The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.
Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.
27 years experience as independent recording artist and behavioral therapist eternally blessed to work with such artists and group members of The Supremes, Prince, Various Motown Artists, Anthony Janflone Sr., Stafford Floyd, Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black
Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, as well as Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, producers Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, and personal music instructor to Rod Stewart's son, Sean and Casey Kasem's grandchildren.
I perform with the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood Praise Team and Circle of Faith choirs and am president of The C.W. Chorale Men's Choir. singing and playing piano, organ, guitar, percussion and arranging. I also perform as a solo artist and with various artists and students.
*** Lesson Details *** To connect with, meet you halfway on the path with, teach & direct from a sound & experienced mind the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams coupled with on-going personal support, guidance, empowerment training, accompaniment and honest advice.
*** Studio Equipment *** 1971 Lowry Theatre Organ, Vox Tone Lab amp, Fender bass, acoustic & electric guitars, various microphones and recording equipment.
*** Specialties *** Pop, Rock, Music Theatre, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Classical, Metal
Erikka I. November 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
Greg is a fantastic teacher who clearly loves music. He makes classes fun and is very encouraging. I felt I was hopeless at music to start and when we concluded lessons I felt like I could actually sing.
Erik November 12, 2015
Hayden M. July 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Gregory was patient and energetic. Cry son had a good time.
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.
Bob November 10, 2015
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
Jackson G. November 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had been taking piano lessons for close to 6 years when I started with Mike. I learned more about playing jazz from him in a year than I had in all that time from a number of other teachers. Very easy to get a long with and makes class a lot of fun. Very highly recommend!
Chris November 7, 2015
Mike has forever changed my life. From the very beginning, he focused on instilling the love of music in me rather than the nitty gritty technical details of playing the guitar. That came later. He opened my world to the many different genres of music. I am now applying to conservatories and still see Mike for my weekly dose of musical inspiration. I would not be the person I am today without Mike. If he can fit you into his schedule, consider yourself blessed.
I grew up in Minnesota and started playing guitar when I was 13. Self-taught for three years, I developed a passion and love for music. Upon turning 16, I expanded my knowledge studying with a local guitarist, a musical genius in my opinion, who made a huge impact on my playing. In the fall of 2007 I relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute for guitar performance. I graduated in 2009
Over the course of the last nine years I've been a part of six different live performing bands and currently work with my original band comprised entirely of Musicians Institute graduates, Delp
hian. Delphian can be seen and heard featured on screen in the Mike Judge film “Extract”. I study, perform and have vast knowledge in the styles of blues, classical, country, folk, jazz, metal and rock n' roll. Everyday as I continue to grow as a teacher and musician, so does my love for the guitar. I very much enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing each of my students progress and grow as musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** Every lesson will be tailored exactly to what you want to learn. We can cover specific topics such as music theory, harmony and improvisation, but if you would prefer to just work on learning your favorite songs, that's precisely what we'll do. Let me know what you want to learn and it will be done. We'll monitor your progress to help reach your goals. Most importantly, we will have fun while learning!
*** Studio Equipment *** Acoustic and electric guitars and basses, amps, cables, music stands, PC with QBase recording software
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment. Guitar, amp, and cables. Students should have their own guitar and amp.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in rock and metal, but I love to teach other styles like classical guitar, blues, jazz, and country.
Lauren M. August 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jason is awesome. He is intelligent, prepared, cool, kind, and patient. I'm really looking forward to getting better at this guitar thing with him. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND HIM YOU LOVERS, ARTISTS, FRIENDS, AND STRANGERS.
Phoebe O. November 7, 2014
In home Verified Student
We started off with a different drum instructor who turned out to be very unreliable. I asked take lessons to provide me with someone with good reviews. Someone who is punctual and reliable, that's when we met Jason. Jason is a super amazing instructor who has incredible patience. My son Nathan has never had any musical education before. After taking lessons with Jason for about three months he has a vast knowledge in playing drums and reading music. Jason utilizes his time very productively during lessons with no rush. He even goes to the extent to recommend and suggest products that will help Nathan improve. He is very humble, sweet and trustworthy. My family is glad that he came along. Thank you Jason from all of us.
Christi D. November 3, 2014 Verified Student
Jason is a great,cool, and awesome guitar teacher. He has good taste in music and knows a lot of good ways of teaching me. I have improved a lot over the last few months since he came. My guitar solos are improving...and we have a lot of fun jamming. He is the BEST guitar teacher ever!
I attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and I have a BA in Music. I am a working pro musician, regularly playing all different kinds of gigs with different bands, as well as solo, and regular gigs on TV. I have taught music lessons, and guitar in particular, for 18 years. I play all styles, but my favorites are Rock, R&B, Country, Rockabilly, and Blues (I also enjoy playing jazz, classical, and other styles as well). My main instruments are guitar (electric and acoustic) and voice, but I play keyboards, bass, mandolin, and drums also.
*** Lesson Details *** I focus on a co
mprehensive approach, incorporating each student's natural abilities as well as musical interests - whether you want to learn how to play your favorite songs, learn all the skills to play with a band, or study music theory and advanced songwriting techniques, I can teach you! From playing as a hobby or to entertain friends and family to advanced college-level topics, we can cover whatever your specific goals are. Also, with student interest, I like to focus on music theory, and a deeper understanding of how songs/music work - in other words, rather than just teaching a student a song and being done with it, I like to focus on how and why the music works as it does, to enable students to put their own spin/style on it, play it in different keys, etc. I teach all skill levels, from brand-new beginners to advanced players.
