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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Country Style Guitar: Accompaniment, Lead and Fingerpicking Styles, Rhythm Chops, Country Scales ; Writing in Partnership with others of equal and advanced skillset. Basics, Intermediate and Advanced Learning Curves.

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New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Paula D. March 12, 2018
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James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!
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Shawn & Shane January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
The boys are enjoying there guitar lessons & bonus info!
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Elizabeth January 11, 2018
· Acting · In studio
He works very well with my child and goes into detail in all aspects.
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About Andy W.

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Andy is a guitarist and teacher located in Denver. He received his Bachelor's of Music with an emphasis in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. He has taught for multiple music lesson companies. In addition, he writes music related articles that have been featured in blogs and in magazines such as Classical Guitar Magazine. He has recorded, toured, and performed with many groups in a variety of genres. In lessons, he strives to help his students reach their musical potential in a fun and supportive environment.
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Stacey A. August 31, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Andy is a great guitar teacher. He was prepared for every lesson and really helped get our daughter excited about guitar. We really appreciated his patience and positive attitude!
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DeAnn V. May 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
He was very patient with my child which was a first timer! He motivated her to want to play. Very comfortable to be around! I would definitely hire him again!
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Lindsay W. March 27, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Andy was such a great teacher. My 7 year old son looked forward to his lessons with Andy every week. We were very bummed we had to stop lessons because of moving out of state. Andy has such a great way of teaching and has such patience with kids.
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About Patrick T.

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Johnson City, TN

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Taking guitar with me will prepare you for many of the obstacles that come along with learning guitar for the first time. Whether you've taken lessons before or not it helps to have an experienced and professional player to show you the ropes. I have been playing music my entire life and have been a guitarist for 21 years and teaching for 4 years now and I love it! I am a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter but my main instrument is guitar. Lessons will be tailored to fit your personal goals/skill level. Students will learn theory, technique, and general knowledge about the guitar and it's role in almost any genre. Students will learn not only what to play, but how to play it and will learn the application of the instrument in a solo/band/ensemble setting. We'll focus on building your knowledge of theory and ear-training to make you the most competent of players. Not only will you learn the building blocks of music but we'll learn to create and compose your own songs, which is ...

About Patrick
I am a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, songwriter, performer, arranger, and recording artist based in Johnson City Tennessee. Music has always been a part of my life, I have been playing guitar for 21 years as well as studying other instruments. I've been in 2 university programs for guitar performance at MTSU and ETSU. Currently I play for three different bands (this mountain, Amythyst Kiah and her chest of glass, and Us If). I also play for local churches and 'the well' ministry a college ministry program in Johnson City. I have been teaching for 4 years now and I love it! I have a space at a church in downtown Johnson City that serves as a studio for lessons. I also enjoy gardening and bicycling when I have the time.
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About Jeff B.

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A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive music every time they touch the instrument.

I begin by working on tone production on the open strings of the guitar, so that students are able to produce a full, beautiful tone on the first day. From there, we study left- and right- hand techniques in the context of real pieces of music, giving students the chance to apply the mechanics of guitar playing to the expression of musical ideas. At the same time, I work with students through progressive studies and warm-up exercises that have built-in expressive goals, so that they can learn to rely on their own ears to further refine their playing.

As I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

About Jeff
I’m a composer and guitarist, with 20 years of experience playing and performing on classical and electric guitars. I’ve given solo and chamber performances across the United States, with recent Seattle performances including Astor Piazzola’s complete "Histoire du Tango", the world premiere of Brian Cobb’s "Campfire Songs," and the Seattle premiere of James Bonney’s electric guitar concerto "darkLIGHTness."

In 2010, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical guitar performance and composition from Stanford University, where I performed solo recitals of Bach, Mozart, Turina, and Henze, collaborated with the Stanford New Ensemble on contemporary chamber pieces, and played lead guitar in the heavy metal band Full Metal Apocalypse.
I recently received a Doctorate in music composition from the University of Washington in Seattle, wher
e I’ve taught music theory, composition, and musicianship at the college level for seven years, and where I continue to perform with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space Ensemble, and Seattle Modern Orchestra.

