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Jon A.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

Students learn how to chord and play leads in a bluegrass style while also learning great Americana tunes!

About Jon

I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a student and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have

a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
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March 2, 2019
Willabe S.
Wonderful time and attention given to me... A+...
February 18, 2019
Willabe
Jon knew right away what I needed... Jon drew out cords and progression for me to study. He also advised me how to prolong my sequences and progressions. Fun learning environment...
February 12, 2019
Willabe
Jon immediately saw my playing ability and provided written lesson plans, and explained/described what benefits deeper music notation and music reading would do for me. Jon is very straight foward no nonsense instructor, A+...

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Michelle Y.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

Flatpicking and bluegrass technique, chords, improvisation and learning lots of tunes!

About Michelle

Get to know me a little better by watching my intro video below, or click on the "Ask Michelle A Question" button right next to my picture!
**Right now, I'm only taking new students to start September**

Hi! My name is Michelle. I’m a professional guitar and banjo player, and music teacher! I teach all levels of classical guitar, acoustic guitar, bluegrass and folk guitar. I also specialize in all levels of clawhammer banjo, but also offer 3-finger Scruggs-style bluegrass banjo lessons. I also teach all styles and levels of ukulele from basic strumming patterns to fingerpicking chord melodies.

I cater my lessons to each individual student. I love teaching all levels, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life…there’s no such thing as a hopeless case!! I work on building a strong foundation of form a

nd technique in all of my students regardless of level, whether you’re just starting out or are a more experienced player with some bad habits to break or looking to add to your musical toolbox!

My formal training is classical, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. That being said, I’m a little different than most classically trained teachers, in that I have traveled outside of the classical world to the folk traditions of old-time and bluegrass music, and I am very passionate about this music. I also tour regularly with a folk/Americana trio called Harpeth Rising, which combines both classical and folk traditions into original music (but don't worry, it won't interfere much with teaching!)

My teaching style reflects my combination of influences. My style is fluid, and I work with each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses create a learning environment that is comfortable, relaxed, and ultimately very effective. I also expect my students to schedule regular practicing into their daily routines, which is something I also help my students with.

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**Availability notice: As I am a touring musician, my availability is flexible. For online lessons, I may need to reschedule times while I'm on tour. For in person lessons, we may need to reschedule missed lesson while I'm on tour. This will happen infrequently, but I thought I'd give fair warning!

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I provide my own instrument, and I expect my students to have an instrument of their own. If you need help purchasing an instrument I have 8 years of experience and knowledge of fretted stringed instruments, so I am happy to help advise you once you purchase lessons!
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October 16, 2019
Chele F.
I am very inspired and excited! Michelle is fantastic :-)
October 13, 2019
Sarah
September 27, 2019
Terry
Just had my first lesson. Have never played an instrument. Michelle was so patient and positive I can tell this is going to work out well for me.

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Michelle Y.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

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Similar to learning acoustic guitar but with more emphasis on the common bluegrass picking techniques, chord progressions, and various scales.

Emphasis on improvisation when dealing with the lead aspect of bluegrass music.

About Christian

My name is Christian L. and I am a 28 year old guitar/music instructor in the Orlando area. My interest in guitar began when I was 12 years old and blossomed into a full time obsession about 3 years later when I started playing small gigs as a solo guitarist playing simple jazz and classical pieces for small art clubs and events. Alongside gigging, I also began teaching guitar, ear training, and music theory when I turned 18 and have been teaching full time ever since. During that time I also spent 4 years in music school for classical guitar. Currently I spend my time teaching, recording, and performing various styles including rock, jazz, pop, hip-hop, musical theater, metal, and country.

Throughout the 8 years I have been an instructor I believe I have refined my teaching style to be as versatile as possible to accommodate any learn

ing style a student may have. I am capable of teaching all styles of guitar at any skill level with an emphasis on ear training and general knowledge of guitar techniques.

