Lance Vallis

Lance V.

Portland, OR

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Lance delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:
August 1996

In October 2015, I arrived back in Portland from my contract in Europe, where I was performing in the show band on board the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. I am eager to resume teaching in the Rose City! I am originally from Long Island, New York, and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I lived until 2011. In June of 2015, I earned my Masters of Music degree in jazz studies from Portland State University.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater to what my students interests are and am happy to take suggestions for material they'd like to learn in lessons. At the same time, I feel it's my responsibility to draw from my background as a music professional and show the student material they may be unaware of. After 6 months of lessons, my students have knowledge of all basic open chords and a solid repertoire of songs under their belt. We will also cover how to play major scales, the blues, and if they're interested, sight reading.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide amplifier, guitar cable, and music stand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I need the student to provide a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, blues, jazz, funk, musical theater.

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Sep 2013 - May 2015
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American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2016

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Performing live on board the Caribbean Princess cruise ship, July 2015
Limehouse Blues
This is my hip hop band Savin ill from Boston, MA.  Performing our song Oxygen.
My hip hop band Savin ill, performing Follow Me.
Busking on Hawthorne, Portland, OR.

Photo by Lance V.
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