A major priority of my guitar teaching is to have students making expressive, compelling music every time they touch the instrument. And as I believe that a good guitarist is, first and foremost, a strong musician, I fold a number of diverse activities into weekly lessons, developing skills in music theory, fretboard knowledge, ear training, sight reading, composition, and improvisation, all of which reinforce the acquisition of strong technique.

I teach a wide array of styles—including classical, folk, rock, flamenco, and heavy metal—and I look forward to helping you realize your musical goals!
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David Cate March 8, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Easy going and patient teacher!
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About Vic D.

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Asbury Park, NJ

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I have been teaching professionally for 20 years. As a graduate of Berklee College Of Music and a performer with over 30 years experience I have a wide variety of styles and technique to take my students in almost any direction they want to go. Blues , Classic Rock, Jazz, Folk, Country and Songwriting. Every student is an individual with separate needs and wants. I'll help you reach new goals as well as help you correct any bad habits that might be preventing you from moving forward. Whether your a beginner , intermediate or advanced, any age , I want my students to reach their musical potential and aspirations while having a wonderful time!

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Monmouth county based Educator, Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Producer, born with a record needle in his head. Vic has spent the past 30 years performing, writing teaching and recording through much of the Tri State area. Original and Cover Bands, solo and recording sessions. Blues , Jazz , Americana, Country , Rock & Pop. Along the way he has opened for a few of his heroes. Currently supporting his 9th, 10th and 11th CD, Old News Borrowed Blues Volume 1-3. The 3 volume set is a retrospective of acoustic band versions of some of his older material, new songs, covers and classic electric blues. Vic and the band has been performing to large crowds at such venues as The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, Crossroads, Pianos NYC, The State Theater, Paramount- Asbury & NY/NJ Festivals.
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Ed February 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Vic is a great teacher....doesn't hold back! You'll know how the lessons are going. Vic actually taught me basic banjo technique as well and I played drums in a band he mentored for a few years. It turned out to be a terrific experience and he taught me an awful lot about dynamics on drums in spite of that NOT being his instrument. He's a great teacher! And ARTIST. If you have the chance to take lessons from Vic, do it!!
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Lisa December 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Vic is a multi talented musician. He is able to translate musical skills and techniques to the students learning style and level. He has an easy going, warm yet direct manner. And when you go for a lesson he will have a different guitar every time! Vic is one of the best guitar teachers I’ve had.
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Andrea December 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Vic makes learning easy and fun. I’ve always felt intimidated to learn the guitar, but he’s very approachable and never makes me feel insecure or uncomfortable. I have learned so much, and I have even played in front of people, which is something I never thought I’d do!
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About Nairobi S.

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Pro musician/recording artist, over 15 years teaching experience. I MAKE LEARNING TO PLAY FUN. I call my teaching style "50-50" Because 50% percent is what you want and 50% is what you need. You'll learn by working towards your goals using music that you enjoy (Rock/Blues/Country/Jazz/etc)

About Nairobi
My goal is to make you shine. All lessons are individually designed specifally for you. Also, I know HOW to teach effectively. Establishing trust and communication is key. All lessons are customized to your musical tastes and particular style of learning. There are many talented professional musicians who aren't good teachers. It took my first year on the job to master the methods of being an effective teacher (and I'm still learning!) Besides musical skill, it takes patience and empathy (enjoying your work helps too!)
What I like most about teaching is...spreading music, playing music - listening and helping others play...Everyday is fun, it's totally inspiring. I think my favorite thing is when students proudly play music that they've composed. Even my bad days are good!
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Conrad March 20, 2018
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Vast experience and knowledge.
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Don March 19, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nairobi has been a great instructor. He does not use the "one size fits all approach", but rather will customize the instruction to what you want. Accordingly, students will remain interested and get more out of it when the curriculum is of interest to them. I wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but wasn't interested in learning to read music. Nairobi also let's you choose what type and what specific songs you'd like to learn. Learning to play your favorite rock, pop or blues song versus Mary Had a Little Lamb- guess which one keeps you more motivated and interested in learning how to play? Also, being able to have the lesson in the privacy of your own home is great. He makes learning to play the guitar fun. If you put the work in you'll be playing in no time.
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Russ March 19, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Nairobi was very helpful with his instructions, and used analogies and examples to help me better understand the lesson. Really walked me through. By the time I was assigned the homework, I already had a clear idea of how to practice.
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About Matthew C.

