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Riverside, CA

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ABOUT MYSELF
I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never really taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of M
usic and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.

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I have been teaching music for over 10 years. I love my lessons to be laid back, light, yet focused. The lessons are tailored for the students needs/levels. For the beginning student we start from the basics. for example, tuning, vocabulary on the parts of the guitar, to basic chord shapes and strum patterns. Almost from the beginning, I introduce music theory to the student. I believe it is important to the musician, because music is a language that is spoken through the instrument and also read by the musician. Not just piano or band instruments, but guitar too! Guitarist always seem to get left behind in this. I teach it hand in hand with the guitar and it comes naturally while learning. Some students want to learn songs and/or to write songs. This is what I have been doing for many years and enjoy it! As the student progresses, I love to pull the creativity out of the students. Music is also art and a passage for the individual to express him/herself. It is a joy to see and help a musician to mature on the instrument!

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amps, cables, tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, Music Theory, Performance, Technique, Learning Songs
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Bob March 29, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable and explains things well
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Michael W. January 27, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I just had my 1st lesson and I can tell I'm going to learn a lot from Frank. He's really nice and easy going, and he really knows his stuff.
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Bella W. December 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nice teacher
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Frank V.

Frank V.

Riverside, CA 92503
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About Gregory V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I've been teaching [subject] for [#] years and my students have gone on to [student accomplishments]. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to [beginning goal] and as time goes on you'll be able to [intermediate goal]. I specialize in [specialty, style], typically use [book names] books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: [equipment list]. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Gregory
The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, Motown legends Stafford Floyd & Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, also personal music instructor to Rod
Stewart's children, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, daughter of producer Don Gehman (John Cougar, Pat Benetar), musical director for rising vocal group of daughte
rs of a founding member of Earth Wind & Fire & lead singer of group led by Marko Babineau (Aerosmith, G&R.) I've also sung & ministered with outreaches to try & comfort the homeless in Skid Row-downtown LA... and put on a special special presentation for my Grandmother in her nursing home before she went on to her eternal home...the most wonderful thing I've ever done.

I sing with the 3 Gospel choirs in North Hollywood- once informed that I had become president of my Men's Choir-arranging,directing-doing the deal-as learned from personal musical mentors, Anthony Janflone Sr. (the Nicola Tesla of Music) & Motown Songwriter writer/ director, Stafford Floyd.

I also perform as a solo artist while recording/ performing with various artists including Naomi Nektare, Jillisa Lynn, Tru Addiction, Rich Vacarro, Gary Allen, Kenny Freeman & Marko Babineau & more.

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To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

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1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Korg Micro Synth, Accessories

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word
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Ben W. June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
After studying singing off and on for more than 30 years, i won't be surprised if anyone calls him the best singing teacher in Los Angeles. He has the best sets of vocal exercise which can relax your voice, build your resonance, and help you hit your notes accurately in your range. Very very happy to have him teaching me.
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Liza March 10, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My son loves working with Greg. He is patient, creative and encouraging. We are so happy with the lessons.
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Rebecca February 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I learned SO much in this first lesson! I'm so grateful! Can't wait for the next one!
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Gregory V.

Gregory V.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Dansby S.

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About Dansby
I am a graduate of Cal Poly Ponoma University with a BA degree in voice. I have 20+ year experience teaching voice and piano. Building people is my passion and commitment. My students learn by doing and I love the growth each student takes from their lessons as well as their performances. I am a working artist in the music field as a vocalist, conductor, and motivating speaker.

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Students in a 30min, 45min, or 60min lesson will experience technique which will be translated to songs that will give students a great opportunity to put the technique they learn and practiced to good use. In 3 to 6 months of lessons students will begin to see themselves growing and getting more control of their instrument, more confident, and wanting to start performing what they are learning.

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home studio is in a room with a piano and musical books. The room is large with a grand piano and keyboard.

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Students need to provide piano though I am willing to work with students in getting equipment.

*** Specialties ***
In voice I have used the Alexander tech.
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Doni May 11, 2018
· Singing · Online
He was a great instructor. Really helped me hone in on y weak areas and showed me how to improve.
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Erin May 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Dansby is great. He is patient and is very helpful. It is definitely worth it to take some lessons. I can already recognize the changes in my voice after only 4 lessons.
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TAMARA February 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
DANSBURY IS KNOWLEDGEABLE, PATIENT AND ENCOURAGING! I ALWAYS FEEL INSPIRED WHEN I LEAVE HIS SESSIONS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Dansby S.

Victorville, CA 92394
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About Ken P.

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Anaheim, CA
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Songwriting doesn't have to be difficult. Songs have remained the same for hundreds of years so let's get down to the bare bones and do some writing! We'll eliminate all the mystery and make it work for you so you can start building your own catalog right away

About Ken
I've been playing music my whole life, but it was as a high school student when I was asked to teach the school's guitar class that I became a teacher. Since that time I've gone on to earn several awards, played in many different types of projects, and earned a Master's degree. You might have heard my music before too if you've ever listened to a podcast, TV commercials, Indy films, or played any video games. My most successful student thus far however, would have to be Jacob Tilley from the rock band Young the Giant.

