Skype™ Lessons - Information
Comments from students:
“Dan is a world-class jazz pianist and jazz educator as well. My improvisation has greatly improved as a result of studying with Dan. I notice it on the gig as well as during my practice, and so have my musician friends. When I started with him he was able to listen to me play and immediately knew what to start working on, picking up right where I was; not beneath my ability or knowledge, but just enough ahead to be challenging. But while constantly challenging my ability, he is very patient, encouraging, and understanding of my efforts and feelings as a student. I have a pretty good background in jazz theory, but Dan is always showing and telling me things I never thought of, or was unaware of from scale theory and patterns to chord structure, substitutions, and facts I did not know about tunes even though I may have played them for years. Dan has my highest respect as a player and teacher, and my highest recommendation.”
"I have been a student of Jazz for many years, so I like to think that I have a fairly good grasp of theoretical concepts like scales, modes, and chord-scale relationships. Studying with Dan has helped me develop as a player by addressing not only what to play (scales and modes and their relationships to chords) but how to combine those elements in a musical way. I have particularly enjoyed the “minimalistic” approach of the “Magic Motives” and to appreciate how we can construct excellent musical ideas from a limited amount of “prime elements”, incorporating concepts like sequence, repetition, connection of guide tones, and melodic development. Dan has also stimulated me to adopt new practice habits like playing patterns (that are eventually internalized and incorporated into creative improvisation), and composing solos based on standard tunes. Any musician, not only piano players, can benefit greatly from his lessons, since the focus is on music. Lessons are always done in the context of Jazz tunes. As a saxophone player, he has provided me with valuable feedback about issues that apply to any instrument, such as good time, intonation and articulation. I look forward to continuing learning from his lessons."
Ponce, Puerto Rico
To take a lesson on Skype™, you will need:
2. A computer with either a built-in or peripheral video camera.
3. A credit card or PayPal™ account for payment.
To set up a lesson on Skype™:
Click on the "Email" button on the home page and send me a request to arrange a lesson time. I will try to give you your preferred time! Lessons are mainly on Thursdays and Fridays but other arrangements are possible. Lessons may be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or randomly, whatever works best for your schedule!
The lesson fee is $50 for a 1/2 hour lesson (usually 35 or 40 minutes). Special discount for new students: Two 1/2 hour lessons for $80!
After a time is arranged, you will receive an invoice with instructions for payment through PayPal™
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When I receive notification of your payment, I will send you my Skype™ contact information and we can proceed with the lesson as arranged. Thanks for your interest in expanding your knowledge of music!
I am now providing a video of each lesson, free at no extra charge!