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About Alexander A.

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Tacoma, WA

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Bass is my primary instrument - I love playing bass! I also love to teach it.

As a bassist, my primary concern is with your technique. I will show you proven strategies to help you play with power, control, and minimal effort. These principals set the foundations from which all world-class players are built. Every single lesson is designed just for you. We focus on your goals while having fun playing music together. We talk about good practice habits and how to achieve new heights with your abilities. You learn to play songs that you recognize as well as improvising basslines of your own.

Bass is a fabulous instrument because it has the biggest influence on harmony. We will see exactly WHY the bass controls the music and HOW to get the results your ear is searching for. By helping you understand the fundamental principles of music we can take the guess work out of your playing, enabling you to make solid choices with consistent results.

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About Alexander
My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in many styles such as rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

Here’s what I can do for you…

I will give you my full attention and unyielding patience with each and every lesson. Together we will explore the principals of music that
will enable you to learn to play in any style you choose to study. Ultimately my job is not to teach you to play, but to show you how to teach yourself. I will arm you with a thorough understanding of technique and theory.

I love working with kids and adults. I love brand new players with no experience as well as seasoned players who just want to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. Whatever your age, and wherever you’re at with your playing, I hope you will give me the chance to help you have more fun and confidence in music.

Every player I work with gets access to a personal online Lesson Journal where you can see my notes from our lessons, do homework from your “Stuff to work on” lists, and access my entire digital library! Every lesson is designed just for you.

Let’s get started…

You can take lessons at my studio, in your home, or online via Skype.

For lessons in my studio, I can provide instruments and amplifiers for both of us.

There is ample seating for parents to sit in on lessons. Parking is available in the driveway.

You’re going to love your lessons!
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Andrew November 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor ! He knows to shift focus towards what you need to work on. As soon as the instructions are given or the questions he asks you feel relief because the energy is going towards what you already feel you need to work on and not just moving on to the next lesson. The tailored lessons make for a low pressure learning environment to fit your needs. As long as your consistant with receiving his lessons you will get where you want to be with your talents and be jammin out soon.
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Sandy F. June 14, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very knowledgeable, tailored the lesson to my level and very open to anything that I want to learn.
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Lisa June 9, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
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Alexander A.

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About Justine D.

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San Diego, CA
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I have been playing upright bass for 12 years and have experience with jazz (big band and combo), chamber music, pit orchestra, and folk settings. I am familiar with arco (bowed) and pizzicato (plucked) playing as well.

Our first lesson will begin with a quick assessment of your musical background, experience with the instrument, and your musical goals. Your next lessons will build on that foundation to support the goals you want to achieve.

Whether it's improving your playing, auditioning for an advanced ensemble, or learning a new style or genre, we'll work together to reach your goals!

About Justine
I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.

Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.

My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.

And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love from my home in San Diego, teaching privately both i
n-person and online. I've recently moved to private teaching full-time and couldn't be happier!

I'm excited to get started with you and help you set and reach your musical goals!

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It's most important to me that you are excited and motivated about your music lessons! I am a flexible instructor and am always open to hearing your ideas for songs. After working together to identify your beginning knowledge of music and your instrument, we'll progress from song to song to develop your musical abilities.

All of my online and in-person lessons begin by warming up with a quick exercise, scale, or even an improvisational activity. We'll use the music you love to develop your guitar technique, learn new chords, and sharpen your listening skills.

You'll gain an understanding of what makes the music work and why the notes, rhythms, and harmonies are what they are.

The music we study can also serve as inspiration for creativity. I may ask you to come to the next class with a short composition of your own or we'll finish a lesson by improvising together on related musical themes.

I'll do my best to make my expectations for you clear and at the end of every lesson, we'll go over what we accomplished together and make sure you understand what to work on before our next class.

*** Additional Online Information ***

Online lessons can be just as effective as in-person lessons for teaching you the basics of your instrument, developing technique, and achieving your musical goals! I'll use screen sharing to display music, chords, and scale charts during the lessons. Materials will be emailed to you as well for you to use at home. And communication is extra important when it comes to online lessons; because I can't make physical adjustments, I'll often assess how you hold your musical instrument and describe how you can make the adjustments yourself.

Please note that a high-speed internet connection is needed in order to make sure that we can see and hear each other appropriately. In addition, I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument (and amplifier, if you have an electric instrument) to use during the lesson.

*** Additional In-Person Information ***
I teach my in-person lessons from my home office with comfortable seating for both students and parents. I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument to use during the lesson.

