I teach music reading ,walking bass lines, classic rock, funk, and how to read chord charts.
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompa
ny students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.
*** Travel Equipment *** They should have their own instrument and a music stand.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar. I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles. I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
Lynn K. January 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Looking forward to my second!
Bob November 10, 2015
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
Jackson G. November 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had been taking piano lessons for close to 6 years when I started with Mike. I learned more about playing jazz from him in a year than I had in all that time from a number of other teachers. Very easy to get a long with and makes class a lot of fun. Very highly recommend!
I am comfortable in a variety of styles on the bass and teach students how to not only play fun and important bass parts - but how to embellish them and create original ones as well.
I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.
I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I join
ed a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.
I have been teaching music for over 5 years and have had experience with children as young as 5 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A status that allows you to learn whatever you want on your instrument by yourself, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.
I have had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has given me an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.
My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally I have taken a great deal of classes in California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program, where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more effective at my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.
Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.
I am also part of Takelessons Skype lessons program (lessons that take place on the internet via Skype) for those looking for a more convenient or affordable way to take music lessons from home.
*** Lesson Details *** Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.
Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.
I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.
And... all this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.
*** Studio Equipment *** Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, a mandolin, a dobro, 2 5-string banjos, a 4-string tenor banjo, a ukulele, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a guitar, cello (a full size), electric bass, a banjo, an amp, an accordion, cords and the occasional pick to students (sorry no spare mandolin or ukulele). I would only require an outlet and room to practice in; if the student could bring a pick that would be fantastic as well! I can also bring acoustic guitars if an outlet is unavailable and if that is in fact the kind of guitar the student wants to learn.
For piano students, it is best that they have their own piano or keyboard at their home; if the student is unable to obtain a piano for the first few lessons I do have a mobile keyboard but would require a fair amount of setting up.
*** Specialties *** Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.
Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.
I am a motivated Guitarist with extensive knowledge in music education and performance. I have a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Cal State LA where I emphasized in Classical Guitar performance. 10+ years of guitar experience playing both classical and contemporary styles. I regularly perform on Electric, Acoustic and Classical guitars. I am educated in the classical repertoire and modern music as well. My favorites are Indie Rock, Folk, Worship, Rock, Pop and country. I also can teach Music theory and music history to those students who are interested.
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one goal is to make sure music is FUN! I believe in making the learning experience enjoyable. I am a laid back person but I am also extremely organized and always well prepared. After studying with me for 6 months you will be able to write your own songs, play popular chord progressions and lead lines. If you study classical guitar with me you will be able to site read at a intermediate level and perform at least 5 pieces. Anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it and work hard and practice. Its my passion to get you where you want to be as a musician!
*** Studio Equipment *** Provide: tab paper, blank sheet music, guitar picks for new students, guitar stand, music stand, a great environment to learn. You need to bring: a guitar, books
*** Travel Equipment *** provide: tab paper, blank sheet music, guitar pics for new students. You need to have: a guitar, foot stool for classical guitarists, tuner
*** Specialties *** Classical Guitar, Folk, fingerpicking, Worship Music, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Rock, Pop, Indie, Punk, Country, Music Theory, Music History
Haylie H. January 19, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Nanette developed a great rapport with my 9-year old daughter immediately and had her playing a song she knew by the end of her first lesson ever.
Jennifer November 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Nanette is an encouraging and patient instructor. My son is enjoying his lessons very much and learning a lot. I would difinitely recommend Nanette!
Charli D. September 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
After one 30 minute lesson, my 6 year old daughter came home and taught me all the names of the strings and about the names of the different parts of the guitar. She is excited and learned a lot. I couldn't be more happy for her. Great lesson and experience! !
I have a very unique musical background compared to other guitarists. My first instrument was alto saxophone in middle school. I played it through high school and a bit in college. After I graduated high school I taught myself guitar and drum set. I also spent 5 years in drum and bugle corps on trumpet and euphonium. As part of my studies I also learned keyboard. This means my perspective and experience in music is different than other guitar teachers. There are many concepts I have learned from other instruments that I can pass down to students.
