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Jason F.

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Modern guitar music is often filled with heavy effects that mask the natural tone of the instrument.
A well played acoustic guitar can blend into any musical environment. Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, and Metal, or any cutural/ world musc. And yet, it's an instrument which needs no accompaniment.
Make your guitar sing by learning good technique, creative rhythmic picking and strumming, and unique chord voicings. Develop sight reading, improvisation, and composition. Within just a few lessons, you can expect results in learning a song of your choice, and understanding the songwriting choices made by your favorite artists.

About Jason

Hi, I'm Jason. I've been teaching and performing as a full time career for 23 years. During that time, I've developed a diverse, flexible approach to teaching that is customized to the needs and interests of each of my students. I'll help you set up musical goals, and then use your preferred learning style to help you achieve them.

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My goal is to help you unlock your full musical potential by tailoring your lesson experience to your unique interests and goals. Your lessons will be a balance of technique and creativity. My studio is equipped with pro sound gear and software so we can incorporate drum sounds, keyboards, bass, and guitar into your lessons.
I encourage all of my students to read standard notation, but it isn't necessary if you would prefer to learn by ear.

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comfortable teaching most styles, including R&B, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Funk, Rock and Metal. I try to encourage all students to learn the basics of music theory, so you can understand the music you learn.

-I use a wide range of method books. I also use books that I have authored, which have been used in music programs in Baltimore area private schools and charter schools.
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June 11, 2018
Brenden
I've been going to Jason for a few months now and I have significantly improved my playing ability and increased my music knowledge. Lessons are tailored to what I want to learn and there has been noticeable improvement even over a short period of time.
June 8, 2018
Tanna
He is really patient and kind, and he got playing songs in days.
March 19, 2018
Leslie
Jason tailors the course to a student's individual learning pace and needs. There is also a good combination between theory and learning cords to play a song. Technique is emphasized to build good habits and a foundation for future growth.

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Jason F.

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Lessons are tailored towards the students goals and abilities. Play with or without a pick, learn popular songs, or write your own.

Over the last 25+ years of teaching guitar, I've found that most of my students want to learn to play popular songs they've heard on the radio (I teach all decades of songs, from 1920's to current hits, and I "take requests").

I can also teach note-reading and music theory (optional- recommended for those who want to major or minor in music in college, and for those who already play another treble-clef instrument).

My goal is to build confidence and make learning fun. I hone in on a students' strengths and weaknesses, build on the strengths and gradually improve the weaknesses.

Acoustic guitar is the most social musical instrument there is! So get started! I promise you will have a non-threatening, relaxed environment to learn in, and go at a pace that is just right for you.

About Carla

Music is my LIFE!

After more than 25 years of teaching at music camps, music stores, 3 colleges and my home, I completely understand that the lessons are all about YOU, the student: what you want to learn, taught to you in a way that works for your brain and personality.

And if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, that's OK. We can figure that out together as we go along learning the basics.

I help students learn to play songs by artists they like.

I also help students write songs, or put chords to their existing lyrics.

For those who are interested, I teach note-reading (not required) and theory (not required) and ear training (not required).

The lessons are always tailored towards your (the student's) goals.

I also teach classical and fingerstyle guitar for the occasional person who specifically wants

either of those styles.

My purpose as a teacher: help people have a fun experience, learning in an organized way, adapted to your learning style and goals, while learning to do exactly what you wanted to do when you decided you wanted to play the guitar.

In 1994, I was let go from my job at a music store because I was sick. Which sounds awful, but was the best thing to ever happen to me- it was then I got over my fears and became a full-time musician, teaching and writing and performing. I have never looked back! I may not be a household name, but I am living the dream.

Whether you want to sing to your kids or play for an audience of 50,000, or just play guitar for yourself, you first have to get started.

Wait no longer! The guitar is calling!
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September 3, 2019
Ted
Carla's teaching technique was perfect for me. I have played the guitar for longer than I care to admit and even I was tired of hearing my same old stuff. She incrementally moved me forward line by line, measure by measure to where I now have several fingerpicking style numbers in my portfolio.

Playing for my own enjoyment is now enjoyable once again.

My lessons were online and very effective - when I got stuck, Carla would send me a sample audio clip of her playing the difficult part which was a godsend for me in how I learn new musical things.

I highly recommend Carla and her Carlalology method of guitar teaching. You won't be disappointed.
August 26, 2019
Earl *.
Great teacher and she teaches many different styles of playing.
July 23, 2019
Paul P.
i originally selected carla as my instructor based on her skills, resume, other students comments etc. listed on the website. shortly after my lessons began i realized she was a vital resource for guidance, knowledge and material all of which would enable me to grow as a musician. she is talented, smart, inspirational, funny and more, what else could you ask for?!!!!

