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David S.

Highland, MD

David enjoys teaching students from all different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Whether you are just starting out or a virtuoso shredder in the making, he is happy to teach you! Over all, he is fairly laid back, as long as you practice. He usually combines work with reading off of the treble clef (what he likens to "eating your vegetables." You may not want to do it, but it will make you a healthier musician!) with learning more popular songs (or songs the student says they would like to learn) through tablature and chord charts, depending on the style of the song.

David is also very pro music theory. He usually incorporates music theory into the curriculum in conjunction with the material already being discussed. He is also very knowledgeable about composition/songwriting, and if the student is interested in learning more about this area, he is happy to share what he knows!

About David

David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Baltimore, MD. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 18 years he has been performing (13 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he ha
s performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, Rams Head Live and the Recher Theatre.

As a teacher, David has taught in numerous locations in the Maryland area for the last 16 years. His students generally range anywhere from 4-70+ years old and come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of proficiency, from basic beginners to advanced. Some of his students have also gone on to pursue careers in music, others have just learned as a hobby, and some have been somewhere in between the two. All are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with couches, chairs, cables/amps, as well as extra guitars (acoustic and electric) and a bass guitar, if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide amps and stands, etc if needs be. However, if they are already provided for the student's sake/in terms of the student (i.e. I'll bring the equipment needed for myself), this would be ideal.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal and funk.


Syndee D. July 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
The lesson went awesomely! Dave was very friendly and went at my pace. He made sure I understood what he was teaching. He was upbeat and positive!
MichaelW3 July 20, 2011
Good Teacher

My son has really enjoyed his lessons with David.
PadiA March 14, 2011
Excellent Teacher

I'm very pleased to have him as my daughter's teacher..very patient..nice personality....P.Asuncion March 14-11
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David S.

David S.

Highland, MD 20777
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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

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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