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Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
Born and raised in Santa Maria, CA, Aaron's first musical experiences were on a child size drum set given to him on his 5th Christmas. He later took piano lessons and played the alto saxophone before switching to the guitar at the age of 9 learning his first chords from his father. He played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. Aaron finally took music seriously in college and began taking lessons from Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, and Dominic Castillo, a student of Coelho and a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After studying under these talented individuals, Aaron went on to pursue his education in music where he graduated from San Jose State University in 2004 with a BA in Music. After college, Aaron began work as a freelance musician and guitar teacher, teaching hundreds of students in the San Jose and Bakersfield, CA area. In July 2010 he relocated to San Diego, CA, where he teaches, freelances, and plays guitar in local funk/jazz/rock group Science Fiction Jazz and gypsy/kick stomp outfit Quel Bordel!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Singing, Classical Guitar, English, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Reading, Songwriting, Banjo
Hi! My name is Tom, and I started playing the guitar, and singing in 1996. I've been very lucky in my musical pursuits. I've studied Classical guitar technique with Fred Benedetti, and the world renowned Celino Romero, and I've also gotten to know big stars in the Heavy Metal world such as Kerry King, and Alex Webster. The most amazing thing that I have discovered, is that this immaculate Classical guitar technique handed down through the Romero family can be applied to any style of guitar or bass playing. I will teach you these masterful techniques! Since 2005 I have given over 15,000 guitar lessons. You will learn how to play the Guitar easier, faster, and more expressively. I can teach you to approach the instrument the way that works. It really can be easy to play the Guitar, if you just know how to approach it! It will of course take lots of practice, but if your hands are moving correctly from the beginning, that practice will be much more enjoyable. I specialize in Spanish Classical guitar from beginners to advanced, but I also have experience playing and teaching Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, Blues, Reggae, and audio production. I also teach Voice lessons, and Bass guitar.
I have also been producing and recording music since 1999. I've ran a few studios and can teach you how record/produce music or make beats as well!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring mutiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone unturned!
Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student’s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.
This year Jason was also the Music Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.
Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.
Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.
Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the world’s finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.
Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!
Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.
Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.
His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Banjo
I have been teaching and performing in the San Diego area for many years and have used that experience to develop lessons for any level of player. My program emphasizes all around musicianship in addition to technical ability. Being a musician is more than simply learning repertoire. I help my students get the skills needed to be capable, independent performers. While studying at UCSD, I was awarded double honors for my work in Guitar Performance and Composition. In 2010, I was given awards for "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior" and "Outstanding Classical Music Performance". In January of this year, my latest ensemble piece "Bell Music" was given its premiere in Zurich, Switzerland by Ensemble TaG.
Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Banjo
Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Banjo
Dillon C., a San Diego native, has been studying guitar since age 11. He began gigging professionally with local rock groups at age 14 and became interested in jazz while in high school where he played in the La Costa Canyon High School Jazz Band. In 2009, his rock group, The New Archaic, won Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards and were nominated for Best Alternative Album in 2010.
He graduated from San Diego State University as a Classical Guitar Performance major where he studied under world-famous classical guitarist Celin Romero. He received a scholarship to study in Spain under legendary guitarists Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. He studied jazz guitar under local luminaries Peter Sprague and Bob Boss. He plays in many different jazz groups around town, most notably the In Motion Collective which was voted Best Jazz at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards and nominated for the same award in 2013. The group has opened for national and international acts like the Mattson 2, Budos Band, Sierre Leone Refugee All-Stars, and Zongo Junction.
Dillon began teaching while still in high school, where he taught the Magdalena YMCA group guitar classes. He has also been teaching privately since then as well as at the Encinitas School of Music and Electric Ladyland Music School in Ocean Beach. He focuses on learning chords and songs, developing rhythm, proper technique, an understanding of theory and composition, all while making the lessons fun and interesting for the student.
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