Lost Soul Productions
Areas of service:Mesa, Chandler, Tempe and Gilbert
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Guitar and Slide Guitar Instruction
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Lost Soul Productions - Mesa, AZ
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About Lost Soul Productions
My name is Lewis Cammarata and I run Lost Soul Productions. I offer guitar instruction at all levels. I focus on mechanics and technique first, then theory.
I'm a local artist currently working with three local bands. I've been playing for 45 years, and teaching for most of the past 30.
I also specialize in slide, bottleneck, and lap steel guitar instruction concentrating on techniques and alternative tunings.
I teach in your home or the studio.
Questions and answers
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
I guess this is ok to say. I played in a strip bar called The Jewel Box on the infamous "The Block" in downtown Baltimore for a year. The stage was up a ladder looking out over the bar, dancers' stage and booths. You get the picture.
- What brands or products do you work with?
I use primarily Fender guitars, Mesa Boogie Amps, and a Line 6 POD in various combinations depending upon the volume vs. mass requirements of the venue. I also play a nice Ibanez Acoustic and occasionally a Danelectro Baritone.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
Q: Can you teach me to play (insert either Motorhead classic "Ace of Spades" or Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll")?
A: Both great choices, but it ain't gonna happen until you get the chops to do it. Let's try something within reach for right now.
Q: Why do I play the chords like that? What do the notes mean?
A: Best question to hear from a student. At a point, after mechanics and technique are 'rote' we'll start working on some basic theory. Opens big doors, makes you not only good, but legit.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
"Can you teach me to play guitar in a way that I think represents my personality"? I only got this question once. You want to learn the mechanics behind making the thing work. But eventually what you need is your own voice. Just as every singer has his/her own voice, every guitarist has one. And yep, that's my goal. Making you happy with your 'voice'.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
Well, about 12 students a week so far, and averaging 5 gigs a week, my math skills tell me that I do 'stuff' about 884 times a year.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
There is absolutely no better feeling than 'locking in' with your playing and with your audience. The more comfortable you are in your own skin (your abilities), the more apt your personality is to leech into your style. Again, that's the point.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
A sense of what you want to get out of playing guitar. If you have aspirations, I have a direct line into your psyche (not really). But knowing just a little about what you want this to lead to is what I need to know. It's a lotta repetitive mechanics in the beginning, but there is no substitute for ambition.
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
I hate this part. After 10 years of playing in club bands out of Baltimore I moved to LA and played for 6 years in a band called The Zippers. We recorded 2 singles for Backdoor Man Records, then released an LP on Rhino with Door's keyboardist Ray Manzarek as producer. During that time I was privileged enough to play with bands like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, and a veritable who's who of late 70's/early 80's bands. I've since released solo albums on Statue Records in 2007, and a 2009 effort on Funzalo Records. I currently have a 3rd done, but no takers yet.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I teach guitar at all levels. As most students are somewhat beginners I concentrate on basic mechanics; chord formation and right hand rhythm. Then it's on to switching between chords using increasingly more complicated combinations.
I also specialize in slide guitar, bottleneck and Lap Steel instruction. Accent is on technique and alternative tunings.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I had laid off plying for about 10 years. About a year and a half ago I realized that music was still my passion, and that the economy was in the pooper (day job concerns). I started attending open-mics and jam sessions, met lots of other like-minded players, and am now again in the position of working 5 to 6 nights a week, and still have time to devote to teaching. This makes me very, very happy.... and proud.
- How did you get started?
I started playing the guitar about a month after I saw The Beatles play on The Ed Sullivan Show. It took me about a year from that point to get an actual band together. I was hooked, and wound up playing everything from early Brit-Rock, to Stax-Volt R&B, what we now refer to as 'classic rock', then on to writing and performing my own stuff. Every time I finished an 'era' I found I'd amassed more knowledge about playing. Style matters.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
The relationship is designed for the long haul. Continuity. But once students move on, I'm always available for consultation, advice and even referrals.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
In this case I'm conducting guitar instruction to mostly (80%) beginning (less than 6 months) students. The slide instruction is geared primarily to players who have a few years of playing and are looking to expand their style.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
The best way is to take advantage of your lesson time and practice.