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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
Good experience.
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About Tony M.

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Seminole, FL

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About Tony
If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Talent, skill, confidence- priceless. Our expert instructor Tony M. has worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, AR reps, TV networks, and many venues across the U.S.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Learning to properly handle the guitar, left and right hand techniques. learn to tune the instrument. read notes, and lean all major, minor, and seven chords by the end of book 1

Piano: learning all 12 scales by heart, proper fingers technique for both hands, reading both left and right hand notation by end of book 1.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tascam D8000 40 Ch. Digital mixer
Alesus quad Reverb,
Yamaha EX5
Korg Sound module
Digitech Vocalist II H
armony...
Pro Tools 10
Sonar XL XIII
D Drums,
7 Pianos
5 Guitars,
Bass,
2 Saxophones

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Mic, Laptop, Amplifier, Karaoke hard drive, and software.

*** Specialties ***
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professionals,
Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Classical, Broadway.

Composition for pro artists, 256 mix tracks, 48 khz,
Top of the line recording gear.

Classical guitar, Music Theory and Composition for writers.
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linda June 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first meeting with Tony, & I feel confident that Tony will help me in getting my voice back. I was impressed with his knowledge & his absorption into his music. Looking forward to more lessons & being able to sing the way I used to.
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Scotty December 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
After my first meeting with Tony I really believe I'm going to be able to learn to play the guitar after all of these years.
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Dillon December 6, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tony is a skilled maestro that taught me something new with every lesson. He opened my musical perspective by showing me the fundamentals of what it means to be musically inclined and gave me the tools to further my education on my own.
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About Jonathan "JC" C.

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Minneapolis, MN

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About Jonathan "JC"
Hello students, parents, and co-creators. The way I teach is simple and fun! I am patient and dedicated to your success.

My name is Jonathan. I am a 33 year old French-American man living and working in Minneapolis. I will be your teacher today.

I am a happy husband and step-father who moved to Minnesota in 2015 to live with the wife Sophia and 2 kids: Blake and Samara, 14 and 12 (10th, and 7th grade).

I have been a professional photographer for more than 14 years now. It is my full-time job. I also practice traditional Indian-Himalayan SunYoga, meditation, acupressure. I have participated in healing cancer patients and all kinds of diseases in 4 different countries (USA, France, Serbia, India).

In 2015, before I moved to the USA, I was the President of a Non Profit Organization called SUNYOGA France, French branch of the ma
in NPO from India called UNIVERSAL PEACE CENTER, for yoga, research, education, and humanitarian programs. I am now working on creating the American branch of the association. It will be called SUNYOGA AMERICA.

WHAT ABOUT TEACHING? Everybody wants the best. I believe QUALITY is the most important. I also believe each person is UNIQUE and should be treated in a unique way.

What comes first? Question or answer? When we arrive on our first day at school do we have final exams? First the teacher shares knowledge during class. Depending on the teacher's talent, passion, and love for his work, the students will learn something. Then only we have exams.

Life is the biggest exam off all. Every day we are being tested. With our family, friends, work, travels, everywhere we go and whatever we do. Hopefully wisdom will come out of this process. All we need is a little support to all grow together.

Teaching is a big responsibility. Parents and teachers, it is our duty to teach the best. Let's do our best together. Thank you.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Voted Top 5 MN Photographer by CBS News Minnesota
👍Creative Business, Event, Portrait, Commercial, Performance Photographer
🎨Fine Art Photographer
🐣Photography Workshops Teacher/ Coach for ↪beginners ↪advanced ↪pros💯
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Laura J. June 24, 2017
· French · Online
Great teacher, very helpful and very patient
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· French · Online
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Adrian May 23, 2017
· French · Online
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About C J E.

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Duvall, WA

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About C J
C J Elsip is an internationally emerging Fine Artist with a uniquely distinctive style of work. Her highly intuitive use of colour and form resonates on the canvas, creating powerful, vibrant oil paintings which emanate with an exquisite sense of light, depth and dramatic presence.

Welcoming students of all ages and abilities, the artist combines a versatile, inspirational and intuitive approach with an extensive variety of effective drawing and painting techniques, encouraging you to stretch the boundaries of both creative medium and mind to discover, explore and develop your own personal, creative language.

