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About Gregory
The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, Motown legends Stafford Floyd & Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, also personal music instructor to Rod
Stewart's children, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, daughter of producer Don Gehman (John Cougar, Pat Benetar), musical director for rising vocal group of daughte
rs of a founding member of Earth Wind & Fire & lead singer of group led by Marko Babineau (Aerosmith, G&R.) I've also sung & ministered with outreaches to try & comfort the homeless in Skid Row-downtown LA... and put on a special special presentation for my Grandmother in her nursing home before she went on to her eternal home...the most wonderful thing I've ever done.

I sing with the 3 Gospel choirs in North Hollywood- once informed that I had become president of my Men's Choir-arranging,directing-doing the deal-as learned from personal musical mentors, Anthony Janflone Sr. (the Nicola Tesla of Music) & Motown Songwriter writer/ director, Stafford Floyd.

I also perform as a solo artist while recording/ performing with various artists including Naomi Nektare, Jillisa Lynn, Tru Addiction, Rich Vacarro, Gary Allen, Kenny Freeman & Marko Babineau & more.

*** Lesson Details ***
To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Korg Micro Synth, Accessories

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word
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Joey Gabra July 8, 2016
· Music Recording · In home
The first lesson was really great and informative.
Greg was easy to talk to and very knowledgable...and was able to show me some really great things to help me work better in my recording studio.

Highly recommended!
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Tresa Brown March 3, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
Gregory Valens Luv is a phenomenal vocal coach. He's very detailed in teaching you structure of the body to relax you and open you up for singing. I love his technique. I find myself very relaxed and limber which brings out the best in me. He's very creative and shares various types of vocalizations to help you with every style of music. He's also got a sweet spirit and that makes it very enjoyable to come to class.
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Max G. January 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher, with advanced knowledge and skill in his profession.
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Gregory V.

Gregory V.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Ted M.

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Moorpark, CA
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I specialize in various methods on fingerpicking for all types of music!

About Ted
Ted M.
Guitarist, Composer, Producer, Luthier, Instructor, Engineer, Hopeless Gearaholic and Lion Tamer
Ted M. and his band released two albums in the early eighties to high critical acclaim and never looked back, launching a career that spans 30 years and encompasses the epitome of composition, production, performance, and now education, sales and luthiery skills.
Ted M. is a master technician and a compassionate guitar teacher who still performs live.
Ted M. is a dynamic personality and is, admittedly, a hopeless gearaholic who enjoys building, repairing and designing stage rigs for some of the best guitarists in the business.

Discography:
1978 Robben Banks Independent Release
1979 Thunder On The Mountain KAZY compilation release
1981 Illustrated Victims Dagger Records
1983 Ted M. Dagger Records
1984 Artful Dodger Dagger Rec
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1997 L.I.T.A. Blue Hair Records 2000 Get A Life Get A Life Records
2000 Tornado Alley GAL Productions
2001 Workin It GAL Productions
2002 Ritmo Del DeSeo GAL Productions
2003 BadAss GAL Productions
2003 The World Within GAL Productions
2006 It Is What It Is Tree Daddy Records
2008 Magdalene, Woman Of Light MM productions 2010 EP Tree Daddy Records
2001-2003 Guitar and Amp Sales, Guitar Center, Arvada, CO. 2003-2004 Sales Rep Cornford Amps, United Kingdom 2003-2004 Sales Rep Rowan Guitars Garland, TX.
2009-Present 2012-Present
Western Tour Manager for Carl Verheyen Band Guitar Tech for Supertramp

Current Personal Gear Lineup
PRS Hollowbody II w/ Piezo
Tom Anderson Custom Cobra
USA Strat w/ Lollar pickups
PRS Singlecut
Custom Builds
Taylor 314
Carol Ann OD3r
Divided By Thirteen JRT 9/15
Amplified Nation 2x12 cab with EV12L and Jensen jet Alnico
Amplified Nation 1x12 w/Bludo voiced ASW KTS70
Strymon Timeline
Strymon Mobius
Axess Buffers
Radial Big Shot I/O Input Switchers
S.I.B. Varidrive Tube OD
Analogman K.O.T.
Rockbox Boiling Point
Fulltone Wah
TC electronic HOF Reverb
Peterson Tuners
Radial JDI Direct Box
Lehle Dual A/B/Y Switcher
Pedaltrain boards
Voodoo Lab 2 Power Supplies
Zaolla. Lava and George L Cables
Safe Case and New York Case CO. ATA Road Cases

