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David D.

Scottsdale, AZ

About David

I've been playing guitar since I was 9 years old and teaching guitar since I was 14. I grew up playing in bands with friends. My parents would drive us (and a ton of equipment!) to wherever we were playing, which was sometimes 50 to 200 miles from home! I later did studio work and played as a solo entertainer. I also studied acting while in college, so being on stage and performing is very comfortable for me.
I have extensive experience in teaching both individuals and groups with regard to several different venues, including guitar, bass guitar, acting, public speaking, songwriting and stu
dio recording.
I also provide a unique service that my students tell me is very helpful. I record instructions, or demonstrations, and email them to you - on the spot! This way you don't get home and wonder "Now how did that go?" or, " How was I able to do that?" You just open the email and listen to it – whenever you like.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is geared toward each individual student. Everyone has different specific interests and desired outcomes, so my lessons are based on your priorities and your goals. Beginning with your first lesson you should feel inspired and excited! Even if you are just beginning to learn an instrument, you need to have a teacher who can supply you with what you need AND have you playing things that you like within a very short time.
This applies to all types of music; rock, standards, folk, metal, classic rock, popular, country, whatever you want to play. Beginner or advanced. So it's up to you -- just tell me what you want to get out of the lessons, and that is what we do! I may be the instructor, but YOU are the director.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Martin 1963 "000-18" acoustic guitar
Fender Telecaster electric guitar
Acoustic Amplifier (Acoustic is the brand name)
Digital Recorder (portions of lessons are recorded & emailed to you)
Digital Video Recorder (portions videoed and emailed to you)
All music, tab, and diagrams are supplied at no additional cost

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, sheet music, diagrams, and any and all notes pertinent to what we work on. I supply everything but the guitar that you are playing.

*** Specialties ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar. Rock, folk, gospel, country, finger-picking, vocal accompaniment, improvisation, lead guitar.
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Susan C. May 11, 2014
Guitar
The Joy of Learning Music

He lights up the room when he picks up his guitar and plays! Dave draws his students in with his welcoming smile and sparkling eyes that seem to say, "I'm having so much fun here and I want you to have fun, too." His pure enjoyment ignites a spark in us. We're motivated to have that kind of fun with our music while studying hard to advance our skills and techniques and reach our personal goals.

Dave is the consummate teacher--he energizes and inspires, he is trustworthy, of impeccable character, a guitarist extraordinaire, a former counselor whose mission in life is to help others achieve success. He conducts every class with good humor and patience. He is an inventive instructor with a toolbox of unique ways students can learn skills and techniques more easily. He is an honest appraiser of our work whose positive comments encourage and motivate us. He's Dave, who knows and teaches every aspect of guitar repertoire--country, blues, gospel, pop, rock, etc. His instruction is centered on the student's music preferences and goals, and he integrates a progression of the skills and techniques we need to learn with the music we choose. Practice is welcome, as it brings us closer to playing the music we love. Dave is the teacher who opens doors to new aspects of music and encourages us to reach beyond our expectations for ourselves. It's amazing what we find beyond that horizon.

Dave is a teacher for all students. Whatever your talents and aspirations, you will achieve your goals. And along the way, you'll be the one saying, "I'm having so much fun here!"

Dave is a treasure, and taking lessons with him is a truly joyful experience!
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Henry M. December 13, 2013
Guitar
Great teacher, highly recommend

Excellent teacher - very knowledgeable with good tips on improving. Very enthusiastic and recognizes improvements that provide encouragement. Teaches at your pace and the music you want to learn. Highly recommend for all levels
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Milan D. December 11, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
David

Would like to take the time to tell you how much I like taking lessons from David Doud. I have been taking lessons for 3 years now from teacher to teacher. The lesson's I was taking was not going directions I wanted to go. I just wanted to play guitar and make a song book up. When I called David up I explained to him what I wanted and he delivered. In a very short time I created a song book and my guitar playing getting better buy the week. January of next year I will turn 71 year old. I will continue to take lessons from David for a long time. I look forward to each weeks lesson with David because he make's lesson's so interesting and understandable and fun.I did not have that with other teachers they just made the lessons to hard and not fun. Milan
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David D.

David D.

Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Merrill L.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Merrill

I excel at mending breaks, achieving tonal accuracy from 'sloppy' or 'off-pitch' singers, strengthening the voice where it is weak and sweetening it where it is harsh, expanding range toward its physical possibilities, focusing the voice, bringing ease and confidence where there was strain and worry. In short, I teach students how to remove the obstacles that block us from joyfully expressing our hearts in song.

Vocal studies include many years with vocal Masters - people who know how to free and enhance each individual voice at a rapid pace - and an M.A. in Voice. (See Musical Training
below.) I have taken this training onto the stage and into my own teaching studio and used my experiences of what does and does not work - and what is most effective in the least amount of time - to benefit my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are fun and full of specific information and vocal "ah ha's" to bring rapid improvement. Each lesson is recorded on CD for students to work with at home.

We work on songs in the genre(s) of a student's choosing, and exercises specifically selected to build your voice. The exercises I use are culled from Speech Level Singing, Ann Thornton, Edward Sayegh (Garcia Marchesi method), and from my own inventions. The Speech Level Singing exercises are marvelous for helping easy production, chord coordination, and range. I am not a Speech Level Singing instructor, as I do not want to be limited to only this technique. Ann Thornton concepts deliver remarkable clarity, ease, and focus, as well as further refinement of chord coordination. Those exercises that I use from Edward Sayegh increase body engagement and the power of the sound.

We work songs from mp3s and/or sheet music. I can transpose and change the speed of recordings to taylor generic karaoke CDs to a student's voice.

I expect students to make solid - often very rapid - progress. And all students who practice meet this expectation.

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are starting voices and fundamentally fixing vocal difficulties. My passion is enabling the technical side of the voice the express what the spirit of the voice wants.

Children, teens, adults, no matter what the age, I know how to start you off into or return you to - a world of song.

Whatever your age or level, if your voice breaks or is uneven ... or you struggle with limited range... or you are straining... or if you have trouble with pitch accuracy ... or your voice sounds fuzzy or nasal or harsh - I specialize in guiding you to vocal ease.

Music Training
Anne Thornton, 2002- present-ocassionally (cabaret/pop/country/jazz)
Dave Stroud, 2004 (lessons during visits for Speech Level
Singing)
Edward Sayegh, 1996-1999 (opera/musical theater)
Masters in Voice, San Jose State University, 1996
(opera/art song)
Ray Brown, 1980s (jazz piano and arrangement)
Classical piano, 1970's and 1980's

Music Experience
Merrill currently performs one-woman cabarets consisting of various genres and has recently completed her third CD
Vocal Concerts (solo cabaret, personalized floor shows, salon)
Musical Theater (legitimate, straight, belt)
Opera (lyric soprano and mezzo supporting roles and chorus)
Club Jazz and Studio Work

Voice Teacher Training and Experience
Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in AZ, 2000-present
Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in CA, 1993-1999
Participant of Week-long Seminar with VoiceCare Network (2000)
Ongoing Music and Teacher Training

Other Skills and Training
Songwriting, script writing, theory, German fluency, Italian studies, transcription and arranging skills
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Norlisa K. July 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Merrill is excellent! She has done wonders with my voice. She works with you to bring out the best in your voice, and lesson after lesson, she teaches you not only technique, but also ways to really connect with your music and bring it to life. She uses humor--lessons are FUN! Merrill is also very personal; she doesn't have a cookie-cutter approach to teaching. Merrill gets to know you, and makes sure that she is teaching you and working on your voice, and every aspect to make it your best. She listens VERY intently to every note you sing, and helps every aspect of your voice that she can. I consider it a precious gift to have a teacher who won't let you or your voice get away with "mediocre," but patiently takes you to your best. Together you and Merrill set measurable goals, and as a student, I can say that I am defeating "vocal demons" and reaching heights that were only pipe dreams before. Thank you, Merrill, for taking my voice and music to a whole new level--and for making it so much fun in the process.
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Jere G. June 30, 2014
Country Singing · In studio
Is there any way that I could give Merrill 10 stars? If there was, I'd surely do it! I've been working with Merrill for a while, and she has helped me grow from a tentative novice to a full-fledged confident performer. With each lesson, I leave with a better understanding of my voice, and what I need to do to be the best that I can be. Thank you, Merrill!
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Wesley C. June 30, 2014
Singing · Online
I've been a full time touring singer/songwriter for years and although I get lots of praise for my voice, I've always felt it could be better. Merrill saw me perform in Los Angeles and was able to point out exactly what I thought might be lacking with my voice already. Since I've started working with Merrill via Skype (I live in Atlanta), my understanding of my own voice and what it can do has gone to a new level. I'm learning things that, I feel, will take me from being a pretty good singer who is resting on what he can get by with naturally to being a real vocalist. I'm excited to find out what my full potential is and it's with her guidance that I will get there. She's a blast to work with and nothing gets past her. If you want to improve and have fun doing it, you should get in touch with her ASAP :)
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Merrill L.

