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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Fingerstyle, Chords, Advanced Theory, Getting it Under Your Fingers Fast. Songwriting, and recording. I also teach Guitar Repair, Setup and Maintenance.

About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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About Stan M.

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As my acoustic guitar student, you will learn any and all facets of guitar playing that interest you: chord strumming, note reading, blues jamming, singing while playing, learning the real guitar parts to your favorite recordings, ... the choice is yours. I hold a B.M. degree from Berklee College of Music and I have been teaching guitar and performing throughout southern New England for more than three decades. I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals and dreams on the acoustic guitar!

About Stan
Hi! I am a private music instructor offering lessons both in-studio and online. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum Laude) and I have over 35 years' full-time experience as an instructor. I also have nearly four decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My experience has taken me from nightclubs to concert stages, as well as television, radio, and recording studios. Finally, I am a published author with several titles dedicated to helping musicians becoming the best they can be.

**** MY TEACHING STYLE ****

My teaching style is often referred to as laid-back, gentle, informative, and very supportive. My focus is on enrichment, encouragement, and results. I don't work with “one-size-fits-all” methods. Each lesson is customized to make the most of each student's own
unique abilities, limitations, preferences, and interests. Whether students prefer, or do better, with traditional materials, playing/singing along with their favorite recordings, improvisation, or anything in between, I am more than happy to accommodate and bring out each student’s best!

I teach real music -- students begin playing music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play every song on Beatles One ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation (jamming), singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music.

**** MY STUDIO ****

My studio is spacious (very spacious – no cubicles here!), well-appointed, and very quiet. Unlike music stores and multi-lesson facilities, there are no other lessons on the premises, no drummer going crazy on the other side of the wall. This means students can concentrate better and learn faster. There is also plenty of room for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons.

**** STYLES / GENRES ****

I believe that students make the most progress learning music they love and I am very happy to teach every student the style of music he or she loves most.

My most requested genres are: pop, rock, country, blues, film/television, classic rock, jazz, and classical. Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want, but most are happy to explore various styles that interest them in search of the perfect fit. It is not at all uncommon for a student to spend part of their lesson polishing up a Beethoven piece or jazz standard, then finish up playing the chords to “Hotel California” along with the CD. Another student might start off their lesson learning a Taylor Swift hit, then move over to doing some blues improvisation. Variety is a wonderful thing and it is highly encouraged.

**** MY STUDENTS ****

Over the years, I have taught students from four years old to eighty-somethings. I’ve taught absolute beginners (most of my students start from square-one), hobbyists, seasoned professionals, even a Grammy nominee and a Grammy winner! Many of my young students have gone on to perform in school bands / jazz bands and/or professionally. In all cases, they acquire a skill that will last for a lifetime and provide joy, enrichment, and satisfaction.

Do you have a song or two in your heart. Contact me today and I will help you reach your musical goals no matter what they may be!
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Samuel K. September 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
Stan is very knowledgeable about singing, and he teaches more than just voice lessons. It seems like he looks for the best in you as an artist, and try to take it to another level. I'm a new student of his, and it's been great so far. Looking forward to the weekly lessons.
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Cullen June 1, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Stan is obviously both knowledgeable and talented but he is also a very good teacher and will tailor your lessons not only to your ability but also to your own personal goals

Stan has my highest recommendation
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Madison M. October 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Made my daughter feel completely at ease. Stan is extremely knowledgeable
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About Barry P.

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We can work on getting a good tone, and utilizing the aspects of an acoustic that can not be when playing electric. Songs to work with when using an acoustic, to using the right gear, strings, and recording tips as well!

About Barry
Barry has been studying the Art of the Guitar for the past 15 years. After graduating from the grammy award winning Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts, Barry spent 2 years in the Jazz program at the University of Las Vegas Nevada, and after, attending the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California to expand his areas of interest to recording and other styles of guitar such as progressive rock and fusion. Barry has been teaching private lessons for 5 years with students ages 10 and up.
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Dwight, Fort Bend November 18, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I started taking guitar lessons with Barry shortly after I inherited an old vintage Martin that has been in my family for a while. I had not played in nearly 25 years. Barry's patience and creative spirit enabled me to begin really enjoying playing again. He actively listened to what I wanted to achieve and concentrated on those skills that have taken me to another level. After just a few lessons, I now play better than I ever could in my younger days. I highly recommend him for both a coach for experienced musicians and a teacher for those beginning to experience the joy of playing guitar.
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About Oliver H.

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I am here to demystify the music world--with my teaching methods any student can accomplish their dreams! First, we will start with simple techniques to embark on your musical journey and work our way towards our lofty musical goals together.

Learning guitar requires a lot of patience and a good attitude. I focus on fundamental exercises to help any beginner guitar player reach an intermediate level. I cater my lessons to learn tunes that my students care about and love. I let them guide the work!

About Oliver
I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years. I am currently
co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I play upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group, 9 Worlds Ensemble, and Bowmanville.
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Lindsey July 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I worked with Oliver for over a year and saw his students blossom with both skill and confidence after just a few lessons. Oliver has a naturally calming presence and kids absolutely adore him. I could not recommend him enough. His multi instrumental talent and sweet personality make him a one of a kind, wonderful teacher.
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Karla July 19, 2017
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Oliver Horton os a naturally gifted teacher, passionate about sharing his love of music. Lovely person, talented musician, gracious and good humored teacher.
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Lucy June 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Oliver is a fantastic teacher! My daughter has been taking lessons with him for a few years now and loves it - she plays both the Electric and Upright Bass and Oliver teaches her both.
She loves his teaching style - he is very encouraging, and positive.
Can't recommend highly enough.
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About Evan C.

