James Gallardo

James G.

Los Osos, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Learning how to play Drum set can be challenging on your own. With over ten years of professional experience playing in all styles and genres, I believe together we can set key learning outcomes and joyfully help build your confidence as drummer. I will give you the rhythm methods you'll need to build a healthy relationship with your instrument in a safe and fun environment. My goal for you as my student is to reach your musical potential while having a wonderful time!

About James G.

I'm a bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and actor. I received my BA in Music (with a Classical Double Bass focus) from California Polytechnic State University in 2017 and I've been a professional freelance musician since 2010; primarily working in the state of California.

My love for music started at an early age (8). After moving from my birth home of Suffern, NY to Los Osos, CA, I quickly developed a naturally gifted ear towards popular music styles: classic rock, contemporary pop, heavy metal, and then later: jazz, classical, electronic and beyond.

After graduating high school, I decided to pursue both a Jazz Studies (AA) and Music Performance (AA) degree at Cuesta Community College from 2008-2014. Later in 2015, I was awarded best "Community College Jazz Combo" by Downbeat magazine. In 2016, I was awarded a one-year membership to the Jazz Bass School with John Patitucci through Artist Works. In 2018, I received IMDB movie credit for acting and performing in the film Destination Wedding staring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder.

In August of 2018, with award winning jazz orchestra arranger/engineer George Stone, produced and completed my old band Green to White's 2nd and final album entitled "Technologically Sound". During that same year I joined the band Moonshiner Collective lead by singer songwriter Dan Curcio.
For 6 months in 2019, I performed and toured as an musical actorv in the show Million Dollar Quartet through San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre & PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre.

I love learning from all my students while inspiring them to purse their own passions with music and life. I look forward to meeting with each and everyone of you!


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2 Reviews
Chris C.
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I took around 15 lessons for bass guitar with James and really enjoyed it. James was able to tailor the experience for what I wanted, which was heavy on music theory, but still made sure we applied the theory to the instrument. I had prior experience with some music theory and playing, but hadn't touched my bass in almost 10 years. James was able to figure out exactly where to pick up, provided great materials, and kept me engaged. James is very knowledgeable, a great player, and a cool cat.

Posted Nov 30, 2020
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James is a highly qualified instructor and was very thoughtful in answering my questions. I was impressed with the amount of resources he had on hand, such as worksheets, method books, sheet music, etc. I would definitely recommend James for anyone curious about learning music theory and/or the many instruments he plays.

Posted Apr 25, 2020

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Freelance Musician
Aug 2010 - Present

James G.

Private Music Teacher
Aug 2010 - Present

James G.


BA Music (Classical Double Bass Focus)
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017

California Polytechnic State University

AA Music Performance
Aug 2008 - Jun 2014

Cuesta Community College

AA Jazz Studies
Aug 2008 - Jun 2014

Cuesta Community College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Aug 2018


Destination Wedding (Movie; starring Keanu Reeves & Winona Ryder)  2018  (Live cast musician and actor)  & Piranhaconda (Syfy TV Movie - Studio Bassist for Jasmin Poncelet)  2012 


Featured Alumnus
Nov 2019

California Polytechnic State University

Best Musical Direction
Feb 2018

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

SLO Jazz Federation Scholarship
Mar 2017

SLO Jazz Federation

Jazz Bass School with John Patitucci 
Jan 2016

Artist Works

Best Community College Jazz Combo
Jun 2015

Downbeat Magazine

Charlie Shoemake Scholarship
Oct 2013

Cuesta Community College

SLO Jazz Federation Scholarship
Mar 2013

SLO Jazz Federation

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