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After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Beth March 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Awesome lesson!
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don September 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
motivating and patient.
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David Lake August 26, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I have had 5 lessons with David and just renewed for 5 more. He is really a great instructor. Very patient and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him to all.
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
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About Matthew G.

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Carlsbad, CA
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If it's difficult for you then it was probably difficult for me too. All levels are welcome; let's get you started, up to speed or over the hump. It's time to get to it!

About Matthew
A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals pro
vided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Jessica September 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
We could not be happier with Matthew! He has the perfect deameanor and teaching technique for our 7 year old. Our son has learned an unbelievable amount in the last two months, but more importantly, he thinks playing is fun. We are so happy to have found Matthew!
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Michael August 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Matthew has been great for my son, Michael! He has learned a lot in a short period of time!
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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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Matthew G.

Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Oceanside, CA

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Enjoy teaching young first time students as well as more experienced
players who make to step up their knowledge and skill level either
Use of Bluetooth speaker to listen and play along with songs on pandora
And YouTube....
for hobbyist or pro drummers. Many practical skills will be discussed and include playing in a Rhythm section for Blues, Country, Jazz, rock, music etc..
Drive to your home

About Gary
Gary has been a professional drummer
For over 40 years
He has a wide range of drumming and percussion experience in Rock, Blues , Jazz, R&B, Soul, and World Music.
He has been teaching for 15 years.
Garys lessons are catered to be interactive
Based on personal interaction with students.
No cookie cutter lesson plan
Gary makes thelessons fun
With Reading, play alongside video clips, books, etc
Begginers through advanced .

*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own drumset, or they can just start with practice pad and sticks

*** Specialties ***
World Music including Reggae, Caribbean,Africa,
Americana Rock including blues, R&B,Soul, Funk
Jazz, Country, Classic Rock
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Isaac June 29, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Gary is a brilliant drummer and a fantastic instructor, always patient and thoughtful. This is because he is just a genuinely gentle and thoughtful person. You won't be disappointed.
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John January 4, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Gary Reed Johnson has been an accomplished professional drummer for over45 years. He is an expert not only on technique but also has a deep knowledge of many styles of beats, rhythms and musical genres. And, he's a really cool person. If you're a beginner or already playing Gary can help you get to the level to which you aspire.
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Carol January 2, 2016
· Drum · In home
I'm a singer that wanted some help with identifying different time feels and rhythms.
Gary was able to teach me with an easy to understand and down to earth approach.
He made it fun too.

He's got a lot of experience and still plays out on a regular basis.
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Gary J.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA
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Learn how to play the drum set.

About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.
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Dan F. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Batuhan K.

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I'm a devoted drummer, I study and teach a specific method called the Murray Spivach method that I learned from Chad Wackerman(Frank Zappa). I also studied with Dr. Scott Robinson and couple other teachers. I've spent hours and hours studying technique, coordination, feel and worked on countless exercises (which I will provide for you also). I am completely in love with this instrument. I will teach all students without discrimination, I only need the student to be passionate to learn, and dedicated to practice depending on what goals you like to achieve. If you are looking to learn the drums seriously, I'm the right guy for you.

About Batuhan
I'm a devoted and a passionate teacher, my goal is to motivate you and share anything that will help you. Even though I'm teaching a wide variety of subjects I'm passionate to teach every one of them. I love teaching and learning in the process

Lessons

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals, every lesson is as different as every person. What are your goals? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

As a teacher, my goal is to provide a positive hands-on experience. I strive to create an environment where learning is enjoyed and explored, teaching in an exciting, fun, and passionate mode. I am not strict, although I do expect the students to pra
ctice. I have an extremely optimistic, energetic disposition and positively encourage my students! This has always served me very well in working with anyone. Contact me for more information!
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Leo November 24, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is devoted and patient for beginner. I am glad to choose him. I definitely continues my study with him
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Jackie W. August 25, 2016
· Geometry · Online
My daughter only had two sessions with him and I am sure I paid for more than that. He could have reached out to us to schedule more time but he didn't.
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Roberto A. January 31, 2016
· Music Theory ·
Batu and I had a Music Theory class together. He was very helpful in helping me understand complicated rhythms.
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Escondido, CA 92027
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About Matt S.

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Oceanside, CA

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Learn everything you'll need to know about drum set technique, keeping solid tempos, and professional grooves that will set you apart from your peers and the competition.

About Matt
With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before,
and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Wendy February 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
Matt is an exceptional musician. His knowledge of a variety of music genres, ability to sight read and transpose into any key is extraordinary and makes him the accompanist of choice. As a man of faith, he inspires others to celebrate music as a gift from God, that should never be taken for granted.
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Ling February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matt has the ability to keep his students interested in their music while bringing out their appreciation and musical creativity. I would highly recommend him as an instructor no matter the age of the student.
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Al February 7, 2018
· Composition · Online
A very good teacher all phases of music and application.
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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA 92058
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About John M.

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Carlsbad, CA

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Positive, patient and motivating, 37 years of playing drums & over 11 years of private instruction with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!

