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About Erik A.

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Miami Beach, FL

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Blues is a great style to start out in. Most experienced players can jam on the 12-bar blues progression and blues scale. Learn about the blue note for the first time or build on your knowledge to make things more interesting if you already know the basics.

About Erik
I want to teach you how to express yourself through music. I've been inspired by music since I was young and have been involved in one way or another since I started piano lessons at age 3. I've been playing guitar for over fifteen years and written and recorded music for about eight. Whether you want to go into music seriously as I have, or just use music as a hobby and way to express yourself, I want to help you accomplish your goal.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each person is different and learns in a slightly different way. Having said that, there are certain essentials which must not be ignored. If you've never taken lessons before, we'll start with the fundamentals, how to hold the guitar properly, make chords, build up finger strength, properly tune the guitar, know all the strings, and most importantly play songs. You will lea
rn how to read basic music, but I can teach you how to play by ear too. Before we have completed our series you or your children will have basic knowledge of all these things and a desire to explore at least some of these aspects further.

For me, the most interesting music reveals the unique perspective and feelings of the person who makes it. Having conquered the essentials I will encourage you to be creative with your developing talents. I can teach you about song structure and I can teach you how to jam with your friends. If you are interested in writing and composing, I can help you with that too. We can take a look at your favorite artists and try to discover how they accomplished and perfected their sound. If you want to learn how to record I have a computer equipped with Pro Tools and would be glad to show you how to use it.

You'll spend time listening to me of course, but I hope to spend much of my time listening to you as well. If reading music doesn't inspire you we can focus more on learning by ear. It's up to you. You'll need your own instrument obviously, though you can leave it at home if you don't want to carry it back and forth. I have guitars here. I request that you purchase a book with text and exercises so that you can practice and study what you learn in the class. Even if you do not want to read music, you will need to know the neck and conquer scale formations and chords. We can choose the text based on your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Six guitars, a keyboard, a computer equipped with Ableton and Reason, interface and MIDI controller.

Equiptment

GUITARS
Fender American Deluxe Telecaster
Fender 65 Mustang
Martin Koa Acoustic
Breedlove Acoustic/Electric cutaway
Gibson 12-string acoustic
Danelectro 12-string semi-hollow electric

AMPS
Fender Cyber Twin Deluxe
Line 6 Spyder III

DIGITAL PIANO
Yamaha YDP-141

RECORDING EQUIPTMENT
Saffire 6 USB Interface
Novation Zero SLMkII USB mixer
Akai LPK25 MIDI keyboard

SOFTWARE
Ableton Live 9
Reason 6

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with any of my guitars and my Lunchbox amp is also easily portable.
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Rhett May 30, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Amazing and patient! My son loves him
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Barry K. March 17, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Erik has provided a thoughtful progression of lessons based on my goals within a comfortable setting. He's been very accommodating to my work and travel schedule.
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Roberta M. September 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
The class was good!
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Erik A.

Miami Beach, FL 33140
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About Lucian W.

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Miami, FL

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- the 12 measure blues form and variations
- music history
- the 5 pentatonic scale patterns
- ornamentation: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends
- adding passing tones within scales
- the blues scale and it's modal equivalent: the country scale
- playing in various tempos and rhythmic feels
- alternating in position between blues and country scales (ala Allman Brothers)

About Lucian
Lucian W is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston and former faculty member of the Hartford Conservatory. His vocal studies have been with Jacqueline Jarrett and David Baker in Connecticut, Jane Ellison at Loyola University in Montreal, noted operatic tenor Carmine Gagliardi in New York City, and Gina Moretta (whose students have included Gloria Estefan and Jon Secada) in Miami. He studied privately with world famous jazz guitarists George Benson and Chuck Wayne and has had a full time performing career of several decades as a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, bassist, arranger and orchestra leader.
Lucian believes that by sharing his enjoyment of making music with his students, he can give them confidence in other areas. That is because, in order to make music, they must go through a process of physical discovery through pr
actice. They are then empowered by experiencing the connections between inspiration, work, and pleasure.
He performs, as a solo entertainer, an unusually wide ranging repertoire because of his versatility on guitar, piano, and vocals. Being an accomplished arranger with a vast library of charts also allows him to lead a ten piece orchestra as competently as a trio or quartet. He has performed extensively in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always try to make lessons as comfortable and enjoyable as possible yet challenging enough to maintain interest. I build lessons around the student's individual interests (specific songs or styles) so that he or she can learn the technical fundamentals in a relevant context.
My own curriculum is supplemented by the following:
Guitar: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Aaron Shearer Classical Guitar Method
Piano: Alfred's Basic Piano Course , John W. Schaum Piano Course
Voice: Jeffrey Allen's Secrets of Singing, Nicola Vaccai Practical Method

