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About Edwin I.

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El Segundo, CA

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All styles - strumming, fingerpicking
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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 20 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

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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.

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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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Cole C. July 15, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My son enjoyed learning from Edwin. He has a great demeanor and is nice to work with.
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Ben A. March 27, 2019
· Mandolin · Online
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Madeline Andrew March 6, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Edwin was patient and very knowledgeable, he moved me along by using my musical skills while emphasising the basics to provide a firm foundation. He gave me some immediate gratification and set up some good challenges to work on for my next lesson. He is a talented teacher, and it felt like he was right in the room with me. Highly recommend!
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About Alex M.

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Minneapolis, MN

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From strumming chords & holding a pick, to using thumb & finger picks, alternate tuning & capo strategies, I work to inspire & elevate technique, musicality & fluency in the bluegrass genre.

About Alex
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, Oud, bouzouki, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedic
ate themselves to the craft of making music.

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I am an experienced gigging musician in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Instrument maintenance
Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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Richard B. April 7, 2019
· Blues Guitar · Online
One cannot do better than lessons with Alex. He is extremely knowledgeable and explains the most difficult concepts in a clear and perceptive ways.
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Mark February 26, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Alex was a great instructor! I have progressed mightily in the last 2 months of taking his lessons.
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Gregory S. February 16, 2019
· Bass Guitar · Online
Excellent lesson.Alex is very knowledgeable and the whole vibe was very
relaxed.Will be happy to continue my lessons with him.Great recommendation you made!đź‘Ť
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Alex M.

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About Mel P.

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Union, MO

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Flat pickin to finger pickin and even chicken pickin!

Lets get pickin!

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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Alyza June 11, 2019
· Fiddle · Online
best ever
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levi M. February 7, 2019
· Banjo · Online
Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you.
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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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Mel P.

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About Jonathan R.

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Forest Park, IL
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With lessons with me, and some practice, you'll be ready to play in no time.

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

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About Mikel B.

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Temple City, CA
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Hello there! My name is Mikel Barandiaran, I'm a Spanish singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, composer and a million things more that has to do with music. But that is not important right now, you are the important individual in this conversation. I want to tell you a bit about why I'm here:

I feel music everywhere, in movement, noise, people, nature, animals, silence, etc. It would be an understatement to put music into a category of comparisson with other things for me, because is basically my natural state of appreciation towards life. But, I can say something: I just want to help the world listen to that music, that is everywhere. I want the chance to help you get into the world of music, I will teach you to learn about your own musical ability and influences. I'm not going to impose a genre, style, technique to you. I want to help you discover your own path and we will go on your own pace. Luis Alberto Spinetta, one of my favorite musicians, once said that we are just bridges

About Mikel
Hello there! My name is Mikel, I'm a Spanish singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, composer and a million things more that has to do with music. But that is not important right now, you are the important individual in this conversation.

I want to tell you a bit about why I'm here:I feel music everywhere, in movement, noise, people, nature, animals, silence, etc. It would be an understatement to put music into a category of comparisson with other things for me, because is basically my natural state of appreciation towards life. But, I can say something: I just want to help the world listen to that music, that is everywhere. I want the chance to help you get into the world of music, I will teach you to learn about your own musical ability and influences. I'm not going to impose a genre, style, technique to you. I want to help you disco
ver your own path and we will go on your own pace. Luis Alberto Spinetta, one of my favorite musicians, once said that we are just bridges that connect the rest of the people to music. I believe that we owe ourselfs and to music, being truth to our own being and open enough to let that magic flow through us and reach the rest of the world.

We will work not only in how to play an instrument, but music itself, theory, arranging, composing, songwriting, tricks and formulas, pop, experimental and advance harmonic techniques.

