Ruben D.

Ruben D.

13 Reviews
Vista, CA

About Ruben D.

Background check: Last verified 08/31/2014
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Ruben teaches: Males 6 to 70
Females 6 to 70
Teaching since: March 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: Less than 1 hour

Overview

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and perform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.


*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical

Photos and Videos

Standard guitar tuning

Experience

Guitar Instructor Jan 2006 - Present
Vista Music

Instructing students about the basics in guitar playing. Striking a fine blend of theory and practical while teaching the techniques and methods of guitar playing. Ensuring that training sessions are conducted in a friendly manner while maintaining the discipline as well. Ability to understand the needs, short and long term goals of different students and changing the methods of teaching accordingly. Conducting special summer camp guitar coaching sessions
Organizing guitar playing competitions to boost up the confidence of students and thus encouraging them for a better performance.

Education

Music Education Sep 1990 - Jan 1993
UTEP

Languages Spoken

english Fluent / Native Proficiency
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13 Reviews on Ruben D.

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Luis L. Dec 7, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent

Ruben has been an excellent instructor. Very patient and very knowledgeable. He is also flexible in that he allows me to "dabble" in various areas of instruction. He provides excellent suggestions that can be used outside of the class room environment. So far all suggestions have been very helpful in advancing my progress. I highly recommend!
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Larry H. Aug 22, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher, Great Learning Environment

I've dabbled and noodled around playing guitar for about 10 years but never took it seriously. I still don't want to take it seriously but Ruben is helping me get over some learning humps that have always overwhelmed me in the past. Patient and very knowledgeable which is suiting my learning style very well. I would highly recommend.
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Lynnette A. May 21, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
excellent instructor

I have had two children take lessons from Reuben and he was great with both of them. They enjoyed going to lessons.
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Jean S. May 5, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
Ruben is great!

Ruben is very patient, friendly and knowledgeable. He makes each ukulele lesson fun and interesting. The time just flies by during our sessions. I would highly recommend Ruben for anyone looking for a teacher who is fun, easy-going and very knowledgeable. He sure is teaching this old dog new tricks! Thanks Ruben!
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susan T. Nov 27, 2012
Verified Student
Excellent

Ruben has a great teaching ability, both kind and assertive, intuitive as well motivating.
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Shantu D. Oct 30, 2012
Verified Student
Good for a beginner like me

Ruben has been patient with me and he has a easy going personality.
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DebraB1 Jun 21, 2012
Ruben is an amazing teacher and he is wonderful with my daughter. She has learned so much in a short time and looks forward to each lesson.
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ColleenC Jan 12, 2012
Ruben is great!

My daughter has had 3 guitar lessions with Ruben so far and she love it! He is a great teacher, very patient, and makes her want to learn. I would highly recommend him
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SkipG Dec 14, 2011
lots of patienceeasy to talk withobserves my problem areas and corrects themGreat teacher.
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CindyR Dec 12, 2011
great teacher

Ruben D. gave me a ukulele lesson this morning to prepare me for a group lesson i want to join. He taught me so much and really helped me to be prepared. Nice guy and nice little studio.