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By Richard C. – Irvine Guitar Teacher

Guitar is one of the most popular instruments to play for a variety of reasons. First it’s polyphonic. That is to say, you can play single-note melodies or you can play harmony with chords to accompany another player, as well as your own voice. There is also a vast variety of styles to try, including fingerpicking, strumming, flamenco, or rocking out with tunes by your favorite pop stars. Trying to play different styles will enhance your listening experience when you hear others who have mastered particular styles on the guitar.

Thirdly, the guitar is also very portable. You can travel and take your guitar with you to other cities or just to a friend’s house down the street. They come in many sizes, and some are made specifically for traveling.

Once a player has some proficiency on the instrument, there are numerous jam sessions and guitar hangouts available in Orange County to demonstrate the skills you have been learning during your guitar lessons in Irvine! The Bayside Restaurant has a Friday night jam session with some great players who pop in (http://www.baysiderestaurant.com/). If you’re not quite ready to jump in, there is much you can learn from watching, and you can always listen just for the sake of enjoyment!

The Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists hosts lots of listening and playing opportunities (http://www.meetup.com/Association-of-Fingerstyle-Guitarists/). Additionally, a local gentleman has put together an ongoing series of shows called the Lord of the Strings Concerts, with performances from world-renowned guitarists such as Laurence Juber, who played with Paul McCartney in Wings, finger-stylist great Martin Taylor, and many other fabulous talents. The shows are all in small venues, where every seat is a great one, and the ticket prices are amazingly affordable.

There is also an abundance of guitar shops in this area, giving players a wide selection of instruments. We have big-name stores like Guitar Center but also many small shops for those who like a less corporate type of shopping experience. Nearby, you have Jim’s Music Center, Guitar Shoppe of Laguna Beach, and The Guitar Doctor, just to name a few. Many offer repair service, guitar set-ups as well as custom-built guitars to your specifications. So, whether you want a used or new instrument or need extensive or minor repairs, you’re covered in and around Irvine, California.

Guitar players are notoriously self-conscious about their playing ability and frequently compare themselves to other players based on their skills and speed. But, the great equalizer when playing guitar is that no one can play the instrument like you. No one else touches the strings with the same weight and pressure of your touch on the fretboard. This makes no two guitarists quite the same. Similar to snowflakes, no two guitarists are alike. So, no matter where you are in the learning curve while taking guitar lessons in Irvine, you can rest assured that you are capable of creating your own unique sound on the instrument.

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I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

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Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz o
r other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars - Drums - Banjo - Amplifiers - Piano - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

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Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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shelly February 22, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
very patient and knows his stuff.
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Sylvia November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Richard was terrific. Patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! I look forward to continuing to work with him!
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Linda P. November 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
This was the best music lesson I’ve had thanks to Richard. He made it fun and easy. I get nervous of being a slow learner but he wasn’t phased and made it fit my learning ability
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Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
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I am trained in teaching music from csuf and specialize in catering my teaching approach to each students individual needs and learning styles. I have been teaching for over 5 years.

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Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.

A little bit about me:
I am a classically trained musician who has studied at CSUF and performs Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom hall, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony, among others.
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Diane April 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are so thankful we found Patrick! Patrick is a very effective teacher who’s able to relate and motivate students. Our daughter was loosing interest in playing piano due to her former teacher’s approach. Now she’s back to practicing because she wants to and is so excited to see Patrick each week. We are very greatful that she’s back to loving piano and continuing to learn.
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Eric March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Patrick is a great teacher, and very patient. I've never learned how to sing or read music before, and he teaches at a pace that's good for me. I highly recommend him whether you're an adult or you're considering enrolling your child.
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John February 16, 2018
· Violin · In home
Patrick is friendly and very knowledgeable.
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Orange, CA 92866
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Aliso Viejo, CA

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I have been teaching guitar for almost twenty years and have been playing for almost twenty three. It is by far one of my favorite things in life...and I love passing my knowledge and expertise onto others!

