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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!

About Gregg R.

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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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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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About Aaron B.

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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

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amplifiers, cd/mp3 player

*** Specialties ***
ear training, most musical styles (pop/rock, r&b, reggae, jazz , world)
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Tate September 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Aaron knows how to work with kids. After 30 minutes my 6 yo came out confident and ready to play!! He doesn’t realize that he still is terrible because he at least knows one chord!! Lol!
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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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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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Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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About Claire G.

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I am a songwriter and guitar player, performing in two bands around Boston. I play both acoustic and electric guitar, mostly in pop/rock/blues styles.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, I have a good foundation of music theory, and try to incorporate this knowledge together with instrumental studies. I am a current Guitar Instructor at a local music school.

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Violinist, Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer and Audio Engineer
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Vicky January 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
very patient and responsible, good!
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Wesley M. January 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Claire was very welcoming, she pushed my son and challenged him while also being very patient. We look forward to many more lessons to come.
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Laura January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Claire is so talented and personable. She has an amazing musical background and truly a gifted teacher!!
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Allston, MA 02134
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About Neguine N.

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Arlington, MA
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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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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.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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About Matthew H.

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I offer you a chance to grow your skill level at the guitar, whether it’s rock jazz, metal, indie, classical. I offer a wide set of styles to learn.

About Matthew
Hello, my name is Matthew and I’m an experienced guitar teacher and performer. I play all sorts of styles from rock, jazz, hiphop, to even the most modern music today. I’m the most easy going teacher you can find, but I can also help you succeed beyond your expectations. All I want is my students to know that they can achieve anything they intend out of these lessons. In addition, I have experienced in the music business and can provide you guidance for your goals with music. I look forward to hearing from you.
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David N. May 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Matt was fantastic answered all my questions was very patient and showed up on time I can't wait for my next lesson David
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Rebeca May 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Matt is an excellent teacher, he is very patient and thorough with his lessons. He is really knowledgeable on guitar and music theory. I totally recommend him as an instructor.
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Matthew H.

Stoneham, MA 02180
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About Scott M.

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I love teaching music. I first picked up my first guitar when I was 13, and haven't put it down since! I've had many different teachers over the years, but the ones that helped me grow the most, were the most patient, understanding, and encouraging. These are the values I bring to the forefront of my practice. I believe making music is something that everyone is able to do, when they find the process and conditions that work for them. It is my job to help you discover those things, and have fun in the process!

The guitar is a miraculous instrument because of its distinctiveness and versatility. It can sing lead, or backup the rhythm section. The direction you choose to pursue on the instrument is entirely unique to your experience and perspective. I've learned to create a wide range of sounds on the guitar from blues and rock to folk and soul, by playing with many different types of musicians over the years. I look forward to helping you learn the patterns and principals of music ...

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Hello fellow music lover!

My name is Scott, and I'm a musician with 15+ years of performance experience. I've studied performance at Berklee College of Music and performed in various configurations from funk/soul ensembles, to folk-rock bands and I write my own music that I perform as a solo artist.

I love teaching because it allows me to share my love of music and help people grow creatively in the direction of their choice. My feeling is, if you're choosing to invest in your artistic development, it should be an enjoyable experience based around what you're interested in learning about. To that end, all of my lessons are customized to the tastes and preferences of each student. We'll identify the goals you'd like to work towards, the music you want to play and take concrete steps in line with your creative vision.

My areas of e
xpertise include folk, blues, rock, soul, funk and pop music with particular interests in songwriting and improvisation. However, I'm versatile and open minded, so I'm willing to apply my skills to help you learn any style or sound that you are excited about!

Cheers,
Scott
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Khalil March 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor with the knowledge to teach superbly, with the insight to reach high levels of efficiency!
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Dan March 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Scott is a patient and supportive teacher. He helped me tap into my musical intuition while also supporting a practical understanding of music theory. Working with Scott felt like having a mentor, rather a teacher, to support me on my musical journey.
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Kelly March 13, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Scott taught me introductory drums. Scott is warm, funny, and adaptable - he made learning fun and easy for me. I didn't feel dumb when I made mistakes, in no small part because Scott was very encouraging and pointed out the things I was doing well!

Another reason to take lessons with Scott - he's incredibly talented and plays multiple instruments. For example, I wanted to practice playing drums in a "band" setting, so Scott grabbed an electric bass and we started jamming.

10/10 would recommend, especially if you like laughing a lot while you learn a new skill!
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Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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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
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R Z. September 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Francois had planned a lesson according to what I expected. Great session and productive.
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Brookline, MA 02445
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I have been playing with bands and studying for 23 years. I attended Berklee College of Music from 2001-2002. Currently I am taking private lessons with Berklee proffesors. I have been teaching for 5 years. I play many different styles. I know a lot about music theory but still know how to have fun and be creative. If you would like to head in a certain direction on guitar such as improving in a certain style (for example, Funk), or learn some songs you like, we can do that. If you would like to become a great overall guitarist, there is a lot I can share for that as well. I am also good at explaining things about guitar and music.

About Cory
I have been playing guitar for 23 years and teaching for 5. I have been in original bands that have played a lot in the New England area.
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Raul August 30, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I learned a lot from Cory. He introduced me to the modal scale system and it has changed my guitar playing tremendously. He is a very patient person and will answer question you have.
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Waltham, MA 02451
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