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About Justine D.

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I have been playing pop and rock guitar for 14 years and am excited about the opportunity to share my passion for the instrument with you! Our first lesson will begin with a quick assessment of your musical background, experience with the instrument, and your musical goals. Your next lessons will build on that foundation to support the goals you want to achieve.

Whether it's starting a band with friends, getting stronger on technique, or learning how to play in a new style or genre, we'll work together to reach your goals!

About Justine
I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.

Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.

My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.

And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love from my home in San Diego, teaching privately both i
n-person and online. I've recently moved to private teaching full-time and couldn't be happier!

I'm excited to get started with you and help you set and reach your musical goals!

*** Online & In-Person Lesson Details ***
It's most important to me that you are excited and motivated about your music lessons! I am a flexible instructor and am always open to hearing your ideas for songs. After working together to identify your beginning knowledge of music and your instrument, we'll progress from song to song to develop your musical abilities.

All of my online and in-person lessons begin by warming up with a quick exercise, scale, or even an improvisational activity. We'll use the music you love to develop your guitar technique, learn new chords, and sharpen your listening skills.

You'll gain an understanding of what makes the music work and why the notes, rhythms, and harmonies are what they are.

The music we study can also serve as inspiration for creativity. I may ask you to come to the next class with a short composition of your own or we'll finish a lesson by improvising together on related musical themes.

I'll do my best to make my expectations for you clear and at the end of every lesson, we'll go over what we accomplished together and make sure you understand what to work on before our next class.

*** Additional Online Information ***

Online lessons can be just as effective as in-person lessons for teaching you the basics of your instrument, developing technique, and achieving your musical goals! I'll use screen sharing to display music, chords, and scale charts during the lessons. Materials will be emailed to you as well for you to use at home. And communication is extra important when it comes to online lessons; because I can't make physical adjustments, I'll often assess how you hold your musical instrument and describe how you can make the adjustments yourself.

Please note that a high-speed internet connection is needed in order to make sure that we can see and hear each other appropriately. In addition, I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument (and amplifier, if you have an electric instrument) to use during the lesson.

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I teach my in-person lessons from my home office with comfortable seating for both students and parents. I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument to use during the lesson.

I will have music stands available for use during lessons and will accompany and demonstrate on my musical instruments. I will have an amplifier and cables, but if you prefer to bring your own amplifier you can do that, too!

Please note that I have two cats; they'll be in an enclosed room away from where we will have lessons, but if you have cat allergies this may not be a good fit.
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Namita S. August 24, 2017
· Guitar · Online
She is a Great Teacher very clam and supportive, I learnt a lot from her, right from basics to some complex thing on guitar like bar chords, power chords, hammer etc. In addition she also had a good theory knowledge.
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Alex July 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor, very knowledgeable and flexible
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Keilei January 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We met with Justine for my daughter's first guitar lesson at her home and it went really well. My daughter said that Justine was very helpful with teaching her about the parts of the guitar, string exercises, strumming, and play some chords. My daughter is excited for her next lesson.
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San Diego, CA 92103
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About Bijan Z.

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I play many instruments, but Guitar is my first instrument. I'll go through a method book together with you, in which you can learn the basics, including note reading, playing some simple chords...After some months this basic course will open a door for you to enter the world of Guitar playing and you'll be able to play many songs. Many of my students are interested to sing to Guitar and I help them to sing to Guitar too because I am a voice instructor too. Guitar is an easy and fun instrument to play.

About Bijan
Hi!

I believe that music is rooted in all human beings and cultures in a reach and vast variety of forms. Music unifies and engages thinking and feeling in a direct and immediate way. Music influences individuals simultaneously on different levels of consciousness and form an important device for learning, recreation, arranging of conscious and unconscious impressions and at the same time for characterizing and conveying ideas and thoughts. This as a point of departure characterizes my teaching philosophy, which strives to create a climate in which my students can experience continuous musical, intellectual, and emotional growth.

As a music instructor and musicologist I demonstrate the characteristics of professional and passionate for everything related to my teaching. I am passionate; for I know the more I teach the more I learn
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I have three educations:
1) PhD in Musicology,
2) Master in Music Education and
3) Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.

I have about 20 years teaching experience and I am a California Certified Music Teacher

I speak english, german, swedish and farsi and love to work with people of all ages.

I teach:
1) Guitar
2) Piano/Keyboard
3) Drums
4) Singing
5) Bass Guitar
6) Music Theory
7) Violoncello

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*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Rock
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Margaret January 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He was fantastic
Great teacher 🙏🌺🙏
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Michelle October 25, 2016
· Cello · In home
Bijan is an excellent teacher. He is truly a professional; very knowledgeable and attentive. He is also patient with the young ones. I highly recommend him!
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Farnaz September 7, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Mr. Bijan is the best instructor that someone can have. He's knowledgeable, passionate, and caring. I had him for cello lessons. He uses the time efficiently, and teaches you as much as possible in each lesson. I strongly recommend him.
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Bijan Z.

