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El Segundo, CA

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Earl Scruggs 3 finger style
Learning songs
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About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

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Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Delaney December 1, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Edwin,

Thanks for your patience. Delaney really enjoyed her lesson.

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Angela M. November 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My instructor was so patient, encouraging and clear in his instruction. I would definitely recommend him to others.
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Carol R. October 25, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Great lesson.challenging but encouraging. I love that Edwin gave me different ways to meet some finger limitations. Better yet, he showed me Thathe limitation didn’t exist with a little practice.
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About Zachary J.

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Prefer the Mel Bay method books.

About Zachary
Zachary is a multi-talented teacher and performer. He teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, banjo and more. As a singer/ songwriter, he has released 3 cds, tours nationally with over 100 dates per year and has shared the stage with multiple multi-Grammy award winners. He is an inspirational and motivational based teacher; he will make you or your child LOVE making music rather than dreading their weekly lesson. He has a BA in music performance and has taught for 10 years. He is an exceptionally talented and in-demand teacher and performer.

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Zach is very motivating and inspiring. He will not yell or discourage you or your child. He will have reasonable and attainable weekly goals. He will seek the best from you but will maintain professionalism and makes learning enjoyable and fun. Works well with all ag
es, from beginners to advanced; from young children to adults.

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Music studio, f/w keyboard, and all other instruments he teachers, seating for parents

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Student should provide instrument, stand. I will provide my own instrument (except piano).

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for violin (I'm comfortable with other methods, too)
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Aubrey C. April 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great with kids!
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Abby W. November 1, 2014
· Singing · In home
Relates to a 13 year old very well and is very professional.
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Janet L. February 2, 2014
· Piano ·
supportive and encouraging

I found Zach through 'take lessons' after my daughter had a few years with an intense classical pianist. I want my daughter to have fun and appreciate music and not feel the intense pressure she was feeling with our previous instructor. Zach was the perfect choice. My daughter loves her lessons. Zach does take time off for his professional endevors. Good for him. He has always let us know and connected with us when he returns.
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Zachary J.

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About Linda L.

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Tucker, GA

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I have been playing bluegrass banjo for over 20 years, and have performed for events such as Thanksgiving dinners at hotels, folk clubs, bluegrass festivals, and fundraisers. In addition to playing and teaching banjo, I play and teach guitar and piano, with guitar being my main instrument. I am no Earl Scruggs, but I am a great teacher for beginners and intermediate players. As a teacher, I am patient, intuitive, and always tailor the lessons to fit the interests and learning styles of each individual student.

About Linda
*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so.

I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children.

The students must have their own instruments, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs.
Piano: I prefer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory, with en emphasis on rock, pop, and folk music. I include arranging, chord theory, and use of the many features of an elec
tronic keyboard, in the lessons.
Bass Guitar: I teach rock, pop, funk, and country music on bass.
Banjo: I teach bluegrass, country, and some blues and rock music. I also play and teach old-timey frailing/clawhammer style.
Ukulele: I play and teach all styles of ukulele.
English and Reading: I am highly qualified to tutor/teach English (spoken, written, and reading comprehension) to both native English speakers and to those learning it as a second language.
*** I am particularly good at working with children who have a.d.h.d. and other learning disabilities!
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Lorraine D. November 7, 2018
· Banjo · Online
good teacher very relaxed and good attitude
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Teagan September 18, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Fantastic teacher.
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Shoshanna .. May 4, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
I felt really comfortable with Linda. Really enjoyed my first lesson.
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Linda L.

Linda L.

Tucker, GA 30084
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About Gio A.

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New York, NY
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I've played guitar since I was eight years old and various other stringed instruments for several years. I love the banjo sound and played a bit on my original album Heliotropism. I'd love to help novice players get their feet wet with the instrument, strumming and plucking away at their favorite songs.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Hardy S. August 22, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
tough connecting, but success...next week will be easier
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Gio A.

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About Mel P.

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5 string banjo Skruggs style bluegrass.

