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Guitar Resources in Pasadena

Are you thinking about taking guitar lessons in Pasadena? Lucky for you, the city has a great music scene for aspiring guitarists and hobbyists. From guitar shops to live music venues, there are tons of resources available to students who want to supplement their guitar lessons. Below is just a sample of the different resources in which students can take advantage.

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Want to get inspired? Located on North Holly St., the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena is a beautiful outdoor venue where you sit back and relax while listening to music. During the summer months, the venue puts on free concerts featuring a variety of well-known and up-and-coming artists from different genres including jazz, Americana, Latin, and more. This intimate setting is the perfect place to meet other aspiring musicians and get up close and personal.

Red Zone Guitar Works

Are you looking to get a new guitar or does your current one need some repairs? Red Zone Guitar Works, located on East Colorado Blvd., has everything guitarists need. From amps to acoustic guitars, the shop has an array of high-quality products. The friendly staff is not only helpful, but extremely knowledgeable.

redwhite+bluezz

One of the best ways to perfect your guitar skills is playing in front of a real crowd. If you are an aspiring jazz guitarist, then redwhite+bluezz is the right place for you. Voted the “Best Jazz Club” by Pasadena Magazine and Pasadena Cosmopolitan, the restaurant has live jazz music every night of the week. Whether you want to take the stage or sit back and enjoy the music, redwhite+bluezz is something every jazz musician must check out.

The Pasadena Pick-up Band Meetup

Meeting other local musicians is another great way to supplement your guitar lessons in Pasadena. Luckily, there are tons of musical meetups in which guitar players gather to have jam sessions and swap tips and tricks. The Pasadena Pick-up Band Meetup, for example, is a group of amateur musicians who meet and play music with one another.

Griffins of Kinsale

Located on Mission St. in South Pasadena, Griffins of Kinsale is the quintessential Irish restaurant and bar. The restaurant features live traditional Irish music sessions every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you like the sounds of the Irish guitar and authentic Irish food, then check out the Griffins of Kinsale’s live music scene.

The Fretted Frog

The Fretted Frog, located on West Colorado Blvd., has a wide variety of musical instruments and accessories. On a tight budget? The shop has a lay-away option in which customers can put down a third of the price then pay off the rest over a two to six month period.

Taking guitar lessons is just the first step to becoming a successful musician. It’s important that you also immerse yourself in musical culture and soak up all of the tips and tricks you can. Remember, the fastest way to get better is to practice as much as you.

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I begin where ever the student is, Either if it's at day one, or learning a blues song we will jump into it and fun learning whatever it is that the student wishes to learn. All I ask for is 30 minutes everyday for the student to keep learning what we have set out to learn.

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Hi future guitar players. My name is Gino and I have been playing guitar since I was 16 years old. I'm 32 now and still playing with no end in sight. Out of all the genres of music my favorite has been Rock and Roll. I love it to death. I can remember learning songs by some of my favorite bands such as Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Nirvana, Oasis, Black Sabbath, Ac/Dc, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Motorhead, etc and the joy I got that a song that I once thought I could not learn I did. Yet like all things in life it took time and dedication, and that is all I ask for from my students. I have a Bachelors degree in music at Whittier College and also have an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts at Fullerton JR. College. I’m here and ready to teach how to play like your Heroes.

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ts is time and dedication. Not everyone starts out great on guitar, or any other instruments for that matter. It takes time but if they stick to it then they can achieve anything. The structure of my lessons is very simple. We first begin with standard cords such E, G, A, and so on and putting them into chord progressions. Once that has been achieved we then go on to learning simple songs. They can bring in song books by some of their favorite bands or artist, and if they want I can also begin showing them scales. Such as blues scales, major, minor, harmonic minor, and a little bit of theory too. But the most important things is that we keep the lessons fun. So if you want to have learning the guitar and learn songs by some of your favorite bands than let’s do it.

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Office: large couch, chairs, music stand, copier, small amp, cables, room for parents to sit in during the lesson

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Basic guitar, Acoustic guitar, Rock guitar and Blues guitar.
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Lilly June 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Gino is enthusiastic, kind and patient. He makes the lesson fun for the kids.
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Fred M. February 17, 2014
· Guitar ·
Gino is a top-notch teacher.

Gino is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and personable. He makes learning fun.
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Whittier, CA 90606
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Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Tyler May 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nils is a very professional and great teacher, after only one lesson I felt a huge improvement and had a template to grow as an artist.

I would highly recommend his teaching to anyone looking to become a better guitar player!
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Jessica February 5, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nils is an excellent teacher. After many years of trying to master certain songs he was able to hone in on the instruction that I needed. He helped me make progress and enjoy myself along the way.
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Adam November 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had several great lessons with Nils. He helped me break through a plateau I was on in terms of modal soloing and also with recognizing chord shapes and how the lie underneath scale structures. He was responsive, knowledgeable and quick to grasp what I, as an already experienced player, needed to improve. Highly recommended!
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Los Angeles, CA 90068
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Electric jazz guitar, electric blues and rock.

