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I teach students from beginner to intermediate in music theory, chord and solo studies. From there we can get more advanced and work with song writing and more specific styles like flamenco and blues.

About Ayme
Music can be as simple or as intricate as you want to make it. I will to teach you how to make the most of whatever knowledge and skill you have and to have fun while you do it. My tastes are all across the board, rock and roll, country, metal, opera, I love it all. So, let me know what you are into and we can go from there.
I started playing guitar about 20 years ago and have fronted several bands that have played all over Chicago and beyond. Although I have studied ethnomusicology, theory, and composition in college, I owe my greatest debt to the Chicago musicians who inspired and later taught me. I began my private studies in flamenco guitar with Tomas de Utrera, Kelan Phil Cohran voice and theory, Hamid Drake instructed me on hand drumming, and from Rockin' Johnny Burgin I learned about the soul of blues guitar. Music is my first
love, and continues to be an endless fascination for me.

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I believe the pursuit of musical knowledge and skill should be a fun adventure and therefore, in each and every lesson with me I hope that there is laughter. I like to start off finding out what you are interested in learning, then I will create a curriculum based on those interests. I like to get students going right away playing songs so they don't get bored. By the end of three months you should have a nice little repertoire of 6 or so songs in different keys and a beginning knowledge of your instrument and by six months we will have moved into scales, solos and a bit of theory based on your progression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, street parking. I have plenty of guitars, amps, pedals and tuners here. I also have audio recording software so we can record your lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have guitar and tuner, student should also have a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I would say I am best a teaching rock and blues guitar. I have also studied theory and flamenco guitar and would be able to teach beginners.
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Sudhir N. February 4, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
It was a very good session. Although it’s quite a challenge to see the exact strokes and finger movements online during the class
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Anibal February 3, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Very patient and focused on incremental development of technique and understanding of theory, rather than just playing a song.
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Mount Holly, NJ

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Fun and personalized lessons for aspiring Guitarists of all ages. Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced, my years of experience can show you a practical approach to learning music and exploring the guitar. Enjoy learning your favorite songs in a relaxed environment at my studio or online from the comfort of your own home. My students have many different musical tastes and lessons are always unique from person to person. Learn at your own pace. I build my program around your interests and goals. Become the musician you've always wanted to be and have fun doing it!

About Andrew
Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I have been performing and teaching professionally. I have had the pleasure of studying and working with some of the finest musicians. Each day brings new and exciting challenges to be met. I have really enjoyed the journey to this point and am looking forward to more great things in the future.

My lessons are available to anyone who wants to grow musically. They can be as simple or as challenging as you like. I move at your pace and strive for every lesson to be a fun and rewarding learning experience. Whethe
r you want to learn how to play your favorite songs or write a masterpiece of your own, I will help give you the tools to make your musical dreams come true.

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Music teaching room, amps, stands, effects pedals

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, Country, theory, improvisation, reading, learning songs, ear training, grooving and HAVING FUN.
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Chris January 2, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Very informative lesson, look forward to future lessons
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Staci H. May 18, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Awesome!! I'm so excited about what I'm learning! Andrew is doing a great job!
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Staci H. April 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Andrew is so gifted at listening to my guitar capabilities and then offering his own expertise to quickly improve my playing. He is positive and a lot of fun to work with!!
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The guitar is my primary instrument, and I've been playing for close to 20 years now. I've studied with some incredible teachers (Tomo Fujita, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Dave Fiuzcynski, Don Glanden, Kevin Hanson) who have taught some incredible students (like John Mayer, Eric Krasno, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and B.B. King), and I aim to pass down that same valuable information to my students. I teach all areas of guitar and I specialize in jazz and blues. As a student, I experienced several different music education curriculums, and I'm highly focused on adapting my teaching style to best suit each individual student. Unlike a lot of private teachers and music stores, I teach the essentials of whatever route students want to take, whether it be intense studying and preparation for music school auditions or just learning the basics and being able to play your favorite songs. If you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to get in touch with me.

