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SHREDLAB

4.9

(27)

  • 4 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Cody T.

Verified review

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.

E. B.

Verified review

Andi is a really awesome guitar instructor. I started guitar lessons with him with absolutely no experience playing an instrument or knowing how to read sheet music. But because he is really patient, knowledgeable, and at ease with teaching, I have been able to pick up how to play the guitar and reading the tab handouts he gives me after each lesson. He goes at the student’s pace and is willing to change his lessons to teach what new songs I want to learn. After each lesson I am always inspired and reminded why I wanted to take up guitar lessons in the first place. Andi was the very first instructor I met and I’m glad I did. I could not recommend him highly enough as an instructor.

Jay M.

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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 !

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  • 30 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 28 min

Robert L.

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I have been taking guitar lessons from David Williams for a few months now. I always look forward to my classes with him. He is a professional who is patient and understanding. Besides instructing me on guitar, he is also teaching me how to sing! He teaches me what I need to learn on the guitar in order to advance my knowledge. He is also open to me bringing in songs I want to play. He is a supportive teacher who is sincerely interested in his student's learning. He breaks down complicated musical concepts in a step by step process that enhances student confidence and mastery. I highly recommend David Williams.

Mark M.

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David Williams has given guitar lessons to our son for many years. We have the highest regard for his teaching and his overall positive influence. David is a highly talented musician and a gifted teacher. Our son has great respect for David's musical knowledge and his thoughtful mentoring--and we do as well. David provides very sound guidance and also works to help students achieve their own specific musical goals. David is a great person and a very fine teacher, and we're pleased to give him our highest recommendation.

Shreyas D.

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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.

  • 16 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Miki K.

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I would recommend Dylan to anyone looking for guitar lessons for themselves and their children! He is wonderfully patient and very knowledgeable. He will work with you on any song you like and use it to teach technique and theory, thus making it a lot more interesting. We moved about 1.5 hours away and still prefer making the trek for lessons over finding someone local to us!

Jamillah L.

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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.

Elaine S.

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I started taking guitar lessons in April 2016 and couldn't be happier working with Dylan. He is extremely patient, supportive and encouraging. I also appreciate his willingness to be flexible with my schedule! Dylan is a fantastic teacher, I highly recommend him!

  • 13 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 32 min

Patricia M.

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Michael is a great music teacher and my kids just love him. My son and daughter take guitar lessons and my granddaughter piano lessons. He is very patient with them. He is encouraging and connects with them on a personal level. He gives them good advice about where to get the best equipment. He will often spend time with them restringing their guitars before a practice.He pulled parts from two old guitars we had and made a guitar for my son. When my son was ready to move up to a better guitar, he found us a great deal on a stratocaster. We have been with Michael for five years and would not think of going to another music teacher.

Louise L.

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Michael is such a patient, knowledgable instructor. My son is having such an enjoyable time learning the guitar from him! I would highly recommend his services to anyone!

Cathy G.

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Micheal is a fantastic teacher. He has been giving music lessons to my boys for 3 years. He is very patient and makes music fun. He is a very talented musician

  • 13 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Tony Z.

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David is a great teacher who isn't doing this for the money but to teach the art of music. He has stayed at my house twice as long as what I payed for and added no extra charge. He also gives a wide range of ways to relate his teachings. (IE. I take bass lessons but we commonly go to the piano to practice and drill) all in all David is a great teacher and highly recommended. Definite 5 stars.

Nancy A.

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David met me today to pick my guitar and was a huge help in getting the right guitar for me and a couple of other things. I look forward to my weekly lessons with him with my beautiful new guitar.

Sandra D.

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David has been thorough, helpful and makes learning guitar fun.

  • 14 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 22 min

Colleen C.

