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About Omar W.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Omar
My passion is sharing music with people.

I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio production as well. Feel free to ask me questions, and expect informative non-judgmental answers.

I have spent a lot of time developing as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, which helps me in all aspects of my music and teaching, I'm always looking to learn more. I have played in heavy metal bands, but have also done solo acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, I have produced raw hip-hop but also love old soul and ska tunes. Being well rounded musically and drawing from lots of influences is what makes me a good teacher and shapes me as a m
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As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and am a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist.

I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip-hop, and electronica.

*** Lesson Details/ What to Expect ***

You can expect a custom, fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique and get my students playing right away. This boosts confidence and fosters interest because once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.

By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord.

In 3-6 months you will be playing guitar with a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony and be able to play scales and songs.

Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore more specific music subjects and lessons will become more personalized: songwriting, guitar tones, musicology, making a DIY record, shredding like a metalhead, I can guide you to help you achieve your goals.

I receive a very large number of student requests everyday, So to keep things organized please keep the following in mind:

Takelessons is a wonderful service that I use to handle all my payments and scheduling. I want to focus on the teaching, so they help with the rest.

I have a 24 hour cancelation policy, please give me at least 24 hour advanced notice, or you will forfeit your lesson credit.

All scheduling changes or time off can be requested right from the website for your connivence. it's super easy!

Use an email that you will actually check to sign up for notifications, it's not spam, it's to help us all stay organized.

Remember to please reserve your spot by paying in advance. (I have a waiting list of people asking me for those super convenient days, and times)

Online students please make sure you have the highest connection speed available to you. This will ensure you get the most out of the lessons.

*** Equipment ***

Please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.
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Nicole September 17, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm having such a great time with my lessons with Omar!!!! I feel like I am really learning the fundamentals to take my playing to the next level and he is so encouraging!!! I am already playing songs that I love and am having the best time!
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Christie September 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
I am trained in piano, but never had any guitar or ukulele experience prior to meeting Omar. Omar figured out my aspirations and skill level in no time and got me strumming songs in less than 4 weeks. Now I lull my kids to sleep with my ukulele and they sing along.
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Chris August 13, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Omar is a great ukulele instructor, who customizes lesson plans for your level and aspirations.
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Omar W.

Omar W.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Danny B.

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Culver City, CA

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About Danny
I have been playing and performing the drums for the past 10 years.

In a teaching situation I try and provide a relaxed and friendly environment in order to learn a students strengths and weaknesses. I want students to be able to learn at their own pace, and not to worry if they think they are not learning quickly enough.

I generally work as a for hire musician playing for various acts in the styles of rock, funk, blues, jazz, and even movie scores.

I have toured throughout California and have had the privilege to open for such artists as A Flock of Seagulls, Jennifer Leitham, Daniel Glass, and Jack Sheldon.
I have recorded drums for movies including Stomp the Yard, and Obsessed; played with acts such as Big Dave LIttle, Brett Copeland, and Kenji Igus. I have played with such jazz musicians including Richard Simon and Roger
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I attended the AVPA from 2006 to 2009 and have a degree in Psychology.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the lesson setting I want the student to become as comfortable with the drums as possible. I like to maintain a relaxed environment, allowing the student to move at his or her own pace. This in mind, I believe the fundamentals are the most important to learn.

Students will first learn the basic hand techniques needed for accomplished drum playing, before moving on to more complex ideas behind groove, and feel. Reading music and keeping effective time will be emphasized in early lessons.

I also like to teach students that drums are a musical instrument that is typically played with other musicians. A student will learn how to play and interact well with other musicians in a variety of musical settings.

I use a combination of books for teaching including:
Syncopation by Ted Reed
The All-American Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon
The Drummer's Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni
Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone
I will also use various drum charts and exercises as well as the use of videos and recordings.

After 3 to 6 months a student will be able to read drum notation and rhythms at a competent level and will be able to play basic drum beats on the drum kit as well as have a basic understanding of how to play with other musicians in various styles of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment includes two drumsets, drum pads, sticks, and instructional material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring drums if necessary, would prefer to bring a drum pad.
Expect the student to have drums.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues
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Meghan April 19, 2017
· Drum · In home
Danny is a great teacher - he's really patient and encouraging and my son adores his lessons and looks forward to them every week. Danny has a way of making him both take it seriously and also think he's having the most fun and is a natural. I high;y recommend him.
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Danny B.

