Jaxon Williams

Jaxon W.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Classical is my specialty. I've taught for almost 15 years and can really help you reach your goals and become a better musician.

KIDS:
I also specialize in teaching kids classical guitar. Classical for your kids is the best way to get them learning real music and theory, developing the best possible technique and good habits, and literally changing their brain chemistry for the better! The foundations they establish with classical leads them to better playing of ANY style even if they don't stick with classical. I am contracted out and travel the nation teaching kids classical guitar and teaching teachers how to teach it, so I feel fully confident you're in the best hands you could be in if your child takes lessons with me.

ADULTS:
If you're just starting out, I will help you build a technical foundation first, playing through a "boot camp" of easy pieces to build sight reading and technical skills. When you're done with that you're ready to tackle some really cool stuff!

If you have some self taught experience, you are likely working with some bad habits we'll have to break! So I will still start you out with a "boot camp" to build a better technique. Then we work on some really beautiful pieces, more advanced technique, and sound/tone production

For advanced students, I will focus on advanced technique and really breaking through from mediocrity to amazing playing (arpeggios, scales, tone production, speed, musicality). We will work on a combination of pieces you like/suggest and pieces I suggest that will be best suited to build your technique. We'll focus a lot on musicality and expression so you really sound like a professional player. I've taught many students at the university level and I can really help advanced players achieve their goals.

About Jaxon W.

*See further below for lesson details!*

Jaxon the Guitarist: I have a Doctorate in classical guitar from USC's renowned Thornton School of Music. I have been playing the guitar for 25 years and teaching for 17. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it has been very easy for me to learn and master other styles such as Flamenco, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, etc. I have a passion for performing and have played hundreds of solo and ensemble concerts. As a classical performer I have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Pacific Guitar Competition, San Francisco Guitar Competition, Sierra Nevada Competition, and the OSAA Oregon State Competition. I have played concerts all over the United States and Europe. As a performer of other styles I have played in many original and cover bands and have won high school and University level battle of the bands competitions. I was a Northwest regional finalist in Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" competition as well. I recently won a Fulbright Scholarship to study Spanish and Flamenco Guitar in Seville, Spain for 2015 and 16.

Jaxon the Teacher: I really love spreading the knowledge I've learned over the years about the guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, and everything music related to my students. I find a huge sense of fulfillment in seeing my students understand and enjoy learning and making beautiful music. I have a high level of knowledge and skills that I am very willing to use to teach students from the most beginner to the most advanced. Former students of mine have achieved lofty goals ranging from making it into a music program at the college level to winning their school's talent show to being accepted into their school's jazz band.

*** Lesson Details ***
My curriculum is based around YOU. I push my students hard, but I make sure they're always having fun and enjoying playing. I like to get my students playing real songs as fast as possible so they can see results immediately and get excited!

Online Lessons: I am a specialist in online teaching. and I go the extra mile to make sure you get your money's worth. Online lessons with me include personalized instruction, PDF's, play-along recordings, and instructional video recaps to help you practice. I also believe that knowing how and what to practice is one of the top indicators of success. That's why I will send you a personalized practice plan after each lesson so you know what and how to practice!

Children: I am trained and specialized in teaching children guitar using classical technique. I have taught hundreds of kids in schools, privately, and in groups over the years. The method I use is proven to give kids the best possible start to music and maximize their potential, even if they don't want to do classical later in life. If you have children and you want them to learn good technique and music principles through guitar, you don't need to look any further.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have stools, music stands, and an amp here so all you need to bring is your guitar!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment.
Student must have their own guitar and amp if they play electric.


*** Specialties ***
-Children's fingerstyle/classical guitar
-Proficient in ABRSM and Suzuki method
-Specialist in classical and Flamenco guitar, though proficient up to advanced in any guitar style (blues, rock, country, jazz, pop, etc)
-Also very experienced teaching songwriting and music performance

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Peter
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Great lesson. Excellent balance between technical skills and playing the repertoire. Also appreciate the constant encouragement!

Posted May 13, 2020
David R.
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Posted May 5, 2020
Andrew
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Jaxon called me a week before my lesson and asked what I wanted out of it. He then tailored his lessons for my specifically, giving me the music theory that I needed for my goal while also focusing on the guitar aspect of it, giving me valuable, actionable feedback that I've used. In only two lessons I feel far more comfortable at the fret board than I used to (I came in after several years of self teaching)

Posted May 3, 2020
April M.
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Jaxon is an amazing teacher. I love his attention to the details of doing things correctly. His own playing is so very musical and as a teacher he emphasizes expression as much as technique. He's fun to work with and always supportive. After each lesson he sends an email that organizes my practice sessions for the upcoming week - what to practice and what to pay attention to while playing, everything we discussed in the lesson. It makes me eager to practice because I'm never unclear about how to approach it. I struck gold with Jaxon as my teacher.

