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Learning how to play the guitar can feel like a daunting task but working with a professional instructor can be a huge help. There are thousands of guitar resources online, but nothing beats that individual feedback and attention! As you begin your musical journey, TakeLessons is here to guide you to the best local guitar instructors close to your home, work or school.

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Jan P. Los Angeles, CA

Jan has been playing the guitar for over 24 years and studied formally at the world renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood back in 2001.

By applying a mix of the teaching techniques used at his former school and his own approach to teaching Jan is able to tailor lessons to his students needs and goals, presenting exercises to develop techniques in the most efficient way possible.

A healthy combination of learning songs and techniques fuels his students inspiration to want to practice and progress on the guitar, both with their knowledge of chords and voicings, soloing and scales, and their application.

A favorite thing to do of Jan's students in their lessons is jamming along to him on drums to develop their timing and strumming skills, and off course because it is so fun.

A part of lessons is also the development of musicianship and theory, always in the context of either a cover song or an original song ( that Jan helps their students write and record ), to prepare ...

About Jan

Learning an instrument in a music recording studio environment has many advantages and is a lot more fun, creative and rewarding. From your teacher jumping on different instruments for you to develop your independence and timing as a player and recording prepared projects you've been working on, to playing at a higher volume to get to know your gear's real sound, the rocking' memories you'll walk away with will fuel your inspiration to practice and improve fast. My focus is to help you achieve your goals on your instrument. With each individual student, I offer exercises, songs and techniques to practice that will help you to immediately begin seeing positive results. I believe that anyone can play an instrument and take their next step in music. It makes a big difference if you

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HeatherD September 30, 2011
Super Happy

I am currently a drum student of Jan's and I couldn't be happier. He is a really great teacher. He obviously cares a lot about what he does and he is very good at understanding what each student needs individually to keep moving forward at a pace that is right for the student. He strikes an excellent balance between keeping the fun part of music alive (playing music!) and making sure that you receive solid technique instruction as well. He is super excellent at helping you understand how the things you are learning will build together over time (this helps a lot when some things are frustrating to make your body and mind do at first). You do have to do some exercises, but his focus is all related to working towards having fun and playing music. If you're a drum student, even as you're getting your first beats down he plays guitar with you right away (the first lesson in my case). It's really terrific to get a feeling for what it's like to play with other people from the very beginning. I can be self conscious about doing things around other people before I feel like I know what I'm doing. Playing with him right from the beginning helped me toss that aside without it taking hold of me this time, because, well, it's pretty darn fun to be completely honest.If you take lessons from Jan I am pretty sure you will feel very fortunate, as I do, to have found such talented and supportive instructor.
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SusannaC July 18, 2011
fantastic!

my six year old grandson started his music lessons with Jan two month ago.Jan is an amazing teacher and extremely patient with kids- more of a friend/ teacher to my grandson who enjoys his lessons while learning fast and without pressure.I highly recommend Jan to anybody, young, medium, "old"...Jan enriches the takelessons community
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HalbertR February 7, 2011
Feedback

Speaking for Malcolm: Malcolm is enjoying the lesson sessions with Jan. Speaking for myself: I appreciate him always being timely and teaching my son by using the type of music that he is interested in. This helps him to stay interested and motivates him to practice.
Brian P. Culver City, CA

Brian has been teaching guitar to students of all ages in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. With a broad range of musical skills and performing experience that include Rock, Jazz, Blues and Folk music, Brian brings his boundless enthusiasm and love of the guitar into the studio with each of his students, who learn an approach to learning music that includes technique, music theory, performance as well the skill to sing and play. Students of all ages are welcome!

Brian's teaching philosophy, in his own words:

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

* the uniqueness of each student;
* the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
* the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
* the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply ...

About Brian

Brian discovered his talent and passion for teaching while still in college, and has been teaching guitar and piano in Southern California for over 20 years. Gifted at teaching students of all ages and abilities, he combines patience, creativity, imagination and boundless enthusiasm with solid professional training and experience. Brian also has over 10 years experience teaching piano and guitar to blind and autistic students. A lifelong musician, Brian received his first musical training at the age of 4 and 5 years when his actor/singer Dad and musically talented Grandma taught him to sing and play the mandolin. He began piano lessons at age 5, and formal guitar instruction at the age of 10 years. By the time he was a 14-year-old high school student, Brian was performing as lead

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Pietro N. April 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very good first lesson...great way of teaching. Very clear and patient.
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Anderson S May 14, 2014
Guitar Teacher

Brian's teaching approach is concise but very relaxed. His lessons are easy to follow and relevant to life encounters. As a member of the super seniors and a first time guitar students his teaching has given me hope of become a good guitar player.
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Derek H. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Patient and Caring

Our experience with Brian as piano teacher to our two children has been incredible. He has brought each of them along at their own pace and they have learned to play very well. Brian has always been patient and kind.
This has been particularly important with our (now) 8 year old son who is autistic. He can get easily distracted, frustrated, bored, or just plain ornery and uncooperative. Mr. Brian has always exhibited great patience toward him, taking breaks when necessary and generally bringing our son along at his own pace--and our son has shown remarkable progress.
We highly recommend Brian as a piano teacher.
Seth D. Inglewood, CA

I have been teaching over sixteen years.

