Eric Jayk

Eric J.

Brooklyn, NY
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Eric delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 1994

I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring rock band with a worldwide fan base and over 3 million youtube views. I graduated from New York University with Bachelor's of Music in Jazz guitar & trained with some of the most well-known and respected vocal coaches in the world. I'm currently teaching around 50 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun.

I play in 3 active bands (gigging regularly) & produce/cowrite with a number of artists for their own projects. I spent much of the past 15 years touring, writing and recording with my bands and with internationally known artists/celebrities. My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and more), commercials for Coca-Cola, Samsung and in video games.

In 2015, I signed a major label publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music/BMG played throughout Europe (and taught online lessons while away). Since 2016, I have released 3 singles and 2 EPs, for my own projects. I am currently endorsed by PRS guitars, Elixir Strings, & Godin Guitars/Bass Guitars.

I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home teaching studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I work with Vocalists/Singers, guitarists/bassists, pianists & songwriters/producers/composers in a wide age range, assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Metal, Hard Rock, Punk, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk, Soul, Classical, Folk.

I'm highly experienced as an online (Skype, Facetime and G+) instructor, teaching online lessons worldwide for the past 4 years to students who reside locally, nationally and even internationally.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students gain expertise in the following techniques and more...

Voice:

∙ proper breathing & breath support
∙ vocal placement / resonance
∙ diction
∙ vowels and proper modification techniques
∙ bridging registers & 'the high note'
∙ mixed voice
∙ vibrato
∙ vocal health/maintaining your voice
∙ touring, recording, performing
∙ screaming
∙ rhythmic singing
∙ writing songs/melodies/lyrics to suit your vocal strengths

Lead and Rhythm Guitar:

Chord voicing: triads, four note open/closed chord voicing, chord melodies, comping, strumming, finger-style, standard grooves in various styles.
Step-by-step approach to soloing/improvisation: major & minor scales & modes & arpeggios, triads, blues/pentatonic scales and "licks". phrasing & line development over simple & sophisticated harmonic changes.

Techniques including:
Alternate/sweep & tremolo picking, hybrid picking, slide guitar, hammer on/pull offs, (up to 8 finger) tapping, bending and whammy techniques, diagonal scale, arpeggios & note groupings and 4 finger scales.

Bass Guitar:

Right hand:
finger style, pick &
slapping/popping
Groove, rhythms and playing time
Time signatures, walking bass lines,
arpeggios, double stops,
chords & improvising
Writing bass lines.

**All of my students learn:

Sight reading (standard notation/tablature)
Music Theory & Ear Training
Rhythm / Timing (including reading rhythms)
Composition/songwriting

We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on technique. Many of my students text/email me a few days prior to our scheduled lesson with a song selection for the week. I focus our lesson's technical study with the song in mind. It has proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less "boring."

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have (7) guitars: including (4) electric, (2) acoustic/electric, & (3) electric bass
(2) tube guitar amplifiers, and various guitar effects pedals.

(1) full-size 88-key MIDI keyboard, (1) 61-key USB keyboard controller, and (1) Arturia MINILAB MIDI controller.

Also, I have an assortment of industry standard dynamic & condenser microphones for live performance and recording applications.

DAW recording software (Pro Tools 12.x, Logic 10.x, Ableton Live)
software synthesizers by Arturia, Fabfilter, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Steven Slate, Toontrack and more. I use plugin effects by Izotope, Fabfilter, Plugin Alliance and Universal Audio and Waves for many of my lessons and recording projects.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, videos, music recording, music workbooks and everything else a student may need... I prefer for students to print chord/fretboard & staff paper and bring to their lessons... Although I can do it if they can't... Students should just bring a list of songs they wish to learn to our lessons and a desire to learn

*** Specialties ***

Rock, Pop, Indie/Alternative, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Metal, Punk, EDM / Dance / Electronica, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Classical and more….I am fluent in the latest recording technology, songwriting/composition, performance coaching, career development. I will help you to find your unique voice, a polished and distinct sound, and your true personality as an artist.

I will recharge your passion for music and making music.

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Experience

Songwriter, Producer, Instrumentalist/Vocalist
Apr 2015 - Present
Fieldhouse Music / BMG

2015 I signed my first major publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music / BMG

Voice : Guitar : Bass : Songwriting : Music Production : Music Theory Instructor
Jan 2013 - Present
Takelessons.com

I teach students all over the world how to play/sing & compose great music!

Producer
Jan 2005 - Present
(Freelance)

I am an experienced producer and currently, write/record/mix music for a wide range of international and US artists, musicians and labels.

Lead Guitarist/Bassist for Sandra Bernhard
Oct 2005 - Jan 2011
Sandra Bernhard

I toured, recorded and played 7 shows 6 days a week with the legendary comedian/actress.

Education

Bachelor's of Music
Aug 1997 - May 2001
New York University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor's of Music
May 2001
New York University

Major: Jazz Guitar Performance
Minor: Jazz Composition

Awards

BMG songwriter
May 2015
BMG Music Publishing / Fieldhouse Music
Endorsed Artist
Feb 2014
PRS Guitars
Endorsed Artist
Jan 2014
Godin Guitars & Basses
2013-2015 Endorsed Artist
Sep 2013
Elixir Guitar Strings

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 2006

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

An example of (1) of the exercises I teach for proper resonance / vocal placement.  Thank you my friend/student Danny Dominguez.
Vocal Lesson Clip 2
Ngg AHH placement exercise

Try it,  it works!

Thanks Danny Dominguez!
Recorded before I went on a 2 1/2 month tour
Gramercy Theatre 2016

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Live at Rocklahoma
Live at the Zelta Mikrofons in Riga, Latvia 

February 2015
Photo by Eric J.

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Opening for Avenged Sevenfold in Camden, NJ

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Rocklahoma Hard Rock Festival
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214 Reviews

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Sumika Jul 24, 2017
Singing · Online

Update after completing 15 lessons. I'm still rocking out! Well, I have gone through the following stages during the last 4 months: (1) Overcome shyness in singing - Eric always makes me feel comfortable singing so I don't have to worry about how I sound or how I look (yes, some singing technique requires to make funny face!) (2) Improve voice range - Eric helps me to hit high notes without straining through his voice training methods. (3) Increase confidence - Eric always compliments my efforts and provides positive feedback. (4) Challenge new songs - Eric always encourages me to try something new/different. (5) Slump (For the last few weeks, I sounded so terrible at singing the songs that I picked and started losing confidence.) - Eric always relates to the problems that I encounter in singing, and he speaks to me from his own singing experiences. (6) Have fun singing - Eric always reminds me singing is fun! I feel so much better after yesterday's lesson, and I am ready to enjoy singing again. Eric is an amazing teacher, and I will continue taking his singing lessons! Try his lesson. I guarantee you will love it!!

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Toni C. Jul 22, 2017
Singing · In home

I like the fact he's really cool we share the same type of music and he's teaching me how to my real voice and not auto tunes. For my first lesson it was real cool experience.

Andrew Jul 21, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Great first lesson, will definitely be back!

Stephanie Jul 18, 2017
Piano · Online

Shreyen Jul 17, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Having not had any formal lessons in the past, I found myself stuck in a box for the past 13 years. What made me choose Eric as my instructor was his assurance that 'no matter what your goal is, I will get you there!'. This resonated with me as I needed a mentor who could turn me into a virtuoso in the course of a couple of years. In only 1 month, Eric has taught me all shapes and positions of the pentatonic scales, opening up the fretboard and allowing me to cover the entire neck when playing. He also explained the theory behind building chords and adding various melodic nuances to the rhythm section. Now we are dabbling with the dark arts of the harmonic minor scale. Eric is highly knowledgeable about music of all genres and generations and he is happy to share his own personal experiences and musical journey with me on days when I need motivation. He focuses on teaching the music that you want to learn and on songs that incorporate the theory is covered, which makes for a perfect marriage between theory and practice, and makes the lessons more fun and fulfilling. It is rare for a musician and a person of his caliber to share his knowledge so generously and patiently, and it is an honor and a privilege to be guided by him. I am hopeful and excited to see where this musical journey takes me with Eric at the wheel!

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Larry Jul 17, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Eric is an excellent teacher. He is professional, knowledgeable great at his craft. He knows.when to push and when to lay off. The exercises and techniques he has taught me have help me accomplish things vocally I never though possible. This new found knowledge and skill has given me a mega.confidence boost. I can't recommend him highly enough.

