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Raymond C.

San Diego, CA
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David F.

Nashville, TN
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Peter A.

Morrisville, PA
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Raymond C. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I was professionally trained in the Romero style of classical guitar and have studied with Robert Wetzel, Dr. Alexander Dunn, Celino Romero, Dr. Randy Pile, and Dr. Colin McAllister at Grossmont College, University of California San Diego, and Victoria Conservatory of Music. I have performed in numerous masterclasses including Antonio De Innocentis, Alexander Dunn, Gerd Wuestemann, Scott Wolf, Jason Vieaux, and Celino Romero. I have also performed with various ensembles including the Grossmont, VCM, UCSD, Villa Musica, and SDSU guitar ensembles.

While I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of playing the guitar, I get greater enjoyment from passing my knowledge and experience of the instrument along to others. I have been teaching since 1999 and still get excited when a student is able to play their first melody, chord, or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am primarily trained as a classical guitarist, I started by playing Rock n' Roll and the Blues. I can cover a wide variety of techniques and topics to suit your musical pursuits including:

Finger-style picking (Classical and Folk)
Rasguados
Tremolo
Hybrid, Alternating, Sweep picking
Tapping
Ligado/Slur technique
Scales. Arpeggios, & Modes
Sight Reading (Tab and Standard Notation)
Music Theory (Harmony and Counterpoint)

Learning the guitar (and music for that matter) is not so much like climbing a ladder as it is a journey. Sometimes there are obstacles you must pass, but once you get past these obstacles there is no stopping you from achieving your goal. My job is to make it easier for you to get past these obstacles (ex. technical problem) and get you to the music you want, whether it is playing your favorite song or writing the next hit single.

Note:
All my students are required to learn basic sight reading for the guitar (first position reading) and tablature. And I offer two programs: Classical and Electric.

The classical guitar program has a higher sight reading requirement and the technique is emphasized. The beginning student will learn basic technique (ex. Apoyando and Free strokes), right hand arpeggios, left hand ligados, and sight reading through the use of exercises and etudes. More advanced students will focus more on style and form. They will also be encouraged to transcribe and compose there own works.

The electric guitar program is a little more relaxed in sight reading standard notation, but students will be taught to read tablature and chord charts. Electric guitar is more focused on improvisation and songwriting and may be more theory intensive than the classical guitar program in some respects depending on what genre is played. Beginning students will learn basic technique (ex. alternate and hybrid picking), chords (open and barre), and scales (Minor Blues Pentatonic) through songs and exercises. Advanced students will focus more on improvisation and song writing.

All students are expected to have their own instrument, music stand, and books. Daily practice (20-30 min/day) is required.

While the guitar presents challenges along the way it can also be one of the most worthwhile journeys of your life. It would be an honor for me to serve as a guide on your journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand
Books and resources
Tuners
Metronomes
Guitar Footstools
Practice amp

Note: Students should have their own guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own guitar and book. The student has to provide a place appropriate for study as well as their own instrument, music stand, books, and computer (for recording students).

*** Specialties ***
I am trained professionally in Classical Guitar, but I also have experience with rock guitar as well as composition and arranging. I also have years of experience with recording and editing in Logic Pro and Sibelius.

David F. Nashville, TN

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

David F. has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do. Scott had this to say about his study with David:

"I studied with David for about 8 months. Although proficient on keyboards, a singer and songwriter; I had never learned the guitar. I knew a lot about the guitar by osmosis, but technically was green. David let me look at the guitar in a whole new way, using infinite variations on basic chords, showed me how to move and follow vocal melodies and challenged me to SEE what I was playing. All at the speed of thought."

Scott Rogness
Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist/Guitarist

David F. plays a custom built guitar with Bartoline electronics made by Jay Rhyne in Atlanta, GA. For live performances, David uses a Roland Guitar Synth and an Apple PowerBook with Logic audio for mixing his arsenal of software synthesizers and samplers, as well as Guitar Rig for guitar effects processing. When in Nashville contact David F. for private guitar lessons.

I am always looking for the band that will allow me to express myself, my influences include Hendrix, Page, Dimeola, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and many others.

I read music and charts, and between practicing, teaching, playing, and recording, I have spent 80+ hours a week for the past 34 years with a guitar. I like to soar in the wind when I am playing."

*** Lesson Details ***
Almost all of my students learn bar chords and how to use them in song they want to play in the first hour of lesson time.

Almost all of my students begin in the first lesson with songs like Little Wing and Georgia On My Mind, and Stairway To Heaven, with the right chords in sheet music form. Once you learn how to do that you can begin to take yourself through songbooks, if you learn how to use the printed music, there is a vast amount of it available everywhere.

Almost all of my students are reading melodies using real notation by the 4th or 5th lesson. Reading melodies they like and want to play. Although my students know how to use tab, Notation is the best way and they all prefer it, once they know the difference. Like the Stairway To Heaven Solo, or any of the beautiful Spanish melodies from J.Rodrigo, or blues ,jazz,rock and roll, once you can read, you can read anything in print on your own.

