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Brian has a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University at Los Angeles and has been teaching classical guitar to students of all ages in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. Brian's special talent as a teacher of this challenging instrument is a unique ability that combines patience with enthusiasm and a deep appreciation of the genre to help his students learn, improve and achieve mastery of technique and develop their understanding of the repertoire. Students of all ages are welcome!

Below see Brian's teaching philosophy in his own words:

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

* the uniqueness of each student;
* the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
* the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
* the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new ...

About Brian
Brian discovered his talent and passion for teaching while still in college, and has been teaching guitar and piano in Southern California for over 20 years. Gifted at teaching students of all ages and abilities, he combines patience, creativity, imagination and boundless enthusiasm with solid professional training and experience. Brian also has over 10 years experience teaching piano and guitar to blind and autistic students.

A lifelong musician, Brian received his first musical training at the age of 4 and 5 years when his actor/singer Dad and musically talented Grandma taught him to sing and play the mandolin. He began piano lessons at age 5, and formal guitar instruction at the age of 10 years.

By the time he was a 14-year-old high school student, Brian was performing as lead guitarist in rock bands around Southern California
, developing mastery of rock guitar and blues performance and improvisation. Brian went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Passionate about all kinds of music, Brian's studies include choral music and conducting, Gregorian chant (at the Monastery of St. Pierre de Solesmes, France), and Master Classes with Andrés Segovia and Christopher Parkening. In 1984, he participated as a member of the Honor Choir for the ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, which included recording of original music by Philip Glass for the Olympic Games under the direction of David L. Wolper and Mr. Glass.

As a jazz guitarist, Brian continues to grow musically in association with his colleagues of the Naomi Jazz Group, and other close musical friends who include students of the late, great Ted Greene.

*** Lesson Details ***
METHOD BOOKS:
FOR PIANO: Faber & Faber Method Series
Dozen A Day Technique series
FOR GUITAR:
STEEL STRINGS: Mel Bay, Alfreds Method Book
CLASSICAL: Fredric Noad
Julio Segraras Method
JAZZ: Stanford Jazz Workshop
The National Guitar Workshop's Jazz Guitar Method Series
Real Easy Books: Beginning & Intermediate Levels

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

• the uniqueness of each student;
• the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
• the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
• the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply appropriate teaching techniques to maximize their potential. I gear my lesson plans to the individual and strive to optimize the learning potential of the student.

ENJOYMENT MAXIMIZES LEARNING:
In a lesson with me you can expect to never be bored, to laugh a lot, learn a lot, be positively engaged emotionally and challenged intellectually. I believe that learning is maximized when the student is enjoying the experience, and is faced with challenges appropriate to their skill level. I aim to make learning music fun, choosing musical selections to learn in the style and genre that relate to the student's interests and aspiration.

TECHNIQUE & UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC THEORY TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE:
When my students perform in concerts, recitals, juries, auditions, recording sessions or simply for friends and family, they have self-confidence because they know precisely the "how" and "why" of everything required to perform well. My goal with students is to build a solid foundation in instrumental technique and thorough understanding of Music Theory at their appropriate level.

PERFORMANCE:
On a monthly basis, all my students practice performing pieces they are working on during the lesson time, with family/friends as an audience if desired and appropriate, and/or using digital recording to help the student develop a critical ear for their own playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, guitar/s and guitar stands, Dynarelle cushion, footrests, Korg 88 fully--weighted digital keyboard, Zoom H4 digital recorder.

As well, I have guitars and equipment both for teaching and performance of various styles, as below. Students will have the opportunity to learn about, play and become familiar with any of these instruments/equipment according to their interests and skill levels.

GUITARS:

CLASSICAL: Ramirez Model 1A Classical (professional concert level instrument)
Cordoba (teaching/practice instrument)
Hohner Acoustic (electric)

ROCK: Fender Stratocaster (pre-CBS)
Shechter Omen6
Shechter Elite Series C1

FOLK: Martin (steel string)
Dobro

JAZZ: Oscar Schmidt by Washburn (hollow body electric)
Gibson SG (electric)

OTHER EQUIPMENT:

AMPS: Fender Twin reverb
Pevey practice amp
Rock amp

Boss GT8 Effects Pedal

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar stands, guitar/s, Zoom H4 digital recorder. Generally I do not transport my Korg 88 keyboard to the student's home for lessons, but I can if necessary. However, I do require that piano students have their own piano/keyboard or at least reliable access to one for practice between lessons.

