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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA

About Cristopher

I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. Ever since then, my passion has been playing guitar and songwriting. I am a music composition honors major at UCSD.

Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty
minutes or for eight hours.

My background focuses mostly on classical, rock/metal, and jazz, and my specialty is the electric guitar. I can also help you learn classical guitar on a nylon string guitar if you prefer, including some flamenco.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want the student to have fun with music, and rather than focusing on scales and tedious exercises, I have my students learn technique and music theory more from the actual music (Not to say that learning and practicing scales isn't important, but it is much more useful in the long run to have actual musical melodies and riffs that you can play, and that you know how to take them and use in different musical situations).

I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory will help them go a lot further.

Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn the music you want. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn. I believe the student should be able to access and interact with the type of music they want to learn early on, as this will help keep the student interested while at the same time teaching him/her the elements of music and guitar.

As I want the students to be able to interact with the music as early as possible, I will always try and find ways that we can play together, and I will even make recordings so they can practice playing with someone even when they are at home. I also will periodically record the student so that they can not only get the experience playing and recording, but so that they can also look back on their progress, as well as having something they can show their friends/family.

While I mostly play classical, rock/metal, and jazz, I can help students with a large variety of styles, including blues, r & b, and pop music. I also believe that learning different styles and how to take the elements from each that you like and make them your own will lead to a greater mastery of the instrument, regardless of which style you prefer to actually play.

I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand
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Jason S. October 30, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Its been a pleasure taking lessons from Cristopher! He is a very passionate teacher and gifted musician/songwriter. He really cares about his students. He will do what ever is necessary to help you learn and understand what he is teaching you. Very kind and fun to be around. A+ all the way for Cris!
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Christopher N. July 18, 2014
Songwriting · In home
I have had the pleasure of playing, and practicing, with Mr. Cris over the last few years. We actually took guitar class together in high school, and even then, I could tell that he was exceptionally talented. Given his family background in music, and his desire to create wonderful compositions, it was no surprise that he chose to pursue music in his life. Recently I have needed assistance with my songwriting and I have had no hesitation in bringing my work to Cris in order to gain insight into what I may need o do in order to successfully finish my composition(s). He is well educated in music, has learned from many accomplished professionals, and is extremely hard working in his craft. And finally, Cris is very patient, insightful, and motivated, when working, and/or teaching, individuals. I would highly recommend him to anyone of all ages.
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Ryan A. July 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
One of the problems with musicians these days is a lack of formal training. Cris has spent the last 20+ years perfecting his abilities to teach music. In my opinion, Part of what makes Cris stand out from other instructors is his knowledge and open minded view of different styles of music. A teacher with a diverse musical background is ideal for a student who wants to create a good basis or reach the next level in their abilities. Cris is able to help you learn guitar the right way and set a path that will advance your abilities quicker than most other teachers.
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Cristopher E.

Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA 92130
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$25 / 30-min
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA

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.

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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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Madison A. August 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse's approach to music really fit my learning style.
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Kristin G. August 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse is so patient and encouraging. My granddaughter loves her guitar lessons and he makes it real, by accompanying her and applauding her songs. Jesse offers a great balance of exercises on the guitar and songs she likes. She is learning so fast we are amazed! She got to hear his band play this week and that motivated her even more. We give Jesse a 10!
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Brett R. August 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very nice and easy to work with
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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Emily S.

San Diego, CA

About Emily

When I was little, I begged my mom to let me play the piano. At age 5, I started taking lessons at my school. As my passion for music grew, I began composing and at age 11. I wrote my first complete song. Continuing to study and compose music, I completed all 10 levels of California'™s Certificate of Merit music program, and for several consecutive years, I was selected by the Certificate of Merit judges to perform in multiple honors recitals. I have also been singing all my life and have been formally trained in voice. Being able to sing and accompany myself on the piano has been very reward
ing, and I hope to help others to do the same! In addition, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology with concentrations in Ballet and Literature from the University of California, San Diego. My degree in psychology gives me a broad understanding of different learning styles and personalities, enabling me to best cater to the needs of the students. I am very patient and kind, and I encourage each student to flourish and develop his or her skills and talents.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to mold my lessons based on the student's needs. I can be strict in order to encourage focus and develop discipline, but I am not mean. I do not believe in harsh yelling or criticism; instead I use positive reinforcement. I also believe that it is important to have fun and enjoy learning a new skill! I use traditional teaching methods for piano, music theory, and singing. Once someone is classically trained and has obtained proper technique as a solid foundation, he or she can easily venture into other genres and styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
For Piano: Piano, music stand, selected music books, couch

