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About Andrew V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Andrew
If you want to learn what they teach in the guitar program (GIT) at Musicians Institute here in Hollywood, but don't want to spend $30k on tuition and living expenses to do it... Or, if you are planning to attend GIT yourself and want to get way ahead of the curve early, so you too can graduate with top honors... Schedule some lessons with me, at a fraction of the GIT price-tag!

Beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar players will all benefit greatly from the vast wealth of guitar- and music-related information and experience that I have to offer (no brag, just fact).

My influences include, but are by no means limited to: Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sting, The Cure, Duran Duran, Prince, Lady Gaga, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Miles Davis, Christina Aguilera, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky...and nearly
everyone else making interesting music in the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a GIT graduate and will teach you everything they teach at Musicians Institute, one-on-one. Whether you want to learn scales, arpeggios, chords, music theory, harmony, arranging, reading music, writing music, ear training, rhythm guitar styles (rock, pop, jazz, funk), soloing techniques (rock, metal, pop, fusion), songwriting (on acoustic and electric), live performance (pre-show preparedness, eliminating stage fright, developing a professional stage presence), using fx pedals, ideal amplifier settings, finding your signature guitar tone, music production (recording, mixing and mastering), music business (creating your press kit, marketing your music, negotiating payments and contracts)...you name it, I've studied it and will teach it to you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
When I'm not touring and doing sessions, I spend the majority of my time in Hollywood, where I keep a small but full-featured music studio on a nice, quiet little street just off Hollywood Blvd. It's great because it contains all of the necessary items I need to maintain my skills, improve my abilities, and expand my knowledge (sofa, chair, office desk/chair, several amplifiers, guitars, fx pedals, metronome, etc). And in terms of the lessons I teach, while there isn't an on-site waiting area, there are several shops, restaurants and a small Fresh & Easy grocer with a nice, quiet alfresco seating area just a block or so away. What's more, the Hollywood & Highland mall is only a few blocks away. Parking is very convenient in the LA Fitness subterranean garage, the entrance to which is located on North Sycamore Ave. The fee for parking is free for one hour, with easy, no-hassle validation from Fresh & Easy. Note: street parking is permit-only and you will be ticketed...so DO NOT park on the street!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please bring your instrument, a notebook, pencil, and, if you would like to record your lessons to have and review afterward, a pocket-size recording device. I will typically record moments when a student performs an example of something s/he has been working on, or an improvisation regarding the same. I do this strictly for the purpose of (a) having an example to which to compare and measure the student's progress and improvement over time, and/or (b) to capture a 'magical moment' of musical inspiration that might prove useful to the student's artistic/musical development, etc. At the student's request, I will provide a copy of said recordings (if any) on a CD. All such recordings are kept 100% confidential, are not distributed nor disseminated for any reason whatsoever, and are deleted at such time that the student discontinues his/her lessons with me.

*** Specialties ***
I am a very style-flexible musician and guitarist. Some really great books I've used in my own studies and lessons include: Pepe Romero's 'Guitar Style and Technique,' Ted Greene's 'Chord Chemistry,' George Russell's 'The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation,' Peter Magadini's 'Polyrhythms,' et al.
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Andrew wan an excellent teacher. He was very talented and easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend him.
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Andrew V.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Jeff S.

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Pasadena, CA

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Almost all forms popular music in America got it's start in the blues. Musical genres such as both jazz and rock have their roots deeply in the blues. Some blues songs, such as Stormy Monday by T. Bone Walker were using basic blues chord patterns, but then on the 6th measure of each verse, T Bone would throw in a standard jazz chord progression. G9, Am7, Bm7, Bb13, Am7, D7b9, G9, followed by C9 back to the G9 and then the verse would end on a dominant 5th chord with a #9th, [D7#9]. This is where the 2 genres sometimes started to really mix with each other. Blues is the foundation where this all began. Rock and roll on the other hand, stayed closer to older and simpler blues chord progressions and licks, but played the tempos far quicker than a blues song would play, and the rhythm section would also play a lot more aggressively than a blues band would. Early rock and roll stayed very close to the original and more simple chord progressions of the earlier blues songs.
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About Jeff
Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

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I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've beco
me a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

