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David D.

Scottsdale, AZ

About David

I've been playing guitar since I was 9 years old and teaching guitar since I was 14. I grew up playing in bands with friends. My parents would drive us (and a ton of equipment!) to wherever we were playing, which was sometimes 50 to 200 miles from home! I later did studio work and played as a solo entertainer. I also studied acting while in college, so being on stage and performing is very comfortable for me.
I have extensive experience in teaching both individuals and groups with regard to several different venues, including guitar, bass guitar, acting, public speaking, songwriting and stu
dio recording.
I also provide a unique service that my students tell me is very helpful. I record instructions, or demonstrations, and email them to you - on the spot! This way you don't get home and wonder "Now how did that go?" or, " How was I able to do that?" You just open the email and listen to it – whenever you like.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is geared toward each individual student. Everyone has different specific interests and desired outcomes, so my lessons are based on your priorities and your goals. Beginning with your first lesson you should feel inspired and excited! Even if you are just beginning to learn an instrument, you need to have a teacher who can supply you with what you need AND have you playing things that you like within a very short time.
This applies to all types of music; rock, standards, folk, metal, classic rock, popular, country, whatever you want to play. Beginner or advanced. So it's up to you -- just tell me what you want to get out of the lessons, and that is what we do! I may be the instructor, but YOU are the director.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Martin 1963 "000-18" acoustic guitar
Fender Telecaster electric guitar
Acoustic Amplifier (Acoustic is the brand name)
Digital Recorder (portions of lessons are recorded & emailed to you)
Digital Video Recorder (portions videoed and emailed to you)
All music, tab, and diagrams are supplied at no additional cost

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, sheet music, diagrams, and any and all notes pertinent to what we work on. I supply everything but the guitar that you are playing.

*** Specialties ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar. Rock, folk, gospel, country, finger-picking, vocal accompaniment, improvisation, lead guitar.
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Susan C. May 11, 2014
Guitar
The Joy of Learning Music

He lights up the room when he picks up his guitar and plays! Dave draws his students in with his welcoming smile and sparkling eyes that seem to say, "I'm having so much fun here and I want you to have fun, too." His pure enjoyment ignites a spark in us. We're motivated to have that kind of fun with our music while studying hard to advance our skills and techniques and reach our personal goals.

Dave is the consummate teacher--he energizes and inspires, he is trustworthy, of impeccable character, a guitarist extraordinaire, a former counselor whose mission in life is to help others achieve success. He conducts every class with good humor and patience. He is an inventive instructor with a toolbox of unique ways students can learn skills and techniques more easily. He is an honest appraiser of our work whose positive comments encourage and motivate us. He's Dave, who knows and teaches every aspect of guitar repertoire--country, blues, gospel, pop, rock, etc. His instruction is centered on the student's music preferences and goals, and he integrates a progression of the skills and techniques we need to learn with the music we choose. Practice is welcome, as it brings us closer to playing the music we love. Dave is the teacher who opens doors to new aspects of music and encourages us to reach beyond our expectations for ourselves. It's amazing what we find beyond that horizon.

Dave is a teacher for all students. Whatever your talents and aspirations, you will achieve your goals. And along the way, you'll be the one saying, "I'm having so much fun here!"

Dave is a treasure, and taking lessons with him is a truly joyful experience!
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Henry M. December 13, 2013
Guitar
Great teacher, highly recommend

Excellent teacher - very knowledgeable with good tips on improving. Very enthusiastic and recognizes improvements that provide encouragement. Teaches at your pace and the music you want to learn. Highly recommend for all levels
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Milan D. December 11, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
David

Would like to take the time to tell you how much I like taking lessons from David Doud. I have been taking lessons for 3 years now from teacher to teacher. The lesson's I was taking was not going directions I wanted to go. I just wanted to play guitar and make a song book up. When I called David up I explained to him what I wanted and he delivered. In a very short time I created a song book and my guitar playing getting better buy the week. January of next year I will turn 71 year old. I will continue to take lessons from David for a long time. I look forward to each weeks lesson with David because he make's lesson's so interesting and understandable and fun.I did not have that with other teachers they just made the lessons to hard and not fun. Milan
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David D.

Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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PERRY S.

Phoenix, AZ

About PERRY

An accomplished and gifted Musician and Educator, in any genre, with more than 15 years’ experience playing local, national and international tours, (concert events and venues for audiences of up to 100,000 including Country Thunder, world premiere of movie “Cars,” Spain Cordova Blues Festival, Nottoden Norway Blues Festival, and Academy of Motion Picture Sci-Tech Awards in LA. Performed with Blues and Rock legends Chuck Berry, Alex Ligertwood (Santana) and other renowned jazz artists including Jack Sheldon, and David Garfield). An outstanding music teacher and private instrumental instructor.
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Don M. September 10, 2014
Drum · In studio
As a colleague of Perry, we often discussed the psychological aspects of programming the subconscious in order to bring the most out of ourselves and our students. Perry is a world class pro player, and his ability to articulate ideas is profound. Students could greatly benefit from studying under him.

