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Getting Inspired: Guitar Lessons in Tempe

Angry that you haven't quite mastered that Metallica solo yet? Upset over the grooves in your fingers that still haven't turned to calluses? It's no secret that learning the guitar can be time consuming and frustrating. Luckily, if you live in The Valley of the Sun, learning the guitar can also be incredibly rewarding. There are many resources in the greater Phoenix area that can help guitarists to increase their appreciation for the instrument and skill on the instrument. Below are some places that I have found to be beneficial when beginning to learn guitar lessons in Tempe:  

We have fantastic local music stores.

Sam Ash (4402 W Cactus Rd., Glendale), Milano Music (31 W. Main St., Mesa), Guitar Pickers (2200 N Scottsdale Rd.), and various Guitar Centers are all around the valley.

These places not only have a wide selection of axes, but they also let you PLAY THEM. What could be cooler than going into a store, picking up that $3,000 Les Paul that you have absolutely no intention of buying, and actually practicing on it? (Have it be known that I think that it's only fair that if you do go there all the time just to shred, you should give them business and at least buy a few picks or a capo.) The other beneficial thing about these stores is that it gives beginner guitarists a chance to listen to and be inspired by guitarists who are far more experienced.

If you are an advanced player, you can still show off your skills and improve upon them. You might gain students or even employment just because the right person listened to you practice in Guitar Center and was impressed (yes, this has actually happened to me). Sometimes these stores will even have nights where you can jam with a band or with other people who play your instrument.

There are tons of opportunities to jam.

Speaking of jam nights, if you are an emerging jazz guitarist or even if you just started taking guitar lessons in Tempe, "Sunday Jam @ The Nash" will provide you with the amazing chance to play standards with jazz players of all different levels. The Nash is a jazz club located in the heart of downtown Phoenix and it is easily accessible from all parts of the valley.

We have the Musical Instrument Museum

Finally, Phoenix is home to one of the greatest resources for any musician around: The Musical Instrument Museum (4725 E. Mayo Boulevard). This place has guitars that will make your head spin! From the American flag vintage Fender to the seriously odd "air guitar", the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is decked out with awesome axes.

Visiting MIM brings music history to life, although it unfortunate (yet understandable) that you are not allowed to play the guitars displayed. Regardless, MIM will increase your curiosity and appreciation for music as a whole and, having visited several times, I highly recommend it for anyone remotely interested in music.

 

These places are just a starting place - a jumping off point - for people who love the guitar. The instrument itself is magnificent, but it is much more magnificent when it’s not exclusively practiced under the watchful eye of a teacher. Guitar lessons are important, but guitar EXPERIENCES are just as important. So go out there after your guitar lessons in Tempe and learn, play, make mistakes, and become a better musician because of it!

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Learn basic skills such as hand positioning, chords, scales, fun songs at your level and learn to enjoy all the guitar has to offer.

About Henri
Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club,The Hourglass Cats, The Everyday Players and Fayuca are the current projects), performing shows in 46 of the
US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE), Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival), and Mexico (Circus Mexicus) in 2016. His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions, as well as working for several local preschools in support of his children's music business "Wee Rock Music.". A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, percussion, or piano lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords, finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist/pianist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, and basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar/Piano students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring human being! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Tama Rock Star Drum Kit, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Casio CTK-800, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, keyboards, percussion instruments, and all developmental material for students to retain and practice.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments, piano/keyboard) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments (including reading music notation); 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks as well as for others; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your musical desires. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a music-filled day.
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Amy October 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Henri is always super kind and patient with me. He works really hard to break things down in a way that will make sense and be easier to grasp. He’s also always in a great mood and it’s refreshing to see! 10/10 would recommend.
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Alice April 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very chill and informative first lesson. He really seemed to listen and understand my learning curve. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Landon March 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Really great and friendly guy. Super enthusiastic. Great choice for anyone wanting to learn piano..
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Henri B.

Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ 85013
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About Phillip Z.

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Guitar students start with five subjects.

1) Technique is concerned with the development of the physical mechanics involved in playing the instrument.

2) Scales are a part of basic music vocabulary and building blocks of the musical language.

3) Chords are also basic vocabulary of the musical language.

4) Note reading is not required for every student. It really depends on the students' goals. However, I strongly encourage everyone learn to read musical notation, (more than tablature). Literacy in reading music is analogous to literacy in reading in our English language. Can you imagine how much smaller our world would be if we couldn't read?

5) Songs utilize the skills and concepts of all the previously mentioned subjects and are the goal of studying music. The student chooses what songs they want to play, guided by my suggestions; Jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, R &B - "How deep is the ocean, how high is the sky?"

A beginning student will practice all

About Phillip
I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blues, R & B, and country idioms. I've taught composition and improvisation to instruments other than guitar, (vocalists, fiddle, sax, piano, trumpet) I've taught all ages and levels. I currently pursue a doctorate of music in guitar at university. Students learn many things when studying with me. They learn physically how to play a particular instrument while learning music as its own language. Students learn how to learn, learn self-discipline, and access their musical expression, all potential life changing experiences. I am happy and
excited to announce I am available for on-line lessons, and will now be able to work with students from all over the world, regardless of distance or location!

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I am laid back, but at the same time very goal directed. I like to do technique and/or vocabulary, note reading, and songs every lesson. After six months students are able to to 'jam', (improvise over chord changes such as the blues). They are well on their way to becoming literate, probably a third way through the first book. They probably can play a half dozen songs well, and are starting to strum (comp) chord progressions in a musically rhythmic way. They may even have played in a couple concerts by then.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office studio w/ guitar, bass, amps, and seating for parents, computer with skype capability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and writing tools, extra picks, extra paper etc. Students provide their own instrument, method book, staff paper, notebook paper. Hopefully they have a music stand and their own guitar picks and other items relevant for the study of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation
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Carmen & Ethan J. January 12, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My 8 years found him funny and helpful. They got a lot out of their lesson so far and are wishing they could see him more than once a week 😊
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Bonnie R. May 10, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Happy Teachers Day! You are a great ukulele instructor and make learning fun. I am having a great time. Thank you for your patience and encouragement. Keep on plucking :)
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Jeri A. March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Phillip is extremely knowledgeable in music. He is able to keep me on track of what my goal is and keeps me from wandering into areas that I am not ready for and wasting time. He stretches me in the written music, rhythm and timing. He is pulling me out of my slump.
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Phillip Z.

Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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Build a foundation of techniques to be able to play riffs, scales, chords and songs as quickly as possible. Build strength and dexterity through different patterns and have an overall understanding of how the instrument works and how to be creative with it.

About Aaron
Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

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I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
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Sam W. January 7, 2017
· Drum · In home
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Dan D. June 24, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Aaron is a good instructor and a great resource for knowledge. Learning alot.
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· Music Theory · In home
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ 85202
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About Michael D.

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What’s unique about the way I teach is that my method is very organized and comprehensive. I teach in a quicker and more logical way than others do. So that will save you a lot of time, money and frustration compared to other teachers. I can teach you everything you need to go from being a beginner to a touring pro. My teaching philosophy is to focus on the fundamentals, theories and techniques you need to reach your full potential, while still learning the music you love. I try to keep it as fun as possible.

About Michael
I am full-time professional voice and guitar teacher with over 25 years, and 46,000 hours of experience. I provide an expertise in teaching guitar and voice that is second to none. With other teachers lessons 99% of students fail to reach their goals. With my help 99% of students reach them. I am that good! With my help, anyone can learn!

My teaching philosophy is to focus on the fundamentals, theories and techniques you need to reach your full potential, while still learning the music you love. I try to keep it as fun as possible.

