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Learn chords, fingerpicking and riffs. I give students the option to learn how to read sheet music, tabs, or just chord symbols.

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Julia is a music educator based out of Spokane, WA and has been teaching since 2009. She received her training from Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelors in Music. Julia teaches all experience levels from beginner, to intermediate and advanced, and also has experience working with children with special needs.

Julia has studied voice under the private tutelage of Greta Matassa, Dr. Sheila K. Converse, Dr. John Weiss, and Gene Wright. Julia has also studied trumpet with Lance Buller and jazz piano with Dr. Charles Argersinger. She worked as a vocal soloist for Sacred Heart Baptist Church in Pullman, WA, sang with the Seattle Womens’ Chorus, and crooned at Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club. Julia was an avid performer in the School of Music at Washington State University, including the Library Atrium Recital Series,
Concert Choir, Musicals, Operettas, and the Cougar Marching Band.

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A personalized plan is made for each student depending on their goals and level of commitment. Intensity varies depending on what the student wants out of lessons. Some students are singing/playing competitively, and some are just singing/playing for fun!

At each lesson the student will play or sing the songs they practiced. Julia will congratulate the student on their improvements and then use a variety of methods to help the student become more comfortable with the trouble spots. The next part of the lesson will be used to introduce new material.
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Tyanah G. May 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
Julia is an excellent singing teacher. Very proficient in singing and music. She's very friendly, approachable with excellent communication skills. She makes the lessons extremely fun and positive all the while making sure you are learning and will push you to be your best.
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Hannah August 26, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great manner and engaging approach. My 13-year old daughter loves her.
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Cindy Vaughn July 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
I had a great first experience and I'm excited for my next lesson
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I've been playing guitar the better half of my life. I like to use method books, but also teach in a more hands on style where the student learns chords and scales and songs as well.

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A Berklee College of Music graduate and a professional music instructor for over ten years, I can help you to reach your musical goals. I tailor lessons to suit your needs covering everything from skill development, music theory and musicianship, to expanding your repertoire and composing original work. I play and teach drums, piano, bass and guitar. I am new to Seattle, having just moved from San Francisco where I performed regularly at a wide array of venues such as Great American Music Hall, Freight and Salvage, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bimbos, Bottom of the Hill, Savanna Jazz, Amnesia, Ashkenaz, Mystic Theater and Cafe Du Nord. I play many styles of music. Jazz, rock, funk, punk, blue-grass... you name it. I can show you how to play what you want to play.

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I believe in a strong musical foundati
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Whatever style the student is attempting, I stress proper technique and understanding of theory.
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Jon C. July 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
It was a perfect first lesson! Jeremy is a great teacher who sets goals and challenges while making it fun. I'm so glad I finally did this and am already looking forward to my next lesson!
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Tony Wang September 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Knowledgable and friendly
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jessykca June 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
hi i would like to know if you can teach me how to play crime of centure from supertramp? can you ?
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I am very patient, and beginners to experienced players are all welcome!

About Marc
I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. But, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspect
s of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.

I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.

Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! …the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!

At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.

For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: “Jimmy Page“, “Brian Setzer”, “Stevie Ray Vaughan”, “Joe Satriani”, “Lindsey Buckingham”, “Paul McCartney”, “John Mayer”, and many, many more.

To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.

Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.

With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book.
Level One (beginners) :

"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.

I will also use as a substitute for Level One:
"Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.

More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer;
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"

With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.

Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.

Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.

At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Amps

-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)

- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)

-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)

- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)

- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)

-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)

-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.

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I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
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Annette August 21, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him.
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Matthew G. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Friendly, motivating, honest and awesome guy.
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Juanyea K. May 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mark was very patient, professional as well as being knowledgeable about the guitar. I was impressed with the way he presented the information of his learning technique. Marc knows music by notes as well as play by ear. I would recommend him to for anyone of all levels of experience that want to learn or enhance their level of guitar.
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About Victoria W.

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I've been teaching guitar for 10 years. I tailor lesson plans to help each individual student reach his or her goals. I teach chords, rhythm playing, and various scales (for soloing), and I believe a good foundation in proper technique makes for the best guitar players.

