Reading bass staff, chord patterns and bass theory.
Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music. Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.
I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.
Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.
Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.
*** Studio Equipment *** Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.
*** Specialties *** Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
Christina N. June 9, 2015
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
Stephanie R. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 9 year old son has been taking lessons with Ruben for a couple of years now. Ruben's patience is nothing short of amazing. He is so wonderful with my son and has instilled a love for music in him. He is an incredible teacher.
Eric O. June 5, 2015
My son took lessons from Ruben for several years - including being in a rock band led by Ruben. Talk about fun.
Ruben was always prepared and had his lessons planned out. Calm, patient and very skilled. He set a great example for kids and adults.
I would highly recommend Ruben for any type of Guitar lessons you need!
Born in Omaha, NE, I have played bass for 25 years - and began teaching bass 15 years ago. I play and teach many contemporary musical styles, and have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and currently reside in San Diego, California.
I began studying Bass in 1987 under guidance of David Valentine and Jim Vaughn (both Principal Bassists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and quickly began performing with the Colorado Springs Community Jazz Big Band, and other local artists and jazz swing small groups.
In the early 1990's and after moving to Denver,
Colorado, I joined the Neil Haverstick Band which often featured popular area vocalists such as Charla Bevan and others. While with the group, I played the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and opened for Coco Montoya and Maria Muldaur. The band was versatile enough to perform a dizzying array of styles - afro-cuban, blues, country, funk, jazz, metal, and rock - and often featured a 45-minute set of original microtonal music, performed on custom built instruments (guitar and bass) fretted with 19-divisions (frets) per octave or 19-tone (equal tempered scale).
When not exploring alternate musical realities, I toured with one of the region's most popular Top 40 Country Cover Bands - Ty Taylor & The Powder River Band. I also performed and recorded with Australian born singer/songwriter Leighton B. Watts as well as other local groups.
I moved from Denver to Austin, Texas in the mid 1990's, and upon arriving met up with singer/songwriter Jim Stricklan and performed at the Austin Music Hall - sharing the stage with Toni Price and Joe Ely. Also while in Austin, I performed and recorded with the Dave Sebree Band, Laffing Sam, John Ussery, Lee Person, and many other local groups...
In the fall of 2000, I relocated to San Diego, California where I currently live and enjoy a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching. While in San Diego, I've performed and recorded a variety of music with local and regionally touring bands (cover and original material) with styles ranging from Acoustic, Blues, Contemporary Christian, Country, Flamenco, Funk, Fusion, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Improvisational, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Motown, R&B, Rock, and many Singer/Songwriters... these bands have opened for Elvin Bishop, Chris Botti, Tommy Castro, David Sanborn, Earl Thomas, and Walter Trout.
I've been blessed to have the opportunity to perform with Blues/Soul Singer Songwriter John Nemeth, Harmonica Wizard Rob Paparozzi, and Legendary Drummer Bernard Purdie.
I've also been very fortunate to play on many local recording projects and to work with recording engineers/producers Alan Sanderson, and Ray Peterssen.
*** Lesson Details *** Like most teachers, I enjoy seeing and hearing students’ progress. I have found that students progress faster by not only learning mechanics, technique, songs, styles, and music theory, but also understanding how to modify their thought processes with respect to overcoming physical and conceptual barriers; in other words, and musically speaking: learning how to learn.
This involves breaking down and isolating every aspect of playing the bass - instrument stability, left & right hand placement, finger positioning, rhythmic concepts, fret-board familiarity, reading skills, patterns, and choice of notes. It also involves honing other important aspects of playing music such as concentration, determination, observation, patience, problem solving, and repetition. I have been applying this approach since I began teaching electric bass in 1998.
I teach classical & jazz music theory (scales, arpeggios, chords), improvisation, meter, rhythmic patterns, sight-reading, and ear training. Specifically, I help students learn to read music (notes), develop left and right hand finger strength/independence/dexterity, and provide transcriptions of pizzicato, & slap bass-lines as exercises; for all musical styles. I encourage students to create and play their own bass lines - conveying as a skill set a fundamental understanding/interpretation of chord progressions and composition. I also help students learn specific songs and styles they request.
I try to split each lesson roughly 50/50 as far as structured aspects (exercises, reading, technique building, etc.) and working through song requests. I also highly recommend students be open to acquiring a fundamental skill set for playing a variety of generic styles and forms - for example: 12-bar blues, I-IV-V rock, shuffle, 2 beat, waltz, walking jazz/blues swing bass lines, funk pizzicato technique, and funk/slap technique. These are simply guidelines though - ultimately it's up to you how we spend our meeting time.
