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Fords, NJ
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About David
I started playing guitar 29 years ago at 11 years old. After studying classical and jazz throughout high school I attended William Paterson University from 1994 - 1997, majoring in Music Education and then later in 2003 at CCNY majoring in jazz performance.

In 1997, I moved to Brooklyn and cut my teeth in the NYC R&B and rock club scene and with various jazz combos at many other clubs including the Blue Note and the Knitting Factory. In 2003 I returned to college at CCNY (city college of New York), majoring in Jazz Performance and studying with Ornette Coleman alum, Kenny Wessel. I also started my long standing weekly Hip Hop event, Freestyle Mondays in the East Village. Freestyle Mondays has attracted some of the best musicians in NYC and the world to sit in or just hang out, including Tarus Mateen, Marcus Miller (Miles Davis bassist)
, Ari Hoenig, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Tim Motzer, Adam Deitch and countless others. I have recorded with Lauryn Hill and have toured in China and the UK.

For last 6 or 7 years, my bread and butter has been theater. It really tests my versatility. I have been a sub guitarist on Broadway for the Tony award (best score, best orchestration 2008) and Pulitzer prize winning musical Next To Normal, The Visit on Broadway, first guitar at the 2010 Williamstown Theater Festival Production of critically acclaimed musical "The Last Goodbye" which features the music of Jeff Buckley (the first project licensed by his estate since his untimely passing in 1997), Be More Chill at Two River Theater as well as many other regional theater productions. Most recently I performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and a veritable who's who of B'way including Kelli O'Hara, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Norbert Leo Butz in Orlando at a benefit for the Pulse Nightclub victims' families. My main gig, however, is with The Midtown Men. It features 4 stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway. We have played at venues all over north America including the Beacon Theater and NJPAC as well as having a PBS special and performances on the Today Show.

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Like my musical abilities, I am an extremely versatile teacher. If you need a strict program, I can "crack the whip", but if you'd rather just learn some tunes you like, without all the theory and technical stuff, we'll find a balanced program that works for your learning style.

I have been teaching for 18 years, so whether you're trying to make the high school all state jazz band, learning your new favorite song or anything in between, I can steer you in the right direction. I'll keep you motivated to improve and become the artist you want to be. With simple, clear direction from me and a little practice and hard work from you, we'll have you playing your favorite music in just a couple of months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated to music, many guitars and amps, weighted casio, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, but if a student is going to practice, I would think they would need to purchase a guitar at some point. I suppose I could bring an amp as well. Students should also have a manuscript book and/or a method book (depending on their level).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz guitar, but am experienced and well versed in rock, blues, classical, hip hop, R&B, funk and pretty much anything else.
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Jonathan J. April 5, 2014
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David is a wonderful instructor. He would always provide me with information that helped me take my guitar playing to the next level. He was extremely patient and helpful in his lessons and never seemed to become annoyed when I would not get things right. Sign up for him today!
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ErikaR1 March 27, 2012
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5 yr old guitar lessons

David has been excellent with my 5 year old. He is extremely patient, fun, and friendly and is teaching her how to play the guitar. i am amazed. I didn't think it was even possible for her to learn as much as she has. i would highly recommend David to teach any child music.
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JackR February 2, 2012
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Dave is a very enthusiastic teacher with good theoretical knowledge on the piano. His practical knowledge is OK. Dave is very good with letting the student determine his goals and then he tailors his lessons around those goals. This makes the lessons more enjoyable. The only suggestion I would have is that he should have the sheet music written in advance for that day's lesson. He had the music written in advance on our last lesson but for one or two previous ones, he was writing the music during the lesson which took time away from the lesson. Overall, I was very happy with Dave and would recommend him.
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David C.

Fords, NJ 08863
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About Mike B.

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I know the guitar inside and out, and have a huge stylistic range. I can help you learn any song or style you're interested in.

About Mike
I'm Mike, and I'm thrilled to be part of the TakeLessons team. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 5, and have never looked back! I began formal Jazz training in high school and continued studying guitar and composition at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. After graduating, I played Organ Trio and small combo jazz in LA, studied Brazilian and African percussion, and went to Japan to study Shamisen and Taiko drumming. I've been playing in various groups since arriving in NYC in 2005, and have recently been working on engineering and composing for film.

