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About Marvin A.

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Montgomery Village, MD

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I can teach any student all the blues licks they need to have fun playing the blues. I also use this as a foundation for my begging students to learn how to improvise.

For intermediate/advanced students, we can move beyond the minor pentatonic scales and into all the different types of sound you can play on a blues.

Advanced: for advanced students, we look at how musicians in the past have played the blues. I can guide the student to more of the roots blues or the sophisticated jazz blues.

About Marvin
I help students make the guitar a part of their life, teaching them to play with individuality, creativity, and proper technique.

***for DC In-home students, minimum lesson time must be 60 minutes.***

Taught privately in the Washington DC area for 3 years before moving to NYC to earn my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music majoring in Jazz Guitar. I have accumulated more than 10 years of experience teaching the guitar. I gigged regularly in the DMV and NYC areas and have been doing a lot of shows, private parties, receptions, weddings, and business events. i have made recordings in studios and I am very musically active. I am extremely passionate, and I live to play, learn, and of course teach the guitar.

*** Lesson Details and Teaching Philosophy ***
I love playing guitar and YOU will too!

The guitar is a fantastic instrument
and is so much fun to play. I incorporate musical fun into my lesson as much as I can because I want students to learn how to "play" music not "work" music. I have learned from many great musicians that music is driven by passion and should be enjoyable to the performer and this is felt by the audience. Teaching and learning are similar. I enjoy teaching so much and my students always have a smile on their face after the lesson.

Play the music YOU love!

I have learned in my experience that students show the most growth and progress while learning material that they are interested in. I have been trained to be able to play almost any tune I hear, so I can teach my students how to play their favorite tunes exactly how they hear them!

This means that lessons are customized and fine-tuned for every student!

Slow and steady WINS the race!

Learning music is not a race, but this lesson is true when learning music. I am able to work with students to help them improve by identifying and isolating problems in their playing. I can create simple exercises for the student to slowly and surely become closer to the guitarist they wish to be.

I am very flexible and prioritize the students need over everything else. But with everything I teach, I am able to relate back to theory. I show students how to practice effectively to build their chops. And I of course I can instruct the students how to read and write music, with proper technique. I also have an educated background with Theory and Ear Training, all of which I pass on to all my students.

I care very much about my students and love to see them excel!

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio in basement; amps; guitars (acoustic & electric); cables, music stands, sheet music

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide with me sheet music paper, a music stand, and a small amplifier if necessary.

The student should have a private space suitable to take lessons in and a guitar to learn with.

*** Specialties ***
Modern Guitar
Rock, R&B, Funk, Acoustic, Pop, Jazz, and also Christian music
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HID November 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son can't wait every week for his lesson with Marvin. He has learned so much in only five sessions.
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Fabio L. March 3, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Marvin has been awesome and I am glad to have found him here in TakeLessons.com. My son and I are taking weekly guitar lessons with Marvin and he has been a great resource and help for knowledge. Both my son and I are beginners and he's has worked with each one of us in different ways, since we both learn differently and have distinct goals. I feel that his recommendations and exercises are helping the two of us and I look forward to keep working with Marvin and making us better players and have fun with the guitar. His patient and calm demeanor are perfect and important traits to effectively teach adult beginners and kids. Thanks Marvin!
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Anunoy G. February 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Marvin has been teaching guitar to my two sons, 12 and 10 since last June. My boys had never touched a guitar before so they were absolute beginners. Marvin has a soft spoken and easy going style of teaching. He makes the lessons fun for my boys and they look forward to their lessons every week. I would definitely recommend Marvin to anyone looking for a guitar instructor.
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Marvin A.

Montgomery Village, MD 20886
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About Jason F.

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Baltimore, MD

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Blues is the heart and soul of American music. Every note sings with feeling and attitude. Make your guitar become your voice through diverse string bending and vibrato techniques, open tunings, four note chord voicings, voice leading, learn to play independent harmonies using fingerstyle or hybrid picking. Study all of the great blues forms, learn to improvise as well as compose. All of my students will learn the most important skill any musician can possess- the ability to listen to other musicians in a jam session and compliment their ideas.

