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About Rich L.

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Hot Springs Village, AR
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About Rich
Music has always been my biggest passion. I started playing guitar at the age of 10, and I haven't been able to put it down since. In grade school I started my first gigs playing in bands and spent all of my time outside of school playing guitar.

Coming from a family of eight where there wasn't much money for schooling, I put myself through high school and college gigging, and teaching.

I earned a music degree from Wayne State University in performance guitar, studying under the likes of Joe Fava and Charles Postlewate. At the same time playing extensive clubwork, shows, concerts, studio work and teaching.

My styles include virtually all elements of guitar. Rock, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical and Jazz.

In "2006", I opened up a guitar studio in South Lyon Mi, where I taught, along with lessons from my home.

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I take a very serious, professional approach to my music studies and my teaching, but with a very humorous, and free-flowing concept to keep my students interested. I am very patient, and truly care about the progress of each student.

Each student that I teach has a different lesson structure depending on what the student wishes to accomplish. I tailor each lesson to help them move closer at a rapid pace to whatever style of music they have the strongest interest in. But because guitar is such a diverse instrument with many different established forms of technique, I do advocate developing proficiency in multiple styles of playing.

While I completely approve of learning to play music from TAB which expedites the playing of actual songs, I highly recommend that beginning guitarists learn to read music as you never know what they might end up doing with their knowledge. (Studio work, shows, teaching, or other scenarios where reading music is essential).

Starting to learn any instrument can be a challenge. But with persistence, guidance, and actual progress, learning how to play an instrument can be of the most rewarding experiences, regardless of your age. With my help, you or your child will be able to enjoy the experience of discovering how fulfilling playing can be.

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lessons in living room, music stands, acoustic & electric guitars, amps/cables

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Will provide a loaner guitar for a lesson if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues, Metal

Look Forward to seeing you!
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ViolaL December 24, 2009
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very nice and good to student and make the student wants to come back and learn more
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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 đź‘Ťđź‘Ť
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George S. May 23, 2019
· Blues Guitar · Online
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Spiky S. January 4, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
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About Rodrigo R.

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Long Beach, CA

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Musical concepts to understand your sheet music.
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About Rodrigo
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
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We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

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Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

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instruments and books needed
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*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
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Tui May 22, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
My son is a BEGINNER beginner. Rodrigo is a very nice guy and seems to know his stuff very well. I would give him 5 stars but I don't think he realized that my son needed the basic, basic 1st lesson (i.e. how to hold the instrument). We've only attended one session so this is fully based on that one lesson. I'm sure he'll adjust his teaching from here on out.
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Rosa Rodriguez May 22, 2018
· Accordion · In home
Mr. Rodrigo is a professional, respectful and super patient instructor. I could not made a better choice. I am looking forward to my next class @
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Axel October 26, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Rodrigo is a great teacher, not only an expert musician, but he shares all his knowledge.
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Want to take your music to the next level? Can't quite figure out why that band's chords sound so hip? Confused on how to write for an orchestra? Composition lessons with me can solve all of these problems! We'll create a curriculum uniquely tailored to your goals, covering subjects including harmony, voicings, melody, and orchestration, and focusing on the musical styles you're most interested in. Weekly assignments and personal interaction will ensure that your writing skills can only get better!

About Thomas
Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Estefania March 5, 2019
· Composition · In studio
So incredibly patient and knowledgeable!
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Eric D. January 30, 2019
· Piano · In studio
The first lesson was successful. My particular background in piano is unique, and my needs are atypical as well. I thought Thomas assessed my abilities, lack of abilities, and goals well and quickly. He started me on a different perspective on looking at music (reading the staff) that seems very helpful. I'm encouraged.
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Armen T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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About Anastasiya N.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Anastasiya
Anastasiya N. currently lives in Minneapolis where she just completed her first year of Doctorate Degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, Anastasiya N. studied at Grand Valley State University, MI on a full scholarship while pursuing her Bachelor Degree and received her Masters from the U of Minnesota. From early age and on she was exposed to music from her dad and that early environment helped her to form as an individual, a musician and clarinetist.

I encourage my students to get exposed to music as early as they can. Pursuing anything professionally does not make it less fun and exciting. Everyone can chose how much they can learn. I'm ready to provide any additional help with music practice, theory, ear-training if I see a student is interested and motivated to learn.
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Mahesh M. June 8, 2019
· Clarinet · In studio
Ana is quite understanding which I feel is very important for someone who is totally a beginner in clarinet. She is teaching me from scratch and is working with me to overcome my disability-related challenges in learning the instrument.
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About Natone M.

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Spring Valley, CA

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Learn to read and write music. Understand the building blocks of chords and scales. Ear training practice and practical application to all instruments.

