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I have been writing compositions & songs since the day after I picked up music in early 2002, everything from Barbershop Quartets to chamber orchestral music to progressive rock to film scores.

About Alex
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves
to the craft of making music.

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I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Instrument maintenance
Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

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Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

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I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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Eric May 22, 2018
· Guitar · In home
All I can say is that Alex is the real deal. His knowledge and teaching skills are par excellent! Every lesson I was blown away by his love and mastery of the guitar and music in general. You will not be disappointed...
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Josh S. May 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Very personable
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Jim February 15, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I'm a complete beginner. Alex was very patient and went at a pace that I could understand. He's very passionate about learning.
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About Nicholas K.

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Merrillville, IN
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My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

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urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

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All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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About Kenneth R.

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We will review lyrics, go over how songs are structured, including arranging,hooks, bridges, drives.. The importance of having a great melody. composition, orchestration and collaborations.

About Kenneth
I am proud to say that I have been with Takelessons for over 5 years and have TAUGHT OVER 2500 LESSONS!

With studies at Queens College NYC, the Juilliard School and the Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music, you are assured of a first class educational experience. When you couple that with someone that has been on the road with some of the top names in the music business and knows their way around a high tech recording studio environment, you get a very unique and exciting lesson experience. Kenny Keys , a name given to him by one of his former employers rap mogul Russell Simmons, is a dynamic, creative and well rounded professional musician with over 20 years of teaching experience. Growing in Queens NYC and later moving to VA Beach VA and now a resident in the ATL area, Kenny Keys has work in almost every genre of the music industry from
Gospel, R&B, Jazz to Hip Hop. "I am well versed in Music Theory and Sight reading. "

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You expect to have loads of fun in my state-of-the-art recording and teaching facility. there's never a dull moment. The student is constantly moving from computers instructional programs to acoustic instruments and synthesizers. We teach the full range of musical styles from POP, Gospel, Jazz and R&B and some lite classics too.

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Waiting room, teaching studio, piano, teaching studio seating for parents

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I have a fully equipped state of the art digital recording and teaching facility in my home. My two car garage area has been professionally convert and treated for sound. I employ full use of the available music high tech equipment and learning programs including MUSIC ACE, Seth Riggs's The art of speech Level singing. i have both acoustic piano and an array of electric keyboards and virtual instruments stored in my IMAC 24 computer.
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Melecia B. July 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Kenneth provided a comfortable learning and singing lesson experience. He's a great teacher and I will recommend him to anyone who wants to take singing lessons.
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Shereta May 15, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Mr. Kenny is a wonderful instructor of voice and piano. His knowledge and passion for his craft shines through in his instructional technique. He is well-versed in all areas of voice, piano and the complete musical arena from the beginning of the history here and abroad up to this present day. He's a humble person who loves what he teaches and he enjoys learning more, also. He doesn't just teach the art, he teaches the art with passion. He is patient and kind and can break down technique and application so the very novice will feel enlightened, encouraged, and empowered. His talent, resourcefulness, and experience can also challenge the most advanced students to move beyond their current level up to the next. He is joyous over each advancement his students obtain and that joy is infectious. I am able to move on from his instruction with more confidence, more talent and more joy towards my art.
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Xavier P. February 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kenneth is an awesome instructor. He shows patience and my son is progressing very quickly.
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About Jason S.

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Chaska, MN
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Songwriting seems to be a bit of different experience for everyone. We will figure out how you most comfortably write and deepen your process.

About Jason
Music comes from our souls and is an incredibly passionate form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put their confidence and abilities and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.

I have been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for 11 years. My passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music, and I love to share that passion with my students in an encouraging and patient environment. Communication is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. I have given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understand that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be develope
d. Music would be pretty dull if everyone was the same, wouldn't it?

I have been a singer/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 11 years and have played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. My debut album was released in 2007 and I have been a part of numerous projects since that time. I have also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.

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I am a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. I have experience with and enjoy teaching all ages and abilities. I like to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During my lessons, I will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance.

