GUITAR and DRUMS
26 welcomes SKY ZITO in
Guitar is my first instrument. I have over 20 years of experience playing and 15 years of experience teaching.
If you are a beginner, my approach is to get you playing and enjoying the instrument as quickly as possible by teaching you simplified versions of your favorite songs. Start
playing real music right away! Keeping it simple will keep it fun! Based on your long term goals, I will help you to set reasonable weekly goals. By starting off with proper
technique you will never have to go backward, you will never have to unlearn bad habits. As you progress, we can expand upon your skills and knowledge.
If you are an intermediate or advanced player, my approach is to first come to an understanding of where you are at musically and where you want to go. I will analyze both your
right and left-hand technique. I will also analyze your knowledge of music theory and application of music theory in relevance to your specific goals. Once strengths and weaknesses have
been defined we will develop a lesson plan. Examples of right hand (picking hand) techniques that may be covered include but are not limited to: sweep picking, alternate picking, economy
picking, fingerpicking, hybrid picking, raking, tapping, muting, artificial harmonics, tap harmonics…Rhythmic studies include but are not limited to: how to use a metronome, reading and writing
rhythmic notation, understanding time signatures, counting in odd time signatures, advanced beat permeation…Studies of music theory and understanding of the instrument include but are not limited to:
learning the notes of the fretboard, playing diatonically in any key, playing modally, the use of chromatic notes, using and identifying intervals and harmonies, how to build chords and create
your own voicings…Left hand (fret hand) studies include but are not limited to: scale fingerings, chord, and arpeggio fingerings, the use of trills, vibrato, bends, hammer-ons and pull-offs, basic
slide technique, natural harmonics, how to develop speed and dexterity…Also, how to safely develop your chops; the use of stretches and exercises to keep you moving forward – Shredders
Bass Guitar Lessons
I have been
playing bass for over 15 years. There is an immediate transfer from a guitar to bass. The left-hand dexterity and voicing knowledge are immediate. The right-hand flat-pick, as well as classical
finger-style techniques, remain solid foundations. Though some things are the same others are not. For this reason, I studied bass independently from the guitar. It is very different from strumming
chords just as it is not a lead guitar solo. Learning the role of the instrument in ensemble situations is crucial. Create the groove. Find the pocket. Embrace the use of space. At the same time, the
bass can be a solo instrument and offers much in the way of its own unique voice and capability!
My background in
Drums: I have 20 years of experience playing drums. I took 5 years of weekly private drum lessons at Dicenso’s Drum Shop, located just outside of Boston. I was very fortunate to have had the
opportunity to learn from world-class drummers and instructors such as Vance Gordon, Van Romaine & Mike Mangini (just to name a few)! I was able to attend many lessons and clinics associated with
Berklee College of Music (Dave Dicenso being Berklee faculty) and I was able to learn so much about drumming and rhythm from such accomplished drummers. I have continued my studies on drums
independently over the last 15 years. My drumming is featured on over 100 studio recordings including the one-man rock show of “The Sky Zito Solo Experience”.
I have vast live performance experience which includes becoming a finalist in the 2016 Austin GC drum-off competition. In addition to “in-home lessons”, I’m proud to offer the use of my conveniently
located North Austin studio featuring two complete drum sets!
I have a
flexible and adaptable system that includes warm-ups, chop builders, rudiments, drum set grooves in correspondence with limb independence, chart study & playing along with recordings. Any
style of music can be approached through this method. Elements from the daily practice routine can be combined to create something entirely new and fresh. As a side note, for anyone
looking to add some flash to their playing: I love stick tricks, I know a ton of them and I love finding ways to incorporate them into a performance!