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Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO

I teach basics of bass guitar based on rudiments, root notes, and pattern recognition. We will explore key signatures and root note identification, as well as basic mechanics, tone control, and rhythm. I teach bass in the genres of blues, rock, and classic rock.

About Richard

Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St L
ouis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Noresheca M. October 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 16 year old son has been taking guitar lesson with Richard D. for a few months now. First I must say Richard is a extremely nice person. My son think he is a cool guy and looks up to him. My son never played the guitar prior to lesson with Richard, now I can actually hear a song when my son play his guitar. Thank you Richard::::
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Lynne Z. March 7, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Perfect fit for my daughter

My 17 year old daughter recently began taking lessons with Richard D., and we couldn't be happier. He is patient and encouraging, and he makes learning fun. She really appreciates the fact that he encourages her to work on music that she likes rather than telling her what songs to learn. He obviously knows his instrument, and clearly enjoys passing on his knowledge. A+ for this teacher!
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MikeS March 6, 2014
Teaching Musicianship

Richie and I have been playing, performing, arranging, and writing together for 3 years. Richie is a highly skilled musician with wide ranging tastes and talents. He is well versed in many styles of music; rock, classic rock, country, blues, classical, and jazz. He knows well how to break down a piece of music and explain and teach it. I have been a professional musician for years, and Richie has taught me much. He can teach you too.
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Richard D.

Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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starting at
$23 / 30-min
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David M.

Saint Louis, MO

sight-reading, chart interpretation, scale/chord relationships.

About David

Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and K
im Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz guitarist Peter Leitch.

In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.

As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.

As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Martin F. October 24, 2014
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
I've been learning songwriting and music theory from David and it couldn't be any better. He's very professional and personable, and he makes sure to work with you, not above you. He shows a genuine enthusiasm for his students' musical interests and formulates instruction around them. David encourages questions, which creates a comfortable and effective teacher-student interaction. Between my weekly lessons, I find myself impatiently counting down the days until my next scheduled lesson. While the genre of songwriting that I've been working on with David's guidance has been contemporary Christian, I'm sure that he would be an effective teacher in any genre, whether the student were writing songs or playing them.
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Geralyn P. July 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After the initial panic of trying to learn something at such a ripe old age I was reassured by other reviews that David would be the best bet. They were correct and I recommend him to any age group. After a welcome at the front door assuring me that I was at the right location, he excels in making you feel comfortable. He listens to questions and told me no question was stupid. Takes everything at your speed and recaps from the week before. Is thorough and stops you when finger placement is not correct so you don't begin bad habits. Looks up and acquaints himself with the songs that you want to learn and will stop covering a certain area if you do not want to learn it. He sends you home with just the right amount of practice work and after 3 lessons I feel like I'm getting all of what he's teaching and am improving and adding on more lessons. So happy that I chose David.
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Don D. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
My Outstanding Journey

I can't say enough about what I have learned over the past year. To be able to play the gift of music and understand the foundation of it's existence, is truly an edifying experience. My instructor has been absolutely fabulous. His patience, knowledge and his keen ability to translate his knowledge to the specific level of understanding of his students, is nothing short of great. Kudos to you all for having the resident talent to make my, and others, dreams of learning to play music a reality.

Best of wishes to all this upcoming New Year.
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David M.

David M.

Saint Louis, MO 63128
(30)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Mike M.

