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Samuel R.

Salem, OR

About Samuel

Sam has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach online via Skype. He prides myself in tailoring lessons to the specific needs/goals of each individual student. Sam has experience teaching a broad range of students, including individuals looking to gain an appreciation or greater understanding of music, to young musicians competing in state contests and for college scholarships.

Sam received his training at the University of North Texas where he earned degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education. While at UNT, he played lead-alto saxophone in the internat
ionally acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band for two years. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico where he primarily studied classical music. He has recorded numerous albums with world-class musicians, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with his students. His teaching style has been described as engaging, structured, and insightful.
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Samuel R.

Samuel R.

Salem, OR 97305
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Stuart C.

Aurora, OR

About Stuart

Stuart C.
Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer
Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music
Composition and Guitar Performance
I am a guitarist and songwriter currently living in Oregon. I graduated from Western Oregon University majoring in music, specifically pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music with a dual emphasis in composition/songwriting and guitar performance. I played with the Singer/Songwriter combo for most all of my college career, and emerged as one of its most valuable members. I have studied guitar with Christopher Woitach, and I have studied Composition with Bill Whit
ley, Kevin Walczyk, Adam Bates and Christopher Woitach.
I have played and studied many different styles of music, ranging from Country, Bluegrass and Folk to Rock, Blues, R&B, and many more. I have arranged songs from professionals and my peers alike. I also have written and co-written dozens of songs.
I taught with the American Guitar Academy, where I honed my skills as a teacher. I have taught people from all walks of life, all ages and skill levels. I love teaching and helping people reach their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to start lessons off by getting to know my student. I like to know what kind of music they like and what they want to play. I really want to know who I am teaching. I use a building block teaching style, where everything you learn builds upon or compliments the previous skill. The most important part of lessons is the practicing you do in between each lesson, but you might not have to practice as much as you think. Within 6 months, you will learn all the basic chords, rhythms, and scales. You will also learn all the theory behind them, meaning you will know how they are constructed, how they interact and most importantly how to use them. I teach with practicality in mind - if you won't use it, you won't learn it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate Music Studio: guitar, bass, amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my guitar, and teaching materials. I expect the student to have an instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar - singer/songwriter, rock, blues, indie rock, punk, limited Jazz.

Composition - Contemporary Concert Music, American Vernacular and Popular songwriting.

Music Theory - The language and inner workings of music
17th century Counterpoint to Serialism and contemporary composition techniques, orchestration, jazz theory and arranging
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Mike G. August 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Stuart is a nice person. Unfortunately, his background is very different from mine.
To the point, musically, his orientation is toward electric guitar. Mine is only acoustic.
Although he pointed out that fretboard theory and practice is the same for both instruments, the practice of playing the acoustic guitar is very different. Perhaps more significant is that Stuart says and shows that he does not have experience teaching an experienced player as myself. I will not continue with Stuart.
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Daniel R. June 19, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My experience with Stuart is very good.. i got along with Stuart very quickly he is a cool guy and an awesome teacher.. i can say that i have learned a lot from him and i am looking forward to learning even more..
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Carla W. May 6, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
I love the online services

Stuart is a great teacher, always encouraging, offering advice. Very reliable. He enjoys what he is teaching and it shows every week when we come for lessons. His home is warm and inviting.
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Stuart C.

Stuart C.

Aurora, OR 97002
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starting at
$19 / 30-min
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Charles M.

Salem, OR

About Charles

I’m Dr Charles. I have been a guitarist since 1977. I began teaching guitar when I was earning my Masters degree in music education from Portland State University in 1998-1999. I also taught guitar privately while I was earning my doctorate in music from Florida Sate University and teaching music history and music analysis at the university as well. I earned my PhD in music in 2008. During my years in Tallahassee I served as a guitarist backing Charles Atkins, Florida’s most well-known blues and gospel singer. During that time I have helped numerous individuals maximize their talent on the gu
itar. I have worked with children, home-schoolers, teenagers who want to form bands, people who want to strum guitar in their church, people who want to write songs, and retired people who are still young at heart and want to rock! I believe that playing music is one of the most spiritually satisfying experiences that one can have, and I am here for you if you would like to study guitar. I welcome students of all skill levels but I particularly love helping beginning students or those who have put the instrument down but would like to pick it up again.
When I was starting out on guitar I had a teacher who hated the music that I loved and nearly killed my passion for the instrument. I will never be that type of teacher. I will run with your passion for music. All lessons are tailored to the individual there is no file that I pull out and expect you to follow but I will tell you when I feel that there is something you should know or work on. I see my role as a musical coach. I enjoy keeping up with the newest trends and styles in music and I am well-versed in the latest versions of punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative styles.

