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johnnolanmusiclessons
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Russell W.
Verified review

Before starting guitar lessons, I did a thorough review and research of all the guitar instructors in the area. By far John is the best instructor out there. John is a top-notch teacher and is very energetic and passionate about the guitar and loves teaching this instrument to others. He is very well organized and systematic in his teaching approach. John's style of teaching enables students to improve their technique very quickly and to learn a wide variety of guitar theory. He is very approachable and friendly, while also bringing a very professional approach that he has honed over many years of teaching guitar. John is also very responsive via e-mail or phone. He takes the time to learn about each individual student. He is a great teacher both for adults or kids. John is obviously a very talented guitarist himself, and he teaches in a way that is easy to learn from. He is very friendly and encourages a very low pressure learning experience. His structured classes allow the student to obtain constant progress and to see a clear line of what specifically is needed to improve upon. He takes a professional yet fun approach to his lessons. John tailors each student’s learning in a way specific to each one, and his vast knowledge of multiple styles of teaching books and learning aids is fitted to each student as needed. It is definitely not a one lesson fits all approach for him. He will gauge you through your level of expertise and assess your short and long term goals, whether as a beginner or as an advanced player. John then creates a custom lesson plan for each student. I thoroughly enjoy every lesson and see definite and concrete results each week both in my playing ability and in my overall understanding of music. One of my goals, in addition to increasing my performance level, was to actually learn how to read the music. In less than a month, through John’s instruction and teaching, I was on my way to a firm understanding not only in my ability to read music but to play sight reading, something that once existed only as a dream. With John’s help my confidence in playing is at an all-time high, and I without question see myself becoming an excellent guitar player in time with his help. I strongly recommend John as an instructor to anyone at any level interested in becoming a great guitar player and learning more about guitar music theory. - RJW

EZ Guitar
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Todd M.
Verified review

Currently, I'm the Manager of Tye's awesome band, Fifty Dollar Dynasty. Tye's guitar style is simply amazing! His band won the 2013 Texas Motor Speedway, Fast Track To Fame Contest and they played live in the Big D NYE show (think 40 thousand live fans and broadcast live on TV into 12 states and 70 markets). Taking guitar lessons from someone who knows how to play is cool. But taking guitar lessons from a future rock star is...priceless. Tye is low key and has not let the success go to his head. He's focused on helping others learn the craft which is an unusual trait for an up and coming rock star!

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Zach Carney Music
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Chris R.
Verified review

Awesome from the start. I decided in my 50s that it was time to finally learn guitar. I took some lessons from another instructor, but we just didn’t jive. Tried Zach and my search is over. I learned more in the first lesson than a half dozen from the other guy. Zach’s best qualities are that he is patient and he listens to you. Great combination for a beginner. He already has me playing several chords and simple songs after two lessons. His approach to practice keeps me motivated. My frustration level decreased dramatically and I’m finally excited about learning again. Save yourself some time and give Zach a call!

Tom Lopez
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Steve Whitehawk B.
Verified review

I would like to send this letter in support of Tom Lopez and his music lessons through the Universal City Music Studio. My son Jacob Bissell has been a student of Tom's since his days in the band at Kitty Hawk Middle School. At that time, Thomas was teaching Jacob drum techniques to supplement the lessons at Kitty Hawk Middle School. Jacob ended up his Middle School tenure as an honored/awarded musician with a great foundation in music. Jacob moved on to Judson High School, and auditioned for the marching band. He won a spot on the Judson Drum Line as a bass player. He held this position for two years, even though he could have moved to "snare position" his second year, but stayed on bass to help the Director. Around this time, Jacob was starting guitar lessons with Mr. Lopez. After two years with the Varsity Judson High School Band, Drum Line, Jacob decided to take a break from the marching band. At this time, it was found that Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) needed a percussionist. An audition was arrainged with YOSA, and Jacob was awarded a percussion seat with the Philharmonic Orchestra (YOSA's number one performing orchestra). He held this position with YOSA during his Junior and Senior years at Judson High School. His Senior year of high school, Jacob had to be in the music program to be eligible for YOSA, so he talked to the orchestra director at Judson HS. The Director needed a bass for the orchestra, so Jacob accepted the position. He started the semester in the Beginner Orchestra. With his excellent musicianship, he learned the instrument and was moved to the Honors Orchestra. He did receive honors for this position. All this time, Jacob had continued taking music lessons and having recitals with Thomas Lopez. Jacob had continuisly been a student of Tom's since middle school at Kitty Hawk. Now it was time to think of college. Jacob had thought that "Music Thearpy" was an area of study he wanted to pursue. Looking at the information from Texas colleges, only two in the state offered music therapy. One was in Houston, and the other was the University of the Incarnate Word, in San Antonio, Texas. After applying, and going through Music School auditions with the Director at Incarnate Word, he was awarded a Music School scholarship and an academic scholarship. With the substantial scholarship money, he accepted the spot on the Incarnate Word music school roster. I would like to congratulate Thomas Lopez for instilling in his student Jacob, the musicianship needed to advance to the level he has. He is active in the Incarnate Word Chorale, so he is learning about another instrument- his voice. Jacob is active in two bands- Disposable and 16 Psyche. As well as writing music, singing (fronting Disposable), he is currently teaching himself piano. I want to add links below to several of Jacob's performances. If the links get lost, you may find performances on YouTube by searching the names of the groups, and looking for "YOSA presents Carmina Burrana," where you'll see Jacob's senior slide on the screen behind the orchestra, at the beginning credits. While in YOSA, Jacob was with the first group to perform in the new Tobin Center, appearing twice about a month before Paul McCartney played the venue. Jacob has performed with nationally known artists while in the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and went on tour to Canada with the organization. Thanks again Thomas, for bringing out the best in your music students.

