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About Lu G.

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San Diego, CA

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I've had the privilege of teaching 5 year olds through 50 year olds with great success. You're never too old or young to get something valuable out of an instrument and contemporary guitar really bridges generations like few other instruments. I cater guitar lessons to the individual learner. I can take a more technique based approach for serious students or we can just learn to play some songs you love if you don't have a serious interest but just want to have fun.

About Lu
I have three daughters [Elaine, Grace and Emma] so I'm very comfortable with kids of all ages as well as adults. I studied Music Performance with a concentration in Classical Guitar at Eastern University subsequently received an Honorable Discharge for 8 years in the US Army. I currently work in finance in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and teach lessons privately and through take lessons just for the love of it.

I'm very easy going and patient. I cater each lesson individually to the goals of the student and/or parent. I take special care to keep my students motivated and encouraged. My goal isn't just to teach technical skills and repertoire but to help foster a lasting love of music.

As far as my own musical interests, I love classical guitar and the folk/songwriter/indie genres. Artists I listen to regularly include Andrew
Bird, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Iron and Wine, The Milk Carton Kids, Simon and Garfunkel, M.Ward, Of Monsters & Men, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Ray LaMontagne, The Mountain Goats, .. I'm just realizing that could go on for a long time so I'll pause there.

I also I stay up to speed on most contemporary artists for the sake of my students. I regularly teach songs current pop artists in the interest of maintaining student engagement.

My real musical passion is in Classical Guitar music. There are few things that give me more joy than playing classical guitar. I love any opportunity to share that with someone eager to learn. I prefer to start from scratch with classical guitar students but will work with more advanced students when requested.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to start by reviewing what has been learned in the previous lesson, making sure to address any concerns before teaching anything new. To ensure the student is truly learning and maintaining what I teach during our lessons we will do some short musical exercises which apply to that week's lesson, as well as some musical repertoire that reinforces the new principles taught in that lesson. I feel that correct repetitive practice of these exercises and music will ensure happiness with your progression as a musician. I do my best to learn the musical interests of my students and to personalize each lesson/assignment so that they remain engaged and excited.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have small studio space connected to my family room with a Piano and my guitars/amps (and any other instruments my wife and I have collected over the years). Parents can sit in studio or relax in the family room during lessons. It's a nice quiet suburban area and there's plenty of parking.

IMPORTANT: For those with serious pet allergies, I do have calm, friendly, non-intrusive pets.
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Ben January 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
It was only our first lesson but my 16-year old was very impressed by Lu’s teaching and playing ability. He felt very comfortable with him and can’t wait until next week.
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Becky Porter April 11, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Lu is a fantastic teacher. He is patient, fun, and very knowledgeable about the guitar and music in general. He happily caters to your skills, background, and musical tastes. He is there to make sure you understand everything, but also have fun with what you are playing.

As a beginner, we started with a few basic cords so I could start playing real songs within my first week. He is attentive and flexible to what you are looking to learn, and I very much appreciate his patience and accommodating nature.

Lu is a wonderful guitar teacher and I highly recommend him!
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Daniel January 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Daniel very much enjoyed his first session. Luis made him feel at ease and they immediately started working on a song he can play quickly. Luis took pains in finding out Daniel's music tastes for future lessons.
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Lu G.

San Diego, CA 92129
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About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA
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Various genres of guitar including: rock, metal, shred, blues, funk, pop.

About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.
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Dan F. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Jesse H.

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Del Mar, CA

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Learn any song you want from any time. I have a good ear and can pick any song off a CD or YouTube. I can then write it out for you and teach it to you in any key. Don't be afraid, I like to use Tablature so you don't need to be able to read music.

Do you want to play Lead Guitar? I can teach you all the scales, arpeggios & Pentatonics that you need to know to become a rock 'n' roll guitar god!

About Jesse
Jesse H. plays guitar with The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best-known dance and party bands. But he’s more than just a rock-and-roller — he’s studied jazz and classical guitar with other master musicians.