*** Lesson Details *** From the start I wil
l help you set goals you want to reach. Whether it's to learn a specific song or become familiar with a new genre, goals go a long way to keeping you focused and motivated. In each lesson I will make sure you have all the tools you need to stay on track. Music theory and skills(music reading, ear training, rhythm) will be core subjects taught in each lesson. My goal is to make you a musician who plays guitar.
nataliya G. February 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
My son started taking guitar lessons with Daniel in December. So far, we are very happy customers. He is talented, knowledgeable, professional, polite, and accommodating. We would highly recommend Daniel
Michael W. February 6, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Daniel is an excellent teacher who patiently covered all of the issues that I needed help with. I have had advanced training in music, and he helped me more than most of my previous teachers ever did. I would highly recommend him without hesitation!
Richard A. November 16, 2013
Daniel gave me several lesson on my bass guitar when I started playing a few years back. He was very informative and very professional in giving lessons to me! He helped me on changing my strings and gave me lessons on proper technique on playing the bass!
Want to learn to read, play changes, or improvise? I have 16 years of experience to get you off the ground playing bass in a variety of styles.
Composer, Arranger, Double Bassist and Electric Bassist Charlie C has a unique and diverse approach to music-making. An experienced classical and contemporary music his own music explores his influences of folk and blues music. As an orchestral bassist, Charlie has performed with: Santa Monica Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony (Louisiana), Sherman Symphony (Texas), Allen Symphony (Texas), East Texas Symphony (Texas) Orchestra Of New Spain (Texas). Also, he performed in the west coast premier of John Luther Adams’ Sila at the Ojai Music Festival 2015. As an electric bassist, he has also per
formed with a variety of Rock, Fusion, and Country bands both in Texas and California. Major teachers have included: Peter Rofe (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Oscar Hidalgo (former associate principal for the Los Angeles Chamber).
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a broad range of music theory knowledge and can play anything you ask for. He's also amazingly kind and supportive, adapting to the student's needs as you go along rather than adhering to a rigid schedule.
I've been taking bass guitar lessons with Derek for two months and I feel inspired. He always makes me feel like a rock star, while constantly challenging me to take my skills to the next level. I originally debated between two instructors on this site and I'm so glad I made the right choice!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Marty
"Matthew is a laid back instructor who really knows what he is teaching. I am learning Jazz on the bass and I enjoy it very much. In just a short time i le
arned more with him than I did with my previous instructor . Would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn jazz."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Miguel
"Justine is very patient when teaching, and always has great advice to give at the end of a lesson. Her sessions are concise, friendly, and very helpful. S
he was a great teacher for me, as a beginner."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Alex
Tom really knows his way around a bass. Each time I go for a lesson, i leave happy about the things we've accomplished in the lesson. Anyth
ing that i would like to learn Tom makes it possible for me to do so. I started getting lessons in order to not slow down on my playing. With my schedule constantly changing Tom has been very nice at accommodating when possible."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by aleena
"Really great teacher, having fun learning."
Bakersfield, CA teacher:
Review by Steven
"Andrew is down to earth, but amazing when it comes to understanding music and communicating it well. I look forward to each lesson."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Dave is excellent.
Dave is excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable and is a great instructor for any level of skill from beginner to virtuoso. I highly
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Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Brandon
"Dwight is the best teacher I have worked with ever! He teaches his students how to play the instrument, and he teaches at a good pace for you. Dwight is
a dynamite bass player, and he knows theory so that is a tremendous combination. I seen him play the piano, drums, and guitar and he is excellent at those instruments.
The other thing that i like about Dwight is that he push his students. As a guitar player, it is important that students push there fingers to try new things. Dwight lets his students step outside of the pocket with solos and we can improv based off of what we know.
Dwight is very patient, and he never gets frustrated or angry when you mess up. I have a number of occasions when i mess up. It is either because i am nervous or my fingers get crossed up. But, he is very professional and he wants the best for his students. I highly recommend that you sign up for Dwight right after your finished looking at this review. I promise you won't regret it.
DWIGHT YOU ARE THE MAN!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Bradley
"I have personally had a lot of lessons from Chris in many fields and I must say unlike most other teachers I have had he always ends up teaching you so ma
ny more aspects of what it is you are trying to learn. All of his experience from performing live in the bands to recording albums in the bands to being the one recording the bands. All of that comes out in his lessons and you learn so many aspects of what you are trying to learn. I recommend the bass lessons and he is just amazing with recording as well as live performance. It is a great experience and I plan to be taking many lessons to come. I really like how I am able to go and learn a lot of different things and aspects to a lesson where as the bigger schools and most teachers just kind of focus on the one aspect. Chris is really well rounded and you can get what you want out of your lessons."
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