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Eric L.

Oviedo, FL
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Richard C.

Irvine, CA
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Damien S.

Orlando, FL
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Eric L. Oviedo, FL

About Eric

Eric comes from a family of musicians. He began guitar lessons at age five as the Beatles were invading the American music scene. Growing up in New Jersey, Eric performed in rock bands until becoming interested in classical guitar. With New York City only a short bus ride away, he spent as much time as possible in the city, studying guitar with Russian born Classical Guitarist, Dr. Alexander Bellow, and Jazz Legend "Bucky" Pizzarelli. During this time he attended recitals of such notables as Andre Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams. Being immersed in this musical scene inspired him to make music his life. Eric earned a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, where he studied under the direction of guitar pedagogue, ...

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Kristi O. April 10, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great experience as Eric's student. He is highly knowledgeable as a guitar teacher and I have loved learning classical technique from him. And I'm kind of picky, since I already have a degree in music and am also a music teacher! He has really helped me broaden my skills as a guitarist and I can highly recommend him as a teacher for all kinds of guitar styles.
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Kevin C. December 18, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Eric is a very good teacher. I have no experience in music at all and his instruction offered a nice mix of basic music knowledge and uke specific teaching. In a short time he showed me a variety of playing techniques for the uke that gives me a lot to strive for while offering exercises and instruction for me to work on that will help me steadily improve.
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Coen G. September 2, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Eric has been really helpful in my learning experience. My schedule requires flexibility in scheduling and Eric has been great!
Richard C. Irvine, CA

Lean how to play bluegrass banjo including melody and finger picking. Also "Clawhammer" techniques.

About Richard

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California. *** Lesson Details *** Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what ...

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David Z. July 3, 2014
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Richard is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable
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Rob H. May 7, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Professional and patient with kids!

Mr. Richard, as we call him, has been fantastic with my 7 year old son. His early recommendations maximized my son's guitar interaction and the visible (audible?) progress being made actively encourages practice at home.

Mr. Richard is able to give simplified homework that my son can understand. As opposed to "practice for 20 minutes per day", Mr. Richard was able to identify what works with my son's personality and established practice criteria that was much more effective.
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Cristina I. March 11, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great lessons

I learned a lot in just a few lessons. I enjoy taking lessons from Richard. He is professional, knowledgable & on time.
Damien S. Orlando, FL

I have been teaching for over 10 years. My goal is to get my students quickly able to play, learn what they want to learn and have fun.

About Damien

Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, and performing live. *** Lesson Details *** Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. ...

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Lisa M. April 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I got a guitar at Christmas along with a book on how to play. In just two lessons I have learned so much from Damien that I never got out of the book. He is a good teacher and has a great personality.
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Adam W. August 26, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great great teacher!!! Excellent for all kinds of music lessons! Very knowledgeable, getting this teacher is like you are paying one price for all different kinds of music related lessons! Defiantly worth to give it a try! I've learned a ton of stuff through out my 12 lessons with him, doesn't really matter whither it's guitar or theory related stuff, he knows them all!!! Give him a try! and you will be amazed!
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Victoria W. June 11, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Damien's love of music fortifies his abilities to share what is possible in his students' achievements; me included! For over a year I have pursued learning banjo, which Damien's encouragement through patient teaching, has fulfilled my goal of being comfortable with this difficult instrument. Thank you, Damien, for believing anyone can try to learn something new, even at seventy-two!

Lyle R.

Sun Prairie, WI
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Steve G.

Pompano Beach, FL
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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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Adam K. March 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Lyle has been a great instructor so far. He has taught me how to think about and practice guitar better. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he shares in an easy-going way. I feel better prepared and confidant that I can reach my desired skill level, rather than it seeming like a fantasy. Highly recommended.
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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.
Steve G. Pompano Beach, FL

Beginning lessons include note recognition, finger positions,scales, and chords, and progresses up to strumming, frailing, and rolls with the right hand. Strumming with the hand and with fingerpicks is also covered. All geared to get you up and making music ASAP!

About Steve

Music has been a part of my life for over 4 decades. I stepped onstage when I was 15, and have been active in the music business ever since. I was raised in the New York / New England area, and played in many bands in the 70's and 80's, most notably the band AVALON. I moved to Florida in the late 80's and began to develop a one man show, using the emerging technology available. I called the show YIN YANG, the infinite possibility of Music. I chose the name, as it is the Oriental symbol for balance, and used it to represent the balance between the electric and acoustic, and the technology of today with the classic music from yesterday. Midi guitar and guitar synthesis became my trademarks as I pushed the boundaries of how I could express myself on the guitar. Being able to play sax, ...

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George K. April 6, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Steve G: A Superb Instructor

I'm a student of Steve G.'s and am in my 40's. I had previously taken classical piano lessons from the age of 7 until 18, but I wanted to try my hand at guitar. Having come from a long line of teachers in my own family, I am well acquainted with the great (but often under-appreciated) skill it requires to be a quality instructor of any kind. A superb instructor (like Steve G.) should possess the following qualities:

1. Patient: Prodigies or masters of their art often lack the ability to convey their ability on a small scale to their pupils. Steve is an amazing performer and artist, and yet he is humble enough to walk alongside you, particularly when you are establishing the fundamentals of guitar technique. He will find the areas that need work and allow you to see how a small amount of persistence can result in large gains.

2. Encouraging: Steve is always optimistic. You can feel his passion for music in every word he speaks. He has the rare gift of making you see the flashes of your own talent, and he will help you build on those. He will not only help you figure out ways to overcome your obstacles in playing, but he will also deepen your appreciation of the instrument itself. He even went with me to the store to pick out an awesome acoustic guitar!

3. Individualizing: Steve doesn't have a once-size-fits-all method of teaching. He is a very keen and observant instructor who will challenge you based on your progress as well as your natural abilities. He will get to know you as a human being and as a budding artist. He will find ways to allow you to take your own inspirations and use them to drive you forward in your musical exploration.

4. Exemplary: Steve has tremendous integrity, not only as an artist but also as a professional instructor. He is also a tremendous guitarist with a broad repertoire, and watching him play will motivate you to become even better.

I hope this review is helpful to anyone who is considering taking lessons. Sign up with Steve and you won't regret it! Good luck on your journey!
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Susan S. December 23, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
You make lessons fun....

From age 6 until high school I took piano lessons. But guitar was always an unexplored desire. I started taking lessons with Steve a few weeks ago. From the very beginning he has been just so easy and comfortable to work with. He willingly adapts his style of coaching to my specific needs as a student, learner and musician. He's so strong in his fundamentals that I can pick the music and he builds lessons around my choices. Really makes me look forward to my own practicing and even more to my next lesson. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Steve, for bringing music back into my life.
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Stephanie F. December 5, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
THE BEST MUSIC TEACHER EVER!!!

I have been wanting to learn how to play the ukulele for the past two years, but I have been too shy to take lessons because I was scared I would be judged. I finally got the courage to put all my fears aside. I am extremely glad I did, and I was so happy to find Steve as my music teacher. He is very down to earth and never judges. He is very understanding and teaches me at my level. When he sees me getting nervous, he always tells me ," Relax, this is fun.' He makes me feel very comfortable. I'm not scared to ask him questions, or to learn from him. He is always giving me compliments on how I am improving. I believe he is the best music teacher ever, and I wouldn't ask for anyone else!!
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.

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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 provid
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