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Michael L. Los Gatos, CA

I have been teaching guitar for the past 6 years. I teach all aspects and styles of the guitar, with an emphasis on fundamentals and musicality. I use materials from the Royal Conservatory as well as technical studies to facilitate control and ease of playing. I have a background in jazz and classical but can also teach rock, blues and popular music.

About Michael

I am formerly a resident of Seattle who recently moved down to the Bay Area. I now attend San Jose State for Music Ed. I studied music at the University of Washington and my fortes include jazz, blues, classical, pop, punk, metal, theory, songwriting, ear training and generally learning to speak on your instrument. I work with all levels of ability and commitment. Realize your passion and start playing music today! I tend to be laid back and relaxed but focused in my lessons. I will use a combination of method books and worksheets of my own construction. I also utilize recording equipment so the student can hear what he or she sounds like. The focus of these lessons can be tailored to the student- s/he can learn to read or simply jam on his or her favorite songs. *** ...

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HeidiM March 15, 2012
Great teacher! My daughter loves him. Very patient, positive, and encouraging.
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SueC February 29, 2012
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learning an instrument is fun! My 10 year old son is really enjoying playing guitar with Michael. He is learning some serious stuff mixed with playing chords from his favourite bands. My 8 year old daughter has also started piano with him and she has really progressed in her playing in only 6 weeks or so. Michael is very patient and great with them and they really look forward to him coming every week. I would recommend him highly
Branden N. Sunnyvale, CA

-- Teaching for 6 years.
-- Curriculum designed around students' goals but with a strong foundation in music concepts and fundamentals
-- Teaching philosophy: see "About" section

About Branden

Branden is a successful graduate in music with a concentration in composition and jazz performance, completing his degree in only three years. He is a passionate performer as well as a dedicated teacher. He was awarded Cum laude for his great academic achievement. Branden is an accomplished songwriter, composer, musician, and teacher. Originally born in Chicago, Branden is now based in San Jose area, playing various events throughout the South Bay. Branden has been hired to play local gigs as well as a contract to tour with a jazz band. His experience in teaching guitar for the last 4 years has ranged from teaching elementary school classes to private lessons. *** Lesson Details *** From past experiences teaching students ranging from 7 to 14, Branden has developed many ...

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Zunaira Q. January 23, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great for grown ups too!

ABOUT TAKE LESSONS
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ABOUT BRANDEN
As a "grown up", finding guitar lessons around the Bay Area is no easy task. I was pretty sure Branden would be impatient and patronizing given I'm really old and don't know the ABCs of music.

I was very, very nervous driving up to Branden's with my acoustic guitar. I mean, would he just look at me and say you're too old to learn anything?

What a refreshing surprise! My fears were imaginary.

I've had 2 lessons so far. Branden is easy going, absolutely gets it and is no-fuss. We stick to our lessons, he is quick to point out where I'm going wrong and very patient #please don't change that Branden!#. He also highlights techniques to help learn smarter. Make sure you take your notebook with you when you go, he gives homework and it would be nice if you track it in the same place.

Also, I'm worried about booking appointments at different times and TakeLessons/Branden assured me that can be worked out later. Good to know.
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LeeAnne K. September 7, 2012
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Branden is a great bass guitar teacher.

Branden is a great teacher. He is skilled and patient. He understands that beginners want to get started on challenging songs as soon as possible and he helps with that. After 3 months of lessons, he helped me get accepted to my school's jazz band.
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zackiel July 30, 2012
My teacher Branden is 5 star. I love my lessons. I am slow but i know i can learn. Trying my best to memorize my lessons. Anyone in the bay how wants a wonderful real teacher Branden is it.
Hristo V. San Jose, CA

I design my lessons with the specific student goals in mind.

For Beginner students: we will start by exploring rhythm concepts and understanding how to read music. Learning the physics of the guitar and exploring the notes in the first few positions. Learning open position chords, and simple chords progressions, major and pentatonic scales,etc.

For Intermediate students: we will continue expanding our knowledge of the higher positions of the guitar, as well as develop better sight-reading skills. Bar cords and chord transposition, and music theory. Expanding our scalar vocabulary to modes, and minor scales. Learning arpeggios and classical etudes.

For Advance students: Close interval voicings, jazz improvisation, chord to scale relationships, and harmonic substitutions are some of the concepts we will cover. Learning solo guitar playing (chord melody), incorporating walking bass lines, transcription skill and arranging skills.