About Payam
Bachelor degree in music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with concentration on jazz and contemporary music. with more than a decade of experience in teaching guitar both private and academically and to any age group. also capable of playing and teaching different genres of music from jazz to rock and pop.
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Payam E.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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Whether you want to play like Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins or Joe Pass, you need basic knowledge and foundation to begin your journey to sounding like the greats. Learning songs is a fun way to learn all the important elements of playing any style of guitar.

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Graduate of California State University Northridge's illustrious Jazz Studies program, Paul has studied various styles of guitar for many years. He has taught in and around the Los Angeles area while simultaneously remaining active as a performer.
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Rain B. June 27, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
I'm already a somewhat experienced guitarist, but Paul has been able to help me really hone and refine my skills. He's very skilled at finding areas where I have difficulty and recommending different songs and exercises to help me improve. I've only been receiving lessons for a few months, but I've already learned so much more from him than in the 5 years I've been teaching myself.
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Cornelius October 26, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
I appreciate Paul's approach to teaching music theory. Paul's talents , patience and encouraging teaching-personality enhances my interest in learning. Thank you.
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carrie October 19, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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Reseda, CA 91335
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North Hollywood, CA

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Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own music? I will help you build a solid foundation of music theory and technique while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. Part of my lesson plan involves me recording, mixing and producing a song that you eventually compose. Shoot me a message to see if we're a good match!

About Max
I love to teach. I started teaching privately while earning my Music Engineering degree (B.S.) from the University of Miami. I studied jazz guitar at UM and during my 10 years as a guitarist I have played many other genres from folk to metal to pop.
Most of my tutoring experience during college focused on math courses, SAT prep and music theory.
I am great with kids; I taught summer camps at a town-run skatepark for 4 summers.
Give me a call to see if we are a good fit!
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Marina June 16, 2016
· Math · In home
Max has been on time every time. He has established a very good rapport with my 15 year old (!!!) son which results in my son doing the homework and not dreading the sessions. My son seems relieved to be understanding the Algebra II concepts that he missed during the past term. He also seems way more confident and in a much better mood as if solving this issue for school was weighing him down before. In addition Max is very pleasant, very polite so his presence is welcomed by the rest of the family. Thanks!!!
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Brian G. June 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Max taught me guitar in a fun and effective manner. Would recommend to a friend!
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North Hollywood, CA 91605
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With over 10 years of experience with students of all ages/levels, I am an expert in guitar, ukulele and bass education. I understand and care deeply about each students' needs and learning styles. My approach will vary with every student. I am able to asses beginners (of any age) to see if they are ready for guitar or ukulele and am able to help the most seasoned player prepare for any gig. I love working with anyone interested in music that would like to explore their talents and creativity!

About Lucas
I have a deep passion for music making and music education. I take pride in watching my students progress, develop and excel. I have helped all level of students, from early beginners getting over the beginner lessons hump, to students preparing to enter college and hobbyists or professionals trying to sharpen their skills. I am proud of the work that I have done and love to share my knowledge and experience with others!
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Barry April 19, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great first lesson. Was really fun.
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hector April 13, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
This instructor very good. Very patient and I learned a lot today.. very happy customer
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Bonnie B. April 13, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Lucas accompanied me yesterday playing jazz guitar while I sang some jazz standards. The experience was incredible and touching. I look forward to singing with Lucas again. Thanks.
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Lucas M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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Santa Ana, CA

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I been playing guitar for 30 years. My style range from Rock, Blues funk, Soul, Pop and Jazz. I have developed a teaching method and curriculum that gets straight to the point. I simplify music theory so it’s easy to understand. I want my students to start playing and making music. I also know Logic Pro or garage band if recording and producing music is something you want to get in to that’s something I can definitely help you with on your musical journey.
Let’s Do This!

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I'm a lead and rhythm guitarist. I went to Musicians Institute and graduated the Professional Guitar Program. I am currently a teacher at a school where I teach a classroom of 60 t0 70 students and private lessons as well. I have also managed and ran a recording studio for over 10 years. I'm Proficient at Logic Pro and Garage Band. If recording and producing your own music is something you would like to learn as well I can definitely help you achieve that goal.

I developed a curriculum and method of teaching guitar that simplifies theory and the learning process. I go out of my way to explain things that makes playing enjoyable and easy to understand. My goal is to get my students playing music and to enjoy the process. I teach students of all ages and levels.

My styles range from Blues,Rock, the styles of Jimi Hendrix, Funk, Soul, P
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Erica February 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dan has been my Guitar instructor for over a year. He has the ability to know my way of learning and because of that I'm able to learn the songs faster, of course we all know you have to practice. I would highly recommend Dan for his patience, knowledge, skills, experience and his love of teaching.
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Nemo February 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dan is an amazing teacher. When I came to him first, I barely knew how to hold a guitar. He took me under his wings, and almost ten months later, he transformed my playing where I now actually sound like I'm playing a real song.

