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About Jonathan S.

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Winchester, VA

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Fingerpicking or strumming, here we'll dive into the old and new sides of country from Willie to Paisley.

About Jonathan
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I am a Florida native, active doctoral student, teacher and practitioner. My career includes performing and recording as a guitarist and teaching subjects such as music or math. Grade-school academic strengths in mathematics represent my enthusiasm for the subject. The math equivalent in music can be considered music theory, which is another passion of mine. I hope to take these well-rounded characteristics to teach and influence others with what I have learned in my education and career thus far.

Education & Teaching Experience:

I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University and hold a Masters of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University (all degrees with a guitar performance emphasis). I also have a temporary teaching certificate for Music K-12 fro
m the Florida Department of Education. I have taught in Florida as a preferred substitute for general music classes, K-12. In college, I have given study sessions for music theory levels ranging from 4-part writing to post-serialism.

Degrees:
Doctorate of Musical Arts: Guitar Performance; Shenandoah University, expected May 2019
Master of Music: Guitar Performance; University of Akron, May 2014
Bachelor of Music: Guitar Performance; Stetson University, 2011

While giving lessons:
I ensure that every student receives fundamental foundation pertaining to the subject. While learning the basics, I advise that the student organizes their lessons and materials in a way that displays progress over time. With the proper knowledge, we can treat the heart of a subject with refinement in order to grasp its purpose and reason---whether its music or math.

Why?
My students have grown with confidence through a sense of accomplishment. Success does not only affect a person's well-being but can also impact other dimensions of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available if needed:

Footstools
Music stands
Pencils
Complete home recording studio
Computer/tablet/smartphone w/ internet
Speakers and playback devices
Reference books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student is expected to bring with them (if applicable):

Notebook or log
Reference/score materials
Instrument(s) and case
Accessories
Portable sound recorder (optional)

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz and Rock Styles.

Performance, Music Theory, Arranging, Composition.

Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry, Pre-Calc.
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Gina A. August 7, 2015
· Piano · In home
Jonathan is a wonderful teacher. I would recommend him to others for lessons.
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Shanna T. July 3, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor...very good at breaking things down to help you succeed.
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Nan Z. June 29, 2015
· Trumpet · Online
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction.
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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Country Style Guitar: Accompaniment, Lead and Fingerpicking Styles, Rhythm Chops, Country Scales ; Writing in Partnership with others of equal and advanced skillset. Basics, Intermediate and Advanced Learning Curves.

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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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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Adam May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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Paula D. March 12, 2018
· Method Acting · Online
James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!
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About Lyle R.

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I cannot learn something without wanting to immediately begin sharing what I know. That's what inspired me to begin teaching, and it continues to drive me today.

My credo is, "Take fun seriously." There is a reason we say that we "play" music; it is meant to be entertaining, for the listener and the performer. I know you want to learn to play an instrument so that you have one more pleasure in your life, and not to take up a new profession. But I also assume the highest potential in my students. If something is worth learning, it's worth learning well. My goal is for people to say to each other, "There seem to be a lot of good guitarists coming out of the Madison area. What's in the water?" My bottom line: Whatever your personal objectives, it is my job to discover them and help you meet them, whether you're interested performing at the campfire or the concert hall.

If you do not live nearby, we can learn together through online chat via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangout. I ...

About Lyle
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
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Evie June 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.
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Danielle March 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am thoroughly enjoying my piano lessons so far! Lyle is very accommodating, fun, and great teacher! I am looking forward to many more lessons. Thanks Lyle!
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Mack M. November 7, 2017
· Banjo · Online
When the lesson started we got right to the point and decided the best direction to take with the limited experience I have. I have goals for the next lesson and something to work with and someone to help me along the way.
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About Ben Z.

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Chickin' Pickin', Steel emulation, tone, phrasing, gear, etc! This is a very fun style to play. I can teach both modern and old country styles.

About Ben
Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and
experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

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Breedlove AC25/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Goldtone Dojo (Banjo/Dobro)
Emmons Pedal Steel
Gretsch Lap Steel
VOX AC-30 amp
Fender Bassman amp
Fender GDEC amp
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Greg July 2, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Ben was really chill, and even though I had no experience at all, he was patient. His style is super easy to follow, and he encouraged me to really enjoy it.
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Tim D. November 3, 2017
· Banjo · Online
I was a great experience and Ben is very knowledgeable easy to learn from
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Lance August 9, 2017
· Country Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)
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About Dan V.

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From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, and specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Acoustic, Folk, Rock, Classical, Blues, Songwriting and Recording.

About Dan
I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Gracie J. June 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter can be shy with new people, but not Dan! They hit it off right away and the first lesson was a success.
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Bridget April 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
Dan is the best instructor in the world
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Bridget March 22, 2018
· Piano · Online
Best teacher ever!!!!!!
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About Chad E.

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Chad was born in Neenah, Wisconsin. Since childhood he has been interested in music and the beautiful sounds that it offers. Starting out on the piano at a young age he moved over to violin and then to guitar. In 2005, he moved to Hollywood, California to receive his Bachelor’s degree at the Musicians Institute, where he studied guitar and music from some of the best contemporary musicians in the world.

Chad currently resides in Fort Wayne and continues to play in various bands and has recorded over 9 records with different acts. His style of playing ranges from jazz, funk, pop, Latin and everything in between. Two notable performances have been opening up for the legendary rock band, Jefferson Starship and playing guitar in the MTV show The Electric Barbarellas. He also has recently played in the award winning L.A. musical, Mulholland Christmas Carol.

Through his live playing experience he has learned the trade from hands on experience and wants to share his knowledge with his ...

