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Chords, scales, reading charts, lyric sheets, tabs, sheet music, folk, rock, jazz, songwriting, etc.

About John
I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles.

As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz, pop/rock styles, and modern and experimental music.

As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film.

I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral musician, in my brass quartet, a studio h
ornist (recorded on will.i.am's last album, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, and with Horse's Mouth, to name a few), and in various other groups. I have taught at Bennington College, Summer Sonatina Piano School, Sage City Symphony's Young Composers Project, CalArts, Barnsdall Park's Junior Art Center, and Santa Monica Music Center. I have been teaching privately since high school and love working with students to meet their individual goals in music.

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I provide my own instrument for demonstration and group playing when applicable. I provide sheet music and method books for use in lessons or temporary loan. I expect students to have their own instrument and music stand for use during lessons. If using electric guitar, they should have their own amplifier. In theory or songwriting lessons, they should have their own staff paper. I ask students to purchase their own method books and music when needed.
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Matthew A. December 28, 2015
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John is very patient and works well with children. He is always prepared for the lessons. Recommend!
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Brandon A. May 12, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
John is a great teacher! He's open to working with many styles and he's talented in more than one instrument.
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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
· Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
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John E.

John E.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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With over 4 years of teaching experience, 6 years of gigging and playing the guitar for 14 years, I have cultivated a unique approach to teaching the guitar. I take the time to listen to my students, hear their struggles and dreams and create a lesson plan that is truly individual. I've worked with beginners who've never touched a guitar to professionals looking to broaden their horizons, all ages too! I am a very professional, motivated and flexible teacher looking to help you learn the guitar!

About Stephen
Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

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Eva February 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Steve is a patient and encouraging teacher to my seven year old daughter. She enjoys the lessons very much.
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Liz February 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I've had four lessons so far with Steve, and I am so pleased with how it is going! Steve is very skilled, patient, kind, punctual and professional. He responds to all my questions, and is very encouraging. He comes to my office in Pasadena to give me my lesson.

I find that the biggest challenge in learning something new, is keeping my own internal critic under control as I struggle with note reading, and learn how to play the guitar. The fact that Steve is so patient and never critical helps to offset my internal critic. I have felt self doubting in the first two lessons, but by lesson 3, I am confident that if I keep practicing and working with Steve, eventually I will get it.

Steve also shared info re his Taylor Mini guitar which is much smaller than the typical guitar, easier for me to play because the frets are smaller for smaller hands. I just bought my own Taylor Mini, a beautiful instrument which also inspires me to keep at it! Steve is also introducing some popular songs starting in lesson 3, which also makes it more enjoyable.

This is one of the best decisions I have made for myself, and I am very happy that I was lucky to find Steve. He's great!
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Bryan November 30, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Stephen is awesome. I do the lessons online which is super easy and fun as well. I am literally just a beginner so this is very exciting and Stephen is kind and patient!
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Stephen O.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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Fullerton, CA

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Picking up the acoustic guitar for the first time? Or pick up the acoustic guitar for the first time...in a long time? No problem, let's get you stringed up and back into the game. Each lesson is simple and effective, guaranteed to get your fingers in shape and able to reach those frets you had never reached before--sounds a little bit like the intro narrative to Star Trek...?

About Ben
EDUCATION

I graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with a B.A. in Public Administration (what does that have to do with the Flamenco guitar?); prior to that degree, I received an A.A. in Political Science (again, what does that have to do with Flamenco guitar?). Currently I am in the process of completing my M.P.A. at CSUF (again…?). The answer to the aforementioned question is that, I enjoy politics and government work—it’s my profession. Nonetheless, I enjoy Flamenco most of all, and I want you to enjoy it too! ¡Vamonos!

EXPERIENCE

The guitar is a wonderful instrument, which I began playing at the age of six. I began my studies with the classical guitar for the first 15 years of playing; and for these past 15 years I have studied the flamenco guitar—playing various concerts, events, and giving professional
instruction.

My experience as a guitarist in Southern California has led me to explore different genres of music, playing for various musical groups ranging from surf rock, concert band, and jazz. As a co-founding member of the band, Ballistico, we opened up for acts such as Dick Dale and the Del Tones, the Grandmothers of Invention (featuring members of Frank Zappa’s original band, “Mothers of Invention”), Avenged Sevenfold, and many others.

