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I have been teaching guitar to students on the East and West Coasts of the United States for over 20 years. I was always interested in music and made my first “recording” at the age of 2 and a half. I got serious about playing the guitar when I was 10 years old after hearing the legendary Randy Rhoads for the first time.
I begged my parents for a guitar, which I received at Christmas, along with a parental demand that I take classical guitar lessons, and a warning that if I did not practice, my parents would sell the guitar. Six months later, I still had the guitar, and a brand new electric guitar. I never stopped practicing, and spent summers at the National Guitar Summer Workshop, where I even built a guitar at age 15.
By the time I was in high school, I was regularly playing in bands, recording in professional studios, and studying M
usic Theory. I credit my early development to my teachers, Ron Bluen, and Steve Famiglietti. I aspire to offer my students the same positive influence I received during my formative years.
After high school, I attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where I honed my chops. From there, I played with various bands, including Hollywood Rose (the precursor to Guns N’ Roses) and with Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, Epidemic) and Tommy Chong.
In 2006, I released my solo record, Contributions For An Atom Bomb. The Album has garnered a cult following and the respect of some of my all-time heroes.
Today, I continue to play live shows, teach, study, write, record and jam. Nothing makes me prouder than jamming with my students and watching them grow as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to focus on three things every lesson.
1. Technical Exercises- to get your fingers moving and build strength and coordination
2. Music Theory - the fingerboard and the way music works seem complicated, but I have a great methodical and simple way to break it down so it all makes sense.
3. Tunes - I like to work with the music you like. We take songs and break them down to understand the techniques and theory behind them. You won't just play the song like the recording, you'll understand the chords and scales and why your favorite artist chose them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, a bass, pedals, cables, metronome, practice amps, etc. All you need to bring is your guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own equipment and materials, students must provide their own guitar, amp, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach students to understand theory and the fingerboard. All styles and genres are acceptable but I specialize in rock.
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Marilyn F. March 6, 2014
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Great teacher!

Matt has been friendly and encouraging, has considerable knowledge of his instrument, and has even inspired us to practice every day! He's a great teacher for younger children, has a passion for music, and is a source of inspiration.
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Peter S. March 26, 2013
· Guitar ·
An excellent teacher

I started taking lessons with Matt when I was 16 and when we started up again this year (I'm now 31) we were able to pick right back up where we left off. That should tell you all you need to know about how much he cares about his students.

He's an especially excellent teacher because he's so passionate about music and his instrument. You'll never run out of new things to learn because he's always learning new things himself.

Nobody will teach you to love the guitar like this dude!
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Tyler M. March 13, 2013
· Guitar ·
Incredible Guitar Teacher

The most inspiring, challenging, caring and charismatic guitar teacher you will ever have. He will take your playing to the next level and beyond. Matt's playing ceases to amaze and he is constantly producing pearls of guitar wisdom, along with some killer licks.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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About Joshua P.

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My love of music began early on from the time I was a child. My parents' wide appreciation of different music genres was reflected in all the varied albums which landed on their constantly rotating turntable. It wasn't long before I started taking piano lessons as my first introduction to creating music. By the time I was 15, I realized that I had a greater attraction to the guitar. I then began a journey that has lasted around 26 years to date. Most of my knowledge consists of a combination of self study, college courses and many excellent teachers along the way. I took several courses at San Francisco Community College to become acquainted with music fundamentals, theory and harmony. I was able to study with noted players such as Jim Campilongo (Nora Jones), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails), Audley Freed (Black Crowes,
Dixie Chicks), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers), Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson, Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm,Phil Lesh), and San Francisco Jazz Guitarist Jeff Massanari. Not long after moving to Nashville, I took an instructor position at The Main Stage, a music and dance school located in Springfield, TN. I taught a wide range of children (ages 5-17) and adults there for several years.
I bring years of experience and study when I meet with students to formulate a specific, tailored program to help them get started playing as quickly as possible. I think it's important to not only learn theory and technique but also to learn the songs that attract one to the instrument in the first place. Additionally, I've learned many different styles of guitar (both acoustic and electric) ranging from rock and metal to country, folk, bluegrass and funk. I can help a student decipher the techniques behind many of the popular riffs and licks that catch their ear.

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When I meet new students for the first time, I make it a point to ask them about their own musical interests and goals. I like to find out what inspires them to want to play guitar. I combine teaching important fundamentals with their interests (say, learning their favorite song). We set manageable goal posts for each week so a student can witness their progress. From there, we will work towards achieving the next goal until the task is complete and they can see the payoff (and so can their family and friends).
I always use an approach which combines patience and lots of encouragement. Generally speaking, I have a very laid back personality but I am firm about meeting the requirements that are set with each lesson. Daily practice is important if there is going to be progress. Students can expect to be playing some of their favorite songs quickly when they put in the time.
I use method books which differ depending on the age and interests of the student. I combine exercises which acquaint a student with theory and reading along with learning one's favorite songs. After 3 months, a student will be able to know enough open position chords to play many of these songs. After 6 months, a student will be able to grasp basic music fundamentals and attain basic level reading skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room or den/music room w/ guitar, amp, cables, and seating for parents in both locations

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, amp, music stand and cable though I would strongly recommend to the student they purchase their own for practical purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock, funk, country and blues electric styles. I also teach fingerpicking and flatpicking acoustic styles.
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Cassie W. September 27, 2014
· Guitar · In home
September 26, 2014

Re: Recommendation for Josh P.