*** Lesson Details ***
My style of teaching is laid back but focused. I have a healthy sense of humor and understand that someone can only play if they are relaxed. I will help you build a technique that requires the least amount of physical energy. When teaching children I maintain a learning environment that emphasizes play and imagination. I often use the Children’s Guitar series from Hal Leonard. With intermediate and advanced students I stress creativity, and finding your own voice on the guitar. We will always analyze the music to see what makes it work and so that you can apply those principles to your own playing. I stress mastery of the fingerboard so that the student can play in any situation with total confidence. I have no set curriculum with rock and folk players. We will work on what you want to work on but I often use my own handouts as well as books from the Musicians Institute. If you want to take formal classical guitar lessons I can help you there as well since I have two degrees in classical guitar. I typically use the Frederic Noad Solo Guitar series when teaching classical guitar.

*** Specialties ***
general classical guitar, blues/rock, general folk guitar. The analysis of all styles of classical music. General music theory from basic tonal harmony and counterpoint to modern techniques.
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Charles M.

Charles M.

Salem, OR 97305
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Tim B.

Newberg, OR

About Tim

I love to help anyone who has been told they're not able to play guitar, has quit out of frustration, or been told they're too old or too young to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is customized to your learning style and different for everyone depending on what you want to learn. Most of my students like to learn from scratch which would include the following:
In the first 3 lessons you will learn basic guitar fundamentals, basic 1-4-5 song progressions (the stuff that 85% of all music we listen to is made up of), left hand / right hand coordination, picking techniques, how to str
um, mute, & play notes on the guitar.

We can play as a band too. When you are ready, I love to bring out the drum or backing tracks to your favorite artists songs while you play guitar and I play what your not, giving you the feel of a live group situation that can make learning at your lesson more fun.

Genres include Acoustic, Blues, Country, R&B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Line 6 Spider Jam will take any wave file and speed up or slow down the tempo and lower or higher the key to your preference.
Great transposing tool

Tuner Korg

Electric Ibanez Guitar s470dxqm
Acoustic Taylor 110CE
Classical Cordoba model 20

Amp Mesa Boogie Nomad 100 watt combo all tube
Amp Line 6 Spider Jam

Effects Roland GR-55

Microphone Audio Technica AT 2035
Microphone Peavey I-101

Operating System WIndows 7 64 bit edition
Recording Software Presonus Audiobox USB with Studio1

Mixer Alto ZMX 862 Zephyr Series

Hercules HD Webcam

Camcorder Sony HDCRX430V

*** Specialties ***
I have studied under virtuoso Rex Carroll from Atlantic Records signed band Fierce Heart & another famous band he was in was Whitecross, Shawn Gette who is in the band Forbidden Symphony, who in his words once took over a gig for Steve Vai and the American Guitar Academy.
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Mike G. August 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I was extremely impressed with Tim. Not only is he an excellent and inspiring teacher, he is able to focus in on just the right and appropriate approach. He makes one want to learn and imbues his student with confidence and knowledge. A truly unique and positive experience. Looking forward to my homework and our next lesson!
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Brenda B. July 14, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Tim is an awesome guitar teacher. He is perfect for my 11 year old son. My son is excited for each lesson. He does a great job of teaching the foundational concepts. And he makes it FUN. I wish I had a guitar teacher like Tim when I was learning guitar.
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Byron F. February 12, 2014
Guitar
Ace professional with first class treatment

Tim is a phenomenal instructor! I have tried expensive videos subscription services and have spent hundreds of dollars on Skype lessons with popular YouTube instructors. In the year that I have been playing, one month of lessons with Tim did more for my playing than 11 months with the other methods I've tried. You owe it to yourself to give Tim a month of your time. He transformed my understanding of the guitar, has taught me to be self-sufficient with learning songs I hear, and has made playing exciting. Without being able to articulate exactly what I wanted to accomplish, Tim's uncanny intuition for balancing what I think I needed with what I really need took my playing to the next level very quickly. Nothing can substitute the depth of his musical knowledge, but more importantly, his keen sense of feeding me just what I need from everything he knows. Tim carefully plans out a lesson for me based off of my progress, has me take notes, and gives me ideas on how to improve before my next lesson. The most exciting day of my week is the hour I spend learning from a great instructor and a great human being. I couldn't be happier with my decision to learn how to play from Tim.
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Tim B.

Tim B.

Newberg, OR 97132
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starting at
$18 / 30-min
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Ken M.

Salem, OR

About Ken

Hi, My name is Ken M and I can't wait to meet you! I love playing Saxophone. I've been playing 40+ years, and teaching private lessons for 10 years. I love helping students gain strength, courage and confidence to develop into the musician you're meant to be. We'll learn how you best learn and at your pace. All lessons are tailored specifically to your needs. Here are some general topics covered: posture, breathing, tone and sound quality, scales and chords, improvisation, performance techniques, how to read music & ear training. or just to stop that embarrassing squeaking. We'll discover you
r creative genius that's been waiting to be found and expressed, so you and others will enjoy the music you make. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Hannah B. January 10, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
I had a great time with Ken as an instructor! He introduced me to the basics of saxophone. He made me feel comfortable and able to achieve. I have never played an instrument. His lesson plans and homework kept me moving along. I felt I had my feet under me as a result of his instruction. I wanted to learn to play for my church; I look forward to taking more lessons from Ken in-home in the future.
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Ken M.

Ken M.

Salem, OR 97301
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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