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I am currently only accepting students interested in specializing in classical guitar.

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Over the course of many years, I have taught various styles of guitar to many different types of people. Whether you're interested in learning to play a specific song, or if you've just always wanted to play guitar but weren't sure where to start, I will join you in your journey and help you discover the tools that you need to reach the level that you want.
I help my students figure out and understand how the instrument and their own hands work, so that they are able to get full control of the guitar and play in various styles with ease. I work to make sure as many doors as possible are open to my students, and I leave it up to them to decide which doors they want to walk through.

About Kirk
I have been studying music for most of my life and began teaching when I was 16. I have been given the opportunity to learn from some of the best musicians and teachers around. Before relocating to Denver, I regularly gave performances throughout the Cincinnati area, as well as in surrounding states. I earned a bachelors of music in guitar performance at The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. While studying there I was able to meet musicians with different approaches to music and broaden my perspective on the way that I played and taught. Since moving to Denver, I have begun graduate studies at the Lamont School of Music.

I have taught students of all ages and skill levels and have been able to watch my students meet goals of all sorts in their lessons. One of the studios that I teach at was also recognized in the category of
"Best Music Instruction" by Cincy Magazine.

If you have never picked up an instrument before, I would love to introduce you to the basics of music as well as the guitar. If you have played some guitar, or another instrument, and are looking to hone your skills and maximize your potential, it would be my pleasure to help you along that track.
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Deanna April 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very good experience with Kirk! He was knowledgeable and patient, and I could tell he really enjoys teaching.
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Deanna April 13, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Kirk was very patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging as he taught me to play a special song on the ukulele for my husband to be. Highly recommend!
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Tiviane V. November 29, 2016
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Livonia, MI

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I am very patient, and beginners to experienced players are all welcome!

About Marc
I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspect
s of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Fred Chin July 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
First lesson. Marc was great
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Chris February 8, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
I only got to take lessons from Marc for a couple of months in the summer of 2016 (I had to move away for work), but he is hands down the best music teacher I've ever encountered. It's a year and a half later and I'm still benefitting from his tutelage. From beginner to advanced, you've found the right guy for the job.
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Annette August 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him.
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About Brian C.

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Acoustic or electric guitar - any style!

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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About Matthew K.

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I teach electric and acoustic contemporary guitar.

Learn your favorite songs, how to write your own songs, and how to solo/play with a band.

Learn all the techniques:
Slide, Hammer-On, Pull-Off, Tremolo, Palm Muting, Finger-Picking, Tapping, Artificial Harmonics and Bending.

Learn to read music charts, build your own chord voicing and improvise.

About Matthew
Matthew grew up in Austin, TX attending the Waldorf School and playing music of various styles on saxophone and guitar. For his musical education, he took 8 years of private lessons starting at age 12.

His first teacher was Billy Green aka Wil Greenstreet who currently plays a residency atop the Empire State Building. Green taught guitar and saxophone lessons to Kelly back to back and unleashed a powerful passion for music within. When Green moved to NY, Kelly was refered to Scott McIntosh, a world-traveled saxophonist and arranger from Quebec. For Kelly that was when it got real..

After 5 years of jazz theory and saxophone lessons with McIntosh, Matthew was invited to join a funk band in High School and the band's SXSW showcase at the old Alligator Grill was the beginning of his musical career.

Over the past 12 years Kelly h
as gone on to play with a long list of different ensembles across many state lines.

At age 19 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and once there studied under virtuoso saxophonist Joshua Smith and master guitarist Andy Tran.

Kelly found a residency with a local San Jose group and did six months with The Craig Robinson Blues Band while he was gaining music students and slowly transitioning into a full-time music life. He also played with Lowfat an established Bay Area original dance band, was hired by the Darell Patrick Jazz Ensemble for private events and recorded for The Jake Makey Band before moving to Colorado in search of a higher chance of musical success paired with a lower cost of living.

In Fort Collins, CO Matthew sat in as a guest artist regularly with local jazz pianist Mark Sloniker at his residency at Jay's Bistro. Busking paid very well and helped keep the bills paid. Then Kelly could pursue playing 2 instruments in an original jam band The Hot Coal.

