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Hawthorne, CA

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I have been teaching electric and acoustic guitar for 30 years.
We work on sight reading, ear training, and theory.
I have my own book that goes from beginner to advanced.
I teach finger-picking, modal, tunings, jazz, barre chords and lots of other styles.
I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.

About Cory
So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, including Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and voca
ls with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs.
I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn.
Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs.
I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues.
I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.
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Steve D. November 28, 2017
· Organ · Online
Cory was excellent, and I can't wait for my next lesson! He seems to have a different approach to teaching keyboards, but have a feeling that his style will prove to be extremely effective
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Sarah B. November 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Cory is awesome! As an adult beginner I was very nervous to start taking lessons but Cory was quick to put me at ease and make learning piano fun. I've walked away from every lesson feeling good and like I have learned a lot. If you're looking for a music teacher I would definitely recommend Cory!
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Malcolm M. August 9, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great bassist and overall musician. He will break down the concept of music giving you a better insight and understanding of how it all works. I have great confidence you too will be happy moving forward with his lessons.
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Cory M.

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Luke T.

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Chino Hills, CA

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I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and have been teaching nearly as long. I have a passion for music and for sharing it with others. I grew up playing rock and funk and studied jazz and classical guitar in college. Since graduating, I have worked as a guitarist playing in bands, doing recording sessions, composing, and teaching. I can teach you just about anything you want to learn and want music to be fun for you while you learn! What do you want to learn? Send me a message or schedule a lesson now.

About Luke
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instruments and an amplifier. Students are expected to provide their own instrument, amplifier (for electric), a music stand, and a place where we can study without distractions and interruptions.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Jazz, Theory, and Improvisation. Also experienced in piano, bass, drums, singing, and band instruction.
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Chris April 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I've studied with Luke for a little over a year and my playing and understanding of jazz concepts has improved tremendously. I'm primarily a rock and blues player but Luke has been able to stretch my playing out side of my rock/blues box and introduce some very cool techniques and ideas to add real interest and flavor to my playing. It's been a pure pleasure!
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Shawn March 10, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher! He makes it so easy to learn!
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Henry March 10, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Luke is the best guitar instructor I've ever had. He caters to my learning style very well, which is to learn just the stuff that "works" in a real life setting. His insight has made my sound 10x better and has given me a great framework for improvement (Even my band mates have noticed a difference with my playing). He also has a keen sense of where my own guitar playing issues stem from and knows what needs to be done to address them. For example, he could tell that I was gripping the strings too hard with my fingers and it would make the sound harsh.

I highly recommend Luke if you are looking to improve your sound
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Luke T.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
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About Arielle V.

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Studio City, CA
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I have been playing guitar for 10 years. My guitar teaching methods are a combination of things I have gathered from my time at Berklee, the Mel Bay guitar books, and much more. We will cover all the basic scales, chords, strumming and picking patterns, learn about accompaniment and healthy playing technique. I love watching what a little bit of passion and practice can do for a student when learning a new instrument!

About Arielle
I am a voice, guitar, bass, ukulele songwriting and music theory teacher based in Los Angeles. I have over five years of teaching experience, and a lifetime of performance and writing experience. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014 with a degree in songwriting. Since then, I have been working with several bands, writing and performing my original music and teaching students of all ages. My lessons are customized to fit you or your child's specific goals and interests. Above all, I believe music should be fun!
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Audrey W. June 11, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My daughter, Audrey loved her. Asked me if Arielle could come over every day. Wish we could afford that...for now once a week.
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Arielle V.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About Stephen B.

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Irvine, CA

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Each lesson is designed on the level of the student's ability from beginner to advanced. Rock, R&B, funk, jazz, blues, POP and country music. I like to use song learning as a vehicle to sharpen your skills. Learning skills through songs is more fun for beginners. More advanced students will work on everything from theory, reading, harmony; and how you can use scales and arpeggios in a number of ways over several different styles of music.

About Stephen
Learning the guitar is a fun, yet, challenging experience. Having an instructor guide you through the process makes learning easier and more efficient. The internet provides a wealth of information but can not interact with you and help your specific needs. Many guitar players get frustrated and give up. Getting the encouragement and expertise of an instructor who has been there before greatly enhances chances of success.

My style of teaching is founded on fun with the instrument and guiding students to real music situations. Many students come to me with an incomplete set of skills. These (self taught) players have several basic fundamental holes in their playing.

It is also important to me that students have a basic knowledge of music theory. This way, they can enjoy the guitar for the rest of their life. If you just learn to p
ut your hands in a certain place to play a certain song, you are missing out. If you learn what it is your actually doing, you can apply it. This may be the most important benefit of a private instructor.

I've teaching and performing professionally for 23 years.
- One year OCHSA jazz combo.
- Fifteen years performing music clubs, casuals as a solo performer and in a jazz trio.
- Twenty three years teaching individuals and groups.
- Eleven years as Irvine and Laguna YAMAHA Music school instructor.

I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).

" Customized Lesson Plan for Each Student. "
Have a 3 ring binder, materials provided. Tuner and metronome are available at app store for free.

What You Will Learn

​Beginning Students:
In my experience, over several years, I find most beginners are surprised the guitar is so hard to play. Having an instructor to help you past that frustration will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of your guitar in the songs you love.
- Learning the basic chords.
- How to move from chord to chord smoothly.
- Using these chords to play your favorite songs.
- Understanding guitar notation (tabs, chord grids, song books, standard notation).
This way, the skills you learn will last a life time!

