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Albert M.

Highlands, NJ 07732

(21)

Private Guitar Teacher

If you love All Rock, Blues, All Finger Styles, Soloing Electric and acoustic I am your man. These are the styles I do best and have fun while doing it. And of course classical if you want to go there...All while doing the songs YOU LOVE right away..I want you to have fun and while you do get musical knowledge to you. I believe the most fundamental place to begin is with theory. Through a creative, relaxed and patient environment I introduce students to the rudiments of music on 2 simple pages.
Theory helps you to understand song writing, ear training,and how to build chords and scales. I try to get you to hear the music so you can improvise better and also take songs and solos off CD's yourself, therefor becoming more self reliant to teach yourself in the future. My students bring in the songs they like and by strengthening their ears and learning to apply theory points, I show them how they can figure out the song by ear the exact way it was written and played by the ...

About Albert

Twenty three years of performing and teaching experience. Specialty in Rock, Blues, Finger Style, Country, Folk, Classical, Funk and Punk. Bachelor of Arts in Classical Performance from Fredonia University. Proficient in theory, reading, composition and arranging, songwriting. Recording artist for hire and personal projects. Home studio in Highlands, NJ.

My Philosophy - Students First - My main goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which the student can proceed at his/her own pace. Whether you are looking to perform, do studio work, audition, be a songwriter or just learn a few songs for your own enjoyment. I am happy to create a custom program for you. I believe the most fundamental place to begin is with theory. Through a creative, relaxed and patient environment I introduce students to the rudiments of music on 2 simp

le pages. Theory helps you to understand song writing, ear training, and how to build chords and scales. I try to get you to hear the music so you can improvise better and also take songs and solos off CD's yourself, therefore becoming more self reliant to teach yourself in the future.

My students bring in the songs they like and by strengthening their ears and learning to apply theory points, I show them how they can figure out the song by ear the exact way it was written and played by the original artist. Therefore you can play with the CD as if you are a band member. This builds confidence to perform and record in any band at any level. As stated above, I will also customize a program for those interested in learning songs without the theory work so they can use the music to play songs as a nice relaxing past time.

Course Descriptions- Rock, Blues and Funk: You will quickly learn how chords and scales are developed using a condensed theory set up chart. This quick immersion in theory helps you to build a strong foundation while at the same time playing and enjoying the music. I have found in my years of teaching that making theory and music interactive from the beginning makes it more enjoyable to learn. You will learn all scales, chords, techniques, rhythms, and ear training specific to these styles of music. The advantage to this Teaching Format , especially in terms of solo scale playing, to progress much further and faster than if you were just learning how to play the songs. We then go straight to the CD's of your choice and learn from the best, the artists you've admired. Whether to learn their rhythms, solo lines, songwriting formats, melodies and harmonies, and all by ear. As a soloist, you will know enough about scales and chord theory and how to blend the two so you can make the guitar talk yourself. Still for those who want a quick song approach, we can get into playing a song and review its theory relevance when desired. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)

Folk, Country and Bluegrass: As stated above, I begin with the condensed theory chart to understand chords of all types. Here we study rhythms of the above music forms including ballad, country blues and country folk. Through use of songs you enjoy, we study how the music was written and performed. You will learn in this course how to play music you love as it was done by the original artist. We begin with listening to the original soundtrack. Through the use of the ear we dissect the song and learn it in its original form piece by piece. This will also help set up the study of song writing. Understanding how artists Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Transposing songs to fit your vocal range and Arranging songs to bring out their best. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)

Finger Style: Great fun for those who would rather not sing but still want to play full songs on guitar. This style of guitar will blend the techniques of traditional finger picking artists along with our own on improvisation over twelve bar blues progressions and songs. You will learn to play all the parts, bass, melody, harmony and inside chords with your picking hand. Also how to create chord/melody arrangements from any melody.

Classical: Classical guitar is taught through developing standard reading skills, finger exercises and scale work while learning beautiful pieces at the same time.

Song Writing: Song writing always begins with an introduction to theory. From there you will study works from other artists to see how they Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and how they use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Choose a song and artist that you enjoy and we will dissect the piece learning the above techniques.

