I teach reading, "proper"classical technique and how to play with emotion!
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.
jeff August 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mike is fun and smart. He customizes the lesson to my taste in music and what I want to learn. He's great! Recommend!
Craig H. December 10, 2014
I've been taking lessons from Mike for about 6 months now and his enthusiasm and supportive approach are invaluable. This is my 3rd time trying lessons and the first time I've continued past the first couple sessions. And the reason is Mike. He's extremely talented, but more importantly, he's a phenomenal teacher. He explains things simply, concisely, and effectively. I leave every lesson enthused and excited to go home and practice. I can't recommend him highly enough. Mike's the man!
Aaron G. April 12, 2013
Mike S will teach you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument!
Mike really is incredible. The guitar looked so complicated and confusing before I met Mike. He really teaches you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument. Within a month I was improvising over simple changes with my own ideas! And within 2 or 3 months, the amount of chord structures I had at my disposal was mind blowing. The speed at which I became comfortable with the instrument was amazing. I really believe that Mike's simple teaching style really was a key part in my ability to play and grow on a new instrument. Other than that, he is one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and play with. He gives so much of his time to his community by teaching anyone from child to infinity and even bringing them together to create bands to showcase every persons different talents. He is a beautiful human being and I do actively suggest him to anyone that tells me they want to learn either piano, guitar, or bass.
Have your classical guitar (aka Spanish guitar) and your foot pedal ready to go. we're gonna have some fun. Books will be provided and weekly homework will be given to you.
Okay well let the game begin :)...I'm not going to talk in third person like " Miss m. was born in blah blah and then she performed in blah blah..." :) So here it goes...Hi! You probably already know my name but I want to let you know of some fun facts about me before starting to talk about all those resume stuff! !) every body calls me Maryam but there are 23 letters in my full name and YES that's crazy. @) I love red. #) I think mermaids are super-cool $) I wish I had a pet dolphin! %) I watched a lot of wrestling as a kid and the hardy boys are my favorites! if you're still reading =>
YAY. now let's talk about my experience. I started music, theatre and art when I was very very young. I moved to different cities AND countries so I had the chance to be taught by very different perspectives and teachers that had nothing in common but music. All that time beside being humble to my teacher I could still take notes of what they did that I loved and what they did that I hated as a student. Then when I was in high school I realized I loved helping people to learn and I started teaching and using those " words of wisdom" I left for myself. I know what it feels like to be a student believe me. I still am a student in college. I understand your pains and gains and happiness and sadness and everything you go through in your journey. I'm very flexible with different genres. In fact I started as a classical musician then changed to pop then rock then metal then blues then jazz and finally I realized : OK I admit it. I love all of them and I try my best to teach you what you want to learn. Oh and you might also be interested to know that I can also speak fluent Farsi. So what do you say? Lets open the door of Narnia together. It'll be AWESOME!
P.S lets be real I know you're gonna stalk me to make sure I'm the teacher for you so here you go >>
*** Lesson Details *** I want you to improve. I want you to put time and be great at what you do. I truly love all my students and I want your happiness. As of teaching goes, I'll make sure to meet all your needs but it's you who can make a difference. I don't believe in talent , I believe in hard work and practice. everybody is born with the same blank canvas it's what you draw on it over time that matters.If you let me know that you have other things than music or you're maybe busy to practice a lot, I'll give less things to practice after every 3 month ( what I call a semester) you can choose songs to record in my home studio. I don't have a fancy studio but I have enough equipment to record and edit demo songs. I'd love my students to participant in talent shows and I'm always looking to put you out there in the real world of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Any thing a student and their parents might need.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring my guitar to accompany but the student needs to also provide their own instrument. I will also need the voice students to have a keyboard or a piano as a lot of voice technique exercises need the piano accompaniment.
*** Specialties *** I'm professionally an electric guitarist.. Started with classic guitar and then changed genre to rock and metal and then started exploring jazz but I consider myself a rock solo guitarist with some spices of jazz and i still play classical. I'm also a pop/rock singer with flavors of jazz and I've been singing classic music as well.
Chuck S. August 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
She is kind, patient, flexible, and most importantly she listens to what your desires are and adjusts her style to meet those needs. She is also very good at explaining the importance of traditional exercises and does an excellent job of presenting those in a way that is a very comfortable way to learn.
