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About Marty H.

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Campbell, CA
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About Marty
I've been playing guitar for 33 and teaching for 16 years and music is my passion. Born and raised in New York, I grew up in a musical household as my mother was a professional piano player in New York and I was exposed to the industry at an early age. After leaving college in New York, I moved to San Jose, California and stumbled across a music book I found at a bus stop. I, studied it and taught myself guitar. I went on to play with professional musicians at The Musical Institute in Hollywood, California. From there I've played with a number of local bands and am fluent in the genres of Christian music, all types of Rock, Folk, Pop, Country, Blues, and Reggae. I am able to learn songs by ear and transpose them, as well as teaching from music books in a simple, easy manner for my students to play successfully their favorite songs. My
passion for music is displayed in my easy going and patient style of teaching and making music fun to play. Acoustic and electric guitars (6 and 12 string) are my preferred instruments.to teach, Even though I play piano , mandolins and ukulele s.
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My easy going and patient personality allows me to teach my students to become their best, whether they are just starting out or are more advanced in guitar. I believe the positive relationship between teacher and student is a crucial part of a student's success in learning while having fun playing. My focus is for my students to leave each lesson feeling confident and empowered to want to play and learn more each day. I know what it's like to go from knowing nothing about the guitar to becoming a seasoned musician, so I use extreme patience, encouragement, and guidance with simple guitar techniques. My focus for the beginner is to teach the fundamentals and basic chords for them to play their favorite songs as quickly as possible using a variety of books and personal instruction. For the more advanced player, I focus on theory and advanced techniques to challenge them to play at a higher level. My overall goal is to see the success and achievements of my students to play with confidence while having fun at the same time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a 1/2 stack Crate amp with preamp 1600GX also a Peavey VYPYR that I can travel with. Various types of affects for guitars electric or acoustic.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar book, and lesson plan. Student should provide own guitar if possible.

*** Specialties ***
Christian music, all types of Rock, Folk, Pop, Country, Blues, and Reggae. Types of guitars available to teach are 6 String, 12 String, Electric, and Acoustic.
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Marty H. March 25, 2013
· Guitar ·
Excellent teacher

Marty is a fantastic teacher. He’s been great teaching my 14 year old daughter. He’s very patient and makes playing the guitar so simple for her. The first lesson he really was interested in what SHE wanted to eventually be able to play, then taught her some basics and a few simple cords. By the end of the lesson, she was playing a simple song and was so excited. Also very respectful to me as her parent and has a gentle, non-aggressive personality making us both very comfortable. My daughter now even is writing her own songs and playing guitar to them. I would highly recommend Marty as a guitar teacher, he really knows what he’s doing.
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Marty H.

Marty H.

Campbell, CA 95008
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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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 Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses 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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Vanessa October 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I like these singing classes
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Vanessa October 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Still taking this class, it’s reviews are pending
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Hima October 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Jesse is very knowledgeable and a really good instructor for beginners, as he makes sure we learn strong fundamentals . I started my violin classes as a beginner and could see my learning curve is ramping up very well.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Neil K.

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San Jose, CA

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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 Degree in music from San Jose State University where I majored in Jazz guitar performance and composition / arranging. I have been passionately teaching guitar for the past 16 years to students of all ages. My goal is to teach you the music YOU want to learn while expanding your musical awareness. I am a patient and understanding teacher who will attempt to inspire students while pushing them to their playing potential. In addition to teaching I lead by example performing regularly in various Jazz ensembles. I have released 2 CD's of original “Rivers Converge" (2010) and "In Roads" (2015).


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I have played and studied extensively the styles of Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical, electric and acoustic guitar. I begin lessons by teaching students the fundamentals of the instrument and after a basic grasp of the guitar is developed I encourage students to learn songs / styles of their choice so that the musical experience is inspriring for them. In the first few months beginning students will learn the architecture of the guitar: string names & numbers, finger numbers, fret numbers, tablature, chord diagrams, basic time signatures, strum patterns, chord charts. I divide guitar playing into 3 major principles: Lead playing / improvisation, Chord playing / accompaniment, and Melody / note reading. Lessons will reflect the development of these principles. Scales and arpeggios and music theory lead to improvisation. Chord playing, chord progressions, open chords, bar chords, & power chords are used to play rhythm guitar in songs of the student’s choice. Melody playing is developed through learning to read music. For reading studies I utilize the Hal Leonard Guitar method for beginners and William Levitt’s Modern Method for guitar for more advanced students. For Classical Guitar i work from Christopher Parkening's guitar Method 1 & 2 and Frederick Noad's "Art of Solo guitar Playing."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room with Chairs, music stands, Amplifier and guitar cables.
*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have guitar, music stand and two arm-less chairs

