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About Samuel B.

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Austin, TX

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I teach guitar lessons face-to-face without sheet music. This is my adaptation of Japanese instruction (involving a call-and-response method). I begin by teaching the student the major scale in first position (the first three frets above the head) in the key of C. Once this has been learned (backwards and forwards), the student is ready to learn first-position chords. Barre chords, the blues scale, as well as jazz-flavored triads are taught once first position chords have been mastered.

About Samuel
I've been a performing singer-songwriter since 1993. My influences include Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens. I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and I tailor my lessons according to the individual needs of my students. Everyone learns at a different pace and in a different way. My objective is to provide instruction that both challenges as well as respects your rate of progress.

I'm a primarily self-taught musician. Although I impart knowledge of scales (the major and the blues ones specifically) and the theory behind them (both of which I learned from formal instruction) as a central component of my curriculum, the bulk of my knowledge came from listening to and imitating delta blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt both of whom displayed
remarkable intricacies in their art.

We'll begin with the major scale in the key of C (as seen in the video) which you'll hear me indicate as being the white keys on the piano. Afterwards, you'll learn a spiritual and an American standard with just the three major chords comprising that key (C, F, and G7). The key of D will be taught in a very similar manner (a scale and then three chords) before the blues is introduced.

Though you will have learned to play campfire standards in fewer than eight lessons, I'm a believer in imparting the roots of the form and not just its recognizable elements. The blues (particularly the form originating from the Mississippi Delta) is the foundation of ALL American music. Therefore, I consider it essential to the curriculum.

I've always found E to be the most blues-friendly of all the keys. We'll be spending more than twice the amount of time we will have spent in C or D learning multiple progressions and chord formations in E. Afterwards, you'll be introduced to the blues scale and receive the basis for playing lead (solos). You'll learn some rudimentary jazz within this segment of the process as well.

For more information about my curriculum, you may review my published articles on TakeLesson's Teacher Blog:

http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-without-sheet-music
http://takelessons.com/blog/reasons-to-learn-guitar-scales
http://takelessons.com/blog/beginner-guitars
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-chord-progressions
http://takelessons.com/blog/best-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-barre-chords
http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-guitar-styles
http://takelessons.com/blog/expand-your-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/maximize-acoustic-guitar-lifespan
http://takelessons.com/blog/are-you-ready-to-play-guitar-solos
http://takelessons.com/blog/blues-guitar-exercise
http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/writing-a-song-on-guitar-lyrics-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-tips-for-open-mic-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/preparing-for-bluegrass-guitar-lessons-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/2-simple-tricks-to-play-country-guitar-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-a-jazz-guitar-song-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/famous-guitar-players-who-are-not-virtuosos-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/5-jazz-guitar-licks-z01

NOTE: I travel strictly by bicycle and bus. Any in-home lessons must be within a three-mile radius of my home in Zilker/Barton Hills.
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Allan Brandt April 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Samuel has been a top notch teacher and is very patient with my son. My son always tells me that he's inspired after every lesson. So much so that another one of my other sons has observed these lessons and is interested in taking lessons from Samuel as well.
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Ron A. April 9, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Over the past 20 years I have taken guitar lessons twice. The episodes were separated by 15 years. I was engaged and even intense about learning. Both times ended in frustration and more important, failure. After only 5 lessons with Samuel Bean, I have learned to strum chords in time, learned several scales, 12 bar and 8 bar patterns and a bit of music theory. The result is playing to a level that provides personal satisfaction. I look forward to playing. So for you beginners and frustrated musicians out there, you know who you are, give it a try. I predict success.
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Ted D. January 23, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I have had known Sam for many years. I am friends with his parents and his sister Emmy, also a very talented musician.
Although I don't live near him, unfortunately, when he visits NYC I make it a point to check in with him and ask for his his advice on my rather limited guitar skills. I always come away from our sessions feeling much better about my playing and can see what an improvement he has made for me. He is very patient and so eager to help, even a beginner like myself. i just wish he lived closer!
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Samuel B.

Austin, TX 78704
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About David H.

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Whether you want to learn the chords to your favorite song, brush up on your chord theory or improvise blazing solo's, I will teach you! I specialize in Rock,Blues, Jazz, Brazilian styles and Folk.

About David
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Music Performance,I can teach you how to play your favorite songs, compose, theory,read music, and play lead guitar. I experienced in many styles of music and am particularly passionate about Rock,Blues,Jazz,Folk and Classical.
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Heather July 26, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
David is extremely versatile in his ability to teach a child, beginning adult musicians, to an advanced player. He is very aware of their potential and how far to set their goals at a time. His patience, passion of music and cheerfulness make learning fun, stress free and very rewarding.
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Amber July 25, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
David is a great teacher! He definitely knows his way around a guitar and is passionate about helping his students master the skill. I would strongly recommend David to anyone who wants to have a fun and informative guitar lesson!
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John O. March 22, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
David is not only a great guitar player but a great teacher! He encourages his students to learn the basics so that once you start learning the other songs and riffs it makes sense and is easier to learn.I just wish he didn't move to Texas!
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David H.

