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Cristopher E.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Need help with the blues? Just looking to expand on what you already know? I can help you learn how to play advanced techniques with the blues or how to incorporate more advanced scales, rhythms, and chords with the blues, or I can help you with just the basics and learning how to improvise.

About Cristopher

If you feel like you're stuck or hit a wall, I can help take your skills to the next level; I can help you improve your technique, learn difficult songs, learn more about gear and gigs and performing, help you learn how to play any chord, key, or scale in any position, or help you learn how to solo, improvise, or write songs or come up with your own arrangements of other songs. I can help you learn to read/play rhythm, notation, and/or chord charts, or help you audition for school jazz band or rock bands, etc. I can also help you with music theory as well as learning modes and how chords and scales all work together, and how you can use chords to build all your scales and musical ideas off of, making it easier to improvise or write songs.

Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs

for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty minutes or for eight hours.

*** Background ***
I have taught guitar lessons for almost 20 years; I also can teach music theory and
composition, as well as beginning keyboards, percussion, and voice. I also gig professionally with
varying bands, as well as being hired to perform for weddings/events.

I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. I also have a BA in music composition from UCSD.

I can teach all styles of guitar from electric and steel string acoustic to classical/flamenco as well as bass guitar, and I can teach all styles from rock/pop to jazz to blues to classical to country

*** Lesson Details ***
I want the student to have fun with music, but I believe fundamentals are important too. Some schools focus on a "song first" approach, and while I prefer learning songs as soon as possible, I also believe learning some fundamentals will help avoid learning bad habits that can be difficult to break down the road. That being said, I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory and fundamentals will help them go a lot further.

Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn songs that will keep you interested. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn.

I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.

ALLERGY WARNING: I have cats at my house, so if you want to travel to my location, it could be an issue if you have cat allergies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand
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May 29, 2019
Yuka O.
Chis was a great teacher - very patient, knowledgeable, and inspiring.
March 16, 2019
Caleb
Great teacher. Very helpful and patient
May 15, 2018
Ashlea
My boys (ages7 and 9) love Cris. They can’t wait for their next lesson! We highly recommend him!

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Cristopher E.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

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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February 4, 2019
Scott R.
So far so good. Very patient as mistakes after mistake was made. Corrected quite a few mistakes I was making so that my habits would be good habits from the start. Let me talk to myself as I messed up and complimented me when I was on the right track.
January 18, 2019
Nancy C.
Great lesson! Thanks!
January 2, 2019
Robert C.
complete novice; adult student. First lesson very relaxed. Excellent blend through-out lesson of questions and information my goals and background as well as instructor's goals for me and his background. First "technical" part of lesson was manageable and care taken by Lyle to make sure I understood what was being presented. I left the first lesson feeling this would be a good fit between instructor and student

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Lyle R.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Blues is, in my opinion, foundational to virtually all forms of modern music from Jazz to Rock to Country etc.

About Randall

My love of music and musical talent was discovered when I was just five years old. An uncle gave me a plastic recorder and, without lessons or help from anyone, I was playing melodies within days. Soon after I started taking private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet.
I played my first paying job at age 14.
When I was 15, my private instructor, asked me if I would be interested in teaching. He put me on the County list of private instructors and and soon I had my own thriving studio of Sax and Clarinet students. From that time on, I have almost continuously been involved in music education.
Though I had listened to the rock "guitar gods" of the 60's I never became interested the guitar until, at the age of 15, I first heard Maestro Andres Segovia through his televised master classes. About the same time, I was amazed by the chord

