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Rob B.

Austin, TX

About Rob

I have been playing guitar since August 1992. I cut my teeth on the alternative music that was popular at the time (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Nirvana) but soon began to focus on earlier movements, specifically the playing styles and mindsets of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. I formed a band in 1996 and began gigging in Austin and throughout Texas. During this time, I immersed myself in jazz and did everything I could to bring the sonic palettes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis into my playing, even taking up saxophone and piano in order to better
understand what they were doing.

I eventually moved back to my hometown of Lubbock, where I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English and a minor in Music, having played guitar and saxophone in the Jazz Band in addition to taking several classes in theory. During this time, I was giving private lessons in Lubbock and setting up arts education programs at the Lubbock Boys & Girls Club and The Buddy Holly Center. Since then, I have started a family and begun writing fiction, both of which have given me a much wider spectrum through which to channel my songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
These are your lessons. I see my role as being nothing more than helping you get to the place that you want to be, in whatever fashion and at whatever pace that you set. While it would be disingenuous to say that I don't take pride in watching my students succeed, I believe that the instructor should only be as concerned with measurable results as the student. If the student wants to learn three scales and two songs every week, then it's the instructor's responsibility to have those ready to go, along with a few suggestions for additional work. If the student wants to learn a few chords and then spend ten minutes talking about Led Zeppelin, it's their dollar and their time to spend however they wish.

All of which to say, my teaching style varies dramatically from student to student. It can be laid-back, strict, calm, or rapid-fire, depending on the learning environment that the student prefers. My experience is that this approach leads to the greatest level of student satisfaction, which I consider to be of the utmost importance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1 Paul Reed Smith, 1 Fender Stratocaster, 1 Jasmine Takamine 12-string, 1 Alvarez acoustic 12-string, 1 Jasmine Takamine 6-string, 1 Montana electric/acoustic bass, 1 '75 Gibson SG electric bass, 1 88-key electric piano, 100-watt Fender Twin tube amp, 35-watt Mesa-Boogie solid-state amp, 1 Fender bass, 1 Yamaha tenor saxophone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar and I could provide one for the student, though he or she is not going to get very far without one to spend hours practicing on outside of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm best at teaching students music what they want to learn. I specialize in rock, blues, beginning to intermediate jazz, songwriting, and music theory in general.
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angela P. March 9, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
I learned a lot in a short amount of time

Rob is an incredible guitar player who also has the ability to teach others what he knows. He taught me exactly what I requested and then some... in a very short period of time. I'd highly recommend Rob to anyone wanting to learn to play or simply needing to improve. He's great.
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Hooty A. February 10, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent teacher, excellent person

Rob started giving my son lessons on piano and I was so impressed I had him give me guitar lessons also. He is not only a great teacher but an awesome person to hang with! Recommend him without a thought!!
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Dorothy J. November 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
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Rob is great as my piano teacher he is patient and kind. Rob help me to understand how and why it is done a certain way. I could not ask for better.
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Rob B.

Rob B.

Austin, TX 78729
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$30 / 30-min
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Josh G.

Austin, TX

About Josh

Hello everyone, my name is Josh. I have been playing guitar for over 15 years now and have had a successful teaching career for over 4 years. I have a music degree with a focus on blues, jazz and classical guitar. I also play rock, folk, pop, and just about anything you want to learn. I sing and play, improvise, and write my own music. Music is my life and I love being able to share every bit of knowledge I have with my students. It is a blast to watch my students progress and get excited about guitar.

As a player, I learned what to avoid and what to utilize in order to accelerate m
y playing as quickly as possible and you will save time and limit frustration with my methods. I will teach you how to practice, which is the single most important part of learning. Effective practice yields great results for everyone. Often teachers will only explain the "how"; I teach the "how" and the "why" so you will have ample knowledge to grow and explore on your own.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you to play the songs/styles that you love. I provide my own transcription of each song and explain and demonstrate each element. Learn how to read music, create rhythms for strumming, build your chord knowledge, improvise, train your ear and understand song structures. We will coordinate a lesson plan that will fit your schedule and accelerate your learning.

I keep my lessons fun and upbeat, but with a focus. I ensure full comprehension of all subjects covered, and make sure that each student is challenged and learning constantly.

My main word of advice is "Be patient." Learning an instrument takes time, practice and is a gradual process that is rewarding beyond words. Acknowledge every little improvement in your playing because that is what we want. I promote a minimum of 2-3 separate 30 minute practice sessions. There's no reason to put it off any longer. Let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Plenty of parking, music stands, amp, extra picks, tuners, a comfortable setting, great attitude, and seating for parents. Students only need to have their guitar and a notebook.

