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I teach guitar at all levels and all styles (except pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, classical and flamenco). My current student roster includes absolute beginners as well as intermediate and advanced level students.

About Jeff
Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary
. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught music classes at colleges, universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years, including UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music. Jeff is currently teaching ukulele classes and songwriting classes at Tacoma Community College and Pierce College, both in Washington state.

When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 50 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Antonio H. December 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going was completely prepared to review song of intrest.
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James Michael October 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very patient and encouraging, willing to adapt to my needs in order to accommodate my goals and expectations.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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About Steven W.

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I've played guitar on countless sessions and stages all over the world, and will bring my experience to your student...going over technique, and teaching your favorite songs. Lessons are a fun, interactive process that get great results!

About Steven
Hailing from New York City, Steven W. has been involved in the performing arts his entire life, which began as he received his training from a number prestigious arts institutions...Julliard (where he studied piano), New York University (where he studied music education), and the Katie Agresta Vocal Studio (whose other students include Sting, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lenox and many more, including the casts of numerous Broadway shows).

Steven is currently an indie rock solo singer/musician/producer with a number of albums in release (on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more); recently spent two months as NY's #1 indie artist on Reverbnation's charts, and continues to perform all over the country. Steven also records and tours with country artists, playing huge festivals all over the world.

Having performed on small cabaret stages
for just a few people, and in stadiums for 60,000, he believes in not only teaching technique, but also how to tailor a performance for the appropriate situation. It's this combination of technical training, and performance experience, that Steven brings to his classes as a teacher.

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Voice - emphasizing proper breathing techniques, vocal exercise for improving tone and range, while working on songs (both traditional and popular).

Piano - proper technique, music reading, exercises, basic music theory, and material including popular songs.

Guitar - technique, reading (either standard musical notation and/or tabs), understanding chord charts, finger exercises, while working on learning new songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland 88 key weighted action keyboard
Full Logic Studio with all instrument samples
Taylor, Breedlove and D'Angelico acoustic guitars
Fender Strat
Guild S100
JBL Monitors

*** Travel Equipment ***
Acoustic and/or electric guitar(s)
Small portable keyboard
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John W. November 13, 2013
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Steven is professional, fun to work with, and gets great results.
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Steven W.

Steven W.

Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
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About Brian M.

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Dedicated, patient teacher. Email, video,audio recording support.
custom backing tracks and handouts.

About Brian
Individualized lesson programs are geared toward your goals and the style of music, artists, and bands you are interested in. Chords, Scales, theory, technique and more are covered.
Students usually give me a list of songs that they are interested in learning. Students are encouraged to read music so later on they have the ability to learn songs from books and magazines for themselves.
I teach from my own learning/teaching experience and what past teachers have shown me. I use books from Berklee, Hal Leonard, Alfred and more. I usually email students files between lessons to support practicing. I also have custom backing tracks(songs/practice songs without guitar part) available.

I am teaching guitar privately. I can go to your home(Rockland County) or give lessons in my home(Stony Point). I have taught at Rockland Music and with M
usic to Your Home

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Webcam lessons/online live guitar lessons are also a possibility. Good for long distance lessons, late night/off hour lessons....

* All ages
* Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced
* In My Home - Stony Point
* In your home- Rockland County(Stony Point, Nanuet, Nyack, New City, Pearl River, Congers,Pomona...)
* Pop *Rock *Blues *Jazz
* Music Theory *Harmony * Reading/Sightreading *Rock & Jazz Improv *Ear training
* Computer Recording - GargeBand, Logic, Guitar Rig, Sibelius
* Midi Guitar

With my past experience in Music Retail sales, I can help you with purchasing guitars, effects, and equipment. I call also help you use any equipment or music software.

I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's of Music(B.M.) in performance. I also have studied guitar with Steve Khan, John Abercrombie, Bill Connors and Ken Hatfield.

My Rock influences include Alex Lifeson, Neil Geraldo(Pat Benatar), Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck....