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Carla U.

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I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught guitar multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA.
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara

I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away fro

m sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
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May 21, 2019
Jillian A.
May 16, 2019
Anaiyah
Pure Awesomeness!
Thank you Ms. Tara.
Respect.
April 4, 2019
Paul P.
A gifted teacher and a lovely person. I couldn't ask for more.

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Joshua B.

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Students can expect lessons catered to their unique learning styles, goals, and trajectory. A potential ultimate goal is to help students develop instrumental skills and a musical literacy so they can achieve whatever their musical dreams are.

About Joshua

I am a tutor who earned a music teaching degree, substitute taught, and didn't become a school teacher. I held professional tech retail jobs and am supplementing my life with my passion - education.

Whatever subject or instrument I teach, I celebrate students' successes; and I enjoy helping learners have new aha moments.

The majority of my students take guitar, bass guitar, or Spanish lessons. I am an educator and help my students learn other skills and knowledge sets too.

I went to Ohio State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Cum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band.

Through my healing journey, I've developed patience, insight, and understanding for my students' learning processes.

I'm excited to help you incorporate new skills into your life!

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December 18, 2018
Dee Dee B.
My son had a wonderful lesson and was well prepared for his exam
September 16, 2018
Cameron P.
Our son first time playing bassoon. Base on my son experience, he find Joshua to be very nice, patients, and explains a lot of information. It help him understand about the instrument and the sound when he play. He do have a sense of humor which help my son to have fun and be more comfortable. He also teaches other instruments, too. Highly recommended to everyone!!!!
June 22, 2018
Torrin P.
This was my sons first guitar lesson with Joshua. Lesson went great. Because of Josh’s positive demeanor, My son is motivated to practice everyday. All good!

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Ethan E.

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Touring guitarist, experienced composer for film/media, and professional music instructor for the past 8 years! I graduated Magna Cum Laude from McNally Smith College of Music with two bachelor's degrees; Guitar Performance and Instrumental Composition. I have taught students of literally all ages (4-76) and most specialize in guitar, music theory, and composition. I also teach beginner to intermediate piano lessons! My greatest strong suit as a teacher is my incredible flexibility in adapting to the student's learning style. Originally a self-taught guitarist, I know the struggles of learning or continuing to better oneself on an instrument. I guarantee you that I will work hard and patiently with you to help you reach your musical goals!

About Ethan

Greetings! My name is Ethan Elseth and I have been working as a professional musician, composer/arranger, and teacher for the past 5 years. I tour nationally and internationally as lead guitarist with Minneapolis's very own Har Mar Superstar and am an active composer/arranger specializing in music for media, film, and anything orchestral. I have an extensively wide range of experience and knowledge in my specialized areas; having done work for the MN Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, written music of nearly every style for clientele, performed and toured in a multitude of different ensembles, and have taught students aged 5 to 75!
I love passing down my knowledge and sharing my experiences with the eager student and seeing the "lightbulb going off" expression on my student's faces when somet

hing "clicks"!
Let's work together today!
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October 22, 2019
Jillian
I've taken lessons with Ethan for about two years now on guitar and piano. He is extremely knowledgable on all things playing, composing, song writing and theory related and helped me grow tremendously as a guitar player and musician in general. His patience and teaching approach have made me want to continue taking lessons. Ethan is great!
October 22, 2019
Amanda
Prior to finding Ethan on TL, I was really in a deep rut with playing my Uke. I was self taught and thought I had learned everything I could on my own. Ethan exposed my to techniques and ideas on the Ukulele I never would have imagined or found on my own! He's very courteous and the most patient teacher I've ever experienced. Unfortunately, I moved out of MN for work, but I'm considering starting online lessons with him :)
June 12, 2017
Chris D.
Fourth lesson in with Ethan and absolutely love it! I was recommended by a friend to try him out and don't regret it one bit! I wanted to learn more about music theory and how I can pair it effectively with my guitar playing and composing.

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Ethan E.

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I can show you the basics of guitar from tuning to your first chords. My speciality is in rhythm as I am a drum player first. Rhythm is so important to playing the guitar. I also have a strong foundation in the chord and scale theory as well as jazz harmony.

