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About Allen D.

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About Allen
Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Mu
sicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach 40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Hannah M. March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter is very shy which is why she won't try new things very often. However, after her first lesson with Allen she was excited. She said he made the lesson very fun and made her very comfortable. She learned her first two chords and is eager to practice transitioning between the chords and is looking forward to her next lesson with Allen.
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Lincoln G. February 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Allen is terrific!!!! Patient and clear he does a great job of connecting with my 7 year old. They are making ALOT of progress.
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Ryan C. April 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Allen's an awesome teacher. He definitely knows his stuff and he's a well-rounded guitar player. He's really easy going and doesn't ever make you feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. He's really helping in bringing my guitar playing to the next level.
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Allen D.

Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
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$20 / 30-min

About Carlos R.

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San Diego, CA

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I specialize in teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced theory students of all ages. Our lessons will be evenly-paced, challenging, and always fun. My many years of teaching and playing music have helped me tailor my lessons to students of all ages and abilities. I hope you are as excited to learn music as I am to teach it! Book a lesson with me today!

About Carlos
Hello! My name is Carlos and I can't wait to have you as a student! I've been teaching trumpet for over 10 years and have loved helping my students discover the joy of playing an instrument, and making beautiful music! I studied music at San Diego State University and the New England Conservatory of Music where I earned a degree in Music Performance and was an Academic Fellow. I'm an encouraging, patient, and lively teacher. We will be learning the basics of trumpet playing, and progressing each week with tailored lesson plans, all the while making beautiful music in the process. I look forwar
d to helping you reach your goals!
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Axel R. April 2, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Today was my first lesson with Carlos and he was amazing! He is very cool and funny and I really liked him. We worked on a lesson from the book he sent me. I had a lot of fun. I can't wait for my next lesson!
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Jonathan G January 5, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
I would recommend Carlos to ANY parent looking to give their child trumpet lessons, he has been teaching my son Michael for over 3 years and he has become a dear family friend. He is patient, resourceful, and has insurmountable talent with teaching children of any age, we are blessed!
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Matt D January 3, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Carlos is an extremely dynamic educator, I have studied trumpet with him for over 5 years. He's well versed in both classical and jazz. Over the years Carlos has helped me strengthen my weaknesses through his hands on approach and commitment to crystal clear communication. I recommend him to students of any age and skill level. Thanks Carlos!
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Carlos R.

San Diego, CA 92109
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About Kevin T.

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Music Theory Lessons

From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Understand the music theory behind all styles of music: Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical

About Kevin
Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music business and career development. He graduated from Musicians Institute with a performance certificate, received his BA degree with honors from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Songwriting and Performance, and received his Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Miami's Fro
st School of Music.

Kevin has written and performed myriad and diverse styles of music which include everything from jazz, rock, funk, country, blues, fusion, R&B, and classical, to world music and avant-garde. Kevin has recorded CDs and has been the songwriter, arranger, and bandleader for several original music groups. Stress Factor Zero combines rock with funk and jazz. Cloud Ex is an acoustic group combining Afro Cuban and Peruvian percussion with folk rock songs. His most recent band Stratosphere is a modern rock and funk band for artistic rockers and visionaries. They blend diverse styles of rock music with a fiery blaze of Latin percussion, sensuous saxophones, and poetic melodies with a message. Their first CD received radio airplay on over forty stations across the U.S. and Canada, and they are currently working on their third CD. Stratosphere performs throughout Southern California and is currently setting up several short tours in various cities across the U.S., Europe, and South America.

*** Lesson Details ***
Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic piano, full keyboard, 4 guitars, bass, amps, microphones, Pro Tools recording equipment, and seating for parents

*** Styles ***
Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical
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Zayden M. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Kevin was calm and patient and clearly knows how to teach children. We were very pleased with our first lesson and are excited to continue learning the guitar with Kevin.
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Elizabeth H. April 29, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Kevin is one of the best teachers I have ever encountered - not just musically either. As an educator myself I acknowledge that is takes a very special person to convey "complex" material to another in a way that is digestible, relate-able, and fun. And Kevin does just that. Honestly, I can't think of a better music teacher than him. Thank you!!
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Henry March 27, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very excellent teacher! Funny and clever
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Kevin T.

