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About Eric J.

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Give you insights into the "rules" of music for harmony and melody (Including counterpoint) for classical, jazz & rock/pop/modern music.

About Eric
Every great artist needs a great coach, I'll help you to be THE BEST!

I began my partnership with takelessons in 2013 and teach my students at my home teaching studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My studio is comfortable and creative.

As a highly experienced online music instructor (Takelessons Live, Skype, FaceTime and G+) I’ve helped Takelessons launch/beta test exciting new teaching platforms. I began teaching music as a teenager and have worked with students of all ages and skill levels. I have had the pleasure of coaching well-known musicians/celebrities, being an on-set tutor for feature films, and coached singers through their recording sessions. I treat my novice/hobbyist students with the same enthusiasm and professionalism as my advanced students, giving my BEST to ALL my clients -ALL THE TIME!

Additionally, I work wi
th many students to prepare for high school/college/conservatory admission, casting calls for TV/Film, major tour auditions, and industry showcases.
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I'm the vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring rock band with a worldwide fan base and nearly 4 million You Tube views. I graduated from New York University with Bachelor's of Music in Jazz guitar and trained with the most highly respected rock/pop vocal coaches in the world. In 2015, I signed a major label publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music/BMG played throughout Europe (and taught online lessons while away). My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and more), commercials for CBS, Nike, Coca-Cola, Samsung and in video games. I actively perform/record and tour with my (3) bands, and produce/co-write with artists for their own projects.

I’m endorsed by PRS guitars, Elixir Strings, Godin Guitars/Bass Guitars, & Metaldozer Mic Stands.

Styles I regularly teach include: Rock (Classic Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock), Metal, Punk, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk, Soul, Classical, Folk.
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Lesson Details

My students gain expertise in the following techniques and more...

Voice:

∙ intonation / resonance
∙ proper breathing & breath support
∙ diction
∙ vocal placement
∙ understanding chest / head voice
∙ bridging registers & 'the high note'
∙ vowels and modification techniques
∙ mixed voice
∙ edgy/bright
∙ clean/distorted
∙ vibrato
∙ screaming
∙ rhythmic singing
∙ vocal health/maintaining your voice
∙ touring, recording, performing
∙ writing songs/melodies/lyrics to suit your vocal strengths
and personality

Lead / Rhythm Guitar:

I've developed a step-by-step approach to learning to solo and improvise.
Using simple, "guitarist-friendly” techniques you will quickly learn and begin to apply major/minor scales/modes, blues/pentatonic scales and “licks.” You will learn triads, arpeggios, interval studies, and extensions and how to use them to create interesting and melodic solos. With my line development/phrasing techniques, you will have your own library of “licks” that will help you navigate both simple and sophisticated harmonic progressions. I will help you to become a become a well-rounded, three-dimensional guitarist with a unique voice!

A few of techniques I teach:

∙ triads / arpeggios
∙ strumming
∙ alternate/sweep picking
∙ tremolo picking
∙ hybrid picking
∙ scales/modes
∙ slide guitar
∙ hammer on/pull off
∙ (up to 8 finger) tapping
∙ bending / double stops / unison bends
∙ whammy bar techniques
∙ diagonal scales,
∙ arpeggios & note groupings
∙ 3 and 4 finger per string scales
∙ fingerstyle
∙ Jazz scales, chords including
4 note open/closed voicing
7th, 9th, 11th, 13th chords
∙ chord melodies
∙ rhythm and grooves of various styles

Bass Guitar:

Right hand:
∙ finger style, pick
∙ slapping/popping
∙ groove, rhythms and playing time
∙ time signatures, walking bass lines,
∙ arpeggios, double stops,
∙ chords & improvising
∙ writing bass lines.

All of my students learn:

Sight reading (standard notation/tablature)
∙ music theory & ear training
∙ rhythm / timing (including reading rhythms)
∙ composition/songwriting

We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on technique. Many of my students text/email me a few days prior to our scheduled lesson with a song selection for the week. I focus our lesson's technical study with the song in mind. It has proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less "boring."

Studio Equipment
I have (7) guitars: including (4) electric, (2) acoustic/electric, & (3) electric bass
(2) tube guitar amplifiers, and various guitar effects pedals.

(1) full-size 88-key MIDI keyboard, and (1) Arturia MINILAB MIDI controller.

Also, I have an assortment of industry standard dynamic & condenser microphones for live performance and recording applications.

