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About Brian C.

Portland, ME
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Acoustic 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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Brian C.

Brian C.

Portland, ME 04103
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$40 / 30-min

About Jacob P.

Yucaipa, CA

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This I have would have to say is my stronger set out of all the guitars I teach. I play my acoustic guitar about every day. We will start after simple when learning the acoustic guitar and will get more complex. We will talk about the tonality of acoustic guitar and what makes it so special.

About Jacob
Jacob was born and raised in Palm Springs; California. Growing up with parents who had very different musical backgrounds, which led him to want to live in world full of music. At the age 10, he picked up his first guitar and began to take his first piano lessons and a year later then picking up the first pair of drumsticks. He developed a self-taught technique for drum set, while being mentored by his older brother, Sean, (endorsed by Aquarian Drumheads, and former student of LA Music Academy and University of Oregon) traditional jazz artist, Allen Goodman. (Goodman has performed with many famous jazz artists in his during his drumming career and was mentored by Buddy Rich. He wrote the intro to the George of the Jungle cartoon series, and is now playing with many jazz artists at Vickys of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, California
, with the Desert Cities Jazz Band) Gregory Whitmore, Band Director at Cathedral City High School, has also been a mentor to Jacob.

In 2009, he performed Ron Nelsons Danza Capriccio with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band and world renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That event was followed by a performance tour of the United Kingdom with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band.

In 2011, he ventured off to France and Germany with the CCHS symphonic band for his second performance tour with the group. Playing at many venues including, Heidelberg Castle in Germany and Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, outside of Paris, France. He has been on national television performing at the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in 2007 and in the Hollywood Christmas parade in 2010 with the CCHS Marching Band. He has performed with various groups within the community throughout the years.

In 2012, began studies at the Art Institute of California Inland Empire studying Audio Engineering and received his Bachelor's of Science in the subject in December of 2015. During the time of his undergraduate studies, Jacob was working with various local artists at local venues around the Inland Empire and Los Angeles. Eventually joining the band, "Eva and the Vagabonds" in 2015 and worked on the recently released EP as a recording and mastering engineer. With the band he has played at Dreamworks, SOKA university, American Parlor Songbook, and DVAC. Now, Jacob attends Cal State San Bernardino studying for a teaching credential in Career and Technical Education. As well, Jacob now works on American Parlor Songbook on NPR as an audio engineer, working with various actors, comedians, and artists from LA and all of over the United States.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner to intermediate for Guitar and Drum Lessons

Professional Style Studio Recording

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Stratocastor HSS
Ovation Acoustic Guitars
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
DanElectro NOS '59

Grestch Custom Set 10", 12", 14",20"
Grestch Energy 10' 12', 16', 22'
Tama Snare Artwood All Maple 14"
Sabin SR2 Crash 16"
Sabian Hi-Hats 14"
Sabian Dry Bell Ride 21"
Paiste Rock Crash 14"
Paiste Thin Crash 12" and 14"
Vator Drumsticks

Alesis Multimix8/iO4
PreSonus FireStudio
MXL 604 Pencil Condenser
Blue Spark SSL Condenser
SM 57's
MXL A-55 Kicker Dynamic
Audio Technica ATH-M45 Headphones
M-Audio BX5 Monitars
Alto Professional PA Speakers
M-Audio 49 Venom Synth VA/Midi
Arturia MicroBrute

Logic Pro 9, X
Main Stage 3
Protools 10
Macbook Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
MacBook Pro

*** Specialties ***
Recording Services!
All genres of music!
Ryan September 25, 2017
· Drum · Online
great start!
Káel B. February 15, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son was really energized by his first lesson and looks forward to his next!
Robert September 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jacobs a real nice kid and he's patient. I enjoyed the time with him and I think he can help advance me in learning the guitar
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Jacob P.

Jacob P.

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$15 / 30-min

About Christian L.

