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About David B.

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After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Layci L. February 15, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Today was my 8 yr old grand daughter's first session with Dave and she was a little nervous about her first lesson. Dave was very patient and very pleasurable.
On the way home, my grand daughter told me she liked Mr. Dave, had a lot of fun and can't wait for next week's lesson.
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Chloe February 8, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great teacher! I learn so much more in my lessons with David than I think I ever would anywhere else. He is very patient and breaks down music theory so it is easy to understand. Bass is tricky for me and he helps me understand my place more and provides context. He also instills a lot of confidence in my abilities and gives great feedback. And he's a lot of fun!
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Jeremiah & Brayden H. January 21, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Dave is a great guitar teacher. My son and I both take lessons from him. We look forward to going to the lesson, we have a great time at the lesson and we are learning a lot. Would highly recommend Dave.
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
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About Chad N.

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La Jolla, CA
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I teach with a fun approach that gets you up and running on your instrument and playing songs quickly. My lessons are completely tailored to each student depending on their goals. If you want to play songs I'll teach you the quickest way to learn how to play songs. If you want to be a great all around player I'll teach you how to play lead patterns, use theory for writing, play chords and how to play and write full songs.

About Chad
I'm an easy going and fun music teacher with real life experience. I build and taylor my lessons around "Your" goals not mine. Ultimately my goal is to make your experience FUN. Want to play songs? I can get you up and running within a couple weeks with simple strategies that accelerate your learning curve and bypass all the boring stuff that may only keep you further from your goal.

My experience? I've been performing and writing songs for 15 years, with 3 critically acclaimed albums and several North American Tours. I've accumulated an abundance of wisdom and skills, which I'd like to pass on to my students. Learn from a real pro who actually makes a living as a performing musician. Specialties include acoustic guitar and songwriting.

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Once again, my lessons are planned around your own goals, bu
t I'll provide a broad description of all the stuff you can learn if you want to here:

Guitar: Learn how to play your first song or learn how to play and sing at the same time. Lessons include:
1) Learn scales and finger placement for max efficiency
2) Learn chords and finger placement for quick changes
3) Learn to play any song by learning basic chord structure and rhythm.

Songwriting: Learn the basics of songwriting with lyrics, melody and structure.
1) Learn about titles and themes
2) Learn about lyrics and how to really engage an audience with rhyming and imagery
3) Learn about structure including verses, bridges and chorus
4) Learn about melody and how to make original creative melodies
5) Learn about recording your song and picking the right tempo

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools Recording for Songwriting
Microphones = Dragonfly Blue and SM58

*** Travel Equipment ***
Martin DC10 acoustic
Fender Stratocaster

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic Guitar
Songwriting
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Josh May 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Outstanding teacher!
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Jennifer May 26, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Chad bring such an amazing dynamic to teaching my children. He really tailors his teaching to meet the unique needs of each child. My one daughter really likes to challenge herself, she is very focused and enjoys creating her own music. He honed in on this right away and each lesson is filled with just the amount of intensity and instruction along with patience and fun to allow my daughter to explore what she likes best in her music style.

My son is the opposite. He plays electric guitar. He is not focused, but he loves the sound and working with Chad. Chad makes him feel just as accomplished as my daughter and offers him great patience and redirection. My son always looks forward to his lesson and has maintained his enthusiasm for guitar whereas other things he's tried he has quickly lost interest.

Chad is simply the best there is. Not to mention he is EXTREMELY talented and has a great singing voice :)
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Mike May 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher, great understanding of the students needs.
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Chad N.

Chad N.

La Jolla, CA 92037
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About Nikola M.

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San Diego, CA
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Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.

In addition to stints in various rock bands, studio session work and 16 years of playing experience, Nik's development of teaching guitar was made possible by having achieved a firm musical background throughout his earlier years of performing with orchestra ensembles. As a classically trained brass player, Nikola studied music under college guitar professor Gary Tuttle and award winning SDSC band director/guitarist Phillip S. Marcus.

Nikola's client list has included the likes of music producer and composer Toby Weiss (son of jazz legend and Guitar I
nstitute of Technology co founder Joe Diorio) pro touring guitarist Christopher Eck of the band Masterguru, former students of guitar virtuosos Greg Howe and Joe Stump and many other serious amateur and professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Nikola's goal as a teacher is to convey his knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing his own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. While his exploits in rock guitar gymnastics continue to attract and inspire new players, Nik's approach to teaching is simplistic, yet highly effective and suitable for young beginners and adults of all ages.

