Adam Kessler
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Adam Kessler

Adam K.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Love music, and especially the guitar? Me too!
For beginners, I'll work with you to teach the absolutely crucial elements of basic music theory as it's applied to guitar, ingraining the necessary essentials such as strumming and picking technique, a wide variety of scales, chords, triads, songs, and more. You will gain a knowledgeable and comfortable skill in guitar playing and I will work with you to meet your needs and learning pace!

I have 15 years playing experience (acoustic or electric), a B.A. in Musicology from UCLA, and spent the last year playing live on the Nashville Broadway stages. I love the guitar and now I want to share that passion with you!

About Adam K.

Music is undeniably my biggest passion in life. The last ~15 years has found me not only listening to music from Mozart to The Beatles, but indulging myself in discovering the exciting inner threads of its endless wonders. As the years went by I gravitated quickly to the guitar, learning its form and absolutely falling in love with it. That's a love that's still brightly aflame to this day.

I work naturally with kids; I spent all the summers during college in the California mountains as a camp counselor with Camp Kesem. I always brought my guitar with me, and loved being able to teach the kids whenever I could! Now with online teaching networks like TakeLessons, I can continue planting and cultivating that seed of music by teaching you how to play the guitar from the ground up. I look forward to working with you!


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9 Reviews
Danton K.
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Adam is a great teacher and has a passion for music. He's super friendly and patient. He works well with beginners, creating lessons tailored to your individual goals, and can even work with intermediate level musicians who want to spruce up their sound. I 100% recommend him.

Posted Apr 4, 2020
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WOW! Adam got me flying on my cherrywood acoustic in no time. He knows so much about different playing styles, and helped me get my sound to where I could make great cover YouTube videos! I owe it all to Adam! He’s got great stories too!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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For years I’d try to pick up my acoustic (it was a gift from my uncle) and toy around with it, even trying lessons on YouTube, but couldn’t get anywhere. After my first 3 sessions with Adam, I immediately knew I’d have the tools to take off on my own if I wanted to. 6 months later I’m playing gigs at local bars! This guy knows his guitars! Super fun and chill personality too!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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Best instructor on TakeLessons!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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Was honestly so frustrated with my lack of progress on guitar that I was about to sell mine until I decided to try out lessons. Adam is super skilled and knowledgeable about everything to do with guitars and music. Most importantly he makes it FUN to practice... never thought I'd be saying that!!!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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Great instructor!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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What an investment!! Couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable and patient instructor. I would highly recommend him for young and older people alike!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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Adam is great; really knows music and music theory so the fundamentals are there. He knows a lot of different styles too so whatever you want to learn he can teach! Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 3, 2020
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Very knowledgeable. Good at explaining

Posted Apr 3, 2020

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Jan 2005 - Present

Self, and UCLA affiliated projects

Self-taught guitar player, with extensive theory knowledge from UCLA Herb Albert School of Music.

Guitarist and Singer
Jul 2018 - Jul 2019

Tootsies, Nashville Broadway stages

Played and sang from a variety of 50-60 classic songs in the blues, rock, country, and soul genres on the famous Nashville Broadway stages.

Singer, Musical Arranger
Oct 2013 - Jun 2017

Resonance a Capella

Sang baritone and tenor and assisted in musical arrangements for a Capella vocal performances (recreational and competitive) at and around UCLA.

Guitarist for BurnHeart
Oct 2009 - May 2013


Rhythm and lead guitar player for local Jacksonville, FL band BurnHeart (High School)


Music, Musicology
Sep 2013 - Jun 2017




Fluent / Native Proficiency


UCLA Alumni
Jun 2017
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