Award-Winning Teacher - Networked/played with members of Heart, Bad Company & Queensryche. Learn Your Favorite Songs Quickly & Accurately.
From Chopin To Bach To Randy Rhoads (my 1st influence) It can be done!. I'll show You How!
Classical Guitar is one of my specialties..
Hi.. My name is Matt. I'm a very energetic, friendly, understanding & passionate music coach who has worked with students & clientele throughout the US. Possessing more than 25 years of music training & music industry experience, I've been able to take people's Playing to amazing levels.
In my musical travels I've networked or shared the stage with many famous NW music legends: 1.) Roger Fisher- Heart-2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee 2.) Lynn Sorensen- Paul Rogers/Bad Co/KZOK's Spike & Impalers 3.) Donny Evola - Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche/Foghat 4.) Jeff Kathan- Paul Rogers/B
ad Company/Montrose 5.) Doug Mcgrew- Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche Singer/Operation Mindcrime 6.) Update - 12/21/2016 For the last 4 months I have been playing off and on with Rudy Parris from NBC TV's "The Voice". Season 3 - Team Blake. He is an incredible musician and I'm proud to call him and his manager my friends. His new album coming out is nothing short of amazing.
In fact everyone I've mentioned above are pro all the way and great guys as well. I"m honored to have played with them.
I challenge my students to view music more than just as a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively and to combat life's obstacles.
I have had many guitar teachers myself including one true Famous Rock Star legend here in Pacific NW. Congrats Rog. U Earned It, & inspire myself, & others everyday.
You got to know the rules 1st, before you can then break the rules. This is how you develop your own unique style. And it's what separates the Pro Players from the rest of the pack.
But even if you don't want to play professionally, maybe you just want to learn a few chords, licks, songs, for yourself, or to impress friends. That's okay too!
I welcome every level and style. I always learn something from my students. That's what music is all about. Learning & trading tips and licks from other musicians.
Bottom Line Is... I can help you learn and progress on your instrument faster...
Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Lesson Details *** The most important thing in a lesson with me is to learn while having FUN! I am a very laid-back teacher who wants to focus on music making you smile. We will choose material and a pace of learning that will keep you excited to rehearse and return the following lesson improved!
PERSONALIZE your guitar lessons by learning techniques used by your favorite artists in "their" songs. FEEL FREE learning in a comfortable atmosphere where you can excel successfully as a musician! CONQUER shyness and insecurities by unleashing the dynamic performer in you!
Most All Styles/Genres/Experience Levels Taught - We go over everything systematically. Music Theory, Songwriting, Chords, Scales, Determining Key Of Songs, Performance, etc
After 3 to 6 months, you should expect to be playing some of your favorite songs and artists accurately
Be sure to check out some of my you tube demos. Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Sound Proof Pro Recording Studio, PA System, guitars, basses, amps, drums, recording gear, mics, mic stands, strobe & lights, fog machine, seating for parents.
Sorry No Disco Ball Yet.. You Can Bring Your Own If You Want Though. I've Got Some Bell Bottoms Somewhere Around The Studio Here.
*** Travel Equipment *** *** Brand New*** Now Offering Music Lessons Online (From My Recording Studio To Your Home via Skype) I'm really excited to add that to offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
My Unique Specialty - is teaching students the rudimental basics 1st, & then how to copy your favorite artists off the CD, radio or iPod, almost note for note. Believe me, it can be done. You just have to know what to listen for..
Brand New - MEASURE your success by recording your music progress along the way. I do own a recording studio, so we can record students progress via audio or video and then post to my YouTube channel.
Samantha July 6, 2016
Matt is extremely patient with new singers. He effectively critiques while providing honest and encouraging feedback. He is a goof ball in the best way. I like how he makes sure I understand everything he teaches me so that I don't get confused. He is very calming when I make a mistake and he always reminds me that everyone will make one and that the show must go on!
Kevin July 2, 2016
This Guy knows his stuff I take private lessons with him and I must say I am very impressed with what he brings to the table I am progressing quickly and owe it all to Matt
Reilly / Bonny C. June 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I purchased lessons for my son Reilly and he is really enjoying them. Matthew is working out great! I would recommend him as a guitar teacher to others.
Getting the right sound and technique from the start. Focusing on developing your right and left hand to play with control. Most of all the realization of a piece of music.
I have a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Cal State Northridge. I come from a background of instrumental guitar where rock, metal, classical and jazz are my specialties. I believe that music should take you on a journey and that it begins with your first lesson and your first note.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individual and are built upon the student’s needs and goals. Concepts of rhythm, theory, repertoire, technique and musicality are discussed during the lessons. Patience, encouragement and fun are stressed at all times.