Nikola M's guitar lessons are professional, insightful, progressive and cover a wide and exciting spectrum including:

The Rudiments of Music

* Chords
* Rhythm studies
* Scales
* Warm up stretches
* Sight reading for beginners
* Theory
* Modes

Technique and Repertoire

* Lead improvisation
* Ear training
* Dynamics

Master Class

* Sweep picking
* Speed picking
* Arpeggios and pentatonics
* Two-hand tapping
* Chicken picking
* Blues improvisation

*** Travel Equipment ***
Amplifier (if needed)

*** Specialties ***
Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my goal as a teacher is to convey my knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing my own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. In addition to teaching various genres like pop, jazz, country and folk, I specialize in instructing virtuoso rock and progressive metal guitar techniques.
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IrisL May 5, 2011
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He's an excellent instructor and very talented musician. He is very knowledgeable of all the music theory and techniques I need to be a good bass player. I highly recommend him to anyone.
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Nikola M.

Nikola M.

San Diego, CA 92122
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About Jesse H.

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Del Mar, CA

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Learn any song you want from any time. I have a good ear and can pick any song off a CD or YouTube. I can then write it out for you and teach it to you in any key. Don't be afraid, I like to use Tablature so you don't need to be able to read music.

Do you want to play Lead Guitar? I can teach you all the scales, arpeggios & Pentatonics that you need to know to become a rock 'n' roll guitar god!

About Jesse
Jesse H. plays guitar with The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best-known dance and party bands. But he’s more than just a rock-and-roller — he’s studied jazz and classical guitar with other master musicians.

His lessons focus on developing:

- Right and left hand technique
- Finger picking and flat picking
- Tonal and sound quality
- Playing and singing
- The ability to play a solo
- Chords, scales, and arpeggios

Jesse’s broad skill set allows him to teach a variety of styles, though he’s happy to focus on one particular style if that’s what the student prefers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take guitar or ukulele lessons from one of the top musicians in San Diego.

*** Overview ***
I studied jazz guitar with Peter Sprague and classical guitar with Celin Romero. While at UCSD, I studied with Pepe Romero in master class
es. In 1982, I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. During my time with the band, I’ve learned and performed many classic rock hits. One of the best-known dance/party bands in San Diego, the Mar Dels continue to play at private and public events locally, nationally, and globally.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music. Most classical guitar music can’t be played well with a standard rock left hand technique, but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique. 

Most of the studies I use with my students are songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

I emphasize the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. Many musicians feel that playing a piece of music is like running a 100-yard dash. I prefer that my students play at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds, rather than rushing through a song simply to show an ability to play fast. I feel that it’s very important to practice any new piece or exercise at a slow tempo till it can be played well with relaxed hands. When the tempo is gradually increased, one acquires beauty with speed.

Within the first three months, the average student should be able to play some open position chords, bar chords, and arpeggios, and be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within six months that they could play for their friends or parents. If the student’s goal is to use the guitar to accompany their voice, they can learn to sing and play at the same time. This is a special skill that takes time to master, and is something that I have done for years. I’m happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately, the progress of the student depends on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills. If a student is interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus on it; however, I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible.

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.
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Beverly December 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Jesse is great. He is patient and kind. We are taking it slowly and methodically and that works great for me. He is also very encouraging.
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Jon October 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Jesse is an awesome ukulele and guitar instructor. He is an outstanding music theorist and performer, but, most importantly, he is a wise, patient teacher. He comes prepared with music and skill building exercises and always makes it a fun experience. Jesse H. loves what he does and I highly recommend him as a music teacher.
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George October 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jesse has been a fantastic guitar instructor for our son. He is patient and works in a way that encourages our sons creativity and more importantly love of playing. Jessie has given our son various opportunities to perform in front of live audiences that has really built confidence.

Thanks Jesse.
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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About Edward F.

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San Diego, CA

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Learn a few simple chords and you are on your way to a lifetime of enjoyment playing your favorite songs.

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 University, 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 coup
led 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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About Nico B.

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San Diego, CA
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I stick with a very casual lesson plan. I feel that forcing unwanted material can take away from the joy of playing a musical instrument. With that being said, there are certain frustrating skills that must be learned to achieve certain musical goals. Tell me what you want to learn (or I can give you advice and what I think can/should be worked on) and I will aid in getting that accomplished.

