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Cambridge is a hub for live music. Home to a healthy club scene, Cambridge is exciting and vibrant 7 days a week. Whatever genre of music you love, you’ll find it here. If you’re taking guitar lessons in Cambridge, you’re in the perfect place to supplement your studies with a dose of listening to both live and recorded music. As a guitarist, it’s important to listen to other great players to develop a deeper understanding of the possibilities of your instrument. With several colleges like Harvard, Tufts and MIT bringing in internationally-acclaimed artists to perform, Cambridge is home to a rich musical tapestry.

Let’s explore some of the clubs, festivals, and record stores that an aspiring guitarist can experience to better hone their craft while taking guitar lessons in Cambridge!

Live Music Venues Cambridge and the surrounding cities are home to many live music venues featuring everything from experimental improvisation to classical, pop, punk, rock, soul, funk and blues! Major international guitar artists like Adrian Belew, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour can be found often in residence. Berklee College of Music in Boston has produced some of the music world’s top guitarists, and they’re often found performing here as young students! Check out these live music venues:

1) The Middle East – Located on Massachusetts Ave in Central Square, the Middle East hosts live music on three stages 7 nights a week. Some of the best guitarists in the city perform here. (http://mideastoffers.com/me/)

2) The Lily Pad, Inman Square Cambridge – The Lily Pad is the home of the experimental music scene in Cambridge. Here you can find guitarists pushing the boundaries of their instruments - playing everything from noisescapes to improvised jazz. (http://lilypadinman.com/)

3) The Sinclair, Church Street, Cambridge – A 450-seat capacity club that features live local, regional and national acts. Recent performers have included Spandau Ballet and The Psychedelic Furs. Great sight lines and an eclectic line-up! (http://www.sinclaircambridge.com/)

4) Berklee Performance Center, Massachusetts Ave, Boston – Five minutes down Mass Ave from the Middle East is Berklee College of Music. With several recital halls and the 1200-seat Performance Center, live music happens every day at Berklee! John Mayer, Amy Mann and Steve Vai all attended and performed at Berklee. The best part about it? It often has free admission! (https://www.berklee.edu/BPC)

Festivals Cambridge and Boston host several annual music festivals featuring all genres of music. Here are just a few to check out!

1) Central Square Music Festival – A free street fair and music festival, the Central Square Music Festival features jazz, folk, roots and world music performances. (http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/fair/p14962.php)

2) JazzBoston Jazz Week – A weeklong celebration featuring the best local, national and international guitarists. Over 200 events take place throughout the area. Many are free! (http://www.jazzboston.org/)

3) Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival – An annual outdoor festival that celebrates the musical diversity of jazz! Every conceivable jazz genre is represented, from bebop to smooth jazz. (https://www.berklee.edu/beantownjazz)

Record Stores Cambridge is home to some of the most eclectic indie record stores in the country. Whatever genre of music you love, you’ll find it here! Make sure to visit In Your Ear, Nuggets, Newbury Comics, or Cheapo Records to find your favorite guitarist’s recording! (http://www.iye.com/html_index.cfm?page=home) (http://www.nuggetsrecords.com/) (https://www.newburycomics.com/) (http://www.cheaporecords.com/)

If you’re fortunate enough to be taking guitar lessons in Cambridge, make sure to get inspired by supporting live music! These are only a few of the musical opportunities Cambridge has to offer. Check your local listings for even more great clubs and shows. It’s a great way to get inspired!

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Hi there! I've been playing guitar since I was a teenager during the '70s. i play and teach rock,blues, jazz, fusion and read and compose music. What you can expect from me is a patient, serious, determined teacher who knows how to convey simple to complex technique and ability to those who are destined to be a student and musician. I can teach how to read, listen, interpret, improvise and evolve many musical skills.

About Gregg
I have had extensive jazz a rock studies from attending The Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, to becoming George Russell's teaching assistant at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before he retired. I learned from a true master of jazz and contemporary music regarding composition, improvisation, theory and teaching students.

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My aim is to share my musical knowledge, sense of harmony and technique to dedicated students. All melody and chords come from scales, which is essential to understanding music, as well as rhythms. I also accept what a student wants to learn. An important attribute of mine is patience, and the understanding that each person processes information differently.

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rock, jazz, experimental, composition, rhythmic approaches, improvisation, musical notation techniques
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Mike Hays October 9, 2015
· Music Theory · In studio
Gregg was my musical instructor during the early 1980ties. What I learned in a few lessons with him was more that I could have expected. I was primarily focused on percussion, of which his vast knowledge was highly dynamic. I learned about poly-rhythms, Indian ti-hies, and complex time signatures. He had available much reference material that he provided me. And over the years his musical insights have not only supplemented my inquiries, but made me a better musician and person. I hope you have a chance to study with Gregg, as you will be introduced to a new and better way of musicianship!
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Boston, MA 02215
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I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like.

