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About Weslie B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Folk, pop, rock - I focus on chord progressions, strumming and finger-picking. I like to teach a bit of music theory along the way so that you can learn to arrange and transpose. I can help singer/ songwriters with guitar arrangements so that accompaniment compliments vocal style.

About Weslie
Well-versed in voice, music theory, popular song styles and poetic writing, I have helped many singers and songwriters to sing and/or compose with skill and confidence in a style that is natural and unique to them. I teach voice at AMDA (Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) to singers, dancers actors. I studied voice and jazz arranging at Berklee College of Music, and then earned my Master's of Music degree in music composition from Cal State LA. I have sung pop, jazz and theatre music in Los Angeles, New York, and across the US and Canada. I've appeared on the Jay Leno Show, and have sung in many local music venues, such as the Troubadour and Luna Park, and have won multiple awards for my songs in internationally acclaimed "I HATE MUSICALS" - a short film musical (now on iTunes). My musical theatre works has been been presented in Los
Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. I am a proud member of CMASH, a composer collective in San Francisco, and I collaborate with Ann Moss, Liam Wade, and Arnold Margolin. My song Practice Your Flamenco was recently recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, and will be featured on Ann Moss's new CD, Currents.

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I like to think of my teaching style as 'serious fun'. As a teacher and coach, I want to inspire you to learn skills and songs that help to develop your authentic musical identity. My lessons always include a warm-up, song study and performance. I will, if you prefer, help you choose songs, as well as transpose any song to fit your voice type and range. If you are inquisitive about songwriting, or music theory, I can definitely be a guide in those areas as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Finale

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre, Folk, Indie-Rock, Jazz; Belting, developing passagio.
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JENNA B. December 19, 2013
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Weslie is great!

Weslie has helped me tremendously with music theory. She is really good at listening and figuring out specific areas that I needed help with. She even took time on the side outside of our lessons to listen to music examples I sent her and analyzed them for me. Weslie is patient and makes learning fun. Her teaching environment is comfortable and she's flexible with her schedule. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a teacher!
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Henrique G. November 2, 2012
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Weslie is a great mentor and teacher

Weslie has been able to open my eyes to what my voice really sounds like into the "musical world" in terms of technicality. While also been able to make me a better singer already. We have been working on one of my favorite songs, and there's so much I've learned from her in terms of playing the guitar and understanding how the chords are built and interfere into the overall senses of the song. I would recommend Welsie to any person that has passion in music and is willing to take the classes seriously in terms of a good learning pace and content, because I believe that she is one of the best out there in LA.
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KayW July 30, 2009
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I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with having Weslie as my teacher. She was exactly how I hoped she would be and I look forward to the next lesson.Best,Kay W
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Weslie B.

Weslie B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Andrew R.

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Having played hundreds of gigs and recorded thousands of hours on countless records, from the famed Abbey Road Studios in London to the Village Recorder here in LA, I have a vast body of experience of playing in all styles to help you with the particular skill you want to advance in.
Everyone has their own style with guitar, it's a very personal instrument in that regard. The key is understanding what my students want to achieve and helping them get there in their own way

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Michael Kriegsman January 30, 2017
· Guitar ·
Andrew is beyond impressive. As a musician and as a person. I look forward to a long musical relationship.
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Andrew R.

Andrew R.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Steve M.

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Topanga, CA

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About Steve
A classically trained musician, I received my BA in music (with concentration in classical guitar) from the University of California Santa Cruz. . As a guitar player, I have appeared on numerous recordings covering genres from Americana to Rock, Folk and Lounge. I perform regularly in night clubs with a notable recent appearance on a Sirius Radio Channel. Also an accomplished engineer, I have recorded, mixed and mastered commercially released albums. With a wide and varied skill set, I look to provide a low pressure, encouraging environment of learning to help my students grow in the direction they desire; be it strumming their favorite tunes in the living-room, playing out professionally or recording their creations.
While attending UCSC, I became interested in gamelan which I subsequently studied in the US and Bali. As a gamelan orch
estra player, I have concertized in the likes of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center and have played for dignitaries at Indonesian Consulate functions as well as participated in teaching exhibitions for local schools