Several of many possible topics of study include:
• Lead and rhythm styles and techniques -- both are essential to learn! • How to play solos and how to improvise • Styles and techniques of your favorite musicians/songwriters • Playing by ear and how to learn songs just by listening to them • Playing to accompany yourself or someone else singing • Developing parts and techniques to play with other musicians • Songwriting, and how to create riffs, hooks, and chord progressions • Reading chord charts • Music reading -- Optional, not at all essential to playing music, but a good skill to have
My teaching style is friendly and good-natured, I believe in positive encouragement and feedback, and don't believe in "guilt-tripping" or any other negativity toward students - playing music should be fun! I also love when students ask questions - I operate under the old saying that "there are no stupid questions!"
*** Studio Equipment *** Amplifier, music stand, computer with internet connection (for playback of songs from the internet or CDs)
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide blank manuscript/chord chart/tab paper. I expect the student to provide their own instrument (along with any related things such as amplifiers, guitar picks, strings, etc.) and to provide study books that we agree upon (if necessary). I am able to supply books if the student reimburses me at the time they receive them.
*** Specialties *** I tailor my teaching style to each student's aptitudes and interests. All music students learn differently, and it's my challenge as a music teacher to figure out what works best for each individual student to inspire them and to keep them excited and motivated about learning an instrument.
Kameron B. July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Mike T is very patient. He was very welcoming and made my son feel very comfortable at our first lesson. I appreciate his kindness and understanding in dealing with beginners. Can't wait for the next lesson! Thank you Mr. Mike 😉
Jon B. April 1, 2013
Highly recommended: Amazing teacher!
Mike is a patient, supportive and incredibly talented teacher. From music theory to practical application, he's got all the answers... And he makes learning fun!
I took guitar lessons more than ten years ago and found it frustrating and I was terribly uninspired. Recently I took my old guitar out of mothballs and was determined to make some progress on the dang thing. A good friend recommended Mike and I've been taking lessons for nine months with him.
What's great about Mike is that he customizes my lessons. I'm not learning out of a book (which, I could if wanted) but I'm learning the songs that I love and learning the theory behind the chords, too. Then he keeps building on what we just learned. I go home from my hour lessons and play for another two hours because I'm so inspired.
I can't recommend Mike highly enough. He's a gem of a music instructor in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.
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
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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 Michael
"Before I took lessons with Dave, I had no background in classical playing or reading music at all. Considering the school I aspired to attend was complete
ly based on classical guitar as opposed to electric, I needed to do major work on this foreign style. Dave was recommended to me by Professor James Piorkowski of the Fredonia School of Music, and within a matter of four months I went from not knowing how to properly play to passing the audition at Fredonia. His teaching method allows one to expand on their technical abilities on their own volition throughout the time off of lessons, as he provides a document listing major points to work on. He is incredibly personable and will work diligently to make sure every student is treated without the cookie cutter format that plagues so mamy younger musicians. Dave, I want to personally thank you for all your help thusfar."
Buffalo, NY teacher:
Review by Daniel
Carlos is an excellent teacher and an all around very cool guy! The classes are very organized and he always works at your pace! He is extremely
patient and you will be playing complete songs withing the first few classes! Specially if you started from scratch like me. Not to mention he is a BEAAASSTT at guitar himself! I am learning the electric guitar and i didn't know I could make this thing sound so cool lol I defiantly recommend him to everyone!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Alex is a great teacher! He is very knowledgeable and friendly when it comes to the lessons. Alex also helps make things fun which keeps my little one eng
aged in the lessons!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Carolyn
"When I met David, music had not always been a positive experience. As an older student, I am not always able to practice and I do have other things on my
mind. He has never scolded me for not practicing, he is very patient with all my musical hangups, and he keeps meeting me where I am at. I may still not be comfortable with music, but I am comfortable with him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Omar
"Stefano is a phenomenal young guitar teacher with excellent rates for private lessons.
I must say that since my son, Richard (12 years old) started ta
king classes with Stefano, he has learned to play the guitar properly. As a trumpet player and High School teacher of 18 years myself, I wanted to my son to not only play chords (which is how many guitar teachers teach) but also to play classical music as well as rock and most importantly to learn to read musical notes. My son is very happy to be taking classes with Stefano, to the the extent that he looks forward for the next class as opposed to other teachers he has had in the past. Stefano's professionalism, ethics, and kindness are superb. He is a natural teacher with teaching skills that will go very far as a guitar instructor while making students feel comfortable while learning. He has an eye to catch all the kinds of mistakes my son makes, whether they are from sitting, holding the guitar to actually playing. He is patient, always taking his time and follows up with an emails with the lessons covered and even with suggestions for my son to follow up with during practices. I could not be happier with Stefano as my son's guitar teacher . We are so are so fortunate to have found this young man through takelessons.com. The suggestions from takelessons.com counselor were on point!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"He helped me out a lot on technique and sight reading."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Diane
"I pressed the wrong star on my review!!! I meant to press the last start, not the first!!! Alex was a wonderful teacher to our son from middle school al
l the way up to graduation. Because of Alex, our son developed a love for the guitar and plays for fun while in school and had the opportunity to play for worship bands this past summer!!!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by James
"Wow, where to begin...I've been taking lessons from Travis for a few years now, and I can't describe how much I appreciate this man. He is an exorbitantly
talented musician, composer and producer. His compositions are breath taking. I always tell him that I'm shocked he isn't in Hollywood scoring blockbuster films. His teaching style is fantastic. He always adapts and manipulates his teaching to the student. He never just follows a book - he uses books, internet resources, his own knowledge and a piece of paper and ANYTHING else he thinks will benefit the student. If you are taking lessons on guitar - he helps explain music theory on the piano. If you take lessons on piano, he helps explain things on the guitar. His vast knowledge is just perfect for teaching music lessons. I can't recommend him enough!"