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Steven B.

Alameda, CA

I have been a studio recording artist since 1979, playing piano, organ, synthesizers, acoustic and electric guitar and electric bass. I will teach you the basics of studio recording, how to make the most out of your time in the studio, and let you in on the "insider secrets" that recording artists use to set them apart!

About Steven

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams!

About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have 35 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allm
an to name a few. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and knowledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.

Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.

I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.

>>> FYI: I'm happy to come to your home if traveling to my studio in Alameda isn't convenient for you, and I cover most of the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek and (of course) my own lovely town of Alameda. As much as I love our "City by the Bay", traveling to San Francisco, Marin, or the Peninsula just isn't cost or time effective for me; I apologize to you fine folks and potential students of the West Bay!
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Tim M. February 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and great time taking the lessons! I wish we could take more lessons with him but we've recently moved out of the area. Thanks for everything Steven!
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Noor A. October 18, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
I was, initially, unsure whether I had made the right decision in using TakeLessons to revive my piano-playing skills, but after meeting Steven, I have no doubts that it was one of the best decisions I have yet to make.

Steven is wonderful! He is inspired and inspiring, encouraging, and his passion inspires passion - I could not have asked for better! Steven is an absolute pleasure, and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone!
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Tim M. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking piano lessons with Steven for over a year now and the experience has been great!

Steven listens to your needs and wants as an artist and tailors a program just for you. Steven is very patient and supportive. Oh, and trust me you will never get through a lesson without laughter! His drills and exercises allow you to see growth and instant development.

If you are looking for an overly critical teacher who points out your every flaw and has you start over after every mistake, Steven is not the teacher for you! But, if you are looking for an instructor who will take you and your music as seriously as you do, and have fun in the process, Steven is the instructor for you!

Good luck on your journey!
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Alameda, CA 94501
(15)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Anthony J.

Palo Alto, CA

Recording can be a scary task, even for the experienced musician, but every loves listening to their own tracks. If you have no idea where to start, I can show you some streamlined programs and simple hardware to get your first recordings done, and from there we can add more techniques and effects in the mix, including EQ, compression, and dynamic control.

About Anthony

Extensive musical training, including thirteen years of jazz and classical guitar performance and theory, coupled with real-life experience as a studio and touring guitarist offers me a unique approach to music instruction focused on your individual goals and needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I do have a general method for education, the priority is always on what the student wants to learn. If you have specific subject material you would like to explore, contact me, I'll certainly help you out in any way I can!

*** Studio Equipment ***

Depending on the situation, I can bring some
of my recording and performance gear to lessons for demonstrations and exercises, including:

-Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
-Gibson Les Paul Standard
-Carvin DC400 Custom Build
-Music Man JP12 seven string
-A whole host of other amplifiers, mandolins, acoustics, classicals, and folk instruments
-Home studio equipped with Pro Tools 11 and Logic Pro X for recording

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring with me basic gear for teaching (not much more than sheet music and a guitar), but I can not leave gear with students. If a student had questions about specific types of gear I may have, including effects processors and amplifiers, and would like a hands-on learning approach, they can contact me in advance and I can demo the equipment for them.

*** Specialties ***
Music:
- I have been working recently as a touring musician and recording artist for rock and metal bands for the past few years. If you need assistance with breaking through stage fright, I can help your live presence dramatically. Check out my band, Love District!

https://www.facebook.com/LDistrict.Music/

- Folk stringed instruments and odd tunings.
- Sight Reading, both classical compositions and big band charts.
- Improvisational techniques.
- Theory and Songwriting.
- Recording techniques.
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BRIAN April 20, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher, motivator and encourager! He can prepared to my first class with a plan and handouts to facilitate my practice in between lessons. I have an ambitious goal and timeline in mind, and I believe Anthony is just what I need to get me there!
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Tesni March 24, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
So far so good! Anthony engaged his students and shows a lot of enthusiasm.
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David March 15, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Fantastic start
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Anthony J.

Anthony J.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Michael K.

Saratoga, CA

About Michael

Hi! My name is Mike and I am 26 years old. I have been playing guitar now for about 13 years. I am a national touring guitar player in the band Letters From The Fire. We recently returned from a national tour with Trapt, Pop Evil, Nonpoint etc. I have been on 10 major national tours and have played every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.

I currently teach lesson in the South Bay Area, CA. My focus has been producing and song writing for film and television. I have taken it upon my self, as a product of the local music scene, to give back and help out younger bands get to t
he next level in the way they conduct themselves as musicians and in their songwriting.

I am also working with Ben Moody (ex. Evanescence) on score pieces for several movies. Music is my life and its everything I do.

I can't wait to get to know you, Lets rock out!

*** Lesson Details ***
As a self taught musician, I know it is important to take away all of the smoke and mirrors of the instrument. It is not impossible and you can, with practice and dedication, be a great musician. I also find it necessary to make lessons fun and entertaining. Though technique is important, it is important that you enjoy playing and practicing.

