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Peter M.

Portland, OR
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Jane Y.

Ridgefield, WA
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John S.

Portland, OR
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Peter M. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I knew I wanted to be a professional guitar player from the first time I picked up an electric guitar over 14 years ago. I started taking private lessons as soon as I got my first guitar, and without the crucial guidance and encouragement I received early on I certainly would not be the guitarist I am today, and that old guitar might even be collecting dust in a closet somewhere. Since I began teaching 8 years ago my goal has been to provide that same encouragement to beginning students and to help them realize that no matter what their ambitions are, they can be achieved with enough practice and they can have fun along the way!

When I started high school I realized there was a lot more to playing guitar than the hard rock and blues songs I had been learning up until then, so I enrolled in a music theory class, joined my school's jazz band and began taking classical guitar lessons at the University of Wyoming. After high school I accepted academic and music scholarships to attend the University of Oregon where I majored in Jazz Studies, and I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on jazz arranging. While at UO I performed in student combos and my own rock band Just People as well as the award winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble. I also had the opportunity to perform with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and play several shows with Grammy-Award winning country artist Lynn Anderson.

This diverse experience allows me to help my students improve their technique and gain a deeper understanding of the guitar, regardless of the style(s) of music they are passionate about. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to play guitar and that lessons should be fun, whether your goal is to be able to sing your favorite song and strum a few chords or start your own band and take over the world!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that lessons are most effective when they relate to your life and the music you love. I've talked to countless people who have told me "I used to play violin..." or "I played piano when I was younger...", and every time I ask them why they stopped I get a variation on the same answer: "I just didn't feel like practicing." My goal is for every student to look forward to their practice time, and to prevent it from falling into the 'chores' category next to taking out the trash and washing the dishes.

In order to make learning fun we'll start by learning songs that are meaningful to YOU. After becoming familiar with the basics like chords and strumming patterns, we'll dig a little deeper and look at the structure of the song and the fundamentals of music theory that went into composing it. After learning a few songs this way you'll gain not just a larger vocabulary of chords and rhythms, but also the tools to start writing your own music. From there we can develop a more concrete lesson plan based on your individual goals as a musician, whether you're interested in songwriting, improvising, advanced techniques or music theory.

In addition to practicing the material covered in each week's lesson I'll often give students small homework assignments, which can range from finding a musical example of a topic we're learning to writing their own chord progressions. I'm very relaxed and easy-going, but I expect students to come to each lesson prepared to work on new material after a quick review of the previous week's lesson.

After a few months of lessons each student will be able to comfortably play several songs from beginning to end, play basic major and minor scales, discuss the basic structural elements of songwriting (verse, chorus, etc) and tell all of their friends how much fun they're having learning to play guitar!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room area w/ guitars and amp, no waiting area for parents but they can sit in on lessons. Lots of street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a laptop, lesson-related handouts and staff paper. I expect the student to have their own instrument and basic equipment (picks, spare strings, etc)

*** Specialties ***
My college degree is in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on arranging, I specialize in teaching jazz guitar as well as classic rock, hard rock, fingerstyle acoustic and blues.

Jane Y. Ridgefield, WA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

A Professional Musician, I am now happy to pass my skills and knowledge on to the next generations so that they may have ALL the fun and enjoyment of music in their lives, that I had in mine.

Having toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and self produced 10 CDs, I have 3 EMMY AWARDS for soundtrack music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, Nature Documentaries. They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.

Playing acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guitar, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums, I majored in Flute and Voice at UF and have spent my life immersed in and obsessed by the world of music.

I have played classical, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, praise, gospel, afro-pop, ska and 80's music, and have toured as a solo act, a duo, a trio, and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ, for 8 years.

I teach lessons and classes full time, and also perform LIVE and in person frequently in local venues for profit and community service.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons start with learning the names of notes, how to read music, a bit of music theory (time signature, sharps and flats) and how this translates to the instrument the child chooses. All instruments are taught by fingering first and then musical notes second. It is easier for the child this way, and he/she can be playing a song with both hands by the end of first lesson.

As the child learns the beginning steps of reading and implementing music, I encourage them to tell me what songs they like, and then try to find an easy one to start with.

So that while we are learning "real music" we are also having fun with a piece that your child enjoys and has "CHOSEN".

This way they have some discipline AND some fun!

As pieces are mastered, the same pieces can be redone on different, more difficult levels, so that pieces are always growing and improving.

Eventually the student can read music competently on the instrument, as well as hear and play by ear.

At higher levels I teach the ability to improvise and read music and chord charts in order to play professionally with other musicians. I also encourage students to get with other students and friends to have music "sessions." They can bring their musical friends to lesson to help learn songs for TALENT SHOWS or CHURCH or what ever their immediate needs or desires are. I can also record "Karaoke" tracks for songs they write or want to sing for talent shows/ auditions.