Slight disclaimer in regards to lesson length, price, and student interest:

Over the past year or so I have tried a new teaching structure that I find to be quite rewarding for myself and the students I have had. My lessons do not have a maximum time limit, meaning a lesson could go for 2 hours, if that is what the student wanted, for the same price as a 45 min lesson.

This may sound strange in that I would be losing out on a large amount of potential money but the simple answer is this: I love music and guitar as well as teaching music and guitar. If we are in the middle of a great topic that you, the student, is really interested in, there is no way that I am simply going to stop talking about it when the "timer" stops and there is no way I am going to charge you more for getting into a topic you want to learn.

I find that students who spend more time in the lessons tend to become more interested in guitar and thus, better at playing. I do have to instill a minimum time limit of 45 mins however, any less is honestly just not enough time to get anything worth while accomplished.

One last thing, music and guitar have made up the majority of my daily routine for the past 10 or so years and have literally paid for everything that I currently own as I have never had any other type of job. What this means is that I take the craft very seriously and I project that in the lessons. Basically, if you are genuinely interested in learning guitar and music at any skill level, I will show you everything I possibly can to let you meet your goals. However, if you do not take it seriously, as in you don't pick up or even think about the guitar except for lesson days, the lessons may quickly feel pointless.

For more information on what I teach, feel free to look into the category entitled "Guitar" as well as any of the other subcategories that you are interested in.
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May 2, 2019
Kevin G.
Christian was beyond what I have expected and look forward to our next sessions ...great teacher and took time to show and explain the correct way of playing
April 8, 2019
Jeff
Lessons with Christian have been very informative and fun. He is not only a talented player, but knowledgeable regarding music theory. Most importantly, he has the ability to teach and communicate concepts and and content in practical ways that are beneficial to the student.
He has been proactive, supportive and will go beyond time constraint in order to take advantage of the moment and accomplish the goal of each lesson.
So far, a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!
March 6, 2019
Jack
Wow wow wow. I had my first lesson with Christian, and he absolutely blew me away. Super talented musician. He has such a wealth of knowledge of the fretboard, musical theory, and different genres. I am into prog rock/metal and blues. I’ve never taken lessons before, and do not know scales or many chords, and christian identified exactly where to start off. He broke it down to a science and completely demystified the guitar. In small bite sized chunks we went for over two hours. It was a proper class with 1 on 1 personal attention. He is approachable with any question, and helps you understand the WHY of things, not just how to do something, which gives you such a stronger foundation to build off. I cannot wait for the next session.

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Wes C.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

I love to help with all of the basics and then go from there with whatever specific genre or technique each student might be interested in!

About Wes

Hey guys! My name is Wes and over the last 6-7 years I've absolutely fallen in love with music. It's amazing to me to see that music affects every single human, no matter what specific genre they might prefer. And to be able to pick up and instrument and join in on it is such an incredible experience. I started by showing a few of my friends how to play some guitar back in 2013 and I've been teaching guitar and piano lessons ever since. I love to help people along and see them progress and overall ENJOY it! Hope I can be a good fit for you!

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September 10, 2019
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September 6, 2019
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August 16, 2019
Nikki Z.
Great teacher my kids enjoy learning with Wes, thank you again.

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Benjamin R.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

Hi! I'm Ben and I have taught guitar to individual students and groups of students for over 10 years. I am an advanced-level guitarist who has studied guitar since middle school, and I've played in bands, national tours, and pit orchestras for musicals. I play in a variety of styles, from jazz to metal, from flamenco to classical, from rock to country. Let me work to find a pace and learning style that works for you, and you will be playing songs in no time!

About Benjamin

I am an English teacher who has taught in a variety of educational environments, from community college to high school. I love music and I have given guitar lessons for my whole career. I have also taught trumpet and drum lessons. I am excited to work with you and get you playing your favorite songs in no time!

