Indigo S
Brooklyn, NY
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Indigo S

Indigo S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar is my main squeeze. I love to help people enjoy the instrument as much as I do. learn to shred a rock solo, fingerpick a folk song, or transcribe miles davis. learn to play what you hear on records without resorting to you tube instructional videos (wink). or if you are already an accomplished musician, enhance your ability to employ techniques like chord weaving on the guitar, craft better solos, write more sophisticated chord progressions, etc

About Indigo S.

Stuck at home under quarantine? Might be the perfect time to do a deep dive into music. I’m offering sliding scale online lessons for the duration of this madness, as a way to offer some light and connection for all of us stuck at home. Guitar technique, music theory for guitarists, improvisation, songwriting, composition, theory for songwriters and singers...

Indigo has been working in the performing arts since she was biting ankles, first as a dancer and vocalist, and later as a guitarist. She's composed music for and/or sung dozens of international television commercials, spots on Law and Order and songs in Films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and as a lead guitarist and vocalist, toured the US, Canada, Europe and Iceland, extensively, performing in hundreds of theaters and rock clubs around the world, including-- Madison Square Garden, BAM, The Beacon Theater, Music Hall Of Williamsburg, The Bowery Ballroom, Club Nokia (LA), The Santa Barbara Bowl, The Chicago Theater, Baby's All Right, The Mercury Lounge, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (SF), Pickathon (Portland)

As a teacher, Indigo's method has, at it's core, a commitment to the idea of teaching a man to fish rather than giving him a fish, and every student, regardless of age or experience will be taught to understand, first and foremost, how music works, so that he or she comes away, not only with the skills to play the material covered in the lessons, but, eventually, the ability to teach themselves any other material they're interested in.

With an emphasis on ear training, her natural approach to learning theory, makes even the most wary or challenged student understand with ease, and find pleasure in the process of learning. Rote memorization is eliminated and replaced by a deep understanding, which grows naturally, while technique improves alongside it. Students quickly find themselves able to play, sing and understand things previously only dreamed of.

These universal building blocks of music apply across all genres. Technique will be tailored to your specific interests, and from the start, a portion of each lesson will be devoted to learning the material of your choice.

Indigo also specializes in coaching songwriters, and can, in a gentle and non-invasive way, help to guide you through the process of both mastering craft, and establishing your own individual voice as a writer.

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Ross
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Indigo is a fantastic teacher! I've taken lessons with Indigo both online (recently) and in-person (when I used to live in NYC). Indigo's teaching style really resonated with me - she provides incredible support and encouragement for beginners and her instruction has always helped me understand the weird nuances of singing and how to unlock my voice. She has also helped me with more advanced music theory/guitar during lesson to compliment the singing and help with songwriting. She also makes the online format work really well (which I can't imagine is easy) and I've always felt like the online lessons were as valuable/productive as the in-person lessons I took before I moved.

Posted Sep 11, 2020
Maddie B.
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I have been self-taught for a couple years and felt very stuck, learning disjointed online material, but Indigo has absolutely put me on a musical path! It feels really empowering to finally start having a grasp on theory and technique. I highly recommend.

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Amy Jo
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Indigo is a fantastic teacher! Able to speak to a variety of musical styles and elements of music - from songwriting, to guitar technique, to theory. Highly recommend

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Shwaun G.
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For me, what makes a good teacher is good communication, patience, and experience. That's Indigo! She discovers what your goals are and works with you on the best route of getting there, ensuring that your theory and technique are being developed accordingly. She is meticulous about maintaining good habits while playing guitar, and devises custom exercises tailored to help you overcome obstacles. She's simply the best!

Posted Feb 29, 2020
Alysha Pearlberg
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Indigo has been such a pleasant surprise! She is caring and dedicated to helping me improve every week. She is working with a beginner and has had a lot of patience. I look forward to her coming every week and am grateful for her. She’s an amazing guitarist/singer and has a deep knowledge of teaching. I recommend her to everyone!

Posted Feb 25, 2020
Erica
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My daughter absolutely loves her time learning to sing with India! India is easy for my daughter to communicate with and she learns valuable skills each time she has a lesson! The music lessons are something to look forward to each week!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Jamie C.

Indigo has really welcomed me into the mucosal works wholeheartedly! As a beginning guitarist, she knows exactly how to pace my growth and installs the learning blocks, I as a musicians can progress on in my own time.
Being a beginner can be scary and maybe frustrating, but working with Indigo has helped me overcome such challenges!

Posted Dec 30, 2019
Andre
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Great lesson

Posted Aug 15, 2019
Geoff B.
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Indigo is an awesome teacher!

