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All elements of acoustic and electric guitar to the masters level. Blues, jazz and improvisation are my specialty. I teach all styles and from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. I have vast depth and knowledge of blues and application. I am also a masterful slide guitarist and teach that skill also.

About Paul
Hi! My name is Paul and I'd love to share the joy of playing the guitar with you! I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years. I know much about playing the guitar and being an artist. I am passionate about music, which is why lessons with me are so fun. I know how to customize a program for the motivated student that will bring out the potential of the student at all levels. I will give the student a complete and practical program for advancement and help he or she discover their own talents at a pace that works for them. I even on occasion will conduct blues jams and other challenges such as recording and how to do a You Tube video production that will give the student a chance to use their developing skills by themselves and with others. Here is feedback from one of the parents of a student of mine:


"Alex progressed much further with guitar than he did with piano and he actually got to the point where he enjoyed playing on his own. That was a great accomplishment and very impressive to me...you helped instill some discipline and over the course of your instruction, Alex learned a lot. You were always positive with him, even when that was difficult, and I admired that and still appreciate it. I always looked forward on Sunday mornings to hearing the material the two of you were working on and I know he enjoyed his lesson with you."

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As a teacher, one of my biggest goals is to keep my students motivated and get them enthused about their music and committed to daily practice. I will strive to inspire my students, and ensure that all the while, they are having the time of their life! Practice and commitment are key. Students' curricula vary according to the student's goals and strengths and weaknesses. All students will learn how to play in tune and in time, know their fundamentals, work with music theory and learn how to use written materials. (And they will have fun learning!) More advanced students can learn about blues and jazz improvisation, slide guitar and also participate in blues jams with other students, record, and You Tube video production.

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All kinds of guitar and bass guitar equipment and portable hard disc recording equipment for student demo recordings.

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Students need a well functioning guitar, music stand, guitar tuner and metronome. Students will also need a notebook to organize written lessons I will hand out.

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I specialize in blues and jazz mostly, but also have vast knowledge of rock music from it's blues roots to the more modern styles. I also can play in country style, and I play blues slide guitar.
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Deborah July 27, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Paul's enthusiasm for the bass is infectious and a great motivator. I actually feel like I may be able to learn to play! In just one lesson I learned more than 5 hours of You Tube tutorials could have taught me.
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Ken A. April 2, 2014
· Guitar ·
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I played a little guitar throughout my life but was lacking an understanding of how the instrument works. I found myself strumming a few cords here and there but never with focus or improvement. After only three lessons with Paul, I'm now jamming to rock and the blues!Paul was quickly able to access my level of playing and I'm now understanding how the fretboard works and most importantly having lots of fun during lessons and practice. He teaches with passion and doesn't simply open a book but rather instills his lifelong experience and philosophy into lessons. Many can teach the mechanics of guitar but with Paul, you'll also understand the soul.
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Meg M. January 17, 2014
· Guitar ·
Paul Rocks !!

I just had my 2nd lesson with Paul and felt inspired to write a review. I have wanted to learn guitar for many, many years now. In the past, I have always gotten frustrated -or bored- and gave up before I ever even learned a chord. Our 1st lesson, Paul started me with some very basic mechanics. It was just the right amount of information to keep me interested and challenged but not so much that I was overwhelmed the 1st week. From just 15 -30 minutes a day of practicing, I have already gained some flexibility in my fingers and am beginning to have a "feel" for the instrument. I have seen more improvement and learned more from Paul and the exercises he has given me in just 2 lessons than I have collectively ever learned from any other teacher in the past or any book or online tutorial. His knowledge of the instrument, as well as music theory, is vast and he knows how to break it down into digestible bits for maximum benefit to the student. So I am not only learning to play guitar, I am also being introduced to music theory in a very easy to understand manner. He is very patient and creates a safe and supportive environment in which to learn comfortably. I am SO glad I found him!!! His way of teaching really works or me ~ I feel hopeful, inspired and motivated for the first time ever in attempting to learn this instrument. Thank you Paul and Thank You Take Lessons !!
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Paul S.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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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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Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Steven G.

