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About Billy N.

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Play the music you want to play. I often use a combination of styles to get you to advance in your guitar skills whether you are a stone beginner or advanced. I've been teaching for over 20 years and can tailor lessons to the individual using the music you want and my large repertoire ranging from simple American Folk through Advanced modern music. I can get you to accompany,solo and also read music too( if you wish). I have concise approaches to all matters of technique, scale work and arpeggios. You can be confident that you are coming to an experienced teacher/player who cares deeply about music and loves helping the student progress.

About Billy
Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music and currently available. He now offers online lessons via Skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern Art Museum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South
of Brazil,  receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. In 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS news hour during his residence at MacDowell. In 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio and another live radio appearance with band in 2010. Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. Most Recently his groups have been performing at the famed Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion (Pandeiro) and Cavaquinho. Billy has completed two CD's of his original music and an EP of his original Choro music. He has a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY.

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From Coda Magazine August 2012: by Seton Hawkins

Through outstanding collaborations like the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble, guitarist and composer Billy N has emerged as a leading exponent of the music of Brazil. Exploring far beyond the well-trodden bossa nova path. Billy unearths the full range of styles the country offers, including choro, baiào, valsa and samba, and gives American audiences a rich panoramic glimpse into Brazilian art, highlighting its parallels with progressive jazz.

A recipient of composers residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, he is the curator of a three-day series at the club dedicated to the country's music. Billy will showcase his own group—a sextet with drummer Matt Kane, bassist Leco Reis, saxophonists Michael Attias and Eric Schugren and trumpeter Ben Holmes—in a concert primarily featuring his original works. SH

Reviews of my Book on Alfred Brazil: Guitar Atlas,  I love this series and this is the best of the six titles I have. Billy really knows his stuff; the analysis of time at the beginning is superb: something I now use in my teaching. This is definitely for intermediate and higher guitarists, but the pieces are worth the effort to get right, and the accompanying CD shows you what you are aiming for. This is as good as my other Brazilian guitar book (by Nelson Faria) and much more compact and easier to follow. Highly recommended!

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This book is essential homework for students of Brazilian guitar. It is one of the best resources out there, along with Nelson Faria's "The Brazilian Guitar Book." The original etudes are not only instructional, but are nice pieces in their own right. An excellent value.

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I've taught all levels over 20 years both in NYC and Brazil. I work with the material that the student wants and also through recordings and charts introduce much music that the student might have been unfamiliar with. My lessons are catered to the individual. There is no obstacle anyone has that is too great to work through. My approach to rhythmic training has helped many. I have simple way of breaking down the guitar fingerboard which can used as a guide to learn harmony. I'll get you into the horizontal aspects of guitar, traveling across the neck, making music across one string as well, mastering the guitar in a small fret range - " vertical position playing".

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I have guitar for the student, either electric or nylon. Cavaquinho students bring their instrument. First time students must bring their instrument so I can see what they are playing on.

*** Specialties ***
Brazilian Fingerstyle - Choro, Samba, Baiao Solo
Jazz Guitar - Pick or Fingers
Beginning Flamenco
Cavaquinho
Improvisation for any instrument
Harmony and Theory
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Flaminia D. May 12, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
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Lynn W. December 17, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows.
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felicia D. October 17, 2014
· Brazilian Guitar · In home
I took Brazilian guitar lessons from Billy for several years. His method focuses on absorbing the many rhythms of Brazil and translating them from percussion instruments to the guitar. Much of his effort is devoted on achieving the elusive Brazilian swing, which non Brazilians need to learn. Billy is excellent in breaking down the rhythms and explaining them. He even has a book out on his method. He covers various Brazilian genres: choro, bossa nova, samba, baiao and more.
Billy also is an accomplished jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist with a thorough understanding of harmony and improvisation. He is very patient and has years of teaching and performance experience. You will be lucky to study with him!
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About Nils B.

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Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

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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Tyler May 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nils is a very professional and great teacher, after only one lesson I felt a huge improvement and had a template to grow as an artist.

I would highly recommend his teaching to anyone looking to become a better guitar player!
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Jessica February 5, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nils is an excellent teacher. After many years of trying to master certain songs he was able to hone in on the instruction that I needed. He helped me make progress and enjoy myself along the way.
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Adam November 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had several great lessons with Nils. He helped me break through a plateau I was on in terms of modal soloing and also with recognizing chord shapes and how the lie underneath scale structures. He was responsive, knowledgeable and quick to grasp what I, as an already experienced player, needed to improve. Highly recommended!
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About Ross H.