Posted Jan 1, 2019
Jeff
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Indigo knows her stuff, is very talented, and was able to assess my areas of improvement. I am looking forward to Indigo helping me move forward as a musician

Posted Oct 29, 2018
Lara
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I truly enjoyed my first lesson with Indigo. She's a wonderful instructor. She explains very clearly with a calm and precise approach. I truly feel she can teach me how to be a better guitarist in a structured, positive and comfortable way. She immediately put me at ease without judgement and without the dreaded "mansplaining" that I often got from male instructors in the past. I'm definitely coming back for more lessons.

Posted Jul 17, 2018
michael graham
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Indigo is an amazing teacher. While she is a professional musician with a deep understanding of music theory, I am an intermediate guitar player and don’t spend much time on theory - i mostly want to work on playing songs and singing, and she jumps right into what i am working on with enthusiasm and an open mind. She is good at explaining things and she is also always smiling and super nice. Can’t say enough good things.

Posted Feb 3, 2018
Daniel
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Indigo is able to break down the guitar in a way that is clear and empowering, and very musical. You will be a better musician if you follow through on her revelations.

Posted Sep 17, 2017
Jeff
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Indigo is a fabulous and diverse teacher! I've been taking lessons with her for about 9 months. Although my lessons are "officially" for songwriting, we divide our time among that, guitar technique, and music theory. I've experienced so much progress and fun in several areas, and I attribute that to Indigo's teaching and guidance. I even wrote and produced my first solo song! Don't miss the chance to work with a great musician and teacher!

Posted Aug 16, 2017
Geoffrey L.
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Indigo is simply the best at simplifying music theory into bite size pieces that are easy to grasp. She is a very gifted teacher.

Posted May 17, 2017
Peter
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Best instructor I have ever had!

Posted Feb 10, 2017
natasha J.
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Indigo has a teaching style like no other I have encountered. For a while I've felt stuck & at a plateau with my playing until I started lessons with her. She works to connect your ear & body equally to the guitar, with a goal to be able to express yourself with the instrument as if it were a part of you. The lessons have been truly refreshing, and the work she assigns is stuff I could continue to learn more from for years. I am very excited to see where studying with this teacher will take me in the long run.

Posted Dec 10, 2016
Jeff
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Although my pursuit is songwriting, Indigo quickly recognized that more guitar background will help me - so we started there. I'm very encouraged with Indigo's approach, and I'm looking forward to continuing these lessons!

Posted Nov 12, 2016
Geoffrey L.
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Everything Inwas hoping for and more...It feels great to have high expectations surpassed

Posted Oct 31, 2016
Graham O.
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She was great with our six-year-old son

Posted Oct 16, 2016
Daniel
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Spending time with Indigo has made me a better guitarist. She has clearly explained and illustrated interesting and challenging concepts while encouraging my development as a musician. Overall, lessons with Indigo have been a great experience.

Posted Oct 12, 2016
Stephanie
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Indigo made me feel comfortable right from the first lesson. She is very knowledgeable and I learn and explore something new during every lesson. I would recommend her to anybody looking to improve their voice.

Posted Sep 29, 2016
Maggie
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It's hard to imagine a better guitar instructor than Indigo.
As an aspiring singer-songwriter, I came to Indigo a few months ago pleading that she teach me the ins and outs of the instrument. I tasked her with this: save me from joining the masses of capo-dependent hopefuls.
Not only does she customize lessons with my goals in mind (ear training, technique, theory), but she breaks down the 'intimidating' concepts in a sneaky way. One day, while practicing, I started to realize her genius! No longer is the guitar a complete mystery to me.
She is easy-going, patient and encouraging.
I look forward to my lessons with Indigo every week. I think of her as a mentor and hope to work with her for a long time.
Needless to say, I highly recommend!! I imagine with her brilliant skills and experience Indigo would make a wonderful teacher for just about anyone!

Posted Sep 26, 2016
Jorge J.
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Indigo was an amazing instructor. I met her at her studio and she was always punctual.

I am a complete beginner to singing and she was very respectful and understanding of this. I typically would make a lot of self deprecating jokes because of how nervous I was, but she would reassure me and continue to train me.

I had to stop taking lessons because I moved away but I would absolutely recommend her to anyone.

Posted Sep 24, 2016
Marcelo
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I was looking for a teacher that was able to teach (a lot) of the gaps I have in my playing. I learned to play other people songs and had cover bands, but never really thought about what I was doing.

Indigo approach to the guitar is exactly what I was looking for: A harmony / melody first approach that is guiding me through theory in a simple, natural way.