Through hands on demonstration and individual guidance, discover time-honored, traditional and experimental drawing and painting techniques as you are guided on a fascinating creative journey of light, color, composition and
depth.
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Kavya S. August 7, 2017
· Painting · Online
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Cassandra A. April 2, 2017
· Oil Painting · In home
C.J. Has so much to teach and knows how to step back and let someone learn and do. I perfectly enjoyed this lesson!
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michael c medler January 16, 2017
· Oil Painting · In home
Carol has really helped me broaden my painting horizons, not just through learning new techniques, but also in just viewing art. I can now look at a painting in a gallery, know how it was created, and create something of my own based on what I see. She taught me so much in just a short time and has continued to be supportive of my work. Carol is truly a world-class instructor and artist.
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Duvall, WA 98019
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About Sandra E.

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Redmond, WA
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About Sandra
Sandra is an internationally respected picture editor and designer with unique experience that runs from contributions to scores of visual books and White House staff service to work on major newspapers, and the Associated Press. She was instrumental in creation of the original ground-breaking news site MSNBC as well as spearheading creation of the Defense Department's public web program.

But Sandra's key skill may be the ability to articulate visual information and issues and to find the underlying currents and needs in a photographers work and then help him/her find the personal, unique route to reaching his/her potential. Always fully honest, Sandra is also fully supportive of helping any photographer, from beginner to seasoned professional, become better, see more, and understand their own work on new levels. Sandra can help with
technical matters but her forte is in helping photographers and designers see in new ways.
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Sandra E.

Sandra E.

Redmond, WA 98052
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$110 / 30-min
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About Chris B.

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Keller, TX

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About Chris
My name is Chris and I am eager to help you achieve your art goals using customized plans. I absolutely LOVE my job and feel blessed that I get to teach and create for a living.
My objective is to help you become more confident in your abilities, and be able to develop your own personal style. We will work on technical skills, composition, color theory, develop eye-hand coordination, and focus on what your needs are as an artist. I have worked with kids and adults of all ages, and have taught beginners through advanced students.
I earned a BFA in Art Education from Baylor University in 1989. My teaching experience includes traditional classroom art in the public school system; training artists in murals and designer finishes; teaching adult workshops, and private art lessons to ages 9-adult.
As an award winning artist I have particip
ated in many art exhibitions, have representation in galleries throughout Texas, and have had paintings featured on TV shows and local magazines.
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Mary May 13, 2017
· Acrylic Painting · In studio
Helped a beginner like me learn so much!
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Lynda March 14, 2017
· Oil Painting · In studio
I've only had one class with Chris, but hope to take several more. Her lectures were good and not too long. Her instructions were excellent, and she gave very helpful critiques, along with encouragement. I really enjoyed the group exercise where we had several minutes of painting on everyone's small canvas. Just a great learning experience.
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Elizabeth March 10, 2017
· Oil Painting · In studio
I have taken 2 oil painting classes with Chris. I heartily recommend her. I had no experience in oil painting. She was very patient and really brought out abilities that I didn't even know I had. Teaching is certainly her strength.
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About William H.

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Parker, CO

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I am a game artist specializing in concept design, character creation, and game design. In the past I've also received formal training in painting, drawing, and 3D modelling and texturing. I am an extremely versatile artist who has had spent focused time to hone not only my art skills but also my ability to teach. As it currently stands I have over 5 years of teaching experience teaching people from all walks of life. I am PASSIONATE about art and love passing that fire to my students.

Currently I teach private art lessons as well as run my own small game company. In my limited spare time I create original art for independant clients ranging from book covers to children's book illustration.

So let's get going. Hit that green button and let's start learning!
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William H.

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About Rob G.

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Guilford, CT
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About Rob
I am a photographer, multimedia artist, educator, author and speaker. My work combines aspects of art, education and social awareness as a means of personal and professional growth.

My photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, Brides and Mademoiselle, and used by major corporations including Google, Club Med, Microsoft, AT&T, Marriott, Braun and Seagrams, to name a few.

I am the founder and director of the Center for Creative Development, a nonprofit organization that is home to several youth empowerment programs including “I Matter” and Just Like Me. I am also the founder of the Stepping Stone Gallery for Contemporary Photography and Art That Matters, an artist community and gallery in New York.

I am the author of Shooting From The Heart: Creating Passion and Purpose
in Your Life and Work. My projects, courses and lectures are offered at universities, museums, art institutes and corporations, focusing on creativity, personal and professional development, and transformative education. I hold a BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Photography and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
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Rob G.

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$175 / 90-min

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