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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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About Scott B.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Bluegrass guitar is one of my specialties and favorite ares of acoustic guitar playing. I've studied the old school styles of Doc Watson to modern newgrass players like Bryan Sutton and David Grier. If bluegrass is on your mind I'd be delighted to work with you!

About Scott
"a masterful guitarist -- really, a total whiz of a rare order."
--Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly

"a force to be reckoned with... sophisticated chord voicings, complex fingerpicking patterns, and a flurry of blues, jazz, and folk-inflected riffs performed with a ringing acoustic tone and an undeniable rhythmic drive."
--Wired.com

Scott is an internationally touring guitarist and songwriter based in Philadelphia. In addition to his work as an in-demand sideman for various artists and bands around the country, Scott is also an accomplished bandleader and composer with four acclaimed releases under his belt over the last ten years.

As a guitarist, Scott brings a modern, technical approach to traditional American styles - jazz, bluegrass, country blues, western swing and chick'n pick'n country guitar - but as a songwriter, he gravi
tates toward straightforward rock, blues, and folk.

Scott's guitar playing and songwriting has landed him features from American Songwriter, CMT, and more. He holds a BFA in Studio/Composition, with a minor in Jazz Performance, from SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY.

Scott is currently on faculty in the Music Industry department at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

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When studying with Scott, students can expect a comfortable and fun atmosphere that promotes experimentation and positive reinforcement. Employing a curriculum that is equal parts formal technique and informal playing of the student's favorite music, Scott makes every lesson engaging and exciting for his students.

After 3 to 6 months studying with Scott, beginners should expect to be able to play many of their favorite songs, have a firm grasp on basic scales, chords, theory and sight reading, and can even begin writing their own songs and improvising solos!

If you're already an intermediate/advanced player, Scott will push you to find your unique voice on the guitar and tap into advanced techniques and approaches that will help you fully realize all that the guitar has to offer.

Lessons are tailored to each individual student's particular interests and abilities. Wherever you want to take your guitar playing, Scott will get you there and beyond!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring an acoustic guitar with me. My student must only have a guitar of their own of any kind. If it's electric, an amp is preferable, but not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Guitar, Bass, Theory, Song Writing, Composition, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Advanced Harmonic and Rhythmic Concepts, Group Playing
I am schooled in Jazz, but have a passion for all styles, including rock, blues, country, funk, folk, punk, and world music.
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Kathleen P. July 14, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Randall D. May 14, 2015
· Bluegrass Guitar · Online
My first lesson was wonderful! I have been playing guitar for 20 years, and have been in a rut for the last several. Scott has already challenged me in my first lesson and I have direction for personal practice.
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barbara F. August 27, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Scott is not only an amazing guitarist, but he is a superb teacher. Kind, supportive, and has an uncanny ability to break-down difficult pickings and strums into understandable and easy to follow directions. Most importantly, very patient. I was self-taught in the 70s when everyone picked up a guitar, stopped as an adult and am now re-starting it again after 30 years-and enjoying every moment. Scott is able to teach any type of music or song and intuitively understands and teaches the guitar style that the student would like to learn. Any student who studies with Scott should consider themselves fortunate. Not only does he know his stuff, he is passionate about music and passing on this musical knowledge to his students.
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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 you're 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 Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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After the first lesson, you will understand the essentials of bluegrass guitar and be playing bluegrass! Bluegrass guitar playing requires a knowledge of chords, melody, licks, flatpicking/picking technique as well as knowing songs all of which we will start learning in your first lesson.

With 10+ years as a music teacher and professional musician I have picked up many approaches that will insure you are making the most progress and truly finding your musical voice.

About Calvin
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. I recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, mandolin, piano,
bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

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I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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Daisy January 22, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Just had the first session with Calvin. He showed up on time, he was very patient the whole time.
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Skylar December 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Terrific young man. We look forward to more time with him. Super positive and professional.
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David September 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
First lesson with Calvin was fantastic. Looking forward to the next. Great teaching on proper technique adapted to what I want to learn. Highly recommend.
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About Derek V.

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Austin, TX
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I attended the Rockygrass Bluegrass academy in 1997 and have played hundred of bluegrass concerts since then.
I can teach everything form old school Bill Monroe/ Flatt and Scruggs, to modern new-grass.

