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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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Caren R. January 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great approach to teaching beginners.
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About Manhei C.

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Philadelphia, PA
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About Manhei
Lesson will be divided into two parts:

First part will be a a brief introduction to some basic elements in the art of drawing and painting.
Second part will be in practice, where the fun begins! Students try to apply what they learn to their art!

Nothing is more satisfying than hearing my students go home with some knowledge they don't know know before. Maybe a new idea, a new way of thinking, new perspective at perceiving.
I should try my very best effort to live up to the standards.

Education
2013-Present Pennyslvania Academy of Fine Art
2009-2013 Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Art High School
2012 Summer Intern with Professional Painters, Beijing
1999-2007 Studied at Ever Green Art Studio in HK since 1999

Grands and Awards
2014 Merit Scholarship, Pe
nnsylvania Academy of Fine Art
2013 National Congressional Award Gold Medal, 1st place in California’s 12th District
2013 Artistic Scholarship Nominee for Robert Squeri’s Fine Artist Award

Exhibition
2016 - Annual Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
"Portrait of Kaitlyn Basta" Summer show at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
2013 - "Portrait of a Friend", Cannon Tunnel, US Capitol, Washington DC
Senior Visual Arts Show, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School\
"Hands" collected in Umlaunt
2012 - Junior Visual Arts Show, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School
"Self Portrait", De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
"Still Life", Asian Art Museum, San Franciscio, CA
2011 - Student Exhibtition, SFO, San Francisco, CA
Sophomore Visual Arts Show, Ruth Asawa San Francsico School of the Arts High School
2010 - Freshman Visual Arts Show, San Francisco School of the Arts

Professional Experiences
2015 Private Fine Art Instructor, Self Employed
2014 Art Instructor in a Summer Art Program
2012-2013 Intern at the San Francisco DeYoung Museum
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Vito Cosmo July 21, 2017
· Abstract Painting · In home
Manhei was great. Very informative and kind.
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Zhou June 28, 2017
· Oil Painting · In home
He is a good teacher,very patient
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Isabel P. March 29, 2015
· Painting · In home
Manhei is a great guy, completely dedicated to his art, and a patient, kind instructor. Definitely overqualified for the job, but with an excellent attitude and optimistic outlook.
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About Marlisa J.

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Bethesda, MD
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About Marlisa
I am a potter who specializes in functional tableware. I teach in my studio and also at local art centers. I teach throwing on the potter's wheel and hand-building. My work has been exhibited in national juried shows.

I also am a textile artisan. My love is doll-making, in the Waldorf style. I teach knitting (Continental style), crochet, and sewing.

My other love is gardening. I grow tree and herbaceous peonies. My cottage style garden is planted for fragrance and naturalness. I emphasize growing perennials because their beauty increases each year.
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Freyja May 1, 2016
· Pottery · In studio
I have had nothing but the best experience working with Marlisa. She is patient, she takes the time to verify that you've grasped a concept you're struggling with and works to find the best way to communicate with YOU. I don't think anyone would regret spending an hour or two learning and chatting with Marlisa. I feel so inspired and more confident each time I leave a session. If you're on the fence about trying this; don't hesitate!
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Heidi January 3, 2016
· Ceramics · In studio
Marlisa is a very kind, patient and knowledgeable teacher. I took my granddaughter to her for a pottery lesson and she was very happy with Marlisa's teaching, resulting in her being able to throw a bowl on the wheel that she can actually use. I would highly recommend Marlisa as a teacher for students of all ages!
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Soraya January 2, 2016
· Ceramics · In studio
Marlisa is an awesome teacher. I took a pottery class at Glen Echo years ago and was very disappointed, but with Marlisa's excellent teaching skills and enthusiasm for the art, I left her studio feeling like I wanted to buy a wheel and start throwing. I appreciate her hands-on approach and always felt taken care of attended to. Marlisa is a true artist and excellent teacher!!! I highly recommend her.
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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About Samantha G.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Samantha
Samantha is an innovative, and creative artist, multi-instrumentalist who specializes in guitar and visual arts. She has performed at various venues with out of box application of technique. Samantha cares about her students and will treat each individual student with their level and realm of creativity.
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Shirley April 2, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Very caring and supportive. She makes you feel very comfortable. She takes her time to explain what we are doing and she makes sure you understand. The lesson was done in such a way that I got a lot of information that made sense and did not feel overwhelmed. Her teaching style is geared to the individual. The hour went by so quickly. I would highly recommend her for lessons.
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Dana March 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Wow! What a brillant and creative Artist Samantha is! She is soooo full of passion in her artersy. She is truly a hidden gem. I would highly recommend her as anyone's personal instructor.
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Louis March 21, 2017
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Samantha is extremely talented & creative a true artist !
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About Jason T.

