THE ART OF PRACTICE

GUITAR, UKULELE, BASS

USING FOCUS AND AWARENESS TO GAIN MAXIMUM RESULTS AND CONFIDENCE IN TECHNIQUE AND REPERTOIRE

Section 1 - Ukulele (Ages 7+)

Section 2 - Guitar and Bass (Ages 8-17)

Section 2 - Adult Beginning Guitar

Do you remember taking lessons as a child and repeating the same mistakes over and over, getting better and better at THE WRONG NOTES? The focus of this class is “LEARNING HOW TO PRACTICE PROPERLY”. Upon completion, students will find practice sessions much more productive. Results will show almost instantaneously, giving the player confidence, joy, and motivation to practice even more. In this class, students have the opportunity to learn their instrument in a perfect balance of ‘learning by ear’ and ‘reading notation’. Each student will have individual time with the instructor, as well as time to practice on their own and check in during each class. Students also have opportunities to perform for each other, giving them a chance to practice ‘Performance Mode’. The practice of performance allows students to develop courage and confidence, improve cognitive reactions, and practice non-judgment. Visit https://www.mindlabpro.com/blog/nootropics/nootropics-musicians/ to read more about performing and the brain.

Posture, performance techniques, scales and technical skills, warmups, an introduction to harmony and song structure, as well as practicing and performing repertoire in a genre of the student’s choice.

*Opportunities to perform in performance classes and concerts with accompaniment and to play with full professional bands in NYC music venues.


*Students can learn any or all styles;  Classical, folk, pop, blues, etc. 

*Focus can be performance based or for aesthetic value.  

Required Reading:

THE INNER GAME’ by Timothy Gallwey - The version of your choice for class discussion. (Tennis, Golf, Music, Skiing, etc.)

Suggested Reading:

THE PRACTICING MIND’ by Thomas M. Sterner

PRACTICEOPEDIA’ by Philip Johnston

ROCK BAND

Opportunities to perform on famous stages in NYC such as The Bitter End. Rehearsals on weekends and/or weekdays depending on location. Midtown West / UES / TRIBECA

Band 1 - Ages 7-12

Band 2 - Ages 13 +

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