Orlando, FL
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Alongside the general guitar techniques and methods, I like to focus on the aspects that are important to acoustic specifically, such as chord voicings, alternate tunings, fingerstyle, and hybrid picking

About Christian
My name is Christian L. and I am a 28 year old guitar/music instructor in the Orlando area. My interest in guitar began when I was 12 years old and blossomed into a full time obsession about 3 years later when I started playing small gigs as a solo guitarist playing simple jazz and classical pieces for small art clubs and events. Alongside gigging, I also began teaching guitar, ear training, and music theory when I turned 18 and have been teaching full time ever since. During that time I also spent 4 years in music school for classical guitar. Currently I spend my time teaching, recording, and performing various styles including rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, metal, and country.

Throughout the 8 years I have been an instructor I believe I have refined my teaching style to be as versatile as possible to accommodate any learn
ing style a student may have. I am capable of teaching all styles of guitar at any skill level with an emphasis on ear training and general knowledge of guitar techniques.

Slight disclaimer in regards to lesson length, price, and student interest:

Over the past year or so I have tried a new teaching structure that I find to be quite rewarding for myself and the students I have had. My lessons do not have a maximum time limit, meaning a lesson could go for 2 hours, if that is what the student wanted, for the same price as a 45 min lesson.

This may sound strange in that I would be losing out on a large amount of potential money but the simple answer is this: I love music and guitar as well as teaching music and guitar. If we are in the middle of a great topic that you, the student, is really interested in, there is no way that I am simply going to stop talking about it when the "timer" stops and there is no way I am going to charge you more for getting into a topic you want to learn.

I find that students who spend more time in the lessons tend to become more interested in guitar and thus, better at playing. I do have to instill a minimum time limit of 45 mins however, any less is honestly just not enough time to get anything worth while accomplished.

One last thing, music and guitar have made up the majority of my daily routine for the past 10 or so years and have literally paid for everything that I currently own as I have never had any other type of job. What this means is that I take the craft very seriously and I project that in the lessons. Basically, if you are genuinely interested in learning guitar and music at any skill level, I will show you everything I possibly can to let you meet your goals. However, if you do not take it seriously, as in you don't pick up or even think about the guitar except for lesson days, the lessons may quickly feel pointless.

For more information on what I teach, feel free to look into the category entitled "Guitar" as well as any of the other subcategories that you are interested in.
Brian February 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Christian is a superb instructor. Although I listed my lesson subject as Guitar, Christian covers all aspects of music training including Ear Training and Music Theory. If you are looking for a professional musician that can teach at a high level, Christian would be a great candidate.
Jason W. January 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Absolutely blown away by his teaching style and friendliness. Can't wait for future lessons and plan on using him for all my kids lessons as well. Don't hesitate -- this is your guy for lessons.
Richard R. January 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson was great and looking forward to more.
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Christian L.

Christian L.

starting at
$40 / 60-min

About Matt S.

Oceanside, CA

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See my profile for more specifics about what we'll work on in lessons!

About Matt
With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before,
and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
Wendy February 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
Matt is an exceptional musician. His knowledge of a variety of music genres, ability to sight read and transpose into any key is extraordinary and makes him the accompanist of choice. As a man of faith, he inspires others to celebrate music as a gift from God, that should never be taken for granted.
Ling February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matt has the ability to keep his students interested in their music while bringing out their appreciation and musical creativity. I would highly recommend him as an instructor no matter the age of the student.
Al February 7, 2018
· Composition · Online
A very good teacher all phases of music and application.
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Matt S.

Matt S.

starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Evan C.

Warwick, RI

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Professional Musician trained by the New England Conservatory of Music. I work with you to meet and expand upon your goals as a musician. Each lesson is unique to the student and his or her needs. Strong focus in technique, ear training, learning songs, stylistic development, and how to function in a band!

About Evan
I am a professional upright and electric bass player located in Southern New England. I have years of experience as an educator, recording artist, and performer. I am currently pursuing my degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.

