Raymond (Remi) Lasten

Raymond (Remi) L.

Jacksonville, FL
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Raymond (Remi) delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 6 to 80 and males 7 to 80

Teaching since:
August 1980

I completed musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE, with Majors in Musical Education and as a Performing Artist.
I am a qualified multilingual Music Instructor.
I have performed as a guitarist with several orchestras, musical groups, bands and as classical guitar soloist I have given numerous recitals and concerts.
I have worked as a Music Educator at the Social & Pedagogic Academic Institutes teaching pedagogic & didactic principles to teachers and at the same time I have been teaching classical and popular guitar at all levels and ages at several other music schools.
I wrote two guitar methods "MELODIC GUITAR" for beginners from 7 years of age and up, which has been translated from Papiamentu into the English and Spanish languages and "MELODIC GUITAR 2" which has been translated from Papiamentu into English.
Although my music background is classical, I play and teach popular music, which I appreciate.
Just to mention a few famous guitarists who's styles appeal to me: Carlos Santana, George Benson, Paco de Lucia, Julian Bream.
I also teach electrical and acoustic guitar, bass-guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, Venezuelan & PR cuatro, songwriting and music theory.
Music is an International language; a way to express inner feelings!
And Teaching it, is my passion!

*** Lesson Details ***
Studying with me will be more than moments of instruction and learning.
In addition to acquiring musical knowledge and technical skills, each class is really a musical experience.
The dynamic during class is focused on making music and in having fun, developing new technical skills and reaching your goals!
The Students will be constantly experimenting with various aspects of music: the Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. I will be at all moments musically accompanying the student, developing his or her musical hearing pitch, musical aesthetic values, creativity, and artistic expression.
I offer quality Music Lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Studio equipped with comfortable chairs, desk, keyboards, guitars, white board, music stands, amplifier,
Parents can sit in on lessons

*** Specialties ***
Classial, Popular and Latin Music

**Cancellations**
All lessons must be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice, without exception

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Experience

Music Educator & Instructor
Jan 2007 - Jan 2008
Several Companies

Remi worked as an instructor teaching pedagogic & didactic principles to teachers and at the same time teaching classical and popular guitar. at all levels and ages. In the past Remi has recorded several records with different well-known musicians. On June, 1984 Remi gave a series of guitar Master-Classes.
During 2007 and 2008 Remi had a position as a guitar, bass guitar, piano and music theory teacher in Puerto Rico

My blog articles published by Takelessons in 2015

Blog Article links:
http://takelessons.com/blog/classical-guitar-tabs-or-sheet-music
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-lessons-for-kids-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-easy-ukulele-chords-for-beginners-z10
http://takelessons.com/blog/classical-guitar-exercises-z01

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Education

Two Bachelor Degrees
Aug 1975 - Jun 1980
Conservatory of Music of San Juan, Puerto Rico
HAVO
Jul 1972 - Aug 1973
Maria Immaculata lyceum

Languages

Dutch
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Papiamento
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelors Degree in Music Education & Performing Art
Jun 1980
Organización Festival Casals y Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

Graduated with high honors - Magna Cum Laude
in Music Education & Classical Guitar solo performing

Awards

Very High acknowledgements
Jun 1980
THE NATIONAL DEAN'S LIST OF AMERICA & AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE.

Photos & Videos

Melodic Guitar 2
Guitar Method Vol.2 by Remi Lasten

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Melodic Guitar
Guitar Method Vol.1 by Remi Lasten

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Kian playing Etude in Am by Fernando Carulli
Takelessons' student: Tyler Dang, 
Guitar teacher: Remi Lasten
Photo by Raymond (Remi) L.
Olivia Jaing
Piano student with Takelessons
Music Instructor: Remi Lasten
Sophia Jaing
Piano student with Takelessons
Music Instructor: Remi Lasten
Recuerdos del Alhambra by F. Tarrega
Vals # 3 Natalia (A. Lauro)
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137 Reviews

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Wane K. Nov 12, 2017
Guitar · In studio

My 12-year old son has been learning classical guitar and piano with Remi for over a year since we moved to the Jacksonville area. Thanks to Remi's instruction, my son's music proficiency has improved greatly. We are so glad that we found him.
Remi definitely is a music virtuoso. Not every great musician is a good music teacher, but Remi deserves both titles.

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Peter F. Nov 10, 2017
Dutch · Online

Remi is great to work with. My wife and I have taken six lessons so far and he has pushed us along at a good pace, getting new basic Dutch greetings and vocabulary day by day. We can have simple conversations and feel like we are on our way to being able to navigate the non-English speaking parts of the Netherlands. Remi has a good sense of humor, patience and provides easy to follow materials. We would recommend him to anyone wanting to begin Dutch lessons.

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Stuart K. Nov 9, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Remi is one of those rare individuals who loves teaching and sharing his knowledge. I’ve been taking lessons for a year and a half and feel really good about my progress. Most importantly, he motivates, encourages, and makes practicing fun. He
challenges me at every lesson to be the best that I can be.

