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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA

I teach beginners how to get around on the harmonica, and how they can teach themselves.

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoye
d teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I can explain musical theory and concepts many different ways to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient.

Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things.
I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed in many styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Alternative, Country, R&B, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well).

*** Lesson Details ***
I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room or Studio, both very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them.

*** Specialties ***
Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient.

I currently have 4 albums out under my name. My music is on a major new age compilation, and has been played on the radio in several countries, and several internet radio programs. I have played on other people's albums.
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Ray A. July 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I think Mark is a good guitar player and the best guitar instructor i ever had. Igive him 5 star rating.
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Todd R. February 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mark is very patient and very talented! I never feel like he is rushing through my lesson. He makes learning fun!
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Marc M. December 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Everything a music teacher should be

My worst nightmare was that taking guitar lessons as an adult would be similar to my forced and short-lived piano lessons as a youth. Mark quickly set my fears aside the first lesson by outlining what I would need to learn to reach my goals. He is very adaptive to the student based on music preferences and skill progression. Each week we focus on progressively harder songs.

Aside from guitar knowledge and teaching skills, Mark is also very flexible around your schedule. He really makes an effort to communicate and to reschedule when needed.

I'd recommend Mark to anyone looking for guitar lessons. I feel lucky to have found Mark as a teacher.
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Mark B.

Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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$40 / 30-min
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Mack B.

San Francisco, CA

About Mack

Began working with children at age 12 babysitting. Taught religious school for 3 years as a paraprofessional and team teacher. Earning a Bachelor's Degree in English Education and minoring Special Education. Skilled vocalist and harmonica player. Worked for 2 years in the service industry as a prep cook and dishwasher and as a result I have gained the knowledge that it takes to cook delicious meals. I am skilled at deciphering difficult literature and have a widespread knowledge of history accumulated through years of study.
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Mack B.

Mack B.

San Francisco, CA 94115
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$20 / 30-min
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Evan F.

Berkeley, CA

Learning the Blues Harp or Blues Harmonica is a chance to gain a pocket sized musical friend for life!
We'll go over technique, cross harp, straight harp, bending notes, playing over blues progressions, and learn about some of the greatest players of the instrument.

About Evan

I am a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in World Music from California Institute of the Arts. I have offered lessons in Beginning Piano, Drumset, Synth, Frame Drums, Pandeiro, Lap Steel Guitar, Harmonica & Jaw Harp since 2004.
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Evan F.

Evan F.

Berkeley, CA 94708
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$45 / 30-min
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Damien M.

Oakland, CA

Harmonica virtuoso Damien is available for private instruction.

About Damien

At the age of 14, inspired by Blues masters Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Sonny Terry, Damien started playing diatonic harmonica. At 16, he received as a gift an alto saxophone, and applied the theory learned through sax lessons to another recent gift, the chromatic harmonica. Around that same time he was introduced to Altaneze Taylor, the founder of Bright Moments Music Lovers Club. Through her organization, he met and studied with professional musicians and learned about Jazz history and culture. As an adult he entered Laney College and studied with Elvo D’amante and Ed Kelly. He t
ransferred to CSU-Hayward, leaving directly for an exchange program (aka “Intercambio”) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lived, studied, and played for the next two years. Damien graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Music.

Damien is also a polyglot and can speak five languages fluently, Music lessons can be taught in English, Portuguese, Spanish or French.
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Damien M.

Damien M.

Oakland, CA 94619
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$50 / 30-min
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Winslow Y.

Berkeley, CA

You can expect me to listen to what you tell me, listen to how you play, and then give you information and activities to increase your understanding and develop your abilities. It could be anything from which end of the harmonica is up to advanced classical or jazz performance, or anything in between - blues harp, Neil Young, you name it.

About Winslow

My focus is on you - helping you achieve your goals with the harmonica, whatever they may be. Whatever inspires you to pick up the harmonica, whoever you want to emulate, whatever style grabs you, I bring the background, deep knowledge, and teaching experience to enrich your understanding and grow your skills and ability to express yourself musically.

I'm a harmonica specialist, known internationally as a player and teacher. I'm the author of the books Harmonica For Dummies and Blues Harmonica For Dummies. I can teach all styles, all levels of expertise and all types of harmonica.
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Winslow Y.

Winslow Y.

Berkeley, CA 94704
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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