My strength lies in my versatility - I love music of all kinds. Whether it's Soul, Samba, or Salsa, Rock, Pop or Hip Hop, I am very good at communicating the mechanics of music so that my students not only learn to play, but learn to listen and write. I have a studio space i
n Manhattan as well as a small mixing studio in my Brooklyn apartment, and I'm happy to show students the ins and outs of recording along with theory and guitar technique.

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Music is fun!!! I strive for all my students to enjoy themselves, to have a great time learning about the world of music.
I use a song-based approach to guitar playing. Armed with just a small vocabulary of chords, you can play hundreds of great songs. My students will determine the course of their lesson plan by selecting songs they want to learn. While maintaining proper technique and effective practice methods, we will learn the fundamentals of the guitar by playing the music that we love. After 6 months, you will know all the basic chords, and the fundamentals of playing a solo. As lessons progress, you also learn song structure and some basic harmonic theory so you can begin creating on your own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide his or her own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, ear training, songwriting, theory
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Truman C. September 21, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great time! Mike was friendly and made it fun for him to get comfortable on the guitar.
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Harry S. February 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He was very helpful. Great for beginners!!!!
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Orinthia Swindell June 28, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I had my first guitar lesson today and it was everything that I imagined it would be. Mike was very patient, kind and encouraging. Just what a first time student would want and need!
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Mike B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Adam C.

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New York, NY
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I will break down the nuances of learning the guitar in a friendly, clear, and articulate manner. We will discuss various concepts of the guitar in the styles and songs you enjoy most.

About Adam
A graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Music and Psychology and trained at renowned National Guitar Workshop, Adam is an experienced teacher and performer on the guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass in a variety of styles, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and folk. Adam loves to share his passion for music with others, and ever since his first student, an autistic child, Adam has sought to make learning music fun, regardless of age, style, and ability.

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My approach to teaching music is strictly an individualized one, catering to the specific interests and goals of each student. I believe that if learning music is truly enjoyable and fun, students will develop a sincere love for their instrument. In teaching children, my emphasis is on instilling in them a love of music. While progressing in mus
ic obviously requires preparation outside of lessons, I consciously avoid asking students to practice. Instead, I incorporate the music and styles that appeal most to the student and use them as vehicles for teaching concepts.

I strive to make learning music fun, regardless of age, style, and ability. I organize an annual recital to showcase my students' talents and hard work.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide all music and instructional materials, and ask that students provide a clean, quiet area to hold our lesson, ideally with a music stand. I also ask that a student provide their own instrument. If providing an instrument is not possible, I ask that the student notify me so I can provide an instrument for them in the interim.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in a wide range of styles on the acoustic and electric guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass.

I explain music theory in a fun, clear, and articulate manner and show its benefits and application in song writing, learning music, and playing by ear. My extensive background in rock, classical, pop, folk, and jazz allows for a truly cater my instruction to my student's tastes.

I make it my mission to structure my lessons on my student's goals and interests and avoid imposing concepts that don't interest my students.
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Herbert August 21, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Adam is a teacher par excellence. I am self taught from a well known book. I was doing well I thought until I got stuck. Adam gently showed me where I erred and made great suggestions for me to move on correctly. I never felt rushed or “ put down.” Adam was patient, open for questions, encouraging, comforting. I know I need much help to correct and advance in guitar from matters such as tuning, restringing, reading, and other things too many to write about. I look forward to my next lesson with enthusiasm.
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Theo B. July 20, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Adam is prompt, professional and patient. He allows you to learn at your own pace and makes lessons fun by teaching popular songs.
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Augustin T. May 27, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Since our first lesson I've been progressing nonstop. He's a great teacher for both learning songs and exploring the nuts and bolts of music.
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Adam C.

New York, NY 10017
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About Ben R.

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Jersey City, NJ

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I have taught guitar since 2012 and have been playing since 2000. I am happy to take students at the beginner and intermediate levels. I believe strongly in integrating music theory and ultimately moving students toward musical self-suffiency, rather than focusing exclusively on learning particular pieces.

