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Gregory V.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rooted in Pop/ Rock/ R&B No method books. Not your Mother's piano teacher!
I've been teaching Piano for over 30 years and my students have gone on to form their own groups and work with major artists around the world. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to know your way around the keyboard, and as time goes on you'll be able to naturally play what it is you want. I am not your typical piano teacher. I don't use a method book. We will learn to read music but primarily we will be reading chord charts and communicating old school, like the pro gigging musicians do ..ie: "This one goes I iii Vi IV in the key of F#.. when I count us off we do a 2 bar intro, triplet hits on a V7#9 chord then hit the 1 on the last bar and break for the rest and let the drummer do a fill..." That's the real way to learn if you wanna play songs you'd hear on the radio or what have you... and TRUST ME, you don't need to learn to read music! I definitely teach you that, but we won't go way deep into it because it's not needed for this style of music. We'l learn how to use both hands on the piano, and voice them in a way which looks and sounds like a pop/ rock/ R&B, gospel and blues piano player. I was trained by a group of Motown musicians when working musically at my old church in North Hollywood, Ca. This is where I really learned to speak and communicate music as natural as if it's a 2nd language! You will learn how to read and write chord charts, melodies and rhythms and have the ability to play songs & musical motifs in all 12 keys and improvise! You'll learn to craft your own sound! Soon you'll feel a new sense of limitlessness and power when practicing, playing and performing. If you're a complete beginner, don't worry- I'll set you up with a really simple and effective formula for memorizing the notes on the keyboard, some major scales and how chords relate to them...and the right on to our first song! And don't worry, I'll write it down for you, or even record it on video for you to take home and practice along with! Soon you'll be learning songs you've always wanted to play... and it won't feel like rocket science, hauling 2- ton boulders or brain surgery when learning! It'll be based in shapes and patterns...I think you'll really enjoy this way of learning the piano! Many of my students have gone on to form their own groups and work with major artists around the world. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to know your way around the keyboard, and as time goes on you'll be able to naturally play what you want. I specialize in Pop, Rock, R&B, Country Metal, Music Theater, Electronic & Gospel to name a few. I have extensive experience with ages 5-92 (seriously!) and specialize in children and young adults with special needs. My students have a lot of fun in their lessons while taking in valuable information and practicing coordination, dexterity and muscle memory.
About Gregory V.