Not everybody wants to be a rock star though, and there are many aspects to the world of music. During the course of my musical adventure I've played with orchestras, been in rock, bluegrass, reggae, pop and blues bands, classical ensembles and more. I have also had the opportunity to play for celebrities and diploma
ts. Basically I've done a little of everything and I believe that it is this diversity of experiences that makes me a better teacher. Having worked in so many settings gives me a broad understanding that I use to help you reach whatever goals you might have.

I have also become adept at writing, recording and producing music, studying under Frank Wright of the legendary rock band Chicago. If you have an interest in creating and/or recording music I can definitely help you get there! Check out my chill/downtempo instrumental album 'Night Music'.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach you about playing several different instruments, how to write, how to record your own music, and how to get your music career off the ground! As a youth, I was largely self-taught so my inspiration was always to have fun. I never had to deal with the 'homework' style of practicing so I've naturally incorporated that approach to my lessons. My goal is to keep you (the student) inspired and having fun. When that happens you will become good at your instrument and feel as though you 'played' your way to success! As your teacher I will also provide almost all of the materials for free and show you great free apps to help you along with your learning and keep costs to a minimum! I know we will have fun together while you learn and I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, piano/keyboard, drums, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a ProTools recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the learning materials but I expect the student to have their own instrument, be that a guitar, drum set, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Commercial music is definitely my specialty, but I am also capable of doing various styles such as classical, bluegrass, traditional/folk. Just focus on what you want to learn and I can teach it to you.
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Cori December 31, 2017
· Banjo · In home
I have been taking banjo lessons from Ken for 5 months. As an adult learner, I was concerned about finding the right person to take lessons from, and Ken has been wonderful. He paces our lessons well so I don't feel too overwhelmed. He is proficient in the banjo and other instruments so I'm getting well-balanced instruction. He is also very flexible with my schedule and adapts our lessons based on my progress. Ken really does deserve all of these 5-star recommendations.
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Jeff March 5, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ken is a great instructor. Easy to talk to. Provides excellent instruction. Perfect for a beginner.
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Jim July 31, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Ken makes learning fun. He's very encouraging. I can't wait for my second lesson.
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Ken P.

Ken P.

Anaheim, CA 92808
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About Mary Ann G.

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Pasadena, CA
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I have been writing music since I was a little girl. I can help you with your song structure musical lines and content. I have helped many students complete and record their original music. I can help you with your personal style and help you expand and explore your creativity/ideas.

About Mary Ann
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal classical vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. I have performed for Weddings, Church Services and Musicals. My latest endeavor is Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance! I also love writing music and working with collaborating with others.

CD. Her influences included, Denyce Graves, Jessye Norman, Ella Fitzgerald,The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monheit, and Led Zepp
elin.

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I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs and interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Alan W. June 4, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Ron April 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mary y Ann is a wonderful teacher who is very patient and begins at the level where the student is. Without reservation I recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning the guitar.
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Alison Hunt April 13, 2018
· Singing · Online
I have enjoyed talking lessons from Mary Ann. She is fun and has many great ideas to achieve my singing goals.
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Mary Ann G.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Colin H.

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Glendale, CA

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Learn how to write catchy songs! I teach song form, chord structures, melody writing, lyric writing, and different techniques to get over creative lulls.

About Colin
I'm an avid music fan familiar with rock (indie rock, classic rock, alternative), pop, funk, disco, and classical genres. Music has been my "thing" since the day I was born and I love connecting with people through their favorite music.

My lessons focus on empowering each student with the skills to play what they want to play.

If you want to have a good time playing great music, you've come to the right teacher!

*** Lesson Details ***
You and I work on simple exercises that help get you to the next level in your performance and then apply the principle taught to a piece of music you are familiar with. It's a great method that gets you playing what you want to play at the level you want to play it at.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All of the instruments that I teach (guitar, bass, upright bass) as well as recording gear (Pro Tools
, mics, synths, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Any instrument that I teach.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Upright Bass and Music Production (mixing, mastering, Pro Tools recording, beat sequencing)
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Dominique K. May 15, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
My daughter loved her lesson and can't wait until next week
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Jaxon W. April 26, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I have worked on songwriting with Colin for years and he is a very versatile and skilled songwriter. He does a great job helping you find the style you want to write in and fill in the holes in your skill-set. Definitely would recommend!
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Greg April 26, 2018
· Pro Tools Software · In studio
Colin is an experienced music producer and very knowledgeable in the ins and outs of pro-tools. Our lessons were super helpful. Pro tools was very daunting to learn and he knew just how to break it down. I went in really not knowing much at all and with our time together I'm now confident to make my own recordings sound great!
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Colin H.

Colin H.

Glendale, CA 91205
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$20 / 30-min

About Rory S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Rory
I have been teaching guitar for 7+ years and I have performed and recorded with Kenny Jones (Waylon Jennings, Bill Haley/Comets, Alan Jackson, Tim Mcgraw), Will Ackerman (Grammy Winning Artist and Producer), Steve Holley (McCartney and Wings/Elton John), T. Bone Wolk (Carly Simon, Hall and Oates), Justin King (guitarist/songwriter), Joseph Brent (Regina Spector).

