Frank Velasquez

Frank V.

La Habra, CA
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Levels taught:

    Frank teaches

    5 & Up

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    6/29/2015

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    About Frank

    Overview

    ABOUT MYSELF
    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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    Experience

    Guitar, Bass, Music Theory Instructor

    Aug 2011 - Present
    Guitar Lessons By Frank J V

    Private and Skype lessons vendor with Excel College Prep, Dehesa, River Springs, and Sky Mountain Charter schools

    Education

    BM

    Jan 1995 - May 1999
    San Diego State University

    Languages Spoken

    English

    Fluent / Native Proficiency

    Certifications

    BM

    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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    8 Reviews on Frank V.

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    Javier H. Feb 8, 2015
    Guitar · In studio
    Verified Student
    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
    Verified Student
    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
    Verified Student
    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!
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    ReneeE Apr 22, 2012
    great teacher :)

    Frank is a great teacher who is really patient and goes over the fundamentals well :)
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    marcm Feb 5, 2012
    Beginner

    Frank is an excellent instructor.if your interested in music theory or in playing guitar Frank is your guy.
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    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.
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    RustiR Feb 3, 2010
    Lessons are fun and age appropriate
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    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.