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach from a variety of books depending on the age of the student and the type of music studied (classical, folk, rock, finger-picking). Lessons are designed to put the student upon a path to reach their personal goals. I teach reading of notation, tablature or simply chords or any combination there-of. Simply share with me what you would like to learn and we will design a lesson plan to get you there. I am patient, encouraging and good with kids and adults alike.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in-home lessons, I expect the student to have an acoustic or electric guitar. I can assist in obtaining an appropriate book or tabs from the web.

*** Specialties ***
Along with learning to play the guitar, I teach my students how maintain proper posture and how to care for their instrument. All students who wish to perform will receive coaching on how to present themselves in a confident, comfortable manner. Electric guitar players will receive tips on getting the most from their equipment and I am happy to teach anyone how to effectively record themselves if they wish to go that direction.
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shira O. August 8, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Steve was my guitar teacher, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is patient, clear, and constructive. His teaching style is relaxed but very professional. He clearly loves music of all kinds, and worked with me on the styles I was interested in. He really hones technique and made sure I was doing things properly in order to ensure a lifetime of playing. He has a good sense of humor, an excellent ear, and a genuine interest in his students' success. I recommend him with full confidence!
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Sofia A. July 31, 2014
· Guitar · In home
My 11 year old daughter has been taking guitar lessons from Steve for years. He patiently taught her when she was young and wiggly and really wanted lessons, but couldn't sit still for a whole lesson and wouldn't practice at all. And then more recently when she started to take her lessons seriously and actually practice in between lessons, he helped her move forward at her new pace. He lets her pick the music she is interested in and helps guide her to pieces that are within her ability. Steve is smart and reliable, enjoys teaching and loves music and I highly recommend him to teach any age or type of person.
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Steve M.

Topanga, CA 90290
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About ELENA D.

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Tarzana, CA
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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock, as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

***Lessons Details***

**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
Thank you
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Carly P. March 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
It seems like Elena has a gift when it comes to teaching young children. My Carly is so excited every week to learn how to play guitar . It's great when you c your children doing good in school however it's even better when you c such excitement in there passion.
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ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Paul N.

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Reseda, CA
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Whether you want to play like Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins or Joe Pass, you need basic knowledge and foundation to begin your journey to sounding like the greats. Learning songs is a fun way to learn all the important elements of playing any style of guitar.

About Paul
Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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May A. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Paul is an excellent teacher ,very professional and know how to deal with youth and let them love music and guitar ,my granddaughter enjoyed his lessons and I ll not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family .
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Jacob September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son really loved his lesson with Paul.
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Paul N.

Paul N.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Julie N.

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Newhall, CA
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Learn classical guitar! Specializing in beginner lessons. All ages welcome! Visit my website at http://juliesguitarlessons.tripod.com

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I play classical, blues, jazz, popular in addition to early music. I arrange music according to my student's interest.
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Julie N.

Julie N.

Newhall, CA 91321
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About Andrew G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I teach folk, rock, jazz, blues, classical, and everything in between. I know that learning anything can be frustrating at times so I like to allow time for serious work as well as lots of time for exploration. The more you explore, the greater the chance for discovery. I like to start out slow, hone in on what your passion is, and then get down to the nitty gritty. We will make goals in relation to what you are interested in and then see how our interests broaden as you progress. I teach scales, chords, and simple techniques for playing any style.

About Andrew
Hello, I am an actor, musician, and teacher from Portland Oregon. I am a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and founding member of Los Angeles based performance collective Poor Dog Group. I have taught guitar, bass, ukulele, and voice in Los Angeles for over ten years. I am also a theater teacher and acting coach with over six years of experience. I like to include all aspects of performance in my lessons. My main goal is to instill confidence and sense of experimentation in your artistic practice.
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SABRINA July 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Awesome
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Ian M. October 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Awesome instructor! Very personable. Made my son feel at ease.
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Dani September 24, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Andrew is great! He tailors the lessons to my goals and is patient with my learning process. Highly recommended!
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Andrew G.

