I utilize the 'song method' to teach students to play the guitar or the bass. By teaching students songs they love, I can keep them motivated, and use those songs to demonstrate the music theory involved with creating those songs. If the song is too difficult for the student, I can break it down into a manageable arrangement.
I started playing guitar and bass in my early teen years because I just couldn't wait to see a live concert. I thought if I could play the songs myself, it would be just as good. Well, it turns out that playing music you love yourself is even better than seeing a concert. You can make your own concert everyday! Since then I've been fortunate enough to work with a great deal of professional performers and to play many hundreds of successful live shows. Several years ago, I decided to focus on teaching. This was a great decision, because I truly love this work. I make a real difference in peo
ples lives, and help them achieve their goals, and sometimes even their dreams!
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect fun lessons based on songs they love. Acoustic, electric, classical, and bass students are all welcome! I bring an amplifier and an iPod, and show you from day one how to play at least a part of a song that you really want to work on. I will be able to make some decisions about future lessons based upon the level of playing ability that the student displays. Once a student starts to get the hang of playing the basics, we can work on many songs and eventually learn to play solos. In addition, I explain all of the musical theory that the songs are based on, and you will be able to communicate with other musicians using the proper terminology and notation. I like to encourage the students to practice at least 20 minutes a day, rather than for a few hours once or twice a week. This way, your muscle memory stays sharp, and you can start to get comfortable playing the guitar or bass. More advanced students can expect to learn soloing, and playing along with other instruments, as well as making recordings, and composing original songs. For still more advanced students, I can explain how to play the hardest guitar and bass solos, and all that I have learned as a performer including how to put a band together, how to book shows, and how to choose cover songs, and how to arrange music for performance. My students always come first as teaching is my full time job, and I love what I do!
*** Studio Equipment *** I provide a practice amplifier with digital effects and a drum machine for all lessons. I provide a bass guitar amplifier in my studio for my bass students. I also bring a guitar to a bass lessons, and a bass to a guitar lessons, for my more advanced students, to have a 'band practice' type lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring amplifiers to lessons, and printed teaching materials. Students just need their own instrument to play.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching proper timing, tuning, technique, theory, composition, and performance. From beginner to performing professional, I can take you all the way. My style is rock, and I have a background in classical, country, blues, rock, heavy metal, and pop.
michele H. November 27, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
A musician who is passionate about teaching
Glen is a talented musician with a gift and passion for teaching. He loves what he does and makes the most of lessons, tailored to your ability and his enthusiasm is contagious and keeps you wanting to play more.
Kelly G. March 18, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Working great with a not-easy student
Glenn has done such a great job keeping a reluctant kid interested. I am so appreciative!!!!
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
Cat W. July 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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.
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.
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.
I have been playing professionally as a bassist for 15 years for various bands that play many different genres (rock, reggae, jazz, R&B, blues, folk, funk). Bass is a very accessible instrument to learn right from the start, but there are many nuances to learn about to reveal its full potential. I structure my lessons around the student's interest but always incorporate basic fundamentals so that they get the most out of the instrument.
Music is a great passion of mine that I share with everything I do, whether it be through teaching, performing, producing, or recording. I have had the opportunity to study, perform, and teach alongside great individuals in music and continue so to this day.
I have been teaching both private lessons and in various classroom settings for the past 7 years, some of which include teaching at The Bishop's School (La Jolla), UCSD, and California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles).
*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha AEX 1500 Hollowbody Guitar
Fender 5 String Jazz Bass
SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
**I provide charts/material for the student to work on, through print outs and emailing PDF versions of the source material directly to you
Lenore June 25, 2015
Tonga is an excellent musician and a fantastic music teacher. For the last 2 years he has given my two sons (ages 9 &10) lessons in guitar and ukulele. He has also given several lessons to my husband. His love and talent for music show is his lessons. He is reliable, on time, and has a great sense of humor. I highly recommend him as a music teacher for any age student.
Brian O. June 25, 2015
Music Theory ·
My experience with Tonga has been nothing but great! He is one of those special musicians who can not only play an extremely wide variety of styles, but is equally gifted at teaching them to you. If you are looking for a positive teacher that tailors lessons toward each students individual strengths, weaknesses, and goals then Tonga is your man. I give him my highest recommendation without hesitation!
Chris D. June 24, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Tonga is a great teacher, I have studied with him over three years and my playing has been improving steadily. He is very good at explaining difficult concepts and relating to any student.
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Greg is a fantastic music teacher! His skills on a myriad of instruments are quite impressive, and its very easy to se
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Andrew went above and beyond what I ever expected. He did a great job of covering rudiments and technical aspects, while simultaneously
focusing on the "art" of bass playing. He was very aware of my skill level and responsive to my needs as a student. I highly recommend him for beginners and imagine that he would be great for more skilled students as well"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
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"Excellent teacher! Recommend him wholeheartedly.
TJ is a fantastic teacher. He made my daughter feel welcome from their first introduction, and she was p
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"worth the price!
Its no secret that private lessons aren't cheap. I feel like I get my money worth with our online lessons. Its about the same price as h
aving somebody come to my house but I prefer taking the lessons over the internet because I can be anywhere and I like how Brandon uses several cameras to give me a better view of the fretboard than I would get in person."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by david
"So glad to have Jonathan as my teacher
I am a busy professional in my 50s that wanted to learn how to play the electric bass. After searching the web for
in home lessons I found Jonathan Greenberg. Jonathan is an absolute professional with the ability to quickly connect with a student at their level. I have already learned an amazing amount in 4 weeks and have confidence that Jonathan will have me playing at a high level in a very short time period. He gives me "homework" and he follows up to determine if I am staying with it. A great mannerism and teaching style make Jonathan a teacher well worth asking for.
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by Dani
"I've known Matt for a long time and in addition to his extraordinary skills as a bass player, I've come to know him as a fantastic teacher. He has led man
y clinics at colleges around the country, taught privately to individual students, and attended one of the best universities in the country for jazz performance (UNT). That being said, he is so much more than a jazz bass player. He plays regularly with bands ranging from electro-pop to folk to salsa on electric bass and upright bass. He has one of the most creative musical minds I've ever had the pleasure of working with and is patient and compassionate both with his band members and students. I highly recommend Matt as your future bass teacher!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Corey
"overall good teacher
I've been taking lessons from Scotty for over a year and have learned a lot about theory, form, and style. Had taken lessons from ot
her instructors and felt that I should had been further along after 1 year. One hour lesson time is perfect for me and I always leave wishing I had more time."
Albuquerque, NM teacher:
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Boston, MA teacher:
Review by dan
Daniel has the groove and he knows how to transmit it. From my fist lesson he had me playing the bass in a way that was intuitive and fun. He
is a highly skilled musician, but it's the way the music is flowing through him that is contagious. He also knew right where to point me in the areas that I needed the most help. Two thumbs up and a clap.