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Maria Brodskaya
from 27 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Randy S.
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Maria is in my opinion, my best piano teacher I ever had. She is so kind and friendly to be learning with. Each time I have trouble with a piece of music, such as rhythm or just note problems, she has confidence in me and pushes me to my limits. This is excellent, because even if I didn't think I could do it, she knows I can and helps me improve in it. She helped me with my finger movements on the piano in a matter of lessons, which my previous teachers couldn't accomplish. She helped me improve on my rhythm and how to use it information on my other instruments as well. Maria B. is an extraordinary piano teacher and her lessons are something to look forward to, because other than learning a bunch of new material, she makes her lessons fun and easy.

  • 14 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Shayna F.
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I could not have asked for a better experience than I had taking voice lessons with Rebecca for three consecutive years. With her help, I improved not only my voice but my confidence. When I started working with Rebecca my voice was barely trained and I had little control or knowledge over how I was using it. She worked with me week after week, giving me new songs that would test my limits and then show me techniques and strategies that would help my voice grow to the strength it would need for that song. I constantly found that a song would feel hard when she first gave it to me and then suddenly appear easier two or three weeks later because of how she was pushing me. It was Rebecca's genuine interest and faith in my voice that kept me going back to her for years, too. When I thought a note was too high to hit or a rhythm was impossible to figure out, she would gently insist that I would get it and then prove time and time again that I could. I owe my voice and my confidence to Rebecca and the incredible teacher, guide and role model that she is to her students.

  • 23 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Diane Q.
Verified review

Great guitar teacher, I'm 28 years old and always wanted lessons, felt hopeless with strumming and rhythms but Brian gives great exercises to improve your playing, learn new songs and have fun doing it

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy O.
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Shu is just all around an awesome musician, flexible teacher and friendly person. He has been teaching me the bass for over a year and I have been able to play with a band!! He can play anything from blues to rock and everything in between. I have had lessons with other teachers but Shu is the first person I felt comfortable and relaxed with. He just knows his stuff and can teach it a way that's easy, fun and relaxed.

Bruce Whitcomb Music
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alex F.
Verified review

Hi. I'm Alex Foster. I've been a member of the NBC Saturday Night Live band for decades and have played saxaphone in live situations and on records with a wide number of artists during this time including many of the guest artists on the show. I've know Bruce Whitcomb since the mid '1970s. We both moved to New York around the same time. When I was getting ready to record my first album, "Beginnings Goodbye", I heard that Bruce had put his own studio together. I knew Bruce played a few instruments well, and I was confident that we could work well together. It was a great experience, and since we shared many of our favorite instrumentalists in common, Bruce came up with parts and styles that suited just what I was looking for. A great artist, bassist Jaco Pastorius, suddenly died during the making of this record. I had been playing in Jaco's band during that time, so I set up a benefit concert to help remember Jaco's genius and to help out his family financially. I wanted Bruce to play in this concert because he had been so strongly influenced by Jaco's style, and he was the right choice to use in playing Jaco's music in a small group setting. People from all over the world attended this sad but needed event. We became closer as friends during this time, and as I made arrangements for events in my solo career, I was happy to have Bruce along for the ride. I took him to Zurich, Switzerland to play in my group on a TV show called Jazz In which was an honor. It was three days of hard work, and a wonderful experience. After that, we played several gigs in and around New York together and have remained friends over many years. I highly recommend anyone interested in having their music put into recorded form that they use Bruce's know-how in that process. The parts he comes up with are always great, and he can get very good results with the instruments and equipment he uses. Other than that, he is extremely cost-effictive in what he charges and truly dedicated to music first and foremost. If you believe in your music, he will definitely help to turn it into a great recorded product in his own studio.

Leon Muhudinov
from 5 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Stephen Y.
Verified review

I am a self-taught 50 year old guitar player who touched various styles of music over the years. Earlier this year, I decided to break away from the same old rock and blues riffs and learn something new. I didn't even know what I wanted to learn at that time, but after a brief phone interview, I decided to work with Leon and I never looked back since. Leon is such a versatile player and his knowledge and ability in all kinds of styles never cease to amaze me. We started with Bach pieces that I always admired, but considered to be too intimidating for non-classical players. In no time, I found myself thinking and playing differently whenever I grabbed a classical guitar. Occasionally we jumped around to touch Latin style or good old blues, and I always walked away with new practical knowledge. Above all, I would like to point out that Leon is a very patient teacher, and he understands each of his student's unique needs, never insisting one way or one style. I would recommend Leon to any level of players, but especially to the advanced ones. We all know how hard it is to find a teacher who can challenge and cultivate advanced level players.

Laura's Music Studio
from 4 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Faith K.
Verified review

Laura has given me saxophone lessons for many years. I find her approach very helpful to me, and she also takes into consideration what I am working on. She gives me lessons on Skype or in person, and we play a lot during the lesson, utilizing the theme of the current lesson. For example, if I was working on a blues in every key, she would have me review the blues structure, then play the head and solo on it in a few keys. If she was demonstrating how to deal with two chord changes with common chord tones, she would have me play the tune with that in mind as I solo on it. Rhythmically we are working on Brazilian rhythms currently, so she is having me work on some bossas using the specific samba or bossa rhythm during my solo. I start with vocally doing the rhythm, and then do it on the sax using one note, and then do it with the chord scale, eventually doing a solo in the rhythm I am trying to master at the time.I take away a lot every time I have a lesson, and enjoy working on the assignments she gives me.

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What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

How many mariachis can a band have?

A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

How much does a mariachi band cost?

A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

  • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
  • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
  • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.
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