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Clifford Lamb Music
4.8
from 87 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 157 hires on Thumbtack
Sanjay V.
Verified review

Our 8-year old daughter has been taking piano lessons from Clifford and she really looks forward to her lessons. What we really liked was that Clifford took the effort to make a connection with our daughter, make the learning process fun while still challenging her. I like his approach of teaching the fundamentals without being too rigid so that she can develop her own style. I would definitely recommend Clifford.

SHREDLAB
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Jay M.
Verified review

Andi brought a superb understanding of music theory to his guitar instruction approach. I never thought i would benefit from taking the time to apply the theory but it really helped my playing! Thanks Andi !

Guitar Tutor
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Marilee S.
Verified review

Garrick is very patient and engaging with our 7yo son. Our son loves his guitar lessons and wants to play. He's the real deal with his own gigs and he teaches using music we love. Garrick gets 5 stars because he unexpectedly requested to join us when we purchased our guitar, picked an appropriate used(!) one with metal strings and had it modified to bring the frets in closer for small fingers. His lessons feel customized. We recommend Garrick!

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David Williams Music
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Shreyas D.
Verified review

David has been teaching our son for a while now and we can't imagine having a better teacher for him. Excellent teacher: skilled, patient, creative. Our son looks forward to his guitar lessons each week and he wouldn't have come this far without David.

Ane's Music Playground
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Tessa S.
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We've met Ane twice for lessons in our home now and from the first meeting, my 12 year old loved her. She'd been begging for guitar lessons for months, but we had such difficulty finding someone local and conveniently located and one who my daughter felt comfortable with (she's so shy). I love that Ane gave a first free trial lesson. After the first lesson, I asked my daughter, "What do you think?" and she enthusiastically said "Yes!". Although Ane gave some practice songs, she also asked for a list of songs that my daughter would like to learn to play, which is helping her stay motivated. I love that she is fostering a love of music and guitar!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Pei Z.
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I started piano lessons with Toby in January 2017. Toby is one of the best teachers I have ever known. She is incredibly patient, well-organized, and customizes lessons to fit each student's unique needs. I am a Chopin lover and Toby specializes in Romantic period composers like Chopin. She truly cares about the progress of her students. Toby lets her students choose their pieces and she often plays select classical pieces to inspire and push me. I am starting a beginning intermediate Chopin piece already as she has really inspired me to practice and improve. She has also played some of her original compositions which are beautiful. She is a virtuoso pianist. I feel so lucky to have her as a teacher. Don't hesitate to contact her for lessons.

Sedat
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Abhimanyu K.
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I've been playing guitar by myself for a couple of years through tabs/video lessons etc. My progress has exponentially increased since Sedat has started teaching. He is one of the most patient and polite teachers I've seen.He was very quick to gauge my understanding of music and the instrument and planned my lessons accordingly. I have been trying to understand music theory for a while. Sedat's lessons are an amalgam of theory, technique (finger exercises) and songs. I'm finally able to understand what I'm playing rather than just learning through tabs. He has a wide knowledge of different techniques used in many genres (Rock, Jazz, Blues, Fusion etc) and can help his student improve their craft in the style they love. Needless to say, he's a brilliant guitarist himself. I once attended one of his concerts and it was amazing. I've struggled with self-learning through various means but learning with Sedat has been a huge positive enforcement in my guitar playing. His versatility with his music and patience with the students makes him an amazing teacher and I'd recommend students of all levels and age to learn from him.

  • 16 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Jamillah L.
Verified review

I purchased bass guitar lessons for my Dad with Dylan. Dylan was very thoughtful and responsive. My Dad has had 3 lessons so far and loves it. He had been learning on his own and says things make sense now and he also appreciates the music theory that Dylan incorporates into the lessons. He and I recommend Dylan.

PrinceSF Productions
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Adam P.
Verified review

I can't say enough about my experience with Ken. He is very intuitive. His lessons are balence between exercises and therory. I have alway found myself mentally stimulated, with plenty of work for my fingers. He is very energetic and reaches out between lessons to give you more music to play with. His warm and friendly personality make the lessons fly by. He also willing to work through tought topics without cutting the lesson short (schedule permitting ). I really appreciate his effort into his students. He has also been pretty flexible with my shedule. As an adult these are not the piano lessons I hated as a child. Lol

Groovy Judy
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Akash M.
Verified review

I am a beginner and didn't know much about playing Guitar and Music theory. She is a great teacher, she always has a way to make me understand the critical aspects. Within no time Judy has brought me to a level where I could read music and play basic chords and make transitions. Playing guitar is a combination of the lessons you get from your guitar teacher and practicing a lot, judy has been really good in making me focus on the right aspects of guitar playing. So far everything has been great. Looking forward to more great lessons.

  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Beatrice M.
Verified review

I watched Forrest grow up playing guitar on his porch across the street from my house. I remember how beautiful his music was, and how much he inspired me to want to play, so I went to the store and purchased a guitar and some instructional tapes, and books, and had a go at learning on my own. I found that self teaching was rather ineffective, so I decided to look for a teacher. The first person who came to mind was Forrest. Turns out he had been teaching guitar for 2 years at that point and was more than willing to take me under his wing! What turned into a few months of going over fundamental chords, turned into four years of lessons! He is the sweetest boy, with the biggest heart.