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Peter F. Oct 31, 2017
Dutch · Online

Paula D. Oct 27, 2017
Guitar · Online

Remi is very knowledgeable and informative and patient in teaching guitar-definitely several points above average. I am learning a lot and getting my guitar chops back gradually, and I know that I will continue to improve,

Paula D. Sep 29, 2017
Guitar · Online

Remi is an excellent guitar teacher, very helpful, very knowledgeable, very patient. I feel like I am making progress with my guitar playing. Definitely several points above average!

Paula D. Sep 15, 2017
Guitar · Online

Excellent lesson, Remi was very informative and patient and I am very hopeful about being able to play guitar much better from this first lesson!

Matthew Sep 13, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Great guitar instructor!

Matthew Sep 13, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Great guitar instructor!

Larry E. Sep 6, 2017
Piano · In studio

Raymond is an exceptional instructor and a talented musician very knowledgeable in music and theory. Lessons are enjoyable and build your skills at a pace that is challenging yet comfortable to the student. Each lesson is an enjoyable time I look forward to.

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Shawn/Jonathan Sep 3, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My son, Jonathan, expressed interest in music last year around this time and picked up an old guitar. I started with online courses with Remi, then moved to studio courses with Remi. Studio training is better quality and worth the extra cost, and Remi works with our schedule to provide fun and challenging lessons. In less than a year, he is half way through the 2nd book, and showing interest in learning more instruments. Remi is a master at what he does and can pinpoint details in anyone's performance to challenge them to improve. I've seen it both online and in studio. Thank you, Remi, for growing my son's talent. I look forward to finishing the 2nd book and moving to the next challenge. You will not be disappointed with Remi's skill set.

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Wencui C. Sep 2, 2017
Piano · In home

Wonderful piano teacher. So patient, kindly,and professional. My two girls love Mr. Remi's class so much!

Andrew Sep 2, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Excellent instructor!

Melissa Aug 26, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

My experience with Raymond has been wonderful! I have been studying classical guitar with him for a few years and have steadily improved even though I have less time and energy to practice than I would like. Raymond teaches the process of learning music, and as I have opened up to this process, I have seen great results, not only in music, but in other aspects of my life and learning. Raymond's instincts about how to help me learn are an example of the way he goes the extra mile to tailor each student's instruction to their needs. Hearing him play is also incredibly inspiring! Along with his wonderful personality and sense of humor, these qualities keep me excited to play the guitar, and always brighten my day! I highly recommend Raymond as a teacher to anyone who loves music!

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Dan Aug 15, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Tony Aug 14, 2017
Ukulele · In home

I have no musical background. Remi is patient and makes the lessons enjoyable. I am enjoying our association.

julie Aug 5, 2017
Ukulele · Online

julie Aug 5, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Jason Jul 22, 2017
Guitar · Online

Gave good advice, helped me improve things that I didn't even think of when I started to learn.

Colby Jul 18, 2017
Piano · Online

Ashton W. Jun 24, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Remi is very patient! This is my first time doing something like this and I am learning a lot. Remi makes it easy and fun.

Zaskia May 17, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

Remi has been a music teacher all his live, you can appreciate it because of his knowledge and expertise. He shows you the correct way to play and love music.
All his 5 star reviews speak very loudly.

JosephF May 17, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Incredible teacher and so funny, I enjoy every minute of it. Looking forward to every class. Motivates you to practice!

IanFS May 17, 2017
Piano · In home

I was playing the piano the wrong way. I have learned with Raymond how to put my hands, what a difference! Great teacher, you will enjoy every class.

Melody May 17, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

First day and you will end your class with a little song! You can show off since the first day. Awesome teacher!

Herbert May 17, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

As a child about 5 Years hè already played Quarta a kind of ukelele. As a child I already was in love with music. We bechame friends and I learned a lot from him, that still is the basic for my music. As a child about nine years old hè already played beautiful Classic guitar music from Bach, Tarega, Alirio Diaz, bossa novas, Curacao music waltz ect. His father was also a great musicien. I always could listen for hours when hè played guitar and later also the organ! I'm so blessed that I had the oppurtunity to listen so much during my young years when hè played. Because of HIM I came in contact with classical music. In those days we didn't hear much on our little Island Curacao. For always I Will be grateful to HIM and his father Shon Toni! Thank you my dear friend for opening one of the most precious door in life for me and .....That's MUSIC!!!! THANKS

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Rachel May 14, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

Remi is an excellent teacher. He is patient, kind, and encouraging. I also enjoy using the books he developed. The more challenging the lessons become, the more I appreciate his patience. Thank you, Remin!

Tony May 11, 2017
Piano · In studio

I'm one of his older (senior citizen) students. I've never had a music lesson in my life yet he has made the experience easy and fun! He is very patient. Highly recommend!

William Apr 25, 2017
Piano · In studio

Mr.Raymond is a great music instructor. And I plan in the soon in the near future to return to my lessons with Mr.Raymond.

Diksha S. Apr 18, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Remi explained everything very nicely.His notes are really good and easy to understand specially if you're a beginner. And he is very patient.

Leslie Mar 17, 2017
Ukulele · Online

I have learned so much over the past couple weeks that I have been learning the Ukulele with Remi. I look forward to our lessons every single week and can't wait to learn more the next week. He is a fantastic teacher and I can't wait for many more lessons with him!!

