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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near Torrance

Glenn S.

Long Beach, CA
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Byron T.

Brea, CA
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David K.

Long Beach, CA
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Glenn S. Long Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Hi, I'm Glenn. Thank you for viewing my profile. I've been teaching students for over 20 years, playing all styles and levels of music, from day-one beginners to seasoned pros seeking to sharpen their playing skills. I teach both traditional notation and tablature, writing my own teaching methods in both formats. I can transcribe any song or solo for you, and can arrange the music to fit your particular level of skill.

I earned a B.A. in Music Composition and an A.A. in music theory, and have worked as a professional musician since graduation. I play in a variety of bands that cover rock, jazz, surf, oldies, and country, and also write and arrange music for those bands as well as writing my own music that can be heard on my own YouTube channel.

The first song I learned to play was "Pipeline." I own and play several acoustic and electric guitars, as well as ukuleles, mandolins, bass guitars, and lap steel guitars. I'm personable and patient, and my lessons include songs, techniques, and instruction for improving your musical skills. I look forward to meeting you and having fun learning and playing music together.

-Glenn

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm big on teaching songs and techniques learned through scales and chords, which will enable you to improvise, solo, and write your own music. I can teach either traditional note reading or tablature, and can transcribe your favorite songs and solos. The lessons are fun, with new material to learn and play every week. I hope every time you pick up a guitar, it will be a creative experience!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: front room turned into music studio. recording gear, all instruments listed, additional seating for parents.

Morey's Music: Music store setting, small practice room, additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I've done it all-like theory, all styles of music.

Byron T. Brea, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Music and music teaching is my first love and passion in life. (Feel free to check out my video and music!) To be able to study and play the guitar for the last 11 years has been an immense blessing! I am a guitar teacher with a degree in music from Biola University, La Mirada. I have been teaching lessons privately almost 9 years now. I am trained in various styles of guitar music including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and finger-style on both acoustic and electric guitars. My musical journey began in the 6th grade when my parents purchased a nylon string classical guitar for me. Throughout my high school and college years I participated in contemporary rock ensembles for corporate worship at my church and other churches. This included leading and singing as well. While enrolled at the Biola Conservatory of Music I played in the classical guitar ensemble for 5 semesters. My experience includes playing in jazz ensembles, doing solo guitar music at weddings and art galleries, playing in classical guitar quartets, and active composition and recording of my original work on the guitar. You can expect all of this experience and knowledge to come together in a musically fascinating and motivating way that will fill your life with the joys of being able to express yourself musically if you are willing to give the time and effort to do so. Also...Check out my video and music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My number one goal is to cultivate your desire and passion for musical expression by providing a friendly and inspiring environment in which to experience the joy and beauty of music! You can learn the songs you have always wanted to play and even learn to write your own music! My overall teaching philosophy includes three basic areas of knowledge which work together to form a well educated guitarist. The first area is technical knowledge. The student will be taught to physically utilize the instrument in an efficient and effective way in order to maximize learning progress and musical potential. The second area is in theoretical knowledge which includes reading both music notation and tablature (tablature is an alternative form of written guitar music that is very easy to read). This also includes understanding music theory as it applies to the guitar, and full knowledge of the musical possibilities on the guitar. The third area, my favorite area, is Practical knowledge which includes learning songs by other artists to expand the student’s understanding of how other musicians use the instrument (the students choose these songs based on what they like). You will also expand your practical knowledge by directly applying the theoretical knowledge that you have learned. This is done by composing your own music in a creative and original way. I am also a vocalist and am able to coach my students the basics of the voice and how to use the voice and guitar at the same time. As a teacher I strive for excellence in my students by teaching them all that they need to be a well educated guitarist. I will actively and joyfully peruse your interests by tailoring the curriculum to focus on the music that the you love and have a passion for.

