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Torrington, CT

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I can teach all levels and many styles. I make it easy for you to learn at you're own pace so you can achieve your goals and have fun playing music.

About Thomas
Tom has a music degree focused in guitar performance and a combined professional teaching and performance career that spans over twenty years.

Tom began teaching in 1994 and still practices today instructing students of all ages on guitar and bass techniques, as well as music theory.

Tom is very laid back and embraces working at the pace that each of his students feels most comfortable. Lessons are about the student’s ambitions. If it is learning their favorite songs or a deep dive into music theory, jazz improvisation or songwriting it can be covered in strides that seem fit to the student. Books can be used for guidance and a custom lesson plan created that will fit specific criteria desired to be achieved by the student. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it!!
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Spiky S. January 4, 2019
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Amy P. October 29, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
My son has enjoyed his lessons with Thomas. Looking forward to eventually moving onto the guitar.
Definitely recommend!
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Mark June 8, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Tommy is an excellent Guitar teacher...very knowledgeable!
I am a beginner and Tommy was very patient, positive and encouraging
Highly recommend!
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Similar to learning acoustic guitar but with more emphasis on the common bluegrass picking techniques, chord progressions, and various scales.

Emphasis on improvisation when dealing with the lead aspect of bluegrass music.

About Christian
My name is Christian L. and I am a 28 year old guitar/music instructor in the Orlando area. My interest in guitar began when I was 12 years old and blossomed into a full time obsession about 3 years later when I started playing small gigs as a solo guitarist playing simple jazz and classical pieces for small art clubs and events. Alongside gigging, I also began teaching guitar, ear training, and music theory when I turned 18 and have been teaching full time ever since. During that time I also spent 4 years in music school for classical guitar. Currently I spend my time teaching, recording, and performing various styles including rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, metal, and country.

Throughout the 8 years I have been an instructor I believe I have refined my teaching style to be as versatile as possible to accommodate any learn
ing style a student may have. I am capable of teaching all styles of guitar at any skill level with an emphasis on ear training and general knowledge of guitar techniques.

Slight disclaimer in regards to lesson length, price, and student interest:

Over the past year or so I have tried a new teaching structure that I find to be quite rewarding for myself and the students I have had. My lessons do not have a maximum time limit, meaning a lesson could go for 2 hours, if that is what the student wanted, for the same price as a 45 min lesson.

This may sound strange in that I would be losing out on a large amount of potential money but the simple answer is this: I love music and guitar as well as teaching music and guitar. If we are in the middle of a great topic that you, the student, is really interested in, there is no way that I am simply going to stop talking about it when the "timer" stops and there is no way I am going to charge you more for getting into a topic you want to learn.

I find that students who spend more time in the lessons tend to become more interested in guitar and thus, better at playing. I do have to instill a minimum time limit of 45 mins however, any less is honestly just not enough time to get anything worth while accomplished.

One last thing, music and guitar have made up the majority of my daily routine for the past 10 or so years and have literally paid for everything that I currently own as I have never had any other type of job. What this means is that I take the craft very seriously and I project that in the lessons. Basically, if you are genuinely interested in learning guitar and music at any skill level, I will show you everything I possibly can to let you meet your goals. However, if you do not take it seriously, as in you don't pick up or even think about the guitar except for lesson days, the lessons may quickly feel pointless.

For more information on what I teach, feel free to look into the category entitled "Guitar" as well as any of the other subcategories that you are interested in.
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Omar J. January 19, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Christian is an AMAZING musician. He has a wide range of knowledge and can play in almost any genre. Will definitely be taking lessons again!
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Arty A. January 8, 2019
· Blues Guitar · In studio
To be honest, I wouldn't know exactly where to begin to write this review so I am going to just speak from the heart - and a little bit of experience. I started with Christian about a month ago. I held off leaving a review because a good teacher of anything shows they are good by also showing how they build off what what they are teaching and how the student reacts to what he/she is being taught.

I can honestly say that Christian has exceeded my expectations, but it might be for the non-musical aspect that he has. As far as ability goes, just watch his videos and you will see he knows much more than necessary to teach anyone else how to play. However, what makes Christian so great at teaching is that he doesn't translate that ability into unreasonable expectations for his students. He realizes the personal nature of music and will help the student achieve their own personal goals and even more, if the student wishes to do so and puts in the practice and effort of learning.