About Victoria
My name is Victoria. I'm originally from beautiful San Diego, California, but I am now a full time professional musician based out of Philadelphia. I've instructed students (of varying ages and backgrounds) from all over the country on bass, guitar, live performance, and song writing. This includes one-on-one instruction and group lessons. I received a certification in live performance, studio work, and songwriting through The Contemporary Music Center, now located in Nashville, TN. And I I Finished my Bachelor's degree at Eastern University

I've toured all over the country with acts such as Talain Rayne and played bass on his album "Attic Lights." I also completed an internship in Nashville, TN with hit songwriter, Kate York.
For the past five years, I've played with the band Element K (under Shore Bets booking agency) as the lead
singer and guitarist. I've played shows all over the Northeast including (but not limited to) Xfinity Live, Wells Fargo Center, Hard Rock Cafe, The Tin Angel, Borgata AC, Ballys, Tropicana, and Seacrets in OCMD.
I love music and the role it has played in shaping my life. I value the experiences and wisdom passed on to me by my music mentors and instructors, who not only had a meaningful impact on my music career but also immensely influenced my development as a person.
I look forward to having that same positive impact on any student I instruct :)

*** Lesson Details ***
I like lessons to be, first and foremost, an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I try to create a laid back and comfortable learning environment for all my students. Music is fun, and I guarantee that there will be plenty of good times while taking lessons!
Now, let me also clarify that my positive attitude and laid back demeanor are not excuses for students to be undisciplined and uncommitted. I promise to work hard toward your development as a musician to make you the best you can be, and I appreciate the same commitment from all of my students.
Music should be enjoyable, but also rewarding and enriching to your life! I don’t want to sell that short!

Below is a basic rundown of what a student can expect to learn while under my instruction. I would first like to preface this information by saying that I fully recognize that every student is different; therefore, I tailor lessons to fit an individual’s needs and goals. Because of this, the priority of certain skills tends to vary from one student to another, as does the order in which this skills are taught. I also want to note that I tend to use some self-made resources (charts, explanations, etc) in addition to published books. Taking into consideration the aforementioned variables, here is the basic rundown of the material I try to cover with students, in the general order it is taught:

-Understanding of guitar parts (anatomy of the instrument) and basic terms (ie note, chord, etc).
-Names of strings (E-string, B-string, etc.) and corresponding numbers for strings (1-6), and which fingers are given what numbers.
-Tuning of the instrument
-Basic technique (how to finger a fret board, hold guitar, hold pick, etc).
-How to find notes on the fret board/chromatic
-Basic rhythm concepts and counting (whole notes, quarter notes, time signatures, etc)—usually involves clapping exercise, single note playing exercises, reading rhythm charts, and learning what different note values look like.
-Basic concepts of “keys”
-Basic major and minor scales (especially for “warming up”)
-Chords (mostly basic open chords)
-Strumming
-Learning songs to put concepts together
For more advanced students, we will likely get into the following:
-Power chords, bar chords, and complex chords beyond majors and minors.
-Scales beyond basic majors and minors
-Music theory (chord construction, modes, etc).
-Knowledge of gear (for those guitarist who wish to branch out to electric guitar)—bass players will already have to know some of this before moving to more advanced work since they already require an amp.
-How to play with other musicians and instruments (collaboration, listening, understanding each instrument’s part, etc).

[To give students a basic timeline for these skills, one can expect to be playing open chords within three months and probably their favorite songs within 6 months]

SONGWRITING TEACHING METHODS:
-Review slides about basic song structure and anatomy of songs (verse, hook, etc)
-lyric and vocal phrasing
-finding your voice as a writer
-exploring environments and conditions that foster one’s creativity for writing songs (preference for outdoors, quite secluded spaces, etc).

