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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA
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Thomas F.

Torrington, CT
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA
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El Segundo, CA

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All styles - strumming, single note playing
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
Repertoire
Music analysis

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Lorraine D. June 20, 2017
· Banjo · Online
does not teach left handers other then that I am sure he does well with right handers
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Rene May 28, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Very patient and helpful.
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Lena May 25, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online

About Thomas F.

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Torrington, CT

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I can teach all levels and many styles. I make it easy for you to learn at you're own pace so you can achieve your goals and have fun playing music.

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Ed C. March 21, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In home
Very knowledgable so far after one lesson

About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Mandolin playing requires a knowledge of chords, melody, picking technique as well as knowing songs to play all of which we will begin to learn in your first lesson.

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Susan G. June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
So impressed with not only his talent and ability, but how he was able to help and encourage me with my own playing and arranging. Can't wait for our next lesson!
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Grace F. January 8, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Grace loved it! She immediately took out her banjo and started practicing as soon as Calvin left. Calvin is fantastic! He's very encouraging and nurturing and a lot of fun!
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Greg S. November 9, 2016
· Banjo · In home
Awesome. Very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend.

Steve G.

Deerfield Beach, FL
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Andrew C.

Henderson, NV
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Alex R.

Cambridge, MA
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About Steve G.

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Deerfield Beach, FL
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I will teach you how to approach the mandolin as a rhythm instrument as well as a melodic instrument, and how to use chords and modes in your lead and rhythm playing in bluegrass as well as traditional styles.

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Greg L. April 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Helping me progress with correct technique.
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Alexandra March 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Steve, is amazing with kids! He has gotten my boy to love the guitar and to practice at home without me mention it! I'm so blessed to have found him!
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Mark March 9, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Great teacher. I highly recommend Steve for banjo lessons.

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Henderson, NV

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from basic instrument setup, chords, and techniques to various songs and styles

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Hewan .. May 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
it was good start
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Wes C. March 1, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Very informational instructor!!
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John G. February 10, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
It was a great first lesson. Andrew is quite knowledgeable on banjo, and I feel it was a positive first step on the journey ahead.

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Cambridge, MA

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Alex has been a professional touring musician and teacher since 2011, teaching both privately and as an extension faculty member. He has worked with students of all ages and skill levels, tailoring his lesson plans for the needs of the student. Alex does not believe that one rigid method will fit for everyone, and tries to ensure that every student is having fun and learning in a personalized way.

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Joe June 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've had 5 lessons with Alex and have already seen incredible improvement. Alex's methodology is to teach lessons but taking a song you really would like to learn, and walking you through the steps necessary to be playing it seamlessly and quickly. He throws in musical theory and other important elements of learning the instrument in there as well. I love that he always emails me a rundown of our lesson via email after the lesson so I can be reminded of things when practicing. He is extremely accommodating with his schedule, which I also really appreciate. Overall, it's been an incredibly enjoyable experience and I recommend Alex to anyone trying to learn!
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Jeremy D. September 10, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
I had a great experience with Alex. He is very flexible and catered each lesson to my learning style and goals. You can learn music theory, technique, and how to have fun playing music with your instrument. I kept finding that one hour flew by with the amount of music that was being played. I highly recommend to anyone on both sides of the spectrum; someone who knows exactly what they want to achieve and someone who doesn't know where to begin.
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Leah June 22, 2016
· Mandolin · In home
Great first lesson! Alex is a thoughtful and experienced mandolin player.

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The mandolin has a distinct and sustained home in American bluegrass and country music made popular by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. This instrument features eight strings and can be played as a rhythm instrument or lead like a violin or guitar. However, it is a while the mandolin is similar to these instruments it is most definitely a different instrument altogether. For example, the approach when playing the mandolin differs from what one would learn with the violin or the guitar. If you want to learn the correct technique in playing the mandolin, we suggest that you consider signing up for our mandolin lessons. Our lessons can help shape your talent in playing this unique-sounding instrument. In addition, through your mandolin lessons you can learn more about its application in today’s music and receive a background in music theory for the mandolin. Your certified mandolin instructor will also teach you the basics including simple mandolin chord formations, how to tune a mandolin, how to pick the right mandolin for you, and how to read mandolin tabs. Intermediate and advanced students can learn mandolin arpeggios as well as other complex mandolin chords and techniques. So if you are looking for a total educational package for your mandolin study, enroll with us today!

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