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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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Country Style Guitar: Accompaniment, Lead and Fingerpicking Styles, Rhythm Chops, Country Scales ; Writing in Partnership with others of equal and advanced skillset. Basics, Intermediate and Advanced Learning Curves.

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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Steve H. November 2, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson. I have never played a musical instrument or have any musical training. James made me feel comfortable right away. I thought I made a very good start. Feeling like I will really enjoy this and am confident I will pick this up faster than I thought.
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Mel October 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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About Brian C.

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Portland, ME
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We'll work on Country guitar rhythm and soloing. Classic country as well as contemporary.

About Brian
I have been playing guitar for 30 years. I am a state certified K-12 music teacher with over 7 years experience teaching guitar privately and in the classroom. I teach not only children but also adults of any level - beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Students can learn acoustic or electric guitar, and fingerstyle or pick playing. Styles taught include classical, rock and pop, blues, jazz, folk and country. Sight-reading, music theory, and learning by ear are skills all students will develop.

"I like Mr. C. because he always cheers me up if I do something wrong on guitar. He helps you through step by step." -- Aaron, age 9

"I would emphasize your patience with me and your ability to simplify coursework." -- Fedja, age 37

"Excellent teacher with lots of patience. Kick-started me into the musical world and inspired me to learn gu
itar and start singing." -- Angelina, age 16

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will begin with tuning the guitar and warm-ups. Then we'll move on to either our practice books or a song or piece you have chosen to learn and study not found in the books.

If you are beginner, we'll start with how you handle the guitar and any technique issues. Then we'll work on note and chord recognition, the ability to sight-read and play from memory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2011 Apple iMac;
MXL 910 microphone;
Yamaha Nylon-String Electric-Acoustic Guitar;
Yamaha Steel String Guitar;
Gibson Les Paul Special Electric Guitar;
Esteve Spanish Classical Guitar;
Roland Cube 80 electric guitar amplifier;
Ibanez T80 acoustic guitar amplifier

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stands;
Foot Rests

*** Specialties ***
Song Transcriptions - Use your ear to learn and notate song melodies and the guitar parts
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Jo July 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Very good first lesson.
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Brian C.

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About Jeff B.

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Seattle, WA

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A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive music every time they touch the instrument.

I begin by working on tone production on the open strings of the guitar, so that students are able to produce a full, beautiful tone on the first day. From there, we study left- and right- hand techniques in the context of real pieces of music, giving students the chance to apply the mechanics of guitar playing to the expression of musical ideas. At the same time, I work with students through progressive studies and warm-up exercises that have built-in expressive goals, so that they can learn to rely on their own ears to further refine their playing.

As I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

About Jeff
I’m a composer and guitarist, with 20 years of experience playing and performing on classical and electric guitars. I’ve given solo and chamber performances across the United States, with recent Seattle performances including Astor Piazzola’s complete "Histoire du Tango", the world premiere of Brian Cobb’s "Campfire Songs," and the Seattle premiere of James Bonney’s electric guitar concerto "darkLIGHTness."

In 2010, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical guitar performance and composition from Stanford University, where I performed solo recitals of Bach, Mozart, Turina, and Henze, collaborated with the Stanford New Ensemble on contemporary chamber pieces, and played lead guitar in the heavy metal band Full Metal Apocalypse.
I recently received a Doctorate in music composition from the University of Washington in Seattle, wher
e I’ve taught music theory, composition, and musicianship at the college level for seven years, and where I continue to perform with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space Ensemble, and Seattle Modern Orchestra.

A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive, compelling music every time they touch the instrument. And as I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, fretboard knowledge, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

I teach a wide array of styles—including classical, folk, rock, flamenco, and heavy metal—and I look forward to helping you realize your musical goals!
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David Cate March 8, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Easy going and patient teacher!
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About Matteo C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have been teaching electric and acoustic guitar for 5 years and performing as a professional musician for over 7 years. All level and ages are welcome!

Lessons are focused on music theory, harmony, music styles, sight reading, technique and learning songs. I use Logic X and MacBook Pro to record myself and help the student to learn chord progressions in songs, guitar solos or specific patterns and licks.
Also, guitar tabs and scores are provided.

About Matteo
I have been playing guitar since the age of 15 and I have been working as a professional musician for about 8 years.
I started performing with several bands in Italy, where I am from and teaching both privately and at music schools.

From 2014 to 2017 I worked on Cruise Ship with my acoustic duo "Voodeux" featuring the singer Sydney Ranee' and as a sideman. Here I had the opportunity to travel the world, visit amazing places and perform with many important artists and headliners.
Among many, I had the pleasure of playing with Grammy award winner "Melissa Manchester", flute player "Nestor Torres", piano virtuoso "Roggerio Tutti " and the jazz vocalist "Sweet Baby J".

At the end of 2017, I moved to Los Angeles to continue my music career as a performer and music instructor.

Currently, I play in a few bands as a session man and with my ac
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Matteo C.

