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All elements of acoustic and electric guitar to the masters level. Blues, jazz and improvisation are my specialty. I teach all styles and from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. I have vast depth and knowledge of blues and application. I am also a masterful slide guitarist and teach that skill also.

About Paul
Hi! My name is Paul and I'd love to share the joy of playing the guitar with you! I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 30 years. I know much about playing the guitar and being an artist. I am passionate about music, which is why lessons with me are so fun. I know how to customize a program for the motivated student that will bring out the potential of the student at all levels. I will give the student a complete and practical program for advancement and help he or she discover their own talents at a pace that works for them. I even on occasion will conduct blues jams and other challenges such as recording and how to do a You Tube video production that will give the student a chance to use their developing skills by themselves and with others. Here is feedback from one of the parents of a student of mine:


"Alex progressed much further with guitar than he did with piano and he actually got to the point where he enjoyed playing on his own. That was a great accomplishment and very impressive to me...you helped instill some discipline and over the course of your instruction, Alex learned a lot. You were always positive with him, even when that was difficult, and I admired that and still appreciate it. I always looked forward on Sunday mornings to hearing the material the two of you were working on and I know he enjoyed his lesson with you."

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, one of my biggest goals is to keep my students motivated and get them enthused about their music and committed to daily practice. I will strive to inspire my students, and ensure that all the while, they are having the time of their life! Practice and commitment are key. Students' curricula vary according to the student's goals and strengths and weaknesses. All students will learn how to play in tune and in time, know their fundamentals, work with music theory and learn how to use written materials. (And they will have fun learning!) More advanced students can learn about blues and jazz improvisation, slide guitar and also participate in blues jams with other students, record, and You Tube video production.

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All kinds of guitar and bass guitar equipment and portable hard disc recording equipment for student demo recordings.

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Students need a well functioning guitar, music stand, guitar tuner and metronome. Students will also need a notebook to organize written lessons I will hand out.

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I specialize in blues and jazz mostly, but also have vast knowledge of rock music from it's blues roots to the more modern styles. I also can play in country style, and I play blues slide guitar.
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Deborah July 27, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Paul's enthusiasm for the bass is infectious and a great motivator. I actually feel like I may be able to learn to play! In just one lesson I learned more than 5 hours of You Tube tutorials could have taught me.
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Ken A. April 2, 2014
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I played a little guitar throughout my life but was lacking an understanding of how the instrument works. I found myself strumming a few cords here and there but never with focus or improvement. After only three lessons with Paul, I'm now jamming to rock and the blues!Paul was quickly able to access my level of playing and I'm now understanding how the fretboard works and most importantly having lots of fun during lessons and practice. He teaches with passion and doesn't simply open a book but rather instills his lifelong experience and philosophy into lessons. Many can teach the mechanics of guitar but with Paul, you'll also understand the soul.
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Meg M. January 17, 2014
· Guitar ·
Paul Rocks !!

I just had my 2nd lesson with Paul and felt inspired to write a review. I have wanted to learn guitar for many, many years now. In the past, I have always gotten frustrated -or bored- and gave up before I ever even learned a chord. Our 1st lesson, Paul started me with some very basic mechanics. It was just the right amount of information to keep me interested and challenged but not so much that I was overwhelmed the 1st week. From just 15 -30 minutes a day of practicing, I have already gained some flexibility in my fingers and am beginning to have a "feel" for the instrument. I have seen more improvement and learned more from Paul and the exercises he has given me in just 2 lessons than I have collectively ever learned from any other teacher in the past or any book or online tutorial. His knowledge of the instrument, as well as music theory, is vast and he knows how to break it down into digestible bits for maximum benefit to the student. So I am not only learning to play guitar, I am also being introduced to music theory in a very easy to understand manner. He is very patient and creates a safe and supportive environment in which to learn comfortably. I am SO glad I found him!!! His way of teaching really works or me ~ I feel hopeful, inspired and motivated for the first time ever in attempting to learn this instrument. Thank you Paul and Thank You Take Lessons !!
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Paul S.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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About Justin K.

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If you're a beginner, we'll be going over the basics, tuning, chords and a few easy songs. If you're an intermediate player, we'll get into chord progressions, relative major/minor, scales and some music theory.

