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About Rich L.

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About Rich
Music has always been my biggest passion. I started playing guitar at the age of 10, and I haven't been able to put it down since. In grade school I started my first gigs playing in bands and spent all of my time outside of school playing guitar.

Coming from a family of eight where there wasn't much money for schooling, I put myself through high school and college gigging, and teaching.

I earned a music degree from Wayne State University in performance guitar, studying under the likes of Joe Fava and Charles Postlewate. At the same time playing extensive clubwork, shows, concerts, studio work and teaching.

My styles include virtually all elements of guitar. Rock, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical and Jazz.

In "2006", I opened up a guitar studio in South Lyon Mi, where I taught, along with lessons from my home.

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I take a very serious, professional approach to my music studies and my teaching, but with a very humorous, and free-flowing concept to keep my students interested. I am very patient, and truly care about the progress of each student.

Each student that I teach has a different lesson structure depending on what the student wishes to accomplish. I tailor each lesson to help them move closer at a rapid pace to whatever style of music they have the strongest interest in. But because guitar is such a diverse instrument with many different established forms of technique, I do advocate developing proficiency in multiple styles of playing.

While I completely approve of learning to play music from TAB which expedites the playing of actual songs, I highly recommend that beginning guitarists learn to read music as you never know what they might end up doing with their knowledge. (Studio work, shows, teaching, or other scenarios where reading music is essential).

Starting to learn any instrument can be a challenge. But with persistence, guidance, and actual progress, learning how to play an instrument can be of the most rewarding experiences, regardless of your age. With my help, you or your child will be able to enjoy the experience of discovering how fulfilling playing can be.

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lessons in living room, music stands, acoustic & electric guitars, amps/cables

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Will provide a loaner guitar for a lesson if necessary.

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All styles - Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues, Metal

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very nice and good to student and make the student wants to come back and learn more
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About Nils B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Anything from Robert Johnson to Stevie Ray Vaughan...

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Chris P. July 26, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Nils is great to work with. He understood where I wanted to focus, and provided great direction. Very nice guy, too.
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Adrian June 26, 2019
· Music Theory · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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Ron R. May 13, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I am a beginner of acoustic guitar...
Nils is an awesome instructor and have been learning and improving a lot. I plan to do in person and Skype lessons when I travel.
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About Chris C.

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Nashville, TN

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I am passionate about seeing students grow. I strive to be energetic yet patient when teaching to create a comfortable dynamic in my lessons that encourages excitement about music.
I have been playing guitar for 9 years, and have performed professionally with groups playing styles ranging from jazz, country, rock, blues, funk, and even musical theatre. I am capable of teaching beginners as well as intermediate students.
My lessons encourage a strong knowledge of fundamentals, so that a student can continue to develop years down the road with their acquired understanding of music, but I also am also careful to tailor lesson material according to a student's interests, personality, and natural learning methods.

About Chris
Are you interested in being able to confidently play lead and rhythm parts in a band? Want to learn to write songs? Want to learn to just strum along to your favorite records by yourself? I will teach you or your child all of the knowledge and tools needed to do whatever your dream is on your instrument. My aim is to help every student achieve their personal goals on their instrument within the context of a relaxed and patient environment that promotes a love of music!

I achieve this by:

1) Individualizing lesson plans so that each student stays engaged and learns in the style that is best for them as learners.

2) Ensuring that students learn BOTH how to play their instrument as well as the theory behind what they are playing. This creates a more well-rounded musician that is capable of problem solving on their instrument an
d being able to play in a variety of settings.

I have been playing music for over 10 years and teaching private lessons since 2014. My professional performance experience includes solo guitar gigs, rock band shows, musical theatre pit work, dance band playing, plus various gigs in Nashville, around the Eastern United States, and even in Scotland!

