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My love of music began early on from the time I was a child. My parents' wide appreciation of different music genres was reflected in all the varied albums which landed on their constantly rotating turntable. It wasn't long before I started taking piano lessons as my first introduction to creating music. By the time I was 15, I realized that I had a greater attraction to the guitar. I then began a journey that has lasted around 26 years to date. Most of my knowledge consists of a combination of self study, college courses and many excellent teachers along the way. I took several courses at San Francisco Community College to become acquainted with music fundamentals, theory and harmony. I was able to study with noted players such as Jim Campilongo (Nora Jones), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails), Audley Freed (Black Crowes,
Dixie Chicks), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers), Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson, Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm,Phil Lesh), and San Francisco Jazz Guitarist Jeff Massanari. Not long after moving to Nashville, I took an instructor position at The Main Stage, a music and dance school located in Springfield, TN. I taught a wide range of children (ages 5-17) and adults there for several years.
I bring years of experience and study when I meet with students to formulate a specific, tailored program to help them get started playing as quickly as possible. I think it's important to not only learn theory and technique but also to learn the songs that attract one to the instrument in the first place. Additionally, I've learned many different styles of guitar (both acoustic and electric) ranging from rock and metal to country, folk, bluegrass and funk. I can help a student decipher the techniques behind many of the popular riffs and licks that catch their ear.

*** Lesson Details ***
When I meet new students for the first time, I make it a point to ask them about their own musical interests and goals. I like to find out what inspires them to want to play guitar. I combine teaching important fundamentals with their interests (say, learning their favorite song). We set manageable goal posts for each week so a student can witness their progress. From there, we will work towards achieving the next goal until the task is complete and they can see the payoff (and so can their family and friends).
I always use an approach which combines patience and lots of encouragement. Generally speaking, I have a very laid back personality but I am firm about meeting the requirements that are set with each lesson. Daily practice is important if there is going to be progress. Students can expect to be playing some of their favorite songs quickly when they put in the time.
I use method books which differ depending on the age and interests of the student. I combine exercises which acquaint a student with theory and reading along with learning one's favorite songs. After 3 months, a student will be able to know enough open position chords to play many of these songs. After 6 months, a student will be able to grasp basic music fundamentals and attain basic level reading skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room or den/music room w/ guitar, amp, cables, and seating for parents in both locations

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, amp, music stand and cable though I would strongly recommend to the student they purchase their own for practical purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock, funk, country and blues electric styles. I also teach fingerpicking and flatpicking acoustic styles.
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Cassie W. September 27, 2014
· Guitar · In home
September 26, 2014

Re: Recommendation for Josh P.

Dear Music Enthusiasts,

I was initially impressed with Josh P. personality, patience, and kind demeanor when we hired him 8 years ago for guitar lessons for my then 5 year-old. Yes, I said 5. After checking numerous places for a music instructor interested in teaching such a young child (and being told no), we almost gave up our search. We were referred to Josh who sat down with us and told us he would be glad to teach my young child with only a few conditions. He must be able to recognize the alphabet and pay attention for the weekly half-hour lessons. My husband and I can truly say it was one of the best decisions we ever made.

Did my 5 year-old make it to the magical 30 minute mark each week without incident? Probably not. Some weeks' lessons would end at the 25 minute mark with a tired and talkative child. The next week, however, the half hour lesson would mysteriously lengthen into 40 minutes if he saw that he had my son's full attention. In retrospect, the patience he displays for his students, at any level or skill, is remarkable.

Josh is reliable, dedicated, and eternally upbeat. My 5 year old was reading music in two years and tuning his own guitar by ear shortly thereafter. He is now 13 and has been the 1st chair of our statewide jazz guitar honor band several years running. Josh instilled in him the importance of daily practice and I would often hear him gently chiding my son if he thought the time had not been put in that week. Josh's dedication rubs off on his students. His love of music rubs off on his students.

Josh has come to our home the past several years and taught both of our sons guitar lessons. They both play wonderfully, but most importantly, he has taught them to love music.....any type of music. He might have come in one day with a Beatles CD and tell them to download it to their iPod. The next week it might be Jimmy Hendrix. Both my sons love every genre of music and I attribute that solely to Josh. He is an excellent music teacher and has my highest recommendation. I am happy to furnish more details if you would like additional information.

Sincerely,

Cassie Webb
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Joshua P.

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Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Becky S.

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I'll teach you to play the music you want to play while learning the skills to be a great guitarist.

About Becky
I believe that if you want something, you have to go for it. I encourage my students to pursue their passions with music and reach as far as they dare imagine. I act as a resource and a guide, helping my students to find their way to their music goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my students a laid back, fun-loving atmosphere that offers as many challenges as they are up to. Students will dive into their favorite types of music, learning techniques pulled from their favorite songs. We will laugh together, work through frustration together, and make wonderful music together. I offer my students the opportunity to push themselves toward their passions and give them the tools to succeed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a room set up in my home with music stands and seating.