Jazz influences include Steve Khan, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Michael Brecker, Chic Corea, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino.....
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Brian M.

Brian M.

Stony Point, NY 10980
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About James H.

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Highland, NY
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Take lessons to learn guitar, music theory, reading music, and many other musical skills. I specialize in solo guitar, improvisation, finger-style guitar, arranging, music theory and knowledge of various styles of music.
Learn to play rock, jazz, blues, Latin, Brazilian, Classical, pop, reggae, folk, metal, really anything!
Music should be fun to play and learn, which is the focus of my teaching method.
I look forward to meeting and helping you to become a better musician!

About James
Take lessons to learn guitar, music theory, reading music, and many other musical skills. I specialize in solo guitar, improvisation, finger-style guitar, arranging, music theory and knowledge of various styles of music. Beginners are more than welcome, as are intermediate and advanced players, of all ages.
Skype lessons are also available!
Learn to play rock, jazz, blues, Latin, Brazilian, Classical, pop, reggae, folk, pop, metal, really anything!
Music should be fun to play and learn, which is the focus of my teaching method. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music from SUNY New Paltz, and have performed at venues around the Hudson Valley and NYC.
I look forward to meeting and helping you to become a better musician!
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James H.

James H.

Highland, NY 12528
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About Ashley B.

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Stockholm, NJ

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I've been playing guitar since I was 10 years old and love making up my own music (which I can show you how to do too) and reading music on guitar. I can teach you how to read music, play chords, form a song, and have a great time.

About Ashley
Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm a recent both music and writing graduate of William Paterson University.

I am a passionate multi-instrumentalist.

Do you want to learn how to play your instrument and make up your own music too one day?

If you'd like to try out a teacher who truly loves what they do, I may be right selection. My primary instrument is piano, though I play several others such as flute, clarinet, guitar and violin. I am most proficient on piano, flute, clarinet and guitar so I feel more comfortable teaching these instruments in order to give students the best possible musical foundation. All students are welcome to learn from me, and I have a soft spot and understanding for special needs students.

Music has been in my life since I was a young child, as my grandfather who was proficient on both organ and clarinet
, taught me how to read music and play keyboard. Music is something that can never escape my life! I practice my instruments on a daily basis and avidly compose my own music as well. Besides being involved with piano at school, I was a member of the William Paterson Symphony Orchestra where I played second violin, as well as a member of the school's flute ensemble. My goal is to have a career in which I can instill within my students the same love, endearment and appreciation for music that has grown with me over the years.

I am someone who truly has a passionate love for music, as it is what my whole life is about and brings me immense happiness on a daily basis. I am not just a robotic teacher who is providing lessons as a financial opportunity, but someone who honestly cares about the growth of a student's musical ability and love for music itself.

A huge part of music is not just learning how to play the notes correctly, but to come to understand the amazement that can be experienced from the act of playing an instrument. To be the most successful in any music related business, I feel that it is essential to love what you do and to practice as much as you possibly can. Love and practice can take someone very far if they are truly dedicated to their art.

Witnessing a student enjoy what they're doing while improving their skills in the process is an amazing feeling for both student and teacher. I want to show people what it is I love about music so much, and hopefully instill within them the same love and passion.

I would like possible future students to know that I am not like any other instructor, as generic as this may sound. I have a true, fervent passion for music which I yearn to share with others.
Whether music is a way of life or just a hobby for someone, it can be something that sticks with them for the remainder of their lives and brings great happiness and enjoyment.
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steve konopka May 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
i took lessons for 1 year when she worked at the music store and really enjoyed it so thanks
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Jared May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ashley rocks. My son has learned a lot in such a short period of time.
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Michelle May 9, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Teacher for past year now-great with kids. Can't ask for better
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Ashley B.

Stockholm, NJ 07460
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About Jeremy R.

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Suffern, NY

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I have been playing guitar for 10 years. Rather than a classical, note-reading approach based on standard music theory, I will teach songs, chords, and soloing techniques so you can start rocking right away!