Kevin T.

San Diego, CA 92117
(12)
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$40 / 30-min

About Edward F.

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San Diego, CA

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Learn chord building, scales, harmony and form. Improve your understanding of what is happening during a chord progression and how particular chords work together in a particular key.

About Edward
Edward first became fascinated with the guitar at the age of fifteen. Before long he was putting bands together and looking for gigs. As time went on, his influences grew to include everything from classical to hip-hop to pop, but the one genre that that made the strongest impact was flamenco.
His passion led him to Spain where, after subsequent trips, he studied with some of the greatest guitarists in the business including David Serva, Emilio Maya, Paco Cortes and Rafael Santiago “Habichuela”. Between trips Edward studied classical guitar at Grossmont College and San Diego State Universit
y, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2008.
Today Edward regularly performs as a soloist and with various ensembles ranging from pop groups to flamenco troupes. His comprehensive studies in music history and theory coupled with one-on-one, ‘old world’ style lessons from flamenco masters gives him a great foundation for teaching.
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Tom August 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Edward is very good to work with. Enjoyed the lesson.
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Melba N. October 23, 2014
· Flamenco Guitar · In home
Extraordinary talent, patient, detail-oriented, and great understanding of both flamenco and classic guitar theory and execution. I have known Edward for seven years now, and his guitar technique is exceptional.

I also called Edward when I was choreographing a play at MiraCosta College and needed a guitarist to create the music for the play and perform it live. He is extremely creative, a problem-solver, and team-player. I couldn't ask for a better person to do the job.
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Jeffrey P. October 21, 2014
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
I never picked up a guitar until after age 50, and then for some unknown reason decided I wanted to learn flamenco guitar.

I've been taking lessons with Ed for about 8 months.

Ed is teaching the flamenco basics and techniques, and also makes sure he adds in some easier items so that I can see progress. The lessons are comfortable - Ed has an easy going personality that makes the lessons comfortable and enjoyable.

Very pleased with Ed as my instructor
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Edward F.

Edward F.

San Diego, CA 92109
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$42 / 45-min

About Gary R.

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Music Theory includes learning to read music, interval studies, ear training, sight reading, methods that composers use to achieve their sound, and more-

About Gary
Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My teaching methods vary from student to student, as we all learn a bit differently. I will often write custom lesson
plans for my students, as one book does not fit all. As a teacher, I enjoy a fun, relaxed learning environment designed to help you enjoy the process of becoming the best musician you can be.
I have more than 30 years experience teaching and playing music, and look forward to meeting you. Lets get started and make some music!
You can hear me performing around San Diego at Bourre', Harbor Music Hall, The Amigo Spot, and other venues as a trumpeter/vocalist.
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Shauria May 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Gary is so patient with me. I couldn't ask for a better teacher.
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Grace March 11, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Gary for three years now and i really like him. I think he is fun/funny wile still taking trumpet seriously. He helps me with band work and has also been teaching me jazz and other useful skills. I am in sixth grade and in the highest band level, symphonic band, wile all of the other sixth graders are in intermediate. i am in seventh chair out of 15 chairs and all seventh and eighth graders. I would strongly recommend Gary
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Russell March 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I came to Gary looking to improve my singing. I had been invited to join a group singing sea shanties. Not Jazz, but Gary was able to help me from the very start. He knows music, and he is an excellent teacher! I can hear the difference that his lessons have made in my singing voice. Patient, good at explaining to me what I need to learn, patient. I recommend him to anyone.
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Gary R.

Gary R.

San Diego, CA 92116
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$33 / 30-min

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