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Santa Monica, CA

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About Robert
It is my experience that no matter what kind of music you end up playing a solid classical piano background is invaluable. I was privately trained in classical piano from the ages 5 - 17 in Los Angeles, California. My teachers were Mary Brady, Mae Gilbert Reese and Jeane Weiss. I graduated from Harvard High School and then graduated from UCLA with BA in art. I am a Los Angeles based artist and composer. Recently I was nominated Best Music Director of the year by the L.A. Weekly for my work on 'Head the Musical' at the Met Theater Los Angeles in 2010. I am currently mounting an opera I wrote at the Met Theater. I have been teaching private piano lessons to students ages 8 to adult for the last six years.

My experience as a musical director has honed my skills as a good communicator and teacher. I know how to get people trained an
d motivated to perform on stage with confidence no matter what their skill level.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons focus on reading, technique and basic music theory. I always start my lessons with scales and exercises. This develops good technique and primes the student for music theory. The rest of the lesson is focused on reading and performance. I expose students to different classical composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Once they have mastered a few pieces, students are then encouraged to study the composers they enjoy the most. It is important for students to enjoy the music that they are learning as I expect them to practice everyday.

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They must have a piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical Piano
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Tennessee O. September 8, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Really enjoyable lesson. Very pleased.
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Moriya B. June 26, 2013
· Piano ·
Stop wasting your time - take Robert.

I only had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Robert for two months since I got into Harvard and had to move to the East Coast, but I can confidently attest that he is a phenomenal teacher. To begin with, Robert brings to the table not only his classical training but also an open, creative, out-of-the-box approach. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons lessons with fantastic facts about composers and pieces which makes everything a lot more interesting and memorable. lessons are versatile and designed to develop several key skills simultaneously. I never really played the piano before but after only two months with Robert I could read notes, develop my technique and actually play two beautiful pieces! If you are looking for a well-rounded, brilliant, cool teacher - search no more.
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Robert S.

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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About Paul T.

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Inglewood, CA
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Learn popular styles for the guitar. Rhythm techniques, lead playing in rock and blues contexts, folk and blues finger picking styles, reggae and Island styles. Learn to memorize the notes on the fret board in a friendly and fun method to prepare for reading music notation and chord charts. I also stress the importance of developing your ear, and how to play by ear with fun and interactive secret tricks.

About Paul
I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal, entertain, and teach. It is our first and most vital universal human language and as such, I believe we all have the ability to learn how to communicate beautifully with music to express our deepest feelings. As a teacher it is my privilege and pleasure to help you develop.

From classical violin to jazz piano my early musical education not only spanned genres and instruments but also geographically from Austin Texas to Madison Wisconsin and finally brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside and produce and teach music professionally.

Helping you or your child reach your musical dreams in a friendly-nurturing environment is my sincere desire and obligation as your teacher. Discipline is required and to be expected, however, an overly rigid or demanding routine can do mo
re harm than good. I believe attention must be paid to individual learning styles. Therefore, as a teacher I have learned to observe carefully at first and custom tailor a practice routine with each student aimed at achieving their goals. I believe the study of music helps foster a deep level of self-confidence and self realization, which eventually leads the student to discover a portion of himself he would otherwise never know. My goal is to inspire others with this joy, which is everyone's birthright and an important key in finding happiness.

