Allen De La Rosa

Allen D.

San Diego, CA

About Allen D.

Allen teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2005
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 13 years, and teaching for the past 8. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach 40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I am playing with three bands at this moment. Quel Bordel, Science Fiction Jazz, and Foreign Film. These bands have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. Students are expected to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop

Photos and Videos

a great bar song with my brother (ukulele/guitar)
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9 Reviews on Allen D.

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Susan F. Jan 27, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
I'm a total beginner with no experience on any instrument. I don't know have anything to compare to but I'm pretty sure Alan is an outstanding instructor. He got me from the basic understanding of a timing signature to through various strumming techniques to playing a song on my first lesson.

I've had several lessons now and am able to play several of the songs in the awesome song book he sent. Not only can I pluck them but I can strum them in various ways to create different vibes. I honestly didn't think I'd be progressing this fast and I'm pretty sure it's simply because Alan is awesome at explaining things with a combination of techniques.

He draws on paper to show the score / theory and then he demonstrates - starting very slow at first. Then he speeds up to regular time for a moment. Then he slows down and we play together. By watching and following what he does everything just seems to come together.

Alan is obviously a gifted musician. I imagine he would be an awesome instructor for even experienced folks.

His apartment is centrally located with ample street parking during the day. I went for a lesson once at night and the parking was kind of tight. Just allow time to walk a block or so. The lesson is definitely worth the walk and the neighborhood is nice.

He gives lessons in his living room which is very comfortable. He uses apps on his phone and a tablet in addition to paper that he scores during the lesson. You get to take the score home to practice from, which is awesome. He also takes video of his demos and emails them to you after the lesson so you can review during practice.

Alan is really nice and does a good job or encouraging me to practice and participate in the ukulele community, which is a lot of fun and highly motivational.
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Jordan K. Sep 10, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson for my daughter. Not only did she learn chords but also the history of the instrument!
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Neal S. Nov 2, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Great with Kids.
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Susanna S. Jun 13, 2014
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Allen is very kind patient and extremely great with kids. My daughter (6) looks forward to seeing Allen via Skype. Allen is always flexible, encouraging and surprises me with his ability to connect with my daughter right where she's at.
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Terra C. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Awesome!

Very flexible and encouraging. Easy to learn from and super creative and fun!
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Eren U. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Allen

He gave me courage, he inspired me.. Thank you Allen!!
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John M. Nov 27, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teaching concept.

I've been taking guitar lessons with Allen for a little more than a month and already I can see benefits. I've played for about 20 years on and off and had some lessons in the past, but Allen has really been able to teach in a clear, understandable way that opened my eyes to certain concepts that I struggled with in the past. He is very patient,knowledgeable and encouraging and a nice guy to study with.
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Dawn K. Nov 25, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher!

Working with Allen D. has been an incredible experience. I studied guitar as a child, but my experiences were not good, and although I never lost interest in guitar completely, I did lose enthusiasm for my studies. Things are so different since finding Take Lessons and specifically working with Allen D.. Each lesson sparks my enthusiasm for guitar and music more and more. I have learned more in the short time I've been working with Allen D. than I did after years of lessons elsewhere. Allen is patient, extremely knowledgable, and makes learning fun. I look forward to my lessons each week. Best of all, I am actually playing and understanding music!
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Aubree M. Feb 10, 2013
Ukulele
Great Ukulele Teacher

I have no stringed instrument experience and no background in music theory, but Allen taught me both. Allen recognized that with my scientific background I would do much better if he broke it down with music theory. He was very patient and understanding of my lack of music knowledge and taught me in a way that suited my learning preferences and it because of it I have learned a few songs on the ukulele and he even helped me write a song myself!

Overall, a great teacher.