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Noel M. Mar 16, 2017
Piano · In studio

Mr. Remi is very patient with my daughter who is a beginner with no experience. She praises her when she remembers her cords and encourages her to practice on areas she struggles with. An excellent teacher!

Srikanth Mar 15, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Best instructor ever

Shawn Mar 8, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Remi is very talented and extremely patient. He has a keen eye and ear to be able to spot the little details necessary to improve one's performance. My son has already exceeded my expectations in music talent and ability thanks to Remi and we have a lot of fun experimenting with sounds that I didn't know were even possible with a guitar. The On-Site lessons are definitely a step above in quality compared to the online lessons, and worth the extra cost. As Remi likes to say, "It's not hard. It's challenging." And I might add, "It's fun too." Looking forward to the time when the student becomes the teacher.

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William U. Feb 9, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Wow, i heard he was good. I felt as though we connected quickly. Even though english is not his native language, he was able to teach me and get me learning within minutes. The session was 45 minutes long but it flew by and i was already looking forward to next week's lesson. Listening to him blend his guitar over mine as i played my assignment was awesome and inspiring. If you choose remi you will NOT regret it, he is a pro!

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jenny D. Dec 27, 2016
Ukulele · Online

Very patient and understanding. I've been taking lessons for well over a year now and I learn more everyday. Raymond (Remi) always comes up with something new to keep the lessons fresh and to help keep me motivated.

Shawn Dec 14, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

The lesson itself was very good and challenging. The only flaw was a technical issue with the video feed.

Jeff C. Nov 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I've been going to Remi since June and have made great strides, mostly thanks to his patience and excellent teaching style! I have learned so much from him in 5 short months.

If you're new to guitar, I would absolutely recommend learning from Remi!

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Wane K. Nov 23, 2016
Classical Guitar · In home

My son had been taking lessons for 4 years in the Suzuki program. We relocated to FL and were looking for a new instructor. We found Remi after searching for classical instructors in the area. Our previous instructor talked to Remi and thought he would be a good fit for our son. The first lessons were seamless, our son felt very confortable with Remi. Our son could learned through memorization and never learned to read music except for a few notes.In the last 4 months our son has learned to read music at a higher level along with timings and rhythms. We would definitely recommend Remi to anyone wanting to learn to play guitar or learn how to play better.

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Jesus Medina Nov 23, 2016
Piano · In home

Master Remi is an excellent instructor with a very dynamic approach but without losing the essence of the theory and structure necessary to learn to play the piano. Very patient and versatile in its approach to teaching, which makes each section a new adventure. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new instrument.

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Adam Nov 18, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Very patient and extremely knowledgable.

Nicole Nov 17, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio

Remi is very professional, but still makes lessons fun and light-hearted. I especially appreciate his need of explaining that when he critiques, it is not out of malice, but rather, out of wanting you to do your absolute best that he knows you are capable of doing. He believes in you, and that's an incredibly important trait to have being a teacher!

I love the incentives he gives, as well. This means that when you play "perfectly", he offers to accompany you with his guitar. When this happens for me, I feel like I am an accomplished pianist. I cannot wait for lessons every week. He and his wife are both absolute joys to be around in general!

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Jonathan Nov 17, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

Remi was wonderful for my 9 year old son's 1st lesson. The online class is very convenient for our schedule. Although it presents a slight challenge in communication, Remi was able to easily overcome this challenge by writing on a small marker board and holding those notes up to the camera for us to see. He was very patient, and we surprisingly covered a lot of information in a short period of time. I was very impressed with Remi's ability to catch my son's technical errors while attempting to play the designated exercises that he had prepared for him. My son absorbed the introductory lesson like a sponge and can't wait until the next lesson. I am very pleased with Remi and hope to see my son improve over the next several weeks.

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Cyndi P. Nov 8, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Excellent teacher. He makes learning a positive and happy experience. Looking forward to my next class. Thank you, Ramy.

Rob Nov 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I have been taking lessons with Remi for a few months now. I was initially impressed with how he tailored the lessons just for me and my particular skill level and background (I had just started learning guitar but am an experienced musician). Now that I'm a few months in, I'm even happier with his approach and the results it helps me achieve. He is patient, and always gives the impression that he is there to help me do what I want to do. His choices of material for each lesson build on the preceding ones, and because of what he's given me to learn, I've been able to learn a couple of dozen other songs outside of what I'm learning within the structure of the lessons. I highly recommend Remi for anyone learning guitar. If you put in the time, his guidance will provide that extra edge you need so move forward and play well.

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Olivia J. Oct 19, 2016
Piano · In studio

Much fun for the first lesson . It was so great!

Lucy S. Oct 11, 2016
Ukulele · Online

Very patient!

Peter J. Sep 28, 2016
Piano · In home

Raymond is an extraordinary teacher, very talented, very patient, makes sure u gets it and he makes learning fun. I would recommend him to anyone of any age cause he's really excellent to work with.

Landrey S. Sep 24, 2016
Ukulele · Online

Very patient...looking forward to more lessons.

Freddie Sep 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Good first lesson, intrigued and ready to learn more !

