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Learn the songs you love either through playing by ear with music theory or learning to sight read on electric, acoustic, and classical guitar

About Aleksis
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music pr
ofessionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Aron T. October 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent first lesson. Discussed long term goals, then spent the remaining time with finger exercises, chord practice, and then we worked on a new song. Aleksis was very patient and he made a great effort to focus on what what most important to me. Exceeded expectations
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Anish C. October 18, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Excellent teacher!
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Max A. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
My boys are 3 years apart, and they've taken two lessons with Aleksis. He's done a great job catering to their different levels and interest. He's very patient and encouraging. My boys like him a lot. I think we will continue learning from Aleksis for a long time.
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Aleksis B.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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About Joe B.

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Rockville, MD

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The Essentials:

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Tuning
Changing strings
Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Accents
Chords
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Arpeggios
Music Notation
RockSmith Major Scales (Rocksmith Strings)

Techniques:

Shifting
Fretting
Sustains
Palm mutes
Slides
Bends
Tremelos
Hammer-ons
Pull-offs
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Vibrato
Scales and modes

About Joe
My method is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass.

My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 and up) basic music skills using technology, rock, blues and worship, and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives. Music as a language is our priority.
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The Method

1) Music is a language...... By: Victor Wooten.

Both music and verbal languages serve the same purpose. They are both forms of expression.
They can be used as a way to communicate with others, they can be read and written, then can make you laugh or cry, think or question and can speak to one or many and both can definitely make you move.

"Music wor
ks better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective."

In some instances, music works better than the spoken word because it doesn't have to be understood to be effective. Although many musicians agree that music is a "language" it is rarely treated as such.

Many of us treat it as something that can only be learned by following a strict regiment under the tutelage of a skilled teacher. This approach has been followed for hundreds of years with proven success... But it takes a long time. Too long.

Think about the first language you learned as a child. More importantly, think about how you learned it.

"You were allowed to make mistakes."

You were a baby when you first started speaking and even though you spoke the language incorrectly you were allowed to make mistakes - and the more mistakes you made, the more your parents smiled!

Learning to speak was not something you were sent somewhere to do only a few times a week. The majority of people you spoke to were not beginners, they were already proficient speakers. Imagine your parents forcing to only speak to other babies until you were good enough to speak to them! You'd probably be an adult before you could carry on a proper conversation.

To use a musical term, as a baby you were allowed to "jam" with professionals.

If we approach music in the same natural way we approached our first language, we would learn to speak it in the same short time it took to speak our first language.
Proof of this can be seen in almost any family where a child grows up with other musicians in the family.

Here are a few keys to follow in learning guitar or bass:

In the beginning we embrace mistakes instead of correcting them. Like a child playing air guitar there are no wrong notes.

Allow young musicians to play and perform with accomplished musicians on a daily basis.

Encourage young musicians to play more than they practice. The more they play, the more they will practice on their own.

Music comes from the musician, not the instrument.
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2) RockSmith 2014 becomes your personal accomplished musician or band for you to play in a daily basis as it monitors how you play, dynamically adjusts difficulty to your skill level, then slowly introduces more notes and phrases until you're playing your favorite songs note-for-note. Lead Rhythm and bass lines.

Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.

The Rocksmith Method will first make sure you can PLAY the instrument.
You will play your favorite songs.
You will learn a new technique every month.
Rocksmith is designed to match the way your guitar is laid out, so there's no need to interpret tablature or learn sheet music to get started.
Have strings on your guitar? You'll see strings on the screen....

You'll need a game console, a screen and a electric guitar or bass. It's non negotiable.

If you don't have it. I will provide you with a loaner system until you catch up.

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3) A dedicated and passionate Teacher to tie everything together and keep you on track.

The early you start, the better. Kids age 6 or up are my best customers. They don't have adjust to anything other than to get their little fingers around a guitar appropriate to their size.
For young adults and people that tried play the guitar the old fashion way, here's my advise:

You will need to take a step back... or maybe two steps. Let me show you a better way.

These 3 things changes everything in how to learn or teach guitar. This is just to start the journey. I won't even mention custom songs or our musician club for you to perform your songs.

"If music is a language. You should never stop talking."

Remember that a language works the best when we have something interesting to say.
Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say.
A child speaks a language for years before they even learn the alphabet.
Too many rules at the onset will actually slow them down.
In my eyes the approach to music should be the same.

After all, music is a language too.

Let's Play & Grow Together.

