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Forest Hills, NY
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-covering various Blues guitar genres
-improvising
-finger style and pick techniques
-slide guitar
-all techniques, genres, styles

About Nick
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 16 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory. Nick has given lectures at Manhattanville College, at Queens College and at schools, nationally.

-Down Beat magazine current issue [Jan/Feb 2016] Hot Jazz Jumpers' "The Very Next Thing" DVD/CD review

-Jazz Insider magazine current issue [Dec 2015]
2.5 page interview

-Just Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]

-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview

"Summer of 2013, Nick R. performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's home. It was an honor to meet Paul McCartney and jam with him while
he played toy harmonica. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda, Sweden, Israel

-Toured/recorded and/or worked as sideman with Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones and Cultur-versy, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant, Jim Nolet (former violinist for the Jazz Passengers), Anastasia Rene, Jon Weber, Mona's Hot Four, Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers, Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra, with Jesse Gelber, Raphael McGregor, Emily Asher's Garden Party, and many other groups.

-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"

-Movie Soundtrack: King George.

-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.

-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)

-Author: Metallica Legendary Licks series,volume 1 & 2)
-Editor GRP chords (both Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard).

M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
(partial scholarship)

B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters

-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)

-Playing guitar/banjo on first episode of new PBS cartoon "Peg and Cat"

- Current adjunct professor at Essex College

-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College

-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College

-Winning participant: I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.

-Winning participant; part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)

-Winning participant; full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)

-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) with tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-current

-Studied with Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone, Pete Bernstein, Dr. Stephen Salerno, Dr. David Belser

-Studying African Rhythms with drummer, Harvey Wirht

*** Lesson Details ***
With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm and time.
As a student, you will get to work on music that you, the student select as well as work on sight-reading, technique, ear-training. We will also work out of method books and use other sources of information.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands, instrument stands, classical foot pedals, classical guitar pillows, guitar amps, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drum set. Students usually provide their own instruments but it's possible to borrow an instrument during the lesson at the studio on the first lesson. (free street parking right in front!)

*** Specialties ***
Nick's pedagogy emphasizes ear-training, singing, reading and truly hearing the music we are working on. Rather than rote teaching and guitar tablature, he instills natural listening, transcribing, sight-reading and proper technique. Lessons are always enjoyable as Nick observes each student's unique needs and listen's to their song preferences and musical goals. Students have the opportunity to learn pieces and genres they select and they are trained to figure out tunes by ear (ear-training) and transcribe.

Nick teaches:

-classical guitar and Brazilian guitar (nylon 6 string and nylon 7 string guitar)
-acoustic steel string guitar, electric 6 string and electric 7 string guitar
- jazz guitar + an eclectic mix of styles: blues, Brazilian music, Latin Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Indian music, rock, heavy metal, funk, R & B, Motown, reggae + other genres.
- tenor banjo (traditional jazz, jazz from New Orleans, Dixieland and world music)
-5 string banjo (Earl Scruggs finger picking [bluegrass and country])
-tenor guitar
-ukulele
-mandolin
-resonator slide/Dobro.
-baritone resonator (slide)
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Matthew H. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He does a great job cater the lessons to your needs
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Bryan October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
At just my 1st lesson with Mr. Russo -- HE'S THE MAN!!! Very concerned with getting the most out teaching/reaching the student!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; thanks to Takelessons!!!
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Sara G. October 3, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Great musician, great instructor. Learned more than I ever thought I would be able to at this age. Very patient.
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Nick R.

Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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$42 / 30-min

About Rob S.

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West Nyack, NY
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I am the most experienced electric and acoustic teacher in Rockland.

About Rob
I have over 50 years experience teaching guitar and bass.

I have devised many shortcuts and know every trick and method for instant results.

Sheet music and instructional cds are included in the tuition price.
I teach all styles, levels and genres.

