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Janet Rayor
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Janet is extremely professional and warm. Voice lessons can be very personal, and Janet achieves the balance between guidance and connecting with you as a person and a musician. I had been singing for about ten years when I worked with her, and was looking to improve on my technique, so finding a voice teacher who could teach adults with experience was imperative to me. I enjoyed my lessons with her and continue to use several of the warm-ups and vocal drills that I learned while working with her.

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Mary Lord
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael P.
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I’ve been studying guitar with Mary for about two months now, and I can’t say enough good about her. tl;dr: Mary will understand and support your goals for guitar playing, and she is beyond capable of helping you reach those goals. First, Mary is very supportive and cognizant of my goals as a musician. If I had a song in mind that I wanted to learn, I’m absolutely sure she would help me learn it. As a beginner, however, I don’t have anything in mind and happily play the tunes she gives me. Speaking of tunes, she has so many on hand. Every week she gives me new sheets with songs that cover the technique we work on. Mary’s extensive lesson repertoire certainly helps fulfill my goal of expanding my musical vocabulary to more artists and genres, all while developing my skills on guitar. Similar to her supportiveness, Mary is also very understanding yet insistent. As a busy young adult, on average I work eight to ten hours a day and follow a daily workout regimen to boot. While my goal is to practice guitar at least 60 minutes per day, on many days I don’t have time and fall short. Despite less-than-ideal practice, Mary accommodatingly works around the progress I make (or don’t make). At each lesson I can consistently expect help with last week’s trouble areas in addition to new material — Mary sure likes to press on. Can you blame her? There’s technique to master and songs to learn! :) On her teaching style, Mary is very creative. She customizes her lessons to the individual, and — I really like this about her — she tells me exactly what she wants to cover at the next two or three lessons. This way I know what she’ll teach, and I have the opportunity to discuss what I want to learn (e.g. scales, barre chords, etc.). With decades of guitar study under her belt, she can teach anything. By “teach” I mean make you really understand. She has countless analogies, anecdotes, and demonstrations for helping you learn or improve any technique. She’ll try things until it “clicks” for you. Teaching creativity like Mary’s is an invaluable skill that will undoubtedly help any student she has. To end on a light note, Mary truly is a spectacular musician. Her playing is effortless and always a joy to hear. She makes even the beginning things I’m working on sound musical and fun to play. Mary is a gem of a teacher, and I can’t recommend her enough.

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Jacob Hessburg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Irena Z.
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Jake is a versatile guitarist musician and can play and teach classical music as well as any other style. He has a wide variety of surprising practice exercises, never boring, always different and fun. He always includes some part of the theory to explain the piece, to make it easier to understand. Jake would come into our house, always on time, and he was very professional in the way he approached me as a student, and I am very sorry that I had to quit my lessons. He charges less than other teachers I have looked at.

The Aqua-Nets
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dave B.
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We loved this band for our event! They were professional, organized, and experienced in facilitating all of our events needs. We were on ship in the harbor and the performance was enjoyed by all our guest. The band was a talented group of musicians and singers who enjoy what they do and are extremely fun to watch.

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jannicke T.
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Our daughter has taken voice lessons with Aaron for about 3 years and really loves her time in his studio. Aaron has a wonderful ability to connect and has really helped her become the confident singer she is today. Bitterlake Studio is an extremely warm, positive, safe and inspriring environment and Aaron is the most supportive teacher. He is a very talented musician and a passionate and artistic person. His presence puts her at ease with a confidence to explore her strenghts and weaknesses. We are so grateful for Aaron making it a challenging but very fun learning experience for our daughter.

The Michael Benson Band
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Aaron W.
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    We hired the Michael Benson Band to play at our wedding at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island. Since we were bringing the band all the way over to the island, we decided to put them to work throughout the entire event! Michael and one bandmate performed a guitar/sax duo for our Ceremony, then Michael played some keyboard music for the Cocktail Hour, and then the whole 5-piece band played for our four hour Reception. Michael was an absolute pleasure to work with both before and during the event! They are all excellent musicians and we loved the music throughout the event. Michael did a fantastic job of being the "MC" during the reception and made sure that it kept its flow throughout the night! We would not hesitate to hire them again! Definitely one of the best decisions we made for our wedding night!

    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Chris A.
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    With a PhD in music, David Shere brings a wealth of knowledge to music instruction, and he's a fantastic musician and performing artist. I've been in his improvisation class for a year now, in addition to studying theory with him. He's an outstanding teacher and working with him has led to a huge improvement in my performances. Plus his classes are a lot of fun; no small accomplishment considering how much material we cover! I highly recommend David as a teacher.

    Skyler Mehal
    5.0
    from 8 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sarah H.
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    Skyler is an amazing guitar teacher! He taught my son (early teens) for two years in Ellensburg, Washington. Not only is Skyler an incredible musician who really knows his music theory, but he is encouraging, patient and knows how to motivate and get the most out of his students. He has a special "teacher" quality about him, which not all musicians do. My son excelled while taking lessons from him, and his enthusiasm for playing guitar and appreciation for new types of music dramatically increased, too. The only reason our lessons with him ended is because Skyler moved to Seattle. Take lessons from this guy!! You won't regret it!

    Charlotte Dike
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 16 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Laila G.
    Verified review

    Charlotte played my wedding in Oregon. I gave her a budget and the style I was looking for and she found a group to accompany her that was perfect. They played jazz and a piano solo for the ceremony and country for the reception. It was exactly what I wanted. She was very professional and gave me peace of mind by taking care of things before I could even think about them. I would highly recommend her services.

