Manuel Contreras's Teacher Profile Page
Discover Manuel Contreras's teaching style and pedagogy:
Hello there, I'm a professional guitar player, composer, music consultant and a qualified (RGT Registered and enhanced CRB checked) Guitar Tutor originally from Italy, based in North London. I've been playing guitar with love and commitment for the past 20 years and teaching it with the same passion and dedication for more than 10 (in the US and Italy).
Since the 1994, I've been involved in numerous bands as well as in recording projects, playing throughout Italy and around the Washington DC area in pop, rock, funk-fusion and jam bands, working also as a sideman and composer for independent artists. I had the honor to play, jam and collaborate with loads of professional musicians and artists.
I've always loved to teach music and help my students achieve their “rock and roll dream”. For more than 10 years I've been a very patient and friendly teacher, "with an unmistakable laid-back style" (that's what I've been told), collecting an average of 50 students and almost 40 hours of teaching per week. I collaborated with several schools in Italy and in November 2009 I proudly joined the Washington DC School of Rock where I worked for 3 years, as a guitar coach and music director for the summer session.
I'm now teaching in my studio in Southgate (N14), in-home around the North London area (feel free to ask if your area is covered), continuing working with my US and Italian pupils via Skype. I'm also focusing on writing my educational method, composing music for independent bands and for my own projects, collaborating with funk-fusion/rock-blues artists, as well.
• MUSICAL CRITICISM ACADEMY - ACCADEMIA DELLA CRITICA (Rome, Italy) Professional Diploma in Journalism and Musical Criticism
• GUITAR C.A.P. ST - GUITAR ACADEMY (Rome, Italy)
Professional Certificate in Contemporary Music
Studied with some of the finest Italian guitar players - several graduate from the Musician Institute (Los Angeles, USA) and Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA)
• PRIVATE LESSONS AND WORKSHOPS (USA - Italy)
ADVANCED JAZZ-FUSION LESSONS with Mark Stanley (Dennis Chambers, Mark Egan)
PRIVATE LESSONS WITH Massimo Varini (pop, rock and session practice), Marco Manusso (rock/blues), Guido Terracciano (from rock to psychedelic), Fabrizio Bianco (basics, sight-reading, music theory).
WORKSHOPS: Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Carl Verheyen, Guthrie Govan, Umberto Fiorentino, Emanuele Fizzotti, Stefano Micarelli, Nico Stufano, Lorenzo Feliciati, Simone Sello, Alessandro Benvenuti, Franco Ventura, Marcello Allulli, Fabio Zeppetella, Francesco Bruno, Paolo Patrignani.
MASTER CLASS “WORKING AS A SIDEMAN” - 16 hours Master Class about how to be a successful sideman, with Massimo Varini (TrueFire guitar tutor - session man - Laura Pausini, Nek, Andrea Bocelli)
Reasons to study with me:
• One-to-One, small group lessons (2 people) and band coaching
• Acoustic & Electric guitar
• Music Theory & Harmony
• Age from 9 to 99
• All levels & All styles (Rock, Pop, Blues & Funk beginners to advanced level; Jazz-Fusion, Folk & Finger-Style beginners & intermediate)
• Lessons taught either in English or Italian
I've just applied for the CRB check (april 2013)
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
Whether you are just learning for pure enjoyment, would like to play with your friends, join a band or really want to pursue your dream and became a PRO, I can help you to:
• Build a solid foundation • Gain knowledge/awareness of your instrument • Learn and love music theory always hands-on • Improve your listening skills • Achieve your goal without waisting time & energies • Pursue Music Qualifications (exams, grades) • Build an effective method for organising your material on the guitar • Design a personalized practice routine • Unleash your musicality • Write your own songs • Practice with backing tracks, grooves & playing along with your music • Have fun working on the songs you love • Relax & enjoy rocking the music you've always wanted to • Take the NEXT LEVEL! • Don’t give up on your Rock and Roll dream!
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
• Warm Up & Technique
Take you single-string-dexterity to the next level
• Fretboard Logic & Harmony
Discover the mystery of the fingerboard (music theory and harmony hands-on)
• Rhythm & Groove
Let's groove around ALL the musical STYLES
• Phrasing, Styles & Tricks
Learn the styles of the masters (Jimi Hendrix double stops, SRV Texas shuffle, Merle Travis picking...) and be the best lead guitar player (learn the greatest solos note-by-note and how to build your own)
• Ear Training (Aural) & Repertoire
Improve your musical-ear learning your favorite songs
• Sight Reading & Transcription
Learn how to transcribe and read you music!
• Sound & Sounds
How to deal with your sound and how to use your toys: amps, guitars, pedals, computer...
Flexible schedule (weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis - 1hr, 45 minutes or 30 minutes lessons) - No contract to sign - INITIAL MEETING AT NO OBLIGATION AND NO COST!