Stuart K. Sep 14, 2016
Ukulele · In home

I am retired and have wanted to play a musical instrument my entire life. Over the years, I took lessons on several instruments, without success. After two months of Remi's skillful and playful style of teaching, I can play a few songs and look forward to my weekly lessons. Thanks to Remi's expertise and encouragement, and my motivation, I can see myself accomplishing this life long goal.

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Melissa S. Sep 11, 2016
Guitar · Online

I've been taking lessons with Raymond for a few years now and plan to keep taking them for as long as I can! Each lesson is a great experience because I learn so much. Even if I play the same piece for a few weeks, Raymond shows me a new detail, technique, or perspective related to it so I'm always stimulated and inspired to try to practice and improve. For Raymond, music is a way of life, and he expresses all of the dedication and artistry that that fact entails. I'm always in a better mood after lessons. And so glad that I decided to try lessons with Raymond!

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Mahmoud N. Sep 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Amazing first lesson! My son loves it!! He can't wait for his next lesson!

Larry E. Sep 2, 2016
Piano · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Raymond for about 3 years and I am very satisfied with the content and enjoyment of each lesson. Raymond is a highly skilled and experienced musician and a very patient and joyful teacher. He expands on the published course content and each lesson is directed at a specific goal or acquiring a specific skill. His location, home and lesson room are very comfortable. Given all of that, your success will depend only on your time and dedication to your playing.

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Boinghi Nguyen Aug 20, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

My son Tyler has been taking classical guitar lessons with Raymond for several months now and we can happily say that we have found the best guitar teacher for Tyler. Tyler has taken guitar lessons with several instructors before but Raymond's approach is very different. He is very attentive to how Tyler plays and corrects it as necessary. Tyler has improved so much. He even memorizes his music sheets and plays anytime, anywhere I ask him to. We are very happy with the results. Highly recommended Raymond for a classical guitar teacher!

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Destiny S. Aug 7, 2016
Piano · In home

Remi is the best music teacher! Very patient and instructions are very clear and easy to learn and follow.

Katherine V. Aug 4, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

I have two children taking guitar lessons with Raymond. They have been with him for several months and we have been very impressed with his teaching ability. He is very patient and encouraging and both of my children are learning at a steady pace.

Larry Jul 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Raymond for about 3 years and I am very satisfied with the content and enjoyment of each lesson. Raymond is a highly skilled and experienced musician and a very patient and joyful teacher. He expands on the published course content and each lesson is directed at a specific goal or acquiring a specific skill. His location, home and lesson room are very comfortable. Given all of that, your success will depend only on your time and dedication to your playing.

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Jaeger K. Jul 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I'm totally new to music lessons/guitar and my first lesson was a success thanks to Raymond! Very helpful and keeps me motivated!

Robert S. Jul 6, 2016
Guitar · Online

I've taken a few lessons so far with Remi. I am a fairly musical person and started playing piano and cello when I was very young, but never picked up the guitar. Remi's approach seems to be well-tailored toward the individual. He puts things in terms I can understand and appears to use my strengths to my benefit and to give me items to practice that work on my weaknesses. Really enjoying the lessons.

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Jeff C. Jul 6, 2016
Guitar · In home

I'm 3 lessons in at this point and Remi has been excellent. He is a very personable and PATIENT teacher. As he states, his teaching style is PROCESS, rather than production.
I'm looking forward to continuing to learn from Remi!

Alex Jul 4, 2016
Dutch · Online

Remi is AMAZING!!! Seriously.......AMAZING at teaching!!! Within several weeks I had a sound grasp on basic Dutch language - my move overseas to Belgium and subsequent weeks spent settling into local life and culture was made all the better for being able to make myself understood with the locals. Remi is patient, knowledgeable and very proficient in the art of teaching. Book a lesson - you won't be disappointed.

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Melissa Jul 1, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

I love taking lessons with Raymond! I have been studying classical guitar with him for about three years, and look forward to my lessons more now than when I started them. I have some musical background, but always felt stuck when taking instrumental lessons from other instructors, wondering if I would ever be able to work hard enough to truly learn an instrument well. Raymond's expertise, his kindness, sense of humor, and holistic teaching style--that reaches me on my level, rather than just telling me what to do--really shows the results of great instruction. Plus, some of Raymond's methods for learning guitar apply to other areas in life and help me work through other "challenges"! Thank you for inspiring me, Raymond!

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Shafiqur R. Jun 27, 2016
Guitar · Online

My 10 year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for nearly a year. He's steadily learning from Raymond's patient, encouraging, methodical teaching style. Raymond was able to note when my son was not reading the music.and took the necessary steps to slow him down and teach him properly. I really appreciate Raymond's pedagogical insights. Because of his knowledge of the learning process and his lifetime experience of making music, Raymond is the best guitar teacher we've encountered! My wife choose him from hundreds of teacher from takelesson. We are glade that he agree to teach my son.

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jenny D. Jun 26, 2016
Ukulele · Online

I've been taking ukulele lessons from Remi for about a year and a half now, and he always comes up with something new and challenging. I appreciate his patience and kindness, as well of his wonderful teaching skill and sense of humor. Makes the learning fun! Thank you Remi

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Nancy Jun 25, 2016
Ukulele · Online

remi accepts my personal style of expression. he likes a complete song to be sung to him with your best abilities. gives you time to grow. each lessons introduces new music. also, makes sure any new notes introduced are know before rewriting or attempting to play. quite a variety of music and different strums. good lessons to expand your present skills on instrument and voice.!

