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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner guitar students. Please refer to my studio partner Andrew:
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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 on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano, Ukulele, and Drums
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Ar
ea.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Jeremie W.

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I have been playing guitar for 15 years. I make lesson plans based on each individual, so I don't teach every one the same boring songs or use the same regiment with everyone. I want to teach you what YOU want to learn.

About Jeremie
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m
ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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Spencer December 12, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Jeremie listened to my experience level and where I wanted to go. The, as he watched me play, he was good at picking up on my technique errors.
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Larry February 18, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Mariann January 12, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm an "older" adult who wants to learn to play the ukulele. I have very little experience in reading or playing music. Jeremie was super in starting from my point of comfort. I'm very pleased with my 1st lesson and looking forward to more lessons.
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Jeremie W.

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About Trevor M.

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About Trevor
My name is Trevor Murphy. I am 24 years old and have been teaching music lessons for 4 years. I completed my Bachelor’s of Music – Jazz Studies from San Jose State University in 2017. I have been a member of the International Society of Bassists since 2012 and achieved my Eagle Scout Rank in 2011. I have 14 years of performance experience and specialize in Double Bass Performance and Music Theory as my main focuses. I also offer lessons in guitar, piano, trumpet, electric bass, and upright bass. I enjoy working with motivated students of all ages and backgrounds who are passionate about music and want to develop a great work ethic and sense of self-discipline, while having fun in what they do. It’s more than just music – It’s about combining what’s in your heart with what’s on the page and truly expressing the music. Additionally, I will
go into detail on the secrets of overcoming fear and performance anxiety when playing for audiences. The inner game of music is about overcoming self-limiting beliefs. Become brilliant. Become fearless. Become the most confident version of yourself through music. Learn a higher level of musicianship and book with me today!
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Scott December 26, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
I was looking for an upright bass teacher and found Trevor on Takelessons.
After we got through the maze of takelessons website ( a real issue that needs to be resolved. How can you know if a teacher is right for you without communicating with them Takelessons?) we were able to discuss what my interests and goals were. Trevor understood I was new to double bass, but had some experience on electric bass and was able to put together a lesson plan that helped me progress rapidly while still keeping the lessons interesting and fun.
I asked Trevor to help me with bowing, classical and Jazz improv. Each lesson contained time for each and I was sent home with practice pieces on each of the disciplines. My zeal for learning "everything" may have been a bit unrealistic, but Trevor made sure to spend time with me on each area and worked on correcting anything he saw come up that was not correct form.
Trevor has an easy going style, but shows a great love for music.
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Trevor M.

San Jose, CA 95112
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About Victor S.

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I offer acoustic guitar for children and adults of all levels, from first time players to very advanced players. I offer lessons teaching Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Classic Rock, Blues and Folk style guitar. I can provide a complete curriculum including tabs/sheet music or I can can give personalized lessons on skills or music of your choice. I can teacher material in both standard notation and tablature as well as learning to play by ear. I can also prepare students to play in bands and jams.

About Victor
I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
The lesson was great I told Victor the things I struggle with most & he started me off with some basics that I need to work on & also showed me some bad habits I needed to correct all with a patient pleasant attitude I'm looking forward to the next lesson.Steve S
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor was great I haven't picked up my Guitar in it felt like forever and I had picked up a lot of bad habits he was very patient and gave me the building blocks to help me get started back on the right track.
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Shaheer M. January 25, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Had a great lesson with Victor! He knows music really well and is very patient with beginners.
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San Jose, CA 95130
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About Andrew I.

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I will teach you proper and comfortable techniques to play the guitar. You will learn to play in all major keys and with different rhythmic styles so you can play songs you like. I will also teach you how to read music for your instrument. My lessons are adjusted to the specific student's pace and their learning style.

About Andrew
Since 2008 I've been studying and playing music in many different settings. I have performance experience with both classical ensembles and contemporary rock bands. Through these experiences I've learned a lot about writing music, playing music, and ensemble management all within a wide range of musical styles.

Since 2013 I have been teaching and training in various settings. In 2016 I moved out here to the Bay Area and have been teaching music full time. Since I moved my main focus has been to further develop my own personal ability and curriculum for my students. Currently I teach as an instructor at MTS Studios in Sunnyvale CA on a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, piano and ukulele.

I am looking forward to helping you further your musical goals and aspirations. Feel free to send a question if you want to as
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Ana December 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Coming in as a complete beginner in guitar I was a little nervous about finding a good teacher. I have really enjoyed my lessons with Andrew! He is extremely knowledgeable, his lessons are a good balance of theory and practice and well prepared. He is also incredibly patient when I have to start the same measure 20 times before getting it right or asking the same questions over again. I highly recommend him to anyone!
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Margarita M. November 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter just took her first piano lesson with Andrew and we really liked his super patient and friendly personality. We are looking forward to taking more lessons with him.
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James August 28, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My 8 year old son just had his first drums lesson with Andrew and can't wait for his next drums lesson. My son also took a couple of guitar lessons with Andrew and we really like his super patient and friendly personality. Andrew definitely knows how to work with kids and my son always looks forward to his music lessons!
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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Todd S.

