Learn Electric Guitar your way

TakeLessons experts are ready to teach. Get a deal on a private or group lesson, or browse on-demand content 24/7 for free.
Find your instructor

Private lessons with top Electric Guitar instructors near San Francisco, CA

Dive right in and start getting results with 1-on-1 lessons from expert Electric Guitar instructors.
Kid-friendly
Best value
High-demand
Rising stars
POPULAR
Eli B.

Eli B.

5(15)
I am offering engaging lessons for adults or young adults who want to start or continue their study of music! I've been teaching for several years in the Denver area as well as online, covering everything from learning how to strum a guitar through advanced contemporary and jazz theory. Some subjects I've explored with my students include: Reading chord charts, Site reading; sheet music, Classical music, Jazz & Pop Standards, Improvisation, Groove & keeping time, Jamming with other musicians, Songwriting and composition, Music production software (GarageBand, Logic Pro) Everyone has a unique musical style, and the ways in which we learn music are just as diverse! I'm an expert at understanding what my students want to get out of music, and I can help you get to where you want to be musically by basing our lessons around the songs and ideas that you want to learn. Get in touch, let's see what kind of music we can make!
$30
/30 mins
POPULAR
Ahmad G.

Ahmad G.

4.9(259)
I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. and M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe and the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition. I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone. I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio. *** Lesson Details *** My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory. Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student. Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students. A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs. An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs. I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. *** Specialties *** I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well. I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic and Classical Guitar. I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
$38
/15 mins
TOP RATED
Christopher B.

Christopher B.

4.9(163)
I started teaching myself guitar when I was 10. Later, in high-school, my teacher frustrated with my lack of practicing came up with an idea to light a fire under me. They suggested I teach a younger classmate. Not only did I finally start practicing, but I fell in love with teaching as well. Thanks to that, I have played over 1,000 shows, both solo and as an auxiliary musician for other touring acts. I performed on over 30 albums and have composed for radio, television, and internet video series, including sharing the stage with members of the 10,000 Maniacs. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR. I have over 6 years of experience teaching private lessons in addition to teaching seminars on songwriting and music business at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and SUNY JCC. While each student is different, I start them on the Mel Bay or Essential Elements books. From there we will cover a variety of genres from classical, jazz, rock and folk. Students will not only learn technical skills( how to play their instrument, read music, understand theory) but also learn about themselves, develop their own voices in and out of the musical world. Whether your 9 year old child wants to be a rockstar when they grow up, or you've just retired at 65 and want to play heavy metal all ages and goals are welcome.
$25
/30 mins
FEATURED
Lee Q.

Lee Q.

4.9(75)
I teach positive and productive lessons in electric guitar, songwriting/music theory, and live performance. My goal is to bring the best out of beginning to intermediate players using a holistic and minimalist musical approach: you only learn what you really need to know. Can you pick up an instrument and play a song by ear, or play simple power chords, or play "Happy Birthday" in a key suited to your voice? I can show you how. Learn guitar basics & speciality skills, including: - note reading/melody in first position - reading guitar tablature (TAB) - major chords & scale tones (diatonic) - Nashville Number System - chord progressions using I-IV-V (1-4-5) - 12-bar blues song form - pentatonic (5-note) scale: major & minor - key transposition & using a capo - the 5 movable chord & scale shapes - 'barre' chords & the major scale: 2 positions - intervals (m2 to P8) & playing by ear - minor chords (diatonic) & scales: natural, harmonic, melodic - fingerpicking (including Travis picking) - chords with moving bass - altered tunings: drop D, open D - non-diatonic chords (bVII, bIII), secondary dominant chords (V of V) - added tones & altered chords: augmented (+), diminished
$28
/25 mins
Show More

24/7 access to knowledge

Keep on learning wherever, whenever

Learn anything, anytime.

Fuel your curiosity: Explore the arts and sciences, learn new skills, and so much more.

Flexible pricing to meet your needs

Our learning experiences are meant to meet your budget—and your first one is on us.

Hundreds of subjects

Choose your course: explore the arts and sciences, learn day-to-day skills, and so much more

Thousands of trusted experts

Know you’re learning from the best. Every TakeLessons instructor is background-checked by Microsoft.

Unlimited ways to learn

Get 1:1 lessons, drop in on live classes, or just read up—you set the pace.

Matt is a great teacher with an extensive knowledge of guitar and music as whole. He is willing to help teach any song you want and has a great sense of humor.

Joe (Electric Guitar lessons with Matt O.)

Nils has been working with our son for a little over the past month, and we are very happy in finding such a talented teacher. Our son has some music background, having taken some guitar instruction i

Anirban (Electric Guitar lessons with Nils B.)

Great first lesson with Claire. She listens and understands and comes up with a plan accordingly. Very highly recommend.

Matthew Terhune (Electric Guitar lessons with Claire C.)

I've been taking lessons from Matt for more than 8 years now since I was young and he's super friendly and encouraging! Highly recommend as he has experience with many different areas of guitar and th

Sydney (Electric Guitar lessons with Matt O.)

Matt is a great teacher with an extensive knowledge of guitar and music as whole. He is willing to help teach any song you want and has a great sense of humor.

Joe (Electric Guitar lessons with Matt O.)

Nils has been working with our son for a little over the past month, and we are very happy in finding such a talented teacher. Our son has some music background, having taken some guitar instruction i

Anirban (Electric Guitar lessons with Nils B.)

You may also be interested in

In the press

Ready to learn Electric Guitar?

Microsoft TakeLessons offers a wide array of learning resources, from 1:1 private instruction, to live group lessons, to courses specially designed for any type of student. We have grown to a global community of over 20,000 students, and we’re excited for you to join us!
Try now

Find the perfect class for you