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I have taught music all my life. I specialize in guitar and bass guitar, and I teach all styles and all types of music, whether acoustic or electric. This year I received Thumbtack's Best Of 2015 Award for Guitar Theory Instructor, and I am proud to have been chosen. Over the years, I have developed techniques that streamline this learning process. If, for example, you are just beginning, I have a technique called "targets and adjustments" that allows you to learn to play chords and move from one to another easily. And you master this in weeks, not months. If you are someone who has played for some time but find that you're stuck doing the same things, or everything you play sound the same, I teach you to develop your own unique rhythm and strumming patterns for each song you choose to play. Using techniques such as "6 dead strings", you create your own style, without having to practice "model strums." Easier, original, and much more efficient. If you are an advanced guitarist or a professional, I can teach you how to give your performance structure and elegance. Using techniques such as "complimentary pattern evolution" you not only hold the interest of the listener, but take them places they did not expect to go. Lessons include sheet music, tablature, and a written synopsis of each lesson. I also record segments and examples of what we're working on when applicable and email them to you. This way you can listen during the week and easily be reminded of how a particular strum or pattern should sound. Whatever level you are at beginning to advanced you learn in "quantum-leaps". This is not a long term project. I can have you doing what you set out to do in a very short time.(show more)
I've only taken two lessons but I like Michael's very obvious and abundant knowledge, his patience, his personally prepared learning materials, and mostly his sincere enthusiasm. I have been playing guitar for over 45 years and he has already showed me NUMEROUS ways to improve and my own motivation has been reinvigorated. I like that. He's a great guy too. I wholeheartedly recommend him for guitar lessons.(show more)
I have taken guitar lessons before and it was focused mainly on learning to play songs on the guitar. Like many others, I was a guitar player but not really a musician. If you want to learn music theory, Glen has a method that is fun and interesting that will transform the guitar player into a musician. In addition to this, he reserves time in each session for the student to learn new tunes or guitar techniques of choice. Glen is extremely effective, organized and patient. He will guide you to your goal no matter what level of player you are.(show more)
I provide guitar, bass and voice lessons, music theory and college prep music, business and tech. I am the one for you if you are looking for quality music instruction and need a flexible schedule. I do not accept more than six students at a time and do not book lessons back to back; therefore, the lesson pace is more leisurely. More often than not, the lesson time exceeds the half hour or hour allotment (incurring no extra charge). Since I do not teach privately for a living, I can be more flexible than most studios regarding scheduling. For example, I like to book each lesson by appointment with the client; that way, we can both be sure that the client has had enough time to work on the home assignments. Lessons can be every week, every 2 weeks, or every 3 weeks depending on the level of difficulty. Generally with beginners or young students, the lessons should be frequent for the sake of retention and reinforcement (weekly or every 2 weeks). It also is very effective to have the parents attend the lesson (for very young students). Even if you do not consider yourself musical, you can help the child remember what is taught and what is assigned. With the intermediate or advanced students and most adults, I find that they can be "self-taught" to a greater or lesser degree. These students can be given an assignment or concept at one session which they can then apply for several weeks or even months until they are ready or have the time for a new concept. I am sympathetic to the demands of career and family made upon by my adult students, and I realize that in most cases, they are looking for an enriching hobby, a recreational experience, or perhaps a creative and therapeutic activity. The study of music and/or an instrument is all of these, provided that the goals and tastes of each individual are taken into account. I started guitar at age 10 and was professional by age 15. I grew up playing by ear and playing rock and then went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and graduated cum laude with my BA in music education. For 40 years, I have been a "gigging" professional guitarist and bassist in numerous, in-demand general business bands and as a soloist for weddings and such. I have played literally thousands of events of all kinds. I have also been a sound technician, conductor, arranger, agent and music producer. I have taught professionally for 30 years as an instrumental, choral and jazz band/music director, building several fine music programs that continue to this day. As a professional teacher, I am certified and have fingerprint clearance in three states: AZ, ME, and MA. I believe in playing by ear, learning to read music and understanding some music theory. Musical literacy is the ability to efficiently articulate your own ideas as well as communicate expediently with others. I am grateful to be from "both worlds", and I believe that this enables me to relate well with many more kinds of music students. I like having 50% of the ideas for private lessons to come from my students and their joy and passion, while the other 50% will be pursuing the standard training and the path of a true musician. I hope that I can help you on your musical journey! Music instruction and courses include the following: * acoustic and electric guitar lessons * electric bass lessons * music theory, harmony, and arranging * contemporary improvisation * recording techniques and demo production * sound reinforcement/midi/guitar synthesis * college and career counseling * ear training/listening analysis * audition tapes for college, festivals and competitions * music theory and history AP testing * music history and appreciation courses * band leading and the music business * youth music ensembles and programs(show more)
Dave is a very professional and excellent musician. I have been taking guitar lessons from him for four years now and have learned a great deal from Dave. I have greatly improved my playing because of him. Dave is a very friendly and patient teacher and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who wants lessons.(show more)
