Union Lesson Studios offers acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and electric bass lessons for kids and adults of all levels. We help students gain the technique, repertoire, and confidence they need to play in practically any style of music. We're conveniently located at 11 Bow Street in Somerville's Union Square. Online lessons are available via video calling.
Bio: Bennett Kealey is a professional guitar and bass player with over ten years of professional performing and teaching experience. He has performed locally in Boston since 2010 when he moved to the city to study at Berklee College of Music where he graduated with a degree in guitar performance in 2014.
Bennett is a true eclectic and has performed in rock bands, jazz bands, church groups, and university bands. Currently, he is focused on his own groups, Bop Buddies and The Blues Dream Box who perform and record regularly in Boston.
Teaching Philosophy: “I want to figure out what students are interested in and figure out how to help them apply that to their instrument. For younger students and people that are new to the guitar, it’s important to address the fundaments and physical hurdles, but ultimately I want them to have good ears, have their own voice, and be curious about all aspects of music and art. That makes it more fun and leads to lifelong good guitar playing.”
Bio: Yaman Akdogan was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1986. He started music by playing guitar at the age of 11. He switched to bass to fill in the bassist position in the school band. Later in high school, borrowing some jazz recordings from a pianist friend, he started getting into jazz music. While maintaining his degree in Laboral Economics in college, he studied jazz music theory and performance with well-known jazz educator in Turkey, Omur Gidel. He performed in jazz clubs and festivals with many different bands locally and nationally around Turkey.
In 2008, while performing at Berklee College of Music Auditions in Athens, Greece as an accompanist bass player for his friends, he was recognized by Ron Savage, Chair of the Ensemble Department of the time, who invited him to auditions and accepted him to Berklee College of Music as a scholarship student. In 2010, he was invited as a scholarship recipient to Siena Jazz Academy Summer Program in Siena, Italy where he studied with great jazz musicians as Ricardo Del Fra, Furio Di Castri, Scott Colley, Anders Jormin, Avishai Cohen(trumpet) and Ferenc Nemeth. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with performance degree on electric and acoustic bass where he studied with great musicians as Whit Browne, Lincoln Goines, John Patitucci, Danny Morris, Steve Bailey, George Garzone, Hal Crook and Ron Mahdi. His performance credits include world renowned musicians as Avishai Cohen(trumpet), Ferenc Nemeth, Oscar Stagnaro, Lincoln Goines, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Paul Brown and many others. He currently performs over U.S and Europe and teaches bass as an Adjunct Professor at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Here are answers to some questions you may have about learning this instrument:
Kids aged 7 and up can begin taking guitar lessons. It is possible for younger and smaller kids to start learning on a 3/4 sized guitar or a Ukulele.
Due to the physical requirements of this instrument, the bass is recommended for adults and older kids.
Union Lesson Studios has everything beginners need for their first lesson, including guitars, an electric bass, and amps. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments if possible.
Absolute beginners are encouraged to start on an acoustic guitar due as it requires no extra equipment and helps build technique. It’s easy to switch to an electric guitar if desired.
Advancing students should bring their instrument and any recent songs, exercises, or methods.