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About Brian S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I enjoy teaching acoustic guitar since I have an affinity for playing and writing on the acoustic guitar.
Fingerpicking in the style of the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac are good ways to learn "travis picking".
The acoustic guitar can also be strummed with a pick the way an electric guitar is played.
In addition to basic acoustic guitar some students opt to learn more complex fingerstyle through classical guitar. One of my favorites I like to teach include 20 simple etudes by Cuban guitarist Leo Brouwer.
His compostions are harmonically similar to rock music and have been played by guitar luminaries such as Randy Rhoades (Ozzy Osbourne).

About Brian
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for 25 years.
I've been featured in Guitar Player magazine (see attached pic). and my live experience includes concerts and tours with various bands (Champagne Francis, Scout), theater (Jersey Boys, Movin' Out, Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and TV performances (Jay Leno, The Today Show).
I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I recommend children under 10 start on a fender squire mini electric guitar ($99)
For adults,
I am able to bring beginner and intermediate guitarists to an advanced level of playing and understanding songwriting, soloing and playing songs with good technique.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your path of learning music and guitar.
Thanks!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lessons builds upon the previous. The first half of the
lesson is a review of material the student has covered; a "warm up"
The second half of the lesson is for learning a new song or guitar solo as well as chord theory (learning and understanding new songs / songwriting) and scale theory (learning and understanding how melodies and solos fit over chord progressions).
I recommend setting a baseline intention of practicing 15 minutes a day. If you stick to that every day you will improve on the guitar and be playing music very soon!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender guitar mini for ages 5-9.
Fender guitar (standard) 9-adult.
Fender Pro Reverb amp.
Chairs, Music Stand, Blank Sheet music, Books
Cables, picks etc.
No need to bring an instrument to the lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Electric and Acoustic guitar
Rock / Pop / Alternative / Blues / Folk / Heavy Metal / Jazz / Fusion / R&B

Learn anything on request!
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Daniel October 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is both a great guitar player and an awesome instructor! Since starting with him my playing abilities and understanding of music theory have grown dramatically. In addition, he's a really cool guy that's truly interested in your growth as a guitar player. I recommend him without reservation.
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Melanie February 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is a great teacher. He's very knowledgable and I'm learning a lot with each lesson.
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IRIS September 28, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brian is professional, considerate and kind, could get you play any songs you pick super fast and complement lessons with necessary basic trainings. Has a variety of gears in his studio so no need for you to bring your own all the way there. Yes the charge is higher than many other tutors but for a smooth & enjoyable learning process it's always worth it. P.S. Brian could write down the music for guitar part accurately just by listening to the songs and immediately teach it to you! Highly recommend.
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Brian S.

Brian S.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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About Jonah R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With each one of my students, I take into account how much time they are willing to practice, what genres interest them, and what learning style works best. I then come up with a structured lesson plan that is specifically catered to their needs.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

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
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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 ELENA D.

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

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

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

***Lessons Details***

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
Thank you
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Carly P. March 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
It seems like Elena has a gift when it comes to teaching young children. My Carly is so excited every week to learn how to play guitar . It's great when you c your children doing good in school however it's even better when you c such excitement in there passion.
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ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Mauricio O.

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Hawthorne, CA

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If you’re a beginning guitarist and you’re looking for easy, fun songs to help you get started or you’re a more experienced player looking for a fresh approach to your music, I will open up a world of possibilities for your acoustic guitar playing.

About Mauricio
Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Keith S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a Film Score Composer with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Composition from Grinnell College. I have played the acoustic guitar for 11 years, and was the principle guitarist is several film scores.

Our first few lessons will focus on practicing the rudiments and learning simple chords and strumming patterns.

About Keith
Hello! My name is Keith and I am an Academic and Music Tutor as well as a Film Score Composer. I graduated from Grinnell College (2015) with degrees in physics and music composition. I have tutored students for past couple years in high school math and physics, as well as in the SAT and ACT. I work as a tutor for three well-known tutoring companies (one of which won the Eddie Award for 'best national test-prep company').
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Keith S.

Keith S.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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$22 / 30-min
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About Colin B.

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Santa Monica, CA

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I have earned a Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. While there, I received extensive training in performance, composition, and music production.

I am currently working as a private instructor for students of a wide range of ages and experience levels. I am proficient in many music styles, and have a in depth understanding of music theory and ear training.

I own a music production business where I work with professional artist to record and produce their music, and make them achieve their greatest possible sound

Besides all that, I love to teach. I have been blessed with many great music teachers who have inspired me and influenced my life. I am glad to be offering the same opportunity to my students, while helping them grow artistically and develop a deeper love of music.

