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About Matt B.

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Agoura Hills, CA
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About Matt
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
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Jennifer January 5, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Matt was great! Made the experience enjoyable and applicable.
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Marilyn F. March 6, 2014
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Great teacher!

Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
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Peter S. March 26, 2013
· Guitar ·
An excellent teacher

I started taking lessons with Matt when I was 16 and when we started up again this year (I'm now 31) we were able to pick right back up where we left off. That should tell you all you need to know about how much he cares about his students.

He's an especially excellent teacher because he's so passionate about music and his instrument. You'll never run out of new things to learn because he's always learning new things himself.

Nobody will teach you to love the guitar like this dude!
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Matt B.

Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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About Omar W.

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North Hollywood, CA

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I have been teaching acoustic guitar for years. I design my lessons based on the individual needs and goals of my students.

About Omar
My passion is sharing music with people.

I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio production as well. Feel free to ask me questions, and expect informative non-judgmental answers.

I have spent a lot of time developing as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, which helps me in all aspects of my music and teaching, I'm always looking to learn more. I have played in heavy metal bands, but have also done solo acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, I have produced raw hip-hop but also love old soul and ska tunes. Being well rounded musically and drawing from lots of influences is what makes me a good teacher and shapes me as a m
usician.

As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and am a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist.

I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip-hop, and electronica.

*** Lesson Details/ What to Expect ***

You can expect a custom, fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique and get my students playing right away. This boosts confidence and fosters interest because once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.

By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord.

In 3-6 months you will be playing guitar with a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony and be able to play scales and songs.

Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore more specific music subjects and lessons will become more personalized: songwriting, guitar tones, musicology, making a DIY record, shredding like a metalhead, I can guide you to help you achieve your goals.

I receive a very large number of student requests everyday, So to keep things organized please keep the following in mind:

Takelessons is a wonderful service that I use to handle all my payments and scheduling. I want to focus on the teaching, so they help with the rest.

I have a 24 hour cancelation policy, please give me at least 24 hour advanced notice, or you will forfeit your lesson credit.

All scheduling changes or time off can be requested right from the website for your connivence. it's super easy!

Use an email that you will actually check to sign up for notifications, it's not spam, it's to help us all stay organized.

Remember to please reserve your spot by paying in advance. (I have a waiting list of people asking me for those super convenient days, and times)

Online students please make sure you have the highest connection speed available to you. This will ensure you get the most out of the lessons.

*** Equipment ***

Please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.
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Sharon H. February 6, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
I had my first lesson with Omar and he was great! It's my first time to play any string instrument, but since I do have some experience with music, he tailored the lesson time to me. He was also enthusiastic about the music/songs I wanted to learn and I left my first lesson feeling excited to continue practicing.
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Nicole September 17, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm having such a great time with my lessons with Omar!!!! I feel like I am really learning the fundamentals to take my playing to the next level and he is so encouraging!!! I am already playing songs that I love and am having the best time!
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Christie September 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
I am trained in piano, but never had any guitar or ukulele experience prior to meeting Omar. Omar figured out my aspirations and skill level in no time and got me strumming songs in less than 4 weeks. Now I lull my kids to sleep with my ukulele and they sing along.
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Omar W.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Chris V.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I want to have you walking out of the lesson happy, and excited to go home and practice some new material. With me you'll learn about guitar, but you'll also learn about music and how playing can help you in life (perseverance, basic math foundations, etc.)

About Chris
I am a jazz guitarist based out of beautiful Los Angeles, California. I received and Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2015, and have been pursuing a bachelors in Jazz Studies since then.

While in community college I really grew into my own as a musician and discovered that I love jazz. Not only the music, but the history of how it formed as well as the differences from classical music. When at school I stood out from the other guitarists because I was hungry to learn and that attitude will hopefully follow me for the rest of my life.

Thats what I'd hope to pass on the students; that knowledge, be it music, english, math, physiology, etc. is the key to everything. And that it doesn't have to be all stuffy and boring! I tailor my lessons to the student whether its guitar, piano, ukulele, etc. and my main objective is to learn and
have fun, so the learning is reinforced with good natured thoughts. This will set up the student to actually want to practice!

As a musician I've been in a couple of groups, and starting to get a jazz group together recently. I also try to utilize the computer to produce when possible so I can learn about that aspect of music. My passion is improvisation/composition, because I hope to one day leave songs behind that people can play forever and be influenced by them like so many have influenced me.
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Caleb April 6, 2019
· Piano · Online
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Ronald R. September 26, 2018
· Electric Guitar · Online
Chris is a great teacher. I met him in group lessons. And now I’m using him for personal lessons. It was a good lesson.
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Synnove September 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Chris was really great with my daughter! She can't wait for her next lesson.
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Chris V.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Hedras R.

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Panorama City, CA
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Every musical success begins with a small note - HR

I have created my own program to teach students from beginner to Advanced levels, I wrote it myself. I wish I would've had a program like that when I began my musical journey with the guitar, I have arranged the subjects in a special order that makes easy the learning process for my students. I like to demystify all theoretical and practical concepts applied to the guitar so the student can easily understand chords, scales, techniques, harmony, improvisation and other subjects that usually take years to master. My goal is to translate all this knowledge at the student's own pace, yielding quick results in 3-6 months.

