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alexander b. rodmann - guitarrist, musician, composer, education

music always be my first love - always be my last ...

the official homepage of a musical talent


Welcome to my newly designed Homepage. Here you´ll find News and Informations
about me, my work as a musician, composer and guitar-teacher.

In about me you may read about my vita, or take a look at the list of my musical miles,
see my skills & know-how and under Images, Videos or discography watch photos,
videos or listen to some excerpts from CDs from the different musical periods of my carreer.

In the section eDucation you´ll find general and detailed Infos on guitar-lessons,
in philosophy you may also find out some more about my way of thinking.

Have fun at my website and i look further to your contact.

Alexander B. Rodmann

About Me


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My name is Alexander B. Rodmann, since more than 4 decades i am working as  musician and guitar-teacher.

Born into an artist-family (my mother was a painter,  an uncle has been graphicdesigner, the brother of my grandpa worked as violinist in the south of france, as well as more other artists around in the family), so i started my carreer as a musician at the late age of 13 by autoditactically learning to play the guitar.

Soon around the age of 14 i started to play in Bands, later on beeing involved in all kinds of Bands and projects, Live and in Studio, mainly as guitarrist and later on also as a drummer (also see my musical miles).

After a couple of years later i got interested in recording-techniques in 1985, so i then learned to play a bit of keyboards as well. All instruments i tought myself  autodidactically.

Meanwhile i am working as musician and guitar-teacher for more than four decades. Very early i soon began to teach playing the guitar as a side-income, thus working as a guitar-teacher also for serveral music-schools around the area of Frankfurt and Bad Nauheim. I worked a couple of years for the kath. educational institution (in Frankfurt/M) dealing with students from between 8 and 72 years (also in groups up to 10 persons) for the last years.

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More infos about my musical career you may find in my biography as well as my philosophy, which may show you a bit more about my personal views. In the musical miles you may find my musical career listed in chronological order.

Video

Hier ist eine meiner Kompositionen "La route de soleil - en chemin d´oiseaux".
Here´s one of my compositions called "La route de soleil - en chemin d´oiseaux".


NEWS

You think Music-/Teaching is too expensive?

PianisteA very interesting article by the TONKÜNSTLERVERBANDS BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG E.V. (Musicians association) rules out why every kind of music live or lessons should keep a certain value or payment for the musician. Read here the Article.

Many people not involved closer into the issue of "working music" every so often dont have any clue about what or how much a musician or music-teacher has to work for his job to be able to play an instrument or even to teach it.

To play any instrument takes years, takes loads of investments for instruments, high-schools or lessons. It takes many hours of practising in "sweat and tears" until one reaches a certain stage of ability. To teach an instrument to others is even a same heavy task, as you have to know and learn anything yourself first before you are ablte to teach it...
This all should be honoured and be payed the same to keep a fair balance between musicians and "normal" jobprofiles such as workers, employees or other freelancers.

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eDucation

GypsyjazzGuitar Bertino Flyer01 klThe issue of "Jazz-Manouche" (also called Gypsyjazz) is in my life for many decades, since the early 1980ies.

Way back then i received a record of Django Reinhardt and the "Quintette du Hotclub de France" by a friend. This record (a five-piece-Album by Edition 2001) left me behind flabbergasted listening to it, as i was so fascinated that i wanted to immediately learn how to play this kind of music.

Everything about it was so different: other scales, other chords, other melodies, other rhythms. Nothing of what i had collected on musical knowledge until then was fitting any more. I was, as i know today, like so many other guitarrists on our planet completely overwhealmed by the grace and virtuosity of the playing of Django Reinhardt.

1940 django These incredible melodies and play-techniques that this man played had to be possible to be learned... 

Way back in the 80ies there was no Youtube, nor it had methodbooks of any kind in this style. So i began to learn this style like i had done it before ... just by listening to the records and autodidactically copy/pasting what i heared into my playing.

My own love for Gypsyjazz or Jazzmanouche (how it´s called in France where it came from) meanwhile is some years old. I like to tell you a bit about how i came to it.
My carreer as musician started in the early 1970ies with buying my first electrical guitar. In these days i tried to play all the stuff that was hip in this time like Blues (B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Rory Gallagher) or Rockmusic (Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Santana, The Animals, Eric Clapton) and the more. After i had started to play in bands in 1973 soon also my style changed in my repertoire over the years: Pop, R&B, Soul, Dancemusic, electronica and other were added (also see my musical miles).

So i practised guitar obsessively for the first few years, often for about 6-8 hours daily. My big dream was to become a professional musician one day. After ten years of playing i already had collected quite some knowledge about music but his sound, the Jazz-Manouche or Gypsyjazz, was something else! Other chords, other melodies others rhythms - i had to start from scratch and learn the guitar completely new.

Just very few that i knew about music and music theory up to there was fitting into this style. But my compassion was raised and i really WANTED to learn this music so badly. And this way is still continuing until today.

I never thought that this music, sounding so easy and logical, may be so hard and challenging to play for a musician. One could say that Gypsyjazz is the kings-class of guitarplaying!

imageThru my own studies in the field of Gypsyjazz-Guitar i had learned a lot within the years. And i found out that there is a still growing amount of books, DVDs, CDs and the more on the subject of Gypsyjazz, and they seem to be more and more - even if arguing about their quality may not be so far away... But anyway, to find a methodbook in the style that briefly explains this music to an advanced player but beginner of this sound - i did not find any!

