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I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. and M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe and the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, ...

About Ahmad
I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe & the Middle East and toured with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the St
eve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio.

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My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults.

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Richard January 16, 2019
· Bass Guitar · Online
This is the guy you are looking for.

At 42 I finally got around to buying my first guitar (no musical background other than fan) and set about teaching myself with books and videos. 10 months later I realized that in spite of working at it every day I was going to get to the 1-year mark and not be able to play a single song all the way through (of the 70's and 80's hard rock that I love, I could play "Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star" pretty well). I was rapidly becoming "that guy" who can play sloppy intros to 300 songs, but nothing else.

I looked around the web, and settled on Ahmad because of his credentials and reviews, and I could not be happier with my choice.

The thing that makes Ahmad special is that he put as much effort into becoming a great guitar teacher as he did in becoming a great guitar player. Every lesson is tailored exactly to my ability at that time. If ever I have had particular trouble with something Ahmad is ready with additional material, alternate ways to learn it, different ways to explain it. No matter what the technique or concept, Ahmad has seen this mistake before and knows just what to do. Some days I leave with many pages of material to master, and some days just one or two. It is all about how slowly or quickly I am picking up the new thing, and all about learning things the right way so that the foundation is solid when I am ready to advance to the next level. There is no schedule or competition (except with myself) and the only objective is to learn more and get better.

To show examples in action Ahmad routinely finds 70s and 80s hard rock for me (not every single note is from Guns-n-Roses of course, but if a particular concept relates to something in a familiar song from the genre, that's the one Ahmad will pick for me to master). You do not have to learn jazz! (I mean if jazz is your thing I am certain that Ahmad can teach you that.)

I really doubt that there is a player at any level (or in any style) who would not learn a lot from Ahmad (that is if you are prepared to be humble and possibly review some foundational material you think you know already... if you knew it, Ahmad would not be teaching it to you... he can hear that your timing is off, or if you didn't hit all of the strings in that chord, and so can your audience). (Once, while I was performing an exercise from the previous lesson, Ahmad had his back to me digging in his filing cabinet for my next materials and said "Did you play the fifth note with an upstroke?"... He heard that, it was supposed to be a down stroke and he heard a difference so slight I didn't even know I was doing it.)

If you are a beginner as I was, my advice is to commit to four lessons with Ahmad. By the end of that time you will hear that you are advancing, and more importantly you will understand where you were and where you are going. It might seem kind of basic at first (which is why I say to go with at least four) but it does not take very long to understand how much better you will be with strong fundamentals. If, instead, you learn to play badly, and you practice regularly, eventually your speed will improve... and then you will play badly fast which actually sounds worse than playing badly slow... all that work for less than nothing.

I have been taking lessons for about a year and half. I can play some Lead Guitar now. And I can play some real songs now. Even those 300 intros are getting tight, that is to say I now play them with the right timing, technique, phrasing and feel!

PS - If Ahmad says "it's time for the Harmony Classes", do it! Like most things Ahmad has taught me, I have resisted it in some way at first, and the harmony lessons are no different. Like everything Ahmad has taught me, the harmony classes have immediately made me better at playing guitar, and have provided a foundation that makes the next thing and the next thing and the next thing easier, faster, and better.
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Mike January 9, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad is an excellent guitar teacher. I have been taking lessons from Ahmad at his place in for several months now and I'm continually impressed with Ahmad and very pleased with my progress on the guitar.

Ahmad has a relaxed and friendly attitude, but it's clear that he's exceptionally good at his trade. He has years of experience and teaching materials on hand, and I enjoy that Ahmad customizes what he teaches to each student's skill level and goals. He has developed a very effective teaching method that works well for me. I've had plenty of music education previously in my life and Ahmad quickly recognized that we could move quickly over the basics of reading music, rhythm notation, etc. and he's always prepared with an exercise or two for me to take home and practice to expand my skills further.

I found Ahmad via his web site and called him and he was very professional and courteous leading up to our first appointment. He's got his teaching down to a science and Ahmad is very efficient with his administrative matters. I'm grateful for this because it leaves a lot more time for the guitar lesson itself.

Ahmad charges a reasonable fee for his service and I'm looking forward to learning from Ahmad for a long time to come.
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Curtiss C. January 8, 2019
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About Will R.

