Beginner to intermediate music recording instruction and tips to assist you with basic recording skills. While I can't help you with Pro Tools or Logic, I have extensive experience with Garageband, having recorded an entire CD with it and as well as countless other tracks. So if you're a Mac person and want a jump-start with Garageband, I can definitely help you.
Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.
Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills ar
e formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter approach to teaching…". Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.
After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music. When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".
As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.
Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.
Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.
Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.
Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!". The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".
*** Lesson Details *** At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.
I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.
I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.
After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.
Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.
Bossa nova guitar
Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)
the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)
Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.
Recording on Garageband. I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.
Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
Brendan B. October 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jeff is extremely informative, willing, and helpful in presenting material/correct form in practice and playing.
Ken K. May 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jeff is an excellent teacher. He asks what you want and who you want to be as a guitarist. I feel so very comfortable talking to him and asking any questions that I may have. I understand why he is a student favorite. I started guitar not knowing anything and has learned so much. I don't ever get bored at anything he says. He has a great sense of humor. He always makes me laugh and cracks jokes that always crack me up. You can tell that he definitely loves what he does. He always say to ask any questions and writes down anything that you may have trouble with. Jeff is very knowledgable and laid back. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Ken K. January 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
So far Emily loves the lessons from Jeff. She's learning a lot!
Dr. Vince is a musician, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and a producer. Vince has three cds out with one in Germany. Dr. Vince has two master degrees one in music and in education with a PhD in Music Vince was produced by" Badfingers" Joey Molland, which was the Beatles first band signed to Apple Records. My band VitalpointRocks was also recorded by Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot and is now playing guitar for Guns and Roses I also performed with the Del Vikings, Ben E. King, and many local groups Vince wrote two instructional books one for guitar and vocal and is currently writing a book he
also plans to record more music.
*** Lesson Details *** Through my methods of teaching a student could excel, learn, and become an accomplish musician at any age. I work within the age group that is, to teach in the level of that student instead of above them.I have help students to get into bands and become songwriters. I show students how to practice within 15 minutes and become productive in ideas and have fun in the process all ages could have fun. I am one of those individuals who love to teach music and my reward is when you learn and feel good about your studies in the instrument so my last words to conclude in all of this is “have fun and enjoy the beauty of music.”
I am emphatic about learning music I cover all the grounds in music such as theory the basics to harmony and my favorite songwriting and get you to play what you like I have worked with all ages and the one thing I know in the beginning is to make that student feel comfortable and to get the attention from that student so they can learn, play, and most importantly have fun with it. I show students time management in their studies how to practice in such a little time I plan each lesson and if the lesson is not right for that day I quickly go into a second plan. I can always detect if the plan does not go well because there is one thing a teacher must know and that is to teach in the level of the student and not beyond so they can succeed properly and move on to the next level.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private teaching studio in a finished basement a whole drum kit, 3 keyboards, has several guitars and a bass for students to use at his home, microphones for voice and plenty of music stands
*** Specialties *** Teaching bands how to write songs and record as well as instructions on instruments
Leo Cagliostro August 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
This instructor is a professional with a comfortable mannerism that puts you at ease and confident that you will learn and have a wonderful experience doing it.
Patrick graham G. June 25, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Vincent and I hit it off right from the beginning. He is very knowledgable about music and the bass in particular, which is what I wanted. He also is very comfortable to work with and has a very spacious studio to work in.
John L. November 1, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Vince has shown patience and professionalism since the first day I started.
He answers questions fully and allow the lessons to flow at a pace that works for me.
His lessons stay on point and we don't proceed unless I have a grasp of the technique or principle.
I recommend him for prospective students of all ages.
I am a certified pro audio engineer. I've worked in the following audio engineering fields: Music recording, mixing and production; Post Production; Front of house engineering; A1 & A2; Live Stage Recording. I have a professional recording studio, which is equipped with the following: Isolated and acoustically treated recording booth; Neumann condenser mic, Genelec monitors, Pro Tools & Logic on a Mac Pro computer and many instruments for live music production (keyboards, guitars, bass, drum set) all of which are set up for recording.
I'm a professional musician and audio engineer. I'm a classically trained pianist and I offer lessons in piano, guitar, voice, music theory, music recording, music performance and songwriting.
I received my music education from The Brooklyn Music School, Cornell University and the The Institute of Audio Research.
I perform in original & cover bands as a keyboardist and back up singer. I also do work for hire session recordings and have composed music for commercials and short films.
As an audio engineer, I record, mix, edit, arrange, master and program demos, EPs albums, mix-tapes,
karaoke tracks and ringtones. I also produce as well. I co-own a project recording studio in Brooklyn, NY called Radian Studios.
I'm very passionate about what I do and I guarantee a creative, enjoyable and fulfilling experience!
*** Lesson Details *** For piano and voice, I incorporate basic music theory methods but I also focus on ear training as well. My ultimate goal when teaching is for the student to have a visceral experience while playing or singing.
For audio engineering, I go over audio recording techniques and the tools & equipment needed to produce a professional sounding song.
I enjoy imparting my knowledge of music to others and I demonstrate that enthusiasm in my teaching style. I love relating what I'm teaching a student to his/her learning style. Figuring out how someone learns is a key component to my method and I'm a better instructor because of it.
*** Studio Equipment *** lives in a brownstone three story home with recording studio f/w 88 keys seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano, a keyboard with 88 keys and sustain pedal.
