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Chase R.

Antioch, CA

About Chase

I started playing guitar when I was in the 8th grade. At that time I was into punk, and as I got older I moved into listening to classic rock, then blues, then all sorts of jazz and jam bands, and now classical and sacred art. And my playing of the guitar has following the same trajectory: I played in the style I listened to. One common thread through all of this has been an, at first unconscious, but now fully conscious focus on the art of improvisation.

Improvisation is central in my own playing, and what I deliberately bring my students to do. And this is not something vainly indiv
idualistic. Franz Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin; Coltrane, Miles; Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan; Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton; SRV, Albert King, BB King: what do all of these musicians have in common? They improvised, and were very good at it in their respective genres. Improvisation is a truly important aspect of playing music, and one which I will give due focus to. Besides this, I will teach the student technique, chords, scales, songs (chosen by both the student and, at times, myself), and later on: theory (including harmony and ear training).

I have a Master's Certificate in Theory, Harmony and Ear Training from Berklee College of Music's online extension.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my 'about me' section I have laid out in a general fashion what I will teach you.

I am very patient with my students. I focus on the qualities of effortless action, patience, contentment with our current abilities while striving to attain (eventual) mastery.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an acoustic guitar, a tuner, picks, and sheet music. I expect the student to have a guitar, a tuner, extra strings, and picks.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in modal improvisation. I also can teach some art philosophy and philosophy related to art.
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Nichole Coyne January 25, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chase and I did not work together long because of other commitments. However, in the short time we did work together I learned a lot. Chase is easy going, highly skilled, very patient, and his teaching style is such that it fosters student confidence. I was really nervous at first, because I wasn't sure what to expect. Chase quickly made me feel at ease during the lesson. We only had half hour lessons, but that was definitely enough time to learn new materiel and make progress. I highly recommend him for guitar lessons.
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Declan D. January 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son is 7 and really seems to like Chase. He came well prepared and finally someone has started to teach him some rock songs .
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Christie January 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
An Excellent Teacher!

Our daughter Charis has taken lessons from Chase for over 2 years. From the first lesson, his patient demeanor put her completely at ease. During that time we have seen her understanding of music and her love for guitar continue to grow.

Chase has a unique way of challenging his students to stretch in their ability while simultaneously making it a great deal of fun. I would absolutely recommend him to both the new and seasoned student alike.
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Chase R.

Chase R.

Antioch, CA 94509
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jeff S.

Oakley, CA

About Jeff

I graduated from the Musicians Institute in '07,and currently perform in the popular band Tainted Love. My main objective is to give all my students the direction they need to become the best musician they can be. I know every student is different and learns at a different rate. I create each lesson specific to the students needs. Playing music can be a lot of work but my main focus is to remember to have fun doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons include curriculum that will be for the student to keep. I will start each student's lessons based on their level. I also can give tips on
technical issues, performance. I will help in any area that is needed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a home studio with many guitars, amps, effects etc.. I also have a keyboard, electric drum set, and recording equipment set up. I have a comfortable living area for parents to wait in as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Acoustic or electric guitar, Music stand, small amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
My focus is rock,funk,fusion,jazz,country.
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Ben C. June 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff knows his stuff and is a nice guy too. He has a deep understanding of the fretboard and if your into classic rock to modern pop, he can show you what's happening in a song.
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Suzanne D. October 30, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent teacher for kids

Jeff has been teaching beginning guitar to my 7 year old daughter for about 6 months now. He has excellent rapport with kids and keeps her engaged and interested while she learns. That's a tall order for my daughter, who is easily distracted and generally doesn't like to "stick with" things. She loves going to guitar lessons, enjoys learning new notes and chords and practicing what she's learned. I attribute her enthusiasm to Jeff's engagement - just the right level of challenge while making it fun for her.
Jeff is also very flexible around scheduling, and very reliable. Easy to get in touch for last minute schedule changes, and extremely responsive.
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Jeff S.

Oakley, CA 94561
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Christian C.

Brentwood, CA

About Christian

Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.

Christian is also a member in the following organizations:

Vic Firth Education Team

Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program

Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.

Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the
age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture each lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.

Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.

Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.

Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin

*** Lesson Details ***
Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.

Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.

Beginners (build the foundation)
Technique
- Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly
- Feet: heel up or heel down technique

Reading
- Explain note values
- Explain drum set notation

Coordination and Timing
- Learn basic beats to play music
- Understand how to practice with a metronome
- How to play along to music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded.
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Dillon S. January 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was excited to start practicing his "assignment" the moment we arrived home.
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Noah M. October 5, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son is a perfectionist and sanatoria a little...christian is great!
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rita W. January 30, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Easy to sign up and Great customer service

My 12 yr old decided he wanted drums for Christmas and we knew that would include getting him lessons. Finding Christian through Take lessons was indeed lucky for my son. If you are looking for a teacher who is calm, level headed, knowledgeable and very easy to contact at anytime then Christian is who you are looking for. He has several students and they all come out happy and feeling good about their lessons. My son, even when not feeling great insist that he attend his drum lessons. compliments to the instructor.
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Christian C.