Benjamin W. June 20, 2014
While studying at ARC I bumped into Maryam. Upon realizing that she was a music major the topic quickly escalated to focus of degree. At the time, composition was what Maryam was pursuing. After listening to some of her creations, I realized that I had never seen such talent at a junior college. Selecting Maryam from the rest of the pack will forever change yours and your child's lives. She is a fine musician and is very easy to talk to. All the while songwriting and composing is her specialty and she is the best that I know.
Sherian S. November 8, 2013
Singing Verified Student
It took awhile to get my granddaughter to singing lessons but now that she has started them, she is having such a great experience. She hasn't let us listen to her voice at home but we are waiting for that day when she will. All I know is, she is learning a lot from her teacher and is anxious to go to her lessons every week. Her teacher is a very accomplished musician and has encouraged my granddaughter to be able to try and develop her love of music through her voice. I am so thrilled I found her teacher and we chose her by her schooling and credentials. I don't know where these voice lessons will lead my granddaughter, if anything we just want her to enjoy the journey and if it helps her with her self esteem, that will be a great accomplishment. I can't say enough great things about her teacher, she has been wonderful for my granddaughter. I read what her teachers background has been and what she is currently doing, it meant a lot to my granddaughter to know that about her. We are very impressed with her knowledge and how she is handling my granddaughters lessons. Thanks for the great teacher!
I have 30 years teaching experience. I can teach many styles - from metal, country to classical. I expect my students to be their own musicians. I really stress creativity. I will teach you any song you like from your favorite artist, but I want you to write your own songs. I have plenty of local band experience. I am a graduate of the Musicians institute in Hollywood.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very patient teacher, I am laid back but I do expect progress. within the first three months you will know major scales chords common to given keys. sight reading notes and at least hearing the
difference between major and minor chords.and whatever songs that the student would like to learn.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room: large amplifier, music stand, chairs, all instruments, parents can sit in on lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** I can supply everything students just need their instruments
*** Specialties *** metal,country, classical,classic rock, jazz.
MinG April 14, 2011
I've had only 3 lessons with Alex. He is a patient, friendly, encouraging teacher and a diverse musician. However, my focus is on basic music theory and I feel Alex lacks teaching experience to suit my needs. I am looking for someone with strong teaching abilities and years of teaching experience. Someone who assesses the student's knowledge and tailors the lessons to the students' abilities/needs.
Basic classical guitar technique, right hand finger-picking technique, left hand posture, fretboard reading
Hello there this is Gio L.
I'm a professional guitarist, performer, composer, instructor, international clinician, webinarist, with 20 years or professional experience in music education & live performances. Also, I'm an Italian teacher see " Ciao bella" for more details and an Adobe Photoshop teacher, see "iPhoto' for more details.
I was Raised in the coastal city of Bari, Italy, I've picked up my first guitar at the age of 10 and have not stopped playing music ever since.
My training as a musician has taken me all over the world starting from Italy to a Mediterranean tour, to a
Cruise Liner in Brazil to Hollywood CA,. I came to Los Angeles to attend the Musician Institute (Hollywood, CA) where I've graduated with honors from the Guitar Institute of Technology, there I had the pleasure to work as a tutor during my scholarship program. I'm an active musician, music is my life. Often I have the pleasure to travel abroad where I give guitar clinics and perform my music, I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world. I've been teaching professionally in S. California ever since 1998, I reserve the option for in persons one-on-one lessons only for my best students, again, music matters to me. During these last 16 years I've secured many teaching positions like at the Los Angeles valley College extension program, at the Los Alamitos Conservatory of music, at Mars Music learning Center, at the YMCA etc. though, as I've already mentioned, the best one will continue on with me. I've much more to share with you regarding my professional life, my discography ect. but let's talk about lessons now.
What I care the most is to make sure that you'll receive the best private education that money can buy. As I've stated on my headline, If you're serious about music, if you're ready to learn the skills, expand your knowledge, achieve your goals, then, I'm your man. I've learned that we all have different approaches when it comes to studies. Learning how play an instrument is a fun but challenging process. I'm not gonna lie to you, you need to work on it, plain and simple ! I'll provide you with written curriculum or I'll indicate the right book to be purchased, I'll monitor your progress and I'll make sure to get the best out of you. My experience let me face any situation with the confidence that only the know-how can give you (16 years of professional experience will do that!). I have wrote curriculum aimed to the "Just as an hobby" type of student as well as comprehensive once for professional players that want to specialize on a specific style. In both cases it doesn't change what you have to do, practice ! To end with I've transcribed thousands of songs, It only takes me few minutes to put on paper your favorite song, wouldn't it be great to be able to read and play the music you love ? You'll be in good hands regardless of your goals in music
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching philosophy is to make sure that you enjoy your learning process. I'm a positive person, I believe in encouraging the student, every step you'll take toward your goal shall be acknowledge and awarded, I've been there, I know what it takes. Practice is a crucial aspect of this process, I'll motivate you, I want you be be successful in your learning journey, but, again, I need you to work on it, it won't happen otherwise.
