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About James H.

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West Covina, CA

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My services provide you with an opportunity to learn from a balance state of thinking to achieve success in your goals for the chosen instrument. Whether its technique, learning how to read both musically and literally, my teaching methods are very self reflective and introspective to provide the understanding you're looking for. All in all my sessions are very people friendly and driven to meet your needs. This helps to learn on a deeper level so that you may appreciate, learn faster and enjoy a greater sense of awareness for the fun of the music making process. I have a very warm and easy going approach with an emphasis on FUN so that we can connect to what we love to do which is make music.

About James
My name is James and I have earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance and graduated from Cal State Fullerton. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education received from the University of Redlands. I have performed with a variety of musical ensembles (college, orchestra, band, chamber groups) and have experience in all musical genres. Currently I am Co-principal of the Corona Symphony Orchestra and play in other groups throughout Southern California as well as the Elementary level band instructor in the Monrovia Unified School district. I have also taught and coached at several middle and high schools for the past few years, and I teach privately throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. My passion is educating the musicians of tomorrow and helping them discover their innate musical abilities and desires.

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My lessons are very student driven and revolve around developing students innate music abilities to help them connect and experience success as well as enriching their lives with music. In my lessons students will develop music appreciation skills by listening to music, understanding basic music theory concepts, growing a knowledge of historical awareness in music all alongside learning the instrument of their chosen preference. The pace set for the sessions is rather relaxed and is highly dependent on the student but, students are guided throughout the sessions to eventually achieve their goals. My main teaching approach is: Let me use my skills and knowledge to help figure out what works best for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in the living room or a finished garage with tile floor. Seating is available in both areas. Parking is on the street. He has an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music as well as they can provide music as well. I can provide a music stand. They need to provide the necessary equipment that allows their instrument to function

*** Specialties ***
Primarily classical style and some jazz.
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Angela S. January 4, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
James is a patient teacher who teaches fundamentals instead of only songs or chords, highly recommended for beginners, especially kids!
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Claudia December 13, 2017
· Bassoon · In home
James a very patient teacher also understood the needs of my son. My son learned a lot with him even though it was a short time I highly recommend him specially if you are struggling with the basson. My son is very happy with him.
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Cinthya P. May 15, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
James was so very patient with me. I think I will learn a lot from him.
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James H.

James H.

West Covina, CA 91791
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About Paul S.

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Beverly Hills, CA

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Introduction to the classical guitar with notation and tablature study to support the learning of the instrument.

About Paul
Hi! My name is Paul and I'd love to share the joy of playing the guitar with you! I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 30 years. I know much about playing the guitar and being an artist. I am passionate about music, which is why lessons with me are so fun. I know how to customize a program for the motivated student that will bring out the potential of the student at all levels. I will give the student a complete and practical program for advancement and help he or she discover their own talents at a pace that works for them. I even on occasion will conduct blues jams and other challenges such as recording and how to do a You Tube video production that will give the student a chance to use their developing skills by themselves and with others. Here is feedback from one of the parents of a student of mine:


"Alex progressed much further with guitar than he did with piano and he actually got to the point where he enjoyed playing on his own. That was a great accomplishment and very impressive to me...you helped instill some discipline and over the course of your instruction, Alex learned a lot. You were always positive with him, even when that was difficult, and I admired that and still appreciate it. I always looked forward on Sunday mornings to hearing the material the two of you were working on and I know he enjoyed his lesson with you."

