist. Learn ear training, chords, new genres, and more!
Structured to reading sheet music and ear training. Includes music theory chord progressions and modal types. Time signature and rhythm is heavily taught, as well. Styles can include everything from Classical to Pop, Ragtime to Rock n' Roll!
About Brett R.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND ENJOYMENT ARE OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and experienced musician available for instruction offering the following: # In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone recognition # Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include: Guitar - electric & acoustic scale and riff patterns, chord shapes and progressions, picking and strumming patterns, learning songs and song-writing. Drum Kit and percussion rhythms snare rudiments, basic kick,snare,hi-hat beats, learning full drum parts. Piano/Keyboard scale and chord structures, finger exercises, ear-training, learning complete piano pieces # Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age groups Personal experience includes: 1) 25 years of GUITAR: professional performance and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord progressions, and alternate tuning. 2) 20 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced top forty beats. 3) 25 years of PIANO: which utilize several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime, in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes, chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle of 5th, and finger exercises) 4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at the college level. Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for sight-reading, rhythm patterns, tablatures, and chord charts. ***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process. *** Lesson Details *** Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the student's particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc... Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano. I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces. Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the student's belt. *** Studio Equipment *** *snare drum *electronic keyboard/piano *** Travel Equipment *** lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy the student should have their own instrument *** Specialties *** Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory fingerpicking styles and chord progressions - guitar lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar Latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2000

Education

AAAS digital/analog audio engineering

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Teaches ages 4+

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Speaks Español

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Avatar of the tutor
Brett R.
Seattle, Washington
Expand your Piano skills with a 25 year pianist. Learn ear training, chords, new genres, and more!
Structured to reading sheet music and ear training. Includes music theory chord progressions and modal types. Time signature and rhythm is heavily taught, as well. Styles can include everything from Classical to Pop, Ragtime to Rock n' Roll!
About Brett R.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND ENJOYMENT ARE OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and experienced musician available for instruction offering the following: # In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone recognition # Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include: Guitar - electric & acoustic scale and riff patterns, chord shapes and progressions, picking and strumming patterns, learning songs and song-writing. Drum Kit and percussion rhythms snare rudiments, basic kick,snare,hi-hat beats, learning full drum parts. Piano/Keyboard scale and chord structures, finger exercises, ear-training, learning complete piano pieces # Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age groups Personal experience includes: 1) 25 years of GUITAR: professional performance and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord progressions, and alternate tuning. 2) 20 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced top forty beats. 3) 25 years of PIANO: which utilize several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime, in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes, chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle of 5th, and finger exercises) 4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at the college level. Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for sight-reading, rhythm patterns, tablatures, and chord charts. ***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process. *** Lesson Details *** Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the student's particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc... Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano. I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces. Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the student's belt. *** Studio Equipment *** *snare drum *electronic keyboard/piano *** Travel Equipment *** lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy the student should have their own instrument *** Specialties *** Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory fingerpicking styles and chord progressions - guitar lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar Latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2000

Education

AAAS digital/analog audio engineering

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 4+

Speaks

Speaks Español

Speaks

Has background check

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I'm into my second month of weekly guitar lessons with Brett and can't believe how well I am playing already!! I've had some basic guitar lessons in the past but still very much a beginner. Brett knew precisely where to start and what I needed next to advance my playing, and broke it down into attainable steps. So far I've learned a good handful of strum patterns; I can finally play two songs pretty well and sing along; and I am in the rudimentary stage of learning to finger pick. Really love the fact that beautiful sounds are coming from my instrument! Highly recommend if you're ready to make the commitment to becoming a capable player.

Posted Nov 8, 2017

What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.

Posted May 24, 2014

Great teacher for my young daughter Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!

Posted Mar 12, 2014
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New Student Special
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