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Knightdale, NC

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I teach guitar, bass. piano, ukulele and mandolin to ages 5 & on to adults. Learning music theory (as it relates to the student's progress); developing a sense of rhythm, phrasing & melody; & learning techniques of improvising with chords & scales are also part of lessons. I offer lessons in individual and group lessons.

I have students at the very beginning of instrument studies & others who are playing advanced techniques in folk, country, rock, blues, and classical music. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.

About Charles
Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Wendell and travels to teach in the Raleigh, Zebulon and Knightdale areas. He teaches in his home in Wendell and travels to other areas on certain days. (See availability)

He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and teaches his more advanced students songwriting.

Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to rel
ate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.

For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.

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I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms,
I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.

For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.

As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.

I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.

My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full
concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords
in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues,
rock. jazz, country and classical.
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Alex R. March 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
I began piano lessons with Charlie as a total beginner and he quickly helped me find my footing. He was always patient and encouraging and asking questions designed to make sure the lessons were structured in a way that would most efficiently achieve my own personal goals. I'm usually a pretty nervous person, but Charlie has a warm presence that makes it easy even for people like me to be able to open up and focus on what's important, the music. I highly recommend him to anyone who's been thinking about learning the piano but hasn't quite been able to take the plunge yet.
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Vaden Y. April 18, 2015
· Piano · In home
Vaden is really enjoying the lessons!
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Emily D. October 29, 2014
· Piano · In home
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
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Charles N.

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Wendell, NC 27591
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David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner. David is committed to helping students enjoy and excel in playing the music they love.

About David
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode!

He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school:
“Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play
solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”

David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.

Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.

As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.

David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.

Education:

Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance

Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance

Certificates of Professional Study:
- L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy
- Aspen Music Festival

*** Lesson Details ***
Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most?
Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more!
And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!

I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry my own iPad, computer, cd player.
Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
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Lara August 9, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
David is the rare combination of a true artist who wants to help others discover their own musical voice. He is always able to find a solution to my technical problems, with the goal of helping me play more musically. He takes me seriously as a student, challenging and encouraging me with understanding, patience and kindness.
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Natalie P. December 17, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
David was very knowledgeable about music and made it easy to understand. This was especially important to me since I am starting new, not having any musical background other than a love for music and a passion to play. This instructor helped me realize I have potential which is also important. After just one lesson I was able to take what he taught me and put some of his advice together musically and it is starting to make sense. I am looking forward to my future lessons!
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Sabil July 17, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher ... thorough and provides instruction based on students skill and need
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Cary, NC 27519
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Lessons for beginners usually start with simple single note melodies, basic chords (C, G, D) and simple songs using those chords so as to put them to practical use as fast as possible and keep students interested. After that comes bar chords and more complex riffs into full solos. I try to tailor my lesson plan to what each student is most interested in so they will stick with it!

About Emily
Emily began singing at 4 years old and picked up her first guitar at 12. At 16 she started playing local venues around town. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2008-2012, one of the top contemporary music schools in the world. She has a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, professionalizing her music transcription and recording skills. In 2008 Emily began teaching her first guitar and voice lessons at Belvoir Terrace, a performing arts camp for girls in Western Massachusetts. It was there that she fell in love with teaching and has since picked up several private voice and guitar students. As a teacher, Emily strives to help her students find their musical passion and keep it alive through fun and informative exercises. She also loves to work with songwriters, teaching them how to brainstorm ideas, play with rh
yme, and get over “writers block.” She teaches some students how to use recording equipment to make their own demos or record other bands.
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Lily February 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My daughter loved her lesson. In fact she asked if we could go again today 😊
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Dave May 7, 2016
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was great. Since I am an intermediate guitarist she is taking the time to assess where my skills are at which is exactly what she should do. She already taught me some stuff that made an immediate improvement.
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Wesley N. February 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son is really enjoying working with Emily!!!
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Emily M.

Emily M.

Durham, NC 27705
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Raleigh, NC

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I am a career music teacher and teach beginning guitar in school. I can teach notation and tab. What do you want to learn?

