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rock-a-billy, and strict flat pick approach. Hence, Brian Setzer or Stevie Ray Vaughan

About Marc
I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspect
s of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Chris February 8, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I only got to take lessons from Marc for a couple of months in the summer of 2016 (I had to move away for work), but he is hands down the best music teacher I've ever encountered. It's a year and a half later and I'm still benefitting from his tutelage. From beginner to advanced, you've found the right guy for the job.
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Annette August 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him.
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Matthew G. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, motivating, honest and awesome guy.
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About Paul W.

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We'll work on chords and soloing!

About Paul
I am a classically trained guitarist whose mission is to help my students reach their goals while inspiring a love and passion for music. Never picked up a guitar before? No problem! You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Been playing for years but need a little help overcoming that next hurdle? Great! You’ll be playing better and with more confidence than ever before. In order to truly improve you need determination and dedication, and that’s why I try to keep things fun and inspired from the very first lesson.
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KEVIN January 5, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I am very lucky to have Paul as my classical guitar instructor. He is very good and patient with me, teaching and explaining me sight reading skills in details. I really like his fast forward teaching methods which encourage and motivate me to study guitar more and more. Thank you Paul for being my guitar teacher.
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Chloe January 3, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great first lesson. Paul was informative and patient. Glad we found Take Lessons.
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Loretta M. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Paul is a very talented educator. I am in a unique situation, needing to learn guitar for my job. After working with Paul, my lessons have become the highlight of my week. I am eager to practice and work on new techniques he introduces to my skillset. He works very hard, so I always appreciate when he is flexible with my changing schedule. Before Paul, I had a teacher who simply did not meet my learning style. Paul is incredible. Thank you so much. Learning guitar has become my new passion project and I enjoy my lessons so much!
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I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.
Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time for free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the ...

About Todd
I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.

Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time f
or free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the instrument, how it works, and making music with it. No matter the skill level of the student, there is always something new to learn or a new way to approach the instrument. I have extensive experience with music production technology including equipment, DAW software, and recording techniques, incorporating these into your lessons if you're interested. I am also versed in synthesizers and sound design.

My lessons are always customized towards the individual, but stress the ability to make music even with very little technique. Building on simple riffs, easy chord changes, and practicing slowly to instill confidence and keep students interested. I often incorporate popular Beatles or Taylor Swift songs to teach chord changes and song form. Working on reading music for piano students and tablature for guitar as well as lead sheets for both. I can also show you how to interpret "cheat sheets," those lyrics with the chords above them that you get from the internet, that are always a little bit wrong.

Having finally reached a place where technique is no longer a hurdle to making music is a reward equal to the amount of time and effort that was required to reach this level of proficiency. I find great joy in showing people of all ages that music can be life-enriching, expanding one’s appreciation of the arts, providing opportunities for new friendships, and creating a sense of accomplishment with every new song learned or skill acquired on a musical instrument.
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Todd S.

Campbell, CA 95008
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About Ahmad M.

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Guitar lessons in my private Studio in downtown San Jose. I have toured around the world with bands such as Guns N Roses, Dokken, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt and Metallica. I have studio experience. Over 20+ experience in teaching, touring and recording.
I specialize in rock, metal, blues, acoustic, classical and pop music. I can teach beginners how to start correctly yet learn fast from techniques I developed myself and learned from guitar masters such as Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Stave Vai and George lynch themselves. I can also teach advanced techniques, artist development, live and gear consultation.

About Ahmad
I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe & the Middle East and toured with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the St
eve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio.

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My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults.

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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James February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad is an excellent guitar teacher. I have been taking lessons from Ahmad at his studio for several months now and I'm continually impressed with Ahmad and very pleased with my progress on the guitar.

Ahmad has a relaxed and friendly attitude, but it's clear that he's exceptionally good at his trade. He has years of experience and teaching materials on hand, and I enjoy that Ahmad customizes what he teaches to each student's skill level and goals. He has developed a very effective teaching method that works well for me. I've had plenty of music education previously in my life and Ahmad quickly recognized that we could move quickly over the basics of reading music, rhythm notation, etc. and he's always prepared with an exercise or two for me to take home and practice to expand my skills further.

I found Ahmad online and called him and he was very professional and courteous leading up to our first appointment. He's got his teaching down to a science and Ahmad is very efficient with his administrative matters. I'm grateful for this because it leaves a lot more time for the guitar lesson itself.