melody genius of jazz artists like George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Bucky Pizzarelli. It was then I realized that the guitar could be an "orchestra."
In the small town where I grew up, there were no guitar teachers so I studied with outstanding Guitarist Ed McGuire. Later, I studied formally with several renowned professors of guitar, including Bruce Holzman at FSU and Randy Reed, a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina.
I have also performed in Master Classes for Classical Guitarists Atigoni Goni and Dimitri Diatchenko.
Before making North Florida my home, I toured and played throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast in a variety of venues and styles from Rock to Jazz to R&B.
Even after settling down I have stayed active in the music business, playing and teaching. I continue to work regularly performing solo, or in ensembles throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher who prefers to motivate my students by instilling my love of, and enthusiasm for, music in them rather than using any kind of "scare" tactics. I had a very few "knuckle rapper" style teachers over the years and found them to be very unmotivating.
A large percentage of the progress a student makes happens between the lessons. The more they practice, the faster they improve.
I also believe in building a solid foundation that my students can build upon. A good teacher teaches a student how to teach themselves.
On guitar, I encourage, but don't insist on, my students learning to read music. Some styles of guitar do not require it, but I do mention the gigs I have gotten over the years because I could read.
On all instruments, I am a big believer in great technique, musicianship and improvisational skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in back of the house as an addition. It has its own separate entrance and is approx 160 sq feet. Well lit and with heat and air.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a music stand if needed. Students must have their own instrument. They will need to get their own books, though I do provide much supplemental material.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Blues, Flamenco
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July 14, 2017
Trevor
I have been Randall's student for a few years. Randall is very knowledgeable about music and an excellent teacher. Additionally, Randall is courteous, professional, and punctual. I highly recommend Randall as your new music instructor.
July 14, 2017
Tammy
Randall has been teaching my son clarinet for the past 2 years in his home and we couldn't be more pleased with my son's outcome. He knows how to work With students and get them to advance to their highest potential.
July 14, 2017
Philip
Randall has been teaching guitar to my 12 year-old son for about 3 years. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He knows and can teach many different styles of music on several different instruments. I highly recommend Randall for students of any age.

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Randall C.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Acoustic and electric blues-- specializing in lead and rhythm playing

About Don

Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). Don
specializes in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching.

Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and video) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty and are most welcome!

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each studen

t. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

*** Specialties ***
Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students.
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June 5, 2018
Dean
Don is a super experienced musician that promotes local singer songwriters. He is very flexible with his schedule and lesson plans.
September 15, 2017
Brittany
Don was very kind, patient, and encouraging. He brought over a lot of his own materials so it was much less stressful trying to find things to do.
June 26, 2017
Barbara K.
Don does an outstanding job! He is able to connect authentically my son and customized the lessons to fit his learning style and needs. Don has drawn so much out of him musically and has also built a community of students that play together. He makes the lessons fun and engaging. He has opened up my 7-year old to the joy of playing and performing and has helped create a love of music. I highly recommend Don as a music teacher.

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Don S.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Blues is a simple music with lots of different nuances. The first style of music I learned was the blues, and it's the foundation for every other kind of music out there! I will show you how to play acoustic blues, Texas blues, Chicago blues... whatever kind of blues you want to play!

About Jonathan

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"Jonathan's experience as a musician and teacher helped me advance tremendously in my ability to play guitar and understand music on a more advanced level. He's great at relating to his students and takes a genuine interest in their progress. " -Victoria L.

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June 18, 2019
Elijah L.
Jonathan is nice and easy for my son to feel comfortable with. He comes to our house and makes learning easy and fun.
January 25, 2019
laura
Very helpful instructor, great at explaining information
December 1, 2018
laura
Great custom lesson

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Jonathan R.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Experienced guitar teacher of 25 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of fundamental guitar skills. I specialize in rock, blues, and country. Typically use study books, and also have sheet music available to use during lessons. You will learn simple and complex chords, lead guitar scales and melodies, music sight reading and music theory.

About Scott

I have been teaching private lessons since 1990 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home, or in my studio. I have helped students learn chords to accompany themselves when singing, learn rock, blues, and country lead guitar, and read music. Together we can tailor a course that will help you achieve your personal musical goals.

