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Miami, FL

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- determining specific musical goals
- simple chords - strumming
- using the pick
- playing melodies

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 City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr
actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer

*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
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Salvatore D. April 5, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Has a lot of experience and knowledge, and puts in the effort to show it.
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Nathaniel S. March 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, very knowledgeable of theory and can help you better understand your instrument and music in general. Highly recommended.
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Ronald Libby March 5, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Excellent
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Torrington, CT

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I can teach all levels and many styles. I make it easy for you to learn at your own pace so you can achieve your goals and have fun playing music.

About Thomas
Tom has a music degree focused in guitar performance and a combined professional teaching and performance career that spans over twenty years.

Tom began teaching in 1994 and still practices today instructing students of all ages on guitar and bass techniques, as well as music theory.

Tom is very laid back and embraces working at the pace that each of his students feels most comfortable. Lessons are about the student’s ambitions. If it is learning their favorite songs or a deep dive into music theory, jazz improvisation or songwriting it can be covered in strides that seem fit to the student. Books can be used for guidance and a custom lesson plan created that will fit specific criteria desired to be achieved by the student. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it!!
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Amy P. July 20, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Mark June 8, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Tommy is an excellent Guitar teacher...very knowledgeable!
I am a beginner and Tommy was very patient, positive and encouraging
Highly recommend!
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Tim May 30, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Definitely one of the best teachers I've ever had. He's patient, talented, and really nice. I learned way more than I expected during my first lesson, and it was really fun.
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About Greg D.

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Tracy, CA

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About Greg
I started playing guitar in the 5th grade and in middle school began playing in rock groups. At the beginning of high school, I started teaching in some of the local music stores in the area. While wanting more from my playing, I started classical guitar lessons with an Andre Segovia student, Rani Cochran, and soon started lessons from Warren Nunes, a top jazz guitarist in the Bay Area. While continuing to take lessons in both types of music, I majored in Music at the local college. There I played in the jazz band and in guitar ensembles. After receiving my A.A. degree, I took classical guitar lessons with Larry Ferrara at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. At this point I transferred to San Jose State University and received a B.A. in guitar performance and a B.A. in Psychology, graduating with honors. My latest performing exp
erience has been playing in the worship band at my church for the past several years. I enjoy teaching guitar and sharing what I’ve learned over the years of playing. We all never stop being students and learning new things on our instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are provided in a comfortable, fun environment and are private and on a weekly basis. Initially the student will complete a questionnaire before the first lesson to allow me to better understand what experiences the student has had with the guitar and with music in general. Additionally, I try to find out what groups and guitarists he or she likes. Finally, discuss what goals the student has or put another way, what he or she wants to do with the guitar. When we have completed the first lesson, I will better understand what the student’s playing level is and be able to provide a lesson plan based on that level and current experience. The lessons are tailored to each student’s capability and desire to play/practice. The lessons will be challenging but not “out of reach”. The student will feel successful and see the difference in playing within a relatively short time.

I will assess the student’s progress each week, by reviewing the previous week’s work. Based on the student’s progress, I will advance to new material or stay within the same material. The student and I will agree on how much time the student will devote to practicing each week. The student will keep a three ring notebook for adding handouts as they are given. I usually use a guitar book, to have structure, along with supplementary material that fills in the gaps. It is vital to practice on a regular basis in order to improve.
I provide teaching with patience and motivation. Being a parent of a child with ADHD (I homeschooled for one year), I incorporate learning from my parental experiences into lessons as needed. There have been several studies done that show how early music lessons have longtime benefits.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a music room upstairs with large windows facing the street with guitars, amps, a computer, stereo and seating. The house has 3 cats which are kept separate from lessons. Street parking and/or driveway if needed.

*** Specialties ***
I've taught rock, blues, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, and music theory. I try to get my students to play along with CD's and listen to others playing what they want to learn. I draw material from the hundreds of books I have collected over the years.
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Robert February 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Greg was very thorough explaining the materials and helped me understand how the lessons build.
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Juan D. April 11, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
So far it's been a great experience with Greg. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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richard February 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Worked with my next perfectly.
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Tracy, CA 95377
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About Nate H.

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Burbank, CA

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Yes I am a drummer but can also teach you how to get started on guitar! Starting with basic chord shapes, the 12 bar blues and scales!

