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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017

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Private Guitar Teacher

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.

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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.

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

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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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October 9, 2018
Robert G.
John is very knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. He seems to work well with children.
August 6, 2018
Elsie J.
Great first lesson with John, he was patient and gave them goals to work for!
February 18, 2018
Eoin (Owen) M.
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

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Jason S.

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I have students that are in every walk of their guitar playing journeys. The material and methods we use to learn guitar will vary considerably based on your level of ability/knowledge and age.

About Jason

Music comes from the soul and is an incredibly vulnerable form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put themselves and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.

I have been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for many years. My passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music. I love to share that passion with my students in an encouraging and patient environment. Communication is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. I have given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understand that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be developed.

I have been a si

nger/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 14 years and have played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. My debut album was released in 2007 and I have been a part of numerous projects since that time. I have also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.

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I am a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. I have experience with and enjoy teaching all ages and abilities. I like to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During my lessons, I will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance. If you're looking to purchase your first quality instrument, I'm happy to meet at a shop and walk you through that big and exciting decision.

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Musical Materials, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Amp, Pedaboard, Metronome

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I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I think it's important to explore strumming and fingerstyle songs and techniques early on in the learning process. Everyone enjoys different styles of playing and the sooner we can figure out what you're excited about, the quicker you'll learn the materials to meet your goals.
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August 14, 2019
Tory
Great lesson. Am even more excited than when I started!
April 9, 2019
Sue O.
Jason was on time, organized and it was easy to follow his instructions.
I am new at guitar, first lesson went well! Looking forward to the next lesson!
November 30, 2017
Sara
Jason is easy-going, reliable and consistent. My son enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them each week. His skills have slowly and steadily been progressing (more practice on his own would surely help his learning speed up). We are thankful to have found Jason.

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Jason S.

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(27)
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I work with all students from beginner to advanced.
The goal is to have fun and play music.

About Evan

Evan graduated from Berklee in 2011 and Evan has split the last several years between studio gigs and touring with renown international acts. Evan has worked as the live and studio bassist for Jazz/Pop vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, the touring bassist for Country singer Nicole Frechette, the bassist and songwriter for R&B group Biscuits & Gravy, and tours with Virtuoso Guitarist Johnny A.

In 2013 Evan worked with executive producer Quincy Jones and recorded a live session documentary at Capitol Records Evan will spend the Summer on an international tour with Nikki Yanofsky.

Throughout 2014-15 He has been the bassist for Johnny A. Touring Nationally and Internationally with the highly acclaimed guitarist.

He currently resides in Nashville, TN

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Drum Set
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Whatever I need to bring I will

*** Specialties ***
Funk, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Pop, ect
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May 17, 2018
Sahar ..
Kept missing class without any heads up so I had to just wait around and hope he'll show up, ignored my calls and messages to reschedule, so I had to just get a refund from TakeLessons. As a teacher he is good, but very unprofessional behavior in terms of accountability and respect for students' time.
February 21, 2018
Whitney
I’m a super beginner. So far so good! He starts from the beginning and doesn’t make you feel dumb.
May 24, 2016
Billy
Evan was a great Bass teacher. I had fun every lesson and got significantly better at the instrument.

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Joel B.

Memphis, TN 38107

(19)

Private Guitar Teacher

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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March 30, 2019
Ernest
Cant say enough good things about Joel. He doesnt get frustrated when I don't grasp a concept he breaks it down to where I can understand and work through it. Works to play what I'm interested and what I really want to play. I thought going to learn an instrument at 27 would be rough but it has been fun and enjoyable.
March 30, 2019
Ernest
Joel is an amazing instructor. I have had music instructors that get frustrated and roll their eyes or scoff. Not once have I gotten that from Joel. He breaks it down to where it is completely understandable and willing to work at your speed. I especially like that he isn't hung up on boring songs he pushes for what the student is interested in. Makes learning so much more fun. I thought trying to learn an instrument at 27 would make me feel dumb but Joel doesnt create that kind of environment. Only good vibes. Cant say enough good things about Joel.
December 18, 2018
Laura M.
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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Joel B.

Memphis, TN

(19)
Private Guitar Teacher

I have been playing guitar for over a decade and have tons of performance experience gigging in a local rock band. Combine that with a curriculum that starts with fundamentals and expands quickly into playing your favorite songs and you have a great start to beginning or expanding your guitar playing abilities.

About ryan

Hi, my name is Ryan and I would love to teach you how to play guitar. I've been playing for over 10 years and have been gigging for a little less than that in my band. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience performing on stage and teaching to people of all ages. If you want to shred, jam, or rock out then look no further. I okay all styles of music and pride myself in building a fun and educational curriculum based solely on you or others who have had similar interests as you. This means if you have a question about guitar or music in general, 9 times out of 10 I can answer it. The remaining tenth is either a well kept secret, or something that is left to be found. So if you're ready to start your journey or just need a guide to help you on your way, let's​ go!