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz. I have studied and played various Rock and Popular styles as well. I also teach classical guitar. I try to combine technique and music reading with the learning of songs that interest the student.
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Jane D. October 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Neil is an amazing music teacher! I wanted to learn guitar from scratch and he worked around all of my obstacles. He is beyond patient, super easy to learn from, and highly reliable. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of music but if you're not interested in that, he'll just help you put your hands on the instrument and play. Highly recommend!!!
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Jane D. December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Neil couldn't be better for a first-time player! Very patient and positive. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Inja K. August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very good !
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Neil K.

Neil K.

San Jose, CA 95118
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About Judy E.

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Los Gatos, CA
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I have taught may different kinds of subjects, ESL, Drug and Alcohol Education, Social services, in the past. Mostly, though, I have taught piano, my first and greatest love, starting in the 70's and off and on until I took it full time during the past 2 years. I develop special relationships with all of my students, and together with individually specific incentives, nearly all my students progress very quickly in their learning. I enjoy children of all ages as well as adults.
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Jaclyn B. March 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson, really excited to continue learning from Judy!
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Tracey Q. December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Judy had my son up and playing in no time. She was great about setting a pace that will keep him challenged and confident simultaneously. He loves his lessons and looks forward to learning more. My youngest, after observing a class, has decided he would like to play too!
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Andy Z. October 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
Judy E did good job for her first class. Both Andy and Jody like her. They are looking forward to the next class,
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Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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About Stephen E.

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Palo Alto, CA
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I have taught music (K-8) in a private school in Palo Alto for 13 years and have created a very successful program. I conduct 5 bands, an orchestra and a beginner string ensemble. I have started hundreds of children on instruments and have taught dozens of children privately with great results. I have a BA degree from Luther College and did post-graduate work in music at the University of Iowa.
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Maya September 2, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Stephen has lots of experience teaching kids and was great with my daughter. He adapted to her level of experience and gave her goals to strive for next time. Very pleased with the whole experience.
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Yuko July 4, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
My 10 years old son loves the way Steve teaches. My son is a beginner on trumpet, but Steve stays calm and make his lesson fun for my son. Not too much pressure, just a daily practice of 10 mins or so. My son is looking forward to his lesson!
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Aaron L. May 8, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Stephen is a patient instructor and proactively analyzed my son's abilities(and lack thereof) before making necessary adjustments. I appreciate that he catches what the student is doing wrong and helps to correct it on the spot. Highly recommended.
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Stephen E.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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About Victor S.

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Palo Alto, CA

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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 as well as recording sessions with many many excellent musicians.
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Shani October 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor has been very helpful. He found my daughter the right size of guitar for her to start with. So far she has been learning chords and learning to strum. She has been enjoying it and we are looking forward to next week
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Terry October 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Helped me learn the basics of guitar and has helped me to learn songs that I like on my own. Very friendly and helpful.
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Hailey October 22, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
I have been taking guitar and mandolin lessons from Victor for around two years. I had originally started on guitar and eventually became interested in learning mandolin. He has been nothing short of accommodating both in my schedule and musically. Highly Recommended.
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Victor S.

Victor S.

San Jose, CA 95130
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About Dr. Sharon W.

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Mountain View, CA

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About Dr. Sharon
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Hi! Click "Ask Sharon a Question" then you'll be able to message me before purchasing lessons!

Please note that your contact info in the message will not be released to me before the purchase is completed. I'd love to but am unable to give you a call before you sign up.

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Native of Taiwan, one of the few pianists in the world to successfully perform “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long set of 36 variations) from memory, and I have performed in the United States, Taiwan, and Prague. I am also involved in chamber music, contemporary music, and piano collaboration.

*Certificated MTNA (Music Teacher National Association) piano teacher.

*Certificated MTAC (Music Teacher Association of California) piano teacher.

*Preparation of music exams like CM, AB
RSM and RCM.

*Host student recitals and performance classes.

I received my D.M.A degree (PhD) in Piano Performance at Stony Brook University, where I study with Gilbert Kalish. Master degree in Piano under Dr. Steven Spooner as a scholarship student at the University of Kansas.

Every individual has different goals of learning piano. Some want their children to simply enjoy music, some want to ensure their children shine on the stage. I cultivate every student's interest in music and ability to learn music as their own teacher.

