My name is Ray - I'm 27 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 13 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching am currently working as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, considering it one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc).
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop too, and enjoy teaching students their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and instrument.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have. I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
I am a motivated Guitarist with extensive knowledge in music education and performance. I have a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Cal State LA where I emphasized in Classical Guitar performance. 10+ years of guitar experience playing both classical and contemporary styles. I regularly perform on Electric, Acoustic and Classical guitars. I am educated in the classical repertoire and modern music as well. My favorites are Indie Rock, Folk, Worship, Rock, Pop and country. I also can teach Music theory and music history to those students who are interested.
*** Lesson Details *** My number
one goal is to make sure music is FUN! I believe in making the learning experience enjoyable. I am a laid back person but I am also extremely organized and always well prepared. After studying with me for 6 months you will be able to write your own songs, play popular chord progressions and lead lines. If you study classical guitar with me you will be able to site read at a intermediate level and perform at least 5 pieces. Anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it and work hard and practice. Its my passion to get you where you want to be as a musician!
*** Studio Equipment *** Provide: tab paper, blank sheet music, guitar picks for new students, guitar stand, music stand, a great environment to learn. You need to bring: a guitar, books
*** Travel Equipment *** provide: tab paper, blank sheet music, guitar pics for new students. You need to have: a guitar, foot stool for classical guitarists, tuner
*** Specialties *** Classical Guitar, Folk, fingerpicking, Worship Music, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Rock, Pop, Indie, Punk, Country, Music Theory, Music History
Claire M. April 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nanette is a great instructor. She is very patient and makes the lessons interesting and varied. Inhave made a lot of progress since taking lessons with her.
Amanda M. March 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was my first time ever having a guitar instructor and I wasn't too sure how it worked, or what to expect from it. Once I met Nanette I instantly got comfortable. She is insanely talented, and an amazing teacher. Also, Nanette is a really chill person to be around and learn from. When your in a session with her you totally feel like your just jamming and having fun. I look forward to seeing her every week! She has taught me so much in such little time. You wont regret having her as your instructor.
I have a very unique musical background compared to other guitarists. My first instrument was alto saxophone in middle school. I played it through high school and a bit in college. After I graduated high school I taught myself guitar and drum set. I also spent 5 years in drum and bugle corps on trumpet and euphonium. As part of my studies I also learned keyboard. This means my perspective and experience in music is different than other guitar teachers. There are many concepts I have learned from other instruments that I can pass down to students.
*** Lesson Details *** From the start I wil
l help you set goals you want to reach. Whether it's to learn a specific song or become familiar with a new genre, goals go a long way to keeping you focused and motivated. In each lesson I will make sure you have all the tools you need to stay on track. Music theory and skills(music reading, ear training, rhythm) will be core subjects taught in each lesson. My goal is to make you a musician who plays guitar.
nataliya G. February 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
My son started taking guitar lessons with Daniel in December. So far, we are very happy customers. He is talented, knowledgeable, professional, polite, and accommodating. We would highly recommend Daniel
Michael W. February 6, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Daniel is an excellent teacher who patiently covered all of the issues that I needed help with. I have had advanced training in music, and he helped me more than most of my previous teachers ever did. I would highly recommend him without hesitation!
Richard A. November 16, 2013
Daniel gave me several lesson on my bass guitar when I started playing a few years back. He was very informative and very professional in giving lessons to me! He helped me on changing my strings and gave me lessons on proper technique on playing the bass!
We'll work to find the music that inspires you and work on forming a solid technical foundation along the way.
I encourage students to learn to read simple musical notation and basic music theory, but everyone's individual goals are accommodated, as well.
I've been making my living playing all kinds of music for over ten years. I feel that working on and creating music night in and night out with bands and artists from rock to hip-hop, pop to jazz, folk and country to disco has given me unique insights into what makes a good bassist. There's a balance to be struck between theory and instinct, as well as technique and emotion.
I tailor each lesson to each student, creating most of my own lesson materials. These can range from pages of scales and arpeggios, to full transcriptions and even audio recordings of practice tracks. I like technol
ogy and feel it can be a valuable part of the learning experience. But generally, I teach by having students learn songs and basslines, then illustrate musical ideas and principles by pulling directly from the music we've just been working on.
The most important aspect of my approach, however, is to find what brings out students' passion for music. I've been fortunate enough to have studied with some amazing players who's love for music and their instrument inspired (and continues to inspire) me. If I can find that, you will practically teach yourself.
*** Lesson Details *** Sample Lesson Plan for a beginning/intermediate electric bass student. (With beginning upright bass students, I tend to focus a little more on the technical aspects of the instrument at first.)
I. Technical Simple technical exercises aimed at developing good technique and physical comfort with the bass
II. Practical We'll look at Songs/Basslines (usually of the student's choosing) and learn how to play them, pulling out salient points relevant to bass instruction and music in general. For intermediate/advanced students we'll incorporate Music Theory as we work through songs. This is also where I'd introduce reading music notation if that is something the student wishes to learn.
