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Hi everyone! My name is Leonardo and I have been a guitar player for over 15 years.

I am inviting everyone to learn all the aspects of learning guitar; from the basics to more advanced lessons which include complex scales and chord structuring. My goal is to analyze how each student best learns new information and consequently design an individualized approach and lesson plan.

My plan with the lessons is to combine key information about the art of playing an instrument with my own take on different aspects of the process. I have designed a thorough course which includes lessons on basic music theory (and how it applies to the guitar), chord playing techniques, scales on the guitar, strumming techniques, and much more.

About Leonardo
Hi everyone! My name is Leonardo Ortegon and I am a Music Producer, Sound Engineer and Guitar Player. I graduated from Full Sail University with a major in Sound Engineering and a second major in Music Business.

I have been teaching guitar for over 10 years and recently decided to provide Music Production and Sound Engineering lessons as well. Ever since graduating Full Sail University in 2011, I developed a habit of analyzing in detail every aspect of music production, so I decided to share this information and guide everyone in the right direction.

I believe that every student has a unique way and speed for learning. That is why I always design a personalized lesson plan for each particular student. I have years of experience teaching children as well and I am aware of the different challenges and personalities kids can bring to
the table :)

One thing I want to express is my passion for music and my interest to share such passion with other people. I have spent countless hours analyzing different approaches on teaching and also how information should be presented. As a result, I am confident my teaching methods will only bring great results, as I will make sure every student will leave every lesson without confusion or doubts on the topics I will present.
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He is a great teacher,he has taught my son many new techniques, a better position for when he plays, in the middle of teaching him new chords, and teaching him a new song. He is detailed and teaches my son what he needs to learn elaborately, and he is excellent, 5 stars!
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About Nils B.

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Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

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 accomplish
ment, 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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Adam November 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had several great lessons with Nils. He helped me break through a plateau I was on in terms of modal soloing and also with recognizing chord shapes and how the lie underneath scale structures. He was responsive, knowledgeable and quick to grasp what I, as an already experienced player, needed to improve. Highly recommended!
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Christi October 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son absolutely loves Nils. Nils has been his guitar teacher for a few years now and has been very patient and accommodating especially since my son has Autism which can sometimes make traditional instruction a challenge. However, Nils is able to recognize his strengths and treats him just like a regular "cool dude" and I have since seen my son be more confident with his guitar playing. Nils has helped my son become a better " Rock Star" every week.
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Yaakov A. June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher!
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About Dillon S.

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Miami, FL

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I'm an enthusiastic guitar teacher with 4 years of experience. I'm looking forward to teaching beginning musicians of all ages! My teaching style is entirely student-oriented, and I adapt my material based on what you want to learn. I often use my music theory background as a supplement, and occasionally I will give handouts and homework. I am primarily experienced in worship music, but am flexible and diverse enough to cater to your interests. Students will need their own instrument and gear, and a notebook or binder.

About Dillon
Hello and welcome to my teacher profile! My name is Dillon S.

I am a music and art teacher, and I have earned my Associate's degree in Music Education at MDC with a focus on jazz guitar. I have a fairly diverse experience in different genres of music (primarily worship/church music, but also rock, pop, punk/metal, jazz and others). I have also sung and played guitar, drums, and bass in numerous bands throughout the years (currently, drummer/percussionist for The Fortune Tellers in Miami, FL).

I have always had a deep love for art, and am currently working on my Bachelor of Science in K-12 Art Education. I have a particular interest in figure drawing/portraiture (charcoal, graphite, India ink), landscape and still life painting (acrylic and oil paint), and both digital and film photography.

I am hoping to improve my teaching skill
s through this platform and impart knowledge onto others. I am laid-back and a kid at heart, and I find it important to teach with a sense of humor. For the record, I'm also a huge geek. I enjoy video games, superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, animals (I myself have two cats), board games, cartoons/anime, technology/science... I also love traveling! If you're into something, feel free to talk to me about it, I love getting to know what you're passionate about!
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Carlos November 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My experience with Dillon has been very good. He's a great instructor. Takes the time to tailor the lessons to my needs and has given me material that has helped my playing a lot.
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Ed November 4, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Dillon is an outstanding music teacher who is very good in teaching his students multiple areas of music ( theory, rhythm, notation) in order to take their instrument playing to the next level. I have been a beginner Ukelele student of Dillon for a few months and have seen a significant advancement in my learning and skill playing of the ukelele. Overall, he is a very patient teacher who deeply understands music and takes the necessary time to work on the different areas where he sees opportunity for his students to improve their musical instruments playing.
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Maria B. August 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher
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About Jonathan T.

