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About Michelle Y.

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Rochester, NY

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Guitar lessons can include (but is not limited to):
-basic chords in first position and strumming basics
-advanced chords in other positions
-flatpicking basics
-advanced flatpicking techniques (cross-picking, speed and agility)
-basic and advanced fingerpicking techniques and styles
-learning to accompany yourself while singing
-learning to play with other people
-participating in jams
-basic of chord theory and structure
-reading music OR reading tablature OR learning by ear (or all three)

About Michelle
I am a professional banjo player/guitarist with the internationally touring band Harpeth Rising. I have a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. I have extensive experience performing, recording and teaching.

I teach all levels of clawhammer banjo and guitar, from absolute beginner to advanced students and musicians. I cater each lesson to the specific student. If you want to learn to read music and understand music theory we will do that. If you want to learn by ear we can do that, and anything in between.

Banjo lessons can include:
-clawhammer technique
-arranging tunes in your own style
-learn to play with other musicians
-learn how to participate in a jam session
-learn to play and pick up tunes by ear or with tabl
ature
-advanced melodic clawhammer arranging
-learn to accompany yourself while singing
-writing and arranging tunes
-history of the banjo and of Appalachian old-time fiddle music, and history of each specific tune
-much more!

Classical Guitar lessons can include:
-fundamentals of classical guitar technique and playing
-reading music
-fundamentals of music theory and how it applies to what you're playing
-focus on getting the best sound from your instrument
-history of classical guitar music and pieces
-how to give a solo performance
-how to play cleanly with as little effort as possible
-increasing and developing your repertoire
-much more!

Bluegrass/Folk Guitar lessons can include:
-basic chords in first position and strumming basics
-advanced chords in other positions
-flatpicking basics
-advanced flatpicking techniques (cross-picking, speed and agility)
-basic and advanced fingerpicking techniques and styles
-learning to accompany yourself while singing
-learning to play with other people
-participating in jams
-basic of chord theory and structure
-reading music OR reading tablature OR learning by ear (or all three)
-much more!

Clawhammer banjo and classical/acoustic guitar are my main specialties. I am also experienced in teaching, playing and performing bluegrass and country steel string acoustic guitar (flatpicking, accompanying, comping, jamming, etc.), three-finger bluegrass banjo, old-time clawhammer banjo, beginner bluegrass mandolin and ukulele, and music theory.

**Availability notice: As I am a touring musician, my availability is flexible. For online lessons, I may need to reschedule times while I'm on tour. For in person lessons, we may need to reschedule missed lesson while I'm on tour.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument, and I expect my students to have an instrument of their own.
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Dan March 11, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Excellent technical knowledge for classical guitarists.
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Nicole March 9, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Michelle is a great instructor! Starting lessons as an adult I thought would be difficult, however she is very accommodating and helpful. She takes the time to figure out your strengths, as well as see what you can work on. Every suggestion she makes is helpful and beneficial. I’m excited to see where the lessons with her will go!
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anna March 9, 2019
· Banjo · Online
Michelle has been a great teacher. She is patient , positive, and does a wonderful job of explaining things to me. I would highly recommend her.
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About Billy N.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I'm a specialist in Brazilian Guitar and have played and used American Folk Styles to teach finger picking for many years. This includes Travis Picking, Blues and arrangement of all sorts of melodies for guitar. One of the first world musics I played was Irish music and I have a nice repertoire of these melodies to help the student learn how to play a linear melody. Reading is not necessary but I'm expert at getting people to read by using simple familiar music.

About Billy
Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music and currently available. He now offers online lessons via Skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern Art Museum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South
of Brazil,  receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. In 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS news hour during his residence at MacDowell. In 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio and another live radio appearance with band in 2010. Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. Most Recently his groups have been performing at the famed Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion (Pandeiro) and Cavaquinho. Billy has completed two CD's of his original music and an EP of his original Choro music. He has a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY.

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From Coda Magazine August 2012: by Seton Hawkins

Through outstanding collaborations like the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble, guitarist and composer Billy N has emerged as a leading exponent of the music of Brazil. Exploring far beyond the well-trodden bossa nova path. Billy unearths the full range of styles the country offers, including choro, baiào, valsa and samba, and gives American audiences a rich panoramic glimpse into Brazilian art, highlighting its parallels with progressive jazz.

A recipient of composers residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, he is the curator of a three-day series at the club dedicated to the country's music. Billy will showcase his own group—a sextet with drummer Matt Kane, bassist Leco Reis, saxophonists Michael Attias and Eric Schugren and trumpeter Ben Holmes—in a concert primarily featuring his original works. SH

Reviews of my Book on Alfred Brazil: Guitar Atlas,  I love this series and this is the best of the six titles I have. Billy really knows his stuff; the analysis of time at the beginning is superb: something I now use in my teaching. This is definitely for intermediate and higher guitarists, but the pieces are worth the effort to get right, and the accompanying CD shows you what you are aiming for. This is as good as my other Brazilian guitar book (by Nelson Faria) and much more compact and easier to follow. Highly recommended!

