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Geoff A.

Hillsboro, OR

From your first notes to learning groove, chords and scales and how they work, to interpreting songs in your own way, using clear and clean materials; from Blues to Jazz to whatever you want, it will all be in reach!

About Geoff

I am a professional musician with a career spanning 40 years (touring and studio work), and 30 years teaching music.

What do you want to learn? How far you go is up to you!

*** Lesson Details ***
BEGINNING students start with the fundamentals, what you must know in order to begin playing songs, all the right ingredients to create a solid foundation. You will be encouraged to study and to venture into the unknown, using what you're learning as a springboard to discover new things.

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED players will be assessed on knowledge and abilities; areas of struggle and what i
s desired to be learned. Within a couple weeks, you will reap the benefits with new ideas bubbling to the surface moving you closer to your goals, with emphasis that short term goals are important as well.

Everyone learns at a different pace. But with patience and persistence, if you do the work, there will be results that can be measured, and you will achieve success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier for guitar and bass students, and have a piano for piano students.

*** Specialties ***
Having played many styles over the years, I am able to play in most of the popular forms. All music is based on the same fundamental things. It's how they are used that defines a given style.
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Sheri Tellvik December 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Geoff takes the time to make sure his students are really learning how to develop good habits when playing guitar and takes care to spend as much time as it takes to solidify different techniques. He cares that his students are actually learning and doesn't cut corners, making sure things are easy to understand. He's patient, friendly, and skillful, and each lesson is something to look forward to.
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Larry T. December 6, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent preparation for student. Uses comprehensive handouts. Excellent verbal instruction with hands on example and coaching. In depth knowledge of the instrument and music theory. Excellent teacher.
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Geoff A.

Geoff A.

Hillsboro, OR 97124
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR

Bass players ALWAYS have gigs.

About Peter

I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelors in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the
name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
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Lissa M. August 5, 2015
Flute · Online
Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson, and is very excited for more
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Alisa M. October 20, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is wonderful with kids, he's empathetic and eager to find the right fit with your child. He is very well versed in multiple methods from Jazz to Classical to Beatbox and he's super fun. I'd highly recommend him.
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Peter Q.

Peter Q.

Portland, OR 97211
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Peter M.

Portland, OR

I can help you get started if you're just picking up bass for the first time, or if you already have some experience then we can focus on more advanced material including scales, music theory and songwriting.

About Peter

I knew I wanted to be a professional guitar player from the first time I picked up an electric guitar over 16 years ago. I started taking private lessons as soon as I got my first guitar, and without the crucial guidance and encouragement I received early on I certainly would not be the guitarist I am today, and that old guitar might even be collecting dust in a closet somewhere. Since I began teaching 8 years ago my goal has been to provide that same encouragement to beginning students and to help them realize that no matter what their ambitions are, they can be achieved with enough practice
and they can have fun along the way!

When I started high school I realized there was a lot more to playing guitar than the hard rock and blues songs I had been learning up until then, so I enrolled in a music theory class, joined my school's jazz band and began taking classical guitar lessons at the University of Wyoming. After high school I accepted academic and music scholarships to attend the University of Oregon where I majored in Jazz Studies, and I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on jazz arranging. While at UO I performed in student combos and my own rock band Just People as well as the award winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble. I also had the opportunity to perform with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and play several shows with Grammy-Award winning country artist Lynn Anderson.

This diverse experience allows me to help my students improve their technique and gain a deeper understanding of the guitar, regardless of the style(s) of music they are passionate about. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to play guitar and that lessons should be fun, whether your goal is to be able to sing your favorite song and strum a few chords or start your own band and take over the world!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that lessons are most effective when they relate to your life and the music you love. I've talked to countless people who have told me "I used to play violin..." or "I played piano when I was younger...", and every time I ask them why they stopped I get a variation on the same answer: "I just didn't feel like practicing." My goal is for every student to look forward to their practice time, and to prevent it from falling into the 'chores' category next to taking out the trash and washing the dishes.

