Guitar Lessons, Music Theory, Composing

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16 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for value and work quality.
  • Nicholas K.

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    First off, Larry is one of the best teachers I have ever had. You can tell he cares about every fundamental building block necessary to become a well rounded musician. He's particular about certain techniques, and as I progress I continue to discover the brilliant method to his madness. I took saxophone lessons for 4+ years, and was in multiple bands, but I can honestly say Larry has liberated the way I understand music. Lessons with Larry are one of a kind. He writes the lesson book week by week, combining years of knowledge and experience into one book for your personal use. You learn everything you would have if you paid thousands of dollars for music education, plus the one on one lesson time. So nothing goes misunderstood, and you move at your perfect pace. I recommend Larry to anyone who truly wants to become a great musician. There are no shortcuts, and this is the real deal. Larry has mastered the art of teaching, and I honestly believe he will help me surpass the high expectations I have set for myself as a musician.

    Jun 8, 2017Verified
  • Jim J.

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    My first lesson with Larry Hoffman went very well. I was satisfied with the instruction as well as lesson objectives moving forward. Mr. Hoffman possesses a wealth of music knowledge that I'm looking forward to tapping into with much appreciation. JIM

    Jan 19, 2017Verified

About this pro

In addition to over ten years of professional playing in Cape Cod, San Francisco, and Baltimore,I am a Grammy nominee, and have received awards for composing, record production and music journalism. I hold a bachelors and masters degree in music theory and composition from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where I served as faculty and administrator in their Preparatory Division in the fields of music theory, guitar, jazz ensemble, and music history. I also am proud to have had six years jazz study with Dennis Sandole, the teacher of John Coltrane. You can hear some of my music and read more about me on my website. As a teacher, I very much enjoy helping my students understand their musical goals and ambitions; and, with those in sight, seeing each of them progress as musician and artist--each along his or her own personal path. I pride myself in knowing that each of my students plays differently than the others as they all pursue their musical uniqueness. I am very proud in having played a role in each of their lives. Let it not go unsaid that each of them--to the extent that they will allow :) ... is thoroughly trained by me in aspects of chords, scales, technique, style, and genre history -- as well as all aspects of traditional music theory. Many have gone on to advanced standing in highly respected musical institutions, a transition I with which I was happy to help.

Years in business

48

Times hired on Thumbtack

21

Location

Baltimore, MD 21201

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    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      My fee is $60 an hour, or $35 a half-hour. Once you start studying with me, the fee will not increase.
    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      First, and most importantly, I find out the goals of the student... what he or she wants to do musically, short and long-term. Then, I evaluate the skills of the student (beginning or advanced, it makes no difference).. I look for strengths and especially for weaknesses, so as to tell the new student what I feel he or she needs and how I will help them gain strength in those areas. I will also suggest methods of practice.
    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      I have been a professional folk, blues, and jazz artist as well as a Grammy-nominated blues historian, and an award-winning record producer. And I have won awards as a composer. I have a Masters and Bachelors degree in theory and composition from the Peabody Conservatory, where I taught for ten years. I also studied jazz for six years with the teacher of John Coltrane. I have been teaching for over forty years, and love to teach. I have my own program and use selected texts when needed. Teaching is not something I do on the side for money, it is a crucial part of my art.

    Business hours

    Eastern Time Zone
    SundayClosed
    Monday11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    ThursdayClosed
    FridayClosed
    SaturdayClosed
    Coverage Area for Guitar Lessons, Music Theory, Composing is about 1+ miles of Baltimore, MD.