What’s unique about the way I teach is that my method is very organized and comprehensive. I teach in a quicker and more logical way than others do. So that will save you a lot of time, money and frustration compared to other teachers. I can teach you everything you need to go from being a beginner to a t
ouring pro.
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Michael D.

Michael D.

Phoenix, AZ 85044
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I have been playing guitar for nearly 10 years. I focus on good technique and studying the instrument beyond just campfire chords.

About Andy
Andy has been teaching music since 2003. He has been playing music since age 10 when he began playing trumpet in 5th grade. Andy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from San Diego State University and is certified in Arizona. He has worked as a music and marching coach at the high school level, performed live jazz, classical, funk, rock and blues music, recorded with several bands in studio, and has been the instrumental music director at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix Arizona for 8 years.

Andy's teaching focuses on proven pedagogy to help students start playing for the first time, or improve their range, technique, tone and intonation. He wants all of his students to have fun playing their instrument, while improving. Getting better feels good right? With over a decade teaching experience, Andy has worked with stude
nts as young as 7 through teens and leisure players. He is passionate about the joy of music, and imparts that joy to others.
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Andy L.

Andy L.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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You will learn proven methods of technique, improvisation, warm up routines, chord & scale memory improvement, music theory, and how to play your favorite songs/albums of ANY genre. Yes ANY genre, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical, Flamenco, Finger-Tapping, Funk, Country.

About RasTaylor
16+years in Music with 8+ years experience teaching. Taylor has created a proven method of practice guaranteed to keep the student on their finger tips!
All skill levels are welcome:
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All Styles, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Country

You will learn proven methods of technique, improvisation, warm up routines, chord & scale memory improvement, music theory, and how to play your favorite songs/albums of any genre.
Instruments:
-Guitar Lessons
-Vocal Lessons
-Song Writing Lessons
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Eti February 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My experience have been very good and I learned a lot, I was impressed with his talent, patient and love for music. if you show interest, dedication and follow his instructions I can guarantee you will see great results.
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Alex December 20, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Rastaylor is a down to earth instructor with a lot of experience and provides helpful direction in his classes
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Luis September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher, very informative and patient. Great lessons on enforcing my fundamentals and improving my skills as a singer. Would reccomend!
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Phoenix, AZ 85017
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Enjoy music lessons in a comfortable in home setting. My lessons focus on the individual. Everyone is unique and needs different ways of being taught. I have a degree in music and I have been teaching for 16 years. All ages are welcome. All levels of experience are welcome. I love teaching and I make learning music fun and you will feel accomplished in whatever you wish to learn.

About Ben
Music lessons at my studio will always be fun and rewarding. I teach at my home where my wife and mother live as well. My music room is directly off of the entry way door, so it's easy access. Parents are always welcome to be present for all of my lessons and I also have a sitting area just outside of the music room door. So, if your little children need to be occupied while their older siblings take lessons, you will be taken care of.

I have been teaching music lessons for 16 years. I majored in Music in college and my primary instrument was voice. As a major in voice I was required to learn a variety of songs and also a variety of different genres of music. As a vocalist I learned how to sing and perform opera, jazz, gospel and blues. As a musician I have performed country, folk, rock, pop, and folk rock. I have experience performing
in operas, musicals, choirs, praise and worship. I also write and compose music and I also teach piano and guitar. My teaching style is very relaxing, but also to the point. I will not waist your time or money on useless information or exercises that will not help you to become a better musician. As a music student you will make many mistakes, but that is not a bad thing. Everything takes time to learn and learning music is no different.

I have never had to make myself stay patient with any student. Patience is what it takes to become the best musician you can be. I will always give 100% of my ability to help you achieve your goals.
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Faith December 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
So Im rating only after (1) 1/2 class. So I will be sure to rate again after more classes. He was great with my daughter. Really knew what he was teaching. And he made it fun for her. I'm looking forward to future classes
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Sydney November 10, 2017
· Country Singing · In home
Very good experience. I was impressed with how ben started the lesson. He was great with my granddaughter and has her excited about the next lesson.
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Ben H.

Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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Hello, my name is William. Thank you for taking the time to read about what I have to offer you. Are you interested in learning to play the music you love, using techniques that are actually healthy for your hands?

My instruction involves healthy, ergonomically sound, efficient, time-tested playing techniques combined with customized lesson plans, including original instructional materials, established texts, theoretical education, and material chosen by the student.

I offer training for acoustic as well as electric (steel and/or nylon string) instruments and provide instruction in popular music styles as well as formal classical.

Quality practice coaching will make a profound difference in your ability to learn and play music effectively, but it takes time. That's why I offer full hour lessons at a reasonable price ($49). Practice well and you will play well.

About me: I earned my Degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory where I studied Classical ...

About William
I am a professional guitar instructor. I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated with High Honors. My formal training includes classical guitar performance, jazz guitar and improvisation, music theory and arranging, psychology, piano, violin, recording, and much more.

With over 25 years of teaching experience and well over 30 years of experience playing music, I have enjoyed working with students as well as other musicians with broadly diverse backgrounds. I have performed solo, played in rock bands, blues and jazz combos, duos, trios, and classical guitar quartets as well as large guitar ensembles.

Students currently studying with me include young through older adult and retirement age students with performance goals ranging from the private, personal enjoyment of playing music, to professional and semi-profess
ional aspirations.

I strive to provide a friendly, comfortable learning environment my students can thrive in. I won't pressure you to play in recitals in order to increase my studio size, but I will greatly encourage you to play an active role in customizing your own individual curriculum. As soon as you have the skills to do so, you should be learning to play the music you love.

Regardless of what your musical goals are, I would love to help you learn the skills you need to reach them. Thank you so much for your time.
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Kevin February 18, 2018
· Blues Guitar · Online
I'm an older self taught player that finally decided to take lessons. I have been working with William for a little over a month now. He began with cleaning up my playing position. This was really big for me as I have had issues that prevented me from playing as long as I would like due to back and hand pain.
William spent the time to figure out where I was and wanted to go. Im very pleased with the progress I'm making and am confident that taking lessons with William was a great choice. He has also been very giving of his time to help pick out instruments and gear to move my instruction along.
I see a lot of instructors here that are players trying to augment their gigging money by giving lessons. Williams education and background really show in his lesson presentation and effectiveness.
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Mike February 7, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I am 48 years old and started taken lessons from William a couple months ago. William is very patient and thorough and have learned more in those few months then I have in all the years I have been trying to teach myself. I would highly recommend William if you are looking for a guitar instructor no matter your background or specific music style interest.
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Roberto Weinmann January 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
good step by step intro! next lesson next week.
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William G.

Chandler, AZ 85226
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Experienced professional teacher of 20 years, specializing in the beginner/advanced guitar, bass and also recording arts student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. You will be playing songs in no time, while building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, composition, and more. Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own music? I will help you build a solid foundation while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. I also offer recording, mixing and producing of songs that you have composed.
Let's get started!

About John
I am a professional modern musician specializing as a guitar/ bass, songwriting, and recording arts instructor. I completed my studies at Mira Costa College and specialized in Music Theory, Song Writing, Recording Arts and Midi Music production.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their their chosen area of interest. I can help any student to play with freedom and confidence. I also specialize in helping the individual find their unique sound in music while having a wonderful time doing it. Students will learn to read and write music, pursue excellence, and express their dreams.