About Derek
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guita
r, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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Laura May 16, 2019
· Audio Engineering · In studio
Super Knowledgable. Psyched to learn more.
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Dennis May 16, 2019
· Banjo · In home
Derek is a very knowledgable instructor, easy to talk to, and I found his teaching technique is very motivating. He set realistic practice goals for the next session, which will require me to do my part, but that's the reason we show up, to learn how to play a musical instrument.
I highly recommend him.
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Luis R. March 15, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Derek was very helpful! No time was wasted! Awesome 1st lesson!
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About Kenny S.

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Chicago, IL

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Kenny has been playing guitar since the age of 14, has received awards and grants from the Canada Council, and is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His approach to teaching guitar helps students learn quickly and maximize musical potential.

I'm a guitar player and singer songwriter from Montreal, Canada, have been living in Chicago for seven years, and have been playing electric, dobro, and acoustic guitar in the studio and on the stage for 20+ years. I play fingerstyle in a variety of tunings and am also a proficient flatpicker covering folk, bluegrass, electric, blues, and country picking techniques.

Whether you are a songwriter looking to improve your basic skills to perform a wider range of material, or a flatpicker looking to refine your improvisation skills or learn fingerstyle and open tunings, I can help you learn the correct approach to help bring your playing to a new level.

We all have within us, the ability to be an excellent player. ...

About Kenny
Kenny has been playing guitar since the age of 14, has received awards and grants from the Canada Arts Council, and is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His approach to teaching guitar helps students learn quickly, have fun, and maximize musical potential. Kenny has played at Festivals and venues across North America.
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jamison odling June 16, 2016
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I studied guitar with Kenny for five years and his lessons undoubtedly made me not only a better guitarist but a better musician. Kenny is an incredibly patient teacher with well thought out lessons that follow a natural scope and sequence while always fitting the needs a likes of the student. He is an expert communicator and an inspiring performer. I highly recommend his teaching to any and all levels of aspiring guitarist whatever the style of music.
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Michel Zabitsky June 8, 2016
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I took weekly lessons with Kenny back when he was in Montreal and it was a great learning experience. He was not only open to working on the songs that I wanted but also introduced me to new and exciting stuff that have really broadened my horizons. Kenny is not only super knowledgeable and talented but above all is a great communicator and teacher who makes you feel comfortable learning new techniques and material in a stimulating and exciting way. Highly recommended!
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Michael G June 6, 2016
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Great musician. Great guy. Most important, a great teacher. Kenny can clearly articulate what you need to know.
Technique, right/left hand position, theory, altered tunings.
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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 Rick F.

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There is a hidden key that teachers on tube and books of self teaching will not reveal. I crossed the Brazilian style of learning with the American and came up with something that makes way more musical sense. I always challenge my students explaining that playing by ear, composing, improvising requires no talent, only trained effort. From basic execution of riffs to complex greek modes. You don’t need only a teacher, but a coach, a personal trainer and that is what I offer! I have experience on various genres and techniques.

About Rick
I have an energetic personality, which makes me more than a teacher, makes me your coach. I enjoy spending my time composing assimilations that I use as teaching tools. Life is too short for the amount of hobbies and skills that I love pursuing. I am bilingual, aircraft mechanic, I teach music since I was 15 years old, I love people, I love fixing stuff. I consider myself to be spiritual and an eternal learner.
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About Lance R.

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Fort Collins, CO

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Hey! I offer in person, one-on-one lessons in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. I recently received my Master's degree in music at University of Northern Colorado and received my Bachelors in guitar performance at Utah State University. I charge $30 for a half hour lesson and $50 for a full hour lesson. I also offer discounted skype lessons. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks

About Lance
My teaching philosophy is simple; I want to help my students achieve the goals they have with music. Whether that is learning a few simple Taylor Swift songs or passing a entrance audition into a university, I want to see my students succeed. I have worked on a curriculum that teaches skills and concepts that every musician must know. The combination of having a good curriculum in combination with teaching the students the music they love, creates good musicians and inspired students that are excited to come to guitar lessons each week.
I structure my lessons into four categories; lines, chords, technique, and repertoire. Lines can include melodies, scales, and for more advanced students soloing. Technique is an important area of focus for guitarists. Many older guitarists I know have injuries due to bad technique. Its very important to
instill proper technique in younger students so they won’t develop bad habits and have injuries later in life.
I love teaching guitar. It has been the most rewarding thing in my life. Seeing students gain confidence in their playing and also in themselves is an incredible experience. As a life long student of music myself I believe it is crucial to create musicians and music lovers out of our students.
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Lance R.

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