About Jason
Hi, I'm Jason. I've been teaching and performing as a full time career for 23 years. During that time, I've developed a diverse, flexible approach to teaching that is customized to the needs and interests of each of my students. I'll help you set up musical goals, and then use your preferred learning style to help you achieve them.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to help you unlock your full musical potential by tailoring your lesson experience to your unique interests and goals. Your lessons will be a balance of technique and creativity. My studio is equipped with pro sound gear and software so we can incorporate drum sounds, keyboards, bass, and guitar into your lessons.
I encourage all of my students to read standard notation, but it isn't necessary if you would prefer to learn by ear.

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comfortable teaching most styles, including R&B, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Funk, Rock and Metal. I try to encourage all students to learn the basics of music theory, so you can understand the music you learn.

-I use a wide range of method books. I also use books that I have authored, which have been used in music programs in Baltimore area private schools and charter schools.
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Brenden June 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've been going to Jason for a few months now and I have significantly improved my playing ability and increased my music knowledge. Lessons are tailored to what I want to learn and there has been noticeable improvement even over a short period of time.
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Tanna June 8, 2018
· Guitar · Online
He is really patient and kind, and he got playing songs in days.
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Leslie March 19, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jason tailors the course to a student's individual learning pace and needs. There is also a good combination between theory and learning cords to play a song. Technique is emphasized to build good habits and a foundation for future growth.
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Jason F.

Pasadena, MD 21122
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About Aleksis B.

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Germantown, MD
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I can teach you theory and improvisation to make the most out of jamming with your friends and refine your chops

About Aleksis
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music pr
ofessionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

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Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Maureen B. June 1, 2019
· Drum · In home
He is an excellent teacher for a beginner like me. He is not only experience but very patient. I was very pleased
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Lynn C. April 23, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
Alexsis is dedicated to work with you to bring out your best
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Amy March 29, 2019
· Singing · In home
Aleksis is a very patient and encouraging instructor! I’ve learned a lot in a few weeks time.
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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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About James R.

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North Brunswick, NJ

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Learn to play Blues, Major & Minor and how it works through Music Theory.

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PLEASE READ : Thank you.

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at UBG Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype & Hangouts (Google) as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not
only get a Great Lessons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do. I no longer accept every other week lessons, only weekly lessons.
I have a 24 hour Cancellation policy, if I'm not notified within 24 hours of your lesson I will accept payment.
Thank you and I Look forward Helping you reach your goals.
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Mike May 5, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Jimmy has a nice balance between encouraging interest and basic understanding of music theory, with the fun of learning an instrument. His clear passion for music and teaching others to enjoy it too helps me progress on my personal goals, timeline and availability.
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Mike February 9, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
Jimmy is very knowledgeable and very approachable. In a short time, he has helped me to unlock the fretboard. Highly recommended.
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Jason February 7, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jimmy is an awesome teacher all around! He is very patient and makes me feel comfortable and confident. He has many helpful tips that progress me quickly and clearly truly cares about teaching! I highly recommend taking lessons with Jimmy!
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James R.

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About Brian G.

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Annandale, VA

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Students can expect to learn to play all styles of blues performed by the masters. Electric/acoustic/dobro. Rhythm, lead, finger picking, flat-picking, slide, and more. I incorporate into my lessons what I have studied with my recording artist mentors.

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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Errol June 11, 2019
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I started learning guitar on my own. I got some CD’s. It got me started. However, I wasn’t progressing. I looked for an instructor in my area and Brian Gross came up in my search engine. I was very frustrated at first but Brian assured me it takes time and practice. It’s the little things that he teaches you that makes all the difference. If you listen to what he tells you and apply it you will amazed. Great musician, great teacher.
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Grace January 14, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brian is a wonderful, fun, and very supportive guitar teacher. He encourages students like me to practice and learn, and he gives very positive and tailored instruction. He allows his students to choose the style of music that they want to learn, and he offers the easiest and most straightforward way to learn it. He prepares his lessons very well, and it is always a joy to see his cheerful face. Even someone like me who sometimes fumbles around with the strings can feel comfortable in his great manner of teaching. I find that I have learned quite a bit in a very short amount of time, even with my busy work schedule. The guitar exercises that he gives us are fun to do and so effective. I highly recommend him as a guitar teacher, and I look forward to many more lessons with him.
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Samee June 23, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great instructor who works with your schedule and your technique, excellent lesson plans!
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Brian G.