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ts, practice material, and sheet music. I can also provide a practice guitar for beginner students, but expect students to buy or rent a guitar of their own before too many lessons pass once they have confirmed their interest in the subject.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in kids and young adults, but am happy to welcome students of all ages! When working with songwriting students, or students who wish to sing along with their guitar, I am happy to include basic vocal work into our lessons.
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Jennifer M. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My daugher Savannah has really flourished in her guitar lessons. Both my daughter and I LOVED Becky and were able to establish a great student teacher relationship. Due to Becky's instruction over our time with her Savannah was accepted into a school of the arts and she is taking things to the next level! I could not have been more satisfied with our experience! Thank you Becky!
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Joel B. August 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. She's very patient and explains things very well.
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Subhankar A. October 25, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Becky is awesome. My job takes away most of my time and because of that I haven't been able to be very regular in attending all sessions. She had been very patient with me and adjusted the pace as needed for a student like me. She is an enthusiastic teacher and I would recommend Becky as the first guitar teacher for students of all ages. Keep rocking Becky!
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Becky S.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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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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Nate H.

Nate H.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About John E.

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Chords, scales, reading charts, lyric sheets, tabs, sheet music, folk, rock, jazz, songwriting, etc.

About John
I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles.

As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz, pop/rock styles, and modern and experimental music.

As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film.

I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral musician, in my brass quartet, a studio h
ornist (recorded on will.i.am's last album, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, and with Horse's Mouth, to name a few), and in various other groups. I have taught at Bennington College, Summer Sonatina Piano School, Sage City Symphony's Young Composers Project, CalArts, Barnsdall Park's Junior Art Center, and Santa Monica Music Center. I have been teaching privately since high school and love working with students to meet their individual goals in music.

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I provide my own instrument for demonstration and group playing when applicable. I provide sheet music and method books for use in lessons or temporary loan. I expect students to have their own instrument and music stand for use during lessons. If using electric guitar, they should have their own amplifier. In theory or songwriting lessons, they should have their own staff paper. I ask students to purchase their own method books and music when needed.
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Matthew A. December 28, 2015
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John is very patient and works well with children. He is always prepared for the lessons. Recommend!
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Brandon A. May 12, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
John is a great teacher! He's open to working with many styles and he's talented in more than one instrument.
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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
· Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
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John E.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Tyler May 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nils is a very professional and great teacher, after only one lesson I felt a huge improvement and had a template to grow as an artist.

I would highly recommend his teaching to anyone looking to become a better guitar player!
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Jessica February 5, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nils is an excellent teacher. After many years of trying to master certain songs he was able to hone in on the instruction that I needed. He helped me make progress and enjoy myself along the way.
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Adam November 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had several great lessons with Nils. He helped me break through a plateau I was on in terms of modal soloing and also with recognizing chord shapes and how the lie underneath scale structures. He was responsive, knowledgeable and quick to grasp what I, as an already experienced player, needed to improve. Highly recommended!
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Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Stephen B.

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Each lesson is designed on the level of the student's ability from beginner to advanced. Rock, R&B, funk, jazz, blues, POP and country music. I like to use song learning as a vehicle to sharpen your skills. Learning skills through songs is more fun for beginners. More advanced students will work on everything from theory, reading, harmony; and how you can use scales and arpeggios in a number of ways over several different styles of music.

About Stephen
~ Customized Lesson Plan for You. ~

Learning the guitar is a fun, yet, challenging experience. Having an instructor guide you through the process makes learning easier and more efficient. The internet provides a wealth of information but can not interact with you and help your specific needs. Many guitar players get frustrated and give up. Getting the encouragement and expertise of an instructor who has been there before greatly enhances chances of success.

My style of teaching is founded on fun with the instrument and guiding students to real music situations. Many students come to me with an incomplete set of skills. These (self taught) players have several basic fundamental holes in their playing.

It is also important to me that students have a basic knowledge of music theory. This way, they can enjoy the guitar for th
e rest of their life. If you just learn to put your hands in a certain place to play a certain song, you are missing out. If you learn what it is your actually doing, you can apply it. This may be the most important benefit of a private instructor.

What You Will Learn:

​Beginning Students:
In my experience, over several years, I find most beginners are surprised the guitar is so hard to play. Having an instructor to help you past that frustration will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of your guitar in the songs you love.
- Learning the basic chords.
- How to move from chord to chord smoothly.
- Using these chords to play your favorite songs.
- Understanding guitar notation (tabs, chord grids, song books, standard notation).
This way, the skills you learn will last a life time!