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I can teach the basics of playing guitar to any beginner students who are looking to pick up the instrument. We will go over proper playing technique, start building a knowledge of essential chords and progressions, learn scales, cover the fundamentals of music theory, and begin learning some standard repertoire.

About Steven
I consider myself dedicated to two passions in life: the art of musical creation, and the joy of kindling that spark in others. I've been teaching private music lessons for the past five years, and have worked with students of many different ages and proficiency levels. I am always on the lookout to work with new people who are just as excited about creating music as I am! My musical career began fifteen years ago as a classically-trained pianist, and soon after began to expand to more contemporary styles such as rock, pop, jazz, and electronic. I spent four years at the University of Miami studying under Academy Award nominee Chris Boardman, and graduated with a degree in Music Composition & Production and a double minor in Music Business and Creative American Music. I currently reside in Los Angeles, where I write and produce music for
films, TV shows, and video games. I look forward to meeting you and starting our musical journey together!
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Victoria E. July 25, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Steven is wonderful! He really takes time to make sure I understand everything. Would highly recommend him
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Victoria E. July 9, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Stephen is amazing ! What a nice , easy go with the flow knowledgeable patient dude ! So happy to be learning from him. I’m excited for tomorrow !
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Ina and Nathan K. July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Steve is a pleasure having around. He is patient, he inspired my kids and managed them well during the lesson. Steve's knowledge and love for music is motivational.
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Steven G.

Winnetka, CA 91306
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About Stephen M.

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Newbury Park, CA

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I’ve been playing guitar for 24 years, have played in many bands across a wide range of genres. I aim for my students to be versatile and well-rounded, able to pick, strum, tap, bend, squeal, sweep, read, write, shred, improvise, etc.
If you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start, I’ll guide you step by step through the enigma of the fretboard while ensuring solid technique, theory, and application.
If you’re a seasoned player that just needs to dust off your chops or learn some new tricks for your repertoire, I can help there too.

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
There are some musicians who teach only as a way to make ends meet and there are those who are passionate about education in general. There are some music teachers who will show you how to play songs and call it a day. That's giving the hungry a fish. I prefer to teach the hungry how to catch fish. Why you use a certain rod, line, lure, how to find fish, what fish are edible, how to drive a boat, etc...In musical terms this translates to things such as why you hold an instrument a certain way, the logic behind finger positions, how to construct chords/scales then use them, how to count musically and why, etc...I teach how to think musically and creatively on and off of the page and have a vested interest in the progress of my students.
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Brian May 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Stephen is very patient and introduces thoughtful ways to approach learning and different techniques for mastering the keyboard, sheet music reading and styles.

Highly recommended for any age student.
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Newbury Park, CA 91320
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About Matthew B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am able to teach the basics of guitar to get you going to play along with you favorite songs. We will focus on reading and understanding music.

About Matthew
Anyone can learn a musical instrument. I started from a blank slate which through my own interest was able to improve my skills to perform the music I love.
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Joanna April 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
He was very patient and teach very well. My daughter likes him as a teacher
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Alison July 28, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Our son has really enjoyed Matthew's approach, who has been very patient and positive!
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ANIBAL May 6, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Great report!!
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Matthew B.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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Los Angeles, CA

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I want to have you walking out of the lesson happy, and excited to go home and practice some new material. With me you'll learn about guitar, but you'll also learn about music and how playing can help you in life (perseverance, basic math foundations, etc.)

About Chris
I am a jazz guitarist based out of beautiful Los Angeles, California. I received and Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2015, and have been pursuing a bachelors in Jazz Studies since then.

While in community college I really grew into my own as a musician and discovered that I love jazz. Not only the music, but the history of how it formed as well as the differences from classical music. When at school I stood out from the other guitarists because I was hungry to learn and that attitude will hopefully follow me for the rest of my life.

Thats what I'd hope to pass on the students; that knowledge, be it music, english, math, physiology, etc. is the key to everything. And that it doesn't have to be all stuffy and boring! I tailor my lessons to the student whether its guitar, piano, ukulele, etc. and my main objective is to learn and
have fun, so the learning is reinforced with good natured thoughts. This will set up the student to actually want to practice!

