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Popular Online Songwriting Teachers

Brian S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Kevin Z.

Aurora, CO
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO
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Brian S. Los Angeles, CA

In addition to being a guitar player, I am also a songwriter. This gives me a broader perspective in teaching musicians to play guitar. I tailor the lessons to give the student knowledge of playing the guitar and music theory that can be applied to guitar playing, soloing and songwriting.

About Brian

I have been playing guitar for 30 years and teaching for 25 years. I've been featured in Guitar Player magazine (see attached pic). and my live experience includes concerts and tours with various bands (Champagne Francis, Scout), theater (Jersey Boys, Movin' Out, Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and TV performances (Jay Leno, The Today Show). I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I recommend children under 10 start on a fender squire mini electric guitar ($99) For adults, I am able to bring beginner and intermediate guitarists to an advanced level of playing and understanding songwriting, soloing and playing songs with good technique. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your path of learning music and guitar. Thanks! *** Lesson Details *** Each lessons ...

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Michael P. October 5, 2014
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and open to student need.
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Lina L. September 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 10 yr old son has been asking for guitar lessons for a while, I finally looked up teachers on take lessons website through Google search. I decided to go with Brian based on proximity and other reviews. It turns out to be a great decision. He is very patient and good with kids, his suggestion to go with electric guitar to start with really kept my son interested in learning the instrument. His schedule is very full during the weekend, but he is very accommodating to our schedule as well. I would recommend him for parents to at least try out and I am sure you will stay with him once you get to know him.
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Pauline T. February 4, 2014
Guitar
Brian is the best teacher

I cannot say enough good things about Brian. My son has taken lessons for a few months now and he loves it. Brian is patient which is great for new students. He understands a child's temperament, limitations, excitement and greatness. He allows the lesson to flow around your unskilled hand. So, if you makes a 'mistake' he turns it into a song and lesson. Its no longer a mistake but a new chord you have just learned. He is very good at teaching adults and children just the same so if you want to learn w someone extremely knowledgable, caring and patient. He is your man.
Kevin Z. Aurora, CO

Regular lessons are half an hour long. An hour per week is usually required for the student that is studying for competitions or performance. Day times and evenings are available.

Our instruction area is spot on. The bright and large studio provides an exceptional learning environment and contains amplifiers, acoustic, electric and bass guitars. We have the latest technology in keyboards, and the use of drum machines makes the lesson more fun utilizing the feel of being in a band. We are conveniently located just off Hampden Ave. and Tower Rd.

The teaching style is laid back and comfortable. Focus is on teaching students how to teach themselves
The basics: music theory, music reading, chords, chord progressions, melody, harmony, technique etc...

Don't look too hard for a teacher now, you've already found him. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and contact TakeLessons already. It's all about having fun with music, so come on over, and let's rock.

About Kevin

* Are you a person who wants to rock the guitar, but only gains approval from your dog? * Do you already have a nice foundation and now want to strengthen your basic skills as a musician? * Are you a professional guitarist that needs that "added touch" to take your playing from brilliant to virtuoso? If you fall into any of these categories, let me introduce myself... My name is Kevin. I am a very energetic, friendly, understanding and passionate music coach who has worked with students and clientele from many different regions around the world. Possessing more than 25 years of music training and industry experience, I've been able to take people's playing to amazing levels. I love getting to know people and challenging my students to view music more than just a ...

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Megan F. February 4, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Very helpful with tips and tricks for a beginning student.
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Mark A. July 11, 2014
Electric Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Kevin is not only a virtuoso performer, he is an excellent teacher, presenting challenging yet achievable material at the appropriate level for the learner.
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AltheaB May 30, 2012
This is my grandson's first 3 months with Kevin.Kevin is very laid-back and his cool looks makes my pre-teen grandson want to learn from him, which is important. Sometimes, Kevin's critique is unclear and his verbal follow up instructions don't match his written instructions. All and all, he might be prefect for my grandson, who is also very laid-back. Two laid-back peolple might not be a good combination. It could be that my grandson would learn more from someone who is a little more structured. I thought about trying a different teacher but my grandson seems to like Kevin and he is learning to play, which is the bottom line. So, we will stick with Kevin for now.
S. Parker G. Denver, CO

Learning to write songs is an integral part of my method, for every student. Understanding song structure, learning to count measures in songs, analyzing phrasing (patterns in chords and melody), and basic lyric analysis are all a part of this process. Putting what you learn together in your own voice is the fun part!