He has been very good at building on what he has previously taught. Christian has also given much attention to where I seem to connect with music, which is personal only to me. I don't connect to music the same as he does. He knows that and makes an effort to see music from the way I am seeing it, at least he does that during our time in the studio together. This helps each student be the best that THEY can be. This is what a good teacher does. A great teacher also, with time, slowly makes himself obsolete. He teaches the student to figure out how to teach themselves. Christian does this as well. It is not his intention to lose students. But he absolutely wants me to see WHY I am doing what I am doing so I can apply that theory to other aspects of the guitar ON MY OWN.

So, I am not saying he is the best teacher out there. "Best" is a funny word anyway. What I am saying is: Christian will help you be as good as you can possibly be within the realm that you want to be in, as long as you want to actually learn the instrument fully by putting in the work -- work is always necessary.

So I should also mention that I am a song writer and a piano player, and have been for over 20 years. That is why I can say I am speaking from experience. I have had instructors before. I know what it is like and I know what to look for. You can't go wrong with Christian, if you are really looking to learn how to play the guitar and get the most out of your dedication to the instrument.
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Brittany M. December 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have never played guitar before and Christian is a very helpful and informative teacher. He has helped me understand more about music along with learning guitar. He is very well educated and will help you learn the proper way to play a guitar.
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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
· Bass Guitar · Online
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Bluegrass Rhythm and Lead . . . so you can play in a Bluegrass Band or join a Bluegrass Jam all over the country!!!!!
My goal is for you to fall in love with your instrument as a means of expressing yourself. If I had a tattoo it would read: "Music . . . the most powerful medium of expression known to man."
- Acoustic Guitar: Flat Pick, Finger Style, Strum Patterns, Melody with scales & licks
- Electric Guitar: Rhythm, Soloing, Scales & Modes, Power & Barre Chords
- Bass Guitar - Finger & Pick Style, Playing over Chords & Scales, Be the Bottom
- Drums: Basic Beats, Grooves & Fills, Separating Hands & Feet, Reading Music
- Keyboard: Chord Progressions, How to Play in a Band, Reading Chord Charts

About John
Started playing a Soprano Uke at an early age. Quickly moved to a Baritone Uke and wrote my first song at age 11. This also was the year that a Drum Set came into our house. I was in love with music . . . and still am after all these years!!
Hear are instruments I play professionally: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum Set. I also have performed and led worship with the Electronic Keyboard. I can do beginner lessons in all of the above and Banjo, Mandolin & Fiddle.
Over the years I have enjoyed leading Worship Bands, forming Praise Teams, joining the "pit" for Musical Theater, Bluegrass Band, Solo Guitar & Voice and Background Music on the Keyboard. The list goes on and on and on AND the list is not finished yet. Have written quite a few songs and worked with other song writers on their pieces. If you hope to be a singer/son
gwriter . . . then I am your man! I can help with voice coaching and experienced critique of lyrics and chord selections.
Great success teaching the above instruments as well. The youngest student taught is 5 years old and the most mature was 72 years young!
I want you to know that I am a Christian. My love for Jesus continues to grow and I have always been careful to screen certain songs out of my repertoire and teaching.
Let me share with you My Love of Music and get you where you are hoping to go with yours.
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Kristin October 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My son has taken guitar from Mr. Hughey for several years and has really enjoyed his lessons. Mr. Hughey is always so encouraging and positive. He not only cares about his progress in guitar but takes an interest In my sons other activities as well.
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Tommy September 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John is a gifted musician and teacher and an even better person! He is very patient and can teach to any skill level. He was able to teach me, a non musician with no real musical talent, to play and enjoy the acoustic guitar. I highly recommend John if you are considering taking acoustic guitar lessons!
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Katy August 16, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is a great teacher with the best attitude! His love of music and teaching is truly evident. He is positive and encouraging. We could not ask for a better teacher and role model for our son!
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An experienced teacher of 10 years, I offer student-led lessons that help you grow musically. If you put in the work, you will see results!

We can learn your favorite songs, and use the guitar as a tool to learn and understand music theory in the process. Learn 3 fingerstyle fingerpicking, flat picking, traditional music, blues, rock, and bluegrass.

About Daniel
Daniel teaches and performs classical, jazz, traditional irish and celtic music, bluegrass and country, blues, and rock and roll. Instruments included but not limited to: cello, violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and bass.

Daniel graduated in 2007 with a cello performance degree from the Longy School of Music after attending the Berklee School in Boston. His 10 years of teaching experience are enriched by his ability to approach and perform a wide variety of musical styles on numerous instruments. His private studio has included all abilities and ages from 4-93, and he continues to teach from his home in Encinitas, CA.

