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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near San Diego

Raymond C.

San Diego, CA
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Chris S.

Temecula, CA
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Glenn P.

Cardiff by the Sea, 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.

Chris S. Temecula, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Cello, Classical Guitar, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

Hi there! My name is Chris and I've been playing music my entire life and I believe that with the right attitude and environment anyone can achieve musical greatness!

I was born into a musical family and have studied classical piano since I was 4 years old! I am very well versed in music theory and proper technique, with an emphasis on avoiding player's injuries, as well as a great knowledge of classical Pieces for any skill level.

Alas!

As a young teenager I grew rebellious and learned how to play the electric guitar and have since sought teachers outside my family to learn modern styles and 5 other instruments!! I have also worked toward a music degree and have made music the center of my life.

Classical music is not everyone's passion but a good practice routine, attitude and environment is always a good thing to have as these things are important regardless of your favorite music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are held with a fun and relaxed attitude. Learning music should always be enjoyable and a good attitude and love for music is cultured and encouraged.

Lessons are structured just like a practice session should be. We will begin with a warm-up exercise designed to acquaint you with the proper technique to meet your personal musical goals. the next activities are highly personalized, but is usually something like reading music or a music theory game. These activities are things that are good for you but may not be your favorite part of learning music. They will, however, go a long way toward your better understanding of how your favorite music is structured.

Examples could be learning about 12 bar blues, common strum patterns (for guitar), scales, sight-reading, or music analysis.

We will spend the rest of class learning and practicing an activity of your choice. This is usually a song but can be anything you wish to improve upon. this is usually a long-term goal of yours. *I've always wanted to learn......*

By structuring our lessons the same as how you will practice, and by keeping good notes, it will be easy for you to take on practice at home and achieve all of your musical goals!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own guitar/piano/keyboard etc. Guitar/violin students should also have a music stand and tuner to keep at home. I will bring picks, spare tuner, music, and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily specialize in classical piano in styles such as Muzio Clementi and Frederic Chopin. I also play Bach and various Spanish classical guitar pieces. I have also extensively studied electric guitar in Blues such ZZ Top, Metal such as Metallica, and rock such as Led Zeppelin. I have also studied Irish and Celtic folk music for instruments such as Mandolin and Violin.

Glenn P. Cardiff by the Sea, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar

About Me

I started playing guitar and bass in my early teen years because I just couldn't wait to see a live concert. I thought if I could play the songs myself, it would be just as good. Well, it turns out that playing music you love yourself is even better than seeing a concert. You can make your own concert everyday!
Since then I've been fortunate enough to work with a great deal of professional performers and to play many hundreds of successful live shows.
Several years ago, I decided to focus on teaching. This was a great decision, because I truly love this work. I make a real difference in peoples lives, and help them achieve their goals, and sometimes even their dreams!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect fun lessons based on songs they love. Acoustic, electric, classical, and bass students are all welcome! I bring an amplifier and an iPod, and show you from day one how to play at least a part of a song that you really want to work on. I will be able to make some decisions about future lessons based upon the level of playing ability that the student displays. Once a student starts to get the hang of playing the basics, we can work on many songs and eventually learn to play solos.
In addition, I explain all of the musical theory that the songs are based on, and you will be able to communicate with other musicians using the proper terminology and notation.
I like to encourage the students to practice at least 20 minutes a day, rather than for a few hours once or twice a week. This way, your muscle memory stays sharp, and you can start to get comfortable playing the guitar or bass.
More advanced students can expect to learn soloing, and playing along with other instruments, as well as making recordings, and composing original songs.
For still more advanced students, I can explain how to play the hardest guitar and bass solos, and all that I have learned as a performer including how to put a band together, how to book shows, and how to choose cover songs, and how to arrange music for performance.
My students always come first as teaching is my full time job, and I love what I do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a practice amplifier with digital effects and a drum machine for all lessons. I provide a bass guitar amplifier in my studio for my bass students. I also bring a guitar to a bass lessons, and a bass to a guitar lessons, for my more advanced students, to have a 'band practice' type lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring amplifiers to lessons, and printed teaching materials.
Students just need their own instrument to play.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching proper timing, tuning, technique, theory, composition, and performance. From beginner to performing professional, I can take you all the way. My style is rock, and I have a background in classical, country, blues, rock, heavy metal, and pop.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA
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Kyle N.

San Diego, CA
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Ruben D. Vista, CA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

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

Jesse H. Del Mar, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele

About Me

I studied Jazz Guitar with Peter Sprague and then went on to study the classical guitar with Celin Romero. Later on, while I attended UCSD I studied with Pepe Romero in master classes. In 1982 I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. We still play all over the world for private and public events. During my time with The Mar Dels I have learned and performed many of the classic rock hits.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am interested in giving my students a solid background in right and left hand technique for the guitar. This will include finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. I would like all my students to develop a correct left hand position. This is very important to the student if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music later on. Most classical guitar music cannot be played well with a standard rock left hand technique but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique.

Most of the studies I use with my students are scales and arpeggios that I have written notes on and have in my personal library, so at first it will not be necessary for my students to buy any books. I can suggest some titles if they feel they must have some additional materials to review.

My approach is to place an emphasis on the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. This may be slightly different than many musicians who feel that a piece of music is like a 100 yard dash. I would rather have my student play a song at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds than to rush through simply to show an ability to play fast.

In the first three months I believe that the average student should be able to play some open position chords, some bar chords, some arpeggios, be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I would like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within 6 months that they could play for their friends or parents. If the student’s goal is to use the guitar to accompany their voice they could learn to sing a song and back themselves up on the guitar. To be able to sing and play at the same time is a special skill that takes time to master and is something that I have done for years. I am happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately the progress of the student will depend on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills that are presented to them. I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible but if they are interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus entirely on that.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on what the student was interested in learning I would have with me a steel string or classical guitar and would prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If the lesson was an introduction to a beginning student, I could bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.

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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