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Ric F.

Music Industry Veteran, Professional Trombone Instructor

Music Industry Veteran, Professional Trombone Instructor

$65/hour

  • 1,285 hours tutoring

About Ric


Bio

Hello-

My name is Ric, and I'm a professional trombone player, singer, writer and arranger for over 30 years. I have extensive music industry experience. In August 1992, I performed with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Paul Simon. In December 1993, I recorded & performed trombone on Phil Driscoll’s Grammy nominated album “Warriors” (Word Label 1994). Additionally, I wrote all the horn arrangements on that album. In 2004, I recorded & performed trombone on John Lee Hooker, Jr’s Grammy nominated album...

Hello-

My name is Ric, and I'm a professional trombone player, singer, writer and arranger for over 30 years. I have extensive music industry experience. In August 1992, I performed with Billy Joel, Foreigner, Paul Simon. In December 1993, I recorded & performed trombone on Phil Driscoll’s Grammy nominated album “Warriors” (Word Label 1994). Additionally, I wrote all the horn arrangements on that album. In 2004, I recorded & performed trombone on John Lee Hooker, Jr’s Grammy nominated album “Blues With A Vengeance”(Kent Label 2004). I proceeded to record two more albums with Hooker, one of which I wrote horn arrangements on "All Hooked Up" album (Steppin' Stone Record Label 2012.

I've also recorded many salsa albums as well including projects with the Latin Rhythm Boys, Mambo Tropical, Broken English, La Verdad, and Ron Scott. I wrote horn arrangements for Italian rock star Zucchero for his world tour in 2013. I myself been on tour in various parts of the world (Algeria, Mexico, NY, Las Vegas). Other artists include Ron Scott, Pete Escovedo, Willy Torres (from Spanish Harlem Orchestra), salsa star Johnny Polanco, Orlando Castro.

I share this experience with you because I believe my vast experience in the industry will help you get an edge when taking on a low brass instrument, specifically the trombone. Sound is everything. I have a reputation for "sounding great." The other thing is counting correctly. Extremely important. If you have those two fundamentals, you will have success. There is a lot of demand now for the trombone in many genres (rock, blues, salsa, ska, latin rock, smooth jazz, etc) I can help you achieve success by learning the fundamentals of trombone performance as well as some esoteric techniques.

I'm based in the Bay Area and would love to teach you what I know and share my experience with you.

Thank you very much,

Ric


Education

Ithaca College
MUSIC EDUCATION

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $65
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of San Jose, CA 95126
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/14/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Music

Flute,

Flute

From 1981-1993, I was a music director for URCS (a private school in Long Island, NY). I developed pedagogy and taught the high school band and choir. I taught flute and gave lessons up to mid-level intermediate. I also write for flute since I'm an arranger for various artists, including the group Mambo Tropical.
Saxophone,

Saxophone

From 1981-1993, I was a Music director for URCS (a private school in Long Island, NY). I developed pedagogy and taught the high school band and choir. I taught saxophone and gave lessons up to mid level intermediate. I also write for saxophone since I'm an arranger for various artists.
Songwriting,

Songwriting

I have been a songwriter/arranger for many years, since 1985 when I wrote original music for a Christmas musical production. Since then, I have written many songs, both for a musical group and for commercials. I currently write songs for a label. From 1981-1993, I was a Music director for a private school in Long Island, NY. I developed pedagogy and taught the high school band and choir. I wrote original songs for school band and choir.
Trombone,

Trombone

I've been a music industry veteran trombone player for over 32 years. I've performed with Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Foreigner, and John Lee Hooker Jr. In December 1993, I recorded & performed trombone on Phil Driscoll’s Grammy nominated album “Warriors”(Word Label 1994). I wrote all the horn arrangements and played trombone. In 2004, I recorded & performed on John Lee Hooker, Jr’s Grammy nominated album “Blues With A Vengeance” (Kent Label 2004). Performed on the trombone.
Trumpet

Trumpet

From 1981-1993, I was a Music director for URCS (a private school in Long Island, NY). I developed pedagogy and taught the high school band and choir. I taught trumpet and gave lessons up to mid level intermediate. I also write for trumpet since I'm an arranger for various artists.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Ric is really knowledgeable. He can catch students on how many hrs they practiced if they lie. Just by hearing my son play, he noticed that he did not practice well !!!

Hopefully from next class, we have good internet connection. Class after 5:30 would help us. Until 5:30 internet usage will be high at home. However hats off to Ric being very patient with the student.

BHARATHI, 27 lessons with Ric

Teaching experience over 35 years shows

With no background in any instrument, I'm making good progress on my 2nd class!! Once I hit a ceiling, he goes back to things that I can do comfortably and then revisits the harder sections.

Sathya, 15 lessons with Ric

Inspiring and fun tutor!

My son is enjoying his lessons with Ric very much. After each lesson I can tell my son is inspired and excited to learn trombone. Ric makes the lessons interesting by selecting great, inspiring music. He is kind and patient. We are very happy with the lessons Ric provides.

Kim, 93 lessons with Ric

if you want to sound like a pro, Ric is your teacher

Since the day Ric came Into our lives, we have enjoyed beautiful sounds of our son's trombone. Ric has instilled a level of confidence, understanding of all the elements needed to sound amazing and have fun doing it. Ric has a special way of focusing on one or two things in each lesson building a solid foundation that our son can use even outside of music. We are incredibly blessed to have Ric in our lives.

Sachin, 72 lessons with Ric

Great Instructor

Ric has been tutoring my 13 year old son for the last month or so in Trombone and I can say I have seen a marked improvement with each lesson in sound, timing and how he plays now. My son has shown renewed focus, passion and interest in practicing every day which seemed to be sporadic before. Thanks Ric.

Nagesh, 25 lessons with Ric

Inspirational tutor

I really like the music that I work on with Ric, and he helps me a lot with sections that are difficult for me. Ric has been really patient with me not practicing enough, and I still feel like I'm learning a lot from him. He makes me want to play better music! And from mom - She says she feels burned out from summer diving more than during the school year because it's so many hours a day. I'm hoping for a better music practice schedule after we get back from the last meet of the year. Thanks for being so patient and continuing to teach her anyway!

Catherine, 132 lessons with Ric

Very patient, unassuming yet experienced, knowledgeable.

Basics of blowing a trumpet. Offered follow ups to check on progress before next lesson. Very patient. Offered great tips and tricks.

Nick, 26 lessons with Ric

So thrilled we found Ric

We are so thrilled we found Ric. My teen son is very pleased with lessons by Ric. It's an incredible opportunity to be taught well by such an accomplished musician, who puts his all into lessons.

Amy, 80 lessons with Ric

Great Trombone Instructor!

Ric really brings out the best in my 14 year old trombone student. He gets him to focus on improved sound, timing, and places where bits of personalized flair can be brought in. My son improves noticeably each lesson. Thanks, Ric.

Linda, 267 lessons with Ric
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Response time: 4 hours