For Online: Logitech C920, dual cam, good sound quality and lighting, and fast bandwidth

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music stands, extra picks, a tuner and a great attitude. Students only need to have their guitar and a notebook.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
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Paul W. January 24, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Been a student of Josh's for a few months now and feel very fortunate to have found him. His attention to detail, continuity between sessions, and obvious broad knowledge base are a few of the elements making this a very rewarding learning experience. I am learning to read music, understand music theory, and develop technique. I have very much looked forward to each lesson which Josh takes the time and effort to build upon with clear assignments and follow up. Josh is highly personable, professional and supportive. I highly recommend Josh.
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Mark J. September 19, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent, takes time to explain music so I can have a better understanding of the whole process.
I look forward to each class as I learn more.
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John H. April 28, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent, safe and trustworthy.

Josh has been the best guitar teach I have had (I have had three others in the past). He is exceedingly patient, flexible and very knowledgeable about the subject, for both theory and practice.

I have a better understanding of the mechanics, style and technique of classical guitar than I had coming in and have learned some really excellent pieces. Josh works at my pace and understands when work and 'life' interfere with my ability to practice during the week.
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Josh G.

Josh G.

Austin, TX 78727
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Moses R.

Austin, TX

About Moses

Hello! My name is Moses. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. My main instrument is the guitar, and I specialize in teaching rock, blues, folk, and indie music. My strength is finding the strengths of my students and getting them off to a fast start. I have strong music theory skills, and my goal is to encourage my students to be as musically well-rounded as possible. I currently help lead the worship team at Austin Christian.
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Marshall A. June 14, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Moses made me feel comfortable. He spent lots of time preparing for the lessons and understood where I was coming from. Highly recommended!
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Kenneth S. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
I took lessons from Moses from the ground up. Starting in 8th grade. His lessons were structured to be simple, easy to grasp, songs that I like. So the practice was fun in the early stage and he helped me through every stage. I learned from him for over two years. As the music that I was playing became more complex and speedy (I am a metal player as well as others) he was teaching me theory so I understood why things sounded the way they did. He has a good understanding of multiple genres. He taught me songs and licks in other genres. Rock, blues, metal, jazz, and classical. I am currently pursuing a degree in music education for classical guitar. He first instilled the love of music that I have had in the guitar for over 6 years now. He is great for beginners, or experienced players to step up their game. Great teacher
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Moses R.

Moses R.

Austin, TX 78728
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ryan F.

Austin, TX

About Ryan

Greetings! My name is Ryan and I'd love to be a part of your journey in music! I have been a musician my whole life (I'm 33 yrs. old), coming from a very musical family, I've had some sort of sound making device at arms reach since I was a child. I've played in many bands, across all genres from Pop to Rock and Jazz, and studied Jazz Performance on Bass and Piano at the University of Colorado, Denver. I love teaching, and have a wealth of experience in creating a curriculum with students and parents which fits their specific aptitude, practice schedule, and desired results. Looking forward to
hearing from you!
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Aimee F. June 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He's the best! The kids have come very far ! They enjoy playing piano even outside of the lessons! He works with the kids and teaches to what they want to learn.
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Sherrie M. August 4, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ryan has been teaching me classical piano for about a month now, and I couldn't be happier with his teaching style. I'm an intermediate student, who took more than 20 years off, and had forgotten most of my theory lessons. Ryan is patient, professional, and very knowledgeable. Ryan makes it possible for my brain to actually understand theory.

I highly recommend Ryan. He's the type of piano teacher who is there to help and not just earn a paycheck.

Thank you, Ryan, for making it possible for me to like piano lessons again.

Sherrie
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Ryan F.

Ryan F.

Austin, TX 78759
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Matthew C.

Austin, TX

About Matthew

Hello! My name is Matthew C. I have been teaching for 3 years and I absolutely love it. My areas of expertise are Music (Piano, Guitar, Singing, Performing, and Songwriting) and English (ESL and creative writing). Throughout my High School and College career I studied English Honors, Creative Writing, and Music Performance & Theory.

I am currently in an indie pop trio as the lead singer plus piano and guitar. We have released a demo cd and a full length album. We have recorded in studios all across the United States and worked with producers that have worked with big name artists (Keith Urb
an, Family Force 5, Matchbox 20, Taylor Swift). We have been fortunate enough to open for bands like Greek Fire and Remedy Drive and play in front of thousands of people. With my experience in the studio and music industry I hope I can meet your needs as a student!
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Bao T. June 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is very patient. Good for beginners and parents trying to feel out their children's talents or interest.
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Andrew C. May 6, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My 6 year old just had his first lesson with Matthew. We were not sure what to expect going in, but we're very pleased. Our son enjoyed our session and wants to continue learning. Matthew is very nice and patient and a cool guy. He was very good with our son and I highly recommend him!
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Matthew C.

Matthew C.

Austin, TX 78727
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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