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Marc D.

Petaluma, CA

Scales, technique, tunes, improvisation techniques,finger picking,flat picking

About Marc

I've been playing music since I was 14 years old. I studied classical guitar at State University in Buffalo, NY. and also studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I love just about every style of music. I mostly play Celtic, Bluegrass, American traditional, jazz, and classical. I also love to improvise.
My goal is to get my students results so they feel that they are really making progress. I do this by incorporating practice exercises, ear training and some music theory.
Music theory and reading music can be intimidating for beginning students. So I like to get you pla
ying first and add theory a little at a time so you can better understand it through experience and it makes learning more fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio has a piano, acoustic guitars,mandolins and other instruments.Students receive sheet music and written materials.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sheet music and other written materials.

*** Specialties ***
I play a lot of Irish fiddle tunes and also know a lot of American Folk styles,popular music and some jazz. I play some classical pieces on the mandolin and some bluegrass. I consider improvisation one of my strengths.
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Avery B. January 26, 2016
Violin · In studio
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It was really good information and I had a lot of fun.
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Annie B. March 3, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
I have been taking fiddle/violin lessons from Marc for a few months now, and it has been a great experience. He is very patient and keeps things fun by helping me learn pieces that I am interested in learning to play. I would highly recommend him for any instrument you are wanting to learn.
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David S. February 19, 2015
Mandolin · In studio
I have been playing the mandolin for about four years now and have had several different teachers, of which Marc is by far the best one I have had. I wish I had started with him. Marc is very patient and works with you to bring out your best effort. He challenges me with interesting music to play, helps me to understand the piece and shows me different ways to finger the notes. When I started with Marc two months ago I was playing hornpipes and dances and now I've moved up to Bach and Vivaldi. Marc is also an accomplished instrument maker.
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Marc D.

Marc D.

Petaluma, CA 94954
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$39 / 30-min
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Lars R.

Petaluma, CA

As personalized as you want it to be, the guitar is a wonderful mode of expression. I have been playing for sixteen years as of 2015. Classical, jazz, blues, mostly acoustic guitar! Please contact me for more details.

About Lars

I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I
went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as an MA in Music, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

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I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

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I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.
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Lars R.

Lars R.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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$50 / 30-min
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Alexander M.

Occidental, CA

We always work within the context of music you are listening to and want to play. I have a unique way of explaining music theory that is accessible to complete beginners. Lessons are never boring because music isn't boring! You will never be given more theory than you can actually use. I believe in proceeding step by step so that you become an expert without even realizing it. This is how I was taught and it has served me so well! It is painless and fascinating to learn the art of music.

About Alexander

I have always been a lover of music, literature, and philosophy. I was fortunate to receive an excellent education in these subjects at academic institutions like Berklee College of Music and New York University. After college I took immediately to teaching and found I had a knack for it. I have taught music, language skills, and ESL to students of all ages and backgrounds, one-on-one and in groups. I know how to tutor students in test-taking and analytical skills for academic success. I have also had a successful career as a professional guitarist, appearing on television with Bob Weir of the
Grateful Dead and performing with popular bands such as Kai Altair and Cayucas. In addition, I have had several poems published in journals across the nation, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Teaching is my main passion and I have found that every one of my students has had their own unique intelligence, which with proper instruction can be formed into a tool of success.
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Alexander M.

Occidental, CA 95465
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$35 / 30-min
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Carl G.

Santa Rosa, CA

Pedal Steel Guitar Lessons, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students by Professional Teacher and performer. 38 years of Teaching privately and performance. Lessons will focus on Basics, Picking technique, Chords, Harmony scales, Licks, Songs and performance. Lessons can be no less than 60 minutes long due to setup and take down of steel. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. Schedule of lessons are flexible to meet the needs of the student. Rates and location of lessons will be discussed and confirmed by e-mail contact.

About Carl

Private Music Instrument Lessons by Professional Player. Lessons for Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students. Focus will be reading, Basics, Sound production and performing. 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. 38 years experience teaching private.
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Scott February 15, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Carl is a good teacher. Very patient and easy to understand. I look forward to future lessons with him.
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Alan October 13, 2015
5 String Banjo · In studio
Friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Everything you could ask of a music teacher.
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Carl G.

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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$40 / 30-min
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John T.

Novato, CA

i tailor the lessons to your skill level.

About John

My name is John Thies, and I have been a guitar teacher here in Marin County, Ca since 1990. Before that I taught guitar and played gigs in the Kansas City area since 1974. I taught at Mt Tam School in Mill Valley for 10 years 1999 to 2009, and I taught part time at Branson HS in Ross Ca from 2006 to 2017. I am a patient, fun teacher and I teach everyone from beginner to semi pro. I can teach you to read, and to improvise over songs, and my specialty is chord, scale relationships, and chord building. I travel to you if you live in Marin or southern Sonoma County. My fees are reasonable and are
figured on distance from me to you. My general fee is 65.00 per hour. Half hour lessons would be 50 dollars. There is a discount if you pay for 10 lessons at a time. I also teach over the internet which I have done with numerous students over the years.
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Harrison February 19, 2017
Guitar · In studio
I am NOT a gifted guitarist and am slow to get it! John's incredible passion for guitar and music is totally evident and along with his never ending patience keeps me there for the long haul. John helps demistify the complex aspects and I am able to progress much quicker than self study programs on the internet. One would be hard pressed to find a better more qualified teacher.
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Kyle February 19, 2017
Guitar · In home
John is an awesome teacher. His most valuable trait is his ability to contextualize everything he teaches. Intervals and chord progressions are not just a product of music theory, but songs that I can relate to. He's very knowledgeable and is very good at explaining what I don't understand. John makes learning the guitar fun and rewarding. I'd definitely recommend him.
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Kurt February 17, 2017
Guitar · In studio
I feel as though I have made huge progress under John. He has extremely extensive knowledge about music theory and history. He has an easy going approach to teaching, and is suitable for advanced and beginner players, especially if you are interested in jazz music. He is very flexible concerning locations, and will play with you over Skype if necessary.
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John T.

John T.

Novato, CA 94947
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$60 / 60-min

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