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Hightstown, NJ
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If you’re looking to expand your chops, learn some bluegrass techniques and in general play faster, then you’ve come to the right place.

About Brandon
I am a Rutgers University graduate with a B.A in Music Performance. I have played guitar for over 10 years, and currently perform all over the tri-state area as a solo acoustic performer and songwriter. I also play in several rock bands. I teach several students ages 5-65 right now, and have taught students how to play guitar for several years. In addition to playing in a rock band, I also am well versed in many music styles including jazz, pop, country and acoustic, songwriting, performance, music theory and recording skills/production.

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I am a very flexible teacher and suit my teaching style and format to fit each specific student's interests and needs. My goal is to keep the student interested and make learning guitar a fun experience.

I like to find out the kind of music the student listens to, or what
they want to get out of playing guitar, and then mold my teaching around that. For instance, if a student or parent wants a formal musical education, I will teach how to read music notes and teach them from a book. If the student wants to learn simple songs and be able to play around the campfire for fun, I make sure to guide the student toward doing just that.

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Dedicated lesson space. Guitars. Music stands. Music books. Seating for parents.

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I provide my own instruments I would require them to have te instrument they want to learn available and the necessary power source and amp if needed.

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Rock country jazz mainly though I know classical music theory as well as counterpoint etc
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Brandon B. March 15, 2013
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Great teacher!

Really good teacher and cool person. I learned a lot from taking lessons with Brandon, he taught me what I wanted to learn and also gave me helpful exercises to help me practice and get better.
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About Henry A.

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Chicago, IL

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I love bluegrass. My special interests range from Merle Travis, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Tony Rice but also include newer groups like the Punch Brothers and Allison Krauss. Whether it’s getting your right hand alternating thumb pattern down, getting flat picking accurate and speedy, or learning to improvise over Bluegrass Standards, I can help.

About Henry
I perform and teach guitar professionally. Music is my passion and I love to learn new music and help others learn it as well. I currently specialize in teaching classical guitar with a focus on building strong technique, ear training, and practical applications for using formal and contemporary music analysis skills.

I also love playing jazz and various styles of pop music. I try to bring a similar approach to teaching these as I do in my classical teaching. I want to work on answering questions the music asks of the performer; like how would you play a Country Swing song versus a Jazz Swing song, how would you approach a contemporary Spanish Guitar Suite versus a Baroque Guitar Suite, or how would you play a Taylor Swift song versus a John Mayer song.
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Otto March 12, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.
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Sarah December 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!
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About Lisa A.

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Lake Charles, LA

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I teach many areas of Bluegrass guitar: basic to advanced rhythm styles, lead guitar, fingerpicking, improvisation. I also teach how to read music and play by ear.

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Lisa Abrams has a Vocal Music Education Degree from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

She graduated in 1997 and has been teaching professionally, both in schools and privately, since that time. She has taught General Music grades K-8 in the Parochial School System. She has been the Music Director and Worship Leader for several Churches where she has directed Adult Choir, Praise Team, Bell Choir, Chime Tone Choir, Orchestra and Children's Choir. She has accompanied all these ensembles on Piano, Guitar, and Organ.

Lisa Abrams teaches all areas of music: Theory, Technic, Reading, Counting, Ear Training, Composition, etc. When you take lessons from Lisa, her goal is more than teaching you how to play or sing a song. She gives you the tools necessary to be able to play ANY song. She teaches what few others teach; how to BE a music
ian. She wants you to be able to pursue any avenue of Music that appeals to you, professionally or personally.
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Tyler May 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
My lessons are great! She is incredibly knowledgeable in both experience, and the literature aspect of the piano instrument and I plan on keeping my lessons with her as long as I can.
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Lorraine D. September 27, 2018
· Banjo · Online
going to be a lot of fun starting me out right where I want to be
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Sean P. April 10, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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About Nikolas P.

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Montclair, NJ
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Guitar lessons are a fun, laid-back, and encouraging experience for anyone to pursue. My lessons are specifically designed to accomplish the goals of the student, whether it's as simple as playing along with your favorite songs, or obtaining the musical foundation to begin writing your own songs. Former students have thanked me for being laid-back, non-rigid, and down to earth. My diverse musical background lets me offer students of any genre a fast track to learning the skills they desire, and having fun along the way as well!

About Nikolas
With 10 years of live band experience, 8 years of music composition, and 7 years of teaching guitar, I offer vast expertise and a large musical background for very affordable rates! My lessons are described by former/current students as being laid-back, detail-oriented, and very encouraging. My students range in age from 8 years old to adults in their 30's. You can always learn something new!

