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About Natsuki S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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I am experienced in most styles: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Latin, R&B, Funk, Rock etc…
After discussing your goals, we will figure out the best way to accomplish those goals!

I am a really easy-going person and I want you to have FUN and discover new stuff every time you play your instrument.

After we figure out what you want to play and what areas we want to work on, I will make a special curriculum for you! Each student has a different curriculum that is specific to his or her level and learning style. I give a weekly curriculum after every lesson so you don’t need to worry about forgetting what we worked on at our lesson and you can work on it at home. Looking at past curriculum also provides an excellent way to look at a student’s progress.

One of the most important aspects of playing a woodwind instrument is achieving a good tone. I will help you get a good tone by teaching the fundamentals: from how to hold your instrument, how to blow, etc…

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About Natsuki
Hello Students/Parents:

I have been playing saxophone for 18 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Los Angeles area. I have been teaching music for more than 8 years and have been able to find fun and creative methods for helping my students succeed.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and surrounded by a musical family. I started playing piano at age 4 and started playing saxophone at age 10. I continued my woodwind training in high school by learning to play flute and clarinet. After beginning saxophone, I found I had a passion for big band jazz music. I joined a big band for young musicians and played lead alto with the band for almost 6 years.

After graduating from high school, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship where I studied performance and jazz composition. While I was in Bost
on, I was fortunate to play lots of gigs around town and was also a featured soloist on a number of recitals, recordings, and film scores.

In May 2010, I graduated from Berklee College of Music and moved to Los Angeles. Always maintaining a busy schedule, I have been performing with a number of talented musicians at several venues in the LA area. In addition to playing live shows, I have been recording for film/TV music.

I love all kinds of music: Classical, Pop, Jazz, Rock etc…
Some of my favorite artists/influences include:
Cannonball Adderley, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and many more

Thank you so much for stopping by my page and hope to work with you soon!

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Natsuki

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I am experienced in most styles: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Latin, R&B, Funk, Rock etc…
After discussing your goals, we will figure out the best way to accomplish those goals!

I am a really easy-going person and I want you to have FUN and discover new stuff every time you play your instrument.

After we figure out what you want to play and what areas we want to work on, I will make a special curriculum for you! Each student has a different curriculum that is specific to his or her level and learning style. I give a weekly curriculum after every lesson so you don’t need to worry about forgetting what we worked on at our lesson and you can work on it at home. Looking at past curriculum also provides an excellent way to look at a student’s progress.

One of the most important aspects of playing a woodwind instrument is achieving a good tone. I will help you get a good tone by teaching the fundamentals: from how to hold your instrument, how to blow, etc…

Other topics that we might cover include sight-reading, improvisation, theory, ear training, etc.

You are welcome to bring/suggest any music that you want to work on!

My studio is in a safe and nice family friendly neighborhood as you can see in the photos.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai Grand Piano
Music Playback System
Lots of space (parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, R&B, most genres
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Beverly C. March 6, 2014
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Exceptional Teacher

Natsuki is extremely patient with my 9 yr old daughter who is a beginning clarinet player.
I would recommend Natsuki to anyone from beginner to professional.
After a few lessons my daughter had the courage to play a solo piece at her school holiday concert.
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Jordan S. May 31, 2013
· Saxophone ·
Amazing, Kind, and Motivating Teacher

Natsuki is great!!! She is a wonderful teacher and an incredible musician! Sometimes she demonstrates the music we are working on and it is really motivating to hear her play! I'm so fortunate to have found this teacher!
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Natsuki S.

Natsuki S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Joseph R.

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Downey, CA

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Scales study, Intonation practice, Chordal mastery, Improvisation

About Joseph
Joseph R. has 5 years of experience teaching students elementary, middle school-aged children and adults on to how to play keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone while sharing his learning experience with them as a self-taught saxophone and flute player and his more conventional education on piano and guitar.

Joe started developing his musical talent through piano lessons at the age of 7. After only a year of formal study, he began to experiment with other instruments such as the bamboo flute, the guitar and the drums. When he moved to the United States at the age of 13, he was introduced to the school’s band where he chose to hone his skills with the flute. Since then, he has been exposed to classical and symphonic repertoire. During high school, he joined the marching band and at the same time, found interest in jazz and alto saxoph
one. He decided to pursue a career in music by majoring in Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of California in Irvine where he has received his Bachelors degree in Music. He is currently performing at local jazz clubs, formal events and concerts. He would like to continue to inspire his students while nurturing his passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Scale Mastery
Instrumental Technique
Note Reading/Sight-Reading
Ear Training (!)
Live Performance
Music in the real world

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer upright piano
Roland D20
BX5a monitors
BX8a monitors
Shure, MXL mic's
M-Audio Profire 610
Yamaha YAS-82ZII

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide manuscript paper. Student provides instrument and have the option to purchase my music books.