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Derrek M. Jun 23, 2017
Guitar · In home

Eric is a fantastic instructor... I was learning how to play on my own for a 2 months before my first sit down with him. He immediately picked up on where I was at so far and built around it quickly. And filled in my blanks. Long story short.. You can't go wrong with him.

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Sebastian H. Jun 20, 2017
Singing · Online

best thirty minutes of my life

Jeffrey Jun 20, 2017
Singing · Online

Definitely helping! Going to take a bit of work but I feel like I'll get there!

Sizhan Jun 20, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Great teacher! I can tell he really cares about students' improvement. I am really happy to be taking lessons from Eric.

Dhrumil P. May 29, 2017
Singing · In home

Amazing teacher! Even though I was a beginner, he worked patiently with me and guided me with vocal placement. He assisted me with both piano and voice and found fun and engaging ways to fuse the lessons. Will definitely reach back out anytime I'm in New York!

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Kyle Apr 22, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

I started with Eric about 4 months ago. I've had one in-person lesson and the rest online (around 15 lessons total). I came in as a complete beginner. He has been patient and worked with me (I think many of his students already have experience). Sometimes he has to explain very basic things to me, and he works hard to explain it in a way that I understand. The benefits I've seen thus far have been better pitch matching (both to a piano and musical pieces) and working on proper placement.

While I think Eric is great and definitely knows his stuff, if you are considering music (or any other skill worth pursuing, really), you're going to get out what you put into it; your instructor will only take you so far. You have to work for it and want it. Eric points me in the right direction and corrects things the best he can in our short time together. My job is to do the work between lessons to ensure I'm constantly improving. Simply having a good instructor will not guarantee success. You have to put in the work and effort, too.

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Afshad Apr 22, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Eric is a great teacher! He pushes you and makes sure that you get to your goals as efficiently as you can. If I'm ever back in NYC, I'll be sure to pick up lessons again!

Sumika Apr 21, 2017
Singing · Online

Update after taking 4 singing lessons. Eric is AWESOME!!! I wish I could give 10 stars!! I achieved my initial goal that was to be able to enjoy singing, and now I want to be good at it! Eric helped me to improve my vocal range - which means I have more selections of song to sing now. Eric made me feel comfortable and confident to practice songs that I've never even thought of trying. Eric is very encouraging and supportive. I just LOVE this singing lesson! I highly recommend Eric to anyone who is interested in taking singing lessons at any levels. I am planning to take this singing lesson for a long time...as long as Eric teaches at Takelessons :)

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Jean P. Apr 8, 2017
Singing · Online

Michael M. Apr 2, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

knows his stuff....daughter loves the lessons.

Austin S. Apr 2, 2017
Piano · Online

chill dude

William M. Mar 30, 2017
Guitar · Online

Sumika Mar 27, 2017
Singing · Online

I am not a singer. I just wanted to be able to enjoy singing so I decided to take singing lessons with Eric. Before the first lesson, I was super nervous and I even regretted the decision to sign up for it. After the first lesson, I was so glad that I made that decision! Eric was very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging…just like other reviewers said. I had fun and I am looking forward to the next lesson!

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Rowan Mar 18, 2017
Guitar · Online

really liked the lesson.

Michael M. Mar 18, 2017
Singing · Online

Larry P. Mar 9, 2017
Singing · In studio

Eric was courteous, professional, knowledgeable and fun. He knows when and how to demand more and when to ease up. Looking forward to my next lessons.

Ilhan R. Mar 9, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Eric is very good and very patient instructor. Ilhan

Aixa C. Feb 28, 2017
Singing · In studio

Eric is a very talented person, motivated, and communicative. And inspirational as well, we just started practicing I think we're gonna do a great job together

Souheil M. Feb 28, 2017
Singing · In home

great first class!

Tammy Feb 23, 2017
Singing · Online

He is truly one of the best vocal coaches out there. He makes strengthening your voice easy and fun. He never fails to make each lesson one of a kind. Definitely would recommend to beginners or even experienced singers can learn some tips.

sylvie Feb 5, 2017
Songwriting · Online

Lisa H. Feb 5, 2017
Singing · Online

I cannot even say enough about Eric. He is professional, knowledgable, supportive, encouraging, experienced, etc etc etc. I am a singer songwriter and was looking to get my voice in shape (took a break for a while). He knew exactly how to help me. Absolutely love him as a person and an instructor. He has so much to offer. If you're looking for someone to work with in any capacity involving music - he's your guy!!!

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Allan Stormon Jan 29, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I've been enjoying weekly lessons with Eric for about 3 months now and I'm stoked with my progression. Eric's lessons are challenging, thorough, and fun. Thanks to Eric I'm reading and writing music again, learning a variety of songs from some of the greats such as SRV, Hendrix, and Gary Moore, and exploring the world of jazz guitar - something I'd never thought I'd do.

He's the master.

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Daniel Jan 28, 2017
Singing · In studio

Excellent experience

Noel B. Jan 28, 2017
Singing · Online

Eric has been great! He helps me to challenge myself and I am very happy about the improvement in my vocal range and ability!

Brittany M. Jan 16, 2017
Singing · Online

I hired Eric to give singing lessons online to my fifteen-year-old daughter who is going to audition for The Voice next month. Just in the first hour that she had her lesson I could already see Improvement by Leaps and Bounds. Eric definitely knows what he's doing and he is very professional. My daughter felt very comfortable with him and has told me she wants to continue taking lessons with him. If I could do more than 5 Stars I would.

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Lauren Cassidy Jan 10, 2017
Songwriting ·

Eric is very helpful when working with you on original music He is motivated and ensures that you approve of the direction/style the song is going in. I highly recommend him for anyone who needs assistance with songwriting.

Noel B. Jan 4, 2017
Singing · Online

Thorough and very patient. Makes the process fun and entertaining. Great instructor and I highly recommend!

Nik Perkins Dec 18, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Eric is an amazing teacher! He focuses not only on voice but also artist development which makes lessons fun and engaging. Emphasis is on making music not just repeating the same vocal excercises over and over again. He takes time to learn students unique challenges and tailors lessons to improving those areas. He often goes above and beyond spending extra time on student projects and developing unique lesson plans. Definitely the best vocal teacher I've ever had!

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Rocky Dec 14, 2016
Singing · Online

My first lesson with Eric went very well. He showed patience and is very knowledgeable about singing. I highly recommend and will continue to take lessons from him. Thanks Eric!!! You are a great teacher!

John Dec 11, 2016
Guitar · Online

Doug Dec 10, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric is a very knowledgeable instructor. I am now beginning to finally understand the theory behind music and how it applies to guitar. Eric is also very patient and understanding. I have been away from music for several years due to family responsibilities and the rust is very evident. Eric takes his time with me and makes sure I understand what he is teaching me. He is also very responsive to any questions I may have between lessons and promptly replies to my emails even though he is quite busy with his music career. I recommend Eric highly! Sign up for lessons with him. It will be the best decision you will have ever made!

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Richard O. Dec 9, 2016
Singing · Online

If it wasn't for the hard work with singing lessons with Eric, I would not have finished recording my 9th song for my up and coming project...

End of story!

Grant Nov 20, 2016
Singing · Online

mark Nov 13, 2016
Singing · In home

I've studied voice with a myriad of teachers for 13+ years to maintain my instrument. I've been looking for a rock voice teacher ever since I started who knows their stuff and struck out many times.

Eric is the real deal. He's a knowledgeable technician who has an instructors approach to rock singing and can talk the talk of vocal pedagogy.

Couldn't recommend him more.

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Ally Z. Nov 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I learned a great deal from Eric in just one lesson! I was feeling frustrated re the guitar but I feel like I am sounding better already! Learned a lot of great tips!

Ross Nov 11, 2016
Singing · Online

David Nov 11, 2016
Guitar · Online

Great Teacher. Very Knowledgeable and took my guitar playing to the next level, not only as a guitarist but as a musician.

Claire S. Nov 7, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is an awesome teacher! I've been singing with him for over a year and certainly plan to continue. I love the way my voice sounds and how much easier it is to get the sound I want. He's helped me transition from a choral, liturgical sound to more of a pop/rock, soloist sound. He always answers my random questions about singing, how to take care of my voice, and performing. Would definitely recommend!

