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By Michael K. - Arlington Guitar Teacher

Love listening to guitar music? Want to take guitar lessons in Arlington, VA?

The Washington, DC metro area - which also includes Arlington, northern Virginia and southern Maryland - has some of the finest opportunities to get inspired and watch and hear great guitarists perform every week. From restaurants and small performance venues to large concert halls - from classical, bluegrass, jazz to rock - we have it all here!

Blues Alley, The Birchmere, The Hamilton, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, Bohemian Caverns, Black Cat, Howard Theatre, Gypsy Sally’s, Echostage, Hill Country Live, Artisphere, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Patriot Center, Lisner Auditorium (I’m just getting warmed up here!); all these venues host guitarists and bands throughout the year. Washington, DC attracts regional and international artists.

If you live in Arlington, you are within 15 miles of all of the above venues. Here’s my little secret - I love the venues that don't have reserved seating (you will have to call each venue or check online to find out their policy). I arrive before the doors even open (the earlier the better) and then run to get a front row seat. I've been literally 10 feet away from watching some of the best guitarists in the world! I will always remember being just feet away from the great Larry Carlton - watching every guitar lick he was playing!!! Very cool! Kind of like a private guitar lesson in my living room (with a few strangers around)!

There are also many open mic nights right in Arlington - Cafe Montmartre, Northside Social, Epicure Cafe, and Front Page. I highly recommend checking out the open mic nights. It’s kind of like the tryouts for “American Idol” - anything goes! So, don’t be shy if you’re just a beginner. Getting in front of a live audience and playing “three string rock” is an excellent experience. I even have my own students participate. And, finally, the audience is usually really friendly and will hoot and howl (which is usually a greater reaction than you’ll get from your brother, sister, husband or wife)!

The City Paper (which is free at the metro station) is a great resource to find out who is playing, or you can check out the weekend section of the Washington Post. There are also many FREE concerts at places such as the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art and many churches throughout the area. Yes, you will have to look for those guitar performances or groups with guitarists - but you will find them.

So, what does all of this have to do with taking guitar lessons in Arlington? Well, inspiration is key - and if you don’t get inspired by the guy or gal guitarist at the coffee house (or the neighbor next door), I can assure you that you will at these other venues. Plus, just watching and listening to a guitarist is a learning experience - regardless of how good they are. You might hear a new song, chord or guitar lick that you want to learn, and just getting to recognize “stage presence” and “entertainment” is priceless.

I have been teaching for many years - so just remember that when you're starting off, you won't start where the pros start; but, learning the guitar, learning to play some simple tunes, and having fun is what it's all about! Cheers!!

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Most modern genres of music can be taught; rock, metal, blues, alternative, etc., as well as classical. We will using tabs and conventional music sheets. Music theory will be integrated into the lessons as needed.

For beginning guitarist, I begin by familiarizing the student with the instrument, and some very basic theory and tuning. We then move on to simple patterns to get those calluses on those finger tips. Then we start with chord charts and strumming rhythms. Followed by the fun stuff, which is actually playing a song. I am very open to my student's tastes and encourage them to bring in songs they would like to learn, because I when someone is familiar with a particular song, it can be almost as if your fingers naturally know what to do. I can teach both electric, classical acoustic, and steel acoustic guitars. For students who are further along, I like to assess their particular level first, and go on from there.

About Fabio
Fabio is an accomplished and experienced musician. Beginning with percussion at the age of 9, he has over 15 years rocking out behind the kit. He has played in many local bands and as well as some internationally. He is sought after for his wide variety of styles: Classic rock, Modern Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Blues, Funk, and Latin. He is currently working on a Hard Rock project whom are finishing up some demos before they start gigging around the area.
Aside from drumming, Fabio has also been trained in classical and electric guitar, as well as Music theory, which he acquired while obtaining a BS Mechanical Eng/ and Acoustics.

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I believe it is important for a student to feel he/she is in a comfortable environment, which is why I tailor each lesson based on the student. I take into account not only n
atural talent and level of experience, but also progression and devotion. Whether the student is an adult looking to start a new and fun hobby, or a child with major aspirations to be come one of the greats, I can make sure either one gets the necessary instruction at a comfortable pace. Se Habla Español!

For beginning drummers, I like to start with fundamentals and light theory, and certain physical exercises (which help make the limbs independent of each other). I also like to get the student to familiarize themselves with the instrument. I start of with easy rhythms on a drum pad (usually from a beginners percussion book), and slowly work up to working with a high-hat, snare, bass drum configuration. Once you're ready for the fun stuff, we can start incorporating easy songs you've always wanted to play, and then start moving the difficulty level up and up. All in all I try to combine the fun that comes with playing along to the songs you love, with a strong foundation of fundamentals and theory which will help you progress faster but with ease. For students that have already had some experience either percussive or behind the kit, we can assess your level of experience and move from there.

