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Paul S.

Beverly Hills, CA

I have vast depth of knowledge in music theory and can teach it as an individual subject or in conjunction with the learning of an instrument.

About Paul

Hi! My name is Paul and I'd love to share the joy of playing the guitar with you! I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years. I know much about playing the guitar and being an artist. I am passionate about music, which is why lessons with me are so fun. I know how to customize a program for the motivated student that will bring out the potential of the student at all levels. I will give the student a complete and practical program for advancement and help he or she discover their own talents at a pace that works for them. I even on occasion will conduct blues jams and
other challenges such as recording and how to do a You Tube video production that will give the student a chance to use their developing skills by themselves and with others. Here is feedback from one of the parents of a student of mine:

"Alex progressed much further with guitar than he did with piano and he actually got to the point where he enjoyed playing on his own. That was a great accomplishment and very impressive to me...you helped instill some discipline and over the course of your instruction, Alex learned a lot. You were always positive with him, even when that was difficult, and I admired that and still appreciate it. I always looked forward on Sunday mornings to hearing the material the two of you were working on and I know he enjoyed his lesson with you."

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, one of my biggest goals is to keep my students motivated and get them enthused about their music and committed to daily practice. I will strive to inspire my students, and ensure that all the while, they are having the time of their life! Practice and commitment are key. Students' curricula vary according to the student's goals and strengths and weaknesses. All students will learn how to play in tune and in time, know their fundamentals, work with music theory and learn how to use written materials. (And they will have fun learning!) More advanced students can learn about blues and jazz improvisation, slide guitar and also participate in blues jams with other students, record, and You Tube video production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All kinds of guitar and bass guitar equipment and portable hard disc recording equipment for student demo recordings.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a well functioning guitar, music stand, guitar tuner and metronome. Students will also need a notebook to organize written lessons I will hand out.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in blues and jazz mostly, but also have vast knowledge of rock music from it's blues roots to the more modern styles. I also can play in country style, and I play blues slide guitar.
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Ken A. April 2, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher

I played a little guitar throughout my life but was lacking an understanding of how the instrument works. I found myself strumming a few cords here and there but never with focus or improvement. After only three lessons with Paul, I'm now jamming to rock and the blues!Paul was quickly able to access my level of playing and I'm now understanding how the fretboard works and most importantly having lots of fun during lessons and practice. He teaches with passion and doesn't simply open a book but rather instills his lifelong experience and philosophy into lessons. Many can teach the mechanics of guitar but with Paul, you'll also understand the soul.
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Meg M. January 17, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Paul Rocks !!

I just had my 2nd lesson with Paul and felt inspired to write a review. I have wanted to learn guitar for many, many years now. In the past, I have always gotten frustrated -or bored- and gave up before I ever even learned a chord. Our 1st lesson, Paul started me with some very basic mechanics. It was just the right amount of information to keep me interested and challenged but not so much that I was overwhelmed the 1st week. From just 15 -30 minutes a day of practicing, I have already gained some flexibility in my fingers and am beginning to have a "feel" for the instrument. I have seen more improvement and learned more from Paul and the exercises he has given me in just 2 lessons than I have collectively ever learned from any other teacher in the past or any book or online tutorial. His knowledge of the instrument, as well as music theory, is vast and he knows how to break it down into digestible bits for maximum benefit to the student. So I am not only learning to play guitar, I am also being introduced to music theory in a very easy to understand manner. He is very patient and creates a safe and supportive environment in which to learn comfortably. I am SO glad I found him!!! His way of teaching really works or me ~ I feel hopeful, inspired and motivated for the first time ever in attempting to learn this instrument. Thank you Paul and Thank You Take Lessons !!
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Jake H. September 23, 2012
Guitar
Great teacher, large knowledge of many genres.

Paul is an overall great teacher. Before I took lessons with him, I knew next to nothing about playing guitar. I might have known the "box" minor pentatonic scale and possibly aeolian as a mode. Then I started taking lessons with him for Metal, my personal genre of choice and I started learning at a far more accelerated rate. Fast forward to about 9 months ago (January 2012) and I'd also grown an interest in Jazz. Fortunately Paul is an excellent teacher in both genres and helped my tastes (in both) genres develop and now he teaches me in Jazz. I even went to the Berklee school of music five week summer program (I'm to young to apply to the school's full time program) and thrived there. I recently got my report card for the class and his extensive teaching of how to play guitar from playing jazz chords to complex music theory (we're learning about chromatic harmony with the use of secondary dominants and tritone substitutions) helped me get only A's and B's. The areas where I got A's include classes such as high level theory, ensemble classes, ear training and genre specific guitar labs. I only got B's in my reading and chord labs, my reading which has always been poor, and my chord lab which involved nothing but right handed chord charts (I'm a left handed guitarist). I dont think I would have been able to get these grades if i had a different teacher or were self-taught, even with my music classes I'd taken at school I was always ahead of the rest of the class thanks to my extensive knowledge of theory with Paul. Paul comes to my house, which makes getting ready for my lesson as easy as turning my amp onto standby for the Tubes to warm up.
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Paul S.