I graduated from Belmont University in the Spring of 2018 with a degree in Commercial Music, so I have had the "conservatory training" in regards to music theory and history, but before college I was largely a self taught player and am now a professionally performing musician here in Nashville.
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Gerard M. June 7, 2019
· Guitar · Online
My son Liam really enjoys his classes with Chris. Chris is very patient and is amazing with kids. He is a very Experienced Musician and Teacher. His lessons each week are a great mix of both Practical and Music Theory.I m so happy we were able to find Chris and I thank Take Lessons for making this happen.
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Kate A. April 30, 2019
· Mandolin · Online
Chris is patient and kind and teaches in a way that is clear and easy for even complete beginners to understand. When I get frustrated or discouraged in my practice, Chris is quick to try and pick me back up - he's a great motivator and he helps you remember to celebrate the small victories.

Learning with Chris is fun and engaging - he makes sure to incorporate music theory into the practice so that you are able to understand the why behind the "rules" of music. Chris is great at tailoring a learning plan to your specific goals as well as your baseline skills.
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Kate A. March 29, 2019
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About PJ G.

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Clive, IA

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I’ve been playing guitar for 18 years. Ive been doing it for a living for 16 years. Acoustic, electric, rock, jazz, country, funk, lead, rhythm, flatpick, fingerpick...pick a style I’ve played it. My lesson plan will expand your knowledge of chords and scales, and how to use them. I’ll give you exercises to increase speed, dexterierity. You’ll learn music theory while learning your favorite songs, and learn how to apply your knowledge to make learning and writing new songs easier. You will learn something new every lesson, and see noticeable progress after the first couple of sessions.

About PJ
Hello! My name is PJ. I was born and raised in Central Florida, and I’ve spent the last 3 years in Central Iowa with my partner Libby, and our lovely and talented 4 year old daughter, Janie Rose.

I have been a professional musician for almost 20 years, four of which I spent playing trumpet, guitar, bass, and singing in the US Marine Corp Band. For the last decade, I have made my living as a multi-instrumentalist and singer, entertaining thousands on stages across the country and around the world. Currently, I am the Entertainment Director at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar in West Des Moines. Libby and I also have a private entertainment company called Epic Event Entertainment that provides live music for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, etc.

Each lesson plan is customized to cater to each student’s individual needs and goals. Howe
ver some concepts apply to all students. Beginners will develop a solid foundation in basic musical concepts, including, but not limited to, how to read music, the circle of fifths, scales, chords, articulation, posture and breathing. Intermediate students will learn and employ advanced music theory concepts, modes, better sight reading, and improvisation.
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Stacey February 19, 2019
· Guitar · In home
My daughter said that PJ made her lesson fun and can’t wait for next week!
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About Frank N.

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Deep River, CT

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Looking for a blues guitar instructor that considers your music interests, your goals, your time constraints, and your current level of experience when constructing weekly lessons for you? Want your instructor to help you advance your skills while you learn the blues styles you want. I am a teacher who does just that.

I have over 20 years teaching and performance experience, a BA in music theory/composition, and am the author of a number of music education books published by Alfred Music, including The Blues Guitar Experience.

I am excited to help you meet your goals as a blues guitar player and musician!

About Frank
I am a teacher, songwriter, published author, and composer with 20+ years experience performing and sharing knowledge and inspiration with students. I received a Bachelor's of Music degree in composition and music theory from Central Connecticut State University and am the author of three instructional music books published by Alfred Music (The Total Acoustic Guitarist, The Blues Guitar Experience, Guitar Atlas: Russia) and one DVD (No Reading Required: Chords and Strums for Acoustic Guitar). My lessons have been featured in Premiere Guitar Magazine.

Beside songwriting and performing, I currently teach around 40 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My varied experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun, and I am dedicated to teaching to the l
earning style and personal interests of my students.
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Cody March 19, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Frank is a patient and engaging teacher who lets the student's interests guide development while incorporating guitar fundamentals along the way!
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Elsa March 1, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Frank for several years and I think he is an excellent instructor. He has helped me have confidence in my abilities and is patient when I get frustrated. He has been able to teach me about music theory in such a way that it is understandable. I have been to some of his performances and he is a talented musician as well as instructor.
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bob February 21, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
frank is very good with old and young. took classes for 4years at Middletown
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About Adam B.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I enjoy giving lessons tailored to each student's needs and goals. From those who have never picked up a guitar to those who are auditioning for a major music college, I love to help others learn how amazing the guitar is.

