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  Programs Tailor Made for All Needs    

  What You Will Learn    

In my studio you will Focus on:

- Technique Exercises,

- Music Theory,

- Scales,

- Arpeggios,

- Chords,

- Sight-reading,

- Ear training and their applications to Improvisation and Composition.

  Customized Lessons    

Learn to play ANYTHING! I teach most styles of music.  Students are shown how to play the songs they wish to learn note for note exactly as the artist played them. Of course, simplified versions are presented to beginners if the original music is too complex.

Special CD's of the material studied are created in my recording studio allowing the student to practice along with the music at different speeds while still maintaining the original pitch of the music. Ear training exercises, modal, scale, arpeggio, improvising, and many other "extras" are also given to students on CD to study with. This creates a working musical environment for the student where theoretical playing concepts can be put to immediate, practical use.

  What to Expect   

Just like anything, you get out what you put into it.  Past students of mine have achieved scholarships into prestigious schools like BERKLEE because they worked hard and passionately at playing.  Practicing 4, 8, and more hours daily.  Others just play for fun or are just starting out.  Practicing a 1/2 hour a day.

 

I do not half-hazardly scribble out lessons touching on a spur of the moment subject.  I have seen too much of this when I was a young student and first started looking for instruction.  I would often leave lessons more confused than when I came leaving with a barely legible scribbled mess on a piece of dog-eared staff paper.  Then I found my first REAL teacher who always had an organized plan and practice system for me to follow.

 

All lessons are printed in publish quality handouts taken from books I have written or have been written for the sole purpose of the current lesson.  These lessons follow a specific step by step order introducing the student to necessary subjects to succeed in learning the instrument and building techniques, tools, skills, and knowledge to play.  Please see the practice schedule for the individual subjects you want to focus into as you progress and learn.

 

What do YOU want to play?  After good basic foundation has been started I ask my new students to make a song and band list so I can see what THEY want to play for music.

 

Students are shown songs they wish to learn note for note just how the artist played the composition.  
Some times variations or "watered down" versions are presented to beginners if the original music is to complex.    

 

Also special CD's of the material studied are made so the student can practice along with music at different speeds (while maintaining the pitch of the music) 1/2 speed usually to start and then increasing by 5 to10% each track until the normal tempo is reached.  Ear training exercises, modal, scale, arpeggio, improvising, and many other "extras" are also given to students on CD's to study with.

 

My colleagues and I agree the questions and statements we cringe at most when we get a student from a bad teacher are:

What is a metronome?

What is a scale?  Or yes I know my scales. (Student plays 1 scale pattern not realizing the inversions should cover the entire neck) this is sometimes worse.

I never started to read music...  should I have been?

All I have done is read music out of this book.

All I have done is learned Songs from Tabs.

These are not questions the student should be embarrassed at asking because it is of no fault of there own.

If for whatever reason you are unable to schedule lessons with me or there were no openings at the time of your inquiry.         PLEASE try to choose a competent teacher!!!

With over 30 years of experience, I offer private lessons for guitar and bass guitar.  Focusing on the students needs, I create a personal, organized practice system to follow that works towards achieving your individual goals, exposing weak points to make them strengths.  Learning correctly from the start and building necessary foundation skills will save you from forming debilitating bad habits and techniques. 

Bad Technique leads most to great frustration and giving up the instrument.  I teach students of all ages, including kids, and all levels of study from beginner to advanced.  Public and Private school teachers as well as parents and former students recommend  me for the simple reason that I get results.  Many of my students started from scratch and became working professional musicians.  Former students have acquired college scholarships to colleges like Berklee school of music.  Let my decades of successfully training guitarists to play at their highest level work for you!

Students are shown how to play songs note for note exactly as the artist played them.  Simplified versions are presented to beginners if the original music is too complex.  Special CD's of the material studied are created in my recording studio allowing the student to practice along with the music at different speeds while still maintaining the original pitch of the music. Ear training exercises, modal, scale, arpeggio, improvising, and many other "extras"  are also given to students on CD to study with. This creates a working MUSICAL environment for the student where theoretical playing concepts can be put to immediate, practical use. 

I taught under some of the best private teachers on the east coast ie, Joey D’Angelo (studied with  RICH FALCO), Peter Disquale (studied with JOE PASS) and Joe Stump.  Extensive research and information obtained from schools such as Berklee, Juliard, Atlantic Grove School, and GIT. 

Alexander Nathaniel Randall