Gio Lombardi

Gio L.

North Hollywood, CA

Lesson Details



Gio delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
January 1990

Hello there this is Gio L.

I'm a professional guitarist, performer, composer, instructor, international clinician, webinarist, with 20 years or professional experience in music education & live performances. Also, I'm an Italian teacher see " Ciao bella" for more details and an Adobe Photoshop teacher, see "iPhoto' for more details.

I was Raised in the coastal city of Bari, Italy, I've picked up my first guitar at the age of 10 and have not stopped playing music ever since.

My training as a musician has taken me all over the world starting from Italy to a Mediterranean tour, to a Cruise Liner in Brazil to Hollywood CA,. I came to Los Angeles to attend the Musician Institute (Hollywood, CA) where I've graduated with honors from the Guitar Institute of Technology, there I had the pleasure to work as a tutor during my scholarship program. I'm an active musician, music is my life. Often I have the pleasure to travel abroad where I give guitar clinics and perform my music, I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world. I've been teaching professionally in S. California ever since 1998, I reserve the option for in persons one-on-one lessons only for my best students, again, music matters to me. During these last 16 years I've secured many teaching positions like at the Los Angeles valley College extension program, at the Los Alamitos Conservatory of music, at Mars Music learning Center, at the YMCA etc. though, as I've already mentioned, the best one will continue on with me. I've much more to share with you regarding my professional life, my discography ect. but let's talk about lessons now.

What I care the most is to make sure that you'll receive the best private education that money can buy. As I've stated on my headline, If you're serious about music, if you're ready to learn the skills, expand your knowledge, achieve your goals, then, I'm your man. I've learned that we all have different approaches when it comes to studies. Learning how play an instrument is a fun but challenging process. I'm not gonna lie to you, you need to work on it, plain and simple !
I'll provide you with written curriculum or I'll indicate the right book to be purchased, I'll monitor your progress and I'll make sure to get the best out of you. My experience let me face any situation with the confidence that only the know-how can give you (16 years of professional experience will do that!). I have wrote curriculum aimed to the "Just as an hobby" type of student as well as comprehensive once for professional players that want to specialize on a specific style. In both cases it doesn't change what you have to do, practice ! To end with I've transcribed thousands of songs, It only takes me few minutes to put on paper your favorite song, wouldn't it be great to be able to read and play the music you love ? You'll be in good hands regardless of your goals in music

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy is to make sure that you enjoy your learning process. I'm a positive person, I believe in encouraging the student, every step you'll take toward your goal shall be acknowledge and awarded, I've been there, I know what it takes. Practice is a crucial aspect of this process, I'll motivate you, I want you be be successful in your learning journey, but, again, I need you to work on it, it won't happen otherwise.

Are you ready ?

*** Studio Equipment ***
The student has to provide his/her own instrument. A small guitar amp is provided for electric guitarist, so there is NO need to bring your own

*** Specialties ***
Music reading for guitar (Beg. to Pro.) Modern harmony (Beg. to Pro.) Improvisation (Beg. to Pro.)

Styles: Jazz, Blues, R&B-Funk, Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Latin-Spanish Styles, Brazilian, Finger-picking, Classical

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Music Columnist
Mar 2012 - Present
GuitarClub Magazine, Italy

Interviewed by Guitar Club Magazine (leading Italian magazine in the industry), published in the May 2012 issue, as well as secured a position as a guest contributor representing the Los Angeles metropolitan region for instructional articles.

"Ciao bella" Italian teacher
Jan 2009 - Present

Learn Italian, the fourth most studied language in the world ! " Ciao bella " is a program designed for the complete beginner, with simple idiomatic phrases you'll be able to speak ITALIANO in no time. Divided in ten subject, Gio will guide you through the different phases of learning the language: building your vocabulary, the correct grammar and pronunciation.

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Jan 2002 - Present
Private Guitar Studio

Teach intermediate to advanced level one-on-one, small group and on-line guitar and music lessons to adult pupils both locally as well as abroad via worldwide videoconference

Researched, developed and deliver comprehensive curriculum covering subjects of fretboard harmony, scale
patterns, improvisation concepts, music reading, style analysis, R&B/funk styles, basic finger-picking techniques,
basic classical guitar techniques, and modern harmony

Utilize expanded knowledge of instructional textbooks, teaching materials and performance exercises to tailor
lesson plans to individual student ability levels, interests and outcome goals

Exceptional record of student retention and new client growth, keeping students for up to 12 continuous years and
increasing client-base by magnitudes on order of tens through word-of-mouth, online promotions, and live concert
performance visibility

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Guitar Instructor
Jan 1999 - Present
College Extension Program

Instructor for Beginning Guitar and Intermediate Guitar courses, developing curriculum for and
organizing/supervising group classes, 20 pupils in size, for teens and adults

Subject taught include: Basic guitar techniques, fretboard harmony, scales patterns, music reading foundations, song
transcriptions and basic improvisation concepts

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Guitar instructor/Music Instructor
Jan 2002 - Jan 2009
Los Alamitos Conservatory of Music Los Alamitos

Taught one-on-one lessons to students of different ages, ability levels and areas of interest, including topics of basic
guitar techniques, fretboard harmony, scales patterns, improvisation concept, music reading, finger picking
techniques and style analysis

Adopted new videoconference platform to provide instructions over larger geographic region and during off-hour
time periods

Build strong student-base, in the orders of tens, trough personal recommendation and strategic advertizing

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Guitar/Music Instructor
Jan 2001 - Jan 2002
Mars Music Learning Center

Taught in-store individual and group lessons to teens and adults, focusing on instrument performance, song analysis and transcription

