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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA 92130

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

I teach all styles and levels of acoustic guitar including pick style and fingerpicking style; I can also help you with things like extended techniques such as playing percussion and other sounds, controlling dynamics, and controlling feedback when you play live.

About Cristopher

If you feel like you're stuck or hit a wall, I can help take your skills to the next level; I can help you improve your technique, learn difficult songs, learn more about gear and gigs and performing, help you learn how to play any chord, key, or scale in any position, or help you learn how to solo, improvise, or write songs or come up with your own arrangements of other songs. I can help you learn to read/play rhythm, notation, and/or chord charts, or help you audition for school jazz band or rock bands, etc. I can also help you with music theory as well as learning modes and how chords and scales all work together, and how you can use chords to build all your scales and musical ideas off of, making it easier to improvise or write songs.

Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs

for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty minutes or for eight hours.

*** Background ***
I have taught guitar lessons for almost 20 years; I also can teach music theory and
composition, as well as beginning keyboards, percussion, and voice. I also gig professionally with
varying bands, as well as being hired to perform for weddings/events.

I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. I also have a BA in music composition from UCSD.

I can teach all styles of guitar from electric and steel string acoustic to classical/flamenco as well as bass guitar, and I can teach all styles from rock/pop to jazz to blues to classical to country

*** Lesson Details ***
I want the student to have fun with music, but I believe fundamentals are important too. Some schools focus on a "song first" approach, and while I prefer learning songs as soon as possible, I also believe learning some fundamentals will help avoid learning bad habits that can be difficult to break down the road. That being said, I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory and fundamentals will help them go a lot further.

Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn songs that will keep you interested. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn.

I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.

ALLERGY WARNING: I have cats at my house, so if you want to travel to my location, it could be an issue if you have cat allergies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand
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May 29, 2019
Yuka O.
Chis was a great teacher - very patient, knowledgeable, and inspiring.
March 16, 2019
Caleb
Great teacher. Very helpful and patient
May 15, 2018
Ashlea
My boys (ages7 and 9) love Cris. They can’t wait for their next lesson! We highly recommend him!

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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA

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Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084

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Students will learn rhythm and chords. We will work on right and left hand techniques for maximum sound and tone. We will also cover how to improvise over common chord progressions.

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and perform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and p

erforming professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
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November 30, 2018
Kevin and Ella M.
My 9-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son have been taking uke lessons for 3 weeks now and they really enjoy Ruben's style of teaching; so do we. He provides a great combination of making it fun while also really teaching them the foundations of music. They are already reading and writing some music and they enjoy doing their music homework. Most important, they are having fun at the lessons and while practicing at home.
November 27, 2018
Mike Markie
Great fun, well done. Excellent teacher!

Exceeded expectations

Thanks
May 9, 2018
Francisco A.
Ruben IS the TEACHER, calm, very knowledgeable a great professional and kind and KNOWS THE MATH behind the music. Even though I have dabbled for 40 years with the guitar I feel secure in my baby steps.

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Ruben D.

Vista, CA

(29)
Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

Acoustic Guitar

About Ray

Hello!

My name is Ray, I'm 31 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for approximately 16 years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it remaining a very important part of my life.

I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy.

*** Lesson Details ***
My music lessons are unique for three main reasons:

1. I h

ave a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to listen to, study, and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy, for example, learning their favorite songs from the radio.

My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
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May 31, 2016
Maximus
Awesome!!!!!!!! So sweet! Cool hair : ))
December 21, 2015
Eden H.
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
March 28, 2014
Kelly B.
Major Improvement

My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.

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Susan F.

Carlsbad, CA 92009

(11)

Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

I've been playing Acoustic Guitar since I was in junior high school. My specialty is teaching Acoustic Folk, Country, Rock, Gospel, and other styles of music. I also teach great styles of finger picking which I learned from a great guitarist in Berkeley California. These styles can e used for all styles of music. My guitar students range from 7 years of age on up and I teach beginners to advanced intermediate lessons.

About Susan

My primary focus is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to students of all ages and backgrounds. I also teach Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. My teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for Children. My primary focus is on teaching singing and I have been teaching beginning to advanced Voice, as well as beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. My students perform in recitals at least twice a year. They also participate in local Broadway productions and Musicals for C.Y.T., Coast Kids, Moonlight Theatre, Escondido Center for The Arts, J Company, and Star Theatre Productions. Students also are involved with Classical, Choral, Gospel, Pop and Rock performing. Along with these venues, students perform for talent shows at their schools, sing in bands, and perform locally at thei

r favorite venues. Many of my students have gone on to sing professionally and I currently teach Artists with ongoing careers.

