I can teach any student all the blues licks they need to have fun playing the blues. I also use this as a foundation for my begging students to learn how to improvise.
For intermediate/advanced students, we can move beyond the minor pentatonic scales and into all the different types of sound you can play on a blues.
Advanced: for advanced students, we look at how musicians in the past have played the blues. I can guide the student to more of the roots blues or the sophisticated jazz blues.
I help students make the guitar a part of their life, teaching them to play with individuality, creativity, and proper technique.
***for DC In-home students, minimum lesson time must be 60 minutes.***
Taught privately in the Washington DC area for 3 years before moving to NYC to earn my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music majoring in Jazz Guitar. I have accumulated more than 10 years of experience teaching the guitar. I gigged regularly in the DMV and NYC areas and have been doing a lot of shows, private parties, receptions, weddings, and business events. i have made recordings in studios and I am very musically active. I am extremely passionate, and I live to play, learn, and of course teach the guitar.
*** Lesson Details and Teaching Philosophy *** I love playing guitar and YOU will too!
The guitar is a fantastic instrument
and is so much fun to play. I incorporate musical fun into my lesson as much as I can because I want students to learn how to "play" music not "work" music. I have learned from many great musicians that music is driven by passion and should be enjoyable to the performer and this is felt by the audience. Teaching and learning are similar. I enjoy teaching so much and my students always have a smile on their face after the lesson.
Play the music YOU love!
I have learned in my experience that students show the most growth and progress while learning material that they are interested in. I have been trained to be able to play almost any tune I hear, so I can teach my students how to play their favorite tunes exactly how they hear them!
This means that lessons are customized and fine-tuned for every student!
Slow and steady WINS the race!
Learning music is not a race, but this lesson is true when learning music. I am able to work with students to help them improve by identifying and isolating problems in their playing. I can create simple exercises for the student to slowly and surely become closer to the guitarist they wish to be.
I am very flexible and prioritize the students need over everything else. But with everything I teach, I am able to relate back to theory. I show students how to practice effectively to build their chops. And I of course I can instruct the students how to read and write music, with proper technique. I also have an educated background with Theory and Ear Training, all of which I pass on to all my students.
I care very much about my students and love to see them excel!
*** Studio Equipment *** music studio in basement; amps; guitars (acoustic & electric); cables, music stands, sheet music
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide with me sheet music paper, a music stand, and a small amplifier if necessary.
The student should have a private space suitable to take lessons in and a guitar to learn with.
*** Specialties *** Modern Guitar Rock, R&B, Funk, Acoustic, Pop, Jazz, and also Christian music
Marvin is an excellent instructor who works with your skill level and customizes teaching accordingly. He also gives homework to your range and tips depending on your schedule. Goal is to have fun, learn, and one of your favorite songs.
October 2, 2019
Marvin has been a wonderful instructor. Patient yet sets high expectations for us, which pushes us to meet those expectations. In just a few lessons I can already see a lot of improvement. He's professional and reliable, and a pleasure to work with. We've very much enjoyed taking lessons with him.
August 31, 2019
Marvin has taught guitar to my 2 sons for 4 years. Marvin is very easy going and has a relaxed and fun approach to teaching. My boys enjoy learning from Marvin. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher.
Experienced in playing and teaching blues styles, including playing blues while at GMU.
I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days.
Upon graduation, I moved to the DC area to work in the engineering field, while s
imultaneously pursuing my music ambition. I studied classical guitar at American University with a student of the great Andres Segovia, and also studied jazz guitar with a former student of a prominent jazz guitarist, Pat Martino. Additionally, I sang in choirs and studied composition privately with a prominent Washington area composer and performer from Catholic University, I also began to teach at an area performing arts academy.
My most long-term experiences in music have been serving in my local church for over 30 years, either playing guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), piano, or arranging vocals in a contemporary worship band. I also started a church choir, and led both choir and small orchestra in a number of special performances. Additionally, I led congregational worship in different scenarios. During this time I also taught students of all ages guitar, piano, and music theory, and have continued to today in helping students to find their musical potential and pursue their musical ambitions.
I have recently retired from my engineering career so I can use my musical gifts in my local church and teach music as a second career. I have completed my second degree at George Mason University, and continue to play with other musicians there. More importantly, I continue to learn how to better teach others of all ages how to grow in all aspects of music-making.