Beginners will be playing songs as of their first lesson.
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· Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Rob for over 10 years now. When I began, I knew nothing about music and had no previous experience playing an instrument. Rob made learning the guitar fun. I now gig regularly around New York City and often get compliments on my guitar playing. I believe I owe all my guitar skills to Rob.
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Rob S.

Rob S.

West Nyack, NY 10994
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$50 / 45-min

About Marcin W.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Marcin
At the age of 12 Marcin began learning guitar by himself. Beginning the educational process through tabs and other internet resources available to him. While in college Marcin began studying classical guitar, composition, theory and history and in 2012 received a Masters from Hunter college in performance and composition. It is in college that he progressed the most technically. As a guitarist he is versatile as he feels comfortable reading music, playing jazz standards, funk, blues, rock, and improvising freely
During his first few years in college he began playing and trying other instruments such as piano, bass guitar, bongos, and to this day, continually learns and studies diverse instruments

As a composer, he has composed music for Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Sextets, Orchestras of various instrument permutations, Choirs, and also
a short opera.

Marcin has been teaching since 2010 and greatly enjoys seeing students grow and improve. He breaks down all his concepts in great detail, making them easy to digest and comprehend.
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Donna T. November 3, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I have always wanted to play the guitar but felt too intimidated. A friend told me about TakeLessons and I chose Marcin because he seemed to have a lot of different experiences with music.

Marcin was extremely professional and nice and made me feel at ease. He made it easy to ask questions and explained things really well for me. I took five lessons with him (I've been traveling and haven't been back yet) and was able to play a few songs. What I really like was Marcin's enthusiasm, which, for me, is really encouraging. He was interested in my goals and kept them in mind with each lessons. I could tell that he was preparing each lesson just for me and based on my progress and I felt that I could be honest with what I was doing. Totally recommend Marcin for lesson!
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Zhenxing L. June 6, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Marchin has prepared a lot to satisfy my goal and he teaches me how to practice independently in the future. So, I can keep improving my guitar skills myself without the lesson.
More over, his lesson is pretty casual and funny. I feel comfortable with it.

All in all. For me, as a starter. He's a good guitar teacher.
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Marcin W.

Marcin W.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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$50 / 30-min

About Tara L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY

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I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught guitar multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA.
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara
I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away fro
m sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
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joseph January 10, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
So much fun. Tara has an infectious attitude for teaching! You can tell she loves it.
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Mercedes October 5, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
Tara is very knowledgeable and really connects well with her students.
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Marcy March 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Tara is a wonderful teacher. She made me feel comfortable about my short fingers even before we met for my first guitar lesson. She said she was sure she'd get me playing and we'd have some fun, and she was right! She's patient and respectful for where I'm at musically and short fingers and all, I'm finally, after a couple failed attempts at teaching myself, making music with this guitar!
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Tara L.

Tara L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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About Francesco I.

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Carle Place, NY

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I possess more than 10 years of progressive experience in music education. My professional history includes positions such as president/instructor at Rockville Centre Music as well as classical guitar instructor at Long Island Conservatory.
Most recently, my responsibilities as owner at Rockville Centre Music match the qualifications you are seeking. As the Owner, my responsibilities included preparing schedules, creating lesson plans, and working with special needs children.

About Francesco
I possess more than 10 years of progressive experience in music education. My professional history includes positions such as president/instructor at Rockville Centre Music as well as classical guitar instructor at Long Island Conservatory.
Most recently, my responsibilities as owner at Rockville Centre Music match the qualifications you are seeking. As the Owner, my responsibilities included preparing schedules, creating lesson plans, and working with special needs children. I assisted in the successful completion of 10 annual student recitals that showcased over 50 student/teacher/family performances.
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Logan November 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very accommodating and relatable to my teenage son
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Francesco I.

Francesco I.

Carle Place, NY 11514
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About Danny M.