A gifted singer-songwriter of Pop, Rock, World and Reggae songs that possess that timeless quality. He has recorded with 2 time Grammy nominated producer Barry Goldberg (Eagles, Robbie Robertson, Verve Pipe, Marilyn Manson). He has released three CDs, had songs featured in compilations and in feature length film, toured North America, and taught guitar, piano, and voice both privately and in an all ages Montessori school in Santa Monica. He consistently played in a variety of bands while earning an A.A. in music from SMC and later a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he earned distinction as an excellent student both academically and in musical performance. He brought passion to his performances with legends, Fransisco Aguabellas Afro Cuban ensemble, Brazilian Batucada ensemble, African-American gospel choir, music and dance of Ghana, and the Balinese Gamelan ensemble. As a member of several original LA bands, (Las Manchas, Samson Simpson, Toussaint, Mentone, Cloth and Spicy Fernandez) he has performed at world famous venues and toured North America. He co-wrote and co-produced the first EP records by Samson Simson with Ronen Navah, and also co-produced Mentone's first full-length record, "Empire" with Ronen Navah and Aki Ehara" Currently he is developing his new band, Spicy Fernandez, which has released a few singles on the internet and is getting a good buzz from Industry heavy weights.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in custom tailoring a curriculum to fit the students needs, while still providing them with the same basic tools all musicians need to develop in order to play well (both with themselves and with others). Obviously, some students require more structure and discipline, while others have a stronger work ethic. Some may even need a teacher that is more laid back to balance them out, but more so my job is to facilitate learning and guide. A student studying with me can expect to receive a general assessment of their skill level in musicianship, theory, and on their instrument within the first couple of lessons (or once I feel that I have experienced enough of their abilities). Based on that assessment, I will work with the student to develop a plan of small goals to work toward. Progress will be monitored weekly and larger goals will unfold naturally in accord with the students own dreams and musical ambitions. Within 3 to 6 months of study with me students will learn to play a range of simple songs, basic scales, exercises, finger positions, and have a solid foundation for listening to, and playing to rhythm.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full acoustic upright, Wurlizter electric piano, and keyboard synths, a computer based digital audio workstation...guitars...percussion...in the front room of my house. Has a full set-up for a band.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of some sheet music, a library of music books, percussion instruments, digital recordings of lessons.
I expect that they provide their own instrument, pencil, notebook, 3-ring binder for sheet music, stereo/mp3 player, CD player, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I excel at popular music genres such as pop, blues, R&B, rock, and jazz. I am also trained classically and enjoy the challenges of standard repertoire from Bach to Chopin.
I began studying music as a student of the Suzuki method. However, today I find that my own practice resembles most closely, the Kodály, Dalcroze, and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies in philosophy and application.
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Shiva A. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is very talented and, a very good and patient teacher. He is prepared for the class even before you arrive at his place, and communicates his thoughts very clearly. He is ready for a challenge if you give him a random song which you wanted to practice, and he begins to play the song on the guitar without any tabs or notes, instead just by listening to it a couple of times.

He's great to work with, and I'd choose him as my guitar teacher again if I ever live in the surrounding area.
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Beatriz B. April 23, 2014
· Piano ·
Have learned so much and more to learn

Paul is very passionate about music and teaching in general. He does a fantastic job when it comes to instructing and I'm excited to see future progress within my skills. I Definitely recommend him for great music taste and for creating a good atmosphere with his students.
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Paul is an attentive, intelligent and multi talented instructor - highly recommended.
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Paul T.

Inglewood, CA 90302
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About John E.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Chords, scales, reading charts, lyric sheets, tabs, sheet music, folk, rock, jazz, songwriting, etc.

About John
I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles.

As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz, pop/rock styles, and modern and experimental music.

As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film.

I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral musician, in my brass quartet, a studio h
ornist (recorded on will.i.am's last album, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, and with Horse's Mouth, to name a few), and in various other groups. I have taught at Bennington College, Summer Sonatina Piano School, Sage City Symphony's Young Composers Project, CalArts, Barnsdall Park's Junior Art Center, and Santa Monica Music Center. I have been teaching privately since high school and love working with students to meet their individual goals in music.

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I provide my own instrument for demonstration and group playing when applicable. I provide sheet music and method books for use in lessons or temporary loan. I expect students to have their own instrument and music stand for use during lessons. If using electric guitar, they should have their own amplifier. In theory or songwriting lessons, they should have their own staff paper. I ask students to purchase their own method books and music when needed.
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Matthew A. December 28, 2015
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John is very patient and works well with children. He is always prepared for the lessons. Recommend!
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Brandon A. May 12, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
John is a great teacher! He's open to working with many styles and he's talented in more than one instrument.
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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
· Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
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John E.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Elena D.