I can be found playing with a variety of bands and musicians across all genres. Carley is a member of the Boston based Wedding Band “Speechless,” the modern jazz group “Puppet Club”, and various freelance work. Some of his notable collaborator include Francisco Pais, Jhony Keys, Clay Nordhill, Mark Texiera, Daniella Schatcher, and many others.

I am interested in all styles of music and working with people of all ages and backgrounds! I want to help teach you how to teach yourself, how to practice, and how to grow as a musician. I can help you with everything from jaz
z, to rock, to classical music and beyond.
Marianne November 2, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Evan is a patient and talented teacher! I highly recommend taking classes with him!
John September 19, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I have been studying bass with Evan for 3 months now and he has been unbelievably helpful in my studies. He has tons of information and experience to share and always gives practice materials to address my weaknesses!
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Evan C.

Evan C.

starting at
$30 / 30-min
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About Eric P.

Los Angeles, CA

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Beginner Guitar lessons include: Chord and Chord Shapes (Open and Barred), Scales, Rhythm, Blues Licks, and Song Form.

About Eric
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w
hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
Dalton A. January 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st lesson went perfectly!
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Eric P.

Eric P.

starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Geordie K.

Chicago, IL
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I have been playing and recording professionally for 30+ years, to include 21+ years in the US Navy Music Program/Navy Band where I performed in ~60 countries world wide. I hold a bachelor's and master's degree in Music Theory/Composition and Jazz Studies, and I studied with jazz guitar legend Jimmy Bruno. I have taught guitar privately, at the community college level, and have five years experience teaching guitar, jazz improvisation, jazz combos, contemporary music ensemble (rock/top 40), and big band jazz ensembles at the Armed Forces School of Music and Naval School of Music. Additionally, my reading/sight-reading skills are outstanding, and I have many musicals under my belt in the pit orchestra. I have the prerequisite skill to teach you how to play any style, read musical notation, and studio record.

About Geordie
My skill-set and industry expertise are comprehensive and up-to-date. I make it my top priority to see that my instrumental performance and pedagogy is executed well and
efficiently. My career has also seen its share of achievements; while working as a Navy Musician, I became one of only 25 Bandmasters/commissioned officers in the Navy Music Program Navy-wide. Furthermore, my concurrent work throughout my career as a private, freelance musician has yielded two recordings as a leader, and my becoming an Endorsement Artist for Heritage Guitars in 2001.

During my time working at the Armed Forces School of Music, as Jazz Guitar, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Big Band instructor, I learned a great deal and achieved a number of goals. One of my highest achievements was earning the Master
Training Specialist designation for excep
tional performance as an instructor in a record 4 months. This typically takes 1-3 years to attain. Earning this designation led to my earning 5 Meritorious Commendation Medals and 4 Navy Achievement Medals to date,
which in turn led to the best trained Navy Musicians graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music during my tenure. In my recent capacity as Director, Navy Band Great Lakes, I was able to significantly expand my skill-set.

My responsibilities for programming music and managing travel for a concert band, parade band, ceremonial band, Dixieland band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, and a blues band caused me to develop my musical knowledge across all genres, as well as my ability to manage large sums of money. I've
been stationed here since 2014, and I work regularly as a jazz guitar leader and sideman on the Chicago gig scene. Upon my retirement from the Navy Music Program in 2018, I will remain in Chicago and devote the full entirety of my efforts to performance, pedagogy, and recording as a private citizen-musician.

I have held a SECRET clearance for 21+ years. That is the most intense background check anyone can get, which is why I passed on the Take Lessons background check.

Currently available for tours, lessons, recording, and live performances.
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Geordie K.

Geordie K.

starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Michael B.

Los Angeles, CA

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Do you want to learn from a top Los Angeles Guitarist? I have played for Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalfa, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, Schoolboy Q, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Scott, Juicy J, Eddie Murphy, E40, Far East Movement, Action Bronson, Tyga, Too Short, Riff Raff, Pusha T, Nipsy Hustle, Dom Kennedy, The Game, Logic, Tech 9, Ty Dolla $, Mase, Warren G, Lupe Fiasco, Future and more.