Guitar students should also have their own guitar. I can advise on appropriate instruments and can help students find a suitable guitar for their learning level and price range.
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Jack August 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Brian was fantastic and the lesson was fun! Really pumped about my next lesson! I have some things to practice and I already feel like I can play some guitar!!
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Liana May 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have approximately taken ten or twelve lessons. I started from scratch, and Brian's input and guidance has helped me to move along pretty fast in my learning. My ear is becoming more selective. My fingers are more and more flexible. My idea of learning piano was to do so, in order to play for me and maybe one or two more people. I've learned with Brian that even if that is the case, I must still handle myself, as if I am going to be part of a band. This is teaching me the importance of counting and keeping the rhythm for me and for others. It basically helps me to have a structure. Thank you Brian
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Liana February 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Undoubtedly Brian has a deep and extensive knowledge of piano. I feel motivated by his hands-on approach to teaching.
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Brian P.

Brian P.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Cabell H.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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Learn the use of your right hand picking individual strings with efficiency and the theory to create or imitate your favorite composers.

Learn traditional classical guitar arpeggios through etude studies then understand them and create your own.

About Cabell
Cabell Harris is a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist preformer and teacher. At age 4 he began his music career on violin. At age 8 he took up piano, and by 13 Cabell discovered the guitar. Throughout high school he was understudy of a few local guitar legends.

At 18 years old Harris, left California to study at the illustrious Berklee College of Music in Boston graduating Cum Laude in 2009 with a degree in Professional Music, emphasis in Performance and Composition. Since then he has established a career in songwriting, production, accompaniment and performance. He was awarded both the 2005 and 2006 McCord Musical Scholarship as well as the 2005 Holly Kettman Memorial Scholarship.

After Berklee, Harris relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he expanded his cultural musicality as well as linguistics learning Spanish and Portugue
se. Tiring from the Argentine scene, Harris set out as a backpacker and hiked across South America up into Central America. In 2011 he reappeared on the scene in Southern California as an educator and songwriter. Currently he is active as a touring musician, songwriter, as well as producer and teacher.
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Julie March 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Best guitar teacher ever!! I really learned a lot in a very short amount of time! Very patient and very knowledgeable!
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Jacqui March 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Cabell is a great teacher who really wants you to learn all about the instrument, so you can start composing your own songs! He is a very patient teacher and has so much knowledge about music, the guitar and how to get you to the next level. I highly recommend him!
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Michael S. November 22, 2014
· Blues Guitar · In home
He's a natural teacher. You'll learn a lot from him, easily.
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Cabell H.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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About Christian C.

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Downey, CA
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Classical guitar is perfect for the beginner as well as for more seasoned players wanting to expand their musical abilities.

About Christian
Christian C. is a guitarist native of Los Angeles. He began playing guitar for over twelve years and has been publicly performing in clubs and recital halls since the age of fifteen. Christian began studying music professionally at Fullerton Community College before receiving his BM from California State University Northridge for Classical Guitar Performance. He currently is attending the Thornton School of Music at USC where he will pursue his Master’s in Music. He has been teaching guitar for over five years and emphasizes fundamental music theory as applied to the guitar technique. His lessons are often energetic and playful without loosing focus of bringing out the inner musician of his students.
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Isador A. January 8, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
I really appreciated the very detailed start to my lessons. I call tell Mr. Christian is a quality teacher.
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Dong K L. December 15, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
He is a good teacher for kid. He is a good communicator and have a patience to young kid.
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Lauren B. August 6, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Last year, I had the opportunity to study with Christian at CSU Northridge. Christian is one of the finest musicians I have come across in the years that I have been playing music. Not only does he have impressive skills with the guitar, he also has knowledge in the history of the guitar and music theory. When he was studying at CSUN, I was able to have some lessons with Christian on a baroque piece that was giving me trouble. First, I'd like to mention how patient he was with me when I was frustrated and lost in the music. Also, I was surprised at how much he knew about the music as he explained what was going on in the piece and why. Oh... did I mention that I had some AWESOME results after ONE lesson??? Do yourself the favor and check this guy out!
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Bellflower, CA 90706
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About Sean M.