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I like to design a lesson plan for each individual student. The first lesson will begin with a basic assessment of skill level. We will discuss goals for the lessons then get down to work!
Students will learn:
1 Technique. the proper physicality to increase dexterity and avoid injury.
2 Music theory and comprehension. Usually through learning songs and analyzing
different concepts they incorporate
3 Ear-training/pitch recognition. Strengthening the ability to "pick up" new material more quickly and translate ones Ideas to the instrument.
4 Music appreciation/Musicality. Listening to new and different types of music focusing on the different elements that make up a great performer/performance.

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Music Studio: piano, stereo system, no drum there! room to sit for parents
A1: drum kit, whole performance set up with recording studio, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
amplifiers, cd/mp3 player

*** Specialties ***
ear training, most musical styles (pop/rock, r&b, reggae, jazz , world)
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Howie March 26, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Very helpful and informative instruction.
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Michael March 7, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor. Aaron came to my house which made it easy for me. The hour always went by very fast and we had a great time!
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Darrell January 17, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Aaron was enthusiastic with my 14 year old son and introduced him to the basics of playing bass with some music theory and scales review, basic technique instruction, and some assigned exercises to practice at home. My son loved it and has been practicing as a result.
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Aaron B.

Charlestown, MA 02129
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About Bil M.

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I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80's and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.

I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.

In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Bil Mooney-McCoy is a life-long Boston resident who has been playing music all his life. Having served as a church musician for more
than 30 years, I am currently the Director of Worship for the chapel at Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston. I'm often involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community and in demand as a featured musician for church services, parties, concerts and other events.

I hold a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles. In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. My passions include morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and trying to figure out how to use my smart phone.

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My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
"I absolutely love learning from Bil! I've watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training."

"[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others."

"I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice."

"Bil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm."

"Bil has taken me to a different level. I went from tab and basic guitar chords, to building jazz chords and a far greater understanding of music theory."

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available keyboard and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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Hardy C. June 23, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Bill is a great instructor. I haven't been taught something I wasn't going to need to elevate my understanding.
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suzanne November 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
great first lesson! bill was a great choice for me!
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Patricia R. April 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He's the best. Will totally understand if I haven't had a chance to practice and still manages to make the lesson productive. He gives options on how I want to be taught and is willing to adjust. Have learned so much in so little time.
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Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Frankie P.

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Guitar is my principle instrument. There is nothing I can't teach you when it comes to this instrument.

About Frankie
Being a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Masters in Music
Education from Boston University, I have been playing for almost 30
years and teaching private lessons for 15+, I am a Professional
Instructor that has the ability and resources to teach several styles
ranging from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Country to Metal. In other
words, anything you want to learn I can teach you or your child using the songs and exercises necessary to help you become a real musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are tailored to you and your wants as a musician. Whether
you have an electric, acoustic, or classical guitar, along with various method books, I have the music,
print outs, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you
should.

The lessons will help you learn to play guitar through chord diagrams,

theory, charts, examples, and exercises, as well as anything you hear on
the radio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a lot of guitars, amps, pedals, woodwind instruments, keyboards, and recording equipment. Instruments everywhere!

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have their own instrument and method book. Other that that, I provide all other handouts and supplemental material and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I work the most in rock, bluegrass, country, contemporary, and jazz styles.
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J August 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Frankie's knowledge and his ability to teach in a way that's easy to learn make him the greatest.
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Andrew August 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Frankie has been my piano instructor for several years now. He's always on-time, communicates well, and treats my house with respect (my instructions are at home). He's let me learn at my own pace while challenging me to do things the "correct way." And he doesn't mind the occasional side-discussion on music theory or history.
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Drew August 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I'm very grateful to have had Frankie as an instructor. He taught me how to be a better musician in addition to teaching me how to play the guitar. I understand so much more about music, composition, playing in ensembles, among other aspects of making music thanks to him. He was always patient with me and found ways to make me excited about playing everyday-even if my assignments were practicing difficult chords or scales. Truly a fantastic musician and leader.
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Frankie P.

Salem, MA 01970
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About Neguine N.

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I have been teaching guitar for 1 year and my students have been able to create and write their own songs, play in bands, and perform out. Within the first few lessons, you will be able to learn how to form and learn chord names and as time goes on you will be able to play full songs. I specialize in genres such as pop/rock/folk and provide beginner level books for students to work on. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and cannot wait to meet you!

