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About Lynn K.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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Basics of the language of music, also instrument specific

About Lynn
Whether you are 5, 25, or perhaps 85 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.  

Your relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique &
will be lifelong.  I look forward to sharing your
excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the
eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing music', as well as become focused & disciplined to succeed.

You will learn to have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum of 3 songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire.

We will learn how to
'play well with others' in informal as well as more structured gatherings every few months, with no pressure, only compassion & encouragement.

For those wishing to join in the fun of playing bluegrass music, we will start out with technique exercises, scales, basic melodies & accompaniment patterns to prepare you to learn this unique & exciting style of American music. There are many gatherings in the area called 'Pickin' Parties' that I want to get you ready to participate in as soon as is humanly possible.

If you are one of those brave souls undertaking the lovely but challenging fretless instrument, the violin, my main focus is to get you started with the all the necessary basic techniques - holding the instrument & bow correctly, getting the best possible tone & pitch using efficiency & accuracy, mixed with a great deal of ear training & heart.

Specific songs you'd like to learn? Your reward for accomplishing what I deem necessary on whichever instrument you've chosen will be for us to then listen to & analyze your desired piece, & I will then write it out in either tablature or standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson studio contains music stand, tuner, metronome, & there is easy parking in the well-lit front lot.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have own instrument & be willing to purchase necessary tools as recommended at their first lesson for their instrument & playing level, such as music stand, tuner, pick, book, strap, etc. at a local music store or online.

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Ragtime Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle, Flatpick, Accompaniment, Ear Training, Theory, Harmony
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Diane January 11, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
Great first lesson!! Looking forward to my next one.
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Cat November 17, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Allison Wilson August 13, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Always fun
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Lynn K.

Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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About Rob R.

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I've taught music theory to bass players, guitar players, keyboard players, even a drummer! I wrote Austin Guitar School's music theory course, and I enjoy helping people understand what they're doing, and how to do it better. Knowledge is power!

About Rob
I'm a professional bass player in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. At one time or another I've played just about every style of music, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I love 'opening doors' for students, helping them understand how music works and how they can sound better than ever. I graduated from B.I.T. in Los Angeles and I have thousands of hours of teaching, gigging, and recording experience. I'll share that experience with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to use real music to show how technical concepts work. Once I've gotten to know you and your musical goals and preferences, I'll point you towards the knowledge you need, and show you how that knowledge works in the music you like.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: recording equipment, bass, amp, chairs, music stands, additional seati
ng for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my bass, iPod, tuner, drum machine,manuscript paper,etc. The student needs to provide adequate space and amplification.

*** Specialties ***
Theory, fingerstyle, thumb, reading notation & chord symbols, blues, country, funk, jazz, rock, soul.
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Kino P. February 28, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Very patient instruction for my 10 year old son.
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Chuck June 26, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
very good first lesson. I look forward to the next one. Thanks.
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Doug K. August 30, 2015
· Bass Guitar · Online
Explains material and lessons clearly a great instructor.
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About Barbara M.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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All music theory concepts covered and utilized during lessons; scales and chord formations.

About Barbara
Music has been an integral part of my world, playing a major role in both my personal and professional life. I embrace the chance to be immersed in it, to share my enthusiasm for and expertise in the area of the music education experience, promoting creative development and student performance skills.

I am an original New Yorker but have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 20 years. I began studying piano at the age of 7 and have not stopped playing since. It is a gift and a joy to be able to share my love of music performance with people of all ages and abilities. I have also sung in many choirs in addition to performing professionally on the piano and the guitar, both as a soloist and ensemble member.

I rejoice in the success that I see in my students as they learn and gain an appreciation for the gift of music. They become more
and more eager to share and more and more open to the possibilities ahead.

*** Lesson Details ***
I listen well to my students. They are free and encouraged to express their goals and soon, they become more and more comfortable doing so. They begin to understand that even though I am their instructor, we are working as a team and that my goals for them are directly tied to the goals they have set for themselves.