*** Lesson Details *** Having taught for many years, my approach is flexible and I can adjust my teaching style and/or curriculum to maximize the student's potential for learning at any age. I encourage disciplined practice while working to make learning music an enjoyable experience. Although I specialize in guitar styles, I also teach piano, and can include music theory, sight reading, composition, and how to improvise on any instrument. I have taught improvisation on a number of different instruments such as violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.
Here are some testimonials from present or former students/parents:
"Mr. S. is very earnest; when he gives you a compliment, you can tell he really means it. He's very patient and experienced and skilled and he is willing to take what he's teaching down to my level to help me understand it." Gregory K., age 10 Geoff is a patient and encouraging instructor. He tailored my lessons towards the skills that I needed. He provides the necessary encouragement when the long hours of practice seem impossible to sustain. I could write a book about Geoff's credentials: highly qualified is an understatement. -- Neal B. Mr. S. is awesome at playing and teaching guitar, and he is nice and helps you. -- Michael B., age 12 I'm sure I could learn to Play Guitar Today using books and videos, but I think I'm on the right track with private one-on-one instruction. Linda H. The guitar lessons are fun, interactive, and instructive. A great way to make learning a delight! Gina R., parent
*** Studio Equipment *** Office at home w/ keyboard and guitars, white board, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide self-produced instructional material. Students provide their own instrument and a folder to store instructional material.
*** Specialties *** I teach any style of guitar, including classical and jazz. I also teach improvisation or "playing by ear" on any instrument; my experience includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute. I'm very familiar with 60's music (e.g., Beatles) I've performed a lot of folk music, rock music, and classical music I've played classical guitar and in classical and jazz ensembles at weddings and other special events.
I totally enjoyed my class with Geoff. We immediately started my lesson with tuning the ukulele. Then we went over the cords and strumming. I have been researching on playing the ukulele and his explanation on the strumming was a lot better than the book. He is teaching me how to play by listening to the notes which is great because I would be able to play the Hawaiian music for my hula classes. In addition, his studio is only a 5 minute drive from my house, which means I don’t have to deal with traffic.
July 24, 2018
great understanding of what I know and how to improve! Experienced instructor
January 17, 2018
Geoff is great! Really knows what he’s doing. I’ve learned a lot in the three weeks that I’ve been working with him.
Since Rock evolved from the blues, knowing how to play the blues is essential for guitarists to learn.
I have been playing guitar and bass for over 35 years and traveled the world playing concerts in Clubs and Stadiums. My band ESTUS was signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, I played with the Eddie Kirkland Blues Band, formed Fat City in Woodstock NY, and played toured nationally with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Currently I play in RSB, the Rick Sickmen Band, and teach at the School of Rock in Vienna. I want to share my knowledge and extensive experience with students to 'play it forward' while having fun.
*** Lesson Details *** From beginners to experienced players everyone has their own goals and style of learning. I will try to have my students playing songs as soon as possible, in the style (rock, blues, country) that they want, while teaching some basic music theory to build on. My studio is fully equipped with instruments,
amps, recording equipment, drums and PA system.
*** Studio Equipment *** guitars, amps, drums, 16 track recorder, soup to nuts
Experienced teacher of 5 years, specializing in beginner/ intermediate guitar, voice and performance. All ages welcome. Whether you're looking to play the blues, serenade your crush, shred face-melting guitar solos, or any other smattering of skills, lessons will be catered to meet the individual goals of the student. Not to mention random bits of musical trivia, picked up from years of obsessive Wikipedia reading.
I have been teaching guitar for over 7 years and recently graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. My approach to teaching is student focused, emphasizing the individual goals of each student rather than adhering to more traditional, standardized notions of music education. As such, emphasis is placed on modern musical styles, repertoire, and technology. I have found that this helps to maintain students’ motivation, and improve retention and skill. After all, music should be a fun challenge, not a chore.
Additionally, I spent the last two years working as an audio engineer in concert halls and recording studios. As such, all students, regardless of instrument, will have the opportunity to learn recording techniques and make a high quality recording of their work, when/if they feel ready.
Personalized guitar lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students that are tailored to your needs and goals, all in the comfort of your own home. I offer in-home and online lessons teaching everything from guitar chords and scales to songwriting and music theory. If you are looking to learn a specific genre, I specialize in jazz, rock, blues, Latin and pop. With my formal music education(Bachelors of Jazz Studies) and years of experience, I can help you become the guitarist you want to be. Don't miss out, schedule a trial lesson today!
Hi! I am a musician, composer and teacher. I graduated from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County with a Bachelors in Music with a focus in Jazz Studies.