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Jean Nov 7, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

I've been with Eric for about 2 years now, and have seen much improvement in my skills under his training! (And I came in as a beginner without any prior training nor any exceptional singing skills.) He's very knowledgeable, works to the abilities of and targets the individual needs of each student. He's also very flexible and accommodating with his scheduling and understanding to personal situations that come up. But really most importantly he's super supportive and really helps to build confidence. Definitely would recommend whether vocal or musical instrument. 10/10, A++, Great teacher!

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Matt A. Nov 7, 2016
Guitar · In home

Eric really is an amazing teacher, I've been working with him for about 2 months now and my playing has gotten monumentally better. He's a great guy and really is a super technical musician; you will be impressed by his vast knowledge of musical theory, especially his mastery of jazz music. His teaching style allows you to learn advanced musical theory techniques a lot easier than any other way I've ever learned. I also have a very unpredictable schedule due to my work and he makes it very easy to still get my lessons in. If you're on the fence about doing lessons I would tell you to definitely work with Eric, you will not be disappointed. He will without a doubt be the best teacher you can find.

Thanks for everything man! Very glad that I came across you on this website.

-Matt

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Nick P. Nov 7, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is an amazing teacher! He focuses not only on voice but also artist development which makes lessons fun and engaging. Emphasis is on making music not just repeating the same vocal excercises over and over again. He takes time to learn students unique challenges and tailors lessons to improving those areas. He often goes above and beyond spending extra time on student projects and developing unique lesson plans. Definitely the best vocal teacher I've ever had!

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Chris F. Nov 7, 2016
Singing · In home

I've Have had about 7 lessons with Eric and feel I've already improved. He's a talented instrumentalist too. He's helped me find more confidence and clearer, trurer tone!

Kurt Nov 4, 2016
Singing · Online

Learning a lot and super cool dude

Cristina Garcia Nov 2, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I had never had vocal training before so it was scary for me to even have anyone listen and judge my voice. However, with Eric it was easy to become comfortable with my surroundings and let loose. He helped me prepare for my audition at a performing arts school and took his time to help me. He is extremely supportive and overall a really cool guy!! Will be booking again. _ Cris

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Tristen Oct 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I started taking lessons as a complete beginner (a couple months of self teaching) and since then I've surprised myself with what I can now do with an electric guitar. Eric's home studio is a comfortable learning space where together we've worked to achieve my goals on guitar and also the bases for guitar (scales, modes, keys, progressions, voicing, etc.). I highly recommend Eric, he will work with you to get you where you want to be as a musician

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Allan Stormon Oct 20, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio

After messing around on the guitar for years I'm looking for a teacher who can go back and take me through all the building blocks of music, including scales, chords, and formations. After just one jam-packed 60 min lesson with Eric I know he's the teacher that can do just that. I feel like I've already learned more than I could in weeks of doing it on my own.

Super pumped to reignite my guitar learning with Eric as I know I'll be able to make progress faster with the proper guided direction.

Let the good times roll...

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Doug E. Sep 30, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric is a highly intelligent musician. He is very patient and encouraging. Eric knows how to teach as well. He can get the point of the lesson across in a manner that is easily understood. I have had instructors before who were excellent musicians but just could not get the hang of teaching what they know. Eric also does not just "show you were to put your fingers". He teaches you "why you put your fingers where you do". His style of teaching is exactly what I was looking for. The fretboard makes so much more sense to me now. Rock on!

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Alex Heigl Sep 8, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Going into vocal training completely blind is often ego-shattering and bewildering, but Eric really takes the pain out of it. He really wants *you* to understand how to make your voice the best it can be, and he's incredibly patient and dedicated to the cause. Even just the six months of lessons I took with him had my producer and bandmates remarking on the improvement in my singing voice.

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Jonathan Daily Sep 7, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Voice lessons are hard, and can be totally agonizing, and make you feel awful, but Eric does a great job of not making you feel self conscious and figuring out how to get the most out of your voice. He customizes the plan on the fly to work for you and he's very encouraging w/o being patronizing. Totally recommended.

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Scott Kurland Sep 6, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I've been working with Eric in voice for about a year. I've definitely received complements on my singing improvements and have noticed my own range and confidence widen. He focuses mainly on vocal exercises and it's quite a workout getting through 30 minutes with Eric but it's certainly worth it to help keep my placement and tone in top shape!

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Scott Sugarman Sep 5, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Eric is a great teacher! Have only had two lessons so far, but I've already seen an improvement in my vocal performance and endurance in the studio and on stage. Exercises have been very helpful. Eric is professional and efficient, and we were able to cover a lot of ground in each lesson. Will definitely continue with him.

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Neishja R. Sep 4, 2016
Singing · Online

I've just completed my last lesson in the set of 5 and I'm already making plans to purchase another set. I've had 2 vocal coaches in the past and I've never felt as comfortable as I feel with Eric. I've heard a noticeable difference in my voice and I know it will get better!

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Chris G Sep 3, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Awesome guy, awesome teacher!
Been working with Eric on and off for over a year now and he has helped me improve with both my technique and confidence. The man is patient and open ears while always willing to help you reach your personal goals. The only vocal teacher ive ever had whose understood where I was coming from.

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Jamie Sep 2, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Eric is a great teacher, very patient and provides a lot of great feedback and homework! I can't believe how quickly I have learned to play!

Jakki Carver Sep 2, 2016
Vocal Training ·

This guy is amazing. He helps you get to the next level and is so willing to work with you and gives great feedback- he's comfortable to be yourself and is so in tune with his students- book your lessons with him- you won't regret it! You'll be thrilled!

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Jay Pluck Sep 2, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I am very grateful to have had several vocal coaching lessons with Eric. My band was preparing to record and my own vocal performance was very important to me. He was so efficient in preparing specifically for what I wanted to do -- and our work together contributed mightily to my performance. Thank you, Eric!

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Malin Bray Sep 2, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I came to Eric when I was dealing with some serious vocal issues and needed to get my voice back in shape. I had shows coming up and was really stressed about my voice.... Over the next few weeks Eric completly transformed my voice, increased my range, and restored my confidence. He is one of a kind and amazing!!!!!

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Daniel Aug 4, 2016
Singing · In studio

One lesson with this guy and I'm singing eay beyond my expectation. He knows how to work the vocals. I highly recommend this guy

Jamie S. Aug 1, 2016
Guitar · Online

Love all the homework he gives and how he is able to quickly surmise that I was indeed a beginner and in need of the basics. He was very willing and patient in helping me learn some basic chords and gave me some good exercises to practice.

Tyler M. Jul 31, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

Eric is going to help ignite my ability to write music consistently and with less writer's block in between. He's straight forward with great tips. Looking forward to seeing how this all works out.

Christain M. Jul 25, 2016
Singing · Online

Eric has done amazing thing with me to help me on directing my focus to the fields I needed to help me sing! I really couldn't sing people would tell me not to quit my day job. Now I am being asked to sing in people's bands.

Jordan Sutton Jul 25, 2016
Singing · Online

By far my favorite teacher I've ever had

Ben B. Jul 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Awesome teach, more importantly very motivating!

vincent Jul 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

one of the best guitar teachers out there. Hes experience and patient. You will definitely get better with his help. Guitar maybe hard but Eric make it seem easy for you.

Chris S. Jul 25, 2016
Guitar · In home

Eric is a great teacher! I wanted to learn music theory and apply it to the guitar. Every lesson he directs my learning so I can get where I wanna be both in theory and guitar playing. Super patient

Spencer Hadtrath H. Jul 20, 2016
Guitar · Online

Great experience! Awesome teacher!

james H. Jul 13, 2016
Guitar · Online

thought me the riffs of enter sandman and seven nation army.

Kim McAulay Jul 8, 2016
Singing · Online

I worked with Eric for 45 minutes per week for about 8 months and during that time I was able to improve my range, which gave me the confidence to audition for solos twice. I was selected to perform one solo live and on a recording. A huge accomplishment for me.
Thanks, Eric for your guidance, patience and honesty.

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Matt A. Jul 6, 2016
Guitar · Online

He's really great, couldn't be happier. Looking forward to learning from him, he's going to really improve my playing capabilities and musical theory application on the guitar. Exactly the type of teacher I was looking for.

