Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Echoluxe Studios Music Lessons


This is not your typical guitar store, 8'x8' boxed lesson (with Metallica blasting to the left, Guns'N'Roses to the right).  Here I offer a beautiful, all wood, warm acoustic recording studio furnished with equipment from the '60s and '70s.

Sessions might include anything from band performance, recording techniques, music theory discussion, songwriting and improvisation lab, to guitar and amp design, the use of effects.  More than not lessons focus on guitar performance;  acoustic, classical and electric.  Piano lessons also available.

  Echoluxe Music Instruction Agreement

Full-Time Tuition
*$24.00 per 30 minute session ($44.00 one hour session)
*Minimum commitment three lessons per month required
to reserve time slot ($72.00)
*24 hour prior notice required for credit or reschedule
Part-Time Tuition
*"Pickup" lessons available at $24.00 each pending availability
(no minimum, no requirements)
Sign Up
*Please choose Full or Part Time/schedule accordingly
*Pay one week in advance to the month you are participating
*Payment reserves your day and time
*No lessons on major Holidays and around the end of the year


Q: When are payments due?

A: Please pay for & reserve each next month at the end of the prior month.  For example, pay/book February at the end of January.  This helps me arrange & reserve my scheduling in advance.

Q: 24-Hour Notice for makeup/credit?

A:  I really need advance notice for any opportunity to reschedule/reuse a missed appointment.  I have limited time for teaching, need to maximize it's potential.  Without 24 hour notice I cannot credit your missed lesson.

Q:  Three lesson minimum?

A:  If you want to permanently reserve a time slot I need a three lesson minimum commitment.  Your payments will be $72.00 or more per month.  In the event you miss lessons I need you to proceed to acquire reschedule.
Q:  Three lesson minimum, pt. 2?

A:  The best learning is achieved through weekly lessons.  The three lesson approach is fine for some.  I really need to know your scheduled lessons in advance.  Without such there's less opportunity for me to reuse your unscheduled times.

Q:  Forgotten/missed payment?

A:  Get that in soon if you can, mail works well.

Q:  We’re going out of town for an extended amount of time, can we skip a payment?

A:  If you remain on the schedule, reserving your time slot, you must continue to pay.  You may consider a leave of absence & start again at a later day/time.

Q:  Do we need books?

A:  There are some books I really like/use:
-Solo Guitar Playing by F. Noad (note reading/classical)
-Progressive Jazz Guitar by Sutton/Turner (learning chord charts/comping)
-Blank Writing Tablature & Spiral Notebook

There are often books I can get at a discounted rate, often in stock & for sale.  Please inquire.

Q:  How long have you been teaching?

A:  I took on my first student in 1989 and have been teaching professionally since 1991.

Q:  Do you play in bands?

A:  Yes!  I try to add upcoming concert dates to monthly lesson memos.  Try to catch one sometime.

More about your instructor:
Michael M. Saklar Professional Services

University of Nebraska at Omaha
      1989-1993 Music Performance, Guitar (Hadley Heavin, classical guitar)
Metropolitan Community College
      1993 Audio 1, Audio 2
Music Instruction
      1991-1999 Guitar Instructor, Paragon Music
      1999-2014 Guitar Instructor, D-Rocks Music
      2005-2014 Lesson Coordinator, D-Rock's School of Music
      2014-Present Echoluxe Studio
      *former students include/not limited to:  8 current guitar instructors, 3 guitar music degrees, Baltimore School of Music Director, Once the Musical's Eamon,
      notable student's bands:  Beep Beep, Break Maiden, Capgun Coup, Clever, Desiato, Fizz, Healer, 
      The Impulsive, Mayday, Pro-Magnum, Satchel Grande, Think Tank, Noah's Arc Was a Spaceship, many others
Tech and Restoration
      1991-1999  Paragon Music
      1997-0000     Fender Authorized Repair Technician (SSB***)
      2000-2014  D-Rocks Music
      2014-Present Echoluxe Music
      *clients include/not limited to:  ARC, Azure Ray, Big Harp, Bright Eyes, Bullet Proof Hearts,
      Clarence Tilton, Countrywide, Cursive, Desaparacidos, Digital Leather, Goodlife, Simon Joyner,
      Little Brazil, Lot Walks, Billy McGuigan, Millions of Boys, Neva Dinova, 
      Noah's Arc Was A Spaceship, Paria, Secret Weapon, Timecat, 24 Hour Cardlock, The Willards,    
      UUVVWWYYZ, many others
Touring as a Technician
      2004  Curiosa Tour with Cursive, The Cure
      2006  Lollapalooza with Cursive
Antech Custom Hand Made Pedals

