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Rob R.

Austin, TX

About Rob

I'm a professional bass player in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. At one time or another I've played just about every style of music, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I love 'opening doors' for students, helping them understand how music works and how they can sound better than ever. I graduated from B.I.T. in Los Angeles and I have thousands of hours of teaching, gigging, and recording experience. I'll share that experience with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to use real music to show how technical concepts work. Once I've gotten to know you and yo
ur musical goals and preferences, I'll point you towards the knowledge you need, and show you how that knowledge works in the music you like.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: recording equipment, bass, amp, chairs, music stands, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my bass, iPod, tuner, drum machine,manuscript paper,etc. The student needs to provide adequate space and amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Theory, fingerstyle, thumb, reading notation & chord symbols, blues, country, funk, jazz, rock, soul.
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John C. August 1, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have been studying bass playing techniques and music theory with Rob for several months now. Short story: he's great.

Rob's lesson format is pretty open. If you have specific questions/goals, Rob makes sure that they are addressed. He's been able to give me some great information on various techniques and styles, and I've picked up a good bit of general practical bass knowledge this way.

Rob is VERY knowledgeable about music theory, and its evolution over the centuries. That being said, discussions on music theory are always made relevant to bass playing. This makes learning the theory and patterns very practical, and for me, more approachable.

Thanks Rob!
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John O. April 3, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Gave me excellent instruction and direction for my future bass guitar practicing and development

After only five lessons last summer, I was not able to continue with Rob due to personal time constraints and lack of practice time, but during those lessons Rob gave me invaluable instruction, fixed my hand positions, took me in the direction I wanted to go, and as my last request from him, developed a very comprehensive long term development plan I could follow on my own, as time permitted. Rob was very patient and seemed extremely knowledgeable regarding the specifics of bass guitar technique and theory. Thanks, Rob, for giving me a direction and helping me get started the right way.
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Rob R.

Rob R.

Austin, TX 78702
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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James C.

Austin, TX

About James

I have been performing, recording, and teaching music for the past five years. After getting a degree in music theory, I began playing with a band full time. In addition to playing all around Austin, I have traveled to places like Seattle, Nashville, and Waikiki to play shows, record, and interview with with my band on live radio. Songs from our album were played on Austin's own KGSR. We also played on Fox 7's morning show, Good Day Austin. I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of instruments and a variety of genres. To me, understanding music is key to unlocking your full potential for ar
tistic expression. When I teach, I incorporate both what I learned in school and on stage.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is not to teach my students how to play a few cool songs on their instrument. Rather, my aim is to develop the knowledge and skills in them that will take them to the next level in their playing. Whether they are beginners or have been playing for years, whether young or old, there is always more to be discovered and experienced! I want to see my students become musicians, who never stop learning and growing. In my lessons, I try include a balanced blend of Music Theory (understanding how it works), Ear Training (learning to play by ear), Practice Exercises (developing speed and coordination), Sight Reading, Improvisation (learning how to jam!), & Song Writing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the finished garage with sound foam, piano, record display, drum set, guitars, and seating. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to have their own drum kit, metronome, sticks. I will provide curriculum and other various resources.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, rock, country, contemporary worship, sight-reading and performance.
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Alan A. January 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is an excellent instructor! As a beginner student, he worked with me to pin down my goals and tailored the lessons to fit me personally. He's great at many different instruments beyond piano, and this expertise allows him to explain music beyond just the notes on the page. He really helped me enjoy the lessons and feel like I've made great progress despite being a novice.
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Beverly N. December 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
We are very pleased with his progress so far.

Joshua started piano lessons with James in May, 2013. He has already learned to play numerous songs, and he has learned a great deal about different keys and chords in each key. James is very patient and utilizes every minute of our 30 minute lesson to cover as much as possible. Joshua likes and respects James a lot and looks forward to his piano lesson every week. Thank you James for being a great teacher!
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James C.

Austin, TX 78747
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Samuel B.

Austin, TX

About Samuel

I've been a performing singer-songwriter since 1993. My influences include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens. I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and I tailor my lessons according to the individual needs of my students. Everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way. My objective is to provide instruction that both challenges as well as respects your rate of progress.

I'm a primarily self-taught musician. Although I impart knowledge of scales (the major and the blues ones specifically) and the theory behind
them (both of which I learned from formal instruction) as a central component of my curriculum, the bulk of my knowledge came from listening to and imitating delta blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt both of whom displayed remarkable intricacies in their art.

We'll begin with the major scale in the key of C (as seen in the video) which you'll hear me indicate as being the white keys on the piano. Afterwards, you'll learn a spiritual and an American standard with just the three major chords comprising that key (C, F, and G7). The key of D will be taught in a very similar manner (a scale and then three chords) before the blues is introduced.

Though you will have learned to play campfire standards in fewer than eight lessons, I'm a believer in imparting the roots of the form and not just its recognizable elements. The blues (particularly the form originating from the Mississippi Delta) is the foundation of ALL American music. Therefore, I consider it essential to the curriculum.

I've always found E to be the most blues-friendly of all the keys. We'll be spending more than twice the amount of time we will have spent in C or D learning multiple progressions and chord formations in E. Afterwards, you'll be introduced to the blues scale and receive the basis for playing lead (solos). You'll learn some rudimentary jazz within this segment of the process as well.