Posted May 3, 2020
Peter
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Great first lesson - slow, methodical, and enjoyable! And great lesson follow-up notes and practice guide for the coming week. Thanks!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
Duff Davis
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Great guy and great teacher! Thanks very much!

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Nicolas D.
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Jaxon is a great teacher who adapt to the goal of the student while having a great structure during his lesson. The lesson is very productive and enjoyable!

Posted Apr 18, 2020
Lorraine R.
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Jaxon tailored the program to my specific needed and the first lessons was great! I recommend him!

Posted Apr 13, 2020
Duff Davis
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Posted Apr 6, 2020
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Posted Mar 26, 2020
Brandon
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Jaxon is great! Always incredibly patient with my flamenco development. He also gives plenty of material for you to work on at home, so you’re never not sure what you have to work on. Overall, if you want to improve quickly and learn the right way, you can’t go wrong with Jaxon.

Posted Mar 9, 2020
April M.
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Jaxon is prepared, attentive, kind and encouraging. He communicates very clearly. He made me feel comfortable enough to take risks. His playing is simply beautiful, but he also genuinely enjoys teaching. As a follow up to my lesson he sent me detailed notes on what we covered and how to practice it. I'm excited to continue working with him!

Posted Mar 2, 2020
Rio
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Always learn a lot and have a great time with Jaxon. Highlight of my week, im looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Feb 17, 2020
Jay

Jaxon is awesome! He teaches at my level, is patient and very knowledgeable. His techniques and feedback is always useful and helping me improve. He provides written feedback and lesson plans that keep me on track and moving forward. I highly recommend.

Posted Jan 28, 2020
Rio
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Great start! Learned a lot!

Posted Jan 19, 2020
Jay
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John T.
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Jaxon is an excellent guitarist but also a great educator and communicator. My son's guitar skills have significantly improved since he began lessons thanks to Jaxon's instruction. We highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Aug 21, 2018
Phillip S.
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Very great teacher! Extremely knowledgable on traditional and nouveau flamenco techniques. Appears very committed to the student and willing to spend time out of the sessions to make instructional videos on the material for the student to practice with. Very friendly as well!

Posted Aug 6, 2017
Alan P.
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Very good instructor. Excellent communication skills and very talented. My first lesson he did a very good job of refreshing my memory as someone who has been out of the music world for 13 years. Look forward to more sessions with JW.

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Charles R.
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Excellent instruction. Great fundamentals. Happy that the instruction platform works so well.

Posted Apr 2, 2017
Derek K.
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Jaxon is amazing. This is exactly the structure I was looking for in a guitar teacher.

Posted Mar 12, 2017
David
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I am extremely happy with my first five lessons. I feel that my instruction is individualized well to my short term goals, which is to develop a solid theoretical foundation that enables me to understand compositional approaches and methodologies and prepare me to create my own compositions and arrangements. Currently the format of our lesson is to analyze/discuss a piece in detail with a compositional or arrangement exercise to reinforce the main techniques of the piece. (which is reviewed at the subsequent lesson). The exchange of ideas (as well as the exercises) have resulted in me learning something fun and interesting every single lesson. I highly recommend Jaxon as a music theory instructor.

Posted Mar 1, 2017
John
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Jaxon is the most motivating as well as competent and friendly guitar teacher my 16-year-old son has ever had, and he has had two previous guitars teachers that were very good.
As a professional in the music industry in Hollywood for a very long time, I can assure you that Jaxon is extremely versatile and knowledgeable in all styles of guitar performance, be it classical, electric rock or blues, and I"m sure many more acoustic guitar styles that I have not heard him demonstrate.
Take it from a music professional......you can't go wrong in having Jaxon teach you or anyone in your family.

Posted Jan 15, 2017
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Posted Jan 12, 2017
Kylie H.
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Initially, I received the quintessential guitar lessons, complete with classical guitar exercises. I then developed an affinity for classical guitar, but I couldn’t journey further into the style because my training was limited. I can happily say that I have not only been able to overcome my plateau but also found the teacher who can shape me into the guitarist I aspire to be. I’m being taught via video chat but the lessons are nothing short of insightful. Your dedication as a student with Jaxon will take you far. Take the first lesson and you’ll see!

