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About Marc M.

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Livonia, MI

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Flat Pick, Rock-A Billy or Finger Style

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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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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Matthew G. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, motivating, honest and awesome guy.
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About Brian C.

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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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About Tommy F.

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From beginners who are just learning how to form chords to experts learning modal interchanges, I gladly take all students of any skill.

About Tommy
Tommy is the owner and founder of Treble Makers Guitar Lessons. His approach to teaching is an innovative, interactive, and fun, way to learn guitar. Tommy is a young professional musician with years of experience and is eager to share his knowledge. He teaches the songs that YOU want to learn. From beginners who are just learning how to form chords to experts learning modal interchanges, he gladly takes all student of any age. To Tommy you aren't just another student, you are the next great musician!
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Lucy January 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Tommy was great. He knows how to make lessons fun for a 10 and 8 year old. They're really looking forward to their second lesson.
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Tommy F.

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About Greg G.

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Aurora, CO

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Special attention will be paid to technique and chord shapes across the neck.

About Greg
I have been playing music for over 30 years, and have been teaching music for almost half of that time. I have performed and recorded throughout the Midwest in a variety of cover and original bands ranging in styles from metal, rock, to R&B/Jazz and Blues. I teach these styles as well.

The most important thing for me as a music instructor is to get to know the student. I then tailor the lesson in a way that will resonate with the personality of the student. Finding the right balance of technique, theory, and fun, my goal is to have the student leave the lesson eager to go home, practice and come back for more. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
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Tanner May 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Greg is a great men also a great teacher, when i first meet with Greg for my first lesson that i known i will be learning by the great teacher.
I had played guitar in the past many, many years but for sometime in my life was so busy working, and focus on raising family but i had to put away my guitar i bought 25 years ago. finally, now i decided to learn to play my guitar again and find Greg on take lesson.com and he has been teaching me just like i am a beginner playing but i am now so happy that i am on a good hand and Greg had been teaching me playing my guitar again. so far so good. Thanks Gregory
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Craig Cirbo October 4, 2015
· Guitar · Online
I took lessons from Greg when I was much younger say 12-13 for a year or more. He taught me a lot and had me playing guitar really fast, I always tried to do what he asked and he never ever got frustrated if I did it wrong or couldn't play what we were learning right away correctly!. Also all of what he taught me stayed in my head all these years some how and I kinda progressively got better and better!. I'm pretty happy with my playing and a lot of others are to!. Greg has something special about his students and teaching them to play the guitar correctly no matter what or how long it takes, he cares about you as a student. You get out what you put in ,but be patient cause it also takes time. But you'll see the difference later down the road that Greg was the right teacher for learning to play and the theory behind the guitar.....I recommend him as a great guitar teacher!. I myself take lessons from him again at the age of 38 , I was able to find him on Facebook after all these years and we do lessons via Skype, I'm a very happy student, very happy!. And I thank Greg Gladman for that!.
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Kimberly October 3, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
He has taken his time with my son and they have made great success. He goes at a speed that is adaptable as my son progresses. Friendly safe environment to learn. He has so many guitars and other instruments to help the learning process.
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About Darrell V.

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Steel string, Spanish and electric

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Dulcie C. December 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 16 year old son loves his lessons with Darrell and looks forward to them every week. He'd been taking guitar lessons elsewhere that were okay-ish, but this is so much more. Darrell is great, not only does he get along with and make my son want to learn, but at the same time they are working on voice, he is also teaching keyboard and working on the guitar! We really couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
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Clark W. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson. So far, so good!
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Kamili O. September 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Good first lesson! Enthusiastic....
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About Michael M.

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Wyandotte, MI

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I have a degree in classical guitar from Wayne State University and have played in various unique and avant guard and eclectic music ensembles including world music and jazz fusion. I love all types of music and how guitar exhibits a wide range of voices in different genre's.

About Michael
I have a BA in Music from Wayne State University. I also have a Master's of Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. I love teaching guitar because it allows me to be a perpetual student of something I love to do.
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Ryan Paul October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I had the privilege of studying guitar under Michael for over 10 years, starting when I was 10-years-old. I am now 27, and if it weren't for his teaching, I would not be the musician I am today. He is a phenomenal instructor and very advanced in his musicianship and understanding of music theory.