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I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.
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Beth January 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Joe is a great teacher for my son - patient, enthusiastic and adapts the music for learning to my son's interest. Can't recommend enough - great!
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Laurie September 13, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great first lesson. Very professional and impressed with Joe's knowledge and teaching skills.
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Shiva July 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Joe has been super patient and easy to practice with. Very knowledgeable in his craft and I highly recommend him to any future students.
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Joe S.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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$44 / 45-min

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Fullerton, CA

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Picking up the acoustic guitar for the first time? Or pick up the acoustic guitar for the first time...in a long time? No problem, let's get you stringed up and back into the game. Each lesson is simple and effective, guaranteed to get your fingers in shape and able to reach those frets you had never reached before--sounds a little bit like the intro narrative to Star Trek...?

About Ben
EDUCATION

I graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with a B.A. in Public Administration (what does that have to do with the Flamenco guitar?); prior to that degree, I received an A.A. in Political Science (again, what does that have to do with Flamenco guitar?). Currently I am in the process of completing my M.P.A. at CSUF (again…?). The answer to the aforementioned question is that, I enjoy politics and government work—it’s my profession. Nonetheless, I enjoy Flamenco most of all, and I want you to enjoy it too! ¡Vamonos!

EXPERIENCE

The guitar is a wonderful instrument, which I began playing at the age of six. I began my studies with the classical guitar for the first 15 years of playing; and for these past 15 years I have studied the flamenco guitar—playing various concerts, events, and giving professional
instruction.

My experience as a guitarist in Southern California has led me to explore different genres of music, playing for various musical groups ranging from surf rock, concert band, and jazz. As a co-founding member of the band, Ballistico, we opened up for acts such as Dick Dale and the Del Tones, the Grandmothers of Invention (featuring members of Frank Zappa’s original band, “Mothers of Invention”), Avenged Sevenfold, and many others.

EXPERTISE

Having received first hand instruction from the some of the most sough-after professional Flamenco guitarists living and working in Spain (and touring internationally), I offer each of my students an unrivaled degree of authenticity in technique, tone, and style.

LEARNING MATERIALS

Each lesson includes tablature and audio recordings of the material that we will have gone over together. It is completely normal that only a day or two after a lesson—or even a few hours afterwards—the mind can (and will) quickly forget the material. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. By having the accompanying written and audio material with you after each lesson, you will be well-prepared for a successful next lesson!
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Kristen M. June 28, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Ben is an amazing instructor. I hired him for a group lesson and he was fantastic!!!
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Leo June 19, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In home
Ben is very kind and courteous with my 11 war old son. The lessons and material are well organized. So far I’m very happy with the progress and I would recommend Ben to anyone looking to learn Flamenco guitar.
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Michael H. May 5, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
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Ben S.

