Edwin Itoh

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA

About Edwin I.

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Edwin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 1993
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunity to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

*** Lesson Details ***
Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul

Photos and Videos

How to Play Nothing Else Matters by Metallica on the Guitar

Experience

Music Instructor

Jan 1993 - Present
Edwin I.

Private and group music lessons for guitar, piano, recording, ear training, composition, Logic Pro, bass guitar.

Education

B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental - Guitar

Sep 1998 - May 2002
University of Miami

High School Diploma - Jazz and Classical performance - Guitar, percussion

Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
New World School of the Arts

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

DownBeat Music Award 1998

Mar 1998
DownBeat
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51 Reviews on Edwin I.

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Matt Apr 12, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Edwin is seriously the best! You will not regret learning music from this professional musician!
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Zant C. Apr 4, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great start! Looking forward to the next!
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connie Feb 26, 2016
Guitar · Online
I am very delighted to finally pick up my guitar and want to learn. Edwin you have inspired this old lady to not only want to learn more but also tell my friends how easy and fun you made my experience thanks again
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Brandt Feb 7, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Edwin inspires, challenges, and encourages. My son couldn't be more excited about the instruction he is receiving. Thank you, Edwin!
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Antonio Jan 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very patience and knowledgeable.
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Emily Jan 7, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Edwin was very patient with my daughter. He had to start from basics as she was not sure of her self. He took his time and went over the piano keys.
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Helen V. Dec 1, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He is very patient and is able to adjust to the student's needs with different instruments. He's very flexible with scheduling. Definitely recommend!
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John S. Nov 7, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Have been taking lesson from Edwin for about a month. He has really helped me adjust to learning an instrument without any musical experience at all.
Patience of a saint, really knows what he is doing. He has come up with a way to teach me at my own pace and level of understanding, yet ever so slightly helps push me to the next lesson. My confidence stays high!
I can not recommend Edwin enough, his style of helping me learn is top notch.
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David G. Oct 12, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Very patient. Great ideas. Helpful
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Jackson H. Sep 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Our son is 12 years old and loves music but has never really played an instrument. His first Acoustic Guitar lesson with Edwin was great. Edwin is patient and so positive with an obvious love for teaching. Our son left very excited and practiced for a bit when he got home! Thank you Edwin!