I specialize in Jazz guitar, improvisation,

About Hristo

Hristo is an impressionistic modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads a variety of modern jazz formations, ranging from duets to quintets. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally, appearing at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, and has also performed guitar clinics in Europe and Japan. He has written more than 270 original compositions, many articles on jazz improvisation, and a book on chordal theory and construction entitled Between the Voicings: A New Approach to Chord Building for Guitarists. The Hristo Quartet’s 2009 debut album, Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music) quickly received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the six ...

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Kim L. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Outstanding Performer

Hristo is the most inspirational teacher I've every had the pleasure to learn from. He shares his talent in a way that I look forward to every lesson. His patience and positive reinforcement encourages me to keep practicing. He selects the appropriate music for my level and teaches all genres. Thank you for working with me every week. I hope I get to work with him for as long as I can until he becomes too famous to continue teaching us.
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AllenH April 4, 2012
Great Instructor

I've been taking lessons from Hristo for a couple of months now. He is friendly, affable, and extremely patient. I enjoy our lessons, and have learned quite a bit in the short time we have been working together.
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JeanetteY March 7, 2012
wonderful instructor and very accomodating. We are appreciative of his talents!!
Christopher J. San Jose, CA

I have had several guitar students for years, and had great success with each of them.

About Christopher

Chris J. has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Chris J. has helped students place in advanced ensembles, win awards, compete in band competitions, and further their passion for the arts. Chris J. is receiving his training from San Jose State University where he is studying Music Education and Jazz Studies. Chris J. is a nationally TIPS Certified bartender through ABC Bartending College. As an expert in his field, Chris J. looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Chris J.'s teaching style is flexible based on students needs, structured, and based on state and industry standards. *** Lesson Details *** Aside from performing, I love teaching. I have been teaching since ...

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Michael H. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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Jane D. January 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, especially for kids!

My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
Neil K. San Jose, CA

I've been teaching guitar for the past 15 years. I help students find their unique musical voice through the study of songs and techniques they are interested in. For younger students I also use the Hal Leonard guitar method books to learn music reading. As students advance we switch to William Levitt's Modern method for guitar for jazz students, or Christopher Parkening's classical guitar method for fingerstyle players. Students should be able to play chords to their favorite tunes within 6 weeks. I teach to inspire passion for music. If you love music it makes it fun to practice. When you practice it makes music fun!

About Neil

I am a Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Arranger / and Band Leader and teacher who has been working in the greater San Francisco Bay area for the past 10 years. Originally from the East Coast and Chicago I arrived in California in 1992. I hold a Master's Degree in music from San Jose State University where I majored in Jazz guitar performance and composition / arranging. I have been passionately teaching guitar for the past 12 years to students of all ages. My goal is to teach you the music YOU want to learn while expanding your musical awareness. I am a patient and understanding teacher who will attempt to inspire students while pushing them to their playing potential. In addition to teaching I lead by example performing regularly in various Jazz ensembles. I have released a CD of original ...

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Juan M. April 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Before Neil, my 9-yr old son had taken "group" lessons for a year that were unstructured and did little to expand my son's interest in playing (thankfully these were with friends so he stuck with it).

Having studied music very seriously, I helped him a little but knew that a real guitar teacher is what he needed. Neil is just what I was looking for! He has a very laid back "attitude" but he's laser focused on keeping things moving, keeping things light, and being totally encouraging. He also is very open to teaching rock and jazz and I can tell he just wants to teach a student whatever style/music type that will keep the student engaged. After every class my son has been satisfied and excited with what he's learning (and I stay and listen and get a kick out of it too). We drive quite a ways to get to his place, but it has been totally worth it. Thanks Neil! You RAWK!!
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robert V. July 11, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
This course served my purpose

I have had only oneother guitar Teacher, and Neil was the Best of the 2. He is very easy to understand, and he makes it Fun and interesting. He is just a Great Teacher.
Melody P L. Mountain View, CA

Playing guitar while singing along is such a fun and relaxing thing. I like to help students find their favorite songs and start to play on guitar using strumming pattern or finger picking style.

About Melody P

Melody is a board certified music therapist in the US. She holds a Master’s of Music in Music Therapy from Colorado State University, and earned her Certificate in Music Therapy at Shenandoah University, Virginia. She is a Neurologic Music Therapist and applies NMT strategies with children with autism and others. Bilingual in Chinese (mandarin) and English, she brings Music Therapy to a wide range of cultures in the Bay Area, California. She completed her internship in Virginia at a day program for elders and at the Westminster Canterbury, an Assisted Living Facility. She provides group and individual music therapy sessions for a broad age range of clients including elders with dementia, adults with developmental disabilities and children with special needs.

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David P. April 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very positive and rewarding experience! Melody is very patient and encouraging! I am looking forward to our next lesson!!

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