About Nate
Greetings to my future music students,

My name is Nate! I'm a professional world touring and recording percussionist/drummer/musician. I started drumming at the age of 10 after seeing Animal from The Muppets battle Buddy Rich. I would practice everyday after school and was asked to join high school marching and Jazz band while still in middle school. By the age of 16 I was drumming with local Jazz and Rock bands at clubs and festivals. I also toured nationally with Drum and Bugle Corps Spirit of Atlanta while I was still in high school. After graduating high school, I started teaching while attending Saint Petersburg College for Music Performance. I have had the pleasure to have performed, toured internationally and recorded with many diverse bands from the year 2000 to 2016 (see Experience) In 2008-09, I performed with Austral
ia's renowned dance company Burn The Floor at Bush Gardens Tampa. I moved to LA in 2010 to further my skills at Musician's Institute PIT. I toured with LA based bands The Red Elvises and Street Drum Corps in 2011. That same year, I received a call from Revolutionary Rock Band Outernational to tour Nationally and Internationally headlining and supporting bands such as The Wailers, Flogging Molly, Las Manos de Filippi and Manu Chao. In 2012, I settled in NY to establish myself and my musical roots in between time touring and also taught at School Of Rock Manhattan as a sub. Over the years, I've helped many students learn how to read music, establish proper technique, coordination and time skills, and how to play some of their favorite songs from some of their favorite bands! I'm excited to help you meet your musical goals and help mold you into a well rounded musician and percussionist! My teaching style can be best described as focused, energetic and fun!
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Sam J. July 25, 2017
· Guitar · In home
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Francelia F. July 3, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Nate is very enthusiastic and provided very helpful instructions. He found songs for me to practice to which makes learning more exciting. Looking forward to taking more classes!
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Marty C. June 12, 2017
· Drum · In home
Nate's a great teacher!
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About Christian C.

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Denair, CA
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Various acoustic and electric styles.

About Christian
Christian C. is a guitarist native of Los Angeles. He began playing guitar for over twelve years and has been publicly performing in clubs and recital halls since the age of fifteen. Christian began studying music professionally at Fullerton Community College before receiving his BM from California State University Northridge for Classical Guitar Performance. He currently is attending the Thornton School of Music at USC where he will pursue his Master’s in Music. He has been teaching guitar for over five years and emphasizes fundamental music theory as applied to the guitar technique. His lessons are often energetic and playful without loosing focus of bringing out the inner musician of his students.
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Isador A. January 8, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
I really appreciated the very detailed start to my lessons. I call tell Mr. Christian is a quality teacher.
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Dong K L. December 15, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
He is a good teacher for kid. He is a good communicator and have a patience to young kid.
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Lauren B. August 6, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Last year, I had the opportunity to study with Christian at CSU Northridge. Christian is one of the finest musicians I have come across in the years that I have been playing music. Not only does he have impressive skills with the guitar, he also has knowledge in the history of the guitar and music theory. When he was studying at CSUN, I was able to have some lessons with Christian on a baroque piece that was giving me trouble. First, I'd like to mention how patient he was with me when I was frustrated and lost in the music. Also, I was surprised at how much he knew about the music as he explained what was going on in the piece and why. Oh... did I mention that I had some AWESOME results after ONE lesson??? Do yourself the favor and check this guy out!
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Denair, CA 95316
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About Marshall J.

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Turlock, CA

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Ready to learn one of the greatest instruments of all time? Learn to play the music you love in individually crafted lessons that will prepare you for a lifetime of music making.

Guitar can be extremely satisfying and is a great instrument for beginning and advanced students alike.

Lessons will include instruction on:
-basic fingerings and chords
-scales and improvisation techniques
-extended performance techniques
-songs of your choosing

Let's get ready to rock!

About Marshall
Are you ready to take your learning to a new level? For over 10 years I have been exploring the world of entertainment, from music to photography to video production and am ready to share with you the secrets to success in the performing arts.

Learn the intricacies of guitar, piano, and vocal performance
Master professional writing techniques
Promote yourself with hands-on audio production and videography
Make killer music videos
Become the best you can be!

Party on dudes,

Marshall J. III
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Christina August 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Marshall is a both a skilled musician and an effective teacher. He adjusts his teaching style to match to your goals. He is extremely patient and offers the perfect balance between constructive feedback and encouragement. Highly recommend!
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Joy July 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
Marshall is the best instructor of music. He teaches music passionately and teaches exactly what anyone wants/needs. If you have trouble in music theory as well, Marshall would explain step by step and make sure you learn it before he moves on to a new lesson. I highly recommend Marshall because I have learned tons so far.
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Christina June 26, 2018
· Composition · In home
Marshall is a great composer; he gives wonderful ideas and can teach you how to compose music from the beginning. He is easy to work with and he uses different techniques in order to teach you the best way.
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About Fred L.