About Pete
My name is Pete. I've been playing guitar for over 18 years. In 2011 I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music. There, I spent several semesters studying with Tomo Fujita (former teacher of John Mayer and Eric Krasno). I've also been lucky enough to study with some incredible guitarists like Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Jonathan Kreisberg, Jack Pezanelli, and Gilad Hekselman. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Dave Matthews, and Jimi Hendrix are responsible for inspiring me to play guitar and I specialize in teaching blues and jazz guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano. I firmly believe that every serious musician should study ear training and music theory and I incorporate these areas in my lessons as long as the student wants to study this way. I've performed with a bunch of great artists in t
he Boston and Philadelphia area.
In 2011, I successfully obtained my master's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The master's program was an intense submersion in music performance that shaped me into the musician that I am today. I was lucky to study with Don Glanden, Mike Kennedy, and Kevin Hanson.
I am also well versed in computer recording software and DAWs. I teach students how to use software programs such as Logic and Reason as well as notation software like Sibelius and Finale. With some basic training in these programs, I can teach a student how to effectively record and produce professional quality recordings so that a student can write, record, and produce their own music.

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Because I've studied with some legendary teachers who have taught some legendary students (like John Mayer), I'm able to pass on to my students the same knowledge that these incredible teachers passed on to me. I guarantee that I will be unlike any guitar teacher that you've had before. Along with instrumental training, I offer extensive lessons in music theory and ear training. My family is full of educators and I've experienced the teacher-student relationship from a young age. I am fully committed to developing lesson plans based on the route that a student wants to take, whether it's just learning the basics and playing along to your favorite songs or engaging in serious study and preparing for college auditions. I am available to teach at any location within the Philadelphia area.

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I specialize in jazz and blues. At Berklee, I was able to take instrumental labs that spent an entire semester focusing on the playing style of certain guitarists. I've taken the Wes Montgomery lab, the Pat Martino lab, the Jimi Hendrix lab, the John Scofield lab, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan lab.
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Steve July 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Pete is very easy going and explains things in a simple and understanding way. I will say I am a little sore from practicing, but it is worth it. Looking forward to my net lesson.
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Steve Powell December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Well thought out lesson. Pete knows how to help overcome hurdles for the beginning guitar enthusiast.
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Katia B. July 27, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Pete is doing a great job! Nice, accommodating and highly skilled.
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Collierville, TN

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I can teach beginning guitar students how to play their favorite songs. Also, how to read tabs and chord charts. Advanced students can learn theory and jazz improvisation. I can help students who have been using a capo learn how to play bar chords so you will no longer need a capo.
Guitar students should be at least nine years old.
I do not teach finger picking style.

About John
I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.

One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, or the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

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I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most.

For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward. For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.

For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.

I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Professional digital piano, many other keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments. I also have a comfortable seating area for parents, guests or observers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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robert G. October 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
John is very knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. He seems to work well with children.
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Elsie J. August 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson with John, he was patient and gave them goals to work for!
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Eoin (Owen) M. February 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is enjoying his lessons so far and really thinks John is very nice. He makes my son feel at ease and confident. We are very glad we found John!
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Collierville, TN 38017
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International performer from small venues to large festivals. Whether you are looking to play for fun or looking to enhance your live performances as a seasoned musician, I can help you! I teach from total beginner to intermediate stages of guitar, from how to hold pluck, pick and strum to theory, chords, scales, rhythm, lead and how to compose your own songs. I can teach electric or acoustic and also about different types of amplifiers and pedals that may be suitable for you to improve and develop your own style and sound.

About Sasha
Originally from the UK, I travelled and studied music in Brisbane, Australia, where I gained a Diploma in Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then I have toured internationally, supported major acts such as Kid Rock, Ben Harper, Bastille, Ludacris, Cypress Hill and The Roots to name but a few, recorded albums, guested with numerous bands such as members of Portishead, Massive Attack, Robert Plant's Band of Joy and The Black Keys and composed music scores for two feature films and various shorts along with directing my own music video and having my music featured in various movies and TV shows. I also have booked acts across the US and organised music festivals in Los Angeles. I recently appeared on the cover of Guitar Girl Magazine, and I am also a contributing writer.

