I teach music reading ,walking bass lines, classic rock, funk, and how to read chord charts.
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompa
ny students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.
*** Travel Equipment *** They should have their own instrument and a music stand.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar. I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles. I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
Richard G. April 11, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher, makes learning a lot of fun and his passion for music is awesome!
Lynn K. January 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Looking forward to my second!
Bob November 10, 2015
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance. While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, an
d Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials. Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and performance savvy. She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.
*** Studio Equipment *** Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
Keira M. January 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Awesome lesson! Jennifer is very patient and organized. Can't wait for the next lesson.
Avery G. September 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.
Natalie C. August 9, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Best guitar teacher I have ever had
Jen is a fabulous guitar player that has an innate ability to teach with understanding and patience. If I am not understanding a certain exercise, she is able to break it down for me in multiple ways so I can better understand how to perform.
I tend to get nervous to share new songs I have written but Jen's down-to-earth personality has definitely helped me begin to break out of shell.
I highly recommend Jen as your next music teacher.
This is my primary instrument. I can help students of all levels on any Bass Guitar.
"Music is the best!" --Frank Zappa
That is the only thing I can claim to know for certain.
My ideals as a teacher are sound control, fun, and community. I teach all of my students how to play their instrument in a manner which they understand and enjoy. I demonstrate how much fun music can be once my student has the facility to create sound freely. And I inspire them to use this gift for bringing people closer together.
Since beginning my musical studies at California State University Northridge, I have been working as a musician in the greater Los Angeles area. Now over a decade
later, I continue to perform and teach - enjoying the whole ride wherever it takes me. While my primary instruments are Contrabass and Electric Bass Guitar, I have technical know how on a wide variety of instruments. Some of these include the violin, guitar, and piano.
I'm also happy to teach students who already have technical facility are interested in learning about things like musicality, melodic phrasing, harmonic analysis, rhythmic accuracy, ear training, reading in various clefs, improvisation, and much more.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring whatever I need to a lesson, but I expect all of my students to take the initiative to have all necessary equipment for playing. That being said, if a problem ever arises in the procuring of this equipment, I am always happy to help in anyway that I can.
Samuel D. April 21, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very involved and informative, great lesson. I really enjoyed myself!
Aidan S. February 14, 2016
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
Very easygoing, knowledgeable, and knows how to teach clearly and effectively. Good experience
Ben November 16, 2015
Brenton is an excellent music teacher. Our son really enjoys and has made good advances on the violin as a result of his amazing ability and adaptability to accommodate each individual student. He is super kind and patient.
If it weren't for us moving, we would be continuing lessons with him for a long time!
I am comfortable in a variety of styles on the bass and teach students how to not only play fun and important bass parts - but how to embellish them and create original ones as well.
I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.
I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick
-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.
I have been teaching music for over 7 years and have had the privilege of teaching children as young as 4 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A level of musicianship that simply means you can learn whatever you want on your instrument on your own, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.
Through my own student career in private lessons I had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has provided me with an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.
My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally, I completed a great deal of California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program (focusing on the teaching of history/social studies), where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more knowledgable of my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.
Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability and know-how to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.
*** Lesson Details *** Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.
Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.
I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.
All this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.
*** Studio Equipment *** Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, 3 mandolins, a dobro, a 5-string banjo, a 4-string tenor banjo, 2 ukuleles, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.
*** Specialties *** Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.
Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.
I also teach the beginning and advanced concepts of: Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.
Buddy April 26, 2016
Online Verified Student
Jared is a fantastic instructor. We were a little anxious about doing online music classes, but this is amazing. Jared is very patient and obviously knows how to teach music. I was impressed how well the online lesson went. My 11 year old thinks he's the coolest!
Abby M. February 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great lesson, thank you
Caleb W. February 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Jared is very patient and good with young students.
