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Albert M.

Highlands, NJ
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Jason M.

San Diego, CA
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David F.

Nashville, TN
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Albert M. Highlands, NJ

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About Albert

Twenty three years of performing and teaching experience. Specialty in Rock, Blues, Finger Style, Country, Folk, Classical, Funk and Punk. Bachelor of Arts in Classical Performance from Fredonia University. Proficient in theory, reading, composition and arranging, songwriting. Recording artist for hire and personal projects. Home studio in Highlands, NJ. My Philosophy - Students First - My main goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which the student can proceed at his/her own pace. Whether you are looking to perform, do studio work, audition, be a songwriter or just learn a few songs for your own enjoyment. I am happy to create a custom program for you. I believe the most fundamental place to begin is with theory. Through a creative, relaxed and patient environment I ...

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Cynthia L. February 21, 2015
I won a few guitar lessons with Albert at a Gift Auction at my son's Elementary School many years ago. Albert was a wonderful teacher who seemed to know how to play any song I suggested and got me motivated to play the guitar again! I then signed both of my kids up with him. They took lessons on and off for many years and today they both sing and play guitar every chance they get. Thank you Albert for introducing them to the guitar and motivating them to play! It is a huge part of their lives!
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Dennis B. December 31, 2014
Guitar · In home
Albert is able to relate to students of all ages, very well and give them a solid foundation. I was eight years old when I began taking lessons from him and he gave me a foundation in Rock, Blues, and Acoustic guitar that has lasted a life time. Albert is a very patient teacher and very talented musician.
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Lynne P. December 9, 2014
Guitar · In home
Albert is an excellent teacher of many styles - I learned classical, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar while working with him. As an older player trying to pick up an instrument again, he made me feel comfortable and much less intimidated at the task. It is true that he is very patient and dedicated to helping you realize your musical goals. I give him my highest recommendation.
Jason M. San Diego, CA

I consider myself a theorist sometimes more than a musician. The studies that I use are a combination of taking songwriting structures and breaking them down so that they make sense to anyone. I teach chord progressions as well as scales and sometimes go a bit off the deep end when I feel students are ready.

About Jason

TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned! Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician. This year Jason was also the Music Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning ...

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Jesse P. April 16, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
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Great instruction the ultimate in patience. He has a way of teaching that really challenged and put me on a great path of learning. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Sidd A. March 26, 2015
Flamenco Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Cool guy, really easy to work with, gifted, and does't waste time.
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Mindy R. February 13, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Jason is a great teacher...patient, helpful and thorough. We recommend him highly!
David F. Nashville, TN

About David

Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. David F. has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do. Scott had this to say about his study with David: "I studied with David for about 8 months. Although proficient on keyboards, a singer and songwriter; I had never learned the guitar. I knew a lot about the guitar by osmosis, but technically was green. David let me look at the guitar in a whole new way, using infinite variations on basic

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Mike L. December 8, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have increased my lesson frequency to two one-hour sessions per week simply because of my progress under David's direction. After only three months of weekly lessons, I can now read music and play while reading. David has introduced me to effective melodic soloing, has significantly improved my understanding of barre chords up and down the fretboard, and has convinced me to abandon "guitaristic" thinking in favor of really understanding the potential of the guitar beyond shape memorization.
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Mike L. September 23, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
For those players serious about music, who are willing to devote the time and attention required to improve, and who appreciate not only learning to play guitar but the theory and history behind the music, David is your man. I have taken lessons in the past, usually consisting of a teacher asking what riffs I wanted to work on that day. Sound familiar? Not David. Within the first two weeks, he has me focused on plucking the strings with more feel, using a pick and fingers simultaneously with my right hand, practicing scales to the tempo of a metronome while using the forwards and backwards technique, etc. He has convinced me that I can become as accomplished a player as I put my mind and heart to. His mantra is to work towards playing at the speed of thought, which, for the first time in my life, looks to be a possibility with time. Thank you, David.
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Lewis G. May 15, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with David. Gave a wealth of info now it's up to me but with his approach I know it will be all good. Have had other teachers but David is not only an accomplished player he is also is able to instruct and teach. Will write again after a few more lessons.
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John S.

Encinitas, CA
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Chicago, IL
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John S. Encinitas, CA

About John

Born in Omaha, NE, I have played bass for 25 years - and began teaching bass 15 years ago. I play and teach many contemporary musical styles, and have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and currently reside in San Diego, California. I began studying Bass in 1987 under guidance of David Valentine and Jim Vaughn (both Principal Bassists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and quickly began performing with the Colorado Springs Community Jazz Big Band, and other local artists and jazz swing small groups. In the early 1990's and after moving to Denver, Colorado, I joined the Neil Haverstick Band which often featured popular area vocalists such as Charla Bevan and others. While with the group, I played the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and opened for ...

