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About Brett R.

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Seattle, WA

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Varying styles from finger-picking to strumming patterns, as well as riff-oriented and lead/scale techniques. As far as material, my preference is the student's preference!

About Brett
MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND
ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and
experienced musician available for instruction offering the following:

# In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone
recognition

# Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include:

Guitar - electric & acoustic
Drum Kit and percussion rhythms
Piano/Keyboard

# Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age
groups

Personal
experience includes:

1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance
and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord
progressions, and alternate tuning.

2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced to
p forty beats.

3) 15 years of PIANO: which utilize
several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime,
in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes,
chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle
of 5th, and finger exercises)

4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at college level.

Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for
sight reading, rhythm patterns, tabletures, and chord charts.

***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the students particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc...

Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano.

I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces.

Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the students belt.

*** Studio Equipment ***
*snare drum
*electronic keyboard/piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy
student would have own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory
finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar
lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar
latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion
classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard
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Julie November 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I'm into my second month of weekly guitar lessons with Brett and can't believe how well I am playing already!! I've had some basic guitar lessons in the past but still very much a beginner. Brett knew precisely where to start and what I needed next to advance my playing, and broke it down into attainable steps. So far I've learned a good handful of strum patterns; I can finally play two songs pretty well and sing along; and I am in the rudimentary stage of learning to finger pick. Really love the fact that beautiful sounds are coming from my instrument! Highly recommend if you're ready to make the commitment to becoming a capable player.
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Charlie E. May 24, 2014
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What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.
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Scott P. March 12, 2014
· Piano ·
Great teacher for my young daughter

Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!
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Brett R.

Seattle, WA 98106
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$35 / 30-min

About James R.

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As with all instruments I teach, we'll explore chords, scales, improvisation, songs by beloved artists, etc.. I make sure to play my Stratocaster every day because without it I might go insane! In my band I am the lead guitarist and singer. Riffs, rhythm, lead, you name it, we'll cover it!

About James
*PLEASE NOTE: I don't travel to Bellevue, Mercer Island or anywhere that requires me to drive over I-90 or the 520 bridge. Sorry! 3 miles is my maximum distance of travel, and please take note of the time slot I have open (usually just a few).

I've been exploring music since age 13 when I started on guitar and electric bass. I've gigged around the Puget Sound area for over a decade and am passionate about many styles of music. I've played in jazz and blues ensembles while studying music in Boston and Seattle. I perform my own music. I play acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele, mandolin, piano, drums and I sing.

*** Lesson Details ***
Required Accessories: Music Stand, 3-Ring Binder, Sheet Protectors

Chords, scales and finger-picking are the three areas of guitar, ukulele and mandolin playing which I have my stu
dents work on each week (the areas for bass are; scales and the different types of bass playing methods). The format for my sheets is done in traditional music notation with a mix of tablature - the standard presentation for guitar books. Sessions are also divided more or less in half between working on fundamentals and working on songs. Music appreciation, learning to play with other instruments and play-alongs with recordings are also a part of my teaching platform. Students are encouraged to give song suggestions for learning, and it's one of my favorite aspects of being an instructor! My YouTube channel has some Student Favorites playlists with the most memorable and effective songs I've been teaching over the last decade. Cheers!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring one of my acoustics to my lessons.
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Cory April 18, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
James was awesome! I took a series of 10 at home lessons that really boosted my bass playing. He used a combination of learning with music that I could play along to as well as practice chord tones and other more classical learning tools. I would recommend him to anyone that wanted to build their skills.

Thanks James!
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Alton August 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
James was a delight, and our son was pleased with his first lesson.

Sincerely anticipating more!
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Tim/Teresa G. June 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Engaging, patient and very talented. Wonderful with our teenage son.
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James R.

Seattle, WA 98112
(12)
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$35 / 30-min

About Jared G.

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Everett, WA

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All styles of guitar. Specializing in Rock. From very beginner to advanced shred. Using Popular songs from throughout the history of rock, from Chuck Berry to AC/DC to Ozzy to Nirvana and everything in between as etude studies to teach technique, theory, and scale theory.
Most importantly getting the students playing songs they enjoy within the first lessons and doing it properly with flawless technique and learning the theory behind it as well