Children's Studies: The study of music has proven to enhance a child's concentration, mathematical and reading skills, self confidence, performance skills in all walks of life whether its playing the guitar, to public speaking, to playing sports.

*** Lesson Details ***
"Fun - Fast - Patient" My course is tailored to your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Les Pauls and Marshall/Fender amps. Love the sound.

*** Specialties ***
All styles but jazz. Rock, blues, folk, finger style, classical, punk, blues and all in between, from funk to punk, rock to metal. I also teach bass and drums.
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January 19, 2019
Lynn
I would recommend Albert for anyone looking to give guitar a try. I am 40 and had ZERO musical background, and always wanted to play guitar. I was attracted to the way a guitar would light up a room. Albert is the perfect guide to help unlock the mysteries of the guitar. Albert has created an extremely positive learning environment for me both during a lesson and at home. I feel like I take home another piece of the puzzle after each lesson.

Albert as a teacher.
The most notable quality to me is that he truly wants to see you learn guitar and enjoy playing. His attention to detail is great and is completely engaged in the lesson. He introduces music theory in just the right dose, and then shows you how it applies to what and how you are playing. He makes theory fun leaving you excited to unlock the next level. His depth of music knowledge is impressive, and an incredible asset for his students. Albert has a bright positive energy and I always look forward to my lessons with him. Alberts house is at the end of a quiet road across from the water and a marina. His Jam space is very Zen and his lovely wife is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Good vibes for sure. Sometimes I feel like I just left a yoga class lol. Albert is flexible with lesson times and very accommadating. I play the guitar every day and enjoy every moment of it. I have two guitars now (acoustic and electric) I am having fun learning and look forward to my next lesson. If your looking for a guitar guru Albert is a home run!
May 31, 2016
Chuck
I agree with everything everyone else says about Albert so I don't want to repeat. I started with him when I retired (bucket list litem) and Albert is very patient and helpful ( as well as accommodating my uneven scheduling). You get into songs you like right away and learn technique within the songs as you go. He'll give you as much theory as you want. Shortly after you start with Albert you'll feel like your learning/ playing with a friend... I highly recommend him!
May 29, 2016
Jaye
The reason Albert is the best instructor ever is that he is really gifted at his craft and at teaching. So many people can do one or the other. Albert makes it fun and instills a desire to practice, and balances theory/performance goals. He is college educated in music and will teach the fundamentals-having said that, he would make a great teacher for the advanced player as well.

Finally, he is the most patient teacher I know, a plus for you and/or your child. I would be pleased to talk personally to anyone considering Albert for lessons.

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Albert M.

Highlands, NJ

(21)

Keith D.

New York, NY 10017

(16)

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Private Guitar Teacher

All styles of guitar from classical to rock, blues, & singing.

About Keith

I teach students from beginners to advanced & aspiring professional "musicians,singers,songwriters. Each program is tailored to the individual involving all styles of music as per your preference. Theory & reading notated music is taught & required. I am a master guitar teacher/music producer for recordings/published, author of guitar instruction books. I WILL TRAVEL WITHIN MANHATTAN EAST & WEST FROM THE 30'S TO THE 80'S FOR MY CLIENTS TO THEIR HOMES TO GIVE LESSONS/or MY MIDTOWN STUDIO FOR MUSIC INSTRUCTION & RECORDING.

*** Lesson Details ***
A thorough lesson plan is created for each student according to their individual goals & types of music. They will be proficient readers of notes so they can play whatever they desire. I'm a patient teacher who can reach all student levels; beginners to advanced.

*** Studio Equipment ***

365 Track Pro recording studio
Demos to completed CD's.

GUITAR & PIANO

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar & Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
All styles from blues to classical
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August 15, 2019
Jessica L.
He’s awesome! He’s prepared for lessons, patient, clear about his instruction, personable and makes sure you master the concept before you leave. I absolutely recommend Keith!!
June 5, 2019
Helen
We just had our first lesson with Keith. Keith is a wonderful instructor. He is very patient to 6 years old daughter and he tailors the lesson to fit her. He challenges her without making her feel uncomfortable.