Ahmad charges a reasonable fee for his service and I'm looking forward to learning from Ahmad for a long time to come.
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Lou February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad is a fantastic teacher, and not just for beginners but for experienced players as well!
I've been playing guitar for about 20 years, but haven't taken any formal lessons in the past 15 of those. I felt like I was in a rut with my playing so I started taking lessons with Ahmad a few months ago. He was able to immediately help me improve my technique and help me correct some inefficiencies that I didn't even notice I was doing. The word "inefficiencies" in the last sentence was chosen very deliberately because Ahmad has a great way of showing that there are multiple ways to play the instrument and not one specific "right" and "wrong" way.
I feel like I've made more progress in the last 4 months than I had in years.
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Toni February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have a great time learning with Ahmad , because he knows an amazing amount about music, the guitar, performance, and recording. I throw questions about him about frets, intonation, tuning, chord naming, pick angle, string gauges, fingering, chord voicing. He's consistently humble about his knowledge, and then tells me everything I could want to know on the subject. When I ask about players I like, he's completely familiar with how those players play. It seems like half the time he's had my favorite players as his own instructors.

Best of all, Ahmad really loves music. He's genuinely thrilled at my improvement, and is very respectful of what I already know and how I already play. I've been playing the guitar for a long time, but Ahmad got me excited about making music.
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About Homayoon H.

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To be honest, I'm here to encourage people to play their guitar. So, I'm mostly going to work on the things you want to work on. In terms of my experience, I have been playing for almost 10 years. I started as a self-taught guitarist in high school and then I decided to actually study music in college. So, if you have theory questions I'll be happy to help.
My methods aren't too strict like classical guitarists. However, I do have specific exercises on how to practice more effectively and other things like chord studies. Again, I'm mainly here for you to learn how to play your favorite song, or how to be able to jam with other guitarists and so on. At the end of the day, I want students to reach their goals and enjoy playing what they want to play rather than being able to play all the chords and scales without enjoying it.

About Homayoon
Hello All,
My name is Homayoon and I am really passionate about music.
My journey of becoming a musician started with grabbing my first acoustic guitar in High School. When I went to college, I tried to pursue a career in Computer Science and Programming, but after a year, I decided to take my passion to the next level and study music, and learn about writing songs and be a musician that I always dreamed of. So far, it's been almost 10 years that I have been playing guitar (Blues, Rock, Jazz etc.) while studying music theory and composition in college. My goal is to become a RockStar \m/ (There, I said it!) but more realistically, I want to be a Performer as well as Song Writer and possibly pursue a path in Music Production.
Most importantly, I am here to help and encourage people to learn and play guitar and maybe help out with the und
erstanding the basics of song writing and theory.
I have written short summary about what and how I will teach guitar and music theory in each section and I'm looking forward in seeing you!
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Homayoon H.

San Jose, CA 95129
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"Experienced guitar teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of necessary guitar skills. I specialize in rock and blues, slide, and acoustic guitar technique with a strong emphasis on fingerpicking and fretboard knowledge, if desired. I typically use Hal Leonard to give a strong foundation while incorporating songs of your choice. I also have the following tools available to use during lessons: video and sound recording equipment, sheet music in notation and TAB, and more.

About Dennis
I have studied Music Education and Music Performance at Millersville University and Child Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. I am certified to teach Music Education in Florida. This experience offers to me many tools as a music educator which I then bring to my lessons.Teaching as a classroom, group, and private music instructor has been my life for the last 25 years. I have taught students ranging from 4-80 years old. I play and teach guitar, banjo, mandolin, voice, bass guitar, piano, and my experience as both a published and recording artist serves as a valuable reference when teaching students how to express and write their own music.
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Eric January 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I've been working with Dennis for about 5 years, and who knows, I may be learning from him 5 years from now. It's great learning from him. Not only does he know his stuff and makes his teaching personal to your needs, but he also has a way to make you feel successful even when you are struggling. I always feel better about my playing when I leave than when I got to his studio. He recognizes my learning style and what I want to accomplish, then builds his teaching around that. Dennis a masterful teacher. He has the ability to listen and understand where I am in my learning curve and adjust his lessons to my skill level. When I wanted theory, he went there. When I wanted to learn blues riffs he patiently showed me a few scales. I always leave a session having learned something new.

If you are looking for a guitar teacher (and yes, he also teaches keyboards and other instruments) I'd say put your time and money into Dennis and you, like I, will feel it is one of your best investments
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Deidre January 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking music lessons with Dennis for several years. He always creates a personalized lesson plan that meets my music goals and is very patient with me. He helps me improve my skills overall by teaching broader concepts as well as helps me learn specific songs of my choosing. Thanks Dennis!!
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I structure lessons based on what your needs are as a student, and continually adjust the pace of instruction and new material to help you progress quickly without becoming overwhelmed. I like to focus on studying and playing songs that you want to learn, in whatever style you choose. I also use a number of books for different exercises that I think will be useful in achieving your goals. When you are ready, you can practice performance by recording songs at my studio.

