Edwin Itoh

Edwin I.

34 Reviews
El Segundo, CA

About Edwin I.

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Edwin teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: September 1993
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: 4 hours


Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunity to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

*** Lesson Details ***
Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul

Photos and Videos

How to Play Nothing Else Matters by Metallica on the Guitar


Music Instructor Jan 1993 - Present
Edwin I.

Private and group music lessons for guitar, piano, recording, ear training, composition, Logic Pro, bass guitar.


B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental - Guitar Sep 1998 - May 2002
University of Miami
High School Diploma - Jazz and Classical performance - Guitar, percussion Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
New World School of the Arts

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese Professional Proficiency
Spanish Fluent / Native Proficiency


DownBeat Music Award 1998 Mar 1998
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34 Reviews on Edwin I.

Anna A. Feb 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Edwin is very kind and patient. He has great attention for detail and will give gentle instruction on how to make adjustments to improve your guitar playing. Edwin is a natural when it comes to music. He can hear a complicated song and know what chords/rhythm to play. He is also very knowledgeable about music theory and the technical aspects of guitar playing. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
William H. Nov 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Edwin is extremely patient and good natured. His knowledge of music and his ear for chords is amazing. I am a beginner and within a few lessons I am playing full songs from major bands. I couldn't be happier with Edwin and will be working with him for a long time.
Nicole K. Aug 27, 2014
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Edwin has been teaching my 10 year old daughter for a year. He is sooo patient. It is nice that he asks her what songs she would like to learn and it allows her to have a say in what she plays! He is a great teacher!!
Eugene May 14, 2014
I've always wanted to learn guitar and have had one lying around for awhile. I've been on youtube to try to learn some basics, but it was great to finally get some real feedback and pointers. Edwin was very patient and helped me get some basic rhythms down. Now I've got some specific stuff to work on til my next lesson.

The live 1-on-1 lessons with awesome TakeLessons teachers are a must if you are serious about learning properly!
Annabell May 14, 2014
edwin was really helpful and answered all of my questions. i'll definitely recommend this helpout to my friends
Bryan C. May 12, 2014
Acoustic Guitar
Verified Student
Edwin is top notch

Edwin has been teaching my son Ethan guitar for about a year and have nothing but great things to say! My son looks forward to every lesson and it's amazing how much he's progressed. Edwin is so patient and really make the lessons fun by using real songs that my son knows and enjoys playing while mixing in skill practice. He communicates very well and couldn't be more dependable. He has our highest recommendation!
Jennefer Mar 6, 2014

As a beginner to guitar lessons and to studying music in general, I assumed I would use the guitar for my first ear training session. Edwin quickly explained why using a piano would be much more helpful for someone just starting out. I hummed along with the keys to try to match pitch, and he even gave me a helpful tip to identify half notes, full notes, and octaves- I think I'm going to have the Jaws Theme stuck in my head the rest of the day!

Edwin was professional, friendly, and patient. When I answered one of his questions incorrectly, he SHOWED me the difference between my answer and the correct one. That helped me get it right the next time he asked!

Thanks, Edwin!!
Marth Mar 6, 2014

Mr. Edwin really helped me a lot. I just need some more practice and I would be able to easily go on with learning how to play the piano more. :)
Ardelle Mar 6, 2014

I had a great beginner piano lesson with Edwin. I knew a couple of songs already from watching others play but I wanted to dive a little deeper into how chords were structured and how to more easily figure out new songs. We covered major scales, arpeggios, minor chords, and inversions. He was very helpful and gave me some great exercises to help me remember how it all fits together. Thanks Edwin, highly recommended!
Noella Mar 6, 2014

Really good! Edwin was very patient, despite my lack of knowledge (and rusty english). I learned lots of stuff in so little time.