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About Nahal D.

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About Nahal
Music is the food for the soul. It inspires and influences people whether they are musicians or not.

I started playing the piano when I was 10. My parents took me for piano lessons to introduce me to music and see whether I’d like it. Well, I loved it! I have been playing since then and music has become part of my life. I have been taking piano lessons with 3 different private instructors. My recent private piano teacher is a student of Iran’s most well-known pianist and composer, Emanuel Malek Aslanian. My focus area is classical piano music. Some of my favorite composers include Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert and Bach. However, I enjoy music from all over the globe and love discovering new musical styles and pieces I can play !

I have been teaching piano for over 6 years. I love teaching and I love piano. I have been
fortunate enough to combine these two to be able to create a loving and inspiring environment for my students to learn and discover their talents. I also love working with people of different age groups. When I teach, I always learn a lot from my students and I always find so much excitement in working with people.

As for my education, I have a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UCSD. The cool thing is that music and Mathematics are totally related. Music Theorists often use mathematics to understand music. I have realized my educational background has helped me to understand music more in depth and improve my technical piano playing skills.

I am originally Persian. I speak both English and Farsi.

I am really delighted and look forward to meeting you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano is required at the location.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my specialization. However, I always look for students' talents and interests when teaching them.
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Katherine S. September 29, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Nahal has been a great teacher for my eleven year old daughter. She is very patient and makes the process of learning a new instrument fun and stress-free which is important in order to inspire young people to continue playing. I hope that she will continue to teach for many more years!
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DianeH1 May 29, 2012
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Nahal is very knowledgable and patient. She enjoys teaching music. I've learned a lot just starting out.
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CherylR July 12, 2011
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Doing a great job! Ruby loves her and she is making piano fun!
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Nahal D.

Nahal D.

San Diego, CA 92130
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$35 / 30-min

About Matthew G.

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Carlsbad, CA
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About Matthew
A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals pro
vided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

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Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

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Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Jessica September 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
We could not be happier with Matthew! He has the perfect deameanor and teaching technique for our 7 year old. Our son has learned an unbelievable amount in the last two months, but more importantly, he thinks playing is fun. We are so happy to have found Matthew!
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Michael August 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Matthew has been great for my son, Michael! He has learned a lot in a short period of time!
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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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Matthew G.

Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
(15)
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$35 / 30-min

About Alex M.

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About Alex
I am passionate about sharing with you all the knowledge that I've obtained from over 45 years of of studying piano with some of the best teachers available in the country. I will help you to both discover that sound image that is only yours and then to work on how to make that image come alive for you at the keyboard. I promise that working together will be a fun and inspiring adventure into that most expressive form of communications which is Music. One of the best ways to judge a teacher is by the way he plays. I am a performing teacher, still studying, and will be giving my second solo recital at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad in February 2013 and will be playing masterpieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. You are, of course, invited to the recital or it would be my pleasure to play for you at my studi
o or your home. Looking forward to sharing and learning more about our craft by spending some quality musical time with one another.

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I am considered to be a easy going guy but it is my job to be sure that value is obtained from investment, so I will let my students know when they are not completing their reasonable assignments. That said, I can't wait to share with you all the joys I feel about teaching. I didn't know anything about the piano at age 21 but seven years later I gave my Senior Recital and earned my BA degree with a Piano Major so I know how difficult it can be to start lessons as well as being able to advance at any level. We will learn how to understand basic theory to include notation, intervals, chord structure, scales and arpeggios and well as to learn or improve your ability to sight read without having to continually look down at your hands. All technical problems will be understood and solved so that you will be able to play those pieces you love at your ability level. Being able to play with a firm knowledge of a composer's life, his composition style and historical background is a sure sign of one that has studied with a fine teacher. It is my hopes that that teacher will be me. Thank you for your time and consideration.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room area w/ grand piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
A Piano and assigned sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Have in depth knowledge in the Taubman Approach, the Whitside Piano Technique and the Mathay System
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Marlon M. May 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Alex is a wonderful teacher, patient and understanding of the needs of our son, i have seen the improvement in hist technique and the enthusiasm when it is time to practice, we are pleased to have found him.
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Mei-Lan S. January 11, 2014
· Piano ·
Alex is a wonderful piano teacher in all respects. He inspires me to try to do my very best.