Christian C.

Brentwood, CA 94513
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Greg D.

Tracy, CA

About Greg

I started playing guitar in the 5th grade and in middle school began playing in rock groups. At the beginning of high school, I started teaching in some of the local music stores in the area. While wanting more from my playing, I started classical guitar lessons with an Andre Segovia student, Rani Cochran, and soon started lessons from Warren Nunes, a top jazz guitarist in the Bay Area. While continuing to take lessons in both types of music, I majored in Music at the local college. There I played in the jazz band and in guitar ensembles. After receiving my A.A. degree, I took classical guita
r lessons with Larry Ferrara at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. At this point I transferred to San Jose State University and received a B.A. in guitar performance and a B.A. in Psychology, graduating with honors. My latest performing experience has been playing in the worship band at my church for the past several years. I enjoy teaching guitar and sharing what I’ve learned over the years of playing. We all never stop being students and learning new things on our instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are provided in a comfortable, fun environment and are private and on a weekly basis. Initially the student will complete a questionnaire before the first lesson to allow me to better understand what experiences the student has had with the guitar and with music in general. Additionally, I try to find out what groups and guitarists he or she likes. Finally, discuss what goals the student has or put another way, what he or she wants to do with the guitar. When we have completed the first lesson, I will better understand what the student’s playing level is and be able to provide a lesson plan based on that level and current experience. The lessons are tailored to each student’s capability and desire to play/practice. The lessons will be challenging but not “out of reach”. The student will feel successful and see the difference in playing within a relatively short time.

I will assess the student’s progress each week, by reviewing the previous week’s work. Based on the student’s progress, I will advance to new material or stay within the same material. The student and I will agree on how much time the student will devote to practicing each week. The student will keep a three ring notebook for adding handouts as they are given. I usually use a guitar book, to have structure, along with supplementary material that fills in the gaps. It is vital to practice on a regular basis in order to improve.
I provide teaching with patience and motivation. Being a parent of a child with ADHD (I homeschooled for one year), I incorporate learning from my parental experiences into lessons as needed. There have been several studies done that show how early music lessons have longtime benefits.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a music room upstairs with large windows facing the street with guitars, amps, a computer, stereo and seating. The house has 3 cats which are kept separate from lessons. Street parking and/or driveway if needed.

*** Specialties ***
I've taught rock, blues, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, and music theory. I try to get my students to play along with CD's and listen to others playing what they want to learn. I draw material from the hundreds of books I have collected over the years.
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Juan D. April 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
So far it's been a great experience with Greg. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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richard February 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Worked with my next perfectly.
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Dina R. February 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He was patient, my daughter was nervous but he made her feel comfortable. Great teacher!
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Greg D.

Greg D.

Tracy, CA 95377
(10)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Will J.

Livermore, CA

About Will

Hi there! My name is Will J. and I can’t wait to meet you! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, hobbyist or professional, I customize each lesson plan to suit your needs and make you the best musician you can be.

As a drummer, I’ve been fortunate to study with some of the world’s top musicians. I hold an AA in Drum Performance from Musicians Institute, and studied privately with many great drummers. Some notable instructors include John Xepoleas, Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, M83, Miley Cyrus), Chris Coleman, Michael Iveson (Gotye) and David Garibaldi (Tower of Power).

It’s my passion and ple
asure to take everything I’ve learned from these experiences and share them with you in a fun and upbeat environment.
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Jane Manprasong May 21, 2016
Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lesson with Will for almost a year and he loves it. Will is a very nice , polite and academic instructor. The lessons given are useful to young musician and easy to follow .Will has years of experiences being on tours with a lots of different bands, I also strongly recommend him to anyone who want to study advance drumming as well .
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Kendric May 12, 2016
Drum · In studio
As a drummer already with 12 years experience behind the kit and many previous teachers, I can say without a doubt Will has by far been the best instructor I have taken lessons from. Will is a great, well rounded player who is able to communicate ideas clearly and most important of all he is critical without ever coming off as harsh.

I would definitely refer anyone looking to learn or improve their craft to Will.
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Rachel May 11, 2016
Drum · In studio
Perfect teacher for my 12 yr old son. Very kind and patient. Super knowledgeable. Teaches skills and they also get to try things that interest them. My son loves going to his lessons.
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Will J.

Will J.

Livermore, CA 94550
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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