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Marc M.

Livonia, MI

I am very patient, and beginners to experienced players are all welcome!

About Marc

I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. B
ut, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspects of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Sudin September 26, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Today we worked through the middle section of Malaguena - Mark was very patient in explaining every note.
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Sudin September 26, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Today we worked through the middle section of Malaguena - Mark was very patient in explaining every note.
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Sudin August 29, 2016
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great lesson - learned the opening phrase of Malaguena and a bit of rasgueado.
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Marc M.

Marc M.

Livonia, MI 48150
(28)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Nicholas C.

Garden City, MI

I aim to instill a love of music and of the instrument through both student guided song selections from popular genres and movie/video game soundtracks, as well as technical and music reading exercises designed to make my students well rounded and ready for any way they choose to pursue music.

About Nicholas

Detroit native, Nicholas C. K., demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.

Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical pi
ano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.

From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method under Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.

Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.

His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A Tight Groove!!!

The benefit of studying under someone with a vast array of both talent and experience is clear.

*** Lesson Details ***
During his musical career Nicholas has played almost every style of music; from folk to experimental from jazz to rock. One thread holds true through all music, it has to groove.
During the course of a lesson he will cover a broad range of topics starting from the basics, and moving into ear training, sight-reading, theoretical knowledge and most important for bass players, groove. Just as every player has their own musical personality and voice, so to does every lesson that Nicholas gives.
In a supportive, patient environment, every lesson is custom tailored to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: lessons in dedicated music room with piano and stereo, guitars/basses, cables/amps

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Has a firm understanding of music across both the classical and jazz idioms spanning multiple instruments.
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Mario P. December 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome !
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Nate C. August 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Nic has been so helpful helping my son get ready for his Jazz band this fall - working with him on all the new jazz chords he needs to learn, timing and even finding the right chords on YouTube and slowing them down so he can learn them more easily.
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Kevin C. May 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nicholas is very well educated and a extremely patient teacher. I'm very excited to continue learning piano with him.
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Nicholas C.

Nicholas C.

Garden City, MI 48135
(16)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Benjamin M.

Ypsilanti, MI

I teach both Acoustic and Electric Guitar. I am also well-versed in the experimental range of Prepared Guitar, use of Electronic Effects and unique approaches in Improvisation - both Standard and Experimental. I can teach using a pick, fingers, eBow, feedback etc. I can also teach Music Theory, Harmony and 12-tone Composition. Creativity and Learning by Ear is Encouraged.

About Benjamin

Hello Future Students!

I recently moved from NYC to Ypsilanti - very close to Ann Arbor where I was born. 10 years on the East Coast and another 10 before that in Chicago has helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching. Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home or through the use of Skype. I hope to get my Car fixed soon!

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As
a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs. So, if you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a Solo, a Duet or Ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I am Composer and Conductor for New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Although Ear Training and Rhythmic Dictation sound academic, they are very useful in understanding music. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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MAURICE J. October 7, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Relaxed atmosphere with a lot of good information.
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Eric September 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Ben is a very good knowledgeable teacher.
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Julie P. August 15, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ben has been teaching my 8 year old daughter drum technique since Nov 2015. He has done a great job at connecting with her too make her excited about music! I appreciate how he encourages her play intuitively, which is teaching her principles that she can apply in all aspects of music, not just in playing the drums. I would recommend Ben for a student of any age, but I have been impressed with how he has connected with my daughter.
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Benjamin M.

Benjamin M.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(19)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ellie E.

Utica, MI

I teach using the evaluation and gradient method. Students skills, knowledge and proficiency are evaluated and then we progress up the gradient to higher levels all the while objectively measuring the students integration of new skills and concepts to ensure practical proficiency.

About Ellie

I have 17+ years of experience teaching guitar in both private and ensemble settings and 20+ years of professional performance experience.I have a degree in Music Performance. My average student has taken 91 lessons. I encourage students to inquire about their potential teachers professional training, performance experience and the teachers student retention rate as these are the criteria by which teachers should be evaluated. My motto is the success of the teacher is determined by the success of the student.
I also specialize in Bollywood Music. Below is a list of transcriptions that I
have done for my students.

