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Zachary D.
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Have you always wanted to take your guitar playing to a new level? Have you always had an interest in this romantic and passionate style of music that has been around for hundreds of years? Well, look no further! I will show you that you do not need to be a virtuoso to play flamenco! Everyone has the ability to play this music, and I will help you unlock that potential in a fun and relaxed environment! We will cover everything from how to hold the guitar, strumming/rasgueados, fingerpicking, tremolo, golpe, picado, and tresillos. . You will be playing the most popular modern style of flamenco, Rumba, for your very first lessons! We will also explore the different types of Flamenco. The first styles, or palos in flamenco terms, is the ancient Solea. The Solea evolves into every other style we will discuss, including the joyful Alegrias, the melancholic Seguiriyas, the fiery Bulerias, and more. Come and explore el arte de la guitarra flamenca!
About Zachary D.

Hello there! I am a recent nursing school graduate but I'm also pursuing classical and Flamenco guitar during my spare time. Please do not be discouraged by me being only 23 years old; I may be young, but I am experienced. I went to a well-known performing arts high school in Florida where I helped start their classical guitar program. I was the first guitar major to graduate from the school, and the first to specialize in flamenco guitar. My job after starting the program was to assist my teacher with her new students, which was a class of over 40 high school students (all of them trying different genres of music). I still teach a couple of those students, and some of them have gone on to receive recognition and awards in music. You do not need to be a virtuoso to play these styles of music! My goal is to have you playing from day 1! We will also focus on the material you want to learn while combining material any guitarist needs to learn. The first lessons involve basic chords which will guarantee your early success on the guitar! Other topics include how to hold the guitar, strumming, fingerpicking basics, and how to produce specific sounds. As a teacher, I like to make phrasing of music one of my main focuses. I want you to tell a story with all of the music you are making, even if it is just an exercise! I hope to make your musical journey an enjoyable one that will last you a lifetime! I'm looking forward to working with you! Please let me know if you have any questions at all, whether its more about me, what other things go into my lessons, or if you want to know more about what the guitar can offer you! "Music should reflect the poetry and emotions of life" -Juan Martin (flamenco guitarist) “The beauty of the guitar lies in its soft and persuasive voice and its beauty cannot be equaled by any other instrument.” -Andres Segovia (classical guitarist)

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I've learned a lot already and looking forward to future lessons with Zach

Posted Mar 21, 2021
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Fun first lesson w/ Zach!

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Zach is an excellent teacher! very patient even with complete beginners. Class time was split between discussing technique and going over musical pieces. I only wanted to learn some basic acoustic techniques at first but ended up finding a passion for classical guitar I didn't know I had! Zach's expertise and love for the music definitely comes through.

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Oct 2020 - Present
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Check out my music articles! https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/12/flamenco-palos-a-beginners-listening-guide-to-the-styles-of-the-spanish-guitar https://takelessons.com/blog/2021/01/are-there-any-one-string-guitar-songs https://takelessons.com/blog/2021/01/flamenco-guitar-tips-from-a-pro https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/10/guitar-fingers-hands-posture-how-to-play-without-injury/ https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/11/should-i-take-spanish-guitar-lessons-4-reasons-to-say-yes/ https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/11/guitar-neck-shapes-a-brief-history-and-background https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/11/6-string-guitar-notes-a-guide-with-pictures-and-letters https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/12/bass-guitar-strings-notes-and-chords https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/12/the-ultimate-guide-to-bar-chords-a-useful-guide-for-beginners https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/12/overcoming-performance-anxiety-a-guitarists-guide-to-performing-live https://takelessons.com/blog/2020/12/how-to-play-beautifully-a-classical-guitarists-guide-to-musicality https://takelessons.com/blog/2021/01/introduction-to-slide-guitar https://takelessons.com/blog/2021/02/5-helpful-guitar-music-books-for-beginner-players https://takelessons.com/blog/2021/02/5-country-strumming-patterns-for-beginner-guitarists https://takelessons.com/blog/2021/02/best-slide-guitar-songs-and-beginner-techniques https://takelessons.com/blog/2021/02/how-to-find-the-best-guitar-cable-for-your-live-performances
Wedding Guitarist
Aug 2017 - Present
Flamenco
Performer
Aug 2015 - Present
Flamenco
Concert guitarist and street performer
Assistant Guitar Instructor
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
Cypress Lake High School Center of the Arts
Assisted teacher for beginning/introductory guitar classes
Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Aug 2017 - Apr 2021
Florida Atlantic University
Minor in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 2017 - Apr 2021
Florida Atlantic University
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
First Classical Guitar Major
May 2017
Cypress Lake High School Center of the Arts
Specialty in Classical Spanish guitar music and Flamenco guitar
T. Touhy Caring in Gerontological Nursing Award
Apr 2021
Florida Atlantic University
Sigma Theta Tau
Jan 2020
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Sigma Theta Tau International's vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing.
National Honors Society
May 2016
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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