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Brandon Hawkins
Brandon Hawkins

Brandon Hawkins

Offers remote services
Offers remote services
$20
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Introduction: Hello! My name is Brandon and I've played guitar for 11 years. I'm always looking to push myself to get better and learn new things. The beauty of playing a musical instrument is that you can always get better! I've been giving lessons for about 6 months now, and I've really enjoyed working with everyone so far! I'll give my first lesson for free and I view that as an opportunity to get to know each other. It's important to discuss how often you'll want lessons, what you want to be able to do with the guitar, what kind of music you want to play, and what practice expectations you have. I'm very experienced with both electric and acoustic guitar and am comfortable teaching someone looks for the basics--from the anatomy of the guitar, tuning, stringing, using a pick, strings and frets. Afterwards we'll start to learn simple "cowboy" chords, scales, strumming, fingerpicking and barre chords. I'm looking forward to starting this venture with you! Please let me know if you have any questions. I post some videos of my music on Instagram @hawkstagram--feel free to check it out! COVID-19 Disclaimer: I'm happy to have gotten my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and I'm due for a second shot towards the end of March. However, I'm happy to take precautions, such as conducting lessons outside (weather dependent), ensuring at least 6 feet of social distancing, and wearing a mask if it makes you more comfortable, or doing lessons via videochat. When reaching out, please inform me if there's anything specific you'd like for me to do to make you feel safe :)
Overview

Hired 2 times

Serves Wilmington, NC

Background checked

1 employee

1 year in business

Payment methods

Apple Pay, Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for value, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Nicole N.

I found Brandon on thumbtack about five months ago. He was quick to respond, communicative, and eager to help me start my guitar journey. Your first session is complementary and it’s a good opportunity to talk about what your goals are and what to expect through taking lessons. When we first started, I could play three chords and now I can sit down and make my way through playing a song (it’s most definitely not perfect but it’s been so fun). Over the last several months I have learned so much from basic guitar knowledge, to chord progressions, strumming, finger picking, scales, and even music theory. He has a good way of incorporating what you want to learn, while also giving you a variety of things to work on in between your sessions. Each lesson you have, you will continue to improve on what you already know and build on top of that. He gives encouraging constructive criticism but also always acknowledges what you are doing well. He has helped make the experience of learning guitar super rewarding and fun for me. He’s passionate about teaching and you can tell from the way he talks about music and guitar. Excited to see what else I can learn and where my guitar journey takes me with the help of Brandon!
Mar 22, 2021
Sarah L.

Brandon is an amazing teacher! I had no guitar experience before him and was very nervous to try something new, but he made me feel comfortable and has made it easy to learn! He is so patient and knowledgeable about music! I truly look forward to our lesson every week! I highly recommend him if you’re looking to take lessons!!
Mar 19, 2021
Kong W.

I took a few lessons with Brandon to learn the basics of guitar. He was extremely knowledgeable and was patient while I worked through some difficult finger placements. I would recommend Brandon to anyone who wants to improve at their guitar skills whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player. He is incredibly talented and loves helping people improve!
Aug 27, 2020
Lindsey G.

Brandon is an amazing guitar teacher. He is very patient and is able to really explain the importance of proper technique and all the why's and how's in between. You can tell that he is super passionate about music and that he truly understands all the components and I think that is a unique quality that most people don't have. 10/10 recommend.
Sep 4, 2020
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Brandon Hawkins

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I offer very competitive rates and they're established for 45 minutes. However, I'm happy to do 30 or 60 minute lessons and adjust the price accordingly if you prefer. I'll ask students to pay for the month's lessons up front, based on how many lessons they expect to take that month (for example, if you'd prefer weekly lessons, I would charge you for four lessons at the beginning of the month). However, if something comes up and you need to reschedule or need to skip a week, I'm happy to refund you for that lesson(s). I only ask that you try to be considerate of that policy, and please let me know as soon as possible if you won't be available for a scheduled lesson. As far as discounts go--I offer a free lesson if you refer another student to me and they take at least one lesson!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I will not charge students for the initial lesson/meeting. I like to use the first meeting to have a discussion about the student's expectations, goals, and to communicate my expectations as an instructor. I'd like to know about what experiences you've had with musical instruments, especially with guitar. If you haven't had any, that's ok! You've gotta start somewhere.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I've given formal lessons to the public for six months, but I've also given some basic and intermediate lessons, tips, tricks and advice to friends and family for years. I've played acoustic and electric guitar for 11 years. I also have experience playing the bass and piano as well, and I've recently been working on my singing as well! I always like to push myself to improve my musical abilities.

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