Lucas Brode
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Lucas Brode

Lucas B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My goal is get the guitar and music to make sense to YOU personally, so that you can help further your musical journey in your own time outside of lessons. Any style, genre, and skill level!

About Lucas B.

I have been teaching private lessons professionally since graduating college in 2009. I actively record and tour as an experimental, jazz, and rock guitarist & composer, but I can teach in all styles and skill levels (including extended techniques and effects use) in addition to music theory, composition, and improvisation. My teaching approach varies depending upon the student, but I like to use music that you already know and love as examples of technique and fundamental music theory.

I consider music to be, at it’s core, rooted in critical thinking. My goal is to teach my students how to learn for themselves, and so I consider myself more of a coach than a traditional teacher. I want you to have an understanding of how the instrument and the music makes sense to YOU personally. In doing so, I tend to focus on pattern recognition and often use metaphors to help clarify ideas.

What you get out of lessons is up to you. You can practice every day and work towards constantly improving and becoming an artist in your own right, or it can be something you just do once every week or so to unwind and get your head thinking about something different. You do not need to become a virtuoso to get something valuable out of lessons...but practicing is nice!

I am a native of New York’s Hudson Valley and hold a BA in Music from Skidmore College, where I studied jazz guitar, West African drumming, music theory, composition, and recording technology. Several of my students have gone on to perform professionally and enroll in programs at institutions like New York University and Berklee College of Music.

My music has been released by many independent record labels such as 577 Records, Cacophonous Revival Recordings, Riot Season Records, Important Records, Tompkins Square Records, and Orb Tapes. I perform often at museums, galleries, cafes, DIY spaces, and even traditional music venues, including: the New Museum (NYC), Knitting Factory (NYC), the Mothlight (Asheville), Rhizome (DC), the Windup Space (Baltimore), Spread Art (Detroit), Cafe Mustache (Chicago), Gallery 5 (Richmond). My music has been written about in many online and physical publications, here are some short quotes:

“Undeniably lovely.”
– The Wire

“…steel guitar-like licks move with the simplicity of updated Santana and McLaughlin…he applies [his effects collection] with an artist’s, not a house-painter’s strokes.”
– NYC Jazz Record

“Lucas Brode is one of New York’s most individualistic guitarists.”
– New York Music Daily

“Brode’s playing was enough to get the room silent on its own, as he used seemingly every part of his fingers and hands across seemingly every part of his guitar at varying speeds to create a sound that captivated this audience.”
– New Haven Independent


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5 Reviews
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I've worked with Lucas for a while now and he is an amazingly patient, intelligent, nurturing teacher. He explains things incredibly clear and breaks things down in a very efficient and positive manner. He also has an amazing ear and is so quick at transcribing music by hand, which is really helpful when you need a score on the spot. A very guy honest who can help steer any student in the right direction toward what they're looking to achieve. He's equally great with kids and adults!

Posted Dec 3, 2020
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Lucas is a dedicated and patient teacher who has helped me understand the skills needed in playing guitar. I enjoy all of the music he has given me to learn during our lessons.

Posted Dec 1, 2020
Nat Q
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I had a great lesson with Lucas. He’s a knowledgeable, patient instructor, and he was able to break down complex concepts in a way that was easy for me to understand. I’m looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Nov 13, 2020
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Lucas’ is a fantastic teacher, he is able to quickly get you a grasp on theory while at the same time breaking the learning into manageable and extremely useful exercises on the guitar.

He wastes no lesson time and has a nice setup for online lessons. If you want a clear path to learning the neck- this is your guy.

Posted Nov 11, 2020
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In only a handful of lessons, Lucas helped to deepen my critical listening skills, technical proficiency with my instrument, and understanding of theory. The combination has provided me the intuition to develop my own sound, as well as a unique relationship to my instrument and music as a whole.

Posted Nov 11, 2020

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