I have been playing guitar since 1968. I have enjoyed my life making music and love sharing my knowledge. I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is fun, casual, and challenging. Let's make this happen for you!

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September 25, 2018
Sean
I have been playing guitar (self taught) for about 25 years, just not very well. I was looking for a teacher that could help me fill in the music theory gaps. As well as help me formulate a meaningful practice plan that will get me over my hump. I gotta say Scott has hit the nail on the head every lesson. He first listened.. and as a result has delivered an eye opening and inspiring lesson every time. I highly recommend Scott for guitarists of all levels. He knows his STUFF!! Better yet, he knows how pull what YOU need from what he knows and deliver it effectively.
June 21, 2018
Laura Netherlin
June 6, 2018
Mike S.
Listened well and taught me what I needed.

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Scott S.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

The Blues is the Roots...And Rock & Roll is the branches...BB King
12 Bar, Texas Style, Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Slide, Memphis and Shuffle. I teach all styles and flavors! In addition you can learn the art of writing and singing a Blues song.

About Marie

I am a classically trained guitar player who ventured off into a variety of styles such as Blues, Jazz, Rock and Open Tunings. The greatest thing about being a teacher as well as a performer is that I am able to recognize and hone in on your natural music skills and teach you how to incorporate them into creating your own style of playing.

I’ve been teaching guitar since 2006 and enjoy finding the time to help my students move forward through all levels of learning and always keep it fun! I studied music and theater at Hunter College and The New School Guitar Study Center and have performed with some of music’s greatest players. I was mentored throughout my career by the late great Hugh McCracken one of the music industries greatest producers and top 100 guitar players and also had the pleasure of performing with the late B.B. King,

Wyclef Jean, Dr. John and many more. I have written and recorded songs for Off Broadway, Film and TV as well as teacher/consultant for many actors behind the scenes for networks such as WARNER BROTHERS, NBC, ABC, NETFLIX, HBO AND SHOWTIME.
I produced and recorded an Internationally successful CD titled “RESTLESS ANGEL” released in Australia and have been reviewed and featured in several top music publications such as PERFORMING SONGWRITER MAGAZINE, AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN, AUSTRALIAN GUITAR, BEAT MAGAZINE, AMAZON AND MODERN DRUMMER. I can teach and play just about any style of guitar with specialties in Electric guitar, instrumental fingerstyle, Blues, flatpicking, fingerpicking, lead guitar, open tuning's, slide and Dobro.
My style of teaching is unique and includes traditional and non-traditional styles of theory, rhythm and ear training combined with various styles of muscle techniques that I’ve developed in order to reach notes and not get bored and tired! I believe that ANYONE can learn guitar if they have the drive and desire. I'm a kind, motivated and patient person and my teaching style is straight forward, focused and fun! I look forward to working with you and helping you reach your musical dreams and goals!
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February 22, 2018
Belinda Sinclair
I was certain It would take a long time before I would be able to play a song on the guitar.. Marie Gabrielle, the famous “Restless Angel” blues guitar player and singer- songwriter, who occasionally opened for B.B. King, proved me otherwise..After every lesson I was able to play a song, and understand enough theory to use those principals in other areas of my music.. I was creating, and writing, and playing and right away...oh what funnnnnn...Marie Gabrielle is a super talent and makes you feel like one too..any chance to spend time with her and learn your way around a fret or two is a real treat.. run, don’t walk... magic Indeed...

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Adam H.

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Have you been trying to learn the guitar, but just don't know where to start?

Is the fretboard a mystery to you?

Do you find yourself feeling frustrated trying to learn songs?

Or maybe you are at a standstill with your progress, and need the tools to take your playing to the next level.

If this sounds like you, then Adam is the guitar teacher that you're looking for to guide you to your musical goals!

Imagine yourself being able to execute the songs that you've always heard, and understand how they're constructed so you can even write your own songs!

Imagine playing the songs and licks you already know, but being much more comfortable and confident, and sounding more like a professional guitar player.