Placentia, CA 92870
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You will learn the essential fundamentals, and specific exercises that will increase your chops!
Learn your scales, modes. and how to improvise!
Learn music theory, how to read notation, not just tab!
Learn to follow chord changes and play with a real band!
Learn to play by ear and to read music, putting you in high demand!
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About Stephen
Hello my name is Steve, I'm 36 and I am a professional musician and educator. who currently has openings for new students! I offer absolute beginning to professional level lessons. I teach at two locations in the Inland Empire, and at a location in Orange County. I earned a B.A. in Music Education at California State University Fullerton, and I performed with all the top ensembles. I studied with Grammy nominated and awarded musicians like Bill Cunliffe and Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, and more!
I also have over twenty years of musical experience. I have been playing trombone and bass guitar since 1994 and I have been teaching since 2005. As a brass instructor I specialize in breathing techniques, embouchure development. range, flexibility, endurance, and improvisation. As a bass guitar and guitar instructor, I specialize in
flexibility, endurance, speed, song writing, ear training, improvisation, and much more!
In addition I also help students with their music for band at school, or for any other type of ensemble they might be playing in. I have been a professional musician for several years and I have backed groups like The L.A. Swing Barons, The Inland Empire Swing Orchestra, Sonora Santanera groups, Willie and The Road Tramps, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Domestic Imports, Buddha Bomb, Angry Babies, Space Camp Stowaways, The Debonaires, and more! I am currently in a few different groups playing all over Southern California and beyond.
I will bring the best out of your playing, take a lesson with me and you will get better! I have years of experience that you can tap into; in order for you to reach your musical goals. My education philosophy is student focused and I draw from a lot of different teaching concepts like Kodàly method, Orff method, Susuki method, and more. I am much more than just an instructor, but your also getting a mentor and a life coach. Sign up for a lesson today!
To reserve a spot just look for the box that says "Reserve your spot with Stephen," then go ahead select the instrument you want to learn, then the location, and a time that works for you. Then I will get in contact with you as soon as your sign up and we can go over all the details. I love new students, and I cannot wait to hear from you today.
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Jared M. November 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
Steven is a very good instructor. He has a wonderful personality. He!s firm, knowledgeable, and knows how to encourage the student to work hard. My son has learned a lot from him in a short period of time as a beginner. I’d definitely recommend Steven.
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Michael Rodriguez August 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.
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Michelle F. August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Wonderful piano teacher and thank you for extending your tolerance and patience with me stephen. Looking forward to playing wonderful music lessons. Thank you take lessons you guys are awesome.
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Stephen L.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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I have played in bands my entire life and love teaching indie rock, classic rock, alt rock, and punk. I can teach beginners the basics to becoming a rock guitarist or more experience students on how to learn music theory.

About Andrew
My name is Andrew and I have been playing guitar for over 15 years. I went to school at New York University where I continued by studies of guitar and music. I have also played in several bands since high school with lots of experience playing live. My current band performs all over Los Angeles. My primary genre is rock, which includes indie rock, alternative rock, classic rock, and punk. I love working with students of all experience levels. Thank you so much for considering me!
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Kelly April 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons from Andrew for over a year. I use to go to him when he worked at a music shop in Hollywood but now he comes to my house to teach lessons. I am so happy with him as a teacher. He is so knowledgeable about the guitar and can literally play anything. 100% hire Andrew for lessons he's the best. :)
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Meredith April 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My daughter took lessons from Andrew and he was absolutely amazing with her. She went from knowing nothing about guitar to being able to play songs for me at home. Andrew was so patient with her as a beginner I would absolutely recommend him to someone looking for a great guitar teacher!!
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Andrew L.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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Long Beach, CA

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I have a PhD in music composition and theory, and place special emphasis on comprehending and assimilating the fundamentals of music in my lessons. I use an integrated approach that covers guitar technique, ear-training, harmony, theory, music history as well as composition and improvisation to encourage the development of well-rounded musicians.

About Gabriel
Hey, I'm Gabriel! I've been playing guitar for over 20 years, and have a PhD in music composition. I write crazy modern experimental music for classical ensembles, but also enjoy playing blues, rock and flamenco guitar.
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Gabriel B.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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Laguna Beach, CA
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I have studied music while rocking in bands for over 10 years. I am 26 now and have been teaching guitar for about 4 years off and on in between shows and travel. Guitar playing has opened up multiple doors for me and for that I love teaching and paying it forward. I am versatile in all forms of guitar playing: rock, classic rock, acoustic, finger picking, country, metal, punk, etc.

About Eli
I am from Laguna Beach, CA at 26-years-old. Growing up surfing and playing in bands, I was blessed to have a smooth transition from the surf industry into making a steady living playing in bands all around Orange County and LA. I spend most of my days surfing, teaching kids in high school to play guitar and playing shows at night. I feel I have a lot to share not only for the technical side of guitar but also the feel and live performance of playing on stage, forming a band, and building confidence in your playing.
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Eli V.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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With over 10+ years of experience and having taught all levels of Guitar within most proficiencies, I'm sure I'll be able to accommodate you for whatever your personal interest within guitar might be! Popular curriculums revolve around Guitar Performance Techniques, Learning Music Theory and building chords, Songwriting and improvising, to Music Production within emphasis on Guitar. If there's a particular lesson you want to learn, feel free to message me and we'll take it from there!

