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By Erik A. - Miami Guitar Teacher

Although Miami is not the first city that one might think about as a haven for rock guitar or guitar based music, I have found that it does create a unique environment for a guitarist to practice their craft. People ask me why I have moved to a city much more known for party and dance culture than any kind of rock or folk music. Truthfully, I cannot give a good answer. All I can say is that it just feels right to be here. Something about this beach just clicks with me, and as any surrounding would, it has affected my approach to music and to teaching guitar lessons in Miami.

I have also found opportunities and met people here who click with me. Finding the opportunity to teach guitar lessons in Miami with TakeLessons has allowed me to share my passion with people with musical tastes ranging from country and folk to 80s rock to pop and modern music. The music that my students want to play doesn’t always mesh with my tastes, but it is still fun and rewarding to help them find their voice in the kind of music that they are passionate about. I am grateful that I have this opportunity. It could have happened anywhere I suppose, but it did happen here and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love having people come to my home studio to learn with the ocean and sea breeze as a backdrop.

I have also met some other creative guitarists here. Verdi Mayer and Steven Weingarth are two of them who, along with bassist Jorge Rodriguez and drummer Robert Pinion, play in the band Space Between Words. They initially got together with the idea of being a rockabilly group, but have morphed into something completely different. Although some traces of rockabilly can be found in some of their songs like “Crazy as a Fox” and “Things Children Do,” they are really just undercurrents of a style that is somewhat indefinable. The songs are hard-edged, with influences ranging from blues, classic rock, punk and experimental music. This eclecticism is in a way reflective of their surroundings.

Miami is obviously a very multicultural city and each culture brings its own background in music. Dance music, whether electronic, salsa, reggaeton or hip-hop, is the dominant force. One cannot live in this city and be oblivious to the dance scenes and rhythm-dominated music. My original home in Minneapolis is more in tune with the straight-ahead rock or singer-songwriter scene. Even the hip-hop coming out of Minnesota is more of a head-bobbing kind than a club dance kind. Although I may be more comfortable with that kind of approach, I do find it exciting to try and add more rhythm to my music. The guys from Space Between Words agree, saying that being surrounded by rhythmic music has made them more conscious of rhythm’s place in their music.

There are other high-caliber musicians, the band point out, who make them step up their own game. Both Steve and Verdi immediately name Buffalo Brown from Out of the Anonymous, and Jay and Victor from the punk band Mind You as major local influences. Other honorable mentions were Fernando Perdomo from Dreaming in Stereo and Andrew Pino from Mind Chips. Steven also lists Verdi as a major inspiration and influence to his own guitar style. A few local artists have gained national attention too. Iron & Wine started in Miami and is one of my personal favorites. His mellow grooves and voice seem to echo the coolness of the ocean.

I hope this article will encourage you to want to learn, play, write your own guitar music and ultimately take guitar lessons here in Miami. I would advise you not to be discouraged by the initial impression that this city does not welcome guitar-oriented music. Find in your surroundings something that inspires you to want to make music and if you haven’t already, check out some of the aforementioned artists. They may inspire you too!

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Rene T.

Miami, FL

I've been teaching Guitar for over 30 yrs.
Step by step guidance and exercises catered to the students ability and growing interest is key. My form of teaching helps all students through walks of life to establish a relationship with their instrument that helps them use the the time they have to better themselves at their pace.

About Rene

Knowing at the age of 5 that music was my life, by being brought up surrounded by praise music and gospel, my early exposure to music helped me to find every Instrument and style just my thing! I wanted to play everything and learn all aspects of music. I started with singing in the children's choir and then developed into piano and music theory. At the age of 12 I began to learn classical guitar, and at 15 took on various styles like Flamenco, Jazz and Rock. I graduated from High School having played in the school band achieving recognition In national Institutions Like IAJE (International As
sociation for Jazz Education) and state band finals. I was also composing from a very early age, and at 18 released my first album (self-titled) which can still be heard and purchased today through various music outlets, since i have released over 15 albums with various ensembles and bands. In college I already knew from my previous experience that I wanted to teach and pass on the joy that music brought to my life. I studied Music Theory and Jazz and finished my degree in Music Education. I have been teaching all in all for about 14 yrs. And I have enjoyed every minute I have spent with my students learning as much from them, as them from me. I am looking forward to meeting new and eager students who really want to bring their inner music out to share with the rest of us music aficionados! and develop their skills to the peak of their abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method ranges depending on the student. I believe in my experience that everyone learns differently, therefore everyone develops at their own pace. I try to find key strengths in each student and expose this to their advantage, using their abilities to further develop their skills, this method has shown the most promising results and students usually find themselves playing and performing just a couple of months after their first lessons. Part of my method involves a lot of performance and recital opportunities to help break any fears and inhibitions a student may bring with them. Music is about sharing, so an early exposure to this method helps to strengthen and stabilize a core acceptance of a students style and path, giving them and those close to them a very clear picture of their development and achievements.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has all instruments at both his home and college studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson material, song charts and a progression scale. I require student to have an Instrument and recommended technique literature.