My focus in teaching is helping you be the best musician you can be. I teach guitarist of all skill levels and ages, from beginners to advanced players. I make sure that the lessons are always tailored towards meeting your goals. With me you will learn guitar chords, scales, and songs that will help you grow as a musician. Aside from guitar technique I can also teach you with music theory, songwriting, and composition. The genres that I teach are jazz, rock, blues, pop, finger style guitar and Latin.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better musician!
I'm a full time professional musician with twenty years experience in teaching private lessons. I teach five days a week through Music & Arts, the nation's largest music lesson provider, and perform regularly with the DC Transit Band, a professional nine-piece group that plays weddings and special events across the DC/Baltimore area. I have performed at notable local venues including the Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, and the State Theatre. I specialize in contemporary styles of music, but also teach jazz and classical up to the intermediate level. I enjoy applying relevant aspects of music theory to my lessons so that my students not only understand where they're placing their fingers, but why! I teach all ages (youngest current student is 6, oldest is 82).
I'm a full time guitarist/musician with twenty years experience in teaching private lessons. I also perform regularly as the guitarist of the DC Transit Band, a nine-piece group that performs at weddings and special events across the DC/Baltimore area. I've performed at notable local venues including 9:30 Club, Kennedy Center, and State Theatre. I specialize in contemporary music (pop, rock, blues, and country) and can teach jazz and classical to the intermediate level. I teach most days through Music and Arts Center, the nation's largest lesson provider. My students range in age from 6 to 82 and vary from beginner to advanced.
I am a well-versed guitar teacher in every style and genre and will work hard to help every student achieve their goals.
Schuyler Kieley holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Education from George Mason University. He is extremely passionate about teaching and performing all forms of music. Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, Mr. Kieley grew up in a thriving musical environment with both his parents having musical backgrounds and was a student in the Arlington Central School District, recognized as one of the best in New York State. In his high school years, Mr. Kieley performed with the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All-State Jazz Ensemble and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern Jazz Ensemble. He also played both lead and solo trumpet in the Arlington High School Jazz Machine, which placed first at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival his junior and senior years. His senior year, he
received the Judges’ Choice award and Superior Musicianship award at the festival. In the Jazz Machine, he was awarded the Louis Armstrong jazz award. He also received the Arlington Band Boosters Scholarship Award and Arlington Symphony Orchestra Association Scholarship Award.
At George Mason, Mr. Kieley was actively involved in the School of Music. He currently played trumpet in the Wind Symphony under the direction of Professor Mark Camphouse and the Brass Ensemble under the direction of Professor Phil Snedecor. Since his freshman year, he played trumpet, guitar, and bass in the Green Machine Pep Band under the direction of Dr. Michael Nickens, and was also a scholarship recipient and setup crew leader with the band. In the past, he has performed with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, and Symphonic Band. Mr. Kieley studied with Professor Phil Snedecor, who performs with the National Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, and Washington Symphonic Brass. In the past, he has studied with Steve Luck, former principal trumpet of the West Point Military Academy Band, Dr. Dennis Edelbrock, former United States Army Band trumpeter, and James Osborn, trumpet faculty at Vassar College. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Kieley was a trumpet counselor at the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Mr. Kieley currently teaches guitar and jazz band at South County High School and has a private guitar and trumpet studio in the Northern Virginia area.
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"Ahmad is patient, extremely knowledgeable, and has an ease about his teaching style that makes learning fun and effective. I highly recommend him to the n
ovice and the advanced guitar player. You'll be playing beyond your expectations in less time than expected. Theory, composition, anecdotes, and practical advice. His knowledge is backed by decades of professional experience --- teaching and performing. Highly recommended!"
"I only had a few lessons with Alex before I moved away, but both my ability and my understanding of theory grew dramatically. Thanks Alex for giving me t
hat push to get started."
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ning opportunities he offers in terms of techniques, styles, rhythms, songs etc is huge and allows for training and development in the desired areas at every possible level. And he can back up the lessons by the underlying music theory as needed. In practice, Andy quickly spots where issues lie and provides useful hints to overcome technical problems. In addition he offers useful material which helps when practicing at home.
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Learning how to play blues guitar? Pay extra attention to these five things from guitar teacher Mike B....
1. In Tune Bends
The blues guitar style is full of bending strings. Bends, as well as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides, give guitarists the ability to imitate the way singers use various inflections while singing melodies. However, unlike hammers-ons and slides, bends are not guaranteed to be in tune. Since there is nothing worse than an out-of-tune bend in the climax of a great solo …