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Yves L.

Chino Hills, CA

About Yves

I grew up in Quebec City Canada, where I only spoke French during those growing years. From a very young age, I was always attracted to music and particularly playing drums. My mom has told me that before I could even walk, I was already banging away on whatever I could put my hands on. I would sit down with pots, pans, and spoons and bang away. My parents bought my first “real” drum kit when I was about five years old. It was a Mickey Mouse drum set that they ordered from the Sears catalog. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, because of the poor quality of the drum, this particular kit only lasted
a couple months, but it was on that very drum kit that I gave my first live performance. The concert took place in the basement of my house. This memorable concert included one song, a French version of California dreaming, with me on drums, my brother on guitar and my sister as a singer. The crowd (one uncle and our mom) loved it and saw the potential in what could be a career someday!

My next significant concert was when I was 15 years old. My brother and I put a Beatles tribute band together and did an all Beatles song concert. We were able to convince about 300 of our friends and schoolmates that the $3 dollar ticket would be worth it. During my teenage years, I got really serious about drumming and joined a Drum and Bugle Corp band. I probably learned the most during those 5 years. We had several incredible professional drum teachers that spent countless hours teaching us everything from every single rudiment in the book, drum theory to several techniques on how to play drums. Those years were foundational for me as a drummer.

Fast-forward a couple years and you end up in the glamour rock days: the 80’s. It was a time where it was irrelevant if you knew how to play an instrument well, but the main thing that mattered had to do with the “hairdo” that would sit on top of your head. Still, it was during those years that I started to play regularly. I had a couple different bands and we played around quite a bit as well as spend a lot of time writing our own music. Through it all, even the glamour rock days provided an opportunity for me to grow as a drummer and overall musician. In 1986 we founded our own original rock band. We started writing our own music and found a name that would stick to us like glue once we moved to the US. Our band name was “One Way” and we did eventually to the US in order to pursue our dream.

One Way only lasted a couple years and in 1991, my brother and I started another band. This one lasted for almost 20 years. The Kry was born as we continued writing songs & playing around Albuquerque New Mexico where we had moved in 1988. In 1992, we launched our first album “I’ll find You There” with Asaph Records in Costa Mesa California. My brother and I became Christians while living in Albuquerque and so everything we wrote had to do with our beliefs as Christians.
Throughout the years, The Kry released ten albums with sales of over half a million records. We toured extensively from 1992 through 2002 in over 25 countries as well as numerous times in the US.

In 2010 I stopped playing music on a professional lever for a living in order to travel less and be with my children more. I am still involved with music writing as well as teaching. I did not get a music degree but was trained professionally during my teenage years by different professional drummers with private lessons.

I teach music to school aged children from 5 years old to more advance students of all ages. I track their personal progress, collaborate with parents, and work with students to prepare for school band, contests, and special concerts. I also specialize in advanced development for already established drummers. No matter what, it is always a blast to be able to pour out to other aspiring and younger drummers what I have learn from the many years of playing and touring.

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Having been a drummer all my life and having been able to earn a living from it for well over 25 years has been one of the biggest blessings for me. I want to be able to impart the joy of playing drums to you. Because of the thousands of shows played during my career, I have acquired a solid knowledge of playing live which helps me impart to young musicians live drumming skills that will be beneficial when playing in front of a crowd. Also, having recorded 10 albums in various studios as well as having been hired to record for other artists, studio drumming will also be taught carefully and with expertise.

The topics that we will be going through together are endless. With younger drummers who are just starting, we will go through basic topics like how to purchase a drum kit. Where and what kind of drum kit to buy. How to set up a drum kit, general glossary, tuning, and maintenance. What size and what brand of drumsticks you should use, how to warm up and practice, as well as stick, bass drum, snare, cymbals and overall techniques. I will teach you all the main rudiments, go through basic and more advanced quarter notes, eighth, sixteenth note drum beats. We will learn some cool grooves, and drum fills. We will make sure that you understand drum dynamics, and independence. I can teach you any songs of your choice or any styles you wish to focus on. Learn to do drum solos and if desired, complete drum theory.