Dear Music Enthusiasts,

I was initially impressed with Josh P. personality, patience, and kind demeanor when we hired him 8 years ago for guitar lessons for my then 5 year-old. Yes, I said 5. After checking numerous places for a music instructor interested in teaching such a young child (and being told no), we almost gave up our search. We were referred to Josh who sat down with us and told us he would be glad to teach my young child with only a few conditions. He must be able to recognize the alphabet and pay attention for the weekly half-hour lessons. My husband and I can truly say it was one of the best decisions we ever made.

Did my 5 year-old make it to the magical 30 minute mark each week without incident? Probably not. Some weeks' lessons would end at the 25 minute mark with a tired and talkative child. The next week, however, the half hour lesson would mysteriously lengthen into 40 minutes if he saw that he had my son's full attention. In retrospect, the patience he displays for his students, at any level or skill, is remarkable.

Josh is reliable, dedicated, and eternally upbeat. My 5 year old was reading music in two years and tuning his own guitar by ear shortly thereafter. He is now 13 and has been the 1st chair of our statewide jazz guitar honor band several years running. Josh instilled in him the importance of daily practice and I would often hear him gently chiding my son if he thought the time had not been put in that week. Josh's dedication rubs off on his students. His love of music rubs off on his students.

Josh has come to our home the past several years and taught both of our sons guitar lessons. They both play wonderfully, but most importantly, he has taught them to love music.....any type of music. He might have come in one day with a Beatles CD and tell them to download it to their iPod. The next week it might be Jimmy Hendrix. Both my sons love every genre of music and I attribute that solely to Josh. He is an excellent music teacher and has my highest recommendation. I am happy to furnish more details if you would like additional information.

Sincerely,

Cassie Webb
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Joshua P.

Joshua P.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Janis V.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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Quick results, song based lessons. Emphasis on "play based" learning for young children. Emphasis on teaching you what you want to learn for older children and adults.
I've been teaching guitar for 14 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play many basic songs and as time goes on you'll be able to play your favorite ones and have learned many chords, strum patterns and techniques on your instrument. I specialize in getting you quick results so you are enjoying playing the songs you love while you progress with technique. I typically start beginners in open G tuning with familiar songs that I provide and openly take your suggestions of songs you want to learn. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Janis
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 7 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Facetime. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.
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Sabrina April 12, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It has been a long-time wish of mine to take guitar, and learning with Janis, my passion for it continues to grow. She has recently taken on my sister for piano lessons as well, and helps us play songs we like, supplemented with theory and tips for better technique. As well as a kind and knowledgeable teacher, she is a sweet, funny, incredible person to be around.
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· Piano · Online
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keith September 17, 2015
· Algebra · In studio
She's awesome! would love her to help all my kids.
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Brandon H.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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Experienced guitar tutor with classical training! I want to help you learn how to play the guitar. All ages welcome!

About Brandon
I am a songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. I graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelors in Music with emphasis in guitar and music industry studies.

I have experience teaching guitar lessons on an individual basis as well as being in a classroom setting teaching general music.

I conduct simple and clear lessons tailored to each students age and starting level of experience with the guitar combined with a stress free and fun teaching style to keep students engaged and truly interested in learning.

My experience in performing, recording, touring and curating music events in the music industry are all areas in which I would be happy to mentor students if they choose to go farther with their lessons. I currently perform in a touring indie band that has played acts such as Miami Horror, Capita
l Cities and Tijuana Panthers.

I like to write in the indie, pop, funk and dance style but I think an understanding of technique and theory is essential to becoming a well rounded musician. My goal is to give you the tools you need to become a great musician.
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Brandon H.

Brandon H.

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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$29 / 30-min

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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.

AJ S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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Los Angeles, CA
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Hey there!
My passions are technique and accuracy; by perfecting technique comes a deeper understanding of theory. I have lots of teaching methods that will encourage you to play your favorite songs and styles with the sounds you like.
I'll focus on the very basics of guitar theory in order to get to a higher level of understanding music theory.
I will challenge you! We will have lots of fun and you will see, hear, and feel your own improvements with my teachings.

About Shai
If you are fascinated about guitar technique and awesome weird sounds that you can do with your guitar, you will like having lessons with me.

I began as a classical guitar player, studying traditional classical pieces and applying them to my guitar. During that time I began to explore and became drawn to rock music, virtuoso guitarists, and heavy metal. My fascination with the electric guitar, the techniques, the speed and all the things that comes with it are still pulling me in.

