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Popular Guitar Teachers Near San Antonio

Marc L.

San Antonio, TX
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Matthew Z.

New Braunfels, TX
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Thomas R.

San Antonio, TX
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Marc L. San Antonio, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

With a Bachelor's degree in music and over 5 years teaching experience, I am here to show you how to learn the art of the guitar. I come from a background of heavier rock styles and studied classical guitar at the university level. But moreover, I want to teach you what you want to learn, whether you want to master scales, play country, blues or any other style, it will all be within your grasps.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher, but I expect you to practice in the down time. I will tailor lessons to the time you have to practice, and within a few months have you playing scales, warm ups and even a few tunes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, piano, guitars, music stands, foot stools, but I do advise that the student have and bring their own guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar, Rock Guitar

Matthew Z. New Braunfels, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Saxophone

About Me

Since an early age I have studied multiple instruments under various instructors and learning environments. From formal one-on-one piano lessons at the age of 5, to youth church choir, to high school concert and marching competition as a saxophonist, to small class lectures studying fingerstyle guitar under classical guitarist Jacob Porter at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi; I have experienced learning music as both a child and an adult, alone in my apartment with an acoustic guitar, playing bass with various jam bands, and playing saxophone with over 200 other musicians. I have led other solid players in formal concert and marching band setting as section leader, and taught friends, family, and students how to play their favorite songs and basic music theory on the bass and guitar over the years in relaxed environments.

I believe these experiences give me a musical perspective which allows me to tailor my teaching style to the needs of both children picking up their first instrument, and adults who have always wanted to learn to play, and have now decided to go for it!

In addition to my music experience, I have an Accounting degree from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, and am a private Accounting tutor at Texas State University.

Whether teaching music or Accounting, I am a patient teacher who focuses on fundamental principles while keeping the "big-picture" in mind, and encourages regular practice.

Applying this methodology to music, my students will be set up for lifelong musicianship, and will be fully capable of learning new instruments with minimal outside help as they progress in their musical journey.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons will walk the beginner through knowing the instrument inside and out, his/her role in the band as per chosen instrument, and the fundamentals that allow the musician to come up with creative licks on the fly in a band setting. My lessons have a strong focus on the eventual goal of improvisation within a band setting, and as such, scale/key/chord theory is a must! On stringed instruments, I teach by fingercharts and tabulature. In my opinion, this allows the beginner to become comfortable with his/her instruments faster without having to learn how to read music first, and also keeps the student interested knowing how to quickly learn his/her favorite songs. Combining fundamental practice with the excitement of playing modern popular songs is the key to keeping students interested in the short term, and focusing on using the fundamentals to create original music is what will keep the student interested for a lifetime.

In 3 to 6 months, I expect a beginner to feel comfortable holding the instrument in the proper position, memorize where every note is on the instrument, memorize at least all major modes, know how to read tabulature (or basic music notation for saxophone students), begin to smoothly transition between notes and/or chords, and begin learning how to play with other musicians. The speed at which this happens is largely dependent on practice, so this is just a rough time estimate. With regular practice though, these goals are very attainable.

For saxophone students, I request that copies of all sheet music you may be working on be scanned and sent to me prior to our lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
"In studio" lessons take place in my living room at my house. For these lessons I can provide an extra bass, electric guitar, or acoustic guitar for lesson time. However, I encourage students to have their own instrument for at-home practice in between lessons. Also have extra bass and guitar amps for use at lesson. Saxophone students need their own horn and music stand. For lessons that involve improvisation sessions (where you will be playing along with a "band"), I have an iMac and LogicPro 9 recording software. We will use this to record our jam sessions. I will provide the student with an MP3 file as extra practice material to take home. During these sessions, I can also provide some basic digital recording education if the student is interested.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can also provide an extra bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and amps for lessons that take place in the student's home. However, this applies to lesson time only. Students still need their own instrument for their own practice. I do not bring my recording equipment with me for these lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, country, bluegrass, rock, jazz

Thomas R. San Antonio, TX

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory

About Me


BA Music St. Mary’s University San Antonio Texas 1986 Cum Laude
BA English UTSA 1989
Classical Guitar primary Instrument
Familiar with all Genres
Lived in San Antonio since 1979
Possess Texas Teaching Certificates for Elementary and Secondary Music
Taught Music at the Elementary and Secondary Levels


*** Lesson Details ***
We will establish your goals whether they be professional or amateur. Of course, you will have a lot input into what music you will play.
First we will start with melody and then add interesting things to the melody. We will do a lot of duets and it will be about making music. I will also use harmonica, recorder, and piano so we will play a variety of music.
We will also spend time on how to practice. Effective practicing develops your skills quickly!!!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Harmonica, and Recorder

Tom V.

San Antonio, TX
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Felipe G.

San Antonio, TX
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX
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Tom V. San Antonio, TX

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Tomas is a classical guitarist with 15+ years of experience. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where he earned a Bacherlors and Masters degree in Music Performance under Grammy Award Winning Composer/Guitarist, Matthew Dunne.

With over 6 years of teaching experience in many different levels, Tomas has taught lessons through N.I.S.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio as a private instructor and as a professor of Class Guitar. Among his studies as a graduate student at UTSA, Tomas was Director of the guitar division of UTSA's String Project (3rd and 4th grade guitar ensemble).

Tomas has performed and competed throughout San Antonio and South Texas with a guitar quartet, winning several awards at the University of Texas at Brownsville International Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition. In 2011, Tomas received 1st prize at the 2011 University of Texas at San Antonio Concerto Competition. He has also performed in master classes for internationally known guitarists including: Judicael Perroy, Manuel Barrueco, Denis Azabagic, Jason Vieaux, and Ricardo Cobo.