I tailor each individual lesson to that persons goals, needs, wants, and styles.

My goal is to learn music the fun way. Along the way we'll learn theory, chords, scales, ear training, composition, reading music, tempo etc

About Seth

Seth is available for one on one lessons on Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and Music Theory. Available to all styles, ages and levels in your home or mine in Los Angeles, CA. Lessons are tailored to the individual styles and goals. Seth has been teaching for over sixteen years primarily working with children. He has worked with Grammy winning producers, touring musicians, helping them hone up on there music theory, and piano chops. He graduated from the prestigious Lamont School Of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in music composition. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individuals styles and goals! I teach all styles with focus on having fun. Theory, Reading Music, Ear Training, Chords etc. *** Travel Equipment *** I don't provide equipment, ...

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Michael Z. February 4, 2015
Singing · Online
I have been using your advice every time I practice. Again, I am extremely grateful for the advice you have given me: I have improved more in these last few days than in the weeks of practicing before our lesson. I was looking for a male vocal coach who had experience, and that is exactly what I needed!

Thank you for your time,
Michael Zhitnitsky
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Michael H. February 4, 2015
Music Recording · In studio
Hey Seth, Thank you so much for the great work you did engineering the recordings for Martini & Olive. We shot the videos today and the tracks were perfect. Had a blast working with you and hope to create more music with you soon. And your Triumph was pretty terrific a well. Cheers

Had a great recording session with Seth this week. He gave us good direction and really finessed our vocals and timing on the final recordings. Thank you Seth!

-Judy of Martini and Olive
Seth worked with us (Martini & Olive) engineering our Medleys — and he was patient inciteful and so helpful — massaging our intricate comedy melodies for our music video. We are a quirky fast funny funky lounge act and he understood our concerns musically and comically. We spent hours with him and he was a joy the entire time. Thanks Seth!
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Kelly Y. February 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Seth is working with my 9 year old and my 6 year old and is just great. He’s the perfect blend of classical and cool, which goes over well with the kids, inspiring a love of music while really learning form and technique. He’s also giving me refresher lessons so it’s good to see him work with all three levels at one time. We highly recommend Seth!
Christian C. Downey, CA

Various acoustic and electric styles.

About Christian

Christian C. is a guitarist native of Los Angeles. He began playing guitar for over twelve years and has been publicly performing in clubs and recital halls since the age of fifteen. Christian began studying music professionally at Fullerton Community College before receiving his BM from California State University Northridge for Classical Guitar Performance. He currently is attending the Thornton School of Music at USC where he will pursue his Master’s in Music. He has been teaching guitar for over five years and emphasizes fundamental music theory as applied to the guitar technique. His lessons are often energetic and playful without loosing focus of bringing out the inner musician of his students.

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Dong K L. December 15, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is a good teacher for kid. He is a good communicator and have a patience to young kid.
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Lauren B. August 6, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Last year, I had the opportunity to study with Christian at CSU Northridge. Christian is one of the finest musicians I have come across in the years that I have been playing music. Not only does he have impressive skills with the guitar, he also has knowledge in the history of the guitar and music theory. When he was studying at CSUN, I was able to have some lessons with Christian on a baroque piece that was giving me trouble. First, I'd like to mention how patient he was with me when I was frustrated and lost in the music. Also, I was surprised at how much he knew about the music as he explained what was going on in the piece and why. Oh... did I mention that I had some AWESOME results after ONE lesson??? Do yourself the favor and check this guy out!
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Francisco O. August 5, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Christian has been teaching our two sons (Age 11 and 8) for the summer and has performed wonderfully as both instructor and motivator. His demeanor is excellent with the kids. And I greatly appreciate that he is teaching them music reading, music appreciation and music theory -- not just how to play the guitar. More importantly, the kids are having a great time.
John E. Los Angeles, CA

Chords, scales, reading charts, lyric sheets, tabs, sheet music, folk, rock, jazz, songwriting, etc.

About John

I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles. As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz and pop/rock styles. As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral ...

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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
Drew B. Los Angeles, CA

You're going to have so much fun learning guitar. My lessons will ensure that you make the most progress with the time you have available.

--Beginners--
My lessons are laid back and focused on only the things you want to learn. You will learn using songs you love and choose. If necessary, I will rewrite any songs you want to learn so that they fit your level of ability, but maintain their personality. You will learn the things you need to know for guitar, while still having fun jamming to your favorite tracks.

Within the first five lessons you can expect to know: how to tune your guitar, how to read tablature, how to strum and read rhythmic notation, and how to finger 10 open chords and 6 barre chords and power chords, shapes which can be moved to give you a chord vocabulary of over 100 chords! These are the basic tools you need to learn songs.

You will receive customized instruction based on your hand size and learning style. My unique method for teaching guitar chords ...