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I've been playing guitar for the last 15 years and giving lessons for almost as long! I have a degree in music from the University of Miami and am currently touring out of Nashville. I'd like to think I have a fairly wide range of musical tastes (jazz, country, blues, acoustic, gypsy jazz, rockabilly, rock, etc.) and I enjoy the different challenges that each of my students bring to the table. So whether you're just wanting to strum a few old favorites at home, or if you're on your way to being a Nashville pro like me, I'd be happy to help you along your musical journey!

About Matthew
I picked up the guitar (at my father's encouragement) back in 2003 and never quite turned back! Originally from Kansas City, MO, I first got regular exposure playing in my high school's jazz band and in various other jazz groups, and was lucky enough to study extensively with local guitarists Rod Fleeman and Danny Embrey. I still make occasional trips back to my hometown to perform and record, and played on a couple of records with the KC-based group The Matt Cook Collective in 2016 and 2017.

My next stop was the University of Miami, where I attended the Frost School of Music from 2012-2016 and was fortunate enough to study with John Hart, Brian Russell, and Tim Jago I played with my first Grammy winner (multi-instrumentalist guru Charlie McCoy) and released an EP with Big City Folk Band in 2015. In between school semesters, I performe
d with country and jazz groups in Kansas City and gave lessons at KC Music, a local music store.

In 2017, I relocated to Nashville, began touring with country artist Derryl Perry, and recorded and released my first solo album, Aces. In between tour dates, I've been enjoying the task of expanding both my teaching studio and my guitar resume in this growing city.

I have also taken lessons from Gonzalo Bergara, Dan Wilson, Lorne Lofsky, Charlie Hunter, Jim Campilongo, Randy Vincent, Greg Koch, Guthrie Trapp, Brent Mason, and many more!
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Peter Buys is one of Chicago's most sought-after classical guitar, folk guitar, and harmonica instructors. Graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor's in Music Education, he is well-equipped to provide the highest instruction possible to learners throughout Chicagoland. He is currently employed full-time as a music teacher with Elmhurst District 205 Schools. Peter has taught thousands of private lessons to children and adult learners alike. Outside of music education, Peter has performed nationally as a singer-songwriter alongside acts such as Dawes, Tall Heights, AA Bondy, Elvis Perkins, Lera Lynn, Nikki Lane and Carbon Leaf. His experience playing Chicago venues such as Lincoln Hall, Evanston Space, Schubas and the Metro is beneficial for advanced students looking to perform in Chicago.

About Peter
Peter Buys is one of Chicago's most sought-after classical guitar, folk guitar, and harmonica instructors. Graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor's in Music Education, he is well-equipped to provide the highest instruction possible to learners throughout Chicagoland. He is currently employed full-time as a music teacher with Elmhurst District 205 Schools. Peter has taught thousands of private lessons to children and adult learners alike. Outside of music education, Peter has performed nationally as a singer-songwriter alongside acts such as Dawes, Tall Heights, AA Bondy, Elvis Perkins, Lera Lynn, Nikki Lane and Carbon Leaf. His experience playing Chicago venues such as Lincoln Hall, Evanston Space, Schubas and the Metro is beneficial for advanced students looking to perform in Chicago.

Peter teaches with the belief that musi
c should never feel like a chore and that learning music should be curiosity-driven, active, enjoyable, and emphasize self-expression. Peter believes in building a strong foundation of musical knowledge with his students by providing the tools to create good habits from the beginning and to encourage effective, deliberate practice. It is his mission to inspire aspiring musicians as a music educator and bring a life-long love of music to his students.

