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Forest Hills, NY
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Classical Guitar
Jazz Guitar
Blues Guitar (including slide guitar)
Rock Guitar
Singer/Song Writer
Funk/fusion and many other genres

Finger-style and plectrum (pick) techniques

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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About Brendon R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I teach good playing technique and broadly applicable musical knowledge by working on music you actually want to play. I've played and worked with students on Bach sonatas, Dylan/Donovan style fingerpicking, jazz comping and solos, rock, metal and punk riffs, Steve Vai-esque two-hand tapping, as well as songwriting, music theory, and aural skills, so no matter what kind of music you like or how you're looking to improve, chances are I can help take you do it. Intermediate level and above.

About Brendon
I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I completed an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music in 2014, and have taught extensively for the past eight years in a variety of settings. I currently teach guitar at Saint David's School in Manhattan, and taught private composition lessons and TA'd electronic music courses at Yale. I've also taught guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble and Dither Quartet, as well as my own groups Invisible Anatomy and Marateck. I've played at the Barbican in London, on the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and Lincoln C
enter Out of Doors, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the ASCAP Foundation, Roulette Intermedium, and the Jerome Fund for New Music, and been performed on four continents. My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).
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Fred September 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Kelly C. September 9, 2017
· Composition · Online
Brendon always has fresh ideas and his incredible skill and experience always brings something valuable and original to each lesson. His abilities are astounding and is always highly in tune with my specific strengths and weaknesses.. Thanks so much Brendon!!
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Kelly C. July 11, 2017
· Composition · Online
What a great lesson, thanks Brendon! The attention and detail of suggestions are spot on and very useful.. ! I leave these lessons feeling like I'm in such good hands..!
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Brendon R.

Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Edison P.

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I have been playing the guitar in many different styles for nearly a decade and will be more than happy to share my knowledge and experiences with you!

About Edison
I teach guitar to all ages in a variety of different styles. I have close to 10 years of experience and can play/teach music of all levels. My primary instrument is classical guitar. I am finishing my bachelors degree at New Jersey City University in classical guitar and have been teaching for about 2 years.
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Anna October 23, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In home
The best tteacher I know, enthusiastic and dedicated, I recommend 100%
Two words " the best"
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Edison P.

Edison P.

Hillside, NJ 07205
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About Gerald Edward B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music and have been teaching guitar for 15 years. I like introducing students to a wide variety of music to play: jazz, folk, rock, blues, classical, and more. I take pride in shaping young beginners, as well as guiding more experienced musicians to becoming better guitarists.

I provide my students short-term and long-term goals. Below are just a few milestones (by level) that we work towards.

Young Beginner (ages 6 through 11):

•Play melody parts to 5 traditional songs.
•Learn and strum 6 different three-string chords (Emin, G, G7, C, Amin, D7).
•Understanding of and ability to perform rhythmic values: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes).
•Ability to read and play 8 notes on the first 3 strings, in 1st position.
•Play a classical music melody ( e.g. "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, "Surprise Symphony" by Hayden, etc.).
•Understanding of solfege syllables ( do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti).
•Play the C major scale, ascending and descending.
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About Gerald Edward
Gerald earned his Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he graduated magna cum laude. In 2005, he returned to the New York area to perform professionally. He released two solo album and has toured throughout the U.S. For the past 10 years, he's been the lead guitarist and singer for the Platinum Soul Band, performing classical, jazz, and pop music for weddings. He also works steadily as a "fill-in" for many of the Hank Lane bands performing at events throughout the Tri-State Area.

Since 2006, Gerald has been on the guitar faculty at Westerhoff School of Music and Art in Metuchen, NJ as a private instructor. He's also taught general music classes, grades K through 6, at St. Paul's School in Princeton, NJ . Gerald moved to Ditmas Park, Brooklyn in 2012, drawn by its thriving music and arts community. He fou
nded Ditmas Park Guitar in 2014 and aims to inspire students to grow, not only as guitarists, but also as well-rounded musicians.
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Kym October 19, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar ·
My 11 year-old son really loves his guitar lessons with Gerald. Gerald is understanding and patient, and he makes learning guitar interesting and fun for kids, with a thoughtful combination of classical and rock & roll material. He's serious with his students when warranted, and playful and funny when it makes sense to be. When I told my son that I was writing this review, he got excited and asked me to write, "Gerald's the best!" I do believe he's right:)
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Gerald Edward B.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Jaster A.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Whether you're looking to start from scratch or want to improve your lead or rhythm playing I can help you break through to the next level! My lessons are both fun and constructive and completely tailored to your needs! I teach in the style of Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen, Hendrix, etc. Blues Rock Shred Guitar

About Jaster
I've been teaching private guitar lessons since 2001 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home, my home studio in Brooklyn and online! My approach to teaching goes far beyond tabs and theory. Im dedicated to helping you achieve your goals by creating a lesson plan specific to your needs thats both fun and constructive!

Whether you're starting from scratch or looking to improve your lead or rhythm playing I will help you break through to the next level. I specialize in rock, metal and blues.

