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Guitar Resources in Pasadena

Are you thinking about taking guitar lessons in Pasadena? Lucky for you, the city has a great music scene for aspiring guitarists and hobbyists. From guitar shops to live music venues, there are tons of resources available to students who want to supplement their guitar lessons. Below is just a sample of the different resources in which students can take advantage.

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Want to get inspired? Located on North Holly St., the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena is a beautiful outdoor venue where you sit back and relax while listening to music. During the summer months, the venue puts on free concerts featuring a variety of well-known and up-and-coming artists from different genres including jazz, Americana, Latin, and more. This intimate setting is the perfect place to meet other aspiring musicians and get up close and personal.

Red Zone Guitar Works

Are you looking to get a new guitar or does your current one need some repairs? Red Zone Guitar Works, located on East Colorado Blvd., has everything guitarists need. From amps to acoustic guitars, the shop has an array of high-quality products. The friendly staff is not only helpful, but extremely knowledgeable.

redwhite+bluezz

One of the best ways to perfect your guitar skills is playing in front of a real crowd. If you are an aspiring jazz guitarist, then redwhite+bluezz is the right place for you. Voted the “Best Jazz Club” by Pasadena Magazine and Pasadena Cosmopolitan, the restaurant has live jazz music every night of the week. Whether you want to take the stage or sit back and enjoy the music, redwhite+bluezz is something every jazz musician must check out.

The Pasadena Pick-up Band Meetup

Meeting other local musicians is another great way to supplement your guitar lessons in Pasadena. Luckily, there are tons of musical meetups in which guitar players gather to have jam sessions and swap tips and tricks. The Pasadena Pick-up Band Meetup, for example, is a group of amateur musicians who meet and play music with one another.

Griffins of Kinsale

Located on Mission St. in South Pasadena, Griffins of Kinsale is the quintessential Irish restaurant and bar. The restaurant features live traditional Irish music sessions every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you like the sounds of the Irish guitar and authentic Irish food, then check out the Griffins of Kinsale’s live music scene.

The Fretted Frog

The Fretted Frog, located on West Colorado Blvd., has a wide variety of musical instruments and accessories. On a tight budget? The shop has a lay-away option in which customers can put down a third of the price then pay off the rest over a two to six month period.

Taking guitar lessons is just the first step to becoming a successful musician. It’s important that you also immerse yourself in musical culture and soak up all of the tips and tricks you can. Remember, the fastest way to get better is to practice as much as you.

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Basic to intermediate guitar technique that includes finger-plucking, picking, strumming, reading notes, basic accompaniment, and solo performance.

About Nicolas
Hello there!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2 years. During this time, I was able to take lesso
ns from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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LESSON DETAILS
I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Elizabeth August 22, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Nick taught orchestra at my child's school and was across the board disliked. He was sarcastic, condescending, and unfriendly in manner. Communicating with him was very unpleasant. So much so that the administration had to step in. Two years of him was enough to sour my child on the violin.
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Merle M. January 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I felt so awkward as a beginning student at 51 y/o but Nicolas is great. I cant wait for my next lesson!
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Susan C. October 20, 2016
· Violin · In home
Nicolas is a great teacher; patient and methodical, which is what I needed as a beginner.
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Nicolas R.

Nicolas R.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Paul T.

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Learn popular styles for the guitar. Rhythm techniques, lead playing in rock and blues contexts, folk and blues finger picking styles, reggae and Island styles. Learn to memorize the notes on the fret board in a friendly and fun method to prepare for reading music notation and chord charts. I also stress the importance of developing your ear, and how to play by ear with fun and interactive secret tricks.

About Paul
I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal, entertain, and teach. It is our first and most vital universal human language and as such, I believe we all have the ability to learn how to communicate beautifully with music to express our deepest feelings. As a teacher it is my privilege and pleasure to help you develop.

From classical violin to jazz piano my early musical education not only spanned genres and instruments but also geographically from Austin Texas to Madison Wisconsin and finally brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside and produce and teach music professionally.