Essential Items: Most people get started with the obvious basic items (listed in order of importance):
- a bass, strap, tuner, instrument cable, and small practice amplifier/speaker combo. There are a few other items that will facilitate faster progress (again listed in order of importance):
- a metronome*, music stand, bass method books and/or other exercise and bass clef reading material.
For learning songs, having access to an audio playback device with enhanced bass response and easy, well designed mechanism for fast-forward and rewind within a specific song is very helpful. Your computer, phone, or .mp3 player, by themselves may or may not be ideal for picking out and hearing the bass part unless combined with an significantly upgraded audio system (i.e., sub-woofer, stereo, docking station, etc.).
*The one item that will immediately challenge and push you to a higher level of musicianship is a metronome. Listening to, playing with, and counting with a metronome will facilitate development of your internal sense of time. Learning to become comfortable with the metronome will have a direct impact on how well you are able to synchronize with other musicians when playing together. This is especially true for bassists and drummers as they are responsible for maintaining the tempo/groove of a tune.
Practice: You will need to practice between lessons...
How much? The most important first step is to try to get the bass into your hands every day - 15 minutes every day is a great starting point for new students, with the goal of eventually reaching 30-60 minutes daily.
Try to find a quiet place where you can focus and concentrate without being interrupted or distracted by family, friends, neighbors, room-mates, phone, television, etc.
For practice time spent in the seated position, find a sturdy straight-back chair (without arms) - stay away from couches, recliners, beds, etc. Standing during a portion of your practice sessions is also a good way.
*** Studio Equipment *** Gallien-Krueger GK800RB, SWR Goliath Jr. (2x10) Gallien-Krueger MB150E-III
*** Travel Equipment *** Fender American Standard Deluxe Jazz 4 String Bass
*** Specialties *** Electric bass, Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Music Theory Fretted & Fretless 4-5-6-7-String. All musical styles including, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban, Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Country, Flamenco, Funk (Specialty: Pizzicato & Slap Styles), Jazz, Instrumental, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock (Classic, Hard, Metal).
Marcie S. June 4, 2014
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
John is a phenomenal instructor, coach and mentor. He met my son at his level and patiently encouraged him to grow as a musician. His easy-going manner makes him approachable and his vast knowledge, as well as experience, helps the student to expand their musical skills. We like John:)
SusanS March 27, 2011
John has been great for Cameron (our son) Cameron had to take a break for reahearsals for a musical that he was performing in.
DanielK January 21, 2011
exactly what I wanted
Great teacher. Tailored the lesson to my wants and needs. Explanations are easy to understand. Just a very relaxed and cool guy. I left my lesson very inspired to practice and meet again.
Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.
In addition to stints in various rock bands, studio session work and 16 years of playing experience, Nik's development of teaching guitar was made possible by having achieved a firm musical background throughout his earlier years of performing with orchestra ensembles. As a classically trained brass player, N
ikola studied music under college guitar professor Gary Tuttle and award winning SDSC band director/guitarist Phillip S. Marcus.
Nikola's client list has included the likes of music producer and composer Toby Weiss (son of jazz legend and Guitar Institute of Technology co founder Joe Diorio) pro touring guitarist Christopher Eck of the band Masterguru, former students of guitar virtuosos Greg Howe and Joe Stump and many other serious amateur and professional musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Nikola's goal as a teacher is to convey his knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing his own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. While his exploits in rock guitar gymnastics continue to attract and inspire new players, Nik's approach to teaching is simplistic, yet highly effective and suitable for young beginners and adults of all ages.
Nikola M's guitar lessons are professional, insightful, progressive and cover a wide and exciting spectrum including:
The Rudiments of Music
* Chords * Rhythm studies * Scales * Warm up stretches * Sight reading for beginners * Theory * Modes
Technique and Repertoire
* Lead improvisation * Ear training * Dynamics
* Sweep picking * Speed picking * Arpeggios and pentatonics * Two-hand tapping * Chicken picking * Blues improvisation
*** Travel Equipment *** Amplifier (if needed)
*** Specialties *** Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my goal as a teacher is to convey my knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing my own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. In addition to teaching various genres like pop, jazz, country and folk, I specialize in instructing virtuoso rock and progressive metal guitar techniques.
IrisL May 5, 2011
He's an excellent instructor and very talented musician. He is very knowledgeable of all the music theory and techniques I need to be a good bass player. I highly recommend him to anyone.
