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Marvin A.

Montgomery Village, MD 20886

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

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.

About Marvin

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
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October 4, 2019
Rosie
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
Beth B.
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
Anunoy G.
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.

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Marvin A.

Montgomery Village, MD

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Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA 22032

(13)

Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Experienced in playing and teaching blues styles, including playing blues while at GMU.

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.

*** 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
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.

*** 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.
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December 31, 2018
Cherry
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
Bill Smoot
great understanding of what I know and how to improve! Experienced instructor
January 17, 2018
McKinley Dyer
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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Geoff S.

Fairfax, VA

(13)

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

I can teach you theory and improvisation to make the most out of jamming with your friends and refine your chops

About Aleksis

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

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

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

I have been teaching music pr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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October 2, 2019
Sommer F.
My 14 year old daughter enjoyed Aleksis’ laid back but knowledgeable style. Highly recommended for teenagers.
September 26, 2019
Sophie B.
Aleksis taught three consecutive lessons to our 9, 11, and 14 year old - two piano and one guitar. He was professional, patient, and fun. Kids enjoyed having him so off to a good start.
September 7, 2019
Mami Q.
Wonderful instructor.

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Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD

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John N.

Chantilly, VA 20151

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Since Rock evolved from the blues, knowing how to play the blues is essential for guitarists to learn.

About John

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

*** Specialties ***
Rock (all kinds), Blues, Pop, Country, ear training.
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September 9, 2017
Matt
John is great to work with. Very laid back and has a natural feel for just what you need to learn.
January 30, 2017
Robert
John is extremely knowledgeable and the lessons are enjoyable.
January 5, 2017
George
Outstanding knowledge and relaxed supportive teaching style

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John N.

Chantilly, VA

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Jake P.

Bethesda, MD 20817

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

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.

About Jake

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.

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st in lessons. I hope to hear from you soon!
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July 24, 2018
Monica K.
Super knowledgeable/knows what he’s doing! Loved my first day!!
June 28, 2018
Caroline W.
Jake has been a wonderful instructor: very knowledgeable, gives great tips & advice, and always encouraging. Thanks, Jake!
May 29, 2018
Tyler
Great teacher. Very flexable. Defiantly glad I made the dession to start lessons. I have leared alot.

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Jake P.

Bethesda, MD

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Tyler J.

Frederick, MD 21703


Private Blues Guitar Teacher

Children and adults alike benefit from and enjoy the personalized elements of our teaching style. We provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and techniques necessary to become skilled musicians, and are always happy to help students work toward their individual goals for learning. We believe strongly that learning should be fun. We work hard to ensure an enjoyable learning experience. In making sure that students enjoy what they are learning, we add value to the skills that are taught, by fostering a true appreciation for the joy music can bring.

About Tyler

Children and adults alike benefit from and enjoy the personalized elements of our teaching style. We provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and techniques necessary to become skilled musicians, and are always happy to help students work toward their individual goals for learning. We believe strongly that learning should be fun. We work hard to ensure an enjoyable learning experience. In making sure that students enjoy what they are learning, we add value to the skills that are taught, by fostering a true appreciation for the joy music can bring.
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Tyler J.

Frederick, MD

Gustavo C.

Arlington, VA 22206


Private Blues Guitar Teacher

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!

About Gustavo

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!

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Gustavo C.

Arlington, VA

Daniel S.

Arlington, VA 22207

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Private Blues Guitar Teacher

TRAVELING GUITAR TEACHER/PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN WITH COLLEGE DEGREE IN MUSIC/GUITAR AND HUNDREDS OF SHOWS PERFORMED LIVE AT THE DMVs TOP VENUES!!!

CUSTOMIZED LESSON PLANS FOR EACH STUDENT MAKES THE LESSONS PRODUCTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, & MOST IMPORTANTLY… SUPER FUN!!!

TEACHING ALL AGES, LEVELS, & STYLES!!!

TRAVELING TO THE STUDENT’S HOME FOR LESSONS MAKES IT EXTRA CONVENIENT WITH NO TRAFFIC TO DRIVE IN!!!

