Before he met singing instructor David Stroud?a onetime coach of American Idol's Adam Lambert?Alexys Paris subjected his naturally mellifluous vocal cords to constant stress, admitting on his website that he would "force notes or yell on pitch." Working in the Institute of Vocal Advancement system, Stroud trains voices to perform in a natural, stable manner. Alexys teaches students how to comfortably transition from the deep-chest register to the high-pitched head register without resorting to voice-straining exertions or discretely switching places with virtuoso body doubles.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
During 90-minute appointments, a registered piano tuner will tickle ivories, listening with a keen ear to tweak each chord until a perfect pitch sounds. Annual coverage and minor repairs are incorporated into the piano doctor's checklist, and this includes sticky keys (consoles excluded) and squeaky pedals. More substantial and time-consuming repairs that take more than 30 minutes may incur additional charges, but clients will be consulted first before any repairs are made. Feral strings and pianos without regular tuning (less than once a year) may require an additional appointment for rough tuning ($50) before this Groupon's fine-tuning appointment can occur. Appointments are typically available 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Saturday and regular tune-ups can transform a piano into a lifelong companion, unlike carnival-won goldfish.
Operating out of Washburn Studio, DJ Chucky Brown of The Art of DJing trains his students when to rock the party and when to recognize that the party is happening inside a lifeboat. ?You throw bait out,? he says, recognizing that different crowds, such as indie dance rock and Top 40 audiences, require different tunes. ?If you start with Azari and nothing happens, throw out some Datarock or LCD Soundsystem; or if you start with Daft Punk, then throw out some Usher, Calvin Harris, or Madonna.? Brown imparts this encyclopedic knowledge of music in private, small-group, and large-scale classes, where his charges learn how to mix, scratch, and reinvent on the fly. On Brown?s student mixes page, visitors can listen to mash-ups and mixtapes created by his former pupils. The DJ has even performed for several of the artists sampled by his students and himself, having spun at events thrown by Elton John, Missy Elliot, and Justin Timberlake.
StrumSchool.com offers burgeoning musicians an effective way to learn guitar by way of short, engaging instructional videos. Using a step-by-step format, each 5?10 minute lesson is taught by a guitarist with at least 15 years of full-time teaching experience, ensuring a comprehensive and easy-to-follow way for students to learn to shred on the sleek website accessed from their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Lessons cover everything from guitar anatomy and reading music, to learning basic chords and strumming patterns for genres such as rock, jazz, blues, country, or the Swedish death metal band you secretly love. StrumSchool also maintains a list of easy songs to learn, and provides plenty of know-how when it comes to taking care of your gear, sounding like a guitar pro, and advice on cleaning up minds after they've been blown by the guitar solos you've just learned.
Mexico City native Ricardo T?llez began dancing when he was 12, shimmying his way through styles such as cumbia and guaracha. In 1995, he packed up his dancing shoes and moved to the Bay area, accelerating his salsa study not only by studying under Gabriel Romero, but also by trying out his footwork in clubs. Armed with a passion for dance, Ricardo founded RicaSalsa Dance Company in 1999 to share his love of the art. Today, he and dance partner Tianne Frias?with whom he placed third in the World Latin Dance Cup?teach private lessons and group classes that impart new and advanced dancers with the steps, partnership skills, and medallions filled with glowworms needed to light up the floor. By focusing on social dance skills and the ability to follow the rhythm, they help their students adapt easily to different songs and settings.