In order to make learning fun we'll start by learning songs that are meaningful to YOU. After becoming familiar with the basics like chords and strumming patterns, we'll dig a little deeper and look at the structure of the song and the fundamentals of music theory that went into composing it. After learning a few songs this way you'll gain not just a larger vocabulary of chords and rhythms, but also the tools to start writing your own music. From there we can develop a more concrete lesson plan based on your individual goals as a musician, whether you're interested in songwriting, improvising, advanced techniques or music theory.

In addition to practicing the material covered in each week's lesson I'll often give students small homework assignments, which can range from finding a musical example of a topic we're learning to writing their own chord progressions. I'm very relaxed and easy-going, but I expect students to come to each lesson prepared to work on new material after a quick review of the previous week's lesson.

After a few months of lessons each student will be able to comfortably play several songs from beginning to end, play basic major and minor scales, discuss the basic structural elements of songwriting (verse, chorus, etc) and tell all of their friends how much fun they're having learning to play guitar!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated teaching studio w/ guitars and amps. There is no waiting area for parents but they are welcome to sit in on lessons. Lots of street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a laptop, lesson-related handouts and staff paper. I expect the student to have their own instrument and basic equipment (picks, spare strings, etc)

*** Specialties ***
My college degree is in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on arranging, I specialize in teaching jazz guitar as well as classic rock, hard rock, fingerstyle acoustic and blues.
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Emanuel C. May 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is the first guitar instructor that I have ever had and it was a blast to learn from what he had to offer. Very knowledgeable dude and I enjoyed the lesson.
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Elizabeth March 4, 2016
Guitar · In home
Peter has been teaching my daughter guitar for about 7 weeks now. Every lesson is so positive and his teaching style is great. My daughter is gaining confidence quickly with her new skills and we are really enjoying it thanks to Peter!
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Elizabeth January 19, 2016
Guitar · In home
Peter arrived right on time for his first lesson with my daughter and husband, who have decided to learn guitar together. He put them immediately at ease and got started with the basics. They have been learning their first cords and are getting used to playing, and they sound great! We are very excited to continue!
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Peter M.

Peter M.

Portland, OR 97206
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kyle S.

Portland, OR

I've performed and recorded on bass in many bands in Eugene and Portland, OR. As well as worked as a studio musician in many studios.

About Kyle

Hey!

My name is Kyle S. and I'm incredibly passionate about music education for all ages. Over twenty years of playing all instruments has taught me there is not one specific way to teach music, so I change my curriculum for every student and completely customize what you learn to how you learn, and what you're interested in. I started teaching music lessons in after school programs when I was eleven and fell totally in love. I continued to do this for many years driving to neighboring towns, volunteering at church youth groups and local Boys and Girls Club all around my hometown.

I we
nt on to study Music Education at Oregon State University and Guitar Performance at the University of Oregon and Jazz Performance on Guitar at Portland State University! At each of these Universities I taught students my age as well as locals in each town and have been supporting myself entirely through music since 2008! Additionally, I work for a Record Label in Portland, "PJCE Records", and have real life experience with production, press releases and booking through the west coast and mid-west.

In Portland I've been gigging, playing on records, recording music for films, and volunteering every week at Nonprofit Music Schools around town to help underprivileged kids, and expose them to the joy of music. Give me a call and we can talk about what you're interested in, and get lessons started.

Look forward to hearing from you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm fairly laid back, and teach from a number of different texts depending on the interests of the student. Each student is different, and I vary instruction accordingly. I have a lot of experience songwriting, composing, and playing as a sideman in groups on different instruments. I've been part of bands led by myself and been hired by other people, as well as composing for different groups of instruments from trios to full orchestras.

If there is interest, I can also provide worksheets based on the curriculum and standards held by the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio equipped with a many guitars, a piano, a Wurlitzer, electric bass and amplifier, two drum kits, and a beautiful kitty.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars, amplifiers, and notebooks for all students even if they do not own guitars or amplifiers. I also make copies and email attachments of all homework, and record lessons and send them to students to listen to when practicing.