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Hello! My name is Ross and I am a performing guitarist and educator in the Pittsburgh area. I have taught privately for over 10 years and have experience teaching in the classroom as well. Studying Music Education at IUP, I received training in multiple effective, highly successful methods of music instruction including students with special needs ranging from grades Pre-K-12. I play in four groups and average about 100 performances a year. Looking forward to hearing from you! - Ross

About Ross
My name is Ross Heastings. I am a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I have been teaching privately for over 10 years. My success as a teacher is attributed to my expertise in music, music instruction, and my social skills. I am a firm believer that a great guitar player or pianist does not necessarily mean they are a great teacher. Teaching is a passion. It is my goal to continue to evolve as an instructor and offer new was and strategies specific to the students' needs.
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Ellen S. July 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great combo of theory and fun practice material.
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Dave M. June 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My first guitar lesson was great. I had started learning a few things on my own from books & videos. I quickly realized that there was no structure & I was developing bad habits. That all changed with Ross' instruction. He knows his stuff but most importantly he is a good teacher. Not the nightmares you had in school! Ross has qualities that you don't find with many people today. He made me feel comfortable and more confident. Now to pat myself on the back, I made a wise decision.
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Mark March 6, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ross is an amazing guitarist and an even better teacher. He teaches at the pace of his student and is very flexible when it comes to your schedule. Whether you are a beginner or expert, I highly recommend Ross!
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About Easton N.

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Guitar Flat-picking:
Materials needed: guitars (preferably acoustic guitar), picks, and capo (instructor might provide capo on some occasions). I usually provide exercises, tabs, and sheets.

Guitar is a beautiful instrument, so y'all made a very good decision to learn the guitar. In my guitar course, you will be able to explore so many different types of music. I am primarily a flat-picker on the guitar (playing guitar with a pick), but I also explore other styles of guitar as well. With my course, you will be able to learn from the very basic to very advance techniques. The course is designed to enrich your ability to play one of the most important instruments in the string world. This guitar course will help you understand musical theories that are necessary to your musicianship.

About Easton
I was a music student at UC Riverside, and I am a transferred student at East Tennessee State University and my concentration is music education. I teach beginner students and intermediate level students guitar, mandolin and piano. My lesson plan heavily concentrates on theories, sight reading, and performing.

My guitar lesson has three parts: chords, flatpicking, and theory. This lesson is designed for students who want to learn to play guitar as fast as possible. Students will be able to gain the proper technique to excel at the instrument in a short time. The theory aspect of guitar would focus on tabs and music staffs.

My piano lesson has two parts: theory and technique. And again, this lesson will give students the necessary knowledge and technique to execute a perfect piano performance. Students will gain valuable skills tha
t are required to be a musician.

My mandolin lesson has three parts: chords (chop notes), flatpicking, and theory. Students with interest Bluegrass music are highly recommended to take Mandolin lesson because it is such a fun instrument to play! Former guitarists are welcomed to take Mandolin lessons to discover the beauty of this instrument

I teach around the Tri-Cities plus some nearby locations (including Asheville, NC). I mainly travel to students, but I also provide classes online. I give free first lesson to students to see if I am the right match for the student!

I am from the Bay Area of Northern California, and I've taught extensively in Southern California. I relocated to Tri-Cities (Northeast Tennessee) because I transferred school from UC Riverside to ETSU to pursue Music Education, a program that UC Riverside does not offer.

NOTE: If you are in Asheville area or Knoxville area and are interested in lesson with me, feel free to contact me. If you are in Asheville NC (metro area) or in Knoxville area (metro area), I will only do one-hour lesson or more.
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Robert June 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
Excellent instructor. I'm very happy.
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Judith B. July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher! I learned a lot the first lesson about rhythm, setting the metronome on my Yamaha keyboard, better fingerng techniques, how to l!at without looking at the keyboard, etc. Looking forward to my next lesson in a couple ovcweeks with him.
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Aidan M. April 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Easton did a great job connecting with an 8 year old and teaching him guitar. It was a great first lesson.
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About Andrew H.

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*Adults*
Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years my comprehensive lessons will help you to quickly realize your musical goals. I tailor each lesson to fit your individual needs and will get you strumming your favorite songs, reading music, taking soaring solos, or writing your own melodies while simultaneously deepening your understanding of the language of music. At the end of each lesson you’ll receive an MP3 of all the material covered.

