Alex Pfender

Alex P.

Los Angeles, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About Alex P.

I have been playing music since I was 7, and now play the guitar, bass, violin, piano, and I also sing. By the time I entered the University of Southern California, I had released my first album of original music, toured the west coast with my own band, toured internationally to China, Canada, France, England, Hungary, Ukraine, and Austria, and performed with The Vienna Boys Choir among other notable musical ensembles.

Since receiving my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance (with a minor in Music Recording) from USC, I have released three more albums of original music, produced four albums for other artists, and have toured nationally with my own band. I currently play in three Los Angeles area bands and am the live sound engineer for another. I have taught guitar at West Coast Music Academy 18 months, and have taught private lessons for the last 6 years.

With all of this experience and knowledge, I offer a student a very rich understanding of many styles of music. I can ensure that a student gets on the right track towards a bright musical future, whether they want to become a professional musician or whether they want guitar as a lifelong hobby.

*** Lesson Details ***
When you take lessons from me, you will be taking the fastest route to success: playing a lot of guitar! We will cover everything from music theory to technique to soloing to playing your favorite songs, but we won't be spending the lesson time talking. Everything you learn will be quickly put into a playable, practical context, so that you learn the most, and have the most fun!

I have high expectations for my students, and practicing every day is a requirement. But because my curriculum is personally tailored to each individual student, and involves a lot of the music that the student is most passionate about, I find my students often love to practice! I also use a variety of musical texts to enrich the students learning (including, but not limited to, Practical Theory for Guitar by Don Latarski, Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner, the Real Book series, and various Mel Bay books).

After about 6 months, a new student will have learned most basic chords and scales, the building blocks of playing solos, and a good handful of their favorite songs! More experienced students will have enriched their understanding of guitar and how it relates to the music they love, and music that is new to them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will happen in a studio room at the guest house, electric/acoustic guitars, bass and amps are available, it has instruments on the wall, computer with recording equipment, free street parking. In the event that a student in allergic to cats/dogs, the lessons can occur on the backyard at a roofed area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar, amp, any effects if necessary. student must provide guitar (any kind)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, pop, folk, and jazz guitar styles. I focus on material that the individual student is excited about and wants to learn, and incorporate fundamentals and other pertinent skills necessary to maximize the students ability.

For bass guitar I specialize in rock and pop.

Contemporary songwriting technique is not genre-specific and I can teach any type of songwriting, from hip hop to country to rock. I have been a songwriter for 7 years, and have released 3 full length albums and one EP of my original material. I was also a student in the pilot classes which later became USC's Popular Music degree program. These classes focused on songwriting and were taught by industry veterans Chris Sampson and Richard Smith.

I was trained in advanced music theory as part of my degree from USC. I integrate theory into my other lessons but I can also teach theory alone.

I have advanced skills with ProTools and have extensive experience (5 years) in recording, from professional studios to personal home setups.


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16 Reviews
Kathy B.
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Amazing !!!

Posted Jul 6, 2018
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Alex is great! Classically trained musician, very easy to get on with, knows his stuff. Highly recommend.

Posted May 29, 2018
Cherry H.
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He is a really nice guy and comfortable to work with being taught. In my first visit I was taught a lot more than I thought I would. Very surprising.

Posted May 14, 2018
Lilia M.
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He is a really good teacher and a very cool person very easy to work with him he explain very good I like him a lot

Posted Apr 12, 2018
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Really friendly, easy to talk to, and positive teacher. I can already tell that I will learn a lot from him!

Posted Mar 7, 2018
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Alex is awesome, would highly recommend! He helped me improve my voice and take active steps to grow as as performer.

Posted Feb 14, 2018
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I learned a lot in my first lesson! Alex is easy to listen to and his instruction kind and understanding. Alex has patience and put me at my ease and I feel I will learn a lot. I highly recommend Alex as a professional teacher for the guitar.

Posted Nov 28, 2017
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Excellent teacher. Clear and focused on challenging and encouraging.

Posted Oct 16, 2017


Posted May 14, 2014

I just had my first composition lesson and it was extremely helpful.

We started at my music knowledge and what type of music I liked and wanted to compose. He was able to very easily assess what I needed to know and taught me a lot of theory and gave me concepts that I could learn more about once we were nearing the end of the lesson. After learning what I needed to know for what I trying to do, we discussed how I could apply it to a sample piece and how it applied to the style of music that I wanted to write, and he gave me some pointers of how to learn even more.

Overall he was extremely helpful and really nice and personable as well as professional.

Posted May 14, 2014

Finished a lesson with Alex from TakeLessons just now and it was awesome. It was too cheap at "free" so I hope they start charging because they are worth it. At no point was I given any sales push or asked to purchase anything by the way. He listened to my problem and gave me a great solution to improve. Heartily recommended. I will take what I learned and apply it to my practice routine and playing immediately.

Thanks Alex and hope to see you soon!

Posted May 14, 2014


Alex has been extremely wonderful.
I would recommend him to everyone.
He has helped me tremendously by sharing an overview of the role of music theory , the music industry and how i should go about learn music.

Bless him !!

Posted Mar 6, 2014


he was very patient and open with me and helped me more than anything or person so far. i would gladly recommend him to other people. :)

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Ali H.

Alex is the best

I love Alex's teaching and I've made awesome progress with his help. He's really patient and explains things in a way that makes sense when I'm practicing later on my own. He caters to the music I like and I feel like I'm advancing really quickly with his help. He is also so flexible with my hectic schedule which is incredibly helpful!

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Couldn't be happier!

Alex knows when to change it up and keep it fun. He's always positive and great with my teenager. He allows him to pick the songs he wants to play which keeps him motivated.

Posted Mar 12, 2012

He is patient and very knowledgable. My son enjoys his lessons with Alex every time. Thank you.

Posted Jul 25, 2011


Music Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2009

USC Thornton School of Music

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