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Guitar Lesson Student Testimonial - Eric Escobedo, The Mutilations



"I decided to take guitar lessons a couple years after I picked up my first guitar. Marzuki was my teacher. At the time I knew almost nothing, I always thought of me as a slow learner, and I wasn't sure if music was the right path for me, but it didn't matter for Marzuki. He is the most patient person I've ever met. He's very encouraging and kind to his students. He taught me everything I know; all my basic scales, chords, and reading, etc."

"Marzuki is the best coach, mentor, and friend that anyone can ask for. If it wasn't for my lessons with him, I wouldn't be where I am right now. It has now been almost 9 years for me as a dedicated musician. I currently lead a punk blues, garage rock trio band called The Mutilations that has played many shows and events around the Bay Area, that's written countless songs, that is finishing up recording our first EP, and that is getting ready to compete in the "Gorilla Music Battle Of The Bands Finals".


"I plan to pursue music in college and hope be a professional musician, producer, etc. Marzuki Grinage can certainly say that he had a big part with all of my accomplishments. I thank him or everything." Eric Escobedo, The Mutilations -

Guitar Lesson Student Testimonial - Scott Ricketts, Low Country Kingdom




"Marzuki's guitar lessons are empowering jam sessions. I feel like we make new music every time, and then when I get home, I realize I also picked up on a ton of music theory along the way. He brought my soul, funk, and lead game to the next level, and then I leveled up like ten more times after that. Talk to this guy." - Scott Ricketts of Low Country Kingdom



Mimi - Marzuki Grinage (guitar) opening for BILAL Mon 9-29-11 @ The New Parish Oakland, CA.



Sound Of Souls


SOUND OF SOULS Members: Simon Russell-Vocals/Keys, Marzuki Grinage-Vocals/Guitar, Billy Johnson-Drums, Robert Watson-Bass, Dez Parker-Background Vocals.

Music from the soul created by musicians who have worked with legendary artists such as James Brown, Santana, Donny Hathaway, Maze, Joss Stone, members of Sly And The Family Stone, Graham Central Station and Prince, among others.

*Check out the Videos to see performances with some of these amazing Artists* *Join the Email List for Members Only FREE MP3 Downloads!

Haiti Relief Benefit Concert - Punk Funk Mob, Too Short, Tony, Toni, Tone and more!


Thursday January 28th 7:00 @ Historic Sweet's Ballroom in Oakland, CA.

All proceeds will go to the relief efforts in Haiti.

Haiti Relief Benefit Concert - Punk Funk Mob, Too Short, Tony, Toni, Tone!

Speech Level Singing Vocal Intensive with Greg Enriquez Wednesday, November 04 - Monday, November 09, 2009

Wednesday, November 04 -November 09, 2009
San Jose, San Francisco, Roseville/Sacramento, CA
Click here for more info and to register;

SF weekly Reviews Punk Funk Mob Yoshi's SF Performance!

Eric Arnold of SF Weekly wrote; "The Punk Funk Mob delivered on its advance billing as "Funkadelic meets Betty Davis," and vocalist Femi was all that and a bag of chips, telling the crowd at one point, "I didn't say you could stop clapping." Thus chastened, the seated crowd resumed its soul clap with vigor." - Read The full SF Weekly Review of The Punk Funk Mob "We Got Funk" Series Performance @ Yoshi's SF!

Speech Level Singing Masterclass with Master Instructor Dave Stroud


Masterclass (Open to the Public) "Introduction to Speech Level Singing" Sunday, November 16, 2008 : 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Heritage Inn Express 204 Harding Boulevard Roseville, CA 95678 (800) 228-4747 Price: $40 Click here for more info and to register!

Femi Releases debut CD "Sweet Water Soul."(Talking House Records )


Marzuki Grinage plays Guitar on the songs "Sweet Water (Rezo)" "Imported" "Crush" "If I Knew"(*the intro lead guitar only) and "Pages." Femi also studied Speech Level Singing with Marzuki Grinage during the pre-production stage of the project. For more info visit
Available now in stores and on iTunes!

Learn Speech Level Singing - The Technique used by Legends!


Marzuki Grinage is a Certified Instructor of the Legendary Speech Level Singing Technique and am currently the only Certified SLS teacher in Oakland and San Leandro CA. Speech Level Singing is applicable to Pop, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Opera, everyday speech, and more. SLS is used by singers such as Stevie Wonder, David Archuleta (Top 2 on American Idol,) Prince, Luther Vandross, Ozzy Osbourne, Kelly Clarkson, Ray Charles, Amy Lee (Evanescence,) Julio Iglesias, Josh Groban, Phillip Webb (Opera Star, who recently replaced Luciano Pavorotti in the "The Three Tenors,") among many others. For more on Speech Level Singing please visit;

SLS trains and certifies qualified teachers throughout the world. Only teachers that are currently SLS certified are allowed to teach the technique. The Speech Level Singing certification process requires that teachers demonstrate a correct understanding and execution of SLS through continual study including proficiency testing to be approved and certified. The Certification process was created to ensure that the purity and integrity of Speech Level Singing is maintained. SLS is not a static technique, but a process of continual education.

The certification process ensures all voice students that their teacher is on track and can therefore lead them into the education they desire. Teachers must re-certify each year in order to deepen their understanding of SLS, to learn the most effective tools and developments to better address student's needs. The Speech Level Singing organization provides a network of the most knowledgeable and gifted instructors for Speech Level Singing, a certification process that insures the quality of the instructors and informs the public of the instructor's expertise.

SLS emphasizes the development of the middle voice or "mix," which is a blend of your lower "chest voice" and upper "head" voice resonances. Having a mix allows you to sing without cracking, straining, or having to resort to a weak falsetto for middle or upper notes. Singing with a good mix is the way your voice is naturally set up to function and is a healthy way to extend range, build strength and improve the quality of your voice! You shouldn't have to push and strain your voice as you sing higher OR flip over to falsetto (you know that weak airy voice,), which is not a true head voice. If your voice tires easily or gets hoarse you are singing in an abusive way.

Singing too hard or singing too airy can both cause damage to your voice. Many singers strain or have to sing in falsetto any higher than E flat, E, F, F# or G above middle C (for most males,) or a G#, A, A#, B or C above middle C (most females.) This is a specific problem that is very common among singers. When you're singing correctly the listener will hear one voice from the bottom to the top of your range. If you HAVE to sing louder as you move up through your range than you are forcing your voice. It can be important to sing loud but this should be for dynamics rather than a necessity for hitting higher notes!

Contact Marzuki Grinage to schedule a no commitment trial lesson. (At regular rate.) Expect to experience positive changes in the first lesson! You will learn safe and effective exercises that when practiced for as little as 15min per day will immediately begin improving the health and balance of your voice. Application of technique to songs is also offered (any style.)
It is not uncommon for the first Speech Level Singing lesson to resolve difficulties that have been troubling a student for many years. Students include Professional Singers, Actors, Teachers and Beginners. LOCATION: Oakland Voice Studio @ 7th Ave & Park Blvd. *LESSONS ALSO AVAILABLE IN SAN LEANDRO. Beginners are welcome! Contact #(510) 866-3046 or email to schedule a lesson.


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