*** Specialties ***
I train my students the classical approach for their beginning and intermediate stages, and specialize in Jazz and Pop music.
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Jeff P. August 5, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Joe is a great instructor. He has done a fantastic job explaining concepts in an understandable way, and utilizes a lot of computer tools to help the lessons, such as backing tracks. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Darian C. July 2, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Couldn't be happier with my piano lessons. Joseph has really catered the lessons towards me and my needs. He's a great teacher, very patient, and encouraging.
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Jeff P. June 2, 2014
· Saxophone · In home
I am happy with Joseph teaching. He knows his stuff. I like the fact that he plays a lot of different instruments and has electronics to boot.
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Joseph R.

Joseph R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Dara K.

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Agoura Hills, CA
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About Dara
Dedicated and accomplished with a solid academic background. Strong history of volunteer work with proven leadership skills as the lead tenor sax of the Agoura High Studio Jazz ensemble, Wind Ensemble Honors and Studio Jazz Combo.
Main instrument: Tenor sax, Alto sax, Soprano sax, additional instruments: Clarinet, Flute

ACCOMPLISHMENTS/AWARDS:
• Swing Central High School Jazz Competition, Savannah, GA - 2013 - First place
• Swing Central High School Jazz Competition, Savannah, GA - 2012 - First place
• The People’s Choice Award, Studio Jazz Combo, Savannah, GA - 2012 - First Place
• The 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, New York
•Recognized by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 2011
•Recipient of Outstanding Alto Soloist, Certificate of Merit, 2011 an
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• Music Center, Los Angeles, CA - Spotlight Certificate of Artistic Achievement, 2011
• Agoura Hills School - Certificate of Recognition of Outstanding Academic Excellence, 2010-2011
• Reno Jazz Festival - Outstanding Alto Sax Soloist, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
• Reno Jazz Festival - Outstanding Musicianship, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
• Agoura High School Athletic Certificate, Track and Filed, 2010
• Lindero Canyon Middle School, Outstanding Achievement in Jazz - 2009, 2008
• Lindero Canyon Middle School, Outstanding Soloist - 2009, 2008, 2007
• Westlake High School Jazz Festival, Westlake, CA - Outstanding Soloist - 2009, 2008
• Newberry Park High School Jazz Festival, Newberry Park, CA - Outstanding Musicianship - 2009
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Dara K.

Dara K.

Agoura Hills, CA 91301
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$25 / 30-min

About Rick R.

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Burbank, CA
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Experienced Sax Teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students progress quickly in the direction they want to go. I specialize in rock, blues and jazz, and I use my own method for teaching which takes 10% of the usual time of most methods. I have a video that demonstrates that.

About Rick
I’ve always loved teaching from a young age; finding new ways to break down complex ideas and techniques and making it fun and easy is something that gives me a lot of satisfaction. If you want to play your favorite songs on saxophone, I can save you years of frustration and slow progress.

At the bottom of this page, I have a YouTube video of 3 of my sax students' incredibly fast progress. None of them had ever played saxophone, You can do that too! It’s easy and fun. No boring scales, exercises and dumb tunes. Just a simple, easy way to becoming a great sounding sax player in 1/10th the time. This method has worked for over 1000 students and works 100% of the time if you commit to practice.

I guarantee if you commit to practicing 30 minutes 5 days a week for 4 months and you don't see the success in the video I will give you ALL
of your money back. I have 3 Grammy nominations but the proof of what i can do for you is in this video. Search this title on Youtube:
"Demo of My Sax Students Improvising Progress- 5th lesson to 16th lesson" or just click the video at the bottom of this page.
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Ken C. April 2, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Rick really helps me understanding the concept of the saxophone.
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Ken March 16, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Rick is my best music teacher I had so far!!!
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mike February 20, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
I'm a senior citizen without a shred of innate musical talent. LOL The idea of being able to improvise the blues on a saxophone was a wild and unattainable fantasy….until I met Rick. I had already checked out lots of other jazz saxophone teachers online so I knew within the first few lessons that Rick​ was unique. He was able to simplify my problems and help me make great progress right away. With enthusiasm, this celebrated musician took me through all the baby steps - first to get a respectable sound, and then through his ingenious system of improvisation. I'm moving at what I would say is warp speed in learning to improvise, already reaching levels of soloing that were only in my dreams. But the real bonus on top of Rick's fantastic teaching method and system is Rick the man, and the relationship this star musician forms with a student. His humility amazes me at every lesson. Knowing how valuable his time must be, the fact that he encourages me to send recordings between lessons, and sends feedback on each one, is testament to how much he truly cares about a student's progress. It's a gift he generously gives. He is also a genius at how much criticism and how much encouragement a particular student needs. Could there possibly be a better teacher than Rick Rossi? I don't think so.
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Rick R.