I was classically trained in piano for more than 10 years starting when I was eight years old. I've received Certificate of Merit multiple times for performance and theory. I've played many recitals performing pieces by composers like Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Rachnominoff, Debussy, Chopin and others. From piano I branched out into bass and guitar. I play almost any every style of music for all these instruments and am well-versed in tablature, chord charts and traditional notation. I have played bass on an American nationwide tour in with a friend's band, recorded on various projects with pia
no, guitar and bass, played for numerous local bands, received guitar string sponsorship. I have also toured China with a performing arts group playing guitar and singing. I have written around 500 songs. My experience is extremely broad and music has been one of my biggest passions in life since I was young!
*** Lesson Details *** I will help you achieve your musical goals! If you want to learn classical music and theory, I will teach you those things. If you want to learn how to play rock by ear, I'll help you do that. I have played and/or studied almost every kind of music imaginable and am ready to help you be the best you can be at whatever your musical goals are. I will lay out clear practice directions at every lesson to make sure we are making progress. I am very patient and I like to make music fun no matter what we're studying! I sometimes cover a lot of ground with my lessons but I will always make sure to check in to see that you're getting everything and catching on.
*** Specialties *** Performance, theory, music reading. Classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, metal.
Nathan F. May 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Danny works great with me, he has taught me so much in just five lessons.
Gloria G. July 18, 2014
In home Verified Student
Danny is a Great teacher. Already a guitar player, I was looking for a "different" kind of teacher, one that could help me transpose guitar songs/ chords to the piano. Danny is genuine and very creative. He works with the student on all levels. He is patient and open to where I am wanting to go with the piano. In only 3 lessons I am in love with playing the piano, I play ALL the time. I love the sounds that are available to me now.
Our lessons are challenging and fun at the same time. I am blessed.
Dillon C., a San Diego native, has been studying guitar since age 11. He began gigging professionally with local rock groups at age 14 and became interested in jazz while in high school where he played in the La Costa Canyon High School Jazz Band. In 2009, his rock group, The New Archaic, won Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards and were nominated for Best Alternative Album in 2010.
He graduated from San Diego State University as a Classical Guitar Performance major where he studied under world-famous classical guitarist Celin Romero. He received a scholarship to study in Spain und
er legendary guitarists Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. He studied jazz guitar under local luminaries Peter Sprague and Bob Boss. He plays in many different jazz groups around town, most notably the In Motion Collective which was voted Best Jazz at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards and nominated for the same award in 2013. The group has opened for national and international acts like the Mattson 2, Budos Band, Sierre Leone Refugee All-Stars, and Zongo Junction.
Dillon began teaching while still in high school, where he taught the Magdalena YMCA group guitar classes. He has also been teaching privately since then as well as at the Encinitas School of Music and Electric Ladyland Music School in Ocean Beach. He focuses on learning chords and songs, developing rhythm, proper technique, an understanding of theory and composition, all while making the lessons fun and interesting for the student.
*** Lesson Details *** All you need to be prepared on our first lesson is your guitar (acoustic or electric) and a folder for lesson materials. If you are doing piano lessons you will need a folder for lesson materials only. I will provide a keyboard for you. Options for lesson times are 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons. I start beginner students with some great introductory chords and songs and use these as a platform to develop technique. As you progress, we will get into more challenging songs, learn about music theory (scales, keys, improvisation) and will also learn about composing songs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Electric and Acoustic Guitars Nord Electro Keyboard Amplifiers Laptop/Speakers for Education Aid
*** Travel Equipment *** Taylor Acoustic Guitar Laptop for Education Aid
*** Specialties *** I specialize in rock/jazz/blues and folk/fingerstyle. I incorporate my classical training to develop smoother technique in these styles. I also have many years experience in teaching younger students (ages 7-18)
Matthew H. January 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Dillon is a first rate guitar instructor!
I've taken lessons with Dillon for 5 months, and he has helped me make tremendous progress. I was lucky to find Dillon because my music interests are all over the place. I wanted to learn about fingerstyle, soul, jazz, blues, Latin music, music theory, transcribing for bands. Dillon helped me with all of those. He's the kind of person whose has really studied the guitar and can distill the music from many styles into a few simple ideas for the guitar, and explain those ideas in a memorable way.
I'll continue taking lessons from him, and would recommend him as a teacher to anyone looking for a teacher with charisma.
Amanda B. January 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dillon is an absolutely amazing teacher. I just started playing the piano a few months ago and he has been instrumental in motivating me and giving me the tools I need to get started. He is always willing to switch it up each lesson depending on how I am feeling that week and I really enjoy working with him. Dillon is extremely talented and dedicated to music which is really great, because starting out can be hard. I would highly recommend Dillon to anyone!
Chris D. October 28, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Dillon- was not reliable. He no-showed twice and his phone was not active. Not a good start for beginner student!
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