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Ska Music Lessons Donna TX

If you want to be rude, play everything on the upbeat. The basic building block of past and present ska is the accented and of each beat (Ex. 1). The tendency is to strum this apparently simple rhythm (often called the "clip") with upstrokes. But you get a fuller sound if you downstroke the upbeats because, with downstrokes, you hit the bigger strings first.

Kelly B.
(877) 231-8505
Leo
El Paso, TX
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Trombone, Clarinet, Mandolin, Trumpet, Music Theory, Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Violin, Songwriting
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5 to 99
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Kelly has worked with various traditional band methods and enjoys teaching beginners. Because of his previous employment, he has the ability to teach students how to play in a band/church setting whether it is a contemporary band or choir w/ orchestra. He also specializes in teaching improve and music theory.
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Angelo State University - Spanish & Music - Aug. 1989 - Dec. 1994 (Bachelor's degree received) Trinity Theological Seminary - Ministry - Aug. 1997 - Dec. 2005 (Master's degree received)
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Liliana G.
(877) 231-8505
Leah Avenue
San Antonio, TX
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Guitar, Clarinet
Ages Taught
11 to 60
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Clarinet -for beginner, learning the basics of music, proper care for the instrument, learning the body of the instrument, and learn music vocabulary, -I specialize in classical for clarinet. Guitar -proper care of the instrument -learning names of strings/frets -learning the body of the instrument -basic chords -power chords -different strumming techniques
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Texas State - Spanish Education with a Music Minor - 2007-Present (not complete)
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Rob B.
(877) 231-8505
Metric Blvd.
Austin, TX
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Saxophone, Guitar, Banjo, Classical Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Flamenco Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I'm best at teaching students music that they want to learn. I specialize in rock and blues instruction. Don't own a banjo (learned on my daddy's), but am happy to pick one up if someone's interested (though they will probably need to provide one, don't know if I can buy two at the moment).
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Lubbock High School - N/A - 8/92-5/95 Texas Tech University - English-major Music-minor - 1/00-8/03 Goddard College - Creative Writing - 7/07-5/09
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Jordan T.
(877) 231-8505
Ullrich Ave
Austin, TX
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Songwriting, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Performance
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5 to 99
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Classical Acoustic Fretboard Knowledge Songwriting Blues Rock Open G Tuning Country
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Berklee College of Music - Guitar, Professional Music - Spring '07-Current
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Joseph B.
(877) 231-8505
East 13th St.
Austin, TX
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Drums, Music Recording, Guitar
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5 to 19
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Drums: I have been playing rock music my whole life, I have also studied jazz, swing, latin, symphonic percussion and marching percussion. Playing drums is one of my first loves and I am always willing to learn something new to help teach it better. Recording: I have a Bachelors degree in Music Production & Engineering from Berklee College of Music and am currently working at a recording arts school while freelancing as a recording engineer and live sound engineer. I've worked with lots of di…
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Berklee College of Music - Music Production & Engineering - Sept. 2005-Dec 2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Arthur C.
(877) 231-8505
Pleasant St., at North LBJ
San Marcos, TX
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Music Theory, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Performance
Ages Taught
15 to 99
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I have experience teaching and playing rock (classic rock, progressive rock, metal), blues (acoustic and amplified), and jazz (swing and straight, bebop, funk, New Orleans, big band, cool jazz, hard bop, acoustic, latin, bossa). One of my specialties in rock and jazz is odd meter (5, 7, 9, 11, etc.) I also have ample experience with applied music theory for the guitar--that is, chord and scale theory.
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Southwest Texas Junior College - General Studies - 08/2005 - 12/2007 (not complete) Texas State University - Jazz Studies - 01/2008 - present (not complete)
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Jim B.
(877) 231-8505
TIMBERLANE DRIVE
San Antonio, TX
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Guitar
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8 to 68
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Will follow a guitar instruction book, and teach songs student want to learn. Rhythm guitar teaching chords, picking & strumming and alternate chord positions for sound & variety. All modern music styles, folk, rock, r&b, and pop.
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BROWN MILITARY ACADEMY - (High School diploma received) CAL STATE FULLERTON - MUSIC/COMMUNICATIONS - (Bachelor's degree received)
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Jordan T.
(877) 231-8505
Cinchring ln
Austin, TX
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Songwriting, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance, Guitar
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5 to 99
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Classical Acoustic Fretboard Knowledge Songwriting Blues Rock Open G Tuning Country
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Berklee College of Music - Guitar, Professional Music - Spring '07-Current
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Rocio R.
(877) 231-8505
Woodlark Wy.
El Paso, TX
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Music Theory, Opera Voice, Guitar, Music Performance, Singing, Classical Guitar, Piano
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5 to 99
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Opera Voice Bel Canto Contemporary Singing Classical Piano Classical Guitar Folk Guitar Latin-American Styles Pop
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University of Texas at El Paso - Music - 08/2000-05/2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Robert C.
(877) 231-8505
Lawn Arbor Drive
Houston, TX
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Music Theory, Piano, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Bass Guitar
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5 to 99
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North Harris County College - Music-guitar - 1982-85 (not complete) Musicians Institute - Music-guitar - 1991-92 (not complete) University of North Texas - Music-guitar - 1985-87 (not complete) Klein High School - Music - 1974-78 (not complete)
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Ska Building Blocks By David Burk

Sessions From Guitar Player, February '99

If you want to be rude, play everything on the upbeat. The basic building block of past and present ska is the accented and of each beat (Ex. 1). The tendency is to strum this apparently simple rhythm (often called the "clip") with upstrokes. But you get a fuller sound if you downstroke the upbeats because, with downstrokes, you hit the bigger strings first.

Modern skameisters often play clip rhythms on the treble strings (G, B, and E). However, the '60s Jamaican originators -- ska's "rude boys" -- favored fuller voicings as shown in Ex. 2, a I-VIm-IIm-V progression in G. In bar 3, notice how the Am changes inversions.

For a truly rude flavor, add dominant-7th chords and sliding chromatic movement from either above or below the target harmony (Ex. 3). As illustrated here, occasionally it's effective to play on the downbeat.

Often called a "stuckey," a typical ska single-note riff features sixteenth-notes, played clean and very staccato (Ex. 4). Note the characteristic chromatic movement, as well as the arpeggiated chords.

These examples sound great with wah and work well at tempos from 150 to 190 bpm.

Listen to Example 4

 

 

DAVID BURK is a Minneapolis-based guitarist, producer, writer, and teacher. For info on Do You Know What Time It Is, an album by Burk's world-beat group, Labor Party, contact Nabi Musicworks, Box 8621, Minneapolis, MN 55408; (612) 823-6204.

 

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