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Livonia, MI

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Flat Pick, Rock-A Billy or Finger Style

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. But, 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 aspect
s 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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Fred Chin July 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
First lesson. Marc was great
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Chris February 8, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I only got to take lessons from Marc for a couple of months in the summer of 2016 (I had to move away for work), but he is hands down the best music teacher I've ever encountered. It's a year and a half later and I'm still benefitting from his tutelage. From beginner to advanced, you've found the right guy for the job.
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Annette August 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him.
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About Michael L.

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I use a really fun and fast approach to getting any student to the next level by improving their technique and tone, increasing their fret board knowledge, and expanding their repertoire. 26 years experience teaching beginner to university and professional level students.

About Michael
Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

*** Lesson Details ***
Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have all the toys!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all of the music and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
All levels all styles. From beginner to professional.
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Penny A. September 25, 2018
· Bagpipes · Online
Michael is a very patient, kind and understanding. He is willing to assist in any way he can to help and support. Michael is a fabulous instructor! I look forward to my next lesson.
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David April 30, 2018
· Bagpipes · Online
My first Lesson with Michael was amazing! I’m very much looking forward to my next lesson with him.
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A. Zechariah J. August 28, 2017
· Bagpipes · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Michael for nearly nine months now. He has been an awesome instructor, very talented, helpful, and charismatic!
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About Ahmad G.

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I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. and M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe and the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, ...

About Ahmad
I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe & the Middle East and toured with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the St
eve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults.

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Richard January 16, 2019
· Bass Guitar · Online
This is the guy you are looking for.

At 42 I finally got around to buying my first guitar (no musical background other than fan) and set about teaching myself with books and videos. 10 months later I realized that in spite of working at it every day I was going to get to the 1-year mark and not be able to play a single song all the way through (of the 70's and 80's hard rock that I love, I could play "Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star" pretty well). I was rapidly becoming "that guy" who can play sloppy intros to 300 songs, but nothing else.

I looked around the web, and settled on Ahmad because of his credentials and reviews, and I could not be happier with my choice.

The thing that makes Ahmad special is that he put as much effort into becoming a great guitar teacher as he did in becoming a great guitar player. Every lesson is tailored exactly to my ability at that time. If ever I have had particular trouble with something Ahmad is ready with additional material, alternate ways to learn it, different ways to explain it. No matter what the technique or concept, Ahmad has seen this mistake before and knows just what to do. Some days I leave with many pages of material to master, and some days just one or two. It is all about how slowly or quickly I am picking up the new thing, and all about learning things the right way so that the foundation is solid when I am ready to advance to the next level. There is no schedule or competition (except with myself) and the only objective is to learn more and get better.

To show examples in action Ahmad routinely finds 70s and 80s hard rock for me (not every single note is from Guns-n-Roses of course, but if a particular concept relates to something in a familiar song from the genre, that's the one Ahmad will pick for me to master). You do not have to learn jazz! (I mean if jazz is your thing I am certain that Ahmad can teach you that.)

I really doubt that there is a player at any level (or in any style) who would not learn a lot from Ahmad (that is if you are prepared to be humble and possibly review some foundational material you think you know already... if you knew it, Ahmad would not be teaching it to you... he can hear that your timing is off, or if you didn't hit all of the strings in that chord, and so can your audience). (Once, while I was performing an exercise from the previous lesson, Ahmad had his back to me digging in his filing cabinet for my next materials and said "Did you play the fifth note with an upstroke?"... He heard that, it was supposed to be a down stroke and he heard a difference so slight I didn't even know I was doing it.)

If you are a beginner as I was, my advice is to commit to four lessons with Ahmad. By the end of that time you will hear that you are advancing, and more importantly you will understand where you were and where you are going. It might seem kind of basic at first (which is why I say to go with at least four) but it does not take very long to understand how much better you will be with strong fundamentals. If, instead, you learn to play badly, and you practice regularly, eventually your speed will improve... and then you will play badly fast which actually sounds worse than playing badly slow... all that work for less than nothing.

I have been taking lessons for about a year and half. I can play some Lead Guitar now. And I can play some real songs now. Even those 300 intros are getting tight, that is to say I now play them with the right timing, technique, phrasing and feel!

PS - If Ahmad says "it's time for the Harmony Classes", do it! Like most things Ahmad has taught me, I have resisted it in some way at first, and the harmony lessons are no different. Like everything Ahmad has taught me, the harmony classes have immediately made me better at playing guitar, and have provided a foundation that makes the next thing and the next thing and the next thing easier, faster, and better.
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Mike January 9, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad is an excellent guitar teacher. I have been taking lessons from Ahmad at his place in for several months now and I'm continually impressed with Ahmad and very pleased with my progress on the guitar.

Ahmad has a relaxed and friendly attitude, but it's clear that he's exceptionally good at his trade. He has years of experience and teaching materials on hand, and I enjoy that Ahmad customizes what he teaches to each student's skill level and goals. He has developed a very effective teaching method that works well for me. I've had plenty of music education previously in my life and Ahmad quickly recognized that we could move quickly over the basics of reading music, rhythm notation, etc. and he's always prepared with an exercise or two for me to take home and practice to expand my skills further.

I found Ahmad via his web site and called him and he was very professional and courteous leading up to our first appointment. He's got his teaching down to a science and Ahmad is very efficient with his administrative matters. I'm grateful for this because it leaves a lot more time for the guitar lesson itself.