My teaching style is natural, relaxed and yet, very enthusiastic, all at the same time. I have patience in abundance and my continual student affirmation is well received. I give most attention to personalizing instruction for each of my students. My passion for musical expression is contagious and readily shared. It is a joy to teach music, to contribute to the growth and delight that I witness through a student's progress.

I have taught music to both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. My teaching approach remains the same, save for the goals that suit the specific student, which we discover early on, sometimes even at the first session, together, right from the start. I DO ask that a parent sit in on the lesson for my under age 10 students, at the beginning for sure, then at the child/parent's discretion. My beginning students receive the attention necessary to encourage their desire to persevere, which includes positive feedback (which is abundant) and a teaching style that fits his/her level of learning. My student's success is my goal. This is my jubilant mission.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, Ukulele

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own 4 guitars, 1 classical, 2 acoustic/electric, and 1 electric, which I can provide for the lesson, if necessary.
I own a Baldwin Acrasonic piano.

The students will need to buy their books.

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Clear presentation of the instrument and the most comfortable way to achieve the best playing results. Emphasis on Theory including chords and improvisation.

Styles: From Classical to Broadway to Folk to Rock to Jazz to Blues.
Genres: All
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Eugene G. December 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Well it was just my first lesson so far. But I think it went very well. Found her to be very pleasant to work with easy to get along with. I'm looking forward to my next lesson coming up Monday.
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Ernie C. April 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
She is wonderful. That she gave me a hint of her own talents while demonstrating something for me was a gift. I am so glad she’s consented to help me relearn guitar.
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Danielle September 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Barbara is an incredibly fun and enthusiastic teacher. She instilled confidence in her students while helping them grow in such a short amount of time. Highly recommended
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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About Nathan R.

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I can cover a wide range of topics in theory. From the very basics to counterpoint and proper voice leading as well as more advance form and analysis

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Adriel B. December 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Nathan is very good with Adriel, explaining new notes and steps patiently. He is very encouraging and they are progressing at a brisk pace. Adriel loves his lessons and all he is learning.
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Amelia W. August 9, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her lesson with Nate. He shared some tricks with her that she was showing me in the car on the way home. She never does that. She left very excited to learn more!
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Malik B. April 15, 2018
· Drum · In home
Great teaching skills
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About Simeon K.

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Chesapeake, VA
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AP theory exam or college level theory

About Simeon
Degrees held:
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - MM, PD
Oberlin College and Conservatory - BM

I teach private piano lessons, music theory classes, and accompanying. Students of all ages/levels are welcome. My teaching method primarily focuses on the process of learning music. Students are encouraged to make manageable goals for each lesson so that they can feel a sense of achievement throughout the entire learning process. The smaller goals keep the students motivated constantly enabling them to become a better musician. By focusing on the process of learning, students are learning a set of skills that will enable them to learn pieces quicker and allow for a more rewarding end product. They also are able to apply these learning skills to many different areas of study, which enhances their personal growth.

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Boston Baby Grand - Teaching Room A
Yamaha Upright - Teaching Room B
Janssen Upright - Classroom
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Toni July 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Simeon is awesome! My 8-year-old son connected with him in seconds and enjoys every lesson. Looking forward to many, many years of lessons with Simeon!
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Gabriel March 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio
It was a lot of fun! I highly recommend Simeon!
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Nikolas K. February 29, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He is best instructor ever.My son likes his teacher and enjoys every lesson.Simeon is high rank professional
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Chesapeake, VA 23322
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About Cara Isadora M.

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Norfolk, VA

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I teach music theory

About Cara Isadora
Hi there! My name is Cara. I am an award winning vocalist and experienced performer who loves to teach singing. My goal is to demystify vocal technique for students and help them “find their voice" pretty quickly with patience and care in a safe and friendly environment. In a relaxed, positive, and supportive atmosphere; students will improve their breath control and support, projection, phrase length, range, intonation, quality, comfort, stage performance and presentation skills, as well as other technical and stylistic aspects. I am currently available to teach lessons at my studio and online.

