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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA

About Jeff

Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my y
ears of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've become a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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Steve V. January 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff was very helpful and encouraging. I had not picked up a guitar in 45 years, but I found myself remembering chords and techniques that I had long forgotten about. Jeff is a very talented guitarist and the lessons are reasonably priced. The 45 minute lesson is a great deal.
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Pat M. October 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Started with Jeff in January 2015 - I had tinkered off & on with guitar for about 50 years, could play a little folky stuff & bluegrass rhythm guitar but not well, never took lessons before and hadn't played much for about 40 years. Jeff started off by hearing what I could do (not much!) and went from there, mainly with rock stuff. He is a walking encyclopedia, patient, unpretentious and I have made a lot of progress and continue to feel better about it every week. I actually am inspired to practice! I would recommend Jeff to anyone who wants to learn. 5 stars!
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Daiana September 23, 2015
Acoustic Guitar
Jeff is the best teacher when it comes to guitar. I've been receiving lessons from him since I was 10 and have continued the lessons over the years. Each lesson I take I get to learn something new and I am always entertained. I'm amazed at how well he teaches you every chord and technique in a simple and clear manner. He is patient and overall just an awesome person. May God bless him in his teaching career!
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Jeff S.

Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
(20)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Varin I.

Chino Hills, CA

About Varin

Songwriter / Producer
Instruments: Piano, Vocals, Guitar/Bass, Drums
DAWS: Reason, FL, Waves, & Pro Tools
Member of BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC (2011-Present)

If you would like to schedule an appointment at a different time, please ask and I will do my best to make that arrangement.

What's inside the singing lesson?

Lessons revolve around three basic aspects which are training, singing, and acting.

In training, definitely be ready for some scale exercises. If you want to work on making your vibrato faster, breathe better, sing more loud or soft, sing short or longer phrases, co
ntrolling your mix, executing your melismas, r&b licks, blue notes, bending notes, singing super high notes and transitioning down to lower notes: balancing head and chest voice, and expanding your range, then vocal training is what you'll need. Most of this activity involves matching sounds to custom scales played on a piano.

In singing, definitely have a song in mind you want to work on. Then we'll discuss which techniques and skills that are essential for that particular genre of music. Other than that, you'll learn singer's diction and will know how to control vowel sounds and consonants more efficiently. Most of this activity involves you singing either a line, a verse, chorus, bridge, or the entire song. It really depends on what level you feel comfortable at. Most of this activity revolves around breathing techniques, phrasing techniques, and you singing the melody correctly on pitch.

In acting, whether you're recording or performing, you'll still need to put an act together. Portrayal of emotions are quite the essential skills to make your sound believable. If singing with feeling is not working out for you, then you might want to consider working on some basic acting skills. Some of the skills covered are voice inflections, rhythm, gestures, body language, and facial expressions. Most of this activity involves you expressing yourself as an artist.

How to be prepared for the lesson?

If you do not have a piano or recording device on hand, I'll provide both devices for you. It's recommended to provide a piano. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be in tuned. If it's digital, you should be fine. It's also recommended to have a recording device. Many clients enjoy recording their lessons on their mp3 players or any other computer devices. Please have a clean and clear space with an electrical outlet for the piano and recording device. Other than that, please wear comfortable clothing as if you are about to play a sport or an activity you enjoy. If you want to dress like a super star that's fine too.

If you're taking lessons online, don't worry about anything because everything will be provided.
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Quentin B. April 13, 2016
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
I'm a trans guy. As I transitioned from soprano to tenor, Varin helped me figure out how to use my new voice, on a conceptual and practical level. Overall, it was a great experience.
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Quentin April 3, 2016
Vocal Training · In home
Super friendly and knowledgeable about singing. Would recommend.
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Theresa Sivard November 2, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Hi I am a professional dancer from Los Angeles. I worked with Varin in North Hollywood. Super nice instructor. He taught me everything I need to know for auditions.
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Varin I.

Varin I.

San Dimas, CA 91773
(19)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA

About Jessica

I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce.