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Charlotte, NC

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I hold a Masters Degree in Music, am a certified North Carolina Teacher, and have been playing the guitar for the past 15 years. We will figure out at what level you are currently playing within the first lessons and then decide together what you want to focus on. This is YOUR lesson, and I am here to guide you down the path that you choose.

About Jonathan
Jonathan currently plays and teaches all the orchestral string instruments, guitar, electric bass, and brass instruments. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Emory and Henry College and then went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance with a concentration in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has performed in many ensembles throughout his career including: the New River Brass Quintet, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Emory and Henry Trumpet Ensemble, the ULM symphony orchestra, the ULM Wind Ensemble, and the ULM Jazz Ensemble as well as performing Handel's Messiah with the Gaston Choral Society and at various other churchs in Charlotte. He had the opportunity to travel to Austria and Germany to perform as well as acro
ss the United States at events such as the International Trumpet Guild Conference. He currently serves as the Albemarle Road Middle School and Crestdale Middle School Director of Strings as well as teaching private lessons in wind and string instruments. He is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, the International Trumpet Guild, as well as the American String Teachers Association.
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Gary II F. August 27, 2017
· Trombone · Online
Gary had his first lesson and got over the jitters of being "the first time" as well as the app which made us nervous "Yes dad especially!" being I was used to old fashion face to face lessons back in the dinasour era.

Thanks Jonathan for the great lesson and introduction to this program.

I look forward to more future lessons.

Gary
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Shadia Allen March 6, 2017
· Violin ·
Jonathan is an excellent instructor. My lessons were scheduled in the evenings and he accommodated my busy work schedule. He presented the lessons clearly; he adapted my lesson to my learning style and never forced me into just 1 style of learning. He also gave me a lesson manual and discussed alternative ways of practicing at home. Joanathan is extremely knowledgeable, I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn violin.
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Rin D. February 4, 2017
· Cello · In home
Jonathan is very professional, courteous, polite, encouraging, accommodating, and flexible. A passionate and well qualified string mucisian and teacher. I would recommend him to anyone of all ages.
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About Jaster A.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Whether you're looking to start from scratch or want to improve your lead or rhythm playing I can help you break through to the next level! My lessons are both fun and constructive and completely tailored to your needs! I teach in the style of Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen, Hendrix, etc. Blues Rock Shred Guitar

About Jaster
I've been teaching private guitar lessons since 2001 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home, my home studio in Brooklyn and online! My approach to teaching goes far beyond tabs and theory. Im dedicated to helping you achieve your goals by creating a lesson plan specific to your needs thats both fun and constructive!

Whether you're starting from scratch or looking to improve your lead or rhythm playing I will help you break through to the next level. I specialize in rock, metal and blues.

Artists that I have experience teaching include Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Metallica, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jeff Beck, ZZ top, Ace Frehely, Scorpions, etc.
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Lorrel March 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Jaster is the best. i have learned SO much in just 2 lessons!
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Dan L. March 15, 2016
· Guitar ·
An excellent and patient instructor,
Jaster can help you achieve guitar success! Highly recommended teacher.
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Fox February 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor. Very knowledgeable and patient. Explained everything so well and made it all easy to understand. Reasonable rate and flexible schedule.
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About Zak T.

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Greenfield, MA
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I have been an internationally touring guitarist for over ten years. In that time, I've played well over 1,000 shows and bring this experience to my students. I play most styles, both acoustic and electric, but have a particular focus on finger-style guitar. I am a very personalized teacher. I approach students as individuals and craft my lesson plans based on what excites them about music.

About Zak
I graduated with a BS in music from Skidmore College in 2002 and have been making my living as a professional musician ever since by touring internationally as a performer, making studio records, composing for film and television, and teaching. I am primarily a guitar player and a songwriter. I grew up playing drums and studied them well into college. I'm deeply influenced by the blues and country music, but I love anything that's good! I studied jazz and composition in school with a focus on improvisation. I wouldn't be half the musician I am today without the help of a few wonderful teachers. I think of them when I teach and do my best to inspire my students with the same joy and support that was offered to me.
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Bill D. July 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Highly recommend this terrific guitar teacher.
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Lisa December 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons from Zak for about six months. He is always enthusiastic and supportive. I recommend him to other students.
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Ethan December 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I took guitar lessons with Zak for about 4 years and it was a great experience! I would pick a song to play, and as I learned the song he would teach me the scales that go with it. So I would learn the song and the music theory behind it, super cool. I also learned how to read sheet music from Zak. I enjoyed taking lessons from him!
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Greenfield, MA 01301
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About Deven C.