My daughter especially likes when Keith makes up accompaniment parts to play along with her songs. She enjoyed her first lesson so much that she kept playing the new tunes she learned and looking them
up on her iPad!
May 2, 2019
Babette
Keith is very exacting and wants me to do it right. Even if I know how to read music and meter, ifI made a mistake because I couldn't find the place on the guitar, he would make me start over. Perfect for me

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Keith D.

New York, NY

(16)

Spiros S.

New York, NY 10036

(8)

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Private Guitar Teacher

Electric,Acoustic.

About Spiros

Hello and Welcome to the right place to enhance your knowledge!
I am a Conservatory trained Guitar player singer songwriter with a
Music Theory-Harmony degree from the Athens Conservatory
(Athens -Greece) and A Degree in Musicology from Stockholm`s (Sweden) University.

I have studied Jazz Guitar in Stockholm and in Athens.

I have been teaching guitar for many years and I have had many happy and satisfied students, some of them are now professional musicians.

All of my students love my lessons and benefit greatly from them because I love to watch them making progress and becoming better with each lesson.

After the first lesson I realize what the student wants to achieve and I am making a plan to help him/her get there enjoying every step on the way .

Every lesson includes Music Theory ,which the student learns wh

ile playing the songs they like while introducing them to scales ,rhythm and lead playing, ear training and how to play and jam with others.

I have been playing regularly at BBKING`s in NYC from Jan. 2006 till 2018
performed at the Lincoln Center playing festivals in U.S.A and in Europe.

I consider myself a Blues-Rock specialist with a vast knowledge of the Blues, the British Blues and classic Rock.

My playing is influenced by the British masters such as
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Robin Trower,
and American guitarists Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B.King, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and many others.

I am looking forward to meeting you and having you as my student!

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize the lessons to fit the level of proficiency of my students,and to fit to their schedule of practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars,Bass,Amps,recording equipment

*** Specialties ***
Guitar,Bass,& Music Theory teacher.
Blues/Rock/Jazz
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September 20, 2019
Kleanthis
Spiros is an amazing highly experienced teacher with deep knowledge of music. He is very friendly makes you fel very comfortable from the first moment you meet him. I think that i wouldnt find a better teacher than him. He is awesome!
April 12, 2019
Nicholas
Spiros was really great. Very friendly. I look forward to taking more lessons from him.
March 15, 2018
Adi
Spiros is my guitar instructor for over a year now, I’m so happy to be learning with such an amazing Guitar master 😊.
Not only did I learn how to play, he actually thought me how to read music and work on my vocals.
I couldn’t be happier 😃.
I absolutely recommend to take him as your teacher, you will not regret it!

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Spiros S.

New York, NY

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Dominic S.

New York, NY 10019

(19)

Private Guitar Teacher

I have a unique understanding of the guitar, and teach mostly through the works of The Beatles
Although it depends on the student

About Dominic

Dominic is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, currently teaching as Assistant Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music. Dominic has years of experience teaching people of all ages, and in all styles of music. Professionally, he has performed in National Tours, Off Broadway, and in major films.

"Music has always been my absolute favorite thing in the world.
As far as I know, I am the only teacher in New York City who teaches Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Trumpet."

Currently Dominic's studio consists of -
An Academy Award winner
A Tony Award nominee
Four students are currently performing on Broadway

BFA The Boston Conservatory of Music
Lyric Baritone

Notable Quotes about Dominic:

Ken Nelson (Coldplay) - "Fantastic voice"
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds - "Really cool songs"

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August 16, 2017
Simon
Dominic gave me great advice to start learning how to sing !
October 11, 2016
Ariel B.
He is great Trumpet teacher. He is professional and friendly. My son enjoyed his first lesson. Thank you
March 22, 2016
Marla H.
Dominic is fabulous. if you have a chance to work with him, do yourself a favor and do it!

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Dominic S.