About Jeremy
Hi, there! My name is Jeremy and I can't wait to meet you! I've been giving music lessons since 2013 and was a music teacher in the NYC School system. I went to New York University and earned a degree in Music Education in 2015. I'm a patient and professional person and my teaching style is an emphasis on improving technical qualities through various genres of music. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jimi R. March 22, 2018
· Violin · In home
My son has shown so much growth, even after just 3 lessons. Jeremy is knowledgable, encouraging and patient; And he has made my son more interested in practicing and improving.
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Jeremy R.

Jeremy R.

Suffern, NY 10901
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Throughout my teaching career, I have crafted a strategic approach to giving my students an open, creative learning environment to help them progress rapidly without stress. My students receive thoughtful one-on-one lessons to cater to their individual goals and needs. I strive to see my students succeed and love when they see the progress they are making.

About Stephen
Steve Krause is an American guitarist, producer and sought after music teacher with over eight years of experience in the music industry. Steve has been an avid guitar player for over ten years and has been teaching people of all ages, backgrounds and levels for the last six years. His experience with professional musicians includes studying under guitarist Jack Broad, attending a masterclass with jazz musician Bruce Forman, vocal lessons with Zuke Smith, showcasing with Sony, Island Records, Universal Music Group and touring with his band. Steve is currently in the process of writing, recording, producing and mixing his own album. Steve’s goal is to help people expand their love for music and creativity all while improving drastically on their instrument. His lessons are goal-oriented and non-stressful. Whatever your goal as a musician m
ay be, Steve hopes to help you achieve it in the most natural, fun way! Steve specializes in jazz, rock, blues, songwriting, music theory and sight reading.

Anything else you may be curious about, please, feel free to reach out. I'm here to help! I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Kevin March 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I've had a lot of difficulty learning the guitar. Stephen was very attentive and patient. He can easily change his strategy if a certain way of teaching does not work with me.
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Aidan M. February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Good first lesson. Worked on teaching son how to strum some strings and how to properly hold guitar, also gave some ideas as to what guitar we should buy.
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Simona (. August 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steve is a natural teacher. He is very methodical and demanding but also knows how to intrigue a newbie. He was able to engage my 9 year old daughter and at the same time he kept her challenged. She has learned so much in just 5 lessons. Most importantly, she now has the confidence and desire to attempt to develop her newly acquired skills on her own.
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Mahwah, NJ 07430
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About Caleb C.

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Even if you've never held a guitar or played a musical instrument I will have you playing music on your guitar in the first lesson.

I provide new students with all the materials necessary to learn to play guitar. I use a wide range of materials from a large variety of sources when giving a lesson. These include tablature, sheet music, chord charts and photo-copied pages from various music instruction books. Each lesson is personalized to the individual student.

About Caleb
I have over 10 years of teaching experience. I am currently teaching private guitar lessons at Purchase College and teach in-home private music lessons at affordable rates to students of all levels in the Rockland and Westchester area. I offer private lessons in:​

Electric or Acoustic Guitar (all styles)
Electric Bass
Songwriting
Singing

I've performed with my band throughout the NYC area; we've performed at The Bitter End, The Bowery Electric, Pianos and many other metropolitan area venues.

I have a Bachelor of Music degree and am currently a Master of Music candidate in Studio Composition at Purchase College.
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Andrew December 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I never played a musical instrument before but shortly after beginning my guitar lessons with Caleb I was learning a lot and playing some pretty cool songs. And having a lot of fun doing it!
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Valley Cottage, NY 10989
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About Steve B.

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New Windsor, NY

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We'll cover what we need to in order to get you playing your instrument. Guitar is a combination of physically playing the instrument and having your hands been in shape, mentally know the possibilities of what you could play on you instrument, using and trusting your ear to create music, and doing it with a great sense of time and feeling the time/tempo and playing with great feel and different rhythms. We will cover various aspects and get you playing and understanding what you're doing on the instrument so that you will have a great foundation and most importantly be able to play with confidence.