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May 12, 2017
Mark Herr
Ryan was great! He's obviously a talented guitarist and he is very laid back and makes you feel comfortable. He shows you in detail what you need to do to become a better guitar player. My ONLY advice, and the reason he doesn't get 5 stars, is I think he should have more visual aids with his lessons. For example, write down the different scales or transcribe the first several measures of a song. Then, one has something to refer back to when you are practicing and invariably get stuck. Other than that, I would highly recommend Ryan as a guitar teacher!
January 19, 2017
Jasmen malave
Ryan is prompt and very respectful and patient.
October 3, 2016
Nancy Christensen
We are so happy to have Ryan as our guitar instructor. Ryan is very knowledgeable and kind. Our son really enjoys having Ryan as a teacher.

Nancy and Andy.

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ryan S.

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The most important thing a teacher can do for a student is to guide him or her to a point where advancement becomes a self discipline.
This is accomplished by getting to know a student's learning style and adapting to it. And absolutely laying a strong foundation in fundamentals of music.
I've been teaching private lessons for over five years and all of my students have extensive instruction in music theory. I also encourage experimentation and creativity to work in some music composition.

About Sharon

Music has been a central pulse to my entire life. I started taking piano lessons at age 5 and picked up the clarinet in elementary school. By the end of middle school I was writing songs on the piano and guitar and trying to get anyone I knew to play in a band with me.
In High School I finally did manage to play in a band that would play shows in the Greater Rochester Area in New York State. Once I hit age 18, I packed my bags and moved to San Diego where I continued working on my craft and started my new life.
I never stopped playing music, writing songs, and trying to find people to collaborate with. By the time I started my career as a hairstylist, I knew that I had to share my love and passion for music with others and endeavored to build a student schedule.
My first students, as an adult, were my future in-laws. Mother, father and si

ster in-law learned piano, guitar and music theory with me. My late father in-law had a left leg amputation and was blind. We taped rice on the back of the guitar neck so he would have a tactile reference to his frets. It felt so good to bring a dream of his to life and to prove to naysayers that anyone can play, even if the challenges are far greater than average.
Within a year, I had enough referrals to fill 2 days of the week with students. I have held 3 recitals and plan on having a holiday recital this year.
I will never stop sharing music with others and look forward to meeting any new students granted via this platform.
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August 8, 2017
Dorothy
Excellent teacher! I haven't played my ukulele in years, she helped tune it and teached me a few more cords. I have guitar and piano lessons with her. She has lots of patience and encouragement when teaching. I highly recommend!!
July 5, 2017
Keoni
She's great! She's helped me learn about music and I highly recommend her. She's nice and great at answering any music question. She's an 11/10

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Cole P.

Memphis, TN 38135

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My goal as an instructor is to keep the lessons fresh, fun, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to better teach themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument and music. Students can have their lessons catered to the music and styles they wish to pursue. Lessons are tailored to each individual student so that we can build upon their strengths and focus on lessons to improve weaker areas. Students will learn how to build dexterity, use proper technique, and be creative. Every student has different goals, some really want to learn theory and read music. Others may simply want to learn to strum a few chords. Whatever the goal, I can provide the instructions to help the student succeed!

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The goal at Prestige Guitar is to keep the lessons fresh, interesting, and to ultimately guide the students to educate themselves as they gain experience and familiarity with the instrument. With lessons that are tailored to the styles our students wish to pursue, we can build upon their strengths and focus on opportunities to improve weaker areas. Every student i

s unique. For some, music becomes a passion, others, a new hobby. Whatever the goal, Prestige Guitar is here to help.

Cole is a professional guitarist and studied music at Western Kentucky University from 2014-2017 with an emphasis in guitar under Professor John Martin. He has played guitar for 19 years in a variety of styles ranging from classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, finger style, and many others. He has also studied under the phenomenal jazz-fusion guitarist Dani Rabin from the band Marbin and also Kieran Johnston from the Scotland metal band Perpertua. He has studied jazz improv under trumpeter Dr. Marshall Scott. Also has learned much from Grammy Award winner guitarist Greg Martin.

All ages and skill levels accepted. No books to buy, will provide all material needed!

Cole is a composer, arranger and also play a variety of other instruments as bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and extended range guitars.

Works with several music production softwares such as Finale, Cubase, Garage Band, Logic and Protools.

He has worked with artists, audio engineers, and producers such as Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Russell Brooks (The Schools, 00 The Rabbit, Solo artist) John King (Sixth Floor, South Bound, Mud River Revival), Kenton Embry (Nashville Session player and touring artist), , David Barrick (Barrick Studios), Jason Simpson (Colter Wall), Joel Whittinghill (7 time fiddle, mandolin, and bluegrass guitar champion).