I will help you find your individual musical style through exploring the things you want to learn, and I always invite you to ask why I am teaching you a specific concept. My lessons will always be pointed toward reaching your specific goals so you can become the musician you want to be.

About Stephen
Music seems like it has always been apart of my life. From an early age in elementary school I tried several instruments, from horns and wind instruments to drums. I finally landed on guitar when I turned 9 years old and never turned back. My first experience teaching was in middle school, where I wanted to be in a band but no one else in the class knew how to play guitar or drums. So I decided to teach 3 of my friends how to play guitar, bass and drums to start my first band. I’ve been playing and teaching along the way ever since.

I customize lessons for every student, use various books for teaching and create my own learning materials for the students to study and practice from. I help the student establish goals and show them the plan/curriculum I create for them based on those goals. I am very friendly and patient and I love ans
wering students’ questions.

I teach out of my home recording studio, at the student’s home, or online. I use the recording studio for lessons, creating backing tracks for the students to play along to or solo over. I also record some of the exercises and play them back for students so they can hear for themselves when I explain a concept or correct an error.

My goal for lessons: To help my students achieve their musical goals as fast as possible. To develop their own style, identify and eliminate bad habits, and encourage good ones. In less than 6 months the student will be able to play simple songs, know the theory behind the chords, read the chords charts, and begin to read sheet music.

For intermediate lessons, I like to focus on more in depth looks at theory, and the application of theory. I enjoy analyzing songs with students and picking apart what makes them great. I also, when teaching in my studio, like to spend time recording with the students, creating original songs, and recreating popular songs.

A typical lesson: 10-15 minutes of warm up and review, 10-15 minutes of new material, theory, or song study. Longer lessons include more playing time, and more time to explore questions. I encourage my students not to let the learning stop when the lessons stop, but to look up articles and watch as many videos as they can, and bring lots of questions to every lesson.

I like to teach anyone 5 years old and above who wants to learn and become a better musician!
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John January 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
To start with Stephen is a very talented musician with some of his own music. Listening to that it was got me interested in taking lessons with him. I came in with little to no experience with a guitar. He was very good at teaching me the basics of the instrument like notes and chord progressions. He was very patient with me as I took baby steps towards being able to play. I would highly recommend him as a teacher!
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Conrad January 24, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
I've recently started taking lessons from Stephen to help improve my songwriting abilities and have to say, he's a pretty cool guy (and a good instructor). I've been playing guitar for most of my life but, for a long time, never devoted any time to creating something of my own. After trying songwriting on my own for a bit, I decided to see if I could give my skills a little bit of a boost by working with a music teacher. Upon the recommendation of a family friend, I decided to give Stephen a try.

Over the last few lessons, he's gotten me back into harmonic analysis (a skill that I tucked away after stopping my music theory studies ages ago). Our lessons are a mixture of looking at the structure of existing pieces, as well as working on my own songwriting. He's been immensely helpful in understanding how the structure of piece, as well as its chords and melodies, contribute to its overall sound. This has helped my songwriting immensely, as I feel that I am no longer wandering around aimlessly -- rather, I at least have a rough sense of direction in terms of where I would like a piece of music to go. Fully getting there is another story, but I'm sure that will come with practice.

In addition to being a good instructor, Stephen is a good dude with a great attitude. He's always patient and positive and encourages learning through experimentation. I highly recommend him.
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Santa Clara, CA 95050
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If you’re looking for some great guitar lessons and a fun teacher, I’m your guy. Rather than focusing solely on music theory and breaking down compositions, we will be focusing more on the joy of playing and letting the technical aspects of playing guitar fall into place later, perfect for beginners!

I’ve been giving guitar lessons now for about four years to people just starting out and have been playing guitar for just over 10 years. I would love to see you have fun and come learn with me! Don’t be shy and send me a message if this sounds interesting.

About kevin
I’m a former graduate of UCB and Berkeley city college majoring in music and minoring in creative writing. If you’re looking for some great guitar lessons and a fun teacher, I’m your guy. Rather than focusing solely on music theory and breaking down compositions, we will be focusing more on the joy of playing and letting the technical aspects of playing guitar fall into place later.

I’ve been giving guitar lessons now for about four years and have been playing guitar for just over 10 years. I would love to see you have fun and come learn with me! Don’t be shy and send me a message if this sounds interesting.
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kevin S.

Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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