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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
Sunnyvale, CA
Starting at $70
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
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Jesse M.

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I'm not currently taking beginner guitar students, but I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Intermediate
Expand use of arpeggios and look into common variations in traditional harmony. Also begin to look into the applications of polyrhythms in bass playing.

Advanced
Break out of basic arpeggios through use of modes and chromaticism. Really push your rhythm to the limit through more advanced polyrhythms and use of asymmetrical meters. Also exploring different types of tone and methods of making sound.

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*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students for bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Ahmad G.

227 Reviews
San Jose, CA
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Arabic
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Masters in Music & Audio Production from San Francisco State University
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Ahmad G.

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

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, ...

About Ahmad

I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with

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Lynn
Sorry but I'm using my wife's account to post this review...but SERIOUSLY 5 stars!!In just a few short months, Ahmad was able to systematically undo all my self-taught bad habits and incomplete YouTube tutorial learnings of the past and set me on the correct playing/learning path. A path I intend to stay on with Ahmad for a long time. I've "played" guitar for many years (on and off) and it wasn't until my wife gave me a 4-lesson gift certificate with Ahmad almost year ago that I REALLY started to learn the instrument I love. If you are contemplating starting your guitar journey, do not hesitate for a minute longer and contact Ahmad to get started.
He has a way of simplifying the concepts and providing the needed context to eliminate the "intimidation factor" of learning. Combined that with on-going encouragement, a plan customized to you and consistent positive reinforcement, Ahmad is able to maximize your enthusiasm and motivation for learning...I only wish that I would have started years earlier.
I'm having a blast, thanks to Ahmad!
Gregory
Ahmad is an excellent guitar teacher. He's a very experienced and dedicated teacher that will no doubt improve your level of play.

I recently relocated to Bay Area after happily taking guitar lessons in CT (where I went from absolute beginner to campfire strummer). So the bar was set high for finding a new teacher and, like you, I started reading numerous reviews. Every one of Ahmad's reviews were extremely positive from all levels of students. In addition, his experience (30+ years of teaching) and education (Guitar Institute) were top notch.

So I decided to take a lesson with Ahmad and couldn't be happier right now. From the first lesson Ahmad was able to quickly assess where my level of play was and jump right in. Ahmad focused on teaching good habits and guitar fundamentals, all while improving my timing.

He is very organized, and has thousands of handouts right at his fingertips (so no time is wasted writing down your lesson). He is very encouraging as you tackle new material, and also reads you well to know just the amount of new material that will appropriately challenge you. He will also create as many additional handouts as necessary to bring you to that next level.

And in a little over a year, Ahmad has indeed brought my guitar playing to a new level. His exercises made it fun to learn scales and the guitar fretboard, and I'm now able to identify keys and understand the intervals of a chord. So when improvising to a chord progression, this allows me to make the changes (ie playing the most melodic notes to transition from one chord to the next). Ahmad's teaching has also brought my rhythm and timing to a new level. I'm able to play more advanced rhythms with an even tighter timing. I'm quite pleased whenever I go back to an old song and see how much tighter the rhythm is now. I'm also very pleased how quickly I'm able to learn a new song or riff now (where some would have been too advanced for me only a year ago). His lessons will also improve your picking, ability to move up and down the guitar neck, hitting the desired strings and much more.

In addition, Ahmad if very nice and friendly, so it has been a pleasure to take lessons with him. I'm very excited to see where Ahmad takes my guitar playing as I continue lessons with him, and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher.
Ben
I have been meaning to write this review for a while. I have been coming to Ahmad for lessons for about 6 months. I have tried on two occasions to learn guitar from other instructors but quickly became frustrated and gave up. My time with Ahmad has been a completely different experience. He is a fantastic instructor and he focuses on building the fundamentals. Using a foreign language as an analogy, my other instructors started by just teaching me how to pronounce different phrases, without teaching what the individual words meant or how to modify the sentences. Ahmad starts by teaching the vocabulary and how to construct any sentence you want. He is very patient, sends you home with excellent lessons to practice, and once you get to the point where you simply need time to improve technique before you can advance any further, he switches to teaching basic music theory, so that you can continue to learn while you wait for your hands to catch up with your brain.

If you want to spend the least amount of money on guitar lessons, I would encourage you to go learn from some college kid, as you will spend $80 on one or two lessons and then just give up. If you want to actually learn how to play guitar, come see Ahmad.
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Steven B.

24 Reviews
Alameda, CA
Starting at $40
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • AA Music Theory from Laney College
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Steven B.

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I have been teaching electric bass guitar since 1982, and will show you techniques to improve your finger strength and dexterity, music theory and how it applies to bass, and ear training so you'll be able to play equally as well whether you have music in front of you or not.

About Steven

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams! About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music f

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Debora H.
Wonderful first lesson with Steven. Steven shows a real interest in teaching. My success is his sucess. I learned a lot at the first lesson. He’s very knowledgeable, informative and has an easy going and fun teaching style. Looking forward to future lessons!
Sue M.
Great. He’s very talented I’m excited to begin working with him.
Lavernne
I've been taking lessons from Steven for I think two years now and he's helped me so much not only in reading music but also in ear training and in my song writing. He's incredibly patient and fun to work with. He also has a really nice cat.
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Phil J.

San Jose, CA
Starting at $55
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Music from San Jose State University
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Phil J.