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Musical Materials, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Amp, Pedaboard, Metronome

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I will, of course, teach them some basic note reading and the fretboard. I feel that learning chords and strumming is a great way to ensure that students feel success as they progress...as they can begin to play simple songs. I play all sorts of music myself, from rock to folk to blues.
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Sara November 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jason is easy-going, reliable and consistent. My son enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them each week. His skills have slowly and steadily been progressing (more practice on his own would surely help his learning speed up). We are thankful to have found Jason.
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Jacob November 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jason has been providing in-home guitar instructions to one of my children for about 1.5 years. The entire experience has been truly and absolutely fantastic. He has a unique ability to be incredibly flexible in his teaching approach to best accommodate the individual student. Moreover, he's able to modify his approach given the particular circumstances on a particular date (perhaps the child is under the weather, crabby or a bit out of practice). Whatever the situation is, Jason is able to maximize the lesson and everybody leaves with a smile and some musical inspiration. Most importantly, individual lesson goals are consistently achieved and my child always has a clear understanding of what needs to happen before the next lesson (let's call it homework). Jason has been able to light the musical spark in my child and is continuing to provide the tools to get to the next level -- all while having fun. Jason has also fostered my child's musical creativity by supporting and fostering her creations and integrating that creativity into his lesson plans. In short, Jason is the best guitar teacher ever, hence the 5 stars!
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Kristen Larson-Dumke June 14, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jason is very patient. He teaches my 14 yr old guitar and focuses on how my son learns best. He is always flexible with changing lesson times as some times things come up last minute.
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I have been playing and teaching professionally for over ten years. I love to play the instrument in all styles, from classical to jazz to rock & roll. I have been playing guitar and singing with a blues rock band for over 6 years now, and have had much experience writing songs and performing live. I have also had my classical compositions performed live by local orchestras and have had some of my music featured in commercials.

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Lesson plans are based entirely on the student. Whether the student wishes to begin just learning the songs they enjoy, decides to delve into a long term theory based program, or even both, I can create a lesson plan catered to their personal needs.

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I expect the student to have access to their own instrument, as well as purchase their own workbooks. I can prov
ide textbooks, some staff paper to jot notes on,etc, or recording equipment if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock & roll and all the of the music that it is built upon. Anything from blues to country to R&B to bluegrass is something I have a strong fascination and background with. I am also extremely well versed in college level music theory.
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DonH September 22, 2011
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Colin has been very helpful . I have had other teachers in the past and it did me no good . Gollin teaches you to play in the real world . Also knows all of my old 60's songs .
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About Cody W.

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Diamond Bar, CA
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I am a songwriter and composer by partial trade and I could help students write songs and original compositions that will blow their audience away. I have experience writing for videos and video games. I have also published a short book on songwriting in 30 minutes or less out on Amazon. One could expect a complete break down of melody and chords and how the words fit, or if an instrumental, how to choose what instruments to write for, what their ranges are, etc.

About Cody
With my two Bachelor's degrees in Music Composition and Technology, I began tutoring students in piano, voice, and composition as it was part of my training. I also have experience writing and editing essays, books, and more for several independent clients. I have experience writing my own books as well. I have written two so far, but am getting ready to write a third. I am a copious editor and can catch grammatical and other errors with ease. This is why tutoring in English would be great for me.
I thought I would add basic math for those school-aged children that are having a little trouble with it in their classes.
Usually, I teach lessons in my home in Diamond Bar or online, but if the need arises, I could surely work out coming to the students' homes for one-on-one tutoring help. With me, most students click after a few lessons and
understand what they couldn't in the classroom. I help the students by teaching in innovative ways that will catch their attention more than standard teaching methods. Students should consider me for I can make learning fun and never a chore!

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I use a wide variety of techniques to sing, play piano and other instruments. Techniques include straight vowel singing (no words) to test how long to hold notes, using color to help people sight read, using improvisational techniques in order to play jazz, rock, classical and many other styles of music.
I use what they student has under his or her belt as a starting point to see what lessons we could start them on.
I also assist with online lessons to make transportation a thing of the past. If you've got a webcam or Skype, I can do long-distance lessons with you! So, I am here to help!

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Alesis Recital Keyboard
Music sheets
Web cam
Mac computer (MacBook Pro)
Finale music notation software to help in composition and theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music paper for away lessons.
Finale for composition and music theory lessons.
Can use macbook for more elaborate teaching or demonstration if need be.

