Picture of acoustic guitar lessons in Toluca Lake, CA

Toluca Lake, CA Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Acoustic Guitar lessons? Our Toluca Lake teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught

2 , 1 4 0 , 0 6 2

lessons and counting!

Popular Acoustic Guitar Teachers near Toluca Lake, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Toluca Lake, CA including Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Universal City and Van Nuys.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Kimberly A.

Close
200437_335041_1318551060
Monrovia, CA

View Full Profile

I have been teaching acoustic guitar full-time for 15 years. I teach all levels of pop music, beginning to intermediate folk/fingerstyle and all levels of jazz and blues. I also teach beginning classical guitar.

I can teach reading, theory and technique.

I am extremely patient and construct the areas of study to each students specific goals.

About Kimberly
I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.

I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.

I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. Af
ter the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:

... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.

I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.

Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.

My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.

The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach all popular guitar and bass styles.
I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar)
Great with theory, technique and reading.
Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.
Now teaching drum kit to beginners
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Alan August 27, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kimberly is knowledgable, organized, patient and helpful. I am grateful.
Silhouette-80
Laura Z. February 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
HI KIM,
HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT DAY. I AM HAVING A LITTLE ISSUE
CHANGING LAUREN'S CLASS FROM 30 MINS TO ONE HOUR.
WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO ADVISE ME?
THANKS,
LAURA
Silhouette-80
Greg Lugo December 16, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Patience and informative , attentive to what I want to learn
View Details
View Profile
Kimberly A.

Kimberly A.

Monrovia, CA 91016
(25)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Jeff S.

Close
246375_48tj8lvb3bl373bgv9vm
Pasadena, CA

View Full Profile
About Jeff
Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've beco
me a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Yeefung August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Jeff is a very experienced instructor and can immediately pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. He chooses songs that suit your ability, but always adds something to each lesson to push you to the next level. I've only had three lessons so far, but I'm surprised at how much I'm already able to play. I had a lot of reservations going in to these lessons because of unsuccessful attempts to learn guitar in the past. All I can say is that I am really glad I chose Jeff for an instructor. He really knows his stuff and will bring out all the potential you have.
Silhouette-80
Steve G. July 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great Teacher. Took the time to explain everything. Looking forward to the next leasson.
Thumb_99304_pi_IMG_5023
Anne January 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Great lesson. Looking forward to getting a deep understanding of music theory and applying those patterns to my ukulele and guitar skills.
View Details
View Profile
Jeff S.

Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
(24)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Daniel M.

Close
Profile_103153_pi_17015666_10155048656359299_185803504448481313_o
Newhall, CA

View Full Profile

One of the best things I ever did was learn how to play the guitar. I will do my best to help you learn a new skill which will enrich more areas of your life than you will realize.

About Daniel
I have played many instruments during my life with various types of music groups, and eventually found myself studying classical guitar at Cal State Northridge. My background gives me a great deal of knowledge and experience to help students reach their musical goals.
...
Reviews
183605_337449_33778
Magdalena V. May 25, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Thumb_104169_pi_kids%20dec%202016
Alexander V. May 11, 2017
· Guitar · Online
My son really looks forward to his lesson with Daniel. The method Daniel uses is working. My son is taking on-line lessons and in just a few lessons he's learned a lot. Daniel is very understanding and explain things clearly.
Silhouette-80
Destiny January 31, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Daniel is an excellent teacher! Very proffesional, skilled and patient.. He's been teaching my son guitar lessons for about 4 months now and we couldn't be happier with the results!
View Details
View Profile
Daniel M.

Daniel M.

Newhall, CA 91321
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About De'Anza P.

Close
Profile_27999_pi_Bruja%20Vihuela
North Hollywood, CA
View Full Profile

Steel and Nylon guitar instruction.

About De'Anza
As an active musician and graduate of LA College of Music, I believe that teaching is much more than a student learning to play their instrument. It's about creating a fun environment where students not only gets a solid musical foundation but are also encouraged to express themselves creatively. Lessons are personalized to meet student's goals.

Lessons include:

-Technique
-Reading Music
-Harmony & Theory
-Confidence
-Chord Structure
-Strumming Patterns
-Ear Training
-Songwriting (upon request)
-Performance (upon request)
-AND MORE!

I'm currently a private music teacher at the Hollywood Academy of Music school where my students range from as young as pre-school to adults.
...
Reviews
Thumb_76413_pi_Me_04%20July%202012
John L. July 26, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
The guitar is the instrument with which I have developed bad habits and posture over the years, but in addition to correcting these things, I really needed help with music theory. Also, as opposed to being a kid with all the time in the world to practice and study, I'm a 40-something with a busy, full-time job in the middle of my daily life. De'Anza was flexible enough to work with these issues of mine while still keeping me focused on a positive, effective lesson plan. That is the mark of a professional. Thank you De'Anza!
Silhouette-80
Cynthia H. June 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
De'anza is a fabulous music teacher for my 12 year old daughter. We came to her for vocal lessons and she has encouraged her to learn piano and has helped her with her ukelele. She Inspires my daughter to want to learn and to grow as a musician. In the last few months of studying with De'anza, my daughter has notably improved vocally as well as learned so much more. I appreciate all she does for my daughter. I highly recommend De'Anza!
Silhouette-80
Albert G. April 30, 2014
· Singing ·
Talented Instructor

De'Anza is truly a gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocal coach. Her down to earth approach and general vibe is incomparable. I would highly recommend taking lessons with her, she's very flexible to work with and will work to build a curriculum according to your needs. It's hard to find people in LA who have a good ear and listen to your needs. She's a great fit for someone who's looking for proper instruction.
View Details
View Profile
De'Anza P.

