Eric Jayk

Eric J.

Brooklyn, NY

About Eric J.

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Eric teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: July 1994
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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 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
∙ 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 & 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)

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, 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.Rock, Pop, Indie/Alternative, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Metal, Punk, EDM / Dance / Electronica, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Classical and more….recording technology, songwriting/composing, 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.

Photos and Videos

Recorded before I went on a 2 1/2 month tour


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

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


Jan 2005 - Present

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.


Bachelor's of Music

Aug 1997 - May 2001
New York University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Bachelor's of Music

May 2001
New York University

Major: Jazz Guitar Performance
Minor: Jazz Composition


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


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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149 Reviews on Eric J.

Tristen Oct 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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
Allan Stormon Oct 20, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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...
Doug E. Sep 30, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
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!
Neishja R. Sep 4, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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!
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!
Daniel Aug 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
By far my favorite teacher I've ever had
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