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Robert Comarow

Davis, CA 95618 (map)

Lessons Offered

Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Music Theory, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

Patient, personalized, positive oriented lessons by professional that loves to teach.

Columbia University: MA Music and Music Education
Certified California Music Teacher
Member of the Davis Music Teacher's Association.

I believe each student is unique and my job is to find the
right way to teach each students. I emphasize the positive
and find what a student does right.

I teach any age or level. Beginners are welcomed as are
pro players that are self taught and want to learn about
all aspects of music. Frankly, I am a teacher's teacher.

My Musical Education Background

Private Music studies with Lenny Frank, Pat Metheny, and Bob Cunningham.

Early childhood private lessons and school music student.
Berklee College of Music, 2 years as a performance major.
The State University of N.Y. BS: Education and Music
Columbia University. MA: Music and Music Education.

Genres and Subjects Taught

I teach all styles of music. Naturally students are more motivated when they start to learn songs they like. Gradually we include learning to read music, ear training and understanding music. I teach guitar as a real musical instrument.

I make the student a more musical person that can let them play all kinds of music.

I worked my way playing mostly shows in the Pits in the New York Area. I've played many pop, rock, country rock and other music. I worked backing up a singer as a duo which was a lot of fun.

I play and teach classical, jazz, rock, country, folk, standards, or whatever you want. I hope to expand your musical horizons.

Lesson Rates

I teach in Davis and the surrounding areas.
Lessons in Davis and near by, such as Woodland are $45 for
45 minutes.
Lessons in my home are $35.

If you have two students, or perhaps friends living near each other I'm happy to give you a break.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I like to work with little children, keep it simple as we can really increase their potential. However, it's never too late to start.

Any age is welcomed. I've taught 3 year olds and 92 year young students.

My Certifications and Awards

Columbia University: MA Music and Music Education
Certified Music Teacher.
Member of the Davis Music Teacher Association.
Award Instructor Excellence when teaching for HP.

My Musical Influences

Frankly I love the music of the ages, the great composers.

I love jazz and classical music and have played all styles of music.

My favorite bass player is Charley Mingus who really played with feelings with great technique.

I like so many great guitar players it's hard to say. Pat Metheny is a great modern jazz guitar player, Eric Clapton on heck of a lead player, but my favorite you would have a hard time finding, Chuck Wayne. Of course I have a special love for Segovia, who made the guitar a respected classical instrument.

While I am enthralled with great classical piano players, my favorite jazz piano player was Thelonious Monk who played with more feeling and was completely unique. No one have come close to imitating him.

I believe Stevie Wonder is far and away the greatest musician in the rock idiom. He uses counterpoint and other advanced harmonies in his music. He brings the influences of the great jazz and classical music to rock while being a great rock player in his own right.

While I grew up being taught classical and jazz music, I really enjoyed the Beetles, especially after Sargent Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band when they broke free of common styles and played innovative, creative, more complex and interesting music.

Service Area

Student Reviews

Indialantic, FL

As a long-time musician myself (bass and guitar), and having known Bob for many years, I selected him to teach my daughter cello and piano. Bob helped my daughter with some cello basics and then found an excellent teacher to help her continue where his expertise with the cello ended. He also taught her the piano. His style of teaching instilled a love for the instrument and making music in my daughter. His style integrates the basics of different techniques into usable pieces of music to encourage the student to play, especially for others - a significant factor in a performance art. I am happy to say that Bob's tutelage helped to instill a life-long love for the piano in my daughter and I can often find her sitting at the piano making music. I highly recommend Bob as a teacher and also to help in the selection of an appropriate musical instrument. His understanding of the real-world requirements that must be found in a musical instrument are also key to ensuring that the student will be successful. There are many "instruments" for sale that will NOT help a student to progress and learn - Bob will clearly steer you away from those and help you find a suitable instrument within your price range.

Melbourne, FL

Peter Uttal Bob Comarow was my guitar teacher for many years. He's the greatest teacher ever. I was so sad when he moved to California. He's a fantastic guitarist himself; he can play ANY kind of music. He's an expert in both music theory and playing technique. As a teacher, he's kind, patient, understanding, and very persistent. Although he makes the lessons fun, I always walked away knowing much more, and playing much better than when I walked in. Bob takes his direction from his student. By that, I mean that he taught me exactly what I wanted to know, and how to play exactly what I wanted to play, and how to play it well. He also repaired my guitars so they would play better for me! In addition to guitar, he also taught me some bass guitar, string bass and keyboards. He's a total expert in all of those things, too. I highly recommend Bob. If you want to learn music, you can't go wrong with him.

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