I provide the most organized, effective, and professional guitar lesson experience possible. Every week the objectives are laid out for the student, to make their practice time at home as efficient as possible. Objectives are always very specific and paced properly to give the ...

About Adam

Have you been trying to learn the guitar, but just don't know where to start?

Is the fretboard a mystery to you?

Do you find yourself feeling frustrated trying to learn songs?

Or maybe you are at a standstill with your progress, and need the tools to take your playing to the next level.

If this sounds like you, then Adam is the guitar teacher that you're looking for to guide you to your musical goals!

Imagine yourself being able to execute the songs that you've always heard, and understand how they're constructed so you can even write your own songs!

Imagine playing the songs and licks you already know, but being much more comfortable and confident, and sounding more like a professional guitar player.

I provide the most organized, effective, and professional guitar lesson experience possible. Every week the objectives

are laid out for the student, to make their practice time at home as efficient as possible. Objectives are always very specific and paced properly to give the student the best and most consistent progress towards their guitar playing goals.

I love seeing my students proud of every step they take in their growth, whether it's a new song, chord progression or scale, and seeing them achieve their goals each week.
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June 8, 2019
Nick
Adam is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and most importantly a great teacher! He's patient and great at breaking down trickier ideas to be understood by someone with minimal theory knowledge like myself. And he's a great player to boot! I would gladly recommend Adam as an instructor to anyone looking for general music theory knowledge on the guitar all they way to more advanced level jazz techniques.

Thanks Adam!
June 4, 2019
Andy
Adam is a fantastic guitar teacher. He paced his lessons so that the amount of information I had to cover was reasonable for my busy schedule, and every week I came away feeling more and more confident in my playing!
May 31, 2019
Yami
Adam taught both my daughters. He is very knowledgeable and has a natural gift for teaching. The girls were engaged in the class and considerably improved in technique. He really is the best instructor ever!

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Bill
"I am finding Eric to be a very patient and encouraging instructor. I come out of the lessons eager to practice and try the new things he gives me. Thanks
Eric for making this fun."
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Mark
"Ryan has definitely opened up my perspective with regard to learning my instrument and "hearing" tonal options for music I like to play. I'm a working Da
d with very limited time for lessons and practice, so an online learning platform has worked best for me. Ryan has been very accommodating and flexible. More than that, he's been extremely patient with my learning style. In addition to opening up my instrument for me, he's fostered a passion for learning guitar and a taste for new music that I may not have listened to/learned otherwise. I love music and because of Ryan, I've found a very heartfelt, almost tangible, passion for playing it. Ryan...thank you!!"
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Rick
"Lessons with Nils have been a great experience. I've taken lessons on and off for several years and finally found an instructor that plays the music I wa
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thomas (63)
"Lucky for me that TARA moved to NY when i decided to Take Acoustic Guitar Lessons.She is very Patient & Knowledgeable with Different Music Styles.I have b
een taking lessons for about a year with good results.
Great Teacher & Excellent Musician with Mandolin or Guitar Highly Recommend ."
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Christopher
"Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was lo
oking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.

He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher."
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bob
"Exactly what I have been looking for. Terrific lesson. Just enough practice material for next week."
Ed
"Very knowledgable so far after one lesson"
Robert
"I was very impressed, satisfied and happy about my guitar lessons with Greg.
I'm German and booked just 5 lessons due to travel reasons. There was very v
age input from me to Greg when we started (I always play the same; want to get new ideas; ...). Greg did not just provide a regular standard lesson. He focused and addressed 100%+ my desires and needs. Greg provided me very conrete and great input in several aspects to what I can do to improve my guitar playing. This was very useful to me and enabled me to move my guitar play forward. I highly recommend Greg to anybody."
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Lamar
"Enjoying my Guitar Lessons with Mark. My strumming and rhythm has improved dramatically after just a couple lessons. Mark is a patient instructor and I
am looking forward to my next session"
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