About Ben
Hi, there! My name is Ben and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have taught students of all ages from 3 to adult. I have experience not just with teaching but also with writing, recording, and performing music in successful bands and on multiple instruments and in multiple genres. I am comfortable teaching piano, guitar, and bass guitar, ukulele, and I especially love teaching music theory. I have extensive theory training at the college level and have written and composed extensively in the classical, rock, jazz, and folk traditions. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your musical goals.
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Ben R.

Ben R.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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About Jonathan R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I've been playing professionally for many years, in theater pits and rock bands. Whether you want to shred like Kirk Hammett, start working up the rungs towards a Broadway pit, recreate the latest sounds coming out of Bushwick, or develop your own unique voice, I'll help you get there - without spending a zillion dollars on pedals and amps! The most important element of any guitar rig is you.

About Jonathan
I am a classically trained composer working with today's leading performers, and a lifelong guitarist and pianist in rock and indie bands. My teaching/consulting studio will help you develop your full potential as a musical artist, whether you're a songwriter, composer or performer.
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Steve August 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I got a lot out of my first lesson. Jon was able to identify a good starting point and move me along at a very good pace. Very friendly and patient, also thorough explanations and techniques. Well done!!
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Ryan Thier July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
I've really enjoyed working with Jonathan. He's been very supportive, patient, and helpful in improving my technique, basic skills, and understanding of music in general. Would certainly recommend piano lessons with him!
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Vicki December 6, 2016
· Composition · In home
Jon is fabulous! He is able to provide a mix of classical, contemporary music styles to build on and develop a broad base of musical interest my son has. He is able to tailor his teaching tools to fit in with my son's interests. This is no mean feat, especially when my son is only 8 years of age.

Thanks so much Jon!
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Jonathan R.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Abe O.

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Morganville, NJ

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From beginner to advanced students, I teach all styles of guitar!

Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, Classical & everything in between!

About Abe
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Abe Ovadia and I am a guitarist, educator, & composer. I was the winner of NYC’s 2016 Hot House Jazz Awards for best guitarist. My group has also performed at many renowned venues in the USA including The Blue Note, The Iridium, Blues Alley, among others.

My experiences in high school, college, & graduate school of studying with several different teachers on various instruments influenced the direction of my life in a profound way. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation of music that I believe is an important part of any well-rounded person. Furthermore, taking music lessons exposed me to a way of life that I otherwise would not have considered: a life in music. .
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Danny August 31, 2018
· Music Performance · In home
Abe had me playing one of my favorite songs at the end of our second lesson. I'm so happy with my decision to study with him.
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Portia September 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Abe is great! Both my teenagers take guitar lessons with him. One is focusing on acoustic guitar, the other on electric. Abe tailors their lessons to the individual interests of each child while also exposing them to a wide variety of genres, techniques and styles. He does teaches with plenty of patience and an obvious passion for his craft. My kids are really enjoying being able to play fun and challenging pieces. (Yep, they're already playing recognizable songs!) I love listening to them during their lessons and while they are practicing on their own. Thanks, Abe!!
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Jessica June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Abe was super patient, helpful, and talented... I enjoyed my first lesson so much and he gave great exercises to practice.
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Abe O.

Morganville, NJ 07751
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About Kayla F.

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Students will become familiar with reading tabulature (tab) notation and will learn the finger positions for chords which will enable them to strum along to almost any song! Students will also learn how to play solo lines and song structure if they are interested in song writing as well :)

