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SHREDLAB
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Cody T.
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Let me start off by saying, Andi is an incredible teacher. No, he is not magic; but he is capable of steering your guitar education in the right direction. I played guitar on-and-off for many years, it has been lackluster for the most part. Over the years, I’ve watched thousands of guitar lessons on the blackhole that is known as Youtube. Sure, I gained some knowledge, but in a very disjointed way that didn’t seem to push my guitar playing forward. My practice sessions were ineffective and I never seemed to follow a logical path to achieve my goals. I wonder how many self-taught guitarists are in the same boat? Then I started taking lessons with Andi. With some effort (and an instructor to motivate and direct), I begun to truly learn and understand things that I’d been too lazy to tackle in the past (modes, inversions, picking exercises). I’m somewhat embarrassed to say, until I took lessons with Andi; I never completely learned a song. I would pick up fragments of songs, and then move on to the next flavor of the week. Andi will spend weeks (if necessary) reviewing the material with you. He’ll break whatever solo or song you wish to learn down into bite-sized chunks; he’ll even send you slowed down mp3’s to help you learn the material. Trust me, this is very beneficial when learning the subtle nuances that make your favorite guitarist special (Prince, Nile Rodgers, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler). I have no way of really quantifying the improvement that happened while taking lessons with Andi, but my personal satisfaction has gone through the roof. My fingers and wrists are stronger, my technique has tightened, and my 16th note strumming is getting ridiculously funky these days. I could sing praises about Andi for days, but you don’t you want to try him out and see how it works for you.

Guitar Tutor
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 56 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!

Sedat
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Desire G.
Verified review

Sedat is a very patient teacher. He is enjoyable to work with. He is great at teaching no matter how much experience you have. He has great teaching skills and is incredibly talented. I have only taken 3 bass lessons and I have learned so much and can't wait to learn more. I highly recommend Sedat for anyone who wants to learn guitar.

Alison's Music Lessons
3.7
from 13 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Cc C.
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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.

Groovy Judy
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ifat G.
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My 11 year old son and now my 8 year old son have been taking guitar lessons with Judy, and really enjoy them. Judy is patient, flexible and fun. Highly recommended.

Heather Houston Music
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Tom K.
Verified review

I have been taking voice lessons from heather for over two years. When I began I wasn't sure I could sing at all. Heather has helped me immensely with expanding my range, rhythm, carrying notes, style and most importantly connecting with the music emotionally. She approaches vocal coaching with kindness but has gently pushed me to be new levels I never thought I would reach. I often get complements on my voice from friends other musicians and that makes me smile. Learning to sing has been one of the most freeing experience of my life and I am so grateful to Heather for all her expertise and encouragement.

Ken Brown Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 52 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lucia D.
Verified review

You can tell that he is passionate about his playing and the music which encourages the student to learn as much as they can. Just started lessons and I already have picked up a bunch of new techniques.

Phil Johnson Music Lessons
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ed B.
Verified review

He is very professional and patient. I am a beginner and that is very important to me.

  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anar G.
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I have three kids all taking music lessons at the school. Its great to be able to bring them to the school and have them take lessons at the same time. The teachers are very inspiring and professional. We will be here for years!

MidPeninsula Music Academy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nandini V.
Verified review

Prompt response to schedule, easy payment online. First lesson with cello teacher with Bridget was great - she is good with kids. Still early on, so hoping it continues to go well!

Marc LeGrand Music!
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sergey M.
Verified review

Beautiful duo! Right on spot music selection. Thank you!

D. D. Dupre
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nathan T.
Verified review

I started taking guitar lessons from D.D. a couple of months ago and have learned so much from him in the short period of time. He's a great teacher, with a lot of patience. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who's interested in taking up the guitar.

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If you want to learn to play an instrument or sing, or take your playing to the next level; I'm your guy. I have 13 years of playing and teaching experience and will share the right steps and tools to make you a great musician. I provide lessons for sax, piano, voice, guitar, etc.

  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Experience matters.

