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Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Kevin F.

San Diego, CA
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Damien S.

Orlando, FL
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Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA

Both Scruggs 3 finger Bluegrass & Frailing/Clawhammer styles are fun & challenging! No experience necessary!

About Lynn

Your relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique & will  be life long.  I look forward to sharing  your excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend. Whether  you are 5, 25, or  perhaps 75 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.   *** Lesson Details *** In a very calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing' music! You will have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum 3 songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire. We will learn how to 'play well

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Harold W. December 10, 2013
Fiddle
Verified Student
A great teacher

Lynn is a great teacher. Of many that I have had over the years, she is the best, most knowledgeable, and most fun.
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Linda T. February 8, 2013
Verified Student
Why we like our guitar teacher.

Lynn is very understanding and patient when she goes over a lesson. She makes it fun! I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in the guitar.
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DarshelA July 26, 2012
Alice would like you to know that she got thru lesson 13 and will practice today but can't make today's lesson.
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Kevin F.

San Diego, CA

I've been playing the banjo for 10 years and teaching for 4. I've tailored lesson plans for beginners as well as experienced students. I focus on the Bluegrass styles played on the 5-String banjo as well as the techniques used by many of the new popular bands with banjo players.

About Kevin

I have been teaching and performing in the San Diego area for many years and have used that experience to develop lessons for any level of player. My program emphasizes all around musicianship in addition to technical ability. Being a musician is more than simply learning repertoire. I help my students get the skills needed to be capable, independent performers. While studying at UCSD, I was awarded double honors for my work in Guitar Performance and Composition. In 2010, I was given awards for "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior" and "Outstanding Classical Music Performance". In January of this year, my latest ensemble piece "Bell Music" was given its premiere in Zurich, Switzerland by Ensemble TaG. *** Lesson Details *** While I am a very easy going teacher, I do require dedication ...

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Daniel S. January 5, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent Instructor

Kevin has taken my 14yo son from an absolute beginner to a good guitar player. He has been patient and professional all times and my son truly likes him, as do I. I have referred him to several friends now and will continue to do so.
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Delia S. October 30, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Kevin's been working with my 12-year-old son for about 6 months now. My son has learned a lot of new songs and proper playing techniques. Kevin is very professional, reliable, and gets along well with my son. I recommend him!
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Gwynne L. July 26, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
wonderful!

Kevin is very patient, helpful and fun! At 23, I thought I was too old to start learning an instrument and Kevin made me feel comfortable right away. He constantly updated the lesson plan and adjusted it to my skill level.
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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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Nick S. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
If you're looking for someone who will listen to your goals and create a lesson plan to help you achieve them, you've met your match! Great experience so far, looking forward to the next lessons.
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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!

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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Jakob J. May 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent with my 9 year old son!
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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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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!!
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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, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele) 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 ...

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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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