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Aaron D.

San Diego, CA
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Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA
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Felipe G.

San Antonio, TX
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Aaron D. San Diego, CA

I specialize in teaching Clawhammer style, but can also teach 3 finger "Scruggs" style as well.

About Aaron

Hello fellow and future musicians, and thanks for checking out my profile! To tell you a little about myself, I was exposed to music at a very young age since my dad was a musician. I first picked up the drums at the age of 5, and took piano lessons for a year when I was 6. I later played the saxophone in 4th grade, and finally discovered the guitar when I was 9. (Ironic since my dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) He showed me my first chords and really got me started on the instrument, and I played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. I really didn't take music seriously until I was in college, and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the ...

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Shannon G. January 28, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
He has great patience and makes the instructions clear. He is very nice and friendly.
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Bella C. November 21, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I took my two boys one is 8 yrs. old and the other one is 14 yrs. old and both they never had any experience on playing the guitar and when they started going with Aaron, my kids where so happy to have a nice and knowledgeable instructor, they do know now how to read notes and they starting to play the guitar. Aaron has a lot of patience when it comes to kids and teenagers that starting to want to play the guitar, Aaron will explain and teach in a manner that kids want to go back the very next day and also teaches on a way it's fun for them and not boring. I will give Aaron 5 stars because he is a great instructor.
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Quynh T. October 19, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We love Aaron! My 9-year-old daughter is taking beginner guitar lessons. He's very patient and teaches at a pace that she's comfortable with. He's helpful in correcting her mistakes and is very encouraging. This has allowed her to grow an abundance of new skills. She also teaches them to me! Through this experience, she has taken a new interest in ukulele as well.

Aaron's very knowledgeable, talented and is accommodating to our busy schedule. Plus he's very funny! I've also learned a lot in this process as an observer. I'd definitely recommend him as a teacher to anyone who is a beginner or would like advance their skills.
Marcus B. Los Angeles, CA

Learn your favorite country songs and have a finger' pick'n good time!

Five String, Four String.

About Marcus

I love playing music, and I've spent my whole life doing it. I am very passionate about sharing my love and deep knowledge of music with others. Let's figure out how you can express your self and learn a great skill through the language of music! *** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass. Electric Bass (rock, funk, soul, pop, etc), and guitar. Long Version: Marcus B. is a performing and teaching artist specializing in acoustic upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and songwriting. Growing up in a musical family, Marcus’ entire life has been intertwined with music. Marcus began performing with his father at the age of four in churches and concert halls, singing and later picking up guitar at the age of 8 and then upright bass at the age of 13. ...

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Diana R. September 30, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am so thankful to have found Marcus as my bass instructor; he is the exact type of teacher I was looking for. His training and love for music were evident upon first meeting him. I have learned so much in the short time I have been taking lessons. He is a very patient and passionate teacher.
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Tyler W. June 17, 2013
Bass Guitar
All around wonderful teacher

Marcus is quite the gifted teacher. By far the best I've had the pleasure to aspire under. He is very easy to understand, and doesn't overwhelm you, taking time on the little things (the most important). He creates an atmosphere that is encouraging to learn in. We all know those teachers that create a stressful environment that inhibits progressive learning, as well as frustration in yourself. Marcus is certainly the opposite. He is also quite easy to communicate with--Creating lesson plans, setting goals, etc... In summation, a professional and a friend I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
Felipe G. San Antonio, TX

I learned to play banjo for my own enjoyment and I can help you do the same. Materials used in lessons will include Hal Leonard publications such as Banjo Method books 1 & 2 and Banjo Aerobics, as well as Mel Bay publications Deluxe Bluegrass Banjo Method and You can Teach Yourself Banjo.

About Felipe

Hello and thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Felipe Garcia and I am a self-taught music teacher. I began teaching music in 2010 and have loved it ever since. I believe learning to play music can be fun and easy, and I work hard to make sure your experience with music is one that will inspire you to keep playing for the rest of your life, for as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “without music, life would be a mistake.” My experience with music began long ago when I begged my parents to buy me a drumset and they finally gave in and bought me one when I was 14. Prior to that, I had no real experience with music except as a listener. I taught myself how to play by playing along with CDs of my favorite bands and eventually I felt like the drums wasn't enough, so I talked my parents into ...

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Carolyn E. January 25, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Felipe has been great. I am learning a challenging new instrument - a 6-string banjo (aka a Banjitar) - which is a banjo/guitar blend. In less than a month I am feeling more confident and comfortable with the instrument. I am looking forward to learning more!
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Amanda M. December 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Felipe has been a fantastic instructor! My son is 4, nearing 5, and like most his age, has a limited attention span. Felipe has been able to keep him engaged and has been extremely flexible and easy to work with. He has introduced my son to not only drums, but also any other instrument he shows an interest in. I highly recommend him.
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Ruth V. November 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Felipe has such a wonderful talent in teaching music to those who seek musical enlightenment. Felipe specializes in finding the method that works best for your learning environment. With Felipe, the learning will never stop!

