Cullen Griffin

Cullen G.

Downey, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My name is Cullen G. and I teach guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons in various styles of music and to people of all ages. I have been playing music for over 12 years now and have taught lessons throughout the last 6 years.

As someone who pushes themselves daily to further develop their musical skills, I find it very important to not only give back some of the knowledge I've acquired over the years but to also help others learn how to learn effectively and efficiently. Having spent time learning and playing in various settings, from high school jazz bands to jam sessions to recording sessions, I've been able to distill what's essential across different styles and present them in an easily digestible way, allowing for students to see the connections between their favorite music and the underlying elements of music in general.

For each student I tailor a lesson plan built around the student's long term goals. Whether its learning your favorite songs, how to write your own, or taking the steps towards mastery of the instrument, I find it very important to explore music through the artists and styles that caught your ear in the first place. In conjunction with learning your favorite music, I will also show you the relevant music theory that applies to the music you love. You will not only be able to play your favorite songs but will also know how the artists you love made them. The tools of your favorite artists can be at your fingertips!

About Cullen G.

Having been a musician for the last 15 years and a music teacher for the last six, I feel that at this point I can distill the most valuable lessons I've learned over the years and present them in an easy to grasp manner. As someone who continues to actively improve their own skills, I understand how to establish great practicing habits as well as get to the heart of what's most important in achieving different musical goals.

While guitar and bass are my primary instruments, I also play drums, keys, and ukulele. Constantly striving to revisit the state of being a beginner has allowed me to refine the universal qualities associated with learning in general, music especially. I have played in many different contexts, ranging from big bands and jazz combos to rock bands and recording projects. These different experiences have offered valuable insights into not only playing music, but also creating it and working together with other musicians. These insights are a joy to share and I feel that there's great value in helping others learn quickly and effectively.

The world of music is a vast one and the astonishing number of genres and unique artists is truly inspiring. When it comes to learning the particular language of a genre or artist there are specific nuances that create an overall feel when put together. I can not only show you how to practically employ those skills but I can also explain how it works in terms of theory, which can be invaluable when wanting to incorporate certain flavors into your own writing. My goal is to make your goals a priority while making the way there a fun yet efficient journey.

Thank you for your interest!


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Very helpful and patient instructor. Breaks things down into understandable concepts for newer learners. Highly recommend!

Posted Dec 18, 2019

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Guitar Instructor
Sep 2012 - Present


I have been teaching music lessons throughout the last 6+ years. Originally, I started with guitar but now offer bass and ukulele. It's been a wonderful experience helping others discover how to express themselves through music. Being able to see a student's face light up when a concept clicks is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching.

Studio Assistant
Aug 2016 - May 2017

Sound n' Vibe Recording Studio

I was an Intern at music studio located in Long Beach, California. During my time there I had many different tasks including playing bass and guitar on tracks with different artists. I was able to learn about the in's and out's of the recording process and also the creative process in a studio setting. I was able to observe and participate in playing and recording many different styles of music during my time there.

Guitar Instructor
Mar 2011 - Jul 2012

Ernie's Music

I was a guitar teacher at a local music studio. I used to take lessons from the former guitar instructor and the owner, who taught piano, offered me the position after the previous teacher had moved on. The location had to close due to rising rents.


Aug 2014 - May 2016

Whittier College



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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