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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Theory, Harmony, Fretboard Mastery, all aspects of guitar and related equipment. Fingerstyle, Lead guitar, Composing and writing songs for Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Country Genres. "Get it under your fingers fast the G.I.T. way." Integrated approach so you can sing, play, and strum with ease. Songwriting for today's styles.

About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

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Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Carolina December 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
James is a great teacher. My son had lots of fun learning...singing is his passion and James is the teacher for the job...
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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Sam K.

About Sam
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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D. B. February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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About Ross H.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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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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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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Bijay R. August 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
It was awesome.
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About Tim M.

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All styles for all levels.

About Tim
I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I can help you get there. My studio is a spacious and equipped learning environment designed with the guitarist in mind.
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Tucker January 20, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Heading into my first class with Tim, I had almost no musical experience (at least for the last 15+ years). In a very casual way, he was able to get a sense of where I was and where he should start with my instruction.

I was very reluctant to take lessons at first, but my wife got me started with Tim and it was really worth it. He was accommodating to my relatively slow speed of learning and easily adapted to my own musical preferences and interests.

His studio is a great space and is located within a really cool, historic building. The sound is fantastic and it's a comfortable space to practice in.

I highly recommend Tim for lessons - especially for adults who may not be able to dedicate hours a day to practicing. I took lessons weekly for three months and I got a great foundation for practicing. Once my life settles down a little, I definitely hope to go back.
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Jeff May 3, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Tim has an excellent vocabulary of music knowledge. Patient and willing to listen and answer questions. You can't go wrong if you're looking for a solid foundation to improve on any style of guitar playing.
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Jack January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very patient, intuitive and instructional. Looking forward to the next lesson
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About Earl C.

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Each student's training program is uniquely based on his/her personal goals. This depends on individual needs to include teaching basic technique, music theory, chord inversions, scales, improvisation, site reading and/or ear training as part of the process.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced level musicians are encouraged to sign up to increase their playing skills and/or knowledge of marketing and branding.

Remember... becoming a fluent musician requires practice, practice and more practice!

About Earl
International guitarist Earl C. is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, and more.
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Ken October 22, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Earl Carter is extremely knowledgeable, and very patience. You will find that each session is enjoyable yet challenging. I would recommend Him to anyone from the beginner all the way to the more advanced student. If you have the desire to learn the art of music then you will enjoy His instruction. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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Jocelyn S. September 18, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him, I learned a lot, relatively quickly.
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John September 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!
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About Andrew M.

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You will learn to play melodies: Mary Had A little lamb, Ode to Joy, etc. as well as chords to rhythm. If you have songs you wish to learn we can do that and if you want to learn to play guitar and sing that is possible. Any pop songs on the radio we can learn and have you playing for your friends.

About Andrew
I have loved music since I was a child. I began playing clarinet when I was 11 years old and slowly picked up new instruments like the saxophone, harmonica, guitar, ukulele, flutes, whistles, kazoo, and others. I enjoy any style of music and have a desire to learn as many instruments as possible. My line-up of new instruments to learn are: accordion, banjo, trombone, the cello.
I love to teach and share my passion for music with others. My hope to is make people into learners of music proficient in learning any instrument they wish.
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Aaliyah F. September 8, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Very professional and knowledgeable of music and playing the instruments. He is a wonderful teacher who is optimistic and truly works hard too bring out the best in his students. My daughter Aaliyah has learned so much in such a short time and we are greatful.
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Tracy H. January 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Simply put, Andrew is the best. His genuine love and passion for all-things music was obvious the first day we met him. He is great with kids. He is flexible yet reliable. We love the fact that he tailors his lessons, homework, and incentives to the needs and interests of each individual student. We are confident that we could not find a better guitar instructor for our daughter.
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Shelly January 12, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Andrew is an amazing instructor for my daughter. She has blossomed under Andrew!
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About Peter L.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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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 studied Music along with Mathematics. 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, 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 focus 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 lessons with me, please contact me using the information provided. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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About TJ S.

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Because of touring and recording for decades, I've got whatever you need related to acoustic OR electric guitars. They are wonderful instruments and their creative potential is limitless....and ALWAYS exciting and inspiring. I teach you right out of my studio where I'm, most of the time, recording a brand new song for my next album RIGHT THERE. If I can do it, so can you....and I'll teach you how.

About TJ
I've been a touring, professional singer/songwriter for decades, My guitars and I have serenaded folks from Vancouver to Romania and most places in between...except for the Atlantic OCEAN, of course!

I work in my recording studio, where I'll teach you from, most of the day, but I always keep a FEW spots open for students. I believe it's a great way to give back to the community and show gratitude for all that I've been given.

Do you wanna get skills and possibly turn a fun hobby into a potentially awesome career? Then take it outta the case! Let's DO THIS!
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TJ S.

TJ S.

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About Dayne H.

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We will explore whatever it is that you are excited about, regardless of if you have never picked up an instrument or are a seasoned player! Whether you are curious to learn more about improvisation, ear training, harmony, music theory, compositional techniques, or anything else, I am here to help you get the most out of your musical experience in a way that is fun, engaging, and informative as well. My stylistic reach is broad and includes everything from jazz to R&B to classic rock to pop to hip-hop to funk to reggae to world music and beyond; no matter where you want to go musically, I will do all that I can to support you in getting there!

About Dayne
Greetings! I am Dayne, a prolific 24-year-old electronic music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas (I moved back here about a month ago after having been based for the past few years in the magical Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts). I have been playing music for as long as I can remember and have explored computer-based music production for a decade now. From 2012 to 2014, I pursued music studies at Berklee College of Music, focusing primarily on jazz guitar and electronic music production. After I got out of school, I briefly took a job in audio hardware and software development with SONiVOX, a subsidiary company of industry leader inMusic.

In 2014, I initiated my solo project Starseed. Since that time, I have released 8 albums and a number of singles as an independent artist; have sh
ared the stage with renowned acts such as Govinda, Jade Cicada, Jackson Whalan, and others; have offered performances at a wide variety of venues and festivals across the planet, including GeoParadise Tribal Gathering, MindBodySpirit Festivals, Frendly Gathering, MycoSymbiotics Mushroom and Arts Festival, Mystery Trance Festival, and many more; and have been featured in major blogs such as Jamsphere and Emerging Indie Bands. My intention with the Starseed project involves receiving and transmitting consciousness-expanding, soul-stirring vibrations to stimulate, activate, and align the listener on all levels--the physical, the mental, the emotional, the spiritual, the astral, the etheric--to attune the listener to his or her unlimited eternal nature. I am always seeking to push the boundaries of creative expression, to honor the sacredness of play, and to pay homage to the timeless, infinite, and multidimensional dance of creation.

I look forward to exploring whatever it is that you are excited about, regardless of your prior musical experience! Whether you are curious to learn more about improvisation, ear training, harmony, music theory, compositional techniques, instrumental/vocal techniques, performance, or anything else, I am here to help you get the most out of your musical experience in a way that is fun, engaging, and informative as well. My stylistic reach is broad and includes everything from jazz to R&B to classic rock to pop to hip-hop to funk to reggae to classical to world music and beyond; no matter where you want to go musically, I will do all that I can to support you in getting there!
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