Austin, TX 78741
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About Derek V.

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I've been playing guitar for 25 years, and teaching guitar for 10 years. I can teach a beginner from step one, or a jaded advanced guitarist looking for inspiration.

About Derek
TEACHING MISSION: Capture the joy of playing music. Inspire continual playing and/or practice, regardless of student's lifestyle/career choices.
I start the first lesson with a student wish list (songs, goals, etc) and every lesson we take significant steps towards the goals.

Skills: Guitar/Mandolin/Piano/Bass/Banjo/Recording/DJ Technology

Education: B.M. Classical/ Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Colorado, 2003
B.S. Audio Engineering/ Production, Middle Tennessee State University, 1997

Teaching Experience:
-The Musicians Woodshed (Austin) Sept 2013- Present
-Brooklyn Music Lessons (NYC) 2010-2013
-University of Colorado (Boulder) 2000-2010
-Naropa University (Boulder) 2007-2010
-The Lesson Studio (Boulder) 2005-2009

Performance Experience:
Freelance Musician/ Arranger/ Composer 2000-Present
I have played guita
r, mandolin, bouzouki, keyboards, or bass in folk, classical,
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Rollin May 26, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
As an adult learning to play an instrument for the first time, very little has come naturally. I had tried two other instructors prior to Derek and felt as though I made little progress with them. Derek's approach is much more intuitive and the progress more obvious. great teacher with a sound approach.
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David November 10, 2016
· Banjo · Online
Great teacher, very clear, patient communication. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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John White October 30, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
Talented guy, easy to understand and very patient!
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Derek V.

Derek V.

Austin, TX 78748
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About David L.

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I've been teaching guitar, acoustic and electric, for fifteen years. The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I like to begin by letting the student lead.

I believe anyone can play guitar. In most situations, we can learn the basics of playing some of your favorite songs in under a month. In the first few lessons we will learn open position chords and the basics of strumming and picking in 4/4 and 3/4 time. After you've memorized half a dozen or so songs this way, we can attempt barre chords and lead guitar playing.

About David
My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen years, and I'm looking to get a few new students.
I teach guitar, piano, bass guitar and even upright bass. If it's a tutor you are looking for I can also teach music theory and appreciation. I have a knack for teaching young people, probably because I was young when I started my musical journey. I've been very successful at inspiring a student's love of music and instilling the patience required to take on the challenge of playing an instrument.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I l
ike to begin by letting the student lead.
In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.
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Jane November 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent first lesson today! Well focused on individual needs and goals. Very professional and encouraging. Looking forward to working hard and learning a great deal from this fine teacher.
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PT and Ken T. October 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. David L. is a wonderful music teacher for our daughter. He is on-time, kind, and make music fun, comprehensive with tips that boost my daughter's confidence in reading music. We are very glad to find David through TakeLessons! Thanks for all you do.
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Charu S. October 23, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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David L.

Austin, TX 78717
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About Darrell V.

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Electric, acoustic, classical, Spanish, bass

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Clark W. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson. So far, so good!
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Kamili O. September 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Good first lesson! Enthusiastic....
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Carter O. September 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Carter loved him!
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Darrell V.

Austin, TX 78759
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About Austin L.

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In our lessons, we can cover anything you'd like (your enjoyment of guitar is my top priority), ranging from basic technique all the way to advanced fretboard maneuvers. I can teach you anything from simple strum patterns or fun classic riffs all the way to the technical mastery of great guitarists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. I'm well versed in music theory and can give you insight on how and why ideas work and how they can easily apply to your playing (such as scales, arpeggios, etc.)

About Austin
Hello there, I'm Austin. I've been playing guitar since I was a kid. I've been performing live for the better part of the last decade, and have taken various college level music courses as well. In fact, I still study with a great jazz guitar teacher; Guitar is an instrument where there is always more to learn. I can help you learn anything from strumming along to a Bob Dylan song all the way through the ins and outs of the brilliant technique of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. I can also teach you music theory as it applies to the guitar; such as how to read music, build and name chords (and why they work), scales and arpeggios (and how to use them in your playing), as well as an understanding of rhythm and time (a shortcoming of many aspiring guitarists!). I look forward to working with you!
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Austin L.

Dripping Springs, TX 78620
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$30 / 30-min

About Trevor P.

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Learn to play the music that you love!

About Trevor
Learn to play the music that you love!

I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in classical guitar from Webster University St. Louis and have performed in jazz, rock and pop bands as well as in musical theatre, opera, choral and orchestral productions. I've spent several years traveling and performing in a top 40 show band, and I pride myself on teaching my students using real life experience and battle tested methods. In addition, I've been teaching for 8+ years. During that time I've taught privately, through music studios and in the public school system as a high school music teacher and rock band director.