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Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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Richard R. June 19, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
I immediately felt at ease with Jeff and it did not take him long to figure me out and point me in the right direction. Looking forward to many more lessons with him. I wish I lived here so it could be on a more regular basis. But happy with what I CAN get. Thanks Jeff!
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James A. July 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
My Aunty is turning 80 this weekend and I decided to learn how to play Happy Birthday on the ukulele as a surprise for her. Jeff not only helped me accomplish my goal but also got me started on other songs as well. His patience and enthusiastic personality made the lessons not ony productive but personable as well!!! 2 thumbs up to an awesome instructor!!!!!
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James A. July 11, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Jeff is an amazing instructor. He makes you feel so comfortable and tunes into your abilities to ensure he tailors your lessons to help you achieve the most out of your lessons. Would definately recommend him.
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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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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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Mike May 6, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Incredible and knowledgeable guitar instructor!

I just realized how important to have a teacher right in front me to guide and correct my fingers when I had my 1st class with Stephen. Just like everybody else, I took the online lessons for few months with other teacher and also learned from Youtube on my own in the last two years. I can play but I knew I was missing something.

He really brought me to the next level.
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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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Stephen B.

Irvine, CA 92606
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About Mark C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Mark Catalano is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."

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About Mark
Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

"I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately all around the city. I currently live in West Hollywood with my wife and dog. I plan to continue teaching private students for the rest of my life."
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· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Loly April 22, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mark is a patient, friendly, experience and pleasant teacher. I enjoyed working with him very much. I learned a lot of new things during his classes. I need to practice all. I am very happy to recommend him to anyone else who is looking for a great teacher .
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Amy November 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a great instructor! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to play guitar.
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Mark C.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Keith H.

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Anaheim, CA
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Hello, my name is Keith Harrison. I specialize in Custom Tailored Beginning and Intermediate Acoustic and Electric Guitar Fundamentals to advanced playing skills.

My goal is to help you start making great music and improve your skills quickly in a fun and easy to understand way. Lessons are based on YOUR personal goals and music interests. Learn the basic foundations and fundamentals then we dive right into your favorite songs and styles and focus on what interests you most.

Learn finger chords, bar chords, chord inversions, songs, scales, tricks, tips, licks and riffs, pitch, harmony, ear training, how to solo and improvise all up and down the fretboard and more.

I can also help you with singing, songwriting, recording, music gear and many other aspects of the music business.

Whether your goal is to learn the basics, make a living as a guitar hero, or any level in between, I'm happy to share my music passion, skill and experience to help you get exactly where you want ...

About Keith
I specialize in Beginning and Intermediate Fundamentals to advanced playing skills and know how to reach my students with the right balance of personalized attention, patience, practical training, and positive encouragement, making learning fun through a variety of engaging and unique personalized curriculums.

Career Musician, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, bassist, private instructor, recording producer/engineer, and screenwriter.

I have had the pleasure of making my living doing what I love and pursuing my passion as a professional musician for many years and I take great pride in helping my students succeed and fulfill their passions for music.

Credits include multiple songs with national airplay, number one song on LA radio 94.3 COOL FM, Featured song on KROQ's Kevin and Bean Christmas CD, Top seller in two categories on
CDBaby, numerous southern California TV appearances including Good day L.A. Food Nation with Bobby Flay and Fox 11 NEWS (San Diego and L.A.), numerous song credits for television, independent short films, commercials and videos, numerous band and album credits. Performance places and venues include: Thailand, Ixtapa, Cancun, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Nuevo, KROQ and other radio sponsored major events, The Hollywood Palladium, House of Blues, Whisky, Roxbury Hollywood, Roxbury South, Viper room, Hard Rock Café, Coconut Teaser, The Galaxy, The Coach House, numerous major festivals and hundreds of other music venues including casinos, concert halls, nightclubs, corporate shows and private events.
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Jarek M. February 18, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Keith has the patience of a Saint, he’s friendly and very knowledgeable about music skills. I’m glad I registered for these classes and I’d definitely recommend him to anyone!
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Joe September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Keith is fantastic! Not only does he know what he is doing but he is so much fun! I always have a blast! Funny, kind, patient, and talented! What else do you need?
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Miguel “Nacho” September 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I’ve worked with Keith the past 25 years. In that time I’ve learned so much from him. He’s always eager to pass along what he knows about guitars, guitar playing, guitar equipment, anything and everything guitar.
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Keith H.