His teachers include Terry King and Eugene Friesen. Daniel has toured nationally and performed with musical pioneers such as Darol Anger. His multi-talented background gives him a unique insight into teaching all strin
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Jeff January 13, 2019
· Fiddle · In studio
Super friendly guy, learned a lot at my first lesson and looking forward to my next lesson with him.
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Robert K. September 13, 2018
· Mandolin · In home
Daniel really knows his stuff. I learned a lot today!
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A guitar player since the age of 12, I have studied under professional luthiers as well as regular touring guitarists. I have played more than 100+ live shows and I will help you reach your goal of learning your way across the finger board. With heavy focus on finger placement and music theory you will find yourself progressing quickly.

About Tyler-Winston
Played guitar in several different band since age 12
Guitar for musicals for 6 consecutive years
1 year of music school
1 year of audio school
Lessons from professional luthier
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I am a multi-instrumentalist performing singer-songwriter with 20 years of teaching experience. I surround the lesson with a musical context that enriches the simplest of beginner melodies with fun, dynamic accompaniment - and I can
delve into far more advanced material in multiple styles: jazz, classical, improvisational, pop, rock, blues etc. I teach multiple instruments and also
compose with students - a creative process that engages them instrumentally and even lyrically.

These days, for younger students, I even invite parents to sit in on drums
- even if they are inexperienced. The results are fun and often very musical and encourage the family to make music together. My new open mic series brings the music into the community and provides performance opportunities in a relaxed setting at a local all-ages venue.

About Jim
Hello and thanks for considering lessons with me! I have been teaching all ages for over 20 years in Connecticut and I am also a performing singer-songwriter. I teach piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, bass, violin, saxophone, harmonica, songwriting, and more, including coaching students on a variety of instruments such as cello, banjo, accordion, etc.
From my website here is my music bio.
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New England singer-songwriter Jim Allyn is known for his freewheeling improvisations on mandolin, guitar, piano and harmonica. “He plays a lot of good bluegrass too,” according to the legendary Bill Monroe.*

With a musical compass forged in roots, rock, country, blues, and gospel Allyn writes songs that cut a path straight to the heart and keep moving
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This summer marks the release of his first full length album Backyards of the Brave, featuring all original works: true stories from train yards, backroads, battlefields and coal mines (see review below). Recent years have included multiple tour dates with folk legend Jonathan Edwards as a member of Edwards' band. Allyn has also performed extensively with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and at venues and festivals over the years including onstage jamming with Bela Fleck, Livingston Taylor, Dar Williams, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Christine Lavin, Vaneese Thomas, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, legendary fiddler Kenny Baker, and many others. Allyn's multi-instrumental work and vocals are also heard on recordings by numerous regional artists.

As Music Director and co-creator of the Flagpole Radio Cafe in Connecticut (2008-2014) Jim and the house band/ensemble garnered rave reviews: a "hit" show, according to the New York Times. The band, featuring Francine Wheeler, continues to do concerts each year and the show itself is likely to resume this year.

Pianist Tom Snow offered this recent praise for Backyards of the Brave:

"This album is a treasure. The amount of sonic and compositional variety is really quite incredible. One of the many wonderful attributes of this creation is that it stands up to multiple listenings. There is so much richness on many levels that I find myself hearing new things on successive listenings. Priority Gal and Lindytown and This Old Guitar and Jazzbo are real stand-outs for me. I love the compositional subtleties that inform the songs, especially chord choices! "
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I've been teaching private guitar for over 30 years. I am excellent at understanding the individual needs of my students and expediting their goals. My prices my seem high but I will save you money in the long run. if you're a beginner, you will need to dedicate at least 15 min per day. If you're shopping by price and not quality, I'm probably not a fit for you. Thanks for taking the time to look! Dr. T.

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Hello and thank you for taking the time to consider me as your guitar coach. I am a seasoned professional in the North San Diego County music community and have been performing and teaching in Encinitas since 1992. I founded the music education program at Moonlight Music from '92 through 'my 98 then created the Non-profit 501 (c)(3) Encinitas School of Music dedicated to enriching local culture through music education and performance from '98 through '06. from '06 to present I have been teaching privately, performing, recording, writing and continuing to perpetuate local art and music.
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Katherine December 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I searched for a guitar teacher for my daughter and me for several months before I found Todd. As a vocalist, I wanted to learn a new instrument and someone to teach my daughter not only how to play, read music, and understand the theory behind it, but develop an internal beat and a good ear. After taking our first lessons, I knew immediately he was the the teacher for us. He not only is an excellent musician with technique in any type of guitar and genre that he picks up, he can convey his knowledge and simplify his lessons in a way that my daughter can understand. She is really interested and learns quickly because of the teaching style he uses.
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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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