Los Angeles native currently looking for New Students who are excited about taking that first step and beyond! The most direct & illustrious methods to unveiling one's musical dreams! Empathic & motivating instructor bringing out the best in you and quite possibly the unexpected! I teach Voice, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Music Theory & Songwriting. I am a Singer, Guitarist, Keyboardist, Songwriter & Director of Voice & Music blessed to have worked with artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, Motown, Tom Petty, Parliament/ Funkadelic, Alice In Chains, Black Crowes, Smashing Pumpkins & private instructor to family members of Rod Stewart, Earth Wind & Fire and more. Mission Statement: To provide the most direct & illustrious methods to unveiling one's musical dreams! A coaching, teaching and learning style that's hand- tailored for YOU... keeping things on the level of being original and authentic to who YOU are, and what YOU may have to say. Just to be down ti earth with anyone reading this, realize I'm not a name dropper type person who's trying to outshine anyone or whatever... Im just grateful to have experienced a lot of things I set out to do and got to work with a bunch of my heroes.. Anyway, I'm pretty easy to be around because I don’t judge and am open-minded. I tend to bring out the best and often unexpected aspects of music in my students by providing some sort of God-given motivation, patience &!understanding. A lesson with me is much more than working on your vocal or instrumental ability. We are going to pick the perfect song for you to work on while learning and becoming confident with the techniques. I want to make sure you not only sound great, but look like a confident performer whether you are onstage in front of thousands, or at your friends wedding to sing a song that you’re totally nervous about doing. Depending on your goals or time line, I am pretty easy going and flexible esp. with emergencies should they arise, as long as we make it up within the month has been my policy from the beginning. Within the first month you can expect to learn: Voice: proper breathing & breath support vocal placement / resonance diction / vowel modification bridging registers & 'the high note' mixed voice vibrato vocal health/maintaining your voice touring, recording, performing screaming and real rock singing rhythmic singing writing songs/melodies/lyrics to suit your vocal strengths Mic Technique and Pop Performance styles and techniques Yoga for singers ear training music theory/ music knowledge composition/songwriting intonation / resonance proper breathing & breath support diction Interval training Major scales in one octave Harmonisation vocal placement understanding chest / head voice bridging registers & 'the high note' vowels and modification techniques edgy/bright /clean/distorted vibrato screaming and rasp (properly) Elizabeth Sabine Voice Strengthening Method Guitar: I’ll make certain you're working with the right guitar for you and your size, style etc.. I'll lower the action if the strings are too far from the neck, which is the case 99.9% of the time with nearly all guitars (making it hard to fret a note or barre.) We can even spend 20 min of the lesson changing the strings to one's more well-suited and this will be a necessary skill you will learn. You will be given a step-by-step approach to learning the instrument as a whole, yet in a slow, considerate to your learning pace-fashion..You'll get into it. I'll be giving you different warm-ups and exercises which induce strength & flexibility & knowledge & technique. Learning songs or working on developing your own song ideas Scales, modes, shapes and patterns and how to use them to improvise How to play with soul and not sound sterile or mechanical. Piano: I am not your typical piano teacher. I don't use a method book. We will learn to read music but primarily we will be communicating old school, learning how to use both hands on the piano and voice them in a way which looks and sounds like a pop/ rock/ R&B, gospel and blues piano player/ keyboardist and not a classical pianist. I was trained by a Motown musician and songwriter be versed in music as to be able to speak and communicate it as natural as a 2nd language! You will learn how to read and write chord charts, melodies and rhythms and have the ability to play songs & musical motifs in all 12 keys, improvising within the structure. Soon you'll feel a new sense of limitlessness and power when practicing, playing and performing. Many students have gone on to form their own groups and work with major artists around the world. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to know your way around the keyboard, and as time goes on you'll be able to naturally play what you want. I specialize in Pop, Rock, R&B, Country Metal, Music Theater, Electronic & Gospel to name a few however nothing except for classical music is off limits. I have decades of experience teaching students of all ages and experience levels. *** Travel Equipment *** I can provide portable keyboard, acoustic or electric guitar, access to any songs online with a clear sounding wireless speaker, learning documents provided free to you along with copies of either digitally or via paper notepad or music sheets, etc.. V. Voice & Music - To connect with you on the path of discovering your musical dreams and guiding from an open, experienced mind so as to realizing your objectives and possibly bring forth the unexpected!

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One lesson and already playing MUSIC!! With both hands on the piano!! I’m sold!! Can’t wait for the next lesson, LOVE his teaching style!! highly recommend!!

Posted Dec 2, 2022
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Seemed like a great teacher. Alot of missed lessons due to his studio not being ready Had a few lessons and just left me hanging and we never got back to studying theory :(

Posted Dec 2, 2022
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a musician who knows how to share knowledge

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Musician/ Teacher
Jun 1986 - Present
Voice & Music
Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter & Director of Music blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, P-Funk, Motown, Alice in Chains, Beck, Black Crowes, Stylistics, Tom Petty & personal instructor to families of Rod Stewart, Casey Casem and Earth Wind & Fire.
Teacher/ Musician
Jan 1986 - Present
Voice & Music
Playing music as a very young child and began teaching at age 15. Confident & encouraging in situations -sensitive and open to student as an individual, I regard this to be vital for their self confidence and artistic style.
M.A. Music Composition
Aug 1989 - Dec 1996
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa
English
Native Proficiency
CalSAC-The Role of Staff in Behavior Guidance
Aug 2015
California School-Age Consortium
A course completed while teaching voice & music at an after-school program for children & teens in NoHo Arts District.
Certificate of Appreciation
Oct 2015
Hands 4 Hope After School Arts Program;Lydia Floyd:CEO, Diane Allen:Program Director-North Hollywood Arts District
Music Teachers' Association of California
Jan 2007
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.
Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 2001
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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Instructor details
Piano
Teaches 10+ subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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South 23rd St. Pittsburgh, PA
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
20 minutes
$35
30 minutes
$50
45 minutes
$65
60 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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