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Private guitar and bass lessons are designed for students to progress at their own pace. Private lessons will follow the same RockSmith Journey structure. In a private guitar or bass lesson, the teacher has the opportunity to help the student individually for the entire lesson time, and structures each lesson personally for the student depending on their skill level and goals.

The Essentials/Techniques Plus:

Tuning
Strapping up
How to hold a pick
Plucking strings
Accents
Slides
Chords
Power chords
Double stops
Barre chords
Arpeggios
Notes Chords Scales

Shifting
Fretting
Sustains
Palm mutes
Slides
Bends
Tremelos
Hammer-ons
Pull-offs
Natural harmonics
Strumming patterns
Unpitched slides
Fret hand mutes
Improvising and jamming
Vibrato
Scales and modes
Changing strings

Additional Bass Techniques:

Fifths
Roots
Slapping
Popping

Advanced Players:

Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends
Two hand tapping
Articulation and phrasing
Pinch harmonics
Extended harmonies
Hybrid techniques
Advanced chords
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Yuko A. October 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We just had a first lesson with Joe. I asked him if he can do few people group lesson with mixed age then he agreed to try it. He handled all of them great and we decided to stay with Joe to taking more lessons!!
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Owen March 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Joe is great with our son! I would highly recommend him to any one looking for a teacher!!
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Eric Perez February 1, 2016
· Guitar · In home
It was a pleasure to have Joe meet our son for his first lesson !!! I like to the way he connected with my son. We all felt very comfortable and look forward to see him again on a weekly base !!!
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Joe B.

Joe B.

Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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About Michael K.

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Arlington, VA
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About Michael
- I teach beginners, and intermediate guitar students.
- My students' ages range from 8 years to older adults.
- Styles taught: Folk, Folk Rock, and Classical
- I have taught guitar for more than 10 years.
- I have performed professionally for over 25 years.
- I have released five audio recordings.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students' musical interests, goals and abilities dictate the direction that we select for their lesson plans. By recognizing and understanding each students learning style, I use techniques/methods that are suited to that particular student. This improves the speed and the quality of learning.
I am flexible and easy going but focused - and I encourage my students to do the same. I want my students to succeed and be able to play the music that they enjoy!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Numerous electric, acoustic steel string and classical guitars.
Electric Bass
IMac Computer
IPad
Sound System with microphone

*** Specialties ***
I use various techniques,methods and combinations ranging from Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, Berklee Music, Suzuki, YouTube videos and video to record particular lesson segments (which I then email to students to view as an aid during their home practice sessions).
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Theodor (. November 25, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Great start!
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Mohammed Al Dhaheri November 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I just started to learn how to play guitar. It is hard to learn , but Micheal makes it easier to learn.
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Justin Lawrence November 10, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I just had my first lesson with Michael. He was a friendly guy and a solid guitarist. We started to hone in on my goals and put together a plan; off to a good start.
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Michael K.

Michael K.

Arlington, VA 22207
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$35 / 30-min

About Louis J.

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Germantown, MD
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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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Heather February 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
I am thrilled with my experience with Louis! He is a talented musician and skilled instructor.
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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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Louis J.

Germantown, MD 20874
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About Mario A.

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Washington, DC
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I'm a product of the Duke Ellington school of the arts and am currently pursuing a degree at the Peabody institute.In my time at Ellington and after I have performed in many impressive venues such as the brazilian ambassadors residence, the vice president's residence, most of the major museums and art galleries and many corporate and hotel functions most notably at the Gaylord national harbor. I've got a lot of experience playing in front of people and I play many styles and am willing to learn more. I play jazz, funk, rock, blues, Latin and just about any other type of style except metal

About Mario
I'm a dc born and raised guitarist and electric bassist however my star shines brighter in the guitar. I'm a product of the Duke Ellington school of the arts and and also studied at Vcu arts as well as the Peabody institute.In my time at Ellington and after I have performed in many impressive venues such as the brazilian ambassadors residence, the vice president's residence, most of the major museums and art galleries and many corporate and hotel functions most notably at the Gaylord national harbor. I've got a lot of experience playing in front of people and I play many styles and am willing to learn more. I play jazz, funk, rock, blues, Latin and just about any type of style you'd ever want to have me play.
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Mario A.

Mario A.

Washington, DC 20009
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$30 / 30-min
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About Sam M.

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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
Hi!
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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Thanks!
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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About Tommy W.

