I have been teaching classical guitar for 30 years. We work on sight reading, ear training, and theory. I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.
So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals. I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, includi
ng Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others. I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and vocals with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.
*** Lesson Details *** I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs. I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn. Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs. I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.
*** Specialties *** I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students. I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues. I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.
cindy dunbar June 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
i was so stressed out as my son, a musician, asked me to sing with him at his wedding. yikes!! Boy, did I luck out when I randomly picked Cory for some quick singing lessons. He was so encouraging and helpful!! By the end of 5 lessons we made a recording of the song I am to sing. Well it looks like I won't humiliate myself or family. It was really amazing. He has incredible "in studio"effects and easily transferred the song to a key I could practice and actually "sing." I haven't "performed" yet (next week) but I am looking forward to it, thanks to Cory. Everyone should have at least "one" song that they can pull off for special events. Totally worth it!! Thanks to Cory I have mine...now if I could only learn to "shake my groove thang."
Dom A. June 5, 2015
Online Verified Student
Cory is an excellent teacher. His lessons are a blast. He's done a great job of assessing my existing musical knowledge and goals for learning the harmonica, and customizing the lessons to allow me to learn quickly (as well as improve my grasp of theory in a fun and practical way).
I'd highly recommend him for anyone considering harmonica lessons (or lessons with one of the many other instruments he teaches).
Ramona C. May 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Cory is a very inspired teacher. According to Brayden, his student, he makes the piano a very approachable skill and makes it fun as well. Cory is patient, creative and kind to the very new student and, being that he continues on his own musical journey, encourages guided expression. Brayden is learning the Blues as well as reading music!
Thank you, Cory!
I am a musician currently living in Burbank, California. I have a Bachelors in Music Theory/Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters in Music for Film and Television from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Seattle, Washington.
I have a fun and laid back personality, I love music and I love teaching music to students of all ages in a way that is fun and informative.
I have played piano and guitar from the age of 6 and began teaching when I was 13. My musical experience has been eclectic having studied a variety of genres includin
g classical, jazz, blues and rock. I also have considerable experience as a composer and songwriter. I have composed numerous pieces for soloists, small ensembles and full orchestra. I have also written over 40 songs in a variety of musical styles.
My goal as a music teacher is to encourage students to have fun with music and to be the best musician they can be.
Thank you for interest in music lessons and I hope to be teaching some of you very soon.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that the best environment for learning is one that is fun and relaxed. I enjoy music and have fun playing and teaching it and my hope is that you will have the same experience.
There are several ways to accomplish this goal of a fun, relaxed learning experience. First, there are my responsibilities as a teacher. The most important job I have is to always be encouraging and positive. I have a naturally laid back personality and I promise that I will never raise my voice, talk down to or demean a student in any way. Rather, I always try to build you up through positive reenforcement and compliments. I also try to custom tailor each curriculum based on your specific interests. That way you are playing music you enjoy. At the same time, there are things that I believe are important for every student. For example, I teach all of my students how to read music. This enables you to be well rounded musician and to branch out into a variety of musical disciplines.
In order to have a fun, productive learning experience there are just a few things I ask of you, the student. First, I would ask that you come prepared to every lesson, having practiced the material during the week. Learning to play an instrument is like learning to play a sport. You have to develop muscle memory that can only be built by consistent practice during the week. Particularly for the younger students, this means getting the parents involved and helping them practice each day. If you practice a little each day, you will be amazed at quickly you progress and how much fun you will have in the process.
After a few months of lessons I hope that you will be a proficient sight reader and be able to play the music you enjoy. For those of you learning songwriting, I hope that will have a firm understanding of the principles of writing music and have written several well structured songs. Most of all I hope that you will have a continuing passion for music and a desire to continue to learn and have fun.
*** Travel Equipment *** With Guitar teaching, They will need to have a guitar and two chairs. I can provide the music stand. With Piano, they will obviously need to have a piano.
