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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics and how they affect your songwriting. Break down songs that you like to learn about the elements that make you like them and make them compelling to others.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About Anthony S.

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Whether you want to write a simple pop song, a jazz chart, or 18th century counterpoint, a few basics in music theory will set a foundation for your creative ideas to flourish. Beyond the technical tools needed to compose, inspiration plays a large role in what direction you take. Having an understanding of the repertoire and being familiar with the great artists of whatever genre you are trying to dive into will help guide your imagination. For a well-rounded and thorough approach to learning and understanding music, you can trust my 10 years of teaching full time to students of all ages.

About Anthony
I am a local musician, recording specialist, composer, and dedicated teacher. Few things are more fulfilling to me than helping others discover a love for music and reach their potential. Creating music is a great passion of mine, as is classical piano.
10 years teaching full time in the Sammamish and Issaquah area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons don't have to be boring and dry! It is possible to learn a lot and still have fun. My approach to teaching is comprehensive, but my style is relaxed and inviting.

Music is so much more than just pushing down a few keys on a keyboard. My students learn how to site read, count, analyze, enhance memory, listen and develop proper technique. It is through these skills that one truly learns an appreciation for music, and begins to mature on an instrument.

Child beginner students get extra
special attention from me. Learning piano can sometimes be intimidating, especially for young children. I am well versed in the Frances Clark Music Tree series and have had great success in communicating what can sometimes be abstract concepts to children. My students progress very quickly and develop a sense of confidence on the piano very early on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated piano studio: 6 ft Steinway grand

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I travel to a students home they must have a full size keyboard. I only supply learning materials

*** Specialties ***
All classical styles. Beginning Jazz theory and improv
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JudyM November 28, 2011
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fantastic instructor

Anthony is kind, caring,gentle and is always positive with construcitve critisim. I am a very busy adult , but enjoy every minute of practice and lessons with Anthony. I am amazed at how fast I am relearning the piano . I look forward to my lessons every week.
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About Carl S.

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Song writing is about personal expression, but sometimes we need to know a bit more to turn words into music. It needn't be difficult to understand the basics; let me help! I am currently Director of Jazz Ensembles and Instructor of Saxophone at South Dakota State University. For booking, please sign up with TakeLessons today, and then we'll arrange a mutually agreeable meeting time.

About Carl
Dr. Carl S. will be teaching at Oklahoma State University as a Lecturer of Saxophone and Music Theory during Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert's sabbatical beginning August 2017. His duties include graduate saxophone lessons, graduate music theory review, graduate saxophone pedagogy, and saxophone studio class. Carl has an online music studio through TakeLessons, where he teaches several instruments privately and in group settings including saxophone, guitar, oboe, music theory, flute, clarinet, and piano.

Prior to working at OSU, Carl was Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University from 2014-2017. His responsibilities included directing the annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, Jazz Combo, Jazz Improvisation lessons, Jazz Pedagogy, online Jazz Appreciation, private saxophone lessons, sax
ophone quartets, private oboe lessons, and group guitar class.

Carl completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools. He is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Jazz Education Network, Music Teachers National Association, treasurer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma. He has held previous memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

While at KU, Carl was also a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and jazz studies program. His responsibilities included Assistant Director of the KU Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles II-III, directing Jazz Combo III-VI, assisting with the KU Jazz Festival, directing Saxophone Quartets II-III, teaching private saxophone lessons, assisting in saxophone studio class, and teaching the music education woodwind methods course. His Lecture Recital Document, A Performer’s Analysis of Selected Jazz Works for Saxophone Quartet, featured an interview with Bob Mintzer. Carl was a member of KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Saxophone Quartet I, and KU's Helianthus New Music Ensemble. As a member of KU's Jazz Ensemble 1, Carl has performed with Dave Douglas, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alex Sipiagin, Steve Owen, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, Clint Ashlock, David von Kampen, Peter Epstein, Jeff Miley, James Miley, Roger Shew, and Brian Hamada, Brandon Draper, Rich Wheeler, Beau Bledsoe, Jeff Harshbarger, and Matt Otto. In July 2014, Carl went on a European tour with KU Jazz Ensemble I featuring Steve Leisring and Deborah Brown. Together, they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and performed in several cities in Germany. Recordings by this band resulted in KU winning the DownBeat Student Award (Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Division) in 2015.

While at OSU, Carl was a GTA for the saxophone studio and music theory programs. His responsibilities included Music Theory I-IV tutoring and grading, sight-singing grading, piano labs, classical and jazz saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet coaching, saxophone studio Webmaster, and saxophone studio class. Carl was a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 1. He had a regularly performing jazz trio and played in OSU's X2End saxophone quartet. The X2End quartet performed locally at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C., at the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and has won the state and division rounds of the 2010-2011 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The X2End quartet went on to win the 3rd place prize at the national final round of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. They also were the Division II Chamber Ensemble winners at the 2011 Hubbard Music Competition where they were awarded the 2nd place prize in the overall finals. Carl's final degree paper at OSU was a study of composer/performer collaboration. He traveled to Texas, Michigan, and Ohio to interview saxophonists and composers including David Dees, Peter Fischer, John Sampen,Marilyn Shrude, Joe Lulloff, and Charles Ruggiero. He has presented his lecture at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and the 2012 OSU Single Reed Summit. As a member of OSU's Jazz Ensemble 1, he has performed with Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, and Andy Martin.

