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About Nikola

Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.

In addition to stints in various rock bands, studio session work and 16 years of playing experience, Nik's development of teaching guitar was made possible by having achieved a firm musical background throughout his earlier years of performing with orchestra ensembles. As a classically trained brass player, Nikola studied music under college guitar professor Gary Tuttle and award winning SDSC band director/guitarist Phillip S. Marcus.

Nikola's client list has included the likes of music producer and composer Toby Weiss (son of jazz legend and Guitar I

nstitute of Technology co founder Joe Diorio) pro touring guitarist Christopher Eck of the band Masterguru, former students of guitar virtuosos Greg Howe and Joe Stump and many other serious amateur and professional musicians.

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Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Nikola's goal as a teacher is to convey his knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing his own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. While his exploits in rock guitar gymnastics continue to attract and inspire new players, Nik's approach to teaching is simplistic, yet highly effective and suitable for young beginners and adults of all ages.

Nikola M's guitar lessons are professional, insightful, progressive and cover a wide and exciting spectrum including:

The Rudiments of Music

* Chords
* Rhythm studies
* Scales
* Warm up stretches
* Sight reading for beginners
* Theory
* Modes

Technique and Repertoire

* Lead improvisation
* Ear training
* Dynamics

Master Class

* Sweep picking
* Speed picking
* Arpeggios and pentatonics
* Two-hand tapping
* Chicken picking
* Blues improvisation

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Amplifier (if needed)

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Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my goal as a teacher is to convey my knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing my own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. In addition to teaching various genres like pop, jazz, country and folk, I specialize in instructing virtuoso rock and progressive metal guitar techniques.
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May 5, 2011
IrisL
He's an excellent instructor and very talented musician. He is very knowledgeable of all the music theory and techniques I need to be a good bass player. I highly recommend him to anyone.

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Nikola M.

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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.

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

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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.

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I will get students playing the songs they like right away as they learn new skills that will improve their playing.

About David

I have been giving guitar lessons for 10 years and playing guitar since I was 12 years old. I will customize each lesson to meet your needs and give you the tools that you need to achieve your goals. Along the way, I will broaden your horizons to accomplish more than you thought possible!
I have 15 years of experience playing in bands with a wide variety of music styles. I also have experience with song writing and recording as well as performing. I can help you learn to play Pop, Rock, Classical, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Heavy Metal, and Thrash Metal music.
If you have any questions, just ask. Don't forget to click the "GREEN BUTTON" to get started right away!

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April 15, 2019
matt
Great first lesson. Really tailored to what i want to learn and try to do. Thanks
March 22, 2019
Melissa Maynard
Great first time lesson. Very accommodating to personal skill level!
September 5, 2018
Jack D.
My son loved His first lesson with David! Can’t wait to have more.

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David R.

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Whether you're tackling singer-songwriting, accompaniment, pop/rock, jazz/funk/r&b, or even classical exercises, I can help you. I've studied piano/voice/guitar long enough to know what each kind of instrumentalist/vocalist needs. I'm well versed in a overview of all genres and styles, as well as specialized areas of study. As a writer, I'm also very familiar with coaching instrumentalists geared towards composition and arranging. If you're looking to improve your skills, I can help!

About Jake

I want to teach the material that excites students. After a handful of really crummy experiences with teachers who wanted me to learn a specific way, I stumbled across a music school in Philadelphia and a college in Boston that really got the principle of teaching what students are drawn to. Bruce Springsteen wrote, "we learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school." Although I don't agree with that on all occasions, there is something so special about hearing something that makes you tick and going, "ok let me listen to that again, and now let me figure out HOW I can do that myself." As a teacher, I'm flexible, focused, and also love to have fun with music. It's something that makes us excited and alive; there's no use in pursuing something you love if you don't equally enjoy the process of getting great at

it. So let's find what makes YOU excited about music, and let's figure out out to make you great at it.
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October 13, 2019
Simon
An amazing first lesson!
March 10, 2017
Aaron R.
Jake is knowledgeable and a great singing teacher.

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Chris C.

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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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September 3, 2019
Terry
Chris is an awesome teacher! I have been taking lessons with Chris for a few months. I had spent quite an extended period studying with other instructors but Chris is still helping develop me to a better musician and guitar player. Have been working on some ear training stuff that other instructors maybe would not have taken the time to work with me on! Working on hearing and playing the divided sky by phish right now not an easy piece of music. Also working on more phrasing and country blues licks and theory. I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone👍🎸
September 3, 2019
Richard P.
I am likely the oldest student Chris is currently teaching, with a brain that doesn't soak up the material like the youngsters.
He is a very skilled musician in his own right, but most importantly, he is very patient and presents the material in a way that I can grasp it.
The atmosphere is relaxed and I always look forward to me next lesson.
June 7, 2019
Gerard M.
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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Chris C.