Personal Band Accomplishments Include: Top 20 album on the Billboard Charts, 8 weeks number one single on Sirius XM, sold out Irving plaza in 2 days, broke all time merch record at Irving plaza, opened an arena/stadium tour (played to 1 million people in one summer), featured in Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel, sang National Anthem at the pro bowl for 5 million viewers, presented at the teen choice awards, single reviewed in Rolling Stone, featured in Billboard Magazine.

Experienced teacher of 20+ years. Open to teaching all levels of learners. I want my students to ...

About Michael
I am a top LA guitarist for hire who has played for Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalfa, 2 Chainz, T-Pain, Schoolboy Q, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Scott, Juicy J, Eddie Murphy, E40, Far East Movement, Action Bronson, Tyga, Too Short, Riff Raff, Pusha T, Nipsy Hustle, Dom Kennedy, The Game, Logic, Tech 9, Ty Dolla $, Mase, Warren G, Lupe Fiasco, Future and more.

I was in a pop band signed to Hollywood Records that had a Top 20 album on the Billboard Charts, had a number one single 8 weeks on Sirius XM, sold out Irving plaza in 2 days, broke all time merch record at Irving plaza, opened an arena/stadium tour (played to 1 million people in one summer), was featured in Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel, sang National Anthem at the pro bowl for 5 million viewers, presented at the teen choice awards, had a sing
le reviewed in Rolling Stone, and I've been featured in Billboard Magazine.

I have been teaching for over 20 years and am open to teaching all levels of learners. I want my students to reach their musical potential and goals while having fun and learning the ins and out of guitar. I am excited to share my knowledge and experience in the business with students and view teaching as a very enriching and motivating part of my continuing career.
Wendy February 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My son Luke was always extremely interested in learning about guitar, but it was hard to find him the right teacher because he would get bored so easily. Luke started taking lessons with Mike when he was 10 years old and and is still with him 3 years later (if you knew my son, that's a miracle!) Mike is a young, fun, and vibrant teacher and I would definitely recommend him. He is always on time and responsible and if he needs to reschedule (which is not often) he has always given me plenty of notice.
Carrie February 21, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about lessons with Mike. I am an adult student who is a singer and was hoping to add some knowledge of guitar into my skill set and he was able to teach me the basics from the ground up. Mike has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment today, but is so humble and the stories he has to share about the people he has worked with are so cool! I was nervous about working with a new teacher as an adult, but he made me feel super comfortable and excited about picking up the guitar. I would recommend him to anyone, regardless of age or experience.
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Michael B.

Michael B.

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$45 / 30-min

About Corey C.

Marietta, GA
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The most important thing for me when teaching lessons is helping my students feel connected to the music they are learning to create. Yes, I will teach you scales, chords, songs, riffs and all the rest, but my real goal is to teach you how to capture your instincts on the guitar and experience the thrill of that connection.

With 20+ years of professional experience, I am well versed in most genres; including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk.

My music has appeared on national and regional television and radio and I have performed in major venues around the country including The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Hilton Grand Ballroom in Chicago, Terminal West - Eddie’s Attic - Centennial Park in Atlanta and many more.

Depending on your skill level I will either create a custom roadmap to sharpen your playing or start you out according to my lesson plan for beginners.

I teach students ages 13 and up.

About Corey
My teaching method can be broken into two categories -

For beginners:

I will guide you through a time-tested and well-rounded method to get you up and running with the basics. I focus on fundamentals like basic scales and chords, optimal hand and finger placement, right hand picking technique etc. There is, however, plenty of room for having fun learning to play songs and riffs, because let’s be honest, that’s what we’re trying to achieve. So I always keep that in mind and use songs to teach the skills you need to learn.