Alex's enthusiasm and love for music is contagious and very motivational. He is simultaneously challenging and encouraging. He is very meticulous and knowledgeable in his teaching methodology. Overall, he is very generous in sharing his expertise and his passion for the piano.
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Jules N. October 11, 2012
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Patient and Encouraging!

Alex obviously has a love for music, and a passion for teaching. I look forward to my lessons because he is always pointing out my improvements, no matter how small.
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Alex M.

Chula Vista, CA 91913
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About Dilys Y.

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San Diego, CA
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About Dilys
Ms Dilys has been teaching since 2001. She has taught children and adult of all experience levels. Her goal is to help students to make their musical experience in a fun and fulfilling way by implementing games and other teaching tools.
Ms Dilys received the performance diploma from Associated Board of Royal School of Music. She is a national certified piano teacher from Music Teachers National Association.

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For young beginners, I use a lot of listening and singing games to increase their interest in learning music. They will be able to read music notes after 3 months and be able to play some short pieces By using the right method, it becomes easy in reading notes.

I hold recitals once to twice per year which give important experiences for our children. For advanced students, i encourage them to take cert
ificate examination and to participate in other competitions

I believe we are striving for the same goal --- make this music learning experience FUN and FULFILLING

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All games tools are provided by myself. I expect my student have their own books

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Classical, Pop, Easy Jazz
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Caleb O. July 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very nice and patient teacher. Made the first lesson fun and not boring or overwhelming for my 5 year old. He sat through the whole 30 minute lesson without any problems because she kept it interesting for him.
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Caleb S. August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Dilys is very skilled in the art of teaching. She is very fluid. In only one lesson my son was playing a song. I feel we have found our life-long piano instructor.
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CynthiaM September 21, 2011
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Dilys is a great teacher. She keeps my son engaged and makes sure he learns all the skills needed while making it fun for him by incorporating songs that he enjoys.
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Dilys Y.

Dilys Y.

San Diego, CA 92128
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$35 / 30-min

About Dave R.

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About Dave
Hello! My name is Dave..Let me help spark your curiosity, your creativity and your inspiration with drumming!

All you'll need to start is a pair of sticks!

Please read my reviews! Students and parents enjoy learning from me and I love teaching them and becoming friends with them too!

Maybe you'd like to get help learning a song, Maybe you'd like someone to work with you through a particular drum book, or maybe you're looking for a complete course in drumming, to help you achieve your drumming goals. Allow me to help!

You'll learn to play drum grooves and rudiments.
You'll learn to read drum music and learn some music theory.
I'll show you how to figure out and play along with your favorite songs too!

I'll even help you find a band if you want to! I have for several of my students...

I've been teaching for years and ye
ars, and in San Diego since 2006. I teach ALL levels of musicianship from beginner to working drummers.

I've taught at School of Rock, Hope Elementary school, California Music Studios, TakeLessons and privately since 2006 in San Diego and decades of teaching in New York City, Virginia, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.

My current band I play with is Mr. Growly. Google us!

When not drumming with bands, I attend open mic's regularly and sit-in with as many great musicians as I can...I love drumming!
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Kai November 7, 2017
· Drum · In home
Dave was great. Our 7 year old son had a good time and was excited to practice and learn more.
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Jared May 19, 2017
· Drum · Online
Dave is the perfect match for my son. He is so encouraging and upbeat. This past week my son was discouraged about drumming and Dave went above and beyond to encourage him by sending him a motivational video. This meant a lot to my son and helped to challenge his mindset. We are so happy to have found Dave on Take Lessons!
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Ayanna .. May 5, 2017
· Drum · Online
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Dave R.

Dave R.

San Marcos, CA 92078
(14)
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About Shamaya H.

