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About Brian P.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GUITARS:

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

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

FOLK: Martin (steel string)
Dobro

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

OTHER EQUIPMENT:

AMPS: Fender Twin reverb
Pevey practice amp
Rock amp

Boss GT8 Effects Pedal

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

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

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Victor L.

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Santa Ana, CA
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I teach classical guitar, electric guitar and steel string acoustic guitar styles. My specialty is classical guitar with an emphasis on sight reading and tone production. Whatever music you are in to I will gladly instruct you to achieve your goal of becoming a better guitar player.

About Victor
Graduate of CSUF with a degree in Music Performance. Member of the Orange County Guitar Circle and founding member of the Orange County Guitar Orchestra.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect a thorough instruction on the principles of producing a great tone from the guitar with sound instruction based on classical guitar technique. This same technique can be applied to all styles of guitar playing including rock and folk styles. With my teaching style students have the flexibility to learn the music they enjoy most.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide occasional hand outs for specific exercises. I expect the student to furnish their own instrument and music stand

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical guitar, electric guitar and steel string acoustic guitar styles. My specialty is classical guitar with an emph
asis on sight reading and tone production. Whatever music you are in to I will gladly instruct you to achieve your goal of becoming a better guitar player.
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Alex S. May 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Victor is the man! Only my first lesson but he got me on the track and I'm looking forward to learning more from him.
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Annette M. May 29, 2013
· Classical Guitar ·
Great teacher!

I am a beginning student. Victor is a very patient teacher and has great ideas for improving my technique. He is reliable and flexible about scheduling lessons.
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Janice G. May 19, 2013
· Guitar ·
Very patient talented teacher.

Very thorough teacher with lots of patience and a great passion for music. My daughter was playing one of her favorite songs in no time. He encouraged my daughter and was super patient with her, she really looked forward to her lessons every week. I also appreciated his professionalism and his true love of music, it really shines when he's teaching his students. I would recommend him highly.
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Victor L.

Santa Ana, CA 92704
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$40 / 30-min

About Amir M.

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Seal Beach, CA
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I have official performing degree as classical guitar performer from Trinity collage of London. and been helping many students for their guitar exam grades. form grade initial to 8. covering the practical and theory, Aural training required for the exams.

About Amir
I grew up in a family of musicians and at a very young age developed an avid interest in Playing guitar, which have influenced me ever since. started learning guitar with my father who is a professional guitar teacher as well. at 2006 traveled to Spain to study with world known Flamenco Masters. in 2010 I received my Licentiate (LTCL) from Trinity Collage of London as a classical guitar performer. I have been teaching teaching as a full time guitar teacher from the age 18. both in private lessons and different music schools and also in after school activities. I teach one on one and in group of 2 and 3 from the age of 7 to adults. I have prepared many students for grade guitar exams. and As a professional flamenco guitarist I have performed internationally at various concert halls, ballrooms and clubs, collaborating with many projects, da
nce groups and bands in different music genres. I am very passionate about my career and always open to new ideas and sharing my music with the world.
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Adrian N. February 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Amir is a very good guitar teacher. I play classical guitar and I wanted to also learn Flamenco. Amir is specialized in this art-form and passionate about it. He has a lot of patience, and explains the concepts clearly. He also looks carefully at every aspect of my playing, pin-pointing and correcting errors I make that otherwise I would not be aware of. He is always ready to answer questions and insists that I play that piece of music very well, before going further. After only a few weeks with Amir my flamenco started to sound very well, and I am confident that soon I will play at the speed and accuracy that this music form demands. I look forward to many more great lessons with Amir.
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Amir M.

Seal Beach, CA 90740
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About Stephen B.

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Irvine, CA

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Each lesson is designed on the level of the student's ability from beginner to advanced. Rock, R&B, funk, jazz, blues, POP and country music. I like to use song learning as a vehicle to sharpen your skills. Learning skills through songs is more fun for beginners. More advanced students will work on everything from theory, reading, harmony; and how you can use scales and arpeggios in a number of ways over several different styles of music.

About Stephen
~ Customized Lesson Plan for You. ~

Learning the guitar is a fun, yet, challenging experience. Having an instructor guide you through the process makes learning easier and more efficient. The internet provides a wealth of information but can not interact with you and help your specific needs. Many guitar players get frustrated and give up. Getting the encouragement and expertise of an instructor who has been there before greatly enhances chances of success.

My style of teaching is founded on fun with the instrument and guiding students to real music situations. Many students come to me with an incomplete set of skills. These (self taught) players have several basic fundamental holes in their playing.

It is also important to me that students have a basic knowledge of music theory. This way, they can enjoy the guitar for th
e rest of their life. If you just learn to put your hands in a certain place to play a certain song, you are missing out. If you learn what it is your actually doing, you can apply it. This may be the most important benefit of a private instructor.

