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About Jeff S.

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Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary
. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught music classes at colleges, universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years, including UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music. Jeff is currently teaching ukulele classes and songwriting classes at Tacoma Community College and Pierce College, both in Washington state.

When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 50 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

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At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Antonio H. December 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going was completely prepared to review song of intrest.
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James Michael October 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very patient and encouraging, willing to adapt to my needs in order to accommodate my goals and expectations.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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About Scott K.

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Goleta, CA
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Scott has been teaching music for over 25 years. His method has evolved over time to meet the demands of changing musical styles and he has developed plenty of material to help students achieve their musical goals. His ambitions for each student are simple- he wants them to enjoy music and experience a sense of accomplishment from the learning process. In short, Scott works to make lessons fun and educational! Most beginning pupils will learn to play a song in the first couple of lessons. Handouts and music tracks are used to enhance the lessons.

Everyone is unique in how and what they want to learn. Scott uses positive encouragement to teach what is needed for the next step with the instrument. Students learn technique for dexterity, songs for the ear and theory so they understand the why's in music.

His training started at GIT (
Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood where he gleaned 30+ yrs. of information from world renowned guitarists and musicians. Scott went on to graduate from Belmont University with honors in Composition and Arranging. Playing in Rock, R&B, Country, Classical and Jazz original and cover bands has enhanced his skills and made him a well rounded musician. He has the ability to teach these styles and make a living playing them.

Scott teaches all levels of students from beginner to advanced as well as the "signed artist" who have recording deals and need a little extra coaching. He has taught well known musician's family members and many of Scott's former students have gone on to make a career of their own in music as teachers, performers or composers.

"I enjoy music so much that it has always been a pleasure to pass on the knowledge of playing music."
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Rush April 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I took weekly electric guitar lessons with Scott from 2004 to 2012. He is without a doubt an extremely talented, enthusiastic, and compassionate teacher. Whether he was helping me learn basic chords or teaching me complicated songs, Scott never wavered in his dedication to teaching. Over the eight years as his student, Scott gave constructive criticism in a courteous manner. He was on time, inquisitive about the songs and music I was listening to, and ended lesson with new material for me to practice. I wholeheartedly recommend Scott to any aspiring guitar student.
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About Lilly K.

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Sacramento, CA
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Hi there!
I am really excited that you've decided to take music lessons and are here on my page looking for an awesome teacher. I have lots of experience in music and I can't wait to teach it to someone else, whether they're a kid or an adult.

Currently, I am a global health worker, saving the world one place and illness at a time. I've spent a lot of time in school and music has been the one medium through which I have relieved stressed and made myself happy, inspired, and relaxed. While going to school, I also continued my music by being a teacher as well as taking a couple of courses and helping out with the university orchestra.

Started music at the young age of 8, with my first instrument being the Flute followed by the Piano. Because I began music with a teacher who was studying music academically, I have a very strong backg
round in theory, technique, and tone. At the same time, I really think its all about having fun and loving what you play/learn.

I have taught adults and children so I do feel comfortable with any age group. I also have a pretty vast repertoire of different books and pieces that I use for different levels and ages.

My philosophy is for the learning/teaching experience to be a complete collaboration between me and the student. I am tough with certain things because I know they're super important to master but I like to also bend certain rules so that my student is happy with the classes.

I hope to hear from you and if not, I hope you find a really awesome music teacher!

Cheers,
Lilli
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Victoria Knecht April 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
I have been taking lessons from Lilly for about 5 months now.
She is fun, helpful and always has a positive attitude. She always arrives for classes with tons of energy. I have learned a lot from Lilly.
Thank you SO much for making learning the piano fun
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
call me 9256635260.
i wish to learn music.
purna9394@gmail.com
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Paula February 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lilly is a great teacher. She genuinely cares about creating a great learning experience. She listens to questions and gives clear answers. She has a natural ability to be un-intimidating and very likable. Lilly is both fun and practical in her teaching approach. I learned and grew in leaps and bounds with each lesson. Thank you Lilly!
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About Gio X.

