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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
Sunnyvale, CA
Starting at $70
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics and how they affect your songwriting. Break down songs that you like to learn about the elements that make you like them and make them compelling to others.

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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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Brenden R.
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
  • Awarded Rank #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. from Slash/ Guitar Center
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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Ethan H.

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San Jose, CA
Starting at $50
  • Speaks
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Teaches students 8 to 80
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Ethan H.

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How do you write a great song?
Start with a song you love.
Learn it, take it apart and study it from top to bottom.
Use some of what you learn and write a soundalike, or combine it with elements of other songs you know and try making something new.
Record, perform, share and reflect.
Repeat.
One song at a time, you figure out how the process works, and you'll shock yourself with what you write and sing.
That process gets tough, but I've been through it many dozens of times (and counting) and I'm here to share what I know and help you discover your process.
Over the last five years, I've helped students go from zero experience to finishing their first song in less than a month.
I've also helped more experienced students break plateaus in their songwriting and release singles or EPs that stand head and shoulders above their previous work.

I'd love to help you write your first song, or your best one yet- shoot me a message and we can get started!

About Ethan

My musical life started at the piano when I was four. I've spent the last five years helping students understand the sounds that speak to them and bring them into their own music-making. I spent my early years playing piano, then picked up the saxophone, which took me to Berklee College of Music,

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Isabelle Ng
I have studied saxophone, jazz piano/theory, and songwriting with Ethan for over 2 years, and he is the best music instructor I've ever had. He cares so much about his students and helps us thrive. Not only is Ethan my teacher, he is a friend and a mentor.

I first met Ethan through my school's jazz combo program, and my interest in music immediately grew in the presence of his friendly persona. Ethan organized life changing jam sessions and master classes that I will remember forever. His teaching approach is project based which gives his students something to walk away with. With his guidance, I have become a stronger musician and a wiser person. Thanks Ethan!
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Phil J.

San Jose, CA
Starting at $55
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Phil J.

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Songwriting is a unique and individual art. I can show you my process for writing and give you feedback on how your songs might be improved.

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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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Lucian W.

42 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Performance and Arranging from Berklee College Of Music
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Lucian W.

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- Analyzing the 4 types of compositional concepts: melodic, lyric, harmonic, and rhythmic
- song structures (verse, chorus, bridge, pre-chorus etc.)
- chord progressions: diatonic (within the key) and non-diatonic (outside of the key)
- harmonic rhythm

About Lucian

Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York

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Excellent lesson. Anticipating the next!
Jeff
1st lesson went great. Good teacher and really knows his stuff. Works with your goals and schedule and customizes the lessons for the individual. Looking forward to Future lessons .
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Isaac W.

Teaches Online
Starting at $70
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Isaac W.

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Poetry is the highest form of language, and music is the language of emotion. Putting them together is the art of songwriting.

It’s a deeply personal art, to me. We explore what connects you to the world, and how you hope to share it with those around you.

My approach integrates standard songwriting principles with emotional discovery as scaffolding for vulnerable human expression. I help you unlock your inner world through lyrics, melody, and harmonic relationships not limited by genre.

Whether it’s rock, pop, country, bluegrass, jazz, showtunes, R&B, folk, or anything else on your mind, I’d love to work with you.

About Isaac

CUSTOM-MADE FOR YOU Learning involves playfulness, curiosity, and personal connection. I've studied how people learn and how people play, along with 25 years of professional and performance experience, and I focus it entirely on you. We start with what you love, discover what you already know, then

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Average Cost of Songwriting Lessons in Los Gatos, CA

The average cost of 60-minute songwriting lessons in Los Gatos is $71. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $300 per hour.
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Cortnie
Took Songwriting lessons from Josh L.
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"Chrissy helps me build self- confidence in songwriting. She gives very good instructions and facilitates creative thinking . Beyond the technical aspects, she is experienced, , knowledgeable, compassionate, funny, and a joy to work with."
Paula
Took Songwriting lessons from Chrissy S.
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"Kyle is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. I am learning things I never knew before about songwriting and developing more hope and self-confidence. Definitely several points above average!"
Paula
Took Songwriting lessons from Kyle K.
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"I was impressed by her passion for music and teaching. She had all the ideas in detail about how she would direct the lessons. I'm pretty sure she could handle the advanced level. I can't wait for the next lesson."
Yo Hwan
Took Songwriting lessons from Jerrica A.
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"As a fellow TakeLessons instructor, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be coached by Rosita. She is clearly knowledgable, candid, inspiring, and prepared. She also can run ZOOM like a champ which makes the lesson more valuable per minute! I will leave more reviews as my experience with her unfolds!"
Gregory Bruce Campbell
Took Songwriting lessons from Rosita R.
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"Fawn is original, passionate and a musical genius who makes learning fun

Fawn’s way of teaching is quite original, passionate and always to the point. She can make the most insecure person get out of their own way and become more secure. Working with her, I get a glimpse of genius in action. She really is a musical genius and I have been learning an incredible amount from her. My songs keep getting better under her training and guidance and I finally got a placement in a sitcom from her re-write. I look forward to watching my own abilities continue to grow and become stronger."
Donna
Took Songwriting lessons from Fawn A.
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"Chrissy really helps me a lot with writing melodies for my lyrics. SHe is very protove and encouraging and creative. I really think she brings out the best in her students. Definitely several points above average!"
Paula
Took Songwriting lessons from Chrissy S.
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"Really fun and I really enjoyed it"
Alyssa
Took Songwriting lessons from Hannah G.
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"so encouraging without any fluff! I love my sessions with Rosita!"
Gregory Bruce Campbell
Took Songwriting lessons from Rosita R.
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"Jessica you rock. I had a problem making songs too complicated and wordy. Thanks for being so patient and helping me figure out how my songs can still be my own, but sound so much more professional!"
Will
Took Songwriting lessons from Jessica R.
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