*** Specialties *** I try to be as versatile a musician as possible and can therefore teach a wide variety of styles and genres depending on the interests of the student
Lori C. April 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jonathan is very professional, friendly and acknowledgeable on piano. He follows the rules to the T and you can count on him.
Anne G. November 27, 2013
Piano Verified Student
I am an adult beginner and have been taking piano lessons with Jonathan for 2 months. Jonathon is an excellent teacher. He gives very good direction and explains things very clearly. He is also very good at identifying weak areas that require extra work. The lessons are relaxed, stress free, and fun. I highly recommend Jonathan.
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.
I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.
I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.
Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, mu
sic theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.
Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunity to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.
During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.
My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.
*** Lesson Details *** Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.
Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.
With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.
I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.
I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.
So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.
Look forward to making music with you!
Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents. Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide my instrument and teaching materials. Students provide their instrument, music folders.
*** Specialties *** All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
Oliver K. July 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
He was really patient with my reluctant 5 year old. He was happy to play special songs for him to get him interested in the instrument and the lesson.
Sidney L. June 11, 2015
Audio Engineering ·
Online Verified Student
Edwin is very patient, especially when I had technical difficulties. He provided the information I needed and walked me through the process efficiently. I got a lot out of the lesson.
Janice B. April 5, 2015
Online Verified Student
First lesson-Edwin was easy to follow, friendly, and patient. Online seems to work good at this level.
I like for my guitar students to read music, and I work with them using a classical book that has beautiful and easy duets in it. I play with the students, and as they begin to develop I encourage them to trade parts with me so that they can play both parts of the duet. There is a 2nd volume to the book that I use that has more difficult pieces in it. I use Volume II for the students who are more serious about playing classical guitar.
I fell in love with the guitar when I was ten years old, and it’s been one of the most satisfying, long-lasting and healthiest romantic relationships of my entire life. I am still in love.
When I began to play AND sing, the magic multiplied. Through performing solo and with bands, I discovered that other people also enjoyed the magic that was being channeled through me musically.
Then I found that I could teach. This was a surprise to me. I found that I am the kind of person who can explain concepts and demonstrate technique in a way that makes the new information fun for a student. My s
tudents enjoy learning, and I enjoy the fact that they are enjoying it. It is SO MUCH FUN for me to see a student’s face light up because something suddenly makes sense to them, and they GET IT. I love adding one person after another to the club of people who love to play and/or sing.
If you want your child to have more balance and a way to soothe or express strong emotion in a healthy way – and in a way that pleases them – I would like to help you to give him or her that gift. As a child and a teenager, I spent countless hours in a room with my guitar, and it really helped me to stay on an even keel. It also taught me about discipline: practicing on a daily basis brings satisfying results. I was able to make music that was beautiful to listen to, and as long as I kept practicing, it got better and better. It proved to me that regular focus on something I wanted to be good at would bring results. That’s true of most things in life. I make a point of telling my young students that practicing an instrument is just like doing homework: you get out of it what you put into it. And the results can be joyous.
Perhaps YOU, an adult, are the musician or prospective musician. It’s never too late to fall in love with a musical instrument! It’s a joy, and a meditation, a sedative or an outlet, and it’s all YOURS. There is always a creative element to playing an instrument – when two different people play the same music, it never sounds exactly the same, because a person’s personality always shines through. The creation of music or the re-creation of music is, as I said before, magical. And I would like to give you a guided tour of that wonder-world.
If, by chance, you should find that you want to play with other people, I will prepare you to be able to do that and have a BLAST. There’s a reason that the word for what you do with an instrument and what children do with toys is “PLAY.” Fun is always the objective, and I’ve never had more fun in my life than when I was playing with other great musicians. The collaborative effort multiplies the creative results beyond all understanding. This is not just fun, it is BIG FUN! I love to give people the tools they need to be able to experience that. I’ll teach you how to play and sing easily and comfortably, and give you the foundation you need to play any style of music you desire, well. I've been privileged to have really amazing teachers as I learned and developed, and I've stolen from them all the best techniques for sharing musical knowledge. I’ve made music my life’s work, and I have so much to show you!