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June 26, 2019
Anderson
It was really easy to learn songs when being taught by ben, the instructions he gave lives are extrémalo clear and he makes you feel like a pro guitar artist even though you probably been playing your instrument for only a week.
June 23, 2019
Clay
Ben is a great teacher, very patient and easy to work with. I have been taking lessons from his since i started playing and he has helped me overcome many obstacles in my playing. 5 stars!

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Brad F.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

I'm a guitarist and educator based out of Raleigh, NC. I received training at the University of South Carolina (Bachelors of Music, 2011) and East Carolina University (Masters of Music, 2015). I am an active performer in the Triangle area, drawing inspiration from American roots music, classical, and jazz traditions.

I have seen hundreds of students over ten years of private teaching, working with beginner to advanced students of all age levels. I teach in a wide range of styles, and I specialize in classical guitar and flatpicking (bluegrass/old time).

I hope to help you along as you grow as a musician and a guitarist!

About Brad

I am a guitarist and educator based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. I received training at University of South Carolina (Bachelor of Music, 2011) and East Carolina University (Master of Music, 2015). I am an active performer in the Triangle area, drawing inspiration from American traditional music, classical, and jazz traditions.

I have worked with hundreds of students over ten years of private teaching. I teach beginner to advanced students in all styles, and I specialize in classical guitar and flatpicking (bluegrass/oldtime/country).

I hope to help you along as you grow as a guitarist and a musician!

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September 21, 2019
Erin R.
Brad is very patient with our 9 year old special needs son and we appreciate his teaching very much!
July 15, 2019
Landon
Brad Farmer is a classically trained guitarist with an emphasis in Bluegrass guitar. He has the perfect teacher "temperament" and never gets frustrated with me...very patient and able to provide great insight on the best ways to practice so that you can obtain your goals quickly. While taking lessons with Brad, I have made marked improvements in a short period of time. Highly recommended!

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Brad F.

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I am a multi prize winning guitarist and have a Masters in Guitar performance from University of Georgia and for over five years. I teach a variety of styles and have taught student levels of brand new beginners to professional players. I always make sure my students have fun while progressing their abilities in the most efficient way possible. Can't wait to have you in my studio!

About Jacob

I have taught professionally for over 5 years and have had a very successful student base. I teach a variety of student levels from beginners to professionals, in all sorts of age groups. I do my best to stick with students for the long run and have had many that have come to me as brand new beginners who now perform in groups, bands and even teach lessons themselves! i teach all types of styles such as classical, electric, acoustic, jazz, rock, pop and even songwriting and bass. I am alway willing to help a student develop to whatever level/goal they want as effectively as possible.

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Jacob J.

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Private Bluegrass Guitar Teacher

My name is Quentin Pagtakhan, I've been playing guitar for 8 years overall, with 5 of those at a professional level. I play all genres from bluegrass to jazz to rock to metal to prog and everything in between. I always take time to ensure that my students are grasping the concepts shown and always teach to the student instead of any curriculum. I hope to hear from you!

About Quentin

My name is Quentin Pagtakhan, I've been playing guitar for 8 years, professionally for 5 and teaching for 3. I've often been told I have a gift for making people understand a subject and really enjoy seeing people "get it". I love all sorts of music and do my best to make sure that all of our lessons are fun and engaging!

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Landon
"Brad Farmer is a classically trained guitarist with an emphasis in Bluegrass guitar. He has the perfect teacher "temperament" and never gets frustrated wi
th me...very patient and able to provide great insight on the best ways to practice so that you can obtain your goals quickly. While taking lessons with Brad, I have made marked improvements in a short period of time. Highly recommended!"
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Chase
"Lucian will listen to whatever it is that you want to learn and give you all the building blocks to play how you want to play and explore your options on
the neck in many different ways. I am a intermediate guitar player and within a few lessons with Lucian I was given tools to work on and practice for months to improve my skills and technique/ approach to playing. I would recommend his lessons to ANYONE looking to improve!"
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"Really good instructor. Appreciated his flexibility."

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