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, one of my biggest goals is to keep my students motivated and get them enthused about their music and committed to daily practice. I will strive to inspire my students, and ensure that all the while, they are having the time of their life! Practice and commitment are key. Students' curricula vary according to the student's goals and strengths and weaknesses. All students will learn how to play in tune and in time, know their fundamentals, work with music theory and learn how to use written materials. (And they will have fun learning!) More advanced students can learn about blues and jazz improvisation, slide guitar and also participate in blues jams with other students, record, and You Tube video production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All kinds of guitar and bass guitar equipment and portable hard disc recording equipment for student demo recordings.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a well functioning guitar, music stand, guitar tuner and metronome. Students will also need a notebook to organize written lessons I will hand out.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in blues and jazz mostly, but also have vast knowledge of rock music from it's blues roots to the more modern styles. I also can play in country style, and I play blues slide guitar.
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Deborah July 27, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Paul's enthusiasm for the bass is infectious and a great motivator. I actually feel like I may be able to learn to play! In just one lesson I learned more than 5 hours of You Tube tutorials could have taught me.
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Ken A. April 2, 2014
· Guitar ·
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I played a little guitar throughout my life but was lacking an understanding of how the instrument works. I found myself strumming a few cords here and there but never with focus or improvement. After only three lessons with Paul, I'm now jamming to rock and the blues!Paul was quickly able to access my level of playing and I'm now understanding how the fretboard works and most importantly having lots of fun during lessons and practice. He teaches with passion and doesn't simply open a book but rather instills his lifelong experience and philosophy into lessons. Many can teach the mechanics of guitar but with Paul, you'll also understand the soul.
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Meg M. January 17, 2014
· Guitar ·
Paul Rocks !!

I just had my 2nd lesson with Paul and felt inspired to write a review. I have wanted to learn guitar for many, many years now. In the past, I have always gotten frustrated -or bored- and gave up before I ever even learned a chord. Our 1st lesson, Paul started me with some very basic mechanics. It was just the right amount of information to keep me interested and challenged but not so much that I was overwhelmed the 1st week. From just 15 -30 minutes a day of practicing, I have already gained some flexibility in my fingers and am beginning to have a "feel" for the instrument. I have seen more improvement and learned more from Paul and the exercises he has given me in just 2 lessons than I have collectively ever learned from any other teacher in the past or any book or online tutorial. His knowledge of the instrument, as well as music theory, is vast and he knows how to break it down into digestible bits for maximum benefit to the student. So I am not only learning to play guitar, I am also being introduced to music theory in a very easy to understand manner. He is very patient and creates a safe and supportive environment in which to learn comfortably. I am SO glad I found him!!! His way of teaching really works or me ~ I feel hopeful, inspired and motivated for the first time ever in attempting to learn this instrument. Thank you Paul and Thank You Take Lessons !!
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Paul S.

Paul S.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(5)
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About Phillip M.

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Van Nuys, CA

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I have a strong understanding of a strict, classical education, but never want the instrument to diminish the joy of music. I will not only teach a strong foundation of guitar, but will set you up to be able to be comfortable enough to perform and share your love of the craft with others.

Outside of just teaching the instrument, I can also teach how to approach studio situations, and getting the most out of the guitar tonally for whatever a song may need.

Overall I am just more than happy to share my love and passion of the instrument to others.

About Phillip
Hello! My name is Phillip Meneses and I’m a career musician based in Los Angeles. Over the past decade I’ve had the privilege of touring the world with artists such as Taino Cruz, The Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne, Jorge Blanco, and The Band Perry, and have had numerous studio experiences working for Kendrick Lamar, Bieber, Randy Jackson and many others! I have a degree in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music, and a lifetime of learning under my belt. I’ve had a very blessed career and look forward to sharing the joy that’s come from a lifetime of musical adventuring.
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Phillip M.

Phillip M.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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$50 / 30-min

About Timur D.

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Irvine, CA
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Decent to high level of proficiency in finger picking, correct posture, basic music theory, I will share with you all I know.

I prepare my school aged students to RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) music examinations twice a year.

About Timur
I began playing guitar in my early teens at one of children's music schools in Russia. Later I continued my education at Tel Aviv Music Acsdemy in Israel where my family moved in 1995. I moved to California in 2003 and have been actively teaching and performing since then.

I teach classical (aka Spanish or nylon string ) and and acoustic (aka steel string) guitar. I specialize in finger picking, but also teach chords, pick. I teach how to read music and tabs, learn your favorite songs, but you will start learning from one of my preferred guitar method books .

I am a very knowledgeable, experienced and patient teacher, most of my students stay with me for years. I teach all ages -kids, working professionals, retirees.
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Timur D.

Timur D.

Irvine, CA 92612
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$40 / 30-min

About Ken P.

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Anaheim, CA
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My college years from undergrad to graduate were concentrated on classical guitar. One of the most difficult styles to play but extremely rewarding and you can play all by yourself without any accompaniment! I can get you ready for a college tryout or just learn the basics, or whatever you want to know.

