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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

I teach reading, "proper"classical technique and how to play with emotion!

About Mike

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.
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Lynn K. January 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Looking forward to my second!
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Bob November 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
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.
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Jackson G. November 7, 2015
Piano · 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!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Paul S.

Beverly Hills, CA

Introduction to the classical guitar with notation and tablature study to support the learning of the instrument.

About Paul

Hi! My name is Paul and I'd love to share the joy of playing the guitar with you! I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years. I know much about playing the guitar and being an artist. I am passionate about music, which is why lessons with me are so fun. I know how to customize a program for the motivated student that will bring out the potential of the student at all levels. I will give the student a complete and practical program for advancement and help he or she discover their own talents at a pace that works for them. I even on occasion will conduct blues jams and
other challenges such as recording and how to do a You Tube video production that will give the student a chance to use their developing skills by themselves and with others. Here is feedback from one of the parents of a student of mine:

"Alex progressed much further with guitar than he did with piano and he actually got to the point where he enjoyed playing on his own. That was a great accomplishment and very impressive to me...you helped instill some discipline and over the course of your instruction, Alex learned a lot. You were always positive with him, even when that was difficult, and I admired that and still appreciate it. I always looked forward on Sunday mornings to hearing the material the two of you were working on and I know he enjoyed his lesson with you."

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, one of my biggest goals is to keep my students motivated and get them enthused about their music and committed to daily practice. I will strive to inspire my students, and ensure that all the while, they are having the time of their life! Practice and commitment are key. Students' curricula vary according to the student's goals and strengths and weaknesses. All students will learn how to play in tune and in time, know their fundamentals, work with music theory and learn how to use written materials. (And they will have fun learning!) More advanced students can learn about blues and jazz improvisation, slide guitar and also participate in blues jams with other students, record, and You Tube video production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All kinds of guitar and bass guitar equipment and portable hard disc recording equipment for student demo recordings.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a well functioning guitar, music stand, guitar tuner and metronome. Students will also need a notebook to organize written lessons I will hand out.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in blues and jazz mostly, but also have vast knowledge of rock music from it's blues roots to the more modern styles. I also can play in country style, and I play blues slide guitar.
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Ken A. April 2, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher

I played a little guitar throughout my life but was lacking an understanding of how the instrument works. I found myself strumming a few cords here and there but never with focus or improvement. After only three lessons with Paul, I'm now jamming to rock and the blues!Paul was quickly able to access my level of playing and I'm now understanding how the fretboard works and most importantly having lots of fun during lessons and practice. He teaches with passion and doesn't simply open a book but rather instills his lifelong experience and philosophy into lessons. Many can teach the mechanics of guitar but with Paul, you'll also understand the soul.
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Meg M. January 17, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Paul Rocks !!

I just had my 2nd lesson with Paul and felt inspired to write a review. I have wanted to learn guitar for many, many years now. In the past, I have always gotten frustrated -or bored- and gave up before I ever even learned a chord. Our 1st lesson, Paul started me with some very basic mechanics. It was just the right amount of information to keep me interested and challenged but not so much that I was overwhelmed the 1st week. From just 15 -30 minutes a day of practicing, I have already gained some flexibility in my fingers and am beginning to have a "feel" for the instrument. I have seen more improvement and learned more from Paul and the exercises he has given me in just 2 lessons than I have collectively ever learned from any other teacher in the past or any book or online tutorial. His knowledge of the instrument, as well as music theory, is vast and he knows how to break it down into digestible bits for maximum benefit to the student. So I am not only learning to play guitar, I am also being introduced to music theory in a very easy to understand manner. He is very patient and creates a safe and supportive environment in which to learn comfortably. I am SO glad I found him!!! His way of teaching really works or me ~ I feel hopeful, inspired and motivated for the first time ever in attempting to learn this instrument. Thank you Paul and Thank You Take Lessons !!
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Jake H. September 23, 2012
Guitar
Great teacher, large knowledge of many genres.