What You Will Learn:

​Beginning Students:
In my experience, over several years, I find most beginners are surprised the guitar is so hard to play. Having an instructor to help you past that frustration will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of your guitar in the songs you love.
- Learning the basic chords.
- How to move from chord to chord smoothly.
- Using these chords to play your favorite songs.
- Understanding guitar notation (tabs, chord grids, song books, standard notation).
This way, the skills you learn will last a life time!

Intermediate/ Advanced Students:
This is for the hungry players. You will be given the direction to achieve a high level of musicianship. You will be challenged to reach your full potential.
- Technique drills
- Scale knowledge
- Advanced chords
- Improvisation tips
- Chop Building
- Theory
- Reading
- Composition

Experience & Background:

I've teaching and performing professionally for 23 years.
- One year OCHSA jazz combo.
- 15 years performing music clubs, casuals as a solo performer and in a jazz trio.
- 23 years teaching individuals and groups.
- 11 years as Irvine and Laguna YAMAHA Music school instructor.

I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).
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Katherine December 6, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Lesson was fun!!!!

I can play the basic chords before I met him. Stephen can oversee the problems and fix it when in the first lesson. I was like....WoW!!! He is a experienced guitar instructor. Impressed!!!
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Rob T. June 4, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In home
Stephen is a brilliant and experienced guitar instructor. My wife signed me up the electric guitar lesson with Stephen after my retirement about a year ago. I told him that I had no music background and just wanted to be able to play the 70’s songs I like. The lesson plan is based on my level and my goal. I started the fundamentals and now I can play most my favorite 70’s songs. I enjoy every lesson with him. What I learn in one hour class can fill out the rest of the week. Thank you for making my retired life so meaningful. “It’s never too old to play guitar! “ I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar!
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Emma M. May 21, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Amazing guitar learning experience with Stephen!!!
Stephen is a very knowledgeable and professional music instructor. I have been taking lesson at his studio for about 8 months. I go there once a week for my 45 min class and practice 15 min every other days at home. Now I can play the musics I like. Also, during the lesson, he always put the me in the live band situation so I can react to the beats and rhythm from different instruments. Fun!!!!!!!!!
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Stephen B.

Irvine, CA 92606
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$35 / 30-min

About Mike B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Classical pianist for 30 years, guitarist for 20 - I can show you the fundamentals of Classical Guitar.

About Mike
I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, a
s the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!
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Sarah P. March 13, 2019
· Accordion · Online
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Joan C. January 8, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Mike is very good at helping me with my UK .
By taking lessons on my lap top I can be anyplace..in the US . Having a set time for my lesson I practice every week .
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Sarah P. May 11, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Mike is really fun!
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Mike B.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Matteo C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have been teaching electric and acoustic guitar for 5 years and performing as a professional musician for over 7 years. All level and ages are welcome!

Lessons are focused on music theory, harmony, music styles, sight reading, technique and learning songs. I use Logic X and MacBook Pro to record myself and help the student to learn chord progressions in songs, guitar solos or specific patterns and licks.
Also, guitar tabs and scores are provided.

About Matteo
I have been playing guitar since the age of 15 and I have been working as a professional musician for about 8 years.
I started performing with several bands in Italy, where I am from and teaching both privately and at music schools.

From 2014 to 2017 I worked on Cruise Ship with my acoustic duo "Voodeux" featuring the singer Sydney Ranee' and as a sideman. Here I had the opportunity to travel the world, visit amazing places and perform with many important artists and headliners.
Among many, I had the pleasure of playing with Grammy award winner "Melissa Manchester", flute player "Nestor Torres", piano virtuoso "Roggerio Tutti " and the jazz vocalist "Sweet Baby J".

At the end of 2017, I moved to Los Angeles to continue my music career as a performer and music instructor.

Currently, I play in a few bands as a session man and with my ac
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Matteo C.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$30 / 30-min

About Jonathan G.

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Valley Village, CA

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I find it easy to understand students. With my 18 years of experience playing, I will help you find all the areas of opportunity and beat every obstacle you may have! Plus, we'll have a lot of fun! You will become an amazing guitarist!

About Jonathan
Hi! my name is Jonathan, I've been playing guitar and multiple instruments for more than 18 years! Music has been my passion since I was a kid. I grew up in a family of musicians so instruments were always around. As a young player, I started learning traditional folk and bolero/flamenco music form Mexico (Home) I soon developed the skills to take music to the next level so I moved to Italy once finished high school. When I turned 18 I toured for the first time in Europe as a classical guitarist.

Today, I find myself teaching, performing and writing music 24-7 I currently live in the Los Angeles area. you might not know me personally but I'm sure you've seen me on TV if you watch Glee or other TV shows.