All of my students learn rhythm skills playing scales and songs with a metronome, so you learn how to play in time, as you develop stronger rhythm skills you can play better alone or with other people.

All of my students learn the Music Theory. What Time Signatures are and mean, Scales and scale harmonization. Chord progressions and playing through the chord changes. All of these and more are the fundamentals you will begin to work on in the first 4-5 hours of lessons with me.
I just don't show you songs, I teach you to teach yourself and begin to become musically independent.
Work on picking and speed and most importantly touch and feel.
Work on Finger picking as well, learn to use all 5 fingers on your right hand. or use the pick and 3 fingers, with me you WILL use your pinky or little finger.
By 3-4 months we will have covered the fundamentals and be working on more advanced material, songs and technique.

*** Studio Equipment ***
separate room with seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I use a Learn to play Guitar book that i wrote and self publish in full color. I also use several books by Jerry Coker with some jazz students,and I recommend the Harvard Dictionary of music to students
I teach the fundamentals of music applied to the guitar and bass, as well as metronome skills,sight reading and music theory.

Peter A. Morrisville, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

My name is Pete. I've been playing guitar for over 15 years. In 2011 I graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music. There, I spent several semesters studying with Tomo Fujita (former teacher of John Mayer and Eric Krasno). I've also studied with legendary guitarist Pat Metheny and Jack Pezanelli. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix are responsible for inspiring me to play guitar and I specialize in teaching blues and jazz guitar, bass, and piano. I firmly believe that every serious musician should study ear training and music theory and I incorporate these areas in my lessons as long as the student wants to study this way. I've performed with a bunch of great artists in the Boston and Philadelphia area.
In 2011, I successfully obtained my master's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The master's program was an intense submersion in music performance that shaped me into the musician that I am today. I was lucky to study with Don Glanden, Mike Kennedy, and Kevin Hanson.
I am also well versed in computer recording software and DAWs. I teach students how to use software programs such as Logic and Reason as well as notation software like Sibelius and Finale. With some basic training in these programs, I can teach a student how to effectively record and produce professional quality recordings so that a student can write, record, and produce their own music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Because I've studied with some legendary teachers who have taught some legendary students (like John Mayer), I'm able to pass on to my students the same knowledge that these incredible teachers passed on to me. I guarantee that I will be unlike any guitar teacher that you've had before. Along with instrumental training, I offer extensive lessons in music theory and ear training. My family is full of educators and I've experienced the teacher-student relationship from a young age. I am fully committed to developing lesson plans based on the route that a student wants to take, whether it's just learning the basics and playing along to your favorite songs or engaging in serious study and preparing for college auditions. I am available to teach at any location within the Philadelphia area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: guitars, amps, music stands, recording set up with mac, mics, couches and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
If necessary, I would be able to temporarily provide students with an acoustic or electric guitar for lesson purposes. I would expect most students to have a guitar of their own, and preferably an amplifier if they choose to learn on electric. I can also provide copies of the books I teach out of but I will ask students to eventually buy their own copy.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz and blues. At Berklee, I was able to take instrumental labs that spent an entire semester focusing on the playing style of certain guitarists. I've taken the Wes Montgomery lab, the Pat Martino lab, the Jimi Hendrix lab, the John Scofield lab, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan lab.

Justin L.

Chicago, IL
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Travis C.

Denver, CO
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Kyle N.

San Diego, CA
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Justin L. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Music has always been my passion since I was young. Even before I played any instruments I was always glued to the radio, eager to hear the next great song. Not only am I passionate about music, but I am passionate about helping others learn and to achieve a similar relationship with music that I have. Patience is my biggest strength in teaching, and with it I am sure I can deliver the best possible atmosphere to help you learn!

After playing guitar all through high school and playing in its jazz band for two years, I realized I really did want to make music a career. I attended Loyola University Chicago and studied guitar and music theory, earning a BA in Music and graduating Cum Laude. I was awarded the Departmental Award for my performances in ensembles, and for my Senior Recital, where I performed all original compositions.

My experience in several styles of guitar can help you too! I feel that this versatility can help teach you exactly what you intend to learn from your lessons, and I will work diligently with you in order to reach your goals!

I am now available for Skype lessons online!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to keep my working environment casual and comfortable, yet still push you forward towards success on your instrument. Receiving a lesson requires work from both the teacher and the student, and if you give me a chance I'll guide you on your musical endeavors!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, electric bass, keyboard, living room, additional seating space

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must ideally own a guitar at home. I will provide basic things such as instrument cables, and very basic accessories for use during lessons if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz guitar, rock, blues, funk, classical guitar, music theory, music composition and arranging,