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While teaching bass is my specialty, I've been teaching guitar for 4 years and have amassed quite the collection. The overwhelming majority of my students at the shops I teach at take lessons on guitar, so most of my time is actually spent teaching guitar. In lessons, we'll cover basic chords, scales, and rhythms, as well as some introductory music theory so the student knows why they're playing what they play.

About Tommy
My name is Tommy. I've been playing bass and guitar since I was 11 years old. When I was in high school, I won my school's Duke Ellington Jazz Performance Award my junior year. Around this time I began to work at my neighborhood's local lesson shop Let's Play Music! off of W Broad Street in Falls Church, VA. Following high school, I attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying jazz bass performance with players who have played and recorded with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Bobby McFerrin, among others. I received my degree in Jazz Bass Performance and since returning to the DC area have taught at Let's Play Music, Bach 2 Rock, and Music and Arts. Outside of my academic accomplishments, I play in and record a number of bands. I play out at different venues from Richmond to Baltimore regularly and ha
ve gone on tour twice before. I specialize in electric bass and music theory, but am quite comfortable teaching beginner to intermediate guitar.
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Matthew F. February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Tommy is a solid bass guitar teacher. My lesson was better than expected!
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Anne P. February 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Just had my first guitar lesson. Tommy was very patient and supportive and explained clearly what I needed to do.
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dusty July 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Just my initial lesson, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Tommy is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. Seems my first pick for bass instructor was dead on. :-)
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Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Brian G.

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Bethesda, MD

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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!

I studied music at the University of Maryland where I received my bachelors degree.
and with several renowned recording artists
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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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Brian G.

Bethesda, MD 20814
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About Josh M.

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Hi! I teach acoustic guitar for all ages! I have 13 years experience playing and 3 years teaching. I tailor my lessons based on each individual students needs/goals. My specialty is playing and singing together, to include teaching students how to play cover songs to match their vocal range.

About Josh
My name is Josh and I love to play the guitar! I also enjoy teaching others and helping people find their passion through playing music I've been playing for 14 years, acoustic, electric, bass...you name it. I've been in a few bands (90s covers!) but find solo work to be my favorite setting. I have experience with teaching students of all ages (7 - 40). I tailor our lessons to my students specific goals and ability level. I have a unique approach by making music fun and ensuring my students are learning at their own pace. I offer instruction in how to play the guitar as well as reading and writing music and general music theory. Whatever your desire is just let me know and we will work together on acheiving your musical goals!

I am willing to travel to your location, meet at a park on a nice day, or book studio time (if requested) at a
local studio. I also will invite you into my home to practice, whatever works for you!

I'm looking forward to working with you!

Josh
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Josh M.

Falls Church, VA 22042
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My main focus is to help you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. I tailor every lesson to each individual to ensure you are learning in a style that best suits your needs. Whether you are interested in rock, blues, country, jazz or any other style of guitar, I will work to make sure that you achieve your potential.

What you will learn: On top of guitar technique and performance skills, students will develop a strong foundation in music theory, ear training, and note reading.

My info: 7 years of experience teaching beginners to advanced guitar students. Bachelors in Music, specializing in Jazz Guitar performance.

About Diego
My main focus is to help you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. I tailor every lesson to each individual to ensure you are learning in a style that best suits your needs. Whether you are interested in rock, blues, country, jazz or any other style of guitar, I will work to make sure that you achieve your potential.

What you will learn: On top of guitar technique and performance skills, students will develop a strong foundation in music theory, ear training, and note reading.

My info: 7 years of experience teaching beginners to advanced guitar students. Bachelors in Music, specializing in Jazz Guitar performance.
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Patrick April 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I left my first lesson feeling confident which is a first when it comes to past lessons I have taken with other instructors
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Diego R.

Washington, DC 20008
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You don't have to be a big jazz fan to boost your guitar skills with some jazz techniques. In this guest post, Matt Warnock from mattwarnockguitar.com teaches you 10 must-know jazz guitar scales.  Even if you’ve never played jazz guitar before, you’ve probably come across numerous articles and lessons exploring jazz guitar scales. There seems like an endless mountain of scales to learn when exploring jazz on the fretboard, and they all come with strange names and sound even stranger.
The Best YouTube Videos to Learn Country Guitar
When you're learning guitar, it's fun to explore different types of music. Playing country guitar is fun and relatively easy to learn when you focus on easy country songs. Great county songs generally have a slow, easy pace and a memorable melody and chorus. This makes it easy for you to understand how the songs are supposed to sound, and helps you to play them correctly. Basic Song Structure Whether you're playing country music or another style of music, you will learn the same basic song str

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