*** Guitar Lesson Details ***
During a typical lesson, half of the allotted time is used to develop proper technique (i.e., learning proper playing habits, scales, learning to read music.) The second half involves playing songs and repertoire. The repertoire includes pieces chosen by Peter and pieces brought in by the student. The genre and style of music learned is dictated by the student’s interest.

***Harmonica Lesson Details***
Harmonica lessons specifically focus on blues harmonica, cross harp, and alternate harmonica positions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my travel guitar and music for lessons. Students are expected to have their own guitar or harmonica. Guitar rentals are available for beginning students.
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Rachel B. April 11, 2018
· Harmonica · In home
Cross harp was something that confused me, Peter was able to explain it better than I have ever heard. We are currently working on bends. He is always able to explain something in a different way when needed.
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Thomas R. April 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
My daughter has been taking lessons from Peter for about 1 year in Beverly. He has made made music fun for her, and has done a great job picking pieces for her skill level and walking her through.
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Tyler R. April 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Starting with scales, arpeggios and some basic repertoire I feel I am finally starting to read music and get the hang of it, which was my goal when starting several months ago. Would recommend!
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About Cal N.

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Where ever you are at in your musical journey, I will meet you there. I have plenty of experience with students of all ages and abilities so I have a deeper understanding of how to make meaningful connections and tools to provide a greater understanding. Whether the student wants serious, academic musical studies or just wants to have fun and blow off steam, I cater to the student's goals and desires.

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I started taking piano lessons when I was six before switching to violin. When I quickly reached an intermediate level on violin, I fell in love with bass guitar. I am now set to receive a music degree from FAU with a focus in bass guitar. Along the way, I have picked up guitar, ukulele, piano, drums, voice, harmonica, and even banjo! In total, I have about six years of experience teaching - both freelancing and at music stores, and over fifteen years of private lessons on various instruments. I love writing music, learning songs, and teaching students of all ages and backgrounds.
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Music is the greatest thing in the world. I grew up listening to my parent's music and began connecting to it at a very young age. By the time I was 12 I was singing and playing along to all my favorite records and fronting my own band. By 15 I was playing live shows with Don Was and Glenn Frey and doing session work in Glenn's studio. I performed at the Panama Jazz festival at 17 with my Jazz band, performed as finalists in the Monterey Jazz High School competition, and went on to study Popular Music Performance at USC. I am currently 25 years of age and write, produce, MD, perform, teach, and do session work for a living. My passion is sharing the gift of music with others that I cary with the utmost joy and gratitude. My goal is to help you reach your musical goals, and help you discover the ones you may not yet be aware of. I have an extensive musical vocabulary from all the listening and playing I've done across all genres, that enriches my musical life. It ranges from ...

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Music is the greatest thing in the world. I grew up listening to my parent's music and began connecting to it at a very young age. By the time I was 12 I was singing and playing along to all my favorite records and fronting my own band. By 15 I was playing live shows with Don Was and Glenn Frey and doing session work in Glenn's studio. I performed at the Panama Jazz festival at 17 with my Jazz band, performed as finalists in the Monterey Jazz High School competition, and went on to study Popular Music Performance at USC. I am currenty 25 years of age and write, produce, MD, perform, teach, and do session work for a living. My passion is sharing the gift of music with others that I cary with the utmost joy and gratitude. My goal is to help you reach your musical goals, and help you discover the ones you may not yet be aware of. I h
ave an extensive musical vocabulary from all the listening and playing I've done accross all genres, that enriches my musical life. It ranges from early blues and American roots music all the way to contemporary pop music that can be heard everywhere today. Whether you just want to learn how to strum a few chords or develop into a fully realized proffesional musician, I know how to help you get there. I've been teaching privately in Los Angeles for 7 years and have seen it all. My students range from 7 year olds with no experience all the way to seasoned pros. Im confident I can help you meet your goals and enjoy a life of music.
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