San Diego, CA 92129
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About Steve H.

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Carlsbad, CA

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Rock and Roll, Blues, Folk, Pop, they can all be played on the guitar. Let's find out where you want to go with your guitar.

About Steve
Learning to play music should be fun. Learning to play the songs you like and listen to everyday is a good first step in that direction.

As early as I can remember our house was filled with music. My parents had records of the popular music of the time as well as movie soundtrack albums. At eight years old I got my first trumpet and joined the school band. Soon I was taking private lessons. We also had a piano in the house and I often found myself sitting and trying out chords and melodies to fit the songs I would hear. At sixteen I got my first guitar, along with a songbook that promised I could play “hundreds of songs with just three magic chords”.

Moving west I studied music at West Los Angeles College and played trumpet in the school’s concert band. A group of us formed a jazz quintet and started playing gigs in and aroun
d LA. We then expanded the scope of the band by adding a second sax and more exotic percussion as well as incorporating elements of reggae and rock into our original music. This helped us land jobs at clubs like the Troubadour and larger venues like the Shrine Exhibition Hall. We played together professionally for five years.

After at stint at the Dick Grove School of Music I joined an eight piece cover band playing popular dance music. We toured Western Canada for six months, riding in a converted city bus and taking turns driving a large panel truck with our equipment. When I returned I met a talented female singer who also played flute. We formed a pop/rock quintet and played professionally in the LA area for several years.

I’ve continued to take lessons along the way and have taught trumpet, piano and guitar to both young people and adults. I believe my rich musical journey and my experiences both teaching and performing can help you to achieve your musical goals!

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Listening to music is fun. Playing music is fun. Learning to play a musical instrument should be just as much fun. The first step toward a solid musical education is to find out what type of music the student likes and what particular musician or artist he or she enjoys. From there we can choose material that the student will have fun performing as they learn.

Each session will involve a brief review of previous material covered and a preview of ideas to work on going forward. In between, the student and I will play together and discuss how best we can each improve, and have a little fun along the way!!

I will work with a variety of methods and concepts customized to fit each student. My experience has shown me that no two students are alike, but every student will enjoy playing more, and more often, if they like the study material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments but would expect the student to have their own instrument for lessons and practice.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, reggae, R&B, blues.
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maggie September 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great piano teacher. Very knowledgeable. I am learning a lot!
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Maiela M. April 8, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
My kids love Steve and have learned so much already after 3 weeks. I highly recommend him.
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Michael M. March 25, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Steve was very patient with my two children and explained everything clearly. We were very pleased
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Carlsbad, CA 92011
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About Ben Z.

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I will work with you to develop a lesson plan based on your musical interests and stylistic goals! Everyone's journey with the instrument is different. From achieving a strong basic foundation on the instrument to mastering a very specific skill, I look forward to helping you achieve on the instrument.

About Ben
Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and
experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

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Breedlove AC25/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Goldtone Dojo (Banjo/Dobro)
Emmons Pedal Steel
Gretsch Lap Steel
VOX AC-30 amp
Fender Bassman amp
Fender GDEC amp
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Tim D. November 3, 2017
· Banjo · Online
I was a great experience and Ben is very knowledgeable easy to learn from
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Lance August 9, 2017
· Country Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)
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Rick June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Just my first lesson with Ben. But clearly he's very knowledgeable and loves what he does. He quickly assessed where I was, stayed positive, and gave me some things to work on and practice before our next lesson. Glad I found him!
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Ben Z.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Daniel G.

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San Diego, CA

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FUN!!! Learning guitar should be fun! I teach electric and acoustic guitar in a fun way. The exercises that I have you do are not boring, they are actual songs that you get better and better at playing.
I mix up the lessons and your practice with a combination of scales that can turn into instant leads, cords and the combination of cords that make up a family called a "key". I teach a variety of strum and picking patterns and styles, from folk to reggae to rock. The latest thing in playing melodies is tablature, I teach that, but I also believe that you need to be able to play regular notes as well. Best of all, you do not have to be a great lead guitarist to be a star, and if you want to sing while you play I can definitely teach you that!

