Ska Music Lessons El Cajon CA

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.

Louis V.
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West Douglas Ave
El Cajon, CA
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Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
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5 to 100
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I specialize in improvising and composition as those are the two areas of music that I find myself contributing most of my time to. I also specialize in the genres of jazz and blues music because most of my gigging comes from these two fields.
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San Diego State University - Bachelor's in Music: Jazz Studies (Performance) - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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North Woodside Ave.
Santee, CA
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Drums, Guitar, Music Theory, Bass Guitar
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11 to 70
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Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Tuxford College - Music, and Physics - 09/01/2000 - 06/01/2002 (Associate degree received) Salford University - Music, Acoustics and Sound Recording (Honors) - 09/01/2002 - 06/01/2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Bonita Rd.
Bonita, CA
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Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Saxophone
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7 to 99
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I enjoy teaching classical as well as jazz. I love working with musicians that are getting ready for a big audition or solo coming up, or if you just want to work on a special song for someone and beginning guitar Also, I teach in small and large combo groups/ensembles.
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Southwestern Col - Music, pre law - 76-78 (not complete) Castle Park HS - GE, music - 73-76 (not complete)
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Joe N.
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Nutmeg St.
San Diego, CA
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Guitar, Songwriting
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8 to 99
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Electric rock/blues lead guitar. Slide guitar both electric and acoustic
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Grossmont - Telcom/Music - (not complete)
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37th St.
San Diego, CA
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Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Piano, Songwriting, Music Theory, Guitar
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6 to 60
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guitar, bass, sax, beginning to intermediate piano, songwriting, music theory, sight reading Progressive methods for Guitar and Bass. Bastien Methods for Piano. Rock, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Metal, Blues, and Classical. Some Funk, Jazz, and R&B.
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Patterson High School - General Education - 1996-2000 (degree received) Point Loma Nazarene University - Music Business - 2000-2005 (not complete)
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David B.
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Trophy Drive
La Mesa, CA
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Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Music Theory
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11 to 70
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Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
Education
Tuxford College - Music, and Physics - 09/01/2000 - 06/01/2002 (Associate degree received) Salford University - Music, Acoustics and Sound Recording (Honors) - 09/01/2002 - 06/01/2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Connecticut Ave.
La Mesa, CA
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Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Singing
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5 to 99
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I begun private lessons at the age of 8 from my master teacher Dennis Harmon who is a graduate of Berkeley School of Music. At age 15, inspired by Jimmy Hendrix, I self taught myself guitar. Later within that same year I started attending vocal lessons from L.Rainkin who is recently retired as a veteran church organist and director.
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San Diego Mesa College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - Curnnetly Attending (not complete) San Francisco Community College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 2004-2006 (not complete) San Diego City College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 1998-2004 (not complete)
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James T.
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55th St
San Diego, CA
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Guitar, Piano, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing
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5 to 99
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I begun private lessons at the age of 8 from my master teacher Dennis Harmon who is a graduate of Berkeley School of Music. At age 15, inspired by Jimmy Hendrix, I self taught myself guitar. Later within that same year I started attending vocal lessons from L.Rainkin who is recently retired as a veteran church organist and director.
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San Diego Mesa College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - Curnnetly Attending (not complete) San Francisco Community College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 2004-2006 (not complete) San Diego City College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 1998-2004 (not complete)
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Richard F.
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Begonia Way
Alpine, CA
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Drums, Guitar
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5 to 99
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Basic to Advanced Drumming. Proper grip and posture, to stick control and learning songs. Trap set, hand drum and percussion. Metronome/ear training Basic theory and notation Defining Melody, Harmony and Rhythm and bringing them together as one. Strumming, finger exercise and songs.
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Grossmont/Cuyumaca - Gen Ed/Music - 95-98 (not complete) SD Christian College - Human Development - 2003-2006 (not complete)
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Eugene Place
San Diego, CA
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Music Theory, Piano, Speaking Voice, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice
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3 to 75
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My educational background is in classical performance, but on a day to day basis I perform rock and roll. I take pride in helping foster a well-rounded music experience for my students. I offer them opportunities to perform in traditional recitals and rock band camp, and am looking to branch into other performance opportunities such as jam sessions in the park. I can also teach bass, flamenco guitar, banjo and mandolin at a beginner level.
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Cornelia Connelly - - 1996-2000 (High School diploma received) California State University Los Angeles - Guitar/Voice Performance - 2000-2005
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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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