I graduated from the Cecil College in Maryland with an associates degree in music, guitar concentration. I recently won grand prize for the Sara Evans and CD Baby Songwriting Competitions, have my songs in films and games, worked with Grammy Winner Will Ackerman, and am working on my 3rd album!

I teach all chords, strumming patters, notes, scales, but mainly focus the lesson around a song the student wants to learn. What's more fun than playing songs! I will help you mast
er the tools needed to play and perform your favorite songs, whether for jamming in your living room or getting ready for an audition!

There are many guitar teachers available, but I've never met any who've had as much fun with their students. I truly love to spread the joy of songwriting, and playing songs people love!

*** Lesson Details ***
I mainly teach 1 hour lessons but if you prefer shorter or longer lessons I can create a lesson plan that will help you achieve whatever it is you are looking for!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Martin 000-16 Guitar, Ukulele. AKG 414 Mic, Focusrite Forte Interface, Reaper Software.
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Kara R. August 29, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons with Rory for over a year, and it's been amazing! He's not only incredibly talented and knowledgable, but also supportive, encouraging and patient. He follows your lead and bases lessons off what you'd like to accomplish, be it learning how to read music or how to play your favorite songs! It's also nice to know that I can get in touch with him whenever I have a question and he's always happy to answer me back. He just moved from Chicago to New Orleans but we're going to continue lessons online, since I couldn't imagine taking them with anyone else. You're the best, Teach!
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Rory S.

Rory S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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$35 / 30-min

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Writing songs with too many excerpts being analysed ,lyrically and musically. besides working with musical softwares and producing your own song

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Bachelor degree in music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with concentration on jazz and contemporary music with more than a decade of experience in teaching guitar both private and academically and to any age group. also capable of playing and teaching different genres of music from jazz to rock and pop.
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Payam E.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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About Rebecca M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have been writing songs for 14 years and have studied with influential songwriters in the LA music business for the past 4 years, as well as with Philly writers for many years before that. I believe that writing is all about honesty and finding your own voice. Through these lessons I will help you to do both of these things along with building your knowledge of music theory and what makes a song click.

About Rebecca
Welcome! My name is Becca M. and I am an experienced songwriter, guitarist, and performer looking to share my knowledge and love of music with others. I am available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons.

I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and graduated this May 2017 with a Bachelors of Music degree from the highly selective Popular Music Performance program at the University of Southern California. I'm a patient, supportive, and enthusiastic person and am excited to work with students to help them find their own unique musical voice. I have worked with Larry Gold (Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson), Rick Friedrich (The Roots, Rihanna), Sean Holt (John Legend, Bruno Mars), and many more music industry professionals.

I have experience with music of a multitude of genres including folk, rock, blues, funk, R&B, Motown, and
more. Lessons with me will be built around your own unique personal goals and are scheduled to best fit to the student’s schedule when possible.
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Kenny July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Becca is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and explains things very well. She's also prompt and communicative and easy to work with on scheduling.
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Tommy C. May 19, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Based on our first lesson, I would highly recommend Becca for a teacher of young kids. She came to the class prepared, was very patient with my son, and left him wanting more and with something to work on. It was a very good experience.
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Los Angeles, CA 90042
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I'm a multiple songwriting award winner on www.songoftheyear.com with my songs "Maya", "Angel &I", and "Told You So"

I've also had my music featured on MTV Arabia such as "Sunshine" and "World for Two"

I will teach you how to write quality melodies with thought-provoking lyrics and even delve into how certain rhythms can change the entire feel of a song

I've written over 200 songs and have 4 albums on iTunes and Spotify and about to release my newest album this month.

About Emo
I've been a professional vocalist and guitarist for 15 years and have been teaching voice for half that duration. I own a music school and recording studio in Santa Ana called Granted Records. I have been trained by the best vocal coach in the business Ron Anderson and I'm excited to carry on his teachings as well as other teachings including guitar song writing and music production. I have written recorded mixed and mastered 8 albums and have amassed a great following in Europe and the Middle East in addition to my fans in the U.S.
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Enver W. May 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I saw a huge improvement with the 5 voice lessons that i took with Emo. He had a way of opening up my voice and expanding it and pushing me to get there. Even on days when i felt like my voice felt worn or hoarse and i though would not get anywhere with the lesson together we found a range that would allow me to push through it! Every time i leave his lesson my voice feels clear, more crisp and powerful even when speaking. I highly reccomend Emo, he is intuitive, kind and genuinely interested in helping you improve. cant wait to book more lessons with him!
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Addison February 22, 2018
· Singing · Online
Emo is wonderful! He’s incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, encouraging, and most definitely makes you better in all aspects. I wouldn’t recommend anyone but him!
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Seshu February 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Emo is one of the best guitar teachers I seen around. He is very patient and great positive attitude working with kids. He is also flexible with our pace and teaching us our favorite songs. I highly recommend Emo!
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Emo A.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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