Annandale, VA 22003
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About Diego R.

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Washington, DC
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My main focus is to help you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. I tailor every lesson to each individual to ensure you are learning in a style that best suits your needs. Whether you are interested in rock, blues, country, jazz or any other style of guitar, I will work to make sure that you achieve your potential.

What you will learn: On top of guitar technique and performance skills, students will develop a strong foundation in music theory, ear training, and note reading.

My info: 7 years of experience teaching beginners to advanced guitar students. Bachelors in Music, specializing in Jazz Guitar performance.

About Diego
My main focus is to help you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. I tailor every lesson to each individual to ensure you are learning in a style that best suits your needs. Whether you are interested in rock, blues, country, jazz or any other style of guitar, I will work to make sure that you achieve your potential.

What you will learn: On top of guitar technique and performance skills, students will develop a strong foundation in music theory, ear training, and note reading.

My info: 7 years of experience teaching beginners to advanced guitar students. Bachelors in Music, specializing in Jazz Guitar performance.
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Patrick April 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I left my first lesson feeling confident which is a first when it comes to past lessons I have taken with other instructors
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Diego R.

Washington, DC 20008
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$35 / 30-min

About Greg M.

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Davidsonville, MD

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My methods vary from student to student. I focus primarily on ear training, applications of chord construction to learning solo's, songs, and chords, and reading guitar tablature when a student is lost. I believe guitar is an especially creative instrument and do NOT focus on reading sheet music as a part of the student's learning experience. An emphasis is also placed on performance as well as proper technique to avoid injuries. Listening to music is an extra-curricular activity that should be done every day with a special emphasis on hearing what the 'greats' do with a magnificent piece of wood in their hands.

About Greg
I have been playing guitar for over 14 years, played in four different gigging bands ranging from country to jazz to improvisational funk. I taught music theory, guitar, and bass at M.E.A. Music in Lexington Park, Maryland for 3 years and currently teach and manage at the School of Rock in Arnold. I earned an Associates Degree in Music at Anne Arundel Community College and a Minor in Music at St. Mary's College of Maryland. I currently perform as an acoustic trio in the DMV area with some very talented musicians.
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Michael January 25, 2019
· Guitar · In home
He moves fast and Inhave a hard time keeping up. I just need to practice and improve my skill level
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William January 2, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Greg is intimately connected with the guitar. There is no other type of teacher I can recommend than one who is so passionate about music, it's development, and it's exploration. I highly recommend this teacher.
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Page December 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Greg is both knowledgeable and extremely patient. He taught me the fundamentals of guitar, and his lessons have stuck with me more than any others I’ve had. I have him to thank for getting me started, and I continue to improve with what he taught me in mind! If you’re looking for a teacher who will teach you while breaking down the technique, he’s definitely your guy!
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Greg M.

Davidsonville, MD 21035
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About Thomas D.

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Pasadena, CA

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Guitar lessons with me are unique because although I am young, I am a very experienced teacher already. I started learning guitar at 10 years old. By the time I was 16 I was gigging and teaching kids in my neighborhood and any Craigslist clients I could find. At 18, I took a 1.5 year program at the Los Angeles College of Music, where I graduated with an AA in guitar performance. Since then I have worked as a professional musician, and also as a teacher /consultant with Adopt the Arts, a non profit started by Matt Sorum (drummer of Guns N Roses, Hollywood Vampires) and director Abby Berman. In my time at Adopt the Arts I have amassed over 4000 teaching hours of teaching kids ages 4-13, so I am very experienced with kids and get along with them great since. I have also been giving other private lessons to people of all ages since 2011. Qualities that make me stand out as a teacher are relatability, patience, and an ability to identify the proper pace for the student to enjoy the ...