Ahmad charges a reasonable fee for his service and I'm looking forward to learning from Ahmad for a long time to come.
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Curtiss C. January 8, 2019
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Want to learn your favorite song? Want to jam out with your friends? How about writing that song you've been thinking about? I've been playing guitar for over half of my life and love it with all my heart. Music is so powerful and learning to write and play it, is one of life's greatest gifts! As your friend, I will do everything I can to help you obtain the guitar skills you want! We will get to know not only each other but how to jam like no one else! Let's go!

About Taylor
Hi there! My name is Taylor and I like to party! I've been playing guitar for as long as I can remember and the best word to describe playing guitar is a party! Throughout my 10+ years of experience, I've learned that ANYONE can have fun playing guitar.

Anyone who truly wants to can play guitar. It fits every mood! Hyped up? Play Guitar. Feeling down? Play Guitar. In Love? Play Guitar. No matter how I feel, playing guitar always helps and writing songs help me express how I feel in a way nothing else can!

I absolutely love being a guitar teacher! Beyond helping you learn how to learn the most beautiful instrument, I love to get to know new people like you and become friends with musically passionate people!

Honestly, I already know we will both be amazing friends and learn and write some incredible music!
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I have a degree in music performance (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University, 2007). At NIU, I was grateful to study under acclaimed jazz, classical and world-music guitarist Fareed Haque. Since then, I've toured the US, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and Uganda with the bluegrass group "Henhouse Prowlers", performed in countless rock bands, jazz combos, folk groups, classical ensembles and even worked as a jingle writer and producer.

My favorite things about working with students:
For my youngest students, I enjoy seeing the smiles that music brings and I love watching the "light bulb" turn on when a student gets a concept or nails a piece for the first time.

For my adult students, I love seeing their desire to continue learning at every stage of life. Their thirst for knowledge and openness to new ideas is a constant inspiration to me!

About Aaron
From absolute beginners to guitarists with years of experience, I'm absolutely thrilled to work with students of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels. As an educator, my biggest joy comes from watching a new concept, skill or song just "click" with a student and my job is to help that process happen easily and organically and to make the whole process fun.

A little about me: I spent the last three years touring internationally with the Chicago-based bluegrass band "Henhouse Prowlers". I had the unique opportunity to perform all over Europe, and in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kenya, Uganda, Russia, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan. I've played in countless venues across the US in a wide variety of styles. I have a degree in jazz guitar performance from Northern Illinois University where I studied with acclaimed classical and jazz virtuoso Faree
d Haque.

Personally, the most rewarding experiences of my career in music have always come, not from my performance opportunities, but rather making connections with students; I love to encourage and facilitate discovery and growth and share the joy of music with others.
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Lucy January 8, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Aaron is an amazing guitar teacher! He really takes the time to learn your goals, strengths and weaknesses. He is also super kind, patient and encouraging. He even holds weekly jam sessions with his adult students so they can learn to play within a group. I would highly recommend him for lessons. He teaches all ages!!
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About Corey B.

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I'll be able to help you learn whatever style or songs you'd like!
Will assess each student's playing ability to tailor instruction to meet individual needs
Create separate lesson plans for each student based on his or her skill level, stylistic interests, and personal goals
Teach music fundamentals and various levels of music theory
Modeled ways for students to maximize efficiency during home practice time

About Corey
Corey Bakarich has been teaching and playing music for over fifteen years. Initially inspired by watching the late Stevie Ray Vaughan on television, he has developed an eclectic approach that ranges from Wes Montgomery to John Frusciante to Muddy Waters. Corey teaches both acoustic and electric guitar in styles including jazz, blues, classical, blues, modern rock and more. He teaches private lessons and group classes.
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I have taught guitar for a few years and have been a Professional Guitar Player for a number of years. I am Very Experienced with Electric and Acoustic Styles. I have been on tour and played in numerous bands around the California and Washington Area. I currently play in a ProgRock band based out of Santa Cruz. I study a lot in my own time to continue learning more and create lesson plans for the serious and light students. If you are looking to learn songs, learn theory, learn the way the guitar works and how it weaves in and out of songs, I will be able to teach you that and much more. If you are looking to play shows, and are looking to join a band but need some help, I can spice up your chops and make you comfortable in a public setting. Performance and band settings are one of my specialties. I also include a bit of theory knowledge to whatever level of playing you are at so that way you can grasp the concept of the art we are involved in, making the guitar and music seem so ...

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I am a 26 year old musician who has been playing since 13 years old. I started out on bass because I thought 4 strings would be easier, a year later I decided six strings was a bit more challenging and I have never looked back. As a sophomore in high school I won the battle of the bands contest and a year later I played my first gig in a local bar! Since then I have always thrived to be a great performer and a solid player. A part of me has always wanted to pass on my knowledge to anyone who is interested in being a great player and/or performer. Even if you play a different instrument than guitar and are looking for an extra skill for performance or musicianship, I can be the help that you need. I had a conversation with a friend of mine who plays the banjo and every time we play he learns something from me even though I don't play the b
anjo. We decided that I could teach "How to be a musician". So that is what I specialize in as well as the guitar itself! I have played in numerous bands around the Washington State and California area, I currently play in a ProgRock band based out of Santa Cruz, Ca. I have studied music theory for 10 years and it makes playing so much more simplistic once you get the fundamentals down, and it only grows more and more the more that you learn. From my studies I have gained easier ways to learn theory and ways for students to understand what is being taught. I am also a dad with a 3 year old son which inspires me everyday to teach and be a great person. Currently, I work at a local guitar store here in Santa Cruz and I am going to school to earn my bachelors degree in music. I also have been studying the piano. I can read music and I can teach how to transpose material. I can teach all styles although I specialize in Rock n' Roll, Blues, Pop-Rock, and Metal Styles. Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
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