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Alameda, CA

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I teach beginning to advanced levels, including music theory, proper hand and finger technique and ear training. Pick the style of guitar playing you want to learn and I'll teach you how to perfect your abilities and have fun with it at the same time!

About Steven
Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams!

About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have over 40 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allman to name a few, and am currently teaching piano, theory and bass to Mike Dirnt, the bassist for Green Day. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and kno
wledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.

Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.

I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.

My current rates are $40 per half hour, $60 per 45 minutes and $80 per hour, and believe me... you will get your money's worth! Also I should note that due to my current students, plus teaching at a private school in Sausalito and recording sessions, my time constraints only allow me to teach lessons out of my home studio in Alameda. Hopefully this will work for you as well!
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Eric H. June 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Steve is a rare find - an accomplished musician, a great teacher, and a genuinely nice guy. My 10 year old and I have been taking lessons with him for the past year, and our progress/improvement has been significant and noticeable. Particularly with my son, Steve is patient, supportive, and very encouraging, and he teaches at just the right level. He always makes sure that we cover music theory along with learning our favorite songs in order to get the most out of our training. My enjoyment of piano has increased significantly since starting lessons with Steve, and each time we leave a lesson he says: "Have fun with it!" I highly recommend Steve as a teacher.
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Billy May 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
wow amazing!
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Tim M. February 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher and great time taking the lessons! I wish we could take more lessons with him but we've recently moved out of the area. Thanks for everything Steven!
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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About Mandy B.

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San Leandro, CA

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Student will learn basic technique to strengthen fingers including scales and other agility exercises. Rep will depend on the student's goals and needs.

About Mandy
I have been singing for as long as I can remember and started studying voice at age 15. I sang in my first band when I was in high school, then 2 others while in college. Professionally, I was a back-up vocalist and percussionist with the Sam Morrison Band from 2006-2012, where I traveled all over the country. This premiere Bob Seger tribute band is signed by Titan Tribute Media and has recorded 3 albums that can be found on iTunes.

I left home to study music at Cal State, Long Beach. There, I was challenged with more difficult subjects, like opera and Lieder. My appetite continued to grow as I immersed myself in performances, competitions, and traveling the world with college choirs.

I have worked in opera companies based in southern California, including Lyric Opera of Los Angeles, Long Beach Opera, and Celestial Opera. I hav
e also been hired as a soloist at various local churches.

I was a faculty member at Orange County School of the Arts, for almost a decade, where I taught Music Theory, Music History, and Musicianship.

As a member of Belle Musique, a hand bell trio, I played and sung for weddings, funerals, and private parties.

I got to wail as the lead singer of Pine Street Band singing classic covers from CCR to Blondie to Tom Petty.

In addition, I sing and play in a band, Wheel House, where we create a unique blend of rock, blues, and funk.

It is my belief that it is never too late to follow your passion, but you have to find what really makes you happy and fulfilled!

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I teach students according to their own goals and interests. However, I must include elements that are vital in the musical world whether the student is a hobbyist or leaning toward a professional career. My instrumentalists will learn all aspects of theory including rhythm, basic theory, and musicianship. My singers will learn about breath, anatomy, alignment, and performance. This is in addition to learning fundamental repertoire.

I have very high expectations for my students and do my best to motivate and challenge them, bringing out the natural musician. I am goofy but demanding and always develop a strong and trusting relationship with each and every student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In home music studio with upright piano, electric piano, recording equipment, drum set, amps, guitars, bass, and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize vocally in opera, rock, funk, musical theater.
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Gina Weaver September 13, 2016
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Mandy has been nothing but lovely to work with, Isabella Ruby has enjoyed her lessons and can't wait to sing more!
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Michael P. August 16, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
She was wonderful,knows what is needed to get things started.Felt very comfortable with her,can't wait for the next lesson.
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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski-Wrixon July 19, 2016
· Piano ·
Mandy is a great teacher! She is very patient and works with you at your own pace.
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Mandy B.

Mandy B.

San Leandro, CA 94579
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About Rhonda S.

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Hayward, CA

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I've been teaching guitar to students of all experience levels and ages for 20 years. I structure lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of basic musicianship. I typically use Hal Leonard Guitar Method for those students who want to learn to read music.

About Rhonda
I have always had a love for music. From all the music trivia games my family won't play with me, to my large collection of records, cassettes, and CDs - I am hooked!