About Natone
Hi, I can teach you to play your favorite songs, make your own songs, or how to record your music. I have been playing guitar over ten years. My current focus is Classical guitar, I can play any style though. I am in the process of creating curriculum to assist guitarists and musicians in general. I work at Taylor guitar factory In El Cajon, Ca. Feel free to ask me any questions, and I will respond to you ASAP.
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Della July 21, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I was totally impressed by the way Natone taught me how to learn the fundamentals of playing the guitar. He was thorough and made it easy to comprehend. I was satisfied by the structure he invented in order to make the information easy to grasp. Natone is definitely a great person and truly cares about his craft and the student being able to play as well as get the most from his instruction. I highly recommend him as a teacher of the guitar!!! *****
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Roger June 28, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." - Beethoven
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About Devin A.

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Phoenix, AZ
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Music Theory is the study of how music works. I enjoy helping students understand the elements of music theory including harmony, counterpoint and analysis.

About Devin
Devin A. has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio in Phoenix or online via the TakeLessons Classroom video-conference platform.

Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music Composition and Interdisciplinary Digital Media from Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship.

Devin has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production, and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new s
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Dominic C. December 13, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Fabian M. July 4, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Devin is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher! He taught me the basics of Ableton and the details of music production, recording audio/midi tracks, sound libraries, effects, etc. He guided me through the songwriting process, and made this complex software easier to navigate through and understand. I highly recommend Devin for anyone interested in enhancing their skills in music production. Thank you Devin for all your help!
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Jacob W. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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About David S.

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My goal as a teacher is to give you the facility to express yourself through music. The key parts to developing this facility are:

1. theory -- if you know your theory, you know the best way to express your idea without having to think about it
2. technique -- the last thing you want is for your technique to hinder your ability to express your idea. Having good technique lets your ideas flow naturally

When you take lessons with me, you get out of it what you put in. Your job as student is to be honest with what you expect to achieve and my job as teacher is to give you the tools to achieve it

About David
I am a bass player first, not a guitarist who also teaches bass. Students will learn technique, theory and groove from a teacher who understands that as bass players, we are in a unique position. Since bass is both a harmony and rhythm instrument we have the opportunity to develop into leaders in a way other instrumentalists don't. I will encourage students interested in exploring this aspect of their instrument

I have a degree in jazz performance from The Ohio State University and have played in numerous rock, jazz and off-broadway bands over the last 20 years. Now playing is something I do primarily for fun and my #1 goal is always that my students have as much fun playing as I do
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Robert F. July 10, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
As a beginning, self-taught bass player of four months, I wanted to find a teacher who could analyze and critique my playing. I scheduled five lessons with David over a time period of three months. David was instrumental in analyzing and critiquing bad techniques and habits I acquired. He very thoroughly emphasized proper fretting technique and finger positioning; exercises were given that helped me obtain full tonal quality and efficient fretboard navigation skills. We also reviewed basic theory, scale modes, rhythmic weight, pentatonics and arpeggios; seminal knowledge for the beginner.

A technical type player, David has excellent playing skills as well as a comprehensive knowledge of theory and its practical application. He is a good listener and showed a genuine interest in helping me achieve my goals. I definitely can see an improvement in my playing skills....playing more confidently and efficiently.

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Ben November 19, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
David has really tailored our lessons for what I was interested in doing. We are working on technique, musicianship and jazz. He was able to assess quickly where I was at with my skill set and pin point ideas and exercises to help me improve. I'm eager to keep on studying with him!
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Tomoya January 18, 2018
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David is a fantastic bassist. Every time I play with David, I am amazed how he plays solid groove and touching lines. He has good ear too, so it’s truly enjoyable to interplay with him.
Very contributive, patient, and friendly. David brought me a lot of ideas and consideration in detail. Nice guy!!
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About Aidan R.

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I am a composer and educator with a fresh and open view of teaching music. I am open to helping students of all skill levels learn to create, play, and engineer any and all styles of music, or even just to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a student's favorite music tick. I have a B.Mus from the University of Oregon and an M.M. from Boston University, and teach Theory and Composition at the Community Music Center of Boston in the South End. I want to make sure that every student's individual needs are always met, and that my teaching style is shaped around every student individually.

About Aidan
I am a composer, educator, and saxophonist looking to help students of all ages and backgrounds understand music as deeply as possible. I firmly believe that ear training and practical theory that helps students gain an understanding of a wide variety of music will help them appreciate and love music more deeply--it's like listening in full color!

I believe that all music has the potential to be great, and I want to help aspiring musicians and composers learn to be the best artists they can be. I am an experienced teacher and composer who teaches music theory and composition at The Community Music Center of Boston and holds a master's degree from Boston University, where I studied with esteemed composer Joshua Fineberg. I am also an experienced saxophonist who studied under Idit Shner at the University of Oregon.

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y to teach music to students of all skill levels with a focus on any style a student wishes, but don't think that means you'r education will be limited! I believe eclecticism is one of the finest virtues a musician can have, and there's something valuable every genre has to teach us.
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Aidan R.

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