I will have music stands available for use during lessons and will accompany and demonstrate on my musical instruments. I will have an amplifier and cables, but if you prefer to bring your own amplifier you can do that, too!

Please note that I have two cats; they'll be in an enclosed room away from where we will have lessons, but if you have cat allergies this may not be a good fit.
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Serg January 31, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I love it
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Namita S. August 24, 2017
· Guitar · Online
She is a Great Teacher very clam and supportive, I learnt a lot from her, right from basics to some complex thing on guitar like bar chords, power chords, hammer etc. In addition she also had a good theory knowledge.
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Alex July 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor, very knowledgeable and flexible
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About Nathan R.

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The main focus is on technique (bowing, fingerings) while covering any classical repertoire. I can also cover jazz, rock/pop if the student wishes.

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

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My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

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Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Leo February 6, 2018
· Drum · Online
Awesome teacher
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Matty February 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son has really been enjoying the lessons. Nathan is very patient and encouraging with my son.
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Madyson R. February 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Both of our teenage daughters are taking guitar/piano/electric guitar lessons with Nathan and love his teaching style!
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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional studio player with a Doctorate in Music, and have played on hundreds of blockbuster movies including the Oscars and Grammys. I work with many orchestras and can teach you how to get work as a bassist. Also can teach jazz...

About Dr. Norman
Dr. Norman Ludwin is a prominent studio double bassist and a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).

Norman’s compositions an
d arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.

Dr. Ludwin has written eight books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.

He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.
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Dennis Z. August 3, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · Online
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Dr. Norman L.

Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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Basics of open scales and arpeggio fingerings and movable patterns for bluegrass, country, blues or beginning jazz..

About Sam
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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D. B. February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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About Darren S.

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Students can expect a teacher that addresses every single aspect of learning orchestral upright bass: from proper bow technique, to left-hand formation and fingering choices, to reading musical notation, interpreting music and learning rhythm.

My goal is to help students develop a technical foundation on the bass for playing just about any kind of music that they are interested in, and to support students with practicing tips for areas in their playing where they want to improve. My specialty is symphony orchestra training, so I primarily use basic technique books by Sevcik and Simandl at the beginning, and then later as students make progress, I begin to introduce orchestral repertoire and solos written for the bass. I have been teaching since August 2016 and so far two of my student have won auditions into undergraduate music colleges to pursue music performance and music education degrees.

If you are interested in taking lessons with me, choose one of the lesson durations ...

About Darren
Darren is the leading private teacher for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs. You will never feel lost as to what to do during your practice sessions ever again. Let me help you to achieve your greatest potential imaginable on the double bass.

WHAT I DO ► I improve my students' playing ability by focusing on their technique, phrasing, tone, and by providing insight on the way they approach practicing.

Darren has been invited to lead bass sectionals at Ipswich High School (Massachusetts) in preparation for their honors orchestra's performance of Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, op. 110a at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Darren studied privately with world-renowned double bass musicians including Lawrence Wolfe, assistant princip
al bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Robert Black, founding member of the New York City-based contemporary ensemble, Bang On A Can.

Darren has performed in several professional orchestras across Connecticut including the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra.

Darren is an avid writer on Medium.com and publishes his own insightful articles related to practicing the double bass.

LET'S CHAT ► Contact me here on TakeLessons and let's get started!
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Polly February 4, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
My son does hybrid in person and online lessons with Darren. Darren is very enthusiastic, encouraging and articulate. After every lesson, my son is energized. For the first time, he advanced to state level after intensive lessons with Darren. Darren also teaches HOW to practice and clearly points out what he needs to do so my son can focus his practice. Highly recommend him.
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Kalena June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Darren has been great to work with. He is highly motivated and passionate about teaching. I would highly recommend him.
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Emily June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Darren is enthusiastic and always looking for ways to "get through" to a student. He has a contagious passion.
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Darren S.

Darren S.

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About Oswald B.

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Students can expect and laid back, intense, fun and care free, rigorously strict, well informed learning environment.

About Oswald
I am a very accomplished Stand up Bassist, Graduate of the NewEngland Conservatory of Music, Principal Bassist of the Sioux city symphony and section Bassist in dozens of accomplished orchestras. I am very proficient with jazz and computer production as well as being a classically trained musician. I am a very fun, outgoing, entertaining and affective tutor and teacher. I look forward hearing back from you!
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Oswald B.