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This book is essential homework for students of Brazilian guitar. It is one of the best resources out there, along with Nelson Faria's "The Brazilian Guitar Book." The original etudes are not only instructional, but are nice pieces in their own right. An excellent value.

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I've taught all levels over 20 years both in NYC and Brazil. I work with the material that the student wants and also through recordings and charts introduce much music that the student might have been unfamiliar with. My lessons are catered to the individual. There is no obstacle anyone has that is too great to work through. My approach to rhythmic training has helped many. I have simple way of breaking down the guitar fingerboard which can used as a guide to learn harmony. I'll get you into the horizontal aspects of guitar, traveling across the neck, making music across one string as well, mastering the guitar in a small fret range - " vertical position playing".

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitar for the student, either electric or nylon. Cavaquinho students bring their instrument. First time students must bring their instrument so I can see what they are playing on.

*** Specialties ***
Brazilian Fingerstyle - Choro, Samba, Baiao Solo
Jazz Guitar - Pick or Fingers
Beginning Flamenco
Cavaquinho
Improvisation for any instrument
Harmony and Theory
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Flaminia D. May 12, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
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Lynn W. December 17, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows.
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felicia D. October 17, 2014
· Brazilian Guitar · In home
I took Brazilian guitar lessons from Billy for several years. His method focuses on absorbing the many rhythms of Brazil and translating them from percussion instruments to the guitar. Much of his effort is devoted on achieving the elusive Brazilian swing, which non Brazilians need to learn. Billy is excellent in breaking down the rhythms and explaining them. He even has a book out on his method. He covers various Brazilian genres: choro, bossa nova, samba, baiao and more.
Billy also is an accomplished jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist with a thorough understanding of harmony and improvisation. He is very patient and has years of teaching and performance experience. You will be lucky to study with him!
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About Mel P.

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Union, MO

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Teaching all levels of string players. Notes, tablature, playing by ear. All methods of learning. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Classical and much more. You will learn the best techniques, and learn faster with my time proven methods. Learn from a pro. Let's get together!

About Mel
I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!
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levi M. February 7, 2019
· Banjo · Online
Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you.
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Elizabeth Coyne August 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!
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Lew B. February 27, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.
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About Sunshine C.

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Panama City Beach, FL
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On guitar, I like to work with children ages 7 to 11 because I feel that they need to be able to master pushing those strings down in such a way that they won't some thuddy. Children who are too young sometimes have problems getting those strings to sound nice and clear so I'd like to be able to at least start with them at the minimum age of 7 years, sometimes six-years-old, depending on the child's ability.

I like to be able to send materials to you through a fax machine if you have one of those in your home. Or if you have a fax very close by that you can use to collect items I'm sending. Please let me know if you have one of these available close by. Thank you.

About Sunshine
Hello!😄♥️😁 I'm Sunshine! I'm a singer songwriter musician, and teach music locally, and now online. My husband & I own a music business, we sell guitars, keyboards, drums, mandolin, ukulele's, etc.. (lots of different instruments).
We both give music lessons. I teach piano, guitar, and voice lessons. He teaches guitar, drums, mandolin, lap steel guitar, and can do "bass and ukulele" lessons if desired as well. So between us, we cover several instruments.

We've had seasonal "Kids School of Music Bands" offered at our facility over the last several years, which is an addition great option if you're here locally where we're located.

I can teach you songwriting skills as well if you have an interest in that direction. I started writing songs when I was around 11 years old. It's a passion of mine. If you have a melody for a song, but
have a problem finding or creating your lyrics, we can work on that, or vice versa, if you have some great lyrics but you need to find your melody and/or need to create your song flow "for" those lyrics, we can also work on those skills.

I also offer pre-math and math skills for ages 3 to 11 years, also, reading, writing, and FUN phonics skills.

Whatever your focus is on, just contact me and let me know.

So ... SMILE guys! 😁😁😁 Lets make things FUN and enjoyably Colorful in whichever direction your going!

🌞☀️🌝 Sunshine! 😁
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About Alan P.

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Roseville, CA
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Quality music lessons in a fun environment. I base my curriculum around my student's goals and interests.