Achieved maximum group class size limit of 20 students through personal recommendation and advertisement

Continued professional relationship with Scheduling Manager after 2002 closing of all southern California stores, in
order to continue the educational program by providing in home lessons

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Professional Guitar Program level II
Oct 1998 - Present
Musicinas Institute
Professional Guitar Program
Mar 1992 - Present
Musicians Institute
Contemporary music
Oct 1999 - Jan 2000
Musician Institute
Associate of Arts
Oct 1998 - Jan 2000
Musician Institute


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Best Instrumental R&B Song April 2015
Apr 2015
The Akademia of Music Awards

The Akademia wanted to take this opportunity to formally congratulate you on winning The Akademia Music Award for Best Instrumental / R&B song for ‘Good Morning Bella’ in the April 2015 Akademia Music Awards! The results are now available and public at: This page includes the general announcement and some artist features. This page lists all of the April 2015 winners.

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Honor Graduated
Mar 1993
Musician Institute

Professional Guitar Program Level 1


Honor Grad
Jan 2000
Musician Institute
Honor Graduated
Jan 2000
Musician Institute

Photos & Videos

It was an honor to share the stage with Miki Howard :) Live at Stevie's creole cafe performing for an enthusiastic audience ...just enjoy it .
A drop of high energy soul to warm up your day my friends.
This song is the first one I've composed for my record. I was trying to share the struggle of love, the joy and the suffering , all the emotions that make it worth to be experienced
The title says it all, it's a rock thing you guys. The producer said "Gio, why don't we get loud this time ? " He didn't have to twist my arm to convince me:-) distortion is just a beautiful thing ! I hope you guys will like it, I had a lot of fun doing it,
Here I'm just having fun in C7....or around that :-) Is important to develop your ideas when you improvise, that concepts applies through out the scales/flavors you might wanna use. At the end, any note is a good note if you really mean it. Hope you like it,
I've always loved Latin music. It's a lot of fun when you let your "nylon string's lady" drive you through a world of spice, hot flavored and flamenco's whipped. Personally I like to mix differne musical worlds, after all, my playing is just a reflection of my experience.
Photo by Gio L.

Photo by Gio L.

Photo by Gio L.
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13 Reviews

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Sabrina Feb 22, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Excellent instructor!

I first met Gio at Los Angeles Valley College. I enrolled in the beginning guitar class and enjoyed it so much that I formed a group class with two other classmates for a once per week group lesson with Gio. I have found him to be an excellent guitar instructor who is very patient and complimentary to the student’s strengths. I appreciate the manner in which Gio approaches teaching guitar, which is a combination of constructive criticism and challenging material. Gio provides the foundation for the student to build upon and that has given me the confidence to continue learning how to play the guitar.

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gg G. Nov 1, 2015
Adobe Photoshop · In home


gg G. Nov 1, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

good teacher

gg G. Nov 1, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

good teacher

bernadette E. Apr 20, 2015
Italian · In home

I had so much fun working with Gio. He has a fantastic program for learning Italian
He had excellent handouts and was very professional during the session
I really cannot express how pleased I am to be able to work with Gio.

Sandra B. Mar 16, 2015
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Just finished 5 classes of Photoshop with Gio. Great start for me. Gio communicated well, flexible with schedule and focused on things I wanted. Would not hesitate to recommend.

Norman G. Mar 13, 2015
Italian · Online

Enjoyed the lesson very much. He kept it simple but gave crucial information in order to learn the language. I have my homework to do and look forward to our next lesson. Thanks.

Patrick H. Feb 26, 2014
Guitar ·

I recommend Gio for anyone wishing to study the guitar

I have taken lessons from Gio for 8 years. It included reading music, jazz harmony, pick technique, timing, and left hand technique. It has been a very rewarding experience.
He has help me understand the mechanics of technique and how to practice.

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Athena A. Feb 26, 2014
Music Theory ·

Best Guitar Teacher Ever

Gio is a very patient & fun teacher. He begins the lessons by asking you what you want to learn, where you're coming from and how you'd like to proceed, how much time you have to practice and tailors his lessons and recommendations to what you can do, without ever making you feel guilty for being out of practice and if you're busy like me, that's much appreciated.

On top of all this, he has a positive attitude, a love and passion for music and a great heart.

I am learning how to read read/play classical & blues style & I am learning the essentials of finger picking.

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Lin G. Feb 26, 2014
Guitar ·

Gio is an EXCELLENT teacher!!

Gio is a super teacher and a really nice guy!!! He really wants you to learn how to play the guitar. You can tell he really loves teaching. He taught me how to read music on the guitar, something I thought I would never learn how to do. You can't go wrong with Gio if you want to learn how to play guitar!

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kelly C. Feb 26, 2014
Guitar ·

Look no further

I have taken lessons with Gio for over 10 years now. Gio is knowledgable and highly skilled in many areas of guitar. Not only does he have a command of the instrument, but he has a great understanding of musical theory as well. I have learned much and continue to broaden my knowledge of the instrument. I highly recommend Gio as a guitar teacher. Plus the italian accent is great.

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F M. Feb 26, 2014
Guitar ·


I've taken music lessons (piano, guitar, drums) for years and have been in school for many years... point is, I know what makes a great teacher... passion for their trade, genuine interest in the student learning, and (in my case) exceptional patience. Gio scores a "10" in all aspects of the student/teacher experience.

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Adam W. Dec 1, 2012

Gio is Awesome!

Giovanni is a great guitarist as well as teacher, and goes the extra mile to help you with whatever you want to develop. Super nice guy, always easy to reach.

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