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I do teach classical composition with specialties in ensemble and chamber music. I also specialize in songwriting for pop and other media.
I teach voice and vocal techniques of sacred choral and vocal music.
I teach classical and jazz piano and improvisation. I also have the distinction in being able to teach students with special needs or learning disabilities as I have a mild form of cerebral palsy and understand what students with special needs go through.
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Luis July 13, 2018
· Reading · In studio
Very happy with Cody he has patience and is a very nice person also is really helping my grandson with his writing. He is 9 years old and needs help with writing and reading.Cody knows how to get him interested.
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About Kelsey P.

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Songwriting is an intimidating endeavor, but together we will work on what to do with writer's block, how to get started, writing a melody, writing a chord progression and more. I've been writing songs and performing them for audiences all over the country for 15 years, so my curriculum is my own experience. I love writing songs and I will so enjoy helping you write your own!

About Kelsey
My name is Kelsey, and I teach Guitar, Voice, and Songwriting lessons. I loved learning to play guitar when I was 14 years old as I was learning to write my own songs and perform them for various audiences across Michigan. And now that I've been playing, singing and writing for 17 years, have my Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University, and years of touring experience, it has been my privilege the past 6 years to teach these skills to students of all ages out of my home studio! I love to teach and I love music and sharing this passion with my students every week is one of my greatest joys!
My goal for each student is to help you achieve your goals. Whether that's performing live, or just learning to play and/or sing your favorite songs, or jump starting your songwriting. My guitar students have seen much success in learning new c
hords and getting to practice their favorite songs and master new techniques that make them sound more professional. My voice students have seen so much development in their tone, pitch recognition, breath support, and over all vocal strength as we set goals for their individual voices. And my songwriting students have learned to write their own songs, and even ways to get ideas flowing when they feel the dreaded "writer's block". Whatever your goals we can work on achieving them together!
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Alina K. June 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My daughter LOVED her first singing lesson. Very informative for me as well as her. Impressed with beginning at the basics as well as why it's important to understand the singing "instrument". :)
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Lindsay May 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Kelsey is great! Works to understand your goals, and helps you make progress toward them. Would definitely recommend her to anyone, any age, and any stage!
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Emerie T. January 19, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Kelsey is very good and patient with my grand daughter. Appreciate the experience so far.
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McHenry, IL

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I've been writing rock songs for 14 years and have played in numerous bands during that time. I can help guide you through many of the trappings that come with writing songs, such as: writing music that strengthens the song not your ego, creating a your own style, avoiding repetition in form, applying advanced harmony to melody, using odd time signatures, and a variety of other options to make your music really stand out.

About Jeremie
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m
ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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· Ukulele · Online
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Shelley May 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first session. Looking forward to next time.
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Khaled April 26, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Been playing for years, still learning something every class

Also easy to work with
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About Kyle C.

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I have a B.A. in music composition and am an active composer and arranger for multiple genres of music. I compose music in styles ranging from classical, popular, sacred, video game, and more. I can show you the ropes of songwriting and composition and how to get started making your own music almost immediately. As learning aides, you will also learn some music technology, piano, and of course, a healthy dose of music theory.

About Kyle
Hello potential students! I have a B.A. in instrumental music education and composition. I have taught private lessons for over 12 years. Teaching private music lessons is my primary job, so I have much experience and wisdom compared to teachers who teach "on the side." Students of all ages stay with me a long time because I am very flexible in my teaching and know how to interact with many personalities and learning styles, producing great results and progress. My specialties are piano, woodwinds, and music technology (i.e. recording and production).
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Monica December 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kyle is a great piano teacher! He is very patient with my 12-year old son. Just yesterday he referred to him as “fun Kyle” because he teaches him small songs on the side that he can show friends and family or are for upcoming holidays. He’s always punctual and respectful of our family and home. I’m grateful to have found him!
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Thalia J. June 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kyle is patient and a great instructor.
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Laura May 31, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio
Kyle has given me contra bass, aka upright bass,weekly lessons from August 2015 through May 2016. I have never played a string instrument prior to this, although I do play piano and have played the flute, bagpipes, and piccolo over the years. I did not need education in reading music.

Kyle was able to take me from sounding like a lower octave version of Jack Benny (a mid-20th century comedian famous for his howlingly horrid violin playing) to a level where I know how to hold the instrument and the bow, the fingerings, bowing technique, and how to get a very respectable sound from the instrument.

He also installed the strings when I received the new instrument, found a manufacturing flaw in the bridge height that the manufacturer subsequently paid to repair, and diagnosed a resonance issue with the instrument that was corrected with a balance weight on the string below the bridge.
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