About Jared
I have been teaching guitar almost 20 years and as an instructor, My teaching method comes from a curriculum I have developed which uses popular guitar driven rock tunes as musical etudes. Educating the student with valuable theory, reading, technique, and scale theory, while remaining fun. As a songwriter I have worked with companies like Wild Whirled Music which
writes and records music for use in film and television as well as songwriter
and producer greats such as Tim James, Antonina Armato, and legendary Desmond Child. With Wild Whirled Music I have had my songs placed on MTV, FOX, TNT, VH1, CW, E!, Bravo, FX, USA and TLC on shows such as LA Ink, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Parks and Recreation, Mentalist, Psych, Bones, The Office, The Adam Sandler Film "That's My Boy" and the Greg Kinnear film “Stuck In Love”
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Gerard O. September 11, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I am 4 or 5 lessons in with Jared and I am truly and entirely thrilled with the progress I am seeing and the depth of guitar knowledge I have gained. Jared has a way of teaching that not only allows for actually playing right away but learning the foundations of knowing the guitar and music. I can see that this allows for not just playing "songs" but making music of my own. This is the freedom of "knowing" the guitar.
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Alex December 11, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Headline: Jared is amazing teacher.
Jared has excellent knowledge of music foundations and music theory.
Knows styles and genres, knows not only how to play but create too... And how this style was born.
He helps to build habit to do things right - I'm talking about technique - or, in other words - how to use your hands!
Same time he's extremely patient.

I'd like to recommend Jared for everyone who want's to learn play guitar (don't look at your age), his teaching approach works great, because he is teaching you and adjust classes for you.
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Tom June 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jared is real patient and easy to learn from, he keeps things simple and makes sure you understand.
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Jared G.

Everett, WA 98201
(5)
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$35 / 30-min

About Cameron A.

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In the world of music education it is important to recognize that everyone learns differently and there is no universally prescribed teaching method that works for all students. Everyone must find how he or she learns best. As a teacher I acknowledge this and incorporate it into my method of instruction. Anyone can find success as a proficient instrumentalist if they are able to learn on there own terms and find what they are doing enjoyable. Through my methodology I know I can help you achieve your musical aspirations!

About Cameron
Cameron began playing guitar at the age of 14, as a kid who found great Inspiration in classic rock music, idolizing such groups as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, and many more. This was only the beginning of a life long intimate relationship with music and guitar playing. Since his first introduction to the guitar he quickly grew, establishing a love for blues and all of its incarnations, from Chicago Blues to the varying acoustic and electric styles found in New Orleans, Mississippi, and South Carolina among other places.
Through high school Cameron played in rock and blues bands writing original music and getting his first real experiences as a composer and a bandleader. High School was also the place where Cameron discovered his interest in Jazz music as he began playing guitar in the school's Jazz band. Following hi
gh school Cameron began playing more jazz music as he attended Bellevue College studying theory and composition with Dr. Brian Cobb and guitar performance with Mark Hillard Wilson. After this he soon met renowned Jazz Guitarist Chris Spencer, with whom he studied with for years to follow.
Cameron eventually found himself at Cornish College of the Arts where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. While at Cornish he had the opportunity to play guitar and compose for Jazz Orchestras, Latin Jazz ensembles, and Modern Jazz groups while playing under the direction of internationally know musicians such as Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Jovino Santos Neto and Chuck Deardorf.
In the realm of composition Cameron studied privately with composers Jarrad Powell and Tom Baker, with a deep focus in contemporary classical music. He is now the composer for the quickly rising interdisciplinary arts group the Pendleton House.
Currently Cameron spends his time working as a guitar player in Seattle while also writing chamber music for various ensembles and art groups. He performs on a regular basis with a variety of groups in the Seattle area including the Seattle based jazz trio Honeysuckle Rye, folk and bluegrass group Modern Bygones, as well as the orchestral pop band Sebastian and the Deep Blue.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the world of music education it is important to recognize that everyone learns differently and there is no universally prescribed teaching method that works for all students. Everyone must find how he or she learns best. As a teacher I acknowledge this and incorporate it into my method of instruction. Anyone can find success as a proficient instrumentalist if they are able to learn on there own terms and find what they are doing enjoyable.
Lessons will start with an assessment of what the student wants to learn and what their goals are. From there, we will determine the proper approach to meet those goals while keeping things fun and interesting. Once a particular skill level and interest are established I will develop an individualized lesson plan for the student to fit their wants and needs. The goal with beginning students is to get them up and running right away with chords and melodies, learning the fundamentals while being able to play their favorite songs. For all students I like to extensively focus on knowledge of the fret board and the many possible approaches to mastering it, as well as looking at creative practice methods and daily routines. A musician’s method of practicing can greatly determine their rate of improvement. For more intermediate and advanced students the general focus will shift to topics such as ear training, rhythm, music theory and music notation (if desired) and, their application to the guitar.
For students interested in composition, we will focus more on analysis and the application of theory. We will look at songs or pieces that are of interest to the student and take them apart to figure out what makes them great. We will also look at many different kinds of music and their construction. A large part of music composition in the 21st century is the integration of electronic and computer music. For students looking for an introduction into pre-recorded and live electronic music with or without the use of guitar or other instruments, this is strength of mine that I love to teach.
Whether you are a serious musician or just looking for a fun hobby, I can get you where you want to be in your musical life. I’m fun, friendly and music is my passion and profession and I love to share it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring extra guitars if needed, acoustic or electric.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in getting beginners up and running right away while helping each guitarist to find there own voice and have fun at the same time! When playing non-original music I specialize in blues, jazz and popular music.

