Guitar Lessons and Recording - Electric Giraffe Studio

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, value, and responsiveness.
  • Brian T.

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    Oct 4, 2017Verified
  • Beau B.

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    Mark has helped my playing improve immensely since I started taking lessons with him. Mark's endless knowledge of music theory has really helped my understanding of the fretboard and has allowed me to grow as a player. I highly recommend taking lessons with Mark.

    Aug 6, 2017Verified

About this pro

Imagine hearing a song for the first time and being able to quickly play along with it. Imagine understanding songs, not just memorizing a series of notes and chords. Imagine being able to create your own songs, improvise, solo, and come up with creative secondary parts to songs. That is what it means to really play the guitar - a goal that is much easier to reach than you think, but sadly few guitarists receive the proper instruction to achieve it. My name is Mark Scrivener and my mission is to help you master the guitar as a true musician. I’ve studied the guitar (and music in general) more than 40 years now, and if I’m lucky I’ll study it for at least 40 more. I am passionate about helping my students understand what they are doing on the guitar and why it works. My students don’t just learn how to play a song or solo over a progression, they learn what makes the song work, how to manipulate it, add to it, change it, and mold it into anything they desire. My students range from absolute beginners to advanced guitarists and I provide each of them with the same attention and dedication - assessing the areas in their skill or knowledge that need attention and then patiently guiding them through the process to reach their goals. But don’t just take my word for it - read what my students are saying in their reviews. Then contact me and let's get started helping you reach your musical goals. Oh yes, and I also run a professional recording studio. For my guitar students this means they have access to top notch recording facilities during their lessons - be it for creating backing tracks or working on their original songs. And for my studio clients, they get to work with a producer and engineer who understands music inside and out, who has decades of engineering experience (I've even built studio equipment), while working with the best studio equipment money can buy.

Times hired on Thumbtack

41

Background check

Completed

Location

San Jose, CA 95131

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    Q & A

    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      I start by asking my students about their prior music experience (if any), be it guitar or other instruments. I also want to know what music they like to listen to and what about that music excites them. For more advanced students we will discuss their music education in more detail to identify any areas that need to be revisited. The key to being a great teacher is the same as being a great student - ask questions and listen. For recording services the questions are different, but the process is the same. Ask questions and listen carefully.
    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      I have studied guitar and music theory almost my entire life. Over the decades I have taken numerous private lessons from many great musicians and read piles of books on guitar, music theory, composition, and audio engineering. I am and will forever be a student of music and the guitar. On the studio side I have been in and around recording studios since my first band (in high school). I hold an electrical engineering degree, have studied acoustics at the graduate level, and even build some of my own equipment. I stay involved with the audio engineering community and just like with playing guitar, I am always seeking to improve my skills and learn more.
    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      When looking for a guitar instructor you should absolutely speak with the person before making a decision. There are many great guitarists out there, but they are not all great instructors, and a great instructor for one person might not be so great for you. We all learn differently. During your telephone interview with the instructor you are looking for a connection - can they communicate on your level and are they approachable. Do they understand your goals and challenges? If everything looks good, give them a try. And after a few lessons if you don't things are progressing like they should, by all means try a new instructor. If you stay with guitar long term chances are you will have many instructors as there is no one instructor that is ideal for you in all stages of your progression as a musician.

    Business hours

    Pacific Time Zone
    SundayClosed
    Monday8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Tuesday8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Wednesday8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Thursday8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for Guitar Lessons and Recording - Electric Giraffe Studio is about 150+ miles of San Jose, CA.