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Chuck M offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Chuck M

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...My teaching approach is tailored to the interests and goals of each student, but always includes fundamentals such as scales, strength-building exercises, rudiments of theory, and ear training. ... Read More

Aleksandr T offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Aleksandr T

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...My teaching experience began in 2010, I have taught children from the age of six to eighteen, beginners to advanced players. I liked to focus on developing: 1) Right relaxed hand/fingers 2 ) Playing with separate hands (to master non legato and then legato 3) To master how to produce beautiful tones and intonation by touching keys 4) Experience different styles of music (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern) ... Read More

Emily L offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Emily L

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...For the adventurous one, I dare them to go on adventures with me. For the self-critical ones, I become their voice of encouragement and love. For the over-confident ones, I open their eyes to more challenges that will demand more of themselves. ... Read More

Lyra C offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Lyra C

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...I am a very passionate and devoted musician. I believe that music is extremely important in life. When I was young I struggled with severe depression, and at that point music saved my life.... Read More

Daniel R offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Daniel R

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...During those years he became involved with Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft, a relationship that was completed with a North / South American tour of The League of Crafty Guitarists and a European tour with the Berlin Guitar Ensemble.... Read More

Ariel L offers piano lessons in Portland, OR

Ariel L

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...As one of a handful of CMT work-study supervisors, I worked alongside the department director and coordinator to monitor attendance, enforce department policies, and track student progress.... Read More

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...on the 2nd approach; i.e., notes on the same fret. Take a look at both diagrams side by side.                   Look for notes in common: in this case, the 3rd string, open; and, avoid the 6th string. Identify the movement, see it before you do it. In this case, the 2nd finger moves from the 5th string, 2nd fret to the 4th string, 2nd fret. “Pivot” the 2nd finger from the 5th string to the 4th string. “Feel” your way from one string to the next. At the same time that you execute the ... Read More
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