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Monrovia, CA
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You can expect a personalized plan to achieve your guitar goals, whether they are for playing for personal enjoyment or preparing for the concert stage. As a recent conservatory graduate, I can assist with applications, providing you with valuable insight into the college audition process. My teaching philosophy centers around developing a passion for music through the guitar in a systematic way. My goal as an instructor is to make every stage of development expressive, musical, and easy.

About Sean
Welcome, I'm Sean and I'm excited to get started on your personalized lesson package!

I currently live in Los Angeles, where I work full time as a classical guitar instructor. My students range from complete beginners, to collegiate music majors and active professional musicians.

I received my masters degree in classical guitar performance from USC's Thornton School of Music. During the program I studied primarily under Scott Tennant of the Grammy winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, along with Maestro Pepe Romero.

Professionally, I am the first prize recipient of the 2015 American String Teachers Association 'Aron Green' guitar competition, and have done recordings for Guitar Salon International, and KUSC radio at LACMA's Sundays Live Series.

More information is available on my website: seanpmulholland.com
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David January 6, 2017
· Classical Guitar · Online
Sean is a talented and knowledgeable musician who has a thoughtful approach to teaching. He is a positive and encouraging force in a lesson; he will make you feel proud of what you've done and eager to continuing learning to play.
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Christian C. May 26, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Sean is a great instructor. I frequently use him as a substitute for my students and they all enjoy taking lessons with him.
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Sean M.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Benjamin E.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I took classical guitar lessons for four years before pursuing it in college and I have years worth of classical guitar arrangements for a variety of skill levels. For any student eager to see the amazing music that a single guitarist can create classical guitar is a great place to start.

About Benjamin
Hello aspiring guitarists! My name is Ben. I am a musician hailing from Central Ohio seeking to share my knowledge of the guitar and music theory with anyone and everyone eager to learn. I have taught guitar lessons for the last five years and I have taken guitar lessons myself for the past 9 years. In 2012 I attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio on a scholarship for classical guitar. Following my time at Capital I lived in Columbus writing music and playing guitar for several local groups while also teaching private guitar lessons. I currently play bass guitar in the Los Angeles based Moonshine Wonderland and I recently finished my first solo EP, which I recorded independently from my own home studio. My teaching style is very adaptive and fluid, focusing on the individual needs and goals of my students. From learning your favori
te songs on the guitar to mastering your major and minor scales, together we will both strive to become the best guitarist we can be.
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Sarah D. March 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Ben is a great guitar teacher- the lessons are fun and informative and he keeps the boys engaged throughout. They are progressing every week.
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Halle July 8, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Excellent. Friendly and informative
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Kayla March 9, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
My favorite weekend activity is bass guitar lessons with Ben--he's been a huge key to where I stand now with my skills. Right from the first lesson, you're already given homework and expectations to meet and ONLY because Ben absolutely does his best to help and support your goals and what you intend to accomplish in the future. He wants you to succeed. :)
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Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Lucas M.

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Altadena, CA
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I have been fortunate enough to study with many great classical guitarists since I started playing the guitar. My first instructor was a student of Andres Segovia, the father of classical guitar! I also studied with great classical guitarists while earning my degree at USC. I took years of lessons with both Adam del Monte and James Smith, and I am always glad to share everything I learned on to the next classical guitarist!

About Lucas
I have a deep passion for music making and music education. I take pride in watching my students progress, develop and excel. I have helped all level of students, from early beginners getting over the beginner lessons hump, to students preparing to enter college and hobbyists or professionals trying to sharpen their skills. I am proud of the work that I have done and love to share my knowledge and experience with others!
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Barry April 19, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great first lesson. Was really fun.
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hector April 13, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
This instructor very good. Very patient and I learned a lot today.. very happy customer
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Bonnie B. April 13, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Lucas accompanied me yesterday playing jazz guitar while I sang some jazz standards. The experience was incredible and touching. I look forward to singing with Lucas again. Thanks.
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Lucas M.

