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Omar W.

Washington, DC

Do you want to develop as a songwriter? I can show you techniques used by the pros to create dynamic song structures and amazing lyrics. I specialize in songwriting as it relates to the guitar. So if you want to advance your chord vocabulary or become a better guitarist in the process this is the class for you.

About Omar

I receive a very large number of student requests everyday, So to keep things organized please keep the following in mind:

Takelessons is a wonderful service that I use to handle all my payments and scheduling. I want to focus on the teaching, so they help with the rest.

I have a 24 hour cancelation policy, please give me at least 24 hour advanced notice, or you will forfeit your lesson credit.

All scheduling changes or time off can be requested right from the website for your connivence. it's super easy!

Use an email that you will actually check to sign up for notifications,
it's not spam, it's to help us all stay organized.

Remember to please reserve your spot by paying in advance. (I have a waiting list of people asking me for those super convenient days, and times)

Online students please make sure you have the highest connection speed available to you. This will ensure you get the most out of the lessons.

*** Equipment ***

Please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.

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My passion is sharing music with people.

I am musician and a visual artist who earned a Masters certification in Songwriting and Guitar from Berklee College of Music.
As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and am a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist. I sing and play guitar in the Mystical Dance punk band Sarmust, and I also produce electronic music under the name Evilartform.

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I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip-hop, and electronica.

I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio production as well. Feel free to ask me questions, and expect informative non-judgmental answers.

I have spent a lot of time developing as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, which helps me in all aspects of my music and teaching, I'm always looking to learn more. I have played in heavy metal bands, but have also done solo acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, I have produced raw hip-hop but also love old soul and ska tunes. Being well rounded musically and drawing from lots of influences is what makes me a good teacher and shapes me as a musician.

Learn more about me: https://about.me/omarpitraswaqar

*** Lesson Details/ What to Expect ***

You can expect a custom, fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique and get my students playing right away. This boosts confidence and fosters interest because once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.

By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord.

In 3-6 months you will be playing guitar with a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony and be able to play scales and songs.

Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore more specific music subjects and lessons will become more personalized: songwriting, guitar tones, musicology, making a DIY record, shredding like a metal head, I can guide you to help you achieve your goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Studying in my live/studio space located in Artist Lofts near Brookland metro in NE DC. It has a high ceilings and full stage back line including keyboards, drum set, live sound system multiple amps and more. There is seating for parents and recording capabilities.
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Ilana July 18, 2016
Sitar · In studio
There's not enough stars for Omar. Omar taught me Sitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals and Indian Classical music. He is super patient, supportive, professional and tailors lessons to your goals. Plus he makes his own videos to support his students! I have never met a more passionate music teacher and his knowledge of music comes from all over the world.
I know someone who started taking lessons from Omar who couldn't afford more then the broken guitar he had. Omar traded him a guitar he BUILT for the broken guitar [and later on fixed it up].
If that's not enough because of Omar I've been on tour. No one else has been able to help me in understanding and appreciating music as much as Omar has.
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Ellen B. June 15, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
This is my first experience with music lessons. Omar is very patient and supportive and knowledgeable. Very happy with him.
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TJ May 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Three lessons in and couldn't be happier with how things are going. Omar put together a lesson plan for me but is also very willing to answer any random questions I have. Can't for my next session.
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Omar W.

Omar W.

Washington, DC 20017
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starting at
$30 / 45-min
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Joshua L.

Glen Burnie, MD

Tools for writing an excellent song. How to write a chorus, how do make differences in the verses, how to write lyrics...etc...

We will go over different types of songs and compositions then the student will compose their own music.