About Ben

Benjamin Engel is a percussionist and mandolin player from North Carolina. Coming out of a folk music tradition he has expanded his interest into the world of electronic music, free improvisation and world music. He most recently visited Dublin to work with composer Cal Folger Day on a historical Operetta. He has performed in long standing Brooklyn Based bands like Free Advice, Eamon Fogerty band and the Wyndham Baird band. His newest projects include collaborations with violinist/vocalist Concetta Abbate and sound artist Ted Robinson, in addition to his original music under the moniker Chemical Bags.

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March 31, 2019
Danya
Ben is a fun mandolin teacher and very thoughtful! He brings great tunes and gives helpful feedback to improve how you play.
February 6, 2019
Henry
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January 23, 2018
Concetta A.
Ben is a caring and thoughtful teacher. He helped me out at my studio teaching drum lessons for a 5 year old student and they had a great time working together! 5 Stars *****

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Aksel A.

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I am totally passionate about teaching, and I provide that spark that motivates my students into getting the best out of themselves.

I follow a modern customer-oriented approach based on win-win and long term success. The guitar student is an aspiring virtuoso, and I am as patient as possible with the students and following their own desires.

As long as he/she focuses on the image of the perfect player he/she wishes to become, I am committed to the full extend to motivate, encourage, help, assist, suggest improvements, correct mistakes, answer questions and everything that will speed up the student's ramp-up into becoming that perfect player.

About Aksel

Experience

Master professional guitarist with 25 years of experience playing a large variety of genres such as classical, blues, jazz, country, heavy-metal, flamenco, and more.

Cosmopolitan modern musician, songwriter, and improviser with a worldwide background including European, Latin, African, Middle-Eastern and Asian genres.

Exceptionally trained musical ears allowing seamless integration and pairing with bands and music setups.

Experienced guitar instructor and mentor focusing on achieving personal goals of each of my students coming from various skills, ages, backgrounds, and locations

Great band leadership and team-building skills based on goal driven and a win-win approach.

As a music guitar lover, I have been sharing my passion for my art gradually as soon as I ramped up my instrumental mastery. I have been free

lancing with guitar mentorship and tutorship for about 10 years now, and have had students from all over the world.

I mainly specialize in 2 types of students:
- Entry level students who are just getting started. Sometimes these students don't even own an instrument, sometimes they barely know what a guitar is made of.
- Players with a few years of playing guitar abilities who stalled for various reason: not enough practice, not enough motivation, bad habits initially acquired that hindered their progressions.

I can play a large variety of genres, from blues to jazz, metal to flamenco, classical to folk, etc. I stress on acquiring good habits early on while adapting to the student specific skills, or sometimes, limitations.

Teaching Method

I usually group all guitar skills in 3 different categories:
- Chords
- Arpeggios
- Solos
I then break all the unique intricacies and specificities based on the student interest and existing skill. Everything else depends on the student's favorite genre.
My standard procedure is to pick 3 songs from a genre that the student wants to play, ordered by level of difficulty, and break them down into fragments that subsequently constitute the homework for the next sessions.

My specialty is to make sure the student eventually becomes self-reliant and independent. I teach them the power of their ears. I teach them techniques to help them improve their ears to be able to play any song that they would like in the long term. There is a bit of theory involved, but it's mostly practice.

I am totally passionate about teaching, and I provide that spark that motivates my students into getting the best out of themselves.

I follow the students own desires. I use a modern customer-oriented approach based on win-win and long term success. The guitar student is an aspiring virtuoso. As long as he/she focuses on the image of the perfect player he/she wishes to become, I am committed to the full extend to motivate, encourage, help, assist, suggest improvements, correct mistakes, answer questions and everything that will speed up the student's ramp-up into becoming that perfect player.
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September 19, 2019
Yanis
I had a hard time trynna learn the skills i used to watch in concerts or youtube and with the help of Mr Allouch i made a drastic improvement and all of my struggling vanished, i'm pretty much able to play any song i can think of thanks to him!
September 18, 2019
Younes
Best instructor ever
June 2, 2019
Joey
Mr. Allouch is an excellent instructor. For me, placing my fingers on the guitar is hard, but he taught me to put my fingers in a perpendicular position and to make sure to press hard on the string so it will make a good sound. Thanks to that advice, it is easier to play the notes correctly. He has made it fun for me to learn guitar. He is an excellent guitar player and I am very happy that he has shared his passion with me. Merci beaucoup Mr. Allouch!

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Aksel A.

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I taught myself how to play acoustic guitar a summer ago and I'd love to show you the ropes from my own experience! I'll teach you the basics of chord making and strumming, after which you can pretty much play anything you'd like.