DAW recording software (Pro Tools 12.x, Logic 10.x, Ableton Live)
software synthesizers by Arturia, Fabfilter, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Steven Slate, Toontrack and more. I use plugin effects by Izotope, Fabfilter, Plugin Alliance and Universal Audio and Waves for many of my lessons and recording projects.

Travel Equipment
I can provide a guitar, videos, music recording, music workbooks and everything else a student may need. Students are only expected to bring a desire to learn. :)

Specialties

I am a performer with a ton of touring/stage experience, a composer who understands the art of writing and a producer who is fluent in the latest recording technology. In addition to technical studies, my students receive performance coaching/career development. I will help you to find your unique voice, a polished and distinct sound, and your true personality as an artist. I am 100% committed to making you a success!

I will ignite a new, or recharge/rekindle your passion for music, and to sing/play the music you love a lot better!
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Jonathan January 20, 2019
· Music Recording · In studio
Eric is great! He’s very knowledgeable about all of the aspects of music. We’ve recorded music together and collaborated and the music has been awesome. I recommended him.
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Tony January 20, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Great singing coach.
Very patient and knowledgeable.
I will be going back. I’m
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Jasmine January 19, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
The best teacher I ever had. Growing so much after every lesson I see the progress. Thanks so much ERIC
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About George F.

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Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music. It generally derives from observation of how musicians and composers make music, but includes hypothetical speculation. Most commonly, the term describes the academic study and analysis of fundamental elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, harmony, and form, but also refers to descriptions, concepts, or beliefs related to music. Because of the ever-expanding conception of what constitutes music (see Definition of music), a more inclusive definition could be that music theory is the consideration of any sonic phenomena, including silence, as it relates to music.

About George
I am so glad you’re here!

The music lessons for young children are full of fun, interactive activities with iPads apps and traditional methods that not only help develop a strong musical foundation and build essential life skills, but offer a unique bonding experience for you and your child.

Discover for yourself why families love my innovative music lessons for kids.

YES! Music Matters!

The curriculum is built on research that proves MUSIC MATTERS. Music affects virtually every aspect of development and when young children are consistently engaged by music during the “musical window” they benefit at many levels.

What about private lessons?

Do I believe in private lessons? You bet! But I know from experience that private lessons are most valuable for older kids who have the ability to concentrate in a one-to-one setti
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With this Private setting you will have a solid foundation in keyboard skills and music theory and typically excel quickly in their continued music education and when learning other instruments. The education and experiences a child has in my music program sets them up for success with private instruction.

Music Program

Builds spatial-temporal reasoning skills critical for greater success in math and science studies.

Music students out-perform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math.

Music students receive more academic honors and awards than non-music students.

Develops social and emotional skills including the ability to relate to others and better express ideas, and less likely to have behavior/discipline problems.

I offer up to 2 recitals a year so that you can perform everything you know.

Feel free to reach out and let's setup some lessons.

Thank you, George F.
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Gilbert .. December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
George explained things very simply.
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Alexander J. September 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
George, was very patient, kind, and seem very knowledgeable. He seems to understand the pedagogy of teaching to kids and realize they all learn differently. I personally think he went above and beyond for my Son first class and for our first introduction. He offered a more modern approach method of teaching music and Piano to my son who so far seem more receptive in learning and practicing. Will se where that take us but I am very please so far.
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Tracie S. February 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
George is totally passionate about teaching. He encourages the kids to practice and do their best. He has great knowledge and understanding of music theory. He is pleasant, easy going and works really well with kids. Overall really good teacher. Recommend!
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About Kay S.

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About Katherine (Kay)
Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas
is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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VICTORIA June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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About Lyle R.

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I cannot learn something without wanting to immediately begin sharing what I know. That's what inspired me to begin teaching, and it continues to drive me today.

Music Theory is a field of study which enables performers and composers to better understand the "nuts and bolts" of their craft. It can be exciting, and I intend to make it so by applying the concepts we discuss to real musical examples in all genres.

If you do not live nearby, we can learn together through online chat via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangout. I have openings during early daytime CST, which means if you're in the UK or Europe and you're an English speaker, I would be happy to schedule you.