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Tarzana, CA

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock, as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About Elena
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

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**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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David F. March 27, 2019
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Carrie P. December 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Elena is an amazing teacher! She has taught my 9 year old both singing and ukelele, and inspired her to practice without me prompting her! She's flexible with scheduling changes, offers a wonderful experience for children learning to use a microphone, uses humor to make her students comfortable and offers participation in a biannual performance at a venue. This opportunity to perform in front of an audience with a professional multi-camera recording is such a plus! I can't say enough good things about her teaching style, and how quickly my daughter has gained confidence in singing and playing an instrument as a result. My daughter is inspired to play and sing as she sees quick results and enjoys her sessions. I highly recommend Elena as a music instructor for any age!
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David N. October 25, 2018
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Excellent session. It pointed out what I need to work on, specifically.
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Elena D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Anja W.

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Los Angeles, CA

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“I’m a professional guitarist with a dynamic sound. I navigate diverse styles of music with ease, including jazz, rock, blues, soul, pop, latin, and more. In addition to years of study on the guitar, I have studied different methods and approaches to music education. These include but are not limited to the Kodály Method, the Orff-Schulwerk approach, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Gordon Music Learning Theory. With a blend of these methods, I provide a unique and personalized experience for each guitar student based on their needs, strengths, and goals.”

When you take lessons with me, you will:
Take lessons catered to YOU
MAXIMIZE results
MAKE MUSIC immediately
Receive SPECIALIZED training with your goals and interests in mind
LEARN from an instructor with top-notch performance credentials AND formal pedagogical training
VISIT www.anjawademusic.com to LISTEN and LEARN MORE

About Anja
About me:
Based out of LA, I'm a professional guitarist with a dynamic sound. I balance work as a session guitarist, solo artist, and teacher. I can teach you whatever you'd like to learn on acoustic or electric guitar! Jazz, rock, blues, soul, pop, latin, and more.

About my teaching background:
I've been teaching for almost a decade and I love helping my students learn. In addition to years of study on the guitar, I have studied different methods and approaches to music education. These include but are not limited to the Kodály Method, the Orff-Schulwerk approach, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Gordon Music Learning Theory.

About my musical background:
My earliest influences were blues and rock guitarists such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Jimi Hendrix. Later, I fell in love with jazz as well - though I am just as into things like f
olk music and heavy metal! I studied guitar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Mark Koch (Pat Martino) and R.J. Zimmerman (Aaron Shearer). I am an avid performer as well as an educator.

What our lessons will be like:
I am passionate about teaching. We'll work on reaching YOUR goals and playing the music YOU want to play. I'll help you build a strong foundation for all things musical - theory, technique, song repertoire, etc. But we'll do it in a way that's tied to actually making music and experiencing music. We'll learn by doing, and we'll play as much as we talk - if not more!

For more information, feel free to check out my videos on this website or message me with questions!
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Nyah L. March 10, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Anja is a wonderfully responsive teacher. Nyah’s perfect match! When a teen describes a lesson as “fun” then know you found the right instructor.
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Kara L. February 23, 2019
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· Guitar · In studio
We had the pleasure of having Anja teach both of our daughters their lessons for ukulele, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and piano. She is an excellent teacher that is able to connect with her students in a way that inspires them as musicians. She not only cares about their growth as technical musicians, but their growth in all facets of music education/leadership. She acts as a mentor and guide for her students as they find their passion.
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Anja W.

Los Angeles, CA 90017
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About Jeremy I.

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Venice, CA
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I love breaking things down to effectively teach a new skill to any learning style. In addition to my music degree, I have a degree in aerospace engineering. I work full-time as a product development consultant, but enjoy applying my technical expertise to music and teaching others.

We can work on music theory and technique, or simply get you playing your favorite songs as quickly as possible. Lessons are tailored to the individual. All ages welcome.

About Jeremy
I currently work as a product design engineering consultant. In addition to product design, my other passion is sharing the gift of music with others, and I am grateful to be able to do both!

I love producing music and have played guitar, piano, drums, and other instruments since I was 12.

