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About Robin O.


Robin is a touring musician who was a 2013 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist. She has toured regionally in the US and in Europe, headlining Blues Festivals in Italy and the Czech Republic.

Learn the basics of country blues, folk, finger-picking and slide guitar. Chords, theory, Travis picking, arranging, songwriting. I believe in breaking things down to their simplest components and building a solid foundation through technique and repertoire.

About Robin
*** Travel Equipment ***
I tell students what they need to buy and they do, although I will pick up books that they then pay me for.

*** Specialties ***
Piedmont blues, delta bottleneck blues, folk, beginning guitar

introduction to Adobe Suite, color correction in Photoshop, Photoshop for print and web, designing logos in Illustrator, using In Design for print projects, working with type and long documents.
Tanya July 13, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
As a beginner & my first lesson was today , Robin was very helpful and had so much to share. I feel confident in her ability & knowledge to help me in learning to play the guitar .
William February 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I loved my teacher. Very professional and fun! I will not be continuing my lessons due to time restraints.
Greg January 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Really worked to help me learn what I wanted to learn
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Robin O.

Robin O.

Lee, MA 01238
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$35 / 30-min

About Tracy D.

Edmond, OK
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Students will learn the anatomy of the guitar, strumming and picking patterns, chords, scales, theory, and how to read notation, tab, and lead sheets.

About Tracy
I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper gr
ip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham
Cooper M. January 26, 2018
· Percussion · Online
My 11 year old son lost his drum teacher, and we found TakeLessons online. The hardest part is choosing a teacher because many are all top notch 5-Star rated. I picked Tracy D. seemingly at random!

What a lucky draw it turned out to be. Tracy is a real pro, with a great personality. It took my son less than a few minutes before he was comfortable, having fun, and learning new things (he has 1 year experience).

I’ve been a part time musician for over 40 years, and I can tell you when I meet someone that is a true professional musician and the right person to teach my son. That is this exceptional woman.
Beau K. October 9, 2017
· Piano · Online
Ava September 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Tracy did a wonderful job with my 12 year old today. I highly recommend her.
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Tracy D.

Tracy D.

starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Jeremy R.

Dunedin, FL

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I will customize your lessons round your goals and road-map how to reach them. Through weekly lesson milestones and practice plans I will help you practice less, progress faster, and enjoy the path to your goals!

About Jeremy
I have been a professional performing musician and producer for over 10 years and have had hundreds of students during that time. I grew up playing classic rock and classical. By the time I graduated high school I had visited 26 states playing music. I have studied music at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and have performed in various groups. I have a unique passion for teaching music and making it fun. I have the classical training and performance experience to help take your musicianship to the next level while having a blast.
Cheryl January 28, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great first lesson, and looking forward to learning more from you as we get to know each other.
Kristie January 27, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Jeremy has been great so far (2 lessons in). If my son doesn’t understand something, Jeremy goes back to the root of the subject to teach it to him. He seems very knowledgeable of what he is teaching. My son seems to be enjoying his time learning :)
Gregg September 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome first lesson great personality listens to students and designs lesson plan around their goals...
What I loved most was his love of music he has the same passion I did and be has been doing this for years and it was my first day!!!!
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Jeremy R.

Jeremy R.

starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Gfire

Austin, TX

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I teach finger picking and accompaniment skills for folk singers.

About Gfire
Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths and desires of each individual student. Her students range from beginning to advanced levels, and they sing and play a multitude of musical styles, including classical, pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, musical theater, blues and more.

Gfire loves to share her talents with her students. She prides herself on instilling a "sense of mastery" to each of her singing and piano students, no matter on which level they are. The students come away with a real sense of knowing their songs and their instruments inside out an
d with a real sense of confidence in their musicianship. Plus they have a lot of fun as they make musical progress!

Gfire is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and "Yoga for the Voice" innovator. She has released 4 CDs of all-original music and is currently working on her 5th CD, to be released in 2015.

As a teacher, Gfire works with students of all levels and all areas of interest. In October 2007, Gfire became the only vocal teacher in the Western Hemisphere to gain full certification in the Science of Singing, developed by Ernest G. White of London, England. Her unique voice training program, entitled "Yoga for the Voice," combines this knowledge of the Science of Singing with ancient yoga breathing techniques. This technique allows each voice student to develop a "vocal tune-up" for the voice AND to discover what the natural singing range is and how to use the voice as effectively as possible. With the internet SKYPE technology, Gfire teaches voice students all over the world, from Switzerland to the U.K. to New Zealand to New York.