As a musician I've been in a couple of groups, and starting to get a jazz group together recently. I also try to utilize the computer to produce when possible so I can learn about that aspect of music. My passion is improvisation/composition, because I hope to one day leave songs behind that people can play forever and be influenced by them like so many have influenced me.
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Komal December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Mr. Chris is really pleasant and fun teacher. He was on time and made his first lesson very interesting. He reviewed my son patiently for whatever he has learned before and then introduced him to some new notes. He didn’t rush with the time and made sure my son is comfortable with him.
Looking forward to the next class with him.👍🏻
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Andrew August 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Chris has been an excellent teacher and has done a fantastic job of helping me not only improve my playing ability, but also improve my understanding of music theory. He is clearly very educated in all styles of music and he had great lesson plans that were specifically tailored for my level of playing. Lastly, he does a fantastic job of making sure I'm having fun while learning music.
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lisa Schuyler February 20, 2017
· Guitar ·
My son has never played a musical instrument so I wasn't sure how this would go, but Christopher has really connected with him. He came home and actually practiced during the week! And Christopher always comes out after the lesson and gives me a little update which matters to me as a mom. I also appreciate how he doesn't just boot him out the door at the end of the lesson. AND my son is actually talking about music! Definitely learning more than just some chords. Good instructor who obviously loves and respects music. :)
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Chris V.

Sylmar, CA 91342
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Studio City, CA
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"Learn the rules like a pro, then break them as an artist" - Pablo Picasso

As a music producer, mix engineer and artist, I understand the need for proficiency as well as the artistry. My approach to teaching is customized to each individual as we are not all the same. I pay close attention to how each person learns and work with what the student can excel in. When needed we will do drills or work on theory or break down your technique to overcome any obstacles. With my industry expertise, I can help you become a proficient musician and help develop your style and artistry.

I look forward to working with you!

About David
David is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and mix engineer who works with artists at varying levels developing their skills, creativity, and music. Over the course of nearly 2 decades playing in bands and working in music production, David knows the skillset and mindset necessary to perform at a professional level.

In 2015, David was nominated for a Pensado Award for "Most Unique Project Studio" and followed that up in 2016 sharing the stage with Jimmy Eat World and Neon Trees.

David's passion for creativity, performing, and connecting with people are what drives him.
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Paul K. July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In home
David has exceeded my expectations. He is a fantastic teacher and person. I look forward to continue to acquire the skills necessary to play the guitar with his help and guidance. I am so lucky that he is there for me.
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James Zidell April 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
David is terrific. Much better than any of my other teachers. He is professional, knowledgeable and practical. I always leave feeling I have learned something I can take home with me and improve.
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Mackenzie January 15, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
David has a depth of musical knowledge and knows how to communicate it well. With students as young as 6, he has shown patience while challenging them to improve. He is a fun and effective teacher.
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David D.

Studio City, CA 91604
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North Hollywood, CA

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I have been teaching guitar and bass for five years now and I'm really passionate about being completely focused on the needs of the student, not complicated theory (unless they want that of course!).

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I'm a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, and I'm extremely passionate about helping others reach their potential! Learning an instrument can be a difficult process but with the right teacher it can be an extremely rewarding one. I understand that different students have different wants and needs and I'm 100% focused on delivering the right service for you!

I've spend the last few years performing on all sorts of stages, from intimate jazz clubs in Boston to Glastonbury, the largest festival in England. I appreciate the varied ways we all experience different types of music and I want to teach you music YOU want to learn. If you want to learn theory, that's fine too but I understand that not everyone wants to.

Let me know as soon possible so we can get started!
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Nick January 2, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Fionn is the best bass player I could find for my son’s private lessons. I am a musician myself and I can see that his progress is outstanding! He is also having loads of fun with Fionn and they get along very well, as he is a very fun and trustworthy person.
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Declan November 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I got bass lessons from Fionn in 2016, and it was fantastic. He's a brilliant teacher, and extremely patient. I switched from drums so he basically had to teach me music theory and how to read music too, which he did with ease. Really enjoyable lessons that I learned a lot from, I'd highly recommend Fionn as a teacher.
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Hannah Crowley November 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I just began playing guitar a year ago, but had terrible technique. I began taking lessons with Fionn and noticed a huge difference in my playing almost immediately. Fionn is an incredible teacher and so easy going, I couldn't recommend him enough! I have started playing in front of small audiences now which I never would have had the confidence to do before. He's also great value for money! All I can say is TAKE HIM!!
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Fionn R.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Hedras R.

