Morgan Woods

Morgan W.

Simi Valley, CA
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Lesson Details

Ukulele

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I can show you how to improvise any scale or chord on the ukulele without reading a single piece of music notation, tab, or chord chart, so that you can play the music that lives within you.

Maybe you want to become a songwriter, or a composer. Or maybe you just want to jam with friends or play your favorite songs by ear. Either way, the process is the same.

I can teach you to:
✅ Write your own songs and compose your own music
✅ Jam with friends
✅ Play any chord and scale on the fly even if you’ve never played it before
✅ Learn music theory by ear
✅ Recognize chords as clearly as you’d recognize colors
✅ Play freely and without restrictions in any musical key

Without:
❌ Studying “licks”
❌ Obsessing over complicated music theory
❌ Getting stuck on restrictive chord charts and scale patterns
❌ Doing exercises that don’t have musical context or application
❌ Learning other people’s music (unless you want to)
❌ Reading music notation, tabs, and chord charts

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About

Morgan passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Morgan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+

Teaching since:
2015

I am a songwriter and composer with an education in classical and jazz guitar,

I started playing 13 years ago, and have definitely had hit my share of plateaus along the way which led me to enrolling in music school.

In school, I learned a lot about the intellectual side of music, but I felt like I was always missing something. My professors would assure me that it'd click eventually, and it did.

I paid attention to the methodology of composers and jazz improvisers. I couldn't wonder help but wonder where the similarities were, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. They learned music from the sounds themselves, not from theory books and classrooms. Then, taking inspiration from Miles Davis, I dropped out of music school and began my real education.

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Experience

Piano Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present
Self-Employed

I teach "composer's piano" and is rooted in jazz pedagogy, although the principles are not limited strictly to jazz. My lessons are focused on learning how music works and developing a strong ear so that you can create your own music.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present
Self-Employed

I teach music through a set of principles rooted in improvisation so that you can play the music that lives within you.


Education

Jazz Guitar
Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
Ventura College
Classical Guitar
Jan 2015 - Dec 2016
Moorpark College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Achievement in Music
Dec 2017
Ventura College

Affiliations

Phi Theta Kappa
Jan 2016

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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Photos & Videos

Music is a language. Speaking through your instrument is more important than learning scale patterns and memorizing chord charts.
Learn how to hear and see half steps across the fretboard by practicing this drill that can either be your warm-up or a complete exercise.
Photo by Morgan W.
By visualizing intervals on our instrument we can see the formation and function of chords and scales of all qualities and types.

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In these 3 diagrams, coupled with my "Intervals Relative to the Tonal Center" sheet, I show you how to play all seven modes in all 12 keys.

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In these 3 diagrams, coupled with my "Intervals Relative to the Tonal Center" sheet, I show you how to play all seven modes in all 12 keys.

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In these 3 diagrams, coupled with my "Intervals Relative to the Tonal Center" sheet, I show you how to play all seven modes in all 12 keys.

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Here's a free copy of an eBook I wrote that compiles some materials I have used in my lessons. May it serve you well.

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11 Reviews

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Olivia Jul 29, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I have learned such so much in such a short time taking lessons with Morgan. His style is relaxed and informative.

Greg Jul 29, 2019
Guitar · Online

Great instructor. Can't recommend him enough.

Paul Jul 29, 2019
Electric Guitar · In home

theres nothing morgan can't teach. soloing, riffing, songwriting. i have a completely new and better approach to writing songs with my band after taking lessons with him.

Kevin Jul 28, 2019
Electric Guitar · In home

Morgan teaches theory from the beginning. Because of that I was able to fill in the gaps in my knowledge and have improved my soloing and riffing a lot.

Jen Jul 28, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Very professional and talented guitar teacher, great lesson plan, would definitely recommend

Brian Jul 25, 2019
Electric Guitar · In home

I have been playing guitar for way too long to still be at the level that I am.. I suppose that says something about my practice habits. I also have plenty of gaps in my knowledge. Morgan is really great at identifying where those gaps are and helping me past them in a way that is encouraging me to practice more often because the routine he gives me doesn't feel like practice.

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Sean Jul 25, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Highly recommend. I have been getting lessons from Morgan for about a year and can honestly say my playing and understanding of guitar and theory has skyrocketed. Morgans's patience and musical knowledge has helped me progress beyond what I thought possible. I would encourage anyone wanting to learn to play to take lessons from him.

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Danni Jul 23, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I played the first few notes of a song that I've been listening to since childhood by ear. I realize it may not actually be the correct ones because it's a really fast flamenco piece and I'm a beginner but it was fun to try and make it out

Randy Jul 22, 2019
Guitar · In home

For all you intermediate players, who are really trying to see the fretboard well, Morgan has a great lesson plan. And his ear training is great as well!

Sarah May 3, 2019
Guitar · In home

Morgan is an amazing guitarist and an even better teacher. He understands music theory very well and presents it in a way that is easy to use in my own songwriting.

Ricky May 3, 2019
Guitar · In home

This guy is incredible. I was stuck in the CAGED system for a long time until I got lessons from Morgan. Now I can solo and make my own chords.

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