I have vast skills from performance to management, booking, PR and pl
acements in film and television. Whether you are looking to just begin learning an instrument for fun or would like to take your skills further and move towards becoming a professional musician, I have the skills and expertise to help you along every step of the way. I tailor each lesson to meet the needs of the student, teaching them exactly what they would like to learn and having lots of fun doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
For the first lesson, we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, what kind of structure you would like for your lessons (theory, performance etc) and I will assess your skill level. Then I will tailor exercises, lessons and study to suit your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Rhodes Piano
Doric Vintage Organ
Microphones and Stands
Pro Tools
Fender Amp
Jaguar Bass
1968 Hagstrom Bass
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Dan Electro Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Fender Acoustic
Yamaha Mini Acoustic
Small Boss Keyboard
Flutes, Harmonicas, Percussion
Ipod, cd player
Various effects pedals for voice and guitar etc

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring guitars, mics, stands, practice amp and small keyboard

*** Specialities ***
Specialising in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.
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Cassidy G. December 11, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
My 9 year old loved her first harmonica lesson with Sasha! Great teacher!!
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Jen G. December 10, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
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Felix November 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
She was friendly, went over my experience with Piano (I'm a beginner), asked what I knew, what books if any I had been using and then tailored a plan based off this feedback.
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There are many ways to cultivate your musical skill whether it's visual, kinesthetic, or auditory. Let's find out which way works best for you!

Most schools do not offer the flexibility in learning styles necessary for you to find your ideal way of processing new information, whether it be visual, auditorial, kinesthetic, memetic, right brain/left brain, etc.

That's why I'm here! I pride myself on working with each individual student on the subtle ways that they learn and form healthy habits. If you have any questions about my teaching styles or methods please ask!

A little more about me:

I have over 10 years of guitar experience, studying under Jazz heavyweights Corey Christiansen, Oteil Burbridge, and Dan Miller. I pride myself in putting my students needs and wants above all else. I wish to impart a love for music onto my students that can only be cultivated by the bond a teacher and their student share, let us learn and grow together!

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My name is Grant and I’ve been helping students grow for over 11 years now! How time flies! I started playing music at the age of 9 and have been in love with it ever since, staying active in my local music scene as an instructor, performer, manager, and booking agent.

I pride myself in taking a students learning needs and using that as my basis for their specific lesson plan, always on a case-by-case basis, tailored to each individual student. Everyone is at a different waypoint on their path so why would I use a predetermined formula to try and help them, am I right?

This can mean using a specific song as a goal and learning the specific techniques that we need in order to learn it as our curriculum. This could also mean finding out if a visual approach to teaching is better than an auditory one. I like to think of thes
e things for my students to make their learning as easy and effective as possible.

In addition to freelance work, (weddings, jazz brunch gigs, etc.) I am the lead guitarist for the Funk/R&B band Water Seed and the soul project RetroFit. I attended Indiana University for jazz guitar and have studied under jazz greats Dan Miller, Corey Christiansen, and Oteil Burbridge.

I teach all kinds of stringed instruments from guitar and bass to mandolin and banjo! If you have any questions about my teaching methods, skill level in a certain discipline, or anything you can think of I would be more than happy to answer you!

Musically yours,
Grant
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Jon December 17, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Great first lesson, patient and very instructive with your goals in mind. Looking forward to learning all that I can.
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Heather November 28, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Grant is super patient and gives excellent feedback and instruction. Highly recommend!
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Jaci R. November 21, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Great 1st lesson. Thx
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I will have you playing songs you like as quick as 2-3 lessons ! Focus is on playing songs you want to learn. how to solo, singing and some theory.