      1996-2012  An array of artists use these unique and rare pedals
Chronology of Bands
      1985-1987 AGS
      1987-1987  Der Ganslich Kult
      1988-1989  Apocalypse
      1989-1995  Ritual Device
      1989-1996  Fromunda
      1996-2001  Ravine
      2003-2009  No Blood Orphan
      2003-2011  Mal Madrigal
      2005-2007  The Virgasound/Philharmonic
      2009-2012  Comme Reel
      2012-present Stephen Bartolomei with his Comrades
      2013-present  Michael Saklar Trio
      2014-present  The Sun-Less Trio
Touring Experience
      1989-present  All lower 48 States (less MT, ND, WY).  Highlights:  CBGB's, SXSW & Lollapalooza
The Sun-Less Trio
No Blood Orphan
 Stephen Bartolomei with his Comrades
Mal Madrigal San Francisco
Killing Diva

Ritual Device Live at the Capital
 Ritual Device Lollapalooza (T. Macmahan)
Ritual Device Reunion 2014 (T. Macmahan)

Recording Credits

2017 The Sun-Less Trio Spirit Jar CD/Cassette album Engineer/Mastering
2016  The Sun-Less Trio  Spirit Jar/Spirit Glass 7" Single Engineer/Mastering  ANT
2016 Sean Pratt & the Sweats  Mastering