*Teaching in Chinese is available.
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Vicky March 5, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Excellent instruction. Sharon is an inspirational teacher that uses effective techniques to help you learn classical pieces. Highly recommend her.
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Apple January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sharon is very nice and patient for my first lesson. I'd like to keep learning from her:)
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C. W. July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 8 year old is so happy to be taking lessons from Sharon Wu! Ms. Wu is a true professional: in addition to her top qualifications, she has high expectations for her students and a genuine interest in their learning. She also has a kind and encouraging manner. Highly recommended!!
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Dr. Sharon W.

Dr. Sharon W.

Mountain View, CA 94040
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$48 / 30-min

About Julian S.

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San Jose, CA

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Based in San Jose, California, Julian is a classical saxophonist who devotes himself to making, performing, and teaching music. Being originally from Arizona, he placed in competitive groups from the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) at the regional and state levels from 2011-2014. From 2013-2014 he was the principal alto saxophonist in the Phoenix Youth Symphony and he was awarded the Great Performer’s 1st place certificate from the music academy, Rosie’s House. Since then, Julian has taken his talents to the National Music Festival (2012-2016) held in Chestertown, Maryland and Mana Saxophone Institute (2017) held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he played the soprano saxophone in the Mana Saxophone Orchestra. This past summer, he participated as the soprano saxophonist of the Cabrillo Music Festival held in Santa Cruz, Califor
nia and he played at the Center for New Music where he premiered two new works written for saxophone trio by composer, Danny Clay.

Currently, Julian holds the soprano chair in the award-winning Zēlos Saxophone Quartet. Being one of the founding members, this group was found in 2016 and in 2017 the group took 1st place in the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) Competition for the state of California and also 1st place in the MTNA Southwest Region Competition. Outside of competitions, Zēlos actively performs around the San Francisco Bay Area through organizations such as Groupmuse, as well as churches, and they also do educational outreach.
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aditya April 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Julian was on time and he was very patient with Aditya.
He even brought his spare saxophone to help out Aditya in his first class. Julian spent over an hour and half with Aditya and helped us pick out the saxophone to buy for Aditya.
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Kelly March 5, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
My daughter started lessons just a couple weeks ago and she has learned so much already! Julian is patient, consistent, and makes us feel comfortable. Very good teacher.
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Gabriel February 28, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
I study with Mr.Salazar outside of takelessons.com, but I thoroughly enjoy lessons with him and he is so insightful. He has helped me a lot with my technique which was definitely not my strong suit when we started lessons. He always pushes me to do better in a positive way!
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Julian S.

Julian S.

San Jose, CA 95112
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About Ahmad G.

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San Jose, CA

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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 and toured 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 St
eve 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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Anna November 11, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
If you're thinking about taking lessons from Ahmad, do it. For years I thought I just couldn't play the guitar. I tried learning online, but nothing stuck. I even took a group class, which was better than trying to learn online, but I still wasn't satisfied. So, I decided to look into private lessons, even though I was nervous about the one-on-one dynamic. For years I have struggled with performance anxiety and was afraid that would prevent me from ever really learning the guitar and playing with other people. I discussed this with Ahmad before and at my first lesson. I can't tell you how amazing it felt a few months later when we played a song together and I had no fear or anxiety.

I credit this to the fun and relaxing atmosphere Ahmad has created in his studio space which makes it easy to learn, ask questions and enjoy my lessons. He has a deep passion for music which is infectious. I leave every lesson feeling energized and excited to work on my new material.

If you're interested in learning how to play the guitar or improve your skills, give Ahmad a shot. You'll be so glad you did. Before, I thought I just couldn't learn how to play the guitar, now I'm looking forward to years of honing my skills, playing with friends and experiencing the joy of creating music.
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Chi November 3, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
I have been studying with Ahmad for more than half a year now and it's been a great experience! Coming from wind instrument, my understanding of chords is seriously lacking. Ahmad addressed all my questions step by step. He's patient and motivating! If you live in the bay area and want to learn guitar, Ahmad is your best friend and teacher!
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Cory W. October 26, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Ahmad is a great instructor and I think I will learn a lot from him in the future if I am patient and attentive to what he is teaching me.
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Ahmad G.

San Jose, CA 95116
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About Kyle S.

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Let's have some fun playing guitar. It shouldn't be called "playing" for no reason! No matter what your skill level I'll share you my experience as a guitarist, song writer, and audio engineer. I learn songs by ear so have the songs you want to learn ready and we'll get you playing along in no time! If your a kid who wants to learn your favorite video game theme song or if you've recently retired and always wanted to learn that Beatles or Zepplin tune I'm your guy.
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Kyle S.

Kyle S.

Pacific Grove, CA 93950
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