I provide my own music curriculum that has been honed over time through my experience as a private teacher. The books that I use will generally differ according to your desires and interests but there are two books that I use for beginners:

1. Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (this is for beginners in music reading).
2. Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1 (this is for beginners in music reading who are interested in classical training).

After 3 to 6 months of study with me, you will have been taught to read musical notation, have a basic knowledge of chords, and have most of the 5 major scale shapes memorized. You will have learned to pick and strum confidently. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choosing so that you can see the fruit of your musical work and experience the joy of musical expression. (for these results students must be willing to practice for the necessary amount of time: 20-30 minutes a day)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable quiet room. Recording equipment. Internet musical resources. Guitars, Guitar effects, amps, and hardware. I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I expect you, as a student, to bring a guitar, picks and a tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I bring cables and equipment to adapt my guitar to an amp you may have. I also bring maintenance equipment in case I need to work on my guitar or yours. I expect you, as a student, to have a guitar, picks and a tuner. If you are taking electric guitar it is ideal that you have an amp. I also expect you to buy the necessary books. I bring my computer in order to have an internet source and an audio source. I have provided guitars and strings (if one broke during the lesson) in the past to students who are lacking them.

*** Specialties ***
Various Electric Guitar Styles such as Rock, Blues and Jazz harmony; I teach Classical and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory, Improvisation, Music composition and Finger style.

David K. Long Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I graduated Fullerton College with an AA in Music and Liberal Arts. Since 2009, I have been playing shows across the U.S. in Clubs, Venues, Casinos and Festivals with several groups. Some of the styles I can play are:  Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Classical, Reggae, Folk, Funk, Latin and R&B. Recently, I published a book through Hal Leonard for the Solo Guitar. I have been teaching for 8 years and have helped many students grow, musically, from ages 5-70. Whatever it is in music you wish to learn, I can help you along your way, no matter what difficulty or challenge you are facing.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am usually very lenient toward the student. It is up to the student and the parent to schedule in their practicing for the week. I like to work with the student and work along with what they would like to learn (a song, scales, theory, chords, etc..). I also like to give the student some materials they wouldn't practice on their own to encourage more possibilities in their playing. This way, they can learn what they want, but are influenced in opening their horizons. The curriculum depends on the level of experience in the students playing. A beginner will get a beginning book and we will work on it until they are comfortable in reading, understanding rhythms and chords. When a student is intermediate, I like to work on their interests as well as detailing their strengths and challenging their weaknesses. After 3 to 6 months of lessons, with a good amount of practice, you can expect to see a great change in your playing. It also depends on your practice habits. I give enough material in a lesson to work on throughout the week. I have had students that practice minimally and still sound better after 3-6 months, but are doing the bare minimum. I have also had students that sound like they've been playing for 2+ years after such a short amount of time. Again, it depends on your motivation toward practicing when you are on your own time during the week. Of course I am here to help you motivate yourself. Lessons should be looked upon as a fun learning experience and not as a hard duty.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My instrument(s) and reference guides. They need their own instruments and paper/notebook.

*** Specialties ***
I teach everyone different, because everyone has a different personality. I can teach Jazz, Classical, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Latin, Rock (sub genres included), Funk, Reggae and R&B.

Matthew Z.

Lake Arrowhead, CA
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Joseph R.

Downey, CA
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César M.

Granada Hills, CA
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Matthew Z. Lake Arrowhead, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Algebra, Arithmetic, Banjo, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Elementary Math, English, Flamenco Guitar, French, Guitar, History, Improv Acting, Mandolin, Math, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Pre Algebra, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Spanish, Theater Acting, Ukulele