Her vocal students have sung in touring rock bands, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, in successful auditions, in karaoke clubs, in coffee houses and folk clubs, at weddings and for their own enjoyment amongst family and friends. Whatever level of singing training you wish to acquire, she will show you the way to achieve it!

Gfire was also the main voice instructor and one of 3 main piano teachers at the Austin branch of Mars Music (now defunct) for 3 1/2 years. In addition to her vocal study and innovation, she has studied piano with top classical and jazz pianists, studied songwriting with Pat Pattison of Berklee College in Boston, gotten her full yoga teaching certification in 2004 and DJ'd at clubs and parties worldwide. For eight years straight - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - she has won the prestigious ASCAPlus Award for professional songwriting.

As a singer-songwriter, Gfire continues to write, record and perform with some of the best musicians and engineers in the world, including engineer Stuart Sullivan (Willie Nelson, Sublime, Meat Puppets, etc.), Hammond organ player Ian McLagen (Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart), cellist John Hagen (Lyle Lovett), fiddle/mandolin player Warren Hood (The Waybacks), bassist George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard) and banjo picker Danny Barnes (Bad Livers, Dave Matthews).

Gfire's original songs have been played on over 200 radio and television stations worldwide. She has toured in over half of the fifty states, plus the U.K. and Canada.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW - Gfire is now available to teach WORLDWIDE via SKYPE or FaceTime - so you can have a music lesson in the privacy of your own home!!

Voice lessons - I have created a unique and wonderful vocal method, "Yoga for the Voice," which combines ancient yoga breathing exercises with special vocal exercises to give you a "complete vocal tune-up." These techniques are simple, effective and easily-learned by any student of the voice, from about age 5-105. I love to help you learn to apply these wonderful techniques to learning the songs you wish to learn - whether they are pop, r 'n' b, folk, singer-songwriter, rock, country, opera, musical theater, jazz, etc. "Yoga for the Voice" is just as effective for professional speakers, such as teachers, lawyers, clergymen or actors - we just use a range of notes that is smaller than a singer's range, and we focus on using your speaking voice as effectively and efficiently as possible.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the "breath of fire" and "one-minute breath" - the BEST yoga breaths for singers!
2. master the "sinus humming exercises" - identifying where EACH note in your range originates in your own head
3. master the "full-body exercises" - traditional singing exercises on "mah, mee, moh, moo, meh" - so that you can move easily between your chest voice, middle voice, and head voice
4. master 2-10 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song - being able to sing each song in TUNE, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
5. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Piano lessons - I teach a wide range of piano styles at levels from beginner to early advanced, beginning around age 5. Whether you want to learn classical, rock, blues, country, boogie-woogie, or other styles of piano and keyboard playing, I will sculpt your lesson plan so that you have a great foundation in technique AND you learn the styles and songs you wish to play.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the Leschetizky, hand massage, and isometric warm-up exercises - the BEST piano warm-ups!
2. depending on your level, master Hanon exercises 1-12, major and minor scales, major and minor arpeggios
3. for beginners, you will be able to play with BOTH hands on the treble and bass clefs - at the same time!!
4. master the I-IV-V progression in 3-12 keys, depending on your level - so that you can play blues, rock, country, boogie-woogie, and ragtime songs!!
5. master 4-20 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song (classical songs tend to take more time to master) - being able to play each song with great technique, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
6. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Songwriting lessons - I will teach you how to create a great song, in the style you wish to write in. Country songs, pop songs, rock tunes, r'n' b, folk, etc. - all of these genres have "unwritten rules" about how to put together an effective song. We will utilize special songwriting exercises and tools to help you learn to be a wonderful songwriter.

DJ lessons - I teach beat matching, turntable fine-tuning and repertoire selection to help you become the DJ you aspire to be. I own crates and crates of vinyl records and CDs, and I have DJ'd all over the world to enthusiastic crowds, so I can teach you to attain a real joy and skill in the art of turntablism.

