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Popular Ukulele Teachers Near Diablo

Jacob J.

San Francisco, CA
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Thomas D.

Oakland, CA
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Jacob J. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

As a teacher, my years of experience and study with a wide array of teachers has given me a unique perspective on the process of music making and how everyone can benefit from the act of music making. As a professional musician with a diverse background, I have years of performance and teaching experience to offer my students and to help them overcome any musical difficulties with ease.
Positions in professional orchestras I have held include Principal Bass with the Amedeus Operenensemble in Salzburg, Austria, Assistant Principal Bass with the Northern Symphony Orchestra (MN) and St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra (Redwood City, CA) as well as with the Boise Philharmonic. I am also an avid chamber musician, composer and improvisor, a founding member of the San Francisco Bass Quartet and the Argentine Tango group Tangonero. I have also worked as a session player at San Francisco's Hyde Street Studios and recently collaborated with Third Eye Blind and Jherek Bischoff.
I studied the double bass at the University of MN with Christopher Brown of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and earned my B.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Scott Pingel and Steve Tramontozzi of the San Francisco Symphony.
I have also studied electric bass with Steve Hanson, and drum set with Pete Hennig and Dan Rheinhardt.

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In my years of private teaching experience, I have found that it is most important for the student to have a clear goal or idea of what they want to get out of the lessons. This way both myself and the student have a clear understanding of what we want to accomplish and how I can help make the musical dream a reality. I have found that every student has different musical strengths and tailor my lessons to help the student overcome their specific challenges and strengthen the skills that come naturally. After several months studying with me you can expect to have better understanding of how your instrument works and developed basic skills to play simple tunes by ear and play some of your own music. But most importantly music is FUN! My ultimate goal is to share my love of music with all of my students and help them develop the same love for it that I have.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable and clean private teaching studio w/ drum set, keyboard and amps w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
As a professional freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area I perform regularly in a variety of groups that encompass many genres, including: Symphony orchestras; jazz combos; Argentine Tango groups; folk, rock and funk groups; Bluegrass and more.
I place an importance on nurturing students to become lifelong learners in a safe atmosphere that allows the student to feel comfortable making mistakes and to eventually help them find their own "voice" without negative constructive criticism, because after all, music is supposed to be fun. When starting lessons with a new student I make an effort to learn what kind of music they want to play, in order to establish a place to start and to ultimately give them the tools they need to create their own music in any style that they wish.

Thomas D. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Arithmetic, Banjo, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, Guitar, History, Language, Math, Music Recording, Pre Algebra, Reading, SAT, Science, Trigonometry, Ukulele

About Me

I've been playing various stringed instruments in different ensembles for the last 15 years. I studied electronic music composition and recording at UC Santa Cruz.

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I want to encourage students to explore new musical frontiers including and building upon the styles of music and songs that they're most interested in.

*** Specialties ***
Folk, rock, blues, jazz, and surf guitar!

Mark B. Castro Valley, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I can explain musical theory and concepts many different ways to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient.

Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things.
I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed in many styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Alternative, Country, R&B, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well).

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I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room or Studio, both very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite
have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
feedback rating from students. Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient.

I currently have 4 albums out under my name. My music is on a major new age compilation, and has been played on the radio in several countries, and several internet radio programs. I have played on other people's albums.

Ken W.

Concord, CA
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David W.

Berkeley, CA
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Gabriel D.

San Francisco, CA
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Ken W. Concord, CA

Subjects Taught

Audio Engineering, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

At age 12 Ken picked up a guitar and fell in love with the instrument. He began with an obsession with Metallica and related bands that later evolved to a big interest in classical and jazz music as well as an interest in music theory.

From 2008 -2010 completed the music program at Diablo Valley College in June of 2010, which includes extensive coursework in Music theory, Piano and Guitar. Since 2011 Ken has been a Jazz Guitar Performance Major at Cal State East Bay where he will complete and receive a BA in music. There he has studied Classical and jazz Guitar performance with world class musicians.

"Music has many different levels and the beautiful thing is there is a place for everybody. I have spent a lot of time throughout my music career going “back to basics” in order to become a better musician. We are all capable of becoming great musicians and just because someone can play faster than you doesn't necessarily make them better. Music provides everything from healing power to just plain fun for the human spirit so I always encourage students to go at there own pace and work within their abilities."

