Bob Wolfman Guitar/Bass/Voice

Bob Wolfman Guitar/Bass/Voice

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About

Hi everyone, my name is Bob Wolfman and I love to teach GUITAR, BASS, VOICE and PIANO! MUSIC THEORY!!

My students finally "ARRIVE", meaning they finally accomplish lifelong dreams and goals of actually being able to play well, and understand what they're doing, so they can then develop on their own. A structured and well organized lesson plan will always help you learn in a more enjoyable and effective way with faster results!

My Philosophy * MUSIC IS IMPORTANT AND MUSIC SHOULD BE FUN!!

My Motto * My students learn more in less time, and have more fun than just about anywhere else.

Enjoy your lesson once every week, do a reasonabale amount of consisitent practice and you WILL BE PLAYING REAL MUSIC very quickly, without being bored, overwhelmed or intimidated!

I am very passionate and committed to empowering my students by giving them the right tools and cultivating their own skills using these tools.

Ultimately, all lesson plans are based on your goals and what you need to focus on to actually reach those goals.

I love seeing and hearing my students actually improve, and enjoy playing the music they love; wheter it be Blues, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Folk, Fingerstyle or Classical. I'm happy when you're happy!

I greatly enjoy that my students are being properly taught........The common denominator for almost every student I've ever taught is - he/she never learned the essential basics for their instrument or voice before they came to me. As a result they made little or no forward progress, developed bad habits, became stagnant and very discouraged. You can't miss with a thorough, step by step plan custom tailored just for YOU!! ;-)


Highlights

Current Top Pro
Hired 34 times
2 employees
40 years in business
Serves Middleton , MA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Paypal, Stripe, Zelle

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Details

Area(s) of interest

General introduction, Recording, Mixing, Editing

Formats

What the teacher recommends, Analog, Digital

Software preference

Student has no software preference, Logic Pro X, Pro tools

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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    dave G.

    I am a student of Bob Wolfman at Wolfmans School of Music. I also brought the 10 Week Guitar Course for Beginners. I have found Bob to be a very knowledgeable teacher. I like how his 
    teaching style blends what I would consider formal musical training (reading sheet music, music theory, learning scales, etc.) with practical applications of the topics (learning licks and encouraging improvisation). On a personal level, he pushed me to maintain motivation, foster improvement, and push myself to learn more and train harder.
    In regards to the 10 Week Guitar Course for Beginners, I have learned more from this introductory course than I have in years of casual playing. I was happily surprised to find the course contains both guitar specific information and fundamental music theory (e.g circle of fifths, chord construction theory, chord progressions). Im finding that the theory aspect is applicable to other instruments as well. I never thought an intro guitar course would have information that was applicable to, say, the piano
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    September 29, 2023

    nick H.

    I left a review for Bob Wolfman on another site after Id been taking lessons from him for a few months.
    Now a year later, my knowledge of theory, chord substitutions, jazz standards and jazz guitarists continues to grow.
    I am increasingly able to apply the theory Bob has walked me through lesson by lesson.
    Each time we play together, he has practical cues that help me improve my musical expression.
    As I said in my first review:
    He knows what concepts and techniques I need to learn, he knows the order they need to be learned, and he has years of experience guiding guitarists using the most effective resources.
    Because I am convinced Bob has me on the right path, I am practicing more than I ever have before, enjoying both the challenges and the successes along the way. ...
    If you are willing to put your faith in Bob and put in the work, he can take your guitar playing to a new level.
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    August 08, 2023

    John M.

    I started lessons with Bob as someone with zero guitar experience. I had purchased a guitar and tried learning on my own. This was not time well spent. Bob is very talented and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Bobs classes are warm and inviting. He has a great sense of humor and makes the classes very enjoyable. Classes are well structured so that you learn the important basics and continue to build skills and knowledge as you progress. After three months, while you wont see me performing on stage anywhere, I believe I have learned a great deal and have a solid base to build on. I recommend taking lessons with Bob and you will see solid progress and understanding of music concepts that you cant get without proper instruction.
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    August 07, 2023

    jay A.

    Ive been taking guitar lessons with Bob Wolfman for almost six months now and I couldnt be happier! Ive always dreamt of being able to play the guitar but never had the means or motivation to do so, and then I met Bob. In a few short months Ive gone from not knowing anything about guitars to being able to play, and understand so many aspects of music; proper playing technique, music theory, reading standard musical notation, building a solid chord vocabulary, and building a repertoire of music that I enjoy. Now Bob is teaching me how to improvise. Bob is always trying to push you to be your best. Not only did I get an outstanding guitar teacher, but I also made a friend. To say that I highly recommend him is an understatement.
    Jay Aldrich - Danvers MA
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    July 19, 2023

    Joe N.

    The lessons match my skills and my goals. He keeps my busy and in a month I am already playing better than ever
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    March 16, 2023
    Hired on Lessons

    Beverly D.

    My grandson was very impressed with Bob at our first meeting and is. Excited to start all of his lessons. Beverly devito
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    May 11, 2022
    Hired on Lessons

    Frequently asked questions

    Friendly Introduction 

    Interview/Consultation - First meeting, I get as much info as possible in regards to the new students' musical history, prior instruction if any, playing background if any, and influences from parents, relatives, teachers, friends, etc.. 

