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About Steven B.

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Alameda, CA

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I have been teaching acoustic guitar part time since 1972 and full time since 1998. From beginning level to advanced, I teach virtually all styles of music using flat picking and finger picking methods.

About Steven
Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams!

About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have over 40 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allman to name a few, and am currently teaching piano, theory and bass to Mike Dirnt, the bassist for Green Day. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and kno
wledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.

Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.

I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.

My current rates are $40 per half hour, $60 per 45 minutes and $80 per hour, and believe me... you will get your money's worth! Also I should note that due to my current students, plus teaching at a private school in Sausalito and recording sessions, my time constraints only allow me to teach lessons out of my home studio in Alameda. Hopefully this will work for you as well!
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Lavernne June 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Steven for I think two years now and he's helped me so much not only in reading music but also in ear training and in my song writing. He's incredibly patient and fun to work with. He also has a really nice cat.
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Chuck B. June 5, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great experience
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Brett M. May 2, 2018
· Organ · In home
Just getting started, but Stevens clearly the teacher for me. He really listens, and really knows his stuff. Looking forward to many more lessons.
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Steven B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner guitar students. Please refer to my studio partner Melissa:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Intermediate
Learn about common variations of the tonalities you already know and start to venture into more complex rhythm ideas like polyrhythms. Also start to build the chops to learn parts more accurately when learning songs.

Advanced
Expand into more complex polyrhythms as well as asymmetrical meters. Also expand harmony and melody to include modes and chromaticism. Push your skills through original creations or original arrangements of existing material.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations. It's really important to know though that everyone makes their own experience. The process of learning music involves you learning as much about your own mind and body as it does any external concepts, so please keep in mind only you can move yourself forward.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Romy R. August 2, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Dulcenea June 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
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Alex March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$70 / 30-min

About Mark B.

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Castro Valley, CA
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I enjoy teaching people what they want to learn. If they have specific interests, I will show them how to get the results they want. If a general musical education is desired, I will make suggestions as to what would be good for them. With over 35 years of teaching experience, I have found many different ways to communicate how and why the whole thing works on different levels.

About Mark
I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I ca
n explain musical theory and concepts many different ways, to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient.

Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things.
I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed and well-equipped to teach many styles: Rock (including all sub-genres...Tribal Ambient neo Punk, etc), Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Country, R&B, New Age, Ambient, Electronic, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well).

*** Lesson Details ***
I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza. Haha.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room or Studio, both very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment. This is a very serene and peaceful environment with no distractions!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them.

*** Specialties ***
Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Ear Training, Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient.
What ever your musical preferences are, I will enjoy teaching the kind of music you are interested in. This helps in keeping you motivated to learn more and practice often.

I currently have 5 albums out under my name. A song of mine is on a major new age compilation, and several of my songs have been played on the radio in several countries, and several internet radio programs throughout the world. I have played on other people's albums...some of which have received major radio airplay in Europe, and gone to #1!
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Tina M. January 31, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a wonderful guitar teacher and is great for anyone at any level. He's an awesome guitarist too. I highly recommend Mark.
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Joshua November 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Mark is very patient and funny! My son and dad both enjoyed ukulele class. They are looking forward to continuing their weekly lessons. Thank you so much Mark! :)
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Scott August 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Been working with Mark for 2 years now - electric and acoustic; it's time I share just how much learning and fun is going on! Some lessons we pick apart songs to understand how/why they work. Some lessons are thematic - modes, signature changes, turnarounds, etc. Crazy impressive guitar skills, explains theory and conjures up relevant examples, very adaptable, and extremely patient. My friends say it's made a huge difference in my playing!
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
(23)
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$40 / 30-min

About Shu W.

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Palo Alto, CA
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play guitar for three years and have a systematic method for beginners.

About shu
I'm a violin majored music therapy graduate student in NYU. I played guitar for 3 years. Teaching violin for years, and also can teach intro level guitar. I'm a native Mandarine speaker, and teach mandarine for 2 years after I came to US. I also good at teach Mandarine with Music to help student better remember and understand. Since my major--Music Therapy, I also can teach children with special needs.I have been work in special education school for 2 years.
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Shu W.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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$30 / 30-min

About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning guitar students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Alexandra July 19, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Melissa is patient, explains the concepts very well, she is hands on and makes the lessons very entertaining and dynamic. The way she selects the material for her students she finds the right balance between effective learning, fun and interesting. We are very fortunate to have her as a piano teacher.
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Sevval N. April 14, 2019
· Piano · In studio
She was so kind and helpful toward my kids for the fist day.
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Youjia S. November 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My daughter struggled to stay focused for the whole one hour. It would be better to have video conference option so she can see the teacher.
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(30)
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$45 / 30-min
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About Samuel B.

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Alameda, CA
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宋冬野赵雷民谣,赞美诗弹唱,经典流行民谣弹唱

About Samuel
Independent musician. Love flute from spirit and soul.
1. Played flute for > 20 years.
2. Have >6 years of teaching students. Interest driven study.
3. Have abundant knowledge in flute, guitar and other instrument of multiple genres.
4. As a Chinese, I speak mandarin/English and can teach chinese bamboo flute and traditional chinese pipes like Xiao, and Dizi.
5. I love kids and I am very patient.
6. I am also an independent music producer, having original flute music can apply my techniques in studio to facilitate flute teaching( for online only).
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Emma October 23, 2018
· Flute · In home
Sam is great with my 10 year old daughter. He is easy going and makes the flute lessons fun and my daughter enjoys her weekly hour lesson. We let Sam know what our goals were and he has created a plan accordingly.