My motto is learn to sing the "Easy, Natural Way". I teach the very best techniques, so vocalizing is not strained or difficult. My main focus is on teaching good "placement" of the sound, using the best ways to secure breath support and control, as well as good stage presence. Dealing with stage fright is always addressed, whether the singer wants to sing just for themselves, or audition for Musical Theatre productions. Styles range from pop to rock and opera.
I teach students of ALL AGES and work with every style or genre of music. Having spearheaded the Music program at the local YMCA has been a special treat in my teaching career!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using a piano for learning vocal exercises and good techniques. I also have an acoustic Guitar that I use to teach my students how to play and learn good finger picking and strumming techniques. Using a computer is always employed, to pull up songs on YouTube, so students can choose what they would like to work on. Karaoke versions are used as well, for further training purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I teach at a student's home, I bring my Guitar with me, if they're studying this instrument. It is helpful for a student to have a piano or keyboard for me to teach voice, but I do have a keyboard I can bring if none is available. Having a computer close by is very helpful, to get the most out of the lesson as is possible.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping people who have created possible "bad habits" in their singing techniques. "Placement" and breathing, or "support", are of key importance. When good techniques are used, just about anyone can learn to sing beautifully. I also work with all ages, having background with Children, as well as teens, middle age, and elderly vocalists. Singing is universal, so every ethnicity is included in my student roster. If someone wants to learn to play the acoustic Guitar, this is always a plus, to accompany ones-self, or to focus on the instrument on it's own. Singing and playing should be "easy" and this is the approach I take in teaching.
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September 13, 2018
Kim
We had a wonderful time and I am in a new level of playing guitar after 5 weeks. Thanks Susan!
April 28, 2017
Emma
My daughter loved her first lesson. Susan was great with her. Looking forward to seeing her progress!
January 13, 2017
Martin
Susan is a gifted teacher who brings out the best in her pupils. She is always very positive.

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Susan F.

Carlsbad, CA

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David E.

Oceanside, CA 92056

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Classical and Jazz Guitar from Florida Atlantic University. I've been teaching guitar for 15 years now and enjoy seeing my students flourish.

About David

A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, & Ukulele! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish in their musical abilities. I have been enjoying doing this now for 20+ years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and a recording artist with my band Vision.

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever th

e interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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August 17, 2019
John H.
Really nice guy!
July 29, 2019
Nazeer N.
David is the best. I highly recommend him. He is so professional and made teaching a lot of fun.
June 9, 2019
Leila C.
Nice teacher.

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David E.

Oceanside, CA

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Chris L.

Temecula, CA 92592

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Open and individualized lessons will teach each student in a unique fashion to fit them best. Chords, theory and musical reading will be the main focus of these lessons. My individualized approach works well for many students so that they learn what they want, how they want, and see the results that they specifically are looking for

Students can expect to learn anything from basic chords to advanced theory and improvisational techniques on their instrument.

As an original artist, acoustic guitar has been one of the most important iterations of the instrument in my life. I feel that my mastery over acoustic guitar is on par with my mastery on electric guitar and acoustic guitar is my preferred instrument to teach. As a professional gigging blues/rock/indy musician I have toured while playing all forms of acoustic genres and venues, from jazz to country.

About Chris

I began teaching music professionally in 2015 and since then it has become my passion. I graduated college with a degree in music and teach professionally as my primary source of income. I regularly teach guitar and bass (4 string 5 string and fretless) as well as introductory piano and even college level courses such as: music theory, composition and songwriting; all of which can be applied to any instrument. I am also confident teaching left handed students and am great with younger students. If you have any questions, feel free to call, text, or email at any time.

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October 26, 2018
Brenten D.
First lesson was great! My son is very excited for the next one!
August 13, 2016
Carrie
Chris makes learning guitar fun for my son and has motivated my son to practice regularly. Thank you!
July 15, 2016
James W.
Chris was patient and informative. I'm an actual beginner with literally just picking up guitar for the first time. He focused on the basics and asked what style I liked to be taught. I'm looking forward to working with him more

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Chris L.

Temecula, CA

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Joe N.

San Diego, CA 92105

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I tailor my lessons to the individual student. I strive to help my students accomplish their goals and above all have fun!

About Joe

I'm an active member of the San Diego music scene. I have performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as a member of several touring bands. I have extensive studio experience with my own projects, and as a session guitarist. I teach many styles including blues, rock, funk, R&B, and country.
I was named "Country Guitarist of the Year" by the California Country Music Association (San Diego area) in 1996.
I was inducted into the San Diego "Blues Hall of Fame" as a master blues artist in 2016.
I love to teach and I would be happy to help you become a better guitarist!

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February 18, 2019
Daniel
Joe is a great guitar teacher. He is very patient. I learned a lot from Joe. Will continue the lesions with Joe.
October 18, 2017
Justin
Joe is a great teacher and very accomplished guitar player. My skills have increased so dramatically over the last 18 months under his instruction that I'm kicking myself for not finding him sooner!

