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Laurie BoeDee - elec/acous Guitar, Bass, Songwriting & Voice lessons

Austin, TX (map)

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“" A fantastic, experienced guitarist who also loves to teach!"”

Bio

I was born in Denver, and began my music study there w/great mentors. After moving to Texas I wrote a lot of songs & broadened my skills as a performer. I love sharing the power and joy of expression through music with my students today!

About Laurie BoeDee - elec/acous Guitar, Bass, Songwriting & Voice lessons

hired 8 times on Thumbtack

Be a REAL guitar hero! Learn Guitar/Bass or voice lessons from a professional.

Special introduction discount rate for Thumbtack folks!

Learn your favorite songs fast. All ages are welcome. Special training teaching children- as young as 5!!!

Call me for more information or scads of referrals! Many of my students are now in successful bands. I emphasize technique, personal creativity, stage presence, how to hear guitar parts in songs, and understand song structure/theory, so you can know what's happening in the music you are listening to.
Ck out Laurie BoeDee on Facebook, and Miss Jones & the Furrballs on FB.

Location

Austin, TX 78757

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  • 5/5 stars December 19, 2014

  • 5/5 stars October 6, 2014

    Laurie Boedee will teach at your pace and is very knowledgable about music theory. She taught me the important elements of music theory in a very comprehensible way. I also really appreciate how supportive she was and continues to be about my musical ideas. If you go to her with any idea for a song, she can help you develop it and can give you the feedback needed in order to reach your song's fullest potential!

  • 5/5 stars August 8, 2014

  • 5/5 stars April 23, 2014

    I've been taking lessons from Laurie for many years. She is an excellent musician and teacher who knows how to customize instruction to meet your needs. She works well with adults, teens and young children.

    Just take your mp3s or CDs of your favorite songs and you'll be jamming along in no time!

  • 5/5 stars April 9, 2014

    Very competent teacher, all styles. Will show you the way to learn & cause you to get better. I kept all my lesson notes and refer to them often. Experienced vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Very affordable, but would be a bargain at any price! None better.

  • 5/5 stars April 7, 2014

    I've taken voice lessons with Miss Laurie and after the first lesson, felt my confidence growing already. At the ripe old age of 57, I decided to join a band for the first time ever and after working with Laurie, have gone from singing background harmony to holding my own with a few solos. I've also witnessed Laurie work with younger students and she has such genuine care and interest in all her students. I highly recommend Laurie and her talent, experience and ability to include everyone!

  • 5/5 stars April 6, 2014

    My son took lessons from her for 4 years before we moved. At the time I had no idea what a great musical foundation she gave him. After he began lessons here in Wisconsin, his new teacher commented on what a broad range of skills he had developed. My now eleven year old son is currently doing advanced lessons and even has been recorded for local the public radio station!

  • 5/5 stars April 6, 2014

    Laurie has been working with our teenage son for a few years now. He really enjoys his time with her and his skills and musical acumen on the electric guitar have improved under her tutelage. In addition, the concerts she arranges for the students to perform are always wonderful events.

  • 5/5 stars November 16, 2013

    My 8 yr. old daughter wanted to learn to play guitar and wanted a female teacher. We found Laurie's name on a music bulletin board, and I am so happy we did! Laurie is enthusiastic, patient, encouraging and FUN! She is a talented musician, and a great teacher. She really knows how to make learning fun. My daughter loves taking lessons with Laurie and I am happy to recommend her.

  • 5/5 stars October 29, 2013

    Laurie is an amazing teacher and we are so fortunate to have found her! My 7 year old daughter told me she wanted to learn to play the guitar, so I found Laurie, using Thumbtack, and she has been the perfect fit. My daughter asks every day if today is "guitar day"? As a parent, I couldn't ask for anything more than knowing my daughter is fond of her teacher and that keeps her motivated to continue to learn this new skill. Laurie seems to tailor each lesson to meet my daughter's progress and she keeps her challenged, which is awesome! Guitar lessons with Laurie have also boosted my daughter's confidence because she loves that she is learning a new skill. Couldn't be happier with my choice!

  • 5/5 stars October 20, 2013

    Laurie is a FANTASTIC teacher and musician! She customizes each lesson to get you one step closer to meeting your ultimate goal. I look forward to my lesson each week because we have so much fun. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.

  • 5/5 stars June 8, 2013

    Laurie is awesome to work with! Not only is she a talented musician, but she knows how to teach her students exactly what they are wanting and needing to know. She is laid back, fun, and extremely knowledgeable about music theory and practice. No matter what style of music you are interested in, she can teach you how to play it!

  • 5/5 stars June 6, 2013

    I've had 6 lessons with Laurie and each one confirms that i made a good choice for my teacher. Her manner of teaching fits me well as a beginning student. Words like patient, happy, enthusiastic, attentive, and accomplished (as a performer and teacher) are the descriptors that i think of when asked what sort of teacher she is.

Question and answer

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. A jazz gig at Manor HEB, a big show at Baby A's, and helping to purchase equipment for a student....
Also, I am the guitarist and director of a theatrical rock band. We perform for conventions mostly, and I enjoy the aspect of teamwork and collaboration. We've been together 12 years!

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Try a free, sample lesson- with me, then someone else.... then decide :) Also, my prices are excellent. For what you'd have to pay a "rock camp" you could fly to Europe!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I de-mystify "theory" so students can learn how to apply it to virtually any style they are playing. I show them the exercises and fretboard "tricks" that will get them to a more advanced playing level FAST! I genuinely CARE about my students, and work especially well with kids. VAST experience in this arena. Hundreds of testimonials upon request. And, I actually can READ MUSIC.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Having a guitar in my hands every day. Meeting new people and watching them grow into musicians.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. How long will this take? The more you practice, the better you get. The better your technique, the better you sound. It's that simple. Stay committed!

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Not all professional players are good teachers.Some just teach to make a little extra money, but teaching music requires understanding the learning curves of different age groups, and also working w/different personality types. It does require patience, which not all run of the mill guitar players have-

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Wanted to be in music since I was a kid!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. We do the BoeDee Student Showcases several times a year, and my students sing, play guitar, bass and generally rock out! Lots of fun. They learn to help w/ stage set-up.
Also, I have a theatrical rock band and we perform for conventions, often for hundreds of people- I like the teamwork aspect of being in a band for the past 12 years!

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I watch and work with other musicians, and basically practice constantly. Nuts and bolts. I leave the tech stuff and recording up to the engineers. However, the ear...I have got the producer's EAR. I hear tone, balance, blend of instruments and the slightest "flatness" of anything!

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. versatility of skills/styles and technique....as well as helping others find THEIR strength.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. My outreach, as far as social media and visibility in the community- got a ways to go.

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