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI
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Jared J.

Burbank, CA
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Andrew C.

Henderson, NV
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Lyle R. Sun Prairie, WI

About Lyle

- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. - 25 years' teaching and performing experience. - Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical. *** Lesson Details *** I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there. *** Studio Equipment *** Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs. *** Travel Equipment *** Student provides guitar, amp, music stand. I bring laptop and speakers when necessary. *** Specialties *** All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.

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Jen M. February 5, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Good combination of book learnin' and improvisational instruction.
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Katrina G. July 11, 2014
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Lyle is awesome! Lessons are fun and helpful, he focuses on helping you meet your musical goals. I am an adult absolute novice, never played an instrument before, and I feel really good about my progress. If a year ago someone would have asked me "will you ever play an instrument?" I would have said absolutely no and that I didn't think I was even capable of learning an instrument, I considered myself to be very non-musical; but not anymore. 1 star off because we've had a lot of cancellations and reschedules but that's partially my fault as well since our lessons are on Friday nights and he warned me he often plays gigs or has to travel to gigs on that night.
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RAMA S. May 7, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Very Good Teacher

Very cool and has immense patience for my 6 year old son. The right guitar teacher for my son who has questions nonstop.
Jared J. Burbank, CA

I'm comfortable teaching the banjo in a variety of styles but will typically start in Bluegrass. I can teach both Scruggs style finger picking and basic to intermediate Clawhammer. My comfort zone is higher in the Scruggs style of playing however.

I also teach beginning to advanced Irish Banjo, also called the tenor banjo or the plectrum banjo (GDAE Tuning). Though it looks similar to the 5-string bluegrass banjo, the Irish Banjo has only 4 strings and is played with a traditional guitar pick and strummed rather then plucked with individual fingers.

About Jared

I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion. I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory

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Brenda H. February 21, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Jared has such terrific enthusiasm, and brings that to each lesson. He really pushed my daughter to try new music types she wouldn't have normally looked at, yet enjoyed playing. Highly recommend him!
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Will W. February 16, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
I bought a ukulele and tried to teach myself at first but was not very successful. I got a couple of lessons as a Christmas gift and now I can actually play! Jared is a great teacher and can help you with any problems you are having even through the Skype lessons. I'm not going to lie, I was a little apprehensive about taking online lessons at first but I'm really glad I got a chance to take them with Jared, I would highly recommend it to any beginners out there!
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Jill C. January 14, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
This is our first experience with online music lessons. We choose Jared because of the reviews he received from his other students. They were not wrong! Jared is great! He is always on time. He communicates very well. He makes our daughter feel comfortable. He even took the time to write a cello piece for a current Maroon 5 song at our daughter's request. You will not be disappointed if you choose Jared.
Andrew C. Henderson, NV

Beginner to Advanced, from basic setup and tuning of the instrument, to all sorts of playing techniques, to some of the most significant pieces written for the instrument

About Andrew

Andrew is a multi-instrumentalist (with focus on electric, acoustic, and nylon-string guitars) from Pennsylvania that settled in Las Vegas with his wife in late 2013. After completing a music degree in Los Angeles in 2008, he spent one year in L.A., composing music for The Weather Channel (Atlanta Office), and backing a singer-songwriter that performed at venues all over the city and regularly on a few local TV and radio shows. In the summer of 2009 he and two of his fellow graduates began working as orchestra and top-40 band musicians for a well-known cruise line. One contract grew into ten, eventually spanning five years, three cruise lines, and 70 countries spread across five continents, while playing different shows every night, from instrumentalists and singers of every genre, to ...

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Michael P. January 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very nice, great teacher
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Deanna P. December 7, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great time with Andrew, can't wait until my next set of 3 lessons!
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Howard N. July 25, 2014
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
We relate. He is teaching me music theory as well as the instrument. I am well pleased with our sessions.

About Banjo

The banjo is a fabulous instrument which is most commonly used in country and bluegrass music. There are 4-string, 5-string, and even 6-string banjos, all of which are played like a guitar. Though it involves similar guitar playing concepts, playing the banjo has other tricks that are specifically intended for the instrument. In order to make your banjo playing more accurate and distinct, you need to learn all those techniques and technicalities. It will also help if you have music theory to back up your technique. In addition with the supervision of our professional banjo teachers, your study of the instrument will be more holistic and enjoyable. Your banjo instructor will teach you how to read banjo tabs, banjo chords, and tune your banjo, among others. Your instructor should also ...

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