For beginning guitarist, I begin by familiarizing the student with the instrument, and some very basic theory and tuning. We then move on to simple patterns to get those calluses on those finger tips. Then we start with chord charts and strumming rhythms. Followed by the fun stuff, which is actually playing a song. I am very open to my student's tastes and encourage them to bring in songs they would like to learn, because I when someone is familiar with a particular song, it can be almost as if your fingers naturally know what to do. I can teach both electric, classical acoustic, and steel acoustic guitars. For students who are further along, I like to assess their particular level first, and go on from there.

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Drums: I provide a full kit, with necessary extras to for accompaniment. A stereo for playback, some recording equipment if needed. Books and necessary copies, although I encourage students to purchase their own instruction books. practice pad and extra sticks, music stand
Guitar: Amps, pics, stereo for playback, recording equipment, mics for non electric/acoustics, music stand.

*** Specialties ***
modern rock, classic rock, blues, metal, punk, alternative
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Judy B. May 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Fabio is a great teacher. I am learning music concepts as well as to play the guitar chords, riffs, for a huge variety of classic and newer rock songs. He is flexible and open to my requests or to go over areas that I need repeating. You will really enjoy being taught by Fabio. BTW he has a different hair cut now.
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Kiersten N. April 10, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I cannot thank Fabio enough for what he has given our son. More than just the lessons, he was wonderful with communication and expectations. A great match. We are moving so we have to stop lessons but highly recommend him as an instructor. Thank you so much Fabio!
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Brian October 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My boy really liked the guitar class with Fabio.
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Fabio T.

Fabio T.

Springfield, VA 22153
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About Wilma Evangeline B.

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I've been teaching String Instruments like Guitar and Violin for Beginners and Intermediate level for many years. My students get to know all the parts of their string instruments like the guitar, from frets to strings, and learn how to tune their own instrument. After that, they will explore the fundamentals of music notation and find out how to produce clear, beautiful notes and chords

Enrolling in this course will take your musical talent to the next level. By the time you're finished, you'll be well on your way to becoming a skilled guitar player.

About Wilma Evangeline
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano
Yamaha Electric Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Flute & Drums

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard,

*** Specialties ***
Early Childhood Music, General Music Education, Music Therapy & Special Education Services
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Anthony C. October 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Anthony had an excellent first violin lesson with Wilma.
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Ellamaria & Xavier M. September 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very professional . Great studio
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Rafi August 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 9 year old son just finished 5 lessons with Wilma. He is a brand new piano student. Wilma's gentle style and patience was perfect for him. He already feels more confident about reading notes and playing. I highly recommend Wilma!
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Wilma Evangeline B.

Bowie, MD 20716
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About Nathan R.

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I can cover any genres a student might want to learn as well as different techniques including classical, fingerpicking style, lead, etc.

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Sharon July 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
So far so good. My son is learning a lot. Cannot wait to see his progress.
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Patrick April 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Thoughtful in his approach, creative and adaptive in his coaching
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Thang D. October 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Nathan was very patient. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Nathan R.

Nathan R.

Hanover, MD 21076
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About Miles H.

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I not only focus on reading, technique and theory but how these subjects relate to the music you listen to.

I believe music is a language and is understood best in context of of what music you enjoy on a daily basis, that way you can play along.

I like to structure my lessons around the student, focusing on their goals and aspirations.

About Miles
Miles was born in Bogota, Colombia, but raised in Annapolis, MD. Early in life, he began to take classical piano lessons, but after 9 years, guitar became his instrument of choice (though he still has a fond appreciation for the piano).

He then went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. His time at Berklee has enabled Miles to play in venues all around the Boston/Cambridge area. He has been teaching around NOVA/DC for 3 years.

Miles does his best to make lessons incorporate the music you enjoy listening to in conjunction with the necessary theory and technique to do so.

Fun Fact: Two of his guitars are custom built by himself. He often provides students assistance in maintenance of their instrument.

"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rh
ythm and harmony find their way into the inner places of the soul." - Plato
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Zoe February 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Patient and well tempered with kids!
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Alan T. April 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Our regular piano teacher was on maternity leave. Miles has covered as a substituted teacher for over 3 months. He was very nice, calm and knowledgeable. We do recommend him. He is a great teacher!
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Andrea Z. March 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Miles was an amazing teacher for me and my son. We both took Piano and Guitar lessons with Miles for close to 2 years and enjoyed every lesson. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to music, can help you focus on the music you want to play and he is just as good with adults as he is with kids! I would highly recommend taking lessons with him and I think he is an amazing teacher
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Miles H.