*** Studio E
quipment *** Lessons take place in a separate music room. I provide all the accessories to get started.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide amp, music stand, Materials. Student provides the Electric/ Acoustic guitar. I have two or more steel and nylon string guitars for use.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Metal, Classical, Jazz, Flamenco.
Audie M. April 26, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I am learning a lot of essential part on how to play a classical guitar!
Gayathri R. October 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
Todd has been teaching my 14 year old son for several months now. I have to say he has kept my son's interest in the instrument and tailoring teaching to his interest perfectly. Todd is very pleasant and accommodating to my family's scheduling needs. I would recommend him highly!
Jerelyn K. June 18, 2014
In home Verified Student
My daughter has been taking lessons from Tod since last December. He is patient and encouraging with her and she enjoys her lessons. He lets her pick the music she wants to play while ensuring she is learning the fundamentals of reading music.
The study of classical guitar is not for the faint of heart! classical study requires discipline, devotion, commitment, and serious study. .
Classical guitar instruction can build a great base of technique fundamentals for people who go on to study other styles, such as Jazz or Blues.
My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition.
All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, and more!
I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. I am one of the 16% of people who attended Cornish that actually graduated from their school.
Many times a student w
ill come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that they wanted. The instructor perhaps had them mired in endless exercises and studies that were great to get you ready to play music, but perhaps was not music in and of itself. I find that when I get right down to the nitty gritty of playing, and show my students a song they love and know, and get them playing their instrument, by the end of the session that they are usually thrilled and excited. In the end it makes them work harder and practice long because THEY ARE PLAYING MUSIC ON THE THEIR INSTRUMENT!!!
Certainly exercises are of paramount importance, but when you can make that connection with a student and help them to relate to the guitar the exercises are ultimately easier to them, and the experience of playing guitar an enjoyable and less alienating task.
Grab your guitar and start today!! Let's get you playing TODAY!!!!
"I am very happy with my decision to take lessons with David. In just 2 months I've gone from strumming some chords to understanding picking patterns, learning how to put together an entire song, and expanding my techniques. I am very surprised at how much technical skill I have been able to pick up in such a short period of time"
Marianne Burch, Tacoma
"I'm 46 years old and my only known talent is for overcomplicating things. I've always admired a good guitar player and wanted to learn to play myself--who doesn't?--but felt I didn't have the talent or just "couldn't do it." Then I found David Jaedyn C. and he said, 'Oh yes you can. Commit to 4 lessons up front and you'll see that you can.' I took the leap and sure enough, he had me playing blues riffs in less than one month. All I had to do was listen and do as he instructed me to and it all comes very naturally. There's no stress, just a whole lot of fun! If you're like me and you thought you couldn't play guitar, start with David and just have some fun with it. It's simple. You won't want to put the guitar down again!"
Dan DuBeau, Tacoma
I had been playing guitar for about 5 years and had only been self taught. I found myself completely stuck playing the same chords and not able to play riffs or solos at all. In my first lesson I was playing the blues with slides and hammer ons and pull offs. In a couple of lessons he had me soloing in different keys and playing riffs from guitar gods! He was able to teach me in a couple lessons what took me years trying to teach myself! He makes lessons so much fun because not only are you learning the music theory but he relates it to popular songs that you can practice along with. He also has so much knowledge in other aspects as well. He can teach you about music gear and amps or help you compose your own music. He caters to your style and taste in music and can teach you ANYTHING!
I love guitar period, but it's overtly frustrating when you have no idea where to start, or how to play at all. I went through multiple guitar instructors trying to learn how to play and each of them weren't very specific, or didn't hone in on any one thing at a time so you could really start to get it down and process it. Then we happened to find David, and he was really what we were looking for. I started picking up chords like no other, It helped, and is helping tremendously. He goes into depth about the song,letting you comprehend it a little more, and ultimately learning it quicker and better.
Skye Reed, Tacoma WA
I have had 4 different Blues guitar Teacher in the last 6 months, getting nowhere as far as really playing some Blues until I ran across David. The other teachers just wanted me to learn the pentatonic scales, Major and Minor. That took a lot of boring weeks and I am sure I will need to know those scales but I just wanted someone to show / teach me Blues chords, related to Blues songs and the timing to the chord changes so I could start playing some kind of Blues. I have had 6 one hour lessons so far with David and I am playing the Blues. The first 4 hours Dave showed me a E, A, B7 blues chord progression with some step up and step down notes. The 2nd 2 hours Dave showed me a A, D9, A7,E9 Blues chords and Blues timing with slides.
