Ska Music Lessons Fresh Meadows NY

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.

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Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Guitar
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I like to use a developmental lesson, with a clear aim for each lesson. Instead of giving the information to a student, I use questions to lead the students to the answer.
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Paqe University - Business - 9/97-5/08 (not complete) Manhattanville College - Music Education - 9/98-5/02 (Bachelor's degree received) Lehman College - Music Education - 9/05-1/07 (Master's degree received)
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I usually adjust my method to the student's needs. For example, if the student is not serious about music and wants to take lessons for fun, I will not pressure practicing (although communicate that it is important to practice in order to improve). However, if the student has a particular goal or is serious about music, I will usually teach a more detailed and intense lesson. Although I have a degree in voice performance, I have had a lot of theater education, and I focus my singing lessons o…
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Patchen Ave
Brooklyn, NY
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Saxophone, Guitar, Music Performance, Speaking Voice, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
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5 to 99
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The primary focus of my work is in songwriting. My conservatory training is in Saxophone and Electronic music. I can teach guitar and music theory. I can also help students with singing in folk, rock and pop styles.
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Oberlin Conservatory - Saxophone/Electronic/Interdisciplinary Performance - 1999-2003 (Bachelor's degree received) Bard College - MFA in Music/Sound - 2006-2008 (Master's degree received)
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Crescent Road
Astoria, NY
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Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass, Songwriting, Music Recording, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Music Performance
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12 to 99
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Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Slide Guitar
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Seton Hall University - History and Latin - Completed 2000 (Bachelor's degree received) NYU - Music - Completed 2003 (Master's degree received)
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Astoria, NY
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Blues, Classical, Jazz, Kids
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Ozone Park, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate
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35th Street
Astoria, NY
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Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Music Recording, Guitar, Music Performance
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5 to 99
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On guitar/bass, I specialize in pop, rock, country, blues, and jazz. If you need help with music theory and composition, I teach songwriting, composition, orchestration, traditional theory and counterpoint, as well as Contemporary/Jazz Music Theory, and Ear-training. For those interested in music production and engineering, I can show you how to use some of the tools available for computer (Pro-tools, Logic, Reason, Sonar, Peak, Final Cut Pro). And, I can teach you how to produce a song, reco…
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Berklee College of Music - Guitar, Music Production - 1998 - 2002 (Bachelor's degree received) New York University - Music Composition - 2004 - 2008 (Master's degree received)
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11th st
Astoria, NY
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music, Guitar and Piano I begin with meeting the student where they are in relation to their musical experience. After establishing trust, through encouragement I empower students to recognize their potential with out pre-determined expectations or limits. I am comfortable in various genres from classical to punk.
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Flushing - - 1979 -1981 Queensborough - music - 1993-1995
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5 to 99
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When teaching piano, because I specialize in classical, I emphasize sight-reading, theory and performance from the very first lesson. As soon as possible, I have student memorize pieces appropriate to their level. I begin each lesson with memory work, move into sight-reading and analysis of the new work, or exercise. This way a student has a multi-faceted approach to music they are learning, and once they have learned it, they are continually adding to their repertoire. I work this way becaus…
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New York, NY
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5 to 99
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When teaching children, I prefer Alfred's method books for their accessibility and simplicity. I have a very deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history from classic new orleans to the most contemporary styles. I also teach classical music on the upright bass and piano and have students playing Beethoven and Bach regularly. I have a thorough knowledge of Western classical music history and as a composer, am an expert theoretician. I have taught rock and pop guitar for many years and have always f…
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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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