All lessons are custom designed for the student's abilities, tastes and goals. ALL LESSONS ARE DESIGNED TO BE FUN, and ENJOYED BY THE STUDENT as well as the instructor. I want both of us to have a great time in lesson and learn while we do.

See TRAVEL EQUIPMENT Below for INSTRUCTION MANUALS USED in my lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
STORY AND CLARK PIANO
Guild, Yamaha, Alvarez and Martin Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.
Crate and Roland Guitar Amplifiers.
Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar and Gallien Kruger amp.
Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier.
Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard
Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard
Djembe hand drum,
Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems,
MacBooks (3), iBook and Motu Recording Studio w/Mark of the Unicorn: Audio Desk software.
Garage Band and Audio box USB interface
4 pc Tama Swingstar Drumset w/ Zildjian Cymbals
Recorder, tambourine, shakers, and Alesis Drum Machine.
Zoom H2 Portable Digital Recording device.
Behringer Headphone amp with five sets of headphones.
Shure, Audio Technica, and ADK vocal and condenser microphones.
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorders
Autoharp and Thumb piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
The Student is expected to bring a three ring binder to lessons, to hold all lesson materials, as well as any other required Instruction Books. Sheets will be provided with sheet protectors for your binder.

JOHN THOMPSON MODERN COURSE FOR PIANO: First grade book $7
JR HANON for the Piano: Complete book 1 and excerpts from Book 2&3 $9
Hal Leonard Guitar Method COMPLETE EDITION (Books 1, 2 and 3) in one volume $15
Hal Leonard Bass Method $10

Please have new strings on guitars before the first lesson.

Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories!

FYI for allergic people: Cats in household. Studio Cleaned (vacuumed, dusted, aired out) daily. Air purifiers/Ionizer in studio.

*** Specialties ***
FUN SONGS!
Jazz standards, Folk, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass and Country!
Ska, Blues, New Age/Ambient, and Best of All ~ Compose Your Own!

John S. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Originally from Minnesota, I have lived in the Portland area for the past 25 years with my wife, Ruth, and two children.

My formal music education began in 1979, in my home town of Minneapolis. I studied guitar, music theory and composition at the West Bank School of Music, MacPhail Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota (Jazz Studies), and locally, w/ Eric Skye.

Some of my musical influences are: Pat Metheny, Tony Rice, J.J. Cale, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas, Mark Knopfler, John Hiatt, Elvis Costello, Prince, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Beatles, Stones...

My teaching experience began back in college when my guitar instructor, Billy Bernard ("first in class" GIT graduate; performed with Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Rufus Reid), decided to give me his "overflow" students when his schedule was full. I fell in love with teaching and have continued to teach ever since.

I have a lot of experience teaching children and young adults; I taught beginning and group lessons in Duluth, Minnesota for two years and for years after that in Superior, Wisconsin, where I ran a guitar program and developed the group lesson curriculum. I have had great success teaching all ages and playing levels, and feel comfortable teaching most playing styles (fingerstyle or plectrum/pick).

My musical journeys have given me a broad base of music knowledge and performance experience; I have studied and performed many styles of music with numerous groups and ensembles over the last 35 years; Pop, Rock, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, RnB, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Big-Band... I currently play with a bluegrass/neograss/americana group, SwitchGrass.

I consider myself a musical "generalist" because I don't really play or specialize in any one style of music. I am a multi-instrumentalist with interest and experience in many different styles of music. Guitar is my main instrument, but over the years I have become proficient on Mandolin, Banjo (5-string and Tenor), Ukulele, Bass, and Harmonica. Playing multiple instruments and styles helps me to see music and musicians from many angles; I can help a student become a well-rounded, thoughtful musician, not just a "guitar player."

Over the years I have been involved with numerous aspects of the music business, including Radio DJ, Music Buyer for a music chain, and I owned and operated a local music store for 12 years (CDs, DVDs, Games, Guitars, Amps). I have obtained an obscene amount of knowledge and information about musicians, recording, instruments, and the music business in general, and I believe that these experiences give me an extra broad perspective and help to make me a better music teacher.

I am the father of two very active and talented children, one with A.D.H.D. and the other with dyslexia, so I do have some experience dealing with and teaching children that are hyperactive, impulsive, and have learning disabilities. I believe that studying, practicing, and playing music has been extremely helpful in my children's intellectual development and has played an "instrumental" part in building their character and positive self-image.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student will have a customized program tailored to meet their personal aspirations, playing level and level of commitment. The student should be realistic in their goals and make sure that they have committed a block of time every day to pursue their music studies. Lessons aren't cheap, and time is valuable, so I always strive to keep the student on track and using their practice time efficiently and effectively.