About Kelly

I'm a student biologist, chemist, writer, violist, violinist, pianist, guitarist, and music arranger (not usually at the same time). I primarily play viola in symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles; occasionally I'll jump to violin in pit orchestra productions for musicals. I'm currently pursuing a major in Molecular Biology and a minor in Music. I've had an effusive passion for learning and an ineffable desire to share it with others for as long as I can remember. I hope to go into science education after graduate school, while still maintaining my strong ties to the music programs I'm fortunate to be around.

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Subjects taught: viola, violin, piano, arrangement & orchestration

Experience:
- Youth Music Monterey Honors Orchestra, principal violist (2017-2019)
- Carmel High School Orchestra, principal violist (

2016-2019)
- Carmel High School Pit Orchestra, violinist (2018-2019)
- Sandpiper String Quartet/Trio, violist (2018)
- Youth Music Monterey Orchestras, volunteer violist (2018-present)

Honors and Awards:
- Carmel High School Orchestra Most Inspirational, Outstanding Achievement (2019)
- Youth Music Monterey Pam and Chuck McGowin Award for Outstanding Contributions (2019)
- Central Coast Section Honors Orchestra (2018, 2019)
- California Orchestra Directors' Association Honors Orchestra (2017, 2018)

Recently, I was named Most Inspirational and given an Outstanding Achievement award for my work in my school's music program. I was incredibly lucky to be able to arrange and orchestrate 'Ripple' for the string orchestra, in honor of a late teacher. For the same teacher, I later arranged five more campy 70s tunes--among which were Mr. Blue Sky and September--for a benefit concert that I helped lead.

I'm unfortunately unable to give advice to advanced students, since I'm always learning myself. However, if you're just starting out on the viola or violin, I'd love to teach you using what I've learned! The memories of my own journey are fresh for me, and I know it can sometimes be discouraging or aimless. My goal is to guide you towards the blinding light at the end of the tunnel and to help you out of whatever plateau you're in, whether you're in a transition period to a higher-level orchestra or if you don't know where to start putting your fingers.

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Subjects taught: biology (AP), chemistry (AP), language arts (AP), literature (AP), US history (AP), psychology (AP)

Scores:
- AP Biology (5), AP Chemistry (5), AP English Literature (5), AP US History (5), AP Psychology (5), AP English Language (4), SAT Chemistry (770), SAT Literature (800)

Honors and Awards:
- Carmel High Top Science Student (2019)
- Rotary STEM Scholar (2019)
- Carmel Valley Women's Club Scholar (2019)
- National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction/Honor (2018, 2019)
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October 21, 2019
Lauren
excellent teacher!
July 28, 2019
Naty L.
Great experience! Learned alot.

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Pranav
"I have been learning for past 3+ years with Jimmy and I got to tell you he a great teacher. I have lot of respect for him and his teachings. Not only he t
eaches guitar lessons he give me advise for personal developments. Three major things I like about Jimmy: He is available anytime to answer questions, He records lessons for me to practice at home and a clean studio.
Finally, I strongly recommend taking classes from Jimmy and I am sure you will see the difference and enjoy his teachings."
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Francs
"had a wonderful time with donnie in class he is an awesome teacher and will be my permanent teacher he helps his student to understand and has patients w
ith me i am kind slow but i know with Donnie ill get there class was great something to look forward to"
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Alex Krasner
"Jimmy has a very in-depth approach to teach music, starting from the fundamentals and building on top of them. I've been studying acoustic guitar and main
ly music theory with Jimmy for the past 3 months with no prior music knowledge, and I believe I already learned a huge amount about music.

I prefer taking the 1 hour lessons each week, since it provides enough time to think about the material being taught and to ask meaningful questions. I believe Jimmy's objective is to get the student to think about music critically, not just to memorize information.

I fully enjoy the lessons and think they are worth the effort and time!"
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steve
"Alex is a geat teacher. I am an older student who wanted to get better at guitar. Alex is patient and great at adapting lessons to fit what I wanted to le
arn. He even showed my how to improve my banjo skills."
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Doug
"Calvin is great to work with. I look forward to my lesson each week. He goes the extra mile by sending me practice tracks and focuses on the music I want
to learn. I am in my mid 50's and never had any formal music training. Calvin is fantastic and a great person too."
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Ava
"Really enjoyed the professionalism and cleanliness of the studio."
Audrey
"First teacher that really helped me learn scales! Taught me Daughters by John Mayer in less than an hour. I would highly recommend Sean to anyone just pic
king up the guitar, and I bet he would be great for people with higher skill sets too!"
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paul
"My experience has been excellentnt ! With Chenyu"
Zan Farooq
"Great first lesson."

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