Intermediate/ Advanced Students:
This is for the hungry players. You will be given the direction to achieve a high level of musicianship. You will be challenged to reach your full potential.
- Technique drills
- Scale knowledge
- Advanced chords
- Improvisation tips
- Chop Building
- Theory
- Reading
- Composition
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Brandon October 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Stephen is the best guitar instructor I have ever had. He uses the music that you enjoy to keep you motivated and makes the exercises fun. He doesn't just tell you where to place your fingers, he explains the music theory behind it. Stephen has helped me to become a much better player and I always look forward to my sessions.
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Tommie W. August 4, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
First lesson went great; looking forward to more.
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John D. June 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Stephen B.

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Irvine, CA 92606
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About Ben S.

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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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Michael H. October 28, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
Had some platform issue to start even though I'd prepped and tested days in advance, called Ben and patiently got me onboard. He let the lesson go on for extra time to make up for the glitch at the start. In the lesson, he has patience with beginners and still covered a LOT of new techniques (new to me anyway.) Got me psyched up to learn. Already looking forward to next lesson.
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Tatiana July 30, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
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Phillip S. June 23, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
Great instructor! Ben goes out of his way to record what you learn in class so you can reference it later on at home. He also is very good about preparing sheet music on new material. Very understanding with time and very knowledgable in guitar.
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Ben S.

Ben S.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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About Kellen H.

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Santa Monica, CA
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I have been teaching guitar for 10 years. I specialize in working with beginners, and love to work with children. Whatever style of music you enjoy, I want you to start learning songs right away and having fun. Then we can see how those songs are built, learning musiv theory to broaden your musical horizons.

About Kellen
I believe this is a great time to be a musician. I have come of age as a musician in a time when music making and the music industry have shifted dramatically. There are many positives in this shift, with new oppurtinites opening up for musicians. I also see these changes not being addressed in music education. There are many things I wish I would've been taught when I was younger that would have accelerated my growth, and I love using that knowledge to accelerate my student's growth. I teach tonal harmony (as you'd learn in music school), focus on groove and rhythm (which is commonly neglected in music school), and an awareness of new technology (which was ignored when I was in music school). I believe because no matter which direction you are coming from, you will come to this intersection making music in this era.
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Sylvia March 7, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher! Kellen has made me really excited about the guitar again.
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Jon March 2, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Kellen is a great instructor. He explains musical ideas in an way that I qet quickly. I'll show him a song and he'll pick it up and teach it to me right away. I would definitely recommend him!
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had been playing guitar for a while, mostly learning songs and chord changes on my own. I wanted to take lessons to work on composing my own songs, and this is where Kellen really helped me. He had a lot of ideas and suggestions that were really helpful in trying to create a unique composing style. He's a trained musician, and it shows when he helps me with music theory and exposing me to lots of different styles of music.
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Kellen H.

Kellen H.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About David Y.

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Los Angeles, CA

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The guitar is so portable and accessible!!!
Let's learn how to rock with it.

About David
I have taught children and adults in both private and classroom settings. I am currently tutoring college writing to college students. I also run a supplemental instructional history class at Glendale Community College.
I am very easy going but efficient with my sessions.
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David Y.

David Y.

Los Angeles, CA 90062
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$20 / 30-min

About Nate E.

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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

About Rafael P.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Our lessons will be completely based on your needs. Whether you're a complete beginner or a more advanced player, this lessons will definitely help you improve and take your playing to the next level.
I am experienced in a variety of styles, from rock and metal, to funk, blues, R&B and jazz..
I'm a Musicians Institute graduate with honors, have teaching experience and you can check out my playing just by looking me up on most social media platforms.

About Rafael
Our lessons will be completely based on your needs. Whether you're a complete beginner or a more advanced player, this lessons will definitely help you improve and take your playing to the next level.
I am experienced in a variety of styles, from rock and metal, to funk, blues, R&B and jazz.
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Julio December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, amazing musician. Rafael is the kind of teacher that knows exactly what he's talking about and he's gonna give you the right path to succeed on guitar.
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Eric December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor! Easy to learn and fun! I will definetely keep up the lessons.

Thank you so much Rafael!
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Bruno Lamas December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Had an amazing time in my lesson with Rafael, He's a very good teacher
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Rafael P.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Christopher Y.

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Los Angeles, CA
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- B.A. in Music, UC Berkeley
- Recipient of the Eisner Prize for “creative achievement of the highest order in Music”
- 7 years teaching experience, 19 years music experience
- Bluegrass, Irish/Celtic acoustic guitar
- Jazz, Pop, Rock guitar
- Jazz, Pop voice
- Pop songwriting/composition
- Performance workshops
- Students of all ages
- Beginning - intermediate levels
- References available on website: www [dot] christopheryoumans [dot] com
- My philosophy is to teach within the framework of each student’s learning style, experience level, and musical interests

About Christopher
Chris is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Santa Cruz, CA. He started guitar lessons at age 5 and has an extensive background in traditional Bluegrass and Irish flat-picking guitar, Jazz voice, and Pop songwriting/composition and guitar. Chris graduated with a B.A. in Music from UC Berkeley, where he studied Jazz Voice and Guitar. He is a recipient of the prestigious Eisner Prize at UC Berkeley for “creative achievement of the highest order in Music”. In 2016 Chris released his debut album, ‘Make Things Right’, a project he spent two years writing, arranging, producing, and recording with a team of 40 musicians. He has toured the West Coast with his band, the Sound Agency, and as a back-up vocalist for a number of artists. For seven years, Chris has taught music across multiple genres in guitar, voice, songwriting, m
usicianship, harmony, and performance workshops to students of all ages. His philosophy is to teach within framework of each student’s learning style, experience level, and musical interests.
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Christopher Y.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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