I made my solo performance debut at age 7 by singing "It's A Small World" acapella in a school talent show. At age 9 I started taking clarinet lessons where I learned musicianship and how to read music. Throughout my school years I also sang in choir, played tenor saxophone in the school jazz band, and hoofed it in marching band.

During my first year in college I took a beginning guitar class for fun and I never looked back! I studied classical guitar for 3 years and piano for 2 years. I ultimately received a Minor in Music from California State University, Hayward in 1990.

I have been playing guitar for 27 years. I have played professionally in the San Franc
isco Bay Area in various rock, country, and blues bands as well as playing solo acoustic performances at local coffee houses.

I have been teaching private guitar lessons for 20 years and piano for 10.I like to keep learning fun! I am a very patient, compassionate teacher who will come up with creative ways to explain/demonstrate something new.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is the most fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. And learning how to play music should be fun too! When students inquire about taking lessons from me I always ask, "What do you want to learn?" I try to keep students interested by showing them things they want to learn. I also believe in teaching the basics. Whether you want to take piano or guitar lessons I believe you should learn basic musicianship which includes learning to read simple notes and where those notes are on your instrument, rhythm concepts, and tempo. It's easier than you think! The more you know the more you can teach yourself later on, and the more you can collaborate with other musicians.

After 3 or 6 months of taking lessons with me, students will be able to read basic music notation. They will be able to play songs either by their choosing or mine, they will have self-confidence to play songs in front of an audience/friends, and they will have the knowledge to figure out how to play songs on their own.

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I studied classical guitar at Cal State Hayward and have taught different finger picking styles as well as genres such as pop and country.
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Kathleen June 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have great experience w/ Rhonda on my first day to be with her. She's attentive to her students needs & concerns. Thanks Rhonda!
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Sia K. March 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She is very patient with students, organized, reviews the materials and most important makes sure that the students understands. She is fun living and a very sweet person.
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Kylie February 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very patient, skilled, and knowledgeable. Thanks!
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Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA 94541
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About Matthew F.

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I taylor lessons to my students individual needs and desires. I believe music is an analogue to life: it's a journey that takes you to unexpected and often glorious new territory. I build a foundation using tried-and-true methods: Hal Leonard books, Eddie Lang Fingerboard Harmony, and any other material relevant to the musical direction each student wishes to go.

About Matthew
Hello Future Rock Stars!

My name is Matt Funamura. I'm a professional musician and music educator in the Greater Bay Area with over a decade of experience teaching all corners of the subject of music. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music and have been teaching in San Francisco for since 2013.

I am opening my schedule to inspired and eager students in the greater Bay Area for in-home lessons on guitar, bass, ukulele, and trumpet. Don't worry if you've never played as I believe that talent can be learned, as it comes from a desire to be the best performer you can be!

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I expect my students to own a music stand, a metronome, required lesson books, some pencils, staff paper, and a CD player or other media device.

I provide any additional lesson material at my discretion.

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zz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, Salsa, Hip-hop, RnB, and "Jam Band" styles
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Matthew F.

Matthew F.

Hayward, CA 94544
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$50 / 30-min

About Michael K.

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Saratoga, CA

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Hey guys! You can expect to have a great time learning basic guitar chords and songs that will have you or your child playing music in no time. It is important to develop that excitement for the instrument which will then result in the need to become more disciplined.

About Michael
Hi! My name is Mike and I am 28 years old. I have been playing guitar now for about 13 years. I am a national touring guitar player in the band Letters From The Fire. We recently returned from a national tour with Seether, Trapt, and Pop Evil. I have been on 17 major national tours and have played every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.

I currently teach lesson in the South Bay Area, CA. My focus has been producing and song writing for film and television. I have taken it upon my self, as a product of the local music scene, to give back and help out younger bands get to the next level in the way they conduct themselves as musicians and in their songwriting.

I am also working with Ben Moody (ex. Evanescence) on score pieces for several movies. Music is my life and its everything I do.

I can't wait to get to kn
ow you, Lets rock out!

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As a self taught musician, I know it is important to take away all of the smoke and mirrors of the instrument. It is not impossible and you can, with practice and dedication, be a great musician. I also find it necessary to make lessons fun and entertaining. Though technique is important, it is important that you enjoy playing and practicing.

I am a very laid back teacher as long as you are doing your job :) My teaching style does cater to different skill levels as well as the material you would like to learn.