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About Russell N.

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Roland, IA
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As a lover of music, I have strived to learn the most that I can. As an experienced teacher, I strive to provide the best tutoring possible. The learning environment is friendly, encouraging, supportive and paced to the student's abilities.

About Russell
As a music lover, I have been a curious student. Starting at the age of five, learning general music and singing, learning piano from a private teacher at the age of nine, concert band (French horn) all throughout junior and senior high school, and guitar.
I began teaching at the age of seventeen, in 1985 at a music school in Des Moines, Iowa. I have continued on teaching at other music studios and now teach at my own home studio.
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Meka September 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Very kind and understanding when it came to the lessions. I have issues with my hands and he showed me ways to hold my guitar and still be able to play. I loved working with Russell and hope to have more lessions from him.
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Robert F September 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Russell for several years. He's a great instructor who always gave great lessons and got me involved with several opportunities outside the classroom to grow my abilities!
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Tricia September 13, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Knowledgeable, credible, experienced, caring and has a desire to share his expertise in piano and guitar with others. I would highly recommend Russell Nollen as a private music instructor.
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About Gary S.

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Gary is a professional touring/recording guitarist,composer
and member of PERE UBU, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS AND THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS.
A Graduate of Berkee College of Music, he has over 30 years of experience teaching and performing. He specializes in Contemporary and Classical Guitar. Lessons focus on the application of Music Theory to Guitar to help students acquire strong compositional and songwriting skills, knowledge of chord construction, the ability to play scales proficiently, and gain necessary skills needed for solo improvisation. In addition to a wealth of teaching experience, he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and has numerous songwriting credits on international releases.

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Gary Siperko is a professional touring/recording guitarist and composer
most notably associated with PERE UBU, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS AND THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS.
He has earned a reputation as a virtuosic live performer and highly sought after professional guitar instructor. In 2011, he joined Rocket from the Tombs for the USA 'Barfly' Tour, replacing Richard Lloyd(Television) in Peter Laughners’ former guitar position in the band. He has since toured regularly with Rocket From The Tombs throughout the United States and Europe, as well as co-writing and recording songs for 'Black Record' (2015, Fire Records). In 2016, he joined Pere Ubu and toured on the 'Coed Jail' Tour, followed by co-writing, recording and touring as a member of PERE UBU in support the '20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo' album (Cherry Red 2017). In 2017, he join
ed the Legendary Shack Shakers and toured in support of their release “After You’ve gone” and appears in the official video for the song “Sing a worried song” from the album. In 2018, he toured with JD Wilkes and The legendary Shack Shakers in support of the release “Fire Dream”, in addition to more touring Europe with Pere Ubu.
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About Francois C.

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Brookline, MA

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I am a professional guitarist, composer, and educator originally from Paris but now based in Boston, MA. I received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. I have studied with Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Darren Barrett and many more. I have toured with jazz master Chris Cheek in 2017 and performing in renowned clubs such as at Dizzy's Club Cola in New York City and the Side Door in Old Lyme Inn.

About Francois
I am a very versatile guitar player and teacher. We can basically cover any topics you wish to learn more about.
Here are some examples:
-Fundamentals of guitar sound and technique
-Pop/Funk type of guitar playing
-Jazz Improvisation
-Solo Transcription
-Music Theory
-Ear Training
-Composition
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R Z. September 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Francois had planned a lesson according to what I expected. Great session and productive.
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About Aaron D.

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I have a degree in music performance (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University, 2007). At NIU, I was grateful to study under acclaimed jazz, classical and world-music guitarist Fareed Haque. Since then, I've toured the US, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and Uganda with the bluegrass group "Henhouse Prowlers", performed in countless rock bands, jazz combos, folk groups, classical ensembles and even worked as a jingle writer and producer.

My favorite things about working with students:
For my youngest students, I enjoy seeing the smiles that music brings and I love watching the "light bulb" turn on when a student gets a concept or nails a piece for the first time.

For my adult students, I love seeing their desire to continue learning at every stage of life. Their thirst for knowledge and openness to new ideas is a constant inspiration to me!

About Aaron
From absolute beginners to guitarists with years of experience, I'm absolutely thrilled to work with students of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels. As an educator, my biggest joy comes from watching a new concept, skill or song just "click" with a student and my job is to help that process happen easily and organically and to make the whole process fun.

A little about me: I spent the last three years touring internationally with the Chicago-based bluegrass band "Henhouse Prowlers". I had the unique opportunity to perform all over Europe, and in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kenya, Uganda, Russia, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan. I've played in countless venues across the US in a wide variety of styles. I have a degree in jazz guitar performance from Northern Illinois University where I studied with acclaimed classical and jazz virtuoso Faree
d Haque.

Personally, the most rewarding experiences of my career in music have always come, not from my performance opportunities, but rather making connections with students; I love to encourage and facilitate discovery and growth and share the joy of music with others.
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