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Ronald T

Ronald T

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My musical journey started at a very young age. I would get up and put on my 45's and set up my metal TV tray with pots and pans and away I would go playing the drums along with the records. At 6 my school had a demonstration of instruments. I went home and exclaimed to my parents that I wanted to play Saxophone. After seeing the price they asked if I wanted a guitar. I said yes. I started lesson at 6 with a local teacher that would come around to all the kids in my neighborhood. I took lesson for 6 years and then went on to explore sports. At 18 I went back to my guitar and relearned by myself all the lessons I had gone through. I also started taking lesson at a local music store and I attended the college of San Mateo and took 4 semesters of Theory and musicianship. I started giving lessons a few years later working at Guitars unlimited in Menlo Park, CA. At 21 I began playing professionally in clubs and festivals. I've continued playing professionally since and teaching guitar.

Alan K

Alan K

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I grew up in a household full of music. My Dad loved jazz while my Mother loved opera and classical music. They constantly played their respective recordings throughout the day. I began guitar lessons at 9 with a music teacher in the neighborhood who had a good reputation. However, I found his teaching style to be lacking warmth or any specific direction. So I quit and began teaching myself by learning melodies and chords from rock, pop and jazz recordings. I developed a very good relative pitch. Luckily, my old teacher had taught me how to read music. While in college I fell under the spell of flamenco music and studied briefly with a blind Spanish guitarist in Manhattan. I performed in rock and pop groups throughout college. When I moved to California I studied with Jon Harris, a classical guitarist who had studied under Segovia. I began to compose my own music and to continue a grueling practice schedule. To me, music is the perfect art form. And I love to share my passion with others.

Jacob P

Jacob P

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I'm a multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, composer and educator who takes great joy in teaching and sharing music with people of all ages. I've been deeply fortunate to have studied closely with multiple master musicians of various traditions. Perhaps the teacher who has had the deepest impact on my teaching methods is W.A. Mathieu, former arranger and bandmember of the Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton orchestras. I studied with Mathieu for three years. I've performed up and down the west coast and am an active player in the Bay Area music scene. 

Tom H

Tom H

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My teaching experience goes back to the late seventies where I started to teach kids in the neighborhood the guitar. As I got older and more knowledgeable about jazz and blues, I taught on a part time basis shareing what I was learning through my own studies with my students. Now many years later I have an excellent knowledge of the guitar and want to teach students how to completely understand it. I believe the guitar should be approached like it were a piano,mixing up notes chords sacles and melodies all up and down the neck.I teach the students to really open up thier playing utilizing many chords and go beyond just strumming and playing basic chords and scales.

Jeff W

Jeff W

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I have been giving private lessons since I graduated high school. I received my master's in trumpet performance from the University of Wyoming, where I taught applied trumpet lessons, directed jazz ensembles, and lectured jazz theory and history courses. I enjoy working with students of all ages and ability levels. I believe that the concepts we cover in music lessons extend to other aspects of a student's life, and I love to see the positive impact I have on people. I was someone who was certainly not a natural when it came to playing the trumpet, and the struggles I've gone through on the instrument have given me the knowledge to accurately address these issues in student's playing. 

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