About Lyle
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
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Nancy C. January 18, 2019
· Banjo · Online
Great lesson! Thanks!
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Robert C. January 2, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
complete novice; adult student. First lesson very relaxed. Excellent blend through-out lesson of questions and information my goals and background as well as instructor's goals for me and his background. First "technical" part of lesson was manageable and care taken by Lyle to make sure I understood what was being presented. I left the first lesson feeling this would be a good fit between instructor and student
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· Banjo · Online
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About Emil L.

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Knowledge of Chords and Music Theory, I can offer you offer you as a student:
* a relaxed learning alternative
* convenience which saves your time and money
* confidence in your world class teacher level
* reasonable rates per lesson
* lessons for students of all ages
* lessons range from beginner, intermediate to advanced skill levels

My students learn the music they want to learn including classical, jazz, pop style and how to improvise.

About Emil
I have MM degree in Violin performance and Orchestral Conducting from Europe and Russia and can teach you the Right Way Violin, Viola, Piano Music Theory, Conducting anywhere in San Diego in your own home or in my studio.
My students learn the music they want to learn including classical, jazz, pop style and how to improvise.

I use Russian & European Violin, Viola and Piano methods with Suzuki Books incorporating Scales and Etudes for technical development of the student.
Study with the Best Russian and European methods with results!
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Bryan October 25, 2018
· Violin · In home
Emil was a great instructor, very knowledgable and patient. I have improved in all areas thanks to his instruction. He would even stay late occasionally to play violin solos with me playing rhythm guitar!
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About Phil C.

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I will help you to understand music theory as it applies to your specific instrument. Additionally, we will look at information regarding instruments you may accompany. We're not looking at orchestrating a symphony and will not learn erroneous information. This is focused on developing the knowledge necessary for mastery of your instrument or instruments and bringing more to you creatively. It also serves to give you the real world ability to communicate with other musicians who work with a different instrument.
This is a great subject for combining with other subjects, which I'm always happy to do. For some students, this can justify a 90 minute lesson. I have some adult students who spend as much as two hours with me.

About Phil
I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my students have gone on to careers in music as performers, songwriters and/or teachers.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. You will learn the entire instrument. In cases where a student works in more than one subject, one session can typically be applied
to all/both of them. I strive to help every student find their own creative voice, while building the skill sets required to work in any style of music.

I also offer group lessons for 3 or more students. For friends at similar skill levels, this can offer a fun and more affordable way to learn a subject. It also serves as an additional motivator as the students in the group feed off of each other for ideas and inspiration.

Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. This can include questions about my method, or regarding days and times for lessons. What you see in my availability here is based on my schedule away from TakeLessons. I have students elsewhere and perform shows regularly. I may have additional times available and tend to have some flexibility. I teach worldwide online. Just ask.

As soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study, day and time. I will receive a notification that you've signed up. I will then confirm with you and send a questionnaire regarding your lesson needs within 48 hours.

Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to working with you!
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Reenee H. January 9, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Just my first lesson but I enjoyed it and feel like I am learning the basics well.
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Mya A. November 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Very patient!
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Noah June 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
Phil is walking me through the theory and we are making progress so it’s goinf well.
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I will the basic fundamentals of music theory; there will be a good amount of practice and trivia, and I hope each student will enjoy the lessons.

About Sherman
Hello, my name is Sherman and I'm currently an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I've played piano for about 14 years, and I participated in my high school orchestra for all 4 years. I passed the Grade 8 Piano Performance Exam for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) in 2016. I've very excited to be helping young kids finding their love and passion and music and I will also help them stay committed to it.
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Berly December 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sherman is an excellent piano teacher. He’s very patient and encouraging. He knows how to work with young students.
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Madison, WI 53706
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Whether a beginner or an advanced musician, I love working with students of any age and skill level. I tailor each lesson to specifically fit the student’s skills and interests, making sure that they are not only progressing but enjoying the process of making music. 

About Taylor
I'm a video game composer who loves working with students of any age and skill level, whether they are beginning to compose for the first time or have been composing for years. Getting people started composing and watching them discover that they have a lot to say through music, is such a joy of mine. I tailor each lesson to specifically fit the student’s skills and interests, making sure that they are not only progressing but enjoying the process of making music.

My students have gone on to record their music in the Netherlands, write a musical that was performed at their college, write a song for their middle school talent show, score a short film - and much more!