Helping you or your child reach your musical dreams in a friendly-nurturing environment is my sincere desire and obligation as your teacher. Discipline is required and to be expected, however, an overly rigid or demanding routine can do mo
re harm than good. I believe attention must be paid to individual learning styles. Therefore, as a teacher I have learned to observe carefully at first and custom tailor a practice routine with each student aimed at achieving their goals. I believe the study of music helps foster a deep level of self-confidence and self realization, which eventually leads the student to discover a portion of himself he would otherwise never know. My goal is to inspire others with this joy, which is everyone's birthright and an important key in finding happiness.

A gifted singer-songwriter of Pop, Rock, World and Reggae songs that possess that timeless quality. He has recorded with 2 time Grammy nominated producer Barry Goldberg (Eagles, Robbie Robertson, Verve Pipe, Marilyn Manson). He has released three CDs, had songs featured in compilations and in feature length film, toured North America, and taught guitar, piano, and voice both privately and in an all ages Montessori school in Santa Monica. He consistently played in a variety of bands while earning an A.A. in music from SMC and later a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where he earned distinction as an excellent student both academically and in musical performance. He brought passion to his performances with legends, Fransisco Aguabellas Afro Cuban ensemble, Brazilian Batucada ensemble, African-American gospel choir, music and dance of Ghana, and the Balinese Gamelan ensemble. As a member of several original LA bands, (Las Manchas, Samson Simpson, Toussaint, Mentone, Cloth and Spicy Fernandez) he has performed at world famous venues and toured North America. He co-wrote and co-produced the first EP records by Samson Simson with Ronen Navah, and also co-produced Mentone's first full-length record, "Empire" with Ronen Navah and Aki Ehara" Currently he is developing his new band, Spicy Fernandez, which has released a few singles on the internet and is getting a good buzz from Industry heavy weights.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in custom tailoring a curriculum to fit the students needs, while still providing them with the same basic tools all musicians need to develop in order to play well (both with themselves and with others). Obviously, some students require more structure and discipline, while others have a stronger work ethic. Some may even need a teacher that is more laid back to balance them out, but more so my job is to facilitate learning and guide. A student studying with me can expect to receive a general assessment of their skill level in musicianship, theory, and on their instrument within the first couple of lessons (or once I feel that I have experienced enough of their abilities). Based on that assessment, I will work with the student to develop a plan of small goals to work toward. Progress will be monitored weekly and larger goals will unfold naturally in accord with the students own dreams and musical ambitions. Within 3 to 6 months of study with me students will learn to play a range of simple songs, basic scales, exercises, finger positions, and have a solid foundation for listening to, and playing to rhythm.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full acoustic upright, Wurlizter electric piano, and keyboard synths, a computer based digital audio workstation...guitars...percussion...in the front room of my house. Has a full set-up for a band.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of some sheet music, a library of music books, percussion instruments, digital recordings of lessons.
I expect that they provide their own instrument, pencil, notebook, 3-ring binder for sheet music, stereo/mp3 player, CD player, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I excel at popular music genres such as pop, blues, R&B, rock, and jazz. I am also trained classically and enjoy the challenges of standard repertoire from Bach to Chopin.
I began studying music as a student of the Suzuki method. However, today I find that my own practice resembles most closely, the Kodály, Dalcroze, and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies in philosophy and application.
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Shiva A. August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is very talented and, a very good and patient teacher. He is prepared for the class even before you arrive at his place, and communicates his thoughts very clearly. He is ready for a challenge if you give him a random song which you wanted to practice, and he begins to play the song on the guitar without any tabs or notes, instead just by listening to it a couple of times.

He's great to work with, and I'd choose him as my guitar teacher again if I ever live in the surrounding area.
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Beatriz B. April 23, 2014
· Piano ·
Have learned so much and more to learn

Paul is very passionate about music and teaching in general. He does a fantastic job when it comes to instructing and I'm excited to see future progress within my skills. I Definitely recommend him for great music taste and for creating a good atmosphere with his students.
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Paul is an attentive, intelligent and multi talented instructor - highly recommended.
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Paul T.

Inglewood, CA 90302
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About Janis V.

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Quick results, song based lessons. Emphasis on play based learning for children. Emphasis on teaching you what you want to learn for adults.

