Xu Strings

Xu Strings

5.0 (4)
Best of 2022
10 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
12 years in business

About this pro

Piano:

Rebecca Park has been playing classical piano for more than 25 years. She was professionally coached for more than ten years in prepartion for a piano major and was praised by her teachers for being exceptional. She can teach students from beginners to college-level musicians in need of a private tutor.

Korean:

Rebecca Park is a native Korean speaker. In Korea, she had a career in private language schools teaching high-level business professionals and eventually had her own business teaching elementary students English. In the US, she worked for the Korean Embassy and was regularly used for advanced translation ranging from legal documents to presidential speeches. She is more than proficient at teaching beginner and advanced students alike.

Guitar:

I've been playing guitar since 15, and was playing in bands in front of people three months after that. My specialization is in teaching beginners and CCM-style playing. I have tons of experience with many different church bands, and if that is the focus, I can help you learn to listen and play useful parts for the band as a whole.

I've also been a bedroom rocker since I started playing, and can certainly help other players take a journey from pop-punk and classic rock to 80's metal.

My focus is on learning songs, and learning to improvise. I do NOT teach how to read lined sheet music. However, I do get into theory. I've had many students over the years, and it's my greatest pleasure to see them be able to freely express themselves and pursue the instrument as a passion of theirs, too.

Lastly, I'm extremely technically proficient; I had a career designing pro audio/video systems and have been around music equipment my entire life. I can teach about that as well.

Bonus: I also run a guitar/bass repair shop and will make sure your instruments are working their hardest to make you happy.

Website:
http://www.xustrings.com/

I've studied many, many things over the years, both on my own, in school and professionally. However, guitar is really my passion and has been my passion since I started playing. I've studied guitar and everything about it since I picked it up, and as such, it's almost been the single topic I've consistently studied for 20 years.

The other thing I'm very passionate about is people. I love learning about people and seeing people grow. Teaching guitar for me is the really the best combination of both of these things.

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Credentials

Rockville, MD 20850
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Ying Wu

    Smooth communication and clear instructions.

  • Rodrigo Diaz

    Working with Daniel is amazing. He goes above and beyond. When we started he took the time to focus on helping breaking some bad habits i had created while trying to learn by myself. For example, we went over posture, positioning of the guitar while playing and he even did performed some tweaks to my guitar to make it sound better. He is an expert about the instrument besides being an amazing player and for me that makes the entire difference between his service and the one provided by others.

  • Victoria

    Very organized, punctual and professional.

  • Justin Park

    My mom who is a Korean speaker had lessons with Daniel. She was a complete beginner and English was her second language, but she'd always tell me how patient he was with her and how he'd work at her own pace. In just a few short months, she was able to play some of her favorite CCM songs with my dad and they'll often spend evenings together playing guitar together. I have nothing but glowing things to say about Daniel's patience and ability to work together with his students.



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

As with all other professional services I've offered, I've learned to tailor everything to the customer.

Both my wife and I will test the student if they have some experience and meet them at their level; we'll also discuss the goals of the lessons.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I'm self-taught; however, I know that can mean a lot of different things coming from a lot of different people. I am the academic-type; I observe and learn a lot from the perspective of those innately interested in academia. However, my years of experience in playing with different bands and different people have given me a lot of practical knowledge of how to use bits of book knowledge in real world situations.

My wife on the other hand was formally trained by both school and private tutors since she was very young.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Generally, lessons are about $1/minute. That is a very general rate for this area.


How did you get started teaching?

I have always had friends who casually wanted to learn guitar, and I started with them. Since I played in bands, I started having other people ask about lessons. I have a knack for teaching, so I was always enthusiastic about having new students.

My wife was actually an after-school elementary school tutor as well as a corporate language teacher, so she has learned to teach many different levels of people. Her skills and experience in teaching directly applies to her piano lessons.


What types of students have you worked with?

I've taught student from high school to seniors. Most have been casual players.

My wife has taught pre-elementary students (as young as 3) to seniors, and both professional and casual students.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The most important thing is being able to connect and communicate with your teacher. With every kind of lesson and performance online for free, the true benefit of in-person lessons are being able to communicate directly and have live feedback from a teacher. It's important that your teacher listens and is open to sharing/demonstrating their knowledge in a way you understand.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Is this teacher going to be easy to work with?

Does the teacher actively try to teach, or do they just perform and expect me to copy them?

Does the teacher try to improve my playing, or is the goal to get through a book?