Catheryn Jun 22, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is awesome! He is extremely knowledgeable and patient with his students. He gently but firmly pushes you to improve, whether that be expanding your range during warm-ups or focusing on perfecting the rhythm. He teaches you not just to imitate professional singers, but how -- enunciation details you wouldn't have noticed otherwise.

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Catheryn Jun 22, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is awesome! He is extremely knowledgeable and patient with his students. He gently but firmly pushes you to improve, whether that be expanding your range during warm-ups or focusing on perfecting the rhythm. He teaches you not just to imitate professional singers, but how -- enunciation details you wouldn't have noticed otherwise.

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Spencer Jun 22, 2016
Guitar · Online

WOW! What an amazing experience! Eric is awesome is every way. He is a real rock star so he has all the experience besides the training to bring my guitar playing to the next level.

Grant Jun 22, 2016
Singing · Online

Eric has been instrumental in helping me improve significantly enough that my band mates notice week by week.

Amy .. Jun 21, 2016
Singing · Online

My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed her lessons with Eric and he has done a wonderful job coaxing her out of her shell. The lessons are based off her interests and he keeps them entertaining while learning, she is never bored. Her level of interest in singing has increased and she is eager to improve which helps greatly when lesson day comes!

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Mitchel Margulis Jun 8, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric has been a great influence on my son's musicianship. Since starting lessons with Eric, I have been able to see and hear a huge difference in my sons playing, attitude and understanding of the guitar. Also, Takelessons is an extremely effective method of teaching and taking guitar lessons.... I highly recommend Eric as a teacher as well as Takelessons.com.

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Will B. May 18, 2016
Guitar · Online

I've got to say I've never taken any sort of lessons like i have with Eric. I was nervous about the whole online thing at first. Eric gave me just what I needed. Home work each week. Ideas that stretched my playing. Just after the first week I was playing better and new more, and every week it compounds.

Definitely would recommend for people who are serious about wanting to improve.

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Adam May 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is an excellent instructor. He’s great at bringing out inner confidence and breaking down musical concepts. Lessons from him are always productive and enjoyable. Highly recommended!

Constantine Apr 12, 2016
Singing · In studio

I've always been dreaming to sing rock. You know, the hard and classical one, like Avantasia, Whitesnake...
Eric was just the right person to help me out! Totally fascinated by his manner of teaching! He guides you carefully to discover your own potential, patiently explains what are you doing wrong or shows you strong sides. He feels when to push on you or when to give you rest. Every lesson is so relaxed and so much fun!
I'm getting close to all songs I've counted as impossible to perform before. Although I still need tonnes of practice, I begin to see where to go.
Best instructor ever. Nuff said

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Christain M. Apr 9, 2016
Singing · Online

I took 5 lesson from Eric and he helped me out an extraordinary amount he knows exactly how to help I cant wait to take some more from this man

Virginia S. Apr 8, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Eric is a great instructor and has instilled his love of guitar in my son. We will continue to take lessons from him as long as he is teaching!

Claire S. Apr 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is the best vocal coach I've ever had! He's gotten my voice into shape, improving my range, enunciation, clarity, performance ability, and confidence. He's constructive and descriptive in teaching me to do new things with my voice and encouraging when I get them right. He's helped me navigate different styles of music and is always willing to answer my questions about instruments, performing, and dealing with everyday throat/voice problems. I've been taking lessons with Eric for over a year and I would recommend him to anyone looking to improve their singing.

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Claire Stephens Apr 6, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Eric is the best vocal coach I've ever had! He's gotten my voice into shape, improving my range, enunciation, clarity, performance ability, and confidence. He's constructive and descriptive in teaching me to do new things with my voice and encouraging when I get them right. He's helped me navigate different styles of music and is always willing to answer my questions about instruments, performing, and dealing with everyday throat/voice problems. I've been taking lessons with Eric for over a year and I would recommend him to anyone looking to improve their singing.

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Kyra Mar 21, 2016
Singing · In home

My daughter is 8, she instantly click with Eric and she love her lessons with him
He has a natural way about him, we feel like we know a long time.

Brian Seitz Mar 17, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Eric is an extraordinary teacher. My vocal abilities were about zero when I came to him. A few months later, I was singing at open mics. A year later, I was taking turns at singing lead with my band.

Eric is patient, thoughtful and dedicated. Whatever you bring to the table, he'll match you 110%. He knows when to push, when to criticize and when to inspire. I'd recommend Eric for anyone who wants to take their music to the next level.

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Schuyler Krohn Mar 15, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I have been working with Eric for the past year or so to improve my vocal capabilities. All I can say is that he knows what he is doing (even over skype, which is what I use with him). He has gotten me to ranges I never thought I could get to and has a thorough understanding of the voice and songwriting. Plus he isn't a stiff, super friendly and understanding as well. Open to what you want and need as a student. Definitely take him!

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Asterio B. Mar 14, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My daughter is learning fast with Eric. Variety of techniques. Worth the money. Highly recommended.

Asterio B. Mar 14, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My daughter is learning fast with Eric. Variety of techniques. Worth the money. Highly recommended.

Kerija Kalēja Mar 14, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Eric, is an impeccable voice teacher . He gets you to sing things you never thought you could, but somehow you do and better than you thought . He encourages and supports me as a student , which makes me better and more confident in everything I want to do vocally. I feel lucky to have gotten the chance to meet Eric and study with him.

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Shania Castillo Mar 14, 2016
Guitar ·

I have been with Eric for about over three years and must I say he is an angel. He's so sweet, kind, and patient. He never makes you feel uncomfortable and he goes with whatever genres you like. I've not only learned the guitar but a bit of the piano and he has also given me advice on how to improve my voice. He is one of the best teachers I've been practicing with and I so highly recommend him.

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Jasmine Sandler Mar 14, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I have had a personal goal of learning to sing and get on stage for a long time (as a singer!) I am a global speaker, but have never sang. In working with Eric (after trying 3 other teachers) I have learned to have confidence in singing. It is his obvious professionalism that has made me such a fan. He is the real deal. Very talented and also a great teacher. We are working towards my goal and I can't wait to get there! I highly recommend Eric as a singing teacher.

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Nathan G. Feb 25, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric is a fantastic instructor. He's passionate about the work that he does, and he's highly professional as well. For me the bottom line is this: Eric is an instructor who will motivate you to work, inspire you to grow, and support you while you're on your journey. Personally, I found the format of online learning suited to me as well.

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Susse Sønderby Feb 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I came to Eric with very little guitar experience, through the course of a few months Eric has helped me improve my guitar skills noticeably.

Eric is a very knowledgable teacher, he’s approach to teaching is humble and very effective, he let’s me play what I want and quickly narrows in on improvements and challenges for each session.

Taking lessons with Eric has helped me tremendously elevate my guitar playing rapidly, as an experienced teacher and talented guitar player he knows when to balance music theory with rhythm, scales and chords for each session.

I’m a big fan, I would recommend anyone to play with Eric and learn from him!

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Melissa Feb 22, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

I've been going to Eric weekly for over a year and he's been great. I've always wanted to play an instrument but never took the plunge and I'm very happy I did. He's super patient with me, and takes the time to make sure I can play real songs. We spent a lot of time at the beginning getting me to play normal songs instead of diving into theory first which I really appreciated. I could see myself starting to play. We added heavy doses of theory into the class throughout the year and now I understand how music is made. I'm a slow learner and need to practice more on my own but now I can actually play!

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Sunshine Feb 21, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric is a fabulous teacher! I have been taking guitar lessons online with Eric for over 1 year now. He is experienced, patient, reliable, and offers feedback without destroying my confidence as a beginner. I would definitely recommend Eric as an online guitar teacher....

Learning with a private teacher without even leaving my house is ideal for my busy schedule....

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Mitchel Margulis Feb 20, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric had been teaching my 15 year old for about 6 months. He's very professtial and my son really likes him. I can really see a vast improvement in his playing and musicianship. Takeslessons has been fantastic in terms of ease and progress for my son and Eric gas just made it perfect. Thanks Eric!

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Mat Feb 19, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

Eric is a great teacher and he is extremely patient. I really appreciate him. He took me on as a student when I was physically limited and helped me learn songs and the importance of chords and scales. I was pleased overall.

Marian Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric helped my daughter to prepare for her High School auditions. Not only did he teach her many techniques but he also helped her build up confidence that she thought she didn't have. He was kind and patient at all times. We were very satisfied with the lessons.