Lucas M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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About Chris V.

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Chatsworth, 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.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Anthony C.

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Long Beach, CA
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Guitar lessons with me are designed to help students achieve their musical goals. I place high importance on building student self confidence, through improvisation, composition, and technique building exercises. I also place high importance on the use of technology in lessons (beat making, recording techniques, amplifier/effect pedal usage, etc.)

About Anthony
Anthony has a great passion for working with students and helping them to succeed in achieving their own musical goals. As a teacher, Anthony’s primary motivation is to foster creativity, confidence, and independence in his students. Through a focus on musicianship, music theory, and technique, Anthony hopes to cultivate student’s abilities to learn and comprehend music quickly and efficiently. Over the course of several lessons, students will ideally develop methods to create music ways that reflect their personal voices. Anthony encourages his students to be confident improvisors as well as performers of written music and to make use of both acoustic and electric media.
Beyond teaching, Anthony is a composer, guitarist, and technologist based in Southern California. Through his compositions, Anthony explores questions relating to gestu
re, modularity, and metaphorical representation. Over his career as a composer, Anthony has developed a voice that focuses on both intricate systems and improvisatory practices. Combining the sound worlds of both acoustic and electronic instruments in his compositions, Anthony invents ideas to resonate with audiences of all types. His pieces have been performed internationally, with premieres in the United States, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain. Anthony’s most recent project is a solo electronic rock show, that used interactive technologies, for real-time beats and effects – Songs For A New Era
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Anthony C.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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$50 / 30-min

About Joe M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I really enjoy helping students of all ages to achieve great things with music. I help students have gained confidence and understand all aspects of music and their instrument. In addition to guitar I also teach ukulele, bass, piano, voice, banjo, songwriting and music production.

About Joe
I've been playing guitar since I was 5 years old, playing live gigs since I was 10, writing songs since I was 14 and I love teaching and talking about music. I have played at Renaissance Festivals, Parades, Concert Halls, Live Theater, Film Scores and Video Game scores.
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Joe M.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Shai B.

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Hey there!
My passions are technique and accuracy; by perfecting technique comes a deeper understanding of theory. I have lots of teaching methods that will encourage you to play your favorite songs and styles with the sounds you like.
I'll focus on the very basics of guitar theory in order to get to a higher level of understanding music theory.
I will challenge you! We will have lots of fun and you will see, hear, and feel your own improvements with my teachings.

About Shai
If you are fascinated about guitar technique and awesome weird sounds that you can do with your guitar, you will like having lessons with me.

I began as a classical guitar player, studying traditional classical pieces and applying them to my guitar. During that time I began to explore and became drawn to rock music, virtuoso guitarists, and heavy metal. My fascination with the electric guitar, the techniques, the speed and all the things that comes with it are still pulling me in.

Later on in life I fell in love with Flamenco, specifically Paco De Lucia.
I learned his songs and combined it with my own music while studying fusion and finger picking styles; every style I liked, I learned, I mastered, but I know, as much as I teach, I also learn.

Today I play in LA and Israel, I produce projects, record guitar tracks and songs, and teac
h at my studio or online.

As a teacher I will challenge you! I will give you multiple exercises and lots of homework. Over the years, my students have won guitar contests, gotten into successful bands, and are touring around the world. If you are willing to work hard, you will get better! You will see, hear, and feel the difference in your playing. I'll show you the way and will be with you step by step.

Looking forward to meet you!
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Nir May 19, 2018
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This guy is much more than a guitar teacher :)
Probably the best there is.
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Ely May 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I know Shai for many years and he is an amazing friend and incredibly dedicated musician! If you want to work hard at guitar, or musicin general, get those chops and timing going, flamenco, whatever it is, Shai is the man!!
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Shai B.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
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$42 / 30-min

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