Danny B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Dr. Norman
Dr. Norman Ludwin is a prominent studio double bassist and a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).

Norman’s compositions an
d arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.

Dr. Ludwin has written eight books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.

He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.
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Dennis Z. August 3, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · Online
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Dr. Norman L.

Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Ruti C.

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Reseda, CA
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Hi my name is Ruti. I'm excited about starting to work with takelessons.com
I'm originally from Israel and have lived in the USA for 18 years. I graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Prof. Larry Lesser and moved to Miami 15 years ago to play with the New World Symphony Orchestra. Since than I have been enjoying playing in local orchestras as well as working in my own music. I'm very passionate about working with kids and about teaching my love for music and for performance. I can't wait to meet new students and to guide them in the best way I can to have more fun and more focus in what they want to do with music.
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Ruti C.

Ruti C.

Reseda, CA 91335
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$95 / 60-min

About Matthew B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Anyone can learn a musical instrument. I started from a blank slate which through my own interest was able to improve my skills to perform the music I love.
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Joanna April 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
He was very patient and teach very well. My daughter likes him as a teacher
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Alison July 28, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Our son has really enjoyed Matthew's approach, who has been very patient and positive!
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ANIBAL May 6, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Great report!!
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Matthew B.

Matthew B.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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About Negeen F.

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About Negeen
Hello! My name is Negeen, and I am a 2nd year medical student. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. I am a great teacher for biology, English, anthropology/psychology, and piano/music. English is one of my many passions and I love to help others with writing, reading/reading comprehension, and grammar. I have also worked as a conversation partner and activities leader for The Language Company, Berkeley for 1 year, so I enjoy helping beginners of English with their spoken language skills. I am a great teacher especially for beginners, and I aim to use creativity and unique techniques to help students retain information!
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Negeen F.

Negeen F.

Irvine, CA 92612
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$35 / 60-min

About Mariah M.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Hello! My name is Mariah and I am a passionate artist thriving to share love and light through the arts! I have worked as a professional dancer for ten years and have over fifteenth years of diverse training. In my early years, I received my training from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy where I was molded by the best educators possible to acquire outstanding skills. Learning ballet, jazz, tap, dunham, flamingo, hip hop, salsa, African, point, modern, character, musical theater, and Latin fusion. After high school I attended Columbia College Chicago where I earned my Bachelors of Arts in Theater. During my years at Columbia I combined my passion for dance and interest in acting by diving into as much extracurricular as possible! I was one of the first student co-choreographers to choreograph a main stage musical at Columbia. I was very prou
d to co-choreograph Once On This Island while still working towards my degree! I have a very diverse background and it now reflects in my professional life. Currently, I spend my time taking care of animals, hiking, going to the beach, teaching dance/theater, taking dance class, and keeping up with my younger siblings.

I have judged for Star Bound Dance Competitions, taught lecture demonstrations at various k-12 schools around LA, performed for the Special Olympics, LA Lakers Half Time Show, Spaceship Launch Performance, Playboy Jazz Festival, Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts, and Broadway Cares, worked with networks like FOX and BET, and have danced with various celebrities like Demi Lavato, Chris Brown, and Becky G.

My strive for positivity will help push you to your goals! I am very open and always wanting to learn so I will bring new things to the table constantly. Though, I am a firm believer in repetition and detailed practice. I have been highly disciplined throughout my years in the dance industry, and now combine my skills to create a diverse learning environment.

I can't stress enough how passionate I am about helping people! I plan to conduct a personal lesson that is designed for you. Working together we will create a plan that will exceed your expectations. We will create a comfortable, safe, creative, and diligent environment that is best for you! Small group classes are available as well!
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Phil September 21, 2018
· Dance · In studio
I worked with Mariah on two shows at Columbia College Chicago. I have seen her work as both a performer and a choreographer. She is amazing not only as a dancer, but as a Storyteller as well.
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Mariah M.

Mariah M.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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$40 / 30-min

About Chris C.

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Chatsworth, CA

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I am a professional composer, guitarist, and producer. I studied music composition in my undergraduate at Columbia College Chicago and received my Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago in the summer of 2018.