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Palmer, MA
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If you thought learning to play and rock out on the guitar had to be boring, painful, and tedious, to learn, think again!

Experienced, self-taught guitar player of almost 10 years, at your service! FREE initial online (and/or in-person) meeting, to see what your goals or wants are for playing the guitar! Customized and personalized curriculums for each and every student based on your wants, and needs. Weather you want to learn how to read tab sheets, or just want to sound good playing your favorite songs and learning some sweet techniques while your at it, and impress your friends or family, let's talk! I like to get on a personal level with all my students, as I understand how hard and unmotivating it can be to learn, or play guitar. It doesn't have to be! Fun, personable, and relatable lessons, coupled with low prices, and a great goal of learning THE BASICS, to simple to intermediate guitar!

Let's talk, and see what we can do to get your music dreams turned to reality!

About Deven
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I'm a self-taught Lead/Rhythm guitarist with a local band of 5. I've played guitar almost 10 years now, and love helping people both new to guitar and veterans alike in any way I can. I love helping others play and appreciate the music they've always dreamed of playing themselves. I know how hard it can be to get started on guitar, as it can be quite discouraging if not approached right. I've been there. But I made it! I want to help you too! I can teach many different styles of song and play style. I personally love playing classic rock, hard rock, metal, punk, acoustic, blues, etc. but I've always tried to appreciate many of the different genres we here all over the place today. I also believe starting with something were passionate about can be the kickstart we need to take our music to the next level. Fun, motivating, and
informative, all in one teacher. Look forward to talking with you about guitar! Please, if you have any questions, feel free to ask! 😉😋 Thanks!
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Deven C.

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Palmer, MA 01069
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About Myk F.

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Greenfield, MA
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Everyone who wants to play music can find their voice and natural creativity, and learn the skills to play beautifully.

With an abundance of patience, Myk takes pleasure in working with kids and adults to teach them skills they can apply to music and beyond.  His lessons draw on his over two decades of musical experience as well as years spent as a yoga and meditation teacher working with children in NYC schools.  He has a passion for finding creative and personalized ways to make music accessible and fun for all.

Myk guides students to explore their innate ability to express themselves and use their intuition while simultaneously emphasizing proper practice methods, technique, rudiments, and theory.

He can help you advance your skills in a rewarding way as well as help with:
reading, harmony, accompanying yourself or others, songwriting, applying scales, modes, improvisation, soloing, learning songs/pieces, preparing for auditions, composing, being musical, rocking out and most ...

About Myk
20+years of professional experience as a performer.
Graduate from New School University's Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. Seasoned yoga teacher with years of experience working with kids.

I like to incorporate my years or experience working as a professional musician with my knowledge of relaxation techniques from the yoga canon to make music learning fun, healing and meaningful.
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Myk F.

Greenfield, MA 01301
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Canyon Country, CA
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I started playing when I was 13 and i’ve never taken a lesson. I am completely self taught, so lessons with me are more relaxed and fun. I want my students to love playing guitar more and more with each lesson. I never want my students to feel like playing their guitar is mandatory but rather something that they just want to do because they love it so much.

About Sam
Hey!! So I guess the first thing you should know about me is that I am a crazy big music lover. I listen and play music all day, every day. Music has just been a huge part of my life since I was a kid. I’ve sang since I was little, started playing the drums when I was about 10, and bought my first guitar when I was 13 and fell in love with it. Right now, I make music and work as a background actor on tv shows n such. I’m hoping that I can one day go to college for music, but i’ve gotta save up money first!! So these lessons will help me to do exactly that! Teaching is also something that i’ve always had a passion for. I looked up to my teachers growing up and especially looked up to my choir teacher and vocal coach in high school. They both kind of pushed me to get on here and start teaching myself. I just hope that through this I can he
lp other people expand their knowledge and love in music.
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Sam M.

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