See you on our first lesson, and bring some tunes you like!
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IBG February 13, 2019
· Piano · Online
Excellent and very detailed and friendly
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Matthias February 13, 2019
· Piano · In studio
First of all I chose piano, but he teaches you all that is necessary to domain the instrument, from theory to ear training. And it is not annoying or boring, I have AD syndrome and I cant focus as good as I would like, but he has found a way to connect me to music and be more eager and pacient to learn, I’m having so much fun wirth this that I’m even considering taking guitar or bass too
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Hannah February 13, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I’m taking guitar but also did arrangement and composition with him. Outstanding experience i cant wait till our next lesson, he treats you like an equal and his spirit is contagious in a good way of course, I completely recommend him!!
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About Lars E.

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Louisville, KY
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Learning an instrument can be a daunting task, it doesn't have to be! With my lessons not only will you learn how to strum, pick, strike along with your favorite songs, but I have developed a SUPER EASY way to unlocking the fret board. Stuck in minor and major pentatonic? NO ISSUE! Well get you knowing what, where, how, and why the fret board is the way it is and why certain tones go with others!

About Lars
Hello! My names Lars, I've been playing the guitar for about 13 years, I started teaching because I wanted it to he accessible to everyone. Music is a universal language and I think everyone should have the opportunity to have a teacher like myself, who won't just stop when a student learns all the major chords and scales. I plan to work on a personal level with the students I have, i want to build a bond with them. Teachers everywhere now are almost disassociated from their students, an obvious divide, and we wonder why students are becoming more and more stressed. I want to be on the level as my students, let them know that I'm just a guy, I just have time under my belt.
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Jamie April 30, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Best instructor around for sure! Such a variety of styles to learn from! He has an absolute amazing talent when it comes to the guitar!
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John April 30, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Lars was an exceptional teacher. He is thorough and has a immeasurable knowledge about the guitar. His skills are quite apparent, and just the environment and atmosphere he exudes radiates a positive learning environment. Highly recommend!
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Aiden April 30, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderfull experience. Lars really went the distance to make sure I knew my chords and he has never missed a session!! Very helpful and friendly.
10/10 would recomend!
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About Lucas V.

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Grimes, IA
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I currently have more guitar students than anything, and I think that relates to the wide variety I like to teach with. With a background in rock and roll, blues, folk, and bluegrass, I’m happy to teach you in whatever genre you enjoy!

About Lucas
I’ve been playing music since 2001, and performing in bands since 2010. My students LOVE lesson night. The key is meeting students where they are and listening to them; a concept that gets overlooked. Parent feedback has been amazing, and watching the student’s progress has been priceless.

Whether you’re taking mandolin, guitar, banjo, or whatever instrument you enjoy, you’ll find lessons with me to be both enjoyable and educational. My approach involves both A. Learning Songs (the what) and B. Music Theory (the why); an important balance. I look forward to watching you fall in love with your instrument :)
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Sara July 1, 2019
· Banjo · In home
Lucas has been working with my daughter for nearly a year, and she's really loving it! As a typical 6 year old, she doesn't have the longest attention span, but Lucas is patient with her, and that has helped her advance with confidence. We recommend!
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About John F.

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Monroe, LA

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I am a working jazz/classical guitarist in the Northeast Louisiana area. I currently hold teaching residencies at Matt’s Music, Paul Hewitt Music, Strauss Youth Academy, Questech Learning Center and Geneva Academy. I have a Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education (K-12) that I obtained at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

I am unique in the aspect that I am very patient and will work hard to push a student in the direction that they want to go - I firmly believe that the ‘right’ way to learn, is to learn what you want to play.

Currently I maintains a rigorous gigging schedule, playing five days weekly at the Warehouse No. 1 and Copeland's of Monroe, performing jazz and classical repertoire for solo guitar. I have taught students who have successfully auditioned into college jazz guitar
programs at ULM, UNO and UNT.

I have extensive teaching experience with people of all ages, and I offer recital opportunities throughout the year. I have a passion for guitar education, and ...

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Hi - my name is John - I have extensive and varied experience teaching the guitar, and would love to work with you!
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John F.

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