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Neil K.

14 Reviews
San Jose, CA
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English
  • Awarded Outstanding Graduate Student from San Jose State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Neil K.

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I've been teaching guitar for the past 15 years. I help students find their unique musical voice through the study of songs and techniques they are interested in. For younger students I also use the Hal Leonard guitar method books to learn music reading. As students advance we switch to William Levitt's Modern method for guitar for jazz students, or Christopher Parkening's classical guitar method for fingerstyle players. Students should be able to play chords to their favorite tunes within 6 weeks. I teach to inspire passion for music. If you love music it makes it fun to practice. When you practice it makes music fun!

About Neil

I have been vaccinated for the Corona virus! I am a Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Arranger / and Band Leader and teacher who has been working in the greater San Francisco Bay area for the past 20 years. Originally from the East Coast and Chicago I arrived in California in 1992. I hold a Master's Degre

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Neil is great to work with, easy going & customs the lesson to your needs.
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Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA
Starting at $70
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
  • Teaching since 2006
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Jesse M.

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Beginner
Learn the basics of rhythm and tonality so you can play the music you're most interested in.

Intermediate
Learn about common variations of the tonalities you already know and start to venture into more complex rhythm ideas like polyrhythms. Also start to build the chops to learn parts more accurately when learning songs.

Advanced
Expand into more complex polyrhythms as well as asymmetrical meters. Also expand harmony and melody to include modes and chromaticism. Push your skills through original creations or original arrangements of existing material.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students for bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Ahmad G.

227 Reviews
San Jose, CA
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Arabic, English
  • Teaching since 1992
  • Masters in Music & Audio Production from San Francisco State University
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Ahmad G.

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I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. and M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe and the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, ...

About Ahmad

I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with

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Sorry but I'm using my wife's account to post this review...but SERIOUSLY 5 stars!!In just a few short months, Ahmad was able to systematically undo all my self-taught bad habits and incomplete YouTube tutorial learnings of the past and set me on the correct playing/learning path. A path I intend to stay on with Ahmad for a long time. I've "played" guitar for many years (on and off) and it wasn't until my wife gave me a 4-lesson gift certificate with Ahmad almost year ago that I REALLY started to learn the instrument I love. If you are contemplating starting your guitar journey, do not hesitate for a minute longer and contact Ahmad to get started.
He has a way of simplifying the concepts and providing the needed context to eliminate the "intimidation factor" of learning. Combined that with on-going encouragement, a plan customized to you and consistent positive reinforcement, Ahmad is able to maximize your enthusiasm and motivation for learning...I only wish that I would have started years earlier.
I'm having a blast, thanks to Ahmad!
Gregory
Ahmad is an excellent guitar teacher. He's a very experienced and dedicated teacher that will no doubt improve your level of play.

I recently relocated to Bay Area after happily taking guitar lessons in CT (where I went from absolute beginner to campfire strummer). So the bar was set high for finding a new teacher and, like you, I started reading numerous reviews. Every one of Ahmad's reviews were extremely positive from all levels of students. In addition, his experience (30+ years of teaching) and education (Guitar Institute) were top notch.

So I decided to take a lesson with Ahmad and couldn't be happier right now. From the first lesson Ahmad was able to quickly assess where my level of play was and jump right in. Ahmad focused on teaching good habits and guitar fundamentals, all while improving my timing.

He is very organized, and has thousands of handouts right at his fingertips (so no time is wasted writing down your lesson). He is very encouraging as you tackle new material, and also reads you well to know just the amount of new material that will appropriately challenge you. He will also create as many additional handouts as necessary to bring you to that next level.

And in a little over a year, Ahmad has indeed brought my guitar playing to a new level. His exercises made it fun to learn scales and the guitar fretboard, and I'm now able to identify keys and understand the intervals of a chord. So when improvising to a chord progression, this allows me to make the changes (ie playing the most melodic notes to transition from one chord to the next). Ahmad's teaching has also brought my rhythm and timing to a new level. I'm able to play more advanced rhythms with an even tighter timing. I'm quite pleased whenever I go back to an old song and see how much tighter the rhythm is now. I'm also very pleased how quickly I'm able to learn a new song or riff now (where some would have been too advanced for me only a year ago). His lessons will also improve your picking, ability to move up and down the guitar neck, hitting the desired strings and much more.

In addition, Ahmad if very nice and friendly, so it has been a pleasure to take lessons with him. I'm very excited to see where Ahmad takes my guitar playing as I continue lessons with him, and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher.
Ben
I have been meaning to write this review for a while. I have been coming to Ahmad for lessons for about 6 months. I have tried on two occasions to learn guitar from other instructors but quickly became frustrated and gave up. My time with Ahmad has been a completely different experience. He is a fantastic instructor and he focuses on building the fundamentals. Using a foreign language as an analogy, my other instructors started by just teaching me how to pronounce different phrases, without teaching what the individual words meant or how to modify the sentences. Ahmad starts by teaching the vocabulary and how to construct any sentence you want. He is very patient, sends you home with excellent lessons to practice, and once you get to the point where you simply need time to improve technique before you can advance any further, he switches to teaching basic music theory, so that you can continue to learn while you wait for your hands to catch up with your brain.

