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About Matt B.

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Agoura Hills, CA
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About Matt
I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
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Miles June 14, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Fun and great teacher
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Jennifer January 5, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Matt was great! Made the experience enjoyable and applicable.
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Marilyn F. March 6, 2014
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Great teacher!

Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
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Matt B.

Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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$29.99 / 30-min

About Andrew V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Andrew
If you want to learn what they teach in the guitar program (GIT) at Musicians Institute here in Hollywood, but don't want to spend $30k on tuition and living expenses to do it... Or, if you are planning to attend GIT yourself and want to get way ahead of the curve early, so you too can graduate with top honors... Schedule some lessons with me, at a fraction of the GIT price-tag!

Beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar players will all benefit greatly from the vast wealth of guitar- and music-related information and experience that I have to offer (no brag, just fact).

My influences include, but are by no means limited to: Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sting, The Cure, Duran Duran, Prince, Lady Gaga, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Miles Davis, Christina Aguilera, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky...and nearly
everyone else making interesting music in the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a GIT graduate and will teach you everything they teach at Musicians Institute, one-on-one. Whether you want to learn scales, arpeggios, chords, music theory, harmony, arranging, reading music, writing music, ear training, rhythm guitar styles (rock, pop, jazz, funk), soloing techniques (rock, metal, pop, fusion), songwriting (on acoustic and electric), live performance (pre-show preparedness, eliminating stage fright, developing a professional stage presence), using fx pedals, ideal amplifier settings, finding your signature guitar tone, music production (recording, mixing and mastering), music business (creating your press kit, marketing your music, negotiating payments and contracts)...you name it, I've studied it and will teach it to you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
When I'm not touring and doing sessions, I spend the majority of my time in Hollywood, where I keep a small but full-featured music studio on a nice, quiet little street just off Hollywood Blvd. It's great because it contains all of the necessary items I need to maintain my skills, improve my abilities, and expand my knowledge (sofa, chair, office desk/chair, several amplifiers, guitars, fx pedals, metronome, etc). And in terms of the lessons I teach, while there isn't an on-site waiting area, there are several shops, restaurants and a small Fresh & Easy grocer with a nice, quiet alfresco seating area just a block or so away. What's more, the Hollywood & Highland mall is only a few blocks away. Parking is very convenient in the LA Fitness subterranean garage, the entrance to which is located on North Sycamore Ave. The fee for parking is free for one hour, with easy, no-hassle validation from Fresh & Easy. Note: street parking is permit-only and you will be ticketed...so DO NOT park on the street!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please bring your instrument, a notebook, pencil, and, if you would like to record your lessons to have and review afterward, a pocket-size recording device. I will typically record moments when a student performs an example of something s/he has been working on, or an improvisation regarding the same. I do this strictly for the purpose of (a) having an example to which to compare and measure the student's progress and improvement over time, and/or (b) to capture a 'magical moment' of musical inspiration that might prove useful to the student's artistic/musical development, etc. At the student's request, I will provide a copy of said recordings (if any) on a CD. All such recordings are kept 100% confidential, are not distributed nor disseminated for any reason whatsoever, and are deleted at such time that the student discontinues his/her lessons with me.

*** Specialties ***
I am a very style-flexible musician and guitarist. Some really great books I've used in my own studies and lessons include: Pepe Romero's 'Guitar Style and Technique,' Ted Greene's 'Chord Chemistry,' George Russell's 'The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation,' Peter Magadini's 'Polyrhythms,' et al.
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Andrew wan an excellent teacher. He was very talented and easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend him.
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Andrew V.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Mike B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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As a singer-guitarist for 20 years and a degree in Music Composition, I specialize in taking any song and giving it the perfect acoustic guitar accompaniment, from beginner bare bones accompaniment, to advanced "full band sound" accompaniment involving more complex strumming, picking, fingerpicking, slapping, and percussive styles.

I can also give you ideas for jamming, soloing, and writing songs while showing you music theory, or I can teach you riffs to your favorite songs!

Being a drummer as well I can show you how to play "in the pocket" with rhythmic precision when playing with a band or by yourself.

About Mike
I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, a
s the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!
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Sarah P. March 13, 2019
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Joan C. January 8, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Mike is very good at helping me with my UK .
By taking lessons on my lap top I can be anyplace..in the US . Having a set time for my lesson I practice every week .
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Sarah P. May 11, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Mike is really fun!
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Mike B.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Chris V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I want to have you walking out of the lesson happy, and excited to go home and practice some new material. With me you'll learn about guitar, but you'll also learn about music and how playing can help you in life (perseverance, basic math foundations, etc.)

About Chris
I am a jazz guitarist based out of beautiful Los Angeles, California. I received and Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2015, and have been pursuing a bachelors in Jazz Studies since then.

While in community college I really grew into my own as a musician and discovered that I love jazz. Not only the music, but the history of how it formed as well as the differences from classical music. When at school I stood out from the other guitarists because I was hungry to learn and that attitude will hopefully follow me for the rest of my life.

Thats what I'd hope to pass on the students; that knowledge, be it music, english, math, physiology, etc. is the key to everything. And that it doesn't have to be all stuffy and boring! I tailor my lessons to the student whether its guitar, piano, ukulele, etc. and my main objective is to learn and
have fun, so the learning is reinforced with good natured thoughts. This will set up the student to actually want to practice!