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New York, NY

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I am an accomplished guitar player in a variety of genres and have extensive experience with different bands. I studied guitar at Southern Oregon University, and then went on to teach guitar and piano at the Able Music School in Auckland, New Zealand, and with the Musicality Network in Portland, Oregon. I am an actively performing musician and recording artist; in the past, I have played with bands ranging from acoustic rock to punk, jazz to classical, Renaissance to reggae, blue-grass to heavy metal. I am a recent New York transplant, and am looking forward to sharing my love of guitar and piano with a new set of students!

I started teaching private lessons while living in Ashland, Oregon, and have continued teaching private lessons through today. I also taught at the Able Music Studio in Auckland, New Zealand for 2 1/2 years and then through the Musicality Network in Portland, Oregon for 1 year.

About Danny
My name is Danny and I am from rainy (and green!) Seattle, WA. I have taught guitar and piano for 10 years including privately, at Able Music School (New Zealand), and Musicality Network (OR). I am a fun and patient teacher, I look forward to sharing my love of music with students!
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Kayleigh Taylor May 3, 2017
· Piano ·
I just started learning piano and Danny has been really helpful! Very patient and pleasant to work with.
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Jackie Cunningham January 2, 2017
· Guitar ·
Danny is a great teacher!!! Thanks for showing me the ropes!!!
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Caitlin Gillespie December 30, 2016
· Guitar ·
Patient. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Danny.
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Danny M.

Danny M.

New York, NY 10021
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$45 / 30-min

About Nikolas P.

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Montclair, NJ
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Guitar lessons are a fun, laid-back, and encouraging experience for anyone to pursue. My lessons are specifically designed to accomplish the goals of the student, whether it's as simple as playing along with your favorite songs, or obtaining the musical foundation to begin writing your own songs. Former students have thanked me for being laid-back, non-rigid, and down to earth. My diverse musical background lets me offer students of any genre a fast track to learning the skills they desire, and having fun along the way as well!

About Nikolas
With 10 years of live band experience, 8 years of music composition, and 7 years of teaching guitar, I offer vast expertise and a large musical background for very affordable rates! My lessons are described by former/current students as being laid-back, detail-oriented, and very encouraging. My students range in age from 8 years old to adults in their 30's. You can always learn something new!

Most of my musical experience has entailed Rock, Indie-Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Bossa Nova, and Experimental/Contemporary. If students are looking to expand into a genre which I am not necessarily familiar with, I am always able to examine and learn the material myself in order to pass along to the student.

My students always decide the curriculum and pace which they would like their lessons to held at. I make sure to break the lesson down into simp
le, fundamental bullet points so that students do not find themselves lost or confused. Overall, my combination of friendly attitude and communication skills means that all my students get a lesson they enjoy, remember, and improve with.
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Nikolas P.

Nikolas P.

Montclair, NJ 07043
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$30 / 30-min

About jonathan K.

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New York, NY

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I've been teaching and playing professionally in many countries as well as the US. I know how to see what the student needs to advance their playing. I offer expertise in several types of guitar playing from folk finger picking to blues, country and city styles as well as soul and funky grooves and how to practically apply what you learn both with bands and solo. I am passionate about music and love to convey that enthusiasm to my students as learning should be first and foremost fun and a joyful experience.