If you want to spend the least amount of money on guitar lessons, I would encourage you to go learn from some college kid, as you will spend $80 on one or two lessons and then just give up. If you want to actually learn how to play guitar, come see Ahmad.
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Ethan H.

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San Jose, CA
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  • Teaches students 8 to 80
  • Teaching since 2016
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Ethan H.

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We start with the music that excites you. We learn it, take it apart and study it from top to bottom. You use some of what you learn to improvise and compose your own music. We record or perform everything we worked on. Then we repeat. One step at a time, you'll master the guitar, learn how music works, and become capable of learning or creating any music you want to hear.

This approach works whether you're just beginning, or five years in. It's the fundamental set of actions that defines every musician you look up to, and my job is to guide you through the process, support you as you do the work, and help you adapt this process to your level of ability and the pace you learn at.

Shoot me a message if you're ready to get started :)

About Ethan

My musical life started at the piano when I was four. I've spent the last five years helping students understand the sounds that speak to them and bring them into their own music-making. I spent my early years playing piano, then picked up the saxophone, which took me to Berklee College of Music,

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Matthew
The way I view music and life in general has shifted in the best way possible. Stoked to have been apart of Ethan's lessons and recommend anyone interested in music to do the same. The things I never even begun to understand about music are now commonplace and serve to better my understanding of music as a whole.
J-P
Ethan has always shone as the most impressive of all my mentors in my eyes. Even since I started working with him four years ago, he has always put in the most effort for each of his students, and still continues to outdo himself. A great quality of his that proves more difficult to find out there is his raw passion and skill for leaving no bit of knowledge behind in sharing with his students. Whether it’s advanced music theory skills or pro-level composition techniques, he never fails to demonstrate his talent for spreading knowledge and helping his students learn. Ethan is an astounding instructor, mentor, and friend, and I hope other students can experience the same learning opportunities that I have.
Ethan
Of all the instructors I have ever had, there has never been one that I felt cared about my growth as a musician as much as Ethan. Not only did he help my growth as a saxophonist, but myself as a musician and enjoyer of music as an art. He helped me find what I wanted to sound like and the music I wanted to make. Along with this he was able to answer every question I had eloquently and clearly. Beyond the music he also had served as a great mentor throughout some of my more difficult years and I would recommend him to anyone looking to discover more about both music and themselves. Also pretty funny guy.
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Phil J.

San Jose, CA
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  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 1993
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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Why just play music when you can play and UNDERSTAND music? Get all your important acoustic and electric guitar techniques along with a system for understanding what you're playing so you can teach yourself new things and communicate and play with other musicians easily.

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Have you been trying to self-teach with YouTube videos and scattered internet resources? Feeling like you're stuck and just don't know how to put it all together? WHAT you learn is important. But HOW you learn it is the real magic to become a better guitarist. I'll show you how to develop your

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Anja W.

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Starting at $25
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • K-12 Music Education Certification from Duquesne University
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Anja W.

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“I’m a professional guitarist with a dynamic sound. I navigate diverse styles of music with ease, including jazz, rock, blues, soul, pop, latin, and more. In addition to years of study on the guitar, I have studied different methods and approaches to music education. These include but are not limited to the Kodály Method, the Orff-Schulwerk approach, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Gordon Music Learning Theory. With a blend of these methods, I provide a unique and personalized experience for each guitar student based on their needs, strengths, and goals.”

When you take lessons with me, you will:
Take lessons catered to YOU
MAXIMIZE results
MAKE MUSIC immediately
Receive SPECIALIZED training with your goals and interests in mind
LEARN from an instructor with top-notch performance credentials AND formal pedagogical training!

About Anja

About me: Based in LA, I'm a professional musician with a dynamic sound. I balance work as a professional instrumentalist, solo artist, and teacher. I can teach you whatever you'd like to learn on your instrument! Jazz, rock, blues, soul, pop, latin, and more. About my teaching background: I'v

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My name is Jim Sheets from Pittsburgh Pa. I have been taking lessons with Anja for the past 4 years. Being a senior citizen and with a lot of bad starts with teachers, i finally found a great teacher in Anja wade I was ready to give up with guitar all together when I decided to try one more time. Anja is very patient with me and she is a great listener. Anja has a gift in teaching and she had brought me further than any other teacher . I am now learning the songs I love for the last 50 years thanks to my teacher Anja Wade . If you are stuck in a rut with no directions to go . Anja is the right choice for you Let Anja custom tailor a lesson plan for built with you in mind . Even if you have failed,and people have told you you can’t play .Anja will open many new doors for you in the songs you you want to learn . I highly recommend Anja wade as the teacher for you . Your on your way to a new beginning in the music world , and Anja will be with you each step of the way sincerely Jim Sheets
Shri B.
Anja is a great instructor to take lessons from. She is knowledgeable and you will get to learn different techniques and basics which will open multiple doors for creative music.
Nyah L.
Anja is a wonderfully responsive teacher. Nyah’s perfect match! When a teen describes a lesson as “fun” then know you found the right instructor.

