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About Nils B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Anything from Robert Johnson to Stevie Ray Vaughan...

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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SARAH February 16, 2019
· Guitar · In home
As a new guitar player, Nils has been able to help me progress with confidence and ability that I didn't know was possible this quickly! Having in-home lessons and a really flexible schedule has been really helpful to me. I would recommend Nils to anyone at any level of ability, he's really easy to get along with, an extremely accomplished teacher, and a genuinely good guy! Thank you!
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Daniel February 15, 2019
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Nils is very knowledgeable and can help you with growing as a guitar player. He can help you have a better understanding of theory and how to apply it, knows a lot about gear, and has a wide array of skills so he can teach many different songs and concepts.
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Eric January 24, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Nils is a great teacher. he’s very knowledgeable and has helped me improve a lot. he’s also super attentive to my playing habits both good and bad and crafts exercises to work on my weak areas and take my skills to the next level. anyone can show you how to play a song, but very few are as deft as Nils at teaching you guitar.
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Mark C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Mark Catalano is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."

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About Mark
Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."
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Amy November 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to play guitar.
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Amy October 21, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to ANYONE who wants to learn how to play guitar!!
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Amy October 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Great instructor! I recommend Mark because he lets you learn, but he makes it fun! (He is also REALLY nice!)
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Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Shai B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hey there!
My passions are technique and accuracy; by perfecting technique comes a deeper understanding of theory. I have lots of teaching methods that will encourage you to play your favorite songs and styles with the sounds you like.
I'll focus on the very basics of guitar theory in order to get to a higher level of understanding music theory.
I will challenge you! We will have lots of fun and you will see, hear, and feel your own improvements with my teachings.

About Shai
If you are fascinated about guitar technique and awesome weird sounds that you can do with your guitar, you will like having lessons with me.

I began as a classical guitar player, studying traditional classical pieces and applying them to my guitar. During that time I began to explore and became drawn to rock music, virtuoso guitarists, and heavy metal. My fascination with the electric guitar, the techniques, the speed and all the things that comes with it are still pulling me in.

Later on in life I fell in love with Flamenco, specifically Paco De Lucia.
I learned his songs and combined it with my own music while studying fusion and finger picking styles; every style I liked, I learned, I mastered, but I know, as much as I teach, I also learn.

Today I play in LA and Israel, I produce projects, record guitar tracks and songs, and teac
h at my studio or online.

As a teacher I will challenge you! I will give you multiple exercises and lots of homework. Over the years, my students have won guitar contests, gotten into successful bands, and are touring around the world. If you are willing to work hard, you will get better! You will see, hear, and feel the difference in your playing. I'll show you the way and will be with you step by step.

Looking forward to meet you!
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Gary June 28, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Shai is amazing!!
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Nir May 19, 2018
· Guitar ·
This guy is much more than a guitar teacher :)
Probably the best there is.
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Ely May 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I know Shai for many years and he is an amazing friend and incredibly dedicated musician! If you want to work hard at guitar, or musicin general, get those chops and timing going, flamenco, whatever it is, Shai is the man!!
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Shai B.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
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$42 / 30-min

About Phoenix K.

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Pomona, CA
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I have a huge passion for teaching and playing guitar. I also teach you a wide variety of music such as rock, metal, blues, etc. This helps you not get stuck with one style of playing. I can teach all ages. I'm very patient and I'll always work at your level, so I won't go too fast for you. I'm dependable and always on time. After studying with me you will have a good understanding of music theory, a complete understanding of the instrument, how to write your own music, and how to play multiple different genres of music.

About Phoenix
Playing the guitar and writing music is a huge part of my life. I'm hoping to make teaching music my main job. I love to write music in tons of different genres such as jazz, blues, metal, etc. Music has been a part of my family for years starting with 3 of my uncles. I love to meet new people. I'm a really outgoing and a very friendly person.
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Ethan January 28, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Experienced and friendly instructor. Knowledgeable with an interactive teaching method.
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Phoenix K. December 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Very patient, kind, and very knowledgeable with the instrument. I highly recommend Phoenix as a guitar instructor, you will definitely not be disappointed.
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Phoenix December 8, 2018
· · In home
I am very happy with the service I have received. Thank you so much!
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Phoenix K.

Pomona, CA 91768
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$38 / 30-min

About Jonathan G.

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Valley Village, CA

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I find it easy to understand students. With my 18 years of experience playing, I will help you find all the areas of opportunity and beat every obstacle you may have! Plus, we'll have a lot of fun! You will become an amazing guitarist!

