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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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About Julie D.

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Tustin, CA
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Be the boss! Take control of your digital camera. Tutoring sessions with Julie can help you learn the mysteries of digital photography, can jump start your creativity, or guide you along your journey in photography,

Our online sessions are proving to be VERY effective with significant cost savings in travel time, effort and productivity.

Julie earned the Photographic Craftsman degree in January 2014 and Certified Professional Photographer in May 2015 from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) .

These degrees are not merely pieces of paper. It means that Julie has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She was awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor. The CPP designation demonstrates the knowledge and experience of a professio
nal who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.

Julie'™s degrees and all the expertise it requires ”illustrates her accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

Join Julie as she takes the mystery out of digital photography!
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Lowell I. August 10, 2017
· Photography · Online
Julie is not only knowledgeable but has a very good sense for how to teach. She will work according to your speed and understanding. Highly recommend for novice photographers who want to get started and feel overwhelmed with info and camera choices.
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Diane August 4, 2017
· Photography · In studio
I have had the pleasure of taking several in class and online classes with Julie. Her knowledge of photography is top level. She can explain topics to me in a manner that is easy to understand and has answered my questions patiently. Looking forward to more sessions with Julie in the future!
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amanda August 4, 2017
· Photography · Online
Julie was very helpful in assisting me to organize my pictures and understanding how to use Lightroom..
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Julie D.

Julie D.

Tustin, CA 92780
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About Ronald K. H.

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La Mirada, CA
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About Ronald K.
HAVE SOME FUN WITH YOUR CAMERA TAKE IT OFF AUTO !

Pro Photographer for over 40 Years. From East coast to West.
Teacher for over 15 years in 5 Cities. Pro Wedding Photographer for
over 28 years. I have shot over 160 wedding. Shooting now for 3 Mag's
Sports and other.
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Raquel E. November 9, 2015
· Photography · In studio
Friendly and full of experience. I am learning a lot and excited to use my camera.
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Buena Park, CA 90620
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About Richard G.

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Las Vegas, NV

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I can't wait to work with you! I am passionate about the subjects I teach, and find nothing can compare to seeing a student "get it", so they may too enjoy the passion that comes from learning and doing something they love.

Everything I teach I've learned most completely by doing as a Professional, and find great reward in sharing my experience and knowledge with my students.

When the "aha" light goes on, it's truly a wonderful moment for me, and encourages me to drive my students to build towards more of those moments as students, and then ultimately, for themselves as they learn to grow for themselves.
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Frankie L. October 27, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Hi Richard!

Thanks again for your time and info yesterday. I will email you soon, and we will figure out when we should meet for our next class.

Have a great day!

Frankie
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Rodney September 23, 2015
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Great very informative
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About Gilbert M.

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Anaheim, CA
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About Gilbert
I have worked for many Colleges and Kids Sports organizations. I have been background checked many times. I also teach kids of many ages at The Arbor Learning Center home schooling group.

Mr. M. is a CG artist. Like many, his love for art started in grade school and evolved in high school. While running his own T-Shirt Design company, "Extreme Limitations", he was able to quickly see the power of design, layout, color, and typography.

With over twenty years of experience in Graphic Design, Illustration, Prototype Design, Game Art, and Motion Graphics, Mr. M. now spends his time teaching students in many different graphic disciplines. He has been at Norco College since 2006 teaching 3D Modeling, Animation, Beginning and Advanced Photoshop, Illustrator, Digital Sculpting and Character Design. He has also taught 3D Modeling, Anim
ation, Drawing, Motion Graphics, and Video Editing at Coastline Community College, and Cypress College, Santa Ana and is now teaching 3D Modeling at Mt. SAC.

In his free time, Mr. M. freelances for companies helping production schedules that are running behind. In 2009, Gilbert won an Emmy.
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Rashad S. January 14, 2017
· Drawing · Online
i learn alot from where i need to improve on. taught me its alway best to practice everyday so i can become better and improve and to not just trace or copy go by what i see. he is a good teacher and i will come back
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Jade April 22, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In home
This experience really helped me grasp important concepts that I otherwise would have never known. I feel like I learned A LOT in only 3 classes and I can't wait to learn more. Gil was very productive; he based the lessons on what I use Photoshop for and actually allowed us to work on projects that I had to do for work, instead of just teaching what he wanted to teach. He was SUPER patient and never made me feel bad for stopping to take notes. I would definitely recommend him to anyone trying to learn a computer program he is knowledgeable in. This is totally irrelevant, but he has cool hair too! Thanks Gilbert!
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Jessica April 15, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Great, helpful experience
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Gilbert M.