About Colin
I have earned a Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While there I received extensive training in performance, composition, and music production.

I have been playing music about 20 years, and it has always been my greatest passion. I have been blessed to have had excellent teachers inspire me and influence my love of music. I am glad to have an opportunity to do the same for my students. Music is the greatest thing in the world, and to help someone deepen their appreciation for it makes me proud to be a teacher.
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Michelle July 26, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Colin has been an amazing guitar teacher to my 6 year old son. He's kept him engaged, provides practical homework to be done in between sessions and has been an inspiration to my son. He's very flexible in length of lesson depending on your kids attention span too.
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Colin B.

Colin B.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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$67 / 30-min

About ANDY N.

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Winnetka, CA
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BEGINNERS:LEARN TO PLAY THE FIVE BASIC CHORDS WITHIN THE FIRST FEW LESSONS ON THE GUITAR. THEN LEARN HOW TO STRUM AND CHANGE BETWEEN CHORDS SO YOU CAN LEARN TO PLAY YOUR FAVORITE SONGS.

INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED STUDENTS: I CAN DEMYSTIFY THE GUITAR NECK, TEACH YOU SCALES , SOLOS AND TECHNIQUES OF YOUR FAVORITE GUITARISTS IN ANY STYLE.

About ANDY
HELLO,
You can call me Andy!
I have performed and successfully taught guitar for people around the world. I also have all the clearances needed to substitute for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1993.
My friendly and patient teaching style and teaching experience allows you to understand and succeed at playing the guitar.
You want to feel good about yourself when you leave your lesson and be inspired to continue improving on your instrument. This is what to expect when you sign up for lessons with me!
I guarantee a your lessons will be a pleasurable experience!
Andy
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ANDY N.

ANDY N.

Winnetka, CA 91306
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$42 / 30-min

About Reed H.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Whether you want to learn music theory, songwriting, music production, mixing techniques, improve your improvisational skills, or just shred peoples faces off, I'd love to help you get there. I've found the best way to inspire students is by showing them that they can play the songs they love (and learn theory and technique along the way)

About Reed
Hi my name is Reed, I'm a guitarist living in Los Angeles and I've been playing guitar for nearly 10 years. I graduated from California Lutheran University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Production and am currently the guitarist for a successful alternative band with over 1 million plays on Spotify.

I first picked up a guitar because my mom dragged me kicking and screaming to my first lesson. I expected route memorization and drills, but when I sat down and my teacher showed me the riff to "Sunshine of Your Love", I immediately fell in love with the instrument.

I use this philosophy when teaching my students by showing them how to play and create music they love and use that as a gateway into a fundamental understanding of music theory and composition.

Some of the styles I teach are Rock, Blues, Funk, R&B, Alternative, Acoustic, an
d Metal. Give me a call to see if we're a good match!
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Reed H.

Reed H.

Los Angeles, CA 90035
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$42 / 30-min

About Lucas K.

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My guitar lessons are different for each student depending on their personal goals and musical taste. First and foremost the objective of the lesson is for the student to be able to play songs from beginning to end. All the music theory learned during lessons comes from analyzing the pice of music that's been studied, same with techniques. Always keeping the lessons fun and productive

About Lucas
I'm mostly a rock and metal guitarist. I'm an active musician whose played shows for corowds over 30k people. If you are interested in knowing my skill level please visit my Instagram page (Lucas Kanopa) or go to YouTube and check out my bands Void Vator and Heaven Below and lets let the music do the talking. As far as my teaching is concerned I've being teaching since I was 18 simply because I love sharing my knowledge with others and I enjoy teaching.
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Lucas K.

Lucas K.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$50 / 45-min

About Jesse A.

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My style focuses on American roots music like blues, rock, gospel and country. I can also add American Music History if you are interested to intergrade your practical lesions with the historical contest. I love teaching about the rich traditions in American music. I can also teach how to improv and jam along with others so you learn to actually play music and have fun, not only copy what is in your book.

About Jesse
I have grown up in the LA South Bay and have been playing guitar since I was 10. I started teaching kids Guitar with American Music History in a private school two years ago (can provide a reference if you are interested). I teach mainly traditional american music like folk, rock and country, which is the foundation for basically anything in modern music. Let's chat about what you want to learn, what level you are at and create a curriculum that works for you. The goal is to make guitar playing fun and easy!
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Jesse A.

Jesse A.

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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$30 / 30-min

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