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Popular Online Classical Guitar Teachers

Raymond C.

San Diego, CA
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Mark S.

Las Vegas, NV
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Felipe G.

San Antonio, TX
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Raymond C. San Diego, CA

About Me

I was professionally trained in the Romero style of classical guitar and have studied with Robert Wetzel, Dr. Alexander Dunn, Celino Romero, Dr. Randy Pile, and Dr. Colin McAllister at Grossmont College, University of California San Diego, and Victoria Conservatory of Music. I have performed in numerous masterclasses including Antonio De Innocentis, Alexander Dunn, Gerd Wuestemann, Scott Wolf, Jason Vieaux, and Celino Romero. I have also performed with various ensembles including the Grossmont, VCM, UCSD, Villa Musica, and SDSU guitar ensembles.

While I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of playing the guitar, I get greater enjoyment from passing my knowledge and experience of the instrument along to others. I have been teaching since 1999 and still get excited when a student is able to play their first melody, chord, or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am primarily trained as a classical guitarist, I started by playing Rock n' Roll and the Blues. I can cover a wide variety of techniques and topics to suit your musical pursuits including:

Finger-style picking (Classical and Folk)
Rasguados
Tremolo
Hybrid, Alternating, Sweep picking
Tapping
Ligado/Slur technique
Scales. Arpeggios, & Modes
Sight Reading (Tab and Standard Notation)
Music Theory (Harmony and Counterpoint)

Learning the guitar (and music for that matter) is not so much like climbing a ladder as it is a journey. Sometimes there are obstacles you must pass, but once you get past these obstacles there is no stopping you from achieving your goal. My job is to make it easier for you to get past these obstacles (ex. technical problem) and get you to the music you want, whether it is playing your favorite song or writing the next hit single.

Note:
All my students are required to learn basic sight reading for the guitar (first position reading) and tablature. And I offer two programs: Classical and Electric.

The classical guitar program has a higher sight reading requirement and the technique is emphasized. The beginning student will learn basic technique (ex. Apoyando and Free strokes), right hand arpeggios, left hand ligados, and sight reading through the use of exercises and etudes. More advanced students will focus more on style and form. They will also be encouraged to transcribe and compose there own works.

The electric guitar program is a little more relaxed in sight reading standard notation, but students will be taught to read tablature and chord charts. Electric guitar is more focused on improvisation and songwriting and may be more theory intensive than the classical guitar program in some respects depending on what genre is played. Beginning students will learn basic technique (ex. alternate and hybrid picking), chords (open and barre), and scales (Minor Blues Pentatonic) through songs and exercises. Advanced students will focus more on improvisation and song writing.

All students are expected to have their own instrument, music stand, and books. Daily practice (20-30 min/day) is required.

While the guitar presents challenges along the way it can also be one of the most worthwhile journeys of your life. It would be an honor for me to serve as a guide on your journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand
Books and resources
Tuners
Metronomes
Guitar Footstools
Practice amp

Note: Students should have their own guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own guitar and book. The student has to provide a place appropriate for study as well as their own instrument, music stand, books, and computer (for recording students).

*** Specialties ***
I am trained professionally in Classical Guitar, but I also have experience with rock guitar as well as composition and arranging. I also have years of experience with recording and editing in Logic Pro and Sibelius.

Mark S. Las Vegas, NV

About Me

I just turned 49, and have been playing electric bass and guitar since I was 14, and took up flute a few years, later, and eventually saxophone as well. I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in classical guitar, and have been teaching guitar and electric bass for over 25 years. I'm an eclectic player who has studied and integrated many concepts from varying styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock, and I've developed a unique and highly effective teaching method that draws from and builds upon the CAGED system and other established successful methods. My approach to teaching emphasizes simultaneously learning musical concepts, knowledge and skills, and is a highly analytical approach that stresses simplifying, understanding, and mastering "the basics" of musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills. I specialize in teaching ambitious and highly-motivated students who want to learn as much as they can, go as far as they can, and are prepared to commit to diligent study and practice, and I've developed a system that makes doing so as easy as possible -while utilizing the strengths and adapting to the goals of the individual student(s).