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I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.
Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time for free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the ...

About Todd
I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.

Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time f
or free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the instrument, how it works, and making music with it. No matter the skill level of the student, there is always something new to learn or a new way to approach the instrument. I have extensive experience with music production technology including equipment, DAW software, and recording techniques, incorporating these into your lessons if you're interested. I am also versed in synthesizers and sound design.

My lessons are always customized towards the individual, but stress the ability to make music even with very little technique. Building on simple riffs, easy chord changes, and practicing slowly to instill confidence and keep students interested. I often incorporate popular Beatles or Taylor Swift songs to teach chord changes and song form. Working on reading music for piano students and tablature for guitar as well as lead sheets for both. I can also show you how to interpret "cheat sheets," those lyrics with the chords above them that you get from the internet, that are always a little bit wrong.

Having finally reached a place where technique is no longer a hurdle to making music is a reward equal to the amount of time and effort that was required to reach this level of proficiency. I find great joy in showing people of all ages that music can be life-enriching, expanding one’s appreciation of the arts, providing opportunities for new friendships, and creating a sense of accomplishment with every new song learned or skill acquired on a musical instrument.
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Todd S.

Campbell, CA 95008
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About Ahmad M.

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Guitar lessons in my private Studio in downtown San Jose. I have toured around the world with bands such as Guns N Roses, Dokken, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt and Metallica. I have studio experience. Over 20+ experience in teaching, touring and recording.
I specialize in rock, metal, blues, acoustic, classical and pop music. I can teach beginners how to start correctly yet learn fast from techniques I developed myself and learned from guitar masters such as Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Stave Vai and George lynch themselves. I can also teach advanced techniques, artist development, live and gear consultation.

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 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 & 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, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults.

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Lina January 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
took private beginner lessons with Ahmad before moving out of the country -- he was extremely accommodating and patient despite my erratic schedule which prevented me from practicing as often as I needed to.

Ahmad is an incredibly talented musician and a wonderful teacher for any skill level. He taught me the basics and introduced me to valuable lessons to steadily increase my skills. He also has a great taste in music and in addition learning from him each week, I loved picking up recommendations for new artists and bands to listen to.
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Tim January 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad helped me crack the code and I'm learning and playing guitar with growing confidence.
The lessons are challenging and fun and I'm inspired to practice on my own.

Ahmad's talent and experience as a guitarist, guitar teacher and performer come through in small things such as making sure your metronome is loud enough and with more important items like performance preparation strategies such as playing in front of a neighbor or co-worker.

I only wish I had started lessons sooner!
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Jamie January 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ahmad is an excellent teacher. He has huge experience in teaching and his lessons reflect that. I would recommend Ahmad to anyone who is interested in learning to play the guitar!!!!
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San Jose, CA 95116
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About Homayoon H.

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To be honest, I'm here to encourage people to play their guitar. So, I'm mostly going to work on the things you want to work on. In terms of my experience, I have been playing for almost 10 years. I started as a self-taught guitarist in high school and then I decided to actually study music in college. So, if you have theory questions I'll be happy to help.
My methods aren't too strict like classical guitarists. However, I do have specific exercises on how to practice more effectively and other things like chord studies. Again, I'm mainly here for you to learn how to play your favorite song, or how to be able to jam with other guitarists and so on. At the end of the day, I want students to reach their goals and enjoy playing what they want to play rather than being able to play all the chords and scales without enjoying it.

About Homayoon
Hello All,
My name is Homayoon and I am really passionate about music.
My journey of becoming a musician started with grabbing my first acoustic guitar in High School. When I went to college, I tried to pursue a career in Computer Science and Programming, but after a year, I decided to take my passion to the next level and study music, and learn about writing songs and be a musician that I always dreamed of. So far, it's been almost 10 years that I have been playing guitar (Blues, Rock, Jazz etc.) while studying music theory and composition in college. My goal is to become a RockStar \m/ (There, I said it!) but more realistically, I want to be a Performer as well as Song Writer and possibly pursue a path in Music Production.
Most importantly, I am here to help and encourage people to learn and play guitar and maybe help out with the und
erstanding the basics of song writing and theory.
I have written short summary about what and how I will teach guitar and music theory in each section and I'm looking forward in seeing you!
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San Jose, CA 95129
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About Sergio L.

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Entertaining and eye-opening lessons for beginner students. Let's be fair, mastering guitar is not an easy task. It will require discipline on your part. I will help you on your journey to playing for yourself, friends or in a rock band. On our second lesson we will start working on your playing your favorite song. I will do my best so the learning would go smoothly.
I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and teaching it for 5+ .
Don't let the low price tag for my lessons mislead you. There's a reason for that.

About Sergio
I've started playing classical guitar as a kid and over the years played rock guitar and was singing in a rock band.
Some of my past influences: Extreme, Metallica, Scorpions, Pearl Jam
And recent ones: Dream Theater, Symphony X
As you see, I'm an old school guy :)

So I can teach you some tricks and playing techniques in these styles.
Besides that I pay much attention to music theory.

Some of the musical styles I can teach you to play in: Classical, Pop, Alternative, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock/Metal
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