EXPERTISE

Having received first hand instruction from the some of the most sough-after professional Flamenco guitarists living and working in Spain (and touring internationally), I offer each of my students an unrivaled degree of authenticity in technique, tone, and style.

LEARNING MATERIALS

Each lesson includes tablature and audio recordings of the material that we will have gone over together. It is completely normal that only a day or two after a lesson—or even a few hours afterwards—the mind can (and will) quickly forget the material. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. By having the accompanying written and audio material with you after each lesson, you will be well-prepared for a successful next lesson!
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Ben S.

Ben S.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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$28 / 30-min

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Los Angeles, CA
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Lessons will be based on what YOU want to learn! Together, we will articulate these goals and create a curriculum to achieve them. Lessons and practicing should be fun, and my experience of teaching many many different students taught me that structured and goal oriented practice is necessary in order to play the music you want to learn.
Your part is to bring up this effort and practice regularly.
My part is to help you learn HOW to practice and master the instrument with proper technique.

About Ines
I have been passionately teaching guitar for more than 10 years and have been working as a Teaching Assistant in Classical Guitar at USC for the past three years. Before coming to the US in 2013, I taught individual and group guitar lessons at several music schools in Germany.

I have extensive experience working with students of all levels, from beginners to professional players. My youngest student so far was my 4 year old nephew, my oldest student was in his early 70's. Growing up in Germany, I have been playing the Classical Guitar for 25 years. Over the years I became a versatile musician playing not only Classical Guitar, but also electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and early instruments, like the lute and baroque guitar. I enjoy playing different styles of music from all time periods as they let me express in unique ways.
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Michael June 3, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Ines has been a great teacher throughout college. Her emphasis on technique has greatly influenced how I approach guitar playing. Also, she taught me how important one's guitar tone is when playing a song the way the composer intended it to be played. It is very clear that I have improved as a guitar player while being her student and my guitar repertoire has expanded beyond just classical music.
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Leah May 28, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Ines is an inspiring teacher for our nine-year old daughter. She is firm but flexible, patient, and a wonderful role model. Her breadth of performing and teaching experience allows her to choose repertory that is varied, fun, and challenging. Our daughter is always excited to have lessons with her.
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Ines T.

Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Temple City, CA

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Want to learn how to play your favorite songs? Want to learn how to write your own songs? I've been Teaching, Writing, and Recording in the music industry for 5 years now and I've learned how to impart the universal concepts the make great music to anyone using any song. I will tailor to your learning style and we will use your favorite songs to get you making great music and enjoying playing. Whether you want to get deep into music theory and see how songs are crafted or you just want to enjoy playing and singing the songs you love, I can help you reach your musical goals and help you find out where and how far you want to take your music.

About Nate
Hi i'm Nate! I've been in the music industry for 5 years writing and producing songs for artist from all over the world. I'm an LA native, born and raised. I'm patient, kind and fun. I love people and the most important thing to me about making music is that its fun and its a great way to express yourself and to make memories. The is nothing better than a great song that captures what I'm feeling, makes me move and keeps me wanting to sing it over and over again.
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Nate E.

Nate E.

Temple City, CA 91780
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$42 / 30-min
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Studio City, CA

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"Learn the rules like a pro, then break them as an artist" - Pablo Picasso

As a music producer, mix engineer and artist, I understand the need for proficiency as well as the artistry. My approach to teaching is customized to each individual as we are not all the same. I pay close attention to how each person learns and work with what the student can excel in. When needed we will do drills or work on theory or break down your technique to overcome any obstacles. With my industry expertise, I can help you become a proficient musician and help develop your style and artistry.

I look forward to working with you!

About David
David is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and mix engineer who works with artists at varying levels developing their skills, creativity, and music. Over the course of nearly 2 decades playing in bands and working in music production, David knows the skillset and mindset necessary to perform at a professional level.

In 2015, David was nominated for a Pensado Award for "Most Unique Project Studio" and followed that up in 2016 sharing the stage with Jimmy Eat World and Neon Trees.

David's passion for creativity, performing, and connecting with people are what drives him.
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James Zidell April 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
David is terrific. Much better than any of my other teachers. He is professional, knowledgeable and practical. I always leave feeling I have learned something I can take home with me and improve.
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Mackenzie January 15, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
David has a depth of musical knowledge and knows how to communicate it well. With students as young as 6, he has shown patience while challenging them to improve. He is a fun and effective teacher.
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konnie October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
David puts me at ease with taking lessons from a human because, not only is he very skilled and knowledgeable, but he is also flexible in his teaching style, in that he is responsive to my learning style and thoroughly addresses all my questions and concerns, all while being attentive to my progress. I highly recommend!
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David D.

