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Allen D.

San Diego, CA

About Allen

Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 13 years, and teaching for the past 8. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Mus
icians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach 40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I am playing with three bands at this moment. Quel Bordel, Science Fiction Jazz, and The Cassie B Project. These bands have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. Students are expected to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Ryan C. April 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Allen's an awesome teacher. He definitely knows his stuff and he's a well-rounded guitar player. He's really easy going and doesn't ever make you feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. He's really helping in bringing my guitar playing to the next level.
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Peter March 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Allen is a very knowledgeable, kind and patient instructor with a laid-back and hands-on approach to teaching the guitar. I have already taken few sessions with him and see quite a bit of improvement, and I always look forward to my next class. I recommend Allen to everyone who feels the passion for learning the guitar at any level.
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John M. March 21, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor. Very patient and encouraging.
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Allen D.

Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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David B.

Lakeside, CA

About David

After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my
home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Heather R. December 1, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
I bought the lessons for my mom and she came home and told me she loved it! Thank you David!!
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Sylvia November 30, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
David is the best teacher for beginnings - he can teach you any beginner level instrument and make learning materials relevant available to you both in and out of class. I am so grateful that I found him to be my teacher - it took me 5 weeks to find a good Mandolin teacher. He is absolutely AWESOME! Knowledgeable, patient, passionate, all you can name. I am excited to follow his lecture and practice more with my new mandolin.
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Gail L. October 21, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I computer is having technical problems and it sent an incomplete review before I was able to finish it. Please, use this one!!!!!

I found David to be a very pleasant man and easy to get along with. I know he will be the perfect instructor for me. David clearly and easily demonstrated to me the technique that I am wanting to learn. I'm certain that he will greatly improve my guitar playing and make it more fun for me.
Thank you for putting us together,

Dr. Gail F. Levin
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
(17)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Diane W.

San Diego, CA

About Diane

I have been playing the flute since fifth grade, a long time! I have taught flute privately for about twenty years.
My second degree is an AA in Music from Grossmont College, near San Diego, CA. As a flutist I have been a member of both the La Jolla Civic Orchestra and the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1989 I have been the principal flute and a soloist with the San Diego Concert Band. In that group I regularly lead flute sectional rehearsals.
Since 2007, I have been a flute coach every summer at San Diego's Band at the Beach music camp for junior high and high school students.
I
have taught students from ages 5 to 80 and have good rapport with every age.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a casual, easy-going, caring person, and I enjoy establishing a unique working relationship with each student.
In teaching I employ a personal, individual, flexible approach, to give my students each what benefits him/her the most. I emphasize proper technique, beauty of tone, musical interpretation, and enjoyment. Music theory is intertwined with the instruction. And we play lots of duets!
I also play the piano, thus sometimes accompany my flute students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room with console piano w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Classical, popular, light jazz, folk, Celtic
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Lokesh October 3, 2016
Flute · In studio
I have been taking flute lessons from Ms. Wilson for close to 4 months now and its been a great experience so far. I had very little idea of music and had no such formal training but wanted to learn flute. She is supportive from day 1 and started to teach me the basics of music and flute. She is very calm, listens to my problems when I don't get some things easily and tries to suggest solutions. She has been very flexible in class timings and adjusts her schedule to accommodate me when I can't make it to the class on some days. I wish I get to learn a lot from her and become a good flutist.
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Karen September 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She's very patient and friendly. Looking forward to my next class.
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Diane H. October 18, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
I just love having Ms. Wilson as my daughter's teacher. She is supportive and kind and gives my daughter her full and patient attention during the lesson. She is so encouraging and my daughter has made tremendous progress during her time with Diane. Best of all, now my daughter really enjoys playing her flute. If your child is playing as part of a larger ensemble through school or another program, I highly recommend supplementing that experience with some one-on-one lessons with a private instructor such as Diane. Five stars!
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Diane W.

Diane W.

San Diego, CA 92120
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Gary R.

San Diego, CA

Music Theory includes learning to read music, interval studies, ear training, sight reading, methods that composers use to achieve their sound, and more-

About Gary

Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My teaching methods vary from student to student, as we all learn a bit differently. I will often write custom lesson
plans for my students, as one book does not fit all. As a teacher, I enjoy a fun, relaxed learning environment designed to help you enjoy the process of becoming the best musician you can be.
I have more than 30 years experience teaching and playing music, and look forward to meeting you. Lets get started and make some music!
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Randy November 22, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Gary has been great. My son really enjoys playing the trumpet and looks forward to his lessons with Gary. That is a very different experience from my music lessons as a kid. Gary is a true musician with a thorough understanding of many music styles. He's very patient and has a great temperament for working with kids. My wife and I aren't musically inclined and really needed the help getting our son on his way musically. He's now the best in his school band, and again, he really loves it and enjoys his lessons with Gary.
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Morgan M. November 14, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
My son came home from his first lesson with Gary, and was thrilled! He loved his lesson and actually asked me if he could go MORE frequently to take lessons from him. When does a kid ever ask to take more lessons!? My husband was equally impressed and we couldn't be happier. Thank you Gary & thank you takelessons.com
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Raquel November 14, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
(Raquel purchased lessons for me, Paul. I am the writer of this review)
Gary's piano lessons have been wonderful. He was able to easily adapt his teaching to account for the knowledge I already had going into the lessons. His exercises were what I needed: simple and skill-building while being interesting and fun. He has set me up well for self-study and I highly recommend him for music learners of all skill levels.
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Gary R.

Gary R.

San Diego, CA 92116
(26)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Dawn S.

Chula Vista, CA

Beginning theory will teach students the basics - how to read music, the various key signatures, types of scales, and chord progressions.

About Dawn

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Music Performance. I also performed as a musician with a military band for over 20 years, performing on oboe, English horn, saxophone, percussion, piano/synthesizer, and as a vocalist. I have been teaching privately for over 20 years and enjoy working one on one with students.
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Briana J. January 11, 2017
Oboe · Online
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Briana January 2, 2017
Oboe · Online
Dawn is a wonderful teacher- patient, fun, encouraging who customizes the lessons to my needs and then sends an email full of lesson notes so I can keep on track with my practice sessions. I'm an adult learner and highly recommend her as an oboe teacher.
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Heather H. December 20, 2016
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
thank you :)
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Dawn S.

Dawn S.

Chula Vista, CA 91911
(10)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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