Yoga lessons - I am a fully KRI-certified yoga teacher and I can help you develop a valuable yoga routine to help you achieve your health and relaxation goals. We will choose from literally hundreds of exercises and breathing techniques specifically geared to your needs and wants.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools mBox PRO Full Recording Studio
Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
Shure SM 58 Microphone
Shure SM 57 Microphone
Korg microKorg Synthesizer
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann TLM 103 Microphone
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Nord Lead Synthesizer
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
West African Djembe
MacBook Pro Computer
Universal Audio LA-610 Pre-amp
2 Technics 1200 Professional DJ Turntables
American DJ Pro-Scratch 1 Professional CDJ
Rane MP22 DJ Mixer
Mogami Professional Audio Cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Macintosh Laptop Computer

*** Specialties ***
music, singing, piano, songwriting, DJ'ing, yoga, folk guitar

I have developed "Yoga for the Voice" - a combination of my 18 years of studying and receiving certification in the "Science of Singing" (as taught by Ernest George White of London, England) and my 10 years experience and certification in yoga, specifically ancient yoga breathing techniques. I will work with voice students as young as 4 and as old as they want to go! Voice lessons span all styles and all levels - pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, opera, classical, musical theater, etc. from beginner to advanced. Generally beginning around age 7.

Piano - levels beginner to early advanced, most styles, including classical, rock, pop, folk, country, singer-songwriter, blues and boogie-woogie. Generally beginning around age 5.

Songwriting - all popular styles, including rock, pop, folk, country, blues, singer-songwriter, r 'n' b, etc.

DJ'ing - all basic DJ methods, including beat matching, turntable basics and repertoire selection.

Yoga - yoga breathing AND physical exercises, depending on the needs and wants of the student.

Folk guitar - finger picking and accompaniment skills for folk singers.

In piano, I specialize in teaching students who want to play a wide variety of music - classical, pop, rock, country, blues, etc. I begin with piano students who are 5 years of age and older, as long as they have the requisite attention span.

In songwriting, I specialize in teaching students methods of developing popular songs - pop, r 'n' b, country, rock, folk, etc.

In DJ'ing, I specialize in basic beatmatching and repertoire selection.

And in yoga, I specialize in tailoring the yogic needs of the student - whether she/he wishes to work on stretching, breathing, abdominal strengthening, etc.
E March 9, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Greatly appreciate her insight and for giving me confidence !
Christopher November 27, 2017
· Piano · Online
Amazing and patient teacher! Really has helped me learn the basics and I'm looking forward to more!
judy October 31, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
Gfire was very encouraging, even though my voice was barely audible at times.
She had very effective advice for training my voice to go higher ("less effort on high notes"). She incorporated singing to help my speaking voice and overall made me feel like she really cared about my improvement. I will use her again next year, and feel like our phone lessons were quite successful.
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$30 / 30-min

About Keegan B.

Adams, MA
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About Keegan
I am a recent graduate fro UMASS Amherst with a degree in Music performance. I studied both Classical and Jazz bass, as well as many other types of music so I can teach a wide variety of styles. I also studied guitar privately, and can teach a wide variety of styles in the guitar as well. I am not a strict teacher, and try to focus my students on the most productive path for them so they can achieve their goals.
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Keegan B.

Keegan B.

Adams, MA 01220
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$30 / 30-min
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About Doyle B.

Hobe Sound, FL

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I have been teaching guitar for 9 years. I have an earned Masters degree in music and enjoy teaching students of all ages. I am happily married with 5 children at home--4 of them are musicians as well (the youngest is 4).. Students will quickly learn not only the basics of music theory, but will be playing songs as early as their first lesson. It is extremely rewarding watching students have fun, excel, and fall in love with making music. I look forward to working with you.

About Doyle
Hello, my name is Doyle B. and I am eager to help you reach your goals! I've been teaching private lessons since 1992 and have loved helping my students win competitions at the state level, learn how to advance rapidly on their instrument, and fall in love with making music. I have 3 earned degrees from Pensacola Christian College (B.S. in Music Ed., 1992), Hobe Sound Bible College (A.A., 1993) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Church Music, 1996). I have experience teaching all of the band instruments, violin, guitar, and piano. I'm an enthusiastic, upbeat person who greatly enjoys working with people of all ages. I presently employed at Hobe Sound Bible College and Christian Academy. I presently have 4 students in China and the Turks and Caicos Islands that I teach using Skype. Fortunately, I have a few openings
in my schedule to teach any one who is serious about excelling on his/her instrument. I look forward to helping you reach your potential.
Hope February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher!!! Learned a lot my first class and surprisingly wasn’t overwhelmed! Thank you Doyle! Looking forward to many more lessons from him!
Sean October 1, 2017
· Harmonica · Online
This experience has far exceeded expectations!
I loved and learned more than I could imagine!
Britt Z. September 19, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
Was skeptical about online lessons. A few IT hiccups but they will work out. Instructor seems very knowledgeable and has me excited about getting back into music! Would highly recommend him for all levels of expertise.
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Doyle B.