Whether you just want to learn to play guitar or you want to improve by taking your existing skills to the next level, I can help you get there! People who take lessons with me include the following: - Beginners who've never played a chord on guitar - Singer-songwriters - People playing for their own personal enjoyment or with friends - Members of church bands - Experienced players who want to advance to the next level and the one after that - Guitarists who want to be able to play (and keep up) with a band - High school and college music students who need some extra tutoring and help I teach guitar lessons for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in their late teens and up. The videos in my Thumbtack profile are just a few examples of the many different styles and skills I can teach you! I teach in my own studio in my home in North Phoenix, and my lessons fees include all print and audio resources.(show more)
You can start playing the instrument you've always wanted to learn how to play but have put off for some reason. Private and group lessons for electric and acoustic guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, percussion, ukulele, banjo, and vocals. Each class or lesson is custom designed for your group, age, or desired outcome, including specialized classes for music education, special needs children, retired seniors, and worship teams. Decades of experience in teaching all ages have resulted in my special teaching methods that allow everyone the opportunity to finally enjoy playing an instrument. Classes may be offered at local community center, at your home or place of business, or at my studio.(show more)
Mitchel has been giving me guitar lessons now for 2 1/2 months and it has sparked both a new passion and appreciation for music. Having never played a guitar before, it has been a challenging road, but Mitchel has been patient, understanding, punctual, professional, and knows how to come up with creative solutions. We always start and end with a lesson plan so I know where to focus my time and we always have a goal in mind to work toward. I would recommend Mitchel to anyone looking to take up guitar.(show more)
Play the music you want to with music lessons from Scottsdale Music Academy! Scottsdale Music Academy is the hottest music school in Scottsdale Arizona. At SMA, both youth and adult students build a solid foundation in technique and learning music they truly want to play. Every instructor in our school is a professional musician with the heart of a teacher, so learning to play the kind of music you want to play will be fun and easy!(show more)
We offer quality music lessons at great rates with awesome teachers in the convenience of your own home. We currently serve most areas of Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Fountain Hills, and Paradise Valley and offer lessons on guitar, drums, bass, percussion, piano, music theory, and songwriting. All of our instructors base their lesson plans on what their students are interested in learning. Whatever your musical goal is, we'll help you get there!(show more)
We are music professionals dedicated to giving a solid musical foundation to our students. We love music, sharing our gifts and helping instill that love of music into others. We teach voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums, mandolin, violin, viola and cello.(show more)
Guitar, bass guitar, and drum set, music theory and composition lessons for all ages and ability levels taught by experienced musician and instructor Matt Friedland. Lessons are taught at Matt's private studio located at Bronson Guitar Works in Old Town Scottsdale or at Matt's home studio in Tempe.(show more)
I have traveled for 20 years touring and playing professionally bass, acoustic, electric guitar, keyboards, organ vocal lap, and pedal steel. I have worked with Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani, and Jada Pinkett Smith. I have learned coaching through the famous Seth Riggs. I teach for beginner and advance students.(show more)
Guitar and bass lessons taught by a lifelong local professional musician. Lessons are geared towards players of all ages and styles, and are tailored to individual student's needs and musical goals. With over 20 years of experience as a private instructor and local working player, I have developed a curriculum that is fun, informative and fast paced to get you playing your best as quickly as possible. Using your favorite styles of music, we will explore music theory, song construction, the various scales, modes and chord structures used in contemporary music, and we will spend tons of time exploring your instrument through improvisational studies. There will be ear training, dexterity exercises, rhythmic studies and in-depth study of the styles of your favorite players. We will work in a comfortable studio setting in my home with no clock watching and we will have tons of fun while you learn more about your skills and your instrument. Beginners are welcome as well as intermediate players. Lessons are available for 6, 7, 8 & 9 string electric & acoustic guitar, 4, 5 & 6 string bass as well as upright double bass. Stellar references are provided on request. Let's get started!(show more)
I specialize in "making music fun again" an accurate, simple, and entertaining approach to learning rhythm, notation, and presentation. I am currently taking on students on the upright and electric bass. I have 10 years of professional playing experience including playing with the Phoenix Symphony. I specialize in theory and composition and a simple and effective way to approach it as well as a wide range of knowledge of different styles and history. I know the right equipment that is necessary for gigging and playing if you are seeking to get into the gigging world and get into the business aspect of music. I also give lessons in percussion that varies from a wide range of styles.(show more)
We teach guitar, bass, piano, keyboard, drums and vocals to students. There is a studio here with all the instruments for you to use during your lesson. We charge $20 per hour for one student and and extra $5 per hour for each additional student (for duos and small bands). We can work with children asking the parent to attend the lesson also. We can put new strings on your guitar and do minor adjustments. Your first visit can be at no charge if you wish to see our studio and meet us to talk about your lessons.(show more)
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