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Nashville, TN

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I taught guitar for almost two years before I joined a band and moved to Nashville. I loved working one on one with my students, getting to know them through music, and watching them progress as time went on. I’m very adaptable to any student goals or needs, and I can get any beginner started with skills they need to learn and love their instrument. I’ll also use my music theory background to help me students really understand what they’re getting after. I can’t wait to work with you!

About Fred
Hello students! I've been teaching music for the past two years, and I've loved every second of it. I have a great passion for music, and I'm excited to share that passion with you. I've played music since I was 9 years old, and I've kept up with it all my life. I'm happy to work with whatever goals and desires you may have, whether it be gaining some skills and knowledge on music theory or just learning how to play your favorite songs. Lets get started!
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About Mark S.

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Shelbyville, KY

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Guitar should be fun for everyone who picks it up. That's the most important thing to know. It's also important to understand what you are capable of, and maximizing your ability within that skill level before attempting to move on to the next. We naturally feel better when we do something right than we do when we try something beyond our level, but fail to make it sound good! I've been playing this instrument since I was 12, and I still light up with excitement when I discover something new or figure out a difficult pattern for the first time.
We can cover a unique and wide variety of styles, from Celtic fingerstyle to Progressive Metal, Christian rock, and everything in between. I can tell you now that the first thing I will try to do is get you to relax with the instrument and enjoy our time together, exploring the wide array of sounds and music this beautiful instrument can create!

About Mark
Hello! My name is Mark Sewell and I have been playing guitar for 23 years. I was trained at the age of 5 on the piano and that's where my musical journey began, now 30 years ago! I have played in several cover groups, worked with an original progressive rock group, was a member of the University of Louisville School of Music and Marching Band, and have been a team member with the Music Worship teams at multiple churches. I have taught private lessons on the guitar, piano and tuba. This is my first attempt at teaching online! The guitar is a fun and diverse instrument. There are so many options for what you can make the instrument sound like, and there are also many options with how you wish to play the instrument. I embrace this diversity of the instrument, and seek to make the lessons both fun and informative. My first goal is
to make the lessons fun, and allow you the freedom to enjoy learning the instrument! I've taught just about every style and skill level, so whatever you want to learn I hope I'll be able to help you out! Thanks for stopping by!
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Mark S.

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About Keith H.

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Custom tailored guitar lessons from 25+ year full-time gigging Guitar/Vocal/Bass musician.
From the convenience of your home, anywhere On-Line or at my place.

My goal is to help you start making great music and improve your skills quickly in a fun and easy to understand way. Lessons are based on YOUR personal goals and music interests. Learn the basic foundations and fundamentals then we dive right into your favorite songs and styles and focus on what interests you most.

Learn finger chords, bar chords, chord inversions, songs, scales, tricks, tips, licks and riffs, pitch, harmony, ear training, how to solo and improvise all up and down the fretboard and more.

I can also help you with singing, songwriting, recording, music gear and many other aspects of the music business.

Whether your goal is to learn the basics, make a living as a guitar hero, or any level in between, I'm happy to share my music passion, skill and experience to help you get exactly where you want to ...

About Keith
Career Musician, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, bassist, private instructor, recording producer/engineer, and screenwriter.

I have had the pleasure of making my living doing what I love and pursuing my passion as a professional musician for many years and I take great pride in helping my students succeed and fulfill their passions for music.

Credits include multiple songs with national airplay, number one song on LA radio 94.3 COOL FM, Featured song on KROQ's Kevin and Bean Christmas CD, Top seller in two categories on CDBaby, numerous southern California TV appearances including Good day L.A. Food Nation with Bobby Flay and Fox 11 NEWS (San Diego and L.A.), numerous song credits for television, independent short films, commercials and videos, numerous band and album credits. Performance places and venues include: Thailand, Ixta
pa, Cancun, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Nuevo, KROQ and other radio sponsored major events, The Hollywood Palladium, House of Blues, Whisky, Roxbury Hollywood, Roxbury South, Viper room, Hard Rock Café, Coconut Teaser, The Galaxy, The Coach House, numerous major festivals and hundreds of other music venues including casinos, concert halls, nightclubs, corporate shows and private events.
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Joe September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Keith is fantastic! Not only does he know what he is doing but he is so much fun! I always have a blast! Funny, kind, patient, and talented! What else do you need?
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Miguel “Nacho” September 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I’ve worked with Keith the past 25 years. In that time I’ve learned so much from him. He’s always eager to pass along what he knows about guitars, guitar playing, guitar equipment, anything and everything guitar.
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Jeff September 15, 2018
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Keith Harrison is a stellar guitar teacher with over 30 years experience. He’s very patient, articulate and really knew how to hone in on specifically what I wanted to learn.
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