Each lessons and curriculum will be tailor made for every student. I will provide every exercises and practice plan for the student to take home and practice during the week. Every student will be given the chance to understand every aspect of drumming as well as discover the fun and pleasure drumming comes with.

Because every student learns at his or her own pace, there will not be any pressure or unreachable expectation that would make learning drum a drag. (pun intended = drag is a rudiment) but over the period of 6 months, there will be noticeable progress.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ electronic drum set and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Usually the student will have his own instrument which we will use for lessons. Otherwise, I can bring my own equipment.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Since I was heavily trained with using proper techniques (I can play both match or conventional grip on drums) I spend a lot of time focusing on my students developing the proper technique to play with. I was mainly a rock drummer and so my genre is definitely rock drumming but have experience with many styles of music. I also teach percussion, guitar and music theory
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Nathaniel W. May 16, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
He was great . And teaches it the fun way. Thank you.
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Luis P. March 11, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Yves truly qualified in experience and teaching ability

Selected Yves as a drum teacher for my son based on his profile. Yves is an experienced, patient and fun instructor that has been effective making drumming fun and interesting to my five year old. Yves is good at making sure parents understand how to help their child in the learning process. Yves is a bit further out from me but I am not disappointed. Thank you Yves.
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GinnyL July 1, 2012
Yves is THE BEST instructor!

My son is 5-years-old and quite an active little guy! When he said he was interested in learning to play guitar, I wasn't sure we would be able to find a teacher for his age. We did; Yves is the best! Yves is always patient with him and understanding of his age/ ability. He instructs him with kindness and holds his attention. Yves also has a wonderful home studio in a nice home/area. He is flexible with scheduling as well. He goes above and beyond with extra help and recommendations for helpful materials. My son looks forward to seeing him every week and sharing with him 'how much I practiced'. We would highly recommend Yves to anyone.
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Yves L.

Yves L.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jason M.

San Diego, CA

About Jason

TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!

Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

This year Jason was also the M
usic Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.

Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.

Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.

Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!

Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.

His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.
Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.

*** Studio Equipment ***
ESP KH2 "skully" Kirk Hammett signature model Electric
Epiphone Zakk Wylde signature model Electric
Schecter SLS Blackjack Special Edition Avenger with ©Sustainiac
Schecter Blackjack ATX 7-string
Jackson Randy Rhodes V
Fender '51 Pawn Shop Series
Epiphone Banjo
Mahalo Ukulele
Savannah Ukulele
M. Acoustic
G&L S-500 custom Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "banjo" Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "guitar"
Fender Squire John 5 signature model
Epiphone 12-string
Nylon Classical
Yamaha Acoustic (left and right handed)
Voyage-Air Guitar Acoustic
Fender Squire Bass
Dean Vendetta Electric
Dean Dime Razorback
B.C. Rich Warlock
Yamaha Keyboard
ProTools LE
Guitar Pro 6
Tascam CD-GT2
KRK Rokits speakers
Line 6 AXSYS212 Amp
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Cry Baby Wah
Digitech Whammy/Bad Monkey/Death Metal/Grunge pedals
Ibanez Chorus/Flanger Delay/Echo
Line 6 Backtrack
Drum sticks and practice pad
Multi-angle cameras for online students

*** Travel Equipment ***
Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic)
Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Various guitars depending on project or mood.

*** Specialties ***
piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
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Linh B. June 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've taken several lessons with Jason and highly recommend him! He is very patient, easy going, and goes at the student's pace. He's a great guitar player and he will work with you to achieve your goal. I leave each lesson learning a few new songs.
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Victor June 25, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Jason is a great teacher, very knowledgeable and patient. I don't have any musical background whatsoever, but he quickly got me started learning to play banjo and answered all my questions. I highly recommend this teacher.
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Rosa Z. June 1, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
We were new to the whole online, private lesson world and only tried as a test for our 10 yr-old son. He has now been working with Jason for several months now and shows no signs of stopping. Our son is progressing, has gained confidence and still seems to have fun. Jason is on time and if you cannot make a lesson he is flexible in rescheduling if given some notice. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much Jason packs into his lessons without overwhelming the student. We highly recommend him!
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Jason M.

