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Orlando Guitar and Theory

By Damien S. - Orlando Guitar Teacher

Teaching music theory and guitar lessons in Orlando exposes me to a wide variety of genres and styles. The eclectic population of Orlando and the city’s many live music venues lend to that. As a working guitarist and composer, exposure to a wide variety of musical cultures gives me the ability to pass it on to my students. I love musically broadening myself and students to these various genres and musical cultures when I am teaching guitar lessons in Orlando. Education is never-ending and creativity stems from that education. Orlando's culturally rich communities and reputation as one of the biggest tourist hubs in the world make it a mandatory stop for touring bands. There is never a shortage of live music in this "City Beautiful.”

As a teacher, I enjoy throwing my students into playing immediately during their guitar lessons in Orlando. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced musician, you play to have fun and enjoy what you are doing. Music is about expressing yourself and I feel my students should be able to do that sooner than later. A working knowledge of music, i.e. theory, also helps develop the musician’s creative attributes, along with helpful skills and rules to some of music's order. I enjoy teaching theory and watching a student "get it." This just helps broaden the student’s playing ability and creativity. I believe in giving the student what they want and helping broaden their knowledge and ability. A happy student is a practicing student and returning student.

About Jeremy A.

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I teach a variety of styles including finger picking, basic to advanced picking techniques, tapping, and jazz voicings.

I am proficient at all styles of music, however, I especially prefer acoustic finger picking.

About Jeremy
I am an accomplished performing musician that has experience playing many different instruments in multiple styles. I believe first and foremost that learning music should be fun and exciting with an emphasis on self exploration and communication. It's these qualities in my own musicianship that have helped me grow a true love of music and have pushed my career forward as a performer.

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons I use a shifting curriculum that is made to work with the needs of each individual student. I firmly believe in the importance of learning to read music and learning some bas
ic music theory, in my experience this helps the student grow from being able to reproduce the music of others to eventually developing a unique style and sound. After three to six months my beginning level students typically feel comfortable enough to play with other musicians confidently.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons take place in the living room seating and a guitar are available. 1 cat and 1 small dog kept separate during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide all of the necessary educational tools such as listening samples, and printed off hand outs. The student needs to have their own instrument, staff paper and a pencil.
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Elias L. March 23, 2017
Verified Student · Banjo · In studio
Jeremy is a gifted musician and teacher. He is very encouraging and knows a lot. I felt very comfortable learning banjo from him, and feel like I gained a VERY solid base for continuing with the instrument. Thanks a lot!
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Hayden H. February 4, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Jeremy was able to take my existing knowledge and direct the lesson towards what I wanted to work on. Great first lesson and I'm looking forward to many more!
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Jessie B. May 28, 2016
Verified Student · Banjo · In studio
If you're looking for Great lessons in a fun environment, Jeremy is the Man you're looking for, not only was he an awesome teacher,he is now my friend.
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Jeremy A.

Casselberry, FL 32707
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$30 / 30-min

About David L.

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Windermere, FL
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David was born on the nineteenth of October in Queens, New York. He was first introduced to music at the age of eight, when his parents enrolled him in piano classes in his hometown. When he moved down to Florida at the age of 15, he started learning how to play drums at a local church.

Shortly after that, David realized playing Guitar Hero wasn't quite enough for him so his father picked up an old guitar from a garage sale a few months later. He immediately fell in love with it. About 3 months later, David entered a Regional Competition known as "Top Nazarene Talent" and placed first. He then got the opportunity to compete at Trevecca Nazarene University and placed fifth in the region after only playing for a short period of time.

Since then, he has played in many churches, venues and festivals with local bands and talented musicians. His influences range from Pop, Contemporary, Alternative, Rock and Metal. He hopes to help his students find their own unique style by ...