My credentials and affiliations include a Bachelor's in Vocal Music from Lamar University, Hurrah Players, Governor's School for the Arts, Opera Breve, and VA Opera. I specialize in opera and musical theater. I also record and perform pop, roc
k, R&B, and jazz. Trained by some of the best artists and teachers in Virginia and Texas, I have gained extensive knowledge in vocal pedagogy that has allowed me to become versed in numerous styles and crossover genres. Contact me and we can discuss in more detail want you are looking for in a voice teacher, your vocal goals and experiences, as well as availability and location details. Do not miss the opportunity to work with someone who is really dedicated to nurturing voices and serving art in a down to earth way and will get you where you want to go fast.
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Rodney J. June 5, 2018
· Singing · In home
She took me to my weaknesses. Information on voice exercises. Mimic sounds of emotion to enhance vocal range. Overall, great instruction!
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Ashley March 13, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
I love taking lessons with Ms. Cara! She is very patient and kind, and I greatly appreciate that in a teacher!!
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lauren October 19, 2017
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Really great teacher and very sweet!
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Cara Isadora M.

Norfolk, VA 23508
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About Laura Leighe S.

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I teach a simple, and broken down system of music theory, that is ideal for the vocalist, songwriter, and beginner or intermediate pianist to quickly grasp and apply to their practice! Taught along with piano lessons, it is the perfect way for the vocalist/ songwriter to be able to accompany themselves with basic piano chords within the first few lessons!
I use my own system, plus the Alfred's Piano books for children and adults if desired by client.

About Laura Leighe
International Billboard hit singer/ songwriter - Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week!

Laura Leighe is also a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only International Music & Songwriting Competition, with 2 of her songs making the top 12 of their genres out of 6,000 submitted.

For 11 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Skype. Certified in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques. Degree in Vocal Music Edu. from Oklahoma University.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has devel
oped a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or intermediate pianist to learn a combination of traditional sight-reading and reading / composing chords on their own. Laura and her husband, Trent own and operate a Recording Studio & Writing Room in Santa Monica, CA.
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Keegan C. December 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
Laura is amazing. We're so fortunate to have come across her here. She's talented, patient, and encouraging of my daughter's singing. She has a gift for bringing out the best in her and challenging her to sing beyond what she knew she was capable of.
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Sheryl December 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
The most amazing vocal teacher I've ever had and she gives you great tips and she encourages to be the best you!!!!!! I am so lucky to have found Laura as a teacher
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Lee Roy K. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
She's great
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About Tristi C.

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Chesapeake, VA
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Theory lesson to strengthen the fundamentals in classical music

About Tristi
Teacher in SK Piano Academy
Accompanist

I teach private piano lessons and music theory. Students of all ages are welcome. My teaching philosophy is to assist students to achieve their personal goals in music in a tailored, enjoyable, and efficient manner.

I encourage students to perform and share their talents through participating in studio recitals and masterclasses. My students have the opportunities to participate in local music events such as competitions, theory tests, and auditions.

I am an accompanist in Old Dominon University, Norfolk State University, and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. I offer accompanying services for events.
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Hanadi A. November 6, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
It’s great I love the class today and I learned a lot.
Thank you
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Amelia B. February 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tristi is an excellent teacher. She uses a great balance of positive comments about your performance and comments about areas that need improvement. She plays beautifully, which provides good models for learning. Her knowledge of composer's styles and the periods of music is excellent. She is also very personable.
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Genevieve C. January 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Tristi is a great teacher, she really explained the lesson well. Very much recommend her.
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Tristi C.

Tristi C.

Chesapeake, VA 23322
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I will help you to understand music theory as it applies to your specific instrument. Additionally, we will look at information regarding instruments you may accompany. We're not looking at orchestrating a symphony and will not learn erroneous information. This is focused on developing the knowledge necessary for mastery of your instrument or instruments and bringing more to you creatively. It also serves to give you the real world ability to communicate with other musicians who work with a different instrument.
This is a great subject for combining with other subjects, which I'm always happy to do. For some students, this can justify a 90 minute lesson. I have some adult students who spend as much as two hours with me.