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Every musical success begins with a small note - HR

I have created my own program to teach students from beginner to Advanced levels, I wrote it myself. I wish I would've had a program like that when I began my musical journey with the guitar, I have arranged the subjects in a special order that makes easy the learning process for my students. I like to demystify all theoretical and practical concepts applied to the guitar so the student can easily understand chords, scales, techniques, harmony, improvisation and other subjects that usually take years to master. My goal is to translate all this knowledge at the student's own pace, yielding quick results in 3-6 months.

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I can teach you Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory and Pro Tools Software.

I had over 200 students in my own academy Guitar Institute of Guatemala and lots of Private and Skype Students.
You can expect fun lessons but full of helpful information that will help you to improve as a player or help you to start learning songs and playing guitar if you are a beginner.
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Panorama City, CA 91402
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With over 10+ years of experience and having taught all levels of Guitar within most proficiencies, I'm sure I'll be able to accommodate you for whatever your personal interest within guitar might be! Popular curriculums revolve around Guitar Performance Techniques, Learning Music Theory and building chords, Songwriting and improvising, to Music Production within emphasis on Guitar. If there's a particular lesson you want to learn, feel free to message me and we'll take it from there!

I'll be able to help you become a more rounded musician by using the Guitar as the main focus.

About Iran
I find myself extremely fortunate being able to combine my experiences and University Degrees in Music Production, Film Scoring, Songwriting and Guitar Education with you all!

The best part of music is that it all connects with itself. Learning the Guitar, then wanting to learn how to write your own songs. But then you ask yourself "Wouldn't it be cool to record it and hear it back?!" And then learning how to edit your music and start adding other elements to it, to make it a more produced song, to then realizing how simple the process can be when it's all done. Again, it's not what you're learning that hooks you back for more, but "HOW" you're learning all this tools.

With experience teaching ALL levels and ages (No, really, ALL ages), I've built a custom way in making every topic interesting, fun, doable, and best of all, applic
able to the real world. I promise you, based on the route and goal you want to achieve, you'll be able to tie it all together and see music from a non intimidating and approachable point of view.

Lessons include, but definitely not limited to:
Music Production: We'll explore how to go about creating music with a computer. Composing, Editing, Mixing.
Film Scoring: Everything from ground zero in how to write music for Film, TV, and Video Games.
Guitar: Learning the instrument, Learning chords, how to improvise, learning the songs you want to learn, some music theory through the guitar.
Songwriting: What makes a song a song? The musical elements, the lyrical motives, and blending it with commercial music patterns.

I am thrilled to be able to pass on as much music knowledge to you all and see where the journey of music takes you on!
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Paola August 6, 2018
· Music Recording · In home
Iran has so much knowledge about music technology, recording & production! He is very precise when trying to explain terms and techniques to any type of student from beginner to expert. Highly recommend!
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Milton May 28, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
The lesson with Iran gave me so much more than I had expected, and helped me to focus on some production items I was made aware of. He isnreally knowlegeable, and freely gives help with a lot of useful tips.
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Benjamin May 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Garcia was one of my teachers in High School at Beach High and is one of the most important instructors I’ve had as a classical guitarist.
He taught me as a beginning player —introducing me to beginner-level pieces, main techniques, warmups and basic music theory knowledge—, as well as an advanced player —superior pieces, being aware of each piece’s dynamics and feeling, more complex music theory and dealing with solo performance anxiety—. Without a doubt, his experience as a teacher will be able to assist any kind of musician, from first-timers to competition participants. He’s patient and knows how to approach any type of issue and help.
He is also a great individual who wants to see you succeeding in whichever area you want to succeed. Some of the lessons he taught me had nothing to do with music but with life, which were, and are, a good source of inspiration.
I recommend Mr. Garcia for any of his classes, he will definitely help you a lot.
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Iran G.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
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