*** Studio Equipment ***
Hardman baby grand acoustic piano
OptimusMD1600 electronic keyboard
Crate TX50D guitar amplifer

*** Specialties ***
- Singing lesson time is generally divided 50/50 between voice building and repertoire. I accompany vocalists on both piano and guitar, teaching the melody notes as they are sung along with the piano. Then, once the melody is learned, I often switch to the guitar with just chordal backing. The acoustic guitar is also softer than the piano and lets the singer hear their own voice better. For voice building, I use my own concepts plus approaches of famous voice teachers like Jeffrey Allen, Seth Riggs, and Anthony Frissel.
- I am very experienced performing all styles of guitar and can cater to the student's specific area of interest, whether it be rock, folk, classical, or jazz.
- With piano, I work on fundamentals of reading and technique. Learning basic harmony and chord construction starting with triads (3 note chords), the student can soon read single stave lead sheets (a form of music notation widely utilized by professional musicians) as well as the grand staff. This approach trains the ear and makes learning how to play popular songs much easier.
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Carol January 17, 2019
· Guitar · In home
First lesson so far and took in just enough info so as to not be overloaded but enough to practice st home and keep interested. He was patient as I'm a true beginner.
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Salvatore D. April 5, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Has a lot of experience and knowledge, and puts in the effort to show it.
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Nathaniel S. March 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, very knowledgeable of theory and can help you better understand your instrument and music in general. Highly recommended.
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Lucian W.

Miami, FL 33162
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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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Blues Scales, Timing Composing a phrase, What to play and what not to play. Study of Blues Masters. History of the Blues and Future Blues.

About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Cory C. March 13, 2019
· Improv Acting · Online
James is a very caring teacher who took the time to get to know my strengths and weaknesses. He has many years of experience in this field and it shows in his lessons.

Thank you James for the training, I grew as a improv student from the time I worked with you. I utilized this class as a test for my profession (business) and am grateful that I selected you as a mentor/teacher. I am happy with the results and may be knocking on your door again down the road. Stay tuned.
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Brandy January 25, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Never showed up for the lesson
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Cory M. January 24, 2019
· Guitar · Online
woot! Learning!
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About Thomas F.

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Torrington, CT

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I can teach all levels and many styles. I make it easy for you to learn at your own pace so you can achieve your goals and have fun playing music.

About Thomas
Tom has a music degree focused in guitar performance and a combined professional teaching and performance career that spans over twenty years.

Tom began teaching in 1994 and still practices today instructing students of all ages on guitar and bass techniques, as well as music theory.

Tom is very laid back and embraces working at the pace that each of his students feels most comfortable. Lessons are about the student’s ambitions. If it is learning their favorite songs or a deep dive into music theory, jazz improvisation or songwriting it can be covered in strides that seem fit to the student. Books can be used for guidance and a custom lesson plan created that will fit specific criteria desired to be achieved by the student. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it!!
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George S. May 23, 2019
· Blues Guitar · Online
No doubt Thomas will help fill in some gaps. I think he's got plenty he can tech me. Looking forward 👍👍
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George S. May 23, 2019
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About Justin L.

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Miami, FL

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I've taught hundreds of lessons, over the past ten years. I have written, recorded, and produced my own songs, performed solo, and with bands. I have over 35 videos, and many of them are tutorials. I am sure I can teach and inspire you. Would you like to learn how to read music, or simply play your favorite songs? Or, perhaps you'd like to understand music better in general. Of course I can teach you scales, music theory, songwriting, and improvisation.

About Justin
I have played publicly in bands and as a solo act. I have written, produced, and recorded my own music. Otherwise, I have taught over a hundred lessons in my teaching career. You will be satisfied with me as your teacher.
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Amy June 18, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Great first lesson!
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Janet B. May 28, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Justin is a wonderful teacher. He is patient and explains thoroughly. I was very pleased and impressed with his teaching. Looking forward to my second lesion.
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Mike October 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome man!! really appreciates his charm and knowledge
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Justin L.