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Shrewsbury, NJ
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About Jason
I recently started working at Milestone Event Group as the lead photographer/videographer. Photography is an opportunity for me to capture life's moments and using various techniques photograph images not view-able to the naked eye. The geek in me loves the challenge of dealing with so so many technical variables like light, depth of field, composition, shutter speed and so on and so on. I enjoy helping others learn the joy of photography.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. I retired from the Navy in 2011 after working 20 years in law enforcement. I also run my own company and website doing fitness equipment sales and service.
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Jason T.

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About Diane F.

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About Diane
I am a muralist, artist and life coach who enjoys all things creative. I am the founder of my individual mural business, some of my more recent work is on: www.DianeFales.com.
I have taught children ages 8 - 25 informally over the last 12 years. I worked with at-risk homeless teens, engaging them with art projects for healing and encouraging their skill levels. Some of that work and my writing is on my other website.... www.AZHealing Arts.com
For your peace of mind, I have an IVP Federal Fingerprint Clearance card which means I have been through a thorough background check and may teach students at any school.
I have a calm, non-judgmental energy and happily encourage a curiosity and experimentation with techniques and concepts as well as working to achieve the individual goals set by each student at whatever level they are co
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Diane F.

Diane F.

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About mostafa D.

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Philadelphia, PA

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About mostafa
I am an artist, graduated from the Pennsylvania academy(PAFA) with a Bachelor in Fine art. My interest and concentration is in both Painting and Drafting. Art is my Passion, and to me it means many forms, from drafting, to painting, to intellectuality and how to represent it, to even more physical and energetic form like music. Education is my second passion, and i find it correlating perfectly with art. I love to educate and spread art as I think of myself as a very social, people oriented person.

I have multiple Years of experience in teaching Art. Recently taught Elementary school in an after school program, and the experience was wonderful.

I currently preform Professional demos(color theories, drawing and painting) and display in galleries. Currently working on new projects.

A quick summary and points of what i will be teach
ing, in general.

-How to See and measure correctly
-Perspective and how to perceive and apply basic to advance understanding
-Technicality / application and drafting for Painting and drawing
-Understanding Portraits, human figure/ Anatomy
-Understanding how light work, and how to take control of Value to create forms
-Color Theories
-Art Critique and Helping in portfolio's for high school and college level
-From Basic to Advance understanding of Oil Painting Techniques.
-Subject matter, narration and subjectivity in Art
-Intellectual art theories and History
-Narrative and sequential. Focusing on subject matter, Narrative/narrting and sequentially creating strips,comics or ideas.
- Illustration and comics ( subject matter and narrating and brush works/ techniques.)

You can find my Artwork on my website:
www.xxteefxx.wixsite.com/mostafa-darwish

And also on instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/moe.d.art/
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Kaitlyn July 23, 2017
· Painting · In studio
Moe is a good instructor, he has a lot of experience with teaching basics and intermediate topics in the fine arts. Not only is he familiar with traditional painting and techniques, but his practice itself is very innovative in inspiring you how to harness your own skills and seeing artmaking in your own way.
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Manhei July 23, 2017
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Mostafa is a great colleague. He is enthusiastic and dedicated to his art. I recommend his classes.
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About William H.

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Parker, CO
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I am a game artist specializing in concept design, character creation, and game design. In the past I've also received formal training in painting, drawing, and 3D modelling and texturing. I am an extremely versatile artist who has had spent focused time to hone not only my art skills but also my ability to teach. As it currently stands I have over 5 years of teaching experience teaching people from all walks of life. I am PASSIONATE about art and love passing that fire to my students.

Currently I teach private art lessons as well as run my own small game company. In my limited spare time I create original art for independant clients ranging from book covers to children's book illustration.

So let's get going. Hit that green button and let's start learning!
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William H.

William H.

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$34 / 30-min

About Jessica S.

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Norfolk, VA
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About Jessica
I've been living off of my own artwork the past several years learning any available medium for art and how to adapt to the constantly changing demands. This has been a side job for over 10 years now and my teaching style is very forward and clear, includes practices to build on and games to challenge yourself. Teaching groups is fine so if you want to buddy up, the more the merrier! My only request for groups is for everyone to be at a similar skill level to help keep everyone actively engaged.

To view my artworks either check out www.Facebook.com/justjesspage (enter in full web address to avoid confusion with other pages) or Instagram @ justjesspage

I can teach a lot more than what is offered on this site such as mold casting, jewelry casting, resin casting, facepainting, and sfx /cosplay. If you want teaching in these message me fi
rst before booking to work out supplies (booking will still be done here though).
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Jessica S.

Jessica S.

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$17 / 30-min

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