I take one hour Lessons every Thursday and in 6 hours I am playing the Blues. I picked up the guitar about 6 months ago, started teaching myself and not really getting anywhere. I am not a fast learner, about average in learning something new. Now I set a home Learning my guitar and polishing the Blues songs that David has taught me, starting to get FUN.
Les Fairley Tacoma, Wa.
Working with David has made me focus on areas of my chops that needed fine tuning. He provides the basic exercises and tools that, when practiced enough in a zen-like manner, clarifies your understanding of movement on the fret board, and makes you sound a bit more professional. Questions regarding speed, theory, notation, composition, and even string size, are ready for answer with David, which is what keeps me working with him. From begining, to intermediate, to professional levels, if you're looking to improve your chops, Dave's your guy.
Frank Lorenzo, Seattle WA
I had tried many different instructors and had become very frustrated with trying to learn guitar. Within one lesson David had me playing ACDC and RUSH! David just has a way of explaining things so that they make sense and doesn't waste any time getting right down to the nuts and bolts of guitar. A lot of other instructors spend alot of time getting you 'ready' to play guitar, but with David we got down to playing guitar right away!
Stevie Johannsen, Olympia WA
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac Logic Presonus invariable guitars, amps, keyboards, and other stuff. Tama drumset, Full Mic's. University trained mind and honed skills. Who cares about the software.
*** Specialties *** Generally come from conservatory/ classical background so utilize classical methods of teaching with a contemporary application to suit modern day application
Kory April 17, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
David tailors each lesson dynamically to my own progression which has been great. Gauges progression and gives you things to work on before the next lesson. Highly recommend him!
Alejandra S. November 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Patient, clear lesson. David was well prepared, yet flexible.
Larry October 12, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
David is an amazing talent and provides me with much needed inspiration. In little over a year, I have learned a tremendous amount about nearly all styles of guitar, classical and lead guitar in particular. It's very helpful to have an awesome instructor who is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. His lesson plans are geared towards what I want to learn and the lessons that we work on cover all the techniques that are necessary to take my skills to the next level. He makes every lesson fun and he works with me until I am comfortable to move on.
August is an extraordinarily versatile guitarist who has been playing in Seattle for over a decade. He has studied under distinguished players of the electric, classical and steel-stringed guitar and at Berklee College of Music and Cornish College of the Arts. Gus has also studied with the guitar chairs of Julliard, Yale, Curtis and USC.
Past performances have included works by J.S. Bach, Alex de Grassi, Edward Van Halen, Michael Jackson, T-cophony, Michael Hedges, Billy Strayhorn, Jimi Hendrix, Toru Takemitsu, Mississippi John Hurt and others.
*** Lesson Details *** I love teaching and
helping people discover their talent. If you're hoping to pursue advanced studies, develop your skills or learn the basics, I can help. I teach people of all ages, backgrounds, and stylistic preferences. Beginners are welcome. My lessons are tailored to your goals and designed to give you the tools to navigate any genre and find your own unique voice.
I want all of my students to study what interests them and to have fun while doing it; they are welcome to bring in anything they want to work on.
Styles that I've taught in the past include: Classical, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Country, Steel-String, Finger-style, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Spanish, Mariachi, Brazilian, and Hawaiian Slack Key .
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, Basses, Amplification, Hand Drums, Piano, Microphones, Practice space, Recording equipment, Waiting room, Instrument maintenance-workshop & Music library.
*** Travel Equipment *** All the student needs is his or her guitar- although I can occasionally loan one out. I provide the materials, extra picks, etc.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic guitar- Folk, Pop, Rock, Singer-songwriter.
New Age Steel-String Guitar - In the style of Andy Mckee, Alex Degrassi, Michael Hedges, etc. (alternate tuning, extended technique, right hand tapping, composition)
I wanted to learn guitar, but felt some anxiety about my abilities. Gus was very encouraging and made me feel relaxed and confident. The lessons were matched to my abilities and interests so that, although challenging, they were fun too. Would recommend.
* The younger beginner will start with Alfred's kids guitar course. * Learn how to read tablature and music. * William Leavitt's Berkley guitar study. * Learn how to play scales in the first position on your guitar. * Build rhythm studies and cadences. * Develop ear training and dexterity. * Sightread chords and melodies. * Will learn to read treble clef melodies and improvise. * Play duets. * Have fun playing songs.
Hello and welcome to your studio!
