My desire is to engage with you in a tutoring relationship that DEFINITELY brings you solid results. Music is not intrinsically all that hard - its just unfamiliar! I am here to be your guide and show you the path, step by step, in a supportive and FUN environment. I can guarantee that if you stick to regular practice of the things we study together, you will see results, and experience a remarkable improvement in your abilities. Tired of that plateau or brick wall? Come get some lessons! Tuition really works :)
I studied Jazz performance at university, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music - majoring in bass guitar during study, I developed a love for guitar, keys and drums also. I am a multi-instrumentalist and an electronic producer/performer using Ableton Live (lessons available here too!) After finishing my studies I took up a busy lifestyle of regular gigs with numerous bands around New Zealand, along with tutoring many students. I am now based Melbourne and am seeking new students to share knowledge and inspiration with!
I make my lessons as relaxed and enjoyable as possible - I am fully aware of the fact that a healthy relationship between teacher and student is of fundamental importance to the learning process. I aim to calmly assist my students along their path, in an expectation free, reassuring environment, that maximizes the intake of information. I want to know how you learn and what you need from me in order to make our time together as comfortable and effective as possible.
I have a great love for teaching and it feels very natural to me. So much of it is really about the relationship between teacher/student and keeping a good energy up, which makes the whole thing an enjoyable experience. I aim to pass on my enthusiasm for music to my students, and believe that keeping a good level of positive motivation is an essential part of learning. I aim to keep my students smiling and in a positive state of mind :)
All skill levels welcome - totally fine if you are a complete beginner!
Friendly, relaxed, flexible lessons, learning what you want to know:
Blues/Funk/Rock/Pop/Jazz styles - I will teach you the ins-and-outs of music you already know and love, and guide you through new musical worlds.
Technique - Get your hands working together, fingering and timing exercises, posture advice, and learn about your instrument.
Ear training - Chord and scale recognition; learn how to teach yourself music by ear, and hear what is going on in music.
Theory - Chord/scale relationships and how to use these for improvisation. Learn about harmonic progressions and what makes music sound good.
Musical/rhythmic awareness and general musicianship.
Improvisation - Putting all of this together in order to create music, jam with others, and to get an all new freedom with your instrument.
Lessons are always tailored to individual needs - many individuals work best with gentle motivation, whilst some (myself included!) work best with assignments and deadlines! As we get to know eachother, we will work out what kind of teaching style is best suited to your individual needs.
I have taught students of all ages with a ride range of musical tastes over the past decade. I also teach bass guitar to an advanced level, and electronic production with Ableton Live to an advanced level. Please see my profile for links to these services.
$60 per hour
Lessons are taken from my studio in Hawthorn.
Bring friends for an additional 50% each (ie $60 per hour for 2 students)
Learning with friends is fun!
Availability - Flexible! I encourage most students to arrange weekly lessons so a routine and workflow can be established.
Get in touch - lets get you comfortable on that fretboard!
Be sure to check out my live improvised electronic fingerdrumming project, and hear my original music online through www.snedmusic.com