LIVE PERFORMANCE:
-Breathing/relaxation exercises
-Movement/watching footage of self
-Watching footage of others
-Acting/stage exercises to get out of your head and into your body
-learning common problems with live performances and becoming comfortable with fast, on-the-spot trouble shooting (and how to avoid some problems before they begin).
-Finding your stage voice, both in singing and speaking.
-Developing your stage persona

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room
Equipped with guitars, bass amp, guitar amp, guitar cables, and tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide his or her own guitar (and amps when applicable)

*** Specialties ***
I'm currently a professional musician that sings and plays guitar and bass for pop and rock music. We perform in front of thousands of people each week so I'm very comfortable giving live performance instruction as well.
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James R W. August 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
vic is a very good teacher
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Ashley T. June 16, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Victoria is doing a great job teaching my daughter the guitar. She is kind and Ashley likes the way she and Victoria connect.
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Darina G. April 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Victoria is well prepared, organized and inspires the student to do well. Encouragement and positive energy is just what a beginner like me needs. Glad I picked this teacher. Thank you!
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Taught all levels of Music from Beginner to Advanced Professional.

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My Wife & I Both have Masters Degrees from Central Michigan Univ. I am an Air Force Veteran.

My Wife helps me teach in the program and is an adviser for the Female program.

Two deep leadership at all times and parents have waiting areas visible to classes. I love guitar and playing music, I think I have taught so long I would not know what to do without a music/teaching career. I have made a living playing guitar for 25 years.

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I have been a music teacher so long I have become very simplistic. I teach the following:

(1) To practically play while having fun (4 locations to choose).

(2) Music Theory.

(3) Playing by ear.

(4) Leadership Skills. I am still having a great time teaching, so we do it a lot. I love to teach and enjoy it very much, I owe a lot to my music career and want to pass i
t on. We are in Rotary and support many community activities.

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I have - 4 Professional teaching studios - that are in nice locations.

I really enjoy my job and have a lot of great equipment; we work hard, but have a lot of fun too.

*** Travel Equipment ***
(1) Respectfully what is reasonable. I am a full time musician, I am flexible and happy - we can work these things out.

(We have a lot of equipment, I am very thankful). We have very good business relationships in the community.

I appreciate my job.

*** Specialties ***
(1) Group interactive method based on theory.
(2) Students show leadership in their own program.
(3) Students work with me (instructor) on Lesson Plans.
(4) Students pick out material they want to study.
(5) Students work on (ear training) and reading music.
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Kelly J.J. September 7, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Rachel & Michael Christian are the best instructors I have ever studied under. They make learning fun, I thank both of them. I really enjoy lessons!!!
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Florence January 6, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Michael Christian is a great guitar instructor. He helped me learn to to play guitar and apply music theory to my learning. Not only that he has a program that he has developed over the past 30 years to help students succeed and be successful musicians. I learned to play guitar and now rely on the guitar for my income. He rocks!
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William A. July 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Michael has been a great teacher,always positive and encouraging.
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I've been teaching guitar since 2010, starting with a classical foundation and branching out into about everything I could get my hands on. I learned that there is a fundamental set of skills that make just about everything possible. I encourage beginner students to start with whatever they are drawn to, no matter how obscure or cliche. As they come along I help them realize what is common to all things musical and develop the skills that are equally useful in all styles so they have the freedom to explore anything their heart desires effectively.

About Jonathan
I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn how to open up and knuckle down at the same time!

I am currently a full-time YouTube Creator, sidelining in cover bands and a solo act. Teaching is a big part of what I do online so I see my work as a private teacher as 'research' for the lessons I create. Although I'm firmly grounded in a classical music training, there's nothing you can ask about that I won't try to figure out. My favorite thing about teaching is using unexpected questions to develop new ideas that I then integrate into my original compositions. Check out my intro to the B
lues Raga video if you want to hear a good story about what I mean.

Recently I've had several articles published by the TakeLessons Blog. Check out my most recent post here.
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Kuby H. August 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great lesson today! Johnathon is really good with young kids. We started with learning structured notes, and then he let my son improvise. It was magical. I'm happy to see how Johnathon makes the lesson interaction so much fun!
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· Violin · Online
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Jennifer March 24, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My son responded very well to his techniques and his teaching ability speaks for itself.
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Offering beginner plectrum guitar lessons for children - tailored to the age, experience, and musical interests of each student. I have played guitar for eight years, studying with master musician Lou Martin. My teaching approach includes a combination of guitar playing basics: explanation of the structure of the instrument, note reading, emphasis on correct hand technique, and exercises and songs adapted to the individual player. I am excited to help students learn this wonderful instrument.