Merrill L.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(4)
starting at
$45 / 45-min
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Marty T.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Marty

Hi I'm Marty T. and there is nothing I love more than playing and teaching the guitar (except for my wonderful family)!
I was born and bred in New York City where I learned the art of guitar playing from the finest musicians in the world. By the age of 16 I was performing in the famous Catskill Mountain hotels. Being surrounded by famous musicians and musical acts gave me the drive to continue my studies with renowned guitarist / teacher Howard Morgan.
While attending the City of New York University I continued my studies with legendary guitarist Joe Monk.
I also studied with Joe Ravo and
Billy Bauer. By the time I graduated college, I had more musical work than I could handle so I opted to be a professional musician.
In this endeavor I ended up playing every venue possible in the Tri State Area. From The Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotel to show bands to Country Club extravaganzas, from jazz to classic rock, blues, Brazilian and so much more.
I boast a repertoire of literally thousands of songs....dedicated to memory!
This extensive knowledge is passed through to my students in an exciting and more important, a FUN manner. When a student is having fun while learning I feel as if I have achieved a personal goal.
I have performed with The Drifters, The Spinners, B.J. Thomas, The Tokens, Legends from Las Vegas and countless other name acts playing acoustic and electric guitar.
I continue to perform on a regular basis all over Arizona. I am quite well known and respected as a guitarist and bandleader.

*** Lesson Details ***
In general, most lessons are divided into two sections.

The first being the formal study of the instrument including the reading of music and the various techniques that incorporate the student's goals.

The second part of the lesson is how we apply these techniques to songs. This is commonly known to my students as the "fun" part of the lesson. All students truly enjoy applying techniques learned to their favorite songs.

After three to six months of lessons the student will be able to play their favorite songs.They will have also acquired the musical education to apply this knowledge to their goal, whatever that may be.

I take an extremely laid back approach to teaching, incorporating humor and positive reinforcement.

My students are asked to practice for a half hour per day and then then encouraged to "play" for at least another half hour.

I never forget that if it weren't for the fun and joy, I would not be involved in music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated music room with a baby grand piano, a keyboard, full PA system, amps and a recording system

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a temporary guitar for a student. One of my instruments is 3/4 size for younger students.
I will recommend books that the student should purchase (I can also obtain these books)
Students should provide 2 chairs (no arms) and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I like to customize methods for the individual. I do prefer the Berklee series for more serious guitar students. I have used Alfred's for some younger ones. Personally, I was brought up on the Mel Bay method and I don't really care for it. Besides general guitar lessons I can offer instruction to bands as I play bass keys and drums as well.
Music Theory is a very strong point for me. Ear training goes hand in hand with theory. Being a performer too, I can teach the student the ropes of stage performance.
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AllisonM April 4, 2012
Makes lessons fun and informative

Marty is really enthusiastic about teaching guitar. He is patient, willing to take the time to explain things and he wants the student to enjoy the experience of learning and playing guitar. My daughter is enjoying her guitar lessons with Marty. Thank you so much for your efforts Marty!
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CynthiaI March 23, 2012
Marty is the best!He is patient and extremely knowledgeable.He is able to break down music concepts so they are easy to understand and learn.He mixes lessons from the book with contemporary song choices (selected by you) so that you have fun learning!
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MilanD December 15, 2011
Marty

Marty is an excellent teacher. He is fun and easy to work with his approach in teaching with a new students I think is excellent. Thank you Marty for lessons we had. Milan
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Marty T.