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Aelita A.
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One word to sum up my first lesson: FANTASTIC. He's absolutely amazing and super talented!!

Posted Sep 30, 2016
Murat
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Great instructor! Moving at a logical and achievable pace. Very enjoyable, I can see the improvement.

Posted Sep 28, 2016
Karla A.
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Awesome personality! Has a great way of explaining things to help you learn. Fun to work with.

Posted Jun 10, 2015
Peter D.
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Jaxon has been awesome teacher. He knows what he is talking about and can actually teach it in simple way.

Posted May 23, 2015
Nicole D.
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Jaxon is a wonderful instructor and very patient. I highly recommend him!!

Posted Jan 8, 2015
Loreto S.
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What I've seen from Jaxon after a few lessons is that he is very attentive to detail and takes his craft seriously. He focuses on fundamentals and watches your technique carefully and makes sure to correct them when he sees you drift back into bad habits. He is very personable and flexible as well. I would highly recommend without reservations.

Posted Jan 3, 2015
Cameron R.
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It goes without saying that Jaxon is an outstanding teacher - I think that anyone who studies with him would agree. Both Jaxon's verbal instruction and his playing demonstrations are clear and well articulated. His ability to select interesting repertoire seems limitless, for even an advanced student such as myself. He will guide you with techniques and tips while also keeping in consideration your own interests and goals.

Posted Aug 6, 2014
Eric H.
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I started playing the classical guitar for just fun years ago, and lived in such remote areas that finding a teacher was impossible. As fortune had it, I moved to Tempe and hooked up with Jaxon through TakeLessons.com. He's a great instructor that is patient and won't ever make you feel bad about not having time to practice. He didn't immediately show off his amazing guitar playing ability, but instead directed all his attention at me, the student. His flexible teaching style helped me translate the music knowledge I already had onto the classical guitar. If you follow his methods, you'll be amazed at how fast you improve! I would highly recommend Jaxon to anyone even remotely thinking about playing classical guitar music.

Posted Jul 18, 2014
Dean B.

BEST GUITAR TEACHER EVER!!

I have been playing neuvo flamenco for several years and I have had several guitar instructors. None of them come close to Jaxon. Most of my teachers were very good guitar players but not great at teaching - Jaxon is not only a great guitarist but a fantastic teacher. He has the ability to look at every aspect of my guitar playing (technique,posture, composition, etc) and greatly improve it. I highly recommend him to any level of guitarist. He will make you a better guitarist!

Posted Feb 28, 2014
Joel B.

Great teacher!

I have been taking flamenco guitar lessons with Jaxon for a few months now. I am a beginner to flamenco, and had some technique challenges up front. He is amazing on guitar, and is able to watch my techniques and find the sticking points. It feels good to know that I'm getting it right early on, so that I don't develop bad habits. Highly recommend him.

Posted Apr 18, 2013

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Experience

Regional Director for California: Lead Guitar
Jul 2014 - Present

Lead Guitar

Lead Guitar is a nationwide nonprofit that implements classical guitar programs in underserved public schools. I run the affairs for the organization in California, as well as teach at 5 different schools in Los Angeles!

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - May 2019

USC

Teach private lessons and classes to USC guitarists.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sep 2013 - May 2014

ASU

Taught guitar to Undergraduate Music Majors at ASU. Received a full tuition scholarship to do so.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Guitar Performance
Aug 2016 - Nov 2019

University of Southern California

Master's of Music, Guitar Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Arizona State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

LAUSD Tier II Certified
Aug 2019

Los Angeles Unified School District

Background Check and Fingerprint clearance to teach in LAUSD Schools.
DPS Fingerprint Clearance Certified
Jan 2014

Arizona DPS

Have been background checked and fingerprint cleared.

Awards

Winner - 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions
Apr 2018

City of Beverly Hills

1st Prize Winner, Pacific International Guitar Competition
Feb 2017

Pacific International Guitar Festival and Competition

2nd Prize, San Francisco Bay International Guitar Competition
Nov 2016

Classical Guitar Gala West

3rd prize, Sierra International Guitar Competition
Jul 2016

Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition

Fulbright Scholarship Winner
Aug 2015

Fulbright Association

4th Prize, Sierra International Guitar Competition
Jul 2014

Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition

1st Prize, Oregon State Classical Guitar Competition
Apr 2006

Oregon State Activities Association

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