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Wencui C. Jun 24, 2016
Piano · In studio

Mr. Remi is always patient to his student.

Jesus Medina Mar 26, 2016
Piano · In studio

excellent class.

Emily and Jacob S. Feb 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Very good instructor, my two children almost 10 and 12 enjoying taking his class. Thank you Remi 😊

Anthony C. Feb 16, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

I immediately felt at ease with Remi and I think positive things will now start to happen!!!!

Meesha F. Jan 21, 2016
Ukulele · Online

Remi is very patient and motivating. He has a very well trained eye to catch subtle mistakes and correct them before they become a habit. He makes learning an instrument seem so easy!

William C. Jan 5, 2016
Piano · In home

Mr.Raymond is a great instructor. I'm having a great learning experience .

Helene K. Jan 4, 2016
Piano · In home

My 10 year old son has been taking piano lessons with Raymond for nearly a year. He's steadily learning from Raymond's patient, encouraging, methodical teaching style. Raymond was able to note when my son was not reading the music.and took the necessary steps to slow him down and teach him properly. I really appreciate Raymond's pedagogical insights. Because of his knowledge of the learning process and his lifetime experience of making music, Raymond is the best piano teacher we've encountered!

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Bei Z. Dec 28, 2015
Piano · Online

Remi is a great teacher. My son loves to take his piano lessons.

Lisa Dec 26, 2015
Piano · In studio

Remi was very professional, patient and encouraging. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a piano instructor.

Candido H. Dec 5, 2015
Guitar · In home

Enjoy learning from Remi. He is a well talented instructor with loads of patience and good humor. I have been taking classes with him for over a year and I feel I have progressed quite rapidly.

Melissa S. Nov 12, 2015
Guitar · Online

I can say without any reservation that Raymond is the complete package in a teacher! Raymond brings a sense of joy to learning guitar that makes me look forward to lessons, which I always leave in a better mood than when I started. He is probably the most insightful instructor that I have ever had the pleasure to work with--in music or any other field. He understands my strengths and weaknesses and tailors his teaching to my needs and my background. While I have a fair amount of musical experience, my struggles with stress and lack of confidence could have easily led me to quit taking lessons some time ago. But Raymond has a way of instilling confidence and making learning and practicing so fun that I just can't stop playing (and I started lessons in 2012)! Hearing him play with such grace and beauty, even the simple pieces that I am attempting, provides that much more motivation. And you'll never meet a warmer and more genuine person!

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Nicola G. Oct 28, 2015
Ukulele · Online

We had a great experience with Remi he was really knowledgable as well as patient with my 7 yr old who had never had lessons before.wish we lived in same town as am sure in person lessons would have been even better

Tamela A. Oct 20, 2015
Classical Guitar · Online

Remi has a great way of teaching beginners that makes it easy to understand. So happy to have him as a teacher!

Sophia J. Oct 10, 2015
Piano · In studio

Nice and patient teacher

Shafiqur R. Sep 22, 2015
Guitar · Online

very very good! Recommend!

Nick Z. Sep 20, 2015
Piano · Online

He was very good!

Nancy V. Sep 16, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Remi really took the time to listen to me, as I explained my experience and goals. He noticed little things that I was doing, and helped me with those, and even clapped when I finished playing. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher!

Nancy V. Sep 16, 2015
Ukulele · Online

this man listened to me play a song first and told me i was intermediate. he proceeded to look at my finger patterns of the notes on songs he will work with me. some new notes and i wrote them down to be able to play his music. he will send thru email for me for other classes. i did get one emailed song during this class and printed and added additional musical notes and he will teach me a calipso strum on this new song next class. warm person and easy to understand. i think i will be able to learn from him.

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Gene G. Sep 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Raymond is a great teacher! Really knows how to hone in on the specific techniques that you need to improve your playing skills and become a better player. I have played before but I am learning a different style with finger picking and Raymond is very patient with me and really listens to what I want to learn. On top of that he also has a great personality which makes coming to the lessons easy.

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Valerie K. Aug 7, 2015
Piano · Online

Remi is such a blessing to me as my first piano teacher. He is extremely patient, encouraging and at the same time he challenges me to become a better player. His knowledge of music, experience in playing and teaching is very helpful to anyone from a newbie to the more experienced artist. Don't hesitate to search any further, Remi is the only teacher you or your child would need.

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Catherine D. Aug 6, 2015
Piano · Online

Without realizing it, I am reading notes and playing on my piano again after 43 years.
Remi is very patient and encourages with a joyful attitude.
I'm blessed.

Helene S. Aug 3, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

Learning the classical guitar from Raymond has been a lesson in patience and dedication for myself. I appreciate his attention to detail, his encouragement and his methodical method. This is my first experience with a music teacher that truly understands how to teach - imparting great insight and understanding. Raymond is a master teacher!

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Jose C. Jul 21, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Great teacher. Enjoys teaching and encouraging student. Plays along with student which, of course, makes the lesson much more interesting and enjoyable, particularly for "Senior" students.