Doyle B.

starting at
$25 / 20-min

About Tamari (Tamara) W.

Torrington, CT
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Students will experience a fun; step-by-step lesson each session they book, viewing their teacher (myself!) on FaceTime (for MAC users) or SKYPE (for PC users); Google hangouts, demonstrating scales, chords and style of execution, when applicable. I prefer the feeling of the nylon stringed guitar in my fingers, but every student and teacher has his or her own preference. I offer the 'basics' of both MUSIC THEORY and the mastering of scales and chords on the 6 string guitar, which translates to:

1. Learning the notes and scales on each string of the guitar, adding new knowledge yet repeating and re-iterating the knowledge acquired from the previous lesson
2. Learning to play simple songs and melodies on one or two strings of the guitar, gradually incorporating the other strings
3. Accruing a repertoire of chords which may be used to accompany the singing of a folk song or ballad
4. Playing a melody AND accompanying oneself with chords together on the guitar
5. Learning to play ...

About Tamari (Tamara)
Hi, there! I'm Tamara and I can't wait to meet you!

On social media and for those who are more familiar, I'm Tamari. We all learn in different ways; some are more visual; others, auditory; some, kinesthetic--I combine a number of different modalities in my teaching, including direct feedback-teaching--once you learn a concept or skill, teach it, as soon as you possibly can, to someone else! -- this reinforces your own knowledge of the skill or concept!
I've been teaching private lessons for many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment
to the art, discipline and joy of music making.
I went to Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years.
I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-- these traits carry through in my teaching style,
One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style.
Over the past 23 years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals
Maxwell L. January 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Our 7 year old is excited about what he learned on the first day of guitar from Tamari.
Crystal March 27, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great beginner lesson!
Nancy S. January 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Great first lesson. She clearly knows the technical aspects of piano and has a wonderful personality too!!
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Tamari   (Tamara) W.

Tamari (Tamara) W.

starting at
$47 / 45-min

About Jaster A.

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.
Lorrel March 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Jaster is the best. i have learned SO much in just 2 lessons!
Dan L. March 15, 2016
· Guitar ·
An excellent and patient instructor,
Jaster can help you achieve guitar success! Highly recommended teacher.
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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Jaster A.

Jaster A.

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$30 / 30-min

About Ben R.

Granby, MA

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I have been playing the guitar for 15 years. I studied under Kurtis Henenberry from the popular band The Last Goodnight best known for their song Pictures of You.
I can teach beginner acoustic guitar for any genre. I recommend bringing your own guitar, although I will have an extra full size guitar available if needed.
Looking forward to working together!

About Ben
My name is Ben Rosenthal, your future teacher! I hold a BA in Music from Westfield State University. I am also 90% complete with my Masters degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Wood's College. I have been playing the trumpet for 20 years, guitar for 15, and piano for 10. My horn of choice is a Bach Stradivarius model 37. I assist with coaching the trumpet section for the Youth Wind Ensemble of Springfield at Community Music School of Springfield. If you take lessons with me we will work on mainly classical music, as that is what I have been trained in. I am found of many genres of music and can gear the lesson to help whatever you would like to learn. I was in All States and Districts when I was younger and can assist with auditions.
I also teach the piano and guitar! I took piano lessons under the instruction of Deborah Gilwoo
d from Westfield State University and Kurtis John from the pop band The Last Goodnight. Please let me know if you have any specific questions about taking lessons with me. Looking forward to working together!
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Ben R.

Ben R.

Granby, MA 01033
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$35 / 30-min

About Corey C.

Marietta, GA
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The most important thing for me when teaching lessons is helping my students feel connected to the music they are learning to create. Yes, I will teach you scales, chords, songs, riffs and all the rest, but my real goal is to teach you how to capture your instincts on the guitar and experience the thrill of that connection.

With 20+ years of professional experience, I am well versed in most genres; including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk.

My music has appeared on national and regional television and radio and I have performed in major venues around the country including The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Hilton Grand Ballroom in Chicago, Terminal West - Eddie’s Attic - Centennial Park in Atlanta and many more.

