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Rocksmith Method Music as language

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My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass.

My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority.
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The Method

1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten.

Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression.
They can be used as a way to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move.

"Music wor
ks better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective."

In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such.

Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long.

Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it.

"You were allowed to make mistakes."

You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled!

Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation.

To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals.

If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language.
Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family.

Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass:

In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes.

Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis.

Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own.

Music comes from the musician, not the instrument.
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2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines.

Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.

The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument.
You will play your favorite songs.
You will learn a new technique every month.
Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started.
Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen....

You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable.

If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up.

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3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track.

The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size.
For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise:

You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way.

These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs.

"If music is a language. You should never stop talking."

Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say.
Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say.
A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet.
Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down.
In my eyes the approach to music should be the same.

After all, music is a language too.

Let's Play & Grow Together.

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Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals.

The Essentials/Techniques Plus:

Tuning
Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Accents
Slides
Chords
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Arpeggios
Notes Chords Scales

Shifting
Fretting
Sustains
Palm mutes
Slides
Bends
Tremelos
Hammer-ons
Pull-offs
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Vibrato
Scales and modes
Changing strings

Additional Bass Techniques:

Fifths
Roots
Slapping
Popping

Advanced Players:

Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends
Two hand tapping
Articulation and phrasing
Pinch harmonics
Extended harmonies
Hybrid techniques
Advanced chords
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Yuko A. October 2, 2017
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We just had a first lesson with Joe. I asked him if he can do few people group lesson with mixed age then he agreed to try it. He handled all of them great and we decided to stay with Joe to taking more lessons!!
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Owen March 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Joe is great with our son! I would highly recommend him to any one looking for a teacher!!
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Eric Perez February 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
It was a pleasure to have Joe meet our son for his first lesson !!! I like to the way he connected with my son. We all felt very comfortable and look forward to see him again on a weekly base !!!
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Joe B.

Joe B.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Jeremy B.

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Curtis Bay, MD
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Students can experience a lesson plan directly formulated towards their own personal interests. This could range from basic guitar fundamentals, which include learning basic chords, scales, reading music, playing different rhythmic patterns and playing beginner level songs. More advanced topics could also be implemented such as, modes, rhythmic syncopation, and harmonic chord progressions. Also, if the student wants to learn how to play their favorite songs this can also be arranged.

About Jeremy
I have been an avid music lover my entire life and have also been playing music for almost 20 years, while having experience playing music in multiple bands around the Baltimore/D.C./Virginia area. I enjoy listening and playing all types of music and genres. I graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with an Associates degree in Transfer Studies while completing their music theory program. Currently I am attending the University of Maryland Baltimore County while pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music Education.
I have proficient skills in music performance, sight reading, sight singing, music theory, part writing and composition. If you want to start to uncover music theory, or you just learn to play a few of your favorite songs or solos I can help get you where you want to be. I look forward to teaching all inspired musicians
to help them fulfill their musical goals.
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David B. October 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor. He is very patient and makes learning the guitar exciting.
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Stephen B. January 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Awesome instructor!!!
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Reggie June 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I am a beginner guitar player inspiring to become the next Eddie Hazel (Of Funkadelic fame for you unenlightened ones). I was referred to Jeremy by a former music teacher at Anne Arundel Community College. I was able to set up a weekly time with him at his house. He has a very clean and professional setting. I have been taking lessons under Jeremy's tutelage for a few months now. I have to say I am surprised at my own progress. My technical skills are blossoming but it's the music theory that is the real gift that Jeremy has given me. I always shrugged theory off thinking if I can hear it, I can play it. But now I am beginning to see the doors that music theory can open. Music is a vast universe and I have to give him credit for opening my ears, eyes, and mind to the possibilities of soooouuunds.
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Jeremy B.

Jeremy B.

Curtis Bay, MD 21226
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About Brian G.