2016 The Lupines  Mastering
 2015  The Sun-Less Trio  S/T  Engineer/Mastering  ANT
 2015  The Sun-Less Trio  7:35 7" Single  Engineer/Mastering  ANT
 2013  Stephen Bartolomei with His Comrades  Performer  Electrical Audio
 2013  New Lungs  You're Not Gonna Recognize Me  Mastering
 2013  No Blood Orphan  Lost Tricks  Engineer/Mastering  ANT078
 2013  No Blood Orphan  Top Shelf  Engineer/Mastering  ANT077
 2013  No Blood Orphan  Close to Closing/Tricks 7" Single  Engineer/Mastering  ANT076
 2011  Comme Reel  Romanie  Engineer/Mastering  ANT075
 2009 Comme Reel  S/T  Engineer/Mastering  ANT072
 2009 Shawn Cox  Classical Guitar  Engineer  Mobile
 2008  Mal Madrigal  From the Limbs of Trees  Performer
 2008  No Cock Orphuck  The Beast Chronicles  Engineer/Mastering  ANT071
 2008  No Blood Orphan  Let It Boot-Live  Engineer/Mastering  ANT070
 2008  No Blood Orphan  Your First is Your Last  Engineer/Mastering  ANT069
 2007  Mal Madrigal  Life Among the Animals  Performer
 2007  Mal Madrigal  The Road is Glue  Performer
 2007  Perry H. Matthews  7 inch EP  Mastering Self  ANT
 2007  Bullets for Baby Album  Mastering Self  ANT
 2007  Lifeafter Laserdisque  Post War Housing  Engineer/Mastering Self  ANT
 2007  No Blood Orphan  Robertson Park  Engineer/Mastering  TempClone101012 ANT
 2006  Stalemate Album  Mastering Self   ANT
 2006  Members of the Press  Modern Day Rome Mastering  SumWatt ANT
 2006  Landing On The Moon  LOTM  Mastering  Beehive ANT
 2006  No Blood Orphan  Your Ship Sailed 7 Seas  Engineer/Mastering  Ant068 ANT
 2006  Lifeafter Laserdisque  Laser of Justice Engineer/Mastering  CDSB002 ANT
 2006  The Virgasound  Session #2  Engineer
 2005  The Philharmonic  Session #1  Engineer
 2005  No Blood Orphan  Joyful Melancholy  Engineer/Mastering  Ant067 ANT
 2005  No Blood Orphan  Lottery!  Engineer/Mastering  Ant066 ANT
 2005  Fromanhole  S/T Engineer/Mastering  NP02 ANT
 2004  No Blood Orphan  S/T Engineer/Mastering  Ant064 ANT
 2003  Ravine/Buzzo  Autodafe  Engineer/Mastering  Skin011/ANT062
 2003  John Klemmensen  End All/Be All  Mastering  BH  ANT
 2003  Aria Remorse  Anthology Re-Mastering  Ant061 ANT
 2002  Fromanhole  Out of the Flats  Mastering  NP02 ANT
 2002  Ravine  Via Della Strada  Engineer/Mastering  Ant060 ANT
 2002  Ravine in the Flat Field  Bauhaus Tribute  Engineer/Mastering  Ant056 ANT
 2001  Compilation-Decline of Midwestern Civilization  19 Band Mastering/ReMastering  Ant060 ANT
 1999  Reset  My Still Life  Engineer/Mastering  BHR008 Eclipse
 1999  Soundtrack to Motion Picture  Killing Diva  Engineer/Mastering  Ant046 Eclipse
 1999  Killing Diva  Film Music Supervisor  Editing/ReMasteringing  RNA Productions RNA
 1999  Strangeblues  Inverted  Engineer/Mastering  Ant 053 ANT
 1999  Ravine  Transmute  Engineer/Mastering  Ant050 Eclipse/ ANT
 1997  Ravine  S/T  Engineer/Mastering  Ant045 Eclipse
 1996  Rasputin  4 Song Demo  Engineer/Mastering  Eclipse
 1996  Ravine  7 Song Cassette  Engineer/Mastering  Ant044 Eclipse
 1996  Ritual Device  Rabe 7"  Mastering  CR/Ism13 Eclipse
 1995  Revilo  6 Song/10"  Engineer/Mastering  BH2196A Eclipse
 1995  Blenny  4 Song 10"  Engineer/Mastering  BH2196B Eclipse
 1995  Eamon  9 Song Demo  Engineer/Mastering  Eclipse
 1995  Born in a Barn  Compilation Album  Performer  AMCD 59503
 1995  Linoma  Compilation Album  RD Engineer  Eclipse ISM007
 1995  Dan Benz  Coming Home  Engineer/Mastering  ANT
 1994  Ritual Device  Trademark of Quality  Co-Produce (Mixed w/Gary Lind)  TMOQ043 Eclipse
 1994  Ritual Device  Killdozer Split 10"  Engineer/Mastering  MR007 Eclipse
 1994  Fischer  6 Song/7"  Engineer/Mastering  IBB001 Eclipse
 1994  Secret Skin  Capital Lite Mix  Vocal Tracking  ER1005 Eclipse
 1994  Strangeblues  State of Nothing  Engineer/Mastering  ANT035 ANT
 1994  Compilation Live at the Capitol Dark 18 Song Produce/Mix/Mastering  ER1006 Eclipse
 1994  Ritual Device  Live 7"  Co-Prod/Mastering  MMR002 Eclipse
 1994 The Manics 4 Track Reel Tape Sessions Engineer
 1994 Fischer 4 Track Tape Session Engineer Self
 1993  Strangeblues  S/T Engineer/Mastering  ANT032 ANT
 1993  Aria Remorse  Without End  Engineer/Mastering (Mixed w/Mike Brannan)  ANT031 ANT/MB
 1993  Ritual Device  Mousetrap Split 7"  Mastering  OH007 Eclipse
 1992  Fromunda  Cheese Cheese  Engineer/Mastering  ANT
 1990  Mike Saklar  Solo Guitar Album #1  Engineer/Mastering  Ant 052 ANT
 1990  Aria Remorse  The Wind and the Rain  Engineer/Mastering  ANT026 ANT
 1992  Ritual Device  Henge Co-Produce w/David Wm. Sims  Red009/DUTCH EAST Albini's
 1991  Ritual Device  6 Song Demo  Co-Produce w/David Wm. Sims  Steve Albini's
 1991  Ritual Device  7" Co-Prod. w/John Wolf, Tom Ware  AR01 Jr.'s Motel
Ritual Device/Steve Albini
SBWHC/Electrical Audio
No Blood Orphan/Antrecords

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Masterclass Recordings

I've finally uploaded my recordings from masterclass, sessions, lessons, etc.  This is a work in progress, and will be updated on a regular basis.  Anyone not included can/will be included as soon as time/ability permits, certainly a nice goal to work towards.

The files can be downloaded/streamed here:


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Song titles are purely "functional" at this point, I welcome any suggestions!  I encourage students to listen to as many songs as possible, there's some really neat stuff & a wide variety of musical styles, etc.  Some students actually perform every instrument, where other songs I cover the rhythm tracks.  Also, it's only fair that I share as well so I'll upload my own demos once in a while.  Enjoy!