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My daughter was having difficulty with piano lessons and decided to try the flute in sixth grade instead. Ms. Vargas was recommended to us and fulfilled all our expectations. She helped my daughter get over her conviction that she was unable to read music and inspired her to continue with her flute lessons until she graduated from high school. She made sure all her students had the traditional recitals to polish their work, but also made the time for those interested to play at coffee houses and other venues at Christmas time. She supported them in school competitions and customized her teaching to the students interests as well as needs. Although my daughter is now 24, she still plays her flute at times and has added the guitar.

Lisa R.

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Playing guitar has always been a dream of mine and liz helped me make that dream come true. Through her weekly guitar lessons I learned the chords and strumming patters to play all kinds of songs. I'm Learning one right now to play for a surprise birthday party I'm throwing for My husband. He is definitely going to. Be surprised when he hears how well I play. Thanks liz for helping me get started on mybucket list with very enjoyable lessons guitar lessons.

Alice R.

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Liz has worked wonders with our 10 year old son and his guitar lessons. He loves guitar now and looks forward to each lesson and practicing in between. Liz makes learning fun and easy. She is also flexible with changing schedules and conveniently comes to our home so we don't have to travel. We are very happy we found her on a Thumbtack!

  • 6 years in business
  • Response time: 7 min
  • Oakland, CA

Jordan S.

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Jules is an amazingly talented musician and gifted teacher. He brings an incredibly supportive and positive spirit, and deep experience to every lesson. I have grown so much in the three years that I have been taking lessons with Jules and have enjoyed every minute. He is easily one of the best guitar teachers in the Bay Area. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Susan L.

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I have been taking guitar lessons from Jules for several months and am very happy with how much I have learned. All his lessons have educational purposes and he teaches through fun songs that make practicing enjoyable. He is very professional, knowledgeable and flexible with my schedule. I highly recommend him for beginners and experienced players alike. Susan

Liv C.

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Lessons with Jules are really fun...he has a lot of experience working with all genres of music and a super creative teaching style. As a professional musician, he gives really good advice when it comes to writing songs/performing/navigating the field of music. Everything is really clear and he is super nice!

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 32 min
  • San Francisco, CA

Luveda B.

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I have had guitar lessons with John Lewis for two months now and I have to say without a doubt, he has exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only is he a very talented musician, he also possesses a rare talent for communicating and teaching guitar and musical concepts that are sometimes hard to grasp. He is patient, kind, encouraging, inspirational, and very creative in his teaching style. He knows how to judge exactly how much information I can handle at one time and I never leave feeling overwhelmed. He always makes the lessons interesting, challenging, and FUN! I am so grateful to have found this wonderful teacher and I highly recommend him to anyone from beginner to advanced. He truly is the Best of the Best!!!

Clark G.

Verified review

John is the first guitar teacher I have ever worked with. He got back to me immediately and made me feel very comfortable getting started. He took the time to learn my interest in playing and tailored everything to my goals, getting me excited to learn more and more. Thank you John!

Mehdi S.

Verified review

John is super patient with me. I'm a total beginner to music/guitar, so definitely a plus! You can see he is passionate about music and I can't wait to see the progress I'm going to make with him!

  • 13 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 18 hours

Nathaniel M.

Verified review

Had a great time learning from Ian. Awesome teacher and super responsive to all my needs. I went from not being able to play a chord to learning Stairway to Heaven within a couple months. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for guitar lessons in the Bay Area. In fact, I did recommend it to my niece and she's having a great time as well.

Hannah W.

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My daughter absolutely adores her guitar teacher Adrianna. Her lessons give her something to look forward to every week and she's grown much more confident in her playing. Adrianna is an inspiration and keeps my daughter motivated!

Jasmine V.

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I took lessons from Adrianna, and she was awesome. She knows so much about a lot of styles, and never made me feel bad for being so uncoordinated and goofy.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 min
  • San Francisco, CA

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.

Steve H.

