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Palm Coast, FL

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Fingerstyle, Chords, Advanced Theory, Getting it Under Your Fingers Fast. Songwriting, and recording. I also teach Guitar Repair, Setup and Maintenance.

About James
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 running 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.

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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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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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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
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James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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About Ben Z.

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I have been teaching Acoustic Guitar for 14 years. I develop my lesson curriculum to suit each student's specific goals, and strive to provide everyone with a solid foundation to build upon through a combination of proven practice routines and learning songs that match your personal musical taste!

I can provide a "lesson road map" for students who prefer playing with a pick or fingerstyle, and can help you achieve your goals in most genres of music.

About Ben
Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and
experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

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Breedlove AC25/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Goldtone Dojo (Banjo/Dobro)
Emmons Pedal Steel
Gretsch Lap Steel
VOX AC-30 amp
Fender Bassman amp
Fender GDEC amp
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Tim D. November 3, 2017
· Banjo · Online
I was a great experience and Ben is very knowledgeable easy to learn from
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Lance August 9, 2017
· Country Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)
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Rick June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Just my first lesson with Ben. But clearly he's very knowledgeable and loves what he does. He quickly assessed where I was, stayed positive, and gave me some things to work on and practice before our next lesson. Glad I found him!
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About Daniel M.

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San Antonio, TX

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I have been practicing guitar for the past 5 years. I can teach you all the foundation you need to continue on your own.

About Daniel
I love teaching, I can teach you at where you at and take you where you need to be. I only need a student with the desire to learn and to practice.
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John C. November 10, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Very good, clear and practical instructor.
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James August 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
Fantastic instructor. Really clear, thoughtful and helpful.
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Jason June 22, 2017
· GMAT · Online
I needed to get 690+ and I had bad experiences with other academies and tutor in the past. He gave me the foundations and the confidence to achieve my goal.
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About Ryan B.

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Chicago, IL

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I've been teaching guitar for 5 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. There are many styles I'm comfortable teaching from folk (fingerpicking or flatpicking), rock, blues and funk and I would love working on developing a unique style of your own. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of strumming, picking and chord changes and even a few simple songs under your belt. Moving on from there I will craft lessons to move you toward a "goal song," making sure to cater your progress to your needs while keeping a focus on good technique. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experiences and I can't wait to meet you!

About Ryan
Ryan is a musician from Jefferson Park who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he can make it one of yours, too.

As a teacher Ryan's goals are fairly simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong foundation on the basics, so as we learn more advanced techniques we have a solid base of technique to build upon. And third, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique.

After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the Univer
sity of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience of a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali.

Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being House of Blues, Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.
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Brian March 19, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Extremely knowledgable, nice and overall great teacher. I'm extremely happy with my first mandolin lesson and can't wait to practice what Ryan taught me and return for my next lesson.
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About Michele R.

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Whether you're learning to play and sing around the campfire, or want to be the nest biggest thing in music, learning the guitar is fun as well as challenging. Chords, note reading, modern tablature and easy songs are included in my introductory lessons. I teach song writing to intermediate students.

About Michele
I have been teaching strings, piano, harp and drums since 1999. Many of my students have studied with me for years and developed a lifelong love of music. Some have gone on to be professionals.

I have been tutoring music therapy students as well as teaching music composition for seven years.

I strive to help students achieve their musical goals however I can, but I do not tolerate laziness or half-hearted attempts.

Music can be a tool and thus, summers are dedicated to fun, composition and learning to record.
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· Acoustic Guitar · In home
So far Michele is a talented instructor. She is a down to earth person and knew my strengths and weakness right away. I am looking forward to my next class with her.
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About Jonas K.

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If you are interested in having lessons with me, please contact me and we can begin learning the art of making beautiful music!

I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students to accomplish their dreams of mastering an instrument or learning their favorite tune! But my most important teaching philosophy trait is to build your confidence & to take away your fear.

About Jonas
Jonas began his music studies on classical guitar at the age of 11 and first picked up a renaissance lute in Salzburg at age 19. He says, "It was the magic of plucking and strumming that got me hooked!"

He's been teaching guitar and giving masterclasses worldwide for over 5 years already, including Germany, Austria, Spain, South Korea and recently, USA.

He is a committed and passionate teacher of both guitar and lute. He has been teaching for the past five years. His studio includes students of all ages, abilities, and musical interests. Jonas believes in promoting and nurturing a passion of music in his students while challenging and inspiring them to find a place for music in their lives. All students have different goals, interests, and learning styles and Jonas strives to find a teaching approach which is tailored to each indivi
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Dara December 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jonas is a very talented musican, He has been working with my 9 year old son and the improvement week after week is impressive. Jonas is also very timely and respectful in our home. We thourghly enjoyed having him and we recommend him !
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Tim Simon October 12, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
As a weekly student for the past two years, I have seen a dramatic improvement in both my playing and technique. Jonas has a knack for personalizing each lesson to the specific student's skill level, while keeping it both fun and challenging. If you are a beginner or an accomplished guitarist, your guitar skills will undoubtably improve with Jonas personalized touch and commitment to helping you achieve your guitar goals.
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Tim Simon October 12, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
As a weekly student for the past two years, I have seen a dramatic improvement in both my playing and technique. Jonas has a knack for personalizing each lesson to the specific student's skill level, while keeping it both fun and challenging. If you are a beginner or an accomplished guitarist, your guitar skills will undoubtably improve with Jonas personalized touch and commitment to helping you achieve your guitar goals.
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About Jake H.