Most of my musical experience has entailed Rock, Indie-Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Bossa Nova, and Experimental/Contemporary. If students are looking to expand into a genre which I am not necessarily familiar with, I am always able to examine and learn the material myself in order to pass along to the student.

My students always decide the curriculum and pace which they would like their lessons to held at. I make sure to break the lesson down into simp
le, fundamental bullet points so that students do not find themselves lost or confused. Overall, my combination of friendly attitude and communication skills means that all my students get a lesson they enjoy, remember, and improve with.
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About Justin D.

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Sachse, TX
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Learn to play, your way! I teach you to play, not to just play one song or scale.

Rock, Country, Classical - many styles are offered, and you'll be playing a new song after your first lesson.

My experience has taken me through more than 20 years of music, and I'll pass my knowledge on to you, at your own pace, and in your preferred style.

About Justin
What do you want to play?

Are you a rock star? A classical master? A soulful acoustic entertainer?

Whatever you goal - I can help you achieve it. My name is Justin, and I've taught children and adults, and have more than 25 years of guitar experience. Whether you need to learn music theory or to play by ear, I offer lessons to get you right to what will help you play.

I come from a family of musicians, and have played for bands and as a solo performer. I offer lessons in the comfort of your home, and will help you start playing from the moment you pick up your guitar and try.
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About Gary S.

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

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

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About Steve C.

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Hi everyone,

I have 47 years of playing experience and I have taught literally hundreds of students to play the guitar. I first make sure each student learns to hold the pick and the Guitar properly, and the correct way to pick and strum. This will ensure that the student doesn't develop poor habits.

For little children, I first teach them to pick their favorite songs.

The next level is to learn Rhythm/Strumming patterns and your basic chord and chord progressions so that you can play along with all your favorite songs.

No matter what style of Guitar that you wish to learn, I have pretty much taught them all. If you want to be a lead player, I have got you covered there too. I can teach you to be the best picker you can be.

Not only will I teach you to play an instrument, but I will teach you to understand the music. In this way, you won't be playing like a computer program. You will become teachers yourselves.

About Steve
Hi everyone, I am so excited that you are interested in learning to play an instrument! When you take lessons from me, not only will you learn to play music, but you will have fun learning it as well. I will teach you to play the instrument of your choice without actually having to read music. And, you will be playing music from the very first lesson. We will get to the reading of music later if you so desire.

During my 35 years of professional teaching, I have taught hundreds of students to play musical instruments. As far as I know, I have personally taught more La State Fiddle Champions than anyone else. I have even taught celebrity students such as the children from the Duck Dynasty television series.

Because I play somewhere around 15 musical instruments, I have a unique way of teaching music that ties all music together making
it easy to understand. You will find yourself loving your music lessons.

I love to teach by teaching songs and I mean fun songs. We will learn Cotton Eyed Joe, Cripple Creek, Old Joe Clark, Love Me Tender, Amazing Grace, Fire on the Mountain and many, many more. It will not be a chore to get you or your kids to practice their instrument, but you may have a hard time getting them to put it down.

Whether you are just interested in learning to play songs that you know or whether you want to write your own music, I can teach you the ropes. You will have a musical understanding that few have.

Violin/Fiddle students, I can fix any fingering problems that you may be having in a matter of minutes, and you will have complete fingerings for every song that we play. You will have plenty to practice on while waiting for the next lesson.

Also, as an added benefit, I will be accompanying you on the Guitar which is beneficial when it comes to being able to hear if you are playing in tune, and this also gives the feeling of being part of a band.

Guitar students can learn many different styles of playing. I teach Rhythm, Flat picking, Fingerstyles, Country, Rock, Folk, Blues, Classical, and pretty much any other style of playing the guitar.

For all you young Mandolin players, get ready to pick! I will have you playing all the fun tunes So if you are ready to learn an instrument for you or your child, let me know and we will get you playing ASAP!
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Ernest March 1, 2019
· Bluegrass Guitar · In studio
Wow! Steve, you never cease to amaze me-all of these instruments! Not only do you play them, you teach other people to play them and in different styles of music! But underlying all of this is your lifelong love, and reverence of music and its history. Teaching is your lifelong ambition. Just as important, maybe more so, is your love and respect for the people you teach! You have devoted your life to music! I’ve known you for a long time. You are the “real deal”. I respect you so much!
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Brian February 21, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My sons and I took guitar and banjo lessons from Steve for several years. He is an excellent teacher and is great with children.
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Barbara February 20, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
I really enjoyed learning from Steve! He has such an easy way to help you learn. Steve taught me many things easily that I had always found difficult to learn and put into practice before, as I wasn't taught the right way. Learning from Steve will be a lot of fun and you won't regret taking his lessons. Because of what I learned from him I was able to make a CD with a friend in a studio. It was a wonderful experience and a lot of fun. I couldn't have done it without him! I am and always will be amazed at Steve's knowledge and skill. I would give 10 stars if I could....literally the best instructor ever!
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About Sandi M.

