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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 Mary Ann G.

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All levels and all ages. I work with the individual to make the lesson fun and educational. I teach most musical styles except classical. You will learn songs you while building your technique.

About Mary Ann
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. When she is not busy teaching, she is working on song-writing and recording.

CD. Her influences included, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monet, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin.

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I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I structure the lessons to fit my student's needs an
d interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

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Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Jim August 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
Good feedback. Lots of encouragement. Could have given five stars but, Skype connection was bad, Intermittently.
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Brenda Vargas May 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
MaryAnn is a great teacher. My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with her for about 4 months and she has learned so much.
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Edmond March 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
May Ann is awesome, can't wait to take more lessons from her. Great instructor and so friendly!
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About Sam K.

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Sam K.

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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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Pittsburgh, PA 15223
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About Kaz A.

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I believe that teaching guitar requires a balance of structure and spontaneity with some humor and fun mixed in. I believe that learning to play music is a social activity which is ultimately about communicating something deep and meaningful. During the 8+ years that I've been teaching, several of my students have either gone on to play at their school talent shows, attend music college or simply learned to enjoy the pleasure of performing for their family and friends.

About Kaz
Hi! As a music educator, I have been active since graduating with my music performance bachelor's degree from Mason Gross Rutgers University in 2006.

I believe music offers invaluable lessons for developing creativity, hard-work ethic and self-awareness.

I consider myself to be an easy-going but effective teacher. Students have told me that I'm patient and great at explaining difficult things.

Prior to the first lesson, I will ask you for some background information about the student's experience with music
(lessons/teachers, listening habits, attention/focus, etc.).

During each lesson, we will go over fundamental techniques, songs and improving overall musicianship.
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About Curtis F.

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Theory - To develop your independence.
Scales - To develop your fret board navigation.
Exercises - To develop your technique.
Chords and progressions - To develop your rhythm.
Compositions - To develop your style
Out-of-class projects - To develop your knowledge.
Weekly Progress Reports - To monitor your improvement.

PLUS!!! - Over 2,000 original recordings from AC/DC -- ZZ Top WITHOUT GUITARS!!! - To develop your applications of various skillsets.

About Curtis
I have 30 years of professional, real-life industry experience with performers from Ozzy Osbourne to Lady Gaga. I have been teaching privately and in select group settings for even longer. I have a Musicians Institute education from Hollywood, CA., and teach students from beginners to professionals.

I provide ALL materials needed. I have a graduating and comprehensive strategy to ensure your goals are met. A multitude of levels of increasing difficulty are tailored to fit your requirements. All levels are clearly defined and easy to understand.

Learn things you never knew were out there.
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Amir August 24, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Excellent Instructor, very knowledgable. Curtis creates a fun and comfortable atmosphere and systematically teaches his students any style. Highly recommend him. Can't wait for my next session.
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Anna September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
This is the best instructor that I have ever had. He has a fantastic lesson plan that will get you from being intimidated by your instrument, to feeling comfortable and completely at ease in a very short time. Before you know it you will be playing some of your favorite classic rock songs like Sweet Child to beautiful melodies like classical Romansa. It’s never to late to learn to play the guitar so give Curtis a call today!
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Jase September 8, 2016
· Guitar · Online
Been taking lessons for 6 years. Fantastic teacher have learned a lot.
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Curtis F.

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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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Peter L.

Peter L.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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About Taylor H.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own professional-quality music? Taylor is a versatile and experienced guitar, vocal, and songwriting teacher. He has been teaching for seven years, specializing in tailoring lessons to each student based on their unique music goals. Taylor strongly believes music should be a joyful and fun experience where students’ development is fueled primarily by their own love of their favorite music. Lesson plans focus on learning accessible songs of the student’s choice, and developing skills through that process. Taylor also has a home studio in which he helps his students record, and learn how to record their own music with professional quality (optional also included in lessons).

About Taylor
Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own professional-quality music? Taylor is a versatile and experienced guitar, vocal, and songwriting teacher. He has been teaching for 7 years, specializing in tailoring lessons to each student based on their unique music goals. Taylor strongly believes music should be a joyful and fun experience where students’ development is fueled primarily by their own love of their favorite music. Lesson plans focus on learning accessible songs of the student’s choice, and developing skills through that process. Taylor also has a home studio in which he helps his students record, and learn how to record their own music with professional quality (optional also included in lessons).
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Pam November 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Taylor's instruction on guitar is helping to progress my playing quicker than I expected. He is very patient but also keeps the lesson moving at a forward pace. I am very happy with what I've/we've accomplished in only my first few lessons and would highly recommend Taylor!
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About Anthony C.

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Guitar lessons with me are designed to help students achieve their musical goals. I place high importance on building student self confidence, through improvisation, composition, and technique building exercises. I also place high importance on the use of technology in lessons (beat making, recording techniques, amplifier/effect pedal usage, etc.)

About Anthony
Anthony has a great passion for working with students and helping them to succeed in achieving their own musical goals. As a teacher, Anthony’s primary motivation is to foster creativity, confidence, and independence in his students. Through a focus on musicianship, music theory, and technique, Anthony hopes to cultivate student’s abilities to learn and comprehend music quickly and efficiently. Over the course of several lessons, students will ideally develop methods to create music ways that reflect their personal voices. Anthony encourages his students to be confident improvisors as well as performers of written music and to make use of both acoustic and electric media.
Beyond teaching, Anthony is a composer, guitarist, and technologist based in Southern California. Through his compositions, Anthony explores questions relating to gestu
re, modularity, and metaphorical representation. Over his career as a composer, Anthony has developed a voice that focuses on both intricate systems and improvisatory practices. Combining the sound worlds of both acoustic and electronic instruments in his compositions, Anthony invents ideas to resonate with audiences of all types. His pieces have been performed internationally, with premieres in the United States, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain. Anthony’s most recent project is a solo electronic rock show, that used interactive technologies, for real-time beats and effects – Songs For A New Era
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