David D.

Studio City, CA 91604
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$35 / 30-min

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I've been playing guitar for 8 years. I graduated Musicians Institute with Synester Gates Scholarship. I'm an EMG pickups and LINE 6 artist and product tester.
I have played with Steve Vai and led his band during a song, received technique lesson from Joe Satriani and Scott Henderson, played with Scott Page (Pink Floyd), and arranged music for Corey Feldman.
I have toured all the U.S. twice with more than 62 live shows. I also have more than 70 live shows in only Los Angeles.
I love the most metal, blues, classic rock, funk, acid jazz, pop etc.. I enjoy it all though.
I've been teaching guitar and bass in english/spanish for almost 2 years.
During the lesson you'll learn:
Chords, scales, modes, finger exercises, arpeggios, theory, ear training or anything that adjusts to what you want and need.

About Jimena
With only 21 years old I’m a touring and session musician, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and composer. I graduated from Musicians Institute on Music and Guitar Performance, awarded the Synester Gates Scholarship.

I've played with Steve Vai and led a solo with his band, Paul Reed Smith, Scott Page (Pink Floyd), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), among others.
EMG and LINE 6 artist and product tester. I’ve toured all the U.S twice having over 70 live shows.
I’m part of a worldwide community of female musicians and guitarists among the best of the world.

I have participated in benefit performances, recording sessions, directed music bands, got experience teaching guitar and bass lessons for all ages in English and Spanish. I have a total of 70 live shows only in Los Angeles.

I started uploading videos of her playing punk rock covers to YT
and received attention by going viral and being mentioned on social media by some of the bands or artists covered such as Simple Plan and Orianthi. One of my videos passed over 115,000 views. I’m followed on social media by several artists supporting my work such as Joe Satriani, Orianthi(Michael Jackson), Rob Scallon, Jared Dines, Synester Gates(Avenged Sevenfold), Nili Brosh, Chris Broderick John Illsley, Doug Doppler, Melia Maccarone to name a few.

I enjoy playing all music genres in general but I enjoy the most playing and teaching metal, rock, blues and jazz blues. No matter what level you are, I’d love to help you improve your playing, technique and knowledge. From basic chords to different chord voicings, scales, modes, exercises, finger strength, speed, arpeggios, reading, music theory or ear training, I look forward teaching you and sharing passion for music.
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Lindsay G. April 30, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My name is Maddy . I'm nine years old . I love my guitar teacher , she is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Eric C. March 29, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I just completed my first lesson. I learned a lot and had fun. I look forward to many more. Jimena too the time to explain things and answer my questions.
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Christina March 21, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Jimena F.

Jimena F.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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Panorama City, CA
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Every musical success begins with a small note - HR

I have created my own program to teach students from beginner to Advanced levels, I wrote it myself. I wish I would've had a program like that when I began my musical journey with the guitar, I have arranged the subjects in a special order that makes easy the learning process for my students. I like to demystify all theoretical and practical concepts applied to the guitar so the student can easily understand chords, scales, techniques, harmony, improvisation and other subjects that usually take years to master. My goal is to translate all this knowledge at the student's own pace, yielding quick results in 3-6 months.

About Hedras
Hello,
I can teach you Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory and Pro Tools Software.

I had over 200 students in my own academy Guitar Institute of Guatemala and lots of Private and Skype Students.
You can expect fun lessons but full of helpful information that will help you to improve as a player or help you to start learning songs and playing guitar if you are a beginner.
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Hedras R.

Hedras R.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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$100 / 30-min

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I started playing guitar when I was only 13 years old, I'm now 28. When I was 13, I took for granted the importance of a teacher and I learned things based on short-term, little wins (learning that new Green Day song for a show). I never actually took the time to learn how to truly play the guitar and understand the WHY or to hone fundamental skills, spot bad posture and technique, or explain how songs are melodies are created. When I was 23, I picked up the guitar again (after putting it all throughout college and late high school), and completely relearned how to play as a mature adult. I took the hard time to relearn techniques, understand theory, break free from bad habits and I've become a much, much better guitarist as a result. I understand what it's like to WANT

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I'll never forget the first time I received my very own guitar. It was a red Fender Squier stratocaster and I was just 13 years old. I remember plugging into my little amp and trying it out. I knew nothing about guitar, all I knew was I wanted to sound like Jimi Hendrix.