About Me

I am primarily a composer, guitarist, tenor, pianist and percussionist and I love sharing what I have learned with others and watching my students develop and grow. My goal is to teach my students until they are better than me, so I hold no secrets, tricks or techniques back and I devote my time and energy to help others become the best musicians, artists and people they can be.I have a BA in music composition and a BA in music history, both from California State University, San Bernardino. I play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, orchestral percussion, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, recorder, harmonica and didgeridoo with varying levels of proficiency and have experience in music theory, songwriting, recording, MIDI, arranging, singing (contemporary, broadway and opera), and acting/performing. I have performed in The United States, Austria, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and have 13 years of experience, development, mistakes and successes to offer my students. I love learning new things and have been teaching as a profession since 2007. I am also First Aid & CPR certified, Live Scan fingerprinted, FBI background checked, Safe Environment trained and a Child Abuse Mandated Reporter.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do not use a set curriculum. I prefer to discuss goals and music with my students and their parents to determine what genres, styles and techniques they are most interested in. I then use techniques I have gained through experience along with songs and classical exercises to develop strong technique, a developed ear and the ability to read music. I do expect students to be disciplined, practice regularly, and be prepared for lessons, enabling them to expect the same from me. Whether a student wants to be a classical virtuosi or learn how to play a song they heard on the radio, I will keep the lessons fun and interesting for anyone willing to practice and learn, and I will always to my best to cater to the student's individual needs and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide all copies of music, handouts, exercises, etc. Students are expected (when applicable) to have an instrument in good, working condition.

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
I form all of my lessons around being able to learn, memorize and play songs, read written musical notation (along with sight-reading & technical exercises), and improvisation (based on scales and exercises).

For guitar and it's relatives (bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo) I can teach any style or genre of music, including modern tapping techniques, and I also teach TAB notation.

I teach both classical and popular piano, usually combining classical sight reading exercises while learning both classical and popular repertoire.

I have experience acting and singing on stage in both non-musical and musical productions, as well as five years of classical vocal experience singing in high school and collegiate ensembles. Being in these environments has equipped me with the tools and exercises to be able to teach everything from basic singing to fundamentals in broadway and opera.

I also have a small studio in my home where I write and record, providing me with the opportunity to also teach recording, songwriting and music theory.

Joseph R. Downey, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Synthesizer

About Me

Joseph R. has 5 years of experience teaching students elementary, middle school-aged children and adults on to how to play keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone while sharing his learning experience with them as a self-taught saxophone and flute player and his more conventional education on piano and guitar.

Joe started developing his musical talent through piano lessons at the age of 7. After only a year of formal study, he began to experiment with other instruments such as the bamboo flute, the guitar and the drums. When he moved to the United States at the age of 13, he was introduced to the school’s band where he chose to hone his skills with the flute. Since then, he has been exposed to classical and symphonic repertoire. During high school, he joined the marching band and at the same time, found interest in jazz and alto saxophone. He decided to pursue a career in music by majoring in Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of California in Irvine where he has received his Bachelors degree in Music. He is currently performing at local jazz clubs, formal events and concerts. He would like to continue to inspire his students while nurturing his passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Scale Mastery
Instrumental Technique
Note Reading/Sight-Reading
Ear Training (!)
Live Performance
Music in the real world

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer upright piano
Roland D20
BX5a monitors
BX8a monitors
Shure, MXL mic's
M-Audio Profire 610
Yamaha YAS-82ZII

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide manuscript paper. Student provides instrument and have the option to purchase my music books.

*** Specialties ***
I train my students the classical approach for their beginning and intermediate stages, and specialize in Jazz and Pop music.

César M. Granada Hills, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I teach all styles of guitar (Classical, Flamenco, Latin, Jazz, Blues, and Popular styles). I have over 30 years teaching experience and hold Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees from California State University-Northridge, California Institute of the Arts, and the University of California,Santa Barbara.

I have done extensive post-doctoral study in Paris, Avignon, Toulouse, and Metz, France and Montréal,Québec. I am fluent is Spanish, Italian, and French, and hold associate degrees in Italian and French from Los Angeles Pierce College.

I am an active composer, arranger, band leader, performer, recording artist, and producer. I also teach Composition, Theory, Orchestration-Arranging, Musicianship, and Music History and Appreciation.

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