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LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 7 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Facetime. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.
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keith September 17, 2015
· Algebra · In studio
She's awesome! would love her to help all my kids.
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Audie L. May 10, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Amazing. After only five lessons, my son not only loves the guitar, but is playing songs....and LOVES Janis! Couldn't be happier.
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Mauricio O.

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Teaching – Extensive background in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons. Instruments taught include acoustic guitar, nylon spanish guitar and electric guitar. I have taught students from the age of eight to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, latin, metal, funk, and classical.

About Mauricio
Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Good.
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Andrew G.

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I teach folk, rock, jazz, blues, classical, and everything in between. I know that learning anything can be frustrating at times so I like to allow time for serious work as well as lots of time for exploration. The more you explore, the greater the chance for discovery. I like to start out slow, hone in on what your passion is, and then get down to the nitty gritty. We will make goals in relation to what you are interested in and then see how our interests broaden as you progress. I teach scales, chords, and simple techniques for playing any style.

About Andrew
Hello, I am an actor, musician, and teacher from Portland Oregon. I am a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and founding member of Los Angeles based performance collective Poor Dog Group. I have taught guitar, bass, ukulele, and voice in Los Angeles for over ten years. I am also a theater teacher and acting coach with over six years of experience. I like to include all aspects of performance in my lessons. My main goal is to instill confidence and sense of experimentation in your artistic practice.
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SABRINA July 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Awesome
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Ian M. October 6, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Awesome instructor! Very personable. Made my son feel at ease.
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Dani September 24, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
Andrew is great! He tailors the lessons to my goals and is patient with my learning process. Highly recommended!
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Andrew G.

Los Angeles, CA 90032
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About Ronnie B.

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I have been teaching for seven years. I am very patient, kind and will nurture your talent. My curriculum will be different depending on the style of music you want to be taught, but music history, references, and listening material are to be expected. I am just a guide who is helping you on your journey, where you wish to go I will show you the way. Thx!:)

About Ronnie
Hi,My Name is Ronnie. I have been playing music for eight years and I am currently Leader of "Blonde", my Rock N' Roll, Rhythm N' Swing Band. I Live in Redondo Beach and have Lived in the Southbay for most of my life.I was blessed to grow up around the local music scene! I've had the pleasure of performing with a variety of bands, and Artists, Styles ranging from Christian, Gospel, Doo-Wop, Soul, Rock N' Roll ,Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Blue Grass, Singer Song Writer, World, Alternative, African, Reggae, Folk, Punk,Ska and have even opened for the Likes of Dick Dale!(Pulp Fiction, Miserlou) Ive been singing in church as long as I can remembered, fiddled with piano at a talent show when I was seven, played saxophone in elementary and middle school, played bass for my first stringed instrument, but fell in love with guitar at thirteen, Harm
onica at fourteen, bands at fifteen, playing and listening to music all my life and Ive been learning new tricks since then, so Wether you just want to learn how to play your favorite songs, learn to sing, learn a new instrument, or get up on that stage, I am the kinda cat who will help guide your way, to get you where you want to go:)
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Jon April 26, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
Lots of info on the the blues harp , Jamed out on the 3-4 , took it on a journey, went whaling and brought it back home. Great intro to a new instrument placement breath and intent
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Kelly April 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Ronnie has been working with my dad who has dementia for the past couple of months and it's been great! He's very good at encouraging my dad to engage and motivating him to continue his guitar practice throughout the week. I can tell he is very knowledgeable/talented in his craft. Ronnie has been very kind, patient and professional, I would recommend him to friends and family~
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Miguel January 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Super patient and friendly. Above all he has a lot of knowledge. He really takes the time to explain everything and answer any questions. He is amazing!!!
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Ronnie B.

Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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I've been teaching the guitar for 11 years and my students have gone on to playing in bands professionally. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to move freely throughout the fret board and as time goes on you'll be able to play songs and various scales and solos. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Paul
I attempt to establish what an individual’s interests in guitar are as well as to develop their understanding of musical fundamentals. I have several books that I use as examples and I write individual exercises for more specific issues to an individual’s unique style.