By the end of your first month you will
Know what everything on your guitar is and does
Know how to change and tune your strings
Be able to play a major scale
Know how to play all of the most common major and minor chords
Be learning how to play a song we choose together

For intermediate to advanced stu

If you are interested in learning more about music theory, advanced scales, soloing/improvisation, songwriting and part writing, I am your teacher. Whether you’re working in a band and would like to develop more musical guitar parts, writing and recording or playing at local open jams, I have plenty to teach you.

We will
Have a custom tailored plan for strengthening the areas we choose to work on together
Learn how to read and transcribe music (or get better at it)
Sharpen your improvisation skills using methods and techniques I have honed over the years

For everyone:

You’ll quickly learn that I’m a pretty easy going and friendly guy. We should get along just fine. It is, however, very important to know one thing going in…

Except for family/work/health emergencies I don’t accept any student’s lack of practicing for their lesson. It may sound harsh. And it’s because it is. It’s maybe the only harsh thing about my lessons. I’m far more concerned about your development as a musician than I am about making money, and I want everyone to be clear on that from day one.

The financials are important to me, but the personal rewards are far more important.

That being said, a situation like that is very rare and typically lessons are extremely fun, challenging and rewarding!

EXAMPLE SYLLABUS FOR BEGINNERS: (Example songs included)

Phase One:

Names of parts of the guitar
Names of strings
Guitar Tuning
Proper Fingering
Alternate picking
Fingering exercise 1 (1234-321)
Fingering exercise 2 (1234-1234….. 4321 - 4321….)

Phase Two:

Major Scale
Major Chords 1 - Open (A C D E G)
Minor Chords 1 - Open (Am Dm Em)
Strumming exercise 1 (D - DU - D - D)
Strumming exercise 2 (D - DU - - UDU)
Song 1 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd/Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day)
Song 2 (Strummed) - Using open chords (Free Falling - Tom Petty/You Belong to Me - Taylor Swift)

Phase Three:

Minor Scale
Major Chords 2 - Bar Chords (B F)
Minor Chords 2 - Bar Chords (Bm Cm Fm Gm)
Song 3 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (Clocks - Coldplay/Stay With Me - Sam Smith/Times Like These - Foo Fighters)
Song 4 (Strummed) - Using open/bar (With or Without You - U2/Train - Hey, Soul Sister)

Phase Four:

Hammer on exercise 1 (1-2-3)
Pull off exercise 1 (3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 1 (1-2-3 3-2-1)
Blues Scale
Riff 1 Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple)
Riff 2 Day Tripper (The Beatles)
Riff 3 Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
Riff 4 Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Riff 5 Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)

Phase Five:

Hammer on exercise 2 (1-2-3-4)
Pull off exercise 2 (4-3-2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 2 (1-2-3-4 4-3-2-1)
Hammer on exercise 3 (1-2/3-4)
Pull off exercise 3 (4-3/2-1)
Hammer/Pull exercise 3 (1-2 / 4-3 ---- 3-4/2-1)
Basic Improvisation using scales

Phase Six:

Song 5 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice
Song 6 (Riff/Strummed/Improvised) - Student/Teacher’s Choice

Guitar Basics Assessment and Certificate
Student will be tested on all previously learned songs, scales, riffs, and exercises as well as basic improvisation.
The following grades and their corresponding awards will be given at my discretion.


Student executes all tested material using correct technique, staying in time and without any mistakes.

AWARD: Framed certificate of “Guitar Basics Mastery”, Next Lesson Free

B (May Retest for an A in 1 month)

Student executes all tested material using correct technique the majority of the time, mostly staying in time and with minimal mistakes.

AWARD: 50% off next lesson

C (May Not Retest in 1 month)

Student shows a commitment to learning the material but does not demonstrate a sufficient amount of progress

OUTCOME: We will return to the point of weakness in the syllabus and work forward from there with new songs and exercises. Guitar Basics Assessment will be retaken at teacher’s discretion.
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Corey C.

Corey C.

starting at
$34 / 30-min

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