He is extremely talented, very gifted, and really really good at teaching. He excels in breaking down a concept, or helping me figure out the right way to play a chord, or a lick. He has also proved that he has an amazing ear, helping me learn a song (that he's never heard before), by breaking it down, and de-constructing it.

I am very happy with him being my teacher, and I look forward to learning a lot from him.
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Kaleese February 8, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Salas is one of the best guitar teachers I ever had. He's very patient and very encouraging. He's makes me strive to be a better player. He takes the time to invest in his students and is always available for questions when you need him. I have learned so much from him being his student for a year now. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking to improve in guitar.
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Dan S.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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I have an Associate’s Degree in Guitar Performance and was awarded most improved student of 2016 at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA
I have designed lesson plans that range from the basics to advanced techniques. I offer handouts as well, and give homework for continued students that promote progress and creativity

I enjoy being able to see the students grow as musicians and spread the knowledge and love for music.
I aim to inspire others just as my teachers have inspired me.

About JUAN CARLOS
I have an Associate’s Degree in Guitar Performance and was awarded most improved student of 2016 at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA

I have designed lesson plans that range from the basics to advanced techniques. I offer handouts as well, and give homework for continued students that promote progress and creativity

I enjoy being able to see the students grow as musicians and spread the knowledge and love for music.
I aim to inspire others just as my teachers have inspired me
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Covina, CA 91722
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I am very patient, understanding and personable.
I am a licensed High School teacher.
I have experience working with students with disabilities. I have 20 years of teaching experience.
I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California. I also have experience in writing songs and production . I can record on Protools and Logic. I have many connections in the music industry . I believe that if my students work hard I can help them reach their dreams. I have excellent references. I am also part of a rock band and I write all the lyrics . I work closely with my college music professor in music production and mixing songs. My band has played at the Gibson Showcase in Beverly Hills for a non -profit in which I played guitar,
My rock band is Borderline Delusion .

About Danny
My name is Danny. I am a high school teacher, college tutor, and professional song writer. I graduated with a BA from the University of California. I also passed the CBEST and CSET exams. I have taught and tutored many subjects. I also have had great success teaching many students.
I enjoy working with students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD. I love teaching all ages and levels.
Academic subjects: English 101, Essay Composition, ESL , TOEFL, Sat English, music theory, art , biology, US, world and European History.
I also currently do freelance work in the music industry as a lyricist and a song writer. In addition, I also teach beginners in music engineering on the following DAWS: Protools and Logic. My rates are reasonable.
My students love me & I love to teach. I am very patient an
d personable. I have over 20 yrs of experience and excellent references.
As I mentioned before, music and lyrics are my passion. Guitar is my primary instrument.
I enjoy rhythm and lead guitar work. I am the guitar player and lyricist for a professional alternative rock band.
I also really enjoy teaching the basics of song writing. I focus on lyrics and song structure.
This includes basic music theory, recording, and engineering. . I love producing demos on Protools.
Beginners are my favorite students. I can teach anyone to read music.I have many connections in the music industry. I took college classes on music business also. My rates are reasonable.
Thank you. God bless. Danny
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Danny B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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Let's begin! My academic curriculum is flexible to the musician that you want to become and your specific goals. There are 1 million and four (give or take) reasons to learn guitar and whatever yours are I'm here to help. Be it a creative outlet, after school extra curricular, lifelong dream to perform on stage, professional aspirations, curiosity of theory and technique, or if you simply just want to play some favorites around the campfire - I want to help you get there. Since I started playing 18 years ago in private lessons and in school my guitar has helped me think outside the box, given me confidence, and been a faithful companion wherever life has taken me and it is my mission to pass it on!

About Mitchell
Hello there! Looking for guitar lessons? Well let me say congrats on taking this exciting next step in your musical journey!

My name is Mitchell and I love making music. A lot. I've been performing for 18+ years in bands, ensembles, accompanying, scoring films, you name it. Having gotten started with private lessons in my childhood/adolescent years and formal collegiate studies as an adult, playing guitar has provided me deeper analytical skills, creative thinking, self-confidence, an expressive outlet, and a ton of good memories. Now it is my mission to pass it on!

My lessons are based on an academic curriculum in which I track your growth by helping you set goals and deadlines. That said, you lead way! Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn guitar I want to make sure it is a positive, fulfilling experience for you. I've worked
with children who have never touched a guitar, moms who want to play around the campfire, songwriters yearning to self-accompany on stage, and professionals who want to deepen their level of understanding and ability.

I charge a slightly higher rate because I'm exclusive. It's important that give each student my absolute fullest and not spread myself too thin. I currently have availability, though it will fill up fast during back-to-school season.

If you or someone you know are enthused about music and eager to learn, please don't hesitate to give me a holler and ask about enrollment!
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Los Angeles, CA 90006
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