About David
I teach Pop, rock, blues, and metal. I was taught for about 10 years on acoustic/electric and have had 5years doing private vocal lessons. After that I started teaching myself Guitar, Bass, and piano. I started playing for about five years touring and have taught in churches and learning centers. I also have a band and play lead guitar at a venue every Saturday night. I benefit from teaching when I see the student gets it and the accomplishment is what makes me speechless to the impact I have made or whatever impact there is to come! Also, feel free to check out my band at www.deardestinymusic
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*** Lesson Details ***
Students cant expect a laid back atmosphere with zero pressure. Learning guitar, like any other hobby or anything you wish to learn, requires dedication and love for the craft. Anyone can play any instrument they put their mind to, all they have to do is love it and enjoy the feeling of making music.

The Curriculum I use is Mel Bay's Guitar Method. It's the book I used when I was first learning and it set a firm foundation on which I have learned to build on and improve.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Digitech GNX 3000 Pedal board
Line 6 UX2 Interface
Schecter Damien Elite Solo 6
Ibanez S1170
Line 6 212
Kustom 412 Head and Half Stack

*** Travel Equipment ***
A guitar, I expect the students to have a tuner or get a guitar in time.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in legato, alternate picking, sweep picking, economic picking and basically all methods of playing lead guitar. But I do start off by teaching acoustic and rhythm guitar
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Favian A. March 29, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Perfect Teacher for my son !!
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Renay D. December 27, 2013
Verified Student · Guitar ·
David is AWESOME!

David has been wonderfully patient and my son has learned to play so quickly. We could not have found a better teacher for my son to relate to. In the words of my son "he is AWESOME!".
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David L.

David L.

Windermere, FL 34786
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starting at
$24 / 30-min

About Damien S.

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Orlando, FL

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I teach beginner to advanced guitar. I can teach any genre of music and have been teaching for over 10 years. You will not only know how to play but know what you are doing, musically.

About Damien
Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, an
d performing live.

*** Lesson Details ***
Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. Basics lead to complete knowledge of any subject. Starting from the beginning of what a student knows and moving forward step by step will only lead to perfection in their lessons. Having fun doing this, is the only way to keep a student focused and progressing. Enjoyment is the number one focus of Damien's lessons. If a student isn't enjoying and having fun with their lessons then they will not progress.
Damien teaches ages of 5-99. You are never too young or old to learn. Damien's main focus is guitar and music theory

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to provide their own guitar (if necessary) and a notebook
I have private parking for my students, so they don't have to worry about parking, ever !
*** Specialties ***
I have been taught, on a college level, of classical, jazz, ethnic musics. I specialize in guitar, theory, composition.
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Jolymar March 16, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Damien is an excellent teacher! I would recommend him 100%. He is very professional and enthusiastic about music. Overall a great experience.
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Ken K. March 1, 2017
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
I got a lot more out of the lesson than I anticipated. Great teacher. Looking forward to becoming a better bass player with his knowledge and expertise.
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Jackie October 10, 2016
Verified Student · Banjo · In studio
Damien is a fun, kind and extremely patient teacher. He structures lessons well and makes sure you understand why you're doing/learning certain things. He knows how to keep lessons interesting yet helpful.
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Damien S.

Orlando, FL 32801
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starting at
$33 / 30-min

About Yegues S.

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I am currently the guitar teacher at Ocoee High School. I am fluent across multiple styles and types of guitar playing. I have extensive knowledge of music theory and how to apply it to the guitar for easier playing.

About Yegues
I am currently the guitar teacher at Ocoee High School.

I have a degree in Music Education and Flute Performance from Florida State University. Flute was my primary instrument throughout high school and college, but guitar is now my main focus. I have given multiple lessons and master classes on both flute and guitar. I have also been a music theory tutor for many students. I have a lot of experience with both giving and receiving lessons, so I have learned many ways to adapt to any situation.

