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James (JP) R.

20 Reviews
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Starting at $42
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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James (JP) R.

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I have been a PBIA instructor for over 13 years as well as player for 20+ years. I am no magician, I cannot make anyone a better pool player! However, for those that are interested and motivated, I can provide the knowledge, guidance and tools for any player to become their own coach and maximize their skills.

About James (JP)

I can teach you anything from fundamentals like stance, pre-shot routine and stroke mechanics to more advanced concepts such as bank and kick shots, jump shots, combinations, caroms and billiard shots. So no matter if you've never held a pool cue or you're a seasoned veteran, take your game to the n

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Bryn
Very clear explanations. Feel like I improved with just one lesson. Gave me lots to work on. Will take another lesson.
Jack H.
Explained techniques very well and easy to understand. Very helpful instructions.
Annie
James is a wonderful instructor. In the first lesson he focused on a few critical issues, provided clear explanations and examples, and showed me several ways to train and improve my game.
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Kim "The Dragon" Y.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Kim "The Dragon" Y.

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Advance your skills faster than your skill level can keep up! Whether you're a leisure player looking to make more banks, a league player trying to be more competitive, or an aspiring pro who needs an equally serious coach, I will tailor my teaching style to meet your needs.

About Kim "The Dragon"

Practice doesn't make perfect...perfect practice makes perfect! From stroke mechanics and fundamentals to the diamond system for the trickiest kicks and banks, I want to help you maximize your potential and take your game to the next level!

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Jill ..
Kim was awesome!! Very patient and entertaining - while still getting the job done! He's got a great perspective on the importance of the basics how that foundation - even simple tweaks - will make a difference that grows as my skills do. "Don't rehearse the curse" - play consciously, so every shot is on purpose...with the correct mechanics. GREAT instructor!!!
Andrew A.
Kim is a real professional, very knowledgeable and patient. His approach to teaching the game is excellent...
Morgan
Had a great first lesson, Kim was able to spot several technique issues and made corrections to help build a more solid foundation.
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Joseph B.

5 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Speaks Ukranian, Russian, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded Ranlet Award First Prize Winner from Rochester Philharmonic Women's Legue
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Joseph B.

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Sharing the words and wisdom of Irving Crane...

I have played billiards and devised inventions as well as new games over the many years. My mentor in the game and the art of pocket billiards was Irving Crane. Teaching the finer principles of the game and the psychology of performance at the billiard table is a legacy I would like to pass on in my life. So, here I am.

If you would like to learn how not to stress out over the last ball, how to breath properly, align your shot, aim, follow through and visualize the entirety of the shot- that is a good foundation. How to plan and treat the game as a chess board, think through many shots in advance and choose the right path as it changes... these are good building blocks. if you would like your blood pressure to go down while your opponent's goes up, its a good topper.

Most importantly, billiards is a game of the mind first and foremost. We play against ourselves before we play the opponent. Knowing your own process of ...

About Joseph

~ Teaching beginners to professional students and coaching professionals for over 30 years. All levels and ages are welcome! ~ Hello my friends! I am an internationally respected concert pianist and composer who comes from a family of renowned musicians. I earned my degrees from the Julli

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Jeff
Joseph has a wealth of knowledge about speaking, listening, vocals, etc.

He created a welcoming environment in our online lessons that made it easy to be vulnerable and get right to working on new skills.

I highly recommend for others looking to better understand their voice and communication style, and learn to hone them.
Catherine K.
Joseph put us at ease immediately. Our first lesson included valuable information on how to warm up our voices, increase our range and protect our voices. We look forward to our next lesson.
Donna
I have been studying piano with Joseph for nearly five years. In that time, I’ve learned more about the piano and musical interpretation than I ever thought possible.

Joseph’s technical ‘short cuts’ are amazing! He illustrates ways for your hands and your mind to work that are tailor made for you. Learning from him is so fun it seems almost effortless.

The way Joseph teaches allows you to develop at your own pace. The atmosphere is always relaxed yet everything moves along quickly.

At the open classes I attend, his other students are progressing very rapidly too. After each class, we share our impressions. The mood is elated because it feels like we stepped back in time and into history.

Joseph often quotes inspired wisdom of his historic teachers in our lessons. He is a great inspiration on his own with great musical insights.

I’m playing Beethoven and Chopin works I never thought I could approach at this stage of study, with great depth of understanding. I now play with greater passion and skill, get compliments from everyone I play for, and no longer worry about playing in public.

I look forward to each and every lesson with Joseph. His encouragement and support makes learning so rewarding! Anyone who finds this musical treasure is a lucky person and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

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Average Cost of Billiards Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute billiards lessons is $58. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $51 and $65 per hour.
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$58 average