I don't need to memorize scale shapes, chords shapes. In a couple of weeks I've learned to understand them and I we're starting to dive deeper.

Overall Indigo is clearly knowledgeable, extremely patient and is able to communicate complex subjects in a simple way. I feel that I am evolving a lot each week and this is even more than I was looking for.

I highly recommend Indigo if you're looking to learn to play the guitar or understand it like I did!

Posted Sep 18, 2016
Ross
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Indigo is a great teacher. She provides a comfortable and supportive learning environment (which is especially important when learning to sing!) and manages to clearly articulate a bunch of concepts and sensations that would be difficult, if not impossible, to discover on your own. I'd highly recommend her!

Posted Sep 12, 2016
Laura
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Indigo is great. She has tailored my lessons around the specific areas of the guitar that I'm looking to work on (ranging from theory to improvisation), and as a result I'm developing a fuller understanding of the instrument from the inside out (and outside in, in terms of song work). Patient, flexible, and very chill, too, it goes without saying. Very much recommend!

Posted Aug 27, 2016
Caly
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Indigo is great1 I learned a lot and can't wait for my next lesson!

Posted Jul 24, 2016
Nikki N.
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Indigo is a brilliant no nonsense teacher who taught me a nugget of theory that has completely changed my understanding of the guitar and made me feel like I could actually understand the guitar rather than just memorizing chords and promptly forgetting them!

Posted Jun 18, 2016
Jane
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A great teacher! Indigo has an extraordinary way of breaking down the most complex ideas into small manageable bits. Ideas I've struggled with for a long time are suddenly coming to light! She is very passionate about her students and I hope to study with her for a long time!

Posted May 17, 2016
Zachary
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Indigo is amazing!!! Before meeting with Indigo, I was mostly self taught. Since I have started working with her, i've made great strides in both ear training and my overall understanding of the layout of the guitar. Indigo is extremely passionate and talented at what she does and cares deeply about the success of her students.

Posted May 11, 2016
pietro fdfd
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very good

Posted Apr 13, 2016
Naftali
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Great instructor, very flexible, caters lessons to needs of students

Posted Apr 6, 2016
Michael D.
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Indigo is a great teacher. She is deeply knowledgeable! I highly reccomend lessons with her.

Posted Mar 27, 2016
Laurie D.
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Indigo is very well-rounded as a teacher. She has a great way with our pre-teen daughter. She is clearly a very well- trained musician and player. She can adjust to the level and interest of the student, using many different genres as well as theory. She covers guitar, voice and theory. Wonderful teacher.

Posted Mar 27, 2016
Kathleen T.
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Indigo was able to quickly identify what I needed to work on and ultimately made the lesson very effective. Super grateful for this experience.

Posted Mar 26, 2016
Beth H.
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Indigo's the best! She's very perceptive to any problems going on in your voice and breaks it down so they're no longer issues. She's also very understanding to any scheduling changes and is so so easy to work with :)

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Louie
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I wrote on the wall years ago that I want to be, "a working, living, joy," and know it is important to be around someone who is working, practicing, and living the subject matter of which you desire. For one can read, watch, visualize and theorize for a long time...and so much more. But being around someone is different.
Indigo has helped me across the board, directly and indirectly. Directly, in that she has shown me some fundamentals "I need" to work on in order to achieve and generate the ideas within the self. Indirectly, in so much that a student can see her familiarity with her instrument (instrument being guitar and self) and a more proper persona to take on in order to facilitate being musical.
Furthermore, I have been to some of her shows since taking lessons, and seen her play with different bands (as a leader) in a very short amount of time. Indigo is working, writing, practicing, breathing, and ultimately living that joy right in front of my face. And she shares it with a strong diligence and patience. I can go on and on...But I'm Ticking Like a Time Bomb! Louie

Posted Dec 26, 2015
Robin L.
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Indigo is amazing! Extremely supportive, talented, and warm. As a super beginner, I noticed a dramatic change in just 5 lessons. She intuitively knows just what to do to open your voice and guide you. I felt immediately comfortable with her and she's very professional. She's a magic one! Couldn't recommend more highly.

Posted Dec 8, 2015
Erica M.
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Indigo is great. I'm a lead singer and lyricist for a band and in my late twenties. Besides working with musicians for only 6 years, I have never had any kind of training. I came to Indigo as a total beginner on the guitar and asked to be taught skills that would aid in my songwriting and communication with my bandmates. And I can't believe how easy she has made it.