Sam can do both in-home and online lessons. The in-home lessons are great, no need to travel.

Overall Sam is a great teach and very affordable.
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Ricardo July 26, 2018
· Flute · In home
Samuel is an awesome teacher and a friend. I have improved so much with my dizi and look forward yo lessons in the years to come. He is very talented, patient, and kind. Thank you teach!
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Jude March 8, 2018
· Flute · In home
Great teacher. My son looks forward to his lessons.
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Samuel B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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$25 / 30-min

About Evelie P.

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Berkeley, CA
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I was gifted a guitar by my godmother when I turned 13. I am self-taught and come from a musical family, who are based around the world. I have lots of experience teaching in after school programs, Summer camps and with music agencies. I lead a lot of musical bands, ensembles and blend other instruments to support the music. I play many genres due to singing in 34 languages. I have over 50 years experience performing, writing songs, teaching. Come, let's strum!

About Evelie
I am a singer-songwriter, arranger, guitarist, band/chorus/ensemble director, music teacher and consultant with over 50 years experience in the music business. With my university chorus, I sang at the Kennedy Ctr Washington DC & the Lincoln Ctr, NY. I have 3 sold out albums and new material for a triple album that I'm currently in the process of producing. My ensembles play for conventions, conferences, fairs, festivals, school assemblies, and special events. I also bring my music to assisted living, elder & memory care facilities, nursing homes & rehab centers, even prisons.

My style of teaching is holistic, multi-disciplinary, patient, inclusive & fun. I teach singing, guitar, hand drums (and small percussion instruments), ukulele. The practicum comes with theory.

Singing in 34 languages covers a variety of genres. Name it, we'll exp
lore it.

All ages are welcome. Even old dogs can learn new tricks. :-) Shall we debunk this saying?

Looking forward to hearing from you. Let's dive in!
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Evelie P.

Berkeley, CA 94710
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$50 / 30-min

About Carlie S.

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Berkeley, CA
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Experienced guitarist and performer of 14 years. I can help you get to know your guitar and have fun learning how to play your favorite songs or styles! Any ages or levels. The lessons will be customized to the needs of the student. The main goal is to have fun and get comfortable with your instrument so your musical dreams can become a reality!

About Carlie
I am a guitarist, singer-songwriter from San Diego. I have been playing and performing for over 12 years. I listen to and appreciate all types of music. Some personal favorites are blues, jazz, rock and funk. I have performed solo shows and band shows all around San Diego. And wrote and recorded my first full length album last year. Available on Spotify, iTunes, etc.

Being in the Bay Area now I will be playing in a band with a friend and playing around as much as I can. And recording more music this year!

My approach to playing and performing is simple and I would be happy to share it with those who are looking for a way to get comfortable with their instrument and feel confident in their playing. I am able to meet at whatever location is most comfortable for the student and teach any genre or song that they might be interested in.
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Carlie S.

Berkeley, CA 94705
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$42 / 30-min

About Julian H.

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Hayward, CA
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My lessons are tailored to the student. I believe the most effective way to learn anything is by enjoying it. You want to learn your favorite song, you got it. Want to learn some smooth jazz chords to jam with, no problem. Need to learn some scales for soloing, cool. Whatever it is you need from me I do my absolute best effort to provide. On top of all this, I have many skills and techniques that I have learned over the years that will help you significantly in becoming comfortable with your instrument. I guarantee that after at least three months of regular lessons and practice, you will be able to give your own lessons to your own students. If you are serious about learning how to play then I look forward to getting to know what type of style you want me to teach you.
Cheers!

About Julian
I have been playing guitar since I was 8 years old, however, i didn't really get "good" at playing until I was 12. I joined my first band at 15 and played my first "gig" at 16. By 19 I had completed a West Coast Tour and was working as a guitar instructor for a Music studio. Currently I am a college student and do not have as much time to teach. I have taught other subjects as well and I am majoring in teaching English. I have traveled and preformed abroad and taught guitar and english abroad. Aside from lessons i have many experiences that you could learn from as well. I am an easy going teacher and mainly want you to enjoy yourself. If you aren't enjoying the lessons, I would rather you find something that you are passionate about. If you want to learn but think it's too hard, let me tell you, that with practice, you can do anything.
I am here to help you no matter what so if you want to learn and are passionate about it, you will learn and I will do everything i can to make that happen. Like I have said to many students: I guarantee that in at least the first month you'll be able to play your favorite song, the second you'll be able to write your own song, and by at least 3 months you could teach the beginners the fundamentals of guitar. Look forward to helping you on this exciting journey of learning an instrument.
Cheers!
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Julian H.

Hayward, CA 94544
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$50 / 60-min

About Lorenzo A.

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San Francisco, CA
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My music lessons are catered specifically to each individual, depending on their level and interests in music, to provide a fun and enriching musical experience.

About Lorenzo
For me, music is about fun, first and foremost.
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Lorenzo A.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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$67 / 30-min

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