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Music Classes Grand Rapids MI

See below to find music schools and music instructors in Grand Rapids that give access to music classes, along with music ensembles, early childhood music, music summer programs, percussion classes, guitar classes, piano classes, and guitar classes, as well as advice and content on learning music.

Brysien B.
(877) 231-8505
Lake Dr.
Grand Rapids, MI
Subjects
Violin, Music Performance, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Fiddle, Opera Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Viola
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
As a violinist, I subscribe to the Russian school of playing employed by Leopold Aurer and his contemporaries. I am also influenced by Galamian Techniques and Suzuki Philosophy.
Education
Grand Rapids Community College - Music Performance - NOw (not complete) Grand Rapids Public Schools - High-School - 2004-2008 (High School diploma received)
Membership Organizations
TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Vita Cernoch
8431 Lake Michigan Drive
Allendale, MI
Promotion
$40 / hr
Hours
Classical
Memberships and Certifications
Violin
Services
20 years

W.E. Dance Academy
616-748-989
114B East Main St
Zeeland, MI
 
Arts Outreach Program at Grand Rapids Community College
(616) 234-3944
Grand Rapids MI
Grand Rapids, MI

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Arts Outreach Program at Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Michael Sanchez
4249 Abby Lane
Grandville, MI
Instruments
Guitar, Piano, Viola, Violin, Voice
Styles
Classical, Folk - Country - Bluegrass
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$35
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Family Tree Therapies
(616) 498-1929
1331 Lake Drive suite 105
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Grand Rapids Community College
(616) 771-3945
Grand Rapids MI
Grand Rapids, MI

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Aquinas College
1607 Robinson Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI
 
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Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces

Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

I was at the NAMM show recently, a massive trade show for musical products. If you've ever been into Guitar Center and witnessed that infernal noise made by guitarists and bass players 'trying out' instruments, then the NAMM show is that x 50,000. It can be hell, yet a necessary evil if you are in the business.

I spent some time walking around and of course made my way to many of the guitar and amp booths, after all it's always good to keep up with anything new and groundbreaking. I came across a few professional guitar players who had been hired to demonstrate guitars, and as good as these players were technically, there was always one aspect of their playing that stood out to me. I find this is the case with any guitar player that is not communicating. They play too much. Tons and tons of notes, in rapid succession, all brilliantly executed. But what is really being said? How can you enjoy music when you feel like you are having your teeth drilled?

Guitar players are notorious for doing this, simply because they can. If they were horn players things would be very different. You simply have to take a breath. Guitar players technically don't have to do this, so they don't, and as a result their music is compromised.

The first time I was aware of this was several years ago when I started using a digital vocoder. In order for the notes to be heard on my guitar, I would have to mouth something into the microphone to trigger them. Then of course you get to shape the sound with syllables and so on. I was in a rehearsal and my sax player said to me, "Chris you play different when you use that thing, because you have to take a breath". Perhaps that was a kind way of saying I sucked, but the talkbox thing was cool. It certainly struck a chord anyway. So from then on, and it took a while to really sink in, but I tried to really focus on phrasing. And not just as a guitar player, but compositionally, if my music doesn't breathe, I'm just not interested.

As jazz guitarists, there is a terrible tendency for us to play a lot of notes, firstly because the genre historically has given us permission to do so, and second, archtop jazz guitars don't generally lend themselves to sustaining notes, so in order to 'get over', guitarists fall into the trap of overplaying.

There are of course compromising situations which affect the way we play and it is important to be aware of these at the time. First, if you are taking a solo and the band behind you is not being particularly supportive, i.e.; playing busily and not listening to you, then this very often makes a player play more notes because they are fighting to speak, as it were. But if the band is just grooving, you as a soloist can play just a few notes and the spaces are music in themselves!

Another compromising situation might be a borrowed or rented amp that ju...

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