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Sandi Millar stands alone as a premier guitar, vocal, and performance instructor. From her mastery on vocals and harmonies to a deep connection with audiences, her music has had a profound effect on many. Sandi’s talents and accomplishments have been recorded on four CDs, which have been played on radio all around the world, "One More Time", The Flame in My Heart", "Where's the Line" with The Frets and the newest No Grass Limit recording “Originals” which was nominated for 13 awards and the band took home 7 awards, including:
Songwriter of the Year - Sandi Millar
Album of the Year -“Originals” – No Grass Limit – Universe Unlimited
Guitar Performer of the Year - Clint Birtzer
Mandolin Performer of the Year - Chuck Millar
Banjo Performer of the Year - Mike Hedding
Band of the Year (Contemporary) - No Grass Limit
Vocal Group of the Year - No Grass Limit

Sandi, approached by the Buffalo and St. Micheal Music Programs was hired to help with instructing students on guitar, vocal & ...

About Sandi
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I have been teaching guitar for over 16 years and have taught thousands of satisfied students in person and online. When you get started with guitar lessons, you will begin by learning the basics of the instrument including proper holding and playing position, rhythm, scales and all your beginner chords. Once you get the basics down, we will move into learning some of your favorite songs in any genre.
If you have been playing guitar for a while and would like to brush up on your skills and/or improve your singing, I can help you with that also.
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Sandi M.

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About Lance R.

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Fort Collins, CO

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Hey! I offer in person, one-on-one lessons in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. I recently received my Master's degree in music at University of Northern Colorado and received my Bachelors in guitar performance at Utah State University. I charge $30 for a half hour lesson and $50 for a full hour lesson. I also offer discounted skype lessons. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks

About Lance
My teaching philosophy is simple; I want to help my students achieve the goals they have with music. Whether that is learning a few simple Taylor Swift songs or passing a entrance audition into a university, I want to see my students succeed. I have worked on a curriculum that teaches skills and concepts that every musician must know. The combination of having a good curriculum in combination with teaching the students the music they love, creates good musicians and inspired students that are excited to come to guitar lessons each week.
I structure my lessons into four categories; lines, chords, technique, and repertoire. Lines can include melodies, scales, and for more advanced students soloing. Technique is an important area of focus for guitarists. Many older guitarists I know have injuries due to bad technique. Its very important to
instill proper technique in younger students so they won’t develop bad habits and have injuries later in life.
I love teaching guitar. It has been the most rewarding thing in my life. Seeing students gain confidence in their playing and also in themselves is an incredible experience. As a life long student of music myself I believe it is crucial to create musicians and music lovers out of our students.
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Lance R.

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About Michael D.

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Southampton, PA
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I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition & Guitar and a Master's degree in Education from Drexel University. I have been teaching for over 15 years, and I currently perform, compose film music, and do studio work professionally.

I have had students of all ages go on to become professional musicians in some larger named bands, as well as be accepted to prestigious music schools.

About Michael
I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years. I have a Bachelor's in Music Composition and a Master's in Elementary Education.

My teaching style is centered around teaching music through creative exploration. In my years as a teacher, I've run across many different teachers & students who all have varying teaching/learning styles. The one constant is that good teachers adapt their learning style to fit the student's learning style. A student cannot and should not adapt their learning style to fit a teacher's teaching style.

For anyone who has taken one or two lessons and quit, the question is not whether music lessons were right for you, but whether the teacher was right for you. I can get as formal or informal as you'd like, but would never sit a 5 year old down and insist that they only sight read standard
notation and work on finger exercises.

I have experience teaching children and adults from 5 to 95. I'd be more than happy to provide references!
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Mariana August 12, 2019
· Guitar · Online
First, let me start with the fact that I never write reviews. In this case I will make an exception. As a mother of two, I barely have time to go grocery shopping, let alone learn guitar. My husband bought me a guitar for Christmas and I got Michael’s name from an old high school friend who said he’s no longer in our area, but does online lessons. I’ve been able to schedule a lesson once a week online at 9:30 PM when the kids are asleep. I love the convenience, but even more, I’m so happy to have Michael to teach me at my level and on my terms. You rock!
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Angela August 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Mike is truly a great teacher because he actually cares about his students’ progress and enjoyment level. My son got a guitar for Christmas and took lessons at our local music store for about a month and quit because he said it was boring. He loves music, so he continued on his own for a couple years u til her decided to pursue it more seriously. Mike was referred through a family friend and Matthew couldn’t be happier with him. He can’t wait to practice now!!
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