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Emilio Feb 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Guitar lesson's with Eric Jayk
any good musician can teach you to play Guitar.
Eric can teach you to create your own music, work with you on songs you create.
and at the same time teach you to play everyone else;s music
I would recommend him to anyone that wants to learn to play Guitar
and anyone who wants to be a good musician and create original music as an art form

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Rachel M. Feb 19, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

Eric is great! My teenage daughter has really enjoyed learning guitar and bass from him. He is very patient and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend working with him.

Jonny Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is patient, easy going, and a fun teacher. If you’re interested in playing or singing rock music Eric is the teacher for you. When you take lessons with Eric you won’t just become a better singer or guitarist but you’ll become a better musician. He always encouraged me to bring in any original songs I had, and he was more then will to help me write and make them better. He even helps you with some recording and production tips. When I compare the recordings of me singing before I took lessons with him with the recordings after It was a night and day difference. Eric is pro and I’ll highly recommend him.

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Jakki C. Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

Fantastic teacher. The ability to get you out of your comfort zone while making sure you're still comfortable. Would highly recommend this teacher!

Richard Feb 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Eric is a very talented and patient instructor!

Graham R. Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

10/10

vince Feb 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

He is best. I was never a good student but he was just amazing. I always struggled but he really help and encourages you, i was always frustrating yet he is willing to be patient, if you are starting guitar he is the guy for you.

Samantha Feb 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Eric is a really great teacher. He has so much knowledge and experience and really listens to his students and is flexible with the music he teaches you. I walked away from these lessons with a greater understanding of the guitar as an instrument and lots of practice exercises to help increase my skill set. I'd recommend him to guitar players of all levels.

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Nicole Rider Feb 19, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

Wonderful and patient teacher. Emphasis on playing what you want or need to play. I highly recommend Eric.

Kaitlin Farrell Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric got me singing 5 notes higher in my chest voice. He's a great teacher and a really nice person.

William M. Jan 22, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very knowledgeable and friendly. Paid attention to the things I wanted to learn. Definitely felt like I got my money's worth!

Emilio G. Jan 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio

He's great! He has made it a lot easier for me to transition from playing classical jazz to rock. I feel I am getting a lot out of the lessons. I'm creating my own style and my own music. Recommend!

John Jan 18, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric is the man and he knows an insane amount about the guitar. I like that he adapts to my pace so even when it takes me a bit longer to nail something down, we work on a famous solo or something like that until I get the theory. He is also very accommodating and very responsive if you have to get in touch with him or have any questions.

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Yousuf Al-Emadi Jan 17, 2016
Guitar · Online

Eric is great!

Richard O. Jan 16, 2016
Vocal Training · Online

Been with Eric for "2" years. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be singing a once difficult song of mine -/ and much more.

He's one of the best.

Brian Jan 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is an extraordinary teacher. My vocal abilities were about zero when I came to him. A few months later, I was singing at open mics. A year later, I was taking turns at singing lead with my band.

Eric is patient, thoughtful and dedicated. Whatever you bring to the table, he'll match you 110%. He knows when to push, when to criticize and when to inspire. I'd recommend Eric for anyone who wants to take their music to the next level.

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allen V. Jan 3, 2016
Singing · Online

Took my voice to a whole new level. I've had three vocal coaches in the past two years and Eric was by far the best and the one I've stuck with. He specifically helped me with hitting high notes that I never imagined I'd be able to reach ( and with ease) . Very grateful to have found him.

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Jordan Sutton Jan 3, 2016
Singing · Online

I've always been told that vocal training was important to becoming a great singer, but never took it seriously. Until recently I have become the singer I never thought I could be with Eric's help. And I've had teachers before, but I feel like none of them knew the answers to my questions. Even if he doesn't he will work with you until the answer reveals itself. All in all, he's a cool dood. 10/10. 11/10 w/ rice.

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Lin Bai Jan 1, 2016
Singing · In studio

Eric is an awesome teacher. Intuitive and patient. My vocal skill and range is improved notably with his help. He can also adjust the lesson depending on the individual and make it customizable. Additionally, he's musical skill is comprehensive, and I can also ask him questions about guitar. Eric usually records every lesson with him which is perfect for later reference and practice. Would recommend him for anyone who's interested in music.

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Jean C. Dec 31, 2015
Singing · In studio

I've been with Eric for just over a year for Vocal/Singing lessons. When I started I had no background in proper singing technique. I had some experience singing in a choir but really no particular skill or talent to note of, and I really wanted to sing confidently on my own (with particular interest in the punk/rock genre). In one year I've seen so much improvement in my own ability that I wouldn't have seen possible when I started. I've always held a desire to sing but had no confidence in my own ability, but Eric helped ease doubts I had, was always encouraging, and worked with me to move forward at my own pace. I still have a long ways to go but now I can see my goal as something tangible instead of just wishful thinking. I'm glad to have him as my teacher and would highly recommend him to anyone with a passion for singing regardless of skill level.

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Brandt Dec 29, 2015
Singing · Online

Eric has been incredible, he has taught me things that I couldn't ever understand before having lessons with him. He has patience and is super relaxed, enough to make me feel comfortable singing when he can hear me. I definitely recommend Eric if you're looking for a teacher.

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Kimberly N. Dec 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I only had the opportunity to work with Eric for about a month before I had to randomly leave NYC, and it was such a bummer to leave his instruction! I absolutely loved his lesson structure. It was the perfect blend of technique and theory practice, with practical and helpful goals for the week. Efficient and patient instructor. Totally recommended.

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Tracey S. Dec 1, 2015
Singing · In studio

My daughter is 11 and she loves to sing. Eric makes the lesson fun. He's doing an amazing job training her voice. He has patience and she enjoys singing even more. Her signing confidence has grown and she really looks forward to her lesson. We're truly pleased to have Eric as her teacher.

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Marian Nov 24, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Eric helped my daughter greatly to prepare for her auditions. She felt very relaxed and confident with him.

Ethan W. Nov 13, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

This guy took me to a new level. I think I've found my Bon Jovi voice. Hoping to hit higher levels this and next year!

Alec M. Nov 10, 2015
Guitar · Online

Great teacher, in only a few classes I've learned so much . Hes a great person and understands and creates lessons around what you need, He is AMAZING.

Nicole Rider Nov 5, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online

Eric is a wonderful teacher! He is very understanding and was even comforting me in the middle of a panic attack which I (and any one with depression or anxiety) greatly appreciated. Would recommend to anyone and especially to people who have anxiety or are nervous form any reason .

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Asterio B. Oct 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Perfect teacher. Gets it done with fun. My daughter learned a lot already. Very Highly recommended..

Jose G. Oct 26, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric is the best best best he knows what's he's doing really go to him he's great he helps so much he cares

Peter V. Oct 24, 2015
Singing · Online

Eric is a really down to earth guy. I feel relaxed and good when singing in front of him through Skype. I feel like my voice is already improving just from the first lesson and would recommend him to anyone looking to improve your vocal abilities.

Nathan G. Oct 24, 2015
Guitar · Online

Eric is the most knowledgeable guitar teacher that I've ever had. He has worked with me to identify my interests and goals, and has helped me to develop a structured routine that has increased my comfort with playing rhythm AND lead guitar. I'm learning to integrate theory and practice for the first time ever.

Eric is patient and inspiring, and the online experience has really worked for me.

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allen V. Oct 21, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric took my range to a whole new level. He is VERY knowledgable and really strives to get the best out of you. After only a few lessons I noticed a significant change and how much easier it was for me to hit those high notes. Not to mention he is an awesome guy and totally fun to work with. I've have 4 different vocal teachers in the past 3 years and would hands down recommend Eric over anyone else!

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Zaida R. Sep 30, 2015
Music Theory · Online

He's great, which is what I expected after having read his reviews.

We've only had one lesson but I've learned more with him than I did with an adult self teaching piano book.

So far, very good.

Richard C. Sep 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Eric is awesome. I appreciate the fact that he's super patient and willing to work with me, especially since I'm just starting out and making a million mistakes at a time. Super knowledgeable and encouraging. Can't wait to keep going at it and make some progress with his help!