While at SWOSU, Carl performed as a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, Jazz Ensemble A, saxophone quartet, and his own jazz combo named Five-Seven. As a member of SWOSU's Jazz Ensemble A, he has performed with Dan Haerle, Bob Bowman, Jack Mouse, Fred Forney, Janice Borla, Eddie Daniels, Pamela York, Lynn Seaton, Carl Allen, Dr. Michael Cox, Tom Williams, Dr. Robert Chambers, Dave Hanson, Drori Mondlak, Delores Williams, Byron Stripling, Frank Wess, Kenny Drew Jr.,Dennis Mackrel, Bill Watrous, Rich Eames, Jennifer Leitham, and Randy Drake.

Carl's primary saxophone instructors have been Vince Gnojek, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Ann Bradfield, Dr. Keith Talley, and William Rodney Hull. He has had additional instruction in lessons and masterclasses from Gary Foster, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Dr. Michael Cox, Bob Sheppard, Johnny Salinas, Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Dr. Geoffrey Deibel, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Griffin Campbell, Dr. James Laughlin, and Dr. David Dees. Carl's jazz directors have included Dan Gailey, Bob McCurdy, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Keith Talley, and Dr. Terry Segress.

​Carl lives in Brookings, South Dakota. He enjoys recording several instruments in his home studio and composing new music. His compositions that have been performed include his big band arrangement of Cat Battles by Joshua Redman,September in the Refrain (alto saxophone and electronics), Funk-o-matic (jazz combo), Smooth (jazz combo), and The Deadline Arrives at Dawn (alto saxophone and electronics). As an advocate of new music involving the saxophone, he has participated in a commissioning consortium for Alone Together by composer David MacDonald through Kick Starter. In 2013, Carl performed the premier of Cuento #3 by Nelson Ramirez Diaz. During summer of 2014, he recorded selections from Dr. John Walker's "The Alto Saxophone in the Attic," published by Carl Fischer. At the 10th Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival in 2015, Carl directed SDSU Jazz Ensemble I's premier of Dog, Tired by David von Kampen.

​Dr. Carl is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist. He hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Conference at South Dakota State University on March 17-18, 2017. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Carl performed Dreams in the Dusk by David Biedenbender with South Dakota State University's Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jacob Wallace. On Monday, February 6, 2017, Carl will be performed the premiere of Lhotse for alto saxophone and percussion by Steve Danyew with Dr. Aaron Ragsdale.
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Denis October 15, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Very happy working with Carl. He's been patient, and is very helpful with his comments.
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Adeliza October 15, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
Spectacular session, I got help with sight-reading and playing a piece that I enjoy. I learned many new things and had fun accomplishing it. Although there is nothing that I can say but thanks!
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Denis October 8, 2017
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About Tyff M.

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As a songwriter, my goal is to help others learn how to or develop presenting their ideas through writing. Either by finding more efficient ways of doing so or exploring different creative ideas. I would also like to introduce the piano to the songwriting process so those who are unfamiliar with composition can start the process of putting music to their work.

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Bob November 7, 2016
· Singing · Online
Kirsten was very professional about the singing lessons. I will work with her again because she knows what I want...
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Gwendolyn Davis November 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
I am glad to have met Kirsten, she is really helpful to my 10 year old daughter. She is positive, makes my daughter feel comfortable. I am happy to have fo7nd her, and at a affordable price. She is always on time, and takes her time to teach my daughter the fundamentals.
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Lauren Kimble November 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
Just started last week, so far really good, positive, on time. I have been showed ways to expand my voice, and I am looking forward to succeeding
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About Aldrin E.

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If you love music and have the passion it takes to learn to play an instrument I'll be honored to have you as a student. Whether you want to take Piano, Guitar, Singing or Violin Lessons, we will work closely with you to help you gain the confidence you need to perform at a very good level.

I am a musician from the Conservatory of Bellas Artes in Colombia and a Music Producer from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. My Career began when I was 12 years old playing Piano and today I work among world known musicians.

Most of our students are from the South Florida area. Our pricing is reasonable and I can create custom packages to accommodate your budget.

About Aldrin
If you love music and have the passion it takes to learn to play an instrument I'll be honored to have you as a student. Whether you want to take Piano, Guitar, Singing or Violin Lessons, we will work closely with you to help you gain the confidence you need to perform at a very good level.

I am a musician from the Conservatory of Bellas Artes in Colombia and a Music Producer from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. My Career began when I was 12 years old playing Piano and today I work among world known musicians.

Most of our students are from the South Florida area. Our pricing is reasonable and I can create custom packages to accommodate your budget.
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Anita&Sophia R. August 21, 2017
· Spanish · In home
had great lesson very personable kids enjoyed it looking forward to next lesson
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Charles (Paige & Peyton) L. March 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Starts with the basic so that he can build on that beginning foundation. He handled each chid well paying attention to learning styles.
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Joe D. November 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
The best!
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About Gary R.