About Kayla
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Thanks so much for visiting my profile :)
My name is Kayla, I'm an operatic mezzo-soprano. My musical studies span over a decade and I've participated in various choirs and performing ensembles as well as performed in operas and musicals in the city and internationally.
Outside of academia, I picked up the guitar and began songwriting.
I am an alumna of LaGuardia High School of the Arts and would be more than happy to help any student looking into auditioning there as well as audition prep in general. While opera is my specialism and I love teaching students to sing in new languages, I also sing and teach in a variety of styles including musical theatre, indie rock, and jazz. A student can bring any type of music into a lesson and we will have you singing it with ease in no time! Whether you're looking to learn to sing in a
ny style, get acquainted with the piano, strum along to your favorite songs, or improve your ear, I'm here to help! I want to give each student the same positive experience that I've had with music.
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Ian J. December 9, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
One of the most talented teachers and singers I've ever worked with! Kayla is so knowledgeable in every aspect of singing: technique, interpretation, or fiction! She's helped me prepare for roles and work on my repertoire multiple times, always making me feel so much better afterwards! You could not pick a better or nicer teacher!
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Lynn December 9, 2016
· Opera Voice · In home
Kayla is a warm, friendly, nurturing young lady. Her training and knowledge of opera is evident in her voice. Kayla makes an effort to enhance a students natural voice and build confidence.
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Kayla F.

New York, NY 10001
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About David S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I'm primarily a jazz guitarist, but can teach in many related areas.

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Jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, educator, and author based in the NYC scene (graduate of Berklee Collage of Music).
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David S.

David S.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Michael M.

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Player for 15 years

I have played venues such as:
The Stone Pony and Starland Ballroom

I own a studio!

I can show you how to properly record/write/produce awesome songs and riffs!

About Michael
I’m Mike!

I’m a creative student who recently completed my degree in Human Resources from Rutgers University! I’ve also received an undergraduate degree in psychology and music!

I’ve been playing music my entire life and have been in over 10 bands! I’ve played all over New Jersey and some of the east coast!

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Michael M.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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$25 / 30-min

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Even if you have never held a guitar before, I will have you jamming by the end of our first lesson. I don't use note names, but instead teach you to improvise in every key using memorable, movable patterns on the fretboard. I’ll show you how to find the key of any given song so that you can begin playing along with your favorites in your free time using the patterns I’ve shown you. Getting better at guitar is all about spending time with the instrument; what you will learn in our lessons will provide you with ample material to practice by giving you the tools to make an infinite amount of great sounding music, even after just one lesson! After your fretting hand has become accustom to the neck of the guitar and your picking/strumming hand has developed the necessary coordination, we will build your chord vocabulary and begin experimenting with different rhythms.

I have a great deal of experience teaching complete beginners of all ages and find it extremely fulfilling to bring ...

About Ian
Even if you have never held a guitar before, I will have you jamming by the end of our first lesson. I don't use note names, but instead teach you to improvise in every key using memorable, movable patterns on the fretboard. I’ll show you how to find the key of any given song so that you can begin playing along with your favorites in your free time using the patterns I’ve shown you. Getting better at guitar is all about spending time with the instrument; what you will learn in our lessons will provide you with ample material to practice by giving you the tools to make an infinite amount of great sounding music, even after just one lesson! After your fretting hand has become accustom to the neck of the guitar and your picking/strumming hand has developed the necessary coordination, we will build your chord vocabulary and begin experimentin
g with different rhythms.

Learning theory can be a turn off for some people in the early stages of guitar playing, but as soon as you express interest in understanding why and how the chords in your classic tunes sound so good together, I’m great at explaining to people with all different learning styles. Visual learners, especially, will greatly benefit from the fact that I am a left-handed player. When one righty tries to show another righty something on guitar, the student has to take the extra step of inverting the finger positions being shown to him/her by the teacher. With me, however, our guitars will align in a mirror image. The second you see me play something, it will be much easier to process what I am doing than if you had to flip it.

I have a great deal of experience teaching complete beginners of all ages and find it extremely fulfilling to bring someone who has never held a guitar before the incredible joy and liberation that comes with learning how to play along. Study with me, and you will connect on a much deeper level with the music that you have been listening to your whole life.
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Marley March 16, 2018
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I hadn't picked up a guitar in 10 years and didn't remember anything, so I was pretty scared to start again. Ian was really patient and kind. He suggested that we start with a song I liked and knew well, which was a great idea. We started by playing some simple finger patterns along with the music & pretty soon I felt more confident and was glad that I started playing again. Ian is an amazing guitarist, so I thought he might be too advanced to teach me, but he was able to work really well with me as a beginner.
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Ian R.

New York, NY 10023
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