*Kids*
I believe in building music fundamentals while fostering a love of playing. My fun, imaginative, and age appropriate classes are just right for any budding musician! Each lesson is customized to get the individual student excited about music, that means playing songs they like and having fun while learning the essential techniques and developing musicality. I have extensive experience working with children 5-16 and adapt my teaching to promote success for each unique student.

*Genres*
Pop, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, ...

About Andrew
*Adults*
Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years my comprehensive lessons will help you to quickly realize your musical goals. I tailor each lesson to fit your individual needs and will get you strumming your favorite songs, reading music, taking soaring solos, or writing your own melodies while simultaneously deepening your understanding of the language of music. At the end of each lesson you’ll receive an MP3 of all the material covered.

*Kids*
I believe in building music fundamentals while fostering a love of playing. My fun, imaginative, and age appropriate classes are just right for any budding musician! Each lesson is customized to get the individual student excited about music, that means playing songs they like and having fun while learning the essential techniques and developing musicality. I have extensiv
e experience working with children 5-16 and adapt my teaching to promote success for each unique student.

*Genres*
Pop, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Songwriting, Classical.

*Instruments* Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica

*About*
My name is Andrew Hendryx and I am a Grammy-balloted musician with over twenty years of experience teaching, performing, and recording. My playing has been featured on NPR, CNBC, FOX, CMT and on RollingStone.com. I am a passionate educator and teach for Vintage Guitar Magazine and the historic Calliope School of Folk Music. I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Elon University. I’d love to assist you on your musical journey, please feel free to reach out with any questions!
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Chris May 4, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
I have been studying with Andrew for over a month now and I find mt his teaching technique is simply awesome. Andrew skillfully assessed my strengths and weaknesses and geared my lessons for n a way that showed benefits right from the start.
Oh ya, he’s a monster player too.
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Scott May 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Hi, I've been studying electric mandolin and guitar with Andrew for some time. He is so kind and enthusiastic, and really understands how to teach me at my level. He has been teaching me the deep theory behind improvisation in bluegrass, newgrass, rock, folk...and has an incredible mind full of music, riffs, scales, and chords from all genres. I've gone back and forth from guitar to mando with him, translating the same information onto the different fretboard, building my knowledge and appreciation of music, and I can now improvise confidently while playing out!
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Dan .. May 1, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Fantastic Instructor and outstanding mandolin player
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About Peter L.

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I teach the fundamentals of music and songwriting as they relate to guitar. Students can expect to learn proper techniques used to play their favorite songs / styles. We will work together to develop lesson plans that accommodate the students' interests while achieving their goals in music.

About Peter
Hi! My name is Peter, and I'm a young musician living in Southside, Pittsburgh. I attended college at Georgetown University, where I majored in Mathematics and minored in Music. I spent 3 years working for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, teaching all levels of mathematics up through Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra. My focus within music while at school was in Classical theory and composition, but I'm really into jazz, rock and roll, and the blues. I currently have a daytime job relating to mathematics, but in my spare time I write, record, and perform music as often as possible.

I've been a guitarist for about 11 years now, and mostly teach beginner to intermediate students. If you're just picking up the instrument, or have learned on and off for some time, then we would probably be a great match. I foc
us on teaching the basics of music as they relate to guitar, in order to establish good fundamentals and habits. I encourage students to write their own music while learning some of their favorite songs.

If you'd like to pursue guitar lessons or math tutoring with me, please contact me using the information provided. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Ella February 8, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Very patient and knowledgeable. Gave me some instructions also so I can help my daughter practice
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About Ian M.

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Learn to play, write, improvise, arrange! Whether you want to learn a few songs for campfire singalongs, write mashups, compose your own original works, or get your feet wet with solos, I’m your guy!

About Ian
I'm Ian! I've been tutoring in a variety of subjects for over a decade now and I'm an expert at spotting what someone is trying to understand and helping them to really get it and be able to use it. I listen to a wide variety of styles from the softest pop to the hardest rock and I get a kick out of figuring out what makes different things tick. I can help you to pull apart the songs and styles you enjoy to understand what's happening and how you can apply it to your instrument.