About Ken
I've been playing music my whole life, but it was as a high school student when I was asked to teach the school's guitar class that I became a teacher. Since that time I've gone on to earn several awards, played in many different types of projects, and earned a Master's degree. You might have heard my music before too if you've ever listened to a podcast, TV commercials, Indy films, or played any video games. My most successful student thus far however, would have to be Jacob Tilley from the rock band Young the Giant.

Not everybody wants to be a rock star though, and there are many aspects to the world of music. During the course of my musical adventure I've played with orchestras, been in rock, bluegrass, reggae, pop and blues bands, classical ensembles and more. I have also had the opportunity to play for celebrities and diploma
ts. Basically I've done a little of everything and I believe that it is this diversity of experiences that makes me a better teacher. Having worked in so many settings gives me a broad understanding that I use to help you reach whatever goals you might have.

I have also become adept at writing, recording and producing music, studying under Frank Wright of the legendary rock band Chicago. If you have an interest in creating and/or recording music I can definitely help you get there! Check out my chill/downtempo instrumental album 'Night Music'.

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I can teach you about playing several different instruments, how to write, how to record your own music, and how to get your music career off the ground! As a youth, I was largely self-taught so my inspiration was always to have fun. I never had to deal with the 'homework' style of practicing so I've naturally incorporated that approach to my lessons. My goal is to keep you (the student) inspired and having fun. When that happens you will become good at your instrument and feel as though you 'played' your way to success! As your teacher I will also provide almost all of the materials for free and show you great free apps to help you along with your learning and keep costs to a minimum! I know we will have fun together while you learn and I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, piano/keyboard, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a ProTools recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning materials but I expect the student to have their own instrument, be that a guitar, drum set, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Commercial music is definitely my specialty, but I am also capable of doing various styles such as classical, bluegrass, traditional/folk. Just focus on what you want to learn and I can teach it to you.
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Cori December 31, 2017
· Banjo · In home
I have been taking banjo lessons from Ken for 5 months. As an adult learner, I was concerned about finding the right person to take lessons from, and Ken has been wonderful. He paces our lessons well so I don't feel too overwhelmed. He is proficient in the banjo and other instruments so I'm getting well-balanced instruction. He is also very flexible with my schedule and adapts our lessons based on my progress. Ken really does deserve all of these 5-star recommendations.
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Jeff March 5, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ken is a great instructor. Easy to talk to. Provides excellent instruction. Perfect for a beginner.
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Jim July 31, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Ken makes learning fun. He's very encouraging. I can't wait for my second lesson.
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Ken P.

Ken P.

Anaheim, CA 92808
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About Gio L.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Basic classical guitar technique, right hand finger-picking technique, left hand posture, fretboard reading

About Gio
Hello there this is Gio L.

I'm a professional guitarist, performer, composer, instructor, international clinician, webinarist, with 20 years or professional experience in music education & live performances. Also, I'm an Italian teacher see " Ciao bella" for more details and an Adobe Photoshop teacher, see "iPhoto' for more details.

I was Raised in the coastal city of Bari, Italy, I've picked up my first guitar at the age of 10 and have not stopped playing music ever since.

My training as a musician has taken me all over the world starting from Italy to a Mediterranean tour, to a Cruise Liner in Brazil to Hollywood CA,. I came to Los Angeles to attend the Musician Institute (Hollywood, CA) where I've graduated with honors from the Guitar Institute of Technology, there I had the pleasure to work as a tutor during my scholars
hip program. I'm an active musician, music is my life. Often I have the pleasure to travel abroad where I give guitar clinics and perform my music, I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world. I've been teaching professionally in S. California ever since 1998, I reserve the option for in persons one-on-one lessons only for my best students, again, music matters to me. During these last 16 years I've secured many teaching positions like at the Los Angeles valley College extension program, at the Los Alamitos Conservatory of music, at Mars Music learning Center, at the YMCA etc. though, as I've already mentioned, the best one will continue on with me. I've much more to share with you regarding my professional life, my discography ect. but let's talk about lessons now.