I currently teach many students of all different ages, experience levels, and styles. In my program I offer the benefits of having studied music performance, recording arts, and teaching for over 30 years.
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Shay November 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I really enjoy learning guitar with John. He is very knowledgable about music, and is patient and gentle in his teaching style. I'm well on my way to turning my lyrics into songs thanks to John's lessons and influence.
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Aaron November 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John is an outstanding guitar teacher. I have taken lessons from multiple instructors over the years and hands down his teaching is the best. His ability to take complex ideas and formulate them into an easy to understand curriculum is awesome. He makes learning any song much easier and his method is very inspirational. I leave every lesson wanting to play guitar for hours and I have recommended him to many friends and family members. With his 30 years of experience, his passion for all styles of music, and his friendly and positive nature there really isn't any better teacher in the valley.
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David November 21, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons from John for two years,I learn something new with every lesson. I would highly recommend John he is very easy to learn from,
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John M.

Avondale, AZ 85392
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What makes my guitar lessons unique is that I include a calm environment when teaching. I teach different ways of playing chords as to show the student which sound they would prefer when playing a song or a rhythm the made up from the chords they know.

About Jose
I am a local guitarist in my neighborhood that has been teaching kids at my high school for about a year now. Everyone knows how I play my guitar and how well I'm able to play it.

When I teach people how to play the guitar, I hope that it'll have a long lasting effect on the student so that maybe one day they can pass it on to someone else.
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Jose C.

Phoenix, AZ 85014
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What I've Learned From 7 Famous Guitarists Who Almost Gave Up

What I've Learned From 7 Famous Guitarists Who Almost Gave Up

"Making it" as a musician isn't always easy -- but it's also not impossible! In this guest post, Ged Richardson from Zinginstruments shares what he's learned from seven famous guitarists who overcame the odds...    Tired of getting knocked back? Feeling like your time as a world-famous guitarist will never come? Downright depressed about trying to make it in the music industry? Yup. I know the feeling. It’s exhausting, isn’t it? But here’s the thing: what you’re feeling is c … Read More

What I've Learned From 7 Famous Guitarists Who Almost Gave Up
"Making it" as a musician isn't always easy -- but it's also not impossible! In this guest post, Ged Richardson from Zinginstruments shares what he's learned from seven famous guitarists who overcame the odds...    Tired of getting knocked back? Feeling like your time as a world-famous guitarist will never come? Downright depressed about trying to make it in the music industry? Yup. I know the feeling. It’s exhausting, isn’t it? But here’s the thing: what you’re feeling is c
Five Reasons Why Learning Barre Chords Is Not As Complicated As You Might Think
Learning guitar barre chords, or chords created while clamping down all six strings with your index finger, intimidates many guitar students. However, these new chords don't need to be so scary! Austin guitar teacher Samuel B. breaks down five reasons why learning barre chords is not so bad... I maintain little to no doubt that learning guitar barre chords is the most challenging advance for a student. Along the way there, I recommend practicing chords such as F (which involves holding down t
Mastering Lead Guitar: Guitar Scales 101
There is nothing more important in the lead player’s tool box than guitar scales. They are road maps that unlock the secrets of the fret board, telling the player what notes to play and what notes to avoid. In this lesson, we will start our explanation of scales with the most basic principles and build towards a complex understanding of what scales are and how we use them. Scale 1: Pentatonic Guitar Scales The first scale most guitar players learn is the minor pentatonic scale. It is
Throwback Thursday: 5 Easy Guitar Songs From The 90's
Ready for a blast from the past? Guitar teacher Collin K. shares five easy guitar songs for beginners that will take you back to the 90's... From grunge to ska punk, the 1990's were a diverse and exciting time for rock music. Some songs stand out in particular for their highly creative, yet not-so-difficult guitar work. In this article, I will give you the tools you need to get playing five of the most iconic 90's rock songs! Before we begin: This article uses chord diagrams and tablature fo
How to Make it as a Touring Musician: Sleepmakeswaves Tells All
If you're an aspiring guitarist, you're going to want to get to know the instrumental post-rock quartet sleepmakeswaves. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the band kicks off their United States tour this month, behind the release of their new album Love of Cartography. We had a chance to catch up with Alex Wilson from sleepmakeswaves (bass, keys, electronics), to chat about the new album, and living the dream of being a touring musician. TL: First of all, congrats on the new album and th

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