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Bellflower, CA

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You will learn all your chords and sight-reading techniques to be able to play any classical, pop, or rock song that you want!

About Joe
I am currently the piano and guitar teacher at Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach, and the Music Director for the non-profit organization Arts Aloud Theater Group. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. I've been teaching for 17 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other places where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey School, Dexter Music Academy, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout China, and the United States (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock/pop bands in Spain, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.

I've worked with various vocal coaches including Grammy-nominated Ilene
Graff, and Maxayn Lewis (who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears).

I am also currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) for the band Hello Human. I've worked with amazing musicians including Michael Thompson (guitarist for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and John Robinson (drummer for Quincy Jones, Elton John). I've also had the honor of working with Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime).

My vocal recordings/original songs are on television show The Young & The Restless (“Dreamers” June 11th episode 11449, “High Tops” June 6th episode 11447).

My vocal recordings/original songs are currently on KWAVE 107.9 and have been on Alcoa Tennessee'™s Love 89.1, Refuge, CSN, WCTL, and on hundreds of other radio stations.

*** Lesson Details ***
I divide my class into 4 parts: 1.Scales/Chords/Arpeggios/Warm-ups 2.Sight-Reading 3.Theory 4.Improvisation. Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A weighted 88 keyboard is used. Free parking on street and lot.

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. Violin was my first instrument, then I learned guitar and piano in college. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Ilee K. March 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joe is clear, organized, and very encouraging. I enjoyed our first piano lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons with him.
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VIRGIL M. October 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My first guitar lesson with Joe was so relaxing. I like his method of teaching beginners like me. So cool!!!
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Cassandra-Jadel M. March 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jadel was very excited about her lesson. She is looking forward to going back.
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Joe M.

Joe M.

Bellflower, CA 90706
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About John E.

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Los Angeles, CA

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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.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About ELENA D.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

***Lessons Details***

**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Steve A. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
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Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Lee G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I recently graduated UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music with a BA in Music History. My concentration is theory and education.

I will travel anywhere in the LA region to teach students of all ages. Music is my passion and I live to share it with others.
Nothing brings me greater joy than connecting with someone on a musical level and seeing the light bulb, the "AHA!" moment when they get it, especially children, or seeing someone so impressed by their OWN capabilities because of what I taught them.

My past students claim my teaching to be the best they've ever had. Throughout high school and college, classmates would seek help from me claiming that my approach was easier to understand than that of the teacher or professor.

I have a unique way of tailoring my teaching style to the different ways in which people learn, including and especially kids.

My unique, outgoing, lighthearted, humorous, and warm personality qualify me appropriately for teaching music.

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About Lee
My passion for music existed as long as I can remember. When I was maybe three, my dad showed my a live video of a Dan Fogelberg concert. I would play it over and over again and mimic the players, using toy rifles as guitars and rigging up mic stands out of Tinker Toys (Yes, I'm old enough to remember Tinker Toys).

At 12 my dad bought me my first guitar and I caught on at a rate that was perceivably rapid. The words "natural" and "prodigy" were used, though I find them quite frivolous. By 14 I was playing in church worship bands and in high school I was playing in bands of my own.

There's a phrase, "Those that can't do teach." I cannot disagree more. Not everyone can teach. This requires a special sense, an ability to intuit the type of environment and experience which best suits the learner, and the ability to connect. My versatile
personality and perceptive range of approaches more than qualifies me. Given the opportunity, I will show you or your child the uniquely memorable experience that is taking guitar lessons from me.
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P Graham February 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Although I was not a student of Lee’s—I was one of his college instructors—I can attest to outstanding qualities that would easily transfer to terrific, individualized guitar lessons. A very curious and hard-working person, Lee would ask insightful questions and would contribute generously to classroom discussions. His curiosity never seemed to waver and pointed to a sharp mind that that would keep growing and growing. I can envision him viewing his guitar students as fascinating mini-universes of possibility to nurture; he would be a teacher genuinely interested in taking students as far as he could with their development. Lee is a charming person and deals with people holistically. Based on what I heard him perform, he would be especially wonderful in teaching popular music styles on the guitar. Recommended!!
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Roger & Michelle February 16, 2018
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If you want a teacher who is patient, kind, talented, great with kids and adults too, then Lee is your instructor! Customize your lessons - no worries... Lee makes learning fun! We highly recommend this professional!
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Lou February 13, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Lee's a great teacher!! He is super clear in his communication and makes learning the guitar so fun. I want to play what I've learned all day. Lessons are an encouraging, no pressure environment. Can't recommend highly enough!
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Lee G.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Rees F.

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Guitar lessons with me are unique because of the wide range of my musical interests, experiences, and passions. I've studied many different styles of music and feel comfortable teaching in any genre. I work hard to personalize each lesson to the individual learning style of my students and encourage their passion for music.

About Rees
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer. I graduated from USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, specifically within Popular Music. Students can expect their lessons to be highly personalized based on their interests and learning styles. Having operated in so many facets musically, I know how much depth is involved in being a complete musician and I encourage my students to be lifelong music lovers. I've performed alongside wide ranging acts such as John Fogerty, Glenn Frey, The Beach Boys, X-Ambassadors, and Diplo, and I've been mentored by greats such as Patrice Rushen and Glen Ballard. Knowing the value that mentorship has played in my musical journey encourages me to pay-it-forward. I love working with students who are as curious and passionate as I am.
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Miriam A. August 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rees has been providing my 2 kids, ages 6 and 7 with piano lessons for about a month and a half. He is very good with them. Patient, engaging and is building good rapport. He approaches both kids differently based on their age and abilities.
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Bonnie B. June 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
He has a very tender touch and that fits with my voice. Thank you very much. Dr B.
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Erin October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rees was AMAZING with my boys, at the time they were 8 and 10. They are very different in the way they learn and he was able to adapt to teach them each in an individual way that they loved. I only wish he still lived in town.
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Rees F.