Andrew G.

Los Angeles, CA 90032
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About Ike K.

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I'm classically trained and experienced as a touring and studio guitarist in metal, rock, blues, indie, hiphop, and pop acts since 2011. I can teach you music theory, proper finger placement techniques, arpeggios, scales, chords, finger picking, sight reading, finger strengthening exercises, and palm muting techniques.

Also. Do you want to shred?
I have techniques that can make you faster and more precise.

I can show you:
-How to zip through chord changes, arpeggios, and scales with proper technique.
-How to "saw" (rapid picking).
-Finger tapping techniques.

About Ike
Hey, I'm Ike. Here are a few things about me:

-Born and raised in Hollywood CA.

-Classically trained to play piano since the age of 7.

-I've been a studio and touring guitarist since 2011.

-By trade, I am a audio engineer. i've recorded, mixed, collaborated, and worked for artists such as DMX, Macy Gray, Dj Quik, Diplo, Kiss, Misfits, Baby Metal and many more.

-Most of my days are spent in my home studio where I produce music.

Looking forward to meetin ya!
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Lauren M. May 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Ike is truly the most patient and skilled music teacher I've had. He will make sure you accomplish your goals while falling in love with your instrument and having a great time. His calming nature helped to quiet my anxiety around instruments, and reach a potential I didn't know I had in me. He truly wanted me to succeed, and he will want the same for you. I came on Take Lessons to find a different teacher while he was touring (playing metal guitar) in China. I am glad to know that he is on the site now, sharing his knowledge and passion with other people. I would absolutely recommend him to any student, at any level. x
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Keith May 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great lessons. I'm glad hes on takelessons now. Very informative. Very personable. Awesome!
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Ike K.

Ike K.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Nathan E.

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I have played the guitar for almost 20 years! I can help with scales, chords and even reading music. I can also help students play by ear or learn their favorite songs.

About Nathan
Hello! I currently teach a computer class at a private school in Sierra Madre and substitute teach in Pasadena. I completed my bachelor's degree in music composition and theory at UC Davis. I originally studied engineering but switched to music half way through my degree because I wanted to go to graduate school. Having graduated from Fuller with a Master's in Divinity in 2015, I currently live in Pasadena. Tutoring is a lot of fun! I enjoy helping people achieve their goals and gain confidence in the subjects they're studying.
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Nathan E.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Gregory H.

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Valley Village, CA
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Gregory offers guitar lessons that are available for both acoustic and electric guitar to children and adults of all skill levels.
Lessons are individualized according to each student’s interests.
Beginners can expect to be playing songs in the first couple of lessons! 
Intermediate and advanced lessons include: music theory (chords / scales), playing/improvisation through the use of arpeggios as a way to learn all the modes (scales) for use in rock and jazz (a great way to learn the entire instrument). Technique and sight reading are also taught. An emphasis is put on analyzing songs and guitar solos / melodies to understand what the key is and how the chords and scales were used to create each song or guitar solo.
Above all, students are encouraged to go in the direction that they choose and learn what inspires them the most. I can teach any song upon request!
Note: There is a guitar available (in studio) for student’s use during each lesson

About Gregory
Hello, My name is Gregory Hodges I have been playing guitar for 28 years. I grew up in South Carolina in a musical family. Everyone in my family plays some kind of instrument. I started playing guitar when I was 9 yrs old. I took lessons from several Instructors that taught at Berklee School of Music. Since the age of 18 I have taught guitar. I am always excited to see my students get the results they are looking for. I have always performed live through out my career. I have played with or recorded with such artist as Lenny Kravitz, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Roosevelt Collier, Jimmy Herring, Lee Oskar, George Porter Jr., Dr. John, I also currently perform with Grammy nominated artist Janiva Magness. Thank you for taking the time to read my Bio and I look forward to helping you reach your goals and bringing you enjoym
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Gregory H.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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