About Phil
I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my students have gone on to careers in music as performers, songwriters and/or teachers.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. You will learn the entire instrument. In cases where a student works in more than one subject, one session can typically be applied
to all/both of them. I strive to help every student find their own creative voice, while building the skill sets required to work in any style of music.

I also offer group lessons for 3 or more students. For friends at similar skill levels, this can offer a fun and more affordable way to learn a subject. It also serves as an additional motivator as the students in the group feed off of each other for ideas and inspiration.

Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. This can include questions about my method, or regarding days and times for lessons. What you see in my availability here is based on my schedule away from TakeLessons. I have students elsewhere and perform shows regularly. I may have additional times available and tend to have some flexibility. I teach worldwide online. Just ask.

As soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study, day and time. I will receive a notification that you've signed up. I will then confirm with you and send a questionnaire regarding your lesson needs within 48 hours.

Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to working with you!
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Reenee H. January 9, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Just my first lesson but I enjoyed it and feel like I am learning the basics well.
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Mya A. November 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Very patient!
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Noah June 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
Phil is walking me through the theory and we are making progress so it’s goinf well.
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Hi! my name is Solomon. I am an experienced multi-instrumentalist and instructor. I have performed and sand with various music bands at concerts, events, parties in the US & abroad. Experience counts! I have the special teaching skill needed for you to learn well and fast.

My lessons are custom-tailored to your learning style. I teach music rudiments & a lot of play-alongs, solo-ing or chords. I believe your goals are to understand and apply music concepts with CONFIDENCE &… JUST PLAY/ SING beautifully!

I enjoy teaching both children & adults of any age. I understand the challenges beginners face- momentum, applying music basics,finger techniques, chords - most of which I have MASTERED. So I believe we can work together & enhance your music theory understanding. Relax, hire me & let's jam!

About Tosin
Tosin here. Wanna play sax well like Kenny G, Dave Koz or Charlie Parker, Let me teach you. I am a versatile, well travelled, actively performing sax instructor & well-rounded musician ( playing 6 instruments professionally). I have performed with various music bands in the US and abroad. Yes, experience counts!

I take pride in distilling relevant music concepts. I focus on showing you how to construct your scales & notes, so you can articulate beautifully. I FILTER OUT boring theories & lack of focus which comes with playing stereotyped "book" music.

I believe your goal is to PICK UP the sax ANYTIME with CONFIDENCE &… JUST PLAY beautifully! My sax lessons are custom-tailored to your learning style. I teach music rudiments & playing jazz .

I enjoy teaching both children & adults of any age. 2 out of 3 students i have worked
with, just over the past 3 months, now play in their school/ church bands with great commendations (see reviews). I also taught a 56 year old beginner last year.

I understand the challenges upcoming sax players face- momentum, applying music basics, developing clean tone, maintaining rhythm, improvisation - most of which I have MASTERED. So I believe we can work together & help you play familiar tunes within 2-3 weeks. Relax & enjoy your play. Hire me & let's jam!

*** Lesson Details ***
-Customized for each student's specific needs & learning style
-Created a refined curriculum & drafted new learning materials. Students get COMPLIMENTARY copies to take home for practice.

***Online classes***
Computer, good internet, FaceTime/ Skype

** Studio equipment **
Alto- & Soprano saxophones; JODY JAZZ Mouthpieces; Reeds (Vandoren, RicoPlastiCover, Legere); Rovner Ligatures;
Vandoren MP cushions- you get COMPLIMENTARY cushions too :-)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz; Smooth jazz; Classical; Gospel; Contemporary; Funk; Afro-Cuban
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Morayo April 11, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Patient Teacher! You will definitely learn great things on your first day. This actually wants to see you get better, and is not just about getting his check! I recommend him to anyone, any day!
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