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San Diego, CA
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About Shamaya

Playing Music &/or singing is like >>Avatar>Pandora

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Fatina M. November 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Shamaya was very sweet and knowledgeable, she took her time to explain everything to me and made it so easy to understand.
She was ready and had copies of instructions to leave behind for reference.
Will continue with my lessons
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Matthew M. September 28, 2017
· Piano · Online
The first lesson is great! For our son, Thank you, Shamaya.
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Nadin September 14, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Shamaya H.

Shamaya H.

San Diego, CA 92101
(5)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

About Lawrence P.

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La Jolla, CA
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About Lawrence
Lawrence P. is a pop/r&b/gospel singer who recently went viral with millions of views on Youtube. He is from San Diego, CA and has been trained and continues to train with UCSD's Gospel Choir Professor Ken Anderson (since January 2010).

Lawrence now gives back to his community by coaching and teaching students in singing, and they have seen vast improvements in breath control, power, stylistic vocal trills (or fancy vocal runs) vibrato, stage presence and especially confidence.

Lawrence graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from UCSD in 2012 and has knowledge of singing techniques, exercises and tips on auditioning/performing (Lawrence has advanced through multiple rounds of American Idol, the X-Factor and The Voice).

Lawrence would love to teach any and all ages.

If you like what you hear, hit the "BOOK ONLINE" button and
get acquainted with an up and coming artist that wants to give back to his community!
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Beliansh November 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Lawrence is an incredible singer & coach. Although nervous in my first lesson I felt at ease rather quickly. He asked my experience & goals then we began. A great intro. He taught me exersizes & we sang scales & jumped in to singing a song. He was patient with me and helped me navigate the song line for line. He suggested songs to take home and practice while also considering songs I want to learn, if I'd like to perform them etc. I found him after weeks of research. He was flexible with my schedule & meeting location. I think his style and passion will take me where I need to go. I look forward to continuing lessons with him.
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Jazzy Crosby August 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I have never taken a vocal lesson in my life, but as an aspiring actor trying to increase my skills, I thought it's time I go ahead and learn to sing.

Felt super nervous my first month, but Lawrence helps chill you out and definitely works with you to get out of your comfort zone.
I already feel and hear a difference in my singing voice - so I'm super stoked about my progress in the months to come.

It's also great that he's still working and getting his own gigs because it keeps him current on what being a performer is all about.

He's super talented and always gets over 10k on his youtube videos, like for real- if you're going to learn a talent you should definitely learn from someone whose killing it! Highly Recommend!

Lawrence, you're stuck with me bro.
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Bao H. August 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lawrence is a very good, super chill instructor, an amazing singer and is also very good at explaining the technical elements of singing. He is also very professional with his appointments as well.
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Lawrence P.

Lawrence P.

La Jolla, CA 92093
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About John M.

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I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and
patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Miles November 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
John was patient, kind and very encouraging with My 7 year old son. He was able to keep him engaged, interested and inquisitive the entire 30 minutes. We are looking forward to his next lesson.
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Sarah October 16, 2017
· Drum · In home
John has been a great drum instructor for our 9 year old son. In a short period of time, John has taught him tons of skills and also helped develop his love of drumming. He keeps it fun, easy and motivational, but also has challenged our little drummer. He is very encouraging and positive with our son's progress. John is always on time and is a great communicator. We definitely recommend John!
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Lynne April 13, 2017
· Drum · Online
I picked the perfect instructor for me! John is genuine, fun, extremely knowledgeable on drums and a great communicator! He took time to learn about my goals and has given me direction for achieving them. I feel like I am in great hands and look forward to future lessons!
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John M.