About Neguine
Neguine has been teaching private lessons since March of 2016 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and her apartment in Arlington, MA. Neguine has helped students accomplish new skills in vocal training, guitar, songwriting, and works with all kinds of individuals such as individuals with special needs, mental illness, and Alzheimer’s/Dementia, as well as cancer patients.

Neguine graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy in May 2016. As an expert in her field, Neguine looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Neguine’s teaching style is unique and fun, as well as challenging.

Neguine is also a singer-songwriter and would love to help individuals create and learn to write their own music if they are interested in songwriting. She is very patient and understands
that all individuals learn and grow at their own pace.
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Meng Z. June 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Neguine is a great guitar teacher, she was very kind and patient with my daughter who had no experience of playing instruments. I am very happy with the progress my daughter is making. Definitely recommend her!
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Slavica June 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
We are very happy with the fast progress our daughter made working with Neugine. Neugine is an excellent teacher, very patient and knowledgeable.
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Kimberly M. June 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
At first, my daughter was extremely anxious. Neguine was incredibly kind and patient with her, which put her at ease. Neguine is a talented singer and guitarist, and a good teacher.
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Neguine N.

Arlington, MA 02474
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About Daniel M.

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Berklee student seeking a Bachelors in music, majoring in Contemporary writing and production I teach rock, blues, funk and a series of latin rhythms (Salsa, Boleros, Bachata, merengue, etc).

I teach both electric and acoustic guitar and im able to travel around Boston

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My name is Daniel Munoz im originally from Valparaiso Chile, I study composition in Berklee College of Music with guitar as my principal instrument. I focus mainly on funk, rock, blues and a a big amount of Latin rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata, etc). Im living currently in Roxbury and im willing to travel if my students can't arrive to my house.
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Andrew Dodakian June 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Truly the best instructor ever! Dan is knowledgeable, passionate, and adaptable to any experience level. He has done a great job pushing me in the right direction. Thanks Dan!
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wardah September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Danny is an amazing teacher! He's patient and encouraging. He is passionate about music and loves to teach it. Overall he is a great person. I would definitely recommend him.
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Daniel M.

Roxbury, MA 02119
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Berklee graduate devoted to helping you make progress, whether it is a song you want to master, a new technique or simply the basics.

About Guilherme
Hello! Let's make music! I am a recent graduate of Berklee, where I earned my degree in both Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance. Whether you've just picked up the guitar or you are looking to explore a new style, I enjoy motivating my students to learn. Growing up in Brazil, I have a strong background in Samba, Bossa nova and other Latin styles such as Flamenco. With the opportunity to study at Berklee, I took full advantage of studying under renown professors of Jazz and Blues. I enjoy transferring this enthusiasm for music to my students, guiding them toward their goals and having fun along the way. I look forward to hearing from you!
I also perform regularly with my duo.
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Amy B. April 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Guilherme is a wonderful teacher; I highly recommend him! He is knowledgeable, patient, and always kind. He adapts the lessons to my interests and musical taste and offers productive suggestions. He has assisted building my repertoire by noting the chords for songs I would like to play. He can teach all levels...you won't go wrong.
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Kai January 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Guilherme's method of teaching was one of flexibility. He was able to start my daughter off playing chords, strumming, and reading music because of her familiarity with the piano. She is quite excited to continue her lessons next week. I highly recommend Guilherme.
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Davi November 24, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Guilherme's is an excellent teacher. He was very didactic and has a superior knowledge of classical guitar, the best teacher I ever had.
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Roslindale, MA 02131
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As a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music, I am well versed in many styles and can cater to many fields of musical study. My principle instrument is guitar and I have been playing for over 10 years. Between my college education and private lessons from my younger years, I am able to balance building skills and having fun learning the instrument. I believe the most important part of learning an instrument is the desire to practice. To achieve that I want to give my students lessons that they find fun and engaging while they expand their knowledge and understanding of the instrument. All ages and skill levels are welcome I look forward to helping my students advance their guitar playing in any way they want.

About Benjamin
I’m the lead guitarist, co-founder and bandleader of a 9-piece live hip-hop band in Boston. We have a monthly residency at a prestigious venue in Cambridge and will be going on tour this summer.

I graduated from Berklee College of Music in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance and a minor in Music Production. I have been playing guitar for over 10 years and have learned a variety of styles through that time. These include rock, alternative, blues, jazz, fusion, R&B, hip-hop and funk.