I am a very laid back teacher as long as you are doing your job :) My teaching style does cater to different skill levels as well as the material you would like to learn.

I hope to make this a fun and stress free environment for anyone. You can not learn an instrument if you are afraid of your teacher and your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools 10 HD Native w/ Avid Omni interface.
Axe Fx 2 Guitar Processor and 2 Bogner Uberschall Half Stacks.
Line 6 Mini Combo
2 Esp Eclipse
1 Gibson Les Paul Studio
1 Warwick Bass
Roland V-Drum TD-20

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar if need be. I ,however, would prefer students to have a guitar, tuner, and some kind of amp. (amp not necessary)
If teaching music recording, I would like the student to have a computer, DAW, and interface.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in hard rock/metal guitar but can also teach Pop. I am knowledgeable in pro tools/musical recording as well. I also can teach music writing and music performance. As a touring musician who has toured with multi-platinum bands Fuel, 12 Stones, and The Letter Black, I pride myself on my knowledge in the industry that I can share with you.
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Rishab February 24, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He was fun, attentive and great with my son!
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Rajat M. June 14, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Michael has been a great teacher for our 7 year old son. This was the first time our son is learning guitar, and Michael got him started on the right foot. He makes the lessons fun and interesting and keeps the positive energy flowing.

Always on time - really easy to work with for schedule.
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sunitha K. July 11, 2013
Guitar
Excellent teacher

My 7 year old has been taking guitar lessons from Mike for the past 4 months. It has been an amazingly positive experience for my kid. He has learnt a great deal in such a short time all thanks to Mike's exceptional professionalism, patience and encouragement. He is very observant and is able to spot the problem areas right away, as a result, my kid is learning the right techniques from the get-go. He has the unique ability to tailor the lessons for the student and make the class very enjoyable. My kid looks forward to his lessons every week and doesn't want to stop at the end of the class :-) He is a very motivating teacher and sets high standards and my kid is eager to practice at home, so he can impress Mike at the next class!!
Our experience with Mike has been nothing short of terrific and I would recommend him highly.
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Michael K.

Saratoga, CA 95070
(6)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Richard F.

San Jose, CA

About Richard

I hold a Bachelors of Music degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton California, where I studied piano and music theory. Since then I have been performing and playing piano in clubs and restaurants as a soloist, as a member of small groups, and as a one man orchestra using computer assisted accompaniment. I play a huge variety of musical styles from Bach to Beatles, jazz, pops, standards, and originals.

Also a computer engineer, I have worked in the field of digital audio and video recording technology for some well known Silicon Valley companies such as Adaptec, Roxio, and Str
yker. I have my own digital recording studio in my home and I have made many recordings of myself, as well as having composed many piano pieces, concertos and symphonies.

I teach Sequencing Engineering to musicians and pianists who are interested in composing or
recording their piano performances. . Most professional pianist today use sequencing recording to record their CD release.

. Sequencing recordings are better sounding than any analog or digital recording, the editing tools are
far more powerful, the technology is much easier to learn and the cost is pennies on the dollars over
purchasing expensive analog or digital recording equipment or hiring a studio.

I can set up your equipment for you, show you what equipment you need, and teach you
how to compose symphonies, piano concertos, small or large compositions, and, he can teach you
how to record sequence your own compositions or musical performances.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sequence Lessons.
Private Sequencing Lessons with an experienced Pianist, Composer and Recording Artist.

I am an accomplished pianist and composer and recording artist. I have composed and recorded several
piano pieces and piano concertos using sequencing software.

I specialize in recording pianists.

The advantages to sequence recording are many:

. Sequence recording provides the recording artist the ability to edit their recordings
in standard notation, note by note.

. It's easy to add backing onto a sequence recording using synthesized sound.

. Since sequencing is 100% digital there is no hiss, or noise, and the result is richer and fatter than
any analog or digital recording.

. Sequencing recording provides more powerful editing tools than digital or analog recording.

. Sequencing is easy to learn, the result is better sounding than any analog or digital recording.

. Sequencing cost pennies on the dollar over recording studio prices, especially since you learn how to do it yourself.

. You have far more control over the final product than hiring a recording studio.

. You can take your time and record anytime on your timeline.

. You can record anywhere, you don't need a sound proof room, you can record in your home, and nobody
can hear you.

. Most professional pianist recording artists today are using sequencing recording because the editing
is easier, editing is more powerful and the end result is better than any analog or digital recordings.

. There is no advantage to analog or digital recording. Analog or digital recordings require very
expensive equipment and extreme skill is required to filter out the hiss, noise and produce a fat, rich,
in the face sound.