About Kelly
Offering beginner plectrum guitar lessons for children - tailored to the age, experience, and musical interests of each student. I have played guitar for ten years and mandolin for nineteen years, studying with master musician Lou Martin. My teaching approach includes a combination of guitar playing basics: explanation of the structure of the instrument, note reading, emphasis on correct technique for both hands, and exercises and songs adapted to the individual young player. I am excited to help students learn this wonderful instrument.
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I’ve taught guitar for over 18 years and my students have gone on to play in bands of all styles—jazz, rock, pop, country, indie. My students learn theory and sight reading as they progress towards the style of music they want to play. I work with students of all ages and love to watch them progress towards their musical goals!

About David
Hi! I'm a lifetime musician with multiple music degrees and 20+ years of experience teaching guitar, bass, keys, theory, and composition. I've worked with Cubase recording software for 7 years and have a growing online library of composition/productions that were created in my home studio.

I love to watch students progress as musicians and I look forward to being part of your journey.
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Vicki W. July 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
David lived up to the reviews I read about him: thorough, patient, knowledgeable, easy to learn from, etc.. First lesson was very enjoyable. 45 min went very fast. Glad I went with 45 min lesson
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Robert May 30, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
We are so very appreciative to have had David instruct our 10 year old in classical guitar. His easy demeanor balanced with mastery of Music has allowed our son to quickly find his way in playing.

I highly recommend David to anyone seeks my to train themselves or their Child on a musical instrument.
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Charlie G. April 13, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Making rapid progress due to instructors knowledge.
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After years of playing, I know how to break down the guitar and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning guitar and will get you up and playing in no time. Lessons will teach you the following:

* songs you actually want to play
* how to read music and guitar tablature
* chords and progressions
* music theory
* guitar technique for all styles to make you a well-rounded player
* learn how to write your own tunes and jam in any style with anyone

About Justin
Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar.

My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to
play in any style and ultimately create your own music.
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bringing personalized concepts that help you meet your goals, and help you find your own creative voice.

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creative approaches to learning, and discussing music
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Stacey Beaudreau October 10, 2016
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Mike is a great instructor; he was patient in explaining the fundamentals of drumming and helpful in his suggestions of what equipment might be best for me to purchase on my own, should I choose to. He also let me borrow his drum set for a while so that I could practice on my own. I highly recommend Mike.
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10 Must-Know Rock Guitar Riffs
Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate guitarist, you probably have a few songs and riffs on your must-learn list. Well, it's time to get to work! Here, Boston, MA guitar instructor Christopher S. brings you the 10 signature guitar riffs that every guitarist should know... No matter which type of music you're into, when you learn guitar, you're entering a new, sometimes cult-like world. Like any pursuit in life, the more you know about that skill, the more you have to say about it.
Songwriting Tips: How to Write Lyrics To Your First Song
Are  you learning to play guitar because you want to be able to write your own songs? Guitar teacher Samuel B. shares some tips to help you write lyrics to your first song... Just as writing a song on guitar can seem like work for only a select few, so can writing the words to one. Once again, this assumption and the truth are completely unrelated. You don't need to be Bob Dylan or Bernie Taupin to do it – you only need to have something to say. I first began writing lyrics as teenager. My
5 Eco-Friendly Guitar Songs to Play for Earth Day
It's always fun to play a few tunes that match the season. With Earth Day bringing in spring weather, why not learn a few easy guitar songs to play as we celebrate our planet? Here are a few songs that make us think about being outside and loving the earth! Rush - "The Trees" What better way to kick off our top five list than a song with trees in the title? This classic rock tune by Rush was recorded with fingerpicking throughout the song, but if it's easier for you, you can play the intro

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