Jesse Horner
Del Mar, CA
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Jesse Horner

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA
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Learn any song you want from any time. I have a good ear and can pick any song off a CD or YouTube. I can then write it out for you and teach it to you in any key. Don't be afraid, I like to use Tablature so you don't need to be able to read music.

Do you want to play Lead Guitar? I can teach you all the scales, arpeggios & Pentatonics that you need to know to become a rock 'n' roll guitar god!

About Jesse H.

Jesse H. plays guitar with The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best-known dance and party bands. But he’s more than just a rock-and-roller — he’s studied jazz and classical guitar with other master musicians.

His lessons focus on developing:

- Right and left hand technique
- Finger picking and flat picking
- Tonal and sound quality
- Playing and singing
- The ability to play a solo
- Chords, scales, and arpeggios

Jesse’s broad skill set allows him to teach a variety of styles, though he’s happy to focus on one particular style if that’s what the student prefers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take guitar or ukulele lessons from one of the top musicians in San Diego.


*** Overview ***
I studied jazz guitar with Peter Sprague and classical guitar with Celin Romero. While at UCSD, I studied with Pepe Romero in master classes. In 1982, I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. During my time with the band, I’ve learned and performed many classic rock hits. One of the best-known dance/party bands in San Diego, the Mar Dels continue to play at private and public events locally, nationally, and globally.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music. Most classical guitar music can’t be played well with a standard rock left hand technique, but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique. 

Most of the studies I use with my students are songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

I emphasize the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. Many musicians feel that playing a piece of music is like running a 100-yard dash. I prefer that my students play at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds, rather than rushing through a song simply to show an ability to play fast. I feel that it’s very important to practice any new piece or exercise at a slow tempo till it can be played well with relaxed hands. When the tempo is gradually increased, one acquires beauty with speed.

Within the first three months, the average student should be able to play some open position chords, bar chords, and arpeggios, and be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within six months that they could play for their friends or parents. If the student’s goal is to use the guitar to accompany their voice, they can learn to sing and play at the same time. This is a special skill that takes time to master, and is something that I have done for years. I’m happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately, the progress of the student depends on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills. If a student is interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus on it; however, I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible.

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.

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Manasa H.
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Totally would recommend Jesse for guitar teaching. He is very patient and teaches in a fun way my child was able to grasp and learn from. He is very experienced and a great teacher to learn from. My son was 7 years old when Jesse taught him guitar, and he loves playing guitar now - all thanks to Jesse.

Posted May 19, 2020
Bruce
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Fantastic instructor. Really cares about teaching his students.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Kevin
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I have Jessie teaching me and 2 teenagers. He is a great communicator, has genuine feedback and is very talented.

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Edward
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Learn from a professional guitarist!

There's an advantage learning from someone who is actually paid to perform music. Get the perspective and tricks of the trade to sound good quickly. He plays the range from rock to standard classical fare like Tarrega and Bach.

He teaches using tab and regular notation which really gets you up to speed quickly on any piece. My previous guitar teachers didn't use tab so learning anything is a slog. I've already learned Lagrima, Bach's Air, Bach's Bourree, Romanza, Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Tears in Heaven in a relatively short time.

Jesse observes your fingerings very well and makes sure you use the most efficient methods.

Flexibility of scheduling was extremely important to me since I cannot be on a regular weekly schedule. Take Lessons and Jesse's flexible schedule makes that very easy.

Posted Feb 7, 2020
Casey
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Jesse is awesome!
My son looks forward to his lessons, Jesse makes learning guitar fun and interesting.
Highly recommend Jesse!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Ethan Y.
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Jesse is so friendly and knowledgeable. My son loves him after the first lesson. We will continue to have lessons with him.

Posted Jan 10, 2020
Jennifer
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Jesse is a great teacher! I am a novice Ukelele player. On our first lesson he was able to perceive what I knew and what I needed to progress. I’ve had fun each day working the exercises he gave me. Looking forward to further lessons and learning more!

Posted Nov 14, 2019
Wyatt C.
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Jesse is a wonderful coach and teacher. We really enjoyed our time with him.

Thanks Jesse

Posted Oct 15, 2019
Akshay T.
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Very knowledgeable. Goes at your pace. Definitely recommend

Posted Aug 24, 2019
Zane K.
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Jesse has been great, he started teaching my 7 year old son guitar about a month ago and we can see real progress already. He has a very good demeanor working with kids and is clearly an expert on the guitar, we couldn't be happier with how things are going. Highly recommended!

Posted Jun 11, 2019
Ariel S.
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Jesse is a great teacher! Very passionate about guitar, kind, and interested in his students.

Posted May 21, 2019
Nica M.
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Great lesson

Posted Mar 19, 2019
Beverly
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Jesse is great. He is patient and kind. We are taking it slowly and methodically and that works great for me. He is also very encouraging.

Posted Dec 14, 2018
Jon
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Jesse is an awesome ukulele and guitar instructor. He is an outstanding music theorist and performer, but, most importantly, he is a wise, patient teacher. He comes prepared with music and skill building exercises and always makes it a fun experience. Jesse H. loves what he does and I highly recommend him as a music teacher.

Posted Oct 18, 2018
George
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Jesse has been a fantastic guitar instructor for our son. He is patient and works in a way that encourages our sons creativity and more importantly love of playing. Jessie has given our son various opportunities to perform in front of live audiences that has really built confidence.

Thanks Jesse.

Posted Oct 11, 2018
Sarah D.
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Jesse is an excellent musician with a real talent for teaching.

Posted Jul 10, 2018
Dave N.
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Jessie is such an amazing instructor. He makes learning fun and is so positive, patient and helpful. Thanks Jessie!

Posted Mar 30, 2018
Jaime
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Pro

Posted Mar 4, 2018
Jake & Chase V.
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Jessies is awesome!! Always on time and my kids are progressing very fast! I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jan 16, 2018
Teri
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Jesse’s a great teacher and is very patient and encouraging while this old dog learns some new tricks! I haven’t played a musical instrument in almost 50 years and never a stringed instrument, but his exercises and song choices make it challenging and fun! Watch for my upcoming gigs..haha! You never know!

Posted Jan 3, 2018
Janet
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Jesse is an absolute delight of a teacher. He’s patient and encouraging and excellent with technique, music theory, I’m just the joy of playing!

Posted Nov 2, 2017
Heather
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Jesse is very patient and encouraging.

Posted Aug 17, 2017
Garth
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Jesse was wonderful at improving my techniques and inspiring me to do better.

Posted Apr 11, 2017
Talia
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Jesse is a very nice, prompt, attentive teacher. He not only teaches classical guitar but also Yukalele! He is