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About Jesse M.

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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner guitar students. Please refer to my studio partner Andrew:
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Intermediate
Learn about common variations of the tonalities you already know and start to venture into more complex rhythm ideas like polyrhythms. Also start to build the chops to learn parts more accurately when learning songs.

Advanced
Expand into more complex polyrhythms as well as asymmetrical meters. Also expand harmony and melody to include modes and chromaticism. Push your skills through original creations or original arrangements of existing material.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
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Piano, Ukulele, and Drums
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Ar
ea.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Victor S.

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I offer acoustic guitar for children and adults of all levels, from first time players to very advanced players. I offer lessons teaching Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Classic Rock, Blues and Folk style guitar. I can provide a complete curriculum including tabs/sheet music or I can can give personalized lessons on skills or music of your choice. I can teacher material in both standard notation and tablature as well as learning to play by ear. I can also prepare students to play in bands and jams.

About Victor
I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
The lesson was great I told Victor the things I struggle with most & he started me off with some basics that I need to work on & also showed me some bad habits I needed to correct all with a patient pleasant attitude I'm looking forward to the next lesson.Steve S
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor was great I haven't picked up my Guitar in it felt like forever and I had picked up a lot of bad habits he was very patient and gave me the building blocks to help me get started back on the right track.
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Shaheer M. January 25, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Had a great lesson with Victor! He knows music really well and is very patient with beginners.
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Victor S.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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About Samuel B.

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About Samuel
Independent musician. Love flute from spirit and soul.
1. Played flute for > 20 years.
2. Have >6 years of teaching students. Interest driven study.
3. Have abundant knowledge in flute, guitar and other instrument of multiple genres.
4. As a Chinese, I speak mandarin/English and can teach chinese bamboo flute and traditional chinese pipes like Xiao, and Dizi.
5. I love kids and I am very patient.
6. I am also an independent music producer, having original flute music can apply my techniques in studio to facilitate flute teaching( for online only).
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Samuel B.

Samuel B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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$25 / 30-min

About Todd S.

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I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.
Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time for free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the ...

About Todd
I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.

Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time f
or free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the instrument, how it works, and making music with it. No matter the skill level of the student, there is always something new to learn or a new way to approach the instrument. I have extensive experience with music production technology including equipment, DAW software, and recording techniques, incorporating these into your lessons if you're interested. I am also versed in synthesizers and sound design.

My lessons are always customized towards the individual, but stress the ability to make music even with very little technique. Building on simple riffs, easy chord changes, and practicing slowly to instill confidence and keep students interested. I often incorporate popular Beatles or Taylor Swift songs to teach chord changes and song form. Working on reading music for piano students and tablature for guitar as well as lead sheets for both. I can also show you how to interpret "cheat sheets," those lyrics with the chords above them that you get from the internet, that are always a little bit wrong.

Having finally reached a place where technique is no longer a hurdle to making music is a reward equal to the amount of time and effort that was required to reach this level of proficiency. I find great joy in showing people of all ages that music can be life-enriching, expanding one’s appreciation of the arts, providing opportunities for new friendships, and creating a sense of accomplishment with every new song learned or skill acquired on a musical instrument.
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Todd S.

Campbell, CA 95008
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About Ahmad M.

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Guitar lessons in my private Studio in downtown San Jose. I have toured around the world with bands such as Guns N Roses, Dokken, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt and Metallica. I have studio experience. Over 20+ experience in teaching, touring and recording.
I specialize in rock, metal, blues, acoustic, classical and pop music. I can teach beginners how to start correctly yet learn fast from techniques I developed myself and learned from guitar masters such as Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Stave Vai and George lynch themselves. I can also teach advanced techniques, artist development, live and gear consultation.

About Ahmad
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. & 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 & the Middle East and toured 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 St
eve 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 & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Jimmy February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad is a master guitar teacher. Every lesson I feel like he's sharing the shortcuts to playing how I want.

I've been playing guitar and keyboards for many years, so I've been somewhat cautious about approaching a professional instructor to help me "get serious" about the guitar. Like other players, I've run into overly pedantic instructors who take every player back to the beginning and teach the "right" way to play the instrument, but also the loose instructors who have no structure and can't deeply answer theory or technique questions.
Ahmad has managed to build a rigorous teaching methodology while still being fun and really engaged in what the student wants to learn. He's has compiled drawers and drawers full of prepared exercises and explanations, but he's looking to help me find the most helpful topics to work on rather than disregard what I already know.
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Wei February 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have been studying with Ahmad for just about 2 months. But that's enough for me to say he is an awesome guitar teacher. I think his teaching experience and method is a huge advantage for people who need professional guidance.

I was self-teaching for about a year before I came to Ahmad. It worked out just fine. I learned something. But I started to get confused at a point where I don't know how to move forward. I like a very specific group of guitarist (mostly Chinese fingerstyle players). And I wanted to learn how to master songs from those guitarist. And there is no such website or book that would teach me how to do that. Most of the guitar books or websites either give out general informations or put all information together as a mess.