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Marcie S. June 4, 2014
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
John is a phenomenal instructor, coach and mentor. He met my son at his level and patiently encouraged him to grow as a musician. His easy-going manner makes him approachable and his vast knowledge, as well as experience, helps the student to expand their musical skills. We like John:)
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SusanS March 27, 2011
John has been great for Cameron (our son) Cameron had to take a break for reahearsals for a musical that he was performing in.
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DanielK January 21, 2011
exactly what I wanted

Great teacher. Tailored the lesson to my wants and needs. Explanations are easy to understand. Just a very relaxed and cool guy. I left my lesson very inspired to practice and meet again.
Val K. Chicago, IL

I've helped a large number of people to get their music theory issues out of their way. Basically I know pretty much all about this subject and have a great, fun and efficient method of teaching it to those who needs it.

About Val

Whether you are an experienced musician or just in the beginning of your educational journey, I perhaps, can help you to advance you potentials and bring your skills to the next level. First and foremost I am an expert in teaching voice. Not many teachers in Chicago have clients that are currently topping Billboard charts and get signed by major record labels. I do!!! I taught in Paris, Barcelona, Dubai and New York and have an extensive experience in working with a wide variety of musical genres including Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Rock, Country, Musical Theatre, Gospel and last but not least Classical, which I can proudly can call my background. Not only I have been continually developing my own art of coaching and excellence of teaching music to others, but also making much needed ...

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frank M. April 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
We're searching for our own voice, for the greatest version of ourselves. With lifelong experience and his own personal library of exercises hardwired into his brain, Val is the perfect instructor to lead us to the promise land. His ability to dissect what is happening inside our vocal instrument is uncanny, and he packs the ability to translate this to the student effectively. Each lesson is customized to the needs of the student, and he also involves music theory when necessary to better help us understand and visualize the task at hand.

In my time spent with Val, I have seen week to week improvements both as a singer and as a song writer. I am grateful to have connected with Val as I am excelling in my craft each day and taking the steps to reach the potential he sees in me as a vocalist and musician.
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Michael C. August 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I started just about 3 months ago. I'm 53 and never sang before. (Mouthed the words when the nuns made the class sing in grade school). I always thought that being a singer was an instinctive talent. Now I believe that with Val's help and guidance I can become a singer. I can feel and hear my voice developing. It will take time, but I have the confidence that it can happen based upon my progress so far.
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Rob C. August 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Val is all you can ask for from a teacher. He challenges you, but still supports you as you learn. It was difficult for me to step in front of someone to sing, but Val has helped me sing more freely. I have been doing lessons for half a year and look forward to improving at each one.
Dvora K. Clifton, NJ

About Dvora

Providing professional instruction for children and adults seeking to learn to play piano/keyboard/guitar and read music, or to train their voice to speak or sing with tonal clarity and ease. PIANO/KEYBOARD/GUITAR - The goal is to become, as quickly as possible, independently capable of playing any type of music and to use the instrument as a means of self-expression. Depending entirely on the person's interest, the skills I foster include sight-reading, improvisation, composition, music theory and an increased awareness of the full spectrum of sound. VOICE COACH -- The body is a living instrument. It personifies everything needed to emit sound -- a soundboard, an equalizer, bellows, pipes and power source. But there are critical skills one must learn to realize the full range and ...

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Sarita C. June 20, 2014
Piano
Taking lessons with Dvora has been a wonderful, esteem-building experience for my children that I highly recommend. Dvora is more than a music teacher. With her gentle and spirited guidance, Dvora teaches how to unlock the music of the soul and allow it to flow through. My son is becoming his own musical genius as Dvora expertly guides him to resonate with the sounds within his heart. At the same time, he is learning to play piano, read notes, and enjoy himself. Every time I walk in to pick him up, he is "performing" in front of an imaginary audience and having a ball. He is free, happy, and totally himself. Amazingly, Dvora is able to tap into every child's unique song and enable them to dance to it. She is a brilliant Light, intuitive, healing, and joyful. Now my other kids are begging to take guitar with her. They think it is just because they want to play guitar. But it is their inner wisdom that is drawing them to her to benefit from her
Presence. And yes, they will also learn to play guitar and feel great about their abilities.
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Paula G. June 20, 2014
Piano
Dvora is a very patient and insightful woman. She worked with my daughter for 1 year and was able to bring out in her some ability to play piano that has stayed with her for many years. Thank you Dvora!
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Jorge L. June 20, 2014
Piano
Dvora is very patient and knowledgeable. I recommend her Music Instruction with confidence.

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How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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Music should be thought of as a language, and in order to speak the language, you should start by gaining a deeper understanding of the basics. That is what learning music theory will do for you. It will help you gain a better understanding of music, no matter how hard the art may be do to define. Essentially music theory attempts to make intangible and abstract concepts more concrete. Some of these concepts include: harmony, melody, rhythm, form, structure, and texture if you gain knowledge about these concepts, you can heighten your awareness and appreciation of music, which many regard as the universal language.

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