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Sten's Guitar Studio ( AKA NYC Guitar Studio )
Enjoy / Sten
MARCH 12 2018
It's been busy here at the studio on all fronts,
so posting session logs and such has been more
sporadic as of late, all in favor for keeping the
instruction work and the music sessions going
full speed despite
the increased work load.
Following the March 2 concert with italian trumpet
lion Johnny Lapio, we documented the collaboration
a March 7 recording session here in Ridgewood and
got some interesting takes. Editing, mix & master
follow before a possible release will be determined.
My recently added on commitment to instructional
work ( teaching guitar, bass, ukulele, piano as well
as beginner drums )
at America's very well-known
leading music retail chain since November
now mixed with a Saturday teaching for New York
Jazz Academy ( for the 9th year and ever since the
inception) + a few days dedicated to undersigned's
own signature private instruction - now celebrating
it's 12th year as a registered New York City business.
As usual take a look at the calendar and let me know
which of the open, available
days and times you are
interested in and once given a heads up, go ahead
and confirm it via online advance lesson purchase
(no membership or sign-up fee required). Dates get
booked up quickly so planning a week or more ahead
of time usually makes sense. SEE YOU IN SESSION !
FEBRUARY 1st 2018
Quite possibly one way or the other influencing
any sessions and lessons during February is the
ongoing work and preparation for the upcoming
FrIday, March 2 ShapeShifter Lab New York City
Concert of Sten Hostfalt SOUNDALIKE featuring
guest trumpet player Johnny Lapio, a celebrated
member of the italian Avantgarde whose work
credits include contemporary prominents Sylvano
Bussotti, Markus Stockhausen and Anthony Braxton.
As we approach the date, announcements and
online, on social media and
at www.sonusrex.com / www.stenguitar.com
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 3d, 2018
SPRING '18 SEMESTER SESSIONS ROLLING
Session signups for the spring '18 semester
are taking place as we speak. Take a look at
the calendar in order to find an open date
As usual, to reserve a date and
time for lessons ( single or on an ongoing
regular basis ) simply purchase the lessons
or sessions in advance all according to
very own prefered setup and location here.
email sten[at]stensguitarstudio[dot]com to
place specific requests for music to study.
2017 Study Focus Projects Included :
( as requested by students themselves )
* READING / SIGHT READING for GUITAR
* STANDARDS on ELECTRIC BASS
* INTRODUCTION to CLASSICAL GUITAR
* JOHN FAHEY FINGERSTYLE GUITAR
* THE BILL FRISELL SONGBOOK
* TETRACHORDS - SCALES - PHRASES
for Rock & Jazz Guitar
& LEARNING the FRETBOARD
* EAR TRAINING & TRANSCRIPTION
* DOMINANT CHORD SCALE OPTIONS
a ) Melodic & Harmonic Minor Modes
b ) Synthetic [ Whole Tone & Diminished ]
* UKULELE INTERVALLIC 3-PART CHORDS
While much of this continues like before
This season I am also eagerly awaiting
study topics / project focus suggestions.
A few already expressed
areas of interests :
* BASIC PIANO & KEYBOARD TECHNIQUES
when learning about harmony, from basic
triads to modern
polychords and hybrids
the piano provides an unrivaled overview.
* POLYRHYTHMS in addition to the common
3 over 2 and 2 over 3 as well as 4 over 3, the
possibilities are limitless. Bengt Holmqvist's
book The Reference Rhythm Method and app
Tuplet Trainer provides a great study resource.
SEE YOU IN SESSION !
MONDAY NOVEMBER 27th, 2017
As you may very well all know this operation is
independently run, as a sole proprietorship and
one man operation in what may quite possibly
be the world's most competetive music scene.
Furthermore it is done so based on the activity
as such alone, meaning with no other financial
backing or source whatsoever available
in the process at all and at anytime.
the actual participants ( students or similarly )
in this activity runs the business as such, based
on actual street-level credentials and reputation.
Without the students - no activity ! Simple as that.
therefore now is the time to signup for any and all
intended sessions and study packs
and it's all done
via leading US e-merchant squareup right here
Thanks again and SEE YOU IN SESSION !
Photo by Bo-Jen All Rights Reserved © 2017
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MONDAY OCTOBER 30th, 2017
BASS AWARENESS: I often find reasons to remind
guitar students that the standard 6-string guitar is a
transposing instrument and much of its range really
is in what we know as the bass register. As an example
5 of the 6 open strings on a regular guitar in standard
tuning is in the bass clef. Not until the open 1st string
do we actually operate ON the staff of the treble clef.
Sten Hostfalt with his stripped '05 Fender Precision, high strung
with LaBella Deep Talking Flats. 'My 5th Mexican : the durability
and affordability of the MIM's makes them a player's instrument,
and an instrument that gets played a lot will always sound good '.
Once we realize and recognize that we as guitarists in
fact already to a great extent operate in the bass range,
then we also realize that is is quite surprising how many
guitarists commonly, comparatively speaking know much
less about the bass and its actual musical function, than
they know about purely melodic or rhythmic playing.
Really hearing, feeling and understanding root motion
and hearing and realizing
harmony 'from the bottom'
is a profound experience that guitar players do have
within reach, since they in fact to a great extent
( once again ) already operate in the bass register.
Awareness of this is what makes all the difference.
Focusing on playing and hearing
both actual bass lines
and the root motion of tunes is often a sort of a-ha
experience for guitarists since it's really all there right
under our noses all the time. Highlighting the bottom
part of it all helps when memorizing tunes, as root
motion tends to naturally activate our aural memory
cerebral attempts to mentally 'photograph'
chord progressions and music, really does not.