Caseyville, IL

About Mike

I have played in concert ensembles and with "rock" bands since 1961. I began my musical journey in the late 1950's when friends and I began teaching each other little riffs on the guitar. In 1961 I began formal music training, learning to play the drums in the school band. In high school I began learning to play tuba and moved from the percussion section to the tuba section of the high school band. While studying music education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, my applied instrument was the tuba. I studied privately with B. Schneider, principle trombonist with the St. Louis Symph
ony Orchestra and J. McEnulty, principle tuba, also, with the St. Louis Symphony. While in college I played with a variety of wind ensembles, as well as, the summer repertory theater orchestra and sang with the University and Community Choirs at SIUE. In 1972 I played Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" in the brass band with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra at the Mississippi River Festival on the SIUE campus. Since college I have played bass guitar with various rock/pop bands, guitar with a swing band, and baritone horn in a concert band. I have played guitar and bass guitar with church praise bands and other choral events. I have sang and directed adult choirs and children's choirs. I have taught vocal and instrumental music in public and private schools, from Kindergarten through grade 12. Since retiring, for the past 7 years, I have focused on teaching private music lessons with students ranging from age 5 to 85 and the student with special needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson's are given beginner and intermediate students on guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn/euphonium, or tuba. All students receive basic music theory training, techniques exclusive to their instrument. Lessons are structured but still maintain a relaxed style. The student dictates the direction of the lesson, determining the primary style of music to be used and how deeply he/she wants to delve into the foundations of music beyond basic theory. I assemble information to teach the student how to play their choice of instrument, using the material they want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My equipment seems to always be in a constant state of change but at this time it consist of an Alvarez acoustic guitar, Fender Stratocaster guitar, Schecter Corsair semi-hallow body guitar, Squire by Fender 5 string electric bass guitar, Marshall MG30DFX amp, DigitechRPX400 multi-effects pedal, Yamaha Trumpet, Holton Trombone, baritone horn and tuba. I also use a PC with a variety of software programs for teaching music..

*** Travel Equipment ***
Alvarez acoustic guitar, Holton trombone, baritone horn, and/or Yamaha trumpet as needed. Laptop PC with a variety of software programs to teach music.

*** Specialties ***
Various musical styles including but not limited to classical music for brass instruments. Pop, rock, folk, country (old and new style), Christian (from southern gospel to contemporary and everything in between). Training in music theory, ear training, composition/song writing and arranging.
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Mike M.

Mike M.

Caseyville, IL 62232
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$17.75 / 30-min
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Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO

About Ryan

I am a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. I have finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and have been giving private lessons since 2012. I have performed in multiple STL groups and have performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. I perform a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. I have performed in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels
. I give students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
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Sean Dougherty August 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher, very passionate about music in the purest sense. Listens, and works with you to develop your skills in a way that both of you feel works best.
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Britney F. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is very talented and has a passion for music that is infectious. Made learning easy and fun.
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Jackson L. July 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is a great teacher that makes the music accessible to my son. His love of music is obvious and he does a great job of passing that energy on to his students.
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Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63116
(7)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Vinnie M.

O Fallon, MO

Basic technique and theory in different styles of music

About Vinnie

Hey guys I'm Vinnie and I wanna thank you for stopping by my profile.I've been instructing now since 1990 and I really enjoy teaching and watching my students grow into accomplished musicians,performers.and yes go on to be instructors themselves! .I am laid back but high- energy (if that makes any sense) ! My style of teaching focuses on building a strong foundation in fundamentals,technique,and theory.The styles of music I teach range from blues,country,classic rock, hard rock,and metal. I also believe in the application of ideas so you can take what you've learned and immediately apply them
to what you want to accomplish whether it be playing cover songs or writing and recording you own material !! The sky's the limit and I hope to help you achieve your musical goals! -Vinnie-
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Joe B. June 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Have learned so much from Vinnie over the years! Theory made sense in one conversation!
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James Comparato June 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Vinnie is awesome. Excellent theory background, excellent technical knowledge and prowess. You owe yourself to hook up with him to advance your playing!
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Brandon G. May 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have known Vinnie for quite a few years now and have gotten to jam with him a couple times at the music shop he used to work at. Not only is he an incredible player, but an amazing teacher as well. If you are looking to learn theory, phrasing, or just fun riffs to jam to, this is the only teacher you will need.
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Vinnie M.

Vinnie M.

O Fallon, MO 63368
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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