For more information about my curriculum, you may review my published articles on TakeLesson's Teacher Blog:

http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-without-sheet-music
http://takelessons.com/blog/reasons-to-learn-guitar-scales
http://takelessons.com/blog/beginner-guitars
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-chord-progressions
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-barre-chords
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-styles
http://takelessons.com/blog/expand-your-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/maximize-acoustic-guitar-lifespan
http://takelessons.com/blog/are-you-ready-to-play-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-guitar-exercise
http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-lyrics-z01
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Ron A. April 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Over the past 20 years I have taken guitar lessons twice. The episodes were separated by 15 years. I was engaged and even intense about learning. Both times ended in frustration and more important, failure. After only 5 lessons with Samuel Bean, I have learned to strum chords in time, learned several scales, 12 bar and 8 bar patterns and a bit of music theory. The result is playing to a level that provides personal satisfaction. I look forward to playing. So for you beginners and frustrated musicians out there, you know who you are, give it a try. I predict success.
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Ted D. January 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
I have had known Sam for many years. I am friends with his parents and his sister Emmy, also a very talented musician.
Although I don't live near him, unfortunately, when he visits NYC I make it a point to check in with him and ask for his his advice on my rather limited guitar skills. I always come away from our sessions feeling much better about my playing and can see what an improvement he has made for me. He is very patient and so eager to help, even a beginner like myself. i just wish he lived closer!
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Erin B. January 12, 2015
Healthy Cooking · In studio
When I joined Sasona's housing cooperative community, I didn't know how to do anything. Sam provided an orientation for me that was above and beyond. Whenever I didn't know how to do something I knew I could ask him and he would not only tell me how, he would teach me how. Teaching is an integral part of who he is. He is conscientious, compassionate, and committed to his students. I absolutely recommend him as an instructor for people of all ages.
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Samuel B.

Samuel B.

Austin, TX 78745
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Hope G.

Austin, TX

About Hope

An extremely organized Educator of 15 years with significant expertise in Music, Math, and English. Hope has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with the Concentration in Vocal Jazz; Minor in Radio, Television, Film at Howard University. Extensive experience with elementary and secondary school choirs, mentoring and coaching college preparatory students. Enjoys celebrating the joy in students when they excel beyond their expectations, begin to develop self-confidence to realize their dreams, and become excited about the world of learning.
Hope's Musical Background:
Hope has always enjoyed sin
ging and writing Music since the tender age of five. While in high school, she was a member of the International Thespian Honor Society & Senior Choir of Western Hills High School and performed "The Wiz", "Hello Dolly", and the "Malcolm X" plays. While attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., Hope was under the direction of Grady Tate and the late great Webster Lewis. She performed with the Legendary Shirley Caesar and Wynton Marsalis. Hope performed at the 20th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors. She also performed with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble & Howard University Chorus. Hope's recent performance was in Austin, TX with the Gospel Musical Genius... Richard Smallwood.
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Shannon C. May 26, 2015
Music Performance · Online
Verified Student
Great enthusiasm, a lot of connectivity issues, but that may be on both ends.
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Charity G. September 24, 2014
Singing · In home
Hope is a Phenomenal Vocal Teacher!!! She really puts her heart into what she does! Furthermore, she believes in her students even if at first they don't believe in themselves (I for one can attest to that!) No matter what the genre is, Jazz, Pop, or Rock, Hope HAS the ability and gift to move her students to not only sing on key, but also with passion! You'll be glad to have her as your Teacher. Her lessons with you will take you a long way!
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Anthony J. September 24, 2014
Algebra · Online
I needed to prepare for the Electrician Test. It was told to me ahead of time that Algebra is a big part of the test and imperative to know. Being that I've been out of school for decades, I needed to brush up on math. Not knowing a tuitor, but learned about great thing about Hope from my wife, we set up an over the phone tuitor session. Who does that? Normally people need to sit down face to face. Ms. Hope was so skilled she was able to write down the math problems and help me. I actually learned and was prepared enought to take the exam. The amazing part is that Ms. Hope conducted the tuitor session over the phone. If that's not a skillful person, then I don't know what is. I strongly recommend Hope. She also has an upbeat personality. Me being a grown man, I still asked questions and no question is a "dumb" question for her.
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Hope G.

Austin, TX 78701
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Giulia M.

Austin, TX

About Giulia

My name is Giulia (sounds like Julia) and I'm from Florence, Italy.
I've been a tutor for over 12 years now and I'll be happy to help you with Italian, Spanish, or Music lesson (voice and guitar).
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Charlotte R. March 19, 2015
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Giulia is patient and kind and works with you at your level. She finds unique and fun activities to do for "homework" and encourages you often. I enjoy working with her and would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn more than conversational Spanish.
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Jim M. February 10, 2015
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Giulia is very kind and she tailors her teaching to your level.
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Teresa T. November 30, 2014
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Giulia has been my Spanish teacher for a few weeks now and I love her teaching style! She is kind, patient, and tries to find ways to make learning enjoyable. She will work with you in whatever your style of learning is and she will make sure you understand before proceeding. I definitely recommend Giulia for your educational needs!
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Giulia M.

Giulia M.

Austin, TX 78704
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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