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Barry has evolved into a highly sought after performer and teacher. His resume includes tours with the Pointer Sisters, Angela Bofill, Willie Bobo, John Klemmer, Engelbert Humperdink and more. He has collaborated with renowned artists around the world and has been heard on many film soundracks and has produced his own albums and been featured on the albums of other artists.
Versatile and prolific performer and teacher. Has performed on many film soundtracks and maintains an active studio in the Los Angeles and West Hollywood area. Conduct private guitar lessons for students from beginner to intermediate-expert level.
Spanning a range from Bach to rock, Afro-Cuban to Flamenco, north Indian to Latino, Jon-O has a versatility and depth that comes only from an intense need to understand his craft. He has traveled and toured extensively throughout the Americas, Australasia and Europe, expanding his knowledge, exploring his art and building his multi-cultured repertoire. Under the tutelage of Bill Kanengiser and Scott Tenant, members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Jon-o completed his studies in classical guitar at the University of Southern California in 2000. Since then he has been commissioned to perform for Carlos Santana, has shared a stage with “Maestro” Lázaro Galarraga, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Peter Jacobson, to name a few. He considers it an honor to have studied with the late sitar master, Rahul Sariputra. Jon-O continues to perform with other top musicians while he wraps up production with producer, Angel Figuero.
I'm a skilled musician who has a deep passion for developing aspiring students. I've taught guitar for 8 years now and have had many students. I earned a degree in Music Composition from Azusa Pacific University in 2006. I love what I do and devote all of my energy towards music. I know that I can help you achieve your musical goals because I remember what it was like to start from the beginning. Maybe you're not starting from the beginning but have reached a plateau in your playing and wish to reach the next level. There is a wealth of information available today but without a sequential approach, you will encounter unnecessary frustration and a lack of real improvement. With the right tools, the learning process can be enjoyable and fun. Whether your looking to become a speed demon, or just learn a few chords, I can help you implement strategies that will put you on the fast track to excelling in your desired field. I teach all styles and have a particular passion for film, video game music, metal, rock, classical and jazz music. Areas of focus include: -Chords (power chord extensions, inversions, altered dominants) -Scales (modes, harmonic and melodic minor, diminished and whole tone) -Arpeggios (sweeping patterns, alternate picking through arpeggios) -Jazz Soloing (learning to navigate through complex chord progressions) -Ear Training (learning to identify chords and scales by ear) -Music Theory ( spelling chords and scales and knowing how to use them) -Speed and Accuracy ( how to get your playing to sound clean and fast) -Composition and Songwriting ( Various compositional techniques and song writing approaches)
At the age of six, I began learning classical guitar, though it was not long after memorizing finger-picking etudes when studying Bach and Mozart evoloved into transcribing Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Page solos. It wasn't until the sixth grade when I picked up my first saxophone, and that is when my world split open and melted at the hands of jazz. In the tenth and eleventh grade, I performed alongside some of the finest high school musicians in the country in the 2008 Concert Band of America and 2009 Jazz Band of America. During those years, I began, and have not stopped working as a private instuctor for students of all ages and varying skill levels. While studying at Florida State Unviersity, I formed a five-piece funk band called Shoes and Laces which gained success playing shows alongside national touring acts and released a full-length albumn entitled Melodious Junk which sold hundreds of copies across the country. I currently live in Los Angeles, California working as a freelance musician and private instructor.
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Where possible, it is beneficial for younger students to begin their guitar lessons on a smaller sized guitar. Half or three-quarter sized acoustic guitars are the most suitable guitars for young beginners. Older students who can manage to hold their guitar comfortably may wish to start out by using an electric guitar. For $150 - $200, a brand new student model guitar can purchased. However, this price does not include the cost of buying an amplifier or guitar leads, which are essential for an electric guitar player, and will therefore incur additional costs. Students will typically have fun and enjoy playing an instrument dependent on how easy they find it to play. Consider that higher quality instruments are often nicer and easier to play when looking to buy a guitar.
Need to save time because of your busy schedule? Why not try in-home guitar lessons? A qualified instructor in our network can travel to you and provide excellent quality instruction in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Kids just want to have one thing when they are learning how to play the guitar - FUN! Our teachers will work with you to make it as easy as possible to start learning the guitar, but it does take a lot of hard work and daily practice to improve. Students typically begin by playing easy songs on one or two strings while learning to read music. Only then, do they move on to learning how to strum chords and read chord charts.
At Musika, we suggest that adult students looking to start guitar lessons do so with a specific aim or goal in mind. Beginners may have goals such as learning to play their favorite songs or to write their own music, whereas advanced students might want to develop a particular technique or aspect of their guitar playing. Irrespective of your experience or level, the teachers in our network can help you to achieve your goals. Remember, developing playing skills can take time. The best way to ensure you achieve your goals is through regular lessons and consistent practice.
Our guitar students will typically learn how to hold, tune, and familiarize themselves with the components and notes of the guitar, basic playing techniques such as fretting, fingering, and strumming, and learn the various chord-types that they will need in order to play their favorite songs, such as power chords, open chords, and barre chords. Students will also get to learn music theory, and will cover aspects such as reading music, learning different scales, and how to apply these different elements together as part of a full composition. Students will learn the theory and techniques that underlie a wide range of musical genres, and will have fun developing their guitar playing during their lessons. Eventually, students will get to enjoy learning and playing along to their favorite songs!
Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
Review by Yury
I would like to thank Polina for the series of classical piano lessons I've taken recently. Polina is a fantastic teacher and a high class performer, and I'm really happy I had a chance to meet her! I believe anyone can benefit from the teaching method Polina is practicing regardless of the student proficiency - from beginners to advanced performers. It was a pleasure for me to study classical piano courses under the guidance of such an intelligent & professional teacher! Without doubt, my playing technique has improved a lot and I have signed up for the new classes online already.
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.