We generally focus on electric guitar - Blues, Rock and Jazz, but I know Joe teaches many acoustic-oriented clients as well. I highly recommend him.
October 18, 2017
Randy
Joe is an excellent Teacher and Guitar player with many years of experience.
No matter what level you are at beginner or even a experienced player Joe can help you take your playing to the next level. He has a lot of knowledge about gear as well amps, guitars, pick ups ,effects, tubes, Guitar set ups and also, how to get the best tone with what you have. He a awesome Guitar player with so much
to offer. He is a great teacher and instructor. If you are looking to learn how to play guitar or take your guitar playing to another level Give Joe a call you won't be disappointed. He is a great guy and you will be happy with the results.

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Joe N.

Solana Beach, CA

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Daniel P.

Encinitas, CA 92024

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

An experienced teacher of 10 years, I offer student-led lessons that help you grow musically. If you put in the work, you will see results!

We can learn your favorite songs, and use the guitar as a tool to learn and understand music theory in the process. Learn 3 fingerstyle fingerpicking, flat picking, traditional music, blues, rock, and bluegrass.

About Daniel

Daniel teaches and performs classical, jazz, gypsy swing, traditional irish music, old time fiddle, bluegrass and country, blues, and rock and roll. Instruments included but not limited to: cello, violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and bass.

Daniel graduated in 2007 with a cello performance degree from the Longy School of Music after attending the Berklee School in Boston. His 10 years of teaching experience are enriched by his ability to approach and perform a wide variety of musical styles on numerous instruments. He performs regularly with the San Diego hot band Gypsy Groove, and can also be seen at wineries and the occasional contradance. His private studio has included all abilities and ages from 4-93, and he continues to teach from his home in Encinitas, CA.

His teachers include Terry King and Eugene Friesen. Daniel has toured

nationally and performed with musical pioneers such as Darol Anger. His multi-talented background gives him a unique insight into teaching all stringed instruments.
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May 17, 2019
Michelle B.
Daniel is so patient and easy to work with ~ he makes learning the cello seem so easy and natural and has so many practical ways of explaining an instrument I have no prior knowledge of. I had never played a stringed instrument but always loved the cello, so I was a bit nervous to begin. His gentle nature and patience have made me even more enthusiastic to learn. I have been loving each lesson and look forward to the next each time I leave! I'm looking forward to next week already! :-)
January 13, 2019
Jeff
Super friendly guy, learned a lot at my first lesson and looking forward to my next lesson with him.
September 13, 2018
Robert K.
Daniel really knows his stuff. I learned a lot today!

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Daniel P.

Encinitas, CA

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Hannah
"Andrew is an excellent instructor. He is really knowledgeable in music theory. I took lessons for only a short time but was able to learn so much, because
he used my knowledge of piano to help me understand guitar concepts and he focused on the techniques and songs that I was most interested in."
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Jack
"I am having lessons with Devin almost every week for a while now. We have lessons at his studio and online. Both locations are great.
For me, there are
pros to having both location options available depending on my schedule that morning.
His way of teaching is great. I'm an adult and never played a guitar before. And I feel he has an enormous amount of patients. But he is not afraid to introduce something new. If I tell him I'm not clear with something we learned last time he will repeat it. And go it over with me. Technically he really had me playing songs very soon in the lessons. But I'm not necessarily the fastest learner so the most important thing is my responsibility.
Practice Practice Practice.

I recommend Devin to any one that wants to start learning guitar. Or needs to improve.
As I mentioned before, I'm an adult. But I could only imagine he'd do great with children.

Oh, I just reminded my self one more nice thing about Devin the teacher. When I'm with him, or online with him. For some reason he makes me feel like the lessons he provides are created for me. Not just random lessons. he goes according to my pace."
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Roger
"Julian is very patient and easy to understand. I learned a lot from him."
Jason
"My boyfriend said he loved it. Chris said he was catching on quick and has the finger strength already.
I'm looking forward to hearing more positive thin
gs about him and the next lesson.
Thank you!!!"
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Darren
"The thing I really like about Jon's teaching is that he is able to take a complex idea or technique and teach it in its most basic and simplest form. He t
aught me a lot about guitar improvisation and broke it down into fundamental licks or core phrases that could be used and applied to many different areas of the guitar. In addition, he's a super down to earth dude and anyone who is interested in the guitar or music in general should consider taking lessons from him."
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Holley
"I am a new student of Jordan's and I really appreciate his teaching style. I feel like I am progressing at a good pace and I find him to be patient, enco
uraging and positive. I would definitely recommend him for anyone considering music lessons."
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Andrew W.
"You won’t regret booking Wes for lessons. And very affordable!"
Bekah
"Daniel was the most helpful teacher that I've ever had! He is extremely talented and was so prepared for every lesson. Even when I ran into error he was p
atient and helped me figure out what to do better next time. I recommend!"
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Mike w
"Thank you 🙏. I can rock and the girls love it. Haha. Thanks"

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