About Hedras
Hello,
I can teach you Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory and Pro Tools Software.

I had over 200 students in my own academy Guitar Institute of Guatemala and lots of Private and Skype Students.
You can expect fun lessons but full of helpful information that will help you to improve as a player or help you to start learning songs and playing guitar if you are a beginner.
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Hedras R.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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$100 / 30-min

About Dustin B.

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Valley Village, CA

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I have a unique way of teaching with every different student. I believe that we all learn in different ways and at different speeds, so I tailor each lesson to fit accordingly. First and foremost, playing guitar should be fun. Once it becomes work or not fun, then something has gone wrong. My goal is to bring a sense of accomplishment and achievement to each lesson and to show each student that it doesn't take much to pick up the guitar and play a few chords. I'm very outgoing and humorous, and bring that to the lesson each time. We will do serious work, but that doesn't mean we have to be serious people.

Do you want to play your favorite songs? Are you interested in learning how to record yourself playing? I can help you build a foundation of knowledge, a "Tool Box" as I call it, that will help you learn and listen to the songs you love and be able to discern how to play them.

I have been a professional touring musician for over 10 years and have played with many different A-list

About Dustin
I have a unique way of teaching with every different student. I believe that we all learn in different ways and at different speeds, so I tailor each lesson to fit accordingly. First and foremost, playing guitar should be fun. Once it becomes work or not fun, then something has gone wrong. My goal is to bring a sense of accomplishment and achievement to each lesson and to show each student that it doesn't take much to pick up the guitar and play a few chords. I'm very outgoing and humorous, and bring that to the lesson each time. We will do serious work, but that doesn't mean we have to be serious people.

Do you want to play your favorite songs? Are you interested in learning how to record yourself playing? I can help you build a foundation of knowledge, a "Tool Box" as I call it, that will help you learn and listen to the songs you l
ove and be able to discern how to play them.

I have been a professional touring musician for over 10 years and have played with many different A-list artists. I've played more than 600 shows in 30 countries, as well as numerous television shows.

Aside from touring, I also produce/ co-write for other musicians and artists for their own projects.

I am still an active musician and tour frequently, which is one of the reasons I chose TakeLessons as the platform I felt most comfortable with. I am able to teach online as well as in person. So even if you are not located in Los Angeles, or I am out on tour, I can still work with you remotely.
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Dustin B.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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$34 / 30-min
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About Evren T.

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Tarzana, CA

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Over 20 years of teaching experience in Europe and Los Angeles. Since I worked as a professional musician so long, and played most of the styles of music on stage, I am very aware of different techniques of the Nylon String, Acoustic and Electric Guitar. I can also help with Latin, Brazilian Bossa-Nova, Jazz, Blues and Rock. I studied Music Theory and Composition extensively which makes my Guitar lessons more fun. All ages welcome, let's learn the Guitar and have a great time.

About Evren
I am a professional guitarist, composer and songwriter. I completed my education at Los Angeles Music College, and UCLA Film Scoring. I extended my studies with a 6 times Emmy award winner composer, and conductor for over 3 years privately in Hollywood, which provided me work for television, and independent films as a musician and a composer.

Music is my passion. I teach guitar students all different ages and levels. I worked professionally as a guitar and bass player for 2 decades, touring, and recording with artists all over the world. I have great and fun material for both guitar and bass guitar students which fits their levels perfectly. I also teach the Ukulele, and it has been one of the most fun experiences for me to connect with students working on Ukulele. I believe anyone can play the Uke.

Studying orchestration require me to
learn and improve my Piano skills whole a lot. I teach Piano now almost 10 years and have excellent books, and other material to learn the Piano in a fun way. I teach all ages, and specifically focus on beginner and intermediate levels since I also have taught Piano group classes last 5 years to same level students that are children and teenagers.

Since I have amazing opportunities to compose music for film and network TV shows, I got requests from students to teach them recording software, such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, and Garage Band as well as sample libraries. I can help you get better and faster on recording DAW.

I am open to work with anyone on any styles. Some of my favorites genres are: Classical, Jazz, Funk, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Rock, Blues, Film Music and World Music. I look forward to meeting you, and be a part of your musical journey.
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KrisLee January 19, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Mr. Evern is an excellent teacher: thoughtful and accommodating (to each child's temperament, abilities, interest and goals) which is most important to me as a parent. My kids are not "naturally" inclined to music and did not exhibit any "natural" talent, and they were skeptical about their ability to learn. But Mr. Evern was encouraging, funny, and fun - and this made all the difference. My children (each with his own very different traits) have taken acoustic guitar, uekelele, and piano with Mr. Evern, and they both love him. As a (non-music) teacher myself, I appreciate his pedagogical methods which take into account the context of each situation. As a parent, I appreciate his encouraging nature.
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KrisLee January 19, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Mr. Evern is an excellent teacher: thoughtful and accommodating (to each child's temperament, abilities, interest and goals) which is most important to me as a parent. My kids are not "naturally" inclined to music and did not exhibit any "natural" talent, and they were skeptical about their ability to learn. But Mr. Evern was encouraging, funny, and fun - and this made all the difference. My children (each with his own very different traits) have taken acoustic guitar, uekelele, and piano with Mr. Evern, and they both love him. As a (non-music) teacher myself, I appreciate his pedagogical methods which take into account the context of each situation. As a parent, I appreciate his encouraging nature.
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Erim January 16, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Evren is the best teacher ever. He taught me a lot on bass and he produced songs I wrote. He worked on these songs in ProTools and Logic and had a very strong command of these software platforms.