While in Fort Collins Kelly gave 6 months of guitar lessons to 2016 Scene Magazine coveree Elise Wunder to help her accomplish her performance goals. Today she travels the world playing her amazing original music.

In 2011 Matthew felt the need to return home. Knowing Austin is the real place to share the music and being from here, he rode his bicycle back here and eventually found the musical projects that he plays in today.

Continental Drift
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Bourgeois Mystics

To hear Matthew's guitar playing and bass guitar approach visit his Soundcloud.
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Jensen May 31, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
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Earnell January 11, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Just had my first lesson with Matt and had to come home and immediately write about it. Matt is a fantastic teacher with loads of music knowledge. He truly has a soul for music and can easily break down complicated musical teachings to a beginner level. He is extremely talented and personable and I cannot wait for my next lesson. I have not felt this excited about playing in along time and a lot of this excitement is due to how much learned in my first session with Matt and how much more I have to look forward to. Matt is a true musician in every since of the word and I highly recommend him to anyone that wants more than just to learn how to play notes but learn to play soulful, beautiful music of any genre.
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Chiaki Williams May 23, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I recommend Matt to be your music teacher.
He's nice, chill, fun, easy to talk to, flexible...

I learned so much from his lessons because he can come down to beginners level.
The way he explains things are simple and easy to understand even I didn't have any music background.

I really enjoyed lessons from him. If my time works out, I would love to come back to his class again!
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I love to play the guitar whether it be electric guitar or acoustic, those who know me personally have seen firsthand that I'm passionate about music and where the guitar fits into it.

Why you should take my classes? My straightforward approach is appreciated by everyone who has taken lessons with me I'm careful not to confuse or intimidate my students with too much theory and musical jargon. My classes are perfect for: beginners, late beginners, intermediate and late intermediate.

I've been teaching music for 10+ years and it's been a great experience! My goal is to help make guitar a positive experience for you, build your confidence and help you be the best player you can be!

About Jonathan
My name is Jonathan and I’ve been teaching with TakeLessons for a few years now. I love my job, I love to play the guitar and I love to teach.

I create a positive environment that’s perfect for learning for all of my students, no judgement, and I don’t put pressure on my students “to get really good fast”, with me you will have fun and you will learn to play!

I have no gimmicks, no “quick tips”, and no “magic” to try and sell you. But what I can promise you is that with me you will learn to play the guitar and excel at your guitar playing, sign up with me for your first lessons today!
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Austin February 17, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Jonathan French is a great instructor. He is an extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher. He allows you to learn at your own pace while still managing to provide challenging lessons. In total, I have had five guitar lessons from Mr. French and all of the lessons have been fantastic.

Do not hesitate to book a lesson with Jonathan French.
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Gabrielle January 13, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jonathan is one of most successful guitar teachers we have at our Private Lesson Studio. He is able to teach students of practically any age and any level. He is very proficient, not only as a guitar player, but as a teacher, as well. With his vast knowledge of the instrument and his experience performing, he is an excellent choice when looking for guitar instruction.
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Elodie’s Mom January 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I would definitely recommend Mr Jonathan as a guitar teacher. He’s very patient with kids and knows his job. He will develop your kids confidence and passion for music. Respectful and knowledgeable music teacher!
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From kids to adults - I love teaching guitar as a lifelong skill and outlet!

I was about 10 years old when someone taught me my first chords on a guitar, and I fell in love with it. I started getting serious with it when I turned 15, and I am now (15 years later) a full-time professional musician at a church. When I'm not working, you can usually find me in the mountains, working on my gear, or hanging out with my wife, Claire, and my dog, Cash.

I believe playing guitar should be FUN as well as relaxing - my best memories are of times I was playing guitar, and some of my best friends are ones with whom I've bonded through playing music. I love the idea of not just teaching technical skill, but teaching how to play as an outlet. Life can and is stressful, so learning a skill to manage the chaos is priceless.

Please send me a message with any questions - I look forward to working with you!

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About Zachary
I was about 10 years old when someone taught me my first chords on a guitar, and I fell in love with it. I started getting serious with it when I turned 15, and I am now (14 years later) a full-time musician at a church. When I'm not working, you can usually find me in the mountains, working on my gear, or hanging out with my wife, Claire, and my dog, Cash.