About Drew

Your progress and enjoyment is my primary concern. You can be sure that you will progress dramatically if you follow my instructions and practice guidelines. Whether you are a beginning guitar student, a songwriter hoping to enhance their compositions, or a veteran player hoping to hone their skills, I can help you achieve your goals and become the musician you want to be. If you have been wanting to start a band or simply play with friends, I can also teach you the fundamentals to playing in a group. Music is fun; practice should not seem like a chore. I make it manageable for you by breaking down the techniques you need to learn into simple exercises that you can apply to the songs you want to learn. My lessons are 100% customized to your needs and what you are ...

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Michael F. April 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
If you don't have time to read my whole review here's the executive summary: Drew is a great teacher, he gets you playing during your first lesson and continues to challenge you to learn the songs you want to play. Not only do you learn to play but you learn the how and why behind what you are doing which makes learning on your own substantially easier because you can apply the logic to any song. Before my first lesson with Drew I could only stare at my Strat not knowing what to do with it. Fast forward 6 months of once weekly lessons and I can now comfortably tune my guitar, understand sheet music and tabs, learn new songs on my own and am having a great time learning instead of being frustrated. My only challenge is finding the time to practice in between work and family responsibilities. Having had no prior experience before meeting Drew the first time, playing guitar is no longer a daunting mystery. I highly recommend you take lessons with him.

I'll turn 45 this year, people younger than I have said they feel they are too old to learn to play the guitar, BS, the truth is you're never too old but you'll likely need two things. First you'll need to have the passion to learn and second, you need to have a great teacher and a few helpful tools. I've been a huge U2 fan since high school in the mid-eighties. There's a famous quote from Bob Dylan about The Edge's playing: "Everybody's going to remember your songs, it's just that nobody's gonna be able to play them." I never had any passion to learn the guitar because what I wanted to play was U2 and it seemed out of my reach.

The tools available to a beginner today are amazing; websites with lessons and tips, and learning apps for the iPad really reduce the amount of time it takes to learn. Hardware and software can accurately emulate the tone of vintage guitars and racks of effects. I started with a guitar and an amp but didn't know how to get started learning; with so many resources available where do you start. I decided that I should take lessons to build a solid foundation of not just playing but understanding the guitar and music otherwise just learning to play U2 songs would take a long time and I'd be cornered into one style of playing. I found Drew and arranged to have once weekly lessons.

In our first lesson Drew determined that I really had no experience and so we dove in. We went over some basic chords, reading sheet music, chose a first song to learn and some strumming patterns. Drew makes sure that any questions you have are covered and leaves you with things to focus on during practice the following week. Each subsequent lesson starts with a review of progress; Drew provides constructive feedback and shows you where you are missing or adding something. If you are really stuck on a part you spend a few minutes focused on that to get past it. Drew is sharp and can quickly determine if the issue is mental (the brain is over thinking) or physical (the fingers or muscles aren't trained) and explains how to overcome the issue based on that. Within a couple of months I gained enough confidence to start learning short riffs of songs (The Police, U2 and others) that I like on my own. The first time I decided to share something I was working on with Drew I wasn't totally sure if he would encourage it or advise me to stay focused on what we were learning. He was pleased to see that I was taking my own initiative to learn new things and we spent a few minutes reviewing and discussing how to improve what I was learning, awesome!

As I stated before, my biggest challenge is finding time to practice, but with Drew's instruction and as much practice as I can fit in my progress has been noticeable. I have a long term goal of being a good guitar player; Drew has been an amazing force behind helping me see that I can achieve my goal.
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Raymond I. April 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I started lessons from Drew a few years ago, and in a short amount of time I've gone from being musically challenged to an aspiring guitarist! Drew is a very chill guy with a great teaching style who's very passionate about what he does.

He works with me when he plans my lesson. He is always prepared and always have material for me to work on during the lesson and on my own. He makes it very clear that he wants me to work on the things I want to accomplish so that I can enjoy the guitar. He sees my potential even when I am frustrated, and pushes me through without being offensive.

In my first lesson, he started me off with simple chords and rhythm, and by the very next lesson I was able to start working on a song that I love.

He preaches that I need to practice on my own if I want to get better. At first I didn't listen, and it was like throwing money away. But after putting in the effort to practice on my own, I actually got better and Drew was able to go further and showed me techniques to go beyond what's written on the music sheets.

Bottom line: If you are serious about learning guitar and willing to put in the time and effort, Drew is the guy to get you there.
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Andrew D. April 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Drew is an excellent instructor. After letting my guitar languish in a corner for several years, I contacted Drew and discussed my background and goals. From the very beginning, Drew was genuinely interested in my progress and tailored the lessons to my particular musical tastes. He combines technical and theoretical expertise with practical tips and a down-to-earth teaching style. Drew's friendly demeanor and vast knowledge of music in general, and guitar in particular, made for a very enjoyable and successful learning experience for me. I will continue taking lessons with Drew and highly recommend him to all aspiring musicians

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