One of the reasons I have pursued music so passionately is my first private teacher from whom I took lessons from the ages of 11-17. He was able to strike a balance between playing for fun and learning concepts on the guitar that I use to this day. My lessons are heavily influenced by this style, the most important thing you can do when le
arning an instrument is play every day and it’s important for that to be an appealing prospect. I want my students to enjoy what they learn in my lessons to the point where they are excited to practice and learn more. I will cater my lessons to each student, building a curriculum that is both fun and rewarding while being completely unique to that student. I welcome all ages and skill levels and am looking forward to helping my future students achieve their musical goals however I can.
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Benjamin P.

Allston, MA 02134
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I am someone who believes music is something we can all enjoy. Whether you want to learn to play your favorite song or prepare yourself to be a musician in a rock band I know how to get you there. My skills of teaching for over ten years have been consistent and accurate in helping people become musicians.
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Jay June 30, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Rob recognized my daughters talent at a young age. Once she graduated from to the middle school 2 years ago, my daughter continues to see him once a week. He’s responsive, he communicates, he is everything a teacher should be.
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Melissa June 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Lesley has taught my daughter piano for the past 6 years. In that time she has developed enough skill to be able to sight read and play just about any piece you put in front her. Mr. Lesley now helps her with her confidence and more complicated pieces. He has developed a relationship with my daughter to be able to understand what she is thinking by hearing what she is playing. She can be quiet and shy, but Mr. Lesley always takes a caring approach with her to bring out her personality and talent. He considers her likes and interests when selecting classical and popular pieces. Throughout the years he has coached my daughter in singing as well. Mr. Lesley is very flexible with scheduling if there is a conflict which is helpful to a mom of 3 kids. Pricing is also reasonable. We definitely feel very lucky to have taken lessons from Mr. Lesley for so long!
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Chloe June 28, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Rob Lesley (Mr. Lesley) is an experienced music teacher with a passion for music and teaching it to students. He is able to take traditional music/teaching styles and give them a modern twist to encourage and excite his students. Rob is always very patient and greatly flexible when it comes to making compromises (with lesson times, student's learning speeds, etc.) He's very understanding and provides constructive criticism in a kind way to help to improve greatly.
I, Chloe, a 12 year old girl who plays guitar, have been taking lessons with Mr. Lesley for 6 years. He always encourages me to do my best and because of all of the kindness and humor he always shows, I would never consider any other instructor. My brother, Brady, who is learning percussion from
Mr. Lesley, feels the same way and always enjoys himself during our weekly lessons.
In conclusion, Rob (Mr. Lesley) is an outstanding and irriplacible music instructor who is greatly recommended by my family.
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Sutton, MA 01590
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I am a professional guitarist, composer, and educator originally from Paris but now based in Boston, MA. I received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. I have studied with Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Darren Barrett and many more. I have toured with jazz master Chris Cheek in 2017 and performing in renowned clubs such as at Dizzy's Club Cola in New York City and the Side Door in Old Lyme Inn.

About Francois
I am a very versatile guitar player and teacher. We can basically cover any topics you wish to learn more about.
Here are some examples:
-Fundamentals of guitar sound and technique
-Pop/Funk type of guitar playing
-Jazz Improvisation
-Solo Transcription
-Music Theory
-Ear Training
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Brookline, MA 02445
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What's the fastest way to learn songs on the guitar? Learn the guitar chord progressions involved! Below, Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. shares a quick refresher lesson and what you'll need to know to play songs by Lorde, Pearl Jam, the Beatles, and more!   For this lesson, you'll learn the specific chords used in one song for each progression.  To play other songs that use the same progression only in other keys, it’ll be important that you have a basic understanding of how Roman nu
Mother's Day Music: 5 Guitar Songs to Play for Mom
Mother’s Day is a day to show appreciation to the special woman who raised you. But flowers and traditional gifts aren't the only way to show your mom you love her. Here, guitar instructor Matt. K has put together five guitar songs that are perfect to sing for your mom... When it comes to Mother's Day and certain holidays, sometimes us musicians can’t afford the traditional gifts, like a bouquet of flowers, but that doesn't mean we can't give our mothers something special. What better
For Beginning Guitarists: Right- and Left-Hand Basics
Want to improve your coordination and guitar technique? Here, Goodyear, AZ guitar teacher David A. shares two simple guitar exercises to try out...    Do you love listening to guitar music and do you want to learn how to play? Well, in addition to having a passion for guitar, it is important for you as the aspiring guitarist to maintain a consistent practice routine that incorporates guitar exercises to improve your right and left hand coordination and timing, which will, in turn,

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