About Kevin
I am a professional music teacher with 30+ years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know
to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.
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Connor August 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kevin is a great teacher for my little beginner.
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Barry Walsh January 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Excellent instructor, very relaxed atmosphere and provided a lot of good information. Especially liked that fact that he took the time to cover what was needed rather than strict adherence to the clock. Highly recommend his as a music instructor.
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Peter K. July 3, 2015
· Clarinet · In studio
Kevin is very well versed in musical instruments. We took an older clarinet to him and he identified what type it was and was able to play it and teach how to play it. Looking forward to more lessons.
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Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC 27614
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About Eugene
I have been teaching guitar for over 27 years and have had the privilege of studying with some of the finest guitarists in the world which include Aldo Minella, Sulaiman Zai, Javier Calderon, Dr. Lily Afshar, Benjamin Verdery and Kevin Gallagher. I also studied jazz with Berklee professor Sal Difusco and Chris Buono.

As a teacher. I have been a high school teacher for the past 15 years and am certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a history teacher. I have worked with all types of learning styles and test preps. As an educator, I have gone through all the background CORI checks already.

If you are taking lessons at my studio I just wanted to alert people that we have 2 very friendly English Cocker Spaniels and an old orange tabby cat who is friendly on his own terms :-). This is obviously important for people that ha
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Joshua S. July 24, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I really enjoyed working through beginner/intermediate classical guitar with Gene. He was always prepared and very knowledgeable about the different pieces we were working on. He helped my technique tremendously, and structured my progress in a way I wouldn't have been able to do myself. If you are serious about wanting to learn guitar I strongly recommend getting a teacher, and if you live in the Boston area I highly recommend Gene.
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Mike July 11, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Gene is incredibly patient and always has materials ready for the two of us to work with. I am so lucky to be working with him as I learn a new skill.
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Charlie S. August 17, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Amazing Job. Enjoyed session very much and learned alot.
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Raleigh, NC
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"Experienced guitar teacher of over 20 years available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music theory. I have written 6 Levels which have been modified over the years and produce results quickly. All material used to teach with is in pdf form and is easily explained. My goal is for you to be the best you can be.

About Robert
Fun & highly individualized lessons
Patient teacher who tends to your needs with a flexible schedule
Specializing in theory, soloing, technique & ear training
Worksheets in pdf form and each lesson written out in Google docs

Versatile performer, recording artist and teacher in private lessons for over 20 years. A musical journeyman from the Boston area and a resident for the past 10 years in Raleigh, NC, Rob's unique, eclectic playing style and tailored-to-your-needs teaching approach have been a proven success.

Rob studied with Berklee graduate Paul DiBartolo (Spread Eagle/MCA Records) and guitar extraordinaire Gary Hoey (Wazoo Music Group) also Berklee Professor's Jon Finn and Joe Stump. This lead to the Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music and was entitled a Certificate of Completion on August 8th, 2003.
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Kyle June 28, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Incredibly knowledgeable in physical techniques required for guitar; He is a master of all the subjective hands-on knowledge you can't learn from a video or a book, like individual hand/wrist placement, strength building, muscle memory, string bending. His curriculum is excellent for developing the raw ability to play as desired.

We initially did lessons in person then transitioned to Skype once I moved away. I found no difference between in-person or Skype.
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Alex June 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Before I became a student under my teacher, I thought that my previous teacher was good. However, looking back, my first teacher (Not Robert Grant), was horrible. The one distinct difference between many of the casual guitar teachers and Robert is that he has a great curriculum for teaching kids and adults the proper techniques, different styles, and practices for playing the guitar. I remember on the first lesson, he immediately commented my wrong form for my picking hand. Since then he has assisted me in correcting bad technique, pursuing my strengths and passions, and expanding my knowledge in music theory, both specific for guitar and for music in general. His curriculum is equal if not better than many college courses for music(classical, jazz, etc. courses). I have been with him for 3-4 years now and I find myself greatly improved from when I first started. I would recommend going to Robert if you want to seriously learn how to play the guitar with a brilliantly structured course.
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Justin June 18, 2016
· Guitar · Online
I've been playing guitar for 28 years and Robert has done more to advance my playing in the last 5 months than anything else I've done over that time. Whether online or in person, Robert has a great mix of laid back attitude with a task-master's approach; he encourages his students to have fun with the guitar, but to take it and their work with it seriously. In a really short time, I've picked up a wealth of music theory and my technique has improved dramatically. Most importantly, I'm having more fun playing than I have in years. I can't recommend Robert highly enough.
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Raleigh, NC 27616
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Raleigh, NC

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I have been playing guitar for over 30 years in styles ranging from rock to jazz to classical. My approach to teaching focuses on developing efficient technique that can adapt to multiple styles of playing.

