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Edwin I.

Hawthorne, CA
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Julian Y.

Boulder, CO
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO
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Edwin I. Hawthorne, CA

All styles - strumming, fingerpicking
All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
Repertoire
Music analysis

About Edwin

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age ...

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William H. November 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Edwin is extremely patient and good natured. His knowledge of music and his ear for chords is amazing. I am a beginner and within a few lessons I am playing full songs from major bands. I couldn't be happier with Edwin and will be working with him for a long time.
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Nicole K. August 27, 2014
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Edwin has been teaching my 10 year old daughter for a year. He is sooo patient. It is nice that he asks her what songs she would like to learn and it allows her to have a say in what she plays! He is a great teacher!!
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Eugene May 14, 2014
I've always wanted to learn guitar and have had one lying around for awhile. I've been on youtube to try to learn some basics, but it was great to finally get some real feedback and pointers. Edwin was very patient and helped me get some basic rhythms down. Now I've got some specific stuff to work on til my next lesson.

The live 1-on-1 lessons with awesome TakeLessons teachers are a must if you are serious about learning properly!
Julian Y. Boulder, CO

The guitar is a fun instrument to learn because it lends itself to many shortcuts in musical proficiency. Very much unlike the piano, if you learn 1 major scale pattern on the guitar, you can then easily play a major scale in all 12 keys.

About Julian

I just completed my Music BA at CU Boulder. I have played in several different ensembles on a variety of instuments including Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Voice. My classical training in combination with my experience as a song writer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader gives me a uniquely well-rounded teaching style. I aim to teach and inspire students to use music as a platform for learning important skills such as diligent practice, cognitive flexibilty, and creative expression.

I grew up in Boulder and Hawaii where I gained a love for island music, Reggae, Highlife Music, Jazz and Funk. I am currently in a band called "Isa and Joe Alan" which plays original music in all these styles. I am also a professional face painter, juggler and balloon twister, and ...

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Brenda T. November 16, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Julian has been wonderful to teach Music Theory as well as Piano. He has interesting methods and uses very solid music theory, to create a larger picture which leads to a full understanding of how piano works, and of the music you play on it.

Lessons are interesting and fun. Also I find them very well-rounded. Julian is a positive instructor and I find him very respectful and simply fun to learn from.

I highly recommend Julian Y.
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Niel R. July 26, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It's difficult to find an instructor and I feel extremely lucky that I ended up studying with Julian. I was a beginning piano player but very interested in a strong music theory base for my studies. Julian has an extremely deep knowledge of music theory and application across many styles. We have probably spent as much time on theory as on playing (my choice/naturally where our lessons have gone). He is also an excellent guitar player and i have paired relearning guitar with the piano so our lessons can range widely from piano practice to theory to guitar and back.

I find Julian extremely easy to get a long with, very good at explaining theory and leading me to my own epiphanies and conclusions that have made learning continually exciting. He is a good communicator about lessons times and has been probably more flexible than i deserve in accommodating my schedule.

As we have progressed we are now working on song writing, music notation, jazz/staff notation, working through the REAL BOOK, ear training, etc..

My greatest fear was ending up with a very parochial or didactic instructor. Julian is anything but that. I look forward to my lessons every week and have increased my time with him to twice a week.
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Nicki H. June 26, 2014
Drum · In home
My son has been taking drum lessons from Julian for about six months now. Julian is fantastic with him. He seems very knowledgeable and his demeanor is perfect for kids (and adults!). He likes to incorporate other instruments into the lesson as well, since my son can also play piano. He has a nice energy during lessons, keeping a good balance of having fun and learning. He also just led my son in his first group experience, where he played drums while others played guitar and keyboard. Julian was amazing at keeping everyone on task, while having fun at the same time! I would recommend Julian as a music instructor for anyone and everyone. :)
S. Parker G. Denver, CO

Chords, Rhythm, Note-Reading, Soloing, and technique from the simplest to most complex levels

About S. Parker

Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had.

-Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver

-Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston

-Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005)

-Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013)

-Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble

-Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls

-Creator of "Strum by Strum"

-Takelessons teacher since 2008

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Eli M. December 1, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have only had three lessons so far, but Parker has been very easy to work with. I am sure that I present a challenge as far as structuring a lesson program. I am an older student (late 60's), I had some formal music training learning to play the accordion when I was young, but I am entirely self taught on guitar. I played guitar for several years when I was in my late teens, & picked it up again about 8 or nine months ago.
Consequently, I am all over the map in terms of my capabilities. Advanced beginner or intermediate in some technical areas, but with major gaps in my understanding of both theory and technique, Parker has done a nice job initially of not spending too much time on things I already know, but still covering enough of the basics with me to identify gaps in my abilities that need to be strengthened. I have enjoyed my sessions, and the pace has been about right so far.
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Anthony G. July 8, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely knowledgeable, and best of all: he knows good tricks to teach you the content. He's done this for years and will serve you well. He can occasionally get sidetracked/off-topic, but it serves to provide insight into other aspects of the lesson and doesn't detract from the content. Overall, I'm very happy continuing lessons with him! :)
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Chip M. June 2, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Enjoying my lessons and teaching style a lot. Parker has given me a new way to look at the guitar.

Felipe G.

San Antonio, TX
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Francesca V.

San Diego, CA
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Jason J.

Valhalla, NY
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Felipe G. San Antonio, TX

Playing guitar is so much fun and I can help you discover your inner rockstar! Materials used in guitar lessons include various Hal Leonard publications, such as Guitar Method books 1, 2, & 3, and Guitar aerobics, as well as the Guitar Grimorie series published by Carl Fischer. For children's guitar lessons, I use Children's Complete Guitar Method from Alfred.

