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About Geoff S.

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Fairfax, VA

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I have 30 years experience in playing and teaching many styles, including rock, folk, classical, and jazz, I have played classical guitar at weddings for over 30 years, both as a soloist and with ensembles. I have put together occasional jazz groups. I am also familiar with much rock and folk music, especially from the '60s.

About Geoff
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.

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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
œI'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.

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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.
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McKinley Dyer January 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
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.
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Gordon Lu October 11, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
hope there is more effort in teaching.
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darius July 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Geoff puts you at ease, he listens. Teaches to your skill level. I'm actually looking forward to the next class. I haven't looked forward to picking up a guitar in years and now I'm jazzed
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Geoff S.

Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA 22032
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About Joe B.

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Rocksmith Method Music as language

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 Earl C.

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

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

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

Greenbelt, MD 20770
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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.

Tommy W.

Falls Church, VA 22043
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About Daniel B.

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Guitar has always been a springboard for me for musical ideas. Teaching guitar has been very rewarding because it (like piano) gives students skills that transfer well across all instruments and musical styles which lets me see my students have fun in many different directions. My lessons are divided into sections that get students playing tunes quickly while also focusing on technique and musicality/creative exercises.

About Daniel
Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing and teaching bass (electric and upright) and guitar in all styles for over 10 years. I even have a Masters Degree and a double major Bachelors in music to show for it. My students have the benefit of highly customized lessons based on their interests and goals.
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Charita P. August 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really liked the structured teaching methodology.
Daniel is very patient
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Shiva S. June 24, 2017
· Guitar · In home
One of the best teachers my son has had. He looks forward to his lessons everytime.
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Jenny March 1, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Daniel is very thorough and patient. He's a great teacher!
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Daniel B.

Centreville, VA 20121
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About Brian G.

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Annandale, VA

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I have been teaching all levels and styles of acoustic guitar for over 20 years. Beginners usually start with my instruction book, So You Want to Learn How to Play Guitar? You will start playing songs from your 1st lesson. For students who already play, I do an assessment of your experience and skills and design a plan based on this and the type of music you want to learn. I specialize in Country Acoustic Blues, finger-picking, flat picking, and slide. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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.

Annandale, VA 22003
(7)
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$55 / 45-min

About Taylor O.

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I have been playing guitar for almost 12 years now. I have helped many musicians for their auditions into various music schools and programs and each have been granted acceptance, some even received scholarship. I am currently studying music for a degree in music education with an emphasis on guitar pedagogy. I also like to teach and incorporate elements regarding ear training and music theory. Music is very personal and should be treated as such, therefore I believe the student should have a wide latitude of input for what they wish to learn and goals they deem fit to achieve. I am truly driven towards playing and spreading the love of playing music and will help the student reach their highest potential possible. I can teach blues, rock, pop, jazz, and classical.

About Taylor
Music is a world within itself, your instrument a microcosm of that world which you create. There are no rules, no limits except the ones you put on yourself. This idea means volumes to me and the ability to pass on this feeling to someone else is beyond success to me. I love to teach and am willing to go wherever the student wants to go and give them the necessary tools in order to build the world they want to create. I have been playing for almost 12 years and have a lot to share that I've learned over that time. I teach blues, rock, pop, jazz, funk, R&B, and classical styles as well as improvisation the the necessary music theory and ear training to go along with it. I can also teach elements of songwriting if the student wishes to song write. I have helped students with their auditions into various music schools and programs all of wh
ich they have been accepted into, some even receiving scholarship. I have also tutored students from freshman in college to juniors in college in music theory and ear training. I have played with various jazz bands and combos as well has pop and jam bands around the Radford Virginia area.

I cannot wait to meet the student and take their playing and musicianship to new heights!
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Taylor O.

Arlington, VA 22207
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$20 / 30-min

About Richard "Ricardo" M.

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Fort Washington, MD

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Playing the guitar doesn't have to be hard. All you need is the right teacher! I have been teaching guitar for 25 years and specialize in Flamenco guitar for beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional level players. I am also well versed in Classical, Jazz and electric guitar for all levels. I will help you build on your individual understanding of guitar technique, music theory, composition and improvisation. Most importantly, I want you to have fun learning!

About Richard "Ricardo"
I am a professional guitarist, vocalist, composer and teacher with a worldwide fan base. I graduated from James Madison University with Bachelor's of Music Industry degree. I specialize in Flamenco guitar and teach students from all over the world ranging in ability from beginner to professional. Look me up online, see me playing and listen to my original music.

I began my musical journey as the son of two professional classical guitarists. I started with electric guitar as a young fan of such players as Paul Gilbert and Nuno Bettencourt. In college, I was into Jazz and greatly influenced by Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin. They lead me to Flamenco maestro Paco de Lucia. I subsequently traveled to Spain and studied with the renowned Flamenco guitarist, Gerardo Nuñez.

With my unique mastery of the guitar, technique, music theo
ry, composition and improvisation, I feel that my students receive a rich and eclectic musical foundation. After teaching student for over 25 years, I have a lot of experience in guiding students to reach their highest potential. I encourage individuality and a positive learning environment. I am available to teach from my home studio just outside the Washington, DC area or via live online lessons.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Flamenco, Gypsy Rumba, Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, and Classical.
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Richard "Ricardo" M.

Fort Washington, MD 20744
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About Ben H.

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Arlington, VA
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I grew up in Galax, VA where bluegrass has it's roots. My experience ranges from jazz instruction at the University of Virginia to jam sessions and performance at bluegrass festivals.

About Ben
Hi! I'm a 24 year old musician with a wide range of experience and a very patient personality. I've been giving lessons to children since I was in high school, and I love to pass the knowledge of music on to anyone willing to learn.

I grew up in the small town of Galax, VA where bluegrass music has its roots. You could easily pick my southern accent out of a crowd here in the DC area.

I've played in many bluegrass bands and a few blues and jazz groups.
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Ben H.

Arlington, VA 22204
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$50 / 30-min

About Abigail S.

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I began playing guitar when I took courses at Shenandoah Conservatory. I have been playing since 2008 and teaching since 2012

About Abigail
Abigail Selby began playing Celtic harp in 1999 and recorded her first original composition at age fourteen. At age seventeen, Abigail travelled to Scotland to compete in the Scottish Mod and received third place in the advanced level harp competition. When Abigail attended college at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, she pursued Classical pedal harp as her primary instrument. She has since then been performing with orchestras of the DC metropolitan area at places such as the Kennedy Center and Black Rock Performing Arts Center. In 2012, she recorded and produced her first full length album of original music called Sow Hope, which features her on electric and acoustic harp, vocals, percussion, and piano. Abigail is a board certified music therapist and has worked with hospice care, psychiatric hospitals, autism, dementia and
Alzheimer's, TBI and PTSD. She has been teaching private music lessons on harp, piano, guitar, and voice since 2007. Abigail performs regularly with her husband as an original duo called Abigail Selby & Eric Selby. Together, the duo has played at venues such as Blues Alley, the Birchmere and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. They recently completed their second full-length album called Gypsy Second. Abigail is truly a multi-genre instrumentalist and recording artist, and enjoys approaching music with an emphasis on personal expression.
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Abigail S.

Abigail S.

Sterling, VA 20164
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$50 / 30-min

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