Verified review

Jerry was very charismatic and knowledgeable about bass guitar. I've played guitar for a few years and recently picked up a used bass, and I took several lessons with Jerry to explore the fundamentals of bass playing. He quickly pointed out some problems in the way I played coming from guitar and pushed me to improve so I could play better and help protect myself from injuries. He also worked with me to improve the feel of my bass playing, that hard-to-describe quality that clearly separates a good player from a weak one. I'm glad I found Jerry and he got me on the right path!

Fred S.

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Have enjoyed our two lessons so far. Jerry is very knowledgeable and makes it fun and interesting. He's able to hold the attention of my 8 yr-old son (a total beginner) for the entire hour, and I get a lot of out of the instruction as well!

  • 28 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Jove D.

Verified review

My experience with Atemu at Mu-Sick Beats was very good. Atemu taught me vocal lessons and music theory, and I learned an incredible amount from him. He is extremely knowledgeable about music, and very professional, and packs every lesson with depth and insight. He has a way of knowing exactly where you are and delivering what you need... he really tunes in. I walked away from every lesson feeling inspired and excited to dig in even more. I highly recommend Atemu and Mu-Sick Beats Jam Studio as a great source of musical knowledge and inspiration.

Liam D.

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Had a great lesson and jam with Atemu. Right from the start I could tell that this was someone I would learn a lot from. He takes the time to understand your goals and then helps you achieve them - a great teacher!

Zach L.

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Had a fun time and learned a lot, even on our first lesson. I already scheduled more lessons!

  • 47 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 19 min

Richard G.

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I highly recommend Bob as a music teacher for beginners, folks who play for enjoyment and professional musicians. He enhances the student's experience by focusing on the music student wants to learn. At the same time he intertwines ear-training and music theory with technique. Bob is a great guitar and music teacher. He was my first guitar teacher. In later years mentored me on how to teach music.

Larry K.

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It has always been a musical learning experience beyond the notes on the page for me working with Bob. His knowledge of the history of both the instrument and the music, enriches the learning experience. Bob gives more than just quality music lessons. He shares his in depth knowledge and experience earned over a lifetime of playing and teaching in every lesson.

Peter U.

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Bob is the best guitar teacher I have ever met. He's positive oriented, energetic, enthusiastic, student centered, patient, motivating, and a great musician in his own right. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, you will learn quickly and enjoyably from this teacher.

  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Tom B.

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I have experimented with music (guitar and harmonica) for a number of years without any direction or form and I'm so blessed to have found Cherie. She creates a relaxing environment where I can focus and understand basic music theory, she makes it comprehensive which others have not been able to do up to this point. And I have now expanded into a new area in my music lessons with voice training. Each lesson gives me more confidence and assurance in my playing and singing. I highly recommend Cherie. I am also impressed with her as a performer and feel honored to have as my musical guru. Click here to Reply or Forward 2.44 GB (16%) of 15 GB used Manage Terms - Privacy Last account activity: 3 minutes ago Details

Janet R.

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Cherie is a great instructor. Before I started lessons with her I was trying to teach myself and found that I’d hit a wall, just wasn’t getting where I wanted to be, she helped me out of that rut. She opened up my options by laying down the basics, then expanded my palette based on where I wanted to go with songs and guitar. She likes to balance what she calls the weigh-lifting of guitar and the fun stuff - exercises and songs. I never felt bored or very frustrated. She pays attention. I really felt she was teaching me what I needed to learn. She also teaches singing lessons and we worked a bit on my vocals during our guitar lessons. Was a nice add-on. She’s a pro and very easy to work with.

Tom B.

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I have experimented with music (guitar and harmonica) for a number of years without any direction or form and I'm so blessed to have found Cherie. She creates a relaxing environment where I can focus and understand basic music theory, she makes it comprehensive which others have not been able to do up to this point. And I have now expanded into a new area in my music lessons with voice training. Each lesson gives me more confidence and assurance in my playing and singing. I highly recommend Cherie. I am also impressed with her as a performer and feel honored to have as my musical guru.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 27 min
  • San Rafael, CA

Becca M.