Paul is an overall great teacher. Before I took lessons with him, I knew next to nothing about playing guitar. I might have known the "box" minor pentatonic scale and possibly aeolian as a mode. Then I started taking lessons with him for Metal, my personal genre of choice and I started learning at a far more accelerated rate. Fast forward to about 9 months ago (January 2012) and I'd also grown an interest in Jazz. Fortunately Paul is an excellent teacher in both genres and helped my tastes (in both) genres develop and now he teaches me in Jazz. I even went to the Berklee school of music five week summer program (I'm to young to apply to the school's full time program) and thrived there. I recently got my report card for the class and his extensive teaching of how to play guitar from playing jazz chords to complex music theory (we're learning about chromatic harmony with the use of secondary dominants and tritone substitutions) helped me get only A's and B's. The areas where I got A's include classes such as high level theory, ensemble classes, ear training and genre specific guitar labs. I only got B's in my reading and chord labs, my reading which has always been poor, and my chord lab which involved nothing but right handed chord charts (I'm a left handed guitarist). I dont think I would have been able to get these grades if i had a different teacher or were self-taught, even with my music classes I'd taken at school I was always ahead of the rest of the class thanks to my extensive knowledge of theory with Paul. Paul comes to my house, which makes getting ready for my lesson as easy as turning my amp onto standby for the Tubes to warm up.
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Paul S.

Paul S.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Marija K.

Simi Valley, CA

About Marija

Greetings from Marija (pronounced, "Maria")!

I am a Graduate of Musician's Institute/Guitar Institute of Technology and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts.

Artist Product Endorsements:
Levy'¬ôs Leathers Limited
Dunlop Guitar Accessories U.S.A.
RKS Guitars

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a patient, confidence-building and enthusiasm-generating approach to teaching. I strive to provide a positive, inspiring and comfortable environment where students can learn in a way that is best suited to their individual personalities, playing level and pace. A
s we go along, we develop strategies for attainable goals with guidance for quality and streamlined practice-sessions for maximum results with minimum effort, which makes learning easier and faster. We also work from a list of the student's favorite songs in any style or genre, based on the student's interest, while exploring others in order to enhance skill and inspire creativity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music lessons are currently held in student's homes in the areas described as well as locations where amplifiers are provided.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Wherever needed, practice amplifiers can be brought to each lesson for the electric guitar, bass, vocals & electronic keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
We can work with any style or genre, based on the student's interest, while exploring others in order to enhance skill and inspire creativity.

(Specializing in the music of Jimi Hendrix & Led Zeppelin)
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Tina D. August 30, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
She is soooo GREAT!!

She makes me feel so comfortable, and is a great teacher!
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Marija K.

Marija K.

Simi Valley, CA 93065
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Brian K.

Chatsworth, CA

It is an individual lesson (one one one) for one hour on a weekly basis.

About Brian

I have been an active performer/teacher in San Fernando Valley areas in Southern California since 1997.

Moreover, I am a Professor of Music, teaching classical guitar classes at Los Angeles City College and a beginning guitar class and a Fundamentals of Music class at Downtown Magnets High School.

I teach Guitar Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Introduction to Music, and Classical Guitar

*** Lesson Details ***
You need the following items : metronome, guitar tuner, footstool, music stand, 2 chairs on the lesson day.
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Brian K.

Brian K.

Chatsworth, CA 91311
starting at
$40 / 60-min
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Pat M.

Simi Valley, CA

Pretty much every month I perform at the
Ventura County Classical Guitar society

About Pat

Hi, my name is Pat and I can help prepare a student for a career as a professional guitarist, or learn the guitar for the sheer enjoyment of learning to play Classical music. I majored in music at Los Angeles Harbor College. I teach out of my home in Simi Valley, California.

For those who just started or plan to start will develop a basic understanding of guitar musicianship Topics include basic position, left-hand technique, free and rest strokes, stretching, warm-up exercises; establishing a practice routine as well as establishing a balanced, well-developed right-hand technique,
Inter
mediate students will be introduced to more advanced techniques of guitar technique while developing an understanding of Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music Topics include the following: higher positions on the finger board, effortless shifting, nail care and preparation, tone quality, vibrato, articulation, and phrasing,
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Carol S. October 13, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
I've been studying with Pat for 5 years and I find him to be a wonderful teacher. Under his instruction, my guitar playing/technique has improved greatly. He is very patient. I highly recommend him.
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Pat M.

Pat M.

Simi Valley, CA 93065
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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