I think it was probably day 3 when I had a breakdown and ran downstairs to my mother sobbing because I didn't think I'd ever be able to play guitar and that I made a mistake.

But there's a lesson here, potential student. Guitar is HARD. Learning how to play a guitar takes a lot of patience, time, repetition and most importantly, the right attitude. 15 years later and here I am, teaching others how to play. I've been through the learning process and I know how frustrating music can be. But it's also incredibly fun and there aren't enough instructors out there that
make it that way.

If you want to play anything from screaming, roaring blues licks to melodic Pink Floyd tonal adventures I can help get you there the right way. If you just want to learn how to play a couple chords, not a problem.

When I was 13, I took for granted the importance of a teacher and I learned things based on short-term, little wins (learning that new Green Day song for a show). I never actually took the time to learn how to truly play the guitar and understand the WHY or to hone fundamental skills, spot bad posture and technique, or explain how songs are melodies are created. When I was 23, I picked up the guitar again (after putting it all throughout college and late high school), and completely relearned how to play as a mature adult. I took the hard time to relearn techniques, understand theory, break free from bad habits and I've become a much, much better guitarist as a result. I understand what it's like to WANT to sound like the John Mayers of the world and what it's like to lack patience. But there are ways around this and it's all about how you teach. Every young kid picks up the guitar because they want to sound like SOMEONE. But there's a path to getting there and there aren't enough guitar teachers that know how to communicate that and make it fun for their subjects. The most important parts of understanding guitar fundamentals are completely top of mind for me and I believe one of my biggest strengths as an individual is turning complex concepts into bite-sized, relatable things.

I'm an entrepreneur that has started my own business and this is what I do because I'm passionate about music.
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Ben Grabow March 12, 2018
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Pat is a super friendly, welcoming and super talented teacher. I’m just starting to learn guitar and he taught me all the basics to get on my feet and start developing on my own. He can teach at whatever pace you’d like and he’s super flexible with time and location! HIGHLY RECOMMEND
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Adam March 12, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Pat was very patient with me, as I was a true beginner. He teaches in a way that is easy to understand and retain the info. Highly recommend.
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Justin March 12, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Pat is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the guitar as an instrument so his lessons really resonate more than any other lessons I’ve had. You really feel like you have a comprehensive understanding of the how’s and why’s of everything he teaches you.
In addition, Pat is just a super cool guy and makes the lessons very enjoyable. Would strongly recommend Pat to anyone!
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Patrick B.

Los Angeles, CA 90064
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About Richard W.

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Learn to play your favorite songs and start soloing in two weeks time guaranteed!

Experienced teacher of 13 years, specializing in teaching players and students of all experience levels. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of chord structure, music theory, ear training, scales, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Richard
I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring band with a worldwide fan base. I graduated from George Mason University with Bachelor's of Music in jazz guitar, and am currently teaching around 50 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun.

Additionally, I've produced, written for multiple billboard charting artists as well as multiple theme songs for shows on Nickelodeon and Fox.
I currently internationally with multiple well known artists as well as teaching about 50 lessons a week.

Since 2014, I have released 15 singles and five EPs and in early 2017 another two EPs. I am currently endorsed by PRS guitars, Elixir Strings, Audix Microphones, Burns Guitars and Bas
ses, and various pedal companies.

I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home teaching studio as well as my recording studio in North Hollywood where i work with singers, guitarists/bassists, pianists & songwriters, producers, composers in a wide age range, and assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals.
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Jeff A May 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Had my first lesson with richard last week at His production studio in north hollywood. Was recommended by a friend. Already booked him for the next month. He actually makes me want to practice and shows you how to have fun while doing it. Cool guy, super talented. Also an amazing singer and producer.
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Llewellyn May 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Richard is an amazing musician and teacher. He taught 3 of my children to play. All 3 played in High School Band and one of them is now a serious Jazz musician - Graduating from Berkley.
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Anne May 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Richard is a real find; If he has space for you, grab your opportunity and consider yourself fortunate, as is in high demand. Not only does he have raw musical talent, (which will amaze you), he possesses the rare ability to teach. He teaches all ages and all levels of guitar. His patience is endless and his enthusiasm contagious. Everyone raves about him!!
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Richard W.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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