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I have studied upright bass for 20 years. I am classically trained and studied under Barry Lieberman, former assistant principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I went on to study jazz at the prestigious William Paterson University. I then spent the next 13 years gigging and teaching in a variety of situations in New York City and now Los Angeles. I have played a full spectrum of music on the upright and love to impart that knowledge to my students!

About Kellen
I believe this is a great time to be a musician. I have come of age as a musician in a time when music making and the music industry have shifted dramatically. There are many positives in this shift, with new oppurtinites opening up for musicians. I also see these changes not being addressed in music education. There are many things I wish I would've been taught when I was younger that would have accelerated my growth, and I love using that knowledge to accelerate my student's growth. I teach tonal harmony (as you'd learn in music school), focus on groove and rhythm (which is commonly neglected in music school), and an awareness of new technology (which was ignored when I was in music school). I believe because no matter which direction you are coming from, you will come to this intersection making music in this era.
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Sylvia March 7, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher! Kellen has made me really excited about the guitar again.
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Jon March 2, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Kellen is a great instructor. He explains musical ideas in an way that I qet quickly. I'll show him a song and he'll pick it up and teach it to me right away. I would definitely recommend him!
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had been playing guitar for a while, mostly learning songs and chord changes on my own. I wanted to take lessons to work on composing my own songs, and this is where Kellen really helped me. He had a lot of ideas and suggestions that were really helpful in trying to create a unique composing style. He's a trained musician, and it shows when he helps me with music theory and exposing me to lots of different styles of music.
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About Shawn G.

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I have been performing on Upright Bass for more than three decades in both the classical and jazz realms. I have both a classical and jazz performance degree.

The foundation of my teaching is the Smandl method. I also have a large library of classical and jazz books as well as tunes I have transcribed or lesson material I have written myself.

Let me help you get started on bass or refine your skills.

About Shawn
Shawn has been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, his home studio and online. Shawn has helped students go from no musical knowledge to giving public performances.

Shawn received his training at the UC, Irvine where he received his Bachelor of Music and Cal State, Fullerton where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music.

Shawn teaches and performs on guitar, and electric and upright bass. He is proficient in genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical.

As an expert in his field, Shawn looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Shawn’s teaching style focuses on engaging the student and making learning fun. He feels that sparking a student’s interest is key to their success. As a lifelong learner of music, he has a vast array of knowledge to draw
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Todd June 2, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Shawn is very well informed on music theory. I have had discussions with him on numerous occasions, quite enlightening.
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Adolfo June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
He is a very patient teacher and really goes the extra mile when it comes to explaining things I'm having trouble with.
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Karen June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
My daughter became interested in playing the bass guitar after seeing a friend perform in the Jazz Band concert at her school. After asking around, Shawn came highly recommended. He was nice, knowledgeable, dedicated to teaching and I was impressed with how kept my daughter engaged and motivated. He is someone I recommend highly.
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Orange, CA 92867
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About Thomas A.

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With my course, you will learn to navigate the fretboard on an upright, how to swing, create walking bass lines, learn songs by ear or sheet music, and thumb position techniques. I have been a professional live performance and session upright bass player in Nashville for 5 years with extensive teaching experience. I served as Principal Bass for the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra while enrolled at the college, as well as played with various bluegrass, swing jazz, and folk acts. With a Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University, I can teach you to play any style of music as well as the theory and history behind the music you wish to learn.

About Thomas
I began playing music at the age of 9 and have been loving it every since. I started with the guitar, and throughout middle school I was introduced to piano, drums and bass guitar. I attended Belmont University where I focused primarily on the electric and upright basses, studying Commercial Music. Most importantly, I love music and I believe everyone has the capabilities of reaching a level where they can play the music that they love and a music that speaks to them. I enjoy all types of music, but I especially love listening to and playing funk, R&B, soul, rock and folk music.
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Brad Covington February 16, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Thomas is amazing! He is always on time and he really gets to know his students and adapts the way he teaches to fit each student’s individual needs. He has a true passion for music that is very apparent because he is always excited about whatever he is teaching me. I highly recommend Thomas as a teacher for private lessons!
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Billy February 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Thomas is one of those teachers who effortlessly caters to the specific needs of his student. His technical skills and knowledge of music theory are vast, giving him the ability to teach at the highest level, but what makes Thomas special is his understanding of all genres and all levels.
He's played every genre you can imagine and has something to offer every student. In the 3 years that I've studied with Thomas, I went from an amateur to an intermediate, and am currently working on reaching that next level.
With a teacher like Thomas, you can have that progression. I find a lot of benefit in having the same teacher as well over a period of time.
I would highly recommend Thomas to any student of any level.
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