What I care the most is to make sure that you'll receive the best private education that money can buy. As I've stated on my headline, If you're serious about music, if you're ready to learn the skills, expand your knowledge, achieve your goals, then, I'm your man. I've learned that we all have different approaches when it comes to studies. Learning how play an instrument is a fun but challenging process. I'm not gonna lie to you, you need to work on it, plain and simple !
I'll provide you with written curriculum or I'll indicate the right book to be purchased, I'll monitor your progress and I'll make sure to get the best out of you. My experience let me face any situation with the confidence that only the know-how can give you (16 years of professional experience will do that!). I have wrote curriculum aimed to the "Just as an hobby" type of student as well as comprehensive once for professional players that want to specialize on a specific style. In both cases it doesn't change what you have to do, practice ! To end with I've transcribed thousands of songs, It only takes me few minutes to put on paper your favorite song, wouldn't it be great to be able to read and play the music you love ? You'll be in good hands regardless of your goals in music

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My teaching philosophy is to make sure that you enjoy your learning process. I'm a positive person, I believe in encouraging the student, every step you'll take toward your goal shall be acknowledge and awarded, I've been there, I know what it takes. Practice is a crucial aspect of this process, I'll motivate you, I want you be be successful in your learning journey, but, again, I need you to work on it, it won't happen otherwise.

Are you ready ?

*** Studio Equipment ***
The student has to provide his/her own instrument. A small guitar amp is provided for electric guitarist, so there is NO need to bring your own

*** Specialties ***
Music reading for guitar (Beg. to Pro.) Modern harmony (Beg. to Pro.) Improvisation (Beg. to Pro.)

Styles: Jazz, Blues, R&B-Funk, Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Latin-Spanish Styles, Brazilian, Finger-picking, Classical
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Sabrina February 22, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Excellent instructor!

I first met Gio at Los Angeles Valley College. I enrolled in the beginning guitar class and enjoyed it so much that I formed a group class with two other classmates for a once per week group lesson with Gio. I have found him to be an excellent guitar instructor who is very patient and complimentary to the student’s strengths. I appreciate the manner in which Gio approaches teaching guitar, which is a combination of constructive criticism and challenging material. Gio provides the foundation for the student to build upon and that has given me the confidence to continue learning how to play the guitar.
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· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
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Gio L.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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About Paul N.

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Reseda, CA
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Having studied with teacher's who received their doctoral and master's degrees from USC, my background in classical guitar has prepared me to teach nylon string guitar in a variety of styles. In addition to teaching repertoire, I also have extensive experience playing/teaching Brazilian bossa nova, samba and choro.

About Paul
Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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Cornelius October 26, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
I appreciate Paul's approach to teaching music theory. Paul's talents , patience and encouraging teaching-personality enhances my interest in learning. Thank you.
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carrie October 19, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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May A. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Paul is an excellent teacher ,very professional and know how to deal with youth and let them love music and guitar ,my granddaughter enjoyed his lessons and I ll not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family .
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Paul N.

Reseda, CA 91335
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About Stephen B.

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Irvine, CA

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Each lesson is designed on the level of the student's ability from beginner to advanced. Rock, R&B, funk, jazz, blues, POP and country music. I like to use song learning as a vehicle to sharpen your skills. Learning skills through songs is more fun for beginners. More advanced students will work on everything from theory, reading, harmony; and how you can use scales and arpeggios in a number of ways over several different styles of music.

About Stephen
" Customized Lesson Plan for Each Student. "

Learning the guitar is a fun, yet, challenging experience. Having an instructor guide you through the process makes learning easier and more efficient. The internet provides a wealth of information but can not interact with you and help your specific needs. Many guitar players get frustrated and give up. Getting the encouragement and expertise of an instructor who has been there before greatly enhances chances of success.

My style of teaching is founded on fun with the instrument and guiding students to real music situations. Many students come to me with an incomplete set of skills. These (self taught) players have several basic fundamental holes in their playing.

It is also important to me that students have a basic knowledge of music theory. This way, they can enjoy the gui
tar for the rest of their life. If you just learn to put your hands in a certain place to play a certain song, you are missing out. If you learn what it is your actually doing, you can apply it. This may be the most important benefit of a private instructor.

