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Want to Make it as a Musician in L.A.? Try Piano!

By Dorothea G. - Los Angeles Piano Teacher

So you want to be an awesome musician. Do you believe you will? Because that’s half of the effort right there – believing it. If you already do, then skip to the last paragraph of this article. But if you’re unsure, keep reading…

When you take piano lessons in Los Angeles, your success is within “Arm’s Reach.” I composed a song with that title on my piano recently, and licensed it to a feature film. I never forget how amazing it is that what pours out of my mind and my heart (and all over my piano) might actually be heard in a movie or TV show, or on someone else’s DVD player. I used to think that was all dreaming. That it was impossible. But why did I ever think that way?

My only enemy was the idea of “impossible.” But it’s NOT impossible - it’s a reality for me. So when I reflected on where that idea came from, I traced it back to loving friends and family who thought they were protecting me from delusions of grandeur. They told me, in so many words, not to set myself up for failure.

Let’s just clear this up here and now. There is no failure. There are only course corrections. I know this from years of practice and from teaching piano lessons. If my students thought of every wrong note as a failure, they would quit after the first two minutes of trying. So I help them to correct their course - note by note, chord by chord. It’s no different with our thinking – or with our life journey for that matter. We choose a song to learn. We make a thousand course corrections in the learning process. And then…we PLAY IT! If we believe we can, we will.

I chose piano because it was my passion, and it became my way of overcoming the impossible. Like no other instrument, you can hear an entire symphony on a piano! That’s why the genius composers of old were pianists. Do you hear simple melodies in your mind? Or do you hear multi-layered symphonic brilliance? In either case, you can make it real on a piano.

Okay, so you’re an awesome musician now - even if only in your mind. Now it’s time to find an instructor who can show you how to make that awesomeness live in the world, starting local piano lessons. Remember, once it’s locked into your mind, nothing is impossible.

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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA

All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
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 17 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, mu
sic 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 opportunity 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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

*** Studio Equipment ***
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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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Nancy M. January 18, 2017
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Loved working with Edwin. Looking forward to more lessons with him.
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Annie January 17, 2017
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
So far so great!
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Miranda December 18, 2016
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
My daughter enjoy very much learning with Edwin, he is encourage, charismatic and patience Teacher who makes fun to learn for his students,,, clearly He love his job!!
Thank you Edwin,
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Edwin I.

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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starting at
$37 / 30-min
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Joseph R.

Downey, CA

Classical and Jazz piano

About Joseph

Joseph R. has 5 years of experience teaching students elementary, middle school-aged children and adults on to how to play keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone while sharing his learning experience with them as a self-taught saxophone and flute player and his more conventional education on piano and guitar.

Joe started developing his musical talent through piano lessons at the age of 7. After only a year of formal study, he began to experiment with other instruments such as the bamboo flute, the guitar and the drums. When he moved to the United States at the age of 13, he was introduced to
the school’s band where he chose to hone his skills with the flute. Since then, he has been exposed to classical and symphonic repertoire. During high school, he joined the marching band and at the same time, found interest in jazz and alto saxophone. He decided to pursue a career in music by majoring in Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of California in Irvine where he has received his Bachelors degree in Music. He is currently performing at local jazz clubs, formal events and concerts. He would like to continue to inspire his students while nurturing his passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Scale Mastery
Instrumental Technique
Note Reading/Sight-Reading
Ear Training (!)
Live Performance
Music in the real world

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer upright piano
Roland D20
BX5a monitors
BX8a monitors
Shure, MXL mic's
M-Audio Profire 610
Yamaha YAS-82ZII

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide manuscript paper. Student provides instrument and have the option to purchase my music books.

*** Specialties ***
I train my students the classical approach for their beginning and intermediate stages, and specialize in Jazz and Pop music.
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Jeff P. August 5, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Joe is a great instructor. He has done a fantastic job explaining concepts in an understandable way, and utilizes a lot of computer tools to help the lessons, such as backing tracks. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Darian C. July 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Couldn't be happier with my piano lessons. Joseph has really catered the lessons towards me and my needs. He's a great teacher, very patient, and encouraging.
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Jeff P. June 2, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
I am happy with Joseph teaching. He knows his stuff. I like the fact that he plays a lot of different instruments and has electronics to boot.
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Joseph R.

Joseph R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Samantha A.

Los Angeles, CA

About Samantha

Grammy Nominated Samantha A. is a "big voice in a tiny body." With a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts, Samantha has been actively singing and performing for over 10 years. Now, a 20-something, this singer/songwriter has released her first (self titled) EP, is currently in the studio with her second EP and snagged a Grammy Nomination for her work on Blue Note Records artist Joey DeFrancesco's album, Never Can Say Goodbye, in 2011. Learn anything from breath control to songwriting to piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, ukulele, microphone, recording e
quipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
*Piano/keyboard required

-has travel keyboard available if necessary
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Nicole January 19, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The lesson was informative and fun and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!
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brittany December 1, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
lessons are always fun and my boyfriend and I have learned a lot :)
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Natalia October 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was very friendly and made my daughter feel comfortable.
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Samantha A.

Samantha A.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
(6)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA

Whether you're just wanting to learn the piano as an absolute beginner, looking to review and start studying again, or you're a singer / songwriter who desires to learn the piano to write songs or accompany yourself on stage, let's get in contact and start with some lessons.

About Mauricio

Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over si
xty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and create long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Valeria I. January 20, 2017
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Looking forward to more lessons with Mauricio!
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Andrew May 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
Great instructor! Always encourages me.
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Paula April 21, 2016
Guitar · In home
Mauricio is a very talented musician. He's friendly, punctual and professional. He's always more than happy to answer my questions. He was also very patient when helping me choose a guitar for my father. Mauricio is currently teaching my father how to play a Nylon Spanish Guitar (beginner). My father loves his lessons with him and always looks forward to the next one. As of now, he's only had 4 lessons, but he's already more confident. I can also see how much my father has learned and improved in such a short amount of time. We will definitely continue guitar lessons with Mauricio and I would recommend him to any age group.
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Mauricio O.

Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Connor C.

Los Angeles, CA

Piano has been my longest love affair. I play and teach all styles from Classical to traditional Irish accompaniment. I teach basic to advanced theory and performance skills depending on the student's desires. I have a BM in piano performance, so I'm extremely comfortable performing and teaching on piano. I'd love to help you discover your own individual piano style and find what music you love to play. If you want to learn to write music on piano, I can help you there too!

About Connor

I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is wh
at gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Saoirse January 7, 2017
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.
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McKenna November 11, 2016
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
Connor is the absolute best! Couldn't possibly find a more talented musician or a more wonderl teacher!
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wyatt July 25, 2016
Accordion · In home
Verified Student
super cool
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Connor C.

Connor C.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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