John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
(10)
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$35 / 30-min

About Ronald Chaz B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Ronald Chaz
As a music and foreign language education specialist Ronald structures and restructures educational programs for leisure, college matriculation, and as degree course components administered by the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Testing-USA), ACT (American College Testing), HSC (Higher School Certificate-Australia), Trinity College London (external studies dept for Music, Speech, Drama, and English as a foreign language), the Certificate of Merit program (MTAC), and other music examinations boards such the R.S.M. and R.C.M. His subjects of expertise are: Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance - taken up in either English or as a Music program immersed in language programs in either Spanish, Italian, or German; and language courses from Beginner's to Advanced Conversational / Literature in English, Spanish, Italian, and German;
as well as French from Beginner's through Advanced levels.

He is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in EDUCATION in the fields of Music, Spanish and German Literature, with a minor in Linguistics, French, and Italian Studies from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).

He is fluent (native speaker fluency) to teach Music in language immersion programs in these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya).

He also has advanced students with an Associate Degree (A Mus TCL) and B Mus candidates teaching at much lesser rates.
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Maria J. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent! knowledgeable, friendly, easy to follow. Great introduction for a total beginner.
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Angelika April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have taken lessons with Ronald since I was 6, I am now 23. In my 17 years of taking lessons I have learned to play piano, sing and am proficient in music theory. In the more recent years I have even had the opportunity to teach music through Ronald. Throughout the years, I have experienced and witnessed the patience and kindness Ronald consistently shows his students. He encourages his students to become better and shares in their enthusiasm due to their accomplishments. Ronald genuinely cares about his students and is dedicated to making sure his students improve. I fully recommend Ronald for students who have parents who want to be involved in the learning process and especially for young children who are just starting out. Ronald works well with families, includes parents every step of the way and is very patient with young students helping them learn in an open and encouraging environment.
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Sarah March 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mr.Chaz is really dedicated to his profession. He started to teach my seven year old son over one year ago and he has motivated him to sing his best and he started piano with him last year which has been a phenomenal experience for my son. Chaz really focuses on the detail, theory and groundwork necessary to excel in music. If you are lucky enough to get your child started with him you will never regret the experience. He is simply the best! My son sings all the time now and loves to play piano. I am so happy for my son to have found someone to expand on his talents!
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Ronald Chaz B.

Ronald Chaz B.

San Diego, CA 92129
(8)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

About Gonzalo D.

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San Diego, CA
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The harmonica is my whole world. I first witness the harmonica live at a Festival, I was in awe. I waited after the harmonica player got off stage and right then and there asked about lessons, I spent 5 years training with that man as my blues harmonica mentor. I'd like to share the big magic of this little instrument with you. You'll be surprised how with a bit of practice and patience we can quickly get you from the basics to making fun, musical, expressive sounds along with your favorite tunes. I presently play a variety of traditional americana music and experiment with more modern styles of alternative and electronic dance music, playing the harmonica acoustically and through computer software.

I take pride in customizing my teaching techniques for each individual student. Guiding them to a place where playing music on the harmon
ica can be stress free and a joy. Playing harmonica has always been the highlight of my day, I love showing others how to achieve the same.
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Ryan W. January 14, 2017
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson with Gonzalo. This guy lives and breathes the harmonica. Really happy so far. Definitely learning from the best. Very patient and great calm vibe. Looking forward to continuing...
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Aaron D. January 12, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
As a fellow/professional musician in San Diego, I'd have to say that Gonzalo is one of the premier harmonica players in the area. He has a diverse background in music, understands and can perform a multitude of styles, works well with others, is charismatic, and has a great ear! As a teacher, he tailors lessons to the individual student based on his/her goals and background, but most importantly, he loves music, and his enthusiasm rubs off on his students and others around him. If you want to learn the harmonica, Gonzalo is the man!
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Allen D. January 9, 2017
· Harmonica · In studio
I've been playing music with Gonzalo on a professional level for years. I consider him to be the most well diverse harmonica player in San Diego. He's a quick thinker on the spot, listens really well, takes the lead and knows when to sick back when needed. He's very engaged in what he does and he appreciates any and all questions when it comes to learning music. I'm always learning something new when I'm playing music with Gonzalo. I highly recommend checking this guy out!
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Gonzalo D.

Gonzalo D.

San Diego, CA 92116
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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