De'Anza P.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About ELENA D.

Close
Profile_51489_pi_ELENA-%20P%26K%20SHOOT
Tarzana, CA
View Full Profile

I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

***Lessons Details***

**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

*** GUITAR ***
I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
Silhouette-80
Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
Thank you
Silhouette-80
Carly P. March 31, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
It seems like Elena has a gift when it comes to teaching young children. My Carly is so excited every week to learn how to play guitar . It's great when you c your children doing good in school however it's even better when you c such excitement in there passion.
View Details
View Profile
ELENA D.

ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
(12)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Stephen O.

Close
Profile_60223_pi_IMG_0904
Los Angeles, CA

View Full Profile

With over 4 years of teaching experience, 6 years of gigging and playing the guitar for 14 years, I have cultivated a unique approach to teaching the guitar. I take the time to listen to my students, hear their struggles and dreams and create a lesson plan that is truly individual. I've worked with beginners who've never touched a guitar to professionals looking to broaden their horizons, all ages too! I am a very professional, motivated and flexible teacher looking to help you learn the guitar!

About Stephen
Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

www.soundcloud.com/stephen-ostaszewski
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Juan August 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Our 10y.o. son has been taking lessons from Steve and really likes learning the guitar. He has improved much in a short period and is very enthused to keep learning. We highly recommend Steve for the guitar. He is a patient tutor and proficient in teaching.
Silhouette-80
Kevin June 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've had three lessons with Steve and I'm really impressed with his knowledge and patience. Steve and I are working on keeping me focused and having me learn how to read music. I do know how to play the guitar already I just lack certain foundational things that I believe will help my playing. I feel like I have a great guide to teach me not only how to play more efficiently but also the why behind it i.e. Music Theory.
Silhouette-80
Matt June 19, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Awesome teacher! Patient and knowledgeable. Highly recommended
View Details
View Profile
Stephen O.

Stephen O.

Los Angeles, CA 90031
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Andrew G.

Close
Profile_59379_pi_10683591_10101746881202879_9077358870905973924_o
Los Angeles, CA
View Full Profile

I've been teaching guitar since 2010. I have been playing guitar for 18 years, and have played professionally for 11 years.

Each lesson focuses equally on melody, harmony and rhythm. Through scales and melodies, chords and progressions, and strumming/picking patterns and beats, I teach students the foundation of music.

My goal as a teacher is to make each student capable of learning songs for his or herself, as well as creating their own music.

About Andrew
My name is Andrew G. I am a 28-year old guitar teacher who lives in Los Angeles. I have been playing guitar for 18 years. I have played professionally since 16 years of age, as a solo acoustic act and as a singer/guitarist in alternative, blues, metal and jam bands. I also have a degree in music from Northeastern University.

I teach beginners through intermediate and advanced players. I establish a working knowledge of equal parts melody, harmony and rhythm in my lessons. I cover blues, rock, R&B, folk, metal and jazz styles of playing. I teach students strumming, picking and fingerstyle techniques for both acoustic and electric guitar.

My passion for music is endless, and I love passing on what I know to my students.

My goal as a teacher is to instill enough knowledge, skill and passion in each student that they can ultimatel
y learn songs for themselves, as well as write their own music. I strive to inspire my students to challenge themselves musically and creatively.
...
View Details
View Profile
Andrew G.

Andrew G.

Los Angeles, CA 90019
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About John H.

Close
Profile_97791_pi_IMG_1717
Los Angeles, CA

View Full Profile

I like students to pick a couple of songs to learn. As I teach them the songs, I'll teach the music theory behind the specific song and techniques to play the songs. I like to go over warm ups and exercises that students can go home and work on in between lessons.

About John
I'm a musician in my mid 30's that has played music since high school. I love sharing my knowledge of music with others and look forward to the opportunity to teach and help others learn, and enjoy music the way I have come to over the years.
...
View Details
View Profile
John H.

John H.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Willem K.

Close
Profile_108887_pi_Willem%20BW
Sunland, CA
View Full Profile

No pressure! Only Encouragement. I have seen too many talented musicians lose their love for music because they were forced to practice. I go at your pace!

About Willem
I have been a songwriter for most of my life! I try to play with feel and that is what I can teach you to do as well. I studied at UC Santa Barbara.
...
View Details
View Profile
Willem K.

Willem K.

Sunland, CA 91040
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Reed H.

Close
Profile_109741_pi_IMG_8255%20%281%29
Los Angeles, CA
View Full Profile

Whether you want to learn music theory, songwriting, music production, mixing techniques, improve your improvisational skills, or just shred peoples faces off, I'd love to help you get there. I've found the best way to inspire students is by showing them that they can play the songs they love (and learn theory and technique along the way)

About Reed
Hi my name is Reed, I'm a guitarist living in Los Angeles and I've been playing guitar for nearly 10 years. I graduated from California Lutheran University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Production and am currently the guitarist for a successful alternative band with over 1 million plays on Spotify.

I first picked up a guitar because my mom dragged me kicking and screaming to my first lesson. I expected route memorization and drills, but when I sat down and my teacher showed me the riff to "Sunshine of Your Love", I immediately fell in love with the instrument.

I use this philosophy when teaching my students by showing them how to play and create music they love and use that as a gateway into a fundamental understanding of music theory and composition.

Some of the styles I teach are Rock, Blues, Funk, R&B, Alternative, Acoustic, an
d Metal. Give me a call to see if we're a good match!
...
View Details
View Profile
Reed H.

Reed H.

Los Angeles, CA 90035
starting at
$42 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Toluca Lake, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Acoustic Guitar Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Acoustic Guitar instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 1 4 0 , 0 6 2

lessons and counting!

Get Started with Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More