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I am a professional jazz guitarist with over 10 years of playing experience in almost every musical situation and 5 years of teaching experience in any and all styles and genres. Whether you play acoustic, electric, or classical, I can cater to your every need as a student and as a player. I teach out of my private studio in Manhattan and I can also travel to you if needed.

About Will
Hi I'm Will. I'm a great guitarist and an even better teacher. My passion is to make great music and to teach guitar to motivated students.
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About Julie B.

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Simpsonville, SC
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Beginners are always welcomed along with intermediate and advance!

If you are interest in setting up a FREE DEMO LESSON message me with your availability along with any questions you may have.
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Where:
Currently in the Five Forks area located in my home studio for the time being.

Who:
I am an instructor and the owner of my own of Blackbird Music! I teach a large variety of styles and I use many different techniques/methods when teaching. I have years of experience teaching Children of all ages, teens, and even Adults!

Why:
I am one of the very few Contemporary Music Instructors in the upstate. Even though my style of teaching focuses on contemporary I teach a large variety of styles. From the Beatles to Kelly Clarkson to Ella Fitzgerald to Led Zeppelin to Chris Stapleton.

What:
I teach various instruments such as:
Voice,
Piano,
Guitar,
Ukulele,
Bass,
Music Theory,
Song Writing,
and *Musical Theatre.

How:
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About Julie
Julie Baretela has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons at her home studio in five forks (Online instruction is available for long distance).

Julie perfected her profession during her time in Atlanta at Point University in 2006-2010 where she received a degree in Music.

She teaches all ages from children to adult, as well as all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced, audition prep* various styles as well as for artists that are signed to labels.
*Trained in audition prep for major programs such as The Voice, America’s Got Talent to theatre and competition events.

Although taught the traditional teaching methods, Julie developed her own successful contemporary method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memoriz
ation and techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician. As the owner of Blackbird Music Julie is also able to provide opportunities, such as, Music education clinics for deeper study, recitals and live performances for her students to gain experience and confidence.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible. Julie is a very patient instructor and always understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone learns in their own way and that way is what works best for them.

If you are still on the fence try a FREE no commitment DEMO LESSON (it’s free so what do you have to lose). if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! :-)
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Dane January 8, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Before I started taking lessons from Julie, I had no idea what I was doing and could not sing to save my dog. Now I'm confident in my abilities and feel at home in front of a crowd
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About Richard M.

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Rogersville, TN

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I have played Guitar since I was 9yrs old. I was taught in a traditional studio along with reading music tabs. I have Performed in Churches, Shows, and Benefit Singings over the past 16 yrs.

I have always played guitar and enjoyed it. I have taught Guitar for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels here in East Tennessee.

Teaching Style
My teaching style starts with learning the Basic Chords, placing them in their chord family, Learning all about Frets and their differences in sound, rhythm, and Basic Information about the guitar. We implement playing by ear,chords, and rhythm, after we get the basics down. If you already play, I teach different strumming techniques, hone your skills on your current knowledge, and Bar Chord Blending while playing Lead.
Normally it will take 12 months at 1 lesson a week to be a Great Guitar Player through my program. This required the student to do lots of practice. Some students progress differently and it may take a little ...

About Richard
I have Experience with Guitar, Stage Performance, Songwriting, and Studio Recording. I've been playing guitar since I was 9yrs old and was taught from a Teacher like myself using Guitar Method Grade Books.

I bring a unique platform out and help each student along, as we progress. I believe in creating a positive environment as you learn and get better. My Goal is to see you succeed in the subject offered.
This is NOT my full time job, however, each Student is very highly valued. I take Pride in my Students and Teaching Guitar , performance, songwriting, etc.

I'm excited to bring out all my experience and help you learn all about playing Guitar!

If you have any questions for me, send me a message and I'll be glad to answer them.
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Richard M.

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About Taylor S.

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Want to learn your favorite song? Want to jam out with your friends? How about writing that song you've been thinking about? I've been playing guitar for over half of my life and love it with all my heart. Music is so powerful and learning to write and play it, is one of life's greatest gifts! As your friend, I will do everything I can to help you obtain the guitar skills you want! We will get to know not only each other but how to jam like no one else! Let's go!

About Taylor
Hi there! My name is Taylor and I like to party! I've been playing guitar for as long as I can remember and the best word to describe playing guitar is a party! Throughout my 10+ years of experience, I've learned that ANYONE can have fun playing guitar.

