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Brian L In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Trumpet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Double Bass, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Djembe, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Brian L In Home
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Trumpet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Double Bass, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Djembe, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Associates degree from Kingsborough Community College. Self-taught for every instrument. I have perfect pitch. I can play and create songs for any genre of music. I know some theory, I can't read music, but I can teach you to play music as good as I can.
Awards:

John Phillip Sousa award for trumpet; from playing in all of the orchestras and being the best musician in the whole class for 4 years in my high school, St. Edmund Preparatory. I am currently in a band called Closenuf. They are a hybrid band. They do covers and have an original album. We get paid to play at restaurants and we play every year at the 5th avenue Sunset Park Festival. We have 9 pre-grammy nominee awards for sending our original songs into song writing competitions and we also have a music innovation award for one of our music videos.

Overview:
I can teach many instruments that I have taught myself how to play well and efficiently. I play in many bands and I am always learning new styles of music. My best instruments are Piano, Bass, Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, Percussion, Harmonica, Recorder, Tin Whistle, Mandolin and also Trumpet. My secondary instruments are everything else. I can fool around on Violin, Cello, Banjo and Trombone as an amateur. I could blow into a Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, French Horn and probably anything else I can get my hands on, but I would not feel comfortable teaching them yet because I don't have enough time in the world to learn them and figure out how to play them myself and get as good as I can on those instruments. I guess my point is, I can play any instrument and if I had more time in the world, I could practice more. I took all of the music classes in my college and I passed with flying colors (except brown because he has a broken wing so he can't fly that much, but other colors flew high). I even took Opera and passed that with an A. I love all kinds of music and I am willing to teach any kind of music to my students.
EXPERIENCE
I learned some chords on Guitar from my hippy uncle. After a few weeks, I started teaching him, and he is 60 years old. Point is, he would listen to songs on the radio like songs from The Beatles and then teach me them. I would hear the chords and realize that he might be playing a similar chord, but not the exact chord. I would play the chord for him and then he would be impressed. Each year after that, I got a new instrument and taught myself how to play it. I got the John Phillip Sousa award for playing trumpet in my high school orchestras. I love playing music in bands and I am always consistently playing music on a daily basis. I would love to be able to teach others how I taught myself music and I hope that other people can be as good as me and make the world more of a musical place.
METHODS USED
I usually don't believe in rules. I never really followed the rules as a musician and just played how I felt because of my gift. I make music sound more colorful and bright and I can add any instrument to music and make it sound good. Technically, I would just teach beginners how to play whatever instrument they want to learn. For example, if you want to learn how to play the piano, I will sit down with you the first day and we will go over how to play the piano and you will automatically be playing notes and chords after the first session. Your job will be to get a feel for the piano and to get an understanding of how the piano sounds and you will write down what ever you feel comfortable writing to help you remember what it is that I taught you that day. If, for example, you already know how to play the piano, but you want to be better at it, I will help you and teach you what ever I feel can help you become an even better pianist. If you are looking to play a style of music but you don't know how to incorporate what you may have previously learned into that style of music, I will automatically show you how you can play piano in that style of music. Once you feel you have a better understanding of what that style of music wants you to play on piano, you will practice on your own and get a better feel for it and you will become a master in that genre, and on the piano in general. You will also come up with new creative ideas that you can play on your instrument to spice up the instrument you are playing and the genre you are playing after I teach you. I believe that anyone can learn an instrument and even if you don't know how to read music or play songs, you can still be really good at your instrument and you can come up with new ideas on your instrument. You can also improvise on songs that you hear on the radio without knowing the key of the song just by getting a feel of how the song sounds and you will find the notes on your instrument and start jamming to the songs you hear on the radio. Having a good memory will also help you with that. If you don't know the chord progression for the 1st verse of a song, usually, the 2nd verse has the same progression. So, if you almost figured out the first verse, but it was too late to play along, you can use what you remember to play along to the second verse if you can figure it out.
LESSON STYLE
Teaching people to be musicians is probably the best thing I can think of doing as a career in my life, other than of course performing live and playing with bands and making music. I would love to teach people how to play music so that they can teach others and the world can be full of music. Together, we can help change the world. Playing music for charity and benefits is something I also do. I will do whatever it takes to teach the student whatever they are willing to learn. If they want to learn a specific genre on an instrument that has never been used for that genre, I will be happy to teach them. For example, I can play trap music on a piano, but I could also play death metal on a piano as well. Trap music doesn't have to be restricted to a computer, and death metal doesn't have to be restricted to just guitar, bass, and drums. The more students I get, the more music I can share to the world.
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