About Chad
Chad was born in Neenah, Wisconsin. Since childhood he has been interested in music and the beautiful sounds that it offers. Starting out on the piano at a young age he moved over to violin and then to guitar. In 2005, he moved to Hollywood, California to receive his Bachelor’s degree at the Musicians Institute, where he studied guitar and music from some of the best contemporary musicians in the world.

Chad resides in Fort Wayne, IN and continues to play in various bands and has recorded on several records with different acts. His style of playing ranges from jazz, funk, pop, Latin and everything in between. Two notable performances have been opening up for the legendary rock band, Jefferson Starship and playing guitar in the MTV show The Electric Barbarellas. He also has recently played in the award winning L.A. musical, Mulholland
Christmas Carol.

Through his live playing experience he has learned the trade from hands on experience and wants to share his knowledge with his students. He has taught several notable musicians, songwriters and actors. With a weekly student base of nearly 60 students, Chad is a sought after music instructor and is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
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Chad E.

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About Austin K.

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Deltona, FL

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My method of teaching focuses on building up strengths and knowledge so that a student can become proficient at learning on their own. I do this by creating a custom curriculum for each individual I teach. This accomplishes two things, keeping you as a student entertained and enthusiastic. I have background in music theory, and have taught for several years to beginners. This has allowed me to learn to adapt to each individuals learning style so that they progress quickly.

About Austin
I love teaching others, and I love music. There is nothing better than spreading the knowledge and joy of music with others who are interested. I've been teaching for 6+ years with several different students. I studied with a professor at Stetson's University of Music, while also networking with several longtime instructors to learn how too better convey the information being taught. So if you or your child is interested in music let me help you by creating a fun and exciting learning experience!
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Dani July 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Wonderful instructor. He spends time with my daughter and explains everything to her in a very understanding way. He had a lot of patience and great skills! I highly recommend him to anyone.
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Angie July 7, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
My son absolutely loves Austin! He's very patient and allows him to play the type of music he's interested in. He started on acoustic at age 7 and at 8 is playing the electric guitar and loves it even more!
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Amie July 7, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
I have been very impressed with Austin. From my son's first day of lessons, Austin has been a patient and caring instructor. He took the time to find out my son's musical interests and tailored his lessons to fit those, which has made all the difference in my opinion. My son likes to practice and looks forward to each and every lesson.
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About Robert L.

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I am a Music Compsition Major from Wayne State University with a focus on Jazz Guitar and Theory/Composition. I have been playing for some 22 years now and have been teaching as my main job for over 15 years. I help students with Note Reading, Theory, Scales, Arpeggios, Chords, Strumming Patterns, Chart Reading, and much more. I am very personable and have a tremendous amount of experience teaching all ages and all levels.

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I am a Wayne State Music University Music graduate. I have a Bachelors degree in Music Theory/Composition with a focus on Jazz Guitar. I have been playing for over 23 years now and teaching for over 15 years. I am comfortable with all ages and all skill levels. Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Chart Reading, Theory, Songs of all genres, and anything else that a student may need help with I'm comfortable with. I've averaged around 50 students for the past 10 years so I have plenty of experience.
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Jeremiah May 25, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Rob is an amazing guitarist and a very easygoing guy. Highly recommended.
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Nicole April 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Rob is a talented musician and an excellent intructor.
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Rob is a HIGHLY skilled guitarist! And from personal experience I also know Rob to be an extremely professional and laser focused musician; given that I currently am in a musical endeavor with Rob, and recently acquired a position working with him as a fellow music teacher. Rob also routinely exhibits his musical knowledge, experience, and schooling; through his OUTSTANDING ensemble/listening skills, and through his ability to create very appropriate, tasteful, and unique guitar melodies. All this being said, he is one of the best guitarist I have ever worked with, and I would HIGHLY recommend that you choose Rob as your teacher!
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About Ray H.

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My guitar instruction is rooted in years of practical experience. I've played in countless bands, recorded multiple albums, and played a diverse array of venues, and I infuse my teaching with that knowledge.

My goal is to mold students into functional, useful musicians. I want to equip my students with the necessary tools and relevant knowledge to tackle unique issues in the modern musical landscape. Additionally, I have a keen focus on utilizing new technologies in the pursuit of musical excellence.

About Ray
The key to creative is a fresh approach, a new perspective. I realized this long ago, and I began to infuse this concept into my music teaching as well. I have been teaching guitar, bass, and voice lessons since 2007, and I have been told so many times that "my old teacher just didn't get it." or "he didn't understand today's music." A teacher's paradigm is the ultimate gauge of their ability to lead you forward.

My perspective is rooted in years of real-world experience. I've performed in front of thousands of people, written and recorded multiple albums, and traveled the country in my own creative pursuits, and I long to share the knowledge I've gained along the way.
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About JUAN CARLOS D.

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I have an Associate’s Degree in Guitar Performance and was awarded most improved student of 2016 at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA
I have designed lesson plans that range from the basics to advanced techniques. I offer handouts as well, and give homework for continued students that promote progress and creativity

I enjoy being able to see the students grow as musicians and spread the knowledge and love for music.
I aim to inspire others just as my teachers have inspired me.

About JUAN CARLOS
I have an Associate’s Degree in Guitar Performance and was awarded most improved student of 2016 at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA

I have designed lesson plans that range from the basics to advanced techniques. I offer handouts as well, and give homework for continued students that promote progress and creativity

I enjoy being able to see the students grow as musicians and spread the knowledge and love for music.
I aim to inspire others just as my teachers have inspired me
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JUAN CARLOS D.

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