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Carmel, NY
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About Barry
For over 20 years, Barry has been active working as a producer, engineer, composer, arranger and musician (bass, guitar, piano and saxophone). Barry received a master of arts degree in music (composition) from CUNY Hunter College and a bachelor of music degree in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami, studied composition at the Juilliard School and music for film at NYU. In addition to teaching private lessons, Barry is currently teaching audio production and sound design courses at CUNY Hostos Community College. Barry draws on his diverse background performing and recording on multiple instruments in numerous styles to provide a stimulating and creative experience for the student.

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Lessons are designed around the student's interests and personality. Reading, writing and improvising as well
as listening to recordings are an integral part of the lessons from the beginning, regardless of skill level. Students will not only learn how to play their instruments correctly but will also develop an expanding appreciation of all kinds of music.

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music studio seating for parents f/w keyboard

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I expect all students to provide their own instruments.

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Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, World, Classical
Jazz Improvisation for ALL instruments (even if I don't play them)
Composition, Arranging, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Finale
Home & Commercial Studio Recording, Acoustics, Analog & Digital, Troubleshooting.
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Carlton W. July 30, 2016
· Saxophone · Online
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Barry H.

Barry H.

Carmel, NY 10512
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About Danny S.

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New Paltz, NY
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Classical, Modern, and Jazz Theory, Soloing, Jamming, Chord Soloing, Transcribing, Ergonomics, Repertoire,

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Blues Folk Classic Rock Jazz Avante Garde Latin Classical
Skype Lessons are OK
https://dannysilversmith.com/
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Let's play songs, and learn how to relate ideas aurally, visually, and mentally.

Teaching, like jamming, should be a conversation. I look forward to learning as much from you as you do from me!
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Helen F. April 11, 2017
· Guitar · In home
DANNY MADE THE LESSON FUN AND EASY TO LEARN,HE WAS PATIENT AND KIND,I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT LESSON.
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Andrew S. July 30, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I'm an experienced player and Danny taught me some cool new tricks, like tapping, and how to use guitar pedals more effectively. He is a great guy and really cares.
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Alivia M. September 21, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Danny is an excellent teacher. He is patient, encouraging, and a lot of fun. He takes the time to plan lessons around the songs and styles that I'm interested in. He is knowledgeable and passionate about music, and the way he explains basic music theory has helped me understand it so much more than I thought I would. Learning a new instrument with Danny has been stress-free and inspiring. I highly recommend him!
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Danny S.

Danny S.

New Paltz, NY 12561
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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Acoustic, electric, and 12 string

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Music Is my passion. I am an aspiring film score composer. I have been playing guitar for 14 years, upright bass for 10 years and bass guitar for 8 years. With 5 years of college music experience as a music education major, there is a lot I can teach you. I have been teaching music lessons for 10 years and I would love to share my musical knowledge with you.
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Robert McAdams October 24, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I am very disappointed. I thought my first lesson went very well, and I was looking forward to next week's lesson, as I thought the prior week's lesson went very well and I felt I learned a lot. I was contacted by Allie today and told she would be refusing to teach me going forward. Her reason was that I was an older male. I don't even know what to do with that. I would have understood if she had refused to take me as a student beforehand, as I stated my correct age and gender when I signed up. But refusing me as a student based solely on attributes I cannot control AFTER accepting me as a student, taking my money, and teaching a full lesson is ... unprofessional at best. I understand comfort levels, but I mean, come on. She did offer to refer me to male friends of hers that could teach me, but I think it is best I walk away from this entirely. Needless to say, I will be seeking a refund for the remainder of the classes I paid for. I am very disappointed by this whole experience and I feel a bit betrayed by both takelessons.com, and Allie.
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Tom August 15, 2015
· Upright Bass ·
Very good at helping improve musically and a great personality!
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James H. June 24, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Hi, this is Allie's dad. I'm responding to the previous review. This person was 21 miles away and at least a 40 minute drive in traffic. Allie's profile stated within 10 miles. It was clearly a miscommunication, and Allie apologized and even offered a free lesson at our house as compensation. Driving an hour and 20 minutes is not feasible. This person never took a lesson from Allie.
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Allie H.

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About Zephyr A.