Anaheim, CA 92804
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About Tanna M.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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About Tanna
HI there! My name is Tanna and I am professional photographer with an emphasis on children and pets. I can teach you how to easily use your DSLR (digital) camera to capture your special moments, without having to learn advanced techniques or art history lessons. Maybe you just got a new "big" camera for your birthday and can't wait to take some professional photos but you have no idea where to start! You tried taking photos of your kids and your dog but they just come out dark, blurry, or out of focus. I can help you with that!
This class is geared towards beginners that want to take professional looking photos with a digital camera without sitting through college courses. You may use a DSLR or a point-and-shoot. We will go over the basic functions of your digital camera and how to take photos using Manual and Semi-Automatic modes.
I have taught kids and adults of all ages and I will give you custom handouts to take home so you don't forget what you've learned in the lesson. I always recommend at least two lessons, the first lesson is geared towards learning how to use your camera and the second lesson is actually taking it out and using it with my guidance.
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Andrew April 15, 2016
· Photography · In home
The first lesson went pretty good. Looking forward to more lessons for my son.
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Mel S. July 29, 2015
· Photography · In studio
Tanna was very knowledgeable, and helpful to Rochus. She made a lot of effort to show interest and make the lessons enjoyable. We highly recommend her!
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Libby S. July 20, 2015
· Photography · In studio
Had a wonderful lesson with Tanna. My daughter is 14 and just got a new camera for her birthday. Tanna explained how to operate all the different functions to her. She was very patient with her. Tanna is a "must" if you have a new camera.
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Tanna M.

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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$160 / 90-min

About Gordon L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Gordon
Hello! My name is Gordon L. and I would love to help you or your child discover your passions and work towards reaching any academic or artistic goals!

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I am fortunate to have had an exceptional academic foundation. I attended Punahou School K-12 earning high marks and went on to graduate college from the University of California, Berkeley. I have a variety of expertise and tutoring experience in these subjects:

- Computer Programming
- Math
- Chinese
- Humanities
- SAT

Outside of school, I have also always been an artist and hobbyist, heavily investing myself in various forms of creative expression including:

- Dance (hip-hop/urban)
- Photography (DSLR, Lightroom/Photoshop)
- Card magic/Card flourishes (look it up :P)

Over the years, I have found that my enthusiasm for both people
and learning different things greatly enriches my life and those around me. If you're looking for someone who can introduce you to a variety of subjects, I'm your guy. I love learning about anything and everything and hope to encourage others to explore their passions. Furthermore, though my interests are many and varied, I have also committed years into training, have a solid grasp on their principles, and can confidently say that I am a qualified expert. I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn with me!
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· Adobe Photoshop · Online
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Shannon J. June 20, 2017
· Computer Programming · Online
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Brendan April 13, 2017
· Magic · Online
I really like Gordon better than all the other instructors I've had
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About Adler R.

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Huntington Beach, CA
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Hello, my name is Adler Romero. I am a 3d artist with a degree in Game art & Design, and over 5 years of experience in Games both digital and analog, animation, collectible figures and 3d printing. I currently teach part time at the Art Institute of California - Orange County, as well as teach privately online. Outside from teaching I am a small business owner that I manage from my home. We prototype and manufacture very small runs of collectible figures. Trying to help smaller artist get there characters and brands seen in a physical form.

On my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, I have beautiful twin daughters and one amazing fiance that are my world. I also enjoy playing video games, doing martial arts, being outdoors, and learning more skills to make me a better artist and teacher.
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James March 28, 2017
· Sculpture · Online
Adler is patient with me while also trying to push me forwards in the same moment, great to talk to about the lessons or even just normal things, sometimes it starts to seem more like I'm just getting some pointers from a friend instead of learning from a teacher. He knows what he is doing and knows that I can only do so much at times, he guides me through the lesson instead of just teaching it like most teachers I know of. Starting off he was able answer my repetitive questions about something that he might do without thinking, and will describe what he wants of me while teaching, not always serious or just going off on his own, expecting others to know exactly what he is doing. A great teacher and more like a friend than teacher at times.
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Charlie March 23, 2017
· Sculpture · In studio
Adler is a great instructor that really knows his stuff. He is a super friendly person to talk to and his knowledge will greatly help students at any of their level.
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Ashley E. March 22, 2017
· Sculpture · In studio
Adler is a teacher who I'm fortunate enough to also call a friend. He is very passionate about art, is a very positive influence, and fun to be around. He doesnt sugar coat his critiques on your work but isnt harsh about it either. He gives many good pointers and advice, knowing how guide students to better foundations and improvement.
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Adler R.

Adler R.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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$15 / 30-min

About Jessica S.

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Norfolk, VA
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I've been living off of my own artwork the past several years learning any available medium for art and how to adapt to the constantly changing demands. This has been a side job for over 10 years now and my teaching style is very forward and clear, includes practices to build on and games to challenge yourself. Teaching groups is fine so if you want to buddy up, the more the merrier! My only request for groups is for everyone to be at a similar skill level to help keep everyone actively engaged.

To view my artworks either check out www.Facebook.com/justjesspage (enter in full web address to avoid confusion with other pages) or Instagram @ justjesspage

I can teach a lot more than what is offered on this site such as mold casting, jewelry casting, resin casting, facepainting, and sfx /cosplay. If you want teaching in these message me fi
rst before booking to work out supplies (booking will still be done here though).
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Jessica S.

Jessica S.

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$17 / 30-min

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