Guitar Lessons with Denis
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Subu S.
Verified review

Denis is great! He is very professional with the way he approaches his engagement. Very patient and has a structured approach to teach guitar. He also facilitates the class based on student's interests which makes learning even more fun.

Fog City Jazz
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy N.
Verified review

I have been taking piano lessons with Jeffrey for the past year. Although I started taking lessons when I was young and have studied under other great teachers, Jeffrey stands out among them as exceptionally gifted. He is eternally patient and has a great sense of humor. I always look forward to seeing him. Besides his affability, the depth and breadth of his musical knowledge are hard to find, even among professionals. I would recommend him to anyone, regardless of age or proficiency.

  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Janet J.
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Emily has been a voice teacher for my son for the past three years. He has worked with her in three or four series of weekly classes that culminated in public recitals. As the recitals progressed, my son's singing became stronger, clearer, even more beautiful, and more confident. Emily worked with him in bringing out his best voice, in protecting his voice, in breathing, and with music theory. She was also a friendly, and wise adult for my son, offering compassion and humor during his middle school years. I look forward to maintaining contact with Emily for years. She's not someone to let of.

Alison's Music Lessons
4.1
from 13 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Cc C.
Verified review

We have been working with Ms. White since January 2016. My boys, ages 6 and 7 walked out of their very first lesson knowing “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and this quick, concrete “take away” gave them a sense of excitement and confidence! Ms. White is very thoughtful with her instruction. She has realistic and responsive goals--like helping accommodate a variety of sports seasons and understanding the difference between her student’s temperament and attention span. She has nurtured an intrinsic and age appropriate interest and exposure to the world of piano playing. My boys pick up and play piano on their own and they love teaching their father and me their new skills. I would highly recommend Ms. White for piano lessons.

Keith Saunders
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Alan G.
Verified review

As an older newbie to the piano along with some medical challenges, I was somewhat apprehensive about taking lessons. I have had some piano training previously, and never thought that I would "ever get it." After only a few lessons with Keith, I am already beginning to feel more confident. Keith is a very gentle soul. He is incredibly patient and understanding, and always seems to find a different way to explain something if I don't get it the first time. He mixes music theory along with basic exercises, and of course songs to give me a very comprehensive lesson. His hourly rate is extremely reasonable. I feel very comfortable with Keith and I find myself practicing more than I ever did before with other teachers.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Pearce M.
Verified review

About Jerry: Jerry knows bass. He knows technique, he knows theory, he knows gear, he knows music history (past and present). Most importantly, he knows how students learn bass and thus he is able to tell you what you need to know and what to practice in oder to improve. My Experience: Jerry immediately found the holes in my technique and gave me a few lessons in bass theory that I hadn't already figured out by trial-and-error and applying theory from other instruments. He gave me exercises to work on to improve my chops and get my playing to a higher technical level. He taught me about the intricacies of the bass instrument and the gear associated in creating bass tone. He gave me songs and bass players to listen to and play along to in order to get the basslines I wrote sounding more mature and appropriate for the style/genre of their songs. And all the while he would immerse me in the culture of bass. Turning me on to the history of the instrument, the evolution of how it has been played through the years, the different styles of playing and how they fit into each genre, and of course the great players of the past and present. His body of knowledge around bass is just staggering. About Me: I'd been playing bass for fun for about 10 years at jams and also for about 6 months in an americana band. I'm also a serious keys player and know my music theory solid. Then I started playing bass in a funk/soul band with more technical players and realized I needed to develop some serious chops to keep up. I chose Jerry because he wasn't a guitar-player teaching bass, he's a died-in-the-wool bass player who had been teaching for years. I wanted a specialist, not someone who was going to teach me basic theory.

Mirco Melone
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gazelle J.
Verified review

Great bass lessons, wonderful teacher for my son!

  • 1 year in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Cambria F.
Verified review

Thomas is a wonderful music teacher! He makes the lessons fun for the kids, and teaches in a style I wish I had learned when I was young. He teaches them the traditional notes, etc. but also teaches ear training, music theory, and rhythm (sometimes with drums). He's a great teacher for the entire family, for new students, and for experienced students. He has been teaching our family for the past year and we are so thankful we found him!

Kaldoa Music
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
John W.
Verified review

Kenny interviewed me and helped me find a comfortable beginning into the world of music. I thought I was going to take guitar lessons; instead, he taught me music with a bit of guitar to go along, and opened up a whole new world of pleasure. Unfortunately for me, I haven't found time to get back to the structured lessons but I play every day because of the things Kenny taught me. I can't imagine a better, or more fun way to learn, than to sit with Kenny and give it a shot.

Michael Orlinsky
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Aly .
Verified review

I absolutely LOVE working with Michael and learning guitar from him. I've tried many times to learn before, and it's never quite stuck. Michael has a way of making difficult concepts seem easy and I'm finally able to grasp music theory. It's always challenging learning something new because I (as I'm sure a lot of people do) feel silly when I mess up or a little dumb if I don't do something right, and Michael makes me feel comfortable and able to make mistakes and try new chords or scales, or whatever it may be. I HIGHLY recommend hiring Michael if you want to learn guitar or just improve your skills!

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