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Russell R.

Germantown, TN

About Russell

My name is Russell "Rusty" Rainey. I have been a professional guitarist for 25 years. During the past 25 years I have managed the area's largest music stores, opened a Guitar Repair Center and became a "Certified *Fender Guitar Technician" . My experience with other musicians on stage and in the studio is without parallel. A "school" cannot duplicate real world experience. I understand the frustrations associated with finding the right person who understands how to treat you as an individual. A great instructor will not teach out of a book, they will write a book for you. A real Educati
on in "playing guitar" is much broader than what you can learn from a book. I can help you understand the guitar in a practical and logical way, how to become a "guitar player" - not just how to "play the guitar". Lets talk about how I can help you meet your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want to make our time together something that you will look forward to each week. The guitar is a very expressive and diverse instrument. My goal as your instructor is helping you reach your own goal. I teach each student in an individual way based on your interest, and my assessment of how to help you reach those goals, every lesson is time YOUR time! I take time before each lesson planning our time together. Commit 3 months and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, 6 months and you'll begin to play through songs, after a year you will look back with pride and realize how much you have learned. I consider myself "laid back" and easy to talk too, but I will encourage you to accomplish what I know you can. When you put forth effort forth, and follow your lesson plans, you will have a great experience! ~Rusty

*** Studio Equipment ***
HOME: lessons in dedicated music room, guitars, amps, bass guitar, music stand, cords, cables, picks, tuners, stand.....

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide any materials and or equipment relative to the area of study for myself in addition to the student should that situation present itself.

*** Specialties ***
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, and Country. I teach "slide" guitar for those students who are interested in learning more about "delta-blues" and rock guitar utilizing the slide in style very similar to Z.Z. Top.
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Greg G. December 22, 2015
Verified Student
Very talented and gifted instructor. I really enjoyed the lessons and learned more about the guitar. Good energy. Recommend!
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Nathan C. July 21, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
I enrolled in lessons as a beginner. Russell did a great job with the 5 lessons that I took with him.
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Nathan C. June 23, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
He was great. The first session made me look forward to the next session. He was fantastic and very easy to talk to. I feel very fortunate to have gotten such a great instructor. I feel very fortunate!
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Russell R.

Russell R.

Germantown, TN 38138
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$75 / 45-min
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John S.

Collierville, TN

About John

I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.
One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, o
r the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

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I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most. For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward.
For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.
For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.
I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Chris August 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
John does a great job and gets along great with the kids.
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Pat S. May 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
John was very good and very patient. I really think I am going to love this
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Carter March 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
John is a great teacher! This was my son's first piano lesson last night. He enjoyed it and also learned quite a bit during the half-hour session. My other son has been taking guitar lessons from John for over two years, and he has been a pleasure to work with during this time. We highly recommend him for lessons of various instruments!
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jason O.

Memphis, TN

About Jason

I graduated with a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Florida State University. My primary instrument is Saxophone, but I also teach Clarinet. I studied for one college semester at the presitgious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. During undergrad at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, Jason was a two time winner of the Concerto-Aria Competition. I have played Saxophone for 30 years, and I have years of experience teaching beginner level to degree-seeking students.
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Leah December 14, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Jason was able to to teach my daughter and improve her playing in a short amount of time. Would recommend to anyone!!!!
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Katie December 4, 2015
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Floud December 4, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Jason's exquisite talent with the saxophone recently in a private concert. I was extremely impressed with his talent and I think anyone wishing to learn to play the sax or just improve your own talents would benefit from Jason's dedication and expertise.
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Jason O.

Memphis, TN 38104
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$30 / 30-min
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Joel B.

Cordova, TN

About Joel

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Union county. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own
songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt. Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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David B. May 5, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Very good. Teacher knows his stuff. Teaches at the proper level for the student.
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Joel B.

Cordova, TN 38016
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Lauren J.

Memphis, TN

About Lauren

My name is Lauren Jones and I am a classical guitarist living in Memphis, Tennessee. I graduated from Liberty University in December of 2015 with a degree in classical guitar performance. I will be starting my masters degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Memphis in August 2016.
My primary love is classical music, but I have studied country, pop, rock and fingerstyle guitar.
My approach to teaching is to get you excited about learning guitar! You will pick the style and the song you want to learn and you will be playing guitar within the first lesson! I like to spend t
ime getting to know your musical taste and knowing what your goals are for taking lessons. No matter what your goals are, I want to work with you and first and foremost have fun while fostering a love for music!
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Matthew July 18, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
I am fairly useless when it comes to music but Lauren was incredibly patient and understanding when I fumbled through her beginning lessons. We went at a pace that was not difficult to follow,and I can safely say I learned a great deal from her in just a few lessons, and when I am ready to get back on that horse I will make sure to have her as my instructor.
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Christine Trout July 17, 2016
Lauren taught my son to play acoustic guitar several years ago. She did more than teach him the basics of playing. Lauren's enthusiasm in her love of music was contagious too. My son now plays in his own band, writes music, plays for worship at church and in his school. Lauren has always been an excellent music instructor, but now has expanded her abilities to teach several genres given her bachelor's degree completion. As a music educator, I highly recommend Lauren Jones to any prospective student!
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John Trout July 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
She was my second guitar teacher and she was the best! I owe most of my guitar skills to her and I wouldn't have even been as interested as I am now if it weren't for her. She didn't just teach me, but she also made it a ton of fun. I'm now in a band (Fisherman's Fable) that's just starting out, and I know it wouldn't have happened if she didn't teach me strumming patterns, bar chords, finger picking, and singing while playing ten years ago, and she has only gotten better with her study at Liberty. I put down Acoustic Guitar, but she has also helped me some with classical as well. I'd say stop looking at all the other teachers you're considering, she's the one you want.
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Lauren J.

Lauren J.

Memphis, TN 38115
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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