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson approach is disciplined yet laid-back and supportive, emphasizing identifying and understanding the most basic musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills upon which everything else is based. My approach is holistic, and emphasizes understanding the connections between everything; with new students who know nothing, I of course start from scratch; with students who do have some knowledge and/or skills, I'll emphasize reinforcing their knowledge and skill and "connecting" "puzzle pieces" -knowledge they already have- to increase that understanding they already have. Early lessons emphasize acquiring knowledge of the CAGED system (especially chords, arpeggios and scales), knowledge of basic musical concepts (especially intervals and chords), tuning the instrument, and proper playing/practice technique.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs in loft or living room with bass/guitar amp, keyboard and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students coming to my home can use my amps & cords (if applicable). I provide paper & printed lesson info. I expect students to have/use their own instruments. Of course, I also have a keyboard, for reference & use.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, classical, rock & blues -with a strong flamenco influence. My approach emphasizes learning/practicing knowledge & skill(s) at the same time, using many exercises to facilitate this. I prefer teaching advanced and/or highly-motivated "serious" students. I play/teach electric, steel-string, classical guitar -both fingerstyle & pick- and electric bass. I'm also a highly-competent flute and saxophone instructor.

I strongly emphasize learning the basics of music and the Western musical alphabet, the basics of music theory, and eventually, more complex elements/aspects of music -such as advanced harmony, counterpoint, and composition.

Felipe G. San Antonio, TX

About Me

Hello and thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Felipe Garcia and I am a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist. I began teaching music in 2010 and have loved it ever since. I believe learning to play music can be fun and easy and I work hard to make sure your experience with music is one that will inspire you to play for the rest of your life, for as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “without music, life would be a mistake.”

My experience with music began long ago when I begged my parents to buy me a drumset and they finally gave in and bought me one when I was 14. Prior to that, I had no real experience with music except as a listener. I taught myself how to play by playing along with CDs of my favorite bands and eventually I felt like the drums wasn’t enough, so I talked my parents into buying me a guitar. Just like with the drums, I taught myself to play the guitar by playing along with my favorite songs and favorite bands. Eventually I began performing in various bands, began writing my own songs, learned to play a variety of instruments, and developed enough confidence in my musical abilities to pursue a degree in music. Soon I would earn a bachelor’s degree in music theory from the University of North Texas and a master’s in music theory from Texas State University. Since then, I’ve been teaching music and performing in various San Antonio-area bands.

My teaching style is laid-back, yet I can be intense for students who really want to master the art of music. I understand that all students are different. There are many ways to learn music and I work hard to create lessons that fit the student’s individual style. I don’t shout instructions at students and expect them to do what I want; instead I try to create a positive environment where the students feel comfortable to express themselves however they feel.

Since I taught myself to play, I’ve always felt like an outsider in the music world. I always thought that since I taught myself, those who took lessons were better than me, and since I was never a band person in high school or college, I always felt intimidated by those who were. However recently I’ve learned that the best musicians are not the ones who have been playing the longest, but are the ones who love to do it, and as my student, it is my promise to you that you will love it too!

Justin L.

Chicago, IL
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Travis C.

Denver, CO
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Kyle N.

San Diego, CA
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Justin L. Chicago, IL

About Me

Music has always been my passion since I was young. Even before I played any instruments I was always glued to the radio, eager to hear the next great song. Not only am I passionate about music, but I am passionate about helping others learn and to achieve a similar relationship with music that I have. Patience is my biggest strength in teaching, and with it I am sure I can deliver the best possible atmosphere to help you learn!

After playing guitar all through high school and playing in its jazz band for two years, I realized I really did want to make music a career. I attended Loyola University Chicago and studied guitar and music theory, earning a BA in Music and graduating Cum Laude. I was awarded the Departmental Award for my performances in ensembles, and for my Senior Recital, where I performed all original compositions.

My experience in several styles of guitar can help you too! I feel that this versatility can help teach you exactly what you intend to learn from your lessons, and I will work diligently with you in order to reach your goals!

I am now available for Skype lessons online!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to keep my working environment casual and comfortable, yet still push you forward towards success on your instrument. Receiving a lesson requires work from both the teacher and the student, and if you give me a chance I'll guide you on your musical endeavors!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, electric bass, keyboard, living room, additional seating space

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must ideally own a guitar at home. I will provide basic things such as instrument cables, and very basic accessories for use during lessons if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz guitar, rock, blues, funk, classical guitar, music theory, music composition and arranging,

Travis C. Denver, CO

About Me

Travis Chastain, classical guitarist, teacher and performer recently completed his Masters of Music at the Lamont School of Music located at the University of Denver, where he also completed his Bachelors of Music in 2009. A native Coloradan, he has established a diverse private guitar studio while performing professionally in weddings, special events, and solo performances throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. He has gained recognition with his musical pursuits in both solo and chamber performances, resulting in numerous honors including his honorable mention in the 2010 Lamont School of Music Chamber Competition. He was accepted into several prestigious music programs including the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. During the Fall of 2009, Travis studied in Milano, Italy where he performed with various chamber ensembles in Milano and Genoa. Currently, Travis is performing with the Sage Ensemble as one of its founding members, performing as a soloist, and building his private guitar studio of over 40 students while being on the music faculty at Avanti Music Academy and Allegretto Music Lessons LLC.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning a musical instrument should be a fun and rewarding experience that enriches your life!