*** Lesson Details *** I am very relaxed in my approach, and use humor to lighten up the situation. Most people are initially tense and self-conscious with a new instructor -- my job is to make a student relaxed and happy so that we can focus on the work at hand. There is a way to be disciplined and focused about learning how to play an instrument and about your practice time, but it should be enjoyable. Stress makes it harder to immerse yourself in the music, and that's what's necessary for satisfying development. I've got lots of helpful hints about how to relax and get the most out of your music time. Musicians NEVER STOP LEARNING, no matter what their level, so with music, it's doubly important to learn to enjoy the moment.
I like for my students to be able to read music, at least on a basic level. The ability to be able to decipher musical notation allows for so much more access to all kinds of music, that I really want my students to be able to learn any music they want to by looking at a piece of paper, or a post on the Internet. I use a beginning classical guitar book for my guitar students, and a generic basics book for bass students. I also like to use music of the student's choice for teaching. If they like the music they're learning, it's much easier to TEACH.
For guitar and bass students, I also teach tablature (or "Tab"), since that's become a popular and easy way of notating music.
I like to find out where a student is in his or her development, and then start their instruction from there. If it's a beginning student, we'll start with parts of the guitar, tuning the guitar, and explanations about rhythm and melody. We'll go on to basic chords, easy bass lines, keeping time, and easy melodies. If a student is more advanced, we might start with a song that the student wants to play, but is having difficulties learning. We may work on music theory so that the basic framework can help them to learn music faster, and remember it more easily. We may focus on playing technique so that the student plays more easily and efficiently. I like to identify the things that will take a student to the next level NOW, and then focus on those things until the student feels confident and comfortable with them.
Voice students get the same kind of personalized lessons, and we focus on creating sound easily and without strain, as well and pitch, timing, and tone quality. I want you to like your voice, and to feel good about singing. I want you to sing easily, and happily. The right technique allows a singer to do that, and also protects the voice from damage over time. We'll explore the ways that you can learn a healthy way of singing that sounds great to you and your listeners.
*** Studio Equipment *** There are two Roland cube bass and guitar amplifiers available for use. Also, there is a drum room with a kit in it if I want a student to play along with a drum groove to help improve their rhythmic abilities.
*** Travel Equipment *** N/A
*** Specialties *** Classical guitar, R&B, reggae
Wil M. October 1, 2014 Verified Student
I started playing my Bass very late in my life . Kipp made it very easy for me to lean how to play . I went from knowing nothing at all about the Bass to learning how to tune my Bass , Finger positions , Chords ,Techniques , Reading Music , to playing Major and Minor Scales . I saw myself Improving every week . Kipp made me feel very Comfortable and was very patient with me . Kipp makes it very easy for you to learn how to play your Bass or Guitar . Kipp can work with any age and I would Recommend her to anyone that would like to learn how to play . KIPP IS A GRATE TEACHER !!! You will not be Disappointed . Thank you for everything Ms. Kipp K ...
Brandon F. June 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
In just a short amount of time I learned a lot from chords to technique from Kipp. She is an awesome guitar teacher with experience to back her up. I started learning guitar relatively late in life -in my late twenties- but I am confident Kipp can teach any age group.
DeJon J. December 2, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Classic Guitar Lesson for 7 year old
Signed my 7 year old nephew up for 30 min weekly lessons to learn the classic guitar. Kipp did a great job making him feel comfortable and he is improving each week. She has a great skill for communicating with children and making them understand the importance of what they are learning while making it fun. I will definitely continue classes with Kipp.
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice... Let's work together...
*** Lesson Details *** We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musi
*** Studio Equipment *** Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.
*** Travel Equipment *** instruments and books needed.
*** Specialties *** mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
Joshua N. June 7, 2015
Rodrigo is a great instructor, super knowledgeable and an expert musician. Although he is well versed in may styles, we focus on the theory, technique and culture of the Latin forms. Rodrigo is passionate about his craft but easy going and patient. I always look forward to our sessions and highly recommend him as an instructor.
