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Mark B.

26 Reviews
Castro Valley, CA
Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1978
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • No degree from University Of The Pacific
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Mark B.

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I teach all levels of guitar lessons, from beginner to advanced professional...in all styles, except classical/flamenco.

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 si

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Tomas
Best instructor ever
Scott F.
great slide lesson today - really patient and effective teaching - breaking the song down and getting into technique - thank you Mark!!
Richard D.
Great instructor, gave me tips that immediately improved my playing.
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Aidan C.

14 Reviews
San Francisco, CA
Starting at $25
  • Awarded Guilford College Art Award from Guilford College Music Dept.
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Music from Guilford College
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Aidan C.

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About Aidan

I have been playing guitar since I was 10 and loving music my whole life. I have been in numerous rock bands, the high-school jazz band, classical guitar duos, trios, chamber ensembles, and even played mandolin in a bluegrass band. I received my Bachelor of Music at Guilford College as a student of

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Christine D.
Aiden is a wonderful instructor. He taught my 8 year old son beginners guitar. He is a knowledgeable and skilled guitar player. He is patient, kind, and flexible. I am happy with the progress that my son has made with the lessons we've had so far. From knowing nothing at all, my son understands the basics of guitar playing and can play a tune comfortably. Thank you Aiden. We recommend him to those who have kids and are looking for a great instructor.
Ryan
Aiden has been a great guitar teacher and has helped me improve considerably over my first few months with him. I've spent the last 20 years sort of knowing how to play guitar, but I was self taught and never really could figure out how to progress beyond a few chords. Aiden has provided me with the structure I need to get continually better. He has been especially attentive and helpful at correcting and improving my technique. He's always willing to work on what I find interesting or come up with something to guide me. I also really appreciate his laid-back teaching style.
Iralda G.
An Excellent instructor! He has lot of patience specially with beginners. He is very knowledgeable in regards to music/ guitar.He is so kind to share his expertise with you.He is easy going and he show enthusiasm in what he does which invite you to keep going in you guitar journey.His studio is a peaceful, welcoming and inviting environment to play your guitar. He’s open in whatever music you feel comfortable to play with. He adapted to your needs and he knows how far you can go. He is an expert in what he does! You’re the best Aidan! I highly recommend him! Thank you so much for all your patience, enthusiasm and support!
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Alex L.

6 Reviews
Fremont, CA
Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Awarded Student of the Year from Ohlone College
  • Teaching since 2007
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Alex L.

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I have loved learning and teaching guitar for over a decade. I have a really great method that will string you through the lessons you need to get you on your feet!

About Alex

I was passionate about music when I was younger, but I never had the tools to get where I wanted. Music was always a mystery to me and I got stuck learning from tabs and not stepping out of my circle of knowledge. It wasn't until I pursued music seriously that my love for the art really took off. I

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Nicholas C.
Alex is very personable. Has good energy and it seems obvious he is passionate about his work. Good communication skills and tries to offer as much direction as possible in the time allotted. Am excited to continue working with Alex, advancing my education and skills.
Hailey Anne O.
Great with kids and thorough with his lesson.
Pratibha
Alex is experienced and seasoned guitar teacher . My kid is learning and enjoying at the same time

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Phil H.

5 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2008
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Classical Guitar Performance from Columbus State University
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Phil H.

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While my background is in classical guitar, I enjoy exploring other genres such as jazz guitar. If you're not sure what genre you want to study, let's first learn the basics and then go from there.

About Phil

I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and teaching since 2008. Along with teaching, I've also been pursuing music recording, an endeavor which has produced two full-length albums and one that is still in progress that should be released sometime in 2020. *** Lesson Details *** When teachin

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Luke
Lucas thought he was great! Really like first lesson!
Francine G.
Phil was easy to work with and I learned a lot in my first lesson. I look forward to improving and my future lessons.
Natalie
Phil Hodges is a phenomenal and inspiring guitar teacher. Over the past year of guitar lessons with Phil, my daughter's playing ability has rapidly advanced and she is so enthusiastic about practicing. Guitar lessons with Phil is a highlight of her week!
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Amy B.

Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Teaching since 1999
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Viola Performance and Teaching from Trinity College of Music, London
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Amy B.

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I focus on guitar and singing. Learning chordal harmony, finger technique, and creativity so that you can learn your favorite songs, sing with good technique, and write your own songs.

We dive deeply into the meaning of songs as stories, and their context in history, humanity, and the human condition.

I do ear training and lots of chordal harmony and scales so you have the nuts and bolts of musical grammar to create your own songs and learn your favorite songs as well.

I focus on acoustic guitar.

About Amy

I am the great-granddaughter of a musician who used to play with Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman in NYC in the 1930s and 40s! I believe every person has the right to be musically fluent, and to have music available to them as a tool for self expression, emotional expression, stress relief, and

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Ian M.

10 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 2001
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Ian M.

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About Ian

I started playing guitar originally in 1991. Over the years I eventually picked up bass and ukulele as well (not to mention a plethora of other instruments, such as voice, drums, piano, and harp). I started teaching in 2001 throughout the Chicagoland area. First in music stores, then schools, then

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Janet B.
Excellent!
William Z.
First lesson was great. It took a little time setting up and getting to know each other. For a first lesson, I came away with some very useful information on a song I was having a problem with. I like the direction it is going. Looking forward to the next lesson.
Krista S.
Well hello there budding musician- I started taking ukulele lessons with nearly zero previous experience and little idea what to expect a few months ago. As a teacher, Ian is extremely patient, accommodating, and attentive, but remains very much human throughout the whole process. His years spent teaching across instruments, ages, and levels of expertise make for a trustworthy experience. Definitely recommend.

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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons in Palo Alto, CA

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Palo Alto is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $25 and $276 per hour.
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"Incredible instructor, looking forward to learning more and increasing my skills as a guitarist!"
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Took Guitar lessons from William G.
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"I've seen more improvement in my abilities in five lessons than I have in the last five years!"
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Took Guitar lessons from Rick P.
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"Daniel is amazing with my 14 year old daughter. She was new to guitar and he has taught her all the basics as well as songs she loves. He is always on time and communicates great! We highly recommend Daniel!!!"
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Took Guitar lessons from Daniel B.
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"Eugene is not only a nice person but also an excellent teacher. Looking forward to attend the next class!"
Clara
Took Guitar lessons from Eugene S.
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"Scott taught my son for 4 years before he married and moved away. Heart breaking for my son bc Scott encouraged my son creatively while teaching him fundamentals and theory. In the end Scott was teaching my son how to compose songs that my son had written. Scott is honest and great with kids."
Kimberly
Took Guitar lessons from Scott S.
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"Great Experience with Glenn W.

I started taking guitar lessons from Glenn almost a year ago. It turned into much more than that. I was wanting to expand my abilities and "play list" in preparation for performing in my daughter's wedding ceremony which was June 29, 2013. After my time with Glenn I became a better guitar player, a better singer, and he encouraged me and helped me write a beautiful song for my daughter - someting I never thought I would do - so I am now a composer. Playing a song I wrote in my daughter's wedding was a life event for me and something myself and my family will cherish forever. It has been an awesome experience and I can never thank Glenn enough!!!"
Stuart
Took Guitar lessons from Glenn W.
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"The instant I sat down with Matt I knew I was in the presence of a true musical professional. He is passionate about what he does and that shines through in his teaching style. Looking forward to many more lessons."
Liam
Took Guitar lessons from Matthew K.
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"Andrea is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and forgiving but very focused on accomplishing exactly what I wanted to get done. My problem is transition from chord to chord and he broke it down for me in simple basics while also reminding me to relax and enjoy playing. I highly recommend Andrea for any kind of skillset."
Evin Dugas
Took Guitar lessons from Andrea B.
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"You gotta go to this guy.

