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Scott G.

Silver Spring, MD

As a professional musician of 45 years I have the ability to guide anyone and help them focus on their musical goals
For beginners the basics of rhythm, musical styles and practical fretboard knowledge are essential.
For more intermediate and advanced students we will pursue more technical styles as such as Funk, Rock, Jazz and Classical repertoire depending on the students needs or desires.
My goal is to have my students playing quickly and understanding what it is they are trying to accomplish

About Scott

A native of Washington DC, Scott has performed for over 45 years in various shows, bands & theaters. He has worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Modernaires; The Peter Duchin Orchestra; The Ink Spots; The Tokens; Rory (Disney Channel); Charlie Byrd; Susannah McCorkle; Keely Smith & John Colianni (accompanist for Mel Torme) to name a few.
He has also toured for the USO with Miss USA in Europe 85’ (With an 18 year old Halle Berry) and Miss USA in Central America 86’.
Besides playing a in few theater pits, Scott has also performed on the stage as a musical character in the Kennedy Cen
ter’s ‘92 production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes”, taking the role of inbred “Eddie” to new lows.
In 2005, upon the return of guitarist Dan Hovey from a NY career joined with drummer John Zidar to form Gigahertz [GHz]. The trio was an effort to reconnect with the music he grew up with. The band quickly became a known entity on the DC music scene.
Currently he is in his 15th year as a member of the Adjunct Jazz Faculty of Montgomery College, MD teaching electric bass and converting his students to upright bass players.
As a versatile musician, Scott is constantly changing hats to survive in an ever changing music climate and continues to work as a
full time musician in and around the Washington DC area. He has developed a reputation as a go to guy subbing for bands when they need
someone who can walk in and get the job done.
Besides teaching at Montgomery College and privately, he owns a recording studio making demos for local groups and also creates sheet
music for bands and singers.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am more than a teacher, I am a musical coach. I will offer exercises that will stimulate your musical creative juices. I quickly assess my students strong and weak points and guide the student how to become a balanced player. Emphasis on rhythm is always important. Whatever genre you wish to study I can guide you through the channels to reach your musical dreams.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro-tools Recording studio
Fender deluxe hot rod amp for guitar
Fender Super Champ amp for guitar
Mark bass amp 1x12
Mark bass amp 2x6
Genz Benz shuttle 9 bass head
Genz Benz Uber cab. 4x10
Genz Benz bass cab' 2x10
Electro voice PA system.
Rogers Drum kit
Kurzweil Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Anything needed including amps, music, cables, books, metronome, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, dixieland, swing, bebop, contemporary and smooth.
Rock old school and contemporary
Folk and country


Tim September 12, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Scott has changed the way I play music for the better. He is able to give me so many helpful and actually practical exercises that improve my technique so much. He is able to point out the your flaws and work with you, while keeping his lessons interesting and useful. With years of experience on his belt, he can teach you what you need in an efficient and respectful manner. On top of that, he is a pretty cool person. Definitely worth looking into taking lessons if you are searching for a teacher who works hard to improve technique.
Bomi S. September 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a fun first lesson. I look forward to the next one.
Nick August 24, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Scott is not only an incredible bassist and musician, but he is an passionate and willing teacher. He was able to tell right away what my strengths and weaknesses were as a musician, and he began to strengthen my weak points while improving my strong points as soon as the first lesson. No teacher in the past has been able to push my musical boundaries the way Scott has, and he has always found a way for me to understand even the most complex musical ideas. He has many years of experience to call upon as he teaches, and he never fails to show his wisdom.
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Scott G.

Scott G.

Silver Spring, MD 20902
starting at
$60 / 60-min

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD

About Aleksis

My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed
with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
basement, digital piano, acoustic/electric guitars, speakers, amps, microphones, recording equipment, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.


Lane Hornfeck September 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Awesome first lesson! Am so excited we found Mr. B! Thank you!!
Ethan G. June 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Aless really seemed to connect with our son. Will be looking forward to see how continued lessons go.
Lethe L. May 14, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really great teacher! :)
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Aleksis B.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
starting at
$31 / 30-min

Mandel L.