About Joel
Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Memphis, TN. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt.
Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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Laura M. December 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
We are so glad that Joel is our 12 year olds Ukulele instructor. Joel is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled musician. He is especially gifted in putting students at ease and guiding them in pursuing their individual music styles. After only a short number of lesson with Joel, our shy girl is playing and singing her favorite popular songs !!
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Nathan December 15, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
He was very professional and he cared about my success. I was not just another student and he makes everyone feel that way. Super polite.
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Elena M. September 2, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
From 16-year old: Very flexible and is fun within his lessons but influences his students to want to get better, using songs the students like
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You will learn the essential fundamentals, and specific exercises that will increase your chops!
Learn your scales, modes. and how to improvise!
Learn music theory, how to read notation, not just tab!
Learn to follow chord changes and play with a real band!
Learn to play by ear and to read music, putting you in high demand!
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Hello my name is Steve, I'm 36 and I am a professional musician and educator. who currently has openings for new students! I offer absolute beginning to professional level lessons. I teach at two locations in the Inland Empire, and at a location in Orange County. I earned a B.A. in Music Education at California State University Fullerton, and I performed with all the top ensembles. I studied with Grammy nominated and awarded musicians like Bill Cunliffe and Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, and more!
I also have over twenty years of musical experience. I have been playing trombone and bass guitar since 1994 and I have been teaching since 2005. As a brass instructor I specialize in breathing techniques, embouchure development. range, flexibility, endurance, and improvisation. As a bass guitar and guitar instructor, I specialize in
flexibility, endurance, speed, song writing, ear training, improvisation, and much more!
In addition I also help students with their music for band at school, or for any other type of ensemble they might be playing in. I have been a professional musician for several years and I have backed groups like The L.A. Swing Barons, The Inland Empire Swing Orchestra, Sonora Santanera groups, Willie and The Road Tramps, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Domestic Imports, Buddha Bomb, Angry Babies, Space Camp Stowaways, The Debonaires, and more! I am currently in a few different groups playing all over Southern California and beyond.
I will bring the best out of your playing, take a lesson with me and you will get better! I have years of experience that you can tap into; in order for you to reach your musical goals. My education philosophy is student focused and I draw from a lot of different teaching concepts like Kodàly method, Orff method, Susuki method, and more. I am much more than just an instructor, but your also getting a mentor and a life coach. Sign up for a lesson today!
To reserve a spot just look for the box that says "Reserve your spot with Stephen," then go ahead select the instrument you want to learn, then the location, and a time that works for you. Then I will get in contact with you as soon as your sign up and we can go over all the details. I love new students, and I cannot wait to hear from you today.
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Aaron August 11, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
The best lesson I have taken! I look forward to future lessons because I am learning so much!
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Jared M. November 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
Steven is a very good instructor. He has a wonderful personality. He!s firm, knowledgeable, and knows how to encourage the student to work hard. My son has learned a lot from him in a short period of time as a beginner. I’d definitely recommend Steven.
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Michael Rodriguez August 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.
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I love teaching people how to play songs they enjoy! I'm not too focused on music theory, but am more interested on giving you the tools to play your favorite songs! Playing guitar doesn't have to be difficult or boring. Whether you want to play the Beatles on an acoustic guitar, learn your favorite Metallica riffs or even learn the basics to play at church...I'm your teacher!

About Serg
Hi! Music is my passion and, apart from my family, is my world! I play guitar, bass and sing. I have been playing since I was 12 years old and been teaching others since I was 15. I have recorded five albums with bands of my own and several albums as a studio musician. I have also played in most of the major cities in Texas where I am from. I currently play at my local church and have a few new projects coming up. I even play weddings. I love many types of music, but enjoy metal and oldies/classic rock the most. My favorite band is Metallica, but I also love the Beatles.

I am a self-taught musician and teach like one...with simplicity and fun. My teaching motto is simple...I want to get you playing something you recognize and enjoy quickly! Even though I have picked up some music theory over time, I find nothing beats the satisfaction
of learning how to play something you know and love!