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I teach children and adults piano and guitar lessons. I have 3 years of experience teaching and studying music in college.

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Guitar Expression is your one stop for all things guitar. We offer personal and detailed in-home private lessons through out Santa Clara county. Our first goal is to facilitate a well-balanced and fun learning environment for students of all ages. All lesson plans are personally created by the instructor for the student and updated for each lesson. We firmly believe that we have the tools necessary to help you obtain your dreams and goals with the guitar. Whether you want to jam the blues, finger pick folk, scale some classical, or just play by the campfire, we are here to find a way to make that happen. Here at Guitar Expression, we are extremely passionate about two things - teaching and playing music.

  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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We offer artist development, singing lessons, and recordings. We have been in business for 8 years; we just had to leave the big facility. Now, we're offering services from home 'til we relocate to a new building.

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We have intervals in our lives and intervals of music. With each step, be patient with yourself. Each person has his/her own gifts yet to be discovered. You may begin with piano and find, with much excitement, you can write songs, or would you love to sing in musicals, opera, or choral groups or sing leads in theatre productions? Perhaps playing the violin in an orchestra will pluck your heart strings? How about guitar, strumming in a band, singing and accompanying for a church choir or just want to play great songs. Whatever the instrument or style (classical, sacred, jazz, musical theatre and popular), let us explore together what your talents can add to your life and those around your world. At Interval, our professional coach has an extensive background in music and drama. A member of the Music Teacher Association of California, National Association of Composers USA, Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), our intuitive, talented coach is a published songwriter and a recording artist. She will guide you along your new adventure, help unfold your goals, and make your hopes a reality -- one interval at a time. Our music and drama school is a peaceful environment, where you can focus, be listened to, embraced and accepted for wherever you are along your journey. You are welcome to make your next step into "Interval!"

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I not only have a great passion for music but I work hard at it. I push my self to be better than I was last week and am always growing as musician.

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Learn to play acoustic guitar, freestyle, fingerpicking and more. Learn to play different genres of music -- from Eastern classical to Western pop, rock, funky and rock music.

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Hi everyone, I am a multi-instrumentalist offering beginner/intermediate guitar, bass and drum lessons for students of all ages in the South Bay area. Many studies show that learning a musical instrument helps improve performance on cognitive tasks, increases the capacity of your memory, fosters your self-expression, boosts your self-confidence, relieves stress and above all else is fun! I am 27 years old and have been involved with various bands and session gigs throughout the Bay Area. I have been playing drums for over 16 years and have approximately 11 years of experience with guitar and bass. I have had many great experiences over the years in teaching music to friends and family. I recently began offering my music instruction services professionally and have had a lot of success with students as young as 7 and as old as 56. My lessons are structured based on your level of experience and musical tastes. I find that it is more fun and effective to integrate music lessons with a student's favorite music. You will not only be learning how to play an instrument but will also learn how to play some of your favorite songs along the way! After a few of my beginner guitar/bass lessons, you will be able to learn the following: • Identify and play basic chords • Use different beginner guitar/bass techniques such as bends, hammer-ons and tremolo picking • Perform basic maintenance of your instrument such as tuning by ear and restringing your guitar/bass • Read and interpret guitar/bass tablature Ultimately, my goal with every student is to help make music a lifetime hobby for them. I understand that learning a new instrument can be very intimidating for some people; instead of focusing on more complex topics like scales and music theory, my aim for beginners is to help build up their confidence by teaching fun songs, iconic riffs, fun beats and cool techniques that show immediate results. I offer one-hour instruction of the instrument of your choice (guitar, bass or drums) for $35. This is a flat rate, and I will not charge extra if you have friends or family who would like to learn alongside you during our lessons! Guitar/bass lessons can be taught either at your home, my apartment or a place of your choosing (i.e. coffee shop, park, etc). Drum lessons can only be taught at your home. I have extra guitars that you can use for the duration of our lessons if needed. Please shoot me an e-mail if you are interested, so we can discuss your availability, level of experience and music tastes. Thanks!

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