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Seth is exactly what I was looking for. My boys love music and have learned a tremendous amount from Seth, ranging from taking a guitar solo at a live gig to taking the microphone and singing with gusto. My 8 year old takes private drum lessons for less than a year, and we are impressed by how many beats he now knows. It is clear that Seth loves what he does. He is skilled at relating to children and getting them excited to play music. He is fun and light and that carries over I'm his teaching style. We couldn't be happier and highly recommend him.

Adam S.

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We first met Seth when we signed our son Mark up for Bandworks. We were so impressed with Seth's energy, patience and infectious love for music that we signed Mark up with Seth for private drum lessons. Seth is a wonderful teacher, especially with young children. He is incredibly patient and encouraging, and always makes the lessons fun and relevant. We are now in our second Bandworks session with Seth, and Mark couldn't be happier. We would highly recommend Seth to anyone who's serious about learning (and loving) their craft.

Andrea H.

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It's obvious Seth loves what he does. He has the right blend of preparedness, professionalism and lightheartedness. He took time on his own to study the music for whatever song I requested to learn. I would highly recommend Seth as a guitar instructor.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 hours

Victor P.

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Experience is good so far. Only one lesson, but already scheduled a lesson for next week.

  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 min

Beatrice M.

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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.

Cassandra M.

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Learning guitar with Forrest has been amazing so far. After trying to teach myself for a month or so, Forrest made me feel so good about the things I was able to learn on my own. He kindly critiques my habits and instils in me a confidence that I never thought I would have as a guitar player. I'm excited to learn more.

Christopher M.

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Forrest was a pleasure to work with. He was clear in his direction and was great about laying out some acheiveable goals for me on the guitar. I would recommend him if you are looking to increase your technical aptitude and knowledge of guitar.

  • Response time: 39 min
  • Pleasant Hill, CA

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!

Jake B.

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Lessons from Michael are great. He is great about tweaking sessions to your personal needs to specifically target and prioritize what someone may be struggling with most at that time. He is very encouraging and his experience really shows in the lessons.

Daniel H.

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Michael is an excellent voice instructor! Would highly recommend.

  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours
  • Sacramento, CA

Scott R.

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Chris Lee has been teaching my 11 year old son since May 2011. He’s been instructing my son in the following areas: • Electric guitar, • Bass guitar, • Harmonica, and • Reading/writing music. Chris is very patient and keeps my son motivated. The lessons are exciting which keeps my son interested and yearning to learn more. This helps in my son practicing without it being a chore. Chris encourages his students to write their own music using the computer and lined note sheets. He also gives my son confidence in his musical aspirations. I feel that Chris’ methods of instruction have helped my son excel in the musical area. My son is ready to begin taking a Jr. College level Music Theory class because of Chris’ instruction.

Aram Y.

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Master theory instructor and guitarist, i took lessons with chris for about a year and a half before i had to move out of the area. Hes one of the best in the game, any student, beginning guitar or theory or someone who has had experience in guitar or theory will have a great experience learning from chris.

Jordan P.

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great! iv been getting guitar lessons for a year now and i've learned so much about music and about the guitar and have improved so much as a songwriter and musician.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 37 min
  • Petaluma, CA

James B.

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I have been studying music with Lars for many years. He taught me my first chords and continues to feed my musical curiosities with fresh insight and innovative approaches. Highly Recommended!!

Suzi B.

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At my music lesson Lars made me feel very comfortable. We developed a lesson plan together based on my interests. I am very excited to be pursuing music lessons with Lars

Alex S.

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Lars has lots of experience with music and language. Playing music with him is fun and engaging!

  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Debra W.

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He is great in working with my son.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • Martinez, CA

Thumbtack Customer

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Very glad to discover this teacher in our area. Very patient - highly recommend

Bridget K.

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He was very kind and good with my daughter.

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Napa, CA

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Once a week
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I am left handed and play right hand guitar. I play by ear and don't even know what chord I am playing. I know how to tune my guitar
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