Sierra Madre, CA 91024
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I have a lot of teaching experience. I'm able to play any style.

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My approach is to create a fun and educational experience with students.
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AJ S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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Van Nuys, CA

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I'm an experienced passionate performer and teacher. I've played in countless bands from genres such as punk, metal, rock, blues, hardcore, death metal, and many more. I have many successful students and find my purpose in teaching and accompanying them in there growth and musicians and songwriters.

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Hi! my name is Travis and I'm a performer, songwriter, and teacher. My passion and my purpose is music and I love to share it any way i can. I'm a 10 year guitar player who can play any METALLICA song and solo and am trained in theory and improvisational skills. I've taught many songs from many genres such as Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Megadeth, Cannibal Corpse, you name it. I have many successful students and organize an event with my fellow teacher colleagues during the summer where my students can perform songs the we have rehearsed with a full band in front of an audience. Love to teach and live my life purpose through music. Book your lesson today and lets learn together!
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Travis V.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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$34 / 30-min

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Learn the basics of acoustic guitar, we will focus on your favorite music genre and artists that you like!

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My name is Jefferson, I've been playing the guitar for more than 13 years and I'm passionate about music in general.
I've been teaching for about 8 years.

I started my musical journey as a teenager playing in rock n' roll bands in my hometown of Paris. I performed in some of the biggest venues in France such as The Bataclan Theater and The Olympia Hall.

After graduating from high school I attended the best Jazz Music school in Paris: IMEP College of Music and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2016.
During my time at school I started teaching more and more students on a daily basis. I was always either learning myself or teaching people all day long. At night, I was still performing with a various number of music ensembles and bands.

After graduating from IMEP, I moved to Los Angeles to attend the Musician'
s Institute in Hollywood. I graduated with a Certificate in Guitar Performance in 2017.
During my time at MI I joined multiple local californian bands and I kept on doing what I was doing in my home country: playing live music every week.

I've been performing with rock n' roll artists, jazz big bands, pop singers, DJs and many more.
I have a big experience of recording sessions as well, working with solo artists, TV/movie producers, commercial companies...

I enjoy playing and teaching all music genres in general but I'm into rock, blues, jazz, hard rock, funk and electronic music especially. 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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Raphael August 25, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Jeff is a great instructor, I have a lot of fun with he's lesson and always learn a lot! Definitely recommend other people that want to learn the guitar to reach out to him!
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Jefferson F.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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I've been playing guitar for thirteen years and I truly make a point to teach my students the music they want to learn and use the music they love as a way to also teach basic musical skills. Instead of reading basic exercises out of a practice book, I get my students learning and playing their favorite music right from day one. I find that it’s much more fun to learn technique and theory when it’s applied to music you want to learn!

About Chris
I am a professional composer, guitarist, and producer. I studied music composition in my undergraduate at Columbia College Chicago and received my Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago in the summer of 2018.

I take pride in ensuring that every week, my students have learned something new from our lesson, and I make a point to personalize all of my lessons to the individual needs of my students. I can teach students to play and write the music they want, but also have the technique, knowledge, and skillset to take their own work to the next level to be the best musician that they can be! My lessons are built on the goals of my students, and I will do everything I can to make it as fun and engaging as possible!

I work professionally as a Composer for Media, writing music for video games
, movies, and television having worked with and learned from film and game composers like Gerard Marino(God of War), and Joseph Bishara (Insidious/The Conjuring Franchise) in addition to having my own projects.

As a guitarist, I've been playing for thirteen years and have played in metal bands for most of my career, having toured the west coast and recorded three albums with two different bands, but also in my free time as an independent recording artist composing, recording, mixing, and mastering my own material. From Black and Death Metal, to Post Modern Classical music, Fusion, and even the synth soundtracks of the 70's and 80's, I have a very diverse musical background that has lent me a very unique voice and skillset as a composer and professional musician.

I primarily teach in many styles, but my specialties are all varieties of Metal, Rock, Classical, Contemporary, Modern Classical, Fusion, Ambient, and Acoustic guitar.
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Chris C.

Chatsworth, CA 91311
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Hi! Ryan here. 15 years ago I started playing guitar, and have loved it ever since! You'll find that most guitar teachers are ex- or current professionals. While I'm not one, I happen to be a very good at teaching beginners.

When I teach, I aim to establish good habits and teach my students the tools they can use to learn on their own. Playing guitar is 10% lesson and 90% practice. So what I'll do is teach you how to practice most efficiently. I've wasted a lot of time practicing the wrong way back when I started, so I know what you should avoid :) I can teach you from the very beginning to the point where you can sing and play at the same time while doing fun finger-picking or something awesome.

Give it a try and you won't regret it!

About Ryan
I'm a professional guitar hobbyist :) Played guitar since 6th grade (15 years ago). I play acoustic, rock, blues and a little bit of Jazz.

I've taught a few friends to play guitar over the years, I know that may not sound like much, but I sure can teach a beginner to get started and be on their way to intermediate level!

I was an engineer for about 6 years and now going back to school to become a nurse. In the meantime, I can use some income so here I am!
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Ryan J.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$20 / 30-min

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