I hope to make this a fun and stress free environment for anyone. You can not learn an instrument if you are afraid of your teacher and your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools 10 HD Native w/ Avid Omni interface.
Axe Fx 2 Guitar Processor and 2 Bogner Uberschall Half Stacks.
Line 6 Mini Combo
2 Esp Eclipse
1 Gibson Les Paul Studio
1 Warwick Bass
Roland V-Drum TD-20

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I can provide a guitar if need be. I ,however, would prefer students to have a guitar, tuner, and some kind of amp. (amp not necessary)
If teaching music recording, I would like the student to have a computer, DAW, and interface.

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I specialize in hard rock/metal guitar but can also teach Pop. I am knowledgeable in pro tools/musical recording as well. I also can teach music writing and music performance. As a touring musician who has toured with multi-platinum bands Seether, Fuel, 12 Stones, and The Letter Black, I pride myself on my knowledge in the industry that I can share with you.
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Rishab February 24, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He was fun, attentive and great with my son!
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Rajat M. June 14, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Michael has been a great teacher for our 7 year old son. This was the first time our son is learning guitar, and Michael got him started on the right foot. He makes the lessons fun and interesting and keeps the positive energy flowing.

Always on time - really easy to work with for schedule.
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sunitha K. July 11, 2013
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Excellent teacher

My 7 year old has been taking guitar lessons from Mike for the past 4 months. It has been an amazingly positive experience for my kid. He has learnt a great deal in such a short time all thanks to Mike's exceptional professionalism, patience and encouragement. He is very observant and is able to spot the problem areas right away, as a result, my kid is learning the right techniques from the get-go. He has the unique ability to tailor the lessons for the student and make the class very enjoyable. My kid looks forward to his lessons every week and doesn't want to stop at the end of the class :-) He is a very motivating teacher and sets high standards and my kid is eager to practice at home, so he can impress Mike at the next class!!
Our experience with Mike has been nothing short of terrific and I would recommend him highly.
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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About Neil K.

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I've been teaching guitar for the past 15 years. I help students find their unique musical voice through the study of songs and techniques they are interested in. For younger students I also use the Hal Leonard guitar method books to learn music reading. As students advance we switch to William Levitt's Modern method for guitar for jazz students, or Christopher Parkening's classical guitar method for fingerstyle players. Students should be able to play chords to their favorite tunes within 6 weeks. I teach to inspire passion for music. If you love music it makes it fun to practice. When you practice it makes music fun!

About Neil
I am a Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Arranger / and Band Leader and teacher who has been working in the greater San Francisco Bay area for the past 10 years. Originally from the East Coast and Chicago I arrived in California in 1992. I hold a Master's Degree in music from San Jose State University where I majored in Jazz guitar performance and composition / arranging. I have been passionately teaching guitar for the past 12 years to students of all ages. My goal is to teach you the music YOU want to learn while expanding your musical awareness. I am a patient and understanding teacher who will attempt to inspire students while pushing them to their playing potential. In addition to teaching I lead by example performing regularly in various Jazz ensembles. I have released a CD of original works entitled “Rivers Converge.”

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I have played and studied extensively the styles of Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical,electric and acoustic guitar. I begin lessons by teaching students the fundamentals of the instrument and after a basic grasp of the guitar is developed I encourage students to learn songs / styles of their choice so that the musical experience is fun for them. In the first few months beginning students will learn the architecture of the guitar: string names & numbers, finger numbers, fret numbers, tablature, chord diagrams, basic time signatures, strum patterns, chord charts. I divide guitar playing into 3 major principles: Lead playing / improvisation, Chord playing / accompaniment, and Melody / note reading. Lessons will reflect the development of these principles. Scales and arpeggios and music theory lead to improvisation. Chord playing, chord progressions, open chords, bar chords, & power chords are used to play rhythm guitar in songs of the student’s choice. Melody playing is developed through learning to read music. For reading studies I utilize the Hal Leonard Guitar method for beginners and William Levitt’s Modern Method for guitar for more advanced students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Converted room in garage w/ seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have guitar, music stand and two armless chairs

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Blues, and Rock styles but am equipped to teach beginning classical guitar as well. I try to combine technique and music reading with the learning of songs that interest the student.
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Inja K. August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very good !
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Randy May 26, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Neil is a very cool instructor. My 11 year old son and I are taking guitar lessons together with Neil and we both love it!
Neil is patient yet, he pushes us to achieve the next level. This is by far... a great investment for our lives.
Thank you Neil!
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Randy March 25, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We are still practicing an hour after he left. My son and I are energized and can't wait until the next lesson!
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Neil K.