*** Specialties *** Classical, music theory and ear training
Steve November 25, 2015
Ramona has been teaching our children guitar, piano and starting on composition. We are very happy and the kids love her.
Dominique T. November 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It's been going great, very supportive and attentive to the areas I need the most help.
Chivon B. November 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Knows her stuff. If you are looking to record music. She is an engineer and knows can really help you achieve your goals
I have been a professional musician for over 15 years and was lead guitarist for Starstruck/Sony artist Caroline Kole, having opened for Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, among other great acts. I also have a strong background in many styles including Rock/Pop, Indie, Blues, Country, Jazz, Fingerstyle/Classical and Music Theory.
*** Lesson Details *** Having been in the student seat throughout my training, I know that the right teacher makes all the difference. That is why I believe it is so important to find a teacher that is invested in your success and understands and values the student/tea
My students find me to be a patient teacher who is able to balance the fun and excitement of learning a new instrument and the discipline necessary to develop a new skill and achieve your musical goals.
I tailor all of my lessons based on your individual goals and abilities with a custom curriculum I have developed over 15 years of teaching. Whether you just want to strum along on the couch, jam out with other players, write your own songs, or start a band, I can give you the skills, confidence and motivation to help you succeed and play the music you want to play.
Music has been my passion as long as I can remember, and teaching others who feel the same is what I love doing. I hope we can work together one day and find out what we can accomplish together!
*** Specialties *** I am fluent in most popular styles, rock/pop/country/jazz, and also skilled in classical/fingerstyle guitar.
Amanda G. January 6, 2014
I've had a few guitar instructors through out my life and Chris was by far the best one Iâve had. I went to him after taking guitar for a couple years with other instructors and he helped me rediscover my love for it. Heâs motivating, smart, and all around a great instructor. Iâd recommend him to anyone--from beginners to even more advanced guitarists. He really is the best!
Robert A. October 2, 2013
just what i needed
Chris was instrumental in me rediscovering my love of guitar through performance. For the band that was assembled we were allowed to pick the songs which made us more motivated as well as making it fun. Chris was excellent at determining your strengths and challenging you. I had never played lead guitar before. Now I expect to be the lead guitarist for the band.
Tynan S. September 25, 2013
Chris is a man's man.
I took lessons with Chris for probably a year and a half, maybe two years. He was easily one of the greatest teachers I've ever had. He would let me pick the songs I wanted to learn and then, despite his feelings toward the music, would listen intently to the song, figure out everything about how it's played, and then decide the most appropriate way to go about teaching said song according to what he knew I was and wasn't capable of. He always pushed me to do better and if I couldn't get passed a certain part we would work on it until I nailed it. Not to mention he's a really cool dude so there was never a dull moment. I can't recommend him enough.
Here at my studio I have a full studio designed for recording demos, voice overs, and additional instruments.
Christina G has been studying voice for over 15 years. After graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Ms. G worked as a performance artist in Musical Theater, Theater, Film, and Television in NYC and all over the country. In the past few years, Ms. G. started song-writing for what she thought would be a side project. Just a few years later she's now the lead singer/songwriter of the band Keekwyn & The Hackers. No matter what form it takes, singing has always been Ms. G greatest joy. The joy of singing is what she always leads with when she teaches. Ms. G. started teaching private voic
e three years ago in Park Slope, and is excited to join the TakeLessons Voice Department! Combining technical knowledge of the voice, professional experience of the music industry, and the desire to guide others to connect to their passion, Ms. G. developed a singing method that invites all levels of study to embrace the art of singing.
*** Lesson Details *** A one hour session includes (adults): • Vocal exercises to engage the body in remembering how to access an open sound (learning reflexive control, breath control, tone, and diction) • Working on a suggested song or a song of your choice
For Kids! 1) Vocal warm-ups and exercises for proper breath control, diction, and tone 2) Sing a suggested song or a song of your choice (learning how to perform the song and build a songbook) 3) Music and creativity focused check-in
*** Studio Equipment *** • Casio Keyboard 88-keys
• Yamaha studio monitors
• State of the art recording studio with professional microphones and Logic software
*** Travel Equipment *** • MacBook Air for background track access • No travel piano available
*** Specialties *** • Songwriting
• Find Your True Voice healing technique
• Musical Theater performance
Elisabeth T. January 17, 2014
Working with Christina can help you relax into your natural voice.
My experience working with Christina has been very satisfying, both in terms of increased technical ability and a greater sense of freedom , openness, and confidence. She skillfully speaks to the heart and gives useful and precise guidance along the way. Highly recommended!
Marisa V. January 4, 2014
Becoming One With My Voice
Having consistently misidentified with the sound or tone of my voice throughout my life, working with Christina has helped me to "Find My True Voice." Finding it in speaking, singing or through my creative process and embracing it to allow it to come through. Singing has become a JOYFUL expression of my spirit. Christina's teaching style is clear and simple so any age or any level of singer will be able to learn, understand and apply her work.
Julie M. January 2, 2014
Christina is INCREDIBLE
My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Christina all year. Christina is a highly gifted teacher. She is patient, kind, positive, creative, flexible, attentive, intuitive and oh so talented. Listening to the lessons always warms my heart. My daughter is elated after each one. The lessons are a mixture of technique, theory, and creativity.
What's more, Christina is very good at sensing just what my daughter needs and giving her exactly that each week.
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