About John
I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and
patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Jay C. May 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is terrific. I'm an adult learner, and John does a great job tailoring my lessons for the kind of instruction and music I'm most interested.
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Caroline D. April 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
John is an amazing teacher. His ability to comprehensively synthesize complex ideas and explain them in easy-to-understand terms makes learning guitar approachable and fun.
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Maxton January 14, 2018
· Drum · Online
John was patient, very helpful, and met my son where he was in his journey. Already after the firs lesson, he was well improved and excited for the next lesson.
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Entry-level drums lessons

About Remy
A New York City native, I have been living in Southern California for about 5 years. I am a deeply passionate guitarist and musician. I have been a playing guitar avidly over 7 years. That said, I am enthusiastic to share the joy of music with others.

I specialize in rock, blues, and pop.

My teaching style is intuitive and fun. I am light on theory with and mostly focus on techniques with students to get you playing as quickly as possible. I have multiple instruments, including several electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and a bass. I also have a drum kit and microphone setup. I even have recording and filming equipment. My lessons cater to your needs and at your own pace.

The goal of my lessons are to help you self-discover your hidden talents. I really believe anyone can become the musician they want to be with the right tools
and direction. I look forward to working with you!

-Remy
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Eric November 19, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Remy is an awesome teacher! He taught me everything I know, and is fun to jam with. Highly recommended.
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James November 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
I've been taking lessons with remy for the past 2 months and my ability has massively increased. Not only is remy a great guitar player but his patience makes him an awesome teacher. His understanding of music is fantastic and he is very good at breaking songs apart to make it easy for the student to learn. As well as teaching he also uses his own time to find songs for me to practice that would improve my
Technique. I would recommend remy to anybody from beginner to intermediate. Great guy and awesome teacher.
Thanks Remy
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Remy S.

San Diego, CA 92109
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I am a composer and musician who has studied music my entire life. In high school, I made my way to drum captain in my senior year. I can teach playing, reading, and writing music. I am enthusiatic and passionate and have experience teaching. I look forward to teaching you to drum!

About Eric
If you are interested in learning the basics of Python and computer programming, I have worked in the IT field for the past 12 years. I have spent time teaching computer knowledge to beginners and even non-technical people. In my last job, I managed the training department and developed courses and curriculum.

If you are interested in learning to play the drums, I am a composer and musician. In high school I made my way to drum captain in my senior year. I can teach playing, reading, and writing music.

Look forward to teaching you these skills!
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Eric D.

La Mesa, CA 91942
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$50 / 30-min

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Garrett Sigler is a drummer/percussionist from San Diego, California with a reputation for succeeding in a wide range of musical contexts. In addition to working with jazz ensembles and symphonies, he performs regularly with local pop/rock bands, and has opened for artists such as Schoolboy Q, DJ Mustard, Khalid, and Bad Suns. Garrett has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego, and was the university's 2017 Jazz Society Award recipient for his involvement in its jazz ensembles.

(Garrett's full bio can be found in the "about" section of his profile).

***Drum/Percussion Lesson Info***

On drum set, Garrett has extensive knowledge in a variety of styles (jazz/funk/pop/rock/etc) which allows him to cater lessons towards your (or your child's) individual goals and interests. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Younger students find him to be relatable and approachable, and older students are impressed by his experience and ability to help them ...

About Garrett
Garrett Sigler is a drummer/percussionist from San Diego, California with a reputation for succeeding in a wide range of musical contexts. In addition to working with jazz ensembles and symphonies, he performs regularly with local pop/rock bands, and has opened for artists such as Schoolboy Q, DJ Mustard, Khalid, and Bad Suns. Garrett has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego, and was the university's 2017 Jazz Society Award recipient for his involvement in its jazz ensembles.

Ensembles/artists Garrett has worked with include: two-time Grammy award-winning producer/arranger Kamau Kenyatta, trumpeter/band leader Gilbert Castellanos, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, the Southwestern College Big Band, the San Diego Jazz Combo, Will Lee Brown's Lovalot Band, singer/songw
riters Kevin Thomas and Alex Lievanos, and upcoming Los Angeles pop-artist Graham Elliot. On drum set, Garrett has received instruction from drumming greats such as Matt Wilson, Sean Rickman, Jake Reed, and Duncan Moore.

In addition to performing, Garrett maintains a private studio in East San Diego County where he records drum tracks for various projects, and teaches drum set and percussion to over 25 students.
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Nick May 14, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Garrett is an excellent drum teacher. He is really patient, professional, and great at explaining even the most difficult concepts. His studio is comfortable, and I really enjoy playing on his drum sets.
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Todd May 11, 2018
· Drum · In studio
My son always leaves his lesson feeling inspired, and excited for the next meeting. Garrett is patient, professional, and very gifted when it comes to the drums. I also like that he teaches my son to read music, and that he records his playing. Garrett is an excellent choice if you're looking for a drum teacher.
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Renee May 11, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Garrett is a great instructor. My son enjoys every lesson, and comes home every week excited to practice what he learned.
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Garrett S.

El Cajon, CA 92020
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