Artists that I have experience teaching include Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Metallica, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jeff Beck, ZZ top, Ace Frehely, Scorpions, etc.
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Lorrel March 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Jaster is the best. i have learned SO much in just 2 lessons!
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Dan L. March 15, 2016
· Guitar ·
An excellent and patient instructor,
Jaster can help you achieve guitar success! Highly recommended teacher.
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Fox February 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great instructor. Very knowledgeable and patient. Explained everything so well and made it all easy to understand. Reasonable rate and flexible schedule.
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Jaster A.

Jaster A.

Brooklyn, NY 11219
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About Keith C.

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During our lessons, you will learn the fundamentals of guitar playing (open chords, basic chord progressions, reading music, the notes on the fretboard, etc.), as well as some of your favorite songs.
Intermediate students will begin to learn music theory and more complex song structures, as well as rhythmic picking and finger-picking.
Advanced students will learn the ins and outs of music composition.

About Keith
Hi! My name is Keith, and I've been a music teacher for ten years, and a BOE Certified English teacher for six years. I have been playing guitar and bass for 15 years, and have been playing ukelele for five. I can't wait to teach you your favorite songs, as well as help you write your own!

I also offer tutoring in English Language Arts for all grades from kindergarten to college. Whether you need help starting or finishing your essay, or need help understanding a difficult text, I'm here to help you out. I also tutor for PARCC and SAT. Have the comfort of knowing a State of NJ certified teacher is helping you out!
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Stacy M. November 21, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Keith has done a wonderful job introducing my son Thomas to bass guitar. From the first lesson my son enjoyed Keith's style of teaching. Keith is very flexible in adjusting to the learning style of the student. My son had particular songs he wanted to learn and Keith was open to helping him become familiar with the instrument through the songs that appealed to Thomas. I would highly recommend Keith for students at all levels. Keith is an experienced, personable, and talented teacher.
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Eric August 29, 2016
· English Literature · In studio
Helped me out in a jam with my Shakespeare class at NJCU. Was able to meet up with him in the campus library. Helped me understand King Lear so well that when it came to writing my essay on it, I didn't really need his help, save for some basic proofreading. Highly recommended.
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Alyssa August 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I was a stubborn student, but Keith helped me explore different ways to think about chords and picking styles. It definitely helped in regards to my development as a guitar player and song writer and I am happy to have had him as my instructor! :-)
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Keith C.

Keith C.

Middlesex, NJ 08846
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About Stephen P.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I have an enthusiastic and hands-on approach to teaching and learning. I include instrument-demonstrative lessons in music theory so the student can literally see and feel the information they're learning and apply it right then and there.

About Stephen
I'm a classically trained guitarist performing and teaching in New York City. I've been playing for 15 years, studying classical guitar first at a performing arts high school and then at the UNC School of the Arts. I love teaching beginner students! I've found that the technique and knowledge inherent in learning a classical repertoire will give you the ability to play any genre. Working with me, you can expect to see, feel and hear your own progress every week--and simultaneously build self-confidence and drive. I believe in fostering a learning environment where everything feels possible. You're the student, which means this is your adventure. Tell me where you want to go!
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Mel November 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Stephen is a very skilled guitarist and a patient, fun teacher. He's classically trained, but has versatile skills and teaches to your interests - we've been working on foundational techniques that translate into any type of music. I highly recommend working with Stephen!
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Stephen P.

Stephen P.

Brooklyn, NY 11249
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$70 / 45-min

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
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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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About Andrés C.

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Every individual has their own process of learning, and for this reason I customize the best study method for each one, working in an environment of passion and discipline.

About Andrés
Born in Santuario, Risaralda, Colombia in 1990. Flutist, Andres received his B.Mus. Education. from Technological University of Pereira-Colombia. Co-founder of Cultural and Environmental Festival “In the Shadow of Tatamá” creator and coordinator of the International Meeting of Flutists “El Flautín del Bosque” in Colombia, Chavez is a teacher of music and is in the process of researching and composing music for flute solo using a soundscape focused on birds in the Andean region.

From 2010 to 2012, Andres participated as a flutist in the orchestra of the “International Festival of Flutists in the Center of the World” Quito-Ecuador. In 2013, he was invited to participate in the “Flute Orchestra of the Americas” Conducted by Angeleita Floyd at the 41st annual National Flute Association Convention held in New Orleans.

Andres has participated
in several master classes with Angeleita Floyd, Sheryl Cohen, Jean Louis Beaumadier, Sammi Junnonen, Celso Woltzenlogel, Martha Councell and Michel Bellavance; and was Principal flutist of the Technological University Symphony Orchestra and the UTP Wind Symphony Band-Colombia 2010 through 2015.

Additionally, a principal flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Southeastern Louisiana University in the Spring Season 2016 and principal flute assistant in Spring Season 2017. Andrés earned his Master in Music Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University where he got a full Scholarship and worked as a GA in the Department of The Performing Arts.
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Andrés C.

Englewood, NJ 07631
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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.

New York, NY 10011
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