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Zach P. Sep 3, 2015
Vocal Training · Online

Eric's experience and talent speaks for itself. He offered great constructive input on original compositions and helped dial them in the way I wanted. Having never received any vocal guidance before, after only a couple of lessons I could already see dramatic improvement in my placement and tone. He stays on task and is really fun to work with. He also offers a lot of material on the side for practice, warming up, etc that he will recommend to you based on your individual needs.

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Kristen L. Aug 31, 2015
Singing · In studio

Just had my first lesson and I feel like I already learned a lot. Can't wait for more lessons with him!

Ksenia M. Aug 23, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric is a great instructor and easy to follow. He is patient and gives good advices and learning techniques to the beginners. I recommend!

Andrew R. Aug 19, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Eric is an awesome teacher and I really enjoy our lessons. I feel like I walk away with something from every lesson. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to learn enhance their musical abilities.

Asterio B. Aug 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great instructor. Great lessons. It's easy to learn/understand/easy to follow. Very patient. Very highly recommended...

Jevon A. Aug 18, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Awesome vocal instructor!
I've worked with Eric for a short period of time but learned and I improved a lot just wish I could've stood working with him a little longer. But I definitely recommend any one to work with Eric he is definitely the best of the best and very professional! !!!!!!!! ;)

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Yaw A. Aug 18, 2015
Singing · Online

Not only is Eric an incredible instructor, but he is also very patient. Regardless of skill level, Eric will help you reach your full singing potential through multiple singing exercises. Remember those lip rolls!

Niv Kaikov Aug 18, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric is a very cool and interesting person and a great teacher!

Kim McAulay Aug 18, 2015
Singing · Online

I had my first lesson with Eric last week. He had me do warm up exercises--went through scales to get an idea of my range and asked about my experience and goals. He sent me multiple practice exercises, so I could 'do my homework'. I felt comfortable working with him and am looking forward to my next lesson this week. Thanks Eric!

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Kaitlin Farrell Aug 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric is a wonderful vocal teacher. I look forward to our lessons every week. He's helped me get into great vocal shape through a number of challenging and creative exercises. I'm able to sing several notes higher in my chest voice and I've noticed considerable improvements in my breath control and tone. I'm so glad I took the leap and signed up for lessons.

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Brandt Reeser Aug 17, 2015
Singing · Online

I have only had a couple of lessons but Eric has honestly helped me so much more already, than any other vocal teacher I've had in the past has helped. So thank you for that! He is a great teacher with loads of patience and he always is able to instantly tell you what you're doing wrong and how to correct it.

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Louis M. Aug 17, 2015
Guitar · Online

Eric is very knowledgeable and very patient. In a short amount of time I learned more than I had in 2 years of lessons with another instructor

Christopher G. Aug 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio

A little bit of backstory for reference: When I was younger, around middle school through high school I played guitar. I took lessons and played a lot, mostly within a certain comfort zone that I found and I was objectively speaking mediocre. I get to college and school overwhelmed my playing and later work also overwhelmed it further. About 9 months ago I started to get the itch again after over a decade of not playing and wanted to learn things that I didn't have the temperament for when I was younger.

Enter Eric: Within the past 9 months I have learned more than I did when I played prior for ~8 to 10 years. Eric was quick at learning where I was at and each lesson involved pushing a little bit forward past my comfort zone. This said, each lesson I have gotten a lot to work on. It seemed overwhelming at first, however things have all started to gel in my brain and my fingers to the point where I was able to see and understand why I was given a specific exercise when I was and see how it all fits together. Learning theory and executing it is no easy task so it has taken a lot of work on my end and Eric has always been patient with my progress and moreover I have been extremely happy with my rate of progress.

Lessons are always a good time, they always feel like I am hanging out with a friend rather than a teacher. Eric is great to talk to about music, and his passion for music is evident, all types of music. It is crystal clear that he not only has a profound love for music, but he understands it and hears it in a way that most people don't. Sometimes I wish I could hear music the way he does and be able to wax poetic about the nuances, but taking lessons with Eric has surely made me appreciate music more and listen to everything a little differently. At 30 years old I think I am re-falling in love with music all over again.

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dana H. Aug 5, 2015
Singing · Online

Mr Eric made online singing fun and informative. He's very encouraging and patient and really knows how to help you make the best sounds with what you have. It was an awesome experience and I cannot wait for my next lesson.

Paula B. Aug 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Just the first lesson and my daughter was already playing guitar and singing well...

Graham R. Jul 23, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric's a great teacher!

Alex Jul 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In home

It's immediately apparent that Eric knows what he's talking about regarding vocal training, and more importantly, that he knows how to apply that knowledge to a student's specific needs and skill level. Most importantly, though, he actually seems to care whether or not a student is improving, and wants them to live up to their full potential.

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Jimmy S. Jun 22, 2015
Singing · Online

Just had my first lesson, singing lessons are definitely worth taking a shot. I think Eric is a great teacher and he seems like a pretty cool guy.

Erin M. Jun 18, 2015
Vocal Training · Online

So far so great! I can already tell that Eric is going to really help me out! Excited to try these warm ups!

Sam G. Jun 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Very informative and fun to work with! He's extremely educated about guitar and is patient with your progress. He let's you work on songs that you want to work on and explains everything in ways that make the fundamentals easier to grasp. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!

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Paul May 20, 2015
Singing · Online

Great first lesson, was very encouraging. Looking forward to the rest of our lessons.

Holly C. May 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online

First lesson- so far so good. I like that Eric gave me two things to practice. Also, I'm completely new to guitar, so what I'm practicing seems hard and feels super awkward, but I like that, because it gives me something to work at. I like that, even though I'm starting from the basics, Eric gave me something to practice that seems worth doing, instead of just going over string names and tuning, like some online beginner videos do. It's nice to feel like I'm practicing something worthwhile, even if it is just the first lesson :)

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Graham R. May 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great

Xander T. Apr 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great coach! I definitely feel more confident after my first lesson with Eric. I am looking forward to continuing to learn from him.

Jakki C. Apr 2, 2015
Singing · In studio

My experience with Eric has been fantastic. He is a cool, chill person but is enthusiastic for his student! Would recommend him in a NY minute!

Zoe P. Mar 22, 2015
Singing · In studio

Eric truly are a great teacher. Very Patients and talented. He gives 110% into his teaching. Keep going Eric. Blessings!!!

vincent Y. Feb 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Hes really good, i suggest taking the 45 minute lesson so it gives both you and him time to teach you new skills and practice. but expect to work, during the lesson and after the lesson practice practice practice.

Mario B. Feb 13, 2015
Singing · In home

Eric is the best when it comes to learning how to sing, He tries different techniques with you until you show improvement, and makes sure you yourself know why your doing those techniques and how they help you improve and he doesn't let you leave without learning something new in every lesson, taking classes with him, you can guarantee your voice will improve better with every new lesson and he's an awesome guy to talk too

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Ricki M. Feb 1, 2015
Singing · Online

I only have had one lesson with Eric but plenty of interactions. He has been incredibly flexible trying to coordinate lessons with my busy schedule and is really relaxed while teaching. It was easy to be comfortable singing, which I think is an important quality for a singing teacher to have. Thanks a lot Eric! :)

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Marcus A. Jan 29, 2015
Guitar · Online

Eric's extremely laid back and knows a lot about music! We had a great conversation about what I wanted to learn when we first started off. He gave me a bunch of material to work with and I'm gradually making progress toward my goals as a guitarist!

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Sabrina H. Dec 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I had a totally different experience working with Eric. With me, he frequently started lessons late, ended them early and was totally checked out during our last couple of lessons. We had a lotta random convos early on and I liked him on a personal level but his teaching style just didn't work for me.

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Rachel M. Nov 8, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online

My teenage daughter is having a great experience being taught by Eric. He is very kind and patient and I have already seen tons of improvement in her playing after just a few lessons. We are a busy family and the convenience of the online classes is wonderful.

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Sunshine B. Oct 24, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Overly impressed with Eric as a guitar teacher.
I was hesitant about taking lessons online but it worked out just fine.
Eric is extremely patient and knows how to play/teach about any song. I'm convinced he could teach any level player. As a beginner, I appreciate this.
I would say sign up, try it out. You'll be mad that you didn't!

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Jean C. Oct 21, 2014
Singing · In studio

I'm only a couple of lessons in but already do I feel such an improvement with each class! I chose Eric for his affordable price, but also his clear and concise profile listing what he will teach so I know what I can expect from him. And he's exceeded my expectation! He knows how to teach in a way that provides a beginner like me with detailed technique, and his casual approach helps to ease my own doubts with my own ability. So yes, two thumbs up recommendation!