About Joshua

I am an active musician in the Baltimore and Washington area working as a pianist, guitarist, producer, and composer. I am a music director at two churches and spend time gigging, writing, and teaching. I graduated from the university of the arts with a degree in music performance performing in different ensembles from Latin jazz to the school's production of "Porgy and Bess." I have been teaching students of all ages for over 8 years and I love working with children. Not only will students learn to read music but will get a great sense of rhythm, balanced theory, and even songwriting for tho
se interested.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is a universal language that I believe anyone can get a basic understanding for. I cater my lessons to the individual needs of the student. I am laid back during lessons but wont settle for less than excellent. My goal is to push students beyond what they think is possible of them and let them discover the potential that they have. I do this by usually teaching out of a lesson book and then allowing students to pick a supplement book or even just songs that they want to learn. This way lessons are fun yet the fundamentals are still being driven into their memory. In 6 months new students should have at least built up the confidence that's needed to be good musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a piano of their own or their own guitar. Students have to be able to practice in order to get better. a casio keyboard with 61 keys is just fine too

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I produce and write hip hop, pop, rock music professionally. I went to college and studied jazz performance on piano for 4 years. this included classical as well. I also play gospel on keys and blues on guitar.
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Isaiah December 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Josh is an outstanding piano teacher he can reach you from where you are at any level. Whatever you want to know or need to know he can teach it to you just an outstanding teacher.
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Samyra B. April 10, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter enjoyed her lesson. I enjoyed hearing the interaction and patience during the lesson.
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JenniferF2 November 17, 2011
Feedback

Josh has been very understanding. I have Jessye practicing nightly.
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Joshua L.

Joshua L.

Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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.
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Krishna R. July 13, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very friendly and great teaching!
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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!
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MichaelW3 July 20, 2011
Good Teacher

My son has really enjoyed his lessons with David.
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David S.

David S.

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

Baltimore, MD

About Jacob

My name is Jacob and I have played guitar professionally in Baltimore and Northern Virginia for the past four years. I specialize in jazz and funk guitar but I also have extensive experience playing rock, Latin, blues, and have even been developing the ability to play classical with a pick. I graduated from Goucher College in 2011 with a degree in Music Performance and Jazz Studies. Whether its understanding music theory and composition, learning how to improvise in different stylistic contexts, developing chops, playing with other musicians, or simply plugging in and playing your favorite so
ngs at a volume your neighbors won't appreciate- I can help!

*** Lesson Details ***
I consider myself to be a fairly laid back teacher. I understand people have busy schedules and the last thing I want is for students to feel nervous, intimidated, or overwhelmed during the lesson process. I feel that if I do my job right, students will see how rewarding and fun guitar can be and will then feel more inclined to put in the necessary time and effort to really progress. I don't have a specific curriculum because each student will have different goals and musical tastes. I do emphasize learning some fundamentals because I view them as universally useful in all styles: scales/arpeggios, chord forms, dexterity building, reading, and basic music theory. However, I will do my best to show students these fundamentals at work in the context of whichever style they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar and an amp. I expect my students to own a guitar in order for them to practice outside the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I studied Jazz guitar in college but I also love to play funk, rock, Latin, folk, and even classical (not in the strict sense- I enjoy transcribing classical guitar pieces and playing them with a pick. Even though purists might disagree, I think it sounds good and it works great for developing technique and overall musicality.
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Chris S. February 22, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
First rate, easygoing instructor

Jake is great. I have had five lessons to date and have enjoyed our time together immensely. We have a great balance between fundamentals and just playing. I look forward to our next round of sessions.

Further, I was a bit hesitant about finding an instructor online--and I am delighted to be proved wrong. This whole process from web site to a clearly competent instructor in Jake has made this very easy and comfortable.
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Jacob K.

Jacob K.

Baltimore, MD 21217
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD

I can help you to tell your story through song: working with melody, lyrics, chords/accompaniment and/or interpretation to create a moving musical connection within yourself, and with your audience.

About Jennifer

I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedd
ing bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush estate).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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Annette F. May 8, 2016
Astrology · In home
Verified Student
Jennifer is great at explaining the chart and how it pertains to me. I am lookong to learning more.
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Ruth L. April 18, 2016
Astrology · Online
Verified Student
Awesome instructor. Incredibly knowledgeable and very engaging. Has been a pleasure to have her as my astrology instructor!!!
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Gwendolyn B. January 29, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Really pleasant.
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Jennifer P.

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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