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I have been playing guitar for 12 years. I have been involved in various high school and college metal bands, and am currently in a comical, animal rights themed death metal band called Animals Killing People. I took piano lessons from a young age before starting guitar, but would find myself playing pieces by ear more often than improving on my sight reading skills. Switching to guitar has been great for me, as I think the instrument provides more opportunity for expression and personalization than the piano; to me, a pianist seems to be more of a vessel who can interpret a composer's intent from sheet music. I began college as a music student in the conservatory of music at SUNY Purchase, but ultimately switched majors to Anthropology in favor of a liberal arts degree. My recent employment has included Stepping Stones Museum for Children and children's snowboard instruction at Mohawk Mountain. *** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching guitar lessons for 10 years. I have taught guitar players of many abilities and ages. I take pride in having taught students with special needs with some success, notably one student who was hearing impaired and one diagnosed with autism. I teach my lessons with a laid back, friendly approach. I focus heavily on a student's favorite music and genre preferences, and have my students pick which songs they wish to learn accordingly. My instruction of their selected songs involves in-depth explanations of the various left hand and right hand techniques executed throughout the song. On some occasions, I recommend songs or selections from songs that will expand on techniques covered in a recent song. This approach to guitar instruction provides self esteem both in a student's taste in music and in a student's ability on the guitar while a student learns nearly every technique used in modern guitar playing. Students will also learn a basic understanding of music theory as it applies to modern guitar playing. *** Studio Equipment *** I use the same equipment as I do for travel. I have an extra amplifier, a Marshall DXM that students can plug into. *** Travel Equipment *** I use my tried and true first guitar, my Epiphone Les Paul, and a Line 6 Spider amplifier for electric guitar lessons, and I use a Rogue dreadnought for acoustic lessons. *** Specialties *** I specialize in folk, neofolk, new age, alternative, hard rock, heavy metal, death metal (and other forms of extreme music), hardcore punk, d beat, post hardcore, and grindcore. All students will be exposed to blues and chordal acoustic playing.

Cost: $30 Per 30 Minutes Company: TakeLessons

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I have been playing guitar for 12 years. I have been involved in various high school and college metal bands, and am currently in a comical, animal rights themed death metal band called Animals Killing People.

I took piano lessons from a young age before starting guitar, but would find myself playing pieces by ear more often than improving on my sight reading skills. Switching to guitar has been great for me, as I think the instrument provides more opportunity for expression and personalization than the piano; to me, a pianist seems to be more of a vessel who can interpret a composer's intent from sheet music.

I began college as a music student in the conservatory of music at SUNY Purchase, but ultimately switched majors to Anthropology in favor of a liberal arts degree.

My recent employment has included Stepping Stones Museum for Children and children's snowboard instruction at Mohawk Mountain.

Lesson Details I have been teaching guitar lessons for 10 years. I have taught guitar players of many abilities and ages. I take pride in having taught students with special needs with some success, notably one student who was hearing impaired and one diagnosed with autism.

I teach my lessons with a laid back, friendly approach. I focus heavily on a student's favorite music and genre preferences, and have my students pick which songs they wish to learn accordingly. My instruction of their selected songs involves in-depth explanations of the various left hand and right hand techniques executed throughout the song. On some occasions, I recommend songs or selections from songs that will expand on techniques covered in a recent song.

This approach to guitar instruction provides self esteem both in a student's taste in music and in a student's ability on the guitar while a student learns nearly every technique used in modern guitar playing. Students will also learn a basic understanding of music theory as it applies to modern guitar playing.

Studio Equipment I use the same equipment as I do for travel. I have an extra amplifier, a Marshall DXM that students can plug into.

Travel Equipment I use my tried and true first guitar, my Epiphone Les Paul, and a Line 6 Spider amplifier for electric guitar lessons, and I use a Rogue dreadnought for acoustic lessons.

Specialties I specialize in folk, neofolk, new age, alternative, hard rock, heavy metal, death metal (and other forms of extreme music), hardcore punk, d beat, post hardcore, and grindcore. All students will be exposed to blues and chordal acoustic playing.

Details

Cost $30 Per 30 Minutes
Languages Spoken English
Locations Student's Home, In Studio
Degrees

Purchase College, SUNY
in Media, Society & The Arts

Tutoring Subjects

Music: Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

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Location
  350 10th Avenue, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone
  (646) 200-5972
Website
  www.takelessons.com

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TakeLessons says

Success in learning often depends on finding the right teacher; someone that not only has expertise in the subject, but also knows how to inspire. The teaching style that works for one student may not work for another. As a parent or student, how do you find the right match? As a teacher, how do you find new students that fit your style? TakeLessons bridges this gap.

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