    Singerplus Studios
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 18 years in business
    Catherine M.
    Verified review

    Melanie Stevens has taught my daughter piano for years. She is a talented musician and a gifted teacher. I have been very impressed with her ability to adapt her teaching to “where my daughter is” at any given time. She is very kind, extremely patient, and makes the lessons fun. I feel so fortunate to have found her and look forward to continuing lessons as my daughter progresses with piano.

    Music Lessons
    4.8
    from 6 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 14 hires on Thumbtack
    Mark R.
    Verified review

    James made my little wedding celebration very special. He is a very skilled musician. Highly recommend.

    Music Performance
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
      Todd P.
      Verified review

      Band was absolutely amazing and with much better musicians at a lower price than other bands we checked out. They were able to learn and master our first dance songs on a last minute basis, play some unexpected live requests, and even allow our friends to join and sing on a couple tunes. Many people complimented the vocalist and the band in general at the end of the night as well. Highly recommend. I have background in music, and these guys know how to play.

      Ron Newman, Pianist
      5.0
      from 5 reviews
      • 24 years in business
      Alexis S.
      Verified review

      Ron Is a very versatile musician who is professional and easy to work with!

      Ed Mays Groove Kitchen
      5.0
      from 4 reviews
      • 7 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Lara P.
      Verified review

      They literally made the party and everyone talked about how awesome the band was. Great musicians, great people, flexible and fun. Would recommend them in a heartbeat and will definitely hire them for my next party (whenever that will be)

      Marco de Carvalho
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Geisa D.
      Verified review

      Marco is an outstanding musician and guitarist. A specialist and knowledgeable teacher of Brazilian and classical music. If you are planing on taking lessons from him, you better be ready for a serious professional which I highly recommend. Geisa Dutra, M.M.

      • 10 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Hazel M.
      Verified review

      Jan was excellent to deal with. Very prompt and efficient and a talented musician.

      Puget Woodwind Studio
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 10 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Joe J.
      Verified review

      I've taken guitar lessons from Tarik Bentlemsani for about 2 years. I had only a little previous music experience. Tarik is a highly accomplished musician; he has provided an excellent and comprehensive program for my development with encouragement, patience, and challenging pieces.

      Bob Antolin
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
        Bill R.
        Verified review

        Bob has a laid back way of leading me to teach myself to improve my music. His ability to connect different music genres with the music we study gives me a depth of understanding that is hard to match. His flexibility allows our sessions to flow in a natural, yet most productive way. He has really helped me improve my skills as a musician and as a music listener. I would definitely recommend Bob to students of all ages.

        Eventful Music

        New To Thumbtack

        • 10 years in business
        About

        Set your event from the ordinary; make it extraordinary! "Darren Loucas plays beautiful, familiar melodies that soar and glide in the atmosphere of your unique event. His guitar playing is a masterful cocktail of pop, rock and blues, served with a feel for dynamics and pacing that will harmonize perfectly with the ambiance of your event." Depending on your event, you might want the "oomph" of upright bass or the "kick" of the drums, if you want people up and dancing. I have the privilege of playing with many of Seattle's top musicians, and I will work with you to assemble the perfect combo to meet your needs.

        About

        Neil provides professional bagpipe music for all occasions: * weddings * funerals * memorials * anniversaries * birthdays * corporate events * fund raisers With over 25 years of experience, Neil's experience and friendly personality guarantee an excellent performance. Neil has been the resident bagpiper for The Golf Club at Newcastle since 2004. Contact Neil today for your personal consultation. Neil also offers professional bagpipe lessons. Neil is an instructor for 4 successful local pipe bands: Seattle Firefighters, Snohomish County Firefighters, Eastside Firefighters and Seattle Police Pipes and Drums. Individual lessons are taught at Neil's home studio in Kirkland. Please call for rates.

        Blackout Sappy

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          About

          About Blackout Sappy Genre: Post-Grunge Related: Kurt Cobain Description: "Blackout Sappy (Band) Post-Grunge" Why this name? Mainly, it was Kurt Cobain who inspired me; he had come to my school casually, sat down, and started playing acoustic songs from various albums. This was 3 months before he passed away tragically. After that, I dedicated myself to write music with passion, with the burning pain that I had; we had such similar backgrounds in growing up. We were both deemed "bipolar" by the doctors, but no medicine had any effect, and the gnawing pain deep inside the soul, that only Kurt and I knew. We seemed to be fated, so when he was gone, I've decided to do a solo project in, thanks. So, I chose the name Blackout Sappy, Sappy being a rare B-side track on a alternative sampler album entitled "No Alternative". It was a hidden track called "Sappy". The Blackout came easy, because I often have blackouts. Do you play live? Yes, at small acoustic venues. My genre is post grunge. Brief Bio: Blackout Sappy is a solo band, the artist's name is Nathan Alan. He writes all music, lyrics, sings all vocals, plays guitar, bass, and uses synth drum kits, and keyboard. How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry? I think it helps artists who wouldn't normally be heard, a voice. Would you sign a record contract with a major label? Sure, as long as I didn't have to compromise myself and why I play. I put everything into my music; to take that away is just not worth it, no price. Your influences? - Kurt Cobain - Elliot Smith - Bush - Linkin Park - Stone Sour - Slipknot - Mudvayne - The Doors Equipment used: - fender jagstang re-issue (designed by Authorized Kurt Cobain) - small clone (foot pedal) - big muff pie (distortion foot pedal/German) - Shure Sm-58 Pro Vocal Microphone Right now, whatever I can get my hands on, I'm working on rebuilding my studio. Final Notes: One day, my message, my voice, my music will be heard. I don't care if I get rich or famous from it, as long as people know what my life was all about in the end. We were a finalist in the Seattle, WA's Hard Rock Cafe "Hard Rock Rising" battle of the bands 2011.

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