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Why just play music when you can play and UNDERSTAND music? Get all your important electric bass techniques along with a system for understanding what you're playing so you can teach yourself new things and communicate and play with other musicians easily.

About Phil

Have you been trying to self-teach with YouTube videos and scattered internet resources? Feeling like you're stuck and just don't know how to put it all together? WHAT you learn is important. But HOW you learn it is the real magic to become a better guitarist. I'll show you how to develop your

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Mirco M.

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Alameda, CA
Starting at $32
  • Speaks English, Italian
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Upright bass from Italian Conservatory Bruno Maderna
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Mirco M.

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I moved to Alameda from Imola, near Bologna in Italy. I am an experienced and highly skilled bass guitar and upright bass teacher with in-depth knowledge of music theory and a knack for inspiring students. My thorough musical training includes a diploma from a classical Italian conservatory and numerous master classes and workshops.
In Italy I taught more than 100 students raging in age from seven to sixty years old for over 10 years. My bass guitar teaching curriculum includes rock, pop, blues, jazz, funk, Latin jazz and reggae. I have extensive experience teaching modern styles, for example slap and tap. My upright bass teaching subjects include both classical and modern techniques using both the bow and pizzicato. I have expert knowledge of music theory, harmony and composition.
I am really friendly and easy to get along with and talk to. Lessons with me are always fun and inspirational!

About Mirco

I am a bass and upright bass player and musical arranger from Bologna, Italy and currently live in Alameda, California. I began studying bass guitar at the age of fourteen in Imola, Italy with renowned teacher Pierluigi Mingotti. I have played in many tribute, cover, and local rock bands and have ad

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Sarah
Mirco is such an incredible teacher. My 15 year old son's confidence, and not just in playing the bass, has increased so much since starting lessons with Mirco a few months ago. His skills improve weekly, he looks forward to practicing playing everyday and he can't wait for his lessons. Mirco chooses awesome songs for them to play and assigns appropriate exercises. The lessons are a pure joy to listen to. I highly recommend Mirco as a teacher!
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J.J. M.

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  • Speaks
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music from Washington State University
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J.J. M.

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The bass guitar is first and foremost a melodic instrument, so I'm prepared to have you learning the basics so you can get started playing whatever style you enjoy the most. I'll especially help with all the hardware that playing an electric instrument comes with. I choose music with my students so the music they're playing is both fun and educational.

About J.J.

My name is JJ and I love music! Music is not only what got me through the tough Jr High and High School years, it also got me through college and paved the way for all of my career moves ever since. Whether it was repairing instruments, teaching others how to repair instruments, or leading a worship

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"My daughter loves it! He goes at a pace that keeps her engaged and challenges."
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Took Bass Guitar lessons from Alex M.
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"Wow! My son had absolutely NO prior experience and after just 4 lesson's he was rocking it and even reading music! Steven is absolutely wonderful with teens. My son looked forward to every lesson. Best teacher ever!!!!!"
Linda
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Steven S.
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"patient and very instructive with creative ways to learn"
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Took Bass Guitar lessons from Greg C.
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"Greg is very dynamic and a really fun teacher. He understands how to read our son’s musical ability and gear the lesson to him. He instructs and plays music with our son during lessons in a manner that seems very effective, and our son comes home after his lesson wanting to play more and wanting to practice to be able to play cool stuff with Greg in the next lesson. Our son definitely feels challenged every lesson. We feel very fortunate to have found Greg and look forward years of lessons to come, as playing music with Greg is one of our sons favorite things."
Emac Helena
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Greg C.
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"More then just bass lessons!

I went in to lessons with Peter looking for some review on theory and notation reading but I received much more. When I asked for a lesson on a specific subject he addressed exactly what I was looking for, as well as a quick history of the topics that we discussed. The combination of playing the bass, learning music theory, and music history, made these lessons very unique and a lot of fun for me. I would recommend Peter to any musician who likes a well rounded approach to music."
Michael
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Peter B.
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"Excellent Teacher

Not only did I learn how to play the songs I like, but I also learned key musical concepts and theories that helped to advance my musical skills outside of lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed having Rob as a teacher."
John
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Rob D.
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"Rob Is there a professional knowledgeable and patient I was very satisfied with my very first bass lesson"
Wayne
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Rob D.
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"Greg is a terrific teacher! He excels at the instruments he teaches AND at understanding the needs of his students!"
Cory
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Greg C.
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"I enjoyed my first bass lesson! It was nice to hear my playing and technique bounced off of someone else, especially since I've been learning by my self since I got my guitar.

The feedback that I would give is that I wish there was more of a plan for my first lesson. I was simply asked to talk about my musical experience, which is fine, but I wish I was asked to play some scales, riffs, intervals etc. Also, we didn't talk very much about knowing goals for the lesson or for music were so the lesson felt a bit undirected. But music is pretty exploratory so I might be a bit harsh."
Ikechukwu
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Quentin S.
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"I took bass lessons with Jason during the summer. Jason provided a thorough assessment of my skills and challenged me to improve with each lesson. He was always well-prepared when the next lesson commenced. I could also always count on Jason to patiently answer any questions I had. He is also versatile in his teachings (knowledgeable about music theory, too) and will do his best to make certain your musical interests are addressed. Jason’s calm demeanor and patience were also appreciated.Jason did a great job of making certain I was satisfied with my lesson and what I was learning. Kudos to Jason for always giving his best when helping a student reach his/her music goals."
Suzanne
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Jason M.
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