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18 years in business
46 hires on Thumbtack
Interested musical styles
Lou is a phenomenal voice teacher. I came to him with no experience whatsoever and can’t believe how much I’ve learned in such a short time. He is a great communicator and makes the musical journey an enjoyable experience. I’m grateful I found him.Nov 26, 2018
Took a voice lesson with Lou to tighten up on some weaknesses in my vocals. I found Lou to be very knowledgeable about music in general and very practical in his approach to teaching voice. I look forward to a continued relationship w Lou and much improved confidence and practical knowledge about singing.Oct 2, 2014Verified
Lou is a gifted musician and an excellent teacher who inspires anyone to improve their skills or talents. I highly recommend him.Aug 11, 2014Verified
Lou's experience, professionalism, and flexible approach is going to make a big difference in my musicianship.Apr 11, 2018Verified
I have been playing bass for over 20 years but always considered myself a mediocre player at best. I wanted to bring my playing to the next level and eliminate my crutches (tab) and bad habits. At the time of this writing I have had two lessons with Lou. I knew within 5 minutes of the first lesson that I had picked the right mentor. Very cool guy with a ton of knowledge. Lou is patient and is good at explaining theory. Mastering music theory and becoming comfortable with an instrument is definitely challenging but I feel comfortable with Lou and confident that I will eventually reach my personal goals with his guidance. Highly recommended.Feb 16, 2018Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge by the month. Visit "pricing and details" at my website. My pricing has been fairly constant. When I began teaching at Rancho Canyon Music in Rancho Santa Margarita in 2005, their prices were $30 for 30 minutes and $60 for 60 minutes. The same goes for Jim's Music in Tustin where I started in 2007. The only change has been an increase to $35 for 30 minute lessons. Despite the fact that everything else around us has gone up in price - gas, rent, home prices - my lesson prices have for the most part not changed in 12 years. Curiously, when I was studying with Dave Perlman, Principle Bassist of the Cleveland Orchestra 40 years ago, his fee for a 1 hour lesson was $40. So my fee is 50% higher, but after after 40 years. On the other hand, comparing how prices of things rise, the base price of a 1980 Mustang at the time was $5,413 at base price. In 2017, a Ford Mustang starts around $26,000. That's an increase of over 380%.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Most... actually, "all" professional musicians will say that they didn't choose playing music, music chose them. As far as teaching, you could say that I just wanted to do for others what my teachers did for me. I look back at my teachers with with warmth and fondness.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I work with every type of person, aged 4 to 82, students, professionals, doctors, lawyers, moms, dads, plain-old people... every type. The interesting thing is, that no matter what you do or how well you do what you do, if you have a genius IQ or you're famous in your own world, it usually means nothing when you visit me. Everyone starts from step one; whatever it is that you're amazing at in your own life doesn't mean much here. The way of thinking is completely different, as if the rules of life are different. Whatever thinking strategies you've used to get where you are, they rarely work here. The reason is that music uses a seemingly completely different area of the mind than most other things. Aspects of it are reational, but one needs to train one's self to access that other part of the mind. And, that part of the mind, depending on the task, can be so simple that people become handicapped by the paradox of its simplicity.
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