Frank Velasquez

Frank V.

Riverside, CA

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Frank delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never really taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of Music and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music for over 10 years. I love my lessons to be laid back, light, yet focused. The lessons are tailored for the students needs/levels. For the beginning student we start from the basics. for example, tuning, vocabulary on the parts of the guitar, to basic chord shapes and strum patterns. Almost from the beginning, I introduce music theory to the student. I believe it is important to the musician, because music is a language that is spoken through the instrument and also read by the musician. Not just piano or band instruments, but guitar too! Guitarist always seem to get left behind in this. I teach it hand in hand with the guitar and it comes naturally while learning. Some students want to learn songs and/or to write songs. This is what I have been doing for many years and enjoy it! As the student progresses, I love to pull the creativity out of the students. Music is also art and a passage for the individual to express him/herself. It is a joy to see and help a musician to mature on the instrument!

*** Studio Equipment ***
amps, cables, tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, Music Theory, Performance, Technique, Learning Songs

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Guitar, Bass, Music Theory Instructor
Aug 2011 - Present
Guitar Lessons By Frank V

Private and Skype lessons. Vendor with Excel Calpacs, Dehesa, River Springs, iLead, Inspire, Valiant, Summit Academy, Springs Charter, and Sky Mountain Charter schools


Jan 1995 - May 1999
San Diego State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jun 1999
San Diego State University

Studied general music and composition. Played in jazz ensembles, studied music theory, music history, piano, conducting and composing.

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Playing a benefit with Travis Barker, John Feldman, and Mike Herrera. These guys are amazing humans and exceptional musicians.
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18 Reviews

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Kylie N. Dec 8, 2018
Guitar · Online

Thanks for working with our busy schedule

Scot Jul 4, 2018
Bass Guitar · In home

Frank is a great teacher. He is knowledgeable and teaches the musical concepts well to all ages. I highly recommend him.

Bob Mar 29, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

Very knowledgeable and explains things well

Michael W. Jan 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I just had my 1st lesson and I can tell I'm going to learn a lot from Frank. He's really nice and easy going, and he really knows his stuff.

Bella W. Dec 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Nice teacher

Jim Juengel Oct 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

My first lesson was more of a meet and greet. Frank and I went over where I am and where I would like to go with my guitar playing. Frank was very nice and easy to be with. I think he will be a fine instructor.

Bre P. Sep 28, 2015
Guitar · In home

Frank is a great instructor. He teaches using techniques that set his students on a path of ease as lessons get more in-depth. He forsees possible hurdles & provides tips to correct in order to move forward with a feeling of preparedness & confidence.

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Michael Sep 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio

My son has been going to see Frank for over a year now. Frank is awesome teacher and my son has made very good progress. I feel Frank challenges him, and is very patient. He explores different styles of music with him and is open to songs my son wants to play. He has a very laid back personality that is easy to get along with.
Since we go to his studio, and I sit in on the lessons I feel I have learned a lot just by listening. I hear songs played in a different way. I love that my son loves the lessons and has stayed exited to play guitar and I think that is because of Frank.

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Geoffrey Y. Sep 25, 2015
Guitar · In home

Frank really knows music, and Is outstanding at imparting his vast knowledge to his student. His virtuosity on the instrument speaks for itself. He makes lessons quite enjoyable.

Eva C. Sep 25, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online

Frank is a great bass teacher. It's a real blessing to me that he is a worship leader since I play at church. Along with teaching me the basics, he helps me with specifics on songs I will be playing at church. He's also very nice! I highly recommend him!

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Javier H. Feb 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio

We purchased guitar lessons for our 9 year old nephew with a very short attention span. Frank has inspired interest and developed focus in him. He is learning and so proud of his progress. Frank is extremely friendly, talented and professional. Highly recommend him for either kids or adults.

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Mala V. Mar 12, 2014
Bass Guitar ·

Comfortable learning from Frank

Frank has a wonderful personality. I am so much at ease learning from Frank. His style of teaching tips and techniques has made it so much easier for learning rather than having a child playing away and not know the base of an instrument. His patience and understanding is amazing. He is very easy to communicate with and not forgetting how in tuned he is with his student that he picks up things that even I do not know I am doing wrong. Thanks for that. I know for sure I will not be changing to another music teacher.

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Bill D. Oct 10, 2012
Guitar ·

Great instructor!

I have taken guitar lessons before so trust me when I say Fank knows his stuff! He improved my playing day 1 & although I have a long way to go I'm comfedent with Frank I am on the right track!

ReneeE Apr 22, 2012

great teacher :)

Frank is a great teacher who is really patient and goes over the fundamentals well :)

marcm Feb 5, 2012


Frank is an excellent instructor.if your interested in music theory or in playing guitar Frank is your guy.

AshleyQ Apr 27, 2010

Love love love learning guitar

So far Frank is an excellent teacher. He is patient, professional and fun. After only three lessons Im already improving and learning alot.

RustiR Feb 3, 2010

Lessons are fun and age appropriate

JeannetteW Dec 19, 2009

We love Frank

I'm so happy. Frank is the perfect instructor for my son .. He is very patient and makes it fun . My son is always excited to go to his lessons and Frank has opened his eyes to a world of diverse music. Every time we leave a lesson Connor tells me how much he likes Frank and he hopes he can get lessons from him for a long time. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.

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