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LaBash Guitar Lessons 818-350-9064 Music lessons in the home

About Theodore LaBash A little History

My education and developement

Where I am going now

   I have been teaching for over 48 years and playing for 52 years. I started old school in a garage and a record player. There were no tabs but there was sheet music. I did take lessons as a kid from Mitchel Gross a guitar player and fiddle player. He played for many years with Ernest Tubbs. I learned to read on my first lesson and could not thank him enough. He got me my first paying gig for the Miss Mission Hills Beauty Pageant. I was smitten and was a star.

     Later on at Cassell’s music in San Fernando, the original store on the San Fernando Mall, I meet Richard McKillvery. He showed me the cool stuff Pentatonics and Blues. I accelerated quickly and my ear was getting really good. I was picking songs off albums with ease.

      I went to Canoga Park High and meet Dr. Carl Smith and did real Harmony and Theory. He had worked with Arnold Schoenberg and taught me all about keys, chords of a key, voicings, voice leading and Harmonization. He was an inspiration to many people and a few of my friends had him as a teacher too. 

     Later in my cover band life I had a friend Paul Pattronette call me and asked if I wanted to set in on a lessons he could not make. I meet Ted Greene and my world was turned upside down in one lesson. Ted Greene was a genius and the best teacher I ever had. Not to detract from my previous instructors, but he was a chord melody expert and taught me Jazz and Fusion. Ted also got me my first teaching job by his recommendation and I took over his old studio at 7120 Topanga Blvd. Roberts guitars. We were friends up until his death in 2005. I and many others were devistated by his passing. His books Chord Chemistry and Modern Chord Progressions are still available. I use them only with advanced students.

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Pierce City College Woodland Hills Ca.

In 2011 I decided to go back to school and get my music degree. I was at first in a state of shock to be in a classroom with students that could easily be my grandchildren! I got over it and earned an A.A. in Behavioral Sciences. 

California State University Northridge Ca.

In two years flat I transferred to California State University Northridge Ca. I earned a B.A. in music Breadth studies. I had a tough time but persevered. I was so proud on my graduation day. I did it.

     I am currently enrolled for my Master’s in Music Industry Administration. I am loving the class and have 20 months of work ahead of me. I am not a coward and I told myself I had come this far, why stop. I am looking to produce myself and my Interlock method. I also want to release a lot of music I have keep back for fear of being ripped off. Now I will have the tools and abilities to not have that happen to me.

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