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Chad E. August 22, 2014
Drum · In home
I studied with Perry back in high school and cannot overstate the value of the information he taught me. If you are serious about getting it together, and learning those much needed skills to stand out from the vast drumming herd, start studying Perry today!
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Scott R. August 22, 2014
Drum · In studio
Perry is solid player and a solid teacher, and he's a fun dude to hang out with!
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PERRY S.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Merrill L.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Merrill

I excel at mending breaks, achieving tonal accuracy from 'sloppy' or 'off-pitch' singers, strengthening the voice where it is weak and sweetening it where it is harsh, expanding range toward its physical possibilities, focusing the voice, bringing ease and confidence where there was strain and worry. In short, I teach students how to remove the obstacles that block us from joyfully expressing our hearts in song.

Vocal studies include many years with vocal Masters - people who know how to free and enhance each individual voice at a rapid pace - and an M.A. in Voice. (See Musical Training
below.) I have taken this training onto the stage and into my own teaching studio and used my experiences of what does and does not work - and what is most effective in the least amount of time - to benefit my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are fun and full of specific information and vocal "ah ha's" to bring rapid improvement. Each lesson is recorded on CD for students to work with at home.

We work on songs in the genre(s) of a student's choosing, and exercises specifically selected to build your voice. The exercises I use are culled from Speech Level Singing, Ann Thornton, Edward Sayegh (Garcia Marchesi method), and from my own inventions. The Speech Level Singing exercises are marvelous for helping easy production, chord coordination, and range. I am not a Speech Level Singing instructor, as I do not want to be limited to only this technique. Ann Thornton concepts deliver remarkable clarity, ease, and focus, as well as further refinement of chord coordination. Those exercises that I use from Edward Sayegh increase body engagement and the power of the sound.

We work songs from mp3s and/or sheet music. I can transpose and change the speed of recordings to taylor generic karaoke CDs to a student's voice.

I expect students to make solid - often very rapid - progress. And all students who practice meet this expectation.

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are starting voices and fundamentally fixing vocal difficulties. My passion is enabling the technical side of the voice the express what the spirit of the voice wants.

Children, teens, adults, no matter what the age, I know how to start you off into or return you to - a world of song.

Whatever your age or level, if your voice breaks or is uneven ... or you struggle with limited range... or you are straining... or if you have trouble with pitch accuracy ... or your voice sounds fuzzy or nasal or harsh - I specialize in guiding you to vocal ease.

Music Training
Anne Thornton, 2002- present-ocassionally (cabaret/pop/country/jazz)
Dave Stroud, 2004 (lessons during visits for Speech Level
Singing)
Edward Sayegh, 1996-1999 (opera/musical theater)
Masters in Voice, San Jose State University, 1996
(opera/art song)
Ray Brown, 1980s (jazz piano and arrangement)
Classical piano, 1970's and 1980's

Music Experience
Merrill currently performs one-woman cabarets consisting of various genres and has recently completed her third CD
Vocal Concerts (solo cabaret, personalized floor shows, salon)
Musical Theater (legitimate, straight, belt)
Opera (lyric soprano and mezzo supporting roles and chorus)
Club Jazz and Studio Work

Voice Teacher Training and Experience
Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in AZ, 2000-present
Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in CA, 1993-1999
Participant of Week-long Seminar with VoiceCare Network (2000)
Ongoing Music and Teacher Training

Other Skills and Training
Songwriting, script writing, theory, German fluency, Italian studies, transcription and arranging skills
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Norlisa K. July 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Merrill is excellent! She has done wonders with my voice. She works with you to bring out the best in your voice, and lesson after lesson, she teaches you not only technique, but also ways to really connect with your music and bring it to life. She uses humor--lessons are FUN! Merrill is also very personal; she doesn't have a cookie-cutter approach to teaching. Merrill gets to know you, and makes sure that she is teaching you and working on your voice, and every aspect to make it your best. She listens VERY intently to every note you sing, and helps every aspect of your voice that she can. I consider it a precious gift to have a teacher who won't let you or your voice get away with "mediocre," but patiently takes you to your best. Together you and Merrill set measurable goals, and as a student, I can say that I am defeating "vocal demons" and reaching heights that were only pipe dreams before. Thank you, Merrill, for taking my voice and music to a whole new level--and for making it so much fun in the process.
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Jere G. June 30, 2014
Country Singing · In studio
Is there any way that I could give Merrill 10 stars? If there was, I'd surely do it! I've been working with Merrill for a while, and she has helped me grow from a tentative novice to a full-fledged confident performer. With each lesson, I leave with a better understanding of my voice, and what I need to do to be the best that I can be. Thank you, Merrill!
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Wesley C. June 30, 2014
Singing · Online
I've been a full time touring singer/songwriter for years and although I get lots of praise for my voice, I've always felt it could be better. Merrill saw me perform in Los Angeles and was able to point out exactly what I thought might be lacking with my voice already. Since I've started working with Merrill via Skype (I live in Atlanta), my understanding of my own voice and what it can do has gone to a new level. I'm learning things that, I feel, will take me from being a pretty good singer who is resting on what he can get by with naturally to being a real vocalist. I'm excited to find out what my full potential is and it's with her guidance that I will get there. She's a blast to work with and nothing gets past her. If you want to improve and have fun doing it, you should get in touch with her ASAP :)
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Merrill L.