Finally I decided to find a teacher. I found the lesson with Ahmad pretty effective. He is an experienced teacher who knows what you need to learn in order to achieve your goal. He has plenty of handouts that really helps me practice. The most important thing I learned from him is the big picture of guitar learning. For example, I learned the connection between scales and chords, why/how to improvise with these, how to go from there to other relevant things, etc.

When I look back over a year, I realize I have wasted some much time and effort trying to teach myself and wish it could have similar outcome as having a good teacher. Studying with Ahmad saves me so much time and effort (because it's actually easier!)
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Mike February 18, 2018
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Ahmad has opened up the world of music to me. Before I started taking lessons with Ahmad, music was simply something I enjoyed listening to, but was a bit of an abstraction. I had always wanted to learn an instrument, specifically the guitar, but had suffered an injury to my finger when I was a teenager and thought there was little point in trying with a significant handicap. Now at middle age I decided to try anyway.

For two years I've been taking lessons with Ahmad every week or two and have found a lifelong hobby. Ahmad has been patient and understanding to my level of ability and has guided me to not only improve dramatically my level of playing, but also has taught me the basic fundamentals of music which makes me appreciate listening to and playing music more than I ever had. Ahmad is a gifted teacher who can quickly uncover and fix fundamental problems with technique and builds lesson plans to teach one how to play the guitar as a musical instrument.

I am so happy I found Ahmad. He has given me a lifelong passion to improve my playing and a deeper understanding of the music I've loved my entire life. If you've ever thought about learning the guitar, do yourself a favor and see Ahmad now.
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Ahmad M.

San Jose, CA 95116
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Learning an instrument is not just about theory and discipline--- its about the joy of expanding and sharing one’s world with other people.
This 30-year veteran teacher, performer and recording artist can get you started as a beginner, or bring you to the next level as an intermediate or advanced player.

The guitar is an amazingly verstile instrument, with it’s capacity to produce melody, harmony and percussion, all at the same time. As my student, you’ll be taught to maximize the power of this ever ancient/ever new instrument by learning: Rhythm (strumming and finger picking) Melody (playing the “tune” of your favorite songs); Harmony (the chords and multi-note patterns that build off the melodic leads.)
A good player is more than a mechanic who knows positions and technique: A good player knows MUSIC, the theory and patterns that shape the actions of their hands.

Fun and highly-individualized lessons...
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The guitar is an amazingly verastile instrument, with it’s capacity to produce melody, harmony and percussion, all at the same time!

As my student, you’ll be taught to maximize the power of this ever ancient, ever new instrument by learning:
Rhythm (strumming and finger picking)
Melody (playing the “tune” of your favorite songs):
Harmony (the chords and multi-note patterns that build off the melodic leads)

A good player is more than a mechanic who knows positions and technique:
A good player knows MUSIC, the theory and patterns that shape the actions of their hands.
Learning an instrument is not just about theory and discipine, its about the joy of expanding and sharing one’s world with other people.

This 30-year veteran teacher, performer and recording artist can get you started as a beginner, or bring you to the next lev
el as an intermediate or advanced player.

Fun and highly-individualized lessons...
Patient teacher who wants you to love music
Specializing in acoustic-style playing
Lessons in my studio or at your home/office
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Shane October 23, 2017
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Great instructor! Positive and knowledgeable.
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Rob G.

San Francisco, CA 94114
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About Barack D.

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I put an emphasis on reading the music and having a oneness with the instrument.

About Barack
I like having fun with music. It is exciting and it gives me something to look forward to.
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Barack D.

Alameda, CA 94501
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About Caleb F.

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Hi! I am a professional musician with years of teaching experience. I can teach all styles and skill levels but I specialize in rock, blues, folk, and country. My students range in age from 9-70. I promise that learning guitar with me will be a lot of fun! Get in touch and start your musical journey today!

About Caleb
Hi everyone! I'm the cool guitar teacher you always wished you had! I have years of experience traveling the world as a touring musician. I can teach you how to shred on the guitar and answer any questions that you might have about the guitar, music, the music business, or the life of a musician. I've got thousands of stories, I'm light-hearted, and love to laugh and joke around. That said, I take music and teaching very seriously and love to watch my students grow as musicians and artists!

I have toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia. I'm big in Guam (no joke...ask me about it)!

I am also a PhD candidate in history (modern China) at UC Berkeley and I offer Mandarin Chinese lessons at a reasonable rate.
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Amanda January 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Caleb makes every class enjoyable. He is very enthusiastic about guitar AND about teaching it. His knowledge of the instrument and music theory is mind blowing. He is great at explaining guitar theory in several different ways to make sure I understand. I never feel overwhelmed or lost. He is patient, kind, and always willing to answer the same question no matter how many times I ask it.
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Kimberly December 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Caleb is a very talented guitar teacher. I've had other guitar teachers before but he makes learning fun and simple. I highly recommend him.
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Caleb F.