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David W. Oct 16, 2014
Guitar · Online

I have been enjoying my lessons with Eric a lot. He is an extremely talented and knowledgeable musician and teacher. I feel very lucky to have found him. He has clearly laid out a path for me to follow that I know will ultimately lead to the achievement of my goals and is now patiently guiding me down that path. Forget my guitars, amps and pedals; Eric is now the most important tool in my musical arsenal. I wish I would have met him years ago but now that I have I finally know I am on the right track to becoming a great guitar player. Thank you Eric!! You are the man!!

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Jenna G. Aug 12, 2014
Singing · In studio

Seriously, though. the best teacher ever. the efficiency in which he hammers out the lesson and ear to catch me immediately when I am not on point and turn me around left me feeling somewhat dizzy. because, like whoa. he covered more relevant (quantity and quality) material in 45ish minutes at his place than in a year of musicianship sections @ UCLA. and at about $10k cheaper.

felt like getting a one-on-one with a highly esteemed professor, only he's a punk in Brooklyn with bangle bracelets up to his elbow and leather(?) pants. to be more articulate: he is an artist. and he didn't even get weird.

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Saliho T. Aug 10, 2014
Vocal Training · Online

Eric is a very nice and inspiring teacher, He help me a lot and give me words inspirations when i felt like giving up. I've started to work with him, every summer now, and I have improve greatly doing these time. AND HIS PRICE ARE VERY LOW TOO!!!

jon R. Jul 17, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Eric is an incredible musician (singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer) with the added gift of teaching. His approach is so fluid you advance greatly in a short period of time. Eric has taught me how to expand my range, have a constant and clear tone plus scream without harming my vocal chords. His calm demeanor and broad range of knowledge will give you a better sense of your musicianship.

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Elena W. Jul 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Eric is a great teacher!

Greg B. Jun 25, 2014
Guitar · In home

Eric is a professional career musician who composes, records, and tours. I've taken lessons with him for the past eight months. He teaches everything you'd need to know as a player to improvise and go on to write your own music. Furthermore, he works from his students perception of genres of music, artists, and songs, that are interesting to them - so you will always be playing something that excites you.

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Sam May 14, 2014
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Eric is an awesome teacher, the video session was great and very helpful. I learned in 30 minutes what i could not learn for a week. Thank you Eric .

Earleen May 14, 2014
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I've never had a better learning experience than with Eric from TakeLessons. He gave me great tips to work on, both with my guitar and my vocals. Not only that, but he was very friendly and easy to work with! If I ever need help or lessons in the future, I'll use TakeLessons.

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Tomasso A. May 7, 2014
Vocal Training ·

Powerful Vocal Technique

I initially sought vocal training lessons with Eric to simply strengthen my voice. I have struggled with a vocal identity, often times, challenging my in studio recording abilities. In a matter of weeks Eric has taught me a basic yet powerful vocal technique. And most importantly because Eric is a real world musician with real world experience, I fully trust his guidance. I highly recommend Eric.

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Tarran M. Apr 30, 2014
Singing ·

WORTH EVERY CENT! YOU WON'T FIND BETTER

Eric Jayke is well above and beyond what I hoped to get from takelessons.com. I was originally going to take one or two lessons of "singing" because I had never done any singing in front of anyone to break out of the shyness. Now I am taking lessons whenever I have the time. I have learned music theory from him on guitar and I even sing and play songs all the time now in front of people. I am currently working on my own songs and recording with some extremely talented musicians that would have never wanted to play with me without learning what I have so far from Eric. I look forward to our lessons every time! They are the highlight of my weeks! I 100% highly recommend him to anyone out there with a passion for music. Do yourself a favor and book one with him. You'll see.

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Danny D. Apr 22, 2014
Singing ·

Enjoying this experience.

Eric is a very talented musician and has a great knowledge of vocal placement and techniques. I'm only two sessions in but Im excited to see where I can go as far as my vocal range.

Brandon S. Apr 21, 2014
Bass Guitar ·

Patient and adaptive

Eric's a great teacher for first time musicians. I'm about a month in and he's been nothing but responsive and helpful. I came with a playlist of songs and he immediately picked up on my tastes and adjusted our lessons accordingly.

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Justin B. Apr 16, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·

Daughter loved first lesson.

My daughter just had her first guitar lesson ever and she loves Eric. I was surprised at the amount she was taught in her first lesson. I have no complaints. Very satisfied will recommend might even take some myself.

Jonny D. Apr 4, 2014
Singing ·

Have seen and amazing improvement in my voice

I’ve been taking voice lessons with Eric for a few weeks now and I’ve seen and amazing improvement in my voice, and I’ve been getting a great understanding of my voice and how to use it properly. Eric is an amazing teacher who not only knows all about singing techniques and how to control your voice. He also understands that there are different singing styles and he can help you get singing the way you want to. I wanted a teacher who could teach me how to sing in the style of old school rock n’ roll. Eric not only has been teaching me how to singing like the classic bands I love but has also been teaching me singing techniques that can help me sing any type of music.

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Lisa H. Mar 10, 2014
Singing ·

more than i imagined

i'm a singer/songwriter who lives in a different state than eric so i signed up for online voice lessons. i was apprehensive about taking lessons online but after reading eric's great reviews i figured i'd give it a shot. man am i glad i did. i'm just starting out with eric and already he has helped me so much. i've been looking to have power and proper placement with my voice and not only does he understand what i want, he's getting me there quickly. i should say i'm probably a tough case because i've been singing with bad habits and blocks for many years. much to eric's credit, he is always patient, encouraging and knows just what to say and have me sing to pull me out of it. i'm singing notes i never knew i could sing, it's truly awesome.
just a word about the online experience. i'm definitely not tech savvy but online lessons were an easy experience for me. we've skyped, we've done face time. i can hear eric and the piano perfectly (no delay, etc. that's the part i was most concerned about). it all worked out great!
i'm not sure where else this journey might take me. i know eric writes, teaches piano, guitar, etc. i could see working with him in any of those areas and benefitting greatly from it. for now, i'll focus on one thing and encourage anyone who's thinking about taking lessons with eric to go for it. i really believe he has a gift for teaching and can truly help any willing student grow.
best of luck!

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Amada Mar 6, 2014
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Review

Eric was awesome--super helpful! He had a bunch of equipment available to check out and provided some really good recommendations to make recording music easier/faster/more efficient. Plus, he was really nice! Thanks, Eric!

Trent Mar 6, 2014
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Review

this lesson was awesome because for the first i can learn how to sing, and he gave me good feedback ! Thanks

Damian Mar 6, 2014
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Review

Eric really knows where to start with beginners. thank you.

Aaron G. Mar 2, 2014
Guitar ·

My dream instructor

When I first heard about Take Lessons and the ability to take guitar lessons over Skype, I was skeptical. Turns out it has been an amazing effective and convenient way for me to learn guitar. At one point I was a very active musician, mostly playing bass guitar, but I had not played a lot in the last 10 years. Eric has been able to expand my knowledge, my dexterity, and just my overall enjoyment of guitar in the few months I have been taking lessons with him. I was always a solid player, but Eric has been able to add a new layer of ability and really increase my skills. I recommend him to anyone who asks me about taking guitar lessons!!

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Hayley C. Feb 24, 2014
Singing ·

no time wasted!

eric is an awesome teacher! i've only just begun lessons with him, but he wastes no time, is on time and accommodating. i hadn't sung in quite some time, and he really focused on learning my voice in order to tailor the lesson appropriately. will be coming back on the reg ~

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Allie A. Feb 23, 2014
Guitar ·

Eric KNOWS HIS STUFF

Eric is a true musician, through and through. Not only is his passion instantly detectable, but his extensive background in music provides a solid foundation from which he bases his teachings off of. It is with this approach, fusing a wealth of knowledge and experience with a solid love for what he does, that makes Eric a remarkable teacher. I highly recommend him for anyone looking to expand their musical abilities.

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Michael R. Jan 26, 2014
Singing ·

Take Lessons is Awesome!

I have been taking lesson with Eric Jayk for about a month now and he is an awesome teacher. He has helped me reach new limits with my voice I didn't even know could happen. He is very patient and I look forward to our next lesson.