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Glendale, CA
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Experienced upright/electric bassist playing for ~15 years and teaching for 5 years. My lessons involve a layered approach to music which integrates performance and theory into one, thus allowing for the development of a strong foundation in both. I have experience with many genres of music, including Funk, NeoSoul, Afrobeat, R&B, HipHop, Rock, Folk, Classical, Jazz (swing, bebop, hardbop, avant garde, fusion), Latin/Brazilian (salsa, merengue, bossa nova, samba). Looking forward to meeting you!

About Zephyr
Hello! My name is Zephyr, and I am an upright and electric bassist currently residing in Los Angeles. As an educator, It is my goal to give students a strong foundation in technique, music fundamentals and theory. Most importantly, I strive to teach students in an engaging manner that allows them to explore their own creative voice within music. I look forward to working with you!
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Jacob R. November 27, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
I have had the great fortune to play original music in a group with Zephyr for the last year. His compositions are incredibly fun to play, and I feel that he worked on them with a very clear concept in mind. I've learned so much about my own musical aesthetic from working with him. I can imagine that he encourages students to find their unique approach to music as well.
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Carol November 12, 2015
· Upright Bass · In studio
Patient, kind, interested and full of good ideas, Zephyr always finds the right way to work with a student. He has a wealth of experience and knows how to get past the roadblocks.
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Raph November 11, 2015
· Piano · In home
Few lessons with Zeph at our place when we lived together and subsequently at my house. Zeph was patient and showed me lots about chord voicing. He both showed me progressions that highlighted the kinds of modification possible and helped me to include more variety in my own compositions. We'd play through a bit of my stuff first usually, then move in to more of the lesson. After working on that, we'd go back into something of mine with more focus and precision. Zeph was good at matching my skill level, and keeping the content and the focus consistent with what I could understand at the time. His knowledge of music theory was, at least for me, expansive enough that his answers and references ended up being very helpful. He introduced tone substitution, for instance, in a super easy to understand way.

All in all, great experiences over the last 5+ years and I'll definitely be working with him while I'm in California.
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About Don D.

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Kingston, NY
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As everyone is different with different goals, ages, and levels of proficiency so to is my method of instruction for each individual... Beginners will expect to quickly begin enjoying the instrument without intimidation by it ... they will learn... 1. Proper left and right hand, arm, and body positioning. 2. Proper (not common !) pick grip and angles. 3. Strongly "suggested" reading of music. 4. How to play notes and first position chords. 5. Rhythm focus to play along with all previously listed to some of their favorite songs... An intermediate to advanced Classical student may expect a doses of technique, sight reading, and theory within a particular lesson for say, ABRSM exam prep.. An Intermediate to Advanced Blues, Rock, or Shred student may expect more focus on scale and arpeggio applications for improvisation.

About Don
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My name is Don and have been teaching guitar for many years. Currently I teach at the New York School of Music in Walden, N.Y. as well as at my home studio. From 2003 -early 2015 I was a staff instructor at Imperial Guitar and Soundworks of Newburgh, N.Y.
I teach all levels and ages for such styles as Classical/Flamenco Guitar(including ABRSM EXAM PREP.), Blues, Rock, Shred, Metal, Jazz, Country, and General Instruction for Beginners and those just wanting "to know how to play some tunes.".
I tailor instruction to my students' goals... not mine. Goal #1..we're having fun as we learn !.. this is not to be confused with Navy Seals Training !
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David August 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Had a great first lesson with Don. I believe I will progress nicely under his tutelage. Already have a lot to work on.
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Aneiah November 7, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Years ago I took Guitar Lessons at a local music store ( a very prominent one) as a raw beginner and quickly became frustrated with my lack of progress. Although my teacher was a great player and "very hot" to look at I soon began to feel like I was merely his "practice dummy."... I'd play the chords he showed me, endlessly,... while he seemed to be just practicing his solo playing. ... I then tried On-Line Lessons from various sites which were actually even less helpful and soon just lost interest completely.
A friend of mine said she had taken lessons from a Don DeBold for about 5 years before going off to college and highly recommended him.
I've now been taking lessons from Don for almost 2 years and having a blast ! I've learned how to play along with most of my favorite songs (mainly Blues and Rock) and now I'm learning to play Solo Guitar that needs no accompaniment !
Unlike my first teacher, during many lessons Don barely plays or even has his Strat on his lap because he's busy concentrating on what I'm doing !
He's a stickler yet lots of fun at the same time> I super recommend him as a Guitar and Music Teacher !!! Aneiah J.
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Kyle M. November 5, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Don is an amazing teacher to say the least!! I've playing guitar for years with never a full grasp of harmony, and within a few short hours he caught me up on some of the most vital information I was missing. A true expert teacher.. Give him a chance... You won't be disappointed!!!
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Lake Katrine, NY 12449
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Brewster, NY
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The first thing I do when I meet a student is to interview the student and find out why they want to learn how to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized binder guitar workbook and having a teaching degree I create all of the lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, chords, rhythm, scales, arpeggios, songs, song form, and exercises etc. I use a color coded method to teach scales, chords and theory that I created that help students not only understand scales but also they are able to see visually where chords come from. I break down each song into easy digestible parts so students can learn a ...