I have experience and success teaching people from ages 10-80.
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Alex March 2, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
I was really happy with my lesson with Ian. In the short time I was with him he managed to break down all the theory I had “known” before and turn it into something I really understood and could actually apply. I found myself listening to music in a completely new way the moment I left my lesson and was able to visualize the music itself more fully. Thank you Ian.
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Antoinette December 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
I was really struggling with some music theory concepts and Ian broke it down for me and gave me some really great groundwork. He's also personable and friendly which make lessons a breeze. Thanks Ian!
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Jeff December 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
It was great he was my first guitar teacher and made it very simple for me to learn quickly. I was also taught on the correct gradient of difficulty giving me wins on each lesson. :)
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I have been an active performing musician in Pittsburgh for over ten years now. I am extremely versatile and have played in many varying styles of bands. I am not strict on a specific way to learn the different aspects of playing the guitar. There are many ways to approach the proper way to play whatever songs or styles you gravitate towards. I am well versed in blues, rock, metal, jazz, country, and folk styles. I am currently studying music composition at University of Pittsburgh, while at the same time playing in an original Punk/Metal band and the Pitt small Jazz ensemble. Whatever it is you are trying to learn on the guitar I can provide with the proper information and explanations to help you get there.

About Max
I am hip to all directions and interests in regards to your musical desires. There are of course core concepts in music and playing the guitar that must be internalized in order to progress as a musician but there are many ways to approach these ideas and concepts. Every person has their own unique talents and attitude that will effect how the learn. Improvement will always require work but the act of playing music at any level of ability should be fun and enjoyable. Whatever style of music speaks to you, and whatever ability on the guitar you are after I can provide you with proper direction to help you achieve your goals.
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Ziheng April 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Max is a great guitar player and a good teacher. He teaches not only the techniques but also the music theories behind them. With his instructions, I learned how to analyze a song before learning to play it, which is very helpful.
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Tim March 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons from Max for the past several years. Max is an expert guitar player and is able to pass this knowledge along to his students. Max is also able to teach music theory as well as the techniques needed to learn how to play guitar.
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Tom March 11, 2018
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Max is an excellent guitar teacher in the Pittsburgh area.
Whether you're a beginner or experienced guitar player Max has the skills and patience to teach you.
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I've been playing guitar for the last 15 years and giving lessons for almost as long! I have a degree in music from the University of Miami and am currently touring out of Nashville. I'd like to think I have a fairly wide range of musical tastes (jazz, country, blues, acoustic, gypsy jazz, rockabilly, rock, etc.) and I enjoy the different challenges that each of my students bring to the table. So whether you're just wanting to strum a few old favorites at home, or if you're on your way to being a Nashville pro like me, I'd be happy to help you along your musical journey!

About Matthew
I picked up the guitar (at my father's encouragement) back in 2003 and never quite turned back! Originally from Kansas City, MO, I first got regular exposure playing in my high school's jazz band and in various other jazz groups, and was lucky enough to study extensively with local guitarists Rod Fleeman and Danny Embrey. I still make occasional trips back to my hometown to perform and record, and played on a couple of records with the KC-based group The Matt Cook Collective in 2016 and 2017.

My next stop was the University of Miami, where I attended the Frost School of Music from 2012-2016 and was fortunate enough to study with John Hart, Brian Russell, and Tim Jago I played with my first Grammy winner (multi-instrumentalist guru Charlie McCoy) and released an EP with Big City Folk Band in 2015. In between school semesters, I performe
d with country and jazz groups in Kansas City and gave lessons at KC Music, a local music store.

In 2017, I relocated to Nashville, began touring with country artist Derryl Perry, and recorded and released my first solo album, Aces. In between tour dates, I've been enjoying the task of expanding both my teaching studio and my guitar resume in this growing city.

I have also taken lessons from Gonzalo Bergara, Dan Wilson, Lorne Lofsky, Charlie Hunter, Jim Campilongo, Randy Vincent, Greg Koch, Guthrie Trapp, Brent Mason, and many more!

Update: will be at the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge TN in 2018!
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Jesse West is a highly skilled and in demand guitarist, and teacher with over 10 years of experience maintaining a private studio and high school combo coaching.

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MASTERS DEGREE | JULY 2018 | JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
· Major: Jazz Studies
· Focus on Jazz Pedagogy with renown educators David Baker and Pat Harbison.