*** Specialties ***
My classical training began in High School with Influences in Segovia, and Romero I studied classical for 4 yrs. and trained in Jazz and Improvisation with performances In Big Band and group ensemble. Also sang and played in the school gospel choir.

****Personal Statement*****

If you needed a reason

There is no question that music touches us instantly and activates images, emotions and memories that linger with us throughout our lives. As a casual listener or an obsessive music elitist, there are times in our lives when we get blown away by a sound so unique our entire body vibrates and resonates with the touch of something out of this world. I can honestly say when this happens to me I feel as close to a spiritual connection than anything I have experienced otherwise. I believe it is these exact events that have triggered my need to be completely involved in the making, performing and consuming of music. The creative process, to me, is the single obvious reason we exist in this world. We create and share, learn and interpret, build on previous ideas and inspire others to perfect upon this process. It is no doubt a very humbling experience to realize you are part of it all. During this process you come to realize how important you are as an Individual, how there is no other vessel like you in this world, nor has there ever been or ever will. You are here now and your voice, your talent, your gift is an instrument to the great choir of the human spirit. No one but you can relate this, a reason to be, to create, to give.
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Cyndi O. December 14, 2013
Cello
Verified Student
Rene is great.

Great instructor. My 10 year old son really enjoys his lessons.
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Helenita Z. February 20, 2013
Verified Student
Classes that can be done on Skype.

I'm so glad that I tried this class on Skype. It is like your teacher is just sitting beside you. My teacher Rene is very encouraging and patient for beginners like me.
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Elena B. January 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
So happy I have such a great teacher

René is a great teacher, always helps me stay positive and doesn't allow me to frustrate.

He is honest and motivates me a lot!
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Rene T.

Rene T.

Miami, FL 33166
(15)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Lucas A.

Miami Beach, FL

I teach Acoustic, Classical, and Electric guitar : from fingerpicked classical music to blues, heavy metal, pop, and beyond. I have almost 10 years of experience teaching people of all ages and levels.

About Lucas

Greetings! I hope to be of great guidance in your musical journey.
I am fortunate to have learned from some of the very best musicians around, and enjoy sharing my knowledge with those seeking to learn and further their understanding and skill.
I have been playing guitar for 13 years, and have 8 years of formal private teaching experience with students of all ages and skill levels.I am a very open minded musician, and appreciate all styles of music. Whether you're a beginner learning your first scale, or have been playing for a while and want to get to the next level of understanding and pe
rformance, I can help! I can play anything from fingerpicked classical guitar, to heavy metal shredding on the electric guitar.

**~Gear~**
-Ernie Ball Musicman BFR John Petrucci signature JPXi guitar
-Customshop Carvin DC727 7-string electric guitar
-Modded Epiphone Les Paul
-Raimundo classical guitar
-Yamaha classical guitar
-Peavey 6505+ combo guitar tube amp/several practice amps
-Effects pedals
-FL studio producer edition w/Slate drums
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Ricky A. June 3, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Really patient and helpful. He knows the material and will teach you whatever you want to know.
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michelle T. May 19, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher and kind with kids. My daughter loved her guitar lessons. Too bad we are going to be out of town for a while. Thanks for your time
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Barbara H. May 7, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons through Skype for about 3 months. Lucas is very talented and patient. We have fun doing all the different techniques. I look forward to taking more lessons and learning more.
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Lucas A.

Lucas A.

Miami Beach, FL 33141
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Erik A.

Miami Beach, FL

Guitar is my main instrument (other than voice). I have a passion for sharing my knowledge and I can help you learn pretty much any style. I'll get you ready to play on your own and also help you learn how to jam with friends.

About Erik

I want to teach you how to express yourself through music. I've been inspired by music since I was young and have been involved in one way or another since I started piano lessons at age 3. I've been playing guitar for over fifteen years and written and recorded music for about eight. Whether you want to go into music seriously as I have, or just use music as a hobby and way to express yourself, I want to help you accomplish your goal.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each person is different and learns in a slightly different way. Having said that, there are certain essentials which must not be
ignored. If you've never taken lessons before, we'll start with the fundamentals, how to hold the guitar properly, make chords, build up finger strength, properly tune the guitar, know all the strings, and most importantly play songs. You will learn how to read basic music, but I can teach you how to play by ear too. Before we have completed our series you or your children will have basic knowledge of all these things and a desire to explore at least some of these aspects further.