Depending on your skill level I will either create a custom roadmap to sharpen your playing or start you out according to my lesson plan for beginners.

I teach students ages 13 and up.

About Corey
My teaching method can be broken into two categories -

For beginners:

I will guide you through a time-tested and well-rounded method to get you up and running with the basics. I focus on fundamentals like basic scales and chords, optimal hand and finger placement, right hand picking technique etc. There is, however, plenty of room for having fun learning to play songs and riffs, because let’s be honest, that’s what we’re trying to achieve. So I always keep that in mind and use songs to teach the skills you need to learn.

By the end of your first month you will
Know what everything on your guitar is and does
Know how to change and tune your strings
Be able to play a major scale
Know how to play all of the most common major and minor chords
Be learning how to play a song we choose together

For intermediate to advanced stu

If you are interested in learning more about music theory, advanced scales, soloing/improvisation, songwriting and part writing, I am your teacher. Whether you’re working in a band and would like to develop more musical guitar parts, writing and recording or playing at local open jams, I have plenty to teach you.

We will
Have a custom tailored plan for strengthening the areas we choose to work on together
Learn how to read and transcribe music (or get better at it)
Sharpen your improvisation skills using methods and techniques I have honed over the years

For everyone:

You’ll quickly learn that I’m a pretty easy going and friendly guy. We should get along just fine. It is, however, very important to know one thing going in…

Except for family/work/health emergencies I don’t accept any student’s lack of practicing for their lesson. It may sound harsh. And it’s because it is. It’s maybe the only harsh thing about my lessons. I’m far more concerned about your development as a musician than I am about making money, and I want everyone to be clear on that from day one.

The financials are important to me, but the personal rewards are far more important.

That being said, a situation like that is very rare and typically lessons are extremely fun, challenging and rewarding!

EXAMPLE SYLLABUS FOR BEGINNERS: (Example songs included)

Phase One:

Names of parts of the guitar
Names of strings
Guitar Tuning
Proper Fingering
Alternate picking
Fingering exercise 1 (1234-321)
Fingering exercise 2 (1234-1234….. 4321 - 4321….)

Phase Two:

Major Scale
Major Chords 1 - Open (A C D E G)
Minor Chords 1 - Open (Am Dm Em)
Strumming exercise 1 (D - DU - D - D)
Strumming exercise 2 (D - DU - - UDU)
Song 1 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd/Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day)
Song 2 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Free Falling - Tom Petty/You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift)

Phase Three:

Minor Scale
Major Chords 2 - Bar Chords (B F)
Minor Chords 2 - Bar Chords (Bm Cm Fm Gm)
Song 3 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (Clocks - Coldplay/Stay With Me - Sam Smith/Times Like These - Foo Fighters)
Song 4 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (With or Without You - U2/Train - Hey, Soul Sister)

Phase Four:

Hammer on exercise 1 (1-2-3)
Pull off exercise 1 (3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 1 (1-2-3 3-2-1)
Blues Scale
Riff 1 Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Riff 2 Day Tripper (The Beatles)
Riff 3 Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
Riff 4 Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Riff 5 Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)

Phase Five:

Hammer on exercise 2 (1-2-3-4)
Pull off exercise 2 (4-3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 2 (1-2-3-4 4-3-2-1)
Hammer on exercise 3 (1-2/3-4)
Pull off exercise 3 (4-3/2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 3 (1-2 / 4-3 ---- 3-4/2-1)
Basic Improvisation using scales

Phase Six:

Song 5 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice
Song 6 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice

Guitar Basics Assessment and Certificate
Student will be tested on all previously learned songs, scales, riffs, and exercises as well as basic improvisation.
The following grades and their corresponding awards will be given at my discretion.


Student executes all tested material using correct technique, staying in time and without any mistakes.

AWARD: Framed certificate of “Guitar Basics Mastery”, Next Lesson Free

B (May Retest for an A in 1 month)

Student executes all tested material using correct technique the majority of the time, mostly staying in time and with minimal mistakes.

AWARD: 50% off next lesson

C (May Not Retest in 1 month)

Student shows a commitment to learning the material but does not demonstrate a sufficient amount of progress

OUTCOME: We will return to the point of weakness in the syllabus and work forward from there with new songs and exercises. Guitar Basics Assessment will be retaken at teacher’s discretion.
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