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About Randall C.

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Tallahassee, FL
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Blues is, in my opinion, foundational to virtually all forms of modern music from Jazz to Rock to Country etc.

About Randall
My love of music and musical talent was discovered when I was just five years old. An uncle gave me a plastic recorder and, without lessons or help from anyone, I was playing melodies within days. Soon after I started taking private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet.
I played my first paying job at age 14.
When I was 15, my private instructor, asked me if I would be interested in teaching. He put me on the County list of private instructors and and soon I had my own thriving studio of Sax and Clarinet students. From that time on, I have almost continuously been involved in music education.
Though I had listened to the rock "guitar gods" of the 60's I never became interested the guitar until, at the age of 15, I first heard Maestro Andres Segovia through his televised master classes. About the same time, I was amazed by the chord
melody genius of jazz artists like George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Bucky Pizzarelli. It was then I realized that the guitar could be an "orchestra."
In the small town where I grew up, there were no guitar teachers so I studied with outstanding Guitarist Ed McGuire. Later, I studied formally with several renowned professors of guitar, including Bruce Holzman at FSU and Randy Reed, a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina.
I have also performed in Master Classes for Classical Guitarists Atigoni Goni and Dimitri Diatchenko.
Before making North Florida my home, I toured and played throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast in a variety of venues and styles from Rock to Jazz to R&B.
Even after settling down I have stayed active in the music business, playing and teaching. I continue to work regularly performing solo, or in ensembles throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.

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I am a laid back teacher who prefers to motivate my students by instilling my love of, and enthusiasm for, music in them rather than using any kind of "scare" tactics. I had a very few "knuckle rapper" style teachers over the years and found them to be very unmotivating.
A large percentage of the progress a student makes happens between the lessons. The more they practice, the faster they improve.
I also believe in building a solid foundation that my students can build upon. A good teacher teaches a student how to teach themselves.
On guitar, I encourage, but don't insist on, my students learning to read music. Some styles of guitar do not require it, but I do mention the gigs I have gotten over the years because I could read.
On all instruments, I am a big believer in great technique, musicianship and improvisational skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio is in back of the house as an addition. It has its own separate entrance and is approx 160 sq feet. Well lit and with heat and air.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a music stand if needed. Students must have their own instrument. They will need to get their own books, though I do provide much supplemental material.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Blues, Flamenco
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Trevor July 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I have been Randall's student for a few years. Randall is very knowledgeable about music and an excellent teacher. Additionally, Randall is courteous, professional, and punctual. I highly recommend Randall as your new music instructor.
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Tammy July 14, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Randall has been teaching my son clarinet for the past 2 years in his home and we couldn't be more pleased with my son's outcome. He knows how to work With students and get them to advance to their highest potential.
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Philip July 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Randall has been teaching guitar to my 12 year-old son for about 3 years. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He knows and can teach many different styles of music on several different instruments. I highly recommend Randall for students of any age.
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About Nils B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Anything from Robert Johnson to Stevie Ray Vaughan...

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Tadeh Alvandi September 8, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Nils has been amazing to work with. Having used books and some other self teaching methods in the past, I felt stuck and after 1 lesson with Nils I immediately was able to get to the next step. One huge difference from other instructors is that Nils encourages me to learn with music that I like which makes a huge difference when practicing. Nils is extremely knowledgeable and patient, I can't thank him enough for his help and expertise.
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Chris P. July 26, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Nils is great to work with. He understood where I wanted to focus, and provided great direction. Very nice guy, too.
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Adrian June 26, 2019
· Music Theory · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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About Nick B.

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Las Vegas, NV

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Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced blues player, get ready to learn a lot and expand your horizons!

I take take you from your first blues chord all they way to writing and improvising.

I will show you how to figure out any chord that you see on a chart and how to improvise with confidence using pentatonics, arpeggios and advanced fusion concepts that will spice up any standard blues.

About Nick
About Nick:

He is a full-time professional musician who has taught hundreds of students how to play. You can see him play five nights a week at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas!

Nick has also transcribed over a dozen books for the Hal Leonard Publishing Co.

He has spent time as a private guitar and bass instructor at an accredited Conservatory of Music, two music stores, three private schools, as well as in his own private studio before relocating to Las Vegas to pursue more playing opportunities!

His playing experience includes, but is not limited to: original funk/rock/fusion groups, jazz ensembles, metal bands, improv bands, and various cover/tribute bands.

His performance experience has found him entertaining on large festival stages throughout the midwest, as well as intimate club and casino gigs, private
parties, corporate events and weddings.

Nick has been teaching private lessons and masterclasses since 2004. He has a extensive experience teaching all styles of electric and acoustic guitar, including extended range instruments. Additionally, he teaches bass, improvisation, music theory, songwriting, and advanced techniques.

During your lessons you will work on anything from absolute basics, your favorite songs, reading notes, music theory and ear training to technique, improvisation, composition and anything in-between! And you will be learning in ways that are fun to play, sound good and can be applied immediately to your current playing!