The Day Jobs
Education and Certification
Red Rocks Community College-School Of Luthiery
2011-2012
Bill Lawrence, Instructor Dale Bruning, Instructor Carl Verheyen, Instructor
1963-1967 2000-2002
2011-present

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"My lessons incorporate not just the basic fundamentals of the instrument, but an insight and comprehensive journey into the art of making music and the business of ensemble production. This is augmented by time spent in the studio with students, recording their progress, giving them benchmarks and something to show for their efforts."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room: seating for parents, music stands, recording gear, spare amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and books and expect them to provide the same.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor each set of lessons with the personality and talent level of each individual student.
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Jeremy May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Jeremy May 17, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Bill H. June 24, 2013
· Guitar ·
Fantastic Instructor

Ted is a great instructor who adjusts the pace to match my capability, keeping it interesting and challenging. He has taught me about equipment design and theory as well as music theory and playing skills. Always an enjoyable time at lessons.
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Ted M.

Moorpark, CA 93021
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$30 / 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
Hello!
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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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happyπŸ‘πŸŒ»
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
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Carly P. March 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
It seems like Elena has a gift when it comes to teaching young children. My Carly is so excited every week to learn how to play guitar . It's great when you c your children doing good in school however it's even better when you c such excitement in there passion.
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ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About John H.

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I like students to pick a couple of songs to learn. As I teach them the songs, I'll teach the music theory behind the specific song and techniques to play the songs. I like to go over warm ups and exercises that students can go home and work on in between lessons.

About John
I'm a musician in my mid 30's that has played music since high school. I love sharing my knowledge of music with others and look forward to the opportunity to teach and help others learn, and enjoy music the way I have come to over the years.
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John H.

John H.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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$25 / 30-min

About Bryan B.

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Granada Hills, CA

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I will teach a combination of technique, musical theory, and songs to learn! As beneficial it is to have a good technique and an understanding of the fretboard, it is equally important to have fun and to learn what you want to, which is what I push towards all my students! I'd love to help :)

About Bryan
I am a Composition Scholar at California State University Northridge, rated as one of the best film score composition universities in the world. There, I worked on numerous award-winning projects and senior theses for film festivals at USC and UCLA, with my work premiering in International Film Festivals in Korea and Australia.

I was also the recipient of the 2016 Igor Paltsev Scholarship Award awarded to emerging composers who demonstrate the strongest potential. Having studied under the tutelage of orchestrators Neal Desby (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Benoit Grey (Assasin’s Creed: Brotherhood) and composer Scott Glasgow (Captain America: Civil War), I have garnered a plethora of experience producing for a variety of genres and media outlets.

If you're serous about composition, I can help take your skills to the next level, whether i
t be orchestration, conducting, and even music production (from recording, mixing, etc). If you choose to study with me, you will have opportunities to get your pieces played by string quartets, bands, and possibly orchestras as well!

As for teaching experience, I have taught all levels of music theory, piano, and guitar for the last 5 years. In college, I was President and Founder of a highly active music teaching organization, that garnered over 30+ active members a week. We helped and tutored all students of all ages (from 9 to 65 years old), in musical theory and with instruments. I have helped all of my students achieve their goals, whether they have been: achieve higher grades, become proficient at an instrument, or even to just play as a hobby!

I can easily provide references and I am positively sure I can help you and your needs with music, as well as making it a fun learning experience! :) I'm a very open, kind, and patient person, and aim to teach in a way that is both engaging and efficient. I love what I do and I love what I teach, structuring complex information to be more easily understandable.

I'd love to work with you and your specific needs and am looking forward to an exciting time! Shoot me a message!