With over 7 years of teaching guitar and over 13 years performing, I know that efficient practice habits and solid technique can unlock your inner potential.

As a student of mine, you can expect a fun and challenging learning environment where bad habits will never be an issue. I primarily teach classical guitar, although all styles are welcome!

My curriculum covers the basics of right and left hand technique, sight reading, ensemble playing, music theory, and performance practice.

It is my personal guarantee, with your dedication and hard work, within 3-6 months, you will have a competent grasp of basic guitar technique, note reading and musicality.

I look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,
Travis C.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach primarily at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Lamont school of Music, in their studio spaces and private practice rooms.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide classical guitar footstools, music stands, as well as music theory text books to get started. I require the student to provide their own guitar. I am also available to consult on the purchasing of a guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical Guitar and teach many methods depending on the students needs. I can teach the Suzuki method and the Parkening method but primarily teach out of "Bridges" The Royal Conservatory of Music graded repertoire series.

Kyle N. San Diego, CA

About Me

*WHY TAKE LESSONS*

Study after study shows that strong music exposure at young ages leads to academic success in all subjects. But the benefits propagate throughout your life - confidence, positive self-esteem, and the knowledge that working hard yields fruit. My job as your teacher is to help you or your young child along this path. It's not a stretch to see that music lessons, where you achieve success by diligent practice, teach patience and discipline.

*WHO I AM*

I'm a recent graduate of the Applied Music Program at San Diego Mesa College and a current senior at San Diego State University majoring in Music Performance. I've been teaching since 2011, and have had a blast teaching students as young as 5 and as "mature" as 65 (their words, not mine!). I specialize in classical guitar technique. So often guitarists are stereotyped as "musically illiterate." You know, the guys who can play a couple chords, but don't read any music except tab and sing out of tune. Not my students! By the time you've had a few lessons with me, you'll be reading music, playing chords, and have a strong foundation to pursue a future in music - should that be your desire. That being said, music is supposed to be fun. We'll be learning, but hopefully I'll do my job so well you won't even realize I've just taught you a bunch of music theory mumbo-jumbo!

*LESSON POLICIES*

We'™re all here for the music. With that in mind, there are a few things we can all do to make sure we have the best experience possible, which I'™ll go through now:

THE THREE P'™s

I promise to be professional, punctual, and prepared. In return, I ask the same from you. The rest of our policies are merely an extension of these three, so if we follow these three p'™s, we'™ll have the most fun!

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICE

For most students, we meet once a week. Six of the seven days of the week, then, it'™s up to you to work on your scales, arpeggios, chords, pieces, and the myriad other parts that make up being a musician. My job as a teacher is to provide guidance; to show you the way I think is the best, to encourage and to push. As a student, your job is to listen, to try, to experiment, and to even fail. Most of this occurs outside of our small time together. Generally, 30 minutes to an hour of practice a day will be enough for younger students. As you improve your skill and technique, you'™ll want to practice even more. Without practice, our precious time together will be spent working on things you would normally be doing during your six days. I don'™t mind playing scales with you (I do like playing scales),“ but wouldn't you rather be jamming?

MISSED AND MAKE-UP LESSONS

24 hours notice is all I ask if you need to cancel and reschedule, via email or phone. Any less and I count it as a missed lesson (which, unfortunately, I must charge for). There are a few reasons for this: my schedule gets wonky when I have short-notice cancels, it takes away time from other students, it takes away time from my family, and it disrupts our lesson schedule. Charging for missed lessons isn't to penalize you for when life happens - it'™s to discourage those who haven'™t practiced and are avoiding my wrath (I know who you are!), and to maintain our three p'™s.

About Classical Guitar

The classical guitar, often referred to as the Spanish guitar, is the father of the modern-day guitar. Normally, the classical guitar is played with the fingers, rather than a pick, and uses nylon strings and a wider fretboard to allow for more complex fingering positions. The Spanish guitar has a beautiful rich tonal quality, and with proper technique, it creates an earthy yet romantic sound. Many instructors will teach you how to read classical guitar tabs, how to tune your guitar, proper classical guitar technique, Spanish guitar scales and will help you if you are looking at buying a classical guitar. In addition, our certified instructors here at TakeLessons are friendly and eager to help you learn to play the guitar. If you enroll in our classical guitar lessons, you will have the ...

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