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Jack Philipoom came to my attention at my nieces wedding reception in Williamsburg , Virginia where he was performing jazz guitar with an ensemble. It was there that I booked him for a garden party at my McLean , Virginia home. The flow and style of this extremely talented musician added an elegant ambiance to our evening. His personality is delightful, and our guests found him to be simply charming. I will definitely rehire him, and have highly recommended him to our friends.
My young daughter Clarisse had never taken guitar lessons when she stared with Kevin at Foxes Music. Her progress is simply astonishing. Kevin is a complete professional who is friendly and engaging with Clarisse, and he got her excited to learn at her very first lesson. She's actually learning about music and how to read notes, not just replaying from memory. She loves going to her lesson, and I couldn't be happier with Kevin's instruction. Watching her face when she shows me what she's learning is one of the best parts of my week too.
Ill be honest, I got lucky finding Dave. Years ago, I saw an ad in the Baltimore City newspaper, a place where Dave stopped advertising shortly after I called him. Youll have the same luck learning from a dynamic artist. Each lesson has as much energy as the first, you will never get bored. If you're looking for a professional, experienced, and dedicated musician you found him. I knew nothing about the bass before taking lessons with Dave. He always puts the student's musical interest first providing solid instruction. He structured each lesson to my interests, i.e. if I wanted to learn Le Chic's Good Times, Dave didn't try to convince me to do something else; he went with what I asked. And Dave is totally accessible. Ive had lessons in his apartment, studio, house, and on Skype and FaceTime. He even worked with me while overseas in France via Skype, thats 6 hours time difference. Dont kid yourself, if you are serious about learning the bass so is Dave. Hell find a way to make it work. The best part is during each lesson and over the years he incorporated fundamental musical knowledge to build my understanding and repertoire. If you work hard, listen, and be patient you will grow.
I spent four years a bass student of Jason's and cannot give high enough praise. His skill on a wide range of styles, knowledge of music and the theory behind it is amazing. As is his patience with even rank beginners, like me. Most certainly a teacher i would encourage anyone desiring to learn from the start, or to improve on existing abilities, to seek out.
I started playing Bass guitar about 4 years ago with the encouragement of Gregg Hammond.I was 43 years old at the time,and thought that I was too old to learn how to play a musical instrument.Gregg convinced Me to get a bass and an amp and He gave Me some basic instruction to get Me started.He also showed Me how to get bass tabliture to the songs I wanted to learn how to play.With his positive "You can do this" Attitude,I realized that yes,I CAN do this.So I've been playing every day since then.The more I play the better I get.The better I get the more I want to play.I might decide to get with a band and play some gigs,but right now I'm just really enjoying the fun that I'm having playing it just for the love of making music.Gregg is a great teacher,and a positive motivator.As one of his students,I love to practice and learn new songs so that I can play them for him when I see him,and see the proud look on His face when He hears Me play,and how much I keep improving.
Our 9-yr old daughter Amaya was a little anxious about taking up double bass, but as soon as she started working with Kim, she felt very comfortable and started to really love the instrument. Kim made the weekly class fun and challenging, and Amaya felt encouraged and motivated to practice on her own every day. Kim had a flexible schedule and worked around Amayas other school and sports activities, which made it particularly easy for Amaya. Besides being a great professional and a dedicated teacher, Kim clearly loves playing the double bass -- and our daughter does too! Myriam G.
Finding a good guitar and bass tutor can be pretty fraught. Anyone who knows a few scales can potentially set up shop. I had the misfortune of visiting several such "instructors." Unlike most of the folks on craigslist, Morgan is a true teacher. He has deep musical knowledge that spans genres and play styles, and will adapt his lessons to the interests of the student. But more importantly, he's just a great person - kind, patient, and passionate about music. Over 2 years of lessons, Morgan helped me progress from simple pop songs to Jazz comps, and even indulged my interest in kooky prog metal rhythms. The lessons were fun, spontaneous, and challenging. Bonus: Morgan is an experienced guitar tech with a fully outfitted shop in his house. I cannot overstate how convenient it is to be able to get your instrument fixed in the same location where you take your lessons. Virtually no one else in the area can provide this dual service. In summary: I wouldn't write such a long review if he wasn't the real deal. I left each lesson with a smile on my face and I saw the same in every other student that walked out the door before my timeslot. If you want to learn and actually have fun doing it, give this guy a call.