I started taking lessons with Jason when I was only 9 years old. At age 13, I played my first show at a club in Baltimore. At 15, I played my first show at a club with my own band. At 18, I played at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. None of these things would've been possible without Jason's guidance and teaching skill. He knew quickly what I wanted to do with guitar and put me on the road to doing it.

His experience is valuable in every aspect of playing guitar, really. Just a few months ago, I had an overuse injury in my arm from playing guitar. He just happened to have previously had the same injury himself, and his advice helped me overcome it in time for my tour in Chicago (disclaimer: he's not a doctor).

Do you need help with guitar maintenance? He can show you that. Wanna learn about songwriting? He does that, too. He does anything. Just let him know; he'll show you.

I plan on going to Jason for many more years."
Jason
Took Guitar lessons from Jason F.
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"A lovely teacher

Alex is an amazing teacher. He is very patient with my 8 year old son. He's always on time and works around my schedule. He has a great passion for music and you can see that he loves to teach."
Jennifer
Took Guitar lessons from Alex G.
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Guitar Resources in Palo Alto

Learning to play a musical instrument is both challenging and incredibly rewarding! If you’ve chosen to take guitar lessons in Palo Alto, you’ve embarked on an exciting endeavor. Many beginner guitarists often lose focus or get frustrated by their formal studies. One proven way to regain your inspiration, and further the learning process is to listen to live music and network with other musicians.

Going to see live music is a great way get inspired, learn new techniques, and network with other musicians with whom you share a love of the guitar. If you’re taking guitar lessons in Palo Alto, you’ve got plenty of choices nearby to get out and catch a show! Here are a few venues worth exploring.

Live Music in Palo Alto

Palo Alto is home to many restaurants that feature live music. Vino Locale is a place where you can enjoy locally sourced food, great wine, and wonderful live music. With a varied selection of musical genres, you can listen to local artists play acoustic classical, jazz, folk, flamenco, and bluegrass guitar.

Another restaurant that features an extensive entertainment calendar is Angelica’s in nearby Redwood City. With an eclectic musical slate that ranges from jazz and blues to 50’s rock and roll and even Celtic music, Angelica’s is another favorite of local musicians. If you’re ready to get on stage yourself, head down here for the weekly Tuesday Night Jam session. It’s a great opportunity to play with other local musicians and do a little networking!

Palo Alto is also the home of Stanford University, which boasts three amazing performance spaces where you can hear students, local, regional, national and international artists of all musical genres perform.

The Stanford Memorial Auditorium is the largest indoor facility on campus and hosts a full schedule of performances. Bing Concert Hall, which features 742 seats, is an intimate venue that is the place to go and hear classical guitar and chamber music. Often featuring performances by students and faculty members of Stanford’s Department of Music, the acoustics are outstanding, and The Bing offers a musical experience of unparalleled intimacy.

Frost Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue on campus that hosts everything from the San Francisco Symphony to jazz, rock, folk, pop and world music artists. With a beautiful large expanse of lawn, it’s a great place to bring a blanket and a picnic and listen to some amazing guitarists!

Other Resources

If you love jazz guitar, a great organization to join and support is the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance. The organization is a non-profit group of local music enthusiasts who enjoy jazz and promote workshops and performances throughout Palo Alto.

The group sponsors several concert series and jazz festivals year round and has brought amazing artists like Scott Hamilton, The Woody Herman Big Band, Bud Shank and Harold Land to town. These stellar bands often feature some of the greatest jazz guitarists on the planet, and the organization offers plenty of events and workshops where you can meet and network with other guitarists and jazz lovers.

Palo Alto is a vibrant city with residents who support local music and musicians. If you’re taking guitar lessons in Palo Alto, make sure to get out to the open mic nights to hear some of the best guitarists from Silicon Valley and The Bay Area. It’s a great way to stay inspired!

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