As with the time the request of students that wanted to learn Gypsyjazz-guitar were growing. To be able to teach some of what i know i have been reading a lot of these available books and as well participated in masterclasses with Romane in Lyon, Angelo DeBarre in France and Stochelo Rosenberg in Augsburg.

So i started to structure my own Masterclass and offer it, which now results in my workshop "Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar".

In the end these workshops that were starting half-annually since 2008 resulted in a methodbook called "Gypsyjazz Guitar" that was finally released in October 2011 with Alfred Music Publishing first only in german, as well as also in english worldwide in autumn 2013.

Here you may read more on the book or you may also order it directly here.

Every musician knows about that problem: Songs have to be played at a certain tempo, sometimes fast, sometimes slow ...
The issue is to determin how fast or slow to play a song or any lesson.

More over our listening-habits have dramatically changed over the years, as records these days are beeing produced very straight with so called "click-tracks", thus our taste of listening has adapted that behaviour over time.

To have a good timing is absolutely nessesary. But how to learn that?
Very easy, just by practising permanently with a so called "metronome".

You dont have one? Well, no problem. There are some great online-tools that help you out here, working as great as if you would have your little own metronome with you.

Here i offer such an online-tool on my website. The using is very easy: just enter the right speed by adjusting the pendulum (tempo in BPM = Beats per Minute), then click the little screw at the right and the beat starts... to stop it again click the screw. Ready, steady, go!

Have fun with it practising.


Metronome by BestMetronome.com

 Terms for lessons (01/2016)

• Each lesson is held as a 45 min.-unit, if not negotiated differently (e.g. 60 min.).  
 
• The payment of the lessons have to be done in advance by monthly payment (to pay within the first week of each month or the last week of the fore-month in cash, always dependent to he amount of weekdays of the month = 4 or 5 days). Any carriage drive will be charged with + je 4.- EUR / day). 
 
I offer two different price-models for my students (for more prices please check my Preislist):
 
• Price-Model 1: a private single lesson is at cost of 22,50 EUR/hour. The payment of these lessons have to be done in advance by monthly payment (to pay within the first week of each month or the last week of the fore-month in cash, always dependent to he amount of weekdays of the month = 4 or 5 days), and have to be payed for 12 Months a year unaffected by any casualties like holidays, illnesses or any other failures dependent on the student.
Example Price-Model 1:  4 x 45 min. (private single-)lessons cost 90.- EUR per Month x 12 Months.
(Hint: at 5 Weekdays of a month the 5 days x 22,50 EUR = 112,50.- EUR/Month have to be payed !).  
Hours that are beeing canceled by the student will always be counted as fully done, wether what reason the hours are beeing canceled (holidays, sickness or else).  In some cases it is possible to find another alternative date, but there is no garanty for this.
The student has to cancel his hours in advance as soon as possible (via eMail or phone).
 
With price-model 1 the student receives 14 hours more each year which makes a financial saving of 300.- EUR / year.
Please take in account that musicschools dont provide any lessons within the holiday-times, even if hours always have to fully be payed!
Thus you will receive about 3 ½ Months less hours per year with these schools. The lessons with me aren´t less qualified but cheaper instead than in any musicschool

• Price-Model 2: a private single lesson is at cost of 30.- EUR / hour but therefore exclusive of any official holidays-, or other failures of the student, if not negotiated other way. The lessons have also to be payed in advance within the first week of each month (or last week of the fore-month) for the amount of negotiated hours in cash.
This offer especially approves for students that are working daytime-jobs or that are wanting to limit their lessons hours due to other reasons during the holidays or else, but thus beein much more expensive.

• Lessons that should be canceled with this price-model 2 have to be canceled 7 days in advance before taking place. All hours that are beeing canceled before 7 days in advance stay fully payed and another alternative date will be offered for the student. All lessons that are beeing canceled in less than 7 days before taking place will fully be counted as been given, so no alternative dates will be supplied.

Lessons that are beeing canceled by myself (wether what reason), will always be caught up on at a later date (mainly with double-hours or extended hours like 60.min); nevertheless no fincanial clearing or credit of any payed hours is done!
 
• A termination period of full three month is as negotiated.  
• Changed of the contract have to be in written form.  
• If any single points of this contract be ineffective juridically so all the other arrangements of it should be kept untouched remain furthermore her full validity.  
With coupons additionally the respective details coupon action are valid (e.g. 3 months, 6 months or
12 months validity, expiration date etc.). Additionally in each case the current instruction conditions are valid.

   

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The prices for lessons you may ask directly via eMail or phone request.

I will then send you more detailed Infos and my pricelist.

Professional guitar lessons with fair prices - register today!





Gitane DG560 02My lessons are available for beginners or advanced players, children (starting at 8 J.), teenagers or adults.

The lessons are held (with or without staffnotation) for acoustic and electric Guitar with the following contents:

  • Introduction on basic theory of harmony, reading staffnotation, reading TABs
  • Basic knowledge of guitar (tuning, holding, sitting right etc.)
  • Basic chords, Ryhtm (Picking and/or strumming (beginners)
  • Extended chords, Barrè, Rythm (advanced)
  • Sologuitar, Improvisation (advanced)
  • diferent musicstyles: Blues, Folk, Rock, Pop, Jazz
  • learn to play easy songs
and much more...

The lessons are always beeing adapted to knowledge and ability of each student.

More Information on pricing you´ll find here. Also here you might find more infos on my terms & conditions on lessons.
You have questions? Just ask me! Your questions on lessons will be answered 24/7 right here, free and without any binding.

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