Ska Music Lessons Mission 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.

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Drums, Music Recording, Guitar
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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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Pleasant St., at North LBJ
San Marcos, TX
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Music Theory, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Performance
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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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On the guitar, I specialize in teaching mostly in rock and blues, but also bossa nova, jazz and classical. I feel like rock and blues are my strongest because I personally love them the most.
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Schertz, TX
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5 to 99
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Folk music, Kodaly, Orff
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UTSA - Music Literature - 1978-1984 (Bachelor's degree received) UTSA - Music Education - 1987-1988 (Bachelor's degree received) Texas State University - Music Education - 2001-2006 (Master's degree received)
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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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Austin, TX
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Bass Guitar, Singing, Music Theory, Guitar
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I love to play and teach many styles but focus on pop rock (rhcp, audioslave, them crooked vultures, etc), folk rock (ben harper, jack johnson, etc. ) blues, funk, soul. Theory wise, I teach standard theory entwined with the nashville numbers system. I have found that that system works great and is pretty much the standard anymore. I encourage ear training!! You must develope the ability to hear where a song is going with out having your instrument in hand. You will learn to map out a song in…
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Austin, TX
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5 to 99
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I specialize in teaching music theory, country, rock, soul, blues and exploring creativity through songwriting. I have an elementary education certificate and am equally comfortable with young children, teens and adults.
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Huston-Tillotson - Education - 5/2009-12/2009 (not complete) Boise State - Communication - 9/1983-5/1988 (Bachelor's degree received)
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San Antonio, TX
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5 to 99
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I specialize in teaching: 7 string guitar, neoclassical, metal, blues, jazz , gypsy jazz, acoustic, flamenco and classical. Music Theory and recording.
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Long Beach City College - Commercial Music-Record Producer - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) Long Beach City College - Commercial Music-Recording Engineer - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Red Oak Lane
Flower Mound, TX
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I enjoy teaching rhythm/strumming on steel string guitar and pima finger picking on nylon string. I can teach basic lead on electric guitar, though that is not my specialty.
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Gordon College (Wenham, MA) - Music Education - 2002-2006 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Katy, TX
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I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, acoustic-finger-style, and various other acoustic styles. Acoustic finger-style and blues/rock I am perhaps the most highly proficient in, it being the first style I ever learned as a kid. But it is definitely not a limitation.
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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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