I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out stu
dents will be invited to play at the Branch Recital.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on vibrato, moves on to an etude or exercise, and culminates with work on a piece of music. But not every student works well with this method, so I will add in some musical worksheets and ear training games for those that require lessons with more variety.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can come to your home to teach. I will bring all necessary method books and teaching materials.
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lorella C. March 31, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Jessica is a fantastic teacher and very accommodating. From the first lesson I noticed a significant improvement in my teen daughter's playing. We happened to be in her area when we were looking to purchase a better quality cello and she met us at the store to help advise our decision.
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Patty K. February 25, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
My 11-year-old daughter has had lessons with Jessica for about three months and has learned so much from Jessica. Prior to these online lessons, our daughter started learning cello with a local teacher for about 3-4 months. The teacher stopped giving lessons unexpectedly and we couldn't find a replacement so decided to go online. Doing music lessons online with someone you haven't met in person can seem daunting, but Jessica has figured out how to come across over Skype as fully present, engaged, positive and encouraging. We almost feel as if she's there in person. She can pick up on many things by asking the right questions and follows through with proper advice and recommendations for improvement. At one point, our daughter had concerns with wrist pain and Jessica fully took it upon herself to look into the matter. Jessica is very timely and flexible. At times we've had to adjust the schedule and she was quite accommodating. She also had to work with our daughter's solo performance at school and amazingly in less than 2 months prepared her for the piece. We highly recommend.
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Mike E. December 5, 2014
Cello · Online
Verified Student
After only two sessions I am so glad to have found Jessica. She is patient, observant, helpful and so encouraging. I was unsure how online cello lessons would work but this is the ideal format for me. Jessica is able to observe form and offer gentle suggestions how as well as instruction on sound. I wish I was able to take the lessons in person with Jessica because there are a couple limitations to Skype (such as a slight lag and inability to have seamless dialogue or duets) but Jessica obviously knows how to deal with these technical problems. I highly recommend Jessica and am sure that with her help even an old, slow returning cellist will soon be enjoying playing complex music. Finally, Jessica has been very flexible with my crazy schedule lately. An awesome person and great instructor.
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Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA 91106
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Mike B.

Arcadia, CA

About Mike

Mike B. is a professional guitar and bass player based in Southern California. Having received a certificate in guitar performance from the Atlanta Institute of Music, a Bachelor's of Music in guitar performance from the University of Redlands, and currently attending the University of Southern California seeking a Master's in Studio/Jazz Guitar, he divides his time between performing live, doing recordings, and being an educator. As an educator he has many years of experience teaching all levels of players not only how to be stronger players in their genre of choice, but also giving them a st
rong foundation in music theory, exploring the creative side of music, and giving them the tools to expand as musicians for years to come.

Articles written by Mike:
5 Easy Blues Guitar Licks: http://takelessons.com/blog/five-easy-blues-guitar-licks-z01
How Much Should I Practice?: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-practice-tips
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Ben G. January 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I, myself, was a peer of Mike's at the University of Redlands. We both studied jazz guitar performance and have performed together on multiple occasions. Even so, Mike's ability as a performer far surpassed any of his colleagues'. In fact, his capabilities on the guitar were so outstanding that I decided that I would take lessons with him, in addition to regular lessons with my school instructor. To my surprise, the only thing better than listening to Mike's playing was his ability to transfer his knowledge to others.

His lessons are always conducted in a professional and friendly manner. I always left with a deeper understanding of music and as an improved player.

He is well versed in many styles and his professional experience as a musician is something to be sought after when looking for a guitar teacher. His understanding of the instrument and music theory will ensure that whatever questions you may have, he will know the answer. No matter where your skill level is, there will always be something to learn from this man.
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Michael F. January 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Before I started taking lessons with Mike I was able to play the guitar but wasn't very experienced. Mike and I set a plan for myself that I would enjoy but also get me to be able to play what I wanted to play. He even helped me through some of my music classes at my college (Music Theory, Musicianship, Jazz, etc.) and taught me to apply what I was learning to the guitar. He taught me how to read music, play blues and jazz, and overall become a better musician.

He was challenging but made it overall fun and exciting. Whenever I ran into a problem he was able to break it down and figure out what I needed to do to get over it.

He is a great teacher and I am really grateful I started taking lessons with mike. I strongly recommend him; whether you have just started out and just want to learn or an experienced musician trying to get better, he will help you get there.
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Brian W. January 7, 2015
Guitar · Online
Our 17 year old son has been taking lessons from Mike for more than 3 years. When he started out with Mike he figured he'd try lessons for a month or so, since then he's never considered stopping.
We feel very fortunate to have found Mike, if you are a beginner or experienced player that wants to expand your skills Mike is your guy.

My son started out as a raw beginner and has developed into a talented player that has a solid understanding of music theory, can write original songs, plays classical, blues, jazz, metal, classic rock and can shred like you wouldn't believe. Mike has kept it interesting and challenging all this time
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Mike B.

Arcadia, CA 91006
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Troy M.

Glendora, CA

About Troy

I am a second generation piano and clarinet teacher. I have grown up playing music, being taught piano and clarinet by my mother through high school. I have studied under three master clarinetists throughout high school and college, and have performed with the Tacoma Youth Symphony. Currently, I am studying at Azusa Pacific University, and will be completing my Music Performance degree in December.
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Dan September 15, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
I have had the privilege of watching Troy perform and teach clarinet. He is outstanding at both. Any student of his would benefit immediately and immensely from his tutelage.
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Vickie September 14, 2015
Piano · In home
My daughter's were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study under Troy. His patience, dedication and talent helped them to advance quickly while under his tutelage. They enjoyed his easy-going manner and sense of humor, and his fun lesson plans kept them looking forward to their next lesson. He is a dedicated instructor who is always prepared and is capable of teaching to a wide range of abilities.
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Troy M.

Troy M.

Glendora, CA 91740
(2)
starting at
$18 / 30-min

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