Cole has an extensive knowledge of music theory which he applies to lessons, as well as ear training, harmony, solfege and sight reading just to name a few and depending on the wishes of the student. At his alma mater was a member in the guitar ensemble, guitar quartet, jazz band, and classical solo guitar. He also studied music theory, jazz improv, orchestral arranging, piano, choral arranging, ear training, musical form & analysis, conducting, aural skills, music drama, and music history.
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May 7, 2019
Gregory F.
Very patient and informative. Allowed me to ask endless questions. Addressed all my concerns and removed any doubt about this arrangement working specifically for me and my schedule. His studio has a very nice setup and it's simplified. We did a breakdown of my experience and focused on setting realistic goals towards my learning process. More than a "Teacher" of music but a "Professor" of guitar methods! He focused in on getting me comfortable with the most basic of finger techniques, finger placement and familiarized with the sections of the solo lead guitar. After an hour's session my mind was put at ease about my ability to be patient with myself. I was never made to feel awkward or out of my league. This caused me to open up and to really focus. Mr.Cole has a great style and passion towards helping me to soak in as much content as possible. His location is within a community that's family orientated. I look forward to being tutored by Mr.Cole over the course of the next year without any complications.
March 19, 2019
Josh S.
Great first lesson! Super excited to continue to work with Cole.

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Cole P.

Memphis, TN

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My curriculum is tailored to meet each students specific needs. I am a classically trained guitarist with experience teaching students of all ages and styles. I teach theory, chords, how to read music and more.

About Victoria

I teach guitar, piano, violin and ukulele to anyone 5 or older! Lessons are fun and exciting, we are constantly learning! I am an enthusiastic, patient and motivated teacher.

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Memphis is music! From the home of blues on Beale Street, to the “Memphis sound” in jazz, it has a long and storied history and it’s own unique soundtrack. If you’re taking guitar lessons in Memphis, you have opportunities to participate in an amazing musical legacy and hear some of the best, most innovative musicians on the planet perform seven nights a week!

Year round, Memphis offers residents and visitors the chance to experience live music of every genre on the many stages around the city. From restaurants and clubs, to concerts and festivals, the music scene in Memphis is varied, vibrant and growing.

As an aspiring guitarist, experiencing live music is a great way to further your studies, network with other like-minded musicians, and stay inspired to keep putting in the hard work! Let’s look at a few of the best live venues to visit after your guitar lessons in Memphis!

 

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Any discussion of music in Memphis starts on Beale Street. Running through the heart of Memphis, Beale Street is a melting pot of jazz, delta blues, rock, R&B and gospel. Take a walk down Beale Street and you’ll hear music everywhere! Clubs and restaurants like Rum Boogie Café and BB King’s featuring live blues and jazz seven nights a week, and The Hard Rock Cafe featuring the best in local, regional, and national rock are just steps away from each other!

While musicians like Albert King, Muddy Waters and BB King gave rise to Memphis as the birthplace of the blues, there’s more to the Memphis live music scene than that! New Daisy is on the north end of Beale Street features the newest alternative acts like The Raconteurs and Theory of a Deadman. If you’re a budding jazz guitarist Memphis has got you covered too! Onix on South Main Street features the best live jazz in Memphis every Saturday night. The Memphis Sounds Lounge and The Cove both feature live jazz frequently throughout the week with some of the hottest jazz guitarists in Memphis stopping by.

Jam Sessions

One of the fastest ways to improve as a guitarist is by jamming. If you’re taking guitar lessons in Memphis, you have a bunch of great options to break out your axe and jam! The Memphis Blues Society hosts a series of weekly jam sessions all over town! Sunday’s the session happens at the Rum Boogie Café from 7 to 11p.m.. On Tuesdays, the party moves to The Phoenix, an alternative performance space and gallery located at 1015 S Cooper, where you can play the blues from 8 to 11p.m. For the jazz guitarist, the twice monthly jams at Club Chill (2nd and 4th Sunday) and the Sunday jazz jam at Earnestine and Hazel’s are must stop destinations to get your chops cooking!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Memphis has to offer the music lover! With annual music festivals catering to the blues, jazz, Americana, rock, bluegrass, hip hop and Christian music, there are always world class guitarists coming to town to check out and meet!

 

After your guitar lessons in Memphis one final "must see" experience is the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum at 191 Beale Street. Here you’ll find the story of the original Memphis musicians from the 1920s and 30s who, through music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers. Then they came together to create a scene that changed the world!

Get out and explore music in Memphis. The city will keep you inspired and make you a better guitarist!

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