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
Last sign in: Yesterday


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, and am 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.

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

Last year, I signed a major label publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music/BMG played throughout Europe (and taught online lessons while away). Since 2014, I have released 5 singles and two EPs and in early 2017 another two EPs. 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 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, Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative, Pop, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical.

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...


∙ 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 &
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)
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.

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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160 Reviews on Eric J.

Grant Nov 20, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
mark Nov 13, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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.
Ally Z. Nov 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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!
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!
Matt A. Nov 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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.

Nick P. Nov 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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!
Chris F. Nov 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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!
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