Jake Kelberman – Guitar Teacher

Guitar Instruction
B.M. in Jazz Studies;
Temple University
Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues
Note reading, Theory,
Advanced Guitar Lessons

jazz guitar instructionI began studying classical violin at age 9, and took an interest in guitar as a teenager. In high school, I participated in programs such as the University of the Arts Summer Jazz Workshop, The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, and the UArts High School All-Star Big Band (formerly the Grammy Band). I graduated with a double major in Jazz Studies and Political Science from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, where I had the opportunity to study with musicians including Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Greg Kettinger, Bruce Barth, and Ben Schacter.

I have toured throughout the United States and Europe, and have performed at venues around the world such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center in New York, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where I was a finalist in the “Keep and Eye” Jazz Competition in both 2013 and 2014. In addition to teaching, I am an active performer in the Philadelphia music scene.

When did you begin playing Guitar/Piano, and why?:
I began playing the violin in 3rd grade, and later took up guitar in High School. I was drawn to music that used the guitar, and wanted to play rock, jazz, and improvised music.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:
To connect with people, and to be continually learning.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
When I first began serious practice of transcribing and ear training, I remember finding it extremely difficult. An “ah-ha” moment for me came a year or so later, when I was transcribing a new part of a piece I had worked on previously. I found that while I felt I was making no progress, I had become familiar with the part of the piece I had done previously, and that I would not have even thought to address the new material I was working on now, had it not been for all the work I had done in the past year. I learned that patience and diligence would continue to help me grow in ways previously unimaginable.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
Breathe.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
On one of my first gigs with older musicians, and a tune was called that I didn’t know. The tune had started, and I was on the hook to play it by ear. The challenge was, and still is, to learn to overcome my nerves, listen, and focus on making music with whatever I can bring to the table.

What is your biggest musical achievement?:
I’ve been fortunate to have performed with some of my musical heroes. However, I try to learn and take pride in every musical opportunity. No matter how high-profile a performance is, my musical achievement comes from my own growth and development. They’re all important.

Favorite thing about teaching?:
I love to see students make progress, and watch them realize how far they’ve come.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Be open-minded, set goals, and be disciplined with what you’re working on.

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
As a freelance musician, I play regularly with various jazz, rock, funk, and cover bands. I perform with my own group, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, and a many great musicians from around the world. I’m fortunate to have a variety of opportunities for playing music.