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Allen D.

San Diego, CA

About Allen

Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 13 years, and teaching for the past 8. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Mus
icians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach 40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I am playing with three bands at this moment. Quel Bordel, Science Fiction Jazz, and Foreign Film. These bands have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. Students are expected to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Susan F. January 27, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
I'm a total beginner with no experience on any instrument. I don't know have anything to compare to but I'm pretty sure Alan is an outstanding instructor. He got me from the basic understanding of a timing signature to through various strumming techniques to playing a song on my first lesson.

I've had several lessons now and am able to play several of the songs in the awesome song book he sent. Not only can I pluck them but I can strum them in various ways to create different vibes. I honestly didn't think I'd be progressing this fast and I'm pretty sure it's simply because Alan is awesome at explaining things with a combination of techniques.

He draws on paper to show the score / theory and then he demonstrates - starting very slow at first. Then he speeds up to regular time for a moment. Then he slows down and we play together. By watching and following what he does everything just seems to come together.

Alan is obviously a gifted musician. I imagine he would be an awesome instructor for even experienced folks.

His apartment is centrally located with ample street parking during the day. I went for a lesson once at night and the parking was kind of tight. Just allow time to walk a block or so. The lesson is definitely worth the walk and the neighborhood is nice.

He gives lessons in his living room which is very comfortable. He uses apps on his phone and a tablet in addition to paper that he scores during the lesson. You get to take the score home to practice from, which is awesome. He also takes video of his demos and emails them to you after the lesson so you can review during practice.

Alan is really nice and does a good job or encouraging me to practice and participate in the ukulele community, which is a lot of fun and highly motivational.
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Jordan K. September 10, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson for my daughter. Not only did she learn chords but also the history of the instrument!
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Neal S. November 2, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Great with Kids.
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Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
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Regina B.

San Diego, CA

People can play music for many years, and not know how it all fits together - that's where theory comes in!! I'm passionate about sharing the joy of learning music theory and will help to apply it to whatever instrument you are learning. Come see what's so fun about understanding music!!

About Regina

I was inspired to play the violin after seeing the local middle school orchestra perform when I was 8 years old. Since beginning group violin lessons the following school year, I have been consistently involved in developing my passion for and involvement in music in versatile ways -participating in many classical orchestras and ensembles, interning at 91X radio station during college,
and performing as a session musician and live string performer in the San Diego music scene.

In 2010, I graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Pre-Therapeutic Psychology from Point Loma Naza
rene University. In addition to teaching lessons, I play for weddings, parties, and other events, and can be found rocking out on stage in acoustic world punk band QUEL BORDEL!

I teach from more traditional methods and use my personal history to provide a well-rounded learning experience. I enjoy sharing the beauty and creativity of classical music, Irish/world music, hymns/religious pieces, as well as contemporary songs.

My approach to teaching is very holistic, helping to create for each of student a solid foundation of music theory, history, note-reading, and technique while also exposing them to a variety of pieces and genres so they can be better prepared to explore what most interests them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, music stand, tuner, metronome, flashcards, etudes and exercises, various sheet music, etc.
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Savvy N. December 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 8 year old daughter is loving music, and music lessons with Regina.
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Troy December 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Regina teaches wonderfully. My eight year old new to music daughter loves her lessons with Regina. And, is eager to practice the lessons assigned each week. Regina is a positive influence in my daughter's life. And, that is what this father is always striving to provide her. Thank you, Regina
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Sharon R. August 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Regina is a great teacher. Zoe loved everything about Regina and everything about the lessons. 5 stars all the way around!
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Regina B.

San Diego, CA 92110
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$38 / 30-min
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Michael B.

San Diego, CA

Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, and rhythm, techniques, playing your favorite song of choice etc. and the other part of the lesson guiding the student to Compose their own original works and Recording in the recording studio, sometimes even adding other artists, and uploading to youtube and connecting the students musical practice to the real world.

About Michael

Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction with the help of modern technology he seeks to attain high achievement for his students specializing in electronic composition and string instruments such as Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, etc.

In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award and an additional nomination in various style categories on various instruments in collaboration with several different Artists.

Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the
live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, rhythm techniques, and playing your favorite song of choice etc. and the other part of the lesson guiding the student to compose and arrange their own original works with techniques in Recording in his recording studio. Collaborations with other artists do occur, and uploading music to youtube and connecting the students' musical practice to the real world is commonplace in Mikhail's studio.

He has also taught such modern classical/ pop virtuosos and prodigies such as Annelle Gregory and Vasi Hunton.

If you are looking for a place to flourish musically, where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical choices then Mikhail is the guide for you. Mikhail may bring up a story which goes like this; Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, and they did so by nurturing the inner self, and making it bloom into its own unique and original artist. Music is a very personal journey, and no two musicians are ever the same. Mikhail is directly related to the great jazz pianist, Leonid Chizhik, and his personal viol training is traced back to Beethoven through Fritz Kreisler who was one of his teachers' teachers' teachers.

Last year (2014) Mikhail Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine.

Here are some of the Albums Mikhail Recorded:

"Lion and the Lady" with Trent Hancock released March 2015

"Buried" with Midnight Pine winning best Americana album of 2014 in the SDMA music awards (Violin +Cello)

"Past Forward" with Blaise Christopher Guld also nominated for SDMA award (Violin+Cello)

2 Live Albums from the AUM Dome with Krista Richards (Electric Violin).

Online digital recordings with i-earth music, a corporate world music band.

Here is a little about his History:

Mikhail was born in the Soviet Union, and came over with his family in 1989...

He was taught Violin by his Russian Gypsy Uncle.

As a teen, he was became the Concertmaster violinist in his Sophomore year at Poway high school's 150 piece philharmonic orchestra conducted by the legendary Gary Horimoto playing many symphonies such as Beethoven, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky winning first place by unanimous decision in numerous festivals including a grand festival of over 100 high schools held in San Francisco.

Mikhail later joined the La Jolla Symphony chorus as a vocalist.

Mikhail holds a UCSD music composition and performance degree, from mentors including Janos Negyesy (Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster), Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer Award winner), Aleck Karis (film piano), Andrew Infanti (piano), Steven Takasugi (composition), John Fonville (microtonal composition), Edwin Harkins (polyrhythm +world music performance), and Phil Larson (voice).

During his studies at the university, Mikhail was hired as a elementary, middle, and high school orchestra director at the Creative and Performing Arts Academy Orchestra. What could be a greater learning experience than being tossed into the deep end at 17 years old?

Excelling in that profession for the last 15 years he has taught at many schools and programs including the National City School District, CCPAA in El Cajon and Clairemont... Montessori school in La Jolla, Old Town Academy, and "Camp Wings" inspiring the underprivileged youth of Barrio Logan and National City.

As a professional gigging musician in the world of performing and recording he has also done many hired gun gigs in the styles of Latin, Latin Jazz, Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Electronic, Rock, Americana, and Pop. Been on KUSI numerous times, and has won the latest 2014 SDMA music awards.

Some of the groups Mikhail has worked with include:

Sene Africa (world music) (Violin)
I-earth Music (corporate world music) (multi-instrumental)
Trent Hancock (Americana)(violin and cello)
Midnight Pine (Americana)(violin and cello)
Cafe Moliendo (Cumbia/Salsa/Latin Jazz)(piano, violin, accordion)
The Downs Family (Irish Rock)(Irish Accordion)
Busno (Romanian Gypsy band)(Romanian Gypsy violin)
Trio Gadjo (French Gypsy Jazz)(Violin)
Orchestra Mustachio (Electro Gypsy)(Electric Violin)
Zirk Ubu circus (the circus)(multi-instrumental)
EDM(Dubstep violin) at Downtown Mardi Gras
Lou Fanucci (Italian/Tango)(Violin)
UCSD (modern classical) (violin)
As well as many other local and global living and passed legends of jazz

Mikhail opened for the Eagles with his corporate band, "I-earth" during a private corporate event in Los Angeles

Some of Mikhail's compositions can also be found on youtube by going to the channel titled by his name.

Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.