Frankey has been the drummer for our church over the last seven years. He has matured into a very gifted drummer. He is reliable, conscientious, professional, and a great musician.
I studied bass with Rob for over four years. I sought him out as an electric player, but was inspired by him to take up the upright bass as well. His instruction and encouragement allowed me to take on some musical challenges like doubling on electric and upright in a jazz group and playing in a string orchestra along side more accomplished players. I still use his exercises in my normal practice routine. Thanks Rob!
I have turned lessons with some kids into 6-8 year long mentoring relationships. Some have moved onto musics schools and Universities. I work with people from ages 7-61 currently. I have a 100% success rate with my students, but only when time and practice is regimented by the student . Studying and playing music for 30 years has taught me a lot. I base my lesson plans entirely ontbe individual I am working with . No 2 students of mine ever share the same lesson plan , unless requested by those individuals. Most of what I teach I learned by what “not to do” I have found that learning from past mistakes, in all fields of music, had made me very aware of what people should not do as well as areas of focus and strength.
I provide all levels of bass instrument instructions and tutoring in music theory, harmony, and sight singing proven track records.
I interviewed pretty much every music teacher in Alexandria before deciding to go with Mark. There are two types of music teachers I've found - amateur musicians who play guitar in their own band and think they can teach any musical instrument, and professional music teachers who don't have a lot of musical authority. Mark is a musical authority - a professional musician, with solid credentials, and he's an excellent teacher. I really feel like I'm training from a master and not just from an old-fashioned teacher who's stepping me through an instruction routine. He's been able to bring me up to speed on piano very quickly with no pressure. He explains musical techniques and concepts so that they're clearly understood and easy to learn.
Tom comes to our home for a weekly music class with my one year-old. He plays the acoustic guitar and sings to her, teaches her about the various notes/music sounds and brings kid-friendly instruments for her to explore such as an egg shaker and tambourine (an age appropriate "lesson"). Tom is great with her and she loves the time with him - its clear that he loves kids. We're looking forward to these weekly lessons as she grows and her musical sensibilities develop!
I'm not a professional guitar or bass instructor but have been playing music since 1977. I have been playing in bands on and off for about 26 years. I currently play in a local rock and roll roots music band. For those interested, I would be happy to teach basic chords on guitar and blues scales on bass, for example.
Carey’s talent as a teacher does wonders for bridging the gap between music theory and music performance. I went into lessons with only a very basic knowledge of music theory that I hardly was able to apply to guitar, but his lessons taught me how to play in a way where I can either explore the musical depth of the tune or simply jam, comfortable that what I’m playing will always sound good. It’s broadened my abilities as a musician without taking away the simple fun of playing guitar, something that is invaluable in any teacher.
We are so very pleased with Mr. Brown. He's just an excellent teacher. My oldest daughter has shown an unbelievable improvement since she started taking bass lessons with him. My youngest son just started taking guitar lessons with him as well and even though he's not very talented, he is also making progress. I couldn't believe it, but now I believe it! I highly recommend Mr. Brown. He's very flexible, professional, and a great teacher. We can't wait to have out third kid for him.
Pete is an outstanding teacher with a fine grasp of both music theory and performance. He tailored his lessons to my learning goals and was able to adapt his teaching style to what I needed to improve. My lessons with Pete greatly improved my playing, my understanding of music theory and my love for music. He is a wonderful teacher and I heartily recommend him for anyone interested in moving beyond the basic chords and understanding how music and the guitar really work. Cheers, J in VA
I offer in-home instructions on the double bass and bass guitar to all levels of experience and all ages.
After two lessons, I feel very encouraged that this was the right move. Rob is easy-going, a good listener, and focused on teaching me to *actually play*. He deals with technique and theory, but is not rigid or dogmatic about it. I highly recommend him.
I am a patient teacher who uses modern techniques of body awareness to promote an efficient playing style.
Starting from scratch I was able to learn the basics and more involved in playing the bass guitar. Dwight remained very helpful, encouraging, and most importantly patient. Dwight always pushed me to be confident In myself and kept the lessons fresh. He was an excellent instructor for all ages and all levels of those interested in music. I recommend to all, you will be pleased by his professionalism and his desire for you to learn.