For me, the most interesting music reveals the unique perspective and feelings of the person who makes it. Having conquered the essentials I will encourage you to be creative with your developing talents. I can teach you about song structure and I can teach you how to jam with your friends. If you are interested in writing and composing, I can help you with that too. We can take a look at your favorite artists and try to discover how they accomplished and perfected their sound. If you want to learn how to record I have a computer equipped with Pro Tools and would be glad to show you how to use it.

You'll spend time listening to me of course, but I hope to spend much of my time listening to you as well. If reading music doesn't inspire you we can focus more on learning by ear. It's up to you. You'll need your own instrument obviously, though you can leave it at home if you don't want to carry it back and forth. I have guitars here. I request that you purchase a book with text and exercises so that you can practice and study what you learn in the class. Even if you do not want to read music, you will need to know the neck and conquer scale formations and chords. We can choose the text based on your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Six guitars, a keyboard, a computer equipped with Ableton and Reason, interface and MIDI controller.

Equiptment

GUITARS
Fender American Deluxe Telecaster
Fender 65 Mustang
Martin Koa Acoustic
Breedlove Acoustic/Electric cutaway
Gibson 12-string acoustic
Danelectro 12-string semi-hollow electric

AMPS
Fender Cyber Twin Deluxe
Line 6 Spyder III

DIGITAL PIANO
Yamaha YDP-141

RECORDING EQUIPTMENT
Saffire 6 USB Interface
Novation Zero SLMkII USB mixer
Akai LPK25 MIDI keyboard

SOFTWARE
Ableton Live 9
Reason 6

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with any of my guitars and my Lunchbox amp is also easily portable.
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Byron K. February 13, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Experience

You will learn so much with Erik! He has a solid grasp on a lot of music theory and knows how to break that down and explain it. The sessions are fun! I always look forward to the lesson, and they seem so short because the time is flying by. I definitely recommend Erik as a teacher.
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BobbyO1 December 29, 2011
Awesome!

Great teacher. I am learning at a very quick pace and Erik never stumbles when I ask him questions; and I sure do ask a lot of them and most of them being technical.
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RandyG December 21, 2011
Mom

Eric has been an amazing instructor for my 2 teen-aged sons. He is professional, calm, and patient, working with each person at the appropriate level. So happy we finally found a wonderful instructor.
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Erik A.

Erik A.

Miami Beach, FL 33140
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Alvaro M.

Miami, FL

About Alvaro

Hello Students/Parents,

I have been teaching guitar, bass, music theory and audio for many years now. I have also coached High School bands for Talent Shows and personal accomplishments. I am a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and can teach in both English and Spanish.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to form lessons based on the goals of the individual student. Accordingly, I will then seek out materials that address these goals. I am easy-going and flexible but still focused and goal-oriented. Definitely get in touch if you have specific goals. Even if you don't, w
e can work together to define some to help better both your playing and your understanding of music (since they go hand-in-hand!)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar and Bass amplifier, home studio set-up, and recording area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Besides homework material,I can provide an acoustic guitar or electric bass. I would expect my students to have an instrument of their own as well as a notebook to take down notes.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Funk, Reggae, Metal, Jazz, Hip-Hop
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Alvaro M.

Alvaro M.

Miami, FL 33134
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Aldrin E.

Boca Raton, FL

I've been teaching Guitar for 10 years and my students have gone on to play in different venues internationally. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to start playing songs and as time goes on you'll be able to not only play with proficiency but to compose music for Guitars. I specialize in Classical (Spanish) Guitar, Pop and Country, I typically use our own method books based on some of the teachings from the greatest composers that have played the instrument. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Aldrin

If you love music and have the passion it takes to learn to play an instrument I'll be honored to have you as a student. Whether you want to take Piano, Guitar, Singing or Violin Lessons, we will work closely with you to help you gain the confidence you need to perform at a very good level.

I am a musician from the Conservatory of Bellas Artes in Colombia and a Music Producer from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. My Career began when I was 12 years old playing Piano and today I work among world known musicians.

Most of our students are from the South Florida area. Our pricing
is reasonable and I can create custom packages to accommodate your budget.
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Alisa M. May 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Aldrin is an excellent teacher! He's very patient, knowledgeable and thorough!
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Doug B. May 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I've rated Aldrin already and I'm not accustomed to this, but because it's teacher appreciation week I feel I need to let him know how much he's appreciated. Thanks, Aldrin, I couldn't ask for a better teacher.
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Doug B. May 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I've had other teachers, but Aldrin is a natural. I recommend him highly
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Aldrin E.

Aldrin E.

Miami, FL 33155
(9)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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