Jeff Stetson

Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA

About Jeff S.

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Jeff teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: December 1977
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've become a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,

Photos and Videos

"Cycle of Life": Jeff Stetson performing original "unplugged" song, "Freedom" from his CD produced by Max Vasquez: "Cycle Of Life" Video directed/shot/edited produced by Max Vasquez Session audio engineering by Alan Wilson


acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, ukulele, music theory and improvisation
Mar 2014 - Present
Jeff S.

I 1st started teaching at Guitar Corner in Arcadia, Ca. from 1975-1979. I then switched to Graham Music in Temple City from 1979-2000. I currently teach at 3 different stores but I'm trying to build up my client bass on I've performed with the Drifters, Tower of Power, and Brenda White. I've led musical groups with alumni from Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Gabor Szabo, Harry James, the Coasters, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach, jazz, rock, blues, pop, country, and folk music and am also experienced at teaching music theory and improvisation.


Associate Arts Degree and Bachelor's Degree in music
Sep 1974 - Present
AA from Pasadena City College, BA from Cal State Los Angeles


Advisory Council for Minority Affairs [ACMA], 1987, and 1988.
Jun 1987
Jet Propulsion Lab [JPL]

Performing with my band, Water Colours in June of 1987, and again in 1988 during American Heritage Week.

22 Reviews on Jeff S.

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Anne Jan 10, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Great lesson. Looking forward to getting a deep understanding of music theory and applying those patterns to my ukulele and guitar skills.
Jim H. Jun 28, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Excellent lesson and I'm already looking forward to my next lesson.
Steve Jan 27, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Jeff was very helpful and encouraging. I had not picked up a guitar in 45 years, but I found myself remembering chords and techniques that I had long forgotten about. Jeff is a very talented guitarist and the lessons are reasonably priced. The 45 minute lesson is a great deal.
Pat M. Oct 19, 2015
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Started with Jeff in January 2015 - I had tinkered off & on with guitar for about 50 years, could play a little folky stuff & bluegrass rhythm guitar but not well, never took lessons before and hadn't played much for about 40 years. Jeff started off by hearing what I could do (not much!) and went from there, mainly with rock stuff. He is a walking encyclopedia, patient, unpretentious and I have made a lot of progress and continue to feel better about it every week. I actually am inspired to practice! I would recommend Jeff to anyone who wants to learn. 5 stars!
Daiana Sep 23, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Jeff is the best teacher when it comes to guitar. I've been receiving lessons from him since I was 10 and have continued the lessons over the years. Each lesson I take I get to learn something new and I am always entertained. I'm amazed at how well he teaches you every chord and technique in a simple and clear manner. He is patient and overall just an awesome person. May God bless him in his teaching career!
Pat M. Sep 10, 2015
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · In studio
He started out at my level and has gone forward from there. He has knowledge of popular music of the last 6o years. I would recommend him for anybody that is interested in any guitar based popular music. Pop rock, blues, anything!
Pat M. Feb 24, 2015
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · In home
I started with Jeff 3 weeks ago and am very happy with him & lessons. I started playing guitar off & on as a folkie in the 1960's, no lessons - learned by osmosis + a couple of songbooks with chord diagrams, played off & on, (mostly off). I retired in July 2014 (at 71) and promised myself I would really learn to play. He started by asking me to play the chords I knew, and what kinds of music I wanted to play, and started me off with basic strums etc. For me at least it is a good approach. We go at my pace and no pressure - + a lot of talk about life in America etc. Plan to continue with him and highly recommend him. (I'm the old guy in the picture)
David L. Nov 14, 2014
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Jeff is a great guitar teacher. He knows everything about the guitar and music theory. Whenever I have a question, Jeff always goes into great detail to explain everything to make I understand it well. I have been with Jeff for almost a year and my playing and understanding of the guitar has greatly improved. Jeff also has a great record collection. Thank you Jeff and see you next week for my lesson!
David W. Dec 4, 2013
· Bass Guitar ·
Jeff is the Man!

I took lessons from Jeff on and off for about 15yrs. I started off on the bass and then tried learning some guitar. I really had a great time learning how to play the bass from Jeff, he makes it really fun and relevant to your needs. Some days, I really wanted to learn a song I heard on the radio or from a favorite band, and he was instantly able to teach it to me. Jeff is a great guy and really knows how to teach guitar. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from Jeff. He will go at your pace, and you will have a blast learning how to play the guitar!
Rick A. Nov 30, 2013
· Guitar ·
Rock players: learn something about Jazz!

I came to Jeff as a rock player with /some/ skill, but stuck in the "pentatonic box". Jeff introduced me to the infinite possibilities of Jazz. I wasn't the most diligent student in the world, and even still, I learned some of the basics: how to read a lead sheet, how Jazz maps to the electric guitar, how to play faster, and /when/ to play faster. Jeff introduced me to some essential figures from the Jazz canon: Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Jobim. In retrospect, the most important takeaway from "Jeff lessons" was ear training. He has a clever set of techniques for learning to hear and recognize intervals. Take lessons with Jeff and you'll learn how build chords, and to easily pick apart a piece of music and transcribe it. On top of all that, he's a pretty cool guy. :) Solid gold!
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