. Editing wrong notes, and sloppy runs is near impossible using analog or digital recordings. It's easy
using sequencing software. Adding dropped notes is also very easy. Cutting out stumbles is very easy.
Speeding up or slowing down passages is very easy.

. There is no clipping, noise, hiss, distortion, pops, or unwanted sound using sequence recordings.

. Compression is not necessary the innate recorded sound is already compressed and normalized.
It's extremely easy to master sequence recordings.

I can set up your computer for you and teach you what equipment you need and show you
how to sequence record and edit your own piano recordings.

I can also teach you how to compose piano concertos and symphonies using sequencing software and synthesized sound.
The results sound just like a 90 piece philharmonic orchestra.

Learn how to do it yourself while recording your CD album.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have studio in my home and I have a portable all digital recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will learn what equipment they need, They can buy thier own equipment or use my equipment to record.. .

*** Specialties ***
I also teach sequencing and digital recording technology.
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SuparnaV September 4, 2011
Piano with Richard

My daughter enjoys her lessons with Richard. She says he seems to love the piano and seems to love teaching. He has a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He also keeps the lessons challenging.
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JackieD August 30, 2011
Feedback for Richard F.

We love Richard. Richard has a way of teaching that motivates our daughter to perform better, practice more, and enjoy playing the piano. Thank you so much Richard.
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Richard F.

Richard F.

San Jose, CA 95123
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Craig M.

San Martin, CA

About Craig

I love to play drums, I love to teach drums, I love to talk about drums and drumming.
I have been a student and a teacher of drumming for over 35 years now, and i learn something new every day.
I have played in many bands, and play in many bands now mostly ranging in styles from Hard rock to Gospel and everything in between. I am the on staff drummer for Evergreen Valley Church, Church On The Hill and St Catherines Church. I also sub for Holy Spirit, Central Church, and a number of others.
Currently play drums for OTR (KFOX 2009 Last band Standing Winner and 2010 runner up),
Gundacker (o
riginal music)
Zoe Tree with Polo Jones and Dave Adams (orignal music)
Worked with Ronnie Montrose 2012-2013
Played for Israel Houghton at EVC 2012
I have 3 albums to my credit as well
My teachers..Steve Mitchell, Bob Cooper, Prairie Prince, Richard Peterson (Tympani) as well as all the clinics I attended with Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Aldridge, Steve Smith and hundreds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my newly built studio I cater your lessons to what you want to accomplish. If it's being a better reader we do that...if it's working grooves, we do that,...if its technique, we do that. Everyone has a unique set of goals and I aim to assist you in accomplishing those goals
If you are just starting out, we will cover all the fundamentals to get you started on the right path.
After you get the fundamentals working, then we can explore your interests!!!
Books I currently use
Syncopation
Stick Control
Funky Primer
Bass Drum Control

*** Studio Equipment ***
6 pc Sonor Rosewood Teardrop set
6 pc Sonor Signature Bubinga kit
8 pc Sonorlite set
4 pc Viper set
10 snare drums, cymbals, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
For travel i can supply my own drums/sticks but i would expect them to have their own equipment if I am going to their home

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Gospel, funk, Worship, Ballad, Classical
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sherry B. November 16, 2013
Drum
Amazing teacher!

Our son enrolled in lessons with Mr. Martin when he was just eight years old, and we could not have asked for a finer drum instructor.

When we first met Mr. Martin, I was very impressed by his friendly personality and his enthusiasm for teaching. His positive attitude and laughter set the stage for an enjoyable lesson. He provided clear instructions, was able to guide our son to complete the lesson, and the whole time they laughed. Needless to say, our son left his first lesson highly motivated, and happy. It has been over three years now, and our son still loves taking drum lessons with Mr. Martin.

Mr. Martin’s ability to teach and motivate his students with laughter and musical expertise is a rare gift very few teachers possess. We give him our highest accolades as a music instructor, and our deepest appreciation for instilling enthusiasm for music in our son.

Thanks to Mr. Martin, our son currently performs in both church and advanced music conservatory programs successfully. And if you are wondering, yes they still laugh during lessons.
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Mark S. November 12, 2013
Drum
An awesome drum teacher for kids

Craig has been teaching my 11 year old son drums for 3 years. Craig is exceptional at working with kids and keeping it fun and the kids engaged. He is an extremely talented drummer who has a great combination of musical theory and practical knowledge from years of playing in bands. His passion for drums really comes through. He knows how to teach and relate to the kids in a way that creates a great learning environment. I would highly recommend Craig.
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Brian H. May 17, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great instructor for drummers of all levels

I've been playing drums off and on for many years, but only had formal lessons while in school. In a few lessons, Craig has been able to help me correct years of ingrained bad habits. He's also a genuinely nice guy, and easy to talk to, and he really DOES love to talk about drums.
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Craig M.

Craig M.

San Martin, CA 95046
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starting at
$40 / 30-min

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