Alisdair MacRae Birch Guitar, Upright Bass & Bass Guitar

Alisdair MacRae Birch Guitar, Upright Bass & Bass Guitar

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Guitar, Upright Bass and Bass Guitar Lessons online using Zoom; with Professional, Full-Time Performing Musician, 50 years experience. MFA, BSc (Hons.), Royal & Guildhall School Of Music (UK) I offer private, personalized, one to one guitar, upright bass, bass guitar and music lessons to serious students of all ages and skill levels. If you are really looking to learn music contact me to have a friendly no-obligation discussion about what you are interested in studying. Overview: Patient, friendly teacher, advanced & beginners welcome. Coaching in instrumental technique, ear-training, sight-singing, theory & harmony. Specialist in jazz and blues, improvisation, sight reading, ear training, theory, harmony & technique. Style studies: jazz (all styles), blues, rock, pop, r&b, funk, folk, african, latin & caribbean music. Preparation for music exams, graduate schools, music competitions. Great track record & results, references, recommendation letters and many long-term students. Certified World-wide Educator/Clinician - Universities, Colleges and Rock School (UK). International concerts, performances, tours in name bands - Europe, Africa, US States.

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White Plains, NY 10605
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  • Tom Reynolds

    I was mainly self-studying and had some online music lessons, tried one teacher, but I was feeling frustrated with my progress, and decided to search for another teacher. I have now been studying with Alisdair for a number of years, and have learned and progressed so much, I can't hardly believe how far I've come. He has an incredible depth of music knowledge, lessons are clear, organised, fun, he emphasizes developing your ear. I look forward to my lessons every week. Looking back I feel I wasted a lot of time with other teachers and thinking I could self-study, so I highly recommend you get to study with him as soon as you can.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start first by asking the student about their music background and what they are interested in learning, what type of music they like, who do they listen to.

Next I assess their current music skills. Specically looking at tunes/repertoire, scales, arpeggios, chords, theory, technique, and their ear/audiation harmonic, melodic and rhythmic level.

Then I design a program that is specifically designed to improve weak areas and to attain their musical goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a MFA in Jazz Performance and have been a professional musician for over 50+ years. I am also an adjunct instrument instructor at university.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Most students take 1hr lessons once a week. Advance Students and Special Studies Students either Bi-Weekly or Monthly.

How did you get started teaching?

As a child my musical ability was often ahead of other music students, and when my teachers could were not available to teach they asked me to teach their students for them. Later as a Professional Musician, teaching, mentoring and "passing on the flame" to aspiring musicians has gone hand in hand as a performer and artist.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all levels from Beginneer to Conservatory Students.