About Thomas
Tommy is a musician from the bay area that has been in Los Angeles since the age of 18. Tommy started playing guitar at the age of 10 and started gigging and teaching private students around the neighborhood in 2011 at the age of 16. From 2013 to 2015 he studied at the Los Angeles College, where h received an AA in Guitar Performance. Since then he has accumulated over 4000+ more hours of teaching beginner/intermediate guitar, and beginner piano/drums/vocals/ukulele. Most of his teaching experience is with students aged 4-17, and has come through his work with non profit organization Adopt the Arts started by Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses) and director Abby Berman.
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Gabriel January 9, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Taught at the basic level very well. If you know nothing about music or guitar Tommy's your guy. Goes through all the simple steps at an even pace making the entire experience relaxing. From there giving you the knowledge of your scales and blues scales, teaching you how to make mini solos on the spot really helps out with the musicality of it all. 10/5
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Susana January 7, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tommy has provided music lessons to both of my children for the past 3 years. He is a very nurturing and patient teacher. Both my children enjoy having music time with Mr. Drinkard.
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Dan January 7, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I am a 30 year old software engineer that wanted to start learning guitar as my 2016 new year's resolution. Heard about Tommy through a friend and I've been taking consistent lessons ever since and progressed a lot. He is knowledgeable, patient, and just a genuinely good/funny guy to be around.
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About Mark S.

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Silver Spring, MD

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With my broad performance and compositional background in folk, classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, soul, blues, and musical theater, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition.

For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, Mark offers coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.

About Mark
I am a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter working in a variety of genres. I regularly perform around the Washington, DC, area as a solo guitarist, as a singer/songwriter, and with numerous classical, folk, rock, and musical theater groups. My primary musical influences include folk and world music, J.S. Bach, cool jazz, prog rock, American primitive, and contemporary guitar music.

I have recorded several CDs of my original compositions, including music for solo acoustic guitar, chamber music for classical banjo, and scores for live theater productions. I have also recorded and produced CDs of other recording artists.

I teach private and group lessons on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and bass guitar at my home studio in Maryland, at several area music schools, and online. With my broad performance and compositional back
ground, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition. For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, I offer coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.
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SK March 9, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
Mr. Sylvester is one of the greatest. He is not just an amazing guitarist, but he is also very kind. He treats people with so much respect. He speaks to me and my mom so nicely. He is very patient. He has a deep knowledge of music and knows how to get the most out of even the least talented people (like me!). He doesn't ever get mad if you make a mistake or forget to bring your music notes. We were so lucky to find Mr. Sylvester.
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Virginia March 4, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
Mark is a talented musician who plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments. His lessons are always informative and supportive. They are driven by the student’s interest, so anything you want o learn— styles of music, how to do a particular technique, music theory— you can bring to class. And every now and then he organizes a recital— terrifying but great practice!
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Eve March 1, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mark has been teaching our 11 year old son for the past 3 years. He is always engaged and excited about learning his next songs and going to his lessons. Mark is very relaxed in his style of teaching but has high expectations for learning the songs and improving overall. We are lucky to have him as a teacher.
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Mark S.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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About Eric S.

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Perry Hall, MD
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I teach technique as it relates medically to our physiology in an attempt to make your playing effortless so your musicality comes through unincombered by technical challenges. The repertoire my students work on is their choice which, guided by myself, makes their musical journey unique.

About Eric
I have performed as a soloist and with The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Kenny G, John Corabi(Motley Crue), and have toured the world playing music. I have done studio work as a session guitarist, bassist and vocalist. I have a bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance and studied at Towson University and Peabody Conservatory. I have taught at Virginia Western Community College and Towson University.
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Eric S.

Perry Hall, MD 21128
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If you're familiar with blues chords and ready to start trying your hand at some riffs, this exercise from guitar teacher Samuel B. will help you get the ball rolling... As an instructor (and blues guitar afficionado), I'm keen on you developing a working knowledge of the blues. The blues is the musicological basis of all recognizable forms of American music (gospel, contemporary country, soul, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, early rock n roll, the list goes on). Therefore, said knowledge will imp
Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle
Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start... What is a shuffle, anyway? A shuffle is a rhythm of 8th notes played in triplets, essentially playing 3/4 time over a 4/4 beat to make the music swing. Blues, pop, jazz, and rock musicians all use the shuffle. The blues shuffle is a fun pattern that is simple to absorb into your playing across many genres of music. Think of pop, rock, big band, and blues as being a part of the s

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