About Justin
Hi, I am a well-rounded individual who is currently a student myself. I am pursuing a Master's degree in teaching Math, and my undergrad work was done at Ohio University. My main areas of interest are math, music, sports and history, but I am well versed in the other subject matter listed on my profile. I play most sports and play the guitar, coaching and lessons are available in those areas as well. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, thank you.
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Justin K.

Justin K.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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$40 / 60-min

About Kellen H.

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

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

Kellen H.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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About David Y.

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Los Angeles, CA

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

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

David Y.

Los Angeles, CA 90062
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About Eric P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Beginner Guitar lessons include: Chord and Chord Shapes (Open and Barred), Scales, Rhythm, Blues Licks, and Song Form.

About Eric
MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w
hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
~Eric
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Dalton A. January 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st lesson went perfectly!
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Eric P.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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About Fionn R.

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North Hollywood, CA

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I have been teaching guitar and bass for five years now and I'm really passionate about being completely focused on the needs of the student, not complicated theory (unless they want that of course!).

About Fionn
I'm a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, and I'm extremely passionate about helping others reach their potential! Learning an instrument can be a difficult process but with the right teacher it can be an extremely rewarding one. I understand that different students have different wants and needs and I'm 100% focused on delivering the right service for you!

I've spend the last few years performing on all sorts of stages, from intimate jazz clubs in Boston to Glastonbury, the largest festival in England. I appreciate the varied ways we all experience different types of music and I want to teach you music YOU want to learn. If you want to learn theory, that's fine too but I understand that not everyone wants to.

Let me know as soon possible so we can get started!
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Nick January 2, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Fionn is the best bass player I could find for my son’s private lessons. I am a musician myself and I can see that his progress is outstanding! He is also having loads of fun with Fionn and they get along very well, as he is a very fun and trustworthy person.
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Declan November 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I got bass lessons from Fionn in 2016, and it was fantastic. He's a brilliant teacher, and extremely patient. I switched from drums so he basically had to teach me music theory and how to read music too, which he did with ease. Really enjoyable lessons that I learned a lot from, I'd highly recommend Fionn as a teacher.
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Hannah Crowley November 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I just began playing guitar a year ago, but had terrible technique. I began taking lessons with Fionn and noticed a huge difference in my playing almost immediately. Fionn is an incredible teacher and so easy going, I couldn't recommend him enough! I have started playing in front of small audiences now which I never would have had the confidence to do before. He's also great value for money! All I can say is TAKE HIM!!
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Fionn R.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Jimena F.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I've been playing guitar for 8 years. I graduated Musicians Institute with Synester Gates Scholarship. I'm an EMG pickups and LINE 6 artist and product tester.
I have played with Steve Vai and led his band during a song, received technique lesson from Joe Satriani and Scott Henderson, played with Scott Page (Pink Floyd), and arranged music for Corey Feldman.
I have toured all the U.S. twice with more than 62 live shows. I also have more than 70 live shows in only Los Angeles.
I love the most metal, blues, classic rock, funk, acid jazz, pop etc.. I enjoy it all though.
I've been teaching guitar and bass in english/spanish for almost 2 years.
During the lesson you'll learn:
Chords, scales, modes, finger exercises, arpeggios, theory, ear training or anything that adjusts to what you want and need.

About Jimena
With only 21 years old I’m a touring and session musician, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and composer. I graduated from Musicians Institute on Music and Guitar Performance, awarded the Synester Gates Scholarship.

I've played with Steve Vai and led a solo with his band, Paul Reed Smith, Scott Page (Pink Floyd), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), among others.
EMG and LINE 6 artist and product tester. I’ve toured all the U.S twice having over 70 live shows.
I’m part of a worldwide community of female musicians and guitarists among the best of the world.

I have participated in benefit performances, recording sessions, directed music bands, got experience teaching guitar and bass lessons for all ages in English and Spanish. I have a total of 70 live shows only in Los Angeles.