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Expect to receive in-depth guidance in guitar technique, such as strumming patterns (palm-muting, slap strumming, up and down strumming patterns), time signatures, sweet-picking, improvising, chord structure, learning to find the key of any song by ear, reading and playing chord charts, palm-muting, arrangements, soloing, reading and playing tablature, rhythm and lead styles, as well as playing to match different genres, such as blues, folk, rock, indie, contemporary, classical, and more!

About Jake
There are many ways to express the heart, and music is one way I love to do that. I would love to help sharpen your skills in expressing art, music, emotion, and creativity in any way I can! I believe the gift of music is given to each person to enjoy, experience, and express what words alone cannot.

I have been playing music for 7 years, and have had the opportunity to play guitar and sing in many settings. Much of this experience has been in a Christian worship music setting, and also with open mic nights, scoring for video, as well as writing and playing in a band. The instrument I am most comfortable teaching is guitar, and I have also sung in most settings I have played guitar in. I have also learned a lot about how to use programs like Garageband and Ableton to produce ad record music as it is crucial to capture inspiration befor
e it flies away sometimes. I also have some experience in playing ukulele, drums, piano, bass, and backup vocals.
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About Ethan E.

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Touring guitarist, experienced composer for film/media, and professional music instructor for the past 8 years! I graduated Magna Cum Laude from McNally Smith College of Music with two bachelor's degrees; Guitar Performance and Instrumental Composition. I have taught students of literally all ages (4-76) and most specialize in guitar, music theory, and composition. I also teach beginner to intermediate piano lessons! My greatest strong suit as a teacher is my incredible flexibility in adapting to the student's learning style. Originally a self-taught guitarist, I know the struggles of learning or continuing to better oneself on an instrument. I guarantee you that I will work hard and patiently with you to help you reach your musical goals!

About Ethan
Hello and thank you for checking out my profile! My name is Ethan E. and I'm 22 years old. Originally raised in the northwestern tip of Minnesota, I moved to St. Paul to pursue a degree(s) in music after receiving a scholarship to McNally Smith College of Music. I am an active performer in the Twin cities area playing freelance and with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and Mariah Mercedes band. I'm comfortable playing a wide range of styles, but play mostly contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Classical, and Rock/Blues. I work closely with Grammy-nominated producer/arranger Andy Thompson (Taylor Swift/Jeremy Messersmith) and composer/arranger Adi Yeshaya (The Voice, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston). My ultimate love is composing music for orchestra and jazz ensemble. Composers and guitarists that have influenced me the most are Allan Holdsworth
, Pat Metheny, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Williams, Randy Rhoads, and Adrien Moignard. Please let me share my knowledge and passion for music with you today!
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Chris D. June 12, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Fourth lesson in with Ethan and absolutely love it! I was recommended by a friend to try him out and don't regret it one bit! I wanted to learn more about music theory and how I can pair it effectively with my guitar playing and composing.
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Lisa June 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ethan's personality and teaching approach has made the last 3 months of learning guitar very enjoyable and inspiring! His playing and compositions amazed me from the very first lesson. His teaching environment is very beautiful and professional (he lives in an artist loft) I've recommended him to friends who've started taking lessons with him as well! :)
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Aaron is a guitarist and teacher active in the Central Virginia music scene. He performs with the Army National Guard Band all around the state of Virginia.

He lives in Lynchburg, serves as Director of Music at Faith Alliance Church, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at Liberty University.

Aaron is formally trained in Classical and Jazz guitar styles, has been performing contemporary styles such as Rock, Blues, Funk, and Heavy Metal for many years, and is also proficient in Country and Latin styles. As a result, he will teach any style desired by the individual. Every lesson is individualized based on the student’s needs and interests!
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About Dan V.

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From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, and specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Acoustic, Folk, Rock, Classical, Blues, Songwriting and Recording.

About Dan
I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Craig September 19, 2017
· Classical Guitar · Online
I really enjoy learning from Dan. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Dan. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor.
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Ben September 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son looks forward to the lessons. Jordan does a great job with him. He has also been very accommodating with our schedule if things have come up.
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Amber September 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dan is a great teacher. He is patient but also catches my mistakes so I can fix them. I'm excited about getting better at piano.
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