Falls Church, VA 22042
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About Dennis B.

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Bethesda, MD

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I teach all levels of guitar in the areas of rock, blues and jazz, but I really focus more on the musical skills need to play guitar in any style. These include a thorough chord vocabulary, experience playing rhythm guitar, and a complete progressive study of scales and their use in improvisation (lead guitar) starting with pentatonic scales and progressing to major scales, different forms of minor scales and modes. All scales are learned in multiple positions and the student learns to perform with them in any key. In every lesson the student and I play exercises and study materials together to make actual music from the materials being studied.

About Dennis
I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of the language of music. My teaching focuses on critic
al fundamentals of guitar technique including chords, scales and rhythm guitar playing as well as the art of improvisation. A significant amount of time in the lessons is spent actually playing with the students so that the technical concepts are put to use in real music situations. To further the student's understanding of music I frequently teach elements of music theory to those who are interested.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars and amps available for student use although I prefer that the student bring their own instrument. I also have all the needed accessories, cables, stands etc.

*** Specialties ***
Adult students (and older teenagers ) whether beginners or experienced are a particular specialty of mine. Adult learners want to be treated as adults and often times benefit greatly from a more mentor oriented approach to teaching. I like to describe myself as both a teacher and a coach so as to emphasize that the student and I are on the same team sharing the goal of improving their guitar playing and musicianship. We are both on the same path of musical discovery. I am probably just farther along on that path with insights and knowledge that will hopefully help them along their way.
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Jennifer W. August 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis is a friendly and kompetent teacher and I am looking forward to his next lesson!
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Thalia June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis was an excellent teacher. He is incredibly talented and his passion for music is contagious. Dennis was also very patient and understanding. He meets you where you're at, and is able to address any questions or difficulties you might encounter. I enjoyed every lesson!
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Juan Martin May 31, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis has been my guitar teacher since May 2014, but he has really been much more than that. He has a great ability to create lessons that help you to understand the musical context behind the chords and notes. In the process of learning, you find yourself wanting to explore music theory and practice (not really two separate things in Dennis' world) even more, and I can honestly that I have learned so much not just from the guitar lessons themselves but but also from our conversations about music. If you want to make a long-term investment in learning the language of music and how it manifests itself on the fretboard and the vibrations of six steel/nylon strings, then I would recommend buying some of this stock!
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD 20816
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Louis J. has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching piano. He has traveled across the states performing and opening for various artists such as Jonathan Butler and Donnie McClurklin. Mr. J. studied classical piano with Patricia King and studied jazz piano with Harry Appleman at Montgomery College. He received his B.S. degree from High Point University.
While in college, he studied music theory and music composition. His musical influences range from Mozart to Oscar Peterson. Although his primary instrument is piano, he also plays guitar, bass, drums, and the organ. He currently serves as the Director of Music at a local church in Alexandria, Va. Mr. J. performs regularly throughout the DC metro area as a studio session musician, music director, and accompanist.
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Ary March 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very patient and truly connects with the student!
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Grace S. December 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
Really appreciate Louis working me into his schedule and listening to me about what I hope to get out of piano lessons. He is a thoughtful teacher and I am excited about learning a lot from him.
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Tamir O. December 7, 2015
· Piano · In home
Our 9-year old daughter has now had 5 lessons with Louis. The difference between these lessons and the lessons with her previous teacher are night and day. She is excited about the lessons, looks forward to each one, and enjoys practicing. She loves piano again. Louis is absolutely brilliant. He combines a strong classical foundation with enjoyable modern songs, which he often transposes or simplifies himself to the level of his students at that time. He makes the lessons fun and engaging. As a piano player myself, I've had many teachers over the years, and Louis is the best I've seen. I'm tempted to start lessons for myself again!
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Louis J.

Germantown, MD 20874
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About Earl C.

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Each student's training program is uniquely based on his/her personal goals. This depends on individual needs to include teaching basic technique, music theory, chord inversions, scales, improvisation, site reading and/or ear training as part of the process.

Beginners, intermediate and advanced level musicians are encouraged to sign up to increase their playing skills and/or knowledge of marketing and branding.

Remember... becoming a fluent musician requires practice, practice and more practice!