About Mel
I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!
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Elizabeth Coyne August 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!
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Lew B. February 27, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.
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Vern B. February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He is an excellent instructor. His teacher technique are easy to understand and follow. His talent with the guitar is that of a professional. I’m looking forward in learning as much as I can from him.
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I have been teaching banjo since 2007 and can guide a student with folk/ bluegrass/ old timey and pop.

About Derek
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

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Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guita
r, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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Katy November 7, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Patrick is enjoying learning banjo from Derek. He is patient and keeps him engaged. Such a nice guy.
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Patrick November 2, 2018
· Banjo · Online
I enjoyed the lesson and learned a lot from derek.
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Trey H. August 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Two Thumbs Up!
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About Shane F.

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I am a 38-year-old award-winning banjo player Playing Irish Tenor Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin & Guitar for over 30 Years & teaching for 15 years. I have performed over 5000 live shows with some of the biggest names in Irish Music. I perform regularly around the USA but mainly Central Florida and Perform at Walt Disney World on a regular basis.

About Shane
I am a world champion Fiddle Player. I also am an award-winning Mandolin, Banjo & Guitar Player. I have over 100,000 views for my online lessons on Social Media. I love teaching all standards and ages and enjoy making, learning music fun experience. It is not necessary to read music to play at an incredibly high standard, although I do now read music I started learning by ear. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and teaching. Thanks.
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About Hannah F.

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My number one goal when working with someone new is to have my student able to play their first song within their first 2 lessons, regardless of age or ability. When working with a new student I also find it very important that we discuss the students musical goals for the instrument, whether they are long or short term goals. From there, I determine a structured lesson plan based on the individual's needs and music experience.

About Hannah
I was introduced to the world of music at the age of four when my mother, an accomplished violinist, placed a violin in my hands. I have been playing the violin for 23 years and throughout those years developed an interest in pursuing many instruments in the string family. Teaching music is my passion and being able to share that passion with others is what makes my job truly rewarding. Through my years of teaching I have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages and abilities. As a dedicated and experienced teacher I understand that every individual learns music differently. My teaching method is based on differentiated instruction. I enjoy discovering, creating and applying custom learning styles during the course of my private lessons. I believe communication is an essential skill when it comes to teaching not only to stude
nts but also parents.

When it comes to learning a new talent, I believe that patience and consistency is key. Before working with a new student or family, I find it important that we discuss the student's interests and goals for the instrument. From there, I determine a structured lesson plan based on the individual's needs and musical experience. I teach many different musical styles including classical, folk, bluegrass, celtic, pop, etc.

During the course of private music lessons my students will learn basic to advanced instrumental techniques, songs, scales, sight-reading, and basic music theory. I also prepare many of my students for musical examinations, auditions and live performances.

I am new to TakeLessons.com but have been teaching for many years. Here is what some people have had to say about me.

"Hannah was an absolute pleasure to work with. My son took violin lessons with her from 6th grade until his junior year. She is a wonderful teacher who is both knowledgeable and patient as well as having an excellent rapport with her students. I would highly recommend Hannah for any age group of student."
-Michelle A. March 6, 2018

"Hannah , does a great job teaching students of all ages. I am an adult student and have been taking violin lessons for 3 years. She challenges me and pushes for improvement. Hannah focuses on intonation and proper technique. The Suzuki method is taught along with a variety of other music genres - bluegrass, Christmas & popular. Have enjoyed taking lessons each week."
-Patty C. March 5, 2018

"Hannah is an amazing musician who is also great at teaching what she knows. She’s professional, yet personal and friendly. She has also become a great friend and I will be forever grateful to Hannah for teaching both my daughter and I something we will carry and cherish for the rest of our lives".
-Susana C. February 22, 2018

"We found Hannah about 3 years ago when my third grade daughter wanted to start violin lessons. Now in 6th grade, my daughter still loves playing violin, and Hannah has been an incredible teacher and mentor. Hannah is a skilled musician, who also understands how to connect with students. She has high expectations while offering unwavering encouragement and support. She has nurtured our daughter's passion for music, and we are go grateful that she has been a part of her musical journey."
-Anna H. February 20, 2018