San Jose, CA 95118
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About Victor S.

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Palo Alto, CA

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I offer acoustic guitar for children and adults of all levels, from first time players to very advanced players. I offer lessons teaching Country, Rock, Classic Rock and Folk style guitar. I can provide a complete curriculum including tabs/sheet music or I can can give personalized lessons on skills or music of your choice. I can teacher material in both standard notation and tablature as well as learning to play by ear. I can also prepare students to play in bands and jams.

About Victor
I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
The lesson was great I told Victor the things I struggle with most & he started me off with some basics that I need to work on & also showed me some bad habits I needed to correct all with a patient pleasant attitude I'm looking forward to the next lesson.Steve S
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor was great I haven't picked up my Guitar in it felt like forever and I had picked up a lot of bad habits he was very patient and gave me the building blocks to help me get started back on the right track.
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Shaheer M. January 25, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Had a great lesson with Victor! He knows music really well and is very patient with beginners.
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Victor S.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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About Dennis W.

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Palo Alto, CA

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I my first instrument was the drums, but later on I picked up the guitar and have become fairly advanced. I can get anyone started on playing guitar with chords, scales, and some basic songs.

About Dennis
I have been playing drums since I was 9 and have been teaching for 4 years. I currently play in a professional band in the bay area. I specialize in many genres and odd signatures. I make sure that every one of my students understand and play with proper technique and dynamics to perform like the professionals. I teach how to read music, play various types of rhythms, play to a metronome, and play along to any of your favorite songs. I will often times play another instrument with my students to give them an understanding of what it is like to play in a band setting. I also offer group lessons where multiple students learn to play different instruments together to make music.
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Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Private instruction includes everything from basic chording to advanced theory and technique, with a focus on the mechanics of the instrument. Topics covered include rhythm and technique studies, chord and scale theory, chord progressions, songwriting, musicality and performance, and improvisation. These topics are studied at a rate commensurate with the studentʼs ability.

About Michael
My name is Mike, and I have been teaching the guitar for over 20 years. I have helped hundreds of musicians develop their skills. As a performer, I have played in many bands, and shared the stage with performers such as Imagine Dragons, Train, Blues Traveler, Camper Van Beethoven, and countless others. In addition to teaching music and rock ensemble to the students at the University of San Francisco, I maintain an active schedule of teaching, performing and recording. My most memorable musical experience was playing "Imagine" on my guitar for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 2003.

My teaching philosophy is that if you understand the instrument, you can play any style of music you choose. The more you dedicate yourself to learning the fretboard, the more freely you can express yourself musically.

Private instruction includes eve
rything from basic chording to advanced theory and technique, with a focus on the mechanics of the instrument. Topics covered include rhythm and technique studies, chord and scale theory, chord progressions, songwriting, musicality and performance, and improvisation. These topics are studied at a rate commensurate with the studentʼs ability.
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Kevin Whalen December 19, 2016
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Mike is an excellent guitar teacher with a well thought out and easy to approach plan for new players. His passion, depth of knowledge, and talent are plain to see. He combines that with a real aptitude for teaching.
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Ranah Edelin November 3, 2016
· Guitar ·
Mike is great! Friendly, knowledgeable, positive, takes good notes that are helpful to refer back to later, and seems to adjust to whatever level student you are.
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Paul Gilliham September 8, 2016
· Guitar ·
What a find Mike has been. Friendly, fun, knowledgeable, Mike is a great teacher. I have been playing decades and Mike is helping teach me a boat load of new things, even in the first few lessons. I can't wait till the next one.
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San Francisco, CA 94117
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I'll include the most important things you need to know be successful at playing guitar right away. First we’ll cover basics like how to tune your guitar, how to hold your guitar, and the parts of the guitar. Then, we’ll learn the techniques, how to strum, your first chords, and how to play your very first song.

Getting into playing music right away is going to be great motivation to get you going. Once you've completed some lessons you’ll have a solid foundation for your future guitar playing and you’ll have a good idea of what direction you would like to take your playing to next.

About Owen
Hey ! I love to play Guitar and teaching is one of the most rewarding ways to keep my passion alive. I am patient, understanding and easy going.

I have a huge amount of teaching experience. I also teach physics, maths, and martial arts !
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Owen D.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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