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Ryan B.

94 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $25
  • BA in Ethnomusicology from University of Illinois
  • Teaching since 2013
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Ryan B.

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I've been teaching mandolin for 4 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. Mandolin is an often underappreciated instrument which is fantastic for both melodic and rhythmic playing styles. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of strumming, picking, chord changes and melodic playing, with a couple simple songs too. Moving on from there I will craft lessons to move you toward a "goal song," making sure to cater your progress to your needs while keeping a focus on good technique. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experiences and I can't wait to meet you!

About Ryan

Ryan is a musician from Logan Square who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he

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The best!
Ryan
I have been working with Ryan on the Banjo for over a year now. He is incredible patient, encouraging and seriously knows his stuff!
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Randall C.

6 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Music from Gulf Coast College
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Randall C.

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A wonderful instrument with much more application than one can imagine. I can help you build an excellent foundation

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

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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.
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.
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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Nick R.

57 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $65
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1985
  • M.A. in performance from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
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Nick R.

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basic mandolin technique; Bluegrass, Country, world music repertoire, rhythm training

About Nick

Nick performs with Paul McCartney, Jon Batiste (Colbert Show), Zeb Bangash, Antonique Smith, Rob Morrow, John Lithgow, The Hot Sardines, grammy nominated producer/composer/Indian percussionist, Deep Singh (tabla player with Sting, Katy Perry, Robert Plant) and grammy nominated producer/trumpet play

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Steve B
Amazing instructor. Patient and knowledgeable.
Kara
Nick was a patient and enthusiastic teacher. I was nervous to start music lessons in my late 30s, but he made me feel comfortable and I never felt embarrassed. He taught me the songs I was interested in learning, but snuck in music theory and the basics along the way! Highly recommend
Shannon
Nick has done a great job with our 14 year old son! He has a great laid back style that is appreciated and keeps the lessons fun and engaging. Not only is he learning to play some of his favorite songs, but he is also getting ear training, music reading, picking, chord building, etc. We would highly recommend Nick!
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James R.

125 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Teaches students 9 and up
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 1980
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James R.

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It's all about Music Theory and Technique.

About James

PLEASE READ : Thank you. I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience al

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Jon
Extremely knowledgeable teacher. I wanted to understand the music theory, not just how to memorize chords. James is a great instructor for this because his whole approach is understanding the why, not just the how. Also very flexible and available for his students.
James
Solid knowledge and good guidance on theory and exercises to develop fretboard strength.
Kevin
As someone who came in with little to no experience playing an instrument, Jimmy was the perfect start for my musical journey. He taught me not only the fundamentals of the bass guitar, but also the fundamentals of music in general, which I can carry with me as I develop as a musician. Highly reccomended.
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Joshua K.

Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Secondary Music Education Instrumental from Ottawa University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Joshua K.

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Josh has been playing and performing music for over 16 years. He has achieved a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education and has experience as an instructor teaching private students and group classes for over 10 years. He has studied instrumental music education including areas of classical music, jazz, theory, history, and improvisation.

About Joshua

Experienced with students of all ages, backgrounds, and styles. Josh has been playing and performing music for over 13 years. He has achieved a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education and has experience as an instructor teaching private students and group classes for over 7 years. He has

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Edwin I.

123 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $49
  • Speaks Japanese, Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 1993
  • B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental - Guitar from University of Miami
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Edwin I.

123 Reviews
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All styles - strumming, single note playing
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
Repertoire
Music analysis

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.

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Gustav
Edwin is great at helping you build lesson & practice plans to help build the skills you want on guitar. I couldn't recommend him any higher.
Adriana
Very knowledgeable and enjoyable to learn from!
Gigi
I decided to take lessons with Edwin for guitar because I had been trying to learn on my own but I just wasn't progressing fast enough. Edwin taught me things you just can't pick up unless you work one-on-one with a professional. He is always on time for our online lessons, friendly, and patient. Every week I felt like I was being challenged just a little bit more and picking up new things. I would recommend him to everyone I know in a heartbeat!

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"Edwin keyed into where I was at in terms of musical knowledge, answered my questions with patience, taught me a great deal in just one hour and is professional. Highly recommend him."
Melinda
Took Mandolin lessons from Edwin I.
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"Very patient and persistent! Awesome instructor!"
Cindi
Took Mandolin lessons from Victor S.
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"I took mandolin lessons from Tara for about a year and a half, and I can't say enough good things about her. I was a complete beginner when I started with her, and now I feel prepared and comfortable when I play at jams. Tara taught me a wide repertoire of tunes. She taught me ways to play different chords, how to move chords, how different players may use different chords in different styles, how to read guitar chords, how to adapt when guitars use capos, and how to simplify or add chords. She has really good insight on how to start improvising and taking breaks. I think she adapts her teaching to use the technique that will help make the concept make sense to you. She is a lot of fun to learn from, and it is super inspiring to watch her play. Tara is an awesome teacher, and I highly recommend her!"
Kristin
Took Mandolin lessons from Tara L.
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"Excellent instructor, was prepared and presented me with great material that was exactly what I was looking for."
Corey
Took Mandolin lessons from Chris C.
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"When I met Concetta online, I had never played the Mandolin before. Now after 4 going on 5 months I am in the beginning stages of learning Vivaldi's Concerto for Mandolin. This feat was accomplished by Concetta's knowledge, understanding and compassion for this student who was clumsy, awkward and with little self confidence. I now know where I want to go with the Mandolin and with Concetta's guidance and wisdom, I know I will be given a strong foundation to achieve it. This has been the best experience for me and I know it will also be for you as well....:)"
Mark
Took Mandolin lessons from Concetta A.
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"I am so excited to start this new music adventure and Victor is so patient and very kind eventhough I know NOTHING yet and he really has to start from zero. I know he will help me make it happen, no matter how slowly I learn."
Michelle
Took Mandolin lessons from Victor Q.
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"Beginner learner here and very happy with Grant's instructing style. Very knowledgeable and patient! He is interested in making sure I succeed at my goals. Highly recommend!"
Kayla Percy
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Highly recommended teacher

I am in my mid-30s and picking up Mandolin for the first time without much background in music. Scott has been really great to learn from, teaching me not only the basics of scales and chords but he also has me working on songs and solos which I never thought I'd be able to do so early. I would highly recommend Scott."
Steve
Took Mandolin lessons from Scott S.
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"Tara's very knowledgeable about the mandolin and thorough in her teaching. She's also patient and keeps the session light and fun. Looking forward to learning more with her."
Brad
Took Mandolin lessons from Tara L.
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"Knowledgeable and patient!"
Missy Kremer
Took Mandolin lessons from Alani S.
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