About S. Parker

Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had. -Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver -Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston -Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005) -Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013) -Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble -Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls -Creator of "Strum by Strum" -Takelessons teacher since 2008 *** Lesson Details *** The ...

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Eli M. December 1, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have only had three lessons so far, but Parker has been very easy to work with. I am sure that I present a challenge as far as structuring a lesson program. I am an older student (late 60's), I had some formal music training learning to play the accordion when I was young, but I am entirely self taught on guitar. I played guitar for several years when I was in my late teens, & picked it up again about 8 or nine months ago.
Consequently, I am all over the map in terms of my capabilities. Advanced beginner or intermediate in some technical areas, but with major gaps in my understanding of both theory and technique, Parker has done a nice job initially of not spending too much time on things I already know, but still covering enough of the basics with me to identify gaps in my abilities that need to be strengthened. I have enjoyed my sessions, and the pace has been about right so far.
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Anthony G. July 8, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely knowledgeable, and best of all: he knows good tricks to teach you the content. He's done this for years and will serve you well. He can occasionally get sidetracked/off-topic, but it serves to provide insight into other aspects of the lesson and doesn't detract from the content. Overall, I'm very happy continuing lessons with him! :)
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Chip M. June 2, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Enjoying my lessons and teaching style a lot. Parker has given me a new way to look at the guitar.

Jason M.

San Diego, CA
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Nashville, TN
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Poulsbo, WA
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Jason M. San Diego, CA

I started writing songs at age 7. I recorded my first song at age 16. I use theory and chord progressions with my instrumental students to help develop their own style sometimes by only adding suggestions. I teach a rock camp in the summertime where kids age 7-15 come out and learn to write original music and perform it on stage in only a week.

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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Mindy R. February 13, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Jason is a great teacher...patient, helpful and thorough. We recommend him highly!
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Diana C. December 19, 2014
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Jason is a great teacher! Very prompt and professional with our lessons. He's extremely knowledgeable, not only about the particular instrument, but with music and theory as well. I would highly recommend!
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Beth J. October 29, 2014
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Jason has been teaching my son for about 6 weeks now. My son head dyslexia and other special needs that make learning difficult. Jason has done a wonderful job teaching and sparking my child's joy in music! Excellent teacher. Highly recommended.
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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Jonah D. Poulsbo, WA

About Jonah

Hello prospective students!!! My objective as a teacher is to impart what I've learned over the past 14 years as a professional drummer to students of all ages. All I require is that you have the desire to learn how to play drums!!! I focus on Technique, Theory, Improvisation, Style and most importantly Groove. Major Accomplishments: As an Educator: I have taught as a substitute for numerous music schools through out NJ, most notably at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey under Rodam Schwartz where I taught Jazz Drum Set, Piano and Brazilian Percussion. I have also conducted clinics in the states and in South Africa. I am currently stationed in WA. with Navy Band North West. As a Touring Professional Drummer: I have toured throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, ...

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PattieDanC March 6, 2014
Fantastic drum teacher

Jonah was very patient with our 8 yr old son who had absolutely no prior experience in music at all. Jonah was very adaptable to the needs and skill level of our son. Our son came out of every lesson inspired to practice, and with the desire to be like Jonah one day. Jonah is not just an awesome instructor, he's very knowledgeable in every aspect related to drums. And finally, Jonah can really wail on the drum set!
Very cool, first music experience for our son.
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TimW December 5, 2011
Great Teacher!

I learned a lot from Jonah, who was very patient with my slow progression. I would highly recommend him!
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BillP1 November 19, 2011
Very helpful with developing independence and keeping in the groove.

About Songwriting

Have you always wanted to write a song, perhaps for a loved one, but simply could not figure out the basic elements required to write a catchy song? As a lyricist, inspiration can be come at any time and can be found in many places. Songwriting lessons are unique in that they will help you identify these moments of inspiration with tips and tools from professional songwriting instructor. Lessons can help you learn how to write a hit song, or simply provide you with a wonderful creative outlet. If you’re interested in songwriting music lessons can help expose you to songwriting workshops, resources, contests, techniques, and tips on how to get you or your child started writing a song. Our lessons will help students understand the structure of songs, and from there transform them from the ...

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