- About Us
Humble, picturesque Yorba Linda has played host to a broad spectrum of musicians, from metalcore band Atreyu to Marcus Mumford, frontman of Mumford & Sons. It’s easy to be exposed to music when you live in the neighborhood. If you’re afraid to learn to play music yourself, realize that everyone had to start somewhere. Anyone can learn to sing or play an instrument. All it takes is a little patience, plenty of practice, and a teacher with the knowledge and experience to help you out.
For over 25 years, California Music Studios has matched students up with highly qualified teachers for private in-home or studio music lessons in Yorba Linda and the greater Southern California area. We take the utmost care in choosing only the best teachers. The instructors we work with must go through a rigorous, in-person screening procedure, which includes personal evaluations and background checks, to ensure your trust and satisfaction.
We work with teachers who specifically work in individual music lessons, focusing on one-on-one interaction and customized lesson plans that work off of your personal learning style and pace. Your instructor closely tracks your progress to make sure you achieve your personal goals. As you advance through the stages of your music education, we will connect you with other instructors to foster your progress and personal success.
We have a 97 percent or better success rate when it comes to matching students and teachers. We know that teachers can become role models and mentors, and we want to foster positive relationships that will make the process of learning music that much more fun. If you ever feel unsatisfied with your instructor, let us know and we’ll swap him or her out for someone more suited to your musical development.
We work with a network of over 350 music teachers. That gives us quite the pool of educators to choose from, ensuring that, whether you want to play the flute or take guitar lessons in Yorba Linda, we can find the right instructor for you.
Brass instruments offer volume and power but are lacking in the realm of range, both above and below the staff. The average brass instrument is lucky to hit an octave and a half, while clarinets, for instance, can play three and a half octaves with ease.
The key to expanding your range—and generally improving as a brass player—is to work on your embouchure and breathing. Practice your scales, gradually working your way up to the notes above the register. For higher notes, tighten up your embouchure and support your sound with plenty of air. For those notes below a low C, avoid loosening your embouchure. Instead, drop your jaw while keeping your embouchure comfortably tight.
If you have trouble playing notes on either end of the staff, don’t sweat it. Your range expands as you play, and playing high or low isn’t as important as playing with good tone and a full sound.
Woodwind squeaks usually mean that air is leaking out from where it shouldn’t be. This can usually be remedied by practicing proper hand positions. For clarinets, make sure your fingers completely cover holes. Check the mouthpiece to make sure the reed is centered. When playing, your embouchure should form a firm seal around the mouthpiece. If you consistently experience squeaks, have your instructor observe you while you play to identify any adjustments you should make.