Brian Silverman

Brian S.

Los Angeles, CA

About Brian S.

Background check: Last verified 09/11/2016
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Brian teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 1988
Last sign in: Within a month


I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for 25 years.
I've been featured in Guitar Player magazine (see attached pic). and my live experience includes concerts and tours with various bands (Champagne Francis, Scout), theater (Jersey Boys, Movin' Out, Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and TV performances (Jay Leno, The Today Show).
I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I recommend children under 10 start on a fender squire mini electric guitar ($99)
For adults,
I am able to bring beginner and intermediate guitarists to an advanced level of playing and understanding songwriting, soloing and playing songs with good technique.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your path of learning music and guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lessons builds upon the previous. The first half of the lesson is a review of material the student has covered; a "warm up"
The second half of the lesson is for learning a new song or guitar solo as well as chord theory (learning and understanding new songs / songwriting) and scale theory (learning and understanding how melodies and solos fit over chord progressions).
I recommend setting a baseline intention of practicing 15 minutes a day. If you stick to that every day you will improve on the guitar and be playing music very soon!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender guitar mini for ages 5-9.
Fender guitar (standard) 9-adult.
Fender Pro Reverb amp.
Chairs, Music Stand, Blank Sheet music, Books
Cables, picks etc.
No need to bring an instrument to the lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Electric and Acoustic guitar
Rock / Pop / Alternative / Blues / Folk / Heavy Metal / Jazz / Fusion / R&B

Learn anything on request!

Photos and Videos

Here is a link to my youtube channel. This video is a collection of seven classic guitar solos I like to play.


Guitar Teacher
Jun 1987 - Present
Self Employed

I've been teaching guitar since 1987!


Jazz composition
Sep 1989 - Jun 1994
Berklee College of Music
BFA in Jazz Composition
Sep 1989 - May 1994
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Fine Arts
Jun 1994
Berklee Colllege of Music


American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2004

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

18 Reviews on Brian S.

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Daniel Oct 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio Brian is both a great guitar player and an awesome instructor! Since starting with him my playing abilities and understanding of music theory have grown dramatically. In addition, he's a really cool guy that's truly interested in your growth as a guitar player. I recommend him without reservation.
Melanie Feb 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio Brian is a great teacher. He's very knowledgable and I'm learning a lot with each lesson.
IRIS Sep 28, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Brian is professional, considerate and kind, could get you play any songs you pick super fast and complement lessons with necessary basic trainings. Has a variety of gears in his studio so no need for you to bring your own all the way there. Yes the charge is higher than many other tutors but for a smooth & enjoyable learning process it's always worth it. P.S. Brian could write down the music for guitar part accurately just by listening to the songs and immediately teach it to you! Highly recommend.
Misa Sep 21, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Brian is amazing! Very talented Guitar player!!
He is so patient with my 6 year old boy. I highly recommend him to anyone in any level. :)
Paul Sep 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio I've been playing guitar for over 20 years, so when I decided to go back for more lessons I needed a teacher that would help me grow as a player. Brian has helped me connect my existing skills and knowledge to a whole new level of playing and understanding of the guitar. He is enthusiastic and patient, and listens to the inputs of the student but also pushes you to grow and keep improving. He has a great way of explaining concepts, and works with the student to keep them engaged. I highly recommend players of any skill level take lessons with Brian!
Jenny Sep 13, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Brian is a great teacher, he is very patient to the beginners. My 11-years-old daughter loved his lessons a lot, she learned only more than 1 month with Brian, she is able to play a simple song.
Misa Sep 13, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio We highly recommend Brian to anyone in any level!! Not only he is an amazing guitar player, he is so patient with my 6 year old boy. He is Great!!!
Emeraldo A. Sep 13, 2015
· Guitar · In home If you are looking for a guitar instructor, Brian would be a perfect choice to go to.
He knows his guitar well and is willing to teach you. I am a beginner in guitar and Brian taught me all the basics of guitar. In 4 days of lesson, I can already play a song.
Jenny Sep 7, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Brian is so kind and helpful. My 11-years-old daughter always enjoys his class, and she progresses very quick with him. Guitar classes are always very fun for her and she can always look forward to the next class. His teaching is very on point and he can always help you understand things very easily. Brian is a great teacher!
Tarana P. May 22, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home I have only taken a handful of lessons from Brian so far but I feel confident and motivated to continue developing my guitar skills under his guidance. Brian is knowledgeable, patient, and creative. He pays attention to what the student needs and how he/she learns and adjusts his teaching style accordingly. I would highly recommend his lessons to any age group.
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