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I'm a specialist in Brazilian Guitar and have played and used American Folk Styles to teach finger picking for many years. This includes Travis Picking, Blues and arrangement of all sorts of melodies for guitar. One of the first world musics I played was Irish music and I have a nice repertoire of these melodies to help the student learn how to play a linear melody. Reading is not necessary but I'm expert at getting people to read by using simple familiar music.

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Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music and currently available. He now offers online lessons via Skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern Art Museum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South

of Brazil,  receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. In 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS news hour during his residence at MacDowell. In 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio and another live radio appearance with band in 2010. Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. Most Recently his groups have been performing at the famed Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion (Pandeiro) and Cavaquinho. Billy has completed two CD's of his original music and an EP of his original Choro music. He has a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY.

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From Coda Magazine August 2012: by Seton Hawkins

Through outstanding collaborations like the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble, guitarist and composer Billy N has emerged as a leading exponent of the music of Brazil. Exploring far beyond the well-trodden bossa nova path. Billy unearths the full range of styles the country offers, including choro, baiào, valsa and samba, and gives American audiences a rich panoramic glimpse into Brazilian art, highlighting its parallels with progressive jazz.

A recipient of composers residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, he is the curator of a three-day series at the club dedicated to the country's music. Billy will showcase his own group—a sextet with drummer Matt Kane, bassist Leco Reis, saxophonists Michael Attias and Eric Schugren and trumpeter Ben Holmes—in a concert primarily featuring his original works. SH

Reviews of my Book on Alfred Brazil: Guitar Atlas,  I love this series and this is the best of the six titles I have. Billy really knows his stuff; the analysis of time at the beginning is superb: something I now use in my teaching. This is definitely for intermediate and higher guitarists, but the pieces are worth the effort to get right, and the accompanying CD shows you what you are aiming for. This is as good as my other Brazilian guitar book (by Nelson Faria) and much more compact and easier to follow. Highly recommended!

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This book is essential homework for students of Brazilian guitar. It is one of the best resources out there, along with Nelson Faria's "The Brazilian Guitar Book." The original etudes are not only instructional, but are nice pieces in their own right. An excellent value.

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I've taught all levels over 20 years both in NYC and Brazil. I work with the material that the student wants and also through recordings and charts introduce much music that the student might have been unfamiliar with. My lessons are catered to the individual. There is no obstacle anyone has that is too great to work through. My approach to rhythmic training has helped many. I have simple way of breaking down the guitar fingerboard which can used as a guide to learn harmony. I'll get you into the horizontal aspects of guitar, traveling across the neck, making music across one string as well, mastering the guitar in a small fret range - " vertical position playing".

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I have guitar for the student, either electric or nylon. Cavaquinho students bring their instrument. First time students must bring their instrument so I can see what they are playing on.

*** Specialties ***
Brazilian Fingerstyle - Choro, Samba, Baiao Solo
Jazz Guitar - Pick or Fingers
Beginning Flamenco
Cavaquinho
Improvisation for any instrument
Harmony and Theory
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May 12, 2015
Flaminia D.
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
December 17, 2014
Lynn W.
I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows.
October 17, 2014
felicia D.
I took Brazilian guitar lessons from Billy for several years. His method focuses on absorbing the many rhythms of Brazil and translating them from percussion instruments to the guitar. Much of his effort is devoted on achieving the elusive Brazilian swing, which non Brazilians need to learn. Billy is excellent in breaking down the rhythms and explaining them. He even has a book out on his method. He covers various Brazilian genres: choro, bossa nova, samba, baiao and more.
Billy also is an accomplished jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist with a thorough understanding of harmony and improvisation. He is very patient and has years of teaching and performance experience. You will be lucky to study with him!

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Experienced in finger picking style, song structure, theory, chordal/scale/modal concepts, ear training, and many others.

About Tyler

I am a very passionate music teacher, it's really who I am. I thrive off of opening the doors of music to people and teaching them a foundation upon which to grow. I graduated from UMASS Lowell with a Bachelors in Music Performance in 2014 and have 6 years of teaching experience in and around the Boston area. I play and manage a band called Skyfoot and have for about 3 years now. I have played in 35 different states, playing with all kinds of musicians across the United States. The times I spent playing and learning from the musicians at school and on the road have been some of the most insightful of my life.