Some of his former and current students are flourishing into great acclaim. For more info and videos please feel free to check out Mikhail's profile on Youtube.
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Yvonne O. January 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail listens to what the student's goals are and adapts the learning accordingly. At the same time he is setting the framework so that the student can learn correctly and make forward progress.
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Amy B. January 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is very patient! He's really good with children. Absolutely recommend!
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Zachary C. January 13, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful!!!!!!!!
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Michael B.

San Diego, CA 92116
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Jason M.

San Diego, CA

I consider myself a theorist sometimes more than a musician. The studies that I use are a combination of taking songwriting structures and breaking them down so that they make sense to anyone. I teach chord progressions as well as scales and sometimes go a bit off the deep end when I feel students are ready.

About Jason

TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!

Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

This year Jason was also the M
usic Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.

Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.

Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.

Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!

Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.

His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.
Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.

*** Studio Equipment ***
ESP KH2 "skully" Kirk Hammett signature model Electric
Epiphone Zakk Wylde signature model Electric
Schecter SLS Blackjack Special Edition Avenger with ©Sustainiac
Schecter Blackjack ATX 7-string
Jackson Randy Rhodes V
Fender '51 Pawn Shop Series
Epiphone Banjo
Mahalo Ukulele
Savannah Ukulele
M. Acoustic
G&L S-500 custom Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "banjo" Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "guitar"
Fender Squire John 5 signature model
Epiphone 12-string
Nylon Classical
Yamaha Acoustic (left and right handed)
Voyage-Air Guitar Acoustic
Fender Squire Bass
Dean Vendetta Electric
Dean Dime Razorback
B.C. Rich Warlock
Yamaha Keyboard
ProTools LE
Guitar Pro 6
Tascam CD-GT2
KRK Rokits speakers
Line 6 AXSYS212 Amp
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Cry Baby Wah
Digitech Whammy/Bad Monkey/Death Metal/Grunge pedals
Ibanez Chorus/Flanger Delay/Echo
Line 6 Backtrack
Drum sticks and practice pad
Multi-angle cameras for online students

*** Travel Equipment ***
Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic)
Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Various guitars depending on project or mood.

*** Specialties ***
piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
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Roy V. January 13, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Although it's still early in the teaching schedule with Jason, my first lesson was great. Jason made me feel relaxed even though I was nervous, and the materials that he sent me to practice on bass reinforced the teaching session I had with him
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Jeff E. January 13, 2016
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Jason is an excellent instructor. He is patient, helpful, knowledgable and insightful. Looking forward to my next session.
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Walter B. December 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I completed eight lessons with Jason and was very satisfied with the musical lessons received. I learned much about the piano, chords, patterns, and theory. On the eighth lesson I received a guitar tutorial and was very impressed with his playing and teaching. I highly recommend Jason as an instructor for the musical instruments that he teaches.

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Jason M.

San Diego, CA 92109
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Gary R.

San Diego, CA

Music Theory includes learning to read music, interval studies, ear training, sight reading, methods that composers use to achieve their sound, and more-

About Gary

Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My teaching methods vary from student to student, as we all learn a bit differently. I will often write custom lesson
plans for my students, as one book does not fit all. As a teacher, I enjoy a fun, relaxed learning environment designed to help you enjoy the process of becoming the best musician you can be.
I have more than 30 years experience teaching and playing music, and look forward to meeting you. Lets get started and make some music!
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Isabella G. February 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Gary was such a wonderful teacher! He was so helpful and really enjoyable to work with too. Definitely learnt a lot and developed skills I hadn't had before. I would highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Jean-Luc November 6, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
I was really not sure how online music lessons work at first, but right after my 13-yr-old first practice, this concern disappeared. Gary immidiately picked up his level and everything went so good. Now my son is very excited for this new style of lessons and asked me to get new textbooks that he was recommended and looked so thrilled. Gary is such an amazing teacher!
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Kai S. October 14, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Gary has been very patient and creative with my 6 year old son. He is a fantastic instructor, and a very nice guy to work with. Thank you, Gary!
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Gary R.

San Diego, CA 92116
(15)
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$33 / 30-min

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