I believe playing guitar should be FUN as well as relaxing - my best memories are of times I was playing guitar, and some of my best friends are ones with whom I've bonded through playing music. I love the idea of not just teaching technical skill, but teaching how to play as an outlet. Music is cathartic, but it has to be taught that way!
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Zac September 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Zachary is really great. He has made learning guitar fun & easy. He is very personable to be around and I genuinely like going to lessons. He never makes me feel guilty for not practicing. He only helps me. I can tell he loves what he does and would recommend him to anyone!!
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Jackson Ross December 12, 2016
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Zach is wonderful with my 8-year old son who is a beginner with the guitar and requires some extra time and patience when learning. Zach takes the time and asks the right questions to make the guitar lessons fun and productive for my son. I would hire him again in a heartbeat!
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Kegan Warner June 29, 2016
· Guitar ·
Zach is a very talented guitarist, but not all guitarists are skilled instructors. Zach is the rare hybrid. My guitar and music theory lessons with Zach were the most effective I've had. He quickly got to know my skill level, and tailored my lessons to the things I wanted to accomplish. He made learning both music theory and guitar approachable and interesting.

Even better, he doesn't just teach you the mechanics of playing guitar. He will show you how to really put soul into your playing.

I highly recommend booking a lesson with Zach.

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If you're looking to quickly learn the basics of guitar, I can help you with that. We begin by learning open chords, then move on to bar chords, and strumming patterns. Again, my lessons cater to each individual student's goals and taste in music.

About Jennifer
Hi, there! My name is Jennifer and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students play by ear, learn to read music, and improvise pop songs. I went to Temple University in Philadelphia and earned a degree in music production. I'm a stress free and easy going person and my teaching style is catered to the student's interests, long term goals, and personality. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

My teaching experience began while working as the music teacher at a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities called SpArc Services in Philadelphia. I taught private piano, voice and guitar students through a studio called Philly Music Lessons for 2+ years. I also was the music teacher for the Lansdowne Presbyterian Pre-School in Pennsylvania.


I teach my students out of my comfortable home/studio in Van Nuys, but can teach online and travel to you. The regular styles I teach are: Pop, rock, RnB, improvisational piano, classical voice/piano.
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Anjela November 17, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jennifer is best teacher ever!
Very patient with our seven year old, fun and easy lessons,
kid is always very happy to go to class!
Highly recommend!
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Heather A November 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jennifer is really awesome! She is extremely talented and a great teacher.
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Sophia October 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Super great instructor, very happy with Jennifer!
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"Free Bass Lesson for Mainers"

Looking to give bass lessons every Sunday. 1st lesson is all about physical technique and it's 100% free, no obligation for more.

Only requirement: bring your bass to Brunswick, Maine.Message to learn more or set up a time with me.

Training & Qualifications:

- A graduate of Music Theory Associates Degree Course at NSCC Danvers, MA- A bassist with other 3 years of experience playing, including several improv gigs- Took 5 lessons with Berkeley Music College of Music graduate

Availability & Preferences:

Every Sunday (appointment required)

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"AXEL'S BASS GUITAR LESSONS"

Only requirement: bring your bass to Brunswick, Maine.Message to learn more or set up a time with me.

Training & Qualifications:

- A graduate of Music Theory Associates Degree Course at NSCC Danvers, MA- A bassist with other 3 years of experience playing, including several improv gigs- Took 5 lessons with Berkeley Music College of Music graduate

Availability & Preferences:

Every Sunday (appointment required)
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I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan who is currently applying to Music Therapy Masters programs. I have played guitar and piano for 10 years and have been composing, arranging, and collaborating with bandmates for 5 years. I enjoy playing many different genres, including rock, pop, jazz, funk, percussive, and classical. I can help you learn specific songs and techniques while incorporating ideas from music theory to help improve your holistic understanding of music.

About Will
I'm a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in music. I'm aspiring to be a music therapist. I have been playing guitar for 10 years. In addition to the guitar, I play bass, piano, recorder, clarinet, and saxophone, and write and record music via Ableton Live.
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