Miami, FL 33138
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About German C.

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Miami, FL
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I can help you in finally reaching that distant musical dream! Wether you are a beginner or just trying to get better, my approach will be creating fun and informative lessons focused on your interests. Guitar Tapping, Rhythm, Complex Chords, and Music Theory are my specialties. My experience is from being hired to play in multiple locations across Florida over the last 10 years. Reach out if you’re ready to jam!

About German
Hello! I’ve been playing for churches and various locations across Florida for the last 10 years. I specialize in Guitar Tapping, Rhythm, Improvisation, and Complex Chord Voicings. I aim to provide a fun lesson focused on your interests and musical dreams so don’t hesitate any longer, let’s get to jamming!
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German C.

Miami, FL 33174
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$42 / 30-min

About Bob K.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

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I've played and performed guitar for over 45 years. I understand how frustrating it is for students attempting to learn the instrument in the conventional manner. I believe the teaching system I've developed will not only allow students to progress at a greater rate but it was also allow them to play popular music more quckly.

About Bob
Hello there! I see that your interested in learning how to play this wonderful, versatile and fun instrument. I want to help you acjeve that goal. So a little about me...

I first picked up the guitar when I was 7 years old; my parents bought one for my brother but he never really got the hang if it. The instrument sat in our bedroom on the Southside of Chicago, gathering dust, until I picked it up. I was intrigued by it's look and it's fine lines. Although it was a little beat up it was just about the prettiest thing I had ever laid eyes on. About that time I was bitten by the music bug and was lucky enough to have lots of older siblings who listened to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who and many other still popular bands. I began to teach myself as I figured that, in time, I could replicate the melodies on those records by moving my f
ingers up and down the fretboard. I was hooked! I never put it down. I sought out anybody who could show me something new. I got better and better and continued to train my ear. I parlayed all of this into playing with rock bands,blues ensembles and country bands. Ive performed live and in the studio, backing up other musicians who were trying to make a name for themselves. My ideas on how to teach someone how to play are a little unconventional but effective. And I still do to this day. It's a project of passion and love for the music that drives me. I look forward to meeting you and finding out how you learn. And I promise that I'll make a committment to teach you in a way that fits your aptitude and learning style.

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Bob
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Bob K.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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About Marcelo P.

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Miami, FL

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I prepare the class according with the student ability manipulating the guitar and memorizing concepts. Also, I prepare the student to reach the intermediate level, learning scales, memorizing Notes of the guitar fret and improvisation in any key.

About Marcelo
Hello, My name is Marcelo Peralta I was born in Argentina, leaving in America from 1990. I have great passion to teaching new students generation music in the entry level experience where I have experience with kids from 5 to 10 learning music concepts and exploring the capabilities of the students manipulating the guitar and memorizing scales, chords etc, this is the first step and maybe the hard one at this moment the kid doesn’t know what kind genre likes or focus in an specific target, once the student knows what he wants and improve ability and concept the intermediate level is the next step; for now let start from the beginning because: is not time like the first time to do the right thing. Thank you.
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Marcelo P.

Miami, FL 33144
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About Robert H.

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Marietta, GA

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Let me guess. You’ve been wanting to learn your favorite songs. You’re hearing music in your mind and are struggling to write it down. Or maybe you’re attending concerts wondering how to transition to the stage. Well I’ve got news. I can help you to make those things happen. I’ve performed alongside world class artists, studied music with dedicated experts, and professionally taught lessons for over 10 years! My lessons are structured to provide a solid music foundation. You’ll learn music theory, proper music notation, and fundamental techniques, all while catering to your own personal creativity. Ready to make a mark in music? Let’s get started!

About Robert
I am a professional guitarist, composer, and educator committed to providing quality educational experiences in music. I graduated form Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Music, specializing in Jazz Performance.

I’v been enthralled with music since childhood and this has given me a life filled with rich experiences. I’ve had the pleasure of performing with world class talent and studying music with key experts. I’ve taught private music lessons for over 10 years! I currently perform with my own personal ensembles, The RH Group and the RH Trio, throughout the greater-metro Atlanta area.

I have an in-depth knowledge of the guitar, music history, music theory, and proven knowledge of technical skills that facilitate masterful improvisation. My goal is to help students improve weekly and unlock their own unique musical creativity
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Robert H.

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