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Ruben D.

Vista, CA

Reading Treble staff, chord shapes, improvisation, finger technique, tablature reading and composition.

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
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Dan H. July 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson. Really enjoyed it!
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Susana W. January 26, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
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Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA

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

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

About Jesse

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

His lessons focus on developing:

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

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

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

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

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music. Most classical guitar music can’t be played well with a standard rock left hand technique, but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique. 

Most of the studies I use with my students are songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

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

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

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

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.
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Bud R. December 18, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse was very personable, patient, and encouraging. Especially for an older student who is learning late in life. Look forward to more lessons with him.
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Maikha B. November 17, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Good instructor. We would like to learn more Hawaiian music. Also play more music. Season was also very short. How long are lessons?
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Taira G. October 18, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Excellent!
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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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$30 / 30-min
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Steve H.

Carlsbad, CA

Rock and Roll, Blues, Folk, Pop, they can all be played on the guitar. Let's find out where you want to go with your guitar.

About Steve

Learning to play music should be fun. Learning to play the songs you like and listen to everyday is a good first step in that direction.

As early as I can remember our house was filled with music. My parents had records of the popular music of the time as well as movie soundtrack albums. At eight years old I got my first trumpet and joined the school band. Soon I was taking private lessons. We also had a piano in the house and I often found myself sitting and trying out chords and melodies to fit the songs I would hear. At sixteen I got my first guitar, along with a songbook that promi
sed I could play “hundreds of songs with just three magic chords”.

Moving west I studied music at West Los Angeles College and played trumpet in the school’s concert band. A group of us formed a jazz quintet and started playing gigs in and around LA. We then expanded the scope of the band by adding a second sax and more exotic percussion as well as incorporating elements of reggae and rock into our original music. This helped us land jobs at clubs like the Troubadour and larger venues like the Shrine Exhibition Hall. We played together professionally for five years.

After at stint at the Dick Grove School of Music I joined an eight piece cover band playing popular dance music. We toured Western Canada for six months, riding in a converted city bus and taking turns driving a large panel truck with our equipment. When I returned I met a talented female singer who also played flute. We formed a pop/rock quintet and played professionally in the LA area for several years.

I’ve continued to take lessons along the way and have taught trumpet, piano and guitar to both young people and adults. I believe my rich musical journey and my experiences both teaching and performing can help you to achieve your musical goals!

*** Lesson Details ***
Listening to music is fun. Playing music is fun. Learning to play a musical instrument should be just as much fun. The first step toward a solid musical education is to find out what type of music the student likes and what particular musician or artist he or she enjoys. From there we can choose material that the student will have fun performing as they learn.

Each session will involve a brief review of previous material covered and a preview of ideas to work on going forward. In between, the student and I will play together and discuss how best we can each improve, and have a little fun along the way!!

I will work with a variety of methods and concepts customized to fit each student. My experience has shown me that no two students are alike, but every student will enjoy playing more, and more often, if they like the study material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments but would expect the student to have their own instrument for lessons and practice.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, reggae, R&B, blues.
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Maiela M. April 8, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
My kids love Steve and have learned so much already after 3 weeks. I highly recommend him.
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Michael M. March 25, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Steve was very patient with my two children and explained everything clearly. We were very pleased
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Colin R. February 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son really enjoys his lesson with Steve.
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Steve H.

Carlsbad, CA 92011
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$30 / 30-min
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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA

I teach basic guitar technique, chord reading, contemporary music skills, and music theory that fits into the student's current level of understanding.

About Matt

Please copy and paste this link to check out my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQDiOf3WMT9wBlprkMVJd1Q

With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it s
hould be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Ira L. February 18, 2017
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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David January 12, 2017
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is an intuitive teacher who is able to read the student and meet him at his level. He is clearly highly proficient as a musician himself and has a clear talent in sharing his expertise in a clear and practical way to the student.
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Kelsey December 16, 2016
Piano · In home
My 7-year old daughter Kelsey has been receiving piano and vocal instruction from Matt for several months now. This is her first time taking music lessons, and already she is perfecting her first piano song, as well as a couple of songs she has learned to sing. In her own words, Kelsey describes Matt as a "kind and responsible teacher who always makes sure his students do the right thing, and is a great teacher." We are very thankful to have found Matt, and he is well qualified to teach a music student of any age.
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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA 92058
(15)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Brennan K.

Oceanside, CA

7+ years teaching experience. Rock, Blues, Metal, Alternative, Acoustic, Music Theory, etc. My general approach to teaching is to mold my lesson plan around your needs and wants, and it's extremely important that our lessons are fun for the you! I've found selecting songs the you desire to learn helps tremendously with this. Also giving weekly goals, and reviewing whatever we worked on the week before at the start of every lesson ensures that you're progressing and getting better! We'll start with simple melody songs, then power chords and open chords, and eventually soloing.

About Brennan

I have been teaching guitar lessons for 8 years, both out of a storefront and in home lessons. I began with a couple students 1 day a week, and eventually grew my clientele to 35-40 students per week. I have experience and appreciate working with children, teenagers, and adults. They all offer a different challenging and rewarding experiences as an instructor.
Musical background:
I first picked up the guitar at the age of 10. In high school I became more passionate about music, and began self teaching myself how to play songs and solo. By my Sophomore year I began playing with bands. I self
taught myself much of the foundation of music theory, and a few years later studied under a Los Angeles based teacher who helped me connect all the dots and really take my playing to another level. I continued my studies with Berklee online courses on jazz improvisation, music theory, songwriting, and recording. I perform both live and in the studio regularly.
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Bill F. December 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons from Brennan for three years now. During that time, he has taught me how to connect guitar theory with the fretboard and build on my guitar soloing over cord progressions. One thing I like about his teaching style is that he is very patient and he teaches in a way that drives you forward while also being very fun. Many of his students are very young to people that are retired age. His depth of knowledge of the guitar and Theory allows him to help you learn anything from classic rock, modern rock, or heavy metal. With his guitar instruction, I've been able to gain the confidence needed to learn songs and jam with friends on a routine basis. As in a new guitarist in my early 40s, I would highly recommend Brennan as an instructor who will help you grow while also having fun.
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Pamela December 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
My grandson has been taking guitar lessons for 4 years from Brennan. You won't find a better teacher. Not only a great teacher that really cares about his students he's a great person. If you want the best to teach you guitar get Brennan.
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Nick December 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I have been Brennan's student for just about 2 1/2 years and he was by far the best teacher for me. I've improved incredibly because he teaches in a way that I can understand, and he keeps it interesting for me.
Brennan himself is an amazingly talented and skilled guitar player. He's familiar with how to play several songs from several different styles of music and can teach a student how to play guitar for songs that they are interested in playing. Personally, when I started playing guitar, I loved 60s-80s rock, and I learned to play songs from The Cure, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (my favorite), Hendrix, and many others. Nowadays my style of music is different, and Brennan still teaches me songs I love while keeping it difficult and fun with songs from Ozzy, Incubus, the Chili Peppers, and others. In addition to the music, he also occasionally throws in some lessons in Music Theory so you can learn to write songs or improvise solos.
In addition to knowing a lot of music and being able to play it extremely well, a major factor that makes Brennan's teaching great is that he will set a good pace for you based off of your skills. He won't make it too easy for you, a he won't make it too hard. He'll make it just difficult enough so maybe you can't quite play it yet, but you'll be able to very soon through practice.
All in all, Brennan is very adaptable to each student and has a very effective method of teaching. He will make things fun for you while still pushing you to improve with every lesson.
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Brennan K.

Brennan K.

Oceanside, CA 92056
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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