Anaheim, CA 92806
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About Sean L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I’m a guitarist come from classical piano and Steve Vai, Joe Satriani style and Christian music like Hillsong. I also play rock songs like Mr. Big, Ven Helen etc. I can teach fusion and jazz guitar also.

About Sean
I’m a Taiwanese guitarist, move to L.A. to study music in Musicians Institute. I study music for 20 years since I was five, I learned classical music and piano before I played guitar. Since I was 12,I heard Steve Vai’s song called Whispering A Prayer. I started to practice guitar and learned his style, created my own instrumental music. I can either teach in Chinese and English.
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Sean L.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$42 / 30-min

About Matthew B.

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La Puente, CA
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Comping/Soloing within the context of blues.

About Matthew
I'm a performer/instructor residing in Los Angeles,CA. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where I founded the band Synasis with my brother. We played several local shows, as well as opening for national touring artists. While living in Ohio I also attended The Recording Workshop, where I studied audio engineering in both analog and digital applications. Before leaving for LA, I studied music theory and liberal arts at Lakeland Community College. I also studied voice, piano, and guitar at the nearby Fine Arts Association. Since moving to LA, I've completed an AA in Music Performance at The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, as well as performing with a diverse mix of bands around the city. I currently teach at Opus Music School and New World Montessori School.
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Matthew B.

La Puente, CA 91744
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About Christopher S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello, my name is Christopher Soto. I am a Glendale based music teacher and songwriter. I've been teaching private and group music classes to all ages for the past 12 years. Whether you want to learn more chords, songs, scales, music theory, technique or just want to become a better musician, I can help you make your journey from beginner to advanced much faster while keeping it FUN and practical.

About Christopher
Hi friends, my name is Christopher Soto. I'm a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. I started playing music at the age of 5 and started teaching music by the time I was 17. After years of live stage experience and studying at Musicians Institute, I began to teach professionally at various schools and music education companies. I have always had a love for helping others reach their own musical goals. I am confident that I can help you become the musician you want to be, no matter what style of music you like, your skill level or your current musical understanding. Whether you want to learn more chords, your favorite songs, scales, music theory, technique or just want to become a better musician, I can help you make your journey from beginner to advanced much faster! My teaching method focuses on a fun and enjoyable learning exp
erience while keeping the student challenged enough to see measurable growth. I look forward to helping YOU reach your musical goals!

I regularly teach:
Rock, R&B, Blues, Metal, Funk, Gospel, Pop and some Jazz.
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Christopher S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Will R.

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North Hollywood, CA

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I am a very experienced Guitarist and Singer signed to Warner Music, living in LA recording my debut album. Ive been playing guitar for over 15 years, covering a multitude of styles including Rock, Blues, Singer/ Songwriter, Country, Americana, Reggae, Folk, Acoustic, Metal, and many more.

The intention you put into something, makes all the difference. If you want an insight into the music business and to learn from an upcoming artist, look no further.
I am holding lessons out of my rehearsal space in Noho, which has a great PA system and some high quality guitar amps. Let me help you take your playing to the next level, and provide all the tools needed to become a great guitarist.

About Will
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Im Will, a Guitarist/ Singer from England, here in LA recording my debut album.
I have played music since before i can remember, and it is the fuel that keeps me alive. I would love to share some of my knowledge with you!

I have played lead guitar in 3 bands, and fronted many others, including my solo project that I'm working on at the moment. Ive had the honour of playing beside some of the legends of rock n roll, including David Gilmour, and Richard Ashcroft.

I passed my grade 8 Rock guitar with distinction, and my grade 5 Classical guitar with distinction also. Ive also played piano most of my life, and been singing professionally for 8 years. I graduated from the Musicians Institute Guitar and Independent Artist program in 2015.

I am teaching out of my rehearsal space in North Hollywood, which comes equipped with a great PA
system, and some world class guitar amps. I also have a Fender Telecaster and a Taylor 816ce acoustic guitar available.
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Will R.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$42 / 30-min

About Noah D.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Hello! Learning to play an instrument can change your life. Whether its by learning a song to play for someone you love, finding a creative outlet after a long day, or mastering the solo of your favorite artist, the guitar can quite literally lead you to a better state of being. Let me be your guide on the incredible journey of learning music, and together we'll empower the future!

About Noah
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Noah D.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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