*** Specialties ***
I've been playing and studying guitar since I was seven years old. I've attended Berklee School of Music summer workshops, camps, seminars, and presented music theory papers at conferences at the University of Oregon. I can and am willing to teach any type of musical style or interest to any skill level!
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Gail February 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kyle was great. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Thinks outside the box and taught me about the underlying structure of music in one lesson that will help me break out of "just taking lessons" to being able to improvise, understand the keyboard and enjoy playing. Just the kind of teacher I was looking for!
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Cameron K. January 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! Skillful at teaching music theory and vocal technique. Easy-going personality. Couldn't give him a higher recommendation.
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Tal R. August 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kyle is an incredible teacher. His lessons are the perfect balance of fun, relaxed, and challenging. His passion is infectious, especially when delving into music theory. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get a fuller, deeper understanding of music and how it works.
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Kyle S.

Kyle S.

Portland, OR 97217
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Zachary R.

Portland, OR

DON'T JUST PLAY THE BASS, PLAY MUSIC! I've taught bass for over 10 years, and my goal is to get people playing music, jamming, and having fun as soon as possible. For me the student always comes first! Music should be a personal thing, and everyone learns differently. I completely alter my lesson plans depending on what you want from lessons. I'm comfortable teaching all skill levels, ages, techniques, styles, and theory on bass!

About Zachary

JUST STARTING BASS AND WANT TO JAM WITH YOUR FRIENDS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

KNOW THE BASICS AND KNOW SOME SONGS, BUT FRUSTRATED BECAUSE YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PLAYING MUSIC?

HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING FOR A WHILE BUT FEEL STUCK AND ARE ARE READY TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

Then I'm your guy! My name is Zach. For me, the student comes first. My lessons are completely subjective, molding what we discuss to what you need/want! Bass is an exciting and important instrument. I've been teaching and playing bass professionally for over 10 years. I've been fortunate to study with many great pl
ayers (including Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, and more). I've played all around the country at festivals and venues. I'm comfortable teaching all skill levels, ages, and styles. My focus is on improvisation and groove based music (funk, jazz, fusion, etc). I'm also comfortable with all techniques and topics of music theory. Everyone has something to offer musically, so let's start jamming!
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Daryl March 20, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online
I have been a student of Zach's for the last couple of years. Zach, first of all, is passionate about Music! This may seem somewhat obvious in that he is a Bass musician. He does not, however, limit himself to a certain genre of music or instrumentation (or at least awareness of the expression capabilities of other instruments). This, coupled with his mastery of musical theory, translates into an agile capability allowing adaptation to the learning style, interests and pace of his his students. I speak from personal experience.

Zach employs and organic approach to teaching. For me, this keeps things fresh and interesting. That is not to stay there is no formula or structure to his approach. It just simply means that one formula for learning does not fit all and he does a great job of exploring the right approach for each student.

Zach is not just a studio musician (not saying that as a bad thing). But for the fact he has extensive performance experience, it opens up another lane of knowledge transfer. In addition, some lessons we may not play at all but rather explore the understanding of different types of pedal effects. He can also talk extensively about the mechanical and electrical structure of the bass guitar (any form), as well as, cabinet/amp architecture and the overall impact on tone. Plus he draws from the personal experience of USE as he has experimented with multiple brands and configurations of gear. His pedal board is a beast!

Zach has recently moved away from our home town. I am excited, however, that we have the opportunity to continue lessons remotely. Online lesson training has been effective with no drop off in impact. This is coming from a student that has made the transition from in person training to remote.

What more can I say about Zach. He is awesome and a great guy!

Highly Recommended!
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Rich Y. March 15, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
as a beginner I felt that the instruction was concise and easily understood. The instruction was delivered at a pace that allowed for comfortable assimilation. I look forward to the future lessons.
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Zachary R.

Zachary R.

Portland, OR 97214
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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