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BA. Rhodes College, Music Theory and Audio Engineering
2019- Recorded, Mixed, Mastered Original Album "Private Party"
2015- The Hyde School Excellence in Performing Arts
My name is Max. I am a recent graduate of Music Theory and Audio Engineering at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I have served as the studio manager of the on campus music studio, as the president of the on campus radio station, and the studio designer of the Rhodes Activities board. I have as well interned at record labels, worked for music events companies, and for music licensing companies, so I have a lot of experience in the industry and know many different aspects of production. I have written press releases, reviewed albums, and advertised for concerts as well.
I have been playing guitar, bass, and piano for 11 years now. I have extensive experience performing jazz, blues, and rock guitar. I am also very experienced in mixing, mastering, and recording techniques. I have a degree in music (jazz) theory and audio engineering and I am very excited to share my talents and knowledge with perspective students! I specialize in the music of American blues, jazz, and rock and roll through the ages. I can teach any student the secrets of the great guitar players! Thank you for your interest!
Depending on the level of the student, I will work with what they already have and expand based on the genres they want to learn. If the students' main goal is to shred like Hendrix, then I would start with the basics of blues. I'd explain the blues through terms of the major scale and western music theory, which makes it accessible to students would otherwise have no concept of the genre. The blues would then serve as the basis for the rest of the genres the student would want to learn: country, jazz, rock, it's all based off of blues. During this time the student would also learn basic chord shapes, songs that are easy to play with these chords, etc.
I like to teach and talk about the songs and styles that were taught to me by my father when I was just getting in to music and guitar. The first thing I remember learning were "Hey Joe" by Hendrix, which is actually simpler than most people would expect. The basic standards of guitar were taught to me when I was first learning, and that's what excites me to teach to the next generation of guitarists. Further on, developing the styles of rock and roll and blues into complex jazz rhythms and styles to complete the guitarists education is the goal.
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