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BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC, Boston MA Bachelor Of Music, Professional Music/Guitar Principle Graduated May 1986 in top 25% of class. Private Studies: • Vic Juris West Orange NJ 10/13 • Wayne Krantz NYC 4/03 • Ben Monder NYC 8/01 • Mick Goodrick, Boston Ma\ 12/93 • Charlie Banacos, Boston MA 9/90 to 12/9 • Bruce Bartlett, Boston MA 9/89 to 6/90 • John Damien, Boston MA 9/84 to 6/85 • Al Difino, Boston MA 9/83 to 6/84 • Van Morretti, New Milford NJ 9/78 to 6/82
July 14th "Up Close" article in Music connection Magazine March 2002 Interview/article Vintage Guitar Magazine.
I truly enjoy teaching Guitar & Bass as well as all aspects of performing and composing music. I believe that learning to play the Guitar or Bass should be fun and rewarding, and I have developed an exciting, multi-faceted approach to teaching. My method is based on the student getting a feel for the Guitar and Bass (even with limited information), developing confidence and being able to learn on his/her own, making it possible for them to make the decision on what direction to take their music.
I offer lessons via Skype, FaceTime, or in studio. I have 39 Years of playing experience and 30 years teaching experience. My method is Thorough, Clear, Patient, and Makes Sense! After graduating high school in 1980, I went to New Jersey’s Bergen Community College, where I immersed myself in music classes. I then continued to pursue music at Boston’s Berklee College Of Music where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music.
I started teaching In the mid 80's when I was attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. I've been Consistently teaching since then. In 1994 I moved to NYC and had to start all over as I had to give up my Boston students. After a few months I built up a large student roster that lasted 10 years. in 2004 I relocated to the NJ suburbs, & while a number of nyc students would commute to my new location I built up my teaching practice that eventually led to a number of student ensambles & shows that would sell out The Bitter End in NYC!
For beginners I have created my own custom lesson plan that includes the topics below. Depending on the student the order of topic may change.
1. Basic Guitar setup: Discussion of name of guitar parts,discuss basic function, strap adjustment, neck adjustment, new strings.
2. Name & number of strings in chord diagram form
3. Tuning with electronic tuner using new string knowledge
4. Learning some basic guitar riffs in Tablature…Smoke On The Water, 007,Peter Gunn, easy C & G chords
5. Learn the 6 open major & 3 Open minor chords
6. Strum one chord at a time with metronome
7. Bass/Chord & Half & Half strum emphasizing ¼ notes with back beat.
8. Chord transition exercises: “Ghosting “& “Common fingers” With metronome 8,4,2 beats per chord 9. Easy songs that use these chords.”Sweet Home Alabama, “Knocking On Heavens Door”
10. Random chord progressions/compositions
11. Rhythm Page: to continue from ¼ notes…..Underlying groove.1/8(rock), triplet(blues), 1/16(funk)
For more advanced students the topics below can would be used. Scales/Arpeggios/Modes How Bass locks in with the drums Ear Training Chord Voicings Note Reading Theory Improvisation Fretboard Knowledge Midi Guitar Help Finding Your Own Sound and Style Songwriting/Composing Music Production/Audio Mastering
My teaching style is conversational. We created a project or topic. I'll tell you my experiences & listen to your questions. I will customize exercises or solutions to any issue you may have. I teach the student how to get a natural feel that includes tone, time, & finesse. The goal is to get the student sounding like they have been playing longer than they have actually been. Applying these abilities to songs the students are interested in is the next step. I teach the student how to learn their favorite songs by ear & teach them Tablature to make it easier. It's my goal to have my students feel independent & confident and to eventually learn on their own.
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