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"I've been with Paul for about 3-4 months. I came to him having a minor in music and a lot of guitar under my belt, but frustrated with my consistency. I did a check in on my abilities recently and I'm able to play pretty much any song in the real book now after 1 or 2 tries. This is great, especially because I don't feel like I'm working that hard. So yeah he's great. I recommend him."
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"Rina is an excellent instructor. She knows how to teach and integrates my interests in her lesson plan, which makes the lessons very enjoyable. I've had both in-home and remote lessons with Rina, and both are a good learning experience."
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"Corey Catalano is definitely one of the best instructors and players in the entire Las Vegas valley. Great skills in being able to easily explain scales, arpeggios, and theory in a way that's easy and fun to learn. Not only is he a great musician, but a great person and friend as well. Highly recommend Corey to all guitar players whether you're a beginner or an advanced player that needs that extra push and inspiration to get to the next level. Corey can definitely help you reach your goals!"
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"Keith is a great teacher. Very patient, and capable of teaching someone from the ground up. Also very flexible and accommodating to schedule changes, as well as being very generous with time"
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Lucion is very passionate about the music and teach it very professionally. He communicate clearly and is always on time. I am so happy that started my guitar lesson with him and looking forward for his class eagerly each week to learn new lessons.
Thank you Lucion"
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Guitar Lessons in Santa Cruz

There are some fun things you can do to enhance your guitar lessons in Santa Cruz. Attending large venue concerts with world-famous artists, frequenting restaurants, coffee shops and bars with local live music, and even attending student concerts and other educational events are all exciting ways to spend the day while also improving your guitar skills. Here are some great places around Santa Cruz to check out:

  1. The Art Bar and Cafe The Art Bar and Cafe provides an artsy and family-friendly atmosphere for art, food, drinks, coffee and live music. They even provide free Wi-Fi! Check their website for a list of upcoming artists. Customers describe the list of performers as "eclectic," so you'll have lots of different types of music to choose from. (http://scartbar.com/)

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  • Kuumbwa Jazz Center If the focus of your guitar lessons in Santa Cruz is jazz, then you'll need to check out the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Their doors opened 40 years ago, and they have a great reputation for bringing fantastically creative and engaging acts to Santa Cruz. In addition to frequent concerts, Kuumbwa also provides the public with FREE master classes. Check their website for details about master classes, performances, and to book tickets. (http://kuumbwajazz.org/)

  • The Crow's Nest Restaurant Located on a picturesque cliff, this restaurant provides great food, drinks and live entertainment with the backdrop of the ocean. The Crow's Nest website has a monthly calendar of events, and the musicians they host include reggae, rock, progressive funk, soul and more. So no matter what genre you're into, or even if you're still deciding, The Crow's Nest has something for you. (http://www.crowsnest-santacruz.com/live-entertainment/)

  • Moe's Alley Moe's Alley is known for hosting both local and world-renowned musical acts. The atmosphere of this bar is described as pleasant and "laid back," and many customers love the small and intimate setting as well as the fantastic acoustics. There's also a dance floor and Vivas Organic Mexican Food served on the patio during all shows. (http://www.moesalley.com/)

  • Santa Cruz Blues Festival The Santa Cruz Blues Festival has been happening every Memorial Day Weekend for the past 23 years at Aptos Village Park. The festival is family friendly, and it's located in a beautiful Redwood amphitheater, known for it's premiere sound. The festival prides itself on bringing well-known blues traditionalists as well as modern artists. Musicians who have graced the stage in the past include Tommy Castro, Jonny Lang, Joan Osborne and Trombone Shorty, just to name a few. (http://www.santacruzbluesfestival.com/info.php)

  • Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Attending the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is another great way to enhance your guitar lessons in Santa Cruz. This festival brings fantastic musicians from all around the world to perform in Santa Cruz in August. Expand your musical education by exposing yourself to a wide variety of contemporary music performers. There are also events designed to educate you about contemporary music and even open rehearsals to attend! (http://cabrillomusic.org/)

  • UC Santa Cruz You don't need to be an enrolled student to take advantage of some of the events the UCSC music department offers. Between the Classical Guitar Ensemble, Small and Large Jazz Ensembles, the Latin Ensemble and individual student recitals, there are frequent on-campus concerts that are open to the public. (http://music.ucsc.edu/)

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