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Dan G.

Grass Valley, CA

About dan

Hi!
I have studied, performed and taught the violincello (the cello), electric bass and contra-bass (acoustic, upright or double bass) for over two decades. I have played in symphonies, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, rock , blues , R&B, funk, and bluegrass bands, jazz combos, and Indian kirtan ensembles, performing everything from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. Among numerous outstanding players and teachers, I have studied with Cameron Sawzin of the Boston Virtuosi as well as with renowned bassist Victor Wooten at his camp in Tennessee and California.

I take an intuitive approach to my lessons, focusing on the feel and tone of the music. I have found this to be the fastest and most effective way for my students to learn. I also put emphasis on technique, specifically healthy posture and body alignment in relation to your instrument.
You should take lessons with me if you want to realize your dream of becoming a great auditory artist . I never employ pressure tactics with my students. I only facilitate inspiration, knowledge and understanding. I love teaching and sharing the Joy of music with others. Working with music for so many years I have become aware of the fears in our society surrounding playing music and learning a new instrument. I help my students to see through these fear-based thought patterns compassionately and patiently so that they can truly Make Their Musical Dreams Come True. All ages welcome. It is never too early or too late to start!

Cheers, Daniel
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Chengjin Z. May 20, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great experience learning drum with Dan.I have zero experience with drum, I asked Dan to help me play a song based on the video I like, he figured out how the drummer did it right away and taught me different style of playing it.
He is very patient and professional on what he is teaching. He knows how to help me to process different drum beats on my own pace, and encourage me to try out new things in each lesson. After taking his class, I enjoy playing and practicing drum on my spare time.
I am very happy to learn drum from Dan, and recommend him to people who is interested in learning or improving their music skills.
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Mia R. July 14, 2014
Cello · In studio
I would highly recommend Daniel! He has a true gift for teaching in a way that supports students to blossom in their own unique way. A deep listener with a talent for finding what lights up each person's musical inspiration; Daniel is patient, supportive, and a talented musician. I left lessons feeling inspired to practice instead of obligated to. Best teacher I ever had!
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Ben M. March 28, 2014
Bass Guitar
Finally a teacher I can learn from!

Dan came over to my apt and was very polite and a good listener. I told him what I wanted to learn and the types of music I liked. We talked for a bit and I instantly felt comfortable. After a good laugh we launched right in! I found his teaching style to be invigorating! We "jammed" on the first chord pattern he showed me and it actually sounded good. After a few more tricks I was hooked. I left my first session with Dan feeling not only inspired, but also informed. I had material to practice. Dan is a very fun, smart, broadly trained talent to learn from. I highly recommend him. A true musician!
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Dan G.

Grass Valley, CA 95945
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Anne R.

Placerville, CA

About Anne

Anne has some 25 years of teaching experience and would love to help you get started learning to play the harp, or help you continue on your harp adventures if you have had some previous lessons and experience. And, you can now take lessons from Anne no matter where you live in the world--Take lessons from Anne via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangout!

Here is what Anne can help you learn:

Proper hand technique
Sight reading skills
Improvisation skills
Music theory
Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and all kinds of tunes
Arranging music for the harp
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ccompaniment skills
Performance skills
And much more!

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps.

Take lessons online at her studio in South Lake Tahoe, California, or at Main Street Music store in Placerville, California.

FAQs:

Do I need to have any musical experience to learn to play the Celtic harp?

It's not necessary to have any prior musical background before embarking on harp lessons. If you have never taken up an instrument before, Anne will teach you harp technique and how to read music, too. It's a plus if you have some past musical experience, because you'll already know the rudiments of reading sheet music. Anne teaches from ages 7 and up. If your child is younger than 7 and anxious to play the harp, get them started on the piano first. This way, when they come to Anne at an older age, they will already know how to read music (harp sheet music and piano sheet music look alike).

Is the harp difficult to learn?

It's no more difficult to learn than any other instrument. If you really want to learn and you practice, you'll learn quickly. It's all about motivation.

Do I need to own a Celtic harp to learn to play?

For online lessons, you'll need to have your own harp. You can also buy a harp from Anne. She uses Triplett Harps as rentals, can help you get started on a rent-to-own harp, and is an authorized dealer if you decide you want to purchase a harp in the future. (Note: Anne only rents to students taking lessons from her in her studio. Rentals are not available to students taking online lessons.)

What does Anne teach?

Anne assesses your goals and your experience before designing a learning path that is right for you. For this reason, her lessons are always one-on-one and not taught in a group fashion. Of course, parents are welcome to sit in on their child's lesson. Here is what Anne can help you learn: • Proper hand technique • Sight reading skills • Improvisation skills • Music theory • Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and all kinds of tunes • Arranging music for the harp • Accompaniment skills • Performance skills And much more! Anne studied under Sylvia Woods and teaches her method for Celtic harp. If you are serious about playing the concert harp instead, in an orchestra for instance, Anne can recommend other teachers who can school you in classical harp method. If you're not sure what your goals are, the Sylvia Woods method will help prepare you for the concert harp if you wish to take it up down the line.

What is Anne's experience?