United Strings Of America
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan K.
Verified review

My daughter has been taking lessons from Mr. Olson for about two months now. She has made amazing progress so far, from nothing to playing chords and a few songs. Mr. Olson is able to redirect and focus my 7 year old to keep her on task and learning the lesson of the week. He certainly has the patience to teach young children. His lessons are tailored to each student to keep them progressing. As with any child, my daughter was very enthusiastic when she asked to learn guitar, but that interest waned after the first few weeks after she discovered that this takes real work to learn. Mr. Olson has managed to keep her progressing and brought back her interest in continuing her lessons. His style is encouraging and corrective without being negative, always praising the students efforts. He also has an amazingly advanced knowledge and understanding of teaching theory for an instructor only in his early 20's, much better grounding in education fundamentals than many seasoned and highly degreed teachers I know. His level of understanding of how to teach shows in the progress my daughter has made and respect she has for Mr. Olson. He is also a very competent and accomplished guitar player in his own right. For anyone looking to learn guitar I highly recommend you check out Daniel Olson, I could not recommend him highly enough.

Electric Guitar Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Jesse F.
    Verified review

    I've taken guitar lessons before with a couple of different instructors. I can honestly say that I learned quicker and more enjoyable with Gustavo! He has an amazing gift for music. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn to play.

    About

    I teach guitar from basic to some advanced techniques, while teaching students to put their own flavor into their music. I will teach very basic music theory but will still teach the proper chord phrasings and their names.

    • 21 years in business
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    I provide private instruction on the fundamentals of guitar, guitar theory, and key points of the instrument.

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    I am teaching the fundamentals of guitar, chords, notes, and music theory and techniques. I'm 20 years old, and I like to have fun with it.

    • 19 years in business
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    I am a San Marcos, Texas area guitar player who specializes in blues, country, and rock improvisation.

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    I've been a professional guitarist for 10 years now. I'm currently the music director for Hope La Vernia, and I am on call for a number of musicians and institutions.

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    Learn to forget. We specialize in the basics of guitar playing. We start from scratch, one cord and scale at a time.

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    I teach beginner guitar lessons for kids/adults wanting to learn the basics of guitar playing. I look forward to helping you!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I teach beginner and intermediate guitar to kids and adults out of my home. I charge $20 an hour, but if you just want to do half an hour for $10, that's fine too. I am available most of the day on Wednesdays and Saturdays and early evening the rest of the week.

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    I specialize in teaching beginner/intermediate guitar players. I have 12 years of experience. I can provide a child guitar if your child doesn't have one yet. All of my students have been successful as long as they practice for the 30-45 minutes I recommend a day. I can travel to you and have a flexible schedule. I have a 3-year-old son who plays ukulele and will start guitar as soon as he's big enough. I would be happy to help your child start on their music career.

    • 10 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    Our instructors are professional working musicians who have toured and recorded various types of music, CD's video game music, etc. We also offer unique recital opportunities such as the halftime show of a Silver Stars game, Shopping Mall recital and some have even played along side your instructor at an actual gig!

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    My name is Jacob Lewis. I teach beginner and intermediate guitar lessons, focusing on chords and finger dexterity, and allowing students to choose the songs and styles they want to learn.

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    I provide lessons for guitar (jazz, rock, contemporary christian and classical). I teach students from beginner to moderate level. I also offer the following lessons: * Piano (beginner/moderate level) * Voice (beginner/moderate level) * Music theory (beginner/moderate level)

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    I'm currently playing at a Christian church as the lead guitar. I have 12 years of experience. I like to teach the basics of guitar playing, so each students learns to enjoy the instrument.

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    I have a busy career and most of my free time during the week goes to strumming my guitar, so why don't I teach someone else? It's a passion.

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    I provide lessons from beginners to skilled. There's no advanced techniques yet. I teach scales, chords, and tabs and acoustic and electric.

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