About Earl
International guitarist Earl C. is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, and more.
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Ken October 22, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Earl Carter is extremely knowledgeable, and very patience. You will find that each session is enjoyable yet challenging. I would recommend Him to anyone from the beginner all the way to the more advanced student. If you have the desire to learn the art of music then you will enjoy His instruction. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.
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Jocelyn S. September 18, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him, I learned a lot, relatively quickly.
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John September 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!
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Earl C.

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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The most important thing to me is to keep the student interested and engaged in the lessons. This way learning guitar is easy and fun, not a struggle. A great place to start is by learning songs you enjoy listening to. Then later moving on, applying theory and scales to the songs we have learned.

About Sam
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I'm a recent graduate of Berklee College of music where I majored in professional music. This included music theory and guitar instruction, as well as reading and writing music notation and charts in different styles. I also play frequently around the DC area, including shows at The Howard Theater, Shamrockfest, The Black Cat, The Bullpen at Nats Park and Gaylord National resort.
For the past three years I have been teaching guitar lessons to student of all ages, with excellent results! I always keep the students interested by teaching songs they are excited to learn, while also making sure that they continue to grow as a guitarist and musician. Lessons can be in Rock, Jazz, or Pop styles, and on acoustic or electric guitar. Music theory is included to the extent that the student and/or parents are interested. Lessons can be at my h
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Sam
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Chris O. June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Polite, knowledgeable, and flexible about scheduling!
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Nikhil May 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Sam has been awesome. He's very patient and encouraging, which fosters a great learning environment. It's also pretty clear that he's an experienced and knowledgable musician. I've learned quite a bit in my short time taking lessons with Sam, and I look forward to seeing how much I can progress. Good experience, all around.
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Rachel November 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Daughter thoroughly enjoyed her first lesson with Sam. Very patient with new guitarist.
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Sam M.

Potomac, MD 20854
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For 23 yrs I’ve taught all levels and most guitar styles. My specialty is blues. Beginners can use my instructional book and begin playing songs from their 1st lesson! I focus on the musical styles my students like and create a curriculum customized for each one. Best of Bethesda Guitar Instructor 3 consecutive yrs. Maryland Blues Hall of Fame for my experience and talent as a professional performing bluesman. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

About Brian
As a performing musician and guitar teacher since 1993, I have taught thousands of students. I teach most styles of music but blues is my specialty. Most importantly, I believe that learning how to play guitar should be fun!

I believe in encouraging my students through exhibiting patience and an understanding of their individualized needs. I use my unique and effective teaching methods while teaching fundamental skills and techniques to meet diverse learning styles. I will have you playing your favorite songs in no time!

Students receive complimentary lesson transcriptions and videos

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
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Val October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian was very professional, and the pace was friendly for beginners.
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Erick June 15, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian immediately knew how to adapt to my profile.... not too young, not too talented, not too available, and without any ambition about playing on stage or in a group. I've been learning bass guitar for one month and a half with him, starting at a beginner's level. Last week-end I was able to play a few songs more or less correctly with some friends at a party. Brian has the talent to keep the fun while teaching, and bringing appreciable progress in a very pleasant path.
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Cody May 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Have only been playing for a couple weeks now, but I can tell this is something that I will want to do for the rest of my life. Brian makes it very easy to learn and is very helpful in tracking my progression. Look forward to each week and the opportunity to get better!
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Annandale, VA 22003
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I've had a love for the guitar for as long as I can remember! For the last few years I have had the opportunity to teach guitar to many people who have had different levels of exposure to the instrument. The main goal is to help my students fall in love with the music that they're creating while excelling beyond their own expectations. It can be scary to learn something new, but learning guitar can also be very fun and rewarding! Send me a message and lets make some music!

About Zachary
Music has been the love of my life for as long as I can remember. I believe it has the power to move people. I've been playing drums and percussion for 10 years and have received training from a number of professionals, such as Clyde Connor and Scott Wilson at the University of Florida, where I also studied Music Education. During my tenure at UF, I was the drummer for the Big Band, Jazz combo, and the symphonic band.

Currently, I am a drummer, percussionist, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist. I am more than willing and able to teach students on any of these instruments regardless of your level of experience. For several years I played in many venues around the North Central Florida area with various bands whose genres included jazz, funk, country, rock, and soul. I have also had many years of experience playing for contemporary Christi
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I am very friendly and flexible to the needs of the student, while making music fun and educational.
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Ken October 11, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Zach is skilled with all age levels!
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Pace October 9, 2017
· Drum · Online
Zachary is a talented musician and a great teacher. He is a patient instructor, and he obviously loves music. Highly recommended!
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Zachary B.

Washington, DC 20008
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