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My name is Ted D. and I have been teaching private lessons in both guitar and voice for over a decade. I began playing guitar at age eleven and continued into college, where I majored in guitar performance. While in college I began studying voice seriously, adding a vocal performance major to my degree. I moved to New York City for additional vocal training, and sang leading roles in many opera productions in the NY/NJ area.

I currently serve as Director of Music and Worship at HOPE Presbyterian Church in North Raleigh, and my performance experience ranges from playing and singing in rock bands and as a solo acoustic act to performing in opera houses and concert halls with symphony orchestras. Whether teaching guitar or voice, I focus on developing proper and efficient technique with my students that enables them to perform in a wide r
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Moe April 5, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
“If you can sing opera you can sing anything.” This is something I learned while taking vocal lessons with Ted Dougherty. Many voice teachers aim to silo you into one style of singing but that is not the case with Ted. He will help you build your voice to be the strongest it can be while encouraging you to practice and sing the types of music you are passionate about. Ted is an extremely talented musician who not only has the knowledge to teach you new techniques, but also has the ability to demonstrate those techniques. I started voice lessons with him when I was 12 years old and only ended my lessons with him when I went away to college years later. I truly believe, were it not for my lessons with Ted, I would not have the quality voice I have today. If I lived anywhere near Raleigh, NC, nothing would be able to stop me from going for voice lessons with Ted as often as possible.
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Ayla April 3, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
If you are a singer, do yourself a favor and get lessons with Ted! I took voice lessons with him for two years it's been quite the game changer. I've been a singer since I was 6 and have had a lot of different vocal training and Ted's lessons were unlike any other. I never expected the techniques. They are designed to make you re-conceptualize how to make the sound until your voice is in the right place. The first few months of lessons were unlearning and really strange because it seemed like he was telling me to make ugly sounds most of the time. Later I realized how foundational and fundamental these practices are for a strong and healthy voice. If you stick with it, and practice regularly on your own, you will be able to do what you thought was not possible with your voice. Like perform Queen of the Night, or Defying Gravity, or Carry Underwood. It's been amazing to transform my voice so drastically, and I would never have gotten there without these lessons.
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Raleigh, NC 27612
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I like to draw on what the students themselves will ENJOY playing. I teach FUN and relatable songs and the most efficient way to execute them. I start with a basic understanding of open chords (D, A, G, etc) along with ways to solo, and play single note riffs. I also welcome more advanced students who want to learn difficult tunes or techniques. With a BA in Jazz Performance, I can instruct students on advanced music theory concepts weaving how they relate with practical song based material.

About Casey
Casey is a 2017 ECU graduate and got her bachelors degree in Jazz Performance with guitar as her primary instrument. She has been playing professionally in bands such as Big Love, Doug Largent Trio and Tim Smith Band for 4 years. She is inspired by all types of genres of music including classic rock, jazz, blues and folk.
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Skylar C. June 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Casey was great. She taught me a lot in my first 45min session. She made me feel comfortable and was very patient with me. I didn't want to stop...can't wait till next week!!!
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Aaron May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Casey's passion for music can easily be felt and she projects that passion in her lessons - she is a lot of fun to work with and she really knows her stuff. Her instruction is well formulated, clear and concise. I thoroughly recommend her!
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Eric May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Casey is a great guitarist and instructor. A very patient and active listener who makes learning fun. She wants her students to love playing guitar as much as she does.
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Casey O.

Carrboro, NC 27510
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Private guitar, vocal and songwriting teacher in the Los Angeles area! Welcoming all ages to learn the beginning and intermediate fundamentals of playing the guitar, singing, and songwriting. Lessons are customized to you and your preferences. I have been working as a touring/session musician for multiple major label artists for the past 6 years traveling all over the world. After graduating from the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM), I can provide lessons centered around the proper technique, as well as ear training and music theory.

About Connor
Connor here! I am a 24 year old California native and a Los Angeles based multi instrumentalist and have been working as a musician full time for the past 4 years. I graduated with a degree in vocal performance at the Los Angeles College of Music back in the spring of 2013. Since then I have been working as a touring and session musician throughout LA and all over the world.