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October 17, 2017
David G.
Been meeting with Tyler for 4 lessons now and cannot give anything but the highest praise for him. Before we began we set the outline for what
I wanted to do and how he could help - the planning was good but the execution far exceeded anything I could hope for. His insight, technical ability, and highly positive attitude makes him the perfect partner to "re-introduce" me to the guitar (35+ year break in playing). Cons: initially opted for 1/2 hour lesson - too short. Pros: understands my goals, appreciates the musical genre that is important to me, great balance between teaching during the lesson and giving me things to work on on my own, very positive and encouraging attitude....and many more "pros". My suggestion is - if you are thinking of going with him give him a call - very easy to talk to and you will likely find out what I have found - Tyler is top notch!!
January 24, 2017
Dylan Taylor
Extremely patient teacher, awesome with my kids. Accommodating and very receptive to tailoring the lesson to what I or my kids want. Would highly recommend!
November 19, 2015
Jordana
Tyler is a great teacher! He has taught me everything I know about song structure and chord patterns. Would highly recommend!

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About Paul

Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.

Taught and performed all over Germany, The Netherlands, Belguim, Canada, Great Britain,Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.

Still Performing, recording all around the United states.

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August 21, 2019
Charis
Excellent first lesson! I’m so excited to continue my lessons with Paul!
August 20, 2019
Dennis
I'll get right to the point. Paul's personality made it extremely easy for me not only to be comfortable but to feel really appreciated. I was fearful that Paul may feel like, "oh great another person who THINKS he has something but can't sing a lick!" I experienced the exact opposite. Within 15 minutes he located what has been my most frustrating issue. I felt like I was already ahead of the game and we hadn't even started yet! Paul has the rare balance of a sense of humor and still following an agenda to meet my goal. Thanks to Paul I really feel like I can, and WILL reach all my goals. AND enjoy the journey to them!! Can't wait for the next lesson!
June 12, 2019
Ethan M.
Ethan has alot of fun!!!

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I have been teaching guitar professionally for over 4 years in the Atlanta area. As a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance, I have developed a deep love for music and the guitar which I thoroughly enjoy sharing with my students. I currently teach and perform, traveling across the United States with various groups performing a multitude of genres, all of which I love teaching and sharing with eager students! I was not a "natural" guitarist, so I have a great method for making guitar/music make sense so that all of my students can be successful. I look forward to working with you!

About Patrick

I am a professional guitarist, composer, and educator living in the Greater Atlanta Area. I started playing guitar while in high school at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. I owe a lot of my success to my time spent here as this school is consistently ranked one of the top schools in the nation.
I wasn't a "naturally gifted' musician, so if you are just starting out don't worry! I've been there and I have picked up a lot of tips and tricks along the way to help you out!
After high school, I decided to further pursue my passion for music and was accepted to Kennesaw State University as a Jazz Performance Major. Shortly after arriving in Kennesaw I began performing all over Atlanta as a sideman in various groups and even started a few groups of my own. I have had some great opportunities to tour and travel across the United States playing

music, it is a really great feeling.I was a recipient of the GA Music Hall of Fame Talent Award in 2014 where I performed on national television for the first time. In 2016 I recorded an album with a good friend of mine, Morgan Guerin, entitled "The Saga" which reached #3 on the iTunes Jazz Charts on the first day of its release.

I have recently graduated from KSU with my Jazz Degree and have been teaching and performing extensively. Teaching has been a very rewarding part of my life, it has given me the opportunity to learn and grow as a musician in ways that performing simply cannot compete with. I really look forward to working with you and being a part of your musical journey!
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September 11, 2018
Drew
He’s great! 1 lesson in and already learned some new tricks!

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Kristina G.

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Bachelor of Arts in a guitar Performance and Pedagogy..... Teaching All levels, styles, ages, and abilities. Lessons for the Blind will also be available! Can teach Acoustic, Electric Guitar & Ukulele! Theory, sight reading, song writing and style classes available! 20 + years of teaching experience in private lessons, group lessons and university level instruction!

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Hello Students and Parents! Music is a Universal Language! Music is a skill that will accompany children throughout their lives and foster the educational skills that create successful, motivated, inspired and talented leaders of tomorrow! I joy in helping develop young minds but I also enjoy teaching students of all ages! My instructional courses will be individually built around the student to produce the ideal result..... whether that result is to be a concert classical guitarist or to develop self esteem and happiness! I am excited to meet you and help you become the best musician that you can be!!!