I love laughing and making jokes, which is one of the most important aspects of any teacher. Le
ssons should be something to look forward to rather than dreading to spend time practicing. I do prefer being more laid back as a teacher, but still know when it's time to get more serious about the work.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back most of the time time, but I still expect whatever we assigned to be practiced for the next/current lesson. I will expect some form of technique exercise to be played as a warm up to each lesson as well as non-instrumental warm-ups like breathing. As a student, you can choose repertoire to work on, or I can provide music and etudes depending on the skill level. I can provide any supplementary materials as needed.

Music lessons - Flute and guitar are the two instruments I play at a professional level, however, I am able to play and have a solid understanding of most instruments.

Math lessons - My experience ranges from elementary to college as far as giving lessons. I come into lessons prepared, and will know most of the subject matter presented, and if not, I am a quick learner and am able to understand material presented very quickly.
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Theresa G. February 25, 2017
Verified Student · Flute · Online
Great lesson.
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Keely DeSouza February 19, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Amazing, talented, professional
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Audrey K. February 6, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Our first lesson was great. My daughter really enjoyed it.
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Yegues S.

Yegues S.

Ocoee, FL 34761
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$20 / 30-min

About Christian L.

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Orlando, FL

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My main focus throughout my career can be broken down into 3 categories:

-Technique
-Knowledge of the fretboard
-Chord and Scale knowledge

I guarantee that if you are comfortable with these 3 areas, you will be able to play whatever you want, any style, any genre. Of course once the basics are finished we can then move into the specifics of your chosen style or chosen combination of styles. For example:

-Jazz-
We would start to focus more on larger chord voicings as well as a more complex scale language. Heavy emphasis on improvising

-Blues-
Less of an emphasis on chords and more on soloing, specifically articulation techniques like bending, sliding, vibrato, legato (hammer ons/pull offs), basically all of the things that will make you sound "bluesy"

-Singer/Songwriter-
Less emphasis on lead playing and more on keys, chord voicing, and chord progressions. Also song structure and melodic note choice.

-Metal-
Heavy emphasis on techniques such as hybrid ...

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, a
nd 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 learning 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.

If you want some examples of my playing/writing/recordings, check out the videos below or any of these links to the various projects that I produce.

https://www.youtube.com/user/calogagl
https://eliotandtheeveningnoose.bandcamp.com/releases
https://galiasocial.bandcamp.com
https://kaloking.bandcamp.com/releases
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Martin P. March 15, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
So I started out with Christian just knowing the basic chords after noodling around for the past few years. I knew I hit a point where I wasn't going to have the freedom to explore until I learned music theory and got the foundations down. I went in wanting to know the basics to be able to go into any genre at some point. Man I was not disappointed. He is supremely patient working with you at whatever level you're at. And you can tell he's truly passionate and cares as a teacher. For example, countless times we go over the 1 hour time window and he never rushes you out. He sticks with you until the lesson feels concluded naturally. Honestly its all you can ever want out of a teacher. Whether learning riffs from a song, or figuring out what key a song is in, or how to apply the scales at every level, he simply has you covered. I am extremely grateful to have been so lucky to have found him. He alone is one of those rare musicians where his ability, technique, and skill in the art form is matched in his ability to teach it.
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April R. April 13, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Just took my first lessons with Christian and I'm pretty excited! He's got a lot of knowledge and knows what he is doing. He also goes at your own pace so there's no pressure or time pressing against understanding and learning the material. I feel like I'm going to be able to learn and grow from his teachings and recommend him to anyone looking. Remember practice makes perfect and I can't wait for my next lesson!
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Justin Kirschbaum September 27, 2015
Verified Student · Music Theory · In studio
Honestly I couldn't have picked a better teacher. Above all else, Christian really takes the time to help you understand what he's teaching and how to apply it to your own playing. I've been playing guitar for 10 years now and before I started taking lessons from him, I never knew how much I didn't know. Every lesson is fun and engaging and definitely well worth the rate. Bar none.
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Christian L.

Orlando, FL 32807
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