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Popular Classical Guitar Teachers Near Torrance

Doug P.

Canoga Park, CA
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Jonathan M.

Van Nuys, CA
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Glenn S.

Long Beach, CA
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Doug P. Canoga Park, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I started playing guitar after I realized that the trumpet (my first instrument), besides only being able to play one note at a time, was just not as sexy & cool as the “six stringed siren of the 60's & 70's”.

After 2 years of playing I started teaching guitar in a local Toledo OH area music store on the day of my 16th birthday, and soon expanded to students spread over two stores and and my home.

My first "road gig" at the end of my senior year in high school was playing with old time 50′s rockers “Johnny & The Hurricanes” (who the Beatles actually opened for a couple of times), and then I left to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music for two years at 19.

After Berklee and a few years of playing all over Canada in show bands, theatre, etc. while based out of Toronto, I moved to Los Angeles to finish up my guitar studies at Musician’s Institute. While a student, I was voted the first Outstanding Guitarist of the year by the teaching staff, and then hired as staff instructor; which included writing both curriculum as well as ensemble arrangements for the then fledgling school. During my stay at MI I had the good fortune to play and teach with amazing guitarists like Joe Diorio, Don Mock, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Robben Ford, and many more. Co-instructor Steve Trovato arranged for me to write and record for the Hot Licks series with Steve Freeman and Norman Brown, which is still distributed by Hal Leonard Publications.

Besides live work in Los Angeles, I have focused on composing and producing music for film & TV in recent years, and I have about 500 tracks that are heard daily around the world on everything from shows like Sponge Bob Squarepants to Justified, as well as many feature films. Although I'm a “well rounded player” in most every style, I specializes in modern rock, jazz and blues, as well as solo acoustic guitar playing.

BTW, the picture of me with the tall skinny guy in the white shirt is the actor who played "Uncle Ricco" in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" when he came over to buy some gear I was selling on Craig's list.

*** Lesson Details ***
Probably the most unique thing that I would offer people is that I have actually studied the science of how people learn things, and show students the most effective ways of practicing that get the most results. This is especially important for adult students that have limited time to practice and I can show you how to get great results from small amounts of time that you might think was not enough to do anything in.

Most teachers just have one way to teach their subjects, usually because they don't really know them thoroughly. There is not one way to present material to a student, it is about finding THEIR way that they get that "light bulb lighting up" experience - that is my method. I know the subject of music and the guitar thoroughly, so if you don't understand something the first way I explain it to you let me know and I will try it another way.

I understand the physical challenges of playing the instrument and specialize on identifying the solutions for problem areas students have that produce dramatic improvements, and many people who have been playing for years come to me for this.

My ears are such that I can learn most anything quickly from a recording, I've written, recorded and played almost every kind of music you can name all over the world, and there isn't much that would stump me, but I am always into hearing and learning new things as they show up in the music world, so I look forward to what ever it is that you might bring in.

I read and write both regular music notation and tablature well. I don't require people learn standard notation, but I do encourage it and have lots of insights on how to learn it on the guitar, an instrument that is classically difficult to sight read on because of how many locations there are to play the same note.

I specialize in teaching harmony and have done so in front of classes of 100 or more when I taught at Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Harmony is the key to improvisation regardless of the style of music you play, and there are lots of easy and fun things I do to make this subject fun and a VERY MUSICAL thing to learn.

The door to your left as you face the house is my studio, please knock on that when it's your lesson time. Since I work as a composer for music that goes into film, TV and advertising, I have a sound proof studio with keyboards, many guitars, and a computer with internet access to always make your lesson an interesting and productive experience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
About 23 guitars, mandolins, ukes, 12 strings, baritone guitars, electric basses, etc, maybe 6 amps, MOTU Digital Performer recording system, Kurzweil keyboard controller, and more.

*** Specialties ***
All kinds of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, and solo acoustic guitar styes etc.

Jonathan M. Van Nuys, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Music has been my passion since I was very young.

Started off as a member of the church Junior choir and then went on to take my first piano class in the first grade.

Come high school, I was already joining rock bands as a pianist and a lead singer.
Took up the guitar in December 1990.

Since then I have been playing in amateur and professional bands, occasionally doing studio work for demos, soundtracks and tv commercials, while going to the UST Conservatory of Music.

I have also been teaching for the Yamaha School of Music since 92-93, and through all the gigs, shows, concerts, studios and stages I've performed in--I know that teaching teh next generation of musicians has always been my calling.

With my teaching experience, I can say that I've dealt with all the different kinds of personalities that a student would have. As much as we all have unique character traits, I believe that every student has a unique approach to learning that when you tap into it, you will have a student that have great motivation and eagerness to learn their instrument.

My youngest student was a girl named Piper( who happens to be one of the child actors in the Disney Movie G-Force ). She said she wanted to be a triple threat. An Actress, a musician and a singer.

She was able to play Twist and Shout from the Beatles by her 3rd lesson on guitar.

Guitar being my main instrument, I have also learned over the years how to play the bass and drums. So you won't just be learning how to play your instrument but you will learn how your instrument would interact with the other instruments when you play in a band together.

My philosophy is once you learn the basics, you will be able to fly and ride on your creativity. And there will be no limits.

*** Lesson Details ***
I would say, my lessons are very customized to the student.

As a professional musician, I'm a master of learning the student's strengths as well as weaknesses.

As a teacher, I know how to harness your strengths that you will be learning faster than you think you're capable of.

If you focus more on the strengths, the weaknesses don't really matter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would bring my guitar, a music stand and additional teaching material(if and when needed).

I would expect my student to provide a guitar(or their respective instruments) and an amp(for electric instruments.