Emeryville, CA 94608
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I structure lessons based on what your needs are as a student, and continually adjust the pace of instruction and new material to help you progress quickly without becoming overwhelmed. I like to focus on studying and playing songs that you want to learn, in whatever style you choose. I also use a number of books for different exercises that I think will be useful in achieving your goals. When you are ready, you can practice performance by recording songs at my studio.

I will help you find your individual musical style through exploring the things you want to learn, and I always invite you to ask why I am teaching you a specific concept. My lessons will always be pointed toward reaching your specific goals so you can become the musician you want to be.

About Stephen
Music seems like it has always been apart of my life. From an early age in elementary school I tried several instruments, from horns and wind instruments to drums. I finally landed on guitar when I turned 9 years old and never turned back. My first experience teaching was in middle school, where I wanted to be in a band but no one else in the class knew how to play guitar or drums. So I decided to teach 3 of my friends how to play guitar, bass and drums to start my first band. I’ve been playing and teaching along the way ever since.

I customize lessons for every student, use various books for teaching and create my own learning materials for the students to study and practice from. I help the student establish goals and show them the plan/curriculum I create for them based on those goals. I am very friendly and patient and I love ans
wering students’ questions.

I teach out of my home recording studio, at the student’s home, or online. I use the recording studio for lessons, creating backing tracks for the students to play along to or solo over. I also record some of the exercises and play them back for students so they can hear for themselves when I explain a concept or correct an error.

My goal for lessons: To help my students achieve their musical goals as fast as possible. To develop their own style, identify and eliminate bad habits, and encourage good ones. In less than 6 months the student will be able to play simple songs, know the theory behind the chords, read the chords charts, and begin to read sheet music.

For intermediate lessons, I like to focus on more in depth looks at theory, and the application of theory. I enjoy analyzing songs with students and picking apart what makes them great. I also, when teaching in my studio, like to spend time recording with the students, creating original songs, and recreating popular songs.

A typical lesson: 10-15 minutes of warm up and review, 10-15 minutes of new material, theory, or song study. Longer lessons include more playing time, and more time to explore questions. I encourage my students not to let the learning stop when the lessons stop, but to look up articles and watch as many videos as they can, and bring lots of questions to every lesson.

I like to teach anyone 5 years old and above who wants to learn and become a better musician!
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John January 25, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
To start with Stephen is a very talented musician with some of his own music. Listening to that it was got me interested in taking lessons with him. I came in with little to no experience with a guitar. He was very good at teaching me the basics of the instrument like notes and chord progressions. He was very patient with me as I took baby steps towards being able to play. I would highly recommend him as a teacher!
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Conrad January 24, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
I've recently started taking lessons from Stephen to help improve my songwriting abilities and have to say, he's a pretty cool guy (and a good instructor). I've been playing guitar for most of my life but, for a long time, never devoted any time to creating something of my own. After trying songwriting on my own for a bit, I decided to see if I could give my skills a little bit of a boost by working with a music teacher. Upon the recommendation of a family friend, I decided to give Stephen a try.

Over the last few lessons, he's gotten me back into harmonic analysis (a skill that I tucked away after stopping my music theory studies ages ago). Our lessons are a mixture of looking at the structure of existing pieces, as well as working on my own songwriting. He's been immensely helpful in understanding how the structure of piece, as well as its chords and melodies, contribute to its overall sound. This has helped my songwriting immensely, as I feel that I am no longer wandering around aimlessly -- rather, I at least have a rough sense of direction in terms of where I would like a piece of music to go. Fully getting there is another story, but I'm sure that will come with practice.

In addition to being a good instructor, Stephen is a good dude with a great attitude. He's always patient and positive and encourages learning through experimentation. I highly recommend him.
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Stephen S.

Santa Clara, CA 95050
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If you’re looking for some great guitar lessons and a fun teacher, I’m your guy. Rather than focusing solely on music theory and breaking down compositions, we will be focusing more on the joy of playing and letting the technical aspects of playing guitar fall into place later, perfect for beginners!

I’ve been giving guitar lessons now for about four years to people just starting out and have been playing guitar for just over 10 years. I would love to see you have fun and come learn with me! Don’t be shy and send me a message if this sounds interesting.

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I’m a former graduate of UCB and Berkeley city college majoring in music and minoring in creative writing. If you’re looking for some great guitar lessons and a fun teacher, I’m your guy. Rather than focusing solely on music theory and breaking down compositions, we will be focusing more on the joy of playing and letting the technical aspects of playing guitar fall into place later.

I’ve been giving guitar lessons now for about four years and have been playing guitar for just over 10 years. I would love to see you have fun and come learn with me! Don’t be shy and send me a message if this sounds interesting.
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kevin S.

Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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