His lessons focus on developing:

- Right and left hand technique
- Finger picking and flat picking
- Tonal and sound quality
- Playing and singing
- The ability to play a solo
- Chords, scales, and arpeggios

Jesse’s broad skill set allows him to teach a variety of styles, though he’s happy to focus on one particular style if that’s what the student prefers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take guitar or ukulele lessons from one of the top musicians in San Diego.

*** Overview ***
I studied jazz guitar with Peter Sprague and classical guitar with Celin Romero. While at UCSD, I studied with Pepe Romero in master class
es. In 1982, I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. During my time with the band, I’ve learned and performed many classic rock hits. One of the best-known dance/party bands in San Diego, the Mar Dels continue to play at private and public events locally, nationally, and globally.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, 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. Most classical guitar music can’t 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 songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

I emphasize the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. Many musicians feel that playing a piece of music is like running a 100-yard dash. I prefer that my students play at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds, rather than rushing through a song simply to show an ability to play fast. I feel that it’s very important to practice any new piece or exercise at a slow tempo till it can be played well with relaxed hands. When the tempo is gradually increased, one acquires beauty with speed.

Within the first three months, the average student should be able to play some open position chords, bar chords, and arpeggios, and be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within six 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 can learn to sing and play at the same time. This is a special skill that takes time to master, and is something that I have done for years. I’m happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately, the progress of the student depends on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills. If a student is interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus on it; however, I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible.

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can 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.
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Sarah D. July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jesse is an excellent musician with a real talent for teaching.
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Dave N. March 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jessie is such an amazing instructor. He makes learning fun and is so positive, patient and helpful. Thanks Jessie!
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Jaime March 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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About Christopher T.

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Carlsbad, CA
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I got into Simon and Garfunkel when I started learning guitar, so I have learned a lot of Paul Simon's techniques. I do a lot of finger picking, though I know chords and scales and all that jazz. I would love to teach any level I am qualified to teach because no matter what level, music is still fun! And if you've been on the edge of wanting to play guitar, at least try it! If need be, I can supply the guitar to just try it out before you buy one.

About Christopher
I love music and music theory. I started many years ago in my sixth grade band playing trumpet and have branched off into theory, composition, and an array of instruments ranging from piano to sitar (dabble in that a bit). I would love to use my musical knowledge to help out beginners or more advanced students. I play bass in my church band, played trumpet for several years in my middle school and then high school band, I play guitar and banjo at the beach with my friends at the beach weekly, and make compositions for practice and fun! If you want someone who loves music and would love to spread my passion to others, I am right here and would love to help you out!
*** Specialties ***
My super specialty would probably be theory or composition, but I am well versed in all that is posted for lessons.
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Excellent teacher. Chris is very passionate and patient when it comes to teaching. He is also an excellent performer and knows a lot about music.
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Christopher T.

Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Hello, my name is Natone Morgan. I am a guitarist and student currently attending Grossmont community College. I am versatile in playing the guitar and have had private lessons from both Robert Wetzel and Fred Benedetti. As an instructor I can teach you what these master guitarists have taught me in the classical style. I can also teach you what I have learned on my own through years of studying, research, and application to the instrument.

About Natone
I play many styles and various instruments. Guitar is my favorite instrument and I must feel the strings and vibrations daily
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Natone M.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
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About Bryan B.

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Oceanside, CA

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Want to learn the chords you need to play songs your favorite pop, country or church songs? Would love to help you get performance ready!

About Bryan
I love music! I think the best way to learn is learning music the student is excited about. I am excited to connect with students of all ages. I would love to hear about your music goals and how I can help you or the music learner in your life!
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Bryan B.

Bryan B.

Oceanside, CA 92054
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$40 / 30-min

About John M.

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Carlsbad, CA

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Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

About John
I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and
patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Jay C. May 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is terrific. I'm an adult learner, and John does a great job tailoring my lessons for the kind of instruction and music I'm most interested.
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Caroline D. April 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
John is an amazing teacher. His ability to comprehensively synthesize complex ideas and explain them in easy-to-understand terms makes learning guitar approachable and fun.
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Maxton January 14, 2018
· Drum · Online
John was patient, very helpful, and met my son where he was in his journey. Already after the firs lesson, he was well improved and excited for the next lesson.
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Andrew S.

