Los Angeles Ukulele Lessons
One rainy Sunday afternoon in central Massachusetts, a restless 9-year-old Sebastien dug through his closet to find an old classical guitar, and a lifelong obsession began. Sebastien spent his collegiate years as a Presidential Scholar at the University of Southern California’s prestigious Studio/Jazz Guitar Program studying jazz and classical guitar performance, theory, composition and songwriting while playing everything from jazz, bossa nova, rock, R&B, flamenco, fusion and funk, to blues, slide guitar and dobro, country, and beyond.
Sebastien has studied under world-renowned guitarists Bruce Forman, Frank Potenza, Richard Smith, Pat Kelley, Adam del Monte, and Steve Trovato. Sebastien graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance with a Minor in Songwriting.
Sebastien’s favorite musicians include: Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck, Prince, Miles Davis, Biffy Clyro, John Legend, Al di Meola, Stevie Wonder, Four Year Strong, Phoenix, Van Halen, Mutemath, Frightened Rabbit, Bad Rabbits, Black Dahlia Murder, Aaron Parks, John Mayer, Gojira, Taylor Eigsti, and beyond…
STYLES: Rock, Pop, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Latin/Bossa Nova, R&B, Metal/Shred, Slide Guitar/Dobro, Country, Classical, and Ukulele
SPECIALTIES: Rock/Pop, Metal/Shred, Classical Guitar, Slide Guitar, R&B/Blues
AGES & SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels. Ages 3+
SOFTWARE EXPERTISE: Pro Tools, Finale
STUDIO LOCATION: Brentwood/West Los Angeles
IN-HOME LESSONS: Greater Los Angeles.
WEB-CAM LESSONS: Skype, Facetime, iChat
Alex graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston’s famed, Berklee College of Music, dual majoring in Performance and Music Education (He is a fully-credentialed California music educator). Alex has toured and performed with Corey Glover of Living Colour, Pat Travers (“Woah Black Betty”), Joey Molland of Badfinger, and many more!
A multi-instrumentalist, Alex specializes in bass, guitar, ukulele and cello. Alex loves teaching, and tailors his lessons to the individual – working through the fundamentals, new techniques, and of course, having a blast learning how to play your favorite music. Alex also focuses on songwriting, soloing/improvising, sight reading, recording, and how to work with other musicians.
Alex enjoys working with both complete beginners, and highly advanced musicians, and takes great pride in watching his students grow into rock stars!
*Alex can play bass (in time) while riding a unicycle – no kidding!
Some of Alex’s favorites:
Bass – Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Flea, Louis Johnson
Guitar – Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor
Ukulele – George Harrison, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Jake Shimabukuro
What people are saying about lessons with Alex:
“Alex possesses qualities that make him an outstanding educator . . . he is a superb musician”
- Tom M. – Music Specialist, Rumney Marsh Middle School
STYLES: Pop, Rock, Country, Metal, Progressive, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Folk, R&B, Slap Styles, Finger Tapping
AGES & SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels all ages!
SOFTWARE EXPERTISE: Logic, Pro Tools, Reason, Finale, Sibelius, Audacity, GarageBand
STUDIO LOCATION: Mar Vista
WEB-CAM LESSONS: Skype, Facetime, iChat (webcam/mic required)