I started uploading videos of her playing punk rock covers to YT
and received attention by going viral and being mentioned on social media by some of the bands or artists covered such as Simple Plan and Orianthi. One of my videos passed over 115,000 views. I’m followed on social media by several artists supporting my work such as Joe Satriani, Orianthi(Michael Jackson), Rob Scallon, Jared Dines, Synester Gates(Avenged Sevenfold), Nili Brosh, Chris Broderick John Illsley, Doug Doppler, Melia Maccarone to name a few.

I enjoy playing all music genres in general but I enjoy the most playing and teaching metal, rock, blues and jazz blues. 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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Claudia February 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jimena’s passion for music creates a fun learning environment because that’s what music is about... having fun and enjoying the journey. She’s a patient teacher. Also, her no-pressure approach helps make the process easier, she’s available to ask for feedback or ask questions when needed. I would recommend her lessons to anyone starting out on learning how to play guitar or getting back into the groove of it.
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Marie L. February 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very patient with be being totally new to playing a musical instrument. Adapted the exercise to fit what I needed to work on. It was very helpful.
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Marisa January 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jimena Fosado is a great guitarist and an amazing teacher! I first met her when we went to Musicians Institute together, and got to know her and learn from her when we toured the U.S. together. She was very helpful in rehearsals teaching guitar, bass and keyboard parts. She also helped me perfect my technique when playing and switching chords on the guitar. Jimena is a patient and kind person which shows through her teaching; Make no mistake, anyone who wishes to have Jimena as their teacher will be challenged to reach their full potential.
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Jimena F.

Jimena F.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Nadav P.

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I have been teaching guitar for about 15 years now and have taught students between the ages of 6-60 from very beginners to advanced players who want to deepen their understanding of the instrument.

I have an extensive experience playing/teaching a wide array of musical genres and have played numerous stages in the U.S and abroad.

I have a BFA with honors in jazz performance from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance and have also attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (NYC)

I always try to tailor the lesson to the students needs and musical preferences while keeping core skills that we will try to always incorporate (reading music/ theory for more advanced students, ear training etc.) I'm very passionate about teaching and believe it's imperative as a musician to be able to share the knowledge and experience I've acquired along my musical path.

About Nadav
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My name is Nadav and I have been a professional guitar player and teacher for most of my life now. I have a very extensive experience playing festivals and venues in the U.S and abroad and have been teaching beginner and advanced guitar/bass and musical ensemble classes for 15 years.

I always strive to make the lessons fun (otherwise, what's the point? (: ) all the while being educational and try to have the student start playing actual music (simple melodies/songs) from the very first lesson.

For more advanced students- I focus on many valuable technics for live playing/recording situations as well as theory/harmony and ear training and cover a very wide range of musical styles.

I also teach electric bass and Ukulele.

I have graduated from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance (Jerusalem) with honors and was
a dean's list honoree while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (NYC) I have been awarded with the America-Israel Culture Fund's "Exellence in Jazz Guitar" award as well as many scholarships for various prestigious musical institutions around the world.

I'm happy to teach at both my apt. in West Hollywood or the student's home.
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Bill T. February 7, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Speaking from the standpoint of a colleague of Nadav’s for many years and professional musician/educator myself, Nadav is the real deal. He is my top recommendation, without question, for anyone looking to study the guitar and/or music in general.

Nadav is an extremely gifted and skilled musician, composer, and bandleader with very deep understanding of playing the guitar. He has the experience and versatility to so in a multitude of different styles ranging from R&B, Pop, Funk, Jazz and Ethiopian groove music (check out his incredible band: Abbess Orchestra). He is also extremely kind, has a gentle yet “matter-of-fact” demeanor and is the consummate professional.

For anyone who has interest in learning the guitar and needs an instructor, no matter their experience level, it’s impossible to go wrong with Nadav. Just check him out and sign up!
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Eran February 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I was a self taught guitar player since a very early age, so when I met Nadav for the first time I already knew many songs and chords. But my technique was a mess.
Nadav helped me establish a healthy and meticulous practice routine that fixed my technique very quickly.
I would recommend him as a teacher for every level.
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Randy February 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher with good vibes! Nadav showed me great ways to practice harmony and soloing on the guitar. Highly recommended.
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Nadav P.

Nadav P.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Jennifer P.