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A native New Yorker, Giovanni began his musical studies at the age of six and soon enrolled at The Lawrence Eisman Center for Prepatory Studies in Music at Queens College. He is from Manhattan School of Music where he studies under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann. He studied at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program. In 2015, he was named a New York Lyric Opera Theatre National Finalist. He has attended Classic Lyric Arts: La Lingua Della Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy where he worked with Glenn Morton. An avid chorister, he recently performed Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus and the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski. He has participated in productions under the direction of Michael Capasso and Benjamin Spiermann. He has participated in the
Academie Internationale D’Été Nice in France where he will work under the guidance of Lorraine Nubar and Dalton Baldwin. He has also studied with Terence Goff, Catherine Green, and Sandia Ang. He currently teaches at The Great Neck Summer School Musical Theatre Program where he assists Dr. Pamela Levy. He has performed in masterclasses with Jane Marsh (Metropolitan Opera Guild) and Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi (CLA). He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

He recently joined the Music Faculty at Joyce Music Center. Gio X maintains a private studio in NYC/Long Island.
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Maia J. June 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Such a great voice teacher! He knows what he wants and doesn't stop until he gets it from me! He has high expectations but is really encouraging. My lesson is an hour long, but he always makes himself available! I have an audition next week for a musical in my summer program and I feel confident and prepared because of Gio's attention to detail during my lessons. Thanks for everything Mr. X! I'll make sure I remember to "Hear it. Breathe it. Say it!"
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Mitchell D. June 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
Gio went above and beyond in teaching my son Romie. My son studied with him privately to prepare for NYSSMA and got a perfect score. His first few lessons were via Skype and then we decided to switch to in person lessons. Both were great. We are so glad to have found a patient and diligent teacher in Gio. Our daughter Maia will be starting lessons with him soon and we look forward to watching her growth with Gio.
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Jeremy June 15, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Gio’s technique has been so easy to understand. He’s very patient and works very well with beginners. He really talks a lot about breath support, which helped m do well on NYSSMA!
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About Salvador B.

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I am a professional musician and educator. I have always enjoyed and been eager to share the musical knowledge that I learned from the very first music lesson I ever had; this feeling in me has never changed. I simply love to help people who want to learn new instruments.
I am patient and encouraging, helping you to always believe in yourself and I believe and have the educational means to help you do it. Whether it is piano, guitar or some other instrument you want to learn, I can help you.
I was became entirely dedicated to music when I was 14 years old. I learned Classical/Jazz/Pop Guitar, Piano and Flute/Recorder/Alto Sax. As soon as I started learning, I started teaching. In my church there were a lot of kids that didn't have the opportunity to learn music, so I volunteered and became their music teacher passing on to them whateve
r I learned myself.
As I grew older, I kept on studying and teaching music as a church volunteer and noticed that my own skills would dramatically improve just because I was devoted to my student's learning.
I pursued a degree in Music Education in New York City at the Aaron Copland School of Music. The education and experience I gained from college, drastically improved my teaching skills and I was able to work as a Music Teaching Assistant for a private school in NYC, a Senior Chess instructor for after school programs and a Private Music Studio teacher.
Nowadays I am an active music teacher and performer, looking for new students and opportunities to share the love of music. I always reach out to people who have musical interests and want to further develop or experiment with music.

I will be very happy to be your music teacher!
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Veronica August 30, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mr. Salvador is a great instructor. He takes his time helping my daughter learn. He focuses on her foundation. The way she holds the guitar, position of feet and fingers. I appreciate how he is helping her become a well rounded musician. I’ve seen my daughter improve.
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Bhargavi August 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr.Salvador is an amazing teacher. My son is taking private Piano lessons with him and he is loving it. Mr.Sal is very patient and professional and also incredibly knowledgeable.
We like him so much and definitely recommend him to everyone
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Elizabeth August 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I have worked with Sal for the past year. He was the music teacher at the school I used to work at and he was wonderful with all the children of different age groups. I am also a nanny and he teaches piano to the child I take care of and he is very patient, loving, and nice. He is a good instructor.
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About Andrea K.

