Guitar Sessions Reseda CA

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 Reseda, CA.

Julie M.
(877) 231-8505
Topeka Drive
Reseda, CA
Subjects
Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Organ, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Bass Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 105
Specialties
I specialize in contemporary music styles, but I am very technique-oriented and I incorporate music theory in every style and instrument that I teach. My methods of teaching range from use of books from beginner to advanced styles, to my own personal lesson plans that I have accumulated over the years. I also specialize in one-on-one singer/songwriter clinics to help better writing styles, melody writing, chord structure, etc.
Education
Berklee College of Music - Voice/Composition - 1998-2001 (Bachelor's degree received) Saguaro High School - General - 1993-1997 (High School diploma received)
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Jay R.
(877) 231-8505
Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
My primary emphasis is in classical double bass, both orchestrally and in solo repertoire. I also have extensive experience as an electric bassist in the rock, funk, and pop genres, as well as many years as a guitarist in the same genres. I also have spent some time as a jazz bassist and guitarist, and I am very comfortable teaching jazz bass.
Education
Cal State Northridge - Music Performance - Double Bass - 2008-present (In progress) (not complete) UCLA - Music Performance - Double Bass - 2006-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Jay R.
(877) 231-8505
Kester Ave
Van Nuys, CA
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Upright Bass, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
My primary emphasis is in classical double bass, both orchestrally and in solo repertoire. I also have extensive experience as an electric bassist in the rock, funk, and pop genres, as well as many years as a guitarist in the same genres. I also have spent some time as a jazz bassist and guitarist, and I am very comfortable teaching jazz bass.
Education
Cal State Northridge - Music Performance - Double Bass - 2008-present (In progress) (not complete) UCLA - Music Performance - Double Bass - 2006-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Derek B.
(877) 231-8505
Woodman Ave.
Van Nuys, CA
Subjects
Songwriting, Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Piano, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
My concentration in college was Jazz Guitar, but I'm definitely a Rocker at heart. I can teach all genres of music and guitar and every end of the theory spectrum.
Education
Columbia College - Music: Guitar Performance - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Barry C.
(877) 231-8505
Ethel Ave.
Van Nuys, CA
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 70
Specialties
music theory, jazz guitar, rock guitar, classical guitar
Education
San Rafael High - General Education - (High School diploma received) North Texas State - Music - (Bachelor's degree received)
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Garret S.
(877) 231-8505
Owensmouth Ave
Canoga Park, CA
Subjects
Piano, Mandolin, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Guitar, Songwriting, Singing, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
15 to 60
Specialties
Guitar, Bass and Vocals: all the way to advanced Piano: beg I can sing and play virtually all styles of popular music--blues, rock, country, folk, jazz, latin, you name it. As a performing professional, the skill I call upon most is my ear. Once you learn to hear the chord changes and the rythmic subtleties in a piece of music, you can truly play along with anything. And because that skill directly impacts so many aspects of what we collectively call good musicianship, I tend to make ear deve…
Education
Laney College (Oakland, CA) - Music Theory & Composition - 1976-78 (Associate degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Taylor D.
(877) 231-8505
Raymond St
Chatsworth, CA
Subjects
Guitar, Drums, Songwriting, Percussion
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in all genres of drum set playing including pop, rock, jazz, funk, latin, r&b, hip-hop, blues, reggae, punk, and heavy metal. I also teach orchestral and marching band snare drum techniques and methods, auxiliary and latin percussion, and guitar up to an intermediate level.
Education
Musicians Institute - Percussion Institute of Technology - fall 2008-summer 2010 (Associate degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Justin A.
(877) 231-8505
Porter Valley Drive
Porter Ranch, CA
Subjects
Classical Guitar, Piano, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Acting, Harmonica, Organ, Guitar, Music Performance, Speaking Voice, Songwriting, Trumpet, Singing, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Guitar and Bass: beg to adv Drums: beg to adv Vocals: beg to adv Piano: beg to interm Trumpet: beg Song writing, band arrangements, and orchestral compositions.
Education
Cal State Northridge (CSUN) - Music Composition - 2007-2008 (not complete) Pierce College - Music Composition - 2008-Present (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Randy Torno
17013 Lisette St
Granada Hills, CA
Instruments
Autoharps, Banjo, Dulcimer, Electric Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Stand Up Bass
Styles
Blues, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$60
Years of Experience
30 Years

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Jerry Acosta
12008 Hartsook St. 12008 Hartsook St.
Valley Village, CA
Instruments
Guitar
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
25 Years

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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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