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne also studied professional stage performance with Ed Hooks (San Francisco, CA) and at the Living History Centre (Novato, CA). Anne applied her formal training to teaching music for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She continues to work with students presenting educational demonstrations for school assemblies. Anne has given workshops to students in the Sacramento Waldorf School, El Dorado Union School District, Merced Union High School District, and Minden Elementary School. She has taught harp since 1987, offering educational demonstrations, focused workshops, and taking on private students.
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Alexandria November 21, 2015
Harp · In studio
I started lessons with Anne as a beginner harp student with about a year of prior experience. Anne helped me to get through Sylvia Wood's "Teach Yourself" book and I am now at an intermediate level. Lessons were enjoyable and relaxed while still being focused and informative. I am very happy with the progress I have made with Anne and would recommend her as a teacher.
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Wanda November 21, 2015
Harp · In studio
I'm the person Fred is referring to. I have Anne to thank for making my dream of learning to play the harp a reality. I rented a harp from Anne and took lessons every 2 weeks. Her lessons were progressive making it easy to learn the next step (as long as I practiced). Soon I was playing real songs! Anne was patient, understanding, and knowledgeable not only about playing the harp and proper technique, but also about feeding and care of the harp and performance. While Anne is a professional (and a Grammy winner), she is also down to earth with a ready smile and laugh. If you have an interest in learning to play the harp, I highly recommend Anne!
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Fred November 21, 2015
Harp · In studio
When I was nursing a patients wife brought in her harp and played. I was so impressed with the soothing sound I asked her where she learned. She got me in contact with Ann and I started taking lessons. Having studied music I learned quickly. Yet I must say Ann is an excellent teacher. She is patient, encouraging and supportive. Clearly she is capable of teaching any one at any age. If you are interested in learning this most beautiful of instruments I highly recommend Ann your teacher. You will not be disappointed. You will also be very proud at what you will be able to learn in such a short time. This is also something you will have for a life time.
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Anne R.

Placerville, CA 95667
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Alexander S.

Rocklin, CA

About Alexander

I've been a personal academic tutor since August of 2013 specializing in basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, and algebra 2 as well as English and German. I also love teaching music. I specialize in ukulele and guitar and have been playing guitar since I was 15 and picked up the ukulele at 18. I have experience teaching people of from 8 - 70 years old and with a wide range of backgrounds, needs, and goals.

A little about myself. I was born and raised in the Sacramento area. I have 3 younger siblings ranging from 10 to 12 years younger than me, so I have experience teaching younger children a
s well. One of my sisters is special needs with autism and mild CP. I understand the difficulties children with special needs can face in school especially in math and language arts. I am currently studying at Sierra college with a major in computer science. I love teaching and learning and helping people succeed. There is no greater accomplishment than helping someone go from staring blankly at the task in front of them, to them suddenly grasping it, sharing in their success and sense of accomplishment is magical.
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Liam T. February 3, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Alex is so patent with Liam. He works with him in a way that keeps Liam interested.
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Dylan T. January 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Alex was great my son Dylan really liked him . I felt like Dylan connected with him and was excited when he came home and started practicing right away. David Thieman
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Rick C. January 18, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Having a lot of fun.
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Rocklin, CA 95677
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sunnie W.

Rocklin, CA

About Sunnie

Sunnie had a humble start growing up in the small town of Grass Valley, CA northeast of Sacramento where throughout grade school she was a dedicated member of the choir. She went on to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts degree program for music at California State University, Sacramento. During her higher education, Sunnie supported herself by working at Starbucks Coffee Company where she's held a position for six years. At the same time, she worked hard to engrain herself into the vibrant music scene throughout the Greater Sacramento area.

After graduating in December 2013 at the age of 23,
she immediately enrolled in the Commercial Recording program at American River College in Sacramento. At the same time, Sunnie embarked on a six-month long internship at Sacramento's J Street Recorders under the supervision of owner/operator Brian Wheat, bassist for the internationally acclaimed rock band Tesla. She assisted in the recording of Tesla's latest album, Simplicity, and earned an assistant engineer album credit.

Additionally in early 2014, Sunnie was hired as a lead vocalist in Sacramento's most well-known and active entertainment band, the award winning Hip Service. With the group, Sunnie has performed for thousands of people throughout the country. She has performed along-side renowned artists such as Juan Escovedo and Naughty by Nature. Her past audiences include Condeleezza Rice, Google and the City of Sacramento. Never one to be complacent, Sunnie is also an avid songwriter and has worked with several local and regional producers to record and release her original work.

Currently, Sunnie is gigging with Hip Service, teaching voice to her own roster of private students, and finishing the last semester for her degree in Commercial Recording. She is looking forward to seeing where her music will take her this year through her work as a performer, engineer, songwriter, and vocal instructor.

Sunnie truly understands the importance of healthy, accurate singing when it comes to live performance and uses this as an underlying theme in every lesson she gives. She also emphasizes artistry and expression so that her students are not only singing in a healthy way but they are making art at the same time!
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Olga January 18, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She was great! Looking forward to my next lesson! Can't wait! 😁
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Loyce S. December 21, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
It is important for me as a student to be heard and I found Sunnie to be a great listener. She was punctual, warm, sincere and friendly. I also appreciated the atta girl encouragement Sunnie provided and the emphasis on the positive. I shall look forward to growing my voice with Sunnie's guidance.
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Lawrence December 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Sunnie is a delight and my daughter has learned a lot from her. Her strongest asset is she takes her time and fully explains everything. I would strongly recommend Sunnie for your daughter or son.
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Sunnie W.

Sunnie W.

Rocklin, CA 95677
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Taylor F.

Folsom, CA

About Taylor

Hey guys! My name is Taylor and I have played guitar for about 5 years now. I started playing guitar on my church worship team and it stuck. It pushed me to want to learn more and more. I currently play for two different churches in folsom and would love to start giving people lessons for guitar.
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Skyler A. January 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Taylor was amazing! he made my 6year old feel completely at ease and even had him playing a simple song by the end of his lesson. We're looking forward to seeing him again!
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Hailey R. November 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Taylor was great. Very friendly and enthusiastic.
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Hayley B. November 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Hailey loves Taylor, and doing very well. He is wonderful with her.
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Taylor F.

Taylor F.

Folsom, CA 95630
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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