Elijah M. Jul 8, 2015
Piano · In studio

My son is 5 years old and loves music we got the best teacher Remi is great at what he does.

Tanya J. Jun 19, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Remi is a sweet and wonderful teacher. He is patient and easy going with lots of life lessons as well as music lessons. Learning new a new instrument is "never hard, just challenging and fun" as Remi always says. I have been taking Ukulele lessons with him for a few months now and am amazed at my progress. His home is very comfortable and welcoming. His wife is often near by and always friendly with a hello and kind gesture. He is also flexible with schedule changes as my work schedule can change from week to week which is helpful. I highly recommend picking up a new hobby and working with him as your mentor and teacher.

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Sonia C. Jun 13, 2015
Piano · Online

Enjoyed my first piano instruction online!! Did not believe that it would be doable but it was. Cannot wait for my second lesson!

Gladys T. Jun 9, 2015
Organ · Online

I love his lessons because he's so patient! I am very happy! I want to finish all my books with him!

Gladys T. May 29, 2015
Organ · Online

Just he is the best

Pranav B. Apr 25, 2015
Guitar · Online

I would highly recommend Mr. Lasten as a music instructor to anyone who wants to learn music. He is a wonderful teacher who teaches all the minute things that can help you become a better musician. I have been contemplating learning music for a long time but was initially hesitant due to my work pressure. I am glad I chose Mr. Lasten as a teacher. He is patient with me and motivates me a lot when I practice during our guitar session. I have found him to be a very pleasing personality and I really look forward to continue learning from him.

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Keenen W. Apr 15, 2015
Piano · In studio

We are so delighted with our experience with Remi. Our son began lessons when he was a fresh 6 year old. Remi had so much patience and ability to keep him focused on the keys. The progress over the last 18 months has been remarkable. My son is much more confident and no longer prone to dwell on small missteps, He plays right through them and then works to correct them. This is all due to His wonderful teacher. As an aside, it's awesome when my son really plays well and Remi picks up his guitar and accompanies the piano like a real "jam session"

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Alexandra A. Apr 1, 2015
Dutch · Online

Fantastic first lesson - I was speaking in sentences by the end of our 45 mins - albeit very simple ones - but nevertheless - I am impressed and look forward to getting closer to conversational Dutch. Top marks :-)

Ha-My L. Mar 25, 2015
Classical Piano · Online

At first, I doubted that I could do a piano lesson online but Mr. Raymond erased all my doubt on the very first section with him. He is really good at what he does. I asked him a question and he answered it without any confusion. From his answers, I know he is really knowledgable in music generally, and piano specifically. He is friendly and laid-back but he will make sure you perfectly play your pieces. Take him and you will have no regret!

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Andrea T. Mar 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Remi's great! I was a little unsure at first, being a grown woman taking up a new hobby, but he set me at ease and has challenged me appropriately. He had me figured out pretty quickly, too; and he adapted lessons to my personality, incoming skill set, and taste. He's also a delight to be around, so lessons are fun.

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jenny D. Mar 4, 2015
Ukulele · Online

Remi has been a great teacher - very patient, supportive. Also has a lot of good "tricks" to help you through challenging parts of learning an instrument. I have been playing violin for years now, so I have had quite a bit of experience with music instructors, and I feel I picked an extraordinary teacher to help me with the ukulele. (Also, I have a very irregular schedule and Remi has been flexible with reschedules, which I greatly appreciate.) Thanks Remi!

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Maria S. Feb 19, 2015
Dutch · Online

I LOVE REMI! He is patient, persistent and makes this a lot of fun...Dutch is hard but sooo worth it -- thanks Remi!

Andrew M. Feb 7, 2015
Guitar · Online

Remi Has been an excellent instructor so far! Very patient and helpful.

Brother T. Jan 23, 2015
Organ · Online

I have been taking organ lessons from Mr. Raymond L. for a few months now. He has been nothing but friendly and patient. He is very understanding of difficult schedules, and is very accommodating when I need to change my scheduled lesson.

Raymond L. is also an excellent teacher, requiring perfection on the practiced piece before he will allow you to move on. I appreciate this, seeing that slipshod foundations will only harm me later on. Apart from the technical books, he also assigns a variety of pieces to practice on - allowing for the practice of the different techniques, as well as keeping things fresh and interesting.

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Lesley M. Jan 10, 2015
Spanish · Online

Remi fun and really well organized and puts so many of the exercises in the context of what other answers I've given. I need to be a bit more systematic in the lessons though. For example, I vaguely recall the reflexive but I'd rather have it explained to me than suddenly having part of it in a sentence to memorize. I've been rushing. Maybe we should slow down a bit so I can get more practice in rather than trying to learn so many new things all at once. I mostly want to get comfortable speaking.

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babita M. Jan 1, 2015
Piano · In home

I feel extremely fortunate to have found Raymond to teach my daughter piano. Prior to that, she was taking lessons at a music school for a year and was never even taught to read music. Raymond took the time to re- teach her from the ground up. With his immense patience and an incredible passion for what he does, my daughter has developed a better grasp and a greater love of piano. Raymond always have a smile on his face and creates a comfortable atmosphere in which to learn. I am grateful for his vast knowledge of music and the many years of experience he shares with so many.