III. Theoretical Work on scales that we've encountered in the song or bassline we've been working on and relate them to making music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home recording studio setup for recording lessons as well as making practice tracks.
Amazing Slow Downer (for the record, this is the best $50 investment you can make in your musical education.)
Practice bass and guitar amplifiers.
Ability to quickly create sheet music and tablature with Finale and Power Tab.
*** Travel Equipment *** Two Channel Practice Amp
iPad with good quality mic for recording lessons and playing audio lesson material.
*** Specialties *** Electric Bass Styles- Rock, Country, Retro styles of R&B and Top 40 Upright Bass Styles- Classic Jazz and Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Jump Blues
Establishing solid fundamentals.
Ear training and transcriptions.
Nick S. February 12, 2015
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
Easy going guy, totally prepared for lesson when I arrived. Had printouts and a folder for me ready to take home for practicing. He was understanding of my changing schedule and happy to move our lesson around to accommodate.
Super encouraging, I would recommend him to anyone just starting to learn an instrument or maybe having trouble getting past a technique issue. Gave me gentle reminders to correct technique issues early, which is invaluable. Unfortunately, due to a job change, I can't take lessons anymore, but when I come back I will be taking them from Brian again.
James Edward Tuppen, II (jimmynovacaine) is an experienced and accomplished musician that hails from around the world. Tuppen discovered his passion for music thirteen years ago after moving with his family to Singapore, South-East Asia where he experienced his first concert watching pop-punk groups Sum 41 and local band Pug Jelly.
It was at that moment that Tuppen decided on the path he would take throughout his life. Tuppen later joined the pop-punk trio from Pug Jelly on a new venture that was named Saw Loser. It was with Pug Jelly and Saw Loser that he gained experience in touring and
performing all over the eastern hemisphere in countries such as: Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia to name a few. Through the band's success Tuppen was able to play and work with renowned bands and artists like Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, as well as, many more through large-scale, international festivals known as Sing Fest (Singapore), Pattaya International Music Festival (Thailand), Good Vibrations Festival (Singapore/Australia), Pop Carnival (Japan), and Soundrenaline (Indonesia).
Upon Saw Loser's independent success, Tuppen and the band landed record deals through major record label: Universal Music and independent record label: In and Out records (Japan). The band quickly gained traction in the media with newspapers all over the eastern hemisphere with Singaporean zines: Lime Magazine and Teenage Magazine, Japanese rock zine: INROCK, and television channels: MTv Asia, and RAGE TV (Australia).
In the midst of the band's momentum, Tuppen gained world-class endorsements with companies like ESP Guitars and Sennheiser. Both companies grew Saw Loser and Tuppen's popularity through rapid marketing on public transportation and artist profiles on their international websites, as well as through artist clinics with ESP endorsed artist Kiko Loureiro in Singapore.
During the bands preproduction phase of their sophomore album to be recorded in Ft. Collins, Colorado at the Blasting Room Studios with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, The Descendents, and The Lemonheads), Saw Loser went on hiatus. All plans for travels to the United States to play at the world famous Whisky A Go Go, along with other venues on the way to record in Colorado, were cancelled. Saw Loser would never play in North America, but Tuppen would.
During his own personal three year hiatus from performance, Tuppen moved back to Texas and enrolled in Berkleemusic (Berklee College of Music online school) to gain master certification in Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training while simultaneously attending the Steinway Music School at Midland College to earn his degree in performing arts. Towards the end of his final semester, Tuppen met a former drummer of Here Lies the Hero that would introduce Tuppen to his new band mates and partners in an excIting career.
With Here Lies the Hero, Tuppen has so far performed with the likes of From First to Last, Dayshell, We Came As Romans, He is Legend, Of Mice & Men, August Burns Red, Trivium, A Lot Like Birds, Norma Jean, For the Fallen Dreams, Jamie's Elsewhere, Divided By Friday, Greeley Estates, Letlive, Secrets, and many more. The bands epic performances with Tuppen secured him with his long desired endorsement with favored guitar company, Ernie Ball Music Man and cable company, Intex Cables. As the band rapidly grew, Tuppen moved the project to the heart of the music industry in Los Angeles, California - perhaps where he was destined to be all along - where he resides today instructing up and coming artists, producing refreshing new projects, and performing around the country.
For lessons and booking inquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Tuppen is endorsed by:
Ernie Ball - http://www.ernieball.com/ Music Man - http://www.music-man.com/ Intex Cables - http://www.intexcables.com
I've seen James give a few lessons here&there. He's very patient, throurogh&loves to see his students success. He does everything he can to help them learn.
Maria June 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I really appreciate James' patience and persistence. it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. James is a very talented young man with an outgoing personality, he is obviously comfortable with people and has a great knowledge and understanding of music.
I would recommend him without a doubt.
Gabriele June 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Can not say enough nice things about James. He is very patient, super knowledgeable, compassionate and passionate about what he is teaching and doing! Incredibly good with kids, too. Highly recommend him.
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