Burbank, CA 91502
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About Mike L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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With 15 years of woodwind teaching experience, I have had the joy of working with complete beginners as well as serious, advanced students. I love to make music and to share my passion with my students, and the goal is to inspire that same passion and love for music in those who I teach, all while having a good time!

Helping my students find the spark that inspires them is important, but fundamentals won't be ignored!

Jazz, classical, rock, funk, R&B, or whatever your style, we can run with it.

About Mike
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Mike has emerged as a leading up-and-coming voice in jazz today. Releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer.

Mike received his B.M. in Jazz Studies and Economics from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied
with saxophone under Frederick L. Hemke and John Wojciechowski, and he is currently pursuing a MM in music at USC, studying with Bob Mintzer.
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CJ September 15, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Mike taught me everything I know about playing the jazz saxophone. He came to every lesson with great energy and always made me excited about the music with novel ideas for exercises and just the right balance of fun and rudiments. I am not a professional musician, and may never rely on the saxophone for income, but Mike has given me a very deep and permanent appreciation for the music. Thanks to Mike, jazz and the saxophone will always be parts of my life. I cannot recommend him enough as an educator.
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Mike L.

Mike L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Aaron R.

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Learning an instrument, like learning a language, should be an interactive experience with a continuous flow of feedback. It should also be fun, with the opportunity to use each new skill in real life and on a daily basis.

Over the past 12 years, I have had the opportunity to study the saxophone (as well piano, composition, arranging, film scoring, and songwriting) with some of the most creative and talented teachers from Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, OR. Through my years of studying and teaching beginning and intermediate saxophonists, I believe it is the teacher's job to "teach the student how to teach themselves" by giving them the tools and critical feedback needed to excel not only in learning a new instrument, but in all aspects of music and life.

About Aaron
I am a professional saxophonist, composer, and songwriter with a particular passion in writing music for films and video games. Growing up near Portland, Oregon, I was surrounded by friends who were engrossed by jazz, classical, and rock music, and immediately wanted to be a part of it. Throughout high school, I had the opportunity to perform in New York City, Atlanta, and Monterey with the award-winning American Music Program, as well as record on numerous occasions with Grammy-award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding.

Since coming to live in Los Angeles, CA in 2013, I have been involved in both the jazz and pop music scenes as a performer and arranger, leading my own groups and music directing for others. I have also been involved in the film scene, composing the music for 16 short films, 5 independent video games, and a 3-episode
web series. (You can also see/hear me play a few notes in 2014's "Whiplash")

In my lessons, I am happy to cover everything from beginning techniques on the instrument, being able to improvise in any context or genre, and working in a recording studio setting.

I strongly believe in the values of listening, improvising (both in music and in life), and perceiving every instance and detail as a chance to learn. These are the values on which I base my teaching, as well as my own music.

I am a lover of all kinds of music, movies, video games, hiking, traveling, and Mexican food.
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Aaron R.

Aaron R.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$44 / 30-min

About Garrett B.

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Northridge, CA

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As a graduate of California State University Northridge with a degree in music performance I have a large pool of knowledge from which to equip my students with all that they need in order to progress in their pursuance of making music. I have worked with Melissa Manchester, Jimmy Borges (Hawaii'n Frank Sinatra), and Barbara Morrison and have studied under Rob Lockart, Katisse Buckingham, Bob Shepperd, and Gary Pratt.

About Garrett
I am a graduate student from California State University Northridge with a degree in Jazz Studies. I have been playing the saxophone for 12 years now and flute for about 5. I have been fortunate to study under Rob Lockart and Katisse Buckingham, both studio giants in their own respects and with luck I will there too one day. As of now I have worked with Jimmy Borges, Barbara Morrison, as well as Melissa Manchester, all great vocalists that I considered myself lucky to work with. I have been teaching now off and on when I had the time and look forward to working with more students in the future as there is not enough music education made available to the masses anymore.
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Garrett B.

Garrett B.

