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Jeff S.
Pasadena, California
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I teach all levels of acoustic and electric guitar, from beginning to advanced. I teach in a wide variety of genres including jazz, rock, blues, pop, country, folk, and r & b, I cater my lessons to the individual students' wants and needs. In other words, I will teach you what YOU want to learn!
About Jeff S.

Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique. *** Lesson Details *** I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've become a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn! *** Studio Equipment *** I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio. *** Travel Equipment *** Instrument and music stand. *** Specialties *** I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,

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I have been seeing Jeff for about 3 years. I was an old folkie - with no time to practice - for about 50 years, but finally my wife bought me some lessons when I retired. Hit it off with Jeff immediately. He really knows the music I want - which in my case is classic rock - but he can do pretty much anything you need. Still give him 5 stars!

Posted Jun 27, 2019
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I immediately felt at ease with Jeff and it did not take him long to figure me out and point me in the right direction. Looking forward to many more lessons with him. I wish I lived here so it could be on a more regular basis. But happy with what I CAN get. Thanks Jeff!

Posted Jun 19, 2019
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My Aunty is turning 80 this weekend and I decided to learn how to play Happy Birthday on the ukulele as a surprise for her. Jeff not only helped me accomplish my goal but also got me started on other songs as well. His patience and enthusiastic personality made the lessons not ony productive but personable as well!!! 2 thumbs up to an awesome instructor!!!!!

Posted Jul 12, 2018
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acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, ukulele, music theory and improvisation
Mar 2014 - Present
Jeff S.
I 1st started teaching at Guitar Corner in Arcadia, Ca. from 1975-1979. I then switched to Graham Music in Temple City from 1979-2000. I currently teach at 3 different stores but I'm trying to build up my client bass on takelessons.com. I've performed with the Drifters, Tower of Power, and Brenda White. I've led musical groups with alumni from Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Gabor Szabo, Harry James, the Coasters, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach, jazz, rock, blues, pop, country, and folk music and am also experienced at teaching music theory and improvisation.
Education
Associate Arts Degree and Bachelor's Degree in music
Sep 1974
AA from Pasadena City College, BA from Cal State Los Angeles
Certifications
Advisory Council for Minority Affairs [ACMA], 1987, and 1988.
Jun 1987
Jet Propulsion Lab [JPL]
Performing with my band, Water Colours in June of 1987, and again in 1988 during American Heritage Week.

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