About Daniel
Music lessons should be fun and focus on what you want! I am willing to travel to you or welcome you to my studios: Reseda pr Canoga Park. I travel to homes San Diego and Los Angeles Counties.
What is your goal? School or Church choir? Musical programs?Learn to Cantor or lead songs at Church/Synagogue? Disney careers, rock/pop bands? Becoming a professional or just for personal enrichment!! I am able to help you move closer to reaching that dream!!! I am a graduate of USD with a B.A. in Philosophy with an emphasis in musical performance. I also hold a Masters degree, completed California Teaching Credential Curriculum from Chapman University and completed Doctoral Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I studied voice, guitar and piano classes throughout grade school, high school, college and post-graduate
training. I specilized in vocal training with Robert Austin and in San Francisco with Richard Nichol of the Garcia-Marchesi Institute. I sang with the Palm Beach Florida Opera Company. I am a tenor with a 3.5 octave range. I also sang and performed in Musicals and Operas and Sacred Oratorios from Maui to Florida. I am the proud "dad" of two high school aged children who are excellent students!
I teach voice (beginner to professional levels), guitar (acoustic and electric: beginners to Intermediate) and basic piano. I have been teaching private lessons for 7 years. I also offer voice or guitar classes at St. Cecelia's School of Music in Canoga Park, and privately in my home Reseda. I focus my instruction on "correct" breathing and proper singing. My time-tested techniques will improve and protect your voice from injury.and produce a beautiful tone and wonderful performance. I teach guitar chords, reading standard musical notation as well as tablature. For beginning piano students of all ages I teach you how to read music, play scales, strenghten your finger strength and play cords and song.
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Caroline M. August 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
If I could give 10,000 stars I would! Daniel is an amazing, ( incredibly patient), fun, great teacher! He is charasmatic and is able to make everything fun so you never feel like you're bored! He is so kind, and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone who wants to learn guitar!
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Ron June 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
Daniel is a fantastic voice teacher and coach. My style of choice is mostly rock/blues, as I've been playing guitar forever, but only this year began to sing. He has taught me the correct way, recommended teaching material, and now that I'm recording, is helping me find my own voice. I think he could help anybody in most any other style too. He's the best.
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Rahul June 14, 2017
· Singing · In home
I'm 25 and had never learned singing in my life, but wanted to surprise my girlfriend (a singer herself) as part of a proposal. Mr. G was an extremely experienced, knowledgeable, and supportive teacher who carefully considered my strengths and weaknesses to deliver a personalized training plan. In a few months after being a total beginner, I was ready and the proposal was extremely successful. I cannot thank him enough for this wonderful gift, and I continued lessons since because I enjoyed his exceptional teaching. 10/10 would recommend.
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Daniel G.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Edward F.

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Learn a few simple chords and you are on your way to a lifetime of enjoyment playing your favorite songs.

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Edward first became fascinated with the guitar at the age of fifteen. Before long he was putting bands together and looking for gigs. As time went on, his influences grew to include everything from classical to hip-hop to pop, but the one genre that that made the strongest impact was flamenco.
His passion led him to Spain where, after subsequent trips, he studied with some of the greatest guitarists in the business including David Serva, Emilio Maya, Paco Cortes and Rafael Santiago “Habichuela”. Between trips Edward studied classical guitar at Grossmont College and San Diego State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2008.
Today Edward regularly performs as a soloist and with various ensembles ranging from pop groups to flamenco troupes. His comprehensive studies in music history and theory coup
led with one-on-one, ‘old world’ style lessons from flamenco masters gives him a great foundation for teaching.
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Tom August 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Edward is very good to work with. Enjoyed the lesson.
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Melba N. October 23, 2014
· Flamenco Guitar · In home
Extraordinary talent, patient, detail-oriented, and great understanding of both flamenco and classic guitar theory and execution. I have known Edward for seven years now, and his guitar technique is exceptional.

I also called Edward when I was choreographing a play at MiraCosta College and needed a guitarist to create the music for the play and perform it live. He is extremely creative, a problem-solver, and team-player. I couldn't ask for a better person to do the job.
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Jeffrey P. October 21, 2014
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
I never picked up a guitar until after age 50, and then for some unknown reason decided I wanted to learn flamenco guitar.

I've been taking lessons with Ed for about 8 months.

Ed is teaching the flamenco basics and techniques, and also makes sure he adds in some easier items so that I can see progress. The lessons are comfortable - Ed has an easy going personality that makes the lessons comfortable and enjoyable.

Very pleased with Ed as my instructor
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Edward F.

Edward F.

San Diego, CA 92109
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$42 / 45-min

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Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

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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Miles November 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
John was patient, kind and very encouraging with My 7 year old son. He was able to keep him engaged, interested and inquisitive the entire 30 minutes. We are looking forward to his next lesson.
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Sarah October 16, 2017
· Drum · In home
John has been a great drum instructor for our 9 year old son. In a short period of time, John has taught him tons of skills and also helped develop his love of drumming. He keeps it fun, easy and motivational, but also has challenged our little drummer. He is very encouraging and positive with our son's progress. John is always on time and is a great communicator. We definitely recommend John!
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Lynne April 13, 2017
· Drum · Online
I picked the perfect instructor for me! John is genuine, fun, extremely knowledgeable on drums and a great communicator! He took time to learn about my goals and has given me direction for achieving them. I feel like I am in great hands and look forward to future lessons!
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Andrew S.