Merrill L.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(4)
starting at
$45 / 45-min
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Dee F.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Dee

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 20 years, and have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years.
I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christo
pher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!
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TJ D. July 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was incredibly patient and helpful from the start. I am a beginner and she walked me through the basics and then let me work my way through my struggles while giving me notes on what to work on for next time. I highly recommend her!
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julius S. July 23, 2015
Upright Bass · In home
Verified Student
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Jorden H. June 19, 2015
Viola · In home
Verified Student
On behalf of Jorden, she truly enjoyed her session. She liked the guidance, direction and takeaways and practicing as instructed to be ready for her next session. Thank you Dee!
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Dee F.

Dee F.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Stevie H.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Stevie

I began as a musician in my high school drum line, where I discovered my true passion for percussion and music performance. Since graduating, I have toured the country with drum and bugle corps, performed Japanese taiko drums with Alice Cooper, traveled to South Korea to perform in a drum festival, and played countless gigs all over Arizona!

In addition to keeping a busy performance schedule, I love to teach out of my home studio in Scottsdale. I have a fully equipped teaching studio with 2 drum sets, plenty of practice pads, as well as guitars, electric pianos, and a white board for music
theory and visual aid.

I strive to keep a laid back atmosphere while teaching, so that students are comfortable and encouraged to express themselves through music. I am able to tailor my style to meet a variety of student needs. Whether you are a fresh starter just looking to bang on some drums and learn to write songs with a guitar, or a more advanced player who wants to develop their sight-reading chops; I look forward to working with you and helping you to forward your musical endeavors!

Cheers!

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal is to keep a laid back and positive atmosphere so that you feel comfortable and are able to learn in your own way. Having worked with a variety of learners, and studied with a lot of great teachers myself, I have developed many strategies to help students grasp the material and understand it in their own unique way.

There is plenty of parking space at my home studio in the driveway or on the street, and it is safe day or night. Parents are welcome to wait in my comfy living room, go shopping at the grocery store just down the street, or grab a latte at my favorite local coffee shop.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl Session Custom 5-piece drum kit,
Roland Electronic drum kit,
Bass guitar and amp,
Electric guitar and amp,
Acoustic guitar,
PA system,
Mac Pro with Protools HD and plug ins,
Electric Pianos,
Music Stands,
Large white board and visual aids,
Library of method books, exercises and other resources!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drums:

I can provide sticks, mallets, practice pads, sheet music and a metronome.

I expect the student to invest in their own sticks, practice pad, metronome, drum set (if needed), and 1 or 2 method books for at home practice.

Guitar/Bass:

I can bring acoustic or electric guitar, small practice amp, tuner and guitar picks.

It obviously works best if the student has their own guitar to practice on, guitar picks, tuner, and method book.

*** Specialties ***
Being a percussion student and performer of over 10 years, I specialize in all styles of drum set as well as marching percussion. I also have students in beginner guitar as well as bass guitar!
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Ranjan C. September 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Stevie is great with little kids.... shows patience, consideration and makes lessons exciting for them.... my 6 y.o. loves learning acoustic guitar with him.
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Aaron S. February 19, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Learning a lot about the guitar

I started out with no experience playing guitar. Within a few weeks Stevie has taught much of the fundamentals. I am now feeling confident as I play my instrument.

He's always on time and has excellent communication skills.

I would definitely recommend Stevie to anyone interested in learning about music.
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Ritesh M. December 16, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Its great!

I have had 5 lessons with Stevie so far. My experience is excellent. Stevie makes it fun to learn and also he has great patience while working with beginners like me. A nice and friendly environment for better learning.

He understands patterns and recommends easy way to learn. He is very encouraging. I would definitely recommend Stevie.
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Stevie H.

Stevie H.

Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(5)
starting at
$26 / 30-min

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