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Kory I.
Northridge, California
Learn how to play your favorite blues song from a teacher with 10 years of experience
I have played at the house of blues multiple times (as a jazz combo, solo blues artist), and have over 10 years of experience playing blues guitar in rock/blues bands and jazz band at my high school and college. You can expect to learn how to play both 12 bar and 16 bar blues, and the different chords/scales used in blues songs and improvisation. In addition, you will learn how to use scales to solo effectively, and the different guitar techniques many of the greats use to get that blues sound you are looking for. I have a home studio perfect for practicing blues that comes equipped with a PA system, mics, 2 electric guitars with amps, a bass/amp, and a drum kit.
About Kory I.

I graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Music, and have taught lessons for 10 years. I performed in Jazz Combo, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz, and played in numerous concerts and competitions. In addition, I am a songwriter, and have written many songs for my own band, and for other clients. I also work as a freelance producer, and record/mix at my home studio, and at professional studios. My personal philosophy to teaching is that every student is a unique individual. I always start by connecting with the student, and figuring out what interests/goals they have in mind. Then I craft a customized lesson plan that will help them achieve their goals, and work with their strengths and weaknesses. I practice patience and friendliness, and always do my best to inspire, motivate, and teach hard work/perseverance.

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Blues Guitar
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Guitar.... Kory knows how to play it! Kory knows how to teach it!! I explored learning on the internet a few times, then stopped a few times, without feeling much more comfortable with the instrument. Kory's guidance and expertise has been invaluable. Fingers are getting nice and dexterous, ear becoming finely tuned, and the guitar feels much less foreign. I'm not in it for the theory, but even the essential stuff has been easily understood with Kory's help. After one lesson, or even after watching his videos on here, it's easy to see his mastery, or rather, his union with the guitar; you know you're in good company. He can help pinpoint where you might be getting stuck, a slight change of hand placement, thumb location, and then suggest what to explore next. He makes it seem like it isn't hard- Because it isn't, but being with someone in the room, who knows what to do, can help you give your thoughts a break, to be quiet, and less critical, and just play(and then be less quiet, and keep playing). I'm rambling- If you're curious, do a lesson with Kory. Start with one. It's not hard. Bye now.

Posted Oct 26, 2021
Teacher's Studio

My 10 year old wanted to learn how to play the electric guitar. We found Kory through take lessons and hes happy we did. He has made good progress in the time hes been going. We will keep going back for more lessons. He really enjoys the lessons.

Posted Mar 22, 2021
Teacher's Studio

If you are looking to learn how to play guitar, look no further. Kory is an excellent teacher and takes his time showing you how to break down complex skills. He is super patient I’ll tell you that forsure. Im a very slow learner and it really sucks but Kory reassured me that everyone has different paces and we shouldnt compare them. Ive definitely improved a lot with just 10 sessions.

Posted Mar 17, 2021
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Blues Guitar
Teaches 10 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
This teacher is not currently accepting students