In other words, getting hip to the bass and playing in
the bass register-performing this function as such, is
a great way for most guitarists to instantly improve
and develop their understanding of both the guitar,
which as we all know very well, is a polyphonic and
versatile instrument - as well as of music in general.
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SUNDAY OCTOBER 15th, 2017
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER + year 2018 SESSIONS scheduled now. Get in touch to claim a weekday and time, or specific dates by signing up for monthly (3-lesson pack), quarterly (8-lesson pack) or seasonal (12-lesson pack) setups ... SEE YOU IN SESSION !
SUNDAY OCTOBER 8th, 2017
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OCEAN ! Hanging out in the Ridgewood studio on Sunday afternoon, born 09.28.17 in Brooklyn New York and a little more than a week old,
Ocean Theodorou Hostfalt is the youngest ever member of the guitar club and we can't wait to introduce him to everyone and to all of the music going on here.
We are currently mapping sessions for the rest of October into November as we speak, so just get in touch for Manhattan and Ridgewood sessions as well as SKYPE virtual online sessions and Pro-Sessions ( Just re-instated NYC on location / outcall format ! ) along with recording/audio editing and music notation services. For more detailed info visit https://squareup.com/store/nyc-guitar-studio
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER SESSION SCHEDULING
Our CHORD SOLO SESSIONS are in advanced
mode right now with True Polyphonic thinking.
READING and SIGHT READING for GUITAR
The obstacle that the multiple fingering options
of the guitar initially present, will in the long run
prove to be beneficial and a true advantage.
Our MODAL STUDIES started off on two separate
tracks this semester is currently on a hold. Briefly
we hope. We learned how modes are constructed
their significance and both traditional and brand
new ways to access, use and work with them.
Following a couple of years of 'regular guitar lessons'
of learning basic instrument techniques via classic
rock, punk and R & B tunes we have been holding
regular ROCK N ROLL SESSIONS
on the Lower East
Side for a couple of years now. We have documented
much in form of session recordings where we more
or less spontaneously improvise, create and compose
our own material, a long established traditional and
formula for music making that we proudly
enjoy reinforcing, continuing and passing on.
UKULELE SESSIONS started off with a fresh,
brand new run this season. Past few years
generated a lot of material for the uke and
some of it indeed creatively so, saw some
brand new angles and paths commonly not
taken when approaching the instrument.
We are excited to see where this takes us.
INTERVALLIC HARMONY once again
up as a way to get out of standardized and
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BOOKING and CONFIRMING STUDIES
Setting up sessions and booking is easy
whether it's locally in Manhattan or via
SKYPE virtual online sessions purchase
lessons, single, monthly quarterly or
seasonal sets or use any set or setup
on project basis, as often as you like.
Buy lessons here and then coordinate
according to available session times.
Get a general idea of the schedule by
visisting the calendar and then either
call 347-546-0092 or schedule email
As always, all of what the signup
commitment and study process entails
involves, including the policy in
effect for a decade now,
is listed for
quick, easy reference on the info page.
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Microtonal Guitar Works Vol.1 OUT NOW !
15 years of Sten Hostfalts microtonal music
Anniversary digital multi-album compilation.
A multi-album set with four complete works
nine suites and
48 tracks total of music created
for ( and commissioned by ) lectures at New
World School For The Arts Miami, FL, Berklee
College of Music, The Royal College of Music
in Stockholm and Fundacio' ACA XXXV Encontre
de Compositors Festial at Pilar i Joan Miro'
Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Plus a 2006 solo set
recorded at Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge MA
( previously released as the CD 'Macroscope' )
and the 2002 solo concert recording initially
CD released as 29 Pieces For The Microtonal
Guitar Live at Knitting Factory New York.
NOW REGISTERING FOR FALL 2017 CLASSES
There is still some space left, sign up here
to claim, reserve and confirm your three,
eight or twelve lesson package.
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[ AUGUST 23 ]
Planning fall 2017 sessions.
Weekly ( 3 ) Quarterly
( 8 )
and Semester ( 12 ) packages
available. Manhattan Midtown
Lower East Side and Ridgewood
Queens studio locations/setups.
SEE YOU IN SESSION
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SUMMER SESSIONS ARCHIVED
All programmatic contect for
summer 2017 is now fully archived
and dropboxed as a summary for
each and everyone. Get in touch
if anything needs clarification.
Meanwhile Thanks everyone for
the creative input this summer !
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[ APRIL 30 2017 ]
NAME / SITE CHANGE
stensguitarstudio.com is the new site
and nycguitarstudio.com automatically
Same way stenguitar.com is now the new
Sten Hostfalt artist site with sonusrex.com
and stenhostfalt.com acting as mirror sites.
SUMMER 2017 RATES
New York City lesson rates have gone
up in general, and while we try to keep
it constant, as usual it's just a matter
of time before we will have to follow
and raise it as well.
So we just did.
Manhattan rates are now :
Trial Lesson $45 ( one hr. )
One Hour Lesson
Eight Lesson Pack $598
12-Lesson Pack ( still ) $840
Ridgewood ( and all other
rates - except Manhattan )
unchanged, same as before
and still among the most
affordable qualified professional
instruction in New York City.
Trial Lesson $35
Half Hour Lesson $35
One Hour Lesson $50
Three ( 1 hr. ) Lessons $135
( = $45 / one hr. lesson )
The complete list of rates is
as usual at the booking page
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