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San Diego, CA

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I have played many styles growing up but my focus has been Jazz in school. Lessons will be lots of fun because that's what music is all about! I will give you as much information as possible when it comes to learning aspects of guitar and music. We will focus on the music you listen to, and I'll give you music to add to your repeitoire based on what you like. I will teach you all of the things I have learned from teachers and peers over the years that have helped me succeed.

About Andrew
Hello! I have been playing both electric and acoustic guitar for the past 10 years. I've been studying music in college. I received a AA in Jazz performance from Mira Costa College, and a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies from SDSU. I love listening and playing all kinds of music, but I have a focus on Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Pop styles.

I teach students of all ages at any playing level whether you're just beginning or an advanced player. We can focus on many subjects that include music theory, scales, harmony, reading music, guitar technique, music history, improvisation, ear training, etc.
I love getting to help students reach their goals and advance as a musician. Playing guitar is my passion, and I enjoy being able to be a positive influence in someone else's journey.
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Elliot June 1, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Love love love Andrew he has a teachers heart and my 10 yr old loves him. Professional timely and informative.
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Scott September 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Update to my first post... I've taken weekly lessons for six months and made tremendous progress. Andrew comes prepared to each lesson, challenges me and is encouraging as well. Andrew is an excellent teacher and I'm lucky to have found him.
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SCOTT January 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was fun. Andrew tailors his lessons toward my music interests.
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Andrew S.

San Diego, CA 92127
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About Hyunil S.

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I teach classical guitar only
every level from beginner to expert
graduated university classical guitar major
20 years teaching experience

About Hyunil
I started to play classical guitar when i was 12 years old
And had bachelors degree in south korea and studied in argentina
I got experience to teach classical guitar more than 20 years
also I studied Abel Carlevaro's method in Argentina
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Hyunil S.

San Diego, CA 92117
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$67 / 45-min

About Sharon H.

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The most important thing a teacher can do for a student is to guide him or her to a point where advancement becomes a self discipline.
This is accomplished by getting to know a student's learning style and adapting to it. And absolutely laying a strong foundation in fundamentals of music.
I've been teaching private lessons for over five years and all of my students have extensive instruction in music theory. I also encourage experimentation and creativity to work in some music composition.

About Sharon
Music has been a central pulse to my entire life. I started taking piano lessons at age 5 and picked up the clarinet in elementary school. By the end of middle school I was writing songs on the piano and guitar and trying to get anyone I knew to play in a band with me.
In High School I finally did manage to play in a band that would play shows in the Greater Rochester Area in New York State. Once I hit age 18, I packed my bags and moved to San Diego where I continued working on my craft and started my new life.
I never stopped playing music, writing songs, and trying to find people to collaborate with. By the time I started my career as a hairstylist, I knew that I had to share my love and passion for music with others and endeavored to build a student schedule.
My first students, as an adult, were my future in-laws. Mother, father and si
ster in-law learned piano, guitar and music theory with me. My late father in-law had a left leg amputation and was blind. We taped rice on the back of the guitar neck so he would have a tactile reference to his frets. It felt so good to bring a dream of his to life and to prove to naysayers that anyone can play, even if the challenges are far greater than average.
Within a year, I had enough referrals to fill 2 days of the week with students. I have held 3 recitals and plan on having a holiday recital this year.
I will never stop sharing music with others and look forward to meeting any new students granted via this platform.
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Dorothy August 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Excellent teacher! I haven't played my ukulele in years, she helped tune it and teached me a few more cords. I have guitar and piano lessons with her. She has lots of patience and encouragement when teaching. I highly recommend!!
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Keoni July 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's great! She's helped me learn about music and I highly recommend her. She's nice and great at answering any music question. She's an 11/10
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Poway, CA 92064
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The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in La Jolla is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $60 and $69 per hour.

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$34 average
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45-min $45
 
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