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Jazz Classes Westport CT

Local resource for Jazz classes in Westport. Includes detailed information on local music schools and music instructors that provide access to blues lessons, Jazz lessons, and instruction in Jazz music, Jazz improvisation, Jazz theory, Jazz chords, Jazz styles, and Jazz harmony, as well as advice and content on playing Jazz music.

Elina Christova
476 Stillson Road
Fairfield, CT
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$120
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Jose G. M.
(877) 231-8505
SUNY
Stony Brook, NY
Subjects
Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical, pop, reggae, acoustic, electrical guitar. Musicianship ( Music theory & sight singing) Music history.
Education
SUNY Stony Brook - Classical Guitar Performance - 2009-2010 (not complete) Conservatory of Music PR - Classical Guitar - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Music & Arts
(203) 255-2881
1863 Post Road
Fairfield, CT
 
Zoe Vandermeer
CT Studio at 15 Riverview Rd. midtown studio in New York City
Gaylordsville, CT
Instruments
Audio Recording, Chorus, Composition, Ear Training, Early Music, Harp, Piano, Theory, Voice
Styles
Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$60
Years of Experience
20 Years

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Elina Christova
476 Stillson Road
Fairfield, CT
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$120
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Peter H.
(877) 231-8505
Landmark Sq.
Port Chester, NY
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar
Ages Taught
10 to 60
Specialties
I teach a wide range of popular music styles, with both electric and acoustic guitars, specializing in jazz, but also rock, blues, Latin, Brazilian, and contemporary styles. I use a variety of written materials such as the Berklee Guitar Series, songbook collections (from the Beatles, Eric Clapton and Jon Mayer to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Broadway composers) and theory methods. I also use play-along recordings for students to work on soloing and timing. Topics include basic technique, …
Education
Berklee College of Music - Guitar, composition - 1973-1977 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Laurie K.
(877) 231-8505
Pulaski Rd
Greenlawn, NY
Subjects
Violin, Piano
Ages Taught
6 to 55
Specialties
I teach a basic reading of notes and the chord method also.
Education
Lawrence HS - 1974 (High School diploma received) Shorter College - Piano Performance - 1974-79 (Bachelor's degree received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Seren Karabey
New London New London
New London, CT
Instruments
Cello
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$0

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Harry Neumann
24 Marie Street
Plainfield, CT
Instruments
Guitar, Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Kids, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Beginner
Rate
$20
Years of Experience
5 Years

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Yale University
PO Box 208246
New Haven, CT
 
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Playing With Conviction

Playing With Conviction
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

I'm very often disappointed when I go and hear straight-ahead jazz guitarists play in a club, no matter how good they may be. Many have practiced their technique and have a knowledge of harmony that is clearly impressive. They have good time and play well with the other band members. But 9 times out of 10 I am disappointed and for the most part I think I know why.

Most of these players spend countless hours in the bedroom practicing, working on stuff, perfecting things, analyzing chord changes, working on harmonic ideas and so on, something that no one recommends more highly than I, but it seems that so often these musicians lack the ability to communicate musically.

It actually reminds me a little of when I used to live in London and I'd be having a drink with a few horn players at the bar during an intermission (in the UK, horn players particularly from the north of England seem to enjoy a pint or two!) and I'd listen to them say how much they had no time at all for the 'punters' in the audience. With this attitude, those horn players put themselves on a pedestal, instantly separating themselves, drawing an imaginary line at the end of the stage. More like an electric fence! I never understood it, it was almost a way of justifying how little work they were prepared to do to really get their musical point across. What they said musically might have been very clever, even impressive, but whatever it was remained on the stage. No one in the audience was invited to experience that musical conversation. The audience was the last thing that mattered it seemed.

Now I'm not suggesting that we as artists entertain with tap dancing, plate spinning, telling jokes and so on, I'm talking about finding a way to connect with the audience, and the first step to doing this is through sound projection with our instrument. Don't forget, as instrumentalists we have to try that much harder to communicate with the listener because there is no vocalist to do that for us. We have to make sure our instrumental voice carries.

And I find, going back to my disappointment with so many jazz guitarists in clubs, that they simply are not concerned with that communication between themselves and the audience. I do not believe it has been an issue with most of them and I believe it is extremely important.

I am talking about playing with real conviction. So many players lack that strength, everything is quiet and timid and they seem like they are looking for the right notes, meandering away, somewhat apologetically. This does not translate to an audience, very often does not translate to other musicians. Too many hours in the bedroom practicing obsessively and not enough time in coffee shops talking to other human beings about THEIR lives! Musicians can be horribly insular and those completely obsessed with their instruments usually end up as the bigges...

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