Travis C. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

Travis is a Classical Guitarist and native Coloradan who recently graduated with his Master’s in
Music degree from the University of Denver where he also received his Bachelor’s in Music degree in 2009. Travis’s talent for music performance has been recognized in his solo and chamber endeavors, winning him honorable mention in the 2010 Lamont School of Music Chamber competition as well as acceptance into the New England Conservatory, University of Southern California, and the University of Denver with praise from prestigious performers Elliot Fisk, William Kannengeiser, and Ricardo Iznaola. While showing promise as a performer, Travis’s true passion is the teaching of music and the powerful impact it has on people’s lives. For the past 7 years he has been teaching guitar to young, aspiring artists and recreational players alike and believes that music is not just about achieving proficiency on an instrument, it is about overcoming challenges and the confidence that comes with it. It is his mission to not only teach music and the joy of music, but through music teach the life lessons of patience, perseverance, dedication, and love of the journey which can help the student in every facet of their lives. As a teacher of all ages and abilities Travis’s main goal is to expand his teaching platform and continue to help the next generation of musicians succeed in accomplishing their goals and inner potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning a musical instrument should be a fun and rewarding experience that enriches your life!

With over 7 years of teaching guitar and over 13 years performing, I know that efficient practice habits and solid technique can unlock your inner potential.

As a student of mine, you can expect a fun and challenging learning environment where bad habits will never be an issue. I primarily teach classical guitar, although all styles are welcome!

My curriculum covers the basics of right and left hand technique, sight reading, ensemble playing, music theory, and performance practice.

It is my personal guarantee, with your dedication and hard work, within 3-6 months, you will have a competent grasp of basic guitar technique, note reading and musicality.

I look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,
Travis C.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach primarily at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Lamont school of Music, in their studio spaces and private practice rooms.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide classical guitar footstools, music stands, as well as music theory text books to get started. I require the student to provide their own guitar. I am also available to consult on the purchasing of a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar and teach many methods depending on the students needs. I can teach the Suzuki method and the Parkening method but primarily teach out of "Bridges" The Royal Conservatory of Music graded repertoire series.

Kyle N. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

*WHY TAKE LESSONS*

Study after study shows that strong music exposure at young ages leads to academic success in all subjects. But the benefits propagate throughout your life - confidence, positive self-esteem, and the knowledge that working hard yields fruit. My job as your teacher is to help you or your young child along this path. It's not a stretch to see that music lessons, where you achieve success by diligent practice, teach patience and discipline.

*WHO I AM*

I'm a recent graduate of the Applied Music Program at San Diego Mesa College and a current senior at San Diego State University majoring in Music Performance. I've been teaching since 2011, and have had a blast teaching students as young as 5 and as "mature" as 65 (their words, not mine!). I specialize in classical guitar technique. So often guitarists are stereotyped as "musically illiterate." You know, the guys who can play a couple chords, but don't read any music except tab and sing out of tune. Not my students! By the time you've had a few lessons with me, you'll be reading music, playing chords, and have a strong foundation to pursue a future in music - should that be your desire. That being said, music is supposed to be fun. We'll be learning, but hopefully I'll do my job so well you won't even realize I've just taught you a bunch of music theory mumbo-jumbo!

*LESSON POLICIES*

We'™re all here for the music. With that in mind, there are a few things we can all do to make sure we have the best experience possible, which I'™ll go through now:

THE THREE P'™s

I promise to be professional, punctual, and prepared. In return, I ask the same from you. The rest of our policies are merely an extension of these three, so if we follow these three p'™s, we'™ll have the most fun!

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICE

For most students, we meet once a week. Six of the seven days of the week, then, it'™s up to you to work on your scales, arpeggios, chords, pieces, and the myriad other parts that make up being a musician. My job as a teacher is to provide guidance; to show you the way I think is the best, to encourage and to push. As a student, your job is to listen, to try, to experiment, and to even fail. Most of this occurs outside of our small time together. Generally, 30 minutes to an hour of practice a day will be enough for younger students. As you improve your skill and technique, you'™ll want to practice even more. Without practice, our precious time together will be spent working on things you would normally be doing during your six days. I don'™t mind playing scales with you (I do like playing scales),“ but wouldn't you rather be jamming?

MISSED AND MAKE-UP LESSONS

24 hours notice is all I ask if you need to cancel and reschedule, via email or phone. Any less and I count it as a missed lesson (which, unfortunately, I must charge for). There are a few reasons for this: my schedule gets wonky when I have short-notice cancels, it takes away time from other students, it takes away time from my family, and it disrupts our lesson schedule. Charging for missed lessons isn't to penalize you for when life happens - it'™s to discourage those who haven'™t practiced and are avoiding my wrath (I know who you are!), and to maintain our three p'™s.

About Classical Guitar

The classical guitar, often referred to as the Spanish guitar, is the father of the modern-day guitar. Normally, the classical guitar is played with the fingers, rather than a pick, and uses nylon strings and a wider fretboard to allow for more complex fingering positions. The Spanish guitar has a beautiful rich tonal quality, and with proper technique, it creates an earthy yet romantic sound. Many instructors will teach you how to read classical guitar tabs, how to tune your guitar, proper classical guitar technique, Spanish guitar scales and will help you if you are looking at buying a classical guitar. In addition, our certified instructors here at TakeLessons are friendly and eager to help you learn to play the guitar. If you enroll in our classical guitar lessons, you will have the ...

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