Whether you want to play an acoustic guitar by the camp fire, play your favorite heavy metal riff, play in church or just play your favorite song, I can lend a helping hand. I can tailor your lessons to your preference. Just send me a message to see if I am the teacher for you! Rock on!
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I am a classically trained guitarist with 9 years of experience. Whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, the best time to learn a new instrument is now. Learn classical pieces by greats such as Sor and Villa-Lobos, or how to play any of your favorite acoustic artists. If you are a beginner, I can teach you how to read sheet music, understand music theory relevant to guitar, and apply proper finger-picking technique. For intermediate learners, we can venture more in-depth into theory and repertoire, especially that of the classical genre. Your skill level is always taken into consideration, and lessons are designed to help you accomplish the best guitar skills in the fastest amount of time, no shortcuts needed.

About Joey
I am a violist, guitarist, and composer with nearly 10 years of experience. I recently received my Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Tampa, and wish to pass on my knowledge and skills to those who are interested and willing to learn.

Viola students will learn to maintain proper bow-hold and left hand positioning, and more advanced students will work on easy shifting of the left hand. Focus will be mainly on technical exercises and standard repertoire, including solo and ensemble pieces, though students always have freedom to choose to learn any piece within their ability.

Guitar students can learn either classical or acoustic styles, both of which will emphasize finger-picking technique. Technical studies are a large part of standard guitar repertoire, and will be the focus of lessons, along with any pieces that students
would like to learn.

I am almost entirely classically trained, and by this nature I will focus on more classical aspects of music, though I always love to teach more contemporary aspects of music and learn right along with my students!
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Learning the blues scale on guitar is something of a rite of passage for every guitarist. If you’re a beginner with reasonable dexterity and you’re serious about learning, you’ll find the blues scale to be extremely useful. For intermediate guitarists, this scale is essential, but it’s also important to understand that scales are merely the alphabet of the blues language. It's important to go beyond that and play real blues melodies as well, so you can start to better understand the styl … Read More

Everything You Need to Know About the Blues Scale on Guitar
Learning the blues scale on guitar is something of a rite of passage for every guitarist. If you’re a beginner with reasonable dexterity and you’re serious about learning, you’ll find the blues scale to be extremely useful. For intermediate guitarists, this scale is essential, but it’s also important to understand that scales are merely the alphabet of the blues language. It's important to go beyond that and play real blues melodies as well, so you can start to better understand the styl
Guitar Theory Basics: Understanding Keys
Curious about keys? Guitar teacher Alexander A. breaks down the guitar theory behind understanding keys... What key am I in? For most of the music we play this simple question yields a simple answer. I think the REAL question here is “why.” Why is a piece of music considered to be in the key of G major, or A minor, or any other key? I was in my 3rd semester of Jazz Harmony at Berklee when the instructor stumped the entire class with this question. I think the answer will surprise you. The
Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen Talks Living Room Shows and Liberation!
Growing up on indie rock, The Walkmen were among my favorite bands in high school and college. Though they are now on "extreme hiatus", members of the band continue to make great music that I can love as an adult too. The band's bassist Peter Matthew Bauer embarked on a solo career with his 2014 album Liberation!, an album that pairs spiritual themes and literary references with catchy rock hooks and psychedelic vibes. I got the chance to talk with Bauer about his musical background, his s
Video: Nick Jonas "Close" Guitar Tutorial
Nick Jonas may have taken some flack lately after a guitar solo gone wrong at the ACM Awards, but  don't let that fool you, the young musician is a very talented guitarist. In this guitar tutorial, State College, PA guitar instructor Jonathan B. teaches you how to play Nick's new song "Close". Before you watch the video, make sure you have a basic understanding of the following guitar concepts: How to Use a Capo Basic Chord Progressions Guitar Strumming Techniques Use the le
Learning Guitar: Understanding Minor and 7th Chords
What are minor and 7th chords anyway? TakeLessons teacher Brian T. breaks down the music theory behind building these chords... Learning guitar chords is one of the early challenges of learning the guitar. Very often a new student will find themselves presented with a host of fingering patterns that make little sense. "Why this set of frets and not that one?" the student wonders "Why, when I move my E major down a string does it become A minor?" With just a bit of music theory and a willi

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