With me, students can learn:

• Composition (any style: jazz, classical, pop – you name it, we can do it!)
• Composing for film, T.V. and video games
• How to us
e music composition software (Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, Studio One, Pro Tools, Ableton etc.)
• Music theory
• Songwriting
• Music production
• How to use music notation software (write out your parts, charts, lead sheets etc. so that others can play your original compositions)
• Classical percussion techniques

Students can expect to have a lot of fun learning with me! We can write soundtracks, band pieces, solo pieces - whatever the student finds most interesting.

• Checkout my music at:
soundcloud.com/taylorambrosiowood

• My website:
marimbagirl.com
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Xi January 16, 2019
· Composition · Online
Taylor is great at teaching online! Usual my online lesson are hard to understand but she is great at explaining different composition techniques. I have learning alot about how to write music and music theory even tho I was begginer but now i feel better!
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Johnathan January 16, 2019
· Piano · In studio
I had never taken piano lessons or music lessons in my life, but I wanted to finally start learning but was worried about starting so late (I'm in my 40s now). But Taylor has been so kind and helpful, I can now play a couple songs! She is very good at explaining things clearly and in different ways, great teacher, I highly reccomend!
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Chase January 7, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Taylor is awesome!
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About Brendan K.

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Music theory is the grammar of music. Think of it this way: could you read a book in a language you don’t understand? Music theory teaches you to understand the language of rock songs and concept albums, sonatas and symphonies. This is an essential skill for all musicians.

The first step is to master the fundamentals: notes, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, clefs, terminology and correct notation. Students then learn rhythm; the structure of chords; harmonic progression and syntax; cadences; and phrasing.

If a student is interested in classical music, study will include the construction and creation of melody; counterpoint; form and structure; solfege; and the analysis of each of these aspects of music in the actual repertoire of classical music.

In all cases, particular attention will be paid to understanding the sound and meaning of music.

Experience playing an instrument is highly encouraged, although not required. Ear training is an ideal pairing to get the

About Brendan
I excel at the process of teaching and guiding students to get results. I know how to relate to students in different ways to help them understand problems and find solutions. I understand how frustrating and mentally exhausting practicing can be, and I know what to teach and when to teach it. I also understand that every student fits music into their life in a different way.

When studying with me a student can expect to be shown best practices in technique and musicianship, patient answers to questions, and to have time to absorb new information. Students will never be condescended to or belittled. Music is about adding joy to your life, and I can help.

I have studied nearly every style of music from medieval chant to Indian classical music. For over twenty years I have taught students in guitar, songwriting, classical composition,
music theory, and applied musicianship at all levels from beginners to graduate courses and students.
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Devin October 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My son really enjoyed the lesson with Brendan and was amazed at his guitar skills.
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Sally September 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have had a couple of lessons with Brendan. I was still taught and knew little about technique. He has made both technique and theory relatable and has improved my playing immensely. I've already learned a couple of songs I've always wanted to play so I'm jazzed about that and looking forward to learning more. I highly recommend Brendan.
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Sarah August 21, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Brendan spent time helping me clean up my sound and increase my speed. He was very patient and knowledgeable. He was able to approach my problem in a way that helped almost immediately.
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First, I want those reading to understand that music theory is a means to an end. You study theory in order to better understand the music you perform or compose, not vice versa. My approach to music theory is very much centered around the individual and their needs. For example, a Jazz musician may understand 7th chords with perfect ease, but may get confused when different voicings of extended chords come into play. That's where we can start some work! In classical, one may understand what binary and ternary form are easily, but have difficulty with the more complex sonata form. The same principle applies to both Jazz and Classical. I'll also show students unique ways towards understanding and implicating theoretical concepts, and I'll also show them where they need some work, despite thinking they understood a certain concept. Step by step we will enhance our overall musicianship.

Now, two things before I end: I only teach Jazz and Classical theory AND! (I really wish this was in

About Alex
Bonjour et bonne journée! My name is Alex Choyce (if you haven't noticed already) and I am a former student of the University of North Texas where I graduated with a B.A. in Music. There I gained an extensive training in music theory and was one of the few selected to study theory with Dr. Joán Groom, a former student of the world renowned French teacher Nadia Boulanger. Composition classes, such as the beginning composition classes and, later, orchestration, helped augment both my knowledge of theory and composition. Private studies in composition with Dr. Panayiotis Kokoras, Dr. Kirsten Broberg, and film/concert composer Alain Mayrand greatly helped as well. I hope to share my knowledge of theory with the student and how it applies to the music they love. So for now... Au revoir!
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