Anyone who truly wants to can play guitar. It fits every mood! Hyped up? Play Guitar. Feeling down? Play Guitar. In Love? Play Guitar. No matter how I feel, playing guitar always helps and writing songs help me express how I feel in a way nothing else can!

I absolutely love being a guitar teacher! Beyond helping you learn how to learn the most beautiful instrument, I love to get to know new people like you and become friends with musically passionate people!

Honestly, I already know we will both be amazing friends and learn and write some incredible music!
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Orem, UT 84058
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About Jim A.

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I am a multi-instrumentalist performing singer-songwriter with 20 years of teaching experience. I surround the lesson with a musical context that enriches the simplest of beginner melodies with fun, dynamic accompaniment - and I can
delve into far more advanced material in multiple styles: jazz, classical, improvisational, pop, rock, blues etc. I teach multiple instruments and also
compose with students - a creative process that engages them instrumentally and even lyrically.

These days, for younger students, I even invite parents to sit in on drums
- even if they are inexperienced. The results are fun and often very musical and encourage the family to make music together. My new open mic series brings the music into the community and provides performance opportunities in a relaxed setting at a local all-ages venue.

About Jim
Hello and thanks for considering lessons with me! I have been teaching all ages for over 20 years in Connecticut and I am also a performing singer-songwriter. I teach piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, bass, violin, saxophone, harmonica, songwriting, and more, including coaching students on a variety of instruments such as cello, banjo, accordion, etc.
From my website here is my music bio.
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New England singer-songwriter Jim Allyn is known for his freewheeling improvisations on mandolin, guitar, piano and harmonica. “He plays a lot of good bluegrass too,” according to the legendary Bill Monroe.*

With a musical compass forged in roots, rock, country, blues, and gospel Allyn writes songs that cut a path straight to the heart and keep moving
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This summer marks the release of his first full length album Backyards of the Brave, featuring all original works: true stories from train yards, backroads, battlefields and coal mines (see review below). Recent years have included multiple tour dates with folk legend Jonathan Edwards as a member of Edwards' band. Allyn has also performed extensively with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and at venues and festivals over the years including onstage jamming with Bela Fleck, Livingston Taylor, Dar Williams, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Christine Lavin, Vaneese Thomas, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, legendary fiddler Kenny Baker, and many others. Allyn's multi-instrumental work and vocals are also heard on recordings by numerous regional artists.

As Music Director and co-creator of the Flagpole Radio Cafe in Connecticut (2008-2014) Jim and the house band/ensemble garnered rave reviews: a "hit" show, according to the New York Times. The band, featuring Francine Wheeler, continues to do concerts each year and the show itself is likely to resume this year.

Pianist Tom Snow offered this recent praise for Backyards of the Brave:

"This album is a treasure. The amount of sonic and compositional variety is really quite incredible. One of the many wonderful attributes of this creation is that it stands up to multiple listenings. There is so much richness on many levels that I find myself hearing new things on successive listenings. Priority Gal and Lindytown and This Old Guitar and Jazzbo are real stand-outs for me. I love the compositional subtleties that inform the songs, especially chord choices! "
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Professionally touring musician/Berklee grad looking for more students of all levels! I like to cater towards students' individual music tastes while diving deeper into other types of music with each lesson. I like to incorporate music theory in a natural, engaging way through learning songs rather than learning from a book. Reach out for more info!

About Jack
I am a recent Berklee College of Music grad specializing in guitar, bass, lap steel, and pedal steel. I play in many bands around the NYC area and work in several recording studios as an engineer & producer.

Having been touring internationally with various groups since the age of 14, I have shared the stage with such artists as Glass Animals, Langhorne Slim, Zac Farro (Paramore/Half Noise), The Charlie Daniels Band, PRS Band (feat. Paul Reed Smith), The Oak Ridge Boys, Charm City Devils, Pat McGee, Brian Howe (Bad Company), and many others.
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15 years of teaching experience. 2 degrees in Music Composition...Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own music? I will help you build a solid foundation of music theory and technique while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. I have shared stages and studios with Grammy and Gold Record winning artists. Shoot me a message to see if we're a good match!