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Annandale, VA

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I have been teaching all levels and styles of acoustic guitar for over 20 years. Beginners usually start with my instruction book, So You Want to Learn How to Play Guitar? You will start playing songs from your 1st lesson. For students who already play, I do an assessment of your experience and skills and design a plan based on this and the type of music you want to learn. I specialize in Country Acoustic Blues, finger-picking, flat picking, and slide. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Brian
As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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Val October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.
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Erick June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.
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Cody May 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Have only been playing for a couple weeks now, but I can tell this is something that I will want to do for the rest of my life. Brian makes it very easy to learn and is very helpful in tracking my progression. Look forward to each week and the opportunity to get better!
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Brian G.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Rachel E.

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Elkridge, MD
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I'm now offering beginner to intermediate guitar lessons. What's a beginner? You have no knowledge or experience playing. What's intermediate? You have limited knowledge and/or are familiar w/ some chord names/shapes. You can play a song or two; or can keep up with a song.

I follow a structured way of learning guitar based on a guitar course I've created; and I customize the lessons according to the student's needs and wants. Whether you want to play in a band; play 2 songs; or just relax and have fun - your personalized lessons will help you achieve that goal.

Learn everything about how the guitar works while learning how to play and write songs. We'll have tons of ways to develop your rhythm, finger strength and flexibility.

Lessons feature various styles of music, appropriate for all ages: blues, rock, pop, country, folk , jazz, funk, latin and reggae. Even though I can teach multiple genres; if you want to focus on one type or certain artists, we can definitely do ...

About Rachel
I started playing guitar and singing when I was 13 when I got a Christmas present from my father. Learning covers for a few years, I eventually started writing my own music around age 16. I also competed in talent shows and sang at church during high school. When I was 18, my friends and I started a jam band.

Went through a couple drummers then went our separate ways not even a year in. Since then, I’ve been playing as a solo musician but also playing in worship bands. I also have had opportunities to duet with people live sporadically. From 2011-2012, I recorded an album entitled “Wouldlawn, Couldlawn, Shouldlawn.” I named it that because I lived in an area called Woodlawn and my dad used to say the album’s title as a joke.

This was all in my spare time, I was a waitress since age 19. I didn’t start playing music full time until
late 2013. Playing mostly in small bars, coffeehouses, and private events/parties. And in August 2016, I started teaching guitar. Took a total break from playing music.

To get back into the groove of things, I started my own by doing online concerts. I also started recording music videos for and doing social media lives. I still love to record and working on finishing an album.

I still teach guitar and I’m blessed to be playing in the worship band at The Cause Church in Elkridge, MD. My style is indie folk; and I play a mix of originals and covers. My main singing influences are Gwen Stefani, Karen O from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Fiona Apple. My main music influences are Death Cab for Cutie, The White Stripes & Modest Mouse.
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Karl May 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson, but I have high expectations for the future. Rachel is well prepared and easy going. I'm excited to be doing this and I'm confident I'll achieve my goals with Rachel's guidance/instruction.
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Brad February 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
The lessons are broken down in easily manageable parts and very easy to understand the concepts. Rachel is very patient and knowledgeable!
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Mike July 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Rachel does an amazing job preparing each lessons material and uses a variety of media to make the weeks class easily understandable and accessible. Ours are completed online and I find it easy to learn and enjoy regardless of not being conducted in person. Rachel also finds ways to make the lessons fun and enjoyable through interaction. Highly recommended!
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Rachel E.

Elkridge, MD 21075
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$50 / 60-min

About Taylor O.

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I have been playing guitar for almost 12 years now. I have helped many musicians for their auditions into various music schools and programs and each have been granted acceptance, some even received scholarship. I am currently studying music for a degree in music education with an emphasis on guitar pedagogy. I also like to teach and incorporate elements regarding ear training and music theory. Music is very personal and should be treated as such, therefore I believe the student should have a wide latitude of input for what they wish to learn and goals they deem fit to achieve. I am truly driven towards playing and spreading the love of playing music and will help the student reach their highest potential possible. I can teach blues, rock, pop, jazz, and classical.

