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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near San Diego

Raymond C.

San Diego, CA
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Steve A.

San Diego, CA
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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA
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Raymond C. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

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.

Steve A. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Basketball, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Poetry, Songwriting

About Me

I was introduced to the arts at a very early age. My mother gave me my father's harmonica around the age of four-years old. At that same age, I began drawing pictures by crayon, and then switched to ink pen. Drawing was my art until by the age of twelve I became interested in percussion from watching classmates practice their sticking technique on the cafeteria tables during their lunch period. The next year I enrolled into beginning band and quickly increased my talents to catch-up with my classmates by the next year.

I furthered my studies in music at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998, and a Master of Music degree in 2001. While in college, I performed with the Kansas Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble and a Latin-rock band that toured throughout the eastern and southern area of Kansas and northern area of Oklahoma.

In 2002, I moved to San Diego, California to experience more worldly styles of music. I began teaching in numerous studios, community centers, and playing in various bands. Today, I am playing as a session musician in Brazilian and Trinidadian ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking a lesson from me, you can expect a teacher who has a flexible style of instruction. I don't have a one-way teaching approach. I've learned that everyone has their own way of learning. I adapt to my student's learning abilities.

I normally start a student with the proper technique for playing an instrument, and then show them other approaches for various styles of music. I can teach the basics of playing, but I enjoy challenging my students to enhance their skills. I use fun as equilibrium to balance my classes. Too much of anything can become boring or excessive.

After 3 or 6 months, you can expect to have learned enough music to play in front of your friends or family. Depending on your taste and goals, you may be able to read music or you may be able to play it by ear. I normally teach ear-training as a part of my lessons. I look forward to helping you reach your goal.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instruments and equipment. I only bring the necessities for me to play musical examples, which are my instruments, amplifier or iPod/laptop.

*** Specialties ***
The styles that I specialize in are rock, R&B, blues, funk, jazz and Afro-Latin rhythms. I have a strong background in World Music, i.e. ethnic scales (gypsy, African, Indian) and rhythms (specifically Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean). I use the Classical style as a way of learning proper technique and basic music fundamentals.

Cristopher E. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Composition, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. Ever since then, my passion has been playing guitar and songwriting. I am a music composition honors major at UCSD.

Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty minutes or for eight hours.

My background focuses mostly on classical, rock/metal, and jazz, and my specialty is the electric guitar. I can also help you learn classical guitar on a nylon string guitar if you prefer, including some flamenco.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want the student to have fun with music, and rather than focusing on scales and tedious exercises, I have my students learn technique and music theory more from the actual music (Not to say that learning and practicing scales isn't important, but it is much more useful in the long run to have actual musical melodies and riffs that you can play, and that you know how to take them and use in different musical situations).

I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory will help them go a lot further.

Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn the music you want. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn. I believe the student should be able to access and interact with the type of music they want to learn early on, as this will help keep the student interested while at the same time teaching him/her the elements of music and guitar.

As I want the students to be able to interact with the music as early as possible, I will always try and find ways that we can play together, and I will even make recordings so they can practice playing with someone even when they are at home. I also will periodically record the student so that they can not only get the experience playing and recording, but so that they can also look back on their progress, as well as having something they can show their friends/family.

While I mostly play classical, rock/metal, and jazz, I can help students with a large variety of styles, including blues, r & b, and pop music. I also believe that learning different styles and how to take the elements from each that you like and make them your own will lead to a greater mastery of the instrument, regardless of which style you prefer to actually play.

I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand

Francesca V.

San Diego, CA
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Brian J.

San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Francesca V. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele

About Me

Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for presidents and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.

Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.

With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Instrument Coaching

~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing

Artist Development

~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Demo Recording
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
~Booking gigs

A Note From Francesca:

My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.

I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!

I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.

On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.

On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Varies

*** Specialties ***
Francesca on Artist Development:

I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-

Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.

It'€™s funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, I'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?

I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That'€™s a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.

I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who'€™s showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.

I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.

Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.

It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.

You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.

Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.

Brian J. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

Originally from Patterson, CA in the heart of the central valley Brian moved to San Diego to pursue an education in music-business at Point Loma Nazarene University. Prior to college Brian's passion for music started at the school band level at the age of 8 where he started on his first instrument, the saxophone. That foundation opened doors which took Brian on a South American tour playing bass at the age of 17, among other experiences. Brian was self-taught on both guitar and bass until he started studying bass under the direction of Bob Magnusson at Point Loma Nazarene University. While at Point Loma Brian had the opportunity of touring California and the southwest with Point Loma's Concert and Jazz bands playing both Sax and Bass Guitar.

Since college Brian has been playing and teaching music in and around San Diego. Some Professional Live musical experiences include playing with Justin James (Avex/Tearbridge records), John Mark Seltzer (Warner Brothers), S.A.T.O.R.I., and a live jam with Katja Rieckermann, Saxophonist for Rod Stewart, among other opportunities.

Teaching has been Brian's most rewarding gig as a musician. He has an excitement for music that is infectious and he can't help but nourish that excitement in his students. Believing that performance is one of the most rewarding and important aspects of learning an instrument Brian helps each student practice and prepare with performance in mind. Currently Brian has students that have plans of attending performance and music conservatories such as Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory.

*** Lesson Details ***
With each person being a unique individual with differing styles, tastes, and skill levels lessons are tailored for each student with their goals in mind.

"I believe in building a good musical foundation so that each student can take what they learn during our lesson and explore new music outside of our lesson. Like all art forms music is up for interpretation and I strongly encourage my students to explore what they have learned. Whether the student wants to learn Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, or Classical I have curriculum for all styles. With performance being an important and rewarding aspect of learning an instrument I set my students up for success by teaching songs that allow the student to begin performing right away, and at the same time teaching techniques that apply to each song. Music is a great experience in itself and while learning an instrument can seem quite daunting I have fun the whole way and make everything easily digestible."

*** Studio Equipment ***
If the student's instrument is either Guitar, Bass, or Sax then the student needs to bring their own instrument with them. Students do not need to bring Amplifiers with them to the studio lessons. I have a Piano for piano lessons. All students should have what is needed to aid their practice at home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have everything that would aid their practice time when I am not there. They should have their own instrument. I require that they have their own method books. Occasionally I bring in new sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
guitar, bass, sax, beginning to intermediate piano, songwriting, music theory, sight reading
Progressive methods for Guitar and Bass. Bastien Methods for Piano. Rock, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Metal, Blues, and Classical. Some Funk, Jazz, and R&B.

Kyle N. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

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.

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