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Justin M.
Arroyo Grande, California
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Justin M.
Arroyo Grande, California
Play the Mandolin Right with Superior Advice from an Expert
After 27 years of playing and a BA in Music, I know how to break down the mandolin and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning mandolin and will get you up and playing in no time. If you are tired of trying to figure out how to learn mandolin online or you feel stuck at your current level, then I can show you the most effective and efficient way to get your playing to the next level. Lessons will teach you the following: * songs you actually want to play * how to read music and tablature * music theory tailored to suit your needs * composition and improvisation * performance practices and music history * how to play solo pieces and jam with your friends
About Justin M.

Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 26 years of playing and 17 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar. My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to play in any style and ultimately create your own music.

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Justin is teaching me music just not how to play the ukulele. Really appreciate his individual approach which incorporates my learning style. When needed, Justin picks up when I need a change of strategy. I am a very very beginner and have learned so much so far.

Posted Dec 1, 2021
Online

I "shopped around" for a great teacher on this site. For many new lesson takers, not only do you have no clue about your instrument, you aren't even sure what makes a great teacher! So here are some things to look out for in a first lesson: Your teacher should be personable and interested in your musical experience and taste. Ask them what they like! You might hear something you want to learn. If you mention some level of experience, they will ask you to play something you either know or have been working on. This is important! Then, preferably, they will ask why you have chosen your instrument and what you want to be able to do with it (i.e. do you want to play in a band, or just play your favorite songs for your family gatherings). All of this allows you to relax and not worry too much about performing too much during your first lesson. More importantly, it gives the instructor a clear path on how to work with YOU. The more they know about your current level, the better your experience and learning progress will be. For absolute beginners, I would hope that they have a simple melody for you to learn right then and there by watching and playing with them. Well, Justin knocked it out of the park! And then some. He showed that he is willing to customize teaching to your style, as well. I learn by ear, so he knew how to use that as an advantage for learning the fretboard and notes. Instead of giving me a paper with chords on it, he challenged me to use my knowledge and play around more thoughtfully to figure out what the names are for notes and chords I'm already playing. Please, don't hesitate to work with Justin. The price is beyond fair! Especially since other teachers in the same price ranges are between 2-4 stars. Thanks, Justin!

Posted Nov 29, 2021
Online

I wasn’t sure how an online music lesson would go, but a Justin was excellent! I learned several key things that I can practice over the next week to advance my playing skills. Thanks, Justin!

Posted Nov 8, 2021
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Guitar Teacher
Sep 2004 - Present
Private Guitar Teacher
I teach privately in-studio and online. Lessons include guitar (all styles) and mandolin. Teaching is a great way for me to make a difference in someone's musical life and hopefully spur the next generation of musicians and music lovers.
Music Teacher
Oct 2017 - Apr 2021
Music Motive
Guitar Teacher
Apr 2012 - Feb 2014
Grand Central Music
B.A. Music
Sep 2002 - Dec 2006
California Polytechnic State University
English
Native Proficiency

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Instructor details
Mandolin
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Huasna Rd
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
45 minutes
$60
60 minutes
$80
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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