Website:

http://www.cameronarmstrongmusic.com/

Music Links:

JAZZ TRIO: HONEYSUCKLE RYE:

https://soundcloud.com/honeysucklerye

ACOUSTIC FOLK DUO VIDEOS: MODERN BYGONES

https://vimeo.com/187979926

https://www.facebook.com/elbrindiscocktails/videos/1046510482133705/
https://modernbygones.bandcamp.com/releases

VIDEO'S OF ACOUSTIC BLUES AND FOLK PERFORMANCES:

Summertime Acoustic
https://vimeo.com/130905051

In the Pines
https://vimeo.com/130905033
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Sam B. February 7, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Citlali July 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Citlali had a really good time! Thank you.
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Kallie G. June 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron was straight up awesome!! He is extremely talented and a great instructor!!! I have particular goals I want to achieve, and with Cameron, I know I will reach them. Cameron listens, understands and creates a lesson geared just for you! I am beyond excited for my next lesson and can't recommend high enough!!
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Cameron A.

Seattle, WA 98108
(10)
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$40 / 30-min

About Eric W.

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Redmond, WA

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I offer lessons in all styles and types of guitar, acoustic, electric, fingerstyle, classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, country, pop. I have been teaching for over 11 years and performing in various bands for over 25 years. I attended the Berklee College of Music as a guitar major. I offer a core curriculum as well as customizing the to the student's interest. Learn to play favorite songs as well as basic technique, theory and music reading.

About Eric
Music lessons for all ages and levels on guitar, bass, violin, cello, ukulele, banjo and voice/singing. Private studio in downtown Redmond. I have been teaching for over 10 years, performing and recording as a singer/songwriter/guitarist for over 25 years. Berklee College of Music alumnus. All styles of guitar, classical, jazz, blues, rock, acoustic, electric. Suzuki method violin and cello as well as fiddle and folk styles.
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Bruce H. January 12, 2019
· Banjo · In studio
Great teach after first lesson. Excited to continue.
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Annastasia L. June 28, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Great to play with
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Srinivasan June 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It has been a great experience so far and he does teach a LOOOTT in the hour that I learn from him!.. Its been a very pleasant experience so far!
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Eric W.

Redmond, WA 98052
(13)
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$30 / 30-min
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About Joshua B.

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Mountlake Terrace, WA

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Music should be fun, but just like anything, we must learn the techniques to become proficient. My goal is to help not only students learn to play the guitar, but also offer correlate it to other parts of their lives to enhance understanding.

About Joshua
I am a tutor who earned a music teaching degree, substitute taught, and didn't become a school teacher. I held professional tech retail jobs and am supplementing my life with my passion - education.

Whatever subject or instrument I teach, I celebrate students' successes; and I enjoy helping learners have new aha moments.

The majority of my students take guitar, bass guitar, or Spanish lessons. I am an educator and help my students learn other skills and knowledge sets too.

I went to Ohio State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Cum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band.

Through my healing journey, I've developed patience, insight, and understanding for my students' learning processes.

I'm excited to help you incorporate new skills into your life!
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Dee Dee B. December 18, 2018
· Math · Online
My son had a wonderful lesson and was well prepared for his exam
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Cameron P. September 16, 2018
· Bassoon · In studio
Our son first time playing bassoon. Base on my son experience, he find Joshua to be very nice, patients, and explains a lot of information. It help him understand about the instrument and the sound when he play. He do have a sense of humor which help my son to have fun and be more comfortable. He also teaches other instruments, too. Highly recommended to everyone!!!!
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Torrin P. June 22, 2018
· Guitar · In home
This was my sons first guitar lesson with Joshua. Lesson went great. Because of Josh’s positive demeanor, My son is motivated to practice everyday. All good!
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Joshua B.

Seattle, WA 98112
(9)
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$49 / 30-min

About Jesse S.