Marty T.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Stevie H.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Stevie

I began as a musician in my high school drum line, where I discovered my true passion for percussion and music performance. Since graduating, I have toured the country with drum and bugle corps, performed Japanese taiko drums with Alice Cooper, traveled to South Korea to perform in a drum festival, and played countless gigs all over Arizona!

In addition to keeping a busy performance schedule, I love to teach out of my home studio in Scottsdale. I have a fully equipped teaching studio with 2 drum sets, plenty of practice pads, as well as guitars, electric pianos, and a white board for music
theory and visual aid.

I strive to keep a laid back atmosphere while teaching, so that students are comfortable and encouraged to express themselves through music. I am able to tailor my style to meet a variety of student needs. Whether you are a fresh starter just looking to bang on some drums and learn to write songs with a guitar, or a more advanced player who wants to develop their sight-reading chops; I look forward to working with you and helping you to forward your musical endeavors!

Cheers!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to keep a laid back and positive atmosphere so that you feel comfortable and are able to learn in your own way. Having worked with a variety of learners, and studied with a lot of great teachers myself, I have developed many strategies to help students grasp the material and understand it in their own unique way.

There is plenty of parking space at my home studio in the driveway or on the street, and it is safe day or night. Parents are welcome to wait in my comfy living room, go shopping at the grocery store just down the street, or grab a latte at my favorite local coffee shop.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl Session Custom 5-piece drum kit,
Roland Electronic drum kit,
Bass guitar and amp,
Electric guitar and amp,
Acoustic guitar,
PA system,
Mac Pro with Protools HD and plug ins,
Electric Pianos,
Music Stands,
Large white board and visual aids,
Library of method books, exercises and other resources!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drums:

I can provide sticks, mallets, practice pads, sheet music and a metronome.

I expect the student to invest in their own sticks, practice pad, metronome, drum set (if needed), and 1 or 2 method books for at home practice.

Guitar/Bass:

I can bring acoustic or electric guitar, small practice amp, tuner and guitar picks.

It obviously works best if the student has their own guitar to practice on, guitar picks, tuner, and method book.

*** Specialties ***
Being a percussion student and performer of over 10 years, I specialize in all styles of drum set as well as marching percussion. I also have students in beginner guitar as well as bass guitar!
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Ranjan C. September 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Stevie is great with little kids.... shows patience, consideration and makes lessons exciting for them.... my 6 y.o. loves learning acoustic guitar with him.
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Aaron S. February 19, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Learning a lot about the guitar

I started out with no experience playing guitar. Within a few weeks Stevie has taught much of the fundamentals. I am now feeling confident as I play my instrument.

He's always on time and has excellent communication skills.

I would definitely recommend Stevie to anyone interested in learning about music.
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Ritesh M. December 16, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Its great!

I have had 5 lessons with Stevie so far. My experience is excellent. Stevie makes it fun to learn and also he has great patience while working with beginners like me. A nice and friendly environment for better learning.

He understands patterns and recommends easy way to learn. He is very encouraging. I would definitely recommend Stevie.
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Stevie H.

Stevie H.

Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(5)
starting at
$26 / 30-min
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Ryan J.

Mesa, AZ

About Ryan

Hi! my name is Ryan. I have been playing for over 13 years and am happy to help you get started playing guitar. I love teaching beginners of all ages out of my studio in Mesa!
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Michelle July 22, 2015
My son is 11 years old and never played before. He has really been enjoying his lessons with Ryan.
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Bryanna July 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons from Ryan for five months now. Within those five months I have learned to use several techniques on the guitar. Ryan has also taught me about other instruments which has resulted in my guitar skills to be a lot better. Currently we are working on my rhythm by using the drums. Feeling the beat of the drums helps me with my rhythm. Ryan does not only uses drums but other instruments too. To help connect the instrument you came to learn on. Over all Ryan is are great teacher and I have learned more in five months than I did when I tryed to learn myself.
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Cathy July 21, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My daughter Daniella began guitar lessons shortly after the new year. Ryan is just great! He is patient and explains the proper techniques and fundamentals of guitar so that it is easy to understand and follow. What is also so great about his guitar lessons is that he listens to the student in regards to what kind of music they like and what they would like to learn how to play. Daniella has both an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar and has learned so much from Ryan!
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Ryan J.

Ryan J.

Mesa, AZ 85207
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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