New York, NY

(19)

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221

(17)

Private Guitar Teacher

Only beginner and intermediate guitar.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given many community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided

her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
N/A

*** Specialties ***
Patience
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August 29, 2018
Merlene
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
March 27, 2018
Teba
My two oldest children (one more advanced in piano than the other) began taking lessons with Catherine just this year. They have both shown significant improvement and love her as an instructor. They also look forward to practicing in between lessons. We could not be happier.
March 1, 2018
Naoko
Great artist and a teacher. My 6 year old enjoys her lessons and I love her down to earth vibe.

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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY

(17)

Alicyn Y.

Brooklyn, NY 11206

(3)

Private Guitar Teacher

Teaches many styles including blues, jazz improve, pop, rock and more. Goes over concepts in a simple and organized way.

About Alicyn

A recent graduate of a Bachelors in Music From CSU Sacramento, Alicyn studied Jazz Guitar and Jazz Vocal. Alicyn began playing guitar at age 11 and by her Freshman year in high school, she gravitated toward jazz do to joining the Keleyville High School Jazz Band,

At Sacramento State, Alicyn was the guitarist in the 1:30 jazz ensemble, Jazz Combo 1 and the Latin Jazz ensemble and sang Soprano 1 in the nationally acclaimed, Downbeat Award winning vocal jazz ensemble Jazz Singers. Through these groups, Alicyn was able to perform with great Jazz artists Nancy King, Dave Pietro and the Gordon Goodwin band's bass player, Rick Shaw. Post college, Alicyn has performed with John Stowell, Jeff Alkire,Tim Metz,Joe Mazzaferro, Darius Dbaba, Joe Gilman, Ila Cantor and has opened for The Becca Stevens Band. In 2014, Alicyn attended the Banff Int

ernational Jazz and Creative Music Workshop directed by Vijay Iyer.
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September 30, 2019
Hugo D.
Alicyn is a very patient and caring teacher. It was a pleasure learning with her. She was always ready to adapt to my complicated agenda. Thank you Alicyn!
December 19, 2018
Josie C.
Perfectly on time. Mellow and patient with my 12 year old daughter. Easy going and a good teacher. Thank you!
July 1, 2015
Vivian R.
My daughter is very excited before every lesson! When my family asks about her school she doesn't have anything to say, but when they ask her about her lessons she loves talking about what she is learning and how much she enjoys them. She is really good with kids! I would recommend her to everyone!

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Alicyn Y.

Brooklyn, NY

(3)

Edison P.

Hillside, NJ 07205

(1)

Private Guitar Teacher

I want to get as much musical information about you as possible. We would speak about long term/short term goals, past experiences, and, if capable, I would listen to how you play your instrument. It is very important to best know how I can fit in your musical journey. I work with each student differently and will ultimately come up with a method that best works for you.

About Edison

I have been working with students of all ages (ranging from 7 to 60) for the past 5 years and has developed an incredible amount of patience and angles of approach. I understand that everyone is unique and needs a different method of learning. My promise is to find the best route for each individual student and to offer premium instruction in reaching their desired goals.

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October 23, 2015
Anna
The best tteacher I know, enthusiastic and dedicated, I recommend 100%
Two words " the best"

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Edison P.

Hillside, NJ

(1)

Warren G.

Brooklyn, NY 11221


Private Guitar Teacher

All ages welcome. I am a guitar instructor with five years of experience teaching students privately and in a government school. Can start from the basics - playing open chords to your favorite songs, up to more advanced levels - reading music all across the fingerboard, exploring harmony and theory and improvising in any musical context, be it rock, blues, pop, or jazz.

About Warren

Warren is a Maltese multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. His biggest five influences are Mozart, Charlie Parker, The Beatles, Frank Zappa, and Jimi Hendrix. He has performed in a variety of contexts ranging from musicals to orchestral concerts across Malta, Paris, and New York. In 2014 he won the Malta Jazz contest and in 2016 he released an EP with F-Trio. Later that year he performed at the Malta Jazz Festival. After recently graduating from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Warren is working on his debut album with Andy McKee (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums). Another recent project is Flight School - a septet exploring freely improvised music. Besides performing live and creating electronic music, he enjoys reading books and eating chocolate.

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Warren G.

Brooklyn, NY

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