About Alan
I have been around music my whole life and have been teaching music lessons for 10 years. My passion for music is matched only by my passion for teaching and seeing my students succeed. Alongside teaching, I enjoy performing and writing original music.
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Liam T. November 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Alan was awesome! My son needed some last minute lessons before an upcoming concert he was performing in. Alan helped him fine tune his part and gave him the confidence he needed. My son is now excited for the concert and can't wait to show everyone his talent!
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Arianna P. June 6, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
He's a great instructor and he's very good with children.
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Cristiana February 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I took guitar lessons with Alan for two years. Now my sons take piano, guitar, and drum lessons with him. I would recommend him because he is patient, very knowledgeable, and is a good teacher.
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About Itamar E.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I got started playing guitar because it was unbelievably fun and that's how I think music should always feel. I am a Berklee College of Music graduate trained in electric guitar. While at Berklee I studied with Jeff Lockhart who mentored the funk band Lettuce, and I also was invited to play several gigs where the rest of the band were faculty.

I have a broad knowledge of music theory, guitar technique, and the nature of music. Whether a student wants to learn songwriting, scales, chords, or anything else, my Berklee education has prepared me to teach confidently.

About Itamar
Hi everyone! When I was a kid I fell in love with the guitar. I taught myself through high school and then was fortunate to be accepted to Berklee College of Music. With all of that knowledge I gained there, now I'd like to do my part for the world and pass it on, in the hopes of cultivating the same love of instrument that I experienced.

I'm a fun and easy-going dude, and I'll be happy to teach at whatever level the student wishes. I don't assign unwanted homework, I don't scold, or get frustrated. We are here first and foremostly to have fun!
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About Gregg S.

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Manassas, VA

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2006 Berklee College of Music graduate Gregg Smith teaches music lessons on drums, piano, guitar, bass guitar and ukulele.
Lessons are custom tailored to fit the students needs at a pace they can handle. I feel that lessons should be an enjoyable learning experience. Not everyone learns the same way, some have a great ear, some find reading music very easy and others are more visual learners. I try to figure out the students strengths and move forward from there.
My musical influences include everything from Rock, Pop, Classical, Rap, Metal and EDM. In elementary school I did choir and played the flute. I also played snare drum in the high school band Once I graduated I started playing the guitar, bass guitar, piano & drums. I took lessons in all of these instruments and benefited greatly from my teachers. I went on to further my musical education at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College and later at Berklee College of Music. From 2010-2016 I played drums in a local band named ...

About Gregg
2006 Berklee College of Music graduate Gregg Smith teaches music lessons on , guitar, drums, piano, bass guitar and ukulele.
Lessons are custom tailored to fit the students needs at a pace they can handle. I feel that lessons should be an enjoyable learning experience. Not everyone learns the same way, some have a great ear, some find reading music very easy and others are more visual learners. I try to figure out the students strengths and move forward from there.
My musical influences include everything from Rock, Pop, Classical, Rap, Metal and EDM. In elementary school I did choir and played the flute. I also played snare drum in the high school band Once I graduated I started playing the guitar, bass guitar, piano & drums. I took lessons in all of these instruments and benefited greatly from my teachers. I went on to further my m
usical education at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College and later at Berklee College of Music. From 2010-2016 I played drums in a local band named Shade Parade that played many venues in the DC and Richmond areas. I am currently working on solo projects and learning more about digital audio workstations and recording.
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About Philip R.

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Lincoln, CA
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I am experienced in teaching at local High School, music stores, charter school and my own business. Lessons focus guitar and piano students of all ages. My Music training comes from Wheaton Conservatory of Music, concert pianists and from other private instructors. You will learn the foundations of music and lessons are customized to your needs and wants. You will also have the opportunity to learn to write and record your own songs. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Philip
Music training comes from Wheaton Conservatory of Music, concert pianists and from other private instructors. After graduating music school, I received additional year of training in teaching at William Jessup University. I have had training in guitar, piano, drums, voice, bass guitar and flute. My teaching experience includes teaching at local High School, elementary teaching, music stores, charter school and my own business.
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Lincoln, CA 95648
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About Mike L.

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New York, NY
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Hey there! Fun, experienced, kind, professional songwriter (MTV, CTV) multi instrumentalist (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Drums, Piano, Bass, Harmonica, ukulele) here.
Want learn how to play your favorite song?
Want to learn how to write a song?
Over 15 years experience teaching, writing, touring! All levels welcome, lets have fun and let me help you reach your dream!

About Mike
Hey there! Fun, experienced, kind, professional songwriter (MTV, CTV) multi instrumentalist (Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Drums, Piano, Bass, harmonica, ukulele) here! Have worked with grammy winning producers Joe Laporta (imagine dragons, David Bowie) Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd) and have recorded albums in Toronto, LA, and New York.
Want learn how to play your favorite song?
Want to learn how to write a song?
Over 15 years experience teaching, writing, touring! All levels welcome, lets have fun and let me help you reach your dream! All levels welcome, Lets make some music!!!
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Mike L.

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