Patrick Leigh (Smolinski), Owner/Operator
Phone: (920) 538-4538
Now accepting credit and debit cards,
The Alternative Recording Studio offers playing
- Keyboards (Synthesizers, Piano and Organ)
- Bass Guitar
- Guitar (Acoustic or Electric)
- Beginning Drums (Acoustic or Electronic)
- Drum Programming (Drum Machines, Keyboards, Software, MIDI)
- Ear Training (Learn to play by ear)
- Music Theory (How scales, melodies, and chords work
- Sound Synthesis (How to program sounds on a synthesizer)
- MIDI (What it is, how it works, and how to make it work for
- Equipment and Software operation (See Consulting tab above)
Playing/Theory methods are
conducted by ear, in any music style. No note
Here is a link to an article/blog
on ear training. It matches almost exactly how I approach
ear training: http://blog.discmakers.com/2009/11/the-zen-of-ear-training-part-1/
It states that ANYONE can be ear-trained with practice, and much
faster with a little help from someone who's already done it.
I use a completely original
method, developed over 3 decades, and time-tested to get you
playing freely in a matter of months, rather than years.
If you want to play in a band, (or just play
your favorite pop songs), playing by ear is usually the best
method. Unfortunately, very often sheet music and tablature
are simplified for the beginning player. Many times sheet
music (and tabs) from different sources contradict each other for
the same song. Sometimes there is no sheet music available
at all for a particular song. Other times the transcriber
inadvertently (or intentionally) will put their own
"twist" on the song. If you want to 'play it like
the record' the best way is to learn how to figure it out for
yourself, and "play it like it IS".
- Learn the notes and basic chords on "pitched"
instruments, or the purpose of each drum.
- Basic chord progression theory with basic rhythms, or beats.
- Basic ear training and play-by-ear method.
- Start to learn songs with me, and more importantly, learn
how I am figuring them out.
- More advanced chord progression theory and play-by-ear
- Start learning songs on your own, strengthening rhythms, and
eliminating any potential bad habits.
- Finish advance chord progression theory or complex
syncopated beats to tackle more difficult songs.
- Learn soloing theory, and how it applies to progression
- Learn the "lingo" of the biz and how to
communicate well with other musicians.
- Jumping right in and improvising on the spot.
- Setting goals, getting in a band, writing your own songs,
getting noticed, signed, or whatever you want to do with your
Obviously this is just a watered-down basic
outline of the lesson plan. It varies for each individual,
especially if you already have experience. Please call and
come out for a meeting to get more details on the entire