Intermediate/ Advanced Students:
This is for the hungry players. You will be given the direction to achieve a high level of musicianship. You will be challenged to reach your full potential.
- Technique drills
- Scale knowledge
- Advanced chords
- Improvisation tips
- Chop Building
- Theory
- Reading
- Composition

Experience & Background:

I've teaching and performing professionally for 23 years.
- One year OCHSA jazz combo.
- Fifteen years performing music clubs, casuals as a solo performer and in a jazz trio.
- Twenty three years teaching individuals and groups.
- Eleven years as Irvine and Laguna YAMAHA Music school instructor.

I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).
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Rob T. June 4, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In home
Stephen is a brilliant and experienced guitar instructor. My wife signed me up the electric guitar lesson with Stephen after my retirement about a year ago. I told him that I had no music background and just wanted to be able to play the 70’s songs I like. The lesson plan is based on my level and my goal. I started the fundamentals and now I can play most my favorite 70’s songs. I enjoy every lesson with him. What I learn in one hour class can fill out the rest of the week. Thank you for making my retired life so meaningful. “It’s never too old to play guitar! “ I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar!
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Emma M. May 21, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Amazing guitar learning experience with Stephen!!!
Stephen is a very knowledgeable and professional music instructor. I have been taking lesson at his studio for about 8 months. I go there once a week for my 45 min class and practice 15 min every other days at home. Now I can play the musics I like. Also, during the lesson, he always put the me in the live band situation so I can react to the beats and rhythm from different instruments. Fun!!!!!!!!!
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Gilbert .. February 28, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Stephen is an aw some teacher.
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Irvine, CA 92606
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I have a lot of teaching experience. I'm able to play any style.

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My approach is to create a fun and educational experience with students.
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AJ S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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Salute everyone! Wanna play in a band? Become a professional guitarist? I’ll be your personal guide for this musical route! I will teach you electric, acoustic and classical guitars. All genres from classical polyphony to heavy metal! All classes are customized for your goals, your preferences. Musical theory and recordings are also available! In addition to English, the lessons are available in Russian and Armenian.
Drop me a line if you are intrested!

About Karl
I am a professional guitarist and songwriter. I play classic, acoustic and electric guitars. Graduated from Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. I have played in ensemble of classical guitarists, in Orchestra of folk music, in blues, jazz and rock bands. During Russian Spring-2015 tour across Europe, won the 1st place in Hungary as the best classical solo guitarist.

Currently, I play in funk-rock band, work on my own project, and teach in the music school.
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Karl V.

Glendale, CA 91208
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Hello! My name is Adam, welcome to my page!

I've been playing guitar for 12 years and I am experienced in many different types of music, everything from Pop, Funk, RnB, Rock, Country, Soul and more. I have good knowledge in music theory and ear training as well.

In my lessons I will teach you how to be more free and professional on the guitar, whether it's a focus on Rhythm guitar, Lead Guitar, or any style I will make sure that you learn what it is that you want to know in a professional manner.

About me:
I moved to Los Angeles at 21 years of age and studied at Musicians Institute where I recently graduated with the Outstanding Player Award, since then I've been playing with America's Got Talent Winner Bianca Ryan and other artists in Los Angeles.

I will listen and make sure that our lesson is used to the best possible efficiency to achieve your goals.

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Hello! My name is Adam, welcome to my page!

I am a 23 year old Guitarist from Sweden. I've been playing guitar for 12 years and I am experienced in many different types of music, everything from Pop, Funk, RnB, Rock, Country, Soul and more. I have good knowledge in music theory and ear training as well. Feel free to check out my videos at the bottom of the page!

I moved to Los Angeles at 21 years of age and studied at Musicians Institute where I recently graduated with the Outstanding Player Award, since then I've been playing with America's Got Talent Winner Bianca Ryan and other artists in Los Angeles.

I will listen and make sure that our lesson is used to the best possible efficiency to achieve your goals.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Adam S.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Hi! Ryan here. 15 years ago I started playing guitar, and have loved it ever since! You'll find that most guitar teachers are ex- or current professionals. While I'm not one, I happen to be a very good at teaching beginners.

When I teach, I aim to establish good habits and teach my students the tools they can use to learn on their own. Playing guitar is 10% lesson and 90% practice. So what I'll do is teach you how to practice most efficiently. I've wasted a lot of time practicing the wrong way back when I started, so I know what you should avoid :) I can teach you from the very beginning to the point where you can sing and play at the same time while doing fun finger-picking or something awesome.

Give it a try and you won't regret it!

About Ryan
I'm a professional guitar hobbyist :) Played guitar since 6th grade (15 years ago). I play acoustic, rock, blues and a little bit of Jazz.

I've taught a few friends to play guitar over the years, I know that may not sound like much, but I sure can teach a beginner to get started and be on their way to intermediate level!

I was an engineer for about 6 years and now going back to school to become a nurse. In the meantime, I can use some income so here I am!
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Ryan J.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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