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An experienced teacher of 10 years, I offer student-led lessons that help you grow musically. If you put in the work, you will see results!

We can learn your favorite songs, and use the guitar as a tool to learn and understand music theory in the process. Learn 3 fingerstyle fingerpicking, flat picking, traditional music, blues, rock, and bluegrass.

About Daniel

Daniel teaches and performs classical, jazz, gypsy swing, traditional irish music, old time fiddle, bluegrass and country, blues, and rock and roll. Instruments included but not limited to: cello, violin, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and bass.

Daniel graduated in 2007 with a cello performance degree from the Longy School of Music after attending the Berklee School in Boston. His 10 years of teaching experience are enriched by his ability to approach and perform a wide variety of musical styles on numerous instruments. He performs regularly with the San Diego hot band Gypsy Groove, and can also be seen at wineries and the occasional contradance. His private studio has included all abilities and ages from 4-93, and he continues to teach from his home in Encinitas, CA.

His teachers include Terry King and Eugene Friesen. Daniel has toured

nationally and performed with musical pioneers such as Darol Anger. His multi-talented background gives him a unique insight into teaching all stringed instruments.
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May 17, 2019
Michelle B.
Daniel is so patient and easy to work with ~ he makes learning the cello seem so easy and natural and has so many practical ways of explaining an instrument I have no prior knowledge of. I had never played a stringed instrument but always loved the cello, so I was a bit nervous to begin. His gentle nature and patience have made me even more enthusiastic to learn. I have been loving each lesson and look forward to the next each time I leave! I'm looking forward to next week already! :-)
January 13, 2019
Jeff
Super friendly guy, learned a lot at my first lesson and looking forward to my next lesson with him.
September 13, 2018
Robert K.
Daniel really knows his stuff. I learned a lot today!

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Tyler N.

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Hello there! My name is Tyler and I would love to teach you or your child how to play the guitar.

I purchased my first guitar when I was 8 years old and was so excited to learn how to play. I took my first lesson a year later, but was disappointed. I didn't find it fun and therefore didn't want to practice. I wanted to play songs, but all the instructor wanted me to do was learn basic theory. After not making progress... I stopped the lessons. The next year I tried a different instructor, but still did not learn much. The issue for me was playing guitar wasn't fun for me at this point. And that is the most important thing in my opinion if you are going to dedicate yourself to learning to play. A few years later... I discovered punk rock music and online guitar tabs. Suddenly, I was able to look up on my own how to play songs that I was actually excited to play. This changed everything. I started to practice daily. Within a few more years... I could handle almost any basic chord ...

About Tyler

Hello there! My name is Tyler and I would love to teach you or your child how to play the guitar.

I purchased my first guitar when I was 8 years old and was so excited to learn how to play. I took my first lesson a year later, but was disappointed. I didn't find it fun and therefore didn't want to practice. I wanted to play songs, but all the instructor wanted me to do was learn basic theory. After not making progress... I stopped the lessons. The next year I tried a different instructor, but still did not learn much. The issue for me was playing guitar wasn't fun for me at this point. And that is the most important thing in my opinion if you are going to dedicate yourself to learning to play. A few years later... I discovered punk rock music and online guitar tabs. Suddenly, I was able to look up on my own how to play songs that I was

actually excited to play. This changed everything. I started to practice daily. Within a few more years... I could handle almost any basic chord progression and lead guitar riff. I started to write songs and began producing recording sessions in my early 20s. I still play every day and would love to get you or your child as thrilled about playing the guitar as I am. The way I believe to best achieve that is start off by teaching you to play some simple songs that you are excited about.

If you already know some guitar basics... but want to expand on them. Then I'd love to help you with that also. I can teach how to do improve your ability to play solos, fingerpick, etc.
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I can help you learn you favorite songs or write your own! I have been playing guitar for 20 years and have been a classroom music teacher for 12 years. I can help you not only develop your playing skills but also provide the necessary music theory to take you to the next level!

About Lauren

I am a certified music teacher of 12 years. I currently teach guitar, piano, drum set, and songwriting at a Fine Arts Academy. I have experience teaching guitar both in a class setting and a one-on-one setting. I have also led children's music at Vacation Bible School.

Prior to teaching, I traveled as a singer/songwriter that played a variety of venues and festivals.

I love making music and sharing music with my students. I would love the opportunity to be a part of your musical journey.

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June 17, 2019
Ketourah J.
My daughter was very impressed with her teacher.

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