About Steve
I am a bass player, guitarist, piano player, drummer, vocalist, and I write my own music. I've been playing and studying music for 15 years. I started out on the bass guitar because it was what stood out to me most when I listened to music that I enjoyed. I had friends that were playing guitar and drums at the time, so we formed a band pretty much right when I started playing. It's great experience to just jump in and play with others!

The bass always resonated with me when I listened to music as a youngster and deciding which instrument to stick with. I was lucky to have some great teachers in school who inspired me and told me I picked the right instrument for my personality with the bass guitar. I had the benefit of playing in bands even when I was just starting out on my instrument. Learning my favorite tunes was a big part of what
kept me motivated as a musician and I strive to cater to each individual and work on the stuff they love so that they stay motivated and inspired. Music theory and the fundamentals are important, but I try to relate the theory to what the student is interested as best as possible.

I've been lucky to be able to study music in college and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. I had the benefit of studying with amazing teachers, attending master classes with some of the best players in the world, and playing in groups and with people that have pushed me to continue studying and excel at my instrument.

I currently teach at New Windsor Music Academy in New York and I have several private students that I work with outside of the school. I try to keep lessons fun and informative, so I plan each lesson with structure so that the student can get the most out of our time together. I get the most joy out of watching my students feel elated when they are able to play tunes that they love, understand the theory behind what they are playing, and progress as musicians.
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Casandra May 16, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Steve is a really great teacher! He takes into consideration what I want to learn and what my goals are. His lessons have a perfect balance between learning music theory and basic skills, and working on songs that I’ve always wanted to learn. I feel like I am making progress on the guitar and learning a lot from each lesson. Also, he is flexible with scheduling which has been really convenient for me! I highly recommend Steve as a teacher!
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JT May 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I’d never even picked up an instrument before and Steve taught me guitar! He’s patient and reliable, and music is his passion so he is very easy to talk to and learn from. Great guy and now a great friend as well! 🎰 Thanks again for everything! -JT 🎸💎💎💎💎💎🎸
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Joe May 14, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
I have been taking Bass Guitar and Drum lessons from Steve for over a year. Steve exhibits the utmost in professionalism and take the time to make sure I've mastered the task at hand before we move on to the next lesson. I would highly recommend Steve to any aspiring musician.
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New Windsor, NY 12553
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If you're interested in both playing and songwriting/composing in a variety of genres, look no further! I'm especially equipped to teach fingerstyle classical guitar, since I studied for several years at an accredited university in pursuit of a music education degree. I have the rare diversity of being classically trained, while sill being highly involved and interested in metal (trash metal, death metal, etc.), indie, punk, and more. I am also an active songwriting/composer of various different genres. I look forward to working with you!

About Dylan
Hello! I'm a classical trained guitarist with interests in numerous subgenres of rock and metal. What this means is that I've studied the nylon string classical guitar for many years; working meticulously on specific, fingerstyle technique as well as reading sheet music. I've played many classical concerts both solo and in ensembles.
On the other hand, I've also played in and wrote music for progressive death metal bands, punk bands, and indie rock bands. If you're looking for solid, classically influenced technique without sacrificing your interest in rock, metal, etc., look no further.
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Dylan F.

Highland Lakes, NJ 07422
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When you're learning guitar, it's fun to explore different types of music. Playing country guitar is fun and relatively easy to learn when you focus on easy country songs. Great county songs generally have a slow, easy pace and a memorable melody and chorus. This makes it easy for you to understand how the songs are supposed to sound, and helps you to play them correctly. Basic Song Structure Whether you're playing country music or another style of music, you will learn the same basic song str
7 Essential Rhythm Guitar Techniques
Strumming a chord sounds pretty good, but these rhythm guitar techniques truly bring a song to life! Guitar teacher Jerry W. shares the tricks you'll need to have up your sleeve... Rhythm guitar is both easy to learn and hard to master. It is relatively easy to learn the open chords and strum along with someone as they sing. But what if you want to take your playing to the next level? What are some of the essential techniques that will help you become a more complete rhythm guitarist? Let me

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