"Ms. Hannah has been teaching my son for about 9 months. He began violin lessons right before his fifth birthday. Ms. Hannah is very patient with him in lessons and he adores her. In addition, she works with us and coaches us on how we can practice at home. We have seen so much progress this year, and we are excited to see how far he can go with Ms. Hannah’s help".
-Ann B. February 13, 2018

"Hannah has taught me violin for 9 years. Under her guidance and instruction I improved so much I auditioned for and was accepted to the Mastery Orchestra at my high school. Lessons with Hannah have always been engaging, and she has the ability to reveal problem areas without being discouraging. I highly recommend her teaching."
-Evan L. February 12, 2018

"Mrs. Hannah, as we call her, is an outstanding instructor and has a precious heart. Her teaching style is one of comfort - she “reads” each student and teaches at the perfect pace for each individual, she is sweet, full of joy and always patient. We are incredibly thankful to have found her as an instructor."
- Jennifer B. February 4, 2018

"I've been taking violin from Hannah for almost a year and it has been amazing! Starting the violin at age 55+ was exciting but anxiety producing but Hannah made me feel from the first moment that I could do this. She is an awesome teacher and is so talented herself! I have learned so much and could not ask for a better experience."
-Melissa H. February 3, 2018

"Very pleased with Mrs. F. My daughter & I know Hannah for 2 years since she's still Ms. Jones until she got married and become Mrs. F. Mrs. F. aren't just sharing the love of music but she share love and care for my daughter. My daughter loves to go to her Violin lessons. She is very excited and happy every time she gets to learn with Hannah. She started to practice and work hard with Hannah's guidance since 2014. She enjoy learning process and I am so happy to see her progressing so well. Hannah's personality, high professional and communication very well with parents and she will come out of the room to greet & meet and talk to you before the lesson and after the lesson she will always give you an update about your child learning and what they're working on for the next level. Hannah is a very dedicated music teacher if you are looking to hire someone to teach your kids; look no further. Hannah is the one. She's very sweet, kind, care and very friendly. My daughter has improved so much since start learning with Hannah. She made it to become a Concert Master at Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (GYSO) and also made it to Honor Orchestra 2016. I couldn't be any happier than this. My daughter loves of violin has grown so much over years of practices with Hannah. I can't thanks her enough for what she has made my daughter become very successful.
Thank you so much Hannah."
-Joy N. April 21, 2016

​"Hannah taught my son Benjamin violin for 3-4 years. She was awesome! Very sweet-natured, patient, knowledeable. He really bonded with her and still speaks of her to this day, 3 years later!"
-Belinda P. April 22, 2016

"I was with Hannah for about 4-5 years. She helped me learn everything from reading sheet music to vibrato. And she is quick to get back to you if you have any problems."
​-Alexandrine R. April 24, 2016
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David August 31, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Hannah is a very patient and supportive teacher, and my daughter, who has taken violin lessons for over a year now, absolutely loves practicing every day on her own, in adddition to her lessons with Hannah. I attribute this to Hannah’s gifted skills as a teacher and her ability to tap into the unique talent and potential in each student. She’s a natural teacher, and very gifted in her education of young people.
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Brad May 21, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Hannah is awesome!
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Lorene March 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My family has worked with many different instructors. Hannah ranks amongst the best of them. I am particularly impressed by her patience and the words of encouragement she uses regularly during my son’s lessons with her. (I’ve had the opportunity to overhear her with a couple of other students, and she is the same with them.) We’re so lucky to have found her!
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Marietta, GA 30064
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Banjo is my primary instrument. We can do old-time clawhammer or 3-finger bluegrass!

About Brian
Learn to play guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele, or saxophone AND MORE from a PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN with over 27+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE in performance and instruction. I am also a MUSIC THERAPY STUDENT at Maryville University. I cater to ALL AGES AND ABILITIES.
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