Hindi And Tamil Cinema And Pop Music Transcriptions
(with a few other genres thrown in)

1. Aaj Saanu O Mileya (Punjab)................................from the film “Zubaan”
composer- Ashu Phatak
lyrics- Surjit Patar and Varun Grover
published by T-Series

2. Aaj Unse Milna Hai...............................................from the film “Prem Ratan”
composer- Himesh Reshammiya
lyrics- Irshad Kamit
published by T-Series

3. Bekhudi..................................................................from the film “Tera Surroor”
composer- Himesh Reshammiya
lyrics- Sameer Anjaan
published by T-Series

4. Bhaador Aashin Maashey (Bengali)
composer- Ansuman Roy
lyrics- Gouri Prasanna Majumder
published by Hindusthan Musical Products

5. Bhador Ashwin Mase (Bengali) Bhoomi
composer- Ansuman Roy
lyrics- Gouri Prasanna Majumder
published by Saregama

6. Blue Eyes
composer- Yo Yo Honey Singh
lyrics- Yo Yo Honey Singh
published by T-Series

7. Bolna......................................................................from the film “Kapoor and Sons”
composer- Tanishk Bagchi
lyrics- Dr. Devender Kafir
published by Sony Music India Pvt. Ltd.

8. Chaiyya Chaiyya....................................................from the film “Dil Se”
composer- A.R. Rahman
lyrics- Gulzar
published by Venus Worldwide Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

9. Chal Pyar Karegi....................................................from the film “Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai”
composer- Jatin and Lalit
lyrics- Anand Bakshi
published by Tips Music

10. Chammak Challo....................................................from the film “Ra. One”
composer- Vishal and Shekhar
lyrics-
published by T-Series (c) 2011 Super Cassettes Industries Limited

11. Chehra Hai Ya Chaand Khila Hai...........................from the film “Saagar”
composer- R.D. Burman
lyrics-
published by Sippy Films

12. Chura Liya Hai........................................................from the film “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”
composer- R.D. Burman
lyrics- Majrooh Sultanpuri
published by Saregama

13. Cinema Choopistha Mama Song (Telugu)...............from the film “Race Gurram”
composer- S Thaman
published by- Lakshmi Narasimha Productions

14.Crazy Feeling (Telugu)...............................................from the film “Nenu Sailaja”
composer- Devi Sri Prasad
lyrics- Ramajogayya Sastry
published by Sri Sravanthi Movies

15. Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (older version).......from the film “Aashiqui”
composer- Nadeem and Shravan
lyrics- Rani Malik
published by T-Series

16. Dheere Se Meri Zindagi (new version)
composer- Honey-Singh
lyrics- Yo Yo Honey Singh and Bhupinder Kaur
published by T-Series

17. Dilli Wali Girlfriend...........................................from the film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani”
composer- Pritam Chakraborty
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

18. D.J. Waley Babu
composer- Badshah
lyrics- Badshah
published by Sony Music India

19. Eena Meena Teeka (Tamil)......................................from the film “Theri”
composer- G.V. Prakash Kumar
lyrics- Pa Vijay and Arunraja Kamaraj
published by- Think Music India

20. Fevicol Se............................................................... from the film “Dabanng”
composer- Sajid Wajid
lyrics- Sajid ajid and Ashraf Ali
published by T-Series

21. Gerua.......................................................................from the film “Diwale”
composer- Pritam
lyrics- Amitabh Bhattacharya
published by Sony Music India

22. Ilaya Nila Pozhigirathe (Tamil)...............................from the film “Payanangal Mudivathillai”
composer- Ilaiyaraja
lyrics- Vairamuthu
published by Motherland Pictures

23. Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva
Hari Om Sharan
published by- Wings Music
copyright- Wings Entertainment Ltd

24. Jag Ghoomeya Song -female version......................from the film “Sultan”
composer- Vishal & Shekhar
published by- YRF

25. Jhalli Patakha...........................................................from the film “Saala Khadoos”
composer- Santosh Narayanan
lyrics- Swandand Kirkire
published by T-Series

