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James H In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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James H In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BS, SUNY New Paltz, Music Performance AS, Dutchess Community College, Performing Arts Music Certificate, Dutchess Community College
Awards:
2015-2016 - House Band Guitarist - Carnival Dream Cruise Ship 2016 - Orchestra/Production Show Guitarist/Tea Time & Wine Tasting Solo Guitarist - Dawn Princess Cruise Ship 2017 - 2018 - Orchestra Guitarist - Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship
Overview:
I am primarily a guitar player from the Hudson Valley in New York, moving to Nashville in November 2019. I have worked with many amazing musicians around the world on 3 different cruise ships. I have been teaching since around 2011, which is also when I began performing live. I went to Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz universities, where I studied music (mostly jazz and metal/rock) and graduated with a B.S. in Contemporary Music degree. Other than guitar, I play and teach bass guitar, ukulele, and beginner piano/keyboard as well. I also teach general jazz/classical music theory, arranging, composition, songwriting, production, and I tutor for students attending or preparing for music studies in school/university.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching since around 2011, after only have been playing guitar for 2 years. I learned very quickly , primarily playing metal and jazz. I played trumpet in band when I was a child, so this helped me learn to sight-read music on guitar. This allowed me to play in the university bands at both schools I attended, mainly playing jazz music. Teaching has spawned a fiery passion that I want to explore and encourage, eventually making it to the University level teaching classes and private lessons.
METHODS USED
My method for teaching is individualization. All my lessons are individualized for each student's ability level and musical interests. If need be, I use certain books to supplement my lessons and for personal at home practice. Normally I only recommend books to students that want to further their understanding and ability in sight-reading, drawing from my own experiences learning from various books and online sources. I often encourage my students to learn songs instead of just focusing on exercises and technique.
LESSON STYLE
My teaching style is very relaxed and laid back. I like to let the students be themselves and tell me exactly what they personally are trying to achieve with their music. If they want to secretly be a metalhead shredding like Steve Vai, I want them to tell me and I will be happy to help them get there! If they want to be the next Taylor Swift, that's okay too! I don't hold my lessons to a clock; by that I mean unless I have a tight schedule, I like to keep a relaxed and un-rushed atmosphere that helps the student learn the best.
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Doron

5

I had a great time learning bass with James. We're gonna be good buddies, since he's a metal head like me. Really awesome teacher.

Review posted on Sep 14, 2019

Mike Cas

5

Great teacher for our two sons. He's patient, fun and engaging, and we'd recommend him to anyone looking to learn to play the guitar.

Review posted on Oct 31, 2018

Susan Andrews

5

James is a pleasant,friendly easy to connect with young man. My daughter is comfortable with him and has been learning to play guitar along with enjoying each lesson and looks forward to next We were actually recommended by a friend who utilized service for their child

Review posted on Jun 19, 2018
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