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Private Instruction With Dan Palladino


Dan is accepting a limited number of students for guitar, music theory and songwriting instruction. This is your chance to study with a professional player and songwriter with more than 30 years experience. Please take a moment to browse around the site and check out some of the articles and audio downloads.

Here are some brief highlights of Dan's career:

  • Berklee College of Music graduate (1985)
  • Adjunct Professor of Recording, Music Business, and Music History at County College of     Morris, Randolph, NJ.
  • Served as technical editor for the book, The Complete Idiot's Guide To Home Recording, by     Clayton Walnum (Alpha)
  • Owner of The Torpedo Room, project recording studio since 1990
  • Original songs have been licensed for use by Samsung America, and on MTV Cribs and My     Super Sweet 16, as well as The Joan Hamburg Show on WOR AM radio in NYC.
  • Appearances on many independent CD releases
  • Live appearances throughout the NY/NJ Metro area

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    Guitar Instruction: Info and Rates

    Studying music will give you the opportunity to learn a great deal about yourself. It is a journey with no definitive end and has the potential to keep you endlessly engaged. It has been shown that children who study music also improve their performance in academics. Music is a natural stress-reliever - perfect for energizing your body and mind.

    I look forward to making many new discoveries with you. Thanks!

  • Guitar Instruction Rates:

      30 minutes     $35
      45 minutes     $45
      60 minutes     $55

      Free initial consultation
  • All lessons take place in my professionally equipped studio in Central NJ - about ten minutes from Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike.

    Together, we will create a study program that addresses your strengths and weaknesses. I will also present material that I KNOW will make you a stronger, more creative musician. Examples include:

  • Transcribing songs that interest you
  • Transcribing songs that will challenge your listening skills
  • Learning scales in position and vertically
  • Learning arpeggios in postion and vertically
  • Learning triads and seventh chords and their inversions
  • Improving time
  • Sight reading
  • Building repertoire
  • Improvisation
  • Rhythm guitar playing - an often overlooked aspect of playing guitar
  • Using our knowledge of scales and chords to improve songwriting
  • Learning how to create an effective practice schedule and sticking with it
  • Learning how to teach yourself new concepts and ideas
  • Audition preparation

    Contact me and let's talk about your goals!

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    Music Theory and Songwriting Instruction: Info and Rates

    In addition to guitar lessons, I offer lessons in Music Theory and Songwriting. These additional studies can be scheduled as separate sessions, or integrated into your guitar lessons for the same price. e.g., we can devote 30 minutes to your guitar lesson and 30 minutes to music theory or songwriting.

  • Rates are the same as for guitar lessons:

      30 minutes     $35
      45 minutes     $45
      60 minutes     $55

      Free initial consultation
  • All lessons take place in my professionally equipped studio in Central NJ - about ten minutes from Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike.

    Some of the topics we will cover in music theory include:

  • Recognizing and hearing intervals
  • Scale construction, including modal scales
  • Scale harmonization
  • Using scales in improvisation
  • Chord formulas
  • Compound chords and their applications
  • Chord-melody relationships
  • Creating chord progressions
  • Voice leading
  • Re-harmonization of chord progressions

    Some of the topics we will cover in songwriting include:

  • Lyric analysis
  • Chord and melody analysis
  • Song form analysis
  • Learning how to overcome writer's block
  • Exercises designed to create unusual lyric lines
  • Exercises designed to help the student embrace their first thoughts
  • Genre analysis and exercises designed to help the student write in new genres
  • Exercises designed to help the student expand their chord vocabulary

    I am also available for songwriting coaching on an individual session basis.

    Contact me and let's talk about your goals!

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