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I was born and raised in Germany where I spent most of my life. As long as I can think I've always loved music, and soon after I got my first guitar at the age of 13 I started to write songs. I moved to the US in 2011 and worked as a music director for a local non denominational church for the last 6 years, working with and leading bands, playing acoustic and electric guitar as well as bass. Before I moved to Santa Barbara I travelled throughout Europe to play concerts and I published 2 CDs with original songs. You can find my music on iTunes.
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Bob September 8, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson! Really enjoyed working with Andrea!
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Jasen July 4, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I had a great first lesson with Andrea. She has a wonderful teaching style and a great sense of humor.
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· German · Online
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My job is a passion for me, and it brings me joy to share this with my students. I've been playing guitar since I was 9 years old in many different contexts, in groups located across the globe, from New Zealand and Australia, all the way to the US where I'm based today in beautiful Colorado. I've received formal training in both theory and guitar, both privately and at University; knowledge I want to pass on to you. From day one, I'll help you learn important foundational techniques to help boost your skills and self-esteem. You have a unique learning style, and it’s my duty to find out what that is and adapt my lessons accordingly. Contact me today to learn how I can help you achieve your musical goals!
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Joseph December 16, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
I'm taking guitar lessons with Nicholas Keith via Skype, and it is so cool! I have already learned a ton and the best part is, I can learn guitar while wearing pajamas. Between this and Amazon, I may never leave the house again.
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Dirk December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Nic was great, I wanted to learn some kind of obscure stuff and he was super quick to figure out how to play the song and then teach me. He has a wide variety of styles and was very patient during the learning process of a song or riff. Definitely gonna keep going to him so I can shred and kick like Yngwie!
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About Bo L.

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I am a professional trumpeter and composer.
I graduated from Korea National University of Arts with a Bachelors of Music, specifically classic trumpet, and Manhattan School of Music with Master of music, specifically Jazz trumpet.

I teach trumpet students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied trumpet for 23years. I can teach students classic trumpet and jazz trumpet.

Also I can speak English, Chinese, and Korean so I can teach with those languages.

I attended more than 100 times classic performances with KNUA Orchestra, KBS Orchestra, Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, and CCPA Symphony Orchestra including the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelious, Mahler, etc at Seoul Art center, and Symphony center in Chicago.

In additional, I attended more than 70 times Jazz performances with MSM Afro-Cuban Orchestra, MSM MONK'estra En
semble, New School Afro-Cuban Orchestra, CCPA Jazz Orchestra at Jazz showcase in Chicago, Lincoln center, Aron Davis Hall,john Beasley at Harlem Stage, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Bronx Music Heritage Center.

I also got 1st prize of Brass Quintet at Instrumental Competition in Korea, and winning for the prestigious 41st annual Downbeat Magazine for Best Latin Jazz Group.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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About Greg K.

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Hi, thanks for your interest. I have over 40 years experience playing guitar, I have played with with some famous musicians , such as: Slash (Guns 'N' Roses, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Frank Infante (Blondie), Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf, Detective), Ray Brundridge (James Brown), Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag) , Derf Scratch (Fear) , Andy Panik & Bobby Durango (Rock City Angels), Gary "Starchild" Shider (Parliament-Funkadelic), Sky Saxon (The Seeds), China and Michael Montano (Christian Death)
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Hello there, my name is Ben Lokuta, and I have been playing drums for 13 years. I am several bands, including the two time winner of Rockonsin, Distant Cuzins. We were also the 2017 MAMA youth band of the year. I was also the 2017 MAMA youth drummer of the year. We have been a group for seven years and have played everywhere from dive bars to opening for Kansas at Milwaukee SummerFest. In addition, I have played with the Clyde Stubblefield All Star Band, now known as the Funky JBeez, for the last four years, and I got be Clyde Stubblefield's drum tech a couple of times before he passed away. Clyde helped shape many styles of music including funk, soul, hip hop, and ultimately rap as we know it today. I am truly honored to have known him. I have attended McNally Smith College of music for one semester until they closed, and I will be atten
ding Belmont University in the fall of 2019. I have learned a lot along the way, but I have also learned what teaching styles I like and I feel I know how to explain difficult concepts in a way that can make sense to anyone. I can teach technique, orchestration around the drum kit, musicality on the kit, as well as a general approach in styles ranging from swing to rock to latin. I hope I can use my knowledge and experience to help you get where you want to be.
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