As a musician I've been in a couple of groups, and starting to get a jazz group together recently. I also try to utilize the computer to produce when possible so I can learn about that aspect of music. My passion is improvisation/composition, because I hope to one day leave songs behind that people can play forever and be influenced by them like so many have influenced me.
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Ephraim May 21, 2019
· Piano · In home
Chris is patient, understanding and supportive. After only one lesson I already feel better about my musical journey. Thank you!
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Caleb April 6, 2019
· Piano · Online
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Ronald R. September 26, 2018
· Electric Guitar · Online
Chris is a great teacher. I met him in group lessons. And now I’m using him for personal lessons. It was a good lesson.
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Chris V.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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$35 / 30-min

About Mark C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Mark Catalano is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."

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About Mark
Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."
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Amy May 26, 2019
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Loly April 22, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mark is a patient, friendly, experience and pleasant teacher. I enjoyed working with him very much. I learned a lot of new things during his classes. I need to practice all. I am very happy to recommend him to anyone else who is looking for a great teacher .
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Amy November 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to play guitar.
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Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$52 / 30-min
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About Sean L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I’m a guitarist come from classical piano and Steve Vai, Joe Satriani style and Christian music like Hillsong. I also play rock songs like Mr. Big, Ven Helen etc. I can teach fusion and jazz guitar also.

About Sean
I’m a Taiwanese guitarist, move to L.A. to study music in Musicians Institute. I study music for 20 years since I was five, I learned classical music and piano before I played guitar. Since I was 12,I heard Steve Vai’s song called Whispering A Prayer. I started to practice guitar and learned his style, created my own instrumental music. I can either teach in Chinese and English.
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Sean L.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$42 / 30-min

About vincent I.

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Northridge, CA

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Together we can study the different stylings of guitar! I teach beginning to advanced level players. I have studied rock, classical, acoustic, and jazz guitar repertoire/technique. I also have a strong understanding of theory and performance techniques. I am currently completing a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies at Cal State Northridge.

About vincent
I am currently a guitar student in the award winning jazz studies program at CalState Northridge. I have studied with some of the great jazz guitarists in LA such as John Pisano, Bruce Forman, and Steve Cotter. I studied classical guitar throughout my teenage years and I am a self-taught acoustic/thumb-pick player (Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins stylings).

We can work on any style that you are interested in! I am a lover of all music and I have studied theory, improvisation, and guitar technique thoroughly!

I have been hired as a
- solo classical guitarist
- leader of jazz trio/quartet
- lead guitarist in a Gypsy Jazz group for a few years

Awards
- Recipient of Pasadena Arts Council Young Artist Award
- Outstanding Soloist Award at the Workman Jazz Festival
- My personal band was selected to perform at the House Blues as par
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vincent I.

Northridge, CA 91325
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$51 / 45-min

About Alexander S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I focus on proper techniques and practice habits so that students can perform and write amazing songs. I want to help students cultivate their passion for guitar and music. I have lots of equipment for students to learn about gear and even record demos of their work.

About Alexander
I focus on proper techniques and practice habits so that students can perform and write amazing songs. I want to help students cultivate their passion for guitar and music. I have lots of equipment for students to learn about gear and even record demos of their work.
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Alexander S.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$50 / 45-min

About Christopher S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello, my name is Christopher Soto. I am a Glendale based music teacher and songwriter. I've been teaching private and group music classes to all ages for the past 12 years. Whether you want to learn more chords, songs, scales, music theory, technique or just want to become a better musician, I can help you make your journey from beginner to advanced much faster while keeping it FUN and practical.

About Christopher
Hi friends, my name is Christopher Soto. I'm a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. I started playing music at the age of 5 and started teaching music by the time I was 17. After years of live stage experience and studying at Musicians Institute, I began to teach professionally at various schools and music education companies. I have always had a love for helping others reach their own musical goals. I am confident that I can help you become the musician you want to be, no matter what style of music you like, your skill level or your current musical understanding. Whether you want to learn more chords, your favorite songs, scales, music theory, technique or just want to become a better musician, I can help you make your journey from beginner to advanced much faster! My teaching method focuses on a fun and enjoyable learning exp
erience while keeping the student challenged enough to see measurable growth. I look forward to helping YOU reach your musical goals!

I regularly teach:
Rock, R&B, Blues, Metal, Funk, Gospel, Pop and some Jazz.
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Christopher S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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$30 / 30-min

About Will R.

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North Hollywood, CA

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I am a very experienced Guitarist and Singer signed to Warner Music, living in LA recording my debut album. Ive been playing guitar for over 15 years, covering a multitude of styles including Rock, Blues, Singer/ Songwriter, Country, Americana, Reggae, Folk, Acoustic, Metal, and many more.

The intention you put into something, makes all the difference. If you want an insight into the music business and to learn from an upcoming artist, look no further.
I am holding lessons out of my rehearsal space in Noho, which has a great PA system and some high quality guitar amps. Let me help you take your playing to the next level, and provide all the tools needed to become a great guitarist.

About Will
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Im Will, a Guitarist/ Singer from England, here in LA recording my debut album.
I have played music since before i can remember, and it is the fuel that keeps me alive. I would love to share some of my knowledge with you!

I have played lead guitar in 3 bands, and fronted many others, including my solo project that I'm working on at the moment. Ive had the honour of playing beside some of the legends of rock n roll, including David Gilmour, and Richard Ashcroft.

I passed my grade 8 Rock guitar with distinction, and my grade 5 Classical guitar with distinction also. Ive also played piano most of my life, and been singing professionally for 8 years. I graduated from the Musicians Institute Guitar and Independent Artist program in 2015.

I am teaching out of my rehearsal space in North Hollywood, which comes equipped with a great PA
system, and some world class guitar amps. I also have a Fender Telecaster and a Taylor 816ce acoustic guitar available.
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Will R.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$42 / 30-min

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