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"The great experience started with the first chat, well before the first lesson. I knew this was going to be very good, because he asked several pertinent questions, which let him know my general level. That way, he could already have a plan when we first met. Improvement is already evident after the first lesson. I plan on many more sessions with JP."
Darr
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"James is very knowledgeable. He is very friendly and easy to understand. I am looking forward to our next lesson."
Christopher
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"When things click between instructor and student learning becomes a lot easier. I went into my first lesson with an open mind, and I was not disappointed. What JP explained to me had as much to do with his choice of words as it did with the credibility of his statements. We covered a lot of basics which I already knew, but how he explained them was in terms that I hadn't thought about. This prompted me to slow down and put more effort/concentration into each shot."
Mike
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"I have taken several lessons from JP. It's a rare and pleasant experience to receive more than you were expecting or paid for. JP is not only a coach but a really good player. He was very patient and helped me get a better understanding of position play. Defense is next."
John
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"After the first lesson I realized I have a lot to learn about this game."
John
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"Kim was awesome!! Very patient and entertaining - while still getting the job done! He's got a great perspective on the importance of the basics how that foundation - even simple tweaks - will make a difference that grows as my skills do. "Don't rehearse the curse" - play consciously, so every shot is on purpose...with the correct mechanics. GREAT instructor!!!"
Jill
Took Billiards lessons from Kim "The Dragon" Y.
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"I use to be the team captain in the NAPA League. I was fortunate to have David Dugally on my team. He was awesome to give us advice or time outs to help our players look at all the possibilities of the shot being taken. He had a high winning record which did help our team take 1st place many times. I am sure David can help you improve your game. Have some fun too!"
Paul
Took Billiards lessons from David D.
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"James is very knowledgeable and his approach to teaching the game is excellent. To be a better pool player, you need a stroke and setup that works with your unique body. In addition, you need to understand the ball behavior in order to improve your aim. James ensured that I developed this throughout our lessons. James will identify your flaws and correct them. I look forward to more lessons in the future."
Farah
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"Kick's the bomb. Taught me everything from chalking the cue to four rail trick shots. Her specialty is masse. I'm gonna take spanish from her next. She also teaches sleep therapy, which sounds exciting too!"
Bernard
Took Billiards lessons from Kate B.
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"JP is a great instructor. From fundamentals to advanced play, he has helped me improve my understanding of the game and make substantial improvements in the short time I’ve been working with him."
Justin
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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Private Billiards Lessons Near You

If you’ve ever been to a pool hall, then you’re probably somewhat familiar with billiards. Billiards, also known as cue sports, involve using a cue (pool stick) to strike billiard balls around a cloth-covered table with bumpers, called a billiard table. Billiard tables and games sometimes have pockets and sometimes do not.

There are a variety of billiard games with various sets of rules and objectives, which are designed for both types of tables (with and without pockets). Carom billiards refers to games without pockets, and the term pool refers to billiards games with pockets. One of the most popular pool games played in pool halls on pocketed tables is 8-ball.

If you’re interested in learning the art of billiards, allow us to help. Here at TakeLessons, we offer private

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billiard lessons for beginners and advanced students alike. Are you looking to join a billiards league or take over the pool table at your next company happy hour? No matter where you are in your journey, our teachers can help you reach your goals. Sign up for pool lessons with us today!

Why Learn to Play Pool?

There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to learn how to play pool. For starters, you might not think of billiards as an incredibly active, physical sport, but it does do some good for your body's physical health. You'll burn calories while moving around the table. Billiard players also need strong balance and flexibility, both of which strengthen core muscle groups, tone other muscle groups, and lead to better physical fitness.

Billiards is also a game of strategy, which means it provides a good mental workout for the brain. Billiard games require geometry and physics. While you plan moves, visualize the angles of bank shots, and mentally work out the physics of speed, momentum, and direction, your brain will grow increasingly sharp. Playing a round of billiards is the ultimate brain teaser!

Yes, playing pool is good for your mind and body. But above all, playing billiards is just plain fun! However, it’s even more fun when you know the rules of the game and how to make the best moves. When you sign up for pool lessons, your billiards teacher will teach you all the secrets to winning this popular game. Whether you need help fine-tuning your aim or practicing your breaks, your teacher will be there every step of the way.

Why Take Private Billiard Lessons?

Sure, you can find plenty of free billiards lessons and tutorials online, but the best way to learn to shoot pool is with a private billiard tutor. In private lessons, you'll receive your instructor's undivided attention and the sort of individualized instruction and coaching that simply isn't available in a larger class setting or with online videos. As you receive immediate feedback and correction, you'll overcome personal challenges and improve quickly.

Plus, every private lesson is different, and you get to choose your preferred tutor. Here at TakeLessons, our teachers fully customize every class with the student's goals, interests, preferred learning style, and experience level in mind. For example, billiards lessons for adults differ greatly in terms of course content and teaching methods from billiards classes for kids. Whatever your age or skill level, you'll stay motivated and interested as you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Billiards

If you have little or no previous experience shooting pool, then billiard lessons for beginners are for you! In beginner classes, your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Get to know the equipment (cue, billiards balls, table, pockets, and markings)
  • Locate the kitchen, headrail, foot rail, and diamonds
  • Learn the proper way to hold and chalk the cue or pool stick
  • Learn the rules to a variety of billiards and pocket billiards games

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Billiards

If you already have some experience playing pool and are familiar with the rules of at least a few billiards games, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these classes, your teacher will show you some new techniques and strategies to improve your game. In intermediate classes, your tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Upgrading your pool cue
  • Aiming and shooting strategies
  • Controlling the cue ball
  • Practice new grips and holds

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Billiards

Advanced billiard lessons are intended for billiards players who already possess a high level of skill when it comes to shooting pool. Content covered in advanced billiards courses depends greatly on the student's interests and goals, but your teacher might cover the following:

  • Practicing jumps, breaks, and banks
  • Breaking strategies
  • Learn strategies for play and setting up your opponent
  • Controlling your position

Find Pool Billiards Lessons Near You

Ready to join a billiards tournament or impress your friends at the pool hall? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here at TakeLessons, we make it easy to find billiard lessons near you that suit your schedule and your budget. To start, search through our listing of certified billiard teachers and begin narrowing down the choices. You can read their profiles and learn about their background and experience. Once you find the ideal tutor, you’re all set to begin learning the ins and outs of this game.

Sign up for flexible and affordable private billiard lessons with us, either online or in-person, to receive the tools and knowledge you need to show off your skills in the pool hall.