About Felipe

Hello and thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Felipe Garcia and I am a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist. I began teaching music in 2010 and have loved it ever since. I believe learning to play music can be fun and easy, and I work hard to make sure your experience with music is one that will inspire you to play for the rest of your life, for as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “without music, life would be a mistake.”

In addition to being tons of fun, learning to play music can affect your life in so many ways. Studies show that learning to play music facilitates the learning of other subjects and helps to develop the areas of the brain that are associated with language and reasoning, as well as supports spatial intelligence. Learning music also helps creative thinking, ...

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Amanda M. December 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Felipe has been a fantastic instructor! My son is 4, nearing 5, and like most his age, has a limited attention span. Felipe has been able to keep him engaged and has been extremely flexible and easy to work with. He has introduced my son to not only drums, but also any other instrument he shows an interest in. I highly recommend him.
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Ruth V. November 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Felipe has such a wonderful talent in teaching music to those who seek musical enlightenment. Felipe specializes in finding the method that works best for your learning environment. With Felipe, the learning will never stop!
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Noemi N. October 29, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Felipe is a great teacher! He is patient and very knowledgeable. He makes it fun in a relaxing setting. I'm grateful to be his student. I thought at my age (40's) it would be intimidating, but Felipe makes you feel comfortable and confident that anything is possible. So if you have considered learning to play guitar or other instruments...just do it! And call Felipe!
Francesca V. San Diego, CA

Francesca has played guitar for 25 years. She can tailor lessons to any style comfortably with a background in classical and commercial music.

About Francesca

Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire ...

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Krissy G. November 25, 2014
We have really had a lot of fun working with Francesca! My daughter and I have been taking guitar lessons for a few months and in that short time we have learned new skills along with a sense of motivation to develop ourselves as musicians. I really appreciate how Francesca teaches with a variety of techniques in order to meet the needs of all different learners - she inspires and keeps us enthusiastic to learn. She listens to what is needed for each student and makes each lesson fresh and fun. We're so happy that we found her as a teacher and I would definitely recommend her!
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Holly S. August 6, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 14 year old daughter and Francesca have been working together for 2 years now. Initially the lessons were geared towards piano to build a foundation to singing and all music, and we have incorporated singing for the last year. My daughter and Francesca have built an understanding together on what to work on, focus on, and build on. My daughter is the ability to sing and play piano simultaneously, each week coming to Francesca with what she is inspired by with her own natural skills and Francesca knows how to take this to the next level. My daughter trusts Francesca and her guidance and is motivated by everything she shares. If you are looking for an instructor to motivate you to be a confident musician and not just someone who plays an instrument well, she is the one! We love Francesca!
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Shannon F. August 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Initially, I hired Francesca purely as a singing coach. It had been years since my last singing performance outside of my car or shower and I needed help to brush-up my technique and help me to build upon my current knowledge to grow as a singer. What I got from my lesson's with Francesca was far more than I could have imagined. In my first lesson, she posed the "genie in a lamp" scenario...if I had a genie that could grant me three wishes, what would they be. Once we talked about my goals of growing, not only as a singer, but also as a performer, songwriter, pianist, and guitar player, a door to the world of musical theory and sound singing technique swung open with such vigor, I was consumed with excitement following my first lesson. I was finally on the right path to get where I want to be as an artist.

Francesca will push and guide you as far as you need to go, but only if she knows that's your goal. She routinely checks-in to make sure we are progressing in the right direction and is a great person for suggestions (with no pressure) and to bounce new ideas off of. She is realistic, but allows you to dream-up the life you want, in regards to music. She is a God send and I am so thankful I found her as a coach.

Francesca is an amazing find and I cannot wait to see where my coaching journey leads into the world of music and performing!
Jason J. Valhalla, NY

Guitar all styles as well as ukulele.

About Jason

Jason received his Bachelor of Music from UMKC Music Conservatory and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Music Performance at the Rudi E Scheidt School of Music where he studied with Lily Afshar. Jason has won several competitions including the "Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition" and has performed at various festivals including the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He currently received an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase with Frederic Hand. Jason is passionate about teaching guitar to all ages. He has received Suzuki guitar training at the Frank Longay Conservatory of Guitar and is qualified to teach the method to children as young as three years old and older.

Jason is equally as proficient in Rock/Metal as he is in Classical and ...

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ralph H. July 21, 2014
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. He has helped me with my technique, hand positioning which is very important with classical guitar. I highly recommend Jason.
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Ernest S. March 11, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
1st Lesson

My 1st lesson with Jason was very relaxed & professional. I learned more in 45 minutes than the last 5 months on my own in regards to reading music, rhythm, timing and playing the notes on the staff. He is very patient and knowledgeable. His diversity in music provides an understanding of where you are at and where you want to go with music. I look forward to my next lesson with Jason.

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Kevin P. December 18, 2012
Verified Student
Jason knows the classical guitar.

I have been teaching myself for the past 1 1/2 year using an online course. Although it is a beginner course Jason has chosen to use the content of that course. He has been able to take the music and increase the skill level to an intermediate level. He has also introduce me to the modern guitar music that this course would not address. Lessons were so helpful I initially increased my sessions from 30 min. up to 45 and then up to the full hour.

About Guitar

The guitar is one of the most common instruments for beginner musicians. It’s fun to play, and with practice and dedication, most students can learn to play several easy songs within 1-2 months! Our friendly guitar instructors teach both acoustic guitar lessons and electric guitar lessons. In addition, we have teachers who specialize in a variety of guitar genres, including jazz, blues, classical, Spanish, flamenco, country, rock, metal and more.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that students learn faster when taking private guitar lessons or classes, compared to watching video tutorials or ‘how to play guitar’ YouTube videos. Finding a specialized teacher for one-on-one lessons will give you the feedback and personal attention you need to become the best guitar player

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