Chris B.


Chris B.

Tutor

Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Will travel 10 miles

$60 per hour.

3.5 2 ratings

Want to learn the guitar without it feeling like school?

My goal as a teacher is to avoid any type of dogmatic "one size fits all" curriculum. I always want to know what music the student enjoys and build my lesson plans based on their tastes. Chords can be physically challenging for beginners so I like to work with single-note melodies early on so that the student isn't quickly discouraged. Learning chords becomes the medium-term goal. As for the long-term, I will then use specific songs as examples for how music theory works in the context of... [more]


Music Theory


Ear Training

I am well versed in music theory and am comfortable with the intervallic system. Once these intervals are internalized it becomes much easier to transcribe others' music. I have extensive experience learning popular songs by ear for cover bands and guitar students. I am aware of the difference in musical quality between major, minor, dominant, diminished, and augmented sounds. Additionally. I am comfortable with the characteristics of less conventional scales such as the church modes, the harmonic minor family. and the melodic minor family. I have had success with teaching ear training to my students.


Guitar

I have been playing guitar for 15 years and studied private lessons with an instructor for 2 years. I have been teaching guitar on a regular basis for the past 3 years. Chords can be physically challenging for beginners so I like to work with single-note melodies early on so that the student isn't quickly discouraged. Learning chords becomes the medium-term goal. As for the long-term, I will then use specific songs as examples for how music theory works in the context of their favorite bands. I am always prepared to adjust my lesson plans based on the students progress and overall comfort zone.


Music Production

I have 6 years of hands-on experience working with Pro Tools recording software. I completed an internship at a professional recording studio (Big Blue Meenie Studios) in New Jersey from 2009 to 2010. At the studio, I learned how to properly place microphones for recording as well as proper mixing techniques. I have recorded multiple projects in my home studio since my internship.