Guitar Sessions Bergenfield NJ

Here is a skill for you to learn in order to improve your music skills: while you're improvising with a scale, momentarily move your line a half-step up or down to create tension. If you want to get more details about this method, continue reading to find out how to take some music lessons in Bergenfield, NJ.

Perry W.
(877) 231-8505
Bergen Turnpike
Ridgefield Park, NJ
Subjects
Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Upright Bass
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
My main instrument is jazz bass (upright), but I also play bass guitar in various styles (rock, jazz, motown, etc.) I can also teach beginning/intermediate guitar (rock/jazz), piano (classical/jazz), and mandolin (bluegrass, celtic, etc).
Education
Mannes College The New School for Music - Jazz Performance - Double Bass - 1999-2000 (not complete) Manhattan School of Music - Jazz Performance - Double Bass - 2003-2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Matt B.
(877) 231-8505
W. 171 Street,
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Stylistically, I am generally more focused in jazz styles. However, as a teacher and guitar player, I am well versed in several styles commonly associated with the instrument, including; rock & roll, classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass, country, etc. Within each style that I teach, depending on the desired goal of the student, I couple the lessons with at very least a foundational approach to music theory as it relates to the style being taught.
Education
William Paterson University - Music Performance: Jazz Studies - 8/07-6/09 (Master's degree received) The City College of New York - Music Performance: Jazz Studies - 8/04-6/07 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Conor Meehan
66 Pinehurst Ave. Apt. A2
New York, NY
Instruments
Drums, Guitar
Styles
Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$60
Years of Experience
15 Years

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Zachary L.
(877) 231-8505
W. 140th St.,
New York, NY
Subjects
Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am a classical guitarist. I have a BM and MM in classical guitar performance. However, I teach most popular styles as well. I was awarded a scholarship to study jazz at the University of Southern California, and I played with famous blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin as a teenager.
Education
Vanderbilt University - Classical guitar performance - 2001-2005 (Bachelor's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - Classical guitar performance - 2007-2009 (Master's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - Classical guitar performance - 2009-2010 (Degree received)
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Dimitry E.
(877) 231-8505
West 136th St.
New York, NY
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Music Performance, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in jazz as well as classical theory and jazz theory.
Education
New York University - Jazz Studies - 9/2005 - 5/2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jose G. M.
(877) 231-8505
St. Nicholas Place
New York, NY
Subjects
Guitar, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical, pop, reggae, acoustic, electrical guitar. Musicianship ( Music theory & sight singing) Music history.
Education
SUNY Stony Brook - Classical Guitar Performance - 2009-2010 (not complete) Conservatory of Music PR - Classical Guitar - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Isaac S.
(877) 231-8505
Riverside Dr. 5C
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
12 to 50
Specialties
Most of my musical training is in classical guitar, but I have more experience teaching rock and acoustic to beginning students.
Education
Eastman School of Music - classical guitar - 9/04-5/09 (Bachelor's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - classical guitar - 9/2010-present
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Jordan D.
(877) 231-8505
W 170 St
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
For the beginning student, lessons are focused on technique and fundamentals such as reading music, rhythm, etc. I use a variety of method books to work out of depending on what may best suit the individual student. For intermediate-advanced students, lessons can be geared towards more specific styles such as classical, jazz, ...
Education
University of Cincinnati - Classical Guitar - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - Classical Guitar - 2009-2011(expected) (not complete)
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Tom H.
(877) 231-8505
West 142 Street
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Saxophone, Piano, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Music Theory, Guitar, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I have developed my own method for teaching guitar to large groups. I am a Jazz specialist and can teach improvisation and advanced harmony.
Education
CUNNY City College - Music - 1997-1999 (not complete) SUNNY Empire State - Music - 1999-2000 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Stephen S.
(877) 231-8505
W. 92 st,
New York, NY
Subjects
Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Guitar
Ages Taught
4 to 70
Specialties
music, voice, Opera, piano, guitar All levels, Really enjoy working with Beginners! classical, opera, broadway, pop, jazz, I'm a good voice builder! and motivator.
Education
Plainedge - liberal arts - 72-76 Cortland university - music - 76-80 Manhattan School of Music - voice,music history - 88-90
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Half-Step Slips By Michael Hoffman

Here's a great way to spice up your solos. The concept is simple: While you're improvising with a scale, momentarily move your line a half-step up or down to create tension. Slipping back to the original scale releases the tension. Moving up or down -- going out -- is easy. Getting back in smoothly takes a little practice.

Outside in. This example illustrates the process. Begin by playing A Dorian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) over Am7 as notated. Notice how the line shifts to B Dorian (B, C, D, E, F, G, A) on the and of beat four. This tension-producing "half-step higher" state lasts through bar 2, beat three. The F passing tone (labeled PT) adds even more drama within B Dorian. After returning to A Dorian, the line drops to A Dorian (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) for four beats and then rejoins A Dorian for one final note.

Other flavors. Once you've learned this phrase, try giving major and dominant scales the half-step slip. For best results, establish the sound of the inside scale before you move outside -- and be sure to wind up back inside!

Listen to the Example

 

 

For more information on scales, chords, progressions, harmony, and MICHAEL HOFFMAN's book Serious Guitar, visit his Web site at www.seriousguitar.com.

 

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