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Rod P. Nov 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I've been working with Raymond for only 2 months now. He has a very repetitive but very sensible, understandable, casual and likeably method of teaching. As a beginner, I've made tremendous advancements in my guitar etiquette and playing. He is wonderful to work with.

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Stacy C. Oct 31, 2014
Piano · In studio

Remi has been a fantastic and dependable teacher. He has been providing piano lessons for my daughter and guitar lessons for my son. Both are in tae kwon do which equates to frequent reschedules and cancellations. Remi has always been accommodating and willing to work with us to make this work. As a teacher he exhibits the patience of a saint and is willing to go through lessons repeatedly and from different angles to ensure that the student 'gets it'. I have been, and continue to be, very satisfied with Remi.

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Jennah C. Oct 29, 2014
Piano · In home

As a new student of piano and music in general, I was hesitant to start lessons at my age but, Remi is very kind, patient and knowledgeable on the subject. He has made my training a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend him to any new students like myself. I look forward to more lessons to come.

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Alex K. Aug 4, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio

I have been taking classical guitar lessons with Remi for about a month now and so far my experience has been very positive. Remi is an excellent musician with robust knowledge of theory and technique. His experience and background is impressive as well.

As a teacher, Remi is very patient and works with you to help you understand music theory and improve your techniques. He is focused on making his students well-rounded musicians and has a long-term view in mind with his teaching style, which I appreciate. His sessions are very casual and have a relaxed feeling.

Overall, I rate him very highly as an instructor and I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking to learn an instrument in which he has proficiency.

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Volga Seijo May 14, 2014
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Raymond is a talented and exceptional teacher.

Nicole, C May 14, 2014
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I think he is an excellent teacher

Melissa S. Apr 26, 2014
Guitar ·

Life Enriching

I take Skype lessons with Raymond and used to take in-person lessons before I moved out of state. Raymond is such an excellent teacher and musician that I could write a very long review. Starting from the very first lesson, he put me at ease. He knows guitar and musical theory like the back of his hand, and with a few well-chosen explanations, I am always surprised at how much I learn and how much fun it is. He has a gentle personality, a wonderful sense of musical expression, and a great sense of humor. Hearing his beautiful playing is tremendously inspiring. He is always kind and encouraging and has sparked a dedication in me that I am truly proud of.

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Valarie L. Apr 5, 2014
Piano ·

Excellent Teacher

Raymond is a wonderful piano teacher and seems extremely knowledgeable with many other musical instruments. We love going to piano lessons every week!!

BenjaminA Mar 6, 2014
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Greatest Teacher ever.

I have know Raymond for many years. As a professional and as a person
he is without equal. serious, dedicated, responsible, willing to walk the extra mile
in order to accomplish his student's goals. His wit and sense of humor makes him
not just an ordinary professor of music but an excellent friend worthy of the greatest
accolade. I am really thankful to God for having him as a teacher and friend.

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HenriM Mar 6, 2014
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Remi for guitar!

I have known this music teacher for some 40 plus years. First as a student of his, then as a fellow student at the conservatory of San Juan Puerto Rico and as a colleague music teacher.
What has always struck me of this person as a teacher was his patience, precision in dealing with musical difficulties when teaching and the quality of human contact that he displayed doing so. Always with humor and never losing his temper.

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KimV Mar 6, 2014
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Dedicated Teacher

Remi is an accomplished guitarist trained in the classical tradition but is also versed in modern and popular music, including Latin music. He is also a dedicated and versatile music and guitar instructor experienced in instructing from young to senior students.

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HermileyT Mar 6, 2014
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Excellent teacher!

My experience was great. He is a very courteous and responsible person. He is also very patient. You will learn quickly. He is a very talented musician and he is very good at what he does. I highly recommend him as your first choice.

MayraB Mar 6, 2014
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Excellent Professor

I strongly recommend him as an excellent professor of guitar.His teaching method help me a lot in my guitar classes. He really has strong knowledge in teaching music.I had learn a lot playing the guitar from him. He is an enthusiastic professor with his students.

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JosephSeijo Mar 6, 2014
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Amazing Teaches

I wanted to learn guitar and I found this teacher. With his method I learned smoothly and quickly. I recommend this teacher to anyone who wants to learn an instrument. This is truly a 5 star music and instrument education.

RamonV Mar 6, 2014
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Piano student

As a piano professor , he was very clear in the manner of teaching and very professional. Never was absent and always sharp with the classroom discipline. A very diversified musician which dominates few musical instruments while teaching a subject.

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Jose O. Nov 20, 2013
Classical Guitar ·

Classical Guitar with Raymond is the best

I have been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for almost two years. I have enjoyed the lessons tremendously and have improved my playing. Raymond is a very patient teacher and is able to effectively communicate his ideas on how I can improve.

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Larry E. Nov 13, 2013
Piano ·

Raymond is a master teacher and musician

Raymond is exceptional as a teacher and musician; always patient and enjoying the experience of guiding you to become the best musician you can be. His musical experience and abilities are evident. In addition to all of these qualities he is serious and dedicated to developing your knowledge and skills through discipline and practice - always with a sense of humor and enjoyment in the music and what you both are accomplishing. Learning to become a musician with Raymond is as enjoyable as listening and dancing to music. I look forward to my class with Raymond each time.