Germantown, MD

For the beginner we start learning immediately, by choosing what
bass and why. The different methods of sitting with the guitar, as well as standing.We then go over tuning your instrument, these things make us more familiar with the instrument. We then learn new songs by playing either chords (harmony) or melodic lines, (melodies or scales). The beginner will also learn to use "proper technique" which includes playing on fingertips, thumb placement for the fretting hand and other approaches. The picking hand techniques include and are not limited to finger picking, or the use of the plectrum.

For intermediate player it's all about theory and practice. This level of student will learn scale and chordal theory, and apply them to existing songs as well as learning the new songs with the theory in mind. More advanced picking techniques and the ability to know when to use what picking approach when reading the the rhythm figures on the staff. Knowledge of song composition is ...

About Mandel


Music Instructor and Performer

Germantown MD. Career Objective

Contribute to the success and direction of dedicated musicians, of all ages and levels, by encouraging and engaging them into learning to play music, entailing the presentation of music through listening, reading sheet music, and performing alone and in group settings.


I've preformed music since age of 5, studied music from age of 26. I am a seasoned technically trained experienced musician. Talented in most styles of popular music, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock, Blues. I have outstanding people ski
lls, including strong written and oral communications. I have conceived of, pioneered and advanced theory and practice techniques in the application of "The New Intervallic Cite Reading Approach" which reduces the time it takes to learn and advance proficient reading of the musical staff.

Professional skills

I've developed and spearheaded a music curriculum at The House of Khamit in Washington DC., this was the largest and oldest cultural store that Washington D.C. had to offer as of 3/12/12.

Organize and direct student bands, for performing at recitals', and other small events.

I've been teaching guitar, bass and music theory for well over the last 15 years, often in group or band settings, as well as individual classes. All ages are preferred.

A brief summery of my curriculum includes (not in any particular order), picking out an instrument, learning to sit or stand with the instrument. Learning a simple complete song. Learning the notes while learning how to finger the instrument while learning the scale and a simple melody all in the first position, in short multi-tasking the first five frets. Learning note values. Playing complete songs with chord charts, then playing by reading staff. Playing complete melodies. More left hand fretting and right hand picking technique with and or without a plectrum. Ear and rhythm training.
Music history, as it pertains to Spanish, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, also the history of the origins of techniques as it pertains to individual artist that advanced the genres.
Transcribing music for use in sight reading in different keys.

Employment History

"Bravo Music Lessons" from 2/07/09 to present.

"Arena Sound" Arlington Va. 4/10/2008 to present.

"The House of Khamit" Washington DC. from 4/12/05 to the 3/13/12.

"B Sharp C Natural" from 01/01/98 I have been training students under this name for over 10 years, this is my trade name.

I perform at various, events mostly as a solo artist, at coffee houses, bookstores weddings, and small events, private parties.


I continue to study, and practice music, for myself my students and fans. With no "formal" music education, I am well acquainted with pedagogy of the guitar and bass, song structure, and also the techniques which are in demand and specific to the instruments of guitar and bass.

My training includes an in depth knowledge and understanding of music theory, as it is applied to many styles of music, mostly in the tradition and direction of Jazz and Jazz improvisation.

References Available Upon Request

*** Lesson Details ***
A brief summery of my curriculum includes (not in any particular order), picking out an instrument, learning to sit or stand with the instrument. Learning a simple complete song. Learning the notes while learning how to finger the instrument while learning the scale and a simple melody all in the first position, in short multi-tasking the first five frets. Learning note values. Playing complete songs with chord charts, then playing by reading staff. Playing complete melodies. More left hand fretting and right hand picking technique with and or without a plectrum. Ear and rhythm training.
Music history, as it pertains to Spanish, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, also the history of the origins of techniques as it pertains to individual artist that advanced the genres.
Transcribing music for use in sight reading in different keys.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Custom SG Epiphone, Boogi Man limited Epipnone, Washburn J6, and several others. Two Fender P basses and one Epiphone. Twin speaker 212 Crate guitar amp, Fender half stack, a crate practice amp, these are what i use for the guitar. For the bass i Use a Hartke bass 12 inch woofer bass amp. Foot pedals include Zoom kidney.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I like to travel light, when I do I'll take the Taylor Big Baby with me. If I travel heavy then it's the Fender Steel resonator guitar the FR 48 I prefer going Acoustic for the cozy feel. I have many other guitars these are my preference. sometimes I'll mike the Fender as in the video "Blast To Future/Half Mile Of Sound, with a blow horn, it really gets a half mile of sound when I hit it right.