*** Lesson Details ***

During the first lesson, we will identify your goals and musical interests. This will allow me to design a program specifically for you.

Whether you are a student gearing up for music school auditi
ons or just looking to have fun in your spare time, I look forward to helping you.

*** Areas of Study ***

Performance
Songwriting & Composition
Recording
Ear Training & Transcribing
Music Theory
Technique
Improvisation
Reading (notation, TAB, charts)

*** Studio Equipment ***

Mac
Pro Tools
Logic
Band in a Box
Transcribe
Sibelius
Superior Drummer
East West Quantum Leap
KRK Systems
Focusrite
M-Audio
Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II XL
Mesa Boogie & ENGL Amps
PRS, Fender, Taylor & Gitane guitars/basses
TC Electronics, JRockett, Wampler, Dunlop, Xotic & Ernie Ball effects
MXL, Shure & Sennheiser microphones
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Will April 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've taken a couple of lessons from Trevor so far and they have been awesome. I've taken lessons from about 7 or 8 instructors in my lifetime and he is definitely one of, if not the best.
The thing that makes Trevor stand out to me is that he took the time to get to know what I wanted to learn and to figure out how I like to learn. He comes prepared to the lessons with material, answers any questions I have during the week by email and has worked with me to develop a specific education plan to meet my goals.
I suggest taking a trial lesson with this guy to see if you're on the same page. I am definitely not going anywhere else while I live in Austin.
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Reed Coleman March 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor has been a great teacher! He is extremely knowledgeable and patient. He makes learning fun and is very flexible based on each individual students needs. I would highly recommend him to anyone whether they are a beginner or advanced player. He has the skill set to apply to all students.
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Trevor is an awesome teacher and mentor to my boys. He has been teaching them since they had him as a teacher in Middle School, when the first picked up the guitar. I consider him a friend and would highly recommend him as an instructor for any person who wishes to pursue music. He's awesome!!
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Trevor P.

Austin, TX 78753
(12)
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$25 / 30-min

About Tim T.

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From my past, I have 15 years of experience on the big stage. My course will allow you to master the instrument in a short time period, so that within 3 months you will be able to play your favorite songs. My classes take place in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

About Tim
I have fifteen years of experience playing on stage. I play guitar, bass, drums and percussion at a professional level. I have performed on the big stages of Spain, Italy, Germany, France, England, and many others. I participated in many different music festivals, playing on one stage with Lenny Kravitz, Sting and other well-known musicians. I also have professional experience in music production and remixing. I've been composing, arranging and recording for many years. I have worked in studios as a session musician for many years. I am currently living in Houston and teaching guitar and drums. I love working with kids and I'm great at catching interest and finding the right approach for each individual. My students say my lessons are fun and the time goes by quickly. I am responsible, punctual, dedicated, inspired, easy going. I have
been in love with playing music since early age and I would love the opportunity to help the students find inspiration and fulfillment thru music.
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Kate July 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Tim is an amazing teacher! My 8-year old son likes to go to his lessons. Tim is very organized and systematic in his teaching.
Highly recommend !
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Alex July 6, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Tim has a very good sense of rhythm and is good at teaching riffs and solos
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Elizabeth July 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have had a great experience working with him. Tim makes learning guitar fun, and it is always exciting to be able to learn new material.
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Tim T.

Austin, TX 78730
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About Pat L.

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I attended the prestigious Berklee college of music, have been teaching guitar for 10 years and playing for 20. I create lesson plans before every lesson to make sure that my students progress efficiently. I realize that most of the students I gain from takelessons.com will be beginners. Starting off with simple, one finger open chords, and simple melodies is business as usual. I can also teach students their favorite songs using this method. Of course reading music is an option, and I assign a theory book for this based on the students current skill level. As students progress, I teach scales, chord strumming patterns and things of the like. I love teaching and always have fun with my students, it's great to see them excited about learning they're favorite songs. I've been doing this a long time and it doesn't feel like work to me, I'm enthusiastic and well prepared.

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Pat L.

Austin, TX 78704
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I've studied music for over 28 years and possess the experience, professionalism, great attitude, and enthusiastic teaching approach. I deliver results, help you develop the skills you need, and have you playing with confidence.

About Leo
My name is Leo. I've been a musician for 28 years and teaching for 14 years and I still continue to pursue all things concerning music with the same passion, perseverance, and love I had at the beginning of my music career.

I received my formal training at Texas State University where I studied Classical guitar and Music Education while also playing in Hard Rock bands in San Antonio. While still in college, I started teaching music privately to help pay for my education. I soon found myself with a successful business and decided to focus on it full time.

My goal is to produce quality music lessons available to anyone who's ever desired to learn the guitar, piano, music production, music theory, Pro Tools, songwriting & arranging, composing for film & video games, and all other important music skills in the comfort of their home.

The starting point of all achievement is desire, so if you desire to become a better musician then don't hesitate, get started now.
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Leo S.

San Marcos, TX 78666
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$20 / 30-min

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