Stop waiting! It's time to begin or extend your guitar knowledge and get you achieving that sound you're looking for!

Although an occasional book may be recommended, and any book you already have can be used, all other lesson materials will be provided (sheet music, charts, scale info, jam tracks, etc.) by your instructor!

Check out Nick's latest TakeLessons.com blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/cruise-ship-musician-jobs
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Nadia May 10, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Nick is a great instructor, he is very patience.....I am just a beginner and not so young. Thank you Nick!
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Nadia April 18, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Leon C. April 17, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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About Henry A.

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Chicago, IL

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Learn how to play killer blues solos and rhythm parts.

About Henry
I perform and teach guitar professionally. Music is my passion and I love to learn new music and help others learn it as well. I currently specialize in teaching classical guitar with a focus on building strong technique, ear training, and practical applications for using formal and contemporary music analysis skills.

I also love playing jazz and various styles of pop music. I try to bring a similar approach to teaching these as I do in my classical teaching. I want to work on answering questions the music asks of the performer; like how would you play a Country Swing song versus a Jazz Swing song, how would you approach a contemporary Spanish Guitar Suite versus a Baroque Guitar Suite, or how would you play a Taylor Swift song versus a John Mayer song.
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Otto March 12, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.
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Sarah December 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!
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About Brody H.

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Want to impress all the girls with your skills? Do you get envious every time a guy named Chad starts strumming Wonderwall at Suzy's backyard bonfire? Well then I've got GOOD NEWS for you! You can be better than Chad with a few simple steps, and I'll show you how!

Want to just learn chords and play simple songs to impress your parents who have never been proud of you? I'm your guy!

Want to learn in depth music theory and become a huge snob that can't enjoy anything on the radio? I'm your hook up!

Whatever you want to learn, I can give you the tools to succeed! (At least, more than Chad...)

Fair priced lessons with a hint of comedy, what else could you ask for?

About Brody
Music has always been a huge passion of mine. I attended the Ohio State University, playing guitar in the Jazz program.

Most of my time is spent either composing and arranging songs for my online content, or performing in venues with my band. Performance is a huge part of my life, and I think learning to perform in front of a crowd is just as essential as learning the notes themselves. It builds character and helps to provide confidence to a person in lieu of nervous, anxious thoughts.

If there's one thing I would want to see more of in this world, it would be people performing what they love. I've always felt that music can create an unspoken bond between people that can't be felt through any other medium. That's why, more than anything, I want to be able to share my love and knowledge of music with as many people as possible so t
hat the world can become more harmonious.
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Ralph R. November 14, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Excellent
We have mutual interest on songs and where I want to go and he has lots of patience
Which he will need with me as I master the guitar
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Chase September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brody was there at my most important formative years as a guitarist. His ideas and methods took what I had learned on my own and helped me turn it into something cohesive and musical. I would highly recommend lessons from Brody.
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Corey September 22, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In home
Very patient and knowlegable dude. He was super nice and knows his stuff. Pretty hilarious too.
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About Peter S.

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East Setauket, NY

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Experienced teacher of 12 years, working with all ages and playing abilities. I will organize a individual lesson plan and help you reach any of your goals. I can teach technique, songs, theory, reading, exercises in any style wether it's rock, jazz, pop, or classical. I also can help with songwriting and recording/producing your own music.

About Peter
I am a professional guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. I graduated from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors in classical guitar performance. I am currently working on a Masters degree in film scoring at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn New York.

I've been writing my own music since the age of 12. I've recorded and released several albums with different groups along the way and will continue recording and performing music as long as I live.

I've performed with bands all over New York as well as New Jersey, Boston, and Maine. I've played in original bands, cover bands, jazz combos, big bands, pit orchestras, and solo shows.

I've been teaching for 12 years and in that time have had students who came to me as beginners become professionals and teachers themselves. I've worked wit
h students on becoming better players in specifics styles such as jazz, blues, classical, and rock/pop.

Some of my biggest influences are Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, Juliam Bream, David Russel, Jeff Beck and many more.
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Omar January 28, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Very chill dude, very knowledgeable, prepared, and willing to work with students interests.
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Ryan J. January 5, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I started with Peter when I was 13 years old and continued taking weekly lessons until I was 19. In those 7 years Peter helped take my playing from an intermediate level to a near expert level. Our weekly meetings ranged from just learning new songs, music theory, or just jamming over backing tracks we would create. Peter is knowledgable in every form of music. In our years of lessons we enjoyed playing classic rock, blues, jazz, classical, and gypsy jazz. Peter was able to walk me teach me through the beginning levels of Music Theory.

Most importantly through our 7 years together, became was able to take me from a very shy musician to someone who was very confident on stage playing at different bars. Peter went from being a teacher to a very close friend as he helped me grow. Although I do not take lessons with him anymore due to being away at college, I keep in touch with Peter every time I am home.