I'll be able to help you become a more rounded musician by using the Guitar as the main focus.

About Iran
I find myself extremely fortunate being able to combine my experiences and University Degrees in Music Production, Film Scoring, Songwriting and Guitar Education with you all!

The best part of music is that it all connects with itself. Learning the Guitar, then wanting to learn how to write your own songs. But then you ask yourself "Wouldn't it be cool to record it and hear it back?!" And then learning how to edit your music and start adding other elements to it, to make it a more produced song, to then realizing how simple the process can be when it's all done. Again, it's not what you're learning that hooks you back for more, but "HOW" you're learning all this tools.

With experience teaching ALL levels and ages (No, really, ALL ages), I've built a custom way in making every topic interesting, fun, doable, and best of all, applic
able to the real world. I promise you, based on the route and goal you want to achieve, you'll be able to tie it all together and see music from a non intimidating and approachable point of view.

Lessons include, but definitely not limited to:
Music Production: We'll explore how to go about creating music with a computer. Composing, Editing, Mixing.
Film Scoring: Everything from ground zero in how to write music for Film, TV, and Video Games.
Guitar: Learning the instrument, Learning chords, how to improvise, learning the songs you want to learn, some music theory through the guitar.
Songwriting: What makes a song a song? The musical elements, the lyrical motives, and blending it with commercial music patterns.

I am thrilled to be able to pass on as much music knowledge to you all and see where the journey of music takes you on!
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Milton May 28, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
The lesson with Iran gave me so much more than I had expected, and helped me to focus on some production items I was made aware of. He isnreally knowlegeable, and freely gives help with a lot of useful tips.
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Benjamin May 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Garcia was one of my teachers in High School at Beach High and is one of the most important instructors I’ve had as a classical guitarist.
He taught me as a beginning player —introducing me to beginner-level pieces, main techniques, warmups and basic music theory knowledge—, as well as an advanced player —superior pieces, being aware of each piece’s dynamics and feeling, more complex music theory and dealing with solo performance anxiety—. Without a doubt, his experience as a teacher will be able to assist any kind of musician, from first-timers to competition participants. He’s patient and knows how to approach any type of issue and help.
He is also a great individual who wants to see you succeeding in whichever area you want to succeed. Some of the lessons he taught me had nothing to do with music but with life, which were, and are, a good source of inspiration.
I recommend Mr. Garcia for any of his classes, he will definitely help you a lot.
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Rocio May 20, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
I had Mr. Garcia for sound engineering class my last year for high school. I never thought at that point in my high school career a class could interest me as much as his did. The overall ambiance he put out was so welcoming, there where no wrong answers. He accepted all thought. He encouraged us to think about what we wanted and to follow through. He made each and every lesson effortless, going step by step until each person understood. Sound engineering isn't easy. Mr. Garcia made it easy.
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Los Angeles, CA 90015
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I am offering private music lessons to people 5 years and older. I teach guitar, bass guitar, voice, beginning piano, music theory, and songwriting. With over 15 years of music experience and a Bachelors of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University, I can customize lessons to fit students’ musical and creative goals. I am based out of Orange County and I have a space in my home in Huntington Beach that students can come to receive lessons or I can travel to their home (provided they are within Orange county). Price of lessons may vary depending on distance of travel and lesson lengths.
Music students will receive practical and technical training for the instrument(s) of their choice; training on how to read sheet music, chord charts, and tablature; history and background of genres and musical instruments; lesson reviews and progress reports. Most students have one lesson per week, but a bi-weekly schedule can be coordinated. For students under 12 years-old, half hour lessons are ...

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For over 15 years I have been playing music. Starting in local bands and church groups, I developed a sense of how music can connect people to one another and give an outlet for creativity. Music has gotten me through some very difficult times in life and I love sharing with other people how to use music as a means of expressing themselves. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a music degree in 2014 and now live In Huntington Beach where I am a Husband, and father of a 3 year-old boy (and a puppy).
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Stevie M.

Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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