I learned a lot about bass from Evren, from jazz to funk and rock. He helped me improve my playing tremendously. I recommend him to everyone!
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Evren T.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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$45 / 30-min

About Nicholas G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I teach based on what my students need, and cater to their specific learning styles. I take time in the beginning to help the student get acquainted with their instrument and the nature of how it works, as I have found a deeper understanding of this greatly helps learning across the board. Lastly, music is meant to be fun, so I always try to create that kind of environment and explain things as simply as possible.

About Nicholas
Hi! My name is Nick and I have been teaching guitar, piano, and songwriting lessons for 2 years both privately and also as part of Oaklawn Music Studio in Rhode Island, and St. Maria Goretti School in Long Beach, CA. I have played the guitar for 11 years, been singing for 7, played piano and ukulele for 4, and producing/mixing/audio-engineering for 2. I moved from my home state of Rhode Island to Los Angeles in 2016-2017 and attended the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA to earn a Certificate in Music Composition (Songwriting) and have written over 150 songs myself. I have played several live shows around Los Angeles and Rhode Island at farmers markets, art shows, coffee shops (humble venues), and have served as a session instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and engineer for numerous studio sessions around Los Angeles. If you
have any questions about any of my experience (or anything for that matter) feel free to reach out :)
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Principal of St. Maria Goretti School February 6, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was a wonderful employee and excellent instructor! The students enjoyed and were engaged when Nicholas taught lessons during and after school.
He is greatly missed at St. Maria Goretti School
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Karen January 29, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Nick is a very patient and fun teacher! He is very knowledgeable and really encourages his students to practice as much as they can. I would not recommend anyone else for lessons!
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Anthony January 29, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderful, patient, and passionate about music. Really helps spark an interest in passion and music for kids. So impressed with his ability to connect with his students! I really appreciated his flexibility in scheduling lessons - it made it so much easier when things came up and we needed to reschedule. Self-taught, he knows wonderful techniques and strategies to help teach the kids he works with.
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Nicholas G.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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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 jimmy D.

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Studio City, CA
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Hello Everyone,
I teach guitar, Specializing in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae and other popular styles. Would love to show you how to have fun learning, and to truly enjoy your guitar. Beginners to Advanced. All ages welcome!

I live in Studio City near Coldwater/Moorpark. Attended Berklee and a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. I have over 40 years of Professional playing, performing, and teaching.

Lets get started!

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Jimmy Dale
It is said that Jimmy plays the tunes you like to hear in his own unique style.
From Los Angeles to Honolulu, from Frankfurt, Germany to Sardinia, Italy, Jimmy Dale
performs nationally and internationally. He has backed up famed groups including: The Drifters,
Platters, The Diamonds, The Coasters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Tequila Man Chuck
Rio and the Champs and the Fabulous Penguins! He has played with such reggae artists as Joe
Higgs known as the godfather of reggae, the man who taught Bob Marley, Pato Banton, Carlton
Livingston, Fully Fullwood, Tony Chin, Mikey Dread and Daddy U Roy.
Jimmy’s band Irie, has opened shows for Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s Wailers, Toots and the
Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Bunny Wailer, The Skatalites, Black Uhuru, Eek a Mouse,
Steel Pulse and Andrew Tosh.
Jimmy can be heard pla
ying guitar on Big Mountain’s CD “Unity” that sold millions with the hit
“Baby I Love Your Way.” His original composition “Rub a Dub” can be heard in the motion
picture “Sunset Heat” starring Dennis Hopper. Jimmy’s Irie CD “Freedom of Choice” includes
“Rub A Dub,” “Leaving Out Love,” “Harley Gone Down,” and “I Love You In My Arms” can be
heard on Nickelodeon’s cable network SK8TV. Agi's Tune is in a motion picture The Amazing Wizard of Paws. Dear Mr. Benson a Jazz Tune written by Jimmy placed #50 on Smooth Jazz World Wide and #35 in Panama. Jimmy also received Studio City Award from 2015-2017 Small Business Excellence for Musician.
Parents are welcome to stay for any children sessions.
Any questions please ask!
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jimmy D.

Studio City, CA 91604
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$47 / 30-min

About Alexander S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I focus on proper techniques and practice habits so that students can perform and write amazing songs. I want to help students cultivate their passion for guitar and music. I have lots of equipment for students to learn about gear and even record demos of their work.

About Alexander
I focus on proper techniques and practice habits so that students can perform and write amazing songs. I want to help students cultivate their passion for guitar and music. I have lots of equipment for students to learn about gear and even record demos of their work.
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Alexander S.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$50 / 45-min

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