About Nico
For students of beginner or intermediate level!!
I am a student at the University of California, San Diego with a major in environmental engineering and a minor in audio engineering/music production. I have been playing all genres of guitar, bass, and drums for about 12 years and have been tutoring students for 5 of those years. I am all about a casual lesson plan because I know that forcing material down a student's throat can take the joy out of playing a musical instrument. Present me with your musical goals (or I can give my best advice on what to improve next) and I will aid in achieving those goals.
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dave February 13, 2019
· Blues Guitar · Online
My son was able to learned his scales within week and He is great with kids I would definitely recommend.
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Maximus February 13, 2019
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He is great with my kids and my son loves him I would definitely recommend him to someone
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jacob February 13, 2019
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my son was able to learn some scales as little a week and he is a really nice guy and is great with kids I would definitely recommend him to someone.
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Nico B.

Nico B.

San Diego, CA 92121
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$20 / 30-min

About John M.

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Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

About John
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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Larry Y. November 14, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I really liked John's patient approach to me as a rank beginner. He jumped right into it which I liked so we could take good advantage of our hour together.
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Max September 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 15 year old son is very happy with his electric guitar lessons. He looks forward to his lessons with John.
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Jay C. May 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is terrific. I'm an adult learner, and John does a great job tailoring my lessons for the kind of instruction and music I'm most interested.
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Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Dan V.

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La Jolla, CA
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From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

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

Acoustic, Folk, Rock, Classical, Blues, Songwriting and Recording.

About Dan
I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Bridget September 30, 2018
· Piano · Online
Best teacher ever!!
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Bridget July 22, 2018
· Piano · Online
Dan is a really good instructor with children
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Gracie J. June 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter can be shy with new people, but not Dan! They hit it off right away and the first lesson was a success.
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Dan V.

La Jolla, CA 92037
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About Jon S.

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I work with the student to develop a curriculum based on their musical interests and my own teaching pedagogy. I strongly feel that for young musicians to own their education, they must have a say in what they play. Assigning method books and mindless etudes to practice doesn't have nearly the same effect asking them "Ok, what kind of music do YOU like? What do you want to PLAY? What do you want to LEARN?".

I believe that students learn best when they are invested in a subject, and the best way to get them invested is to individually get to know each one, speak to them on their level, and get them playing music they're interested in.

About Jon
I'm a professional performer, educator, and recording artist. I received my Masters in Music from New Mexico State University, and my BA and BMA from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Students can expect to improve their technique and performing repertoire within a matter of weeks. We will collaborate to find music that he or she is interested in, plus work on exercises that will build technique and sound quality. It doesn’t matter WHAT you’re playing, but HOW you play it.

I’ve been a musician for over 20 years and played in a wide variety of settings. In lessons, I’ll draw from that experience to help students achieve their musical goals.

As a performing artist, I’ve played in classic big bands, small jazz combos, and R&B style horn sections, just to name a few. I’m passionate about classical music, jazz, R&B, and funk, but good
technique is good technique, and a proficient musician should and can jump from one style to another with ease.
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Jeremey K. January 5, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Jeremy really enjoyed meeting Jon and taking first lesson from him because Jon was fun and relatable. He took time to explain and easy to understand. Looking forward to many more lessons from Jon.
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Lonny Blake December 31, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Not only to play better but to understand music theory.
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Stephanie M. October 31, 2017
· Saxophone ·
Jon and I studied at New Mexico State University where we were in the same saxophone studio and eventually, the same quartet. Jon is creative and a very talented instrumentalist. He is great to work with, and his warm personality makes every encounter welcoming. His versatility and ability to perform many different styles is what makes him a cut above the rest. If you're interested in playing jazz, classical, pop, R&B or funk styles, Jon can help you achieve your goals!
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Jon S.

San Diego, CA 92111
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About Nicholas P.

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Over 18 years of playing experience. I am a frequent performer around San Diego.

Willing to tailor our lesson plan to fit your needs. Whether it's learning a specific song or all the basics you need to get started, we can make it happen!

About Nicholas
I've been playing Guitar and Bass for over 18 years. I am open to all styles, but I know Classic Rock the best. I am a frequent performer around San Diego, and a studio owner.

I am very good with brand new beginners, and am a very patient person. If you choose to take lessons at the house you get to meet my wonderful dogs too!
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Nicholas P.

La Mesa, CA 91942
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