I take pride in ensuring that every week, my students have learned something new from our lesson, and I make a point to personalize all of my lessons to the individual needs of my students. I can teach students to play and write the music they want, but also have the technique, knowledge, and skillset to take their own work to the next level to be the best musician that they can be! My lessons are built on the goals of my students, and I will do everything I can to make it as fun and engaging as possible!

I work professionally as a Composer for Media, writing music for video games
, movies, and television having worked with and learned from film and game composers like Gerard Marino(God of War), and Joseph Bishara (Insidious/The Conjuring Franchise) in addition to having my own projects.

As a guitarist, I've been playing for thirteen years and have played in metal bands for most of my career, having toured the west coast and recorded three albums with two different bands, but also in my free time as an independent recording artist composing, recording, mixing, and mastering my own material. From Black and Death Metal, to Post Modern Classical music, Fusion, and even the synth soundtracks of the 70's and 80's, I have a very diverse musical background that has lent me a very unique voice and skillset as a composer and professional musician.

I primarily teach in many styles, but my specialties are all varieties of Metal, Rock, Classical, Contemporary, Modern Classical, Fusion, Ambient, and Acoustic guitar.
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Andrew September 25, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Chris has a fantastic understanding of music theory. He has given great lessons on functional harmony as well as voice leading. Additionally, he has a depth of knowledge on extended techniques, as well as the complex, modern theory that often comes with them. I highly recommend Chris for anyone looking to learn about or expand on their current knowledge of music theory.
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Lindsey September 24, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
I had Chris as a tutor for music theory/music composition for college-level classes and I don’t think I could have made it through this class without his knowledge, expertise, and ability. He’s extremely patient and kind and no question is ever a dumb question with him. I ended up receiving the highest grade in the class. When I was about to give up and drop the class, I’m glad he had the faith in me that I could learn the material and encouraged me to keep going.
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Ryan September 24, 2018
· Guitar ·
Great guy, easy to work with, very knowledgeable about what he does.

Definitely recommend!
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Chris C.

Chris C.

Chatsworth, CA 91311
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About Alexander S.

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Long Beach, CA
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I am a professional cellist with several years of experience on Violin, Viola, Double Bass, Piano, and Voice. I graduated from Long Island University with my Bachelors of Music concentrating on String Studies.

Students can expect to find an environment that will allow for an easy way to improve each week. Whether is technique, expression, rhythm, music theory, or any area that we explore that can use more foundation, I will provide you with a structured way to achieve your goals. You can expect a release in tension through the lesson and be able to play and perform with more freedom and confidence.

I am available to provide lessons for all ages and levels of experience. I have always had a medium to connect to music throughout my life. I began first studying the Piano at the age of 6 and progressed onto string instruments throughout gr
ade school. My passion for music drove me to want to understand more about what I loved. In university, I studied Cello as my primary instrument which provided me with several hours a day to connect to the Cello. I also studied piano and voice for my four years there with amazingly talented and well known musicians. My experience at college also provided the opportunity to get to know the predecessors of our modern day instruments. Performing on period instruments such as viols and the harpsichord gave me a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our present day instruments.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contemporary keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

My experience at college provided me the chance to travel and perform in highly regarded performance halls such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Tilles Center. I have toured Europe performing with a string ensemble and a choir which allow me to learn and share music in several countries and cultures.

My personal passion in teaching music is finding ways that provide an ease to learning something new. Being educated in Alexander Technique, I brings me much joy to find a release in tension when road blocks arise. I will work hard to make learning easier to understand and grasp, releasing any built up tension and anxieties along the way.
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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About Trevor J.

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La Mirada, CA

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I am a professional trumpet player. I have played lead trumpet with the Jimmy McConnell Super Big Band, Lead player at Biola University Jazz ensemble. Principle in Biola Universities orchestra and wind ensemble for 2 years. I am Currently finishing up my Bachelors of Music in Performance at Biola University.

My trumpet students should expect to improve weekly in instrumental techniques, range, sight reading abilities, soloistic playing and endurance. students will also receive musical theory information regarding literature the student is working on.
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Trevor J.

Trevor J.

La Mirada, CA 90639
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