Are you ready ?
*** Studio Equipment *** The student has to provide his/her own instrument. A small guitar amp is provided for electric guitarist, so there is NO need to bring your own
*** Specialties *** Music reading for guitar (Beg. to Pro.) Modern harmony (Beg. to Pro.) Improvisation (Beg. to Pro.)
Styles: Jazz, Blues, R&B-Funk, Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Latin-Spanish Styles, Brazilian, Finger-picking, Classical
bernadette E. April 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
I had so much fun working with Gio. He has a fantastic program for learning Italian
He had excellent handouts and was very professional during the session
I really cannot express how pleased I am to be able to work with Gio.
Sandra B. March 16, 2015
Adobe Photoshop ·
Online Verified Student
Just finished 5 classes of Photoshop with Gio. Great start for me. Gio communicated well, flexible with schedule and focused on things I wanted. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Norman G. March 13, 2015
Online Verified Student
Enjoyed the lesson very much. He kept it simple but gave crucial information in order to learn the language. I have my homework to do and look forward to our next lesson. Thanks.
*** 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)
Tina D. August 30, 2012
Singing Verified Student
She is soooo GREAT!!
She makes me feel so comfortable, and is a great teacher!
Students are raving about their Classical Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by ralph
"Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. He has helped me with my technique, hand positioning which is very important with classical guitar. I highly recommen
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jose
"Classical Guitar with Raymond is the best
I have been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for almost two years. I have enjoyed the lessons tremendously an
d have improved my playing. Raymond is a very patient teacher and is able to effectively communicate his ideas on how I can improve."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Raymond (Remi) L.
Review by Michelle
My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to le
arning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Dennis
"As at least an intermediate guitarist I learned classical guitar from my daughter, William's student.
Although I am a parent of a former student of Willi
am's I would like to submit a review that has been long overdue. It is late here in NH but it took me an hour to figure out how to get here AND write this review and dread missing the opportunity. I felt compelled to find my daughter guitar lessons. I taught myself rock and fingerpicking by ear, never learned to read music but was convinced that classical guitar was the foundation on which guitar playing is best built. So I found the only guitarist I felt I could afford. To this day I have never got more for my money on ANYTHING than the lessons for my daughter with William. He was NEVER late. He epitomizes the virtues of a genuine gentleman - personally,warmly human, and professionally. Though he always came on time he seldom left on time as my daughter had many questions and he never hesitated to answer them until she had no more. I finally confirmed that the version of Stairway To Heaven I had been playing for years was very close to note for note but not note for note when I heard the right notes as my daughter played it - having learned it from William FROM the sheet music! I would go on if it wasn't this late and would be glad to if anyone reading this is interested. Feel free to contact me or comment."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by DALE
"Patient and Well-versed
Rich's lessons are fantastic, thorough and ALWAYS different. He is unpredictable in his lessons yet this allows for an exciting l
earning environment that I'd look forward to every lesson. His gentle approach and kind, encouraging words made me push past my normal skills and learn to be better at the guitar. I WILL use Rich again and suggest anyone looking for just a random lesson or ongoing training to see him. 5 stars!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Sebastián
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play i
t that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Donna
"I have always wanted to play the guitar but felt too intimidated. A friend told me about TakeLessons and I chose Marcin because he seemed to have a lot of
different experiences with music.
Marcin was extremely professional and nice and made me feel at ease. He made it easy to ask questions and explained things really well for me. I took five lessons with him (I've been traveling and haven't been back yet) and was able to play a few songs. What I really like was Marcin's enthusiasm, which, for me, is really encouraging. He was interested in my goals and kept them in mind with each lessons. I could tell that he was preparing each lesson just for me and based on my progress and I felt that I could be honest with what I was doing. Totally recommend Marcin for lesson!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"Very good teacher, wise and patient, I am learning and happy to do it."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Nate
"Mr. Witkamp gave me private lessons for two years and it was one of the best investments I've made. He has startling patience, he's easy to talk to, and l
earn from - BUT most importantly he is very talented and understands how to pass on knowledge. 10/10 - would study under him again."