Her style of teaching is very comfortable, patient, and interweaves playing technique with theory and ear training seamlessly. She is the kind of teacher that really takes the student's goals into consideration when designing a lesson. She is also very responsive when I have questions or need to reschedule. In fact before I even started lessons, she answered questions about the guitar I was purchasing, and how long of a lesson I needed within a few hours.

If you think it's too late to learn, music theory is too complex, your hands are too small to play, or any of the other reasons I put off lessons for so long, give Indigo a shot.

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Eric Morrell
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I think my friends are tired of hearing me talk about how much I love my guitar lessons with Indigo. She is patient and kind and has a deep knowledge of the guitar and of music in general. I always come away from our lessons feeling like I have moved forward in my learning and inspired to practice. I am a beginner in my mid thirties but I think Indigo would be a great teacher for all ages and skill levels. If you are thinking about taking guitar lessons your teacher should be Indigo, I can't recommend her more!

Posted Oct 12, 2015
Jenna
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Indigo is amazing! She has a natural intuition and intelligence that allows her to adjust her teaching style and exercises to exactly what my voice needs. Her exercises are creative and fun and she is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!

Posted Sep 30, 2015
Kevin S.
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I love my guitar lessons with Indigo! She is an amazing teacher and makes you feel very comfortable by offering a warm and supportive environment in which to learn. Indigo has given me a completely new perspective on guitar playing. I started learning music theory and ear training from her and she even has me singing, something I never believed I would try. She is a very patient and supportive teacher. Her encouragement and her excitement about my growth as a musician are extremely motivating and I find myself increasingly passionate about learning music theory and look forward to my guitar lessons. I highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 11, 2015
Spencer M.
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Indigo is great! I look forward to my lesson every week. She's helping me to overcome my self-consciousness and develop a healthy and strong voice. I had doubts before I started about how much of singing could be taught but I'm a convert now for sure.

Posted Jun 13, 2015
Megan P.
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I love my lessons with Indigo ! She makes you feel extremely comfortable and she is great at finding what you are interested in learning and tailoring the lesson to you. Each week I feel like I have a better understanding of the guitar and music and all the practice tips she gives are extremely helpful. I have only been taking lessons for a few months and I feel like they have had such a major impact on my improvement. I have learned so much more about music theory and it has been such a wonderful investment taking these lessons with her. I would absolutely recommend taking lessons with Indigo !

Posted Feb 3, 2015
Juliet C.
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Indigo has been teaching my 10 year old daughter guitar for over 2 years and she is fabulous. She is extremely knowledgeable about music performance and theory and she is a patient and skilled teacher. Indigo teaches what my daughter wants to learn as well as technique and music theory. She is now playing Stevie Wonder Superstition and Stairway to Heaven.

Posted Nov 11, 2014
Ed P.
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I've wanted to pick up the guitar for years and I'm so glad I found Indigo as her teaching style is a perfect fit for me as a beginner. She makes it easy to grasp the concepts and technique and I feel myself becoming more and more comfortable with the instrument. Highly recommend you give her a try; she's great.

Posted Jul 22, 2014
Kerry M.

perfect fit..

I have been lessons for a little over a month and have significantly improved. I'm an adult student working 80-90 hrs a week, so with that in mind, the lesson load is doable and relaxed, but there is plenty of material each week to see the improvement in your skills. She also is approaching the lessons based on what I want to learn, not what a "by the letter" teacher thinks you should know. The studio location is not only chill but convient, literally around the corner. Highly recommend Indigo for anyone picking up a guitar.

Posted Nov 21, 2013

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Lead Guitarist, vocalist, composer
Jun 2016 - Present

Indigo S.

currently working on new music under my own name. Currently gigging in NYC- Le Poisson Rouge, Rough Trade, Mercury Lounge, Baby's all right, etc.

songwriter/guitarist/vocalist
Apr 2011 - Present

Shy Hunters

producer, songwriter, lead singer and guitarist

Lead Guitarist/ back-up vocalist
Apr 2013 - Oct 2014

Dawn Landes

touring band, US and Canada, opening for Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music.

Guitarist
Jun 2011 - Sep 2014

Jolie Holland

Recording and touring band, Lead guitarist, back-up vocalist

Guitarist
Jan 2012 - May 2012

The Barrow St Theater

Lead guitarist for off Broadway production of "Hit The Wall".

Guitarist
Oct 2008 - Oct 2008

Yoko Ono

Recording band, Guitarist for 2009 release, "Ask The Elephant"

Vocalist
May 1996 - Feb 2003

Crushing, JSM, etc

Vocalist for dozens of National television and radio commercials

Languages

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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