I am from Anchorage, Alaska, where I gained a great respect and love for the outdoors.
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Jeremy I.

Venice, CA 90291
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$50 / 30-min

About Sasha K.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Learn how to play your favorite songs in short time with an individual approach!

Personal lessons for music lovers, beginners and professionals who want to improve their level in Spanish Flamenco, Classical, Jazz and Pop music.

You will learn:
- How to hold a guitar in the proper hand position;
- How to play all kinds of chords;
- How to read tabs;
- How to play solo (finger style);
- and also, you will learn the rhythm.

Lessons are held individually in a private studio, online, or at student’s home.

About Sasha
Sasha is a virtuoso guitarist of the famous Romani (Gypsy) artistic dynasty that has given the world three generations of exceptional musicians.

He continues the best family traditions of guitar mastery, which he adopted from his grandfather, Alexander, a celebrated Russian-Gypsy guitarist, and from his uncle, Vadim, a virtuoso seven-string guitarist and special guest of Madonna’s world tour, “Sticky and Sweet.”

He has 8 years of teaching experience.

One of Sasha student recently recorded his first CD. When he start take lessons from Sasha, he didn't play on guitar. He taught him only via Skype. Also Sasha has students in such countries as England, France, Russia, Italy and  also 8 students in Los Angeles. 

Learn how to play your favorite songs in short time with an individual approach!

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Sasha K.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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$50 / 30-min

About Aldo M.

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Long Beach, CA
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The best part of learning an instrument is playing the music you love or wish to create. My lessons are designed to maximize this potential, combining music appreciation, song learning challenges, and creative development.

Students will be shown the fundamentals of guitar playing with special attention towards creating your own music and learning to play with others. Lessons will revolve around making progress by learning songs, not exercises. This way students remain challenged but with minimal burn out.

Learn rock, indie, metal, singer-songwriter, and more. Develop your ability to write songs, make melodies, rip through killer solos and licks, and become a well rounded musician.

About Aldo
Hello prospective students,

My name is Aldo. I am a student at California State University Long Beach and have been teaching guitar for a little over a year.

The goals for my students are pretty simple. First we identify some goals that you want to aim for. That could include improving technique, learning a certain song, or writing your own music! Whatever your guitar goals are, I am here to push, and encourage you to get them. You want to have killer solos? I can show you that. You want to learn some theory? I can show you that. You want to expand your arsenal of licks and chords? I can show you that. You want to write better songs or learn to play with others? I can show you that too.

Along the way I will expose students to new ideas, techniques, and new music to make you into a well-rounded musician. I keep detailed records
on progress made and achieved for each student so that each lesson has quantifiable results.

I have been playing guitar for well over 10 years and can say that it is not just a hobby but my passion. I have performed at venues such as The Viper Room as a solo artist and with bands. I hope to instill in my students not just quantifiable results in your guitar playing, but a better understanding of why you are drawn to music, what makes you want to play, and your creative abilities.

I look forward to our future lessons!
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Aldo M.

Long Beach, CA 90815
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$25 / 30-min

About Raul P.

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Anaheim, CA

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I am able to teach all major notes, minor, and sharps on the guitar. Other skills sets I teach are tremolos, requintos, and all the scales from fret 1 to the 13 fret. I also teach the circle of all major, minor notes. I can also teach you how to utilize the base note on any note, I will also teach how to play a scale at the end of the note, Thank you,

About Raul
Hello my name is Raul Perales, I am more than happy to teach you how to play guitar, I have alot of patience and will teach the fundamentals on how to play guitar, Thank you.
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Raul P.

Anaheim, CA 92805
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$34 / 30-min

About Alexander S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I focus on proper techniques and practice habits so that students can perform and write amazing songs. I want to help students cultivate their passion for guitar and music. I have lots of equipment for students to learn about gear and even record demos of their work.

About Alexander
I focus on proper techniques and practice habits so that students can perform and write amazing songs. I want to help students cultivate their passion for guitar and music. I have lots of equipment for students to learn about gear and even record demos of their work.
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Alexander S.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$50 / 45-min

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