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Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA

Learn to Perform at the professional level. We will cover how to run a band and be the leader of the band. Landing gigs, making set lists, the whole nine of what it takes to be a working professional musician.

About Curtis

Hello there! I'm a friendly and patient teacher who understands the frustrations that can occur when learning the guitar. Each individual student learns differently and having studied in the Guitar Institute of Technology program at Musicians Institute has given me a well rounded perspective on how to help my students overcome problems from many different angles. I first started out teaching only a handful of students on guitar in 2009. Since then my student base has grown and the art of sharing my knowledge of music has become a passion of mines. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and l
evels!

Growing up, I have always had a passion for music. I was listening to Pop, Top 40, Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz and everything in-between. However, I didn't start playing the guitar or studying music until I was 21 years of age. This presented some challenges as most professional musicians start much earlier. But through determination and having great teachers guide me, the age old saying of "It is never too late", resonates loudly in my life.

I was self taught for the first year of playing the guitar. I ran into many problems and picked up bad habits. I noticed my growth as a musician had hit a plateau. I then decided to get serious and take lessons from professional teachers. I spent one year studying with Kurt Shiflet and three years with Musicians Institute alumni Scott Allen. After the four years of private lessons in Sacramento, I decided to study in Los Angeles attending Musicians Institute(G.I.T). After the two years, I graduated from the G.I.T program with a certificate in Guitar Performance. During my time at the Musicians Institute, I was instructed by Keith Wyatt, Greg Harrison and Daniel Gilbert (just to name a few). Having been instructed by these great musicians has proven to be invaluable in my career. Allow me to share the wisdom bestowed upon me from my great teachers to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to develop a customized lesson plan for each of my student's specific goals in music. We can work on specific areas that the student wishes to work on such as: Reading standard notation on the Guitar, Guitar Tablature, Theory and Ear Training, Songs and Guitar Soloing. I can also create a customized well rounded curriculum that is similar to what I went through at music school. Anything music related we can work on, nothing is off limits in our private lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Boss E-Band Js10 and Fender Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
Boss E-band Js10 and Fender Guitar. For my electric guitar students I expect them to have their own electric guitar, guitar tuner, instrument cable and a amplifier. Acoustic students I only require they own a tuner and guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Funk & Pop styles on electric guitar, Music Theory, Beginner to Intermediate Acoustic Guitar.
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Ben May 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Curtis is awesome. Very patient and positive. Great with kids.
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Matthew April 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Curtis has been an excellent teacher in helping me start playing the guitar, with no prior experience. He is always in tune with the kind of goals I want to meet with my instrument while giving me useful exercises and tips to improve my skills. Would highly recommend him to other students looking to pick up the guitar or wanting to improve on your current skills.
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Miranda C. April 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great musician, endlessly patient and positive. Really grateful he's our first guitar teacher.
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Curtis L.

Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA 95831
(16)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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DJ Buddy Holly

Shingle Springs, CA

I have two Bachelor's and a Master of Music degree. I specialize in music performance, music recording, and music theory.

About DJ Buddy

Hi, my name is David and I am a DJ, guitarist, vocalist, remixer, and producer.

I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and received BMs in Songwriting and Music Synthesis. I've appeared on the commercially released CD titled Cyberfest 2000: Sounds of the Digital Revolution, Volume 1 along with DJ Dan, Moby, Mix Master Mike, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyke, Carl Cox, and Christopher Lawrence. In 2002, I appeared again on the Epic Records release Shekinah: 13 Artists. I received a Master of Music degree in Music Technology from Duquesne University of the Holy Spir
it in 2010 and am now working towards a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music at National University..

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal at Takelessons is to please my clients through music education. I feel very fortunate to be a professional musician and love to help those who wish to learn the art of music. I teach every style of American music and there is nothing I enjoy more than helping students progress on their instrument. Whether you want to learn music just for fun or for professional use, I am here for you. I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars
Microphones
Recording Equipment
DJ Controllers
Piano
Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide keyboard and recording equipment. I expect my students to be able to provide their own guitar for lessons

*** Specialties ***
I teach a variety of music styles including rock, jazz, blues, and classical music. I employ methods taught to me at Berklee College of music and Duquesne University.
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Gary M. December 29, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson! David is very patient and personable which made me feel very comfortable learning from him. I would definitely recommend David as an instructor to others.
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Tori B. April 15, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
lesson went well. Teacher was encouraging and welcoming.
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Lauren A. March 8, 2013
Singing
A wonderful experience

I took vocal lessons from David. I had taken some singing lessons when I was younger, but needed to brush up. I sing in a band, and David helped my song performance. I will be taking more lessons in the future.
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DJ Buddy Holly

DJ Buddy Holly

Sacramento, CA 95815
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA

About Gaw

Gaw is a voice artist, music teacher, and arranger local to the Sacramento area, specializing in styles such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Classical. She began her music experience with the baritone at age 12, and eventually learned to play the violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, and percussion. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw sings locally in various Sacramento venues, such as Naked Lounge, the Shine, Shady Lady. She won multiple Downbeat Awards with vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She performed
with Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick and performed with world class choir RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace). Gaw played brass with the championship level drum and bugle corps, Mandarins and Blue Devils A Corps.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She began teaching music in 2004 at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), and she taught percussion for several years at C.K. McClatchy High School and currently with Folsom High School. She directed C.K. McClatchy High School choir and was the student director for Sac State vocal jazz ensemble Vox 2 for many years.