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Alisha G. Nov 13, 2013
Guitar ·

Great with kids!

We have been with Raymond for over a year now and love him! Started out with my 4 year old son wanting to learn guitar. Every instructor we went to said he was too young. Mr. Raymond took the time to interview him and took him on as a student. My son goes to his lesson once a week and still is keeping interest and has fun playing guitar. Now 5, he has far surpassed my lack of skills. I am thinking about starting classes so I can keep up with him. Now my 7 year old daughter has started piano lessons with him right after my sons lesson and she loves it as well. Thank you for all the patience! When Mr. Raymond gets to playing that Spanish Guitar....its music to my ears!

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olga L. Nov 10, 2013
Classical Guitar ·

Great experience

Great knowledgable teacher that will help improve your skills in music. made me a lot better guitar player

Melody L. Nov 5, 2013
Piano ·

Amazing teacher!

Funny, respectful and a very good teacher, you will be playing at least one song since the very first day. He keeps you motivated because he makes it very easy for you to learn. I wouldn't change him for any other.

vanessa S. Nov 5, 2013
Guitar ·

Professionalism and excellence, Mr. Lasten lives to teach music.

My son is 10 yrs old and has been taking lessons with Mr. Lasten for almost 9 months now. To enroll my son in guitar lessons with Mr. Lasten has been one of the best decisions I have made for my son's life; as a minimum, it has enriched his spirit, it has given him art, a new challenge, inspiration, confidence, and companionship for life! Mr. Lasten has guided and taught my son with professionalism, patience, love and dedication, and it reflects on the love my son has for the guitar. Mr. Lasten is an excellent professor and great human being. I highly recommend Mr. Lasten as a music professor. vsc

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Raymond L. Nov 5, 2013
Classical Guitar ·

One satisfied student

I took several guitar lessons with Raymond when I was younger. He is an excellent instructor and has the right amount of patience, dedication, and knowledge for proper musical education. I enjoyed learning new techniques, practice sessions, the study material, and even homework! I wish I lived closer so I could continue taking classes. Thanks!

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Carmen C. Nov 1, 2013
Piano ·

Awesome instructor

My experience with Raymond has been fantastic.
He is a teacher among teachers! He is very dedicated and enthusiastic. I really enjoy my classes, it's a good learning experience and is fun. He was trained to be a teacher
so that is an advantage over other instructors, that know their instrument but, are not trained to be teachers.
I recommend Raymond to any one that is looking for the best!

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Janice C. Nov 1, 2013
Piano ·

piano lesson

Raymond is a great instructor. He has a lot of patience and he tries to make playing the piano fun for my son to learn.

Bobby O. May 12, 2013
Guitar ·

Raymond is a great teacher.

Took lessons over twenty years ago and I wanted to take lessons again so I signed up with Take Lessons I couldn't ask for a better teacher. He is very patient and really knows guitar. I hope to take lessons with Raymond for a long time to come.

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Lillian D. Mar 28, 2013
Guitar ·

What a great teacher

Raymond has taken his time with my daughter Paige who is 14 and is very patient with her. He will let her know where she is slacking and also what she is doing okay. For a beginer,Paige has come a long way on only 6 lessons. Raymond has nerves of steel because I know what its like dealing with teenagers. We thank you for all of your hard work and hospitality.

Lil D.

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Melissa S. Oct 30, 2012
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My guitar lessons make me feel happy

It is such a joy to go to these lessons. It is like music has become an integral part of my life again. I love that Raymond finds a way of introducing a new instrument for me, while fostering the knowledge of music that I already have. One of my favorite things is playing what I have practiced and hearing him improvise something wonderful along with it!

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MarciL Jun 22, 2012
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Outstanding & Encouraging!

We've had a wonderful experience with Raymond! He is very encouraging and inspires my son to learn. We've had a previous teacher that made my son not want to take lessons anymore. Raymond was able to overcome that with just one lesson!

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AdamR Jun 18, 2012
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What an excellent choice!

Raymond's knowledge and musical sensibility are paralleled only by his candor, humor, and patience. I cannot recommend him more highly as an instructor. Every lesson has been challenging, educational, and fun!

CindyG4 Apr 29, 2012
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Best musical instructor ever!

Mr Raymond is very easy going and encouraging. personaly he helped me prepare for a Classical Guitar program audition. me being a beginner had no idea what i was doing. but Mr Raymond helped me by being very explanitory. and he is kinda goofy which i like cause im a bit of a dork. hope this helps you make the right decision and pick Mr Raymond to be your instructor

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SoniaR Feb 24, 2012
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An Excelent Instructor!

I have been playing guitar since my teen yrs and I remember my best teacher since then, I feel I have finally found the best instructor in town with a most similar method of teaching as that teacher in my teen yrs. Excelente!, good discipline and respect for the student. Which invites you to learn with the same patience, discipline, respect and gusto to come back and continue learning. Thank you!

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JoseO Aug 25, 2011
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Maestro Raymond is a very patient teacher. Hens able to pinpoint my weakness and is ablento find the right exercise to improve my technique. I've been self taught for many years and picked up many bad habits. I feel comfident that with Maestro Raymond guidance I will improve alot

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