About Jonathan
Hi! my name is Jonathan, I've been playing guitar and multiple instruments for more than 18 years! Music has been my passion since I was a kid. I grew up in a family of musicians so instruments were always around. As a young player, I started learning traditional folk and bolero/flamenco music form Mexico (Home) I soon developed the skills to take music to the next level so I moved to Italy once finished high school. When I turned 18 I toured for the first time in Europe as a classical guitarist.

Today, I find myself teaching, performing and writing music 24-7 I currently live in the Los Angeles area. you might not know me personally but I'm sure you've seen me on TV if you watch Glee or other TV shows.

Call me or send me a text if you are ready to learn and to have lots of fun! :)
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Saul December 28, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Best Instructor ever.
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Angel December 27, 2018
· Blues Guitar · Online
Great Vocabulary and phrasing! just what I was looking for :)
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Melissa December 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Amazing! Love my teacher :)
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Jonathan G.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Farrokh S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello! I have been teaching guitar for over 7 years now. Form beginners to advanced students I make it my duty to find the students interests and help them develop their own sound. As a Berklee College of Music graduate I have studied composition and music production, skills that I am happy to teach any student. In addition to teaching guitar my students have the option to learn music theory, as well as recording and mixing original compositions that we develop together in class and as homework assignments (DAWs - Logic & Protools). My specialities include Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz & electronic beat production.

About Farrokh
I have been playing guitar for 11 years now (teaching for 7 years - Acoustic & Electric). As a child I started playing pop music, then I became obsessed with classic rock music (Guns & Roses, Iron Maiden, ACDC, etc). Soon after I started playing a lot of Modern Rock and Metal music. Then in my 20's I started to play blues and jazz as a means to learn advanced concepts in music and fell in love with the guitar all over again. At the age of 21 I went to Berklee College of Music where I studied composition and music production for four years.
I am confident that I have the skills and resources to teach anyone from a beginner to an advanced musician.
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Sarah February 4, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
He was patient and amazing at the art of teaching. He knew how to teach guitar at grassroot level basics and it was awesome that a person with that level of skill was so good at teaching a beginner.
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Leah February 1, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing guitar teacher! Would highly recommend him! Taught me about music theory and production too!
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Jahnavi January 30, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Farrokh was a wonderful teacher - very helpful and patient. Also did a great job of incorporating music theory and production into the lessons. Would definitely recommend!
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Farrokh S.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
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$34 / 30-min

About Jeff M.

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Van Nuys, CA

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30 year veteran guitarist and music producer with extensive live and studio experience.
Learn not only high-level guitar techniques, but songwriting/construction, musical fluency and ear training as well.
Learn to creatively write songs and reach a level of fluency and freedom while soloing and improvising.
Prep for working professionally.
Learn about equipment and best live and studio practices and etiquette, as well as how to record yourself.

About Jeff
I started playing guitar at age 11 (41 as of this writing) and was active on stage as an actor before that, so I've been a performer my whole life. I've played original music in many genres, cover bands in multiple genres and even play in a tribute band. I started off pursuing technical ability and followed the popular "shred" guitar players. I then discovered "slower" blues players and brought more dynamics into my playing. I've taken a turn towards songwriting and music production and produce songs for myself and other clients. I truly love all types of music, whether rock, blues, jazz, funk, soul, heavy metal, classical, flamenco, world music, EDM, old-school country, musical-theater, etc. I love it all. There's a special place in my heart for Latin-jazz and heavy metal - for the raw passion of it - and EDM and funk, for the dance-abil
ity of it. Because in the end, we all want to move our bodies to music!
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Jeff M.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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$30 / 30-min

About Ben C.

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Glendale, CA
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Ben enjoys passing on wisdom gained from years of playing in professional bands and studying music to people of all ages. He maintains a relaxed, anxiety-free teaching style that is focused on the individual goals of each student, no matter what their level of experience and stylistic preferences might be. You'll be playing fun songs right away, learn how to jam with anyone, and you'll have a blast!

About Ben
Ben picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, and has been addicted to it ever since. Ben currently plays guitar for internationally touring video game metal band Powerglove, as well as nationally touring progressive metal band Lattermath. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in January 2019, Ben was based in Boston, playing in a number of critically-acclaimed bands. In high school, Ben studied guitar with Joe Stump, ranked as the Number 6 Fastest Shredder of All Time by Guitar One magazine, as well as traveling to Sweden in 2008 to study with Mattias "IA" Eklundh, recognized as one of the most innovative guitarists in the world today. Ben graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 with a degree in Professional Music.
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Ben C.