About jonathan
I am a highly seasoned professional guitarist, singer and harmonica player and have earned my living performing and teaching in the US and around the world in many different countries. I have released a several original albums under my own name and have worked with many well know artists in blues, rock and roll, soul, country and other musical genres from gospel and reggae to morrocan rai music. I bring to teaching wide experience having taught both privately and with workshops in several countries as well as the US. I enjoy teaching and have both the patience, passion and knowledge to help the student be at one with their guitar. Making the experience of learning both joyful and rewarding.
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Joe November 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I have known and taken guitar and bass lessons over many years. Jon is one of those great musicians who not only possesses great knowledge of the axe – he also knows how to teach! -- Joe
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Rachel November 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
"Jonathan Kalb has been my guitar teacher now for a little over 2 year and ​​I’m delighted to say, I am much more than pleased with my lessons.
I took lessons previously and was OK with them, but found myself wandering and lacking a sense of ‘commitment’ to the teacher and to my studies. Dry.
I’m not a kid anymore and was looking for a teacher who could work with my adult enthusiasm, excitement, and I didn't want to be rooted to teaching me the pentatonic scales in all keys before we could get to some playing and having some fun, too... I was hoping for a teacher who could personalize his teaching skills, and for me, Jonathan came through with flying colors. He’s so much more than a “One Size Fits All” teacher; he’s a real person – reachable, able to identify my needs, my strengths and weaknesses, and takes this into full consideration during our lessons. He’s an experienced, talented teacher. Simple.
He’s a person that really knows his stuff from musical theory to the many styles of playing, i.e., blues, jazz, folk, country and even rock; he can play and more importantly – he can teach um all! I’m an aspiring singer/songwriter and in addition to helping me define those strange chords I’m playing, he inspires me to ‘grow on.’
Oh, and one more thing: If your lesson is an hour long and there’s something important happening, he won’t cut you off - he’ll take the extra time needed to get you to the end of ‘the measure,’ comfortably." Feb 2017 Rachel I.
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John November 12, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
Jonathan Kalb is a professional blues artist, a multi instrumentalist, and a talented teacher. I have been taking harmonica lessons from Jonathan for over seven years and my playing has improved dramatically as a result of his instruction. He often accompanies me on either piano or guitar in order to help me master a difficult harmonica lick.
Whether you are looking for a teacher on guitar, piano, bass, harmonica or drums, I highly recommend Jonathan Kalb as your teacher.
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jonathan K.

New York, NY 10018
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About Larry P.

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Ozone Park, NY

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Hi my name is Larry, I am experienced guitar player/teacher specializing in beginner to intermediate students in a variety of styles. Your lessons will be customized to help you achieve your desired goals. You will be playing your favorite songs with confidence and you will also be building a strong foundation for your future music goals.

About Larry
Have you been wanting to play guitar for a while but just don't know how or where to starg? The internet has graet stuff but either you never get it quiet right? Every great musician starts with the fundamentals. Allow me to teach the basic skills you will need to kick your guitar playing into high gear. I will tailor the lessons to your specific needs and desires to help you accomplish your goals. In the privacy of my home, your home or via the internet. You will have the ability to interact get immediate help and instruction to help you become the musician you've always wanted to be.
I have been playing guitar for well over 30 years with several bands in a variety of styles. I currently play a regular gig with a small quartet.
The lessons will be both fun and challenging but you will see measured progress. Looking forward to hel
ping you accomplish your musical goals.
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Ryan January 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Larry is really patient and friendly. He encourages me to keep practicing and helps me learn new things all the time.
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Larry P.

Larry P.

Ozone Park, NY 11416
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$25 / 30-min

About Casey K.

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I love to get to know my students and identify their specific goals. I personalize a curriculum for each student that includes learning the music they want to learn with the technique that I feel is important to learn. I’ll teach you theory, style, and performance techniques, Let’s have some fun!

About Casey
Hi! I am a professional singer, actor, and musician and have been doing performing on stage since I was 9 years old. I received my degree in music from James Madison University and moved to New York City where I have stayed employed as an actor and musician.

I am currently recording my first demo EP of original songs. My songwriting has been a work in progress and I’m looking forward to this album coming out. I also have been working as a pit musician for musicals and am very interested in helping students with an interest in Musical theatre. I also love working with children, I have been an instructor at Little Maestros music school, and it is the best part of my day seeing children learn to sing and dance!

I learned how to play guitar from reading music while many guitarists learn by ear. Being able to read music is invaluable whe
n it comes to playing with bands, learning new songs, and writing your own music. My teaching is a combination of ear training and sight reading to give you a well rounded perspective of music.
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Casey K.

Casey K.

New York, NY 10011
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$40 / 30-min

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