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El Segundo, CA

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"Experienced guitar teacher of over 20 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of acoustic guitar skills. I specialize in all styles of music including pop, fingerpicking, folk, jazz, rock, etc.

All styles - strumming, fingerpicking
All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
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About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

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Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

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Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

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I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

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All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Charlie January 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Edwin is knowledgeable, talented, good-humored, and most important of all: VERY patient. I started with zero knowledge of acoustic guitar and Edwin has steadily built up my confidence and challenged me to grow. He’s always flexible and works with you and your musical tastes to make sure you stay motivated. I’ve been working with him for almost a year now and I can’t recommend him enough!
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Edward (Ned) T. January 4, 2018
· Piano · Online
I've been taking boogie woogie piano lessons with Edwin for a couple of years now. I have little talent but Edwin has always been patient and encouraging. He is an excellent musician and seems to be able to figure out the most obscure sequences from recordings which is important because a lot of this stuff isn't written down. Plus he's willing to take an unconventional approach as normal teaching methods don't seem to work on me. I highly recommend him.
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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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About Phillip M.

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Van Nuys, CA

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I have a strong understanding of a strict, classical education, but never want the instrument to diminish the joy of music. I will not only teach a strong foundation of guitar, but will set you up to be able to be comfortable enough to perform and share your love of the craft with others.

Outside of just teaching the instrument, I can also teach how to approach studio situations, and getting the most out of the guitar tonally for whatever a song may need.

Overall I am just more than happy to share my love and passion of the instrument to others.

About Phillip
Hello! My name is Phillip Meneses and I’m a career musician based in Los Angeles. Over the past decade I’ve had the privilege of touring the world with artists such as Taino Cruz, The Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne, Jorge Blanco, and The Band Perry, and have had numerous studio experiences working for Kendrick Lamar, Bieber, Randy Jackson and many others! I have a degree in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music, and a lifetime of learning under my belt. I’ve had a very blessed career and look forward to sharing the joy that’s come from a lifetime of musical adventuring.
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Phillip M.

Phillip M.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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$50 / 30-min

About ELENA D.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA
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Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

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**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Steve A. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
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ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Diego H.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Would you like to play that song you really love? do you compose songs and want them to be recorded? Let me help you out to achieve your musical goals and build your musical confidence while you have fun doing it. Let me take a look at what you have or/and you want to learn so that we can start working on it. What is your first song you want work on?

About Diego
In addition to being responsible, reliable and patient. I’m a fanatic for teaching – particularly when it is about guiding children, adolescents, and adults in their love for learning music. As a music instructor with more than eight years' experience, I have learned how to teach instruments such as guitar, bass, and piano in an efficient and enjoyable way, always looking for satisfying students' needs and their love for playing. I will bring my expertise to every single lesson in order to help you out to accomplish your musical goals with the best outcomes. When do we start?
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Emily October 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He is very patient and respectfull and did a great job encouraging my little girl. We are happy to have found him.
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Susie August 23, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
I actually got these lessons for my Mom who is 86 yrs young. After her list lesson she called me and said she was very glad I picked Diego for her instructor, he has the patience that she'd hope for. They both sang together in Spanish it was awesome and she is very excited to continue her classes with Diego.. So I'm going to bumper her up to 45 min. Instead of 30 min on her next set of classes. Thanks Diego for helping make my Mom's dreams of playing classical guitar come true.... her daughter...Susie
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Diego H.

Diego H.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
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$34 / 30-min

About David D.

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Studio City, CA

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"Learn the rules like a pro, then break them as an artist" - Pablo Picasso

As a music producer, mix engineer and artist, I understand the need for proficiency as well as the artistry. My approach to teaching is customized to each individual as we are not all the same. I pay close attention to how each person learns and work with what the student can excel in. When needed we will do drills or work on theory or break down your technique to overcome any obstacles. With my industry expertise, I can help you become a proficient musician and help develop your style and artistry.

I look forward to working with you!

About David
David is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and mix engineer who works with artists at varying levels developing their skills, creativity, and music. Over the course of nearly 2 decades playing in bands and working in music production, David knows the skillset and mindset necessary to perform at a professional level.

In 2015, David was nominated for a Pensado Award for "Most Unique Project Studio" and followed that up in 2016 sharing the stage with Jimmy Eat World and Neon Trees.

