Corban Espinoza
Charlotte, NC
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Corban Espinoza

Corban E.

Charlotte, NC
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach AP Chemistry like I play guitar. Music Theory can be pretty black and white, and by memorizing some shapes and patterns, you can learn to play something that has a certain mood, or that provides tension and release. Some of my favorite guitarists are Chon, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Polyphia (Tim Henson), Sarah Longfield, JB Brubaker (August Burns Red), and John Mayer. I also like to dabble in trying to play some songs from old nintendo games I love, or take a song that sounds good on piano and arrange it for guitar.
Sometimes, the biggest problem with looking up tabs is the same notes can often be much closer together, so a song that looks really hard might not be that hard at all once you choose your own fretting-technique. Did you know you can play the same two notes from that power chord in like 4 different places on the fretboard, simultaneously? I'm big into that sort of knowledge to make my playing easier, and big into staying unoriginal in my own compositions. I love using a loop pedal to really flesh out some ideas. I'm big into figuring out how to use a scale, rather than just play it up and down in one place on the fretboard.
I play electric guitar most often. I'm into songs that are more technical to give a really unique sound. I also play 8 string guitar, for anyone who has a 7 or 8 string and is into that.

About Corban E.

My job is to teach AP Chemistry and Chemistry, and while I love that job, guitar is more fun than chemistry, right? That said, I feel like with guitar, it's my job to get you where you want to be, and provide my own tips/insight/experience that I think can help get you there faster. I'm willing to structure the lesson so that you can get what you want out of it, or I can just plan the whole thing in advance; it just depends on what you want out of it.

So what do you want to start learning first? One cool song? One cool riff? How to play scales and chords? How to write your own stuff and improvisation? How to play like your favorite guitarist? How to read sheet music for guitar? Let me know, and we'll get started! I'm not going to come at you with some "Secret fretboard shortcuts", but there are some shapes that are really helpful for when you want a major sound, a minor sound, or a funky sound, and your favorite guitarist probably has a few of those that (s)he uses a lot.

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TJ
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I had a great experience! Each lesson was exactly what I wanted it to be and Corban was extremely patient. If you're looking to improve your guitar skills in any way, I would highly recommend Corban.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Johnny
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With Covid-19 creating more time on my hands than I knew what to do with, I figured it was time to get reacquainted with the guitar that has been sitting around in my apartment forever. I'd taken lessons years ago for a bit and dabbled in YouTube videos every once in awhile but nothing ever stuck, Corban has really changed this for me. The guy is a really patient instructor and funny too, genuinely made me want to keep learning and I feel like I'm finally starting to get somewhere with the guitar. Definitely recomend him, the best experience I've had with lessons hands down.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Tray
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Learning to play guitar has been my dream forever. The lockdown has given me time to focus on this goal and take online lessons. I was lucky enough to find this instructor! I didn't expect the lessons would be so helpful and rich in content. Not only I've learned techniques, but I kept on being motivated. I can highly recommend this teacher. Professional, kind, and resourceful.

Posted Jun 24, 2020

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Experience

Chemistry Teacher
Jun 2020 - Present

South Meck High

AP Chemistry Teacher
Aug 2016 - Jun 2020

Wawasee High School

Located in Indiana. I taught Chemistry/AP Chemistry here for 5 years, and just moved to Charlotte/Ballantyne in 2020.

Education

Life Science Education
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015

Grace College and Theological Seminary

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Secondary Education (5-12) Teaching License
Aug 2016

Indiana Dept. of Education

My teaching license, relative to science (chemistry, life science) and grades 5-12 in general.

Affiliations

American Chemical Society
Jan 2018
ACS is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

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