Glendale, CA 91201
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$67 / 30-min

About Cullen G.

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Downey, CA
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My name is Cullen Griffin and I teach guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons in various styles of music and to people of all ages. I have been playing music for over 12 years now and have taught lessons throughout the last 6 years.

As someone who pushes themselves daily to further develop their musical skills, I find it very important to not only give back some of the knowledge I've acquired over the years but to also help others learn how to learn effectively and efficiently. Having spent time learning and playing in various settings, from high school jazz bands to jam sessions to recording sessions, I've been able to distill what's essential across different styles and present them in an easily digestible way, allowing for students to see the connections between their favorite music and the underlying elements of music in general.

For each student I tailor a lesson plan built around the student's long term goals. Whether its learning your favorite songs, how to

About Cullen
Having been a musician for the last 15 years and a music teacher for the last six, I feel that at this point I can distill the most valuable lessons I've learned over the years and present them in an easy to grasp manner. As someone who continues to actively improve their own skills, I understand how to establish great practicing habits as well as get to the heart of what's most important in achieving different musical goals.

While guitar and bass are my primary instruments, I also play drums, keys, and ukulele. Constantly striving to revisit the state of being a beginner has allowed me to refine the universal qualities associated with learning in general, music especially. I have played in many different contexts, ranging from big bands and jazz combos to rock bands and recording projects. These different experiences have offered
valuable insights into not only playing music, but also creating it and working together with other musicians. These insights are a joy to share and I feel that there's great value in helping others learn quickly and effectively.

The world of music is a vast one and the astonishing number of genres and unique artists is truly inspiring. When it comes to learning the particular language of a genre or artist there are specific nuances that create an overall feel when put together. I can not only show you how to practically employ those skills but I can also explain how it works in terms of theory, which can be invaluable when wanting to incorporate certain flavors into your own writing. My goal is to make your goals a priority while making the way there a fun yet efficient journey.

Thank you for your interest!
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Cullen G.

Downey, CA 90242
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$45 / 30-min

About Peter "Oscar" N.

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Pasadena, CA
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I grew up in Memphis, TN where I originally picked up traditional blues guitar, from there I moved to Austin, TX (the live music capital of the world) where I would play outside restaurants for donations to charity. For high school I attended The Putney School in southern VT, this is where I began playing other instruments and learning jazz guitar. I currently attend LA College of Music for Music Production and Recording. If interested I'd love to offer lessons in Music Production and Recording as well.

I have been playing guitar for 12 years and teaching private lessons for about 2 years now. When it comes to guitar lessons the styles I focus on are rock, blues, jazz, folk, metal, funk, and fusion. My personal favorite genres are funk and fusion.

I have an interesting array of guitars and when needed or interested, I'd love to bring a spare for the client to use or experiment with. This includes an original Fender "Strat", a rare Ibanez "Baritone" guitar, a vintage 69' Harmony ...

About Peter "Oscar"
I grew up in Memphis, TN where I originally picked up traditional blues guitar, from there I moved to Austin, TX (the live music capital of the world) where I would play outside restaurants for donations to charity. For high school I attended The Putney School in southern VT, this is where I began playing other instruments and learning jazz guitar. I currently attend LA College of Music for Music Production and Recording. If interested I'd love to offer lessons in Music Production and Recording as well.

I have been playing guitar for 12 years and teaching private lessons for about 2 years now. When it comes to guitar lessons the styles I focus on are rock, blues, jazz, folk, metal, funk, and fusion. My personal favorite genres are funk and fusion.

I have an interesting array of guitars and when needed or interested, I'd love to bring a
spare for the client to use or experiment with. This includes an original Fender "Strat", a rare Ibanez "Baritone" guitar, a vintage 69' Harmony Rebel, an Ibanez acoustic, a red Washburn electric, and an electric Fender bass. I also have two compact combo amps to bring if needed. One is a Blackstar and the other is a Fender. On a side note many guitarists love to play around with pedals and effects. If this sort of thing is up your alley I'll have no problem in doing so.

I am currently the Music Teacher at Arts In Action Charter School in East LA. Over there I teach guitar, piano, and production to the elementary and middle school students.

One thing I love is watching a student try to achieve something that's been setting them back for a while and then finally seeing the moment they realize they've got it! Self realization is a huge part of learning the language of music.
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Peter "Oscar" N.

Pasadena, CA 91105
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$42 / 30-min

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