My style is geared toward the individual, but I do specialize more in teaching: songwriting on guitar, music theory on guitar, developing great technique, how to read notes and tab on guitar, and learning my student's favorite songs and adapting them to fit their skill level.

I have been teaching guitar for over twelve years, and have professional songwriting experience (over 50 compositions published), band and recording experience (major radio-play in America and Europe), and I am classically trained and have a degree in music.

Let me help you achieve your music dreams!

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I have been teaching music for over twelve years, and have professional songwriting experience (over 50 compositions published), band and recording experience (major radio-play in America and Europe), and I am classically trained and have a degree in music.

Having taught music to all ages and skill levels in my career, I enjoy giving lessons tailored to each student's needs and musical goals. My specialties are songwriting, guitar, piano, and audio production.

I would love to help you achieve your music dreams today!
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About James S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I can help you master the guitar in the shortest amount of time! Experienced teacher with over 10 years of experience has helped many students achieve their goals on the instrument with guaranteed results. Everyone has their own journey with music and these lessons are here for you to achieve them. Whether you want to play electric or acoustic, learn songs or create songs. master the basics or go beyond the basics. Become a better player, musician, improviser, songwriter, artist.

About James
Hi, my name is James! I'm a guitar teacher. Learning and playing a musical instrument can be such a positive and rewarding benefit to have in your life. Work with an instructor with a proven track record, Someone who knows how to communicate properly for you to achieve maximum results in the shortest amount of time.

Think about the feeling of accomplishment when you learn a new song, or realize you're improving, learning, getting better Think of the first time you say to yourself "Wow, that sounds pretty Good"!

These lessons are about you! Everyone's journey on the instrument is different. Everyone has different musical tastes, with different situations, wants and needs. I want you to be the best you can. Playing the music you want to play. Think of me not only as an instructor, but as a friend, coach, mentor cheering you
on, because I know you can.

Whether you just want to learn a couple of chords and play some songs. or dive deep into advanced concepts and techniques. like soloing, Songwriting, Alternate tunings, creativity, playing with a slide, tapping, sweep picking, building chords and melodies, composition, modes. Improvisation, Fretboard Mastery, Harmony and Theory, Reading, working with effects

With over 10 years of teaching experience. I want you to have an advantage musically, I have studied with some of the greatest musicians, authors and educators. I attended Musicians Institute (Hollywood, Ca.) where I maintained a 96 average in Harmony and Theory (The science of music). As a professional musician, my album of original acoustic finger-style music has been featured and played throughout the world. I have also performed live on various radio stations throughout the country. Recently I was involved in a Experimental Post-Rock instrumental project.

I have helped and worked with many students accomplish their own individual goals on the guitar. For instance, I worked with a student who was primarily a rock guitarist, earn first seat in a very prestigious High School Jazz band. I've also helped students pass their NYSSMA (New York State School Association) certifications in both the Classical guitar and Jazz guitar program. I've assisted and prepared students for Talent Shows, band auditions, open mics. music camp and college. I have worked with retirees who always wanted to learn how to play, but never had the time.

Finding the right instructor is a very important decision, it can have an impact on whether you still pursue playing, Please feel free to contact me with any questions, wants, needs or concerns. Please do not be shy.