About Daniel

TRAVELING GUITAR TEACHER/PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN WITH COLLEGE DEGREE IN MUSIC/GUITAR AND HUNDREDS OF SHOWS PERFORMED LIVE AT THE DMV’S TOP VENUES!!!

CURRENTLY HAS AVAILABILITY FOR NEW GUITAR STUDENTS MONDAY-SUNDAY. TEACHING ALL AGES, LEVELS, & STYLES!!!

TRAVELING TO THE STUDENT’S HOME FOR LESSONS MAKES IT EXTRA CONVENIENT WITH NO TRAFFIC TO DRIVE IN!!!

CUSTOMIZED LESSON PLANS FOR EACH STUDENT MAKES THE LESSONS PRODUCTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, & MOST IMPORTANTLY… SUPER FUN!!!

OVER 15 YEARS TEACHING & PERFORMING THROUGHOUT THE DMV & BEYOND!!!!

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Allan Stormon
"After messing around on the guitar for years I'm looking for a teacher who can go back and take me through all the building blocks of music, including sca
les, chords, and formations. After just one jam-packed 60 min lesson with Eric I know he's the teacher that can do just that. I feel like I've already learned more than I could in weeks of doing it on my own.

Super pumped to reignite my guitar learning with Eric as I know I'll be able to make progress faster with the proper guided direction.

Let the good times roll..."
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Joey
"Ahmad is awesome. Super knowledgeable, flexible and professional with scheduling, and a bad ass guitar player. If you're looking to take your playing to t
he next level give him a call!"
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Nobu
"I have been studying with Ahmad for just about 2 months. But that's enough for me to say he is an awesome guitar teacher. I think his teaching experience
and method is a huge advantage for people who need professional guidance.

I was self-teaching for about a year before I came to Ahmad. It worked out just fine. I learned something. But I started to get confused at a point where I don't know how to move forward. I like a very specific group of guitarist (mostly Japanese fingerstyle players). And I wanted to learn how to master songs from those guitarist. And there is no such website or book that would teach me how to do that. Most of the guitar books or websites either give out general informations or put all information together as a mess.

Finally I decided to find a teacher. I found the lesson with Ahmad pretty effective. He is an experienced teacher who knows what you need to learn in order to achieve your goal. He has plenty of handouts that really helps me practice. The most important thing I learned from him is the big picture of guitar learning. For example, I learned the connection between scales and chords, why/how to improvise with these, how to go from there to other relevant things, etc.

When I look back over a year, I realize I have wasted some much time and effort trying to teach myself and wish it could have similar outcome as having a good teacher. Studying with Ahmad saves me so much time and effort (because it's actually easier!)"
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Ken
"Couldn't ask for a better instructor! Ahmad is an unbelievably talented player, but more than that, he has a system for instruction which breaks down a n
umber of complex concepts and makes it easy to absorb new things. I can tell from listening in on his other lessons (when I arrive early) that he's great at tailoring his lessons to the individual's goals. For some, it's music theory and structure, for others its riffs and teaching particular songs."
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Mac
"It is fun to learn basics with Richard. Looking forward to the next lesson."
Tucker
"Heading into my first class with Tim, I had almost no musical experience (at least for the last 15+ years). In a very casual way, he was able to get a sen
se of where I was and where he should start with my instruction.

I was very reluctant to take lessons at first, but my wife got me started with Tim and it was really worth it. He was accommodating to my relatively slow speed of learning and easily adapted to my own musical preferences and interests.

His studio is a great space and is located within a really cool, historic building. The sound is fantastic and it's a comfortable space to practice in.

I highly recommend Tim for lessons - especially for adults who may not be able to dedicate hours a day to practicing. I took lessons weekly for three months and I got a great foundation for practicing. Once my life settles down a little, I definitely hope to go back."
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Norman
"Great guy to work with. If you have been playing for a while and the playing is getting no where. See Ahmad! He has tips that will make you a better playe
r."
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JT
"Excellent teacher! Highly recommend"
Chris
"Ahh man, Alans great. He is patient and very good at explaining certain scales and techniques. He'll get you on that path you're trying to get on."
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