Jason M.

Montclair, CA 91763
(30)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Blake A.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

About Blake

I've been an obsessive musical student since I was 5 years old (that's more than 80% of my life!) I competed as a concert pianist, with a background in musical theory and harmony. Later on I played in ensembles and bands--playing other people's music and making my own.

But this message about my experience is just to show you that I am confident in YOU because your musical journey is unique. You have certain things that you love in music; things that you may hear and experience that others may miss in the moment without you--and that means you have the talent to share something special.

I
look forward to helping you recognize and express your ideas, and learn to develop a relationship with the piano that enables you to continue making music long after our final lesson; on any instrument available to you; in any style you choose to explore.
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Janice D. July 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son has picked up rhythm. Blake has engaged him in enjoying music. His listening of the tunes is better. Blake is passionate in his teaching and very professional. Absolutely recommend!
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Sylvia E. June 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was nice meeting Blake. He is very knowledgeable and patient. I was embarrassed about just beginning to take lessons at my age. Blake was so reassuring and encouraging. I think that his willingness to pace the lesson for my lack of skill, and his ability to evaluate and determine where I should begin my practice was right on!

Thank you, Sylvia Esquerré
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Blake A.

Blake A.

Claremont, CA 91711
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Varin I.

Montclair, CA

About Varin

Songwriter / Producer
Instruments: Piano, Vocals, Guitar/Bass, Drums
DAWS: Reason, FL, Waves, & Pro Tools
Member of BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC (2011-Present)

If you would like to schedule an appointment at a different time, please ask and I will do my best to make that arrangement.

What's inside the singing lesson?

Lessons revolve around three basic aspects which are training, singing, and acting.

In training, definitely be ready for some scale exercises. If you want to work on making your vibrato faster, breathe better, sing more loud or soft, sing short or longer phrases, co
ntrolling your mix, executing your melismas, r&b licks, blue notes, bending notes, singing super high notes and transitioning down to lower notes: balancing head and chest voice, and expanding your range, then vocal training is what you'll need. Most of this activity involves matching sounds to custom scales played on a piano.

In singing, definitely have a song in mind you want to work on. Then we'll discuss which techniques and skills that are essential for that particular genre of music. Other than that, you'll learn singer's diction and will know how to control vowel sounds and consonants more efficiently. Most of this activity involves you singing either a line, a verse, chorus, bridge, or the entire song. It really depends on what level you feel comfortable at. Most of this activity revolves around breathing techniques, phrasing techniques, and you singing the melody correctly on pitch.

In acting, whether you're recording or performing, you'll still need to put an act together. Portrayal of emotions are quite the essential skills to make your sound believable. If singing with feeling is not working out for you, then you might want to consider working on some basic acting skills. Some of the skills covered are voice inflections, rhythm, gestures, body language, and facial expressions. Most of this activity involves you expressing yourself as an artist.

How to be prepared for the lesson?

If you do not have a piano or recording device on hand, I'll provide both devices for you. It's recommended to provide a piano. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be in tuned. If it's digital, you should be fine. It's also recommended to have a recording device. Many clients enjoy recording their lessons on their mp3 players or any other computer devices. Please have a clean and clear space with an electrical outlet for the piano and recording device. Other than that, please wear comfortable clothing as if you are about to play a sport or an activity you enjoy. If you want to dress like a super star that's fine too.
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Ronnie July 13, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Varin is a great instructor to work with! He understands the artists needs and wants and gives out knowledgeable information to carry on. He definitely helped me start to find a comfort zone in my approach to my music! and is flexible with his schedule. You won't be disappointed.
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jesse June 21, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Varin is Very informative and straight forward and easy to work with, my daughter looks forward to his visits every week...
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Byunggon Y. May 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Varin is really nice and great teacher. My kid is always excited to have a lesson with him, saying that he is very funny and exactly knows what my kid needs. Thanks, Varin.
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Varin I.

