Freddy Charles

Freddy C.

New York, NY

About Freddy C.

Freddy teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: More than two months


Freddy C R., better known as Freddy C, is a driven, passionate, charismatic and accomplished musician. Born in Philadelphia, he set out to make music with a diverse approach and with a unique twist. Although he is mostly specialized in drums and guitar, he is also a proficient vocalist and songwriter with 8 records released since 2008. This prolific artist is currently working on his 9th studio effort, working on his music in a completely independent way: Freddy is the only musician, audio engineer and producer behind his music.

Freddy's sound is open and experimental, striving to explore many different genres and refusing to get stuck in a box. Ranging from rock to progressive, pop, blues, jazz and even electronica and ambient; Freddy set out to create some amazing sonic landscapes with appealing and unpredictable characteristics. His sound is dynamic, spontaneous and full of energy and melody. The mix of genres appeals to a diverse crowd, regardless of age and preferences. Some of his more open and orchestral compositions have appeared in several films and other media. Currently, Freddy works and lives between Palm Beach and New York City, where he runs his own NYC recording facility.

When not busy making music, Freddy operates a very successful luxury travel agency, Sienna C with his wife Jaclyn Sienna India.

A pair of drumsticks were probably the first thing I ever fooled around with when I was younger. Well, maybe not the first thing, but I remember playing as young as 4 years old. It's always easier to start learning an instrument when you're a child. Endless hours of the day to practice with no responsibilities, works wonders! Those of us that were fortunate enough to have the time as a child to lay a foundation for music, we were lucky. Drumming is the most physical form of musical instrument expression. For me it was the only form of expression. The drummer learns to control two sides of his brain, a practice that allows the individual to develop in a unique way. In order to learn how to properly play the drums, you need to loosen up. The point is to release the tension through the beats and notes, as opposed to being tense while playing. An accomplished drummer will learn how to master the muscle separation between arms, hands and fingers. The latter being the most difficult. My influences when performing behind the kit are many, but the following will always stand out; Ginger Baker, Bill Bruford, Billy Cobham and Buddy Rich to name a few. My practice regime as a child was putting on records and playing along. Developing my ear was the most important aspect of my training. Being able to hear what you are going to play, before you play it is what the musician strives for. My approach to teaching drums relies on heavy ear training, rather than reading notes. I think some fundamental theory and notation reading is a plus, but not necessary in today's musical context.

Guitar, my second love. While I was spending all my formative years practicing how to become a great drummer, I was honing my ear for guitar playing and song-writing. My dad was a drummer, but he always encouraged me to listen to guitar players. Eventually, I picked up a guitar in my early teens but quickly got frustrated and put it back down. At some point in high school my friends were all starting to buy guitars, so I jumped on the band wagon and gave it a shot once again. I've never looked back! I was already familiar with Rock and Blues, which I easily taught myself how to play. Those styles kept me satisfied for quite some time, as they are among my favorite musical genres. Yet as I kept playing, I started to feel limited, and I decided to venture into jazz territory. When I teach guitar, I teach students how to feel the notes. The guitar is such an expressive needs to be played expressively. I've always believed that "less is more" with guitar playing. It's not about the speed or how many notes you can squeeze into a lick. It's more about hitting that one note, letting it breathe, and developing that signature sound that is unmistakable, a la Eric Clapton.

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