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Bothell, WA

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I am happy to teach beginning, intermediate to advanced students who want to improve their capacities as a musician. You can expect fun and interactive lesson plans tailored to your learning style and goals that will progressively help you achieve them while learning proper technique and fundamentals in the process.

About Jesse
My name is Jesse and I am a guitarist who lives in Seattle, WA. I graduated from the University of Southern California with Cum Laude Honors in 2015 who maintains a busy schedule performing in the Seattle metropolitan area. I have a decade and counting worth of experience as a professional guitarist.

Though my background and training are in jazz, I teach students in funk, rock, and pop music as well, for I also perform in those genres. I am accepting students of all levels so long as they are willing to put the time, effort, dedication, and commitment to becoming a better musician. All students have goals that are short term and long term and as a teacher, it’s my job to help them achieve those goals through tailoring lessons towards their learning styles. In the first lesson, we will cover your goals, and I’ll design lessons and ass
ignments to progressively help you achieve them while also learning proper fundamentals and technique. If you have any questions, please contact me in the chat box. You can see my schedule and availability as well. Thanks for visiting my page and I hope you consider taking lessons with me!
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Spencer M. August 13, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Helpful, patient, knowledgeable
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Mina August 31, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jesse is so patience in teaching. Very nice guy. I learn alot and it's fun. God will bless him alot. Thank you very much.
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Christian B. August 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jesse is awesome!!
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Jesse S.

Bothell, WA 98012
(19)
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$37.50 / 30-min

About Kyle B.

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Federal Way, WA

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I am a Bachelor of Music student at Los Angeles College of Music. I have extensive experience playing guitar, as well as deep understanding of all elements of the guitar and how it relates to music. My lessons will be a guide to really understanding the guitar, which will also include basic theory and harmony to enhance the full capabities that the guitar has to offer. I am motivated to get people playing what they like as soon as possible!

About Kyle
I received my Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Los Angeles College of Music in 2018; I have been playing guitar for over 13 years.
I am passionate about music, as well as teaching students how to make their own music. I am highly educated in music theory, harmony, music history, technique, guitar string theory, recording, songwriting, production, and mixing. I have an incredibly deep knowledge of guitar equipment, effects, amps, and more. My favorite styles are rock, funk, blues, jazz, and hip hop/R&B.
I have the ability to break down complicated ideas into simple and understandable pieces that allow for easy learning and comprehension, which allows students to make progress quickly.
Taking lessons with me will give you a full understanding of contemporary music, based on the fundamentals of music.
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Kyle B.

Federal Way, WA 98003
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$100 / 60-min

About Jackson F.

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Seattle, WA
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An experienced teacher of 4 years, an active member of the Seattle music scene, and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. I strive to make lessons an exciting and fun process by creating individualized lesson plans for each student to help you reach YOUR goals!

I strive to teach students the necessary foundation skills that would make them a strong musician while working through material and songs that the student enjoys.

I am knowledgeable in many styles, ranging from Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical guitar, metal, country, etc.

Hope to hear from you soon!

About Jackson
I try and keep lessons fun while also incorporating real life advice that I've learned from playing professionally for 5 years. I am not here to make you go through the cookie cutter routine of method books. I'm here to help you achieve your musical goals whatever they may be! I place a strong emphasis on the student taking an active role in their learning. I will work with you to come up with an individualized lesson plan that is best suited to your needs and interests.
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Jackson F.

Seattle, WA 98102
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$84 / 30-min

About Dietrich H.

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Tacoma, WA

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Elevate your playing to a new level! I'm a Royal Conservatory of Music National Gold Medalist, and have seven years of teaching experience. Guitar is my specialty, but I also teach piano, voice, percussion, ukulele, and more! Let's embark on this musical journey together!

About Dietrich
I am a professional performing musician, producer, and entrepreneur. I hold a National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Classical Guitar Performance, and I have composed and produced five albums across a variety of genres, as well as three motion picture scores.

I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in December 2018, where I was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Guitar Orchestra, and Guitar Quartets.

I teach music lessons to all ages and skill levels. As a teacher, I am most focused on equipping you with the skills that you need to make music in the world - I won't teach you to play a certain song, I will teach you the fundamentals of music so that you can play ALL of the songs! By the end of lessons with me, I will send you out the door with all of the skills and knowledge necessary to teach yourself!


I teach out of my comfortable and artistic home studio in Tacoma, Washington, but frequently travel to students and clients, as well as teach via the internet.

I teach all styles of music, but some of my personal favorites include classical, rock, jazz, indie, pop, punk, alternative, hip hop, and electronic.
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Dietrich H.

Tacoma, WA 98444
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$34 / 30-min

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