I would highly recommend Peter to anyone at any level guitar playing. He has the patience someone needs if you're just starting out and the expertise to help take even some of the best players to the next level.
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Doug L December 24, 2018
· Classical Guitar · Online
Peter I’ve played guitar for 30 years and since playing under your guidance I feel I have rediscovered my own nstrument..... I truly thank you....
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About John C.

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Cooperstown, NY

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Over 10 years of experience in teaching guitar and 18 years of playing. My goal is to help you obtain your goals and to get you playing full songs in a timely manner. I will teach you basic fundamentals, chords, scales, strum patterns, chord progressions, how to read music charts, and much more!

About John
I am a professional Singer/Songwriter with over 15 years of experience in the music industry. I fell in love with music and especially guitar when I was in middle school and haven’t been able to put it down since then. During my high school career I was a member of a National Championship marching band, I played lead guitar for FCA, and jazz band, and even started my own band which toured all over the country. Since then I have worked with fellow musicians all over and I am currently residing in Cooperstown, New York and I work as a songwriter for a record label based out of Nashville, TN called Big Machine. My goal as a guitar teacher is to make sure you become the best musician and guitarist you can be. I can’t wait to get started with your lessons! Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
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Cooperstown, NY 13326
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About Joseph L.

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Quincy, MA

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I have years of teaching experience with the following features:

- Focusing on students personal musical interest
- Customizing music curriculum accordingly
- Teaching all styles, specializing in Jazz, Rock, Blues
- Offering beginner to advanced level lessons and theory
- Nurturing students passion for music
- Creating a soothing atmosphere
- Online and in-home lessons available
- All ages welcome

About Joseph
I am Joe L. from Lebanon, New Hampshire. I started playing guitar at age 11. Over the years I explored many different styles such as rock, blues, metal and classical. As I further devoted myself to music I started playing the flute, saxophone, piano, and bass. My passion for music led to several successes including earning first place in Tuck’s Rock Dojo’s regional music competition as a lead guitarist and media appearances including The Herald and Valley News newspapers. I was also teaching private lessons at the time to students with various interests and learning abilities. Upon approaching jazz, I studied with Don Mock and Scott Mullett. Soon after, I was accepted to Berklee College of Music as a guitar performance major, during which time I performed with several ensembles and studied with significant artists such as Richie Hart, She
ryl Bailey, Bruce Saunders. Currently, I’m focusing on establishing myself as a performing artist and growing as a music teacher.
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Calum August 6, 2019
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Taught me some cool new blues picking. This guy knows his shit!
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Matt August 5, 2019
· Electric Guitar · In home
Joe is a great guy and musician, a really easy person to work with, talk to, and hang with. Most importantly he is an extraordinary musician, he knows his stuff, and he knows how to communicate it to a student. His knowledge spans far beyond a pro and his teaching skills surpass many "professional" teachers I have worked with in the past. Nothing but a joy every lesson. Joe has opened my eyes to what the fretboard displays harmonically. I am grateful for what he has given me. Thanks Joe!
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Malik August 5, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I'm currently taking electric guitar lessons from Joe. Without a doubt, it is the highlight of my week to spend an hour jamming with him. While learning a new instrument is always difficult (especially one as physically/mentally demanding as the guitar), Joe is endlessly knowledgeable and always has a cool new trick to show me to make everything less daunting and more fun. It has been such a joy to be instructed by someone so funny, talented, patient, and kind. I cannot recommend Joe enough!
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About Seth D.

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Greeley, CO
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Having a variety of experiences professionally and academically, I am very well suited to cater to the interests of my students. I am currently getting my Master's degree in classical guitar performance, but I often include a variety of styles in order to motivate your practice times at home. Whether you want really nail the sound of a Black Sabbath riff, learn to solo over a blues progression, or even learn a piano piece on guitar. I can help give you the tools to form your own musical identity.

About Seth
In my lessons, I make sure that I do my best to serve your interests. No matter what style of music you are passionate about, I want to help you develop that passion into musical ability. This is done through practice, analysis, reading, and listening. Even if you want to focus on metal or popular music, I will make sheet music arrangements of the music you already know and love, to better teach you how to read and interpret written music. Also, playing with recordings will often be a part of lessons to help prepare students for playing with other musicians. This holistic approach to teaching will ensure you are the best musician you can be, and not just another guitarist.
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About Ryan P.

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Chicago, IL
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First off, I'm a patient, passionate and informative teacher! I realize that no two students are the same, which is why I'll create a unique lesson plan that is specifically tailored to you. Plus, my lesson plans are purely based on YOUR goals. Tell me what you want to do and I'll have you picking, strumming and playing it in no time. Signup for my stress-free, fun lessons today so we can start playing music, together!

About Ryan
I am a guitarist, singer, producer, and composer. I have an associates degree in guitar performance and currently study music composition at Columbia College Chicago.

I have been teaching students of all different ages and experience levels for six years. My stress-free lessons are uniquely tailored to each and every student I have. You will quickly learn that my lessons are designed to accomplish what you want to get out of guitar. I welcome all genres and styles of music. Just tell me what you like and you'll be playing it in no time.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Ryan P.

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