Thanks. :)
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Bryan B.

Bryan B.

Granada Hills, CA 91344
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North Hollywood, CA
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Instead of a rigid model of teaching, I teach by getting to know what my students like and get them to learn the guitar by songs they're inspired by! Guitar can be pretty difficult to learn especially in the beginning. So I want to make sure my students enjoy the process of learning as much as possible!

About James
I've been playing guitar for 15 years and teaching for a little over 10 of those years. I'm well versed in many styles as both a player and a teacher. As I mentioned, I want to get to know what made you pick up the guitar in the first place. I want to get you playing those songs.. eventually! I went to college for a music performance degree for French Horn. I also have a wide understanding of music theory for anyone that wants to get into that realm!
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James T.

James T.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$50 / 30-min

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I'm here to bring out the best in you. What are your goals? I sincerely want to help you reach them and push beyond what you think you're capable of. If this is a hobby for you, that's cool too, but I will still push for the best in you. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

I'll help you play your favorite songs. I can also help you learn how to write/record your own songs... or even coach you on how to perform them if needed. Send me a message to see if I can help. πŸ‘πŸ»

If you're interested..
- Ryan Tedder (One Republic) Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy) and Matt Pinfield (MTV) selected my band to win an international competition for SKYPE.
- I've won a few international songwriting competitions.
- I am a Music Director, a Songwriter/Producer w/ Lyric House Publishing. I've had multiple placements on TV/Film.
-I've played in Africa, India (developing students to perform at an American Embassy School), Churches and even San Quentin State Prison.
-I am married with 3 little kiddos. (The best part)

About Cameron
Hey! I'm Cameron. Nice to meet you. I really love working with people who want to learn how to be great at something. I've been able to work with many different artists and helping bands work together to achieve a goal. I've played music in different parts of the US to Africa and India (working with students at an American Embassy School) and in places like bars, churches, the Christian Music Awards and even San Quentin Prison. My band (I was lead vox & acoustic guitar) was selected by Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy) and Matt Pinfield (MTV) to win a competition searching for "the next big thing" with SKYPE. I've won multiple International songwriting competitions and local pop awards with my band... along with having my songs in TV/Film and with Artists... None of this matters if I can't help you become your very best,
and that's what I love to do! My Strengths Finder test years ago that said I was a "Maximizer" which means I like to take things that are good and make them great. It was a great moment of clarity for me. I'd love to help you reach your goals! What do you want to do? Be a guitar player? Songwriter? Performer? Learn how to record your own songs? Or simply just learn your favorite songs? I'm here for ya! Feel free to ask any questions you'd like. Let's get together, have some fun and play some music. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»
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Cameron S.

Encino, CA 91316
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$50 / 30-min

About Vincent F.

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At Beginning Guitar Los Angeles, I focus on the student as a person and as a musician and how music effects them in their everyday lives. I offer a creative environment in which children feel safe, expressive and free to be themselves. With over 16 years of playing experience and 5 years experience as an educator to those with special needs, I feel the atmosphere at Beginning Guitar Los Angeles is the most conducive to my potential clients' emotional and musical goals.

About Vincent
For me, teaching is a passion; I live and breathe it. Since 2012, after graduating from Ithaca College, I’ve worked mainly as a teacher and teacher's assistant at schools for the developmentally challenged. I take pride in teaching people who are eager to learn but may have certain physical or mental obstacles preventing them from doing so. I love a challenge and I live for the moments when my students, "get it."
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Vincent F.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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$50 / 40-min

About Brian N.

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Born and raised in Chicago, I have been around great Blues men since I could walk. My grandfather was a harmonica player on the South Shore, and every weekend I would listen to him play with the other musicians in the area, and I developed a natural love for rhythm and the culture that came with the Blues. When I was about 13 I was able to get into bars (I was tall, and if you behaved yourself and bought a few drinks, the doormen looked the other way), but Buddy Guy's "LEGENDS" club, The Wild Hare, The Checkerboard Lounge (where Muddy Waters last played with the Rolling Stones), and many others soon became my weekend hangouts. I was playing piano, drums, and guitar from an early age, and later left for Los Angeles where I got a contract with Virgin records. It was electronic music, but I still played a lot of guitar on it and have been featured in Guitar Magazine, Keyboard, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, and many others. I won the California Music Awards, was nominated for a Los Angeles ...