Electric, Acoustic, Bass, Ukelle , Rock, Alternative Blues, Reggae, Pop, Hip Hop, Funk, video game music, Classical, Jazz, Finger-style, Folk, Country, shred, Metal, Punk
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Dan June 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
After very poor experiences at School Of Rock and Bach To Rock, which emphasized the depletion of my wallet as opposed to actually teaching my son guitar, I went online to search for a Guitar Teacher in my area. Several instructors came up on my radar. but something about James' profile intrigued me and I gave him a call. Instantly, I knew he was the right choice. From his buoyant and effervescent personality, to his savvy curriculum that combines both theory and learning to play songs that appeals to the student's musical interests, James possesses a unique quality that other instructors in the industry should emulate. Every week, my son really looks forward to having his lesson with James, and so do I, since he brings a positive energy into the house that's infectious. My son has progressed where not only can he read music and charts, but also has an arsenal of songs that he can play. In fact, every song my son has requested, no matter how complex, James has been able to teach him efficiently and effectively. Without reservation, I can easily recommend James as a reliable, fun and great guitar instructor.
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Anthony June 6, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I took lessons with James for about 18 months. Simply put, James is awesome. He is an awesome guitar player, and a fantastic teacher. I started out a total novice at the time of our first lesson. I could barely switch chords in the beginning. When I look back on what he tought me, I totally appreciate the importance of an actual teacher vs self teaching through videos and articles etc. A teacher is totally necessary and James' lessons covered all styles of music, music theory, improvising, and all done on both acoustic and electric guitars. He made learning the guitar easy and fun, which is always what he emphasized - learning should be fun and enjoyable. At the end of the day it is up to the guitar student to practice practice and practice some more - and with that discipline combined with James' instruction and coaching, you will be set up for success.
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About Jason R.

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La Mesa, CA

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Hi I am an experienced player with a diverse background of 30 years. I have been taught by many instructors in many styles and hold a Bachelor degree in music from Berklee but the majority of my skill comes from performing around the country. My styles include rock, metal, blues, country, flamenco, classical, jazz and pop. I can teach you the fundementals of each and how to use your ear and instincts to become a fluid street smart player.

About Jason
Hi there future 6 stringer! I was a rocker metal head through high school and became interested in all the diverse styles the guitar could do and therefore branched out to Jazz, classical, country, blues and pop. Still a rocker at heart but I know have the training through many instructors and a degree from Berklee College of music to add the depth and scope to my shred ability.

I have taught guitar for 8 years now and still love doing it. I like to teach the theory behind things not just tell you where to put your fingers. My goal is to make you a strong intuitive player that can play from the heart as well as the mind. Let me help you on your way to greatness.
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About Brian M.

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Green Bay, WI
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I have been a performing musican for over 10 years and can apply real gig experience to a learning plan. I am able to explain things in an easy to understand way and am very adaptable to find what works best for each individual. I have a passion and enthusiasm for music which helps motivate the individual to bring their own excitement to music which makes playing and learning guitar easier and more enjoyable.

About Brian
My name is Brian and I am addicted to Rock n Roll! Since I was a kid I have been extremely passionate about music and have had an exciting musical journey through life. I have studied and practiced a variety of styles and genres of music and have learned the musical fundamentals of guitar. My favorite part about music is the joy I see it bring people. My goal is to have fun and share my excitement for music with lessons so learning is easy and fun. I have a unique perspective on music and love to share my insights with other people. I have a relaxed but motivating approach to learning guitar that makes it fun and rewarding as well as personalized to the students interests.
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About Robert H.

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Marietta, GA

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Let me guess. You’ve been wanting to learn your favorite songs. You’re hearing music in your mind and are struggling to write it down. Or maybe you’re attending concerts wondering how to transition to the stage. Well I’ve got news. I can help you to make those things happen. I’ve performed alongside world class artists, studied music with dedicated experts, and professionally taught lessons for over 10 years! My lessons are structured to provide a solid music foundation. You’ll learn music theory, proper music notation, and fundamental techniques, all while catering to your own personal creativity. Ready to make a mark in music? Let’s get started!

About Robert
I am a professional guitarist, composer, and educator committed to providing quality educational experiences in music. I graduated form Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Music, specializing in Jazz Performance.

I’v been enthralled with music since childhood and this has given me a life filled with rich experiences. I’ve had the pleasure of performing with world class talent and studying music with key experts. I’ve taught private music lessons for over 10 years! I currently perform with my own personal ensembles, The RH Group and the RH Trio, throughout the greater-metro Atlanta area.

I have an in-depth knowledge of the guitar, music history, music theory, and proven knowledge of technical skills that facilitate masterful improvisation. My goal is to help students improve weekly and unlock their own unique musical creativity
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