About Taylor
Music is a world within itself, your instrument a microcosm of that world which you create. There are no rules, no limits except the ones you put on yourself. This idea means volumes to me and the ability to pass on this feeling to someone else is beyond success to me. I love to teach and am willing to go wherever the student wants to go and give them the necessary tools in order to build the world they want to create. I have been playing for almost 12 years and have a lot to share that I've learned over that time. I teach blues, rock, pop, jazz, funk, R&B, and classical styles as well as improvisation the the necessary music theory and ear training to go along with it. I can also teach elements of songwriting if the student wishes to song write. I have helped students with their auditions into various music schools and programs all of wh
ich they have been accepted into, some even receiving scholarship. I have also tutored students from freshman in college to juniors in college in music theory and ear training. I have played with various jazz bands and combos as well has pop and jam bands around the Radford Virginia area.

I cannot wait to meet the student and take their playing and musicianship to new heights!
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Taylor O.

Arlington, VA 22207
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About Amilcar C.

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Silver Spring, MD

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Are you a total beginner and just want to learn some of your favorite songs?

Would you like to learn some music theory and how to read music on the guitar?

Do you want to branch out into different styles of music such as Spanish guitar or jazz? 

Can you already play rhythm guitar but want to learn how to play lead and acquire some SICK TECHNIQUE and SPEED?!!

Whatever your musical goal may be, I have the educational background and teaching experience to take you there! Years of flamenco, classical and jazz studies at the university level and with some of the area's most renowned instructors have left me uniquely qualified as a guitarist. And over a decade of imparting knowledge in a FUN and RELAXING way has given me the experience to become a patient teacher who gets great results! Several of my students have gone on to prestigious conservatories, started successful bands and have students of their own! Group beginner lessons in the Silver Spring area are forming now and ...

About Amilcar
Greetings! I'm a professional guitarist, composer, music teacher and recording artist. I have an associates degree in composition from Montgomery College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Along with teaching guitar lessons, I've been performing with other musicians and my own award winning band all over the U.S. and internationally for the past 18 years.

My training in a diverse group of styles including classical, Latin (salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, bossa nova, Gypsy Kings), flamenco, jazz, blues and rock have left me uniquely qualified as a performer. It has allowed me to share the stage with a diverse group of notable musicians and international pop stars such as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Little Anthony and the Imperials, Luis Enrique, Jerry Rivera, Nestor Torres, David Pabon, Fonseca, Scot
t Ambush and Chuck Redd. In addition, my band has released three LPs since 2007 that garnered positive reviews and awards along with placements on TV shows such as "Chelsea Lately" and NBC's "Smash".

My teaching philosophy is to make learning fun, easy and rewarding...and I've gotten some pretty great results! I've had the pleasure of seeing some of my former students play on nationally televised late night shows, hear their songs on the radio, see them billed on big music festivals such as Firefly and SXSW, get accepted into competitive music programs and start their own successful music teaching businesses.

Lessons are offered online or in your home or mine in the Silver Spring, MD area. Beginning students will have songs to play right away and will see steady weekly progress with chords and single note riffs and melodies. Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated so that I can assess their strengths and weaknesses so that I can guide them to achieving their musical goals. It's always a kick to watch students play things that they thought they could never play!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to helping you become the guitar player you want to be!
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Amilcar C.

Amilcar C.

Silver Spring, MD 20906
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$45 / 30-min

About Mary S.

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I’ve been studying and playing acoustic guitar since I was a young child. However, I’ve been a professional “gigging” musician for 5 years. My passion, along with performing, is teaching beginning guitar students. I love helping them see that they can have fun right from the start—and nothing motivates the beginner better than having fun and rocking out almost from day one!

I will provide you (or your child) with a clear lesson plan, video tutorials as an aid between lessons, and a highly supportive environment. When you’re ready, I’ll help prepare you for your first public performance whether it’s for a family gathering in your living room or at an open mic at a coffee house. And who knows what will come after that?

On stage, I specialize in a powerful style that blends rhythm and melody. With Cecilia Grace, I performed over 120 dates last year and will be performing 45+ shows this summer alone. I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with Ryan Cabrera, Drake Bell, Capital ...