Montclair, CA 91763
(12)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michelle M.

Upland, CA

About Michelle

Classical performing and recording artist Michelle M. has openings for flute students of any level, from beginner to advanced. Michelle has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. As a teacher, she focuses on learning skills correctly from the beginning, with emphasis on good tone production and healthy body mechanics. She also works with high school students preparing college auditions, and has regular recital opportunities for all students.

"I love teaching private lessons. It's so much fun watching students grow musically and emotionally! My teaching style emphasizes l
earning CORRECTLY from the beginning, so that bad habits don't form, such as bad posture which can lead to pain down the road. I also pick music which the students know and enjoy, so that playing daily becomes a fun ritual for them.

"Learning musical skills such as theory, composition and improvisation are also part of my teaching style. These things strengthen a student's overall musical knowledge and enjoyment. I also highly recommend that students listen and watch flute performances, either recordings or live concerts.

"Of course, the best part is playing, and I encourage all students to perform as much as possible, whether in my student recitals or in outside concerts. I offer many opportunities for performance, and help prepare students for their own band or orchestra concerts as well."
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Stephanie U. January 6, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is a fantastic teacher! My daughter was a beginner student, just starting at elementary school, and we wanted to supplement those lessons. Wow, what a difference it has made! Elaine shows improvement after every lesson and she just LOVES Michelle. She is patient and kind, and very motivational. She has a knack for reaching Elaine and bringing out the best in her. Thank you, Michelle!
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Justine G. August 14, 2014
Flute · In studio
As a former student, I couldn't feel luckier to have studied flute with Michelle for ~6 years (ages 10-16). During that time, she not only helped improve my technique and skill enormously, but also acted as a hugely supportive, warm and funny presence in my life. Michelle genuinely cared about my progress and very patiently guided me through years of instruction, offering constant encouragement. She always made sure I was thoroughly prepared for every recital, music competition, or youth orchestra that I participated in, and helped me pick music that I always enjoyed playing and practicing. She was also very thoughtful and hands-on in terms of helping me choose a new flute, a music camp, etc., which my parents and I greatly appreciated.

During my time with Michelle, I felt that my lessons were excellently paced—she knew when to push and challenge me, but also made sure I was comfortable with the material, and didn't rush me if something proved more difficult. Over the years, we progressed through theory, breathing techniques, scales, playing with an accompanist or another flutist, etc. in a way that felt very natural and appropriate. Additionally, the relationship we built became very important to me as a student. There were several times that, as an overextended middle- or high-schooler, I seriously thought about quitting flute—but the idea of stopping lessons with Michelle was sad enough to make me reconsider each time. I truly appreciated how much she cared about me both as a musician and as a person, and was thankful in the end to have kept playing with her as long as I did.

Michelle is easy-going and knowledgeable, kind and talented, understanding and wonderful. I will always be so grateful for the kind of instruction and encouragement I received from her—she helped me grow as a musician in every way. Thank you so much!!
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Melinda E. August 10, 2014
Flute · In studio
My daughter (who is now in college) was a student of Michelle’s from 4th – 11th grade. Michelle is a talented musician, a wonderful person, and a very effective teacher. My daughter really enjoyed her lessons with Michelle - it was always a bright spot in her busy week. She benefited from Michelle’s guidance outside of lessons also – recitals, entering and placing in solo competitions, and auditioning and playing for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. We felt so lucky to have found Michelle – she was an excellent teacher and a wonderful role model - teacher, musician, mother. I recommend her very, very highly.
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Michelle M.

Upland, CA 91786
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