Frank L. May 27, 2015
Online Verified Student
I had never taken lessons via Skype before, but Rodrigo really did a great job or making the lessons relevant to my interests. He was incredibly knowledgeable and flexible! I would definitely recommend him.
Kyoung K. December 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Rodrigo is the best teacher! He has a keen understandings of main concepts of music and showed me the proper postures and fingerings of the instrument. While he was teaching me how to play the instrument, he also introduced me a various genres and styles of music.He is very knowledgeable of music theory such as chord transpositions, terminology, as well as the musical notations. He also was willing to modify the lessons to meet my needs and abilities so that I can be successful. He truly is a multi-talented teacher and very very nice one, too. Most of all, it was so fun to take lessons from him.
Students are raving about their Classical Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Celine
"Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated g
uitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Leo
Good teacher, very passion with kids. My son really likes this classes."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by krishna
"Could not ask for more..Fantastic teacher!
As someone who knew nothing about playing/reading music of any sort, I find myself recognizing and playing a f
ew chords and notes just after about 10 classes! All thanks to John. I agree with the other reviewer that he truly has the patience of a saint. He is very laid back and helps me learn at my own pace while enjoying myself throughout the process irrespective of how much practice I put in. Whole heartedly recommend John for learning the guitar. Thanks very much John. You are the best!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Sarah
"An Unusually Gifted and Creative Teacher
A few rare people in this world have a special gift for teaching: Valenci Adair is one of those people.
has been my friend, teacher and "second mom" for nearly 10 years. I started taking guitar and voice lessons with Valenci in high school and I continue to have lessons periodically when I'm home from college. Valenci tailors her teaching style to the needs of individual students, and she has a mysterious way of bringing out the best in people. She is forever exploring and experimenting, and her enthusiasm and creativity are contagious.
In addition to teaching me guitar, voice, and music theory, Valenci encouraged me to write music and helped me get more comfortable sharing with others. Thanks to Valenci's guidance, I chose to major in classical guitar performance and am now pursing a master's degree in music composition. I'm very grateful for all her help and support over the years!"
Grand Junction, CO teacher:
Review by Jerry
"Raymond is an excellent guitar instructor.
My first lesson with Raymond went exceptionally well. After listening to me play a little, Raymond immediately
honed in on my biggest weakness, and stressed the vital importance of using the metronome to play the Giuliani Right Hand Studies correctly. HIs manner was disarming and he happily answered all my questions as I tried to "pick his brain" with the many questions I had re. technique. Thus, Raymond proved to be a very knowledgeable instructor, carefully analyzing my right hand technique and sharing from his extensive background the subtleties of modern classical guitar technique as opposed to the Segovia and Romero styles. Above all, his amiable demeanor and eagerness to help me become a better player was evident throughout the entire lesson. HIs respectful behavior was very conducive to learning, and I am very excited about my next lesson with Raymond!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Kristi
"I've had a great experience as Eric's student. He is highly knowledgeable as a guitar teacher and I have loved learning classical technique from him. An
d I'm kind of picky, since I already have a degree in music and am also a music teacher! He has really helped me broaden my skills as a guitarist and I can highly recommend him as a teacher for all kinds of guitar styles."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Luis
"so easy to learn
Thank you! i will get another class lesson soon, hes got some really good skill to make the student learn faster, oh yes he will make yo
u work on your listening too, to make you understand that you are made for playing guitar, that's the best part.."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Mike
"Tony is a fantastic teacher! His instruction is very clear and he is really patient with this students.
My daughter is thrilled to be studying with hi
m and always looks forward to her lessons. Tony is very personable and pleasant to work with.
If you are serious about classical guitar and would like to develop proper technique -- then I would *highly* recommend Tony. He is an expert in his field and loves his instrument!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Porter
"I studied classical guitar with Crispin for about five months, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better teacher. Crispin is versatile, easy to work with and
good at adapting to whatever your musical goals are. I went from being an absolute beginner to being able to play a simple Bach arrangement in a matter of months. I would also add that Crispin is one of the most well-rounded musicians I know—so—you’re in Good Hands!"