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On stage, I specialize in a powerful style that blends rhythm and melody. With Cecilia Grace, I performed over 120 dates last year and will be performing 45+ shows this summer alone. I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with Ryan Cabrera, Drake Bell, Capital Cities, O Town, and 2017's American Idol winner, Trent Harmon. However, it all began with lessons and practice.
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Mary S.

Towson, MD 21286
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$42 / 30-min

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Lorton, VA

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Experienced teacher and performer of 14 years. I teach all ages and keep lessons fun, yet challenging. I tailor every lessons to match my students interests and goals. I’ll teach chords, soloing techniques, songwriting skills, and music theory. Let’s rock out and learn some awesome songs!

About Matthew
I am a professional guitarist, songwriter, and drummer. I have been performing and teaching for over 14 years. I’m the singer/guitarist/songwriter of a local band and have gigged at all over the DMV area. I graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors of Music, emphasis in Music Industry.

Guitar lessons – I specialize in rock, pop, blues, and folk styles. I teach acoustic and electrical guitar lessons to students age 5 through adult! I help students learn their favorite songs and can teach chords, soloing, note reading, improvising, and music theory.

Songwriting lessons – Songwriting is a deep passion of mine and I specialize in rock, pop, and folk. I teach students how to formulate ideas, use chord progressions, make beats/arrangements, overcome writer’s block, and develop solid polished songs.

Drum Set lessons
- I specialize in rock, pop, blues, and funk styles. I teach drum set lessons to students age 5 through adult! I help students learn their favorite songs and can teach beats, fills, note reading, improvising, and fundamentals.

I love teaching lessons and sharing music with eager students. Music should be fun, yet it teaches the value of hard work and the rewards that come with it. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your musical goals!
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Matthew M.

Lorton, VA 22079
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$34 / 30-min

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I began playing guitar when I took courses at Shenandoah Conservatory. I have been playing since 2008 and teaching since 2012

About Abigail
Abigail Selby began playing Celtic harp in 1999 and recorded her first original composition at age fourteen. At age seventeen, Abigail travelled to Scotland to compete in the Scottish Mod and received third place in the advanced level harp competition. When Abigail attended college at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, she pursued Classical pedal harp as her primary instrument. She has since then been performing with orchestras of the DC metropolitan area at places such as the Kennedy Center and Black Rock Performing Arts Center. In 2012, she recorded and produced her first full length album of original music called Sow Hope, which features her on electric and acoustic harp, vocals, percussion, and piano. Abigail is a board certified music therapist and has worked with hospice care, psychiatric hospitals, autism, dementia and
Alzheimer's, TBI and PTSD. She has been teaching private music lessons on harp, piano, guitar, and voice since 2007. Abigail performs regularly with her husband as an original duo called Abigail Selby & Eric Selby. Together, the duo has played at venues such as Blues Alley, the Birchmere and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. They recently completed their second full-length album called Gypsy Second. Abigail is truly a multi-genre instrumentalist and recording artist, and enjoys approaching music with an emphasis on personal expression.
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Abigail S.

Sterling, VA 20164
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Smile and have fun with it !

I love teaching guitar. And each student is unique.

My approach is to gear my teaching methods to the individual learning style of the student.

You need someone who responds to you and interacts with you as a unique learner. This makes learning fun and effective for you.

About Michele
Guitar haa been a love of mine since I was 14, when I first saw someone entertaining people at a party.

I began lessons for myself, at the age of 16. First I learned the basics and rock style music, and then I played and sang in some local Baltimore garage bands and in talent shows.

I went on to major in music in college, at Towson State University, with classical guitar as my concentration.

I began playing out professionally in my 20's, includings bars and restaurants like the Westminster Inn and at Fells Point, festivals like the Owings Mills Festival, weddings and parties.

I love teaching guitar and seeing the student's eyes light up, when things click together to get that favorite riff or favorite song right !

I have 25 + years of teaching experience.
I have taught over 100 students, including teens, adults, pre-
teens, and special needs adults and children.
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Michele Y.

Catonsville, MD 21228
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$30 / 30-min

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