I teach from the comfort of my home studio in the Everett/Snohomish area. My teaching style is developed specifically for each student, to give you the most out of your lesson without overwhelming you. I will help you learn to play the songs you love! My love for music is deep and I enjoy sharing what I know with my fellow students. I have seen the impact music has on families; it unites them like a beautiful song waiting to be played. Many of my students compliment my patience and say they have learned so much in so little time. Life with music is a journ
ey but not only that it is a lifestyle. Being a good, dedicated student will bring so many wonderful moments and rewards as you take the journey with your instrument of choice. I have students entering talent shows, performing at assemblies, choir, musical theatre and locally for the elderly during Christmas.
About your lessons:
I host the following recitals: a Christmas and Spring recital.
Teaching Philosophy for Piano
* For the very young beginner (4-8), we will refer to Dogs and Birds, which is a wonderful book series developed in the United Kingdom that includes colorful illustrations making learning music enjoyable for the young musician. * We will journey through Faber books and loose music material for your music studies. * You will learn all major and minor scales. * Other books like Bastien and Alfred will be included. * Have fun playing songs. * Learn to sightread. * Ear-training development. * Learn about technique and proper poster. * Enjoy learning songs in classical style. Even the best jazz musicians recommend training classically before jazz. * Learn solfege. * For older learners you will refer to Faber studies, loose materials and Hanon drills.
Teaching Philosophy for Guitar
* The younger beginner will start with Alfred's kids guitar course. * Learn how to read tablature and music. * William Leavitt's Berkley guitar study. * Learn how to play scales in the first position on your guitar. * Build rhythm studies and cadences. * Develop ear training and dexterity. * Sightread chords and melodies. * Play duets. * Have fun playing songs.
About your instructor:
Melissa attended Cornish College of the Arts from 2005-2007 to earn her music composition degree. She later transferred to Trinity Lutheran College earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Music and Worship. She has been playing music since she was five years old. Melissa has been in touring bands in California, choir throughout college, community bands, open mics, gigs, musical theatre and theatre since 2005. She interned at the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. She was recently seen performing guitar, along with one of my students, in Cotton Patch Gospel. You will also see me as an accompanist and actor in this years It's A Wonderful Life, Live Radio Play, at Warm Beach Camp's dinner theater, 2014. She plays music for residents at a retirement home, is getting ready to record her first full album and teaches music to children in Montessori schools.
I look forward to serving you as your music instructor!
Alyssa M. November 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Melissa did a great job with my ten year old daughter. She is knowledgeable, kind, and patient. We look forward to future lessons with her.
Tanice M. September 30, 2014
In home Verified Student
Thank you for your continued amazing work!
Jake R. July 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I am a guitar player making the transition to piano. In just the three short months I have been taking lessons from Melissa, she has improved my ability to sight read, deepened my knowledge of music theory, helped me learn over 20 songs on piano. I have have many music teachers over the last two decades and Melissa is, by far, the most knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging.
Students are raving about their Classical Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kristi
"I've had a great experience as Eric's student. He is highly knowledgeable as a guitar teacher and I have loved learning classical technique from him. An
d I'm kind of picky, since I already have a degree in music and am also a music teacher! He has really helped me broaden my skills as a guitarist and I can highly recommend him as a teacher for all kinds of guitar styles."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Jackie
"Pretty cool! As impatient as I am, Jesse is pretty good at letting me know about improvements and how to play and still makes it a relaxed environment.
SO much better than learning when i was a kid in public schools with instructors on a "lesson plan"."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by L'Nicholyn
"Best instructor ever. All questions and musical problems are worked through with great care, encouragement and suggestions for greater progress. I love
practicing and look forward to every lesson."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Keith Smelser
"Very patient and helpful."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Myron
"Before meeting paul, I felt like I had really hit a plateau in my progression as a musician. After my lessons with him, I had seen extreme improvement in
myunderstand of the fretboard, playing technique, and sight reading skills in less than a month. He challenged me to play harder pieces and to push my self as a musician which I am extremely grateful for."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Bart
"Jesse is very patient and encouraging. I especially appreciate Jesse's ability to simplify what I find complex."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Cami
"Travis is very talented and also very patient! My daughter loves him because he's kind and he doesn't get angry when she doesn't get it. He laughs with
her and they just keep trying. He's the best teacher we've ever had (we've tried three). We'll be sticking with Travis!"
Columbus, OH teacher:
Review by Celine
"Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated g
uitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Rachel
"Really friendly teacher who instantly made me feel comfortable in his home. Very patient and always encouraging regardless of skill level. Opened up commu
nication outside of lessons in the case that I had a question, David told me I could always contact him. Highly recommend!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
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