Paul S.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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$20 / 30-min
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Brenton K.

Los Angeles, CA

Musical Theory is just that: theory. We use this stuff in music to simplify the ideas of many composers into manageable bits. Once you get a handle on this stuff, there is no limit to your musical understanding. I generally like to focus musical theory students on understanding the overtone series, the circle of fifths, and historical uses of harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic devises. This generally goes hand in hand with arranging, composing, and ear training.

About Brenton

"Music is the best!" --Frank Zappa

That is the only thing I can claim to know for certain.

My ideals as a teacher are sound control, fun, and community. I teach all of my students how to play their instrument in a manner which they understand and enjoy. I demonstrate how much fun music can be once my student has the facility to create sound freely. And I inspire them to use this gift for bringing people closer together.

Since beginning my musical studies at California State University Northridge, I have been working as a musician in the greater Los Angeles area. Now over a decade
later, I continue to perform and teach - enjoying the whole ride wherever it takes me. While my primary instruments are Contrabass and Electric Bass Guitar, I have technical know how on a wide variety of instruments. Some of these include the violin, guitar, and piano.

I'm also happy to teach students who already have technical facility are interested in learning about things like musicality, melodic phrasing, harmonic analysis, rhythmic accuracy, ear training, reading in various clefs, improvisation, and much more.

Let's jam!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring whatever I need to a lesson, but I expect all of my students to take the initiative to have all necessary equipment for playing. That being said, if a problem ever arises in the procuring of this equipment, I am always happy to help in anyway that I can.
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Samuel D. April 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very involved and informative, great lesson. I really enjoyed myself!
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Aidan S. February 14, 2016
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Very easygoing, knowledgeable, and knows how to teach clearly and effectively. Good experience
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Ben November 16, 2015
Violin · In studio
Brenton is an excellent music teacher. Our son really enjoys and has made good advances on the violin as a result of his amazing ability and adaptability to accommodate each individual student. He is super kind and patient.
If it weren't for us moving, we would be continuing lessons with him for a long time!
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Brenton K.

Brenton K.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA

Theory 1 and Theory 2.
Rudiments, diatonic materials, chromatic materials to Twentieth century materials.

About Dr. Norman

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music book
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Paul September 11, 2015
Upright Bass · Online
Norman was extremely qualified and talented. His lessons were suited to my individual needs and he answered the questions and worked with me to make the most out of my level and limited lesson time. I have learned a great deal and this experience with Norman was well worth the time and money. I am grateful for his lessons.
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Dr. Norman L.

Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA

-Melodic & Rhythmic Music Notation
-Chord Construction & Circle of Fifths
-Chord Progressions (Diatonic Harmony, Modal Interchange, Secondary Dominants, etc)
-Melodies (Scales & Modes)

About Nils

Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping
you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplishment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Brian P. April 4, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher! Makes excellent use of lesson time and I was able to immediately apply things I learned.
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Lalo Lambert March 7, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
In the beginning, it was great, I loved it, but I moved in Paris recently for family reasons and guess what, They told me I need to pay for 1 month! It's not Nils's fault but Takelesson's
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Darren G. January 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He's top notch. Nils has a really positive attitude and is very patient.
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
(8)
starting at
$37 / 30-min
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Brianna S.

Los Angeles, CA

Music Theory spans so many different sub categories, and I'm here to help you with all of them: Basic theory, Advanced,Chord Analysis, Notation, Chord Progression, Note Identification, etc.

About Brianna

Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I want and love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 16 years, singing for 22, and playing piano for 18 years. I am currently in a recording and performing Chicago band, Oblio and Arrow where I provide backing vocals and help with the song arrangements. I also record vocals for different artists hooks, j
ingles, choruses, and entire songs (covers and originals).

History has always fascinated me. They way our world has developed and changed, and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things were to help understand why things are the way they are now.

Crocheting and knitting are a couple of good habits/hobbies I picked up about 6 years ago. I sell scarves online and I'm always working on some sort of project. I will have you knitting and pearling with the best of them!

Music, history, crochet, and knitting....I'm your girl!
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Rhonda March 22, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Very patient and understanding! She was great 😀
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Dana March 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brianna was a great piano teacher! She listened to my goals and really helped me achieve them! She is extremely knowledgable, too.
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Gabriel February 25, 2016
Singing · Online
Great teacher! I have never had a so clear explanation on how things work on our voices, both mentally and physically.

Thanks!
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Brianna S.

Brianna S.

Los Angeles, CA 90029
(14)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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