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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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Raymond C. San Diego, CA

I teach classical guitar based on the Romero style of playing Spanish guitar. I am also influenced by the guitar styles of Julian Bream, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, and Roberto Aussel. I also teach electric guitar.

About Raymond

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 ...

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Shunichi S. November 7, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I took four lessons so far with Ray and found that he is not only a great teacher but also an amazing guitarist. He corrects my fingering to make it easier and gives me ideas of how to practice certain strums. He also teaches me effective ways how to improve my skills. He is very pleasant and easy to get along with and learn from. Strongly recommended.
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Jerry K. September 26, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Raymond is an excellent guitar instructor.

My first lesson with Raymond went exceptionally well. After listening to me play a little, Raymond immediately honed in on my biggest weakness, and stressed the vital importance of using the metronome to play the Giuliani Right Hand Studies correctly. HIs manner was disarming and he happily answered all my questions as I tried to "pick his brain" with the many questions I had re. technique. Thus, Raymond proved to be a very knowledgeable instructor, carefully analyzing my right hand technique and sharing from his extensive background the subtleties of modern classical guitar technique as opposed to the Segovia and Romero styles. Above all, his amiable demeanor and eagerness to help me become a better player was evident throughout the entire lesson. HIs respectful behavior was very conducive to learning, and I am very excited about my next lesson with Raymond!
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Joseph W. April 14, 2013
Guitar
Outstanding teacher, highly skilled pro

Ray does phenomenal work teaching guitar as a gifted instructor and inspiring performer. My wife and I cannot stress enough how far our son has come in playing skill as well as overall understanding and appreciation of music. In choosing an instrument, we wanted one our son could take with him wherever might go in life, so as to always have the company of his own live music he could pour himself into. Ray has made that vision true. Absolutely recommended!
Steve A. San Diego, CA

Giving classical lessons to beginner and intermediate students on guitar

About Steve

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 ...

Jason M. San Diego, CA

Sight-reading Mozart can be a bit intimidating. I can help. Everything from positioning your fingers to reading single notes and complex poly-chords.

I have experience playing a lot of piano concertos on guitar as well as an extensive background in music theory. I'm ready to help you discover your limitless potential.

About Jason

TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!

Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

This year Jason was also the Music Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught ...

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Beth J. October 29, 2014
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Jason has been teaching my son for about 6 weeks now. My son head dyslexia and other special needs that make learning difficult. Jason has done a wonderful job teaching and sparking my child's joy in music! Excellent teacher. Highly recommended.
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Chad H. October 20, 2014
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Jason is an amazing teacher very informative knows his stuff 100% would recomend him to anyone looking to learn to play AWESOME TEACHER
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Linda C. September 22, 2014
Ukulele · Online
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Jason is very prompt with lessons and always prepared. He meets me at my level of competence and also brings me beyond my comfort zone, so I feel I am learning quickly and challenging myself. He is patient and encouraging. I would not be progressing on the ukulele so well without him!

Francis R.

San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Kyle N.

San Diego, CA
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Francis R. San Diego, CA

Many people mistakenly believe that a classical guitar is the same as a flamenco guitar, and many more believe that all acoustic guitars are pretty much the same thing. There are many similarities, but classical guitar (as an instrument and as a genre of playing) have very different rules from other acoustic guitars.

If you are interested in studying the classical guitar, we will probably work from the Christopher Parkening method, and if you sign up for lessons I encourage you to buy a copy of the first volume to work from. We will work on posture, finger independence, music reading, and how to manicure your right hand fingernails for ease of playing and good tone.

About Francis

Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.

I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and released three albums of original music. I want to make your goals accessible.

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Richard C. November 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is a fantastic instructor. He is very patient and knowledgeable. My friends asked me to play bass guitar in their rock band so I needed to learn fast. Francis taught me the basics and quickly moved on to tips and tricks to help me advance. I am having a blast.
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David K. June 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is great. Always on time, always available to chat about areas I had questions or challenges, always insightful.
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Pietro C. October 5, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Amazing instructor

Francis is a true professional, his patient and extremely dedicated to teaching his love for music. His friendly demeanor inspires you create and believe in yourself as a musician.
Francesca V. San Diego, CA

Having studied guitar in Spain with masters of the craft, Francesca has a personal passion for classical and spanish guitar. The first instrument Francesca seriously studied was the classical guitar, starting at age 5. It is her first language.

About Francesca

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 ...

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Krissy G. November 25, 2014
We have really had a lot of fun working with Francesca! My daughter and I have been taking guitar lessons for a few months and in that short time we have learned new skills along with a sense of motivation to develop ourselves as musicians. I really appreciate how Francesca teaches with a variety of techniques in order to meet the needs of all different learners - she inspires and keeps us enthusiastic to learn. She listens to what is needed for each student and makes each lesson fresh and fun. We're so happy that we found her as a teacher and I would definitely recommend her!
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Holly S. August 6, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 14 year old daughter and Francesca have been working together for 2 years now. Initially the lessons were geared towards piano to build a foundation to singing and all music, and we have incorporated singing for the last year. My daughter and Francesca have built an understanding together on what to work on, focus on, and build on. My daughter is the ability to sing and play piano simultaneously, each week coming to Francesca with what she is inspired by with her own natural skills and Francesca knows how to take this to the next level. My daughter trusts Francesca and her guidance and is motivated by everything she shares. If you are looking for an instructor to motivate you to be a confident musician and not just someone who plays an instrument well, she is the one! We love Francesca!
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Shannon F. August 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Initially, I hired Francesca purely as a singing coach. It had been years since my last singing performance outside of my car or shower and I needed help to brush-up my technique and help me to build upon my current knowledge to grow as a singer. What I got from my lesson's with Francesca was far more than I could have imagined. In my first lesson, she posed the "genie in a lamp" scenario...if I had a genie that could grant me three wishes, what would they be. Once we talked about my goals of growing, not only as a singer, but also as a performer, songwriter, pianist, and guitar player, a door to the world of musical theory and sound singing technique swung open with such vigor, I was consumed with excitement following my first lesson. I was finally on the right path to get where I want to be as an artist.

Francesca will push and guide you as far as you need to go, but only if she knows that's your goal. She routinely checks-in to make sure we are progressing in the right direction and is a great person for suggestions (with no pressure) and to bounce new ideas off of. She is realistic, but allows you to dream-up the life you want, in regards to music. She is a God send and I am so thankful I found her as a coach.

Francesca is an amazing find and I cannot wait to see where my coaching journey leads into the world of music and performing!
Kyle N. San Diego, CA

Foundational to intermediate technique, musicianship, and performance skills. Younger students can expect a structured approach to homework, with practice logs and even a reward system for completed log entries. During our lessons you can expect to work on:

1. Sight Reading - Rhythmic and Melodic
2. Scale Patterns
3. Chord Shapes
4. Graded Repertoire
5. Theory in the Context of Guitar
6. Idiosyncrasies of The Guitar - Strokes, Arpeggios, Strum Patterns, and More

About Kyle

*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 ...

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Axelle A. October 16, 2014
Guitar · In home
Kyle is my 9 year old son's guitar teacher for several months now. I really appreciate his professionalism, lessons organization and daily work at home. Above all , I am touched by his passion for music and his ability to make my son willing to play and move on.
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Elena J. February 22, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Great class

Kyle is an excellent guitar teacher. He is patient, entertaining, and seems to have all the natural assets of a good teacher.
He is very passionate about guitar and about music in all its aspects, and he clearly takes his job as a teacher very seriously. He was highly professional and very well-prepared for the lesson.

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