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If you're looking to quickly learn the basics of guitar, I can help you with that. We begin by learning open chords, then move on to bar chords, and strumming patterns. Again, my lessons cater to each individual student's goals and taste in music.

About Jennifer
I have been playing music since I was 7. I am the founder, lead singer, and songwriter of the band Vita and the Woolf. With my band, i've become an internationally touring musician with experience in performance, vocal training, songwriting, ear training, audio production, and basic music theory. My band has gone on tour with Rasputina, Bell X1, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Yoke Lore. We have played notable festivals such as SXSW, Firefly, Xponential, and Reeperbahn (Hamburg Germany).
I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies and Production.
My teaching experience began while working as the music teacher at a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities called SpArc Services in Philadelphia. I taught private piano, voice and guitar students through a studio called Philly Music Lessons for
2+ years. I also was the music teacher for the Lansdowne Presbyterian Pre-School in Pennsylvania.
6 months ago I signed a publishing deal with Schubert Music and am a songwriter working on their team.
I recently moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia, and am excited to begin my teaching career here on the west coast!
I teach my students out of my comfortable home/studio in Van Nuys, but can teach online and travel to you.
The regular styles I teach are: Pop, rock, RnB, improvisational piano, classical voice/piano.
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Heather February 17, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Jen is the best teacher ever! She encouraged me to develop my own style, and helped me to push my voice in new directions. Working on improv was so much fun! I loved how she would work with me on a range of different styles and listened to the pace I wanted to take. Her voice is chillingly beautiful, and she clearly has the technical and music theory knowledge to help any level of student. She was and is such an inspiration! She encouraged me to connect with new musicians and now I’m starting my own band :)
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Dianne February 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Jennifer was my son's piano teacher for over 2 years. She started working with my son when he was 7 and I could have not asked for a better teacher for him. She interacted with him exceptionally well and my son simply adored her. Jennifer has a natural talent in teaching especially due to seeing how much my son has excelled with his piano skills over the years. He was well prepared and rocked all of his recitals due to Jennifer's dedication to him. She was always on time and showed up when expected. I would highly recommend Jennifer as a teacher to all. She is super friendly and has a welcoming demeanor about her. I would definitely rate her one of the best instructors ever!
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Griff February 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I studied piano with Jen for two years. During that time, Jen was really flexible and did a great job catering lessons to my music interests!
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Van Nuys, CA 91406
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About Mark L.

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I understand that every individual learns differently so I am prepared to be flexible when it comes to teaching students of different levels and different ages how to play guitar. There are many ways to learn the instrument, for example, some people prefer to learn by ear, some by reading music charts, some by seeing someone else play, and the list goes on. Not only that, I understand that different people have different goals when learning the guitar so I always keep that in mind when teaching a specific student. I've experimented things on the guitar on my own and have undergone formal music lessons so I am well versed with balancing creativity and musical information. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance so you can trust in me that I can deliver a high standard of quality when it comes to teaching the guitar. Lastly, I try to make lessons as fun/interesting as possible because ultimately playing an instrument should be a fun activity, not a mundane task!

About Mark
I started playing the guitar when I was 15 years old and I only started taking it seriously when I was 18 years of age. At 21, I decided to pursue a Bachelor's degree in music. Back in Malaysia, I had the opportunity to teach children aged 8-15 for 6 months as a part time job, performed at 2 local indie music/ art festivals, and collaborate with other musicians in the scene.

Following that, I continued my degree studies in Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Performance. While I was at Berklee, I spent most of my time there studying and playing jazz. Other than that, I also had the opportunity to work with people who come from various walks of lives. Among the opportunities that I had, one which stood out for me was the chance to be a film score session guitarist to play on other student's projects.

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I graduated from Berklee, I made the move to Los Angeles. I am currently playing for singer-songwriter Sofia Zorian and blues/rock group Luke Elder & The Infinite Ways. I grew up on 60-80s pop music thanks to my parents, and my music palette has evolve over the years, so I have a deep love for many genres of music. Some of the examples of genres that I have listened and played are blues, rock, pop, motown, jazz, metal, and classical. I have been playing guitar for 11 years now and still find great joy in discovering something new about instrument each day!
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Mark L.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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