Private guitar lessons are available several days per week from my Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY location. Since 2003, I have worked as a full-time guitar and bass instructor, band coach, and drum teacher. I have taught courses on music theory, popular to punk to shred to classical guitar styles, and general sight reading for guitar, bass, and drumkit. I've helped several women build pedal boards and trained young bands to record in DAWs.
I find learning music theory fun, but won't force it on you (well, just a bit). I believe learning the fundamentals and ideas behind WHY songs work will help you to teach yourself and grow a foundation to build upon. Learning fom several angles in the beginning is essential - songs, patterns, a little theory, happy accidents - it all adds up to becoming a creative guitarist and musician. If you have gaps in your knowledge, we can fill them. I have a large library of educational resources and cross reference from several books and study materials. We will aim towards any style(s) you are most interested in. Students of all ages are welcome. Specialization includes adults learning an instrument for the first time.
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SARA LANDEAU STUDIOS is located in the Pencil Works Building, Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. Location is 61 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11222.
Students will be led through an intensive one-month guitar class. This course serves as an
introduction to the instrument and will provide students with an instant access to making
music on the guitar. The course will be split into several units that cover various aspects of
understanding the instrument and the music that can be created with it. Focus points will be strumming and rhythms, reading music, improvising, and beginning songwriting. Learn the fundamentals of popular songs through chords, melodies, rhythms, and essential fretboard technique. Knowing how and why musical patterns work will help you to teach yourself and develop a solid foundation. All levels welcome.
Students who are a part of ‘Beginning Guitar’ should be prepared to practice on their own time outside of class. To progress towards the course’s final goals and objectives, daily independent practicing is essential.
* Recognizing and playing common musical themes.
* Learn songs you like from a list compiled by the class on the first day.
* Tricks and tips for learning music more quickly.
* Being able to play with others.
* Build confidence.
* Easier memorization of pieces.
* Exercise your creativity as we write a song (all levels encouraged!)
* Electric guitarist's guide to tone and basic pedal order.
OTHER COURSES and PRIVATE LESSONS
"Improvising on the Guitar" Course: Sample Course-load:
What Students Will Learn:
The Pentatonic Scale
The Five Basic Fingerings of the Pentatonic Scale Forms
A Brief Explanation of the Pentatonic Scale
Organizing the Five Scales for Improvising
Playing Pentatonic Scales in Multiple Keys
Tonal and Rhythmic Considerations
Basic Concepts for Improvising with Pentatonic Scales
Moving between Different Positions of the Pentatonic Scale
Learning the Same Melodies and Riffs in Each of the Five Fingerings
The Concepts of Theme and Variation in Improvisation
Similarities and Differences: Major-Ionian Scale and the Major Pentatonic Scale
Major Pentatonic Scale Variations
The Melodic Minor Scale
The Harmonic Minor Scale
Major Scales and Their Modes
Constructing the Major Scale on the Fretboard
The Three Minor Modes
Triads and Triad Arpeggios
Playing Triads Vertically on the Fingerboard
Diatonic Triads and Arpeggios
Using Diatonic Triad Arpeggio Ideas for Improvisation
Seventh Chord Arpeggios
Diatonic Seventh Chords and Their Inversions
Goals and Objectives for Multi Guitar Courses - From Beginner to Advanced Lessons
What Students Will Learn:
Note intervals on the fretboard
First position chord study
Finger dexterity exercises
Syncopated strumming patterns
Rhythms with a metronome
Sight reading first position using classical material
Solo songs and duets
Time signatures beyond 4/4
Popular songs using chord charts, lyrics, and time signatures
Musical notation roadmaps
Common song structures
Combination of scales and chords to learn approaches to improvisation.
Basic tenets of songwriting
Compose songs using their knowledge of chords and keys
Songs may include lyrics, rhythm patterns, improvisation, duets etc.
Steady practice routines
Guitar maintenance hands-on
Barred chord theory
Power chords and beyond
Sight reading in 5th position using classical material
Extended chords beyond barred
Sight reading in 7th position using classical material
Genre progression study
Music beyond blues and rock
Sight reading in 12th position using classical material
Guitar tone theory
Pedal board basics
Pedal board order
Utilizing pedals for specific genres
Creating your own tone
Classical Guitar: Sample Course-load
What Students Will Learn:
Background and History of the Classical Guitar
Classical Guitar Notation Explanation
Considerations for Classical Guitarists
Alternating Finger Patterns for Right Hand
Arpeggios and Major/Minor Scale Development
Open Position Major Scales
Introduction to Minor Scales
Fretboard Note Location
Melody in Bass Voice
Shifts on a Single String
Two-Octave Scale Forms and Arpeggios
3-Note Arpeggio Patterns
Melody on Ring Finger within an Arpeggio
Two-Octave Minor Scale Forms
6-string Arpeggio Variations
Three-Octave Major Scales
Three-Octave Major Arpeggios
Harmonic and Drop-D Techniques
Three-Octave Minor Scales
Drop D tuning
Classical Guitar and Popular Music
Classical Arrangements of Popular Music
Advanced Percussive Techniques
Open String Scales
Spanish Guitar Master Francisco Tarrega
Classical Guitar Alternative Techniques
20th Century classical composers
Fundamentals of the DRUM-KIT: Sample Course
What Students Will Learn:
BIO: Sara Landeau is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, producer, composer, and artist based in NYC. She has worked across a broad spectrum of experimental music mediums. She is a founding member of The Julie Ruin who have released acclaimed albums on Hardly Art Records (SubPop) and achieved top ten chart hits, radio and television appearance, a number 1 on CMJ charts, and music in films and commercials.. Since 2003, she has been running Sara Landeau Studios in Brooklyn which offers music lessons in guitar, bass, drums, and electronics for girls and women. She is a proponent of equality for women, and believes in the ideology of self-improvement and empowerment through education.
The recipient of 2019 Max Matthews Sound Artist Artist award from Brooklyn College, the 2019 Cycling 74 Max Expo Grant, Women in Computer Music Scholarship Stanford, 2019, and an award winning educator with the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, she has also toured internationally for a decade as an electro-acoustic composer and guitarist. Her performances often include custom instruments and sonic sculptures utilizing electro-conductive materials such as paint and threads with sounds and compositions created in Max MSP. Currently she is taking private students in guitar, drums, bass, and electronic music from her music studio in Greenpoint Brooklyn, and is an Adjunct Professor of Music History at Brooklyn College., teaching courses such as "Music, It's Language & Culture" and "Music in Global America" to over 100 students.
M.F.A., Sonic Arts, Brooklyn College, NY 2019
B.A., Art History, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2002
(other) The Juilliard School 2003-2005 Courses: music theory, audio technology, guitar
2018 Pro Tools Audio/DAW Certified
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS and AWARDS (selected)
2019 Women in Computer Music Scholarship for Supercollider, Stanford University
2019 Max Matthews Sound Art Award , Brooklyn College
2019 Cycling 74 Max Expo Grant
2015 Girls Rock Camp Alliance, USA: Artists and Activists Award
Sponsors include Fender Guitars
She Shreds Magazine -Magazine dedicated to female guitarists
Tom Tom Magazine - Drummers/Music/Feminism
ADORAMA (ALC) LEARNING SERIES - Recording and Audio Gear/Guitars/Reviews.
Brooklyn College, NYC
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, MUSIC HISTORY
2017-presentMusic History Courses: “Music: Its Language, History, and Culture” and "Music in Global America"
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