Later on in life I fell in love with Flamenco, specifically Paco De Lucia.
I learned his songs and combined it with my own music while studying fusion and finger picking styles; every style I liked, I learned, I mastered, but I know, as much as I teach, I also learn.

Today I play in LA and Israel, I produce projects, record guitar tracks and songs, and teac
h at my studio or online.

As a teacher I will challenge you! I will give you multiple exercises and lots of homework. Over the years, my students have won guitar contests, gotten into successful bands, and are touring around the world. If you are willing to work hard, you will get better! You will see, hear, and feel the difference in your playing. I'll show you the way and will be with you step by step.

Looking forward to meet you!
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Gary June 28, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Shai is amazing!!
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Nir May 19, 2018
· Guitar ·
This guy is much more than a guitar teacher :)
Probably the best there is.
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Ely May 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I know Shai for many years and he is an amazing friend and incredibly dedicated musician! If you want to work hard at guitar, or musicin general, get those chops and timing going, flamenco, whatever it is, Shai is the man!!
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Shai B.

Los Angeles, CA 90020
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Hello! My name is Adam, welcome to my page!

I've been playing guitar for 12 years and I am experienced in many different types of music, everything from Pop, Funk, RnB, Rock, Country, Soul and more. I have good knowledge in music theory and ear training as well.

In my lessons I will teach you how to be more free and professional on the guitar, whether it's a focus on Rhythm guitar, Lead Guitar, or any style I will make sure that you learn what it is that you want to know in a professional manner.

About me:
I moved to Los Angeles at 21 years of age and studied at Musicians Institute where I recently graduated with the Outstanding Player Award, since then I've been playing with America's Got Talent Winner Bianca Ryan and other artists in Los Angeles.

I will listen and make sure that our lesson is used to the best possible efficiency to achieve your goals.

About Adam
Hello! My name is Adam, welcome to my page!

I am a 23 year old Guitarist from Sweden. I've been playing guitar for 12 years and I am experienced in many different types of music, everything from Pop, Funk, RnB, Rock, Country, Soul and more. I have good knowledge in music theory and ear training as well. Feel free to check out my videos at the bottom of the page!

I moved to Los Angeles at 21 years of age and studied at Musicians Institute where I recently graduated with the Outstanding Player Award, since then I've been playing with America's Got Talent Winner Bianca Ryan and other artists in Los Angeles.

I will listen and make sure that our lesson is used to the best possible efficiency to achieve your goals.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Adam S.

Adam S.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$43 / 30-min

About Jefferson F.

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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 have a unique way of teaching with every different student. I believe that we all learn in different ways and at different speeds, so I tailor each lesson to fit accordingly. First and foremost, playing guitar should be fun. Once it becomes work or not fun, then something has gone wrong. My goal is to bring a sense of accomplishment and achievement to each lesson and to show each student that it doesn't take much to pick up the guitar and play a few chords. I'm very outgoing and humorous, and bring that to the lesson each time. We will do serious work, but that doesn't mean we have to be serious people.

Do you want to play your favorite songs? Are you interested in learning how to record yourself playing? I can help you build a foundation of knowledge, a "Tool Box" as I call it, that will help you learn and listen to the songs you love and be able to discern how to play them.

I have been a professional touring musician for over 10 years and have played with many different A-list

About Dustin
I have a unique way of teaching with every different student. I believe that we all learn in different ways and at different speeds, so I tailor each lesson to fit accordingly. First and foremost, playing guitar should be fun. Once it becomes work or not fun, then something has gone wrong. My goal is to bring a sense of accomplishment and achievement to each lesson and to show each student that it doesn't take much to pick up the guitar and play a few chords. I'm very outgoing and humorous, and bring that to the lesson each time. We will do serious work, but that doesn't mean we have to be serious people.

Do you want to play your favorite songs? Are you interested in learning how to record yourself playing? I can help you build a foundation of knowledge, a "Tool Box" as I call it, that will help you learn and listen to the songs you l
ove and be able to discern how to play them.

I have been a professional touring musician for over 10 years and have played with many different A-list artists. I've played more than 600 shows in 30 countries, as well as numerous television shows.

Aside from touring, I also produce/ co-write for other musicians and artists for their own projects.

I am still an active musician and tour frequently, which is one of the reasons I chose TakeLessons as the platform I felt most comfortable with. I am able to teach online as well as in person. So even if you are not located in Los Angeles, or I am out on tour, I can still work with you remotely.
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Dustin B.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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$34 / 30-min

About Chris C.

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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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Lindsey September 24, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
I had Chris as a tutor for music theory/music composition for college-level classes and I don’t think I could have made it through this class without his knowledge, expertise, and ability. He’s extremely patient and kind and no question is ever a dumb question with him. I ended up receiving the highest grade in the class. When I was about to give up and drop the class, I’m glad he had the faith in me that I could learn the material and encouraged me to keep going.
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Ryan September 24, 2018
· Guitar ·
Great guy, easy to work with, very knowledgeable about what he does.

Definitely recommend!
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Chris C.

Chatsworth, CA 91311
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