I believe it is important to have fun when learning a new instrument. Because, why do it if you don't enjoy it? Therefore, I tailor all lessons per student to make sure you get the most out of your lessons. We can work on anything from learning new songs, to different techniques and theory or even performance.
Seeing individuals improve their skill set and confidence through music is why teaching is one of my passions!
My name is Moa and I am a singer, guitarist and bassist. I am a Swedish native who decided to pursue my music career and moved to LA 4 years ago.
Since relocating to Hollywood, I have earned an AA degree in voice and independent artistry from Musicians Institute and travelled the world playing cruise ships, US air force bases, high schools and clubs all over the US, and especially SoCal with several bands. My main focus and "baby" is my band, Dead Heroine, where I am the lead
singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist. We earned a slot at Warped Tour '15 and are currently writing new material for our sophomore EP while playing actively at high schools and clubs in the LA/OC area.
With over 7 years of professional teaching experience I am looking forward to work with you and help you in any way I can on your musical journey, wether it's improving your range, technique, confidence or you-name-it!
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by David
"Professional, credentialed and patient instructor, look forward to a long association with him."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Holly
"Excellent Bass Guitar Instructor!
Rick has been my son's bass guitar teacher for the last year. We are impressed with his genuine care and concern for ou
r 17 year old son as a person and a bass guitar player. He always works with us and our schedule considering we have to make a 30-40 minute drive across San Antonio for his lessons. We highly recommend Rick for both his great character qualities as well as his guitar instructor expertise!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by willie
"Very good teacher"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Carissa
"James is fantastic! Very kind and professional. He has been flexible with my schedule. Made me feel comfortable to work on my bass playing skills (which n
eed a lot of work ;) ) and even my dog loved him! Very excited to continue to work with him and become a bass master!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Martin
"A great teacher that has provided the structure and knowledge to give me the confidence to learn the Bass guitar. I am now playing in an ensemble that Ki
m has set up and the experience and additional knowledge that I have gained is invaluable. I can highly recommend her as a teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Melvin
"Worth His Weight In Gold!!!
I've been taking lessons with John for over a year now and I've learned so much from his teachings. He has a way of making
you feel at home and relaxed during the lesson. I'm partial to playing the Blues but, he has taught me how to relate the different scales to the different types of music.
At this time I'm learning how to read music and understand the theory behind it. The stage that I am at it comes down to practice. If I put in the practice I will be ready to play for that Jazz/Blues band that I so desire.
At the end of my lesson with John, he always find time for us to have a "jam session" be it Pink Floyd's "Money", Eric Clapton's "Sunshine of Your Love", or some good ole' down home "Blues", we get it done! John is a great teacher, musician, instructor and is as advertised!
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Al
"A true professional bassist who has worked with some of the best in the music industry, Dwight has a knack for bringing you up to your next level of perfo
rmance. His lessons are well planned and make the best use of your time online and in the "woodshed".
I highly recommend Dwight to anyone looking for a "hand up" to your next level!"
Hickory, NC teacher:
Review by Angie
"Dustin Newbold began teaching my son guitar lessons when my son was 10 years old and continued for the past 6 years. He taught him to play the electric gu
itar, the acoustic and then the bass guitar. Dustin taught him tabs, chords and reading music. He became affluent in each of them.
My daughter began taking violin lessons with Dustin and then took trumpet lessons. She progressed so much in such a short amount of time.
Dustin has a tremendous love for music and is such a talented musician. His love for music is apparent and quickly spread to both of my children. He chooses music that they like to play and that keeps their interest and causes them to practice without prompting. I have always been amazed at how quickly they advanced with their talent and knowledge and how much they enjoyed going to their lessons. My only regret is that he moved away from our area. I would highly recommend Dustin Newbold to anyone of any age seeking to begin learning a musical instrument or advancing in their own personal knowledge."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Alissa
"Jeff is one of my favorite bass players - he inspires me, schools me, and builds me at a low rate once a week. Thanks, Jeff."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
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