What You Will Learn:

​Beginning Students:
In my experience, over several years, I find most beginners are surprised the guitar is so hard to play. Having an instructor to help you past that frustration will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of your guitar in the songs you love.
- Learning the basic chords.
- How to move from chord to chord smoothly.
- Using these chords to play your favorite songs.
- Understanding guitar notation (tabs, chord grids, song books, standard notation).
This way, the skills you learn will last a life time!

Intermediate/ Advanced Students:
This is for the hungry players. You will be given the direction to achieve a high level of musicianship. You will be challenged to reach your full potential.
- Technique drills
- Scale knowledge
- Advanced chords
- Improvisation tips
- Chop Building
- Theory
- Reading
- Composition

Experience & Background:

I've teaching and performing professionally for 23 years.
- One year OCHSA jazz combo.
- Fifteen years performing music clubs, casuals as a solo performer and in a jazz trio.
- Twenty three years teaching individuals and groups.
- Eleven years as Irvine and Laguna YAMAHA Music school instructor.

I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).
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Jason J. January 31, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Stephen is an excellent musician and experienced in teaching guitar. I try to learn the basic chords from YouTube that worked but then I didn't know what to do with them. I've gotten better very quickly using what I already knew. I highly recommend him.
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Brandon October 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Stephen is the best guitar instructor I have ever had. He uses the music that you enjoy to keep you motivated and makes the exercises fun. He doesn't just tell you where to place your fingers, he explains the music theory behind it. Stephen has helped me to become a much better player and I always look forward to my sessions.
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Tommie W. August 4, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
First lesson went great; looking forward to more.
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Irvine, CA 92606
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About Austin C.

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Experienced teacher of about 4 years, for all ages. I want to make sure the student gets what they want out of lessons. Whether it's learning your favorite songs or wanting to expand your knowledge of composing or music theory. Each student will have their choice of what direction we take in our lessons. If they are unsure I will have many lessons plans already made up that we can follow as well.

About Austin
Hey guys really excited to you just to tell you a bit about myself. I'm currently at CSUN for guitar. Before that I was studying Jazz in New York City and got study with some amazing talent over there like Peter Bernstein and Taylor Eigsti. Before I moved to New York I studied with Frank Zappas last guitarist Mike Keneally. Please feel free to contact me at anytime. I can't wait to meet you guys!
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Austin C.

North Hills, CA 91343
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About Eric D.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I want to help you play the music you were born to play. :)

Most music teachers talk about their qualifications as a player. I happen to be a great player, but the reason you should study with me is that I am a phenomenal teacher. I possess the ability to clearly communicate complex musical concepts, I am patient and compassionate, and I have a strong vision for the growth of each of my students within the context of their interests.

A little about me: I wanted to learn how to play the guitar when I was 12 because my dad plays guitar, and, well... every 12 year old wants to be like their dad. In high school, I played in church and fronted a hardcore band. I studied Classical Guitar at Moorpark College and went on to receive a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies from CSUN in 2016. From 2012 - 2015 I taught at Dave Janssen's Music School in Simi Valley Ca where at one point I had 40 individual students and directed 3 bands. I have recorded guitar on film scores, debuted original music at ...

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I want to help you play the music you were born to play. :)

Most music teachers talk about their qualifications as a player. I happen to be a great player, but the reason you should study with me is that I am a phenomenal teacher. I possess the ability to clearly communicate complex musical concepts, I am patient and compassionate, and I have a strong vision for the growth of each of my students within the context of their interests.

A little about me: I wanted to learn how to play the guitar when I was 12 because my dad plays guitar, and, well... every 12 year old wants to be like their dad. In high school, I played in church and fronted a hardcore band. I studied Classical Guitar at Moorpark College and went on to receive a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies from CSUN in 2016. From 2012 - 2015 I taught at Dave Janssen's Music School in
Simi Valley Ca where at one point I had 40 individual students and directed 3 bands. I have recorded guitar on film scores, debuted original music at historic jazz venues, and toured to Seattle and back with my most recent alternative rock project, First Fire. But one thing remains consistent:

I LOVE TEACHING.

I love watching my students grow. I love giving to them what I have been given. I love discussing all the lessons music has to teach us about life and friendship and discipline. It brings me so much joy to introduce my students to this treasure trove, and see what they discover for themselves.

Please contact me today!
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Eric D.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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$34 / 30-min

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