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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
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 ru
nning 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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Shawn & Shane January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
The boys are enjoying there guitar lessons & bonus info!
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Elizabeth January 11, 2018
· Acting · In studio
He works very well with my child and goes into detail in all aspects.
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Carolina December 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
James is a great teacher. My son had lots of fun learning...singing is his passion and James is the teacher for the job...
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About Marlisa J.

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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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Carolyn February 5, 2018
· Pottery · In home
Outstanding. All or more than We expected.
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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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Marlisa J.

Marlisa J.

Bethesda, MD 20817
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About Kai Lun Q.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Kai Lun
Hi, there! My name is Kai, and I can't wait to meet you!
Spreading the joy of drawing and painting has always been a great pleasure of mines.

Being trained in China's most prestigious and renowned fine arts academy, CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine ArtsI) as well as studying in Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai Art and Design Academy, and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, I offer art classes in traditional realistic painting and drawing techniques, both Online and in my studio I set up within my studio.

Students of all levels are welcome. From beginners who love art and drawing but who have not had formal training, to experienced artists who want to gain a more solid grasp of fundamental principles, historical training methods lead to significant skill development within a few months of teaching.
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Jeannie January 7, 2018
· Painting · Online
We are happy to have found Kai on TakeLessons. Kai works with our high school junior on her portfoilio and submissions for art competitions. The weekly online lessons involve setting goals, conceptualizing, live demonstrations and live coaching. We were initially worried about the effectiveness of online lessons but it has worked out perfectly so far in the second month of lessons. Our daughter has already shown improvement in her technique, and an enthusiasm for the lessons and for the pieces she’s working on with Kai.
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Hongyu January 6, 2018
· Drawing · Online
Kai is an excellent teacher! I have been taking lessons with Kai for two months. Kai has a lot of unique drawing skills! I like how he encourages me to re-evaluate again and again, so I can practice my skills until I master them! The whole class process is fun and enjoyable. If you are looking for a patient, skillful teacher, you can't miss Kai!
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gerald January 5, 2018
· Oil Painting · In home
very helpful
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Kai Lun Q.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Marla November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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Melissa M.

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About Tara S.

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Waldorf, MD

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About Tara
Hello New Student,

My name is Tara. I am a pastel portrait artist located in Waldorf MD. I teach drawing and painting for ages (7 to Adults) in Southern Maryland. My area of study is working with pastel portraits of people and animals both on dry and wet paper or canvas.I have taught Basic Drawing to children ages (5-8), and Portrait Drawing to children ages (9-17) at the Michael's Arts and Crafts located in Waldorf MD. One of my portrait artwork (Barack Obama) was displayed in our local newspaper the City Paper. I have also received recognition for my other portrait artwork at the Portrait Society of Atlanta GA.

I am excited about teaching drawing and painting to anyone who wants to learn how to draw or paint, or to improve on their techniques. In my art course, I offer a variety of art lessons. Each week the student will learn
a different technique which includes Art History, World Art from various countries, Graffiti Art, Floral and Fruit Still Life, Landscape Art, Seascape Art, Fabric Art (Designing T-Shirts or Athletic Shoes), Arranging a variety of compositions, Blending Techniques, Color Mixing, Color Theory, and Time Drills to improve art skills, and eye and hand coordination. The student will also learn how to use charcoal, pencil, pastels, oil pastels, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, markers, watercolor pans, and acrylic painting on specialized drawing paper, and canvas.

I received my Associates Arts Degree in Studio Art from Prince Georges Community College in 1985. I also received my Bachelor's of Art degree in Visual Performing Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore MD in 1987.
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Keisha December 7, 2016
· Drawing · In home
We have had a wonderful experience with Ms. Tara. The kids enjoy her class and love drawing. Thanks for sharing your skills, Ms. Tara.
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carolyn October 19, 2016
· Drawing · In home
Tara was wonderful when working with my boys. She was always on time, never cancelled and was always smiling. She was gentle and guided them through each project. I would highly recommend Tara to anyone who wanted a personal, quality lesson in art.
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Tara S.