Learning guitar should be fun, accessible, and emphasizing the positive aspects of it to ensure a pleasant and fun experience for all involved. There is no better way to increase this process than regular lessons and practice.
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William D. March 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
patient and thorough
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Covina, CA 91724
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Picking up the acoustic guitar for the first time? Or pick up the acoustic guitar for the first time...in a long time? No problem, let's get you stringed up and back into the game. Each lesson is simple and effective, guaranteed to get your fingers in shape and able to reach those frets you had never reached before--sounds a little bit like the intro narrative to Star Trek...?

About Ben
EDUCATION

I graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with a B.A. in Public Administration (what does that have to do with the Flamenco guitar?); prior to that degree, I received an A.A. in Political Science (again, what does that have to do with Flamenco guitar?). Currently I am in the process of completing my M.P.A. at CSUF (again…?). The answer to the aforementioned question is that, I enjoy politics and government work—it’s my profession. Nonetheless, I enjoy Flamenco most of all, and I want you to enjoy it too! ¡Vamonos!

EXPERIENCE

The guitar is a wonderful instrument, which I began playing at the age of six. I began my studies with the classical guitar for the first 15 years of playing; and for these past 15 years I have studied the flamenco guitar—playing various concerts, events, and giving professional
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My experience as a guitarist in Southern California has led me to explore different genres of music, playing for various musical groups ranging from surf rock, concert band, and jazz. As a co-founding member of the band, Ballistico, we opened up for acts such as Dick Dale and the Del Tones, the Grandmothers of Invention (featuring members of Frank Zappa’s original band, “Mothers of Invention”), Avenged Sevenfold, and many others.

EXPERTISE

Having received first hand instruction from the some of the most sough-after professional Flamenco guitarists living and working in Spain (and touring internationally), I offer each of my students an unrivaled degree of authenticity in technique, tone, and style.

LEARNING MATERIALS

Each lesson includes tablature and audio recordings of the material that we will have gone over together. It is completely normal that only a day or two after a lesson—or even a few hours afterwards—the mind can (and will) quickly forget the material. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. By having the accompanying written and audio material with you after each lesson, you will be well-prepared for a successful next lesson!
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Phillip S. June 23, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
Great instructor! Ben goes out of his way to record what you learn in class so you can reference it later on at home. He also is very good about preparing sheet music on new material. Very understanding with time and very knowledgable in guitar.
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Brooke April 23, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Very nice, patient, and good at observing and giving feedback. As an absolute beginner I always had an encouraged feeling during the lesson.
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Fullerton, CA 92831
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I am a professional guitarist and teacher with a great knack for homing in on exactly what the student needs. I've been lucky to have some amazing teachers in my life, and what an influence they've had on me. I strive to be the same and more for my students. I will teach you to be a complete musician and help you reach your musical goals!

About James
I am a professional guitarist with touring, record and film credits. As a teacher I have a great knack for homing in on exactly what the student needs. I've been lucky to have some amazing teachers in my life, and what an influence they've had on me. I strive to be the same and more for my students.

For beginners I will get you feeling natural on the instrument and making sure you develop good habits. You'll start making music right away and start building your skills one step at a time. I'll help you with whatever sticking points you have. And we'll keep it fun, because music IS fun.

For intermediates we'll take it to the next level. I'll help you where you need work and bring it all together. Theory, techniques, timing and groove (THE most important thing), ear training, reading, knowing your fingerboard, tone (in the fingers), an
d expanding your repertoire.

For advanced students we'll custom tailor the program to exactly what you need.
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James A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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No pressure! Only Encouragement. I have seen too many talented musicians lose their love for music because they were forced to practice. I go at your pace!

About Willem
I have been a songwriter for most of my life! I try to play with feel and that is what I can teach you to do as well. I studied at UC Santa Barbara. Check out my music at soundcloud.com/willemwillem or https://youtu.be/NSYce7_5yfM
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Willem K.

Sunland, CA 91040
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Do you want to start guitar lessons but you're wondering how long it will take you to see the payoff? Or, have you already started and you're wondering if you're really making progress? Guitar teacher Peter M. shares just how long it really takes most students to learn guitar... This age old question has been asked by nearly all of my students for as long as I’ve been teaching: how long will it take to learn how to play guitar? Will it take a week? A month? A year? Longer? And the answer i

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