Call me or send me a text if you are ready to learn and to have lots of fun! :)
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Saul December 28, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Best Instructor ever.
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Angel December 27, 2018
· Blues Guitar · Online
Great Vocabulary and phrasing! just what I was looking for :)
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Melissa December 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Amazing! Love my teacher :)
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Jonathan G.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Sasha K.

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Van Nuys, CA
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Learn how to play your favorite songs in short time with an individual approach!

Personal lessons for music lovers, beginners and professionals who want to improve their level in Spanish Flamenco, Classical, Jazz and Pop music.

You will learn:
- How to hold a guitar in the proper hand position;
- How to play all kinds of chords;
- How to read tabs;
- How to play solo (finger style);
- and also, you will learn the rhythm.

Lessons are held individually in a private studio, by Skype, or at student’s home.

About Sasha
Sasha Kolpakov is a virtuoso guitarist of the famous Romani (Gypsy) artistic dynasty that has given the world three generations of exceptional musicians.

He continues the best family traditions of guitar mastery, which he adopted from his grandfather, Alexander Kolpakov, a celebrated Russian-Gypsy guitarist, and from his uncle, Vadim Kolpakov, a virtuoso seven-string guitarist and special guest of Madonna’s world tour, “Sticky and Sweet.”

He has 8 years of teaching experience.
One of Sasha student recently recorded his first CD. When he start take lessons from Sasha, he didn't play on guitar. He taught him only via Skype. Also Sasha has students in such countries as England, France, Russia, Italy and  also 8 students in Los Angeles. 

Learn how to play your favorite songs in short time with an individual approach!

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Sasha K.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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$50 / 30-min

About Thomas D.

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Pasadena, CA

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Guitar lessons with me are unique because although I am young, I am a very experienced teacher already. I started learning guitar at 10 years old. By the time I was 16 I was gigging and teaching kids in my neighborhood and any Craigslist clients I could find. At 18, I took a 1.5 year program at the Los Angeles College of Music, where I graduated with an AA in guitar performance. Since then I have worked as a professional musician, and also as a teacher /consultant with Adopt the Arts, a non profit started by Matt Sorum (drummer of Guns N Roses, Hollywood Vampires) and director Abby Berman. In my time at Adopt the Arts I have amassed over 4000 teaching hours of teaching kids ages 4-13, so I am very experienced with kids and get along with them great since. I have also been giving other private lessons to people of all ages since 2011. Qualities that make me stand out as a teacher are relatability, patience, and an ability to identify the proper pace for the student to enjoy the ...

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Tommy Drinkard is a 23 year old musician from the bay area that has been in Los Angeles since the age of 18. Tommy started playing guitar at the age of 10 and started gigging and teaching private students around the neighborhood in 2011 at the age of 16. From 2013 to 2015 he studied at the Los Angeles College, where h received an AA in Guitar Performance. Since then he has accumulated over 4000+ more hours of teaching beginner/intermediate guitar, and beginner piano/drums/vocals/ukulele. Most of his teaching experience is with students aged 4-17, and has come through his work with non profit organization Adopt the Arts started by Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses) and director Abby Berman.
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Gabriel January 9, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Taught at the basic level very well. If you know nothing about music or guitar Tommy's your guy. Goes through all the simple steps at an even pace making the entire experience relaxing. From there giving you the knowledge of your scales and blues scales, teaching you how to make mini solos on the spot really helps out with the musicality of it all. 10/5
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Susana January 7, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tommy has provided music lessons to both of my children for the past 3 years. He is a very nurturing and patient teacher. Both my children enjoy having music time with Mr. Drinkard.
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Dan January 7, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I am a 30 year old software engineer that wanted to start learning guitar as my 2016 new year's resolution. Heard about Tommy through a friend and I've been taking consistent lessons ever since and progressed a lot. He is knowledgeable, patient, and just a genuinely good/funny guy to be around.
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Thomas D.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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About vincent I.

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Northridge, CA

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Together we can study the different stylings of guitar! I teach beginning to advanced level players. I have studied rock, classical, acoustic, and jazz guitar repertoire/technique. I also have a strong understanding of theory and performance techniques. I am currently completing a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies at Cal State Northridge.

About vincent
I am currently a guitar student in the award winning jazz studies program at CalState Northridge. I have studied with some of the great jazz guitarists in LA such as John Pisano, Bruce Forman, and Steve Cotter. I studied classical guitar throughout my teenage years and I am a self-taught acoustic/thumb-pick player (Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins stylings).

We can work on any style that you are interested in! I am a lover of all music and I have studied theory, improvisation, and guitar technique thoroughly!

I have been hired as a
- solo classical guitarist
- leader of jazz trio/quartet
- lead guitarist in a Gypsy Jazz group for a few years

Awards
- Recipient of Pasadena Arts Council Young Artist Award
- Outstanding Soloist Award at the Workman Jazz Festival
- My personal band was selected to perform at the House Blues as par
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vincent I.

Northridge, CA 91325
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$51 / 45-min

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