Everybody learns at individual rates and respond differently to different teaching styles, so I will always try to adapt my lesson materials and approach to match the personality and drive of the student. Does the student just want to learn some songs for fun and relaxation, do they want to play in their friend's band, or do they want to become a professional musician and perform at Carnegie Hall?

Whatever your musical dreams and aspirations are, I can help get you there and pledge to always keep your lessons fun, organized and inspiring.

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Depending on your goals, interests, playing level, age, etc., lesson topics can include:

Basic Guitar Knowledge >>> learn the parts of your guitar and how everything works; how to tune, change strings, set-up, and maintain your guitar... you won't want to play much, if your instrument doesn't play good and sound good.

Proper Guitar Technique >>> good posture; holding the guitar and pick properly; efficient right and left hand techniques; building hand strength and calluses... things you need to produce a good, solid, musical tone.

The Language of Music >>> naming the notes; standard and "tab" music notation; naming chords; basic music terms and concepts... things you need to know, to learn and communicate about music.

Chords, Scales, & Rhythm >>> (5) main chord types, (5) main scale types, and learn various rhythm styles, and the (supreme) importance of solid tempo and timing... the primary tools you'll need to play music.

Learning and Performing Songs >>> the process of how to learn and practice a song; reading and interpreting sheet music, "TAB," and chord charts; learning to "play by ear;" picking the right key for you to sing in; how to use a capo; how to play and sing at the same time... hint: repetition is your friend.

Music Theory >>> chord and scale construction, harmonized scales, chord inversions, chord extensions & substitutions, passing chords, scale modes, chord-scale relationships, improvisation, etc... things the advanced and serious music student need to know.

Alternative Guitar Techniques >>> "open tunings," "slide guitar," "harmonics," "chicken-pickin," "palm muting," etc... advanced tools and tricks to create a wider palate of sounds from your instrument.

Song Writing >>> I can help you develop your original song ideas; basic song writing and composition techniques; song forms; building chord progressions; building melodic phrases; using different rhythms and time signatures; merging words w/ music... stuff you'll want to know, if you're itching to write your own tunes... hint: that music theory stuff comes in handy.

Learning other Instruments >>> If you already play guitar and have ever thought about learning a second instrument, I can show you how to take the knowledge and techniques that you've learned on guitar, and transfer them over to the Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, or Banjo; I can also teach you how to play the Harmonica, which is a really easy and fun instrument to learn... Impress your friends and add spice to your jams!

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No matter what your ultimate musical goals are, I want you to learn practical tools that you can use and build upon for the rest of your life. I want to help you and inspire you to become the musician that you aspire to... Let me share my love of music and years of teaching and performance experience with you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a complete, full-blown studio available w/ drum kit, hand percussion, bass rig, guitar rigs, keyboards, and P.A. system. I have digital and analog recording equipment with lots of software, hardware, plug-ins, and other miscellaneous musical toys to play with. I have instruments here that you can borrow for your lesson, in case you don't want to or can't travel with yours.

We can record/videotape your lessons and upload them to the TakeLessons.com web site for you to reference any time you want, which is pretty darn cool and high-tech, and quite handy when you forgot what you were supposed to be practicing for the week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I currently don't give lessons outside my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I am a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Ukulele, Percussion) and would call myself a "generalist" in that I can play a number of instruments in a number of different styles and don't really specialize in any one... my strength is my diversity.

I am at home playing fingerstyle guitar (ala Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, etc.), or with a plectrum (pick). My style lends itself best to roots-based Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Soul, Country, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

Along w/ my years of performance and teaching experience, I also have a good amount of instrument repair and maintenance experience, so I can show you so some tips and tricks and help you keep your instrument performing it's best, while saving yourself a ton of money at the guitar repair shop!

Lisa N.

Beaverton, OR
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David H.

Portland, OR
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Stuart C.

Aurora, OR
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Lisa N. Beaverton, OR

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Hello:
I have been a guitar and voice instructor for over 15 years, and piano for 3. I am also in the testing stages for violin and ukulele. I really love this job! I had a real hard time learning guitar when I was growing up because of an accident to my left arm, but I wanted to play so much that I was able to overcome it. Because of this, I think I have learned to be a very patient teacher. I see students who get frustrated and think that it's too hard to play the guitar, but I promise you my program is fun and simple. I can show you the steps to success. I have taught over 500 students in a variety of cities from Minneapolis Minnesota, to Los Angeles California, and now Portland Oregon. I have had individually and group taught over 28,000 lessons in that time, so I have dealt with every kind of person including those with disabilities. I am currently obtaining my Masters in Music education and Psychology from Marylhurst, and I have taught every age from 5-70. I am also a performer, and I own my own music publishing company through ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers). I currently teach Piano to level 3, so if you are a beginner, you will love my new program. Music is my life, I can help you make your dream of playing guitar, piano or singing come true. You can do it!