About David
Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching deg
ree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
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James December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson
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Carol September 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoying the lessons. Dave has tremendous experience and has made the start of this journey for me really easy. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Marcus B. September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
David was very organized, thorough and connected well my son. We are off to a great start.
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Brewster, NY 10509
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About Matt E.

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River Falls, WI

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Integrating musical skill, love for life, and the virtue of discipline, Matt is passionate about teaching students to love playing music. Students will learn from five standard categories, no matter the skill level: Reading, Repertoire, Improvisation, Scales, and Chords. Students can choose to focus on a certain style or just general knowledge.

About Matt
Matt integrates the art of music with the discipline of virtue in his teaching. Life has ups and downs, and music can be the glue that holds people together. With formal pedagogical training at McNally-Smith College of Music, and years of experience, Matt has a plethora of teaching skills to impress passion, integrity, and fun onto his students.
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Joe April 19, 2016
· Guitar ·
Matt Ecklund has the characteristics of a professional teacher.
He is patient, a superb communicator, and has vast knowledge of his instrument. I highly recommend him to teach any and all levels of guitar playing.
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About Dan G.

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New Paltz, NY

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I adapt to the personality and learning style of each individual student. Every student learns differently. I do not teach out of music books. My approach seeks to combine music theory with intuitive musical ear training so that a student can be self-sufficient, eventually being able to combine knowledge with technical skill to play music by ear in real-world situations. The aim is to free the creative mind to enable natural, spontaneous expression.

About Dan
I am not one of the lucky few who was born with inherent musical talent. I've had to work hard for my knowledge and ability and I believe that this gives me an edge over teachers who are naturally musical. I once struggled to learn even the basics of music. This enables me to personally identify & understand the struggles that a developing student faces. Many teachers born with musical talent fail to be good guides through the musical wilderness because sometimes they simply cannot relate to a student's struggle. I've been teaching for six years. For four of those years I taught guitar at Aleoop, a musical enrichment program at the Brookside & Hillside elementary schools in Allendale. I work best with younger students. I've found that because of my age young students find me more relatable than my older counterparts. My aim as a teacher i
s to empower my students with the gifts of self-expression and confidence. My focus is on artistic enrichment, enjoyment and technical proficiency.
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Dan G.

Dan G.

New Paltz, NY 12561
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About Marlon L.

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My name is Marlon I have been playing guitar for 12 years and teaching for a little over 7 now. I have a lot of experience playing live and adapting to different styles of music. Over the past 12 I have taken time to perfect and master techniques specific to different styles of music, so I teach exactly what the student will want to learn to thrive in the genre they enjoy. With an emphasis and focus on technique I strive to help my students learn what they need to, so they may play what they like to.

About Marlon
I have been playing and making music, solo and with bands, for the past 10 years. I have my roots in rock playing and making mostly post hardcore and heavy metal music. I have since become well versed in Jazz, Downtempo, Soft Rock, Classical, and Funk. I teach my students how to write their own songs. By stressing technique I flush out any bad habits that can come from either lazy or improper teaching. I give them the tools necessary to become great players and writers regardless of genre. If you want to become a good guitar player fast and be writing/ recording your own music in a few months time, I'm the teacher for you.
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Emily October 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Good Teacher and always on time!
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Shawn October 11, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons with Marlon for a year and I am very happy with how much I have learned and the music I can play now. Good teacher would definitely recommend.
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