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Phillip D In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Phillip D In Home In Studio
Instruments: Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 7-80
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BM, Berklee College of Music, Guitar Performance
Overview:
I am a very motivated instructor who loves giving musical instruction to anyone that is excited about music.  I love teaching and talking about all different genres of music and learning about other people's influences and musical experiences.  I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2012 and have been teaching guitar lessons in the East Bay area since moving back.  I've been fortunate enough to study with some world class musicians and to perform with professional bands since I was 16 years old. Whether you want to dig into learning the history of the blues or you want to get starting on learning some jazz standards or even just picking up some Metallica riffs/solos, I can get you started from whichever starting point you choose.  From there I always make sure to assess a student's needs and tastes, then try to apply music theory along with nudging the student into new musical territory.  I believe that any student is capable of learning any type of music with the right attitude and carefully guided instruction.   Also if a student wants to develop his or her ear training on the guitar, I can help unlock the secrets to developing relative or even perfect pitch.  Since the ear is perhaps the most important factor to anyone's musicianship, this will be an immense help to any student. Most importantly, my goal is to have fun and to share my love for music with anyone who is willing to learn and listen!
EXPERIENCE
-Played events including the Harley Davidson Festival, Vans Warped Tour, Lafayette Art and Wine Festival, Oakland Art & Soul -Played venues including Slim's, Bottom of the Hill, Great American Music Hall, House of Blues, Biscuits and Blues and many others -Studied and performed with teachers such as David Fiuczynski, Tim Sparks, Jon Finn, Joe Stump, David Tronzo, Kenwood Dennard, Ed Saindon and many more
METHODS USED
For beginners, learning basic chords and melodies including songs chosen by the student. For intermidiate, learning some repetoire of a student's preferred style and applying theory/adding new ideas as well as becoming more famliar with the guitar neck For advanced, learning improvisational concepts and practice techniques or difficult song passages that will improve student's technique and musical vocabulary. Reading music is an option for any level.
LESSON STYLE
I usually come in pretty relaxed, but can be a drill sergeant if needed.  I find that every student has their own learning pace and style and will never get needlessly angry. If a student is doing particularly well or seems invested in the material, I will always acknowledge it and the lessons will become very much enjoyable for everyone! Every single student has the potential to unlock some truly unique musical capabilities.
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