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Henry O. Jan 7, 2014
Guitar ·

Great musician, great teacher

I've been taking lessons with Eric since about the Spring of 2013 and have made huge progress in my playing ability since.

I started learning on my own through online lessons, but decided to take lessons with a private instructor after about 5-6 months when I decided I wanted to learn to play Jazz 'proper'.

Eric explains many of the written and unwritten 'rules' of Jazz and has helped my understanding of how to play enormously. I am still at a beginner stage, but I can see myself making good progress.

I went from knowing only basic open chords and some basic jazz chord voicings to learning heaps of new scales and chords to keep me busy and learn the basic building blocks of Jazz - learning how to comp, play melodies, improvise, and learn how to build chord-melody arrangements. Eric is well versed in many types of music and he can relate what we learn to many other styles as well. We cover musical concepts by playing them, hearing how they sound, and also covering what they are theoretically. His teaching method is very comprehensive and I enjoy that.

Eric puts a lot of new information in my lap at every lesson, which I always look forward to, but he is also very patient and understanding. He knows it takes time to be able to understand and execute everything properly. He is also very supportive during the week away from our lessons. He will send you extra info when you need it and will explain anything that needs clarification via email and is usually pretty quick to respond.

We go a little off tangent every once in awhile, but it's all in good fun.

Eric's a great teacher and I look forward to continuing lessons with him in the future.

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Noah D. Dec 20, 2013
Singing ·

Awesome teacher

Eric is awesome. He has a foundation in theory and formal training, but doesn't let that inhibit creativity and fun. I've only just started lessons with him but I've learned a lot already. I think he has a real talent for intuiting the students' personality and goals, and formatting his skills to their context. Plus, he records every lesson, and has very helpful technique recordings to practice with at home.
I'm very excited to continue lessons with him.

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Mat D. Nov 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Humble Professionalism

I don't know how Eric Jayk did it. He turned my hand of thumbs into strumming fingers. Basically Eric is a professional yet humble lesson giver. He shows great interest in his students progress. I'm glad I chose Takelessons and I'm glad Takelessons has Eric Jayk. He Rocks!!!

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Suzanne D. Nov 16, 2013
Guitar ·

Awesome Teacher!

I've been playing since I was 6. As a teacher myself, however, I often devoted more time to my students' practice than to my own. My goal in taking lessons with Eric was to get back the technique, fluidity and creativity that I used to have.

In the first month alone, my fluidity was back and my technique was well on the way to being what it once was.

He reminded me of practice routines that I'd long forgotten and drills that I would have my students do that I had since stopped doing.

His knowledge of the fretboard and theory is amazing and his ability to relate that knowledge even more so.

Definitely worth it!

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Angelique B. Nov 10, 2013
Music Theory ·

This guy's great!!

Eric is wonderful! He's great at explaining things, VERY patient and has a lot of fun while teaching. Best music teacher I've had so far!

matthew W. Nov 10, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent

I started taking classes with Eric in hopes of becoming a better guitar player. The first thing I noticed about Eric was his cool rocker style and his charming smile. Eric is professional, reliable, and patient. One thing I truly appreciate about Eric is he works with you at YOUR pace. I have never seen him show any signs of frustration while teaching me and his flexible schedule has been really good for a full time college student like myself. Overall Eric is a great musician and an even better teacher. I would recommend Eric to any of my friends or family.

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Paul S. Nov 5, 2013
Guitar ·

Thnak You Eric

Learning new things in life can be difficult and is never an easy journey. Eric has given me the motivation and confidence to not only learn how to play the guitar but to love and appreciate music more than I've ever had. Thank you Eric for giving me the opportunity to play music for my kids. Thank You!

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Adolfo D. Nov 5, 2013
Singing ·

Great Teacher

I went to Eric because I wanted to improve my speaking voice to record Voice Over material. After a few lessons it turns out that I can actually sing!

Well, not really but it's not Eric's fault. I will continue to take class for as long as I can, because it has helped me with all aspects of using my voice. And I understand a lot more about singing and voice. Actually I am re listening and appreciating even more all the great music I have heard my whole life. I think any other teacher would have not awakened this level of enthusiasm in me. He is great.

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June S. Oct 26, 2013
Singing ·

Genuine, caring teacher

I am taking singing lessons with Eric right now, and he's a great teacher. Very patient, caring, and genuine. Would definitely recommend him to people, and will continue with him.

Ian S. Oct 19, 2013
Singing ·

Eric is a great teacher to work with!

I was sort of nervous to get back into singing but Eric was completely relaxed and motivational. His techniques really push your range and his home studio is great... definitely recommend!

Otto W. Sep 27, 2013
Singing ·

Great!

I'm improving already! Eric clearly knows what he's doing, and he works along to make sure that you do the exercises correctly. Definitely recommended!

Cameron R. Jul 29, 2013
Singing ·

so far im impressed.

Eric did a great job on my first lesson. I enjoy working with him and can see, as well as feel, myself progressing already! Thanks Eric look forward to seeing you again soon.

Cedric B. May 15, 2013
Singing ·

The best teacher I've EVER had.

Eric is a really great guy! He knows his stuff and he knows how to teach it in a way that you can understand he has patience, clarity, and knowledge. Eric is also flexible i had work and had to take rearrange one of our lessons and he told me which days he was available and we got to it and had a great lesson. He wants to know from what music background your coming from so he can help you reach the place you want to be.

Looking forward to every lesson with Eric

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Mat D. May 8, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

online class is better than i thought...!

the on-line class is great! Eric J made learning the bass guitar easy. he is awesome and he is very patient. cant wait for the next class!

Bob C. Apr 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Great teach!

Eric is a great teacher. I had taken lessons from someone else several years ago. Eric was immediately able to adjust to my skill level, and pushed me further in just a few weeks than I had ever hoped. He's very patient, yet is always getting me to get better.

He's great, communication-wise. He's even sent me vids, showing me how to tackle problems.

His knowledge is incredible. But the important thing is that he shares what he knows - technique, rock, blues, classics, theory -- it's all there!

Bottom line - if you want to improve, Eric's your only choice.

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Vince L. Apr 25, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Eric is A proficient Ax slinger

Erick Jayk is a kind..considerate instructor indivual..He has sent me videos..after our lessons to reinforce what I have learned from him..Which I found to be very handy..He has sent me support and advice via text..Often going out of his limits of the norm.I strongly recommend him for serious aspiring students who want to learn electric guitar or bass

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Dave B. Mar 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Very funny, super friendly, & great teacher

Eric is an awesome teacher with a ton of knowledge and lots of patients. He's super flexible when it comes to scheduling, and is always well prepared for the day's lesson. His ability to explain and break down complex material into layman's terms has been crucial to my understanding of music theory. We cover mostly rock, blues, & metal (in my favor), and I can honestly say his lessons has amplified my progression in speed, technicality, & overall confidence in playing. He'll always exceed the alloted time to ensure you leave with full understanding of the day's lesson, but never ask for anything extra for it. Besides being an amazing guitar player and an incredible composer, Eric is a genuine guy who really enjoys seeing his students progress. I highly recommend!

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tommy G. Mar 18, 2013
Guitar ·

Great Teacher

Eric has been teaching my my kid since he was 7 years old.
Eric is very patient and know how to get the kids motivated,

He know the weak points and strong points. My son Jesse loves Eric and if i kids likes his teacher the battle is half over!

Eric teaches my son rock... but my son also take classical guitar and music reading and get stuck sometimes with the homework but when Eric comes over he clears everything up for him,.
Nuff said! if you wan to learn guitar Eric is your guy!

If you don't believe this review look me up and you will see i know music!

Tommy Gunn NYC
and Jesse Gunn

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Kerry K. Mar 13, 2013
Guitar ·

One of a kind

Eric, is such a great teacher, also I think he is a guitar genius. He is thorough and patient. He will always explain the material well . He finds out what you want to get better at and guides you through the ways. Lessons with Eric have helped me with my songwriting.

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Sky D. Mar 12, 2013
Guitar ·

Solid Friendly Moldable - Genuine

Eric, is a wonderful guy to work with. He is thorough and goes above an beyond the call of duty. I could tell that he really cared about what he was teaching me and WANTED me to be the best I could be. He is ultra genuine and down to earth. Everything I learned from him has been vital in the paid gigs I've received as a guitarist and also in my own passion projects.

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