*** Lesson Details ***
Early lessons will consist of learning efficient posture, positioning, and basic right hand movements/ note reading.
I will divide each lesson as I see fit, however a general lesson will consist of warm up/exercises, review of previous material, new technique, and learning new music.
advanced lessons will consist of the same routine with advanced concepts including, phrasing, tone, memorization, and visualization.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Rafael Granados Cedar Guitar

*** Specialties ***
Right and left hand development, memorization, phrasing, visualization

Felipe G. San Antonio, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Hi! My name is Felipe and I am a multi-instrumentalist who loves helping others learn how to play music and have fun while doing it. I received my Bachelors in Music from the University of North Texas where I specialized in Music Theory and Classical Guitar. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree at Texas State University.

l began playing music in High School when I taught myself how to play drums and guitar by playing along with CD's of my favorite bands. Since then, I have played in many garage bands and pursued an education in music.

My teaching style is very laid-back, yet can be very intense for student who are ready to get to the next level. I understand that all students, no matter what age, are different. I don't expect everyone to learn music my way but help to put music in terms that the student understands and feels comfortable with. I understand that some people learn things differently and try my hardest to make my lessons fit the students individual style. I don't shout chords at the students and expect them to just know them. I like to teach multiple versions of the same chords and work with the student to figure out which works best with them.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lesson pace will follow the pace you set. Everyone is different and has their own goals when it comes to learning an instrument. I try to create an environment where the student feels free to express themselves anyway they want. I listen to the student and try to introduce new ideas to them that they can use to improve their playing. In our lessons, you would set the goals and we will have a ton of fun along the way.

Examples of method books we would use for our lessons include:

Guitar: Alfred's Kid's Guitar Course Complete, Alfred
Guitar Method Books 1, 2, & 3, Hal Leonard
Open Chords Guitar Method Supplement, Hal Leonard
Music Theory Guitar Method Supplement, Hal Leonard

Classical Guitar: Pumping Nylon, Alfred
Introduction to Classical Guitar, TerryMuska.com

Bass: Bass Method Books 1, 2, & 3, Hal Leonard
Music Theory Bass Method Supplement, Hal Leonard

Drums: The Visual Drumset Method, Hal Leonard
Kid's Drumset Course, Alfred
Drum Lessons for Kids of All Ages, Mel Bay
Basics in Rhythm, Meredith Music Publications
Alfred's Drum Method Complete, Alfred

*** Studio Equipment ***
During lessons, I use my iPad that has internet access that allows us to look up any song your heart desires.

Drums: Drums students play on my 5-piece Ludwig drumset with 7 cymbals.

Guitar: Students are encouraged to bring their own guitar. I have an amp for students with electric guitars.

Bass: Students are encouraged to bring their own bass and amp.

Mandolin: Students are encouraged to bring their own mandolin.

Ukulele: Students are encouraged to bring their own ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For In-Home lessons, I travel with acoustic instruments.
I also bring my iPad with Wi-Fi so that we can look up songs when you want to learn them.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in music theory and applying it to your instrument. I want to make learning and understanding music as easy as possible. I can teach you to play in many different styles and help you learn how to approach learning new songs. I've learned that many people can play little bits of songs, but have trouble putting together full songs. I want to help people learn how to put together full songs and transition from one section to the next.

I also have experience with very young children as young as 4 years old, as well as experience with special needs students, both adult and child.

Rick P. San Antonio, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I been playing the guitar professionally for over 20 years. In that time I had the good fortune to perform and record with some really good musicians. I've played in various bands ranging from rock to jazz and flamenco. I received my bachelor's degree in recording engineer and record producer from LBCC.

I'm currently a Guitar Teacher for different music schools and have a number of private students as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW :GUITAR LAB PLUS MUSIC CREATOR 6 SOFTWARE; Learn how to use GUITAR PRO 6,Basic PRO TOOLS RECORDING and FL STUDIO 10 (Fruit Loops)I will show you how to do things the best way from the start. We will pick up the best book for your level, there are too many to list just one. Also: alternate picking, sweep picking, tapping, two hand tapping, tremolo picking, finger picking, arpeggios, string skipping, modes, drop "D", drop "C" tunings and more... styles include: Neoclassical, metal, rock, blues, jazz, gypsy jazz, acoustic, classical, flamenco and more...

*** Studio Equipment ***
NEW JUST ADDED: GUITAR LAB AND MUSIC CREATOR 6 SOFTWEAR; SOFTWARE: M-AUDIO PRO TOOLS,GUITAR PRO6 AND FL STUDIO 10 (FRUIT LOOPS) . Located in Specious one room of a three bedroom condo, Marshall amps, Jackson, Dean, ESP,Takamine, Epiphone and Ovation guitars, use a plasma TV, guitar pro software, keyboard, recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and amps. books.
Student: metronome and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching: 7 & 8 string guitar, neoclassical, metal, blues, jazz , gypsy jazz, acoustic, flamenco and classical. Music Theory and recording.

How San Antonio Guitar Students Can Transform Into Musicians

By Jim B. - San Antonio Guitar Teacher

When a student decides to take guitar lessons in San Antonio, they want to see how they will do at playing the instrument. Typically, the student wants to learn enough to see how much potential they have to become a guitarist. They need to acquire the basics in a short period of time to see how they like playing the guitar.

As someone who is passionate about teaching, I realize that most of my students have a desire to get results quickly. For this reason, I focus on each student’s musical background and natural abilities, and then clearly explain the basics of playing the guitar. I have found that students excel and become self-inspired when they are learning at their own pace and not following books or programs. This way they can learn as ...

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