26. Main Hoon Hero Tera..............................................from the film “Hero”
composer- Amaal Mallik
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

27. Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon
composer- Amaal Mallik
lyrics- Rashmi Virag
published by T-Series

28. Main Shayar To Nahin.............................................from the film “Bobby” 1973
composer- Laxmikant and Pyarelal
lyrics-
Distributed by R.K. Films Ltd. Production Company- R.K. Studios
a “version” has been published by Vale Entertainment Ltd

29. Maya Nadhi Song (Tamil)........................................from the film “Kabali”
composer- Santhosh Narayanan
published by Think Music

30. Mehndi Mehndi.......................................................from the film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”
composer- Anu Malik
lyrics-
published by Universal Music India

31. Nazar Ke Saamne Jiigar Ke Paas............................from the film “Aashiqui”
composer- Nadeem and Shravan
lyrics- Sameer
published by T-Series

32. Om Jai Jagadish Hare...............................................sung by Anuradha Paudwal
composer- Shardha Ram Phillauri
published by the Label Musica with copyright by The New Digital Media

33. Papa Kehte............................................................from the film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” composer- Anand Milind
lyrics- Majrooh Sultanpuri
published by T-Series Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.

34. Patola
composer- Preet Hundal
lyrics- Guru Randhawa
published by T-Series

35. Peene Ki Tamanna...................................................from the film “Loveshuda”
composer- Parichay
lyrics- Kumaar
published by Tips Industries

36. Punnagai Mannan Theme Music (Tamil)................from the film Punnagai Mannan
composer- Illaiyaraaja
Published by Kavithalayaa Productions

37. Raghaputi Raghav Raja Ram...................................sung by Hari Om Sharan
composer-
lyrics-
published by Saregama

38. Sanam Re.................................................................from the film “Sanam Re”
composer- Mithoon
lyrics- Mithoon
published by T-Series

39. Saree Ke Fall Sa......................................................from the film “R...Rajkumar”
composer- Pritam
lyrics- Kumaar
published by Eros International (copyright: Shotformats Digital Works Pvt. Ltd.)

40. Soch Na Sake..........................................................from the film “Airlift”
composer- Amaal Mallik
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

41. Subha Hone Na Da..................................................from the film “Desi Boyz”
composer- Pritam
lyrics- Kumaar
published by T-Series

42. Tera Chehra..............................................................from the film “Sanam Teri Kasam”
composer- Himesh Reshammiya
lyrics- Shabbir Ahmed
published by Eros Now

43. Thalli Pogathey (Tamil).........................................from the film “Achcham Yenbathu
Madamaiyada”
composer- A R Rahman
lyrics- Thamarai
published by Eros Now

44. Tum Hi Ho...............................................................from the film “Aashiqui”
composer- Mithoon
lyrics- Mithoon
published by T Series

45. Vineem Vithayil (Tamil).........................................from the film “Thegidi”
composer- Nivas K. Prasanna
lyrics- Kabilan
published by Think Music India

46. Why This Kolaveri Di? (Tamil/English).................from the film “3”
composer- Anirudh Ravichandran
lyrics- Dhanush
published by Sony Music India
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Saadhana K. January 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very good instructor. Understands students pace and teaches well.
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Ellie E.

Ellie E.

Plymouth, MI 48170
(1)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Niklas P.

Lincoln Park, MI

With my lessons, you can expect to learn...

Basic chords and progressions

Major and minor scales across the whole fretboard

The anatomy of a guitar

Basic care for your instrument

How to read tablature and musical notation

Key signatures

Rhythm and time

Basic song structure

Full songs to play

How to play with other musicians

Exercises to improve skill and dexterity

About Niklas

Hello there!

My name is Nik, and I have begun accepting students for beginner guitar and bass lessons.

I have been playing guitar and bass for 7+ years now, and I've played both instruments in jazz, rock, and alternative bands. I have also received education in music theory, composition, and production at accredited universities.

I am now looking to teach what I have learned so that I may inspire the new generation of musicians.
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Niklas P.

Niklas P.

Lincoln Park, MI 48146
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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