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Biography- Growing up in Chicago, I was immersed in and entranced by the Blues from the day I was born. We had family from Louisiana (as did half of Chicago, there's a train that has run from Louisiana to Chicago for one hundred and thirty five years), and so I spent summers taking canoes out on the Bayou and eating alligator on a stick at the local fairs, and listening to Zydeco and no lie, I had to square dance. Back home I was an honors student and athlete, but my first love was guitar and drums, and having a brother who played both allowed us to develop our abilities quickly. I was teaching drums at The Village School of Folk Music in Libertyville, Illinois by the time I was thirteen years old.
The guy who owned the store also owned a modern music equipment store, and after attending Eastern Illinois University , I was one of the
first on the scene when MIDI and digital recording systems for home computers became available, selling and installing early systems while managing the guitar department. I soon had produced enough original material that led to moving to Los Angeles, where I started Orange County's first electronic label, and was soon signed to Astralwerks/Virgin as a solo artist. This is where I learned about publishing, licensing, and the way the business works. I was soon licensing and producing soundtrack music, as well as touring and playing on records with Sugar Blue (the harmonica player for the Stones) Carl Zephyr (Rick James' bass player) H.R. from Bad Brains, Al Jourgenson from Ministry, Jello from the Dead Kennedys, and sold music to major companies like Microsoft ( millions of kids got that first X-box console with 'Gotham Racing', featuring one of my songs!) and New Line Cinema, Sony, Warner, etc. When internet piracy came around, the entire music business took a dive. I returned to another love of mine, computers, and finished my degree last July. I think it's time to share what I have learned with some very special people who want to know not only how Blues music is played, but also how those emotions are transmuted through your fingers, through the guitar and out to the crowd, where the slightest nuance can tell a story, or express a feeling that can't be said in words. This is how I approach the guitar. If you are interested in learning the music of John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Robert Johnson, and other great Blues artists, then I'd be honored.Thanks for your time.
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Brian N.

Brian N.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
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$34 / 30-min

About Lee G.

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I recently graduated UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music with a BA in Music History. My concentration is theory and education.

I will travel anywhere in the LA region to teach students of all ages. Music is my passion and I live to share it with others.
Nothing brings me greater joy than connecting with someone on a musical level and seeing the light bulb, the "AHA!" moment when they get it, especially children, or seeing someone so impressed by their OWN capabilities because of what I taught them.

My past students claim my teaching to be the best they've ever had. Throughout high school and college, classmates would seek help from me claiming that my approach was easier to understand than that of the teacher or professor.

I have a unique way of tailoring my teaching style to the different ways in which people learn, including and especially kids.

My unique, outgoing, lighthearted, humorous, and warm personality qualify me appropriately for teaching music.

I can teach electric OR ...

About Lee
My passion for music existed as long as I can remember. When I was maybe three, my dad showed my a live video of a Dan Fogelberg concert. I would play it over and over again and mimic the players, using toy rifles as guitars and rigging up mic stands out of Tinker Toys (Yes, I'm old enough to remember Tinker Toys).

At 12 my dad bought me my first guitar and I caught on at a rate that was perceivably rapid. The words "natural" and "prodigy" were used, though I find them quite frivolous. By 14 I was playing in church worship bands and in high school I was playing in bands of my own.

I currently play in my own band as a singer songwriter and recently released a full length album that can be heard here:

www.soundcloud.com/leemichaelmusic

There's a phrase, "Those that can't do teach." I cannot disagree more. Not everyone can teach. This re
quires a special sense, an ability to intuit the type of environment and experience which best suits the learner, and the ability to connect. My versatile personality and perceptive range of approaches more than qualifies me. Given the opportunity, I will show you or your child the uniquely memorable experience that is taking guitar lessons from me.
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Lee G.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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