Waldorf, MD 20601
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About Irina L.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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About Irina
Please, contact me prior to purchasing lessons to check available dates and times.
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Ahlyia L. November 5, 2017
· Photography · In home
Great start to first lesson
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Kathryn (Royal) March 3, 2017
· Photography · In home
I lost the "joy" of photography with Irina. Technically, she knows her stuff, but her sensitivity and people skills are lacking. Barely an encouraging word. I felt degraded, nervous, and overall shitty by the end of the second lesson. Hoping for a better experience with another teacher.
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Desislava G. February 4, 2017
· Photography · Online
Irina is amazing... I would never even think that I can create such beautiful photographies.
My father used to have a small photo lab at the loft and it was like a magic to me. I was always passionate to learn the beauty of photography however I never got the chance to.
I took few classes with Irina, she helped me to create incredible photos for my marketing campaign.
Irina is very professional and patient teacher, she has deep knowledge of photography and she makes it fun to learn.
I would recommend Irina to anyone who wants to learn photography.
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Irina L.

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About Celina B.

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Cortlandt Manor, NY

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About Celina
I'm a animator and digital artist who loves being creative and expressive through art. I have been teaching STEM and STEAM programs to children, teens, and adults for 4 years. These programs include, 2D/3D animation, computer programming, graphic design, digital drawing, 3D modeling, Photography, Video Production, and 3D printing.

I earned my degree at Boston University in Film and Television with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Visual Arts. I work at Theory Studios and teach STEAM programs in NY as well as volunteer as a volleyball coach for young girls.

I enjoy watching films, performing stand up comedy, photographing birds, and meeting other creative people!
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Austin February 4, 2018
· Photography · Online
Celina is one of the most encouraging and supportive instructors I've met. She has given me valuable feedback on the color and composition in my photos.
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Reina February 1, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Celina is so patient and so funny. She really makes learning something totally new less intimidating, is flexible, and I learned so much from her! Thanks Celina!
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Laurel February 1, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Celina is such an excellent instructor and really helped me deconstruct what I thought I already knew about drawing so I could move forward and really improve.
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Celina B.

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About mostafa D.

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Philadelphia, PA

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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.

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-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.)
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Anthony July 25, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Has a great knowledge of the fundamentals and is great at breaking them down step by step to make it very easy to understand and learn. Great artist and super helpful teacher!
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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 Sharron J.

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Gwynn Oak, MD

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My resume includes graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts and continued studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art until I decided I didn’t want to be a “Starving Artist”. So, I graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management. My education also includes 27 graduate credits that were leading to a Master’s in Public Administration when I decided to discontinue that path. After twenty-five years in the public sector, I decided to revisit my passion for art in my spare time. As a youngster, I remember wanting to teach art in schools, but I did not want the restrictions that are present in the classrooms and more so today. All forms of art is a freeing practice that is practiced and developed over time.
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Jess January 8, 2018
· Watercolor Painting · In studio
Highly recommend! Sharron is very talented and encompasses many different skills in the arts. Classes were always enjoyable - I learned and most importantly had a lot of fun! I appreciated how personable she was and feel more confident in my painting skills.
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Shanon October 10, 2017
· Acrylic Painting · In home
Sharron was an awesome instructor!!! She was very professional. She showed up early to set up for my daughter's paint and sip party. Sharron gave very detailed descriptions to help guide the amateur artists. Everyone enjoyed the personal feedback that was given. Sharron made our party a huge success. I would definitely recommend her services.
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Sharron J.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
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About Junyi L.

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Baltimore, MD

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About Junyi
Junyi Liu is a Baltimore based artist. She studied the 19th Century Russian Academic drawing methods in China, then she came to the U.S. and majors in painting in the BFA program. She does both representational paintings and drawings. Her mediums include oil, acrylic, charcoal, watercolor, ink, graphite, colored pencil.

Junyi's works have been exhibited in Palazzo dei Cartelloni Gallery (Florence, Italy), Cartavetra Gallery, Peabody Institute (Baltimore,MD), MICA, Maryland Art Place, SACI Gallery, UIS (Springfield,IL), etc.
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Junyi L.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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$60 / 60-min

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