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Warwick, RI

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Professional Musician trained by the New England Conservatory of Music. I work with you to meet and expand upon your goals as a musician. Each lesson is unique to the student and his or her needs. Strong focus in technique, ear training, learning songs, stylistic development, and how to function in a band!

About Evan
I am a professional upright and electric bass player located in Southern New England. I have years of experience as an educator, recording artist, and performer. I am currently pursuing my degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.

I can be found playing with a variety of bands and musicians across all genres. Carley is a member of the Boston based Wedding Band “Speechless,” the modern jazz group “Puppet Club”, and various freelance work. Some of his notable collaborator include Francisco Pais, Jhony Keys, Clay Nordhill, Mark Texiera, Daniella Schatcher, and many others.

I am interested in all styles of music and working with people of all ages and backgrounds! I want to help teach you how to teach yourself, how to practice, and how to grow as a musician. I can help you with everything from jaz
z, to rock, to classical music and beyond.
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John September 19, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I have been studying bass with Evan for 3 months now and he has been unbelievably helpful in my studies. He has tons of information and experience to share and always gives practice materials to address my weaknesses!
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I have been a guitarist for 11+ years and have become proficient in many genres (blues, jazz, pop, rock, acoustic fingerpicking, etc.). I can teach any age group at any skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). I can help you learn a style of guitar as well as specific songs. I can also teach the student how to play guitar and sing at the same time, as well as help them write their own music. If you want to learn soloing and improvisation, I can help with that. If you want to learn rhythm guitar with unique chords and strumming patters (slap, fingerpicking, hybrid, etc.) I can teach you that. I am willing and able to help the student learn the way that they want to learn.

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My name is John O. and I have been playing guitar for 11+ years. I have always loved all genres of music, but I am especially fond of blues guitar, jazz, and acoustic pop-rock. I am a Bible teacher and just love teaching things in general, like guitar. I don't believe in being rude or impatient with students, but rather I try to be encouraging and helpful to all who are taught by me. I hope you will consider me to he your guitar teacher. Guitar is such a great instrument and I would love to be the one to help you become proficient at it.
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That question is often asked by prospective students. We make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.

We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach. At the Providence Guitar Academy, we personalize each lesson to achieve your goals. Depending on your goals, you will learn a combination of sight reading, performing skills, ear training, improvisation, rhythm, and music theory...all while playing your favorite songs and riffs!

A 6 year old having their first guitar lesson will have very different needs than a 56 year old taking up guitar for the 2nd time after having had lessons many years back.

The main reason to choose the Providence Music Academy as your guitar lesson provider, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual.

If you enroll for lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that perfectly fits your needs and musical preferences. At the

About Phillip
Whether you are just picking up guitar for the first time, preparing for high school all-state jazz band, or a college audition, we can help you accomplish your goals. We will assist you in learning your favorite music while gaining the fundamental skills. If you are a more advanced student in need of training in jazz, classical, or difficult rock music, we can certainly help you. If you are a beginner adult guitar student, you will learn the basics of guitar playing while focusing on the music that you enjoy most. As a beginning guitar student, you will start by learning basic technique such as proper hand and body positioning, single notes, then build up to basic chords. From there you can start to learn your favorite songs!

​If you are a senior and are looking for guitar lessons as a hobby or fun challenge, you’ve come to the right p
lace! Guitar lessons are a great way to keep you learning, growing, and staying mentally active!
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Learn Guitar from a professional musician who can teach you guitar technique, chords, arranging and music reading and theory.

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My name is a Jose. I'm a classical singer with extensive experience in opera and also with crossover music. I can provide you with a lot of technical knowledge and also give you the opportunities to perform as I put together many public performances for the students.
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Play for over 10 years. Teach from basic chords to accompanying songs to improvising on your own. All you need is a musical ear and a great desire!

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I love performing music, and it is my passion to teach others the same. Music is not a set of notes but a vibrant language. It would be my distinct pleasure to journey through music together with you!
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Eugene has something more than mere knowledge of music theory. He teaches from a creative heart that makes the learning process very interesting. Never gоt bored with him, he always has awesome examples from classical music, which makes your experience exciting and engaging.
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If you are looking for a Teacher that will teach not only great piano technique, but also beautiful Music Interpretation. You came to the right place) good luck
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Hi there! My name is Lesli Irons and I have been playing guitar for 4 years. I have unique experience teaching guitar to children in a professional environment. As an instructor, I always bring a positive energy and deep love for music. I allow my students to pick the songs they wish to learn and I have access to 3/4 sized guitars with nylon strings for beginners. I am a Florida State University graduate who's recently moved to Orlando, and I am so excited to share my love for guitar.

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My name is Lesli Irons and I have a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Florida State University! I have been playing the guitar for four years and have experience teaching to elementary students in a professional after-school environment. I have access to all equipment needed, including 3/4 sized guitars. I provide a fun environment to share my love for music and guitar with a fast paced song by song curriculum.
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