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I have played many styles growing up but my focus has been Jazz in school. Lessons will be lots of fun because that's what music is all about! I will give you as much information as possible when it comes to learning aspects of guitar and music. We will focus on the music you listen to, and I'll give you music to add to your repeitoire based on what you like. I will teach you all of the things I have learned from teachers and peers over the years that have helped me succeed.

About Andrew
Hello! I have been playing guitar for the past 8 years now. I've been studying music in college; got a AA in Jazz performance from Mira Costa College and now currently at SDSU as a Jazz Studies Major. I love and play all kinds of styles but especially Rock, Blues, and Jazz. I can teach anyone who is beginning to intermediate.
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Scott September 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Update to my first post... I've taken weekly lessons for six months and made tremendous progress. Andrew comes prepared to each lesson, challenges me and is encouraging as well. Andrew is an excellent teacher and I'm lucky to have found him.
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SCOTT January 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was fun. Andrew tailors his lessons toward my music interests.
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Dennis May 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Andrew is passionate about music and guitar. He appreciates many styles of music from jazz to rock. He is well-spoken, friendly, and his enthusiasm gets students motivated! You will be very happy with him!!!
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San Diego, CA 92127
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Students will not only learn some of their favorite songs, but build a solid foundation, with tips and techniques that will help apply the material beyond lesson time. Scott's lessons provide students with a musical "vocabulary" that they can "speak" and recognize when listening to songs, learning new songs, and playing along with others.

About Scott
Scott Samuels has been a performing singer/songwriter/guitarist/ukelele player on the San Diego scene and a touring musician for over 25 years. He has played ukulele and guitar since the early '70s. Scott specializes in teaching beginner and intermediate levels in rock, pop folk and other styles for students of all ages.

A Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Scott has over twelve years of experience in working with older adults, and particularly enjoys teaching those who have dreamed about playing guitar or ukulele, but never got around to it.
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Steve January 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott is a great teacher! He has many years experience playing and performing. He has an especially good touch with teaching adult players, but he can teach anyone. I highly recommend Scott as your guitar or ukulele teacher!
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Charles January 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott's professionalism and patience is unrivaled. He has a passion to bring the joy of guitar and ukulele to young, older and special needs students alike.
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Annette December 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Scott's enthusiasm for music is contagious. He has a lot of playing experience and a good knowledge of rock history. Have fun with your lessons!
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Scott S.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, and specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Acoustic, Folk, Rock, Classical, Blues, Songwriting and Recording.

About Dan
I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Craig September 19, 2017
· Classical Guitar · Online
I really enjoy learning from Dan. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Dan. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor.
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Ben September 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son looks forward to the lessons. Jordan does a great job with him. He has also been very accommodating with our schedule if things have come up.
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Amber September 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dan is a great teacher. He is patient but also catches my mistakes so I can fix them. I'm excited about getting better at piano.
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Dan V.

La Jolla, CA 92037
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The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in La Mesa is $40. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $40 per hour.

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You might think that bass guitar is just like a guitar with fewer strings. Some people even think that the bass is an easier instrument to play because of this. However, the bass is just as complex as guitar and also requires a different skill set. In this beginner bass video, TakeLessons teacher Chris S. shares what beginner players need to know about the bass guitar to get off to a great start! Interested in Private Lessons? Search thousands of teachers for local and live, online
10 Online Guitar Resources for Beginners
Attention beginner guitarists: you need to bookmark these sites ASAP! Check out this great guide from guitar teacher Milton J.... When practicing guitar, you may want to explore more of what you can do with your favorite instrument. Or maybe you need a little refresher on something you're working on with your guitar teacher. The following online resources can complement what you are learning before or in your lessons! Take a look below. How to Tune A Guitar Use this website to learn how
5 Common Reasons to Quit Playing Guitar... And What You Can Do to Stick With It
Don't let the title fool you, we're not encouraging you to quit guitar. In fact, we want to help you stick with it. Oftentimes when people decide to learn an instrument, they end up quitting before they realize their full potential. Here, Irvine, CA guitar instructor Douglas F.  breaks down five of the most common reasons people quit playing guitar, and what you can do to overcome your excuses. In everyday encounters, it’s surprisingly common to hear "I used to play guitar, but..." after
Easy Guitar Tabs to Play Now
Easy guitar tabs allow beginning guitarists to quickly learn how to play new songs. Using guitar tabs - a simplified form of musical notation - guitarists are also able to easily share compositions. If you're just starting out on the guitar, keep reading. We'll share how to read tablature as well as several easy guitar tabs for beginners to popular songs and riffs that you can start playing today. How to Read Guitar Tabs Before we dive into the songs and riffs, let's start with an overvie

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