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20+ years experience as a musician and teacher Ken has taken self taught route and the lessons route. "I believe 100% that being taught by someone who has sufficient experience really provides the roadway for a solid foundation whether you are planning on being a pro, just for fun and all levels in between. The combination of self-discipline and a good teacher are a must to have as a musician."

Amongst many other approaches of teaching music, I try to instill the 3 most lacking areas most musicians usually have to begin.

1. Sight reading: Unfortunately most common with guitarists! Tablature is a somewhat useful way to start but reading music will open many doors and opportunities for any musician

2. Collaboration: A teacher provides one way of collaboration as well as a band or an ensemble at school or in the community.

3. Improvisation: I provide a music theory background and I have a method plan for chord progressions, and help with learning the entire guitar.

I take step-by-step approaches towards giving a student encouragement and instilling music appreciation. I am very organized so every lesson will be documented and we will work on specific areas of fundamental development. Most of all have fun! That what gets us playing music in the first place!

I look Forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson room, music stands, benches, amps, two pianos, computer area for recording,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own instrument and any necessary cables, amps etc. for them I will provide my own

*** Specialties ***
I mostly specialize in jazz and classical guitar and have taught blues, rock, metal and Latin American guitar. All ages and all levels. I also teach western music theory (classical and jazz) from the baroque period to modern day. I teach beginning piano which consists of the basic fundamentals (i.e. scales, posture hand positions, etudes and beginning repertoire)

David W. Berkeley, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Hi there, and thanks for viewing my TakeLessons profile! I am excited to be a part of the team in Berkeley, CA.

I started teaching lessons while in music school for Classical Guitar in 1996. From 1998 onwards, I played with a variety of musicians from Africa and Latin America, as well the as great American traditions of gospel, funk, jazz, and bluegrass. All the while, I continued to study music theory and composition, on my own and in private lessons with both well-known players and local professionals. Flamenco and Indian Classical music have also been great interests which I am still involved with.

Though guitar is generally my "go-to" instrument, I often use a MIDI keyboard for composition, and studied/performed on bass for 10 years. The last few years, I have begun to develop my voice as well.

Since 2006, I have been teaching music theory and composition at Ex’pression College in Emeryville. This is a digital production environment for the arts, and my students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are musicians/aspiring musicians, and some are primarily interested in working with technology; but all are audio enthusiasts and love music!

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Whether you are a complete beginner or have been playing gigs for years, are very young or old, I have something to offer you!

How we structure lessons depends in part on you and your goals, as well as your learning style. Having taught music for over 15 years, I have a large amount of resources at my disposal, and can either teach from a method book, or a variety of materials, some of which are my own creations.

I also like to use technology as a teaching aid, and can show you how to use your own computer, keyboard, or music production application (garageband, etc) to practice and create music at home. Another thing that I offer is to make recordings of key parts of the lesson, either as an audio or video file, or both. These can be shared with you through email, dropbox, or a flash drive if you bring one along to your lesson.

Please contact TakeLessons if you have any further questions! I look forward to meeting and working with you or your child.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: Front room with computer station, guitars, music stand. Waiting area with couches and table, and parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available, no pets.

College: practice rooms and classrooms available with computers and MIDI controllers.

*** Specialties ***
On guitar and bass, I have experience in world music including Africa, Latin America, and Flamenco. I also love American traditional music, including funk, jazz, rock, and gospel. I specialize in teaching music theory and composition, no matter what instrument. Rhythmic concepts applied to any instrument are a favorite topic.

Gabriel D. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Hand Drums, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Ukulele

About Me

I first began playing the piano when I was six years old, and later in my childhood I also took on playing guitar, drums, and bass guitar. While my musical training began with classical music, it didn't take long before I started exploring other fields, such as jazz, blues, rock and more. Being a multi-instrumentalist familiar with various genres of music is one of the factors that has led me to be a flexible teacher with a very open-minded approach. I understand that each student is different, has their own unique ways of learning, and has their own personal goals of what they want to get out of music. Whatever those personal goals my be, I get a great deal of satisfaction out of helping each student achieve their goals in their musical journey. I will always try to challenge my students, but it is also important for me that the student is engaged and interested in the subject matter being covered, so I will adjust the subject matter accordingly.

I have a lot of experience teaching young children, as well as youths and adults. All experience levels are welcome- whether you don't know a single note or chord, or if you have been playing for a while and are looking to improve your skills and gain a better musical understanding, I will be happy to help you on your path.

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