* I hold recitals twice a year in May and November.

*** Lesson Details ***
The thing I have learned over the years teaching guitar is that everyone learns differently. I have taught in family situations where there are two or three siblings learning at the same time, but each sibling learned the skills that are unique to them. Some students are better at playing rhythm, some students are better at lead, some students are better with barre chords. As long as you are enjoying playing the guitar, you will be able to grow in every area at your own pace. Music should be a fun and rewarding experience. My lessons usually include songs that you like to play and are at your level of playing ability. We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum machine while you play guitar and I play the bass notes, giving you the feel of a live group situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.But if that's not for you we can just play guitar together too, whatever makes you feel the most comfortable is how you will be able to learn the best. Tell me what you need I am always here to help you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amplifiers, Chords, Microphones, Guitars, Piano

Private Cancellation Policy
Effective 1/1/2014, all lessons scheduled with Lisa N., Take Lessons instructor for piano, guitar, bass, and voice, will now have new reschedule and cancellation requirements. These requirements are that no lessons may be cancelled, only rescheduled. If students cancel the remaining lessons they have paid for, they must make them up or they will be forfeited. If a student misses a lesson due to sickness, vacation, traffic, or emergency, the student will have the lesson marked as missed, but will be allowed to make up the lesson within the month. The student must make up the lesson on a Saturday, unless other times are available for reschedule throughout the week. Check with the instructor for flexibility in scheduling, as every effort will be made to accommodate the situation. There will no longer be a 24 hour cancellation policy as all lessons will be marked missed. The teacher will give the same consideration due to emergencies, sickness, and or classes, and if a student shows up at the studio and a lesson cannot be given by the teacher for any reason, the student will not be charged and an additional free lesson will be given for the inconvenience.
Thanks Sincerely Lisa N.
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*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Beginning to intermediate Guitar Voice and Bass lessons, beginning Piano.

David H. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I've studied music at Portland State University, and am well dug into the Portland music scene. I teach you how to turn basic chords and strumming patterns into your own musical ideas, as well as learning your favorite songs. I have experience teaching students how to play most any song in front of family and friends, or with others. Students will get real music theory training as well as advanced guitar techniques. I usually teach students to sing and play the songs in order to help students work on melody and chord structure at the same time.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm pretty laid back, but I definitely know the value of hard work. We just keep working it until we get it right. We work until we're happy with it. We use handouts as well as books tailored to your learning style.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instrument, notebook, somewhat quiet and clean place

*** Specialties ***
All singer /songwriter tools taught. From practicing, to writing, to performance..

Stuart C. Aurora, OR

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Stuart C.
Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer
Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music
Composition and Guitar Performance
I am a guitarist and songwriter currently living in Oregon. I graduated from Western Oregon University majoring in music, specifically pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music with a dual emphasis in composition/songwriting and guitar performance. I played with the Singer/Songwriter combo for most all of my college career, and emerged as one of its most valuable members. I have studied guitar with Christopher Woitach, and I have studied Composition with Bill Whitley, Kevin Walczyk, Adam Bates and Christopher Woitach.
I have played and studied many different styles of music, ranging from Country, Bluegrass and Folk to Rock, Blues, R&B, and many more. I have arranged songs from professionals and my peers alike. I also have written and co-written dozens of songs.
I taught with the American Guitar Academy, where I honed my skills as a teacher. I have taught people from all walks of life, all ages and skill levels. I love teaching and helping people reach their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to start lessons off by getting to know my student. I like to know what kind of music they like and what they want to play. I really want to know who I am teaching. I use a building block teaching style, where everything you learn builds upon or compliments the previous skill. The most important part of lessons is the practicing you do in between each lesson, but you might not have to practice as much as you think. Within 6 months, you will learn all the basic chords, rhythms, and scales. You will also learn all the theory behind them, meaning you will know how they are constructed, how they interact and most importantly how to use them. I teach with practicality in mind - if you won't use it, you won't learn it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate Music Studio: guitar, bass, amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my guitar, and teaching materials. I expect the student to have an instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar - singer/songwriter, rock, blues, indie rock, punk, limited Jazz.

Composition - Contemporary Concert Music, American Vernacular and Popular songwriting.

Music Theory - The language and inner workings of music
17th century Counterpoint to Serialism and contemporary composition techniques, orchestration, jazz theory and arranging

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