    Goal Setting - Next, we talk about the students' goals, what he/she wants to accomplish with lessons, and then long term goals and aspirations.....repertoire, performing (jams, open mics, and for more serious students - concerts, recording, or a music career)

    ***IMPORTANT NOTE*** At least half of my students are complete Beginners, and have no prior musical experience, they're taking lessons for recreational/fun purposes only….and not to become professional.

    Evaluation - Then I do an evaluation of the students' music knowledge (theory, concepts, terms), and playing skills if he/she has prior playing experience. (Playing techniques, picking, strumming, tone, timing, rhythm, chord forms, songs).

    Lesson Plan - Finally, I create a mutually agreed upon lesson plan, and explain/demonstrate what I'm going to be teaching the student, and we set goals for the first two to three months of lessons, that the student feels he/she can comfortably achieve.

    Along with only 25 other students in my elementary school, I was selected for the orchestral music program in the 6th grade, playing the clarinet and oboe.  Started playing Guitar at age eleven, and have been performing professionally since I was 13 years old; Summer camp socials for the campers and also the adult counselor social dances, and during the school year I performed at High Schools, Colleges and YMCA functions, dances and concerts.  At the age of fifteen I was playing at many major hotels in the mountain resorts in upstate New York.  By the age of sixteen I was doing extensive recording session work as a studio guitarist at most of the major record label studios in Manhattan, NYC.  Performing and recording to the present day with many top names in the music industry.

     

    Jazz icon/Guitar genius Larry Coryell became my mentor when I turned 18, and I was his protégé until he passed in 2017.  Larry was my teacher, and I performed many concerts with Larry in NYC, and the Boston/New England area from the age of 23 until Larry passed in 2017.  I also studied with Steve Khan (NYC studio ace guitarist/producer, member of the Brecker Brothers band, recorded on Steely Dan albums, performed with Billy Joel, and way too many more to mention, leader of EYEWITNESS band).  

     

    Graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1980 with a Performance Degree, and almost three years as a Music Ed. Major.  I opened and officially founded my own “brick and mortar” school in Arlington, Massachusetts in September of 1986…..WOLFMAN’S SCHOOL OF MUSIC.  We had an enrollment of over 1,000 students at a time, we employed over 35 different instructors, offering private music instruction for Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Voice Sax, Harmonica, Flute, and we had a wide variety of music theory courses, Ensembles in various styles of music, and a fully equipped pro 24-track recording studio; we taught Muilti-Track Recording Engineering courses, and produced hundreds of bands and singer/songwriters, as well as produced award winning jingles for TV and Radio.  WSM served as prep school for Berklee and other music colleges as well.

     

    I do have standard pricing as follows;

    45 minute lessons = $65.ºº

    60 minute lessons = $85.ºº

    I also offer block discounts for students purchasing either 6 month, 9 month and 12 month blocks.

    I began offering lessons when I was in high school to friends and fellow students to help them get started playing and/or to learn how to read music.  I love to teach and help people play the music they love, so after graduating from Berklee I decided to open a school to augment what I could offer my students with a fully equipped recording studio, and various courses and ensembles.  I still performed and recorded regularly, but I started a family also, so I stopped touring, and thus opened my school.

     

    I’ve worked with students of all ages ranging from 4 years to 84 years old.  Complete beginners to extremely advanced fulltime pros studying Guitar, Bass, Piano and Voice.  I’ve had students from all over the world in my studio and also using Skype, and other tele-com software.  I’ve launched many careers, and many who have become quite famous and successful; Gary Hoey/Rock Guitar Star, Dar Williams/Folk singer/songwriter, Andy Bonner/Bassist for PieBald just to name a few.

    All types of musical styles and levels of skill and knowledge……the very serious pro and people who want to play simply for personal recreation and enjoyment.  I've had a quite a few students with learning disablilties and physical disablitlites, and can honestly say that most have learned to play with great success!

    Lately, Robert M., my SKYPE student from Long Island, NY has been sending me his live performance video clips pretty regularly. Robert has been studying with me in my Apprenticeship Program for over 2 years now. He started with Ukulele, then switched to Vocal lessons and coaching, and recently started studying the Guitar with me. Robert is gigging every week and performing like pro, and he sounds like a pro….I’m very proud! He’s being very well received by his audiences too.;-)

     

    Be thorough, make a list of what you’re looking for in an instructor, cause not every music instructor is right for everybody…..this means you should consider what you hope to accomplish with your lessons, both short term and long term goals.  

     

    Look for an instructor who is passionate and sincere, has a proven track record, and don’t make your choice based only from reviews you see online.  Many guitar instructors have a “cookie cutter” or “rubber stamp” approach to their teaching style……BUT, it’s very important that an instructor can and does adapt his/her teaching style and syllabus to your goals, level of knowledge, experience and style into consideration…..a custom tailored/individualized approach for YOU!!

    Here’s a list of criteria to determine your best choice; 

    * How many years of teaching experience does the teacher have?

    * What is his/her education background in music?

    * Performance/Recording experience?

    * Has the instructor authored/published any instructional materials; books, DVD’s, videos, online learning curricula? 

     


    Services offered

    Guitar
    Piano
    Singing
    Bass Guitar
    Music Theory
    Audio Production