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Hi! I'm Brad, and I love the folk, bluegrass, and country-blues guitar work of people like Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, and Merle Travis. If you're trying to play finger-style, or flat-pick some bluegrass tunes, I'd love to help you achieve your goals!

About Bradley

Hello! My name is Brad, and I love playing acoustic guitar. I specialize in folk, finger-style and bluegrass guitar, but can also help out with any of the basic skills you'll need to have an overall understanding of your instrument!

For the last seven years, I've made a full-time living as a performing musician in Charleston, South Carolina. Whether I'm touring, playing restaurants, or playing events and weddings, I always have to stop and be amazed at how far the guitar has taken me. I think it's a privilege to do what I do, and definitely a goal worth reaching for!

Some of my favorite guitar players include Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Tony Rice, Mississippi John Hurt, Norman Blake, and Tommy Emmanuel. I love everything from Doc's folky finger-style to Tony's lightning fast bluegrass licks. These players all played from the hear

t and used the guitar as a vehicle to tell fascinating stories, and that's what I aspire to do as well.

Learning any new skill can be challenging, but with the right approach and a good attitude, anything is possible!
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10 years of teaching experience, and 25 years of playing in bands and leading church praise teams. Specializing in the beginner/intermediate guitar student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. You will learn to play songs almost immediately and will learn techniques that will expand your knowledge of music not just the guitar. Are you ready to embark on the journey?

About Nathaniel

Nathaniel Landon White born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the very early age of 8 Nathaniel began taking guitar lessons and started his first band. By age 11 Nathaniel began his in-depth musical training and by High School had many successful Contemporary Christian bands, of which he released 2 contemporary albums and 1 Traditional Album.
His music career began at age 16 when he was hired at Sandia Presbyterian Church in ABQ, as their Contemporary Music Director. By age 21 Nathan had already served as either a director or as an assistant director in 3 churches.
His greatest training opportunity came in 2005 when he began studying and assisting former Opera Singer and current Worship Leader Steve Gokool at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in ABQ. Under Steve’s instruction Nathan learned to play multiple instruments, c

ompose, conduct and teach. It was during his time at St. Stephens that Nathaniel also was commissioned to compose multiple songs for many of local bands.
In 2007 Nathaniel was accepted to the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he not only began his studies, but an opera career as well. During, his time at DU from 2007-2013, Nathaniel achieved a Bachelor's and Master’s of Music degree and performed such opera roles as “Escamillo” in Carmen, “Papageno” in Die Zauberflote, “Gianni Schicchi” in Gianni Schicchi and “Valentin” in Faust.
In 2008, he released his first solo album on his own label, “A Way to Worship”, which had 3 number 1 local hits and sold 10,000 copies.
In 2011, Nathaniel began winding down his career in opera and began his plans to return to church music and teaching. From 2013-2015 he taught voice, guitar, piano and music theory at the New Mexico School of Music in Albuquerque, NM. He currently lives in Tucumcari, NM where he serves as Director of Music for First Baptist Church, sings in the professional choir, "The Singing Churchmen" and teaches on the faculty for the yearly Worship 4 Life music camp.
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Nathaniel W.

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Lessons with me are unique because I don’t focus strictly on laws to be follow but on letting my students flow in the moment so that they can feel free and realize if they are in the right path. aiming mostly at their passion because the key to master any art is patience and the love for the art that you want to conquer .. Techniques tips laws music theory are as important but ultimately are meant to be developed individually in order to set your style

About Adrian

Hello my name is Adrian Bojork you can check out my Facebook page with some music of mine or at YouTube SoundCloud iTunes Spotify.. I am originally from Cuenca Ecuador lived in New York for many years and moved down here to paradise 4 years ago.. I am a self thought musician songwriter.. played with a couple of bands and learn a lot along the way always researching and learning new things .. learned music theory online also and what keeps me making music is exactly that endless learning

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much all genres. Will has tailored his teaching approach to how and what I wanted to learn. I have played for years and because of Will every aspect of my playing and very importantly my listening is just better. Along with my guitar practice, Will has helped my singing, and song writing as well. It is a pleasure to offer my experience of working with Will."
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"Only had my first lesson.Stan is very knowledgeable.Looking forward to the next meeting."
Dan
"Paul does a great job teaching my girlfriend and I in a joint lesson. He's really good about giving us both equal attention, and keeps the class moving sm
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"Donnie is patient and encouraging. He has all kinds of ways to help me get past some the tough stuff. Absolutely recommend him to anyone."
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"Lola is great!She is an excellent guitarist."

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