My electric set up can go from Epiphone SG's or John Lee Hooker's signature series to the Washburn J6 connected to a Fender half stack or a twin speaker Crate 212 amp. I like it loud.

I use zoom pedals.

*** Specialties ***
My main specialty beyond all else is the ability to improvise and hear the specifics of a piece of music and adapt, often times playing full verses of music on the first or second approach after only hearing it once.

Adaptation of reading in real time with my "Intervallic Sight Reading Method.

It's all music, all day and all night. I am well versed in most of the popular styles, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Latin. I've developed "The New Intervallic Site Reading Approach" which drastically reduces the time it takes to read the staff.


Rick S. October 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Awesome instructor!! knows his stuff and conveys well! I would strongly recommend Mandel to any guitarist looking to move up to the next level.
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Mandel L.

Mandel L.

Germantown, MD 20876
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Joe B.

Washington, DC

Additional Bass Techniques:


About Joe

RockMeGuitars is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass.

Our desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority.

The Method

1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten.

Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression.
They can be used as a w
ay to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move.

"Music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective."

In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such.

Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long.

Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it.

"You were allowed to make mistakes."

You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled!

Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation.

To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals.

If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language.
Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family.

Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass:

In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes.

Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis.

Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own.

Music comes from the musician, not the instrument.

2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines.

Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.

The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument.
You will play your favorite songs.
You will learn a new technique every month.
Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started.
Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen....

You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable.

If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up.

3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track.

The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size.
For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise:

You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way.

These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs.

"If music is a language. You should never stop talking."

Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say.
Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say.
A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet.
Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down.
In my eyes the approach to music should be the same.

After all, music is a language too.

Let's Play & Grow Together.


$5 Monthly - Group Session (Student comes to me)

$20 Monthly - Small Band Session (Student comes to me)

$30 Private Lessons 60 Minutes (I will go to student's home)

Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals.

The Essentials/Techniques Plus:

Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Notes Chords Scales

Palm mutes
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Scales and modes
Changing strings

Additional Bass Techniques:


Advanced Players:

Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends
Two hand tapping
Articulation and phrasing
Pinch harmonics
Extended harmonies
Hybrid techniques
Advanced chords


Jillian Newby September 30, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son just finished his 3rd lesson with Joe and it has been going well. He is patient with him and has been teaching him the basics. He switches back and forth between acoustic guitar and Rocksmith ( electric guitar). My son is really liking it and Joe is also very personable.
Daniel M. September 14, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We were thoroughly impressed by Joe's approach to teaching music. He has a holistic approach that includes explaining how music relates to someone's ability to express his or herself. He also spends time explaining how guitar (lead) relates to the other instruments within a band. Then he proceeded to use RockSmith to help my son finally nail those cords, which he successfully did after a few tries. We are enthusiastic about our son continuing his musical journey with Joe.
sanjay P. July 24, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
my son had his first guitar session with Mr. Joe today and he was all excited and happy and was saying why did not we find him earlier, I liked the way he went about it and showed my son how to use Rocksmith on XBOX , my son already use and play games on XBox and using Rocksmith for learning guitar was a great idea, Mr Joe showed him how to use it and gave instructions to prepare his first lesson for next week. He also have a weekly get together for kids to play in public that will help kids to show off their skill to outside world. looking forward to more classes with him
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Joe B.

Joe B.

Rockville, MD 20850
starting at
$30 / 60-min

John J.

Damascus, MD

Hello I offer hands on one on one bass guitar lessons, with an emphasis on getting you up and playing your instrument with the basics and begin learning/playing songs that you want to play within the reason of your abilities as you grow the craft of playing the bass guitar.

About John

Hello I offer hands on one on one guitar and bass guitar lessons, with an emphasis on getting you up and playing your instrument with the basics and begin learning/playing songs that you want to play within the reason of your abilities as you grow the craft of playing your instrument. I also offer instruction in the fields of Audio/MIDI Digital Recording, and Synthesizer programming. Additionally I have also directed and performed with performance workshop bands ie. School Of Rock type of bands.
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John J.

John J.

Damascus, MD 20872
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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