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I started writing in 1977 and have not stopped since. I can teach you to construct a song, create lyric, the context of songwriting, and how to find the chords you hear in your head for your song-
Let me show you how to bring your songs to life!

About Gary
Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My primary expertise is teaching Trumpet and brass instruments,
Vocal jazz, and beginner piano for kids or adults.
Learning to play takes practice, guidance, determination, and a desire to have fun !
Read my reviews, ask me questions, come hear me perform around San Diego, and lets get started !! Enjoy a relaxed lesson atmosphere and let me help you
become the musician you want to be.
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Joel V. September 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Gary is an absolutely amazing teacher, he makes me feel extremely comfortable when singing and playing. He's helping me improve my overall music knowledge and focusing on what I personally would like to learn. I'd recommend anyone who might be a little shy to Gary because he's really helping me with mine.
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Emily and Kitty S. July 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
gary was very funny and we felt comfortable with him :)
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Marylou D. June 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son took piano and voice lessons with Gary last summer. Gary is fantastic! He is very talented, patient, and kind, He is great at keeping a child's attention and varying the lesson so that the child is not bored. I would definitely recommend Gary for music lessons.
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About Vandi E.

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I have taken theory and composition courses throughout my undergraduate and graduate coursework. I have written and recorded songs. We will work to develop your own voice and style in your songs and compositions.

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Credentials:
Crittenden Opera Workshop 2017-Washington D.C.
CISCO 2017-Stage Combat Certifications
Vianden Summer Program 2016-Luxembourg
CISCO 2016-Stage Combat Certifications
MM in Vocal Performance, the University of Akron, May 2015
BFA in Musical Theater, Shorter University, May 2011
(Theatre minor and Equivalent of a piano minor)
Cosmetology Instructor's Certification and License, Gadsden State Community College, May 2007
Cosmetology Certification and License, May 2006

Vandi has extensive performance experience in multiple genres: opera, musical theater, straight theater, film, church music, jazz, and contemporary music.
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Scarlett August 30, 2017
· Singing · Online
My daughter loves her singing lessons and looks forward to them every week. Thank you Vandi !
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Jennifer April 14, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
I thought as a theatre teacher that I didn't have much more to learn. I was wrong. Vandi has given me the confidence to sing. I hid in the altos for years and she helped me find the wider range I was seeking. She includes great visualizations in her lessons which helps a visual learner like me. I have the confidence to trust my breath and sing in ways I never thought possible. She is a wonderful teacher. Take lessons from her!
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Rose J. December 8, 2016
· Singing · In home
Vandi is awesome!! My 13 year old has been working with Vandi for several months now and her voice has improved significantly. Vandi is upbeat, happy and encouraging with her, while at the same time teaching her vocal control and technique. Also, we've had no issues with an on-line lesson - in fact, I love on-line lessons. It's very convenient. I highly recommend Vandi!
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I've studied music for over 28 years and possess the experience, professionalism, great attitude, and enthusiastic teaching approach. I deliver results, help you develop the skills you need, and have you playing with confidence.

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My name is Leo. I've been a musician for 28 years and teaching for 14 years and I still continue to pursue all things concerning music with the same passion, perseverance, and love I had at the beginning of my music career.

I received my formal training at Texas State University where I studied Classical guitar and Music Education while also playing in Hard Rock bands in San Antonio. While still in college, I started teaching music privately to help pay for my education. I soon found myself with a successful business and decided to focus on it full time.

My goal is to produce quality music lessons available to anyone who's ever desired to learn the guitar, piano, music production, music theory, Pro Tools, songwriting & arranging, composing for film & video games, and all other important music skills in the comfort of their home.

The starting point of all achievement is desire, so if you desire to become a better musician then don't hesitate, get started now.
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I hold a PhD in music theory. My research focuses on current pop music, and I wrote a 200-page dissertation about various aspects of songwriting and sound production. In lessons, students learn in depth about the following:

Song structure--the basic flow of a song; the sonic, melodic, and lyrical role of each section-intro-verse-prechorus-chorus-postchorus-bridge-transitions-outros; the internal structure of each section; etc.

Writing great melodies--rhythmic strategies; note collections; range considerations; sequences; melodic contrast between sections; etc.

Lyrics--rhyme schemes; compositional strategies; genre-specific language; storytelling; etc.

Sound production--Every songwriter needs to know something about sound production. We will cover approaches to beatmaking and sonic considerations in songwriting.

My rates are higher than most teachers, and therefore students who are deeply committed to becoming better songwriters/musicians and are willing to put in the ...

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I hold two doctoral degrees--a PhD in music theory and a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) in music composition. I have written music for singers, bands, orchestras, and chamber ensembles. I am also a professional guitarist, and have been performing pop, rock, jazz, and contemporary classical music for over 20 years. In addition, I am the author of the ear training book "Tonal SIght Singing, The Book".

I have 18 years of teaching experience, including 8 years at the college level. I have taught guitar, piano, music theory, composition, songwriting, and sound production. My students range from beginners to doctoral candidates in music.
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