David's passion for creativity, performing, and connecting with people are what drives him.
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Mackenzie January 15, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
David has a depth of musical knowledge and knows how to communicate it well. With students as young as 6, he has shown patience while challenging them to improve. He is a fun and effective teacher.
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konnie October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
David puts me at ease with taking lessons from a human because, not only is he very skilled and knowledgeable, but he is also flexible in his teaching style, in that he is responsive to my learning style and thoroughly addresses all my questions and concerns, all while being attentive to my progress. I highly recommend!
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Angelica August 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
If you are tired of guitar teachers who half-try through a song a week leaving you constantly learning new material but somehow never making any progress...stop. You are not doing yourself any favors. What you need is a teacher like David who actually gives a care about your playing and has the ability to break down your technique and give you an analysis of what you need to become a better player. With the benefit of David's coaching, I have made changes to my form and finger placement for the better. These are the hard changes in ingrained habits I needed to make to take my playing to the next level.

I would also encourage you to take advantage of David's expertise as an engineer if you are his student. He has recorded many bands and is very generous with his home studio for his students. The ability to record without the pressure of "being in the studio" is huge. Even if you do not currently have plans to record, the experience of playing in front of a microphone is very educational and listening to the subsequent recording is a great learning tool.

Taking lessons are pointless if both sides are not engaged. David is a rare guitar teacher who is committed to the growth of every student. If you are similarly committed to your own growth, I can't think of a better teacher for you to study the guitar with.
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David D.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About Rafael P.

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Our lessons will be completely based on your needs. Whether you're a complete beginner or a more advanced player, this lessons will definitely help you improve and take your playing to the next level.
I am experienced in a variety of styles, from rock and metal, to funk, blues, R&B and jazz..
I'm a Musicians Institute graduate with honors, have teaching experience and you can check out my playing just by looking me up on most social media platforms.

About Rafael
Our lessons will be completely based on your needs. Whether you're a complete beginner or a more advanced player, this lessons will definitely help you improve and take your playing to the next level.
I am experienced in a variety of styles, from rock and metal, to funk, blues, R&B and jazz.
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Julio December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, amazing musician. Rafael is the kind of teacher that knows exactly what he's talking about and he's gonna give you the right path to succeed on guitar.
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Eric December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor! Easy to learn and fun! I will definetely keep up the lessons.

Thank you so much Rafael!
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Bruno Lamas December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Had an amazing time in my lesson with Rafael, He's a very good teacher
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Rafael P.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Corey G.

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My sole initiative and expectation is to delivery quality, student focused music education. The student and I will build a solid foundation by getting to know the fundamentals of the instrument, building muscle memory, practice, and having loads of fun in the meantime.

Learning music can be challenging and daunting, and I always strive to create a low pressure and highly engaging and encouraging environment for positive personal growth. Learning music is not just about the music, it’s a creative outlet and a way to express yourself and learn more about who you really are. I take great pride in being able to be a part of cultivating that experience.

My teaching style follows the Montessori method; the focus is on fostering learning where the student is larger part of the process. Each student learns at a different pace, is interested in different goals, and has individual and unique needs. I take the care to listen and guide, giving each student unique curricula to work from. ...

About Corey
I started playing music in 6th grade, when I picked up the trumpet and joined the school band. From there I could not get enough. I quickly started playing the French horn and then got into guitar. I played blues, jazz, rock etc and decided I wanted more in high school and auditioned for a magnet arts high school in Denver. After attending the school held many gigs at local jazz clubs and then attended the Berklee College of music in Boston. I have been teaching lessons since high school and after that ran after school music programs throughout Boston. My goal is to give you or your child the best possible music education experience possible in the comfort of your own home.

Feel free to contact me!
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Corey G.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$100 / 30-min

About Hedras R.

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Every musical success begins with a small note - HR

I have created my own program to teach students from beginner to Advanced levels, I wrote it myself. I wish I would've had a program like that when I began my musical journey with the guitar, I have arranged the subjects in a special order that makes easy the learning process for my students. I like to demystify all theoretical and practical concepts applied to the guitar so the student can easily understand chords, scales, techniques, harmony, improvisation and other subjects that usually take years to master. My goal is to translate all this knowledge at the student's own pace, yielding quick results in 3-6 months.

About Hedras
I began my musical journey when I was 13. At 14 years of age I began to compose and produce my own music. I have composed and produced 4 albums of my own music so far, and have produced for other artists in the genres of Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, and Heavy Metal, most notably the late British actor/singer Sir Christopher Lee (Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit, Dracula, Star Wars and 280+ movies).

