- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- January 2006
My name is Zach L. I am a professional musician in the Miami area. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Miami. I am a multiple Downbeat-award-winning guitarist and have been drumming for the past 13 years. I have headlined multiple international tours and received both the Duncan Nelson Scholarship and the Davidson Scholarship at the University of Miami. Furthermore, I am also an accomplished composer and arranger with my works featured by groups such as the Steve Miller Band and the Henry Mancini Orchestra. Lastly, I have held a teaching position as the Professor of Improvised Music at the Narnia Arts Academy International Summer Course in Central Italy.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students' lessons are tailored to their individual needs. I don't teach out of a book (though I do use books to supplement material when helpful), so students will only be learning what *they* need to be learning next, based on their unique blend of skill, experience, and curiosity. With that in mind, here are some topics on which we tend to focus.
-Proper Technique. (How to hold a pick. Proper ways to apply pressure to the strings with the left hand. Tension-free technique to prevent injury and strain.)
-Chord Formations. (Bar chords, Power chords, Open chords, Triads and inversions, CAGED system chords, Seventh chords, Advanced jazz voicing, Chords in alternate tuning.)
-Scales/Arpeggios. (Proper fingering to build technical skill. Three note per string scale forms. Conventional scale forms. Cross-fretboard patterns. Seeing arpeggios from different scale degrees. Pattern manipulation.)
-Reading Music. (One position reading. Multi-position reading. Sight reading practice. Understanding rhythmic variation. Ledger line studies. Dollahon 10th position method for sight reading.)
-Repertoire. (Songs in genre(s) of preference. Learning to play songs from favorite artists. Learn to accompany yourself if you sing.)
-Ear Training. (Hearing melodic phrases. Identifying chords. Transcription projects. Learning to "play by ear".)
-Rhythm Training. (Differentiate between different rhythms. Metronome work. Keeping solid time. Develop ability to clap/strum/pick a variety of rhythms with good time.)
*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers, five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops, and an 88-key electric piano for music theory lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers and five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops.
Teaching music theory, private lessons, and group band instruction for 40-70 kids per week.
Zach is an excellent teacher! He has such a thorough understanding of music, and plenty of experience teaching it. Taking lessons with him are both super fun and super informative. He's got a knack for making complex things seem simple and is really easy to work with. I highly recommend taking lessons with Zach for anyone wanting to take their playing to the next level.+ Read More
Zachary is great! Having some experience in playing guitar I was looking to gain some knowledge on the theory side of things. Lucky for me Zachary love to talk theory and was able to clearly explain things to me. I look forward to the classes every week. Highly recommend.+ Read More
Zach takes the time to understand precisely what I want to accomplish with my playing, and why, and I feel that the lessons have progressed logically and quickly. Most importantly, he is a wonderful listener and patient with my ceaseless questions of 'why' and 'how'. I leave each session with greater enthusiasm and a genuine sense of accomplishment.
This is how learning should work.
Zach has been giving guitar lessons to my eleven-year-old daughter in our home for the past few weeks and we have been so pleased with his instruction. He is punctual, professional, and best of all extremely patient. I would recommend Zach to anyone I know looking for music lessons, especially children, his patience and passion is a gift. Not to even mention how talented he is himself as a musician!!!+ Read More
If you need a guitar teacher, I highly recommend Zack. He has been my teacher for 3 years and we never run out of lessons. Zack is an expert in music theory, critiquing songs, rhythm and melody. From a novice I have improved to a good player under his instruction. Give him a try I am sure you will be pleased.