Northridge, CA 91324
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$35 / 30-min

About Willy E.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hi my name is Willy and I am a french saxophonist. i offer to the young student a systematic approach to correct concepts in music reading and saxophone playing.I also teach for advanced level. It's really important to take a pleasure when you play music. You'll learn and play better. Saxophone is an incredible modern instrument which one you can play a lot of different kind of music.

About Willy
I was born in Paris in France. In 1998 I get a scholarship to go to the prestigious jazz school, CIM, in Paris. I obtain a first soloist price for saxophone. From 2002 to 2004 I continue my training in the Paris Jazz School under Arpeij teacher Michel GOLDBERG. I obtain the first Price of arrangement in 2014. In 2005 I obtain a 2 year scholarship to study School of Jazz EDIM which allows me to expand my knowledge. I obtain my diploma the FNEIJMA (Professional degree). In 2005, I form a classical music duet with harp calls Sonate en Duo. My website: www.sonates-en-duo.com I record my first album under the name of Sonates en Duo. This unusual alliance between a soprano saxophone and a harp, demands arrangements especially for this work. In 2007 I put together CIRCUS BAOBAB, which becomes a reference in the world of contemporary African cir
cus. Circus Baobab is the first aerial acrobatics circus that incorporates African music. Acrobatics, traditional dance and contemporary Guinea story telling from Africa and stories of Mandingo. I tour the world and all of France with this show. After its success, the musicians of the Circus Baobab troupe decided to an Afro Jazz Guinea formation, taking a major part of the music from the Nimba orchestra, In 2011, I am the saxophonist in the “Twinkel Quintet” group; an electro-acoustic experimental jazz band directed and created by harpist Maïwenn EKOUE. In the same year, I integrate a brass section of Guinean singer and musician BA CISSOKO combining modernism and Mandingo tradition. Tours organized throughout France and abroad including many festivals
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Willy E.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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$67 / 30-min

About Eric P.

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Culver City, CA

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I am an experienced music teacher of 15 years, specializing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced saxophone players. My other specialty is working with intermediate and advanced jazz improv students of all instruments. All ages are welcome. I will customize the lessons and program to the needs and goals of each student. Whether you are an award winning jazz soloist or someone just starting out on the sax, I can take you to the next step and we can have a great time doing it! Let's get started!

About Eric
Based in Los Angeles, Eric currently plays saxophone and teaches professionally throughout Southern California. Since graduating from USC, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion. Eric currently directs the combos and improv classes at Downey High School, and is on faculty with Children’s Music Workshop. Eric plays saxophone in clubs, restaurants, and at weddings up and down the West Coast. Eric is the tenor saxophonist in James Gang, one of the most in-demand private event bands in the country. Eric also currently serves as the assistant worship leader for City Light Church in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Alec August 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Eric is apart of a select group of musicians who can play at an extremely high level and effectively translate their knowledge to others. His customized and methodological approach with enough time and effort can turn any novice into a skilled player. He is also extremely encouraging and flexible. I've studied with Eric for five years and don't plan on stopping any time soon.
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Larry July 28, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Eric's method is uniquely suited to the young aspiring jazz musician. His real life experiences as both a teacher and performer make this method practical and successful. Highly recommended.
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Cory July 28, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I have been working with Eric for the past 10 years. He has helped my Downey HS Jazz Program tremendously through his method of teaching jazz improvisation. Eric made my job a lot easier, having students understanding the art of creating something out of nothing! As it is very frightening for young musicians to improvise, Eric developed a sense of confidence in our students when it comes to it. I can’t thank him enough for what he does every week
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Culver City, CA 90230
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About Andrew L.

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Simi Valley, CA

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I have played Tenor Saxophone for 8 years and currently play Tenor Saxophone in an ensemble at UCSB. I will ensure students learn proper techniques, sight reading, and some theory all while having fun playing their favorite songs.

About Andrew
Hello! I am 19 years old and currently double majoring in Economics and Music Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. I've been playing clarinet and saxophone for about 10 years and guitar for about 5. I play all three of these instruments in ensembles at the University. I have years of teaching experience specifically with children working at tutoring centers and giving private music lessons. I have very flexible hours and am looking to teach beginning and intermediate students!
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Sam July 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I didn't know how to play bar chords and this teacher just changed that problem. I really respect his phenomenal talents as a mentor and a guitar player. One positive aspect I got from this experience is that he absolutely LOVED the songs I would play on my guitar! 10/10 would recommend!
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Brendan July 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Andrew was absolutely awesome! He really knows his music theory and he can teach with a confident knowledge that makes understanding music easy! I went from not being able to play a note on guitar, to being able to play more than I ever thought possible! 5 starts, highly recommend
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Andrew L.

Simi Valley, CA 93063
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