*** Specialties ***
My own playing reflects my blues influence and I apply it to whatever
genre/style/song I'm playing.

I consider blues as the foundation to any modern style/genre.

In my classes, I always point out how important the 3 factors that make up Music (Melody,Harmony and Rhythm) are.

It is a simplified approach that seems to be highly effective in my students.

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.


*** 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.

Ryan H.

Newport Beach, CA
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Cory M.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
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Henry C.

Los Angeles, CA
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Ryan H. Newport Beach, CA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Music and teaching are my two life passions. I have been teaching music for over 10 years and playing for over 15. I was born and raised in Southern California and attended Newport Harbor High School. Upon graduating, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied Guitar and Music Business.

After graduating from Berklee, I received my Early Childhood Teacher Certification and worked as both a preschool and toddler teacher in addition to teaching music lessons. I am experienced with all age levels from the youngest children to the oldest adults. I make learning music a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone!

*** Lesson Details ***
The ultimate goal of our lessons together is to accomplish YOUR goals. There is a reason why you are drawn to music. Maybe it's songwriting. Maybe you want to become the best guitar player in the world. Maybe you want your child to learn a skill they'll have the rest of their life. Whatever it may be, we'll work together to accomplish it...and have a lot of fun along the way!

Because every student is different, there is no one set way to teach a lesson. Each lesson will be geared specifically toward you. If your main goal is to learn songs, we will work on techniques that will build up your skill set to give you the necessary tools to learn songs. Whatever your goal is we'll find a way to get you there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
250 Square foot carpeted studio with private entrance and parking lot. Seating available for parents. There are guitars you can borrow/use

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide all equipment if necessary. I would prefer the student have amplification if they plan an electric instrument

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in all genre's on the guitar. I studied primarily jazz, fusion, and country while at Berklee but prefer playing and teaching rock and acoustic/folk music. In addition to playing I have also studied both classical and jazz theory at the highest level.

Cory M. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Cory M (MA, Music) is passionate about music performance and creation. In 9th grade, Cory traded in his surfboard for a bass guitar and never looked back. Playing bass in a band lead to songwriting, and songwriting turned into a Bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in composition. Fascinated by the complexities of the musical experience, Cory went on to earn his Masters Degree in music with an emphasis in music history and theory.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Cory has performed live and in the studio as a bassist, drummer, guitarist, and vocalist in a variety of acts since 1992. As a songwriter, Cory has written hundreds of songs in several different genres for bands and personal projects. He has also worked as a composer/songwriter on a few music industry projects and continues to pursue songwriting personally and professionally.

With over 10-years of teaching experience, Cory daily helps teens and adults learn how to play and create music. His current “day job” is teaching recording, songwriting, music production, and general music (instruments, theory, etc.) at a private high school, where he helps teens realize their creative ambitions in sound.

*** Lesson Details ***
In your lessons with me, you can expect enthusiasm, humor, practical application, and an emphasis on the music you want to play or create. All I ask is that you bring your excitement for music.

If you would like to learn to create music, I can teach you:
-beat making
-music production
-audio animation (great for all ages!)
-music technology

If you'd like to play music, I can teach you:
-guitar (acoustic or electric)
-bass (electric or upright)

I specialize in helping people who may be allergic to overly academic methods of music other words, you can learn to play or create the music you love without having to get bogged down in the "boring stuff." We'll learn what you want to learn and we'll move at your own pace. But...I'm trained in all the theory stuff, too, so if you want to get academic I'm game. ;-)

I play instruments everyday but creating music is what I love most. Today's music technology has made musical creativity more accessible than ever before, even if you're not proficient on an instrument. I can show you how to make and record your own music, podcasts, or audio animations. All you need is imagination, a creative spark, and a computer (with music software like ProTools or Apple's GarageBand).

*** Studio Equipment ***
I come to you! No more rushing to get to your lesson on time. ;-)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide all necessary accessories, but I expect my students to have their own instrument or computer (+ necessary software). To our lessons I'll bring whatever we need, from amps and effects pedals to microphones and tab paper.

*** Specialties ***
Rock (classic or modern) and all rock-related genres, pop, indie, metal, hip-hop, rap, electronica

Henry C. Los Angeles, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I am a graduate of UC Irvine with a bachelors of music in guitar performance. I have over 7 years of experience of successfully teaching guitar and music theory to a wide range of students (from hobbyists to professional musicians).I've played in several rock bands as a lead guitarist, performed in classical guitar ensembles, and perform regularly for my church's Sunday choir. My philosophy of music is that everyone is musical. Everyone is able to play music given the right guidance, attention, and encouragement. So please let me share these things with you to bring you the gift of music! =)

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher that focuses on making lesson constructive and fun! The lesson material is focused on practical usage that makes for easy readiness to play.I cater my teaching style to each student to how they learn best and to maximize their potential for growth. My main goal is helping students find and achieve their own goals, while giving them the tools they need to continue growing as a musician. I encourage my students to choose what they want to play and develop their own style at the same time. All the while teaching proper technique to ensure great control for thoughtful and beautiful sounding play.The main styles I teach are:-Classical-Acoustic/Folk -Rock-Church/Worship Music-Jazz/Blues

*** Travel Equipment ***
A guitar and tuner is required for each student.I provide all lesson materials unless it is a student learning classical guitar. In which case the student would need to purchase the book "Solo Guitar Playing 1" by Frederick NoadIf a student wants online lessons, then a student requires the following:-microphone-webcam-stable internet connectionIf a student has a macbook or a laptop that has equipment on it, it should work as well.

*** Specialties ***
Other genres that I specialize in would be Rock/Electric Guitar music and Church/Worship music.

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