About Derek
Derek Wesley Arnold is a professional singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist currently living in the United States. He was born in North Carolina on February 24th, 1983. Derek began learning music at age 4 with the help of his father (Harvey Dalton Arnold: bassist for legendary Southern Rock band The Outlaws). Derek would play melodies and chords he heard on the radio or around the house and Harvey would explain to him how these related to each other. At the age of 10 Derek began playing drums, and by fourteen he was playing professionally in the nearby counties.
In high school Derek started the band Blue Dust Box with three of his classmates. This band charted for two weeks at #8 in the Australian Unsigned Artist Charts. Derek was the primary songwriter for the group. At age 19 he moved to Raleigh and quickly became one of the most sou
ght-after bassists in the region, which led to multiple tours of the United States and Canada, as well as countless hours of session work. Derek was also consistently the house bassist for five separate music venues in Raleigh over a 7 year period.
While based out of Raleigh, Derek played with John Custer (Columbia/Sony Records), Kenny Soule (Nantucket/DAG), Nick Hagelin (The Voice/Superstition TV Show, Interscope Records, Carolina Ballet), Daniel "Slick" Ballinger (B.B. King's Oh Boy! Records), world renowned blues legend John Dee Holeman (Martin Guitars/Music Maker Foundation) and many others.
Derek now lives in Winston Salem, NC. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition and his Master of Music Degree in Composition at the conservatory University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
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Kenneth Frazelle December 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I had the pleasure of teaching Derek private composition lessons at the UNCSA School of the Arts from 2016 to 2018. He is one of the most versatile musicians I've ever encountered--at home with a wide variety of American styles as well as being an accomplished concert composer. He is well-acquainted with virtually every instrument in the popular music genre, and is a gifted singer-songwriter. Derek is likable and has a winning personality as a teacher.
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Derek is a fantastic musician and teacher with a wide range of experience in all sorts of music. Whether you are looking for lessons in piano, guitar, popular music vocals, or bass guitar, Derek is a great choice!
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Oliver December 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Derek shows a consistent understanding of the harmonic and aural significance of the exercises he teaches. I was new to the concept of ear training, and he was able to very clearly demonstrate and explain the material. He has an in depth knowledge of a large variety of styles, and has serious training in the classical tradition.
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About Kyle H.

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I have taught guitar for a few years and have been a Professional Guitar Player for a number of years. I am Very Experienced with Electric and Acoustic Styles. I have been on tour and played in numerous bands around the California and Washington Area. I currently play in a ProgRock band based out of Santa Cruz. I study a lot in my own time to continue learning more and create lesson plans for the serious and light students. If you are looking to learn songs, learn theory, learn the way the guitar works and how it weaves in and out of songs, I will be able to teach you that and much more. If you are looking to play shows, and are looking to join a band but need some help, I can spice up your chops and make you comfortable in a public setting. Performance and band settings are one of my specialties. I also include a bit of theory knowledge to whatever level of playing you are at so that way you can grasp the concept of the art we are involved in, making the guitar and music seem so ...

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I am a 26 year old musician who has been playing since 13 years old. I started out on bass because I thought 4 strings would be easier, a year later I decided six strings was a bit more challenging and I have never looked back. As a sophomore in high school I won the battle of the bands contest and a year later I played my first gig in a local bar! Since then I have always thrived to be a great performer and a solid player. A part of me has always wanted to pass on my knowledge to anyone who is interested in being a great player and/or performer. Even if you play a different instrument than guitar and are looking for an extra skill for performance or musicianship, I can be the help that you need. I had a conversation with a friend of mine who plays the banjo and every time we play he learns something from me even though I don't play the b
anjo. We decided that I could teach "How to be a musician". So that is what I specialize in as well as the guitar itself! I have played in numerous bands around the Washington State and California area, I currently play in a ProgRock band based out of Santa Cruz, Ca. I have studied music theory for 10 years and it makes playing so much more simplistic once you get the fundamentals down, and it only grows more and more the more that you learn. From my studies I have gained easier ways to learn theory and ways for students to understand what is being taught. I am also a dad with a 3 year old son which inspires me everyday to teach and be a great person. Currently, I work at a local guitar store here in Santa Cruz and I am going to school to earn my bachelors degree in music. I also have been studying the piano. I can read music and I can teach how to transpose material. I can teach all styles although I specialize in Rock n' Roll, Blues, Pop-Rock, and Metal Styles. Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
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