- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My Teaching Philosophy
The Uke is a wonderful instrument that any style of music can be played on. From pop hits of today to pop hits of the 1920's, classical, jazz and beyond.
We will start by learning all of our chords, strum patterns as well as basic melodies. Then progress into finger picking and "claw-hammer" style of uke playing.
Scales and arpeggios our the bedrock of music. They are the foundation of everything harmonically and melodically. We will begin with learning our major, minor and pentatonic scales and corresponding arpeggios. Once we have an understanding of those we will delve into our modes and more “exotic” scales.
The right hand is our time machine. It gives us the ability to play in time and with groove and feel. We will work on rhythmic studies string crossings and practicing with a metronome. Remembering music is harmony, Melody and rhythm working as one.
For those who are new to playing music the hardest thing for some to master is rhythm/time keeping. It is the black and white right or wrong of the music world. Often times our want to progress quickly is hampered by skipping over the basic building blocks of rhythm and time keeping.
The first critical step is the concept of subdivision. Subdivision it the mind process used to keep accurate time. It is mentally filling in the gap between the major beats. In 4/4 time it simply begins as counting 1+2+3+4+. I will constantly be emphasizing the need for unrelenting subdivision. But one can work on subdividing while you listen to recorded music even as you walk down the street humming a tune.
I highly encourage learning to read music notation thought not a necessity it has the following benefits:
1.It will help you understanding of the mechanics of music theory.
2.Enables you to look at any piece of music and play it/have basic understanding of
the song .
3.Gives a visual representation of and auditory art.
Through out our learning of scales and styles we will constantly focus on the feel and groove of everything we play. The right feel/groove not only can make or break a song it can help heal the soul.
- Teaches students:
- and Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- June 1998
Steven F offers instruction for electric or acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele as well as music theory.
Steven F., a professional musician and teacher for over fifteen years, graduated cum laude with a performance degree in the upright bass from The Ohio State University where he studied and performed everything from classical to classic rock. Indeed, from the blues to bluegrass, from rock to classical, he has done it all. He currently plays with The Spikedrivers, Fox ‘n’ Hounds Bluegrass Ensemble, and Neil Jacobs' American Gypsy. He recently performed with guitar legends GE Smith and Jorma Kaukonen and David Grier.
In addition, Fox is a gifted instructor with over twelve years of experience. He incorporates music theory and technique in lessons so his students are able to go farther than just reading music. They learn to create music, to play with other musicians, and to play by ear.
Although Fox is serious about music he is able to keep lessons entertaining for students, and offers instruction in many musical genres. Many of Fox’s students have gone on to study music in college and have started successful careers in the field.
F. N Hounds is a bluegrass power trio that features my original material and provides me an outlet to demonstrate my arco ability's on the upright bass.
Since 2004 I have been honored to be apart of Neil Jacobs American Gypsy. This ensemble consist of Neil Jacobs on 12 string guitar and Arkidy Gips(violinist for Madaonna) on violin. We perform Neil's original songs as well as traditional tunes from the Balkan's.+ Read More
I am a founding member of The Spikedrivers one of Ohio most beloved Americana bands. The Spikedrivers have toured throughout the United states and have released 5 critically acclaimed albums.
I have been been providing private music instruction for over 10 years. Many of my students can be found performing throughout the Central Ohio area.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
I find Steven to be very encouraging, his explanations are clear and concise, and the lessons are a lot of fun. I am amazed at how much we're able to accomplish in a thirty minute lesson.