She is a currently the director of the Sac State School of Music vocal jazz ensembles and the jazz voice applied instructor. She is also currently the director of the Christian Brothers High School vocal jazz ensemble and is an active private music instructor. Gaw has been working for several years as a vocal jazz clinician, working with many Northern California high school and collegiate vocal jazz ensembles. She recently served as an adjudicator for Columbia College Vocal Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival in 2014.

*** Lesson Details ***
"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students succeed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."
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Sheng-Yang L. February 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Gaw's very positive encouragement was needed today with my daughter. She's knew what to say to get my daughter more interested in playing the violin. We are definitely looking forward to the next lesson.
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Makayla N. January 22, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Gaw is wonderful. Very supportive and kind!!
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Femi F. September 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
6 stars! She's awesome! She is very patient, knowledgeable and understanding. Definitely recommend!
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Gaw V.

Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA 95826
(40)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Melissa F.

Sacramento, CA

About Melissa

I have been studying and performing music for the majority of my life, starting with piano in the third grade. I started singing in choirs in high school and continued studying voice throughout college. I have a classical background and moved to jazz voice as an undergraduate at California State University of Sacramento. I recently completed my Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in 2015!

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching music gives me joy! I create a positive and encouraging environment for students to gain confidence in their performance abilities. Every student is different and I approa
ch each lesson accordingly in order to accommodate each student's needs and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, microphone, sound system, music stand, sitting area for parent(s) when needed. Students are expected to purchase their own books which are required for piano lessons. I can supply photo copies for the first couple of lessons until books are delivered.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a metronome for lessons, but each student should acquire their own for practicing purposes. Students should provide a stereo, preferably with an iPod adapter, to listen to musical examples, and a piano for voice or their own instrument for instrumental lessons. I can provide an extra ukulele for lessons, but students should have their own for practicing purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, teaching students jazz theory and improvisation as well as stylistic techniques.
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Amelie B. April 28, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Patient....Loving...Knowledgeable...Honest!
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Hannah O. February 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Melissa was wonderful with my 7 year old daughter! She's extremely patient and skilled at communicating with little ones.
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Laura L. February 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Melissa is great. She was patient with me as I learned how to breathe and to sing A and e.
I can't wait for the next class.
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Melissa F.

Melissa F.

Sacramento, CA 95826
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Craig T.

Sacramento, CA

I have 40 years of experience in live and studio performance as a keyboardist, singer, guitarist, and drummer.
With my experience as a producer, engineer, and artist, I can instruct you on how to prepare for either live or studio performance and help with techniques to optimize your opportunities on the stage and in the recording studio.
Whether it is mic technique for a vocalist or how to set up a keyboard rig for live performance or a practice regimen for a recital I can enhance and improve your experience!

About Craig

Technique, theory, ear-training, and improvisation
for keyboard, voice, guitar, and drums/percussion.
My experience with live performance and studio recording with major label artists is now available to students of all ages. I am a multi-instrumentalist, a live performance keyboard player, lead vocalist, guitarist and a recording studio producer and arranger. I am thoroughly versed in the use of electronic drums, MIDI keyboards, Apple computers and the hardware and software used to arrange, produce and record music.
Please contact me with any questions about your quest to be the best musi
cian you can.
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Bruce March 20, 2016
Singing · In studio
Very talented teacher. Vocals, drums, piano, and guitar
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Amruta P. February 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first lesson in piano and Craig is a very nice instructor. His studio is very well equipped and he showed me few books that would help a beginner
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Visnja February 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I was a nervous first time student, but Craig made me comfortable and was knowledgeable and professional. I feel inspired about returning next week.
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Craig T.

Craig T.

Sacramento, CA 95811
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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Music Criticism: How To Handle a Critical Audience

Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week! However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie … Read More
Music Criticism: How To Handle a Critical Audience
Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week! However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie
Open Mic 101: How to Overcome Stage Fright & More
Thinking about stopping by an open mic night, or hitting the stage for karaoke? Performing in front of others is a fantastic way to boost your confidence and meet other musicians in the area - but it can also be pretty scary if you're a newbie! Luckily, learning how to overcome stage fright is easy when you focus on the right things. Read on to learn more about how open mic nights work, how to prepare for your first performance, and how to overcome your stage fright: How Do Open Mic Night
What They Don’t Tell You About Becoming a Musician
When you become a musician -- whether you're playing the guitar, the drums, or another instrument -- you'll notice a pattern when others find out about your skills. Read on to learn what they don't tell you about becoming a musician, in this guest post by Brookings, SD teacher Carl S...     Every musician has his or her own story. Some people play as a hobby and may play the occasional gig. Others are gigging frequently or perhaps teaching music. No matter what type of musician you ar

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