I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring rock band with a worldwide fan base and over 2 million youtube views. I hold a Bachelors of Music in jazz guitar from New York University and have written, produced, & toured and recorded with internationally known artists/celebrities & legendary producers. My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and more) and in video games.
This year, I have released 6 singles and 2 EP's for two of my bands. I have played throughout Europe (and taught online lessons while away), signed a major label publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music/BMG & have been cowriting/producing artists for their own projects. I am currently endorsed by PRS guitars, Elixir Strings, & Godin Guitars/Bass Guitars.
I have established a solid client base in my home teaching studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn working with guitarists/bassists, vocalists & composers of all ages and skill levels in styles including: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Metal, Pop, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Classical.
I am highly experienced as an online (Skype, Facetime and G+) instructor, and I have taught online lessons worldwide for over 3 years and witnessed the amazing progress in my online students (both national and international).
*** Lesson Details ***
My students gain expertise in the following techniques and more...
∙ proper breathing & breath support
∙ vocal placement / resonance
∙ vowels and proper modification techniques
∙ bridging registers & 'the high note'
∙ mixed voice
∙ vocal health/maintaining your voice
∙ touring, recording, performing
∙ rhythmic singing
∙ writing songs/melodies/lyrics to suit your vocal strengths
Lead & 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.
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.
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)
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)
and a software synthesizers by Arturia, Fabfilter, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Steven Slate, Toontrack and more. I also use plugins by Izotope, Fabfilter, Plugin Alliance and Universal Audio and Waves for many of my lessons/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, Metal, Punk, Electronica, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Classical and more....recording technology, songwriter/composing, performance coaching, career development, and help you to find your unique voice/sound/personality,
I will recharge your passion for music and making music.
2015 I signed my first major publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music / BMG
I teach students all over the world how to play/sing & compose great music!
I am an experienced producer and currently, write/record/mix music for a wide range of international and US artists, musicians and labels.
I toured, recorded and played 7 shows 6 days a week with the legendary comedian/actress.
Major: Jazz Guitar Performance
Minor: Jazz Composition
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.