Michael is also a great guy who became a friend and mentor to me growing up. He is very patient and encouraging! If you are looking to learn how to play guitar (jazz, classical, rock, etc.), then I would recommend Michael Moore 10/10!!!!!
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Michael M.

Wyandotte, MI 48192
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Avondale, AZ

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Experienced professional teacher of 20 years, specializing in the beginner/advanced guitar, bass and also recording arts student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. You will be playing songs in no time, while building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, composition, and more. Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own music? I will help you build a solid foundation while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. I also offer recording, mixing and producing of songs that you have composed.
Let's get started!

About John
I am a professional modern musician specializing as a guitar/ bass, songwriting, and recording arts instructor. I completed my studies at Mira Costa College and specialized in Music Theory, Song Writing, Recording Arts and Midi Music production.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their their chosen area of interest. I can help any student to play with freedom and confidence. I also specialize in helping the individual find their unique sound in music while having a wonderful time doing it. Students will learn to read and write music, pursue excellence, and express their dreams.

I currently teach many students of all different ages, experience levels, and styles. In my program I offer the benefits of having studied music performance, recording arts, and teaching for over 30 years.
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Shay November 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I really enjoy learning guitar with John. He is very knowledgable about music, and is patient and gentle in his teaching style. I'm well on my way to turning my lyrics into songs thanks to John's lessons and influence.
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Aaron November 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John is an outstanding guitar teacher. I have taken lessons from multiple instructors over the years and hands down his teaching is the best. His ability to take complex ideas and formulate them into an easy to understand curriculum is awesome. He makes learning any song much easier and his method is very inspirational. I leave every lesson wanting to play guitar for hours and I have recommended him to many friends and family members. With his 30 years of experience, his passion for all styles of music, and his friendly and positive nature there really isn't any better teacher in the valley.
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David November 21, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons from John for two years,I learn something new with every lesson. I would highly recommend John he is very easy to learn from,
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My guitar lessons and classes are taught by a certified Musicians Institute graduate. I've had close to 10 years experience teaching lessons with kids and adults aged 5 and up. I've coordinated a number of after school guitar programs for kids in the past and still run a Y-Kids guitar program at the YMCA. I teach based on what the students want to learn to play while also covering music theory so you're enjoying while you learn!! I have had a lot of experience not only teaching but playing in bands, doing studio guitar sessions, playing gigs, and just working in the music industry.

About Kevin
Hello, my name is Kevin Balzano. I'm a Musicians Institute graduate class of 2010. Since graduating I've spent the last 7+ years teaching lessons and also coordinating after school guitar programs for companies such as Family Focus, Children's Choice, and I still run a Y-Kids guitar program for the YMCA of Southern Nevada. I've had lots of studio experience, session guitar work, and of course still play in bands that do gigs. I teach based on what musical style students want to learn while also implying music theory to help strengthen their knowledge.. I love teaching and playing music and it definitely shows in my lessons. I can cover all music styles from classical to shred metal and all ability levels from beginning to advanced. I'm always excited to get new students and hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

Kevin Balzano
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Well versed in styles of music ranging from bluegrass, blues, country, rock and even metal. Offering flat Pick to finger style electric/acoustic guitar lessons as well as mandolin lessons. With a Laid back, no pressure environment and my 15 years of experience , I can help you start making music you can enjoy and love today.

About Chance
Well versed in styles of music ranging from bluegrass, blues, country, rock and even metal. Offering flat Pick to finger style electric/acoustic guitar lessons as well as mandolin lessons. With a Laid back, no pressure environment and my 15 years of experience , I can help you start making music you can enjoy and love today.
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I believe understanding music theory and history are the keys to a great musician.

Knowing the right musicians and bands to look up that will help drive every student to wanting to become great.

Finally... I believe anyone can play an instrument, but not everyone can write music, and that is what I aim to teach.

About Sam
Being an 8 year old kid with a strong passion for music. I was able to pick up on the basics of music that can be understood and well grasped by an 8 year old.

I grow up on the classics and i studied every guitar solo and riff. I wanted to be able to perform the same way those guys did. And i did just that 4 years later when i was 12.

I want to share with students that same vibe and feeling i had when i was a beginner.
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