Richard Stillman

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  • Larry W.

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    In order to deal with my turning 40 mid-life crisis, I took up the Ukelele after a trip to Hawaii after I turned 39. Prior to that time I never played a string instrument (other than the Piano...which I play poorly). I have been taking lessons for about 2 months and have only the best things to say. A few quick points: 1.) You can tell Mr. Stillman appreciates teaching...being a teacher is more than just playing an instrument well 2.) while he does not have a fancy studio, he can teach you over the internet or in person in Montclair, NJ. 3.) One of the things I like is he will record the lesson we did -- so when I get home I can hear what I am supposed to be playing, (Having been born and only starting to realize that I have a decent ear for music this is very helpful to me). 3.) He is responsive, lets say you have a question while you are practicing, you can count on Mr. Stillman to get back to you via e-mail 4.) He will work with the songs you like. I got a few ukelele song books (including some cheat books). Mr. Stillman will actually take the time to arrange the music for you as part of the lesson. Also for a very reasonable price he will take the music and actually take the time to arrange the piece for you. 5.) Mr. Stillman works with what he has...what I mean here is that if you have talent in one area he will work to use that talent. In one of my lessons he said you have a decent ear and I want to use that. I appreciated that, because it allows me to advance better by using whatever talent (albeit limited I have). Teaching is not about being a robot, its about knowing your student and getting the most out of them! 6.) He makes learning enjoyable! 7.)Mr. Stillman teaches a number of string instruments. This is important because if I decide to move into a new instrument like the guitar, I have a teacher that can make that transition easier. Said another, way if I move to the guitar me nor the teacher will be starting from scratch. Two months into my lessons I am playing a number of songs, not just strumming a few chords, but also the chord melody part which makes the Ukelele sound great. Still have a long way to go, as any person who plays such an instrument knows that grabbing chords crisply takes practice. That being said this journey into taking up the Ukelele has been one of the most refreshing and relaxing things I have ever done. To be honest when I first started I would have gotten board or just given up, instead I find myself wanting to learn more; the teacher certainly has something to do with that!

    Jun 18, 2013
  • Rich H.

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    My 13 year old son has been taking lessons with Richard for 3 years. Richard is a great teacher and has an uncanny ability to make learning banjo interesting, challenging, and a lot of fun. Plus, he's a great guy.

    Jun 13, 2013

About this pro

I teach banjo, mandolin, guitar, ukulele, bagpipes, harmonica and penny whistle. I also teach acting and tap dancing. I play with a bluegrass band, a dixieland band and an Irish band. My Irish band was featured in 2007 at the Hunter Mountain Irish Festival. For the past 20 years, I have been touring my shows to theaters, schools and festivals. Two Silly Fathers Productions is a musical theater duo, and The Mythmakers is a storytelling and music group. I also perform music and tap dance shows with guitarist, Paul Byrne. I was featured on the premier episode of the PBS TV series, Shining Time Station. I received critical acclaimation for my performance in "Lady Be Good" at the Kennedy Center and the Goodspeed Opera House. On Broadway, I played the clerk of Oxford in "Canterbury Tales" and understudied "Mummenschanz". I performed at the New Jersey Folk Festival, opened for Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog, and perform every year at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival. I studied at Dartmouth College, Columbia Teachers College and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I also studied privately with the legendary vaudeville musician, Roy Smeck.

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Location

Montclair, NJ 07042

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    Coverage Area for Richard Stillman is about 30+ miles of Montclair, NJ.