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Jesse West is a guitarist, bassist, teacher, composer, and audio engineer from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has over twenty years of experience writing and composing original music. Groups that Jesse has played with include heavy hitters in the Chicago and Indianapolis jazz scenes, including the Phil Schurger Group, the Clif Wallace Trio, and the Sophie Faught Quintet. He has also played gigs with Indiana University jazz professors Pat Harbison, Monika Herzig, and Tom Walsh. In 2018, West played in the Cuban Son and Danzón groups Soneros La Caliza, Orquesta Esquela Vieja lead by Dr. Joe Galvin. Jesse is a member of South American groups KelsiCote, and Matixando Bloomington based in Indiana. West was also a member of the touring indie rock group Step Softly, Ghost on the Asia Minor label.

Jesse's music is forward looking with deep ro
ots, and a definite nod towards ambient, dub and world music. His influences bounce from future soul group Hiatus Kaiyote to future dancehall group Major Lazer, with a touch of Jah Wobble in between. West likes to personalize already existing material as a viable form of new expression like in his cover of Thunder. Jesse is known to write more progressive improvised music too, like Twitter Chatter. A song which the great arranger and jazz composer Brent Wallarab helped to write. It begins with a simple motive and mutates over an ever changing form. Like much of West's writing, the composition is grounded in world influences including Brazilian jazz and Afro Cuban music among other things.

Jesse holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music. He has studied Afro Cuban and Brazilian music with Grammy nominated artists and educators Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace. West has also studied jazz improvisation with the renown improviser Walter Smith III, and studied improvisation and pedagogy with the legendary educators David Baker and Pat Harbison. Jesse has also studied music technology and and audio engineering. West ran live sound in addition to playing bass for the US Navy Band earning him the prestigious Navy Achievement Medal. He hopes to be an inspiration to aspiring composers who want to find their own voice. West has taught a private studio for over a decade and coached high school bands both in Indiana and California.
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How to Create Unique and Catchy Guitar Chord Progressions

How to Create Unique and Catchy Guitar Chord Progressions

A big part of songwriting is creating interesting guitar chord progressions. Guitar teacher Heather L. shares her secrets to finding chords that sound good together... Writing unique and catchy guitar chord progressions is one of the keys to creating unique and catchy songs. But so often, it seems like such a mystery, especially when you consider the fact that there are only so many possible combinations. In fact, thousands of doo wop tunes of the 1950's and 1960's were driven by a single pro … Read More

How to Create Unique and Catchy Guitar Chord Progressions
A big part of songwriting is creating interesting guitar chord progressions. Guitar teacher Heather L. shares her secrets to finding chords that sound good together... Writing unique and catchy guitar chord progressions is one of the keys to creating unique and catchy songs. But so often, it seems like such a mystery, especially when you consider the fact that there are only so many possible combinations. In fact, thousands of doo wop tunes of the 1950's and 1960's were driven by a single pro
10 Things Only Guitar Players Understand
Do you know the secrets of being a guitar player? Check out this list by guitar teacher Jessica D. and let us know if you can relate... Psst. Hey you—guitar player—you may not know it, but you’re actually an elite member in a group of very special people—people who play the guitar. Sure, there are a lot of us out there, but there are still many others of all ages who are mystified by our moves, flummuxed by our finger work and down right impressed with our axes. They look from the outs
3 Steps to Prepare for Guitar Lessons in Your Home
Excited to begin your guitar lessons? Guitar teacher Sean L. shares some helpful hints on preparing for your guitar teacher to come to your home to teach... Preparing for your guitar lessons is just as important as the lesson itself, and having an adequate in-home lesson space is an integral part of preparing for your private instruction. Without a proper space your lessons will suffer, and you will not get the most out of your money. Here are three things to think about to better prepare
How Long Does it Take to Learn How to Play Guitar?
Do you want to start guitar lessons but you're wondering how long it will take you to see the payoff? Or, have you already started and you're wondering if you're really making progress? Guitar teacher Peter M. shares just how long it really takes most students to learn guitar... This age old question has been asked by nearly all of my students for as long as I’ve been teaching: how long will it take to learn how to play guitar? Will it take a week? A month? A year? Longer? And the answer i
5 Best Guitar Books for Kids
Guitar books can be a great help for kids who are interested in guitar lessons. Guitar teacher Matthew K. shares five of his favorite guitar books for younger students... The guitar is an instrument that has to be learned by doing. During my experience as a guitar teacher, I've found it essential to use a book for kids ages six to ten. Books can keep the student on track, but should not be the only teaching method used. It's important to keep lessons fun and interesting with songs and riffs t

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