*** Specialties ***
I have trained classically in music and have studied music history from each of the major influential periods such as baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary.
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Renu W August 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
My 8 years old son enjoys his piano lessons with Emily and looks forward for the class each week. She teaches various pieces to introduce new techniques and pushes to see improvement. She is very talented and flexible with the schedule. In each class, she covers quite a lot of material (including theory).
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Dave P. April 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Emily works very well with my 7 year old son. She's very nice, patient, knowledgeable, flexible and great to work with!
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aaron F. February 25, 2015
In home
Verified Student
My daughter loves playing piano and has been super inspired to show off her skills after each lesson. Emily has established a great rapport with her and teaches to her at her level so she has gained of love for music and felt encouraged throughout her introduction to formal music training. They have been a perfect match and we look forward to seeing her excitement after every lesson.
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Emily S.

Emily S.

San Diego, CA 92130
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Kevin K.

Del Mar, CA

About Kevin

Kevin received his Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory. He has been playing the piano since the age of five and received awards in competitions, including a gold prize in Korea National-Level Sonatina Competition at the age of nine, and first place in Certificate of Merit Sonata Festival Competition in 2009. He has also appeared as a soloist, playing a piano concerto with a live orchestra in his youth. As a violinist, he has performed with Youth Engedi, a nine-member string ensemble, in various venues like John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. As a composer, one of his o
rchestral compositions "Soaring Over the Vast Expanse" was premiered in front of an audience of over nine-thousand by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at an outdoor concert at Hatch Shell, Boston. Kevin has a deep passion for teaching, volunteering as an English and math tutor at a local elementary school and teaching piano and violin privately since the beginning of his college years. Discovering his desire to be in a helping profession, Kevin is currently a post-baccalaureate pre-medical student, at San Diego State University, hoping to become a medical doctor. Kevin also volunteers to play the piano at a local hospital, once every week, for the guests who are waiting for their loved ones to finish surgery.

Even though I am fully capable of teaching piano at a high standards, I know that many of my students are not seeking to become the next greatest concert pianist of the century. Since I was little, I played the piano out of love. My most important mission as a teacher is to spread that love of piano and hope that the piano will always be an enjoyment in my students' lives.

I can teach piano, chord piano, composition, music theory, and violin.
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Sam August 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
He's awesome, funny, very nice to my kids. He's just a really good guy
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Rachel P. July 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Next month will be my son's 4th month learning piano from Kevin. Right now, he's taking two lessons a week for 45 minutes each. One day he plays piano and the other day he learns theory. My son is only 8 years old and it's only been a couple months, but I can already see so much improvement! He really enjoys playing the piano! Kevin is also very easy to talk to. A lot of the other teachers nearby are much older and some of the well known ones are not too comfortable with English. We are definitely going to continue lessons for a long time!
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Sarah M. July 29, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I took classical piano lessons from somebody else before going to Kevin, and I can confirm that he is a great instructor. He was very helpful and approachable (maybe because he wasn't as old as my previous teacher). The only reason why I give him 4 stars instead of 5 is because he was almost too nice and didn't crack down on me enough for not practicing sometimes. I'm just the type of person who needs some more discipline, but that might just be me.
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Kevin K.

Kevin K.

Del Mar, CA 92014
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA

About Jessica

"I love music! Music has the power to move the soul when simple words fail. Learning music is just as powerful." ~Jessica
Jess has a mission for instilling confidence and excellence in performers through music. Whether you wish to play for excellence or simply the enjoyment of it, music should bless your life.
She offers voice and piano lessons through Speech-level Singing and Reading Keyboard Music. These methods are non traditional and produce top level creative performers.
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Alice July 14, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Jessica is my favorite vocal trainer. Such a great individual approach to each student. I took lessons from her for a year and after this year I got so much better at singing and what is most important - I learned to have more control over my voice and I don't lose my voice any more!
She's also a great person. Very patient, encouraging, and she always gives cool tips for specific situations - whether it's a performance or vocal recording or just practicing. I highly recommend Jessica as a very experienced and highly qualified vocal coach.
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Crissi A. June 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Jessica is a fun and yet thorough! Love her!
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Gabriella B. May 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My children love working with Jessica! She inspires them to play and practice.
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Jessica A.

Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA 92075
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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