Currently, I have been playing guitar and keys for Atlantic Records Artist Melanie Martinez and have been touring with her for the past 2 years. We have performed on major Late night shows including Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as played major festivals like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. Aside from constant US as well as European, Australian and South American headline tours, we have also opened for RCA artist Adam Lambert.

I have taught private less
ons throughout my career as a musician and have a great passion for getting to know my students and helping them achieve their goals. Whether its a hobby or something you are thinking about pursuing as a career, I gladly offer my services to open the door to learning the beginning and intermediate fundamentals of playing guitar and singing.

I look forward to meeting you all and making music together!

-Connor
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Connor S.

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Guitar lessons with me are designed to help students achieve their musical goals. I place high importance on building student self confidence, through improvisation, composition, and technique building exercises. I also place high importance on the use of technology in lessons (beat making, recording techniques, amplifier/effect pedal usage, etc.)

About Anthony
Anthony Caulkins is a composer, guitarist, and technologist based in Southern California. Through his compositions, Anthony explores questions relating to gesture, modularity, and metaphorical representation. Over his career as a composer, Anthony has developed a voice that focuses on both intricate systems and improvisatory practices. Combining the sound worlds of both acoustic and electronic instruments in his compositions, Anthony invents ideas to resonate with audiences of all types. His pieces have been performed internationally, with premieres in the United States, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain. Anthony’s most recent project is a solo electronic rock show, that used interactive technologies, for real-time beats and effects – Songs For A New Era

Anthony has a great passion for working with students and helping them to succeed
in achieving their own musical goals. As a teacher, Anthony’s primary motivation is to foster creativity, confidence, and independence in his students. Through a focus on musicianship, music theory, and technique, Anthony hopes to cultivate student’s abilities to learn and comprehend music quickly and efficiently. Over the course of several lessons, students will ideally develop methods to create music ways that reflect their personal voices. Anthony encourages his students to be confident improvisors as well as performers of written music and to make use of both acoustic and electric media.
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When you're taking guitar lessons, you may find it challenging to play different styles of music. Here, guitar teacher Samuel B. shares his tips to help you learn country guitar... Compared to other music styles like jazz and bluegrass, country is a structurally simple genre. It usually shares the same three-chord structure as blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll.  When playing country music, you will use playful, open-handed picking to play chords, versus the flat-picking of individual notes o … Read More

2 Simple Tricks to Play Country Guitar
When you're taking guitar lessons, you may find it challenging to play different styles of music. Here, guitar teacher Samuel B. shares his tips to help you learn country guitar... Compared to other music styles like jazz and bluegrass, country is a structurally simple genre. It usually shares the same three-chord structure as blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll.  When playing country music, you will use playful, open-handed picking to play chords, versus the flat-picking of individual notes o
How to Strum a Guitar: A Beginner's First Lesson
Yearning to learn to strum a tune? Guitar teacher Kirk R. shares a perfect first lesson in strumming a guitar... Most of the songs that my guitar students want to learn consist largely, if not completely, of strummed chords. While most students are able to pick up both simple and more complicated rhythms, or strumming patterns, often I notice that beginners have a hard time keeping track of where the beat is and really getting into the groove of the song. It’s also common that I se
Improving Technique on Guitar: Exercises to Try
In a previous post, Guitar Basics: Why is Technique Important?, guitar teacher Blake C. discussed the importance of utilizing proper technique, along with examples and ways to check your guitar playing technique. Here in Part Two, he continues with a helpful guitar exercise to try...    If you want to improve your technique, there are a few guitar exercises you can try. I call the first exercise “1-2-4 Exercise” merely because of the fingers used. This exercise is designed to impr
How to Find the Lyrics and Chords for Your Favorite Songs
When you're learning to play an instrument, sometimes it's tough to get motivated to practice - especially if you’re playing songs and exercises that don’t really excite you. When you start playing your favorite songs, though, you might find yourself able to get into your music a bit more. There are many ways to find the lyrics and chords to your favorite songs, but not all of them are simple, and sometimes you might end up more frustrated trying to track down lyrics or chords than you would be
How Much are Guitar Lessons for Kids?
Along with the equipment required for a child to play guitar, some lessons can be quite useful. Not only will you appreciate having some direction for what your child is playing, but he or she will benefit from having some qualified instruction as well. While there are a lot of factors that can affect guitar lesson prices, the major contributors are listed below. Be sure to consider these aspects when making a choice between two instructors. Instructor Expertise An instructor who has decades o

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