As a Touring artist, I have played shows and had Guitar Clinics in 21 countries in Asia, Europe and America (the continent), sponsored by giant guitar maker CORT GUITARS. I also endorse 20+ companies from 3 continents for all the gear I use in the studio or to perform live, like guitars, amps, strings, pickups, guitar picks, cables, gig bags, guitar software, video recorders, audio recorders, pedals, etc., etc. I even have my own brand of shoes made by
some cool artisans artists from Guatemala, my hometown. I also had the honor of featuring on 8+ million of sodas/cola cans from SUPER COLA, Guatemala's own answer to Pepsi and Coke.

I've been featured on the cover of great guitar magazines from Italy like AXE, Music Live from Indonesia and ZERO Guitar Mag from Argentina. I have also had countless articles in other mags.

I've won top prizes at important guitar competitions in London, UK, (Guitar Idol) and Bucharest, Romania (Guitar Ziua Chitarelor 3) when I was 17 and 18 respectively.

In 2016 my father and I founded my own guitar academy named GIG (Guitar Institute of Guatemala) which was a massive hit with more than 300 students enrolled in a period of 2 years, while I also continued teaching private lessons one to one in my spare time between shows and touring the world playing shows and guitar clinics in countries like Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Poland, Croatia, The Netherlands, etc. sponsored by giant guitar maker Cort Guitars, who made my own signature guitar.

Regarding the teaching experience with me, you can expect a fun and customized lesson, we can go as low and as fast you wish. I have plenty of materials that can help you achieve your goals.

I can teach you anything from Shredding Rock to Jazz. Just check me out playing live on my YT Channel HedrasRamosLive.

As a tone freak, I can show you how to get a fat, warm, great and pleasant tone for your guitar/amp and teach you things related to the production of albums and composing if this is something you would like to pursue, just feel free to ask me.
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Hedras R.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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$100 / 30-min

About Eric D.

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I want to help you play the music you were born to play. :)

Most music teachers talk about their qualifications as a player. I happen to be a great player, but the reason you should study with me is that I am a phenomenal teacher. I possess the ability to clearly communicate complex musical concepts, I am patient and compassionate, and I have a strong vision for the growth of each of my students within the context of their interests.

A little about me: I wanted to learn how to play the guitar when I was 12 because my dad plays guitar, and, well... every 12 year old wants to be like their dad. In high school, I played in church and fronted a hardcore band. I studied Classical Guitar at Moorpark College and went on to receive a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies from CSUN in 2016. From 2012 - 2015 I taught at Dave Janssen's Music School in Simi Valley Ca where at one point I had 40 individual students and directed 3 bands. I have recorded guitar on film scores, debuted original music ...

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I want to help you play the music you were born to play. :)

Most music teachers talk about their qualifications as a player. I happen to be a great player, but the reason you should study with me is that I am a phenomenal teacher. I possess the ability to clearly communicate complex musical concepts, I am patient and compassionate, and I have a strong vision for the growth of each of my students within the context of their interests.

A little about me: I wanted to learn how to play the guitar when I was 12 because my dad plays guitar, and, well... every 12 year old wants to be like their dad. In high school, I played in church and fronted a hardcore band. I studied Classical Guitar at Moorpark College and went on to receive a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies from CSUN in 2016. From 2012 - 2015 I taught at Dave Janssen's Music School in
Simi Valley Ca where at one point I had 40 individual students and directed 3 bands. I have recorded guitar on film scores, debuted original music at historic jazz venues, and toured to Seattle and back with my most recent alternative rock project, First Fire. But one thing remains consistent:

I LOVE TEACHING.

I love watching my students grow. I love giving to them what I have been given. I love discussing all the lessons music has to teach us about life and friendship and discipline. It brings me so much joy to introduce my students to this treasure trove, and see what they discover for themselves.

Please contact me today!
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Eric D.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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$34 / 30-min

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I've been playing the guitar for over a decade and have previously taught privately as well as at Dietz Brothers Music. I have experience playing live rock, jazz, and classical gigs. I can teach popular music such as rock on an electric or acoustic guitar or teach theory as well as classical technique. The student can decide to take any desired musical pathway.

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I'm nineteen years old, I'm from El Segundo, and I'm currently a student at Santa Monica College. I always enjoy sharing the beauty of the guitar with others.
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Thomas H.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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$27 / 30-min

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