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El Segundo, CA

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All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Song structure, harmonic analysis, melodic analysis

About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

*** Lesson Details ***
Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

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Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

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I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

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All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Lorraine D. June 20, 2017
· Banjo · Online
does not teach left handers other then that I am sure he does well with right handers
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Rene May 28, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Very patient and helpful.
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Edwin I.

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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About Richard C.

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Learn the basics of chord progressions and melody to create your own original music.

About Richard
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

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Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz o
r other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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Jim L. July 22, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Richard has the knowledge and communication skills needed to be a very good teacher, and he is.
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Russell July 1, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son always look forward to next lesson. Richard is amazing.
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steve May 24, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Informative, friendly, patient and knowledgeable.
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Richard C.

Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
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About Jonah R.

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Nothing is quite as rewarding as writing your own material, however, it's easy to feel stuck with an idea if you don't know how to fully develop it. I will help you take that one lick/chord change/vocal melody you've been working on and turn it into a fully fleshed out song. We'll take the time to learn the individual roles and functions of certain song sections, and pretty soon you'll be writing your best material with much more focus and confidence!

About Jonah
If you're going to hire a guitar teacher, your lessons should be something you look forward to every week. The majority of instructors use a one-size-fits-all approach, and as a result, their students can quickly become frustrated and lose interest. I've always found this unfortunate because playing the guitar can be such an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

With each one of my students, I take into account how much time they are willing to practice, what playing styles interest them, and what teaching approach works best. I then come up with a lesson plan that is specifically catered to their needs.
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Scott Lindenbaum November 15, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is a great teacher. He's patient and easy going. I immediately got the feeling that he loves playing the guitar and that spirit is motivating.
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Lorena Lopez June 21, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah is kind and patient. He makes the lessons fun and enjoyable! I'll be back for sure!
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Shauna Bellante February 3, 2016
· Guitar ·
Jonah has been teaching our 5 year old daughter for a few months now. We are always impressed with his professionalism and his patient and gentle nature. He is very positive and encouraging with our daughter and he has very realistic expectations. She just loves him and so do we.
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Jonah R.

Jonah R.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Andrew R.

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Everybody can write a song, right? Well mainly, yes, with some musical background, a song can be written.
When you're pushing for a certain level though, it can really help to have some tools to analyze both your composition and performance to hone the piece, the style, and the arrangement.
I have written or produced dozens of songs, many of which have been featured in major motion pictures or released in their own right putting me in a perfect position to help you with your work and share all my secrets!!

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Michael Kriegsman January 30, 2017
· Guitar ·
Andrew is beyond impressive. As a musician and as a person. I look forward to a long musical relationship.
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Andrew R.

Andrew R.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Burt G.

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Long Beach, CA
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Song writing is, as the saying goes, 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

A songwriter is a craftsman who not only can create an interesting beat or think up a lyric or a write a melody, but who knows how a song is put together.

The "perspiration" part can be as creative as the "inspiration" part when you are in control, looking at the whole picture.

About Burt
Pianist/Composer/Arranger. Burt lives and works out of Long Beach California. He studied music composition and piano performance, western and eastern music theory, ethnic music, choral music and electronic music at Cal State San Bernardino, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College.

Burt performs as both soloist and as accompanist in rock and jazz ensembles and with choirs. He has also sung with various choral groups and recorded commercially with the group Meritage ("50 most loved Christmas Carols"). But was the choral director/arranger for the church Teaching of the Inner Christ in Long Beach, California for ten years.

Burt has a steady output of musical composition, from instrumental music, pop music and songs to compositions for full choir. Burt's music is a combination of live and digital instruments that can be heard on
the CD's "Meditation" volumes 1 and 2, and "Atalanta Fugiens: Fifty Alchemical Fugues".

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Lessons are always tailored to the needs of the student. If you are a beginner, you will learn how to play the piano and read music. If you already play and wish to take your playing to another level, you can learn how to play in a particular style of music. Or, if you are an aspiring composer or song writer, you can learn to develop your own ideas with Burt's help.

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Kawai MP4 digital stage piano, Motu Digital Performer sequencing/arranging/recording software, Native Instruments Kontakt Sample Library, EMU Mps + Orchestral keyboard, Peavey keyboard amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Besides teaching piano performance, basic musicianship, and theory, Burt's specializes in composition and will help you develop your own musical ideas.
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Carole R. February 24, 2014
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Excellent piano teacher!

Burt has been teaching my son (age 11) piano for over two years. He is an excellent teacher -- very knowledgeable, patient, keeps things light and fun, but at the same time is appropriately demanding.
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Burt G.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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About Mary Ann G.

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I have been writing music since I was a little girl. I can help you with your song structure musical lines and content. I have helped many students complete and record their original music. I can help you with your personal style and help you expand and explore your creativity/ideas.

About Mary Ann
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. When she is not busy teaching, she is working on song-writing and recording.

CD. Her influences included, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monet, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin.

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I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs an
d interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Brenda Vargas May 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
MaryAnn is a great teacher. My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with her for about 4 months and she has learned so much.
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Edmond March 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
May Ann is awesome, can't wait to take more lessons from her. Great instructor and so friendly!
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Maria G. July 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have already noticed an improvement in my daughter's singing after just a few lessons! Mary Ann is very friendly and talented!
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Mary Ann G.

Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Amy G.

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I have many years of experience writing songs and even helping singers to refine songs that they have written. Let me help you formulate those songs you have been dreaming of and make them a reality!

About Amy
Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!

Vocal Goals:
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Develop free, uninhibited singing.
Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound.
Familiarize students with the piano.
Match pitch.

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Full, strong, breath & body support.
Clear diction.
Vowel dexterity.
Facial agility & upper-torso relaxation.

Performance/Musical Goals:
Develop boldness & energy.
Look & sound professional.
Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire.
Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines &
phrases approp
riate to each piece.

Social Goals:
Create a polite & kindly atmosphere.
Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN.
Keep the student motivated.

Accompaniment options:
Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.)
Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.)
Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)

Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout)
Encourage consistency rather than length.

We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!

"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She'™s traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
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Jasmine June 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
My lesson with Amy was awesome :) Looking forward to the next!
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Diane S. March 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
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· Singing · In studio
My daughter enjoyed her first lesson and is looking forward to the next one!
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Amy G.

Glendora, CA 91741
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About Rebecca M.

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I have been writing songs for 10 years and have studied with influential songwriters in the LA music business for the past year and a half, as well as with Philly writers for many years before that. I believe that writing is all about honesty and finding your own voice. Through these lessons I will help you to do both of these things along with building your knowledge of music theory, and what makes a song click.

About Rebecca
Welcome! My name is Becca M. and I am an experienced songwriter, guitarist, and performer looking to share my knowledge and love of music with others. I am available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons.

I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and graduated this May 2017 with a Bachelors of Music degree from the highly selective Popular Music Performance program at the University of Southern California. I'm a patient, supportive, and enthusiastic person and am excited to work with students to help them find their own unique musical voice. I have worked with Larry Gold (Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson), Rick Friedrich (The Roots, Rihanna), Sean Holt (John Legend, Bruno Mars), and many more music industry professionals.

I have experience with music of a multitude of genres including folk, rock, blues, funk, R&B, Motown, and
more. Lessons with me will be built around your own unique personal goals and are scheduled to best fit to the student’s schedule when possible.
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Kenny July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Becca is an excellent teacher. She is very patient and explains things very well. She's also prompt and communicative and easy to work with on scheduling.
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Tommy C. May 19, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Based on our first lesson, I would highly recommend Becca for a teacher of young kids. She came to the class prepared, was very patient with my son, and left him wanting more and with something to work on. It was a very good experience.
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Rebecca M.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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Learn to write pop songs that convey the message you wish for your audience to hear. Lyrics and melody! Learn how to free the mind and let your imagination take over while pouring your heart into music! I have learned how to write pop songs from the great Debbie Gibson and I have won many awards for my songwriting. (ex. USA Songwriting competition, LA Music Awards, and the Bilboard World Song Contest)

About Sarah
I am a Vocal performance graduate from California State University Fullerton and my whole music academic life has really made me passionate about helping young singers and performers.
I have sung around the world, most notably; Paris, Trossingen, Rome, and St. Petersburg. I am on the grammy committee and have won many awards for my Vocal and Songwriting abilities including; the USA Songwriting Competition and the Los Angeles Music Awards. My years of Classical, Musical Theatre, and Pop technique can help me tailor my teaching style to what ever the students wish their voices to become. While at CSUF, I was in the top Chamber ensemble, The University Singers. I am currently employed with the Pacific Chorale under the baton of Maestro Carl st. Clair and Dr. Robert Istad.

I would also be available to teach music theory as well.
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Sarah L.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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About Cameron S.

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I've won a few international songwriting competitions in Pop and Christian categories and write for a Publishing company. I've had multiple placements on TV/Film and with Artists and would love to relay what I know to help you as much as possible. Send me a message and I'll see if I can help.

About Cameron
Hey! I'm Cameron. Nice to meet you. I really love working with people who want to learn how to be great at something. I've been able to work with many different artists and helping bands work together to achieve a goal. I've played music in different parts of the US to Africa and India (working with students at an American Embassy School) and in places like bars, churches, the Christian Music Awards and even San Quentin Prison. My band (I was lead vox & acoustic guitar) was selected by Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy) and Matt Pinfield (MTV) to win a competition searching for "the next big thing" with SKYPE. I've won multiple International songwriting competitions and local pop awards with my band... along with having my songs in TV/Film and with Artists... None of this matters if I can't help you become your very best,
and that's what I love to do! My Strengths Finder test years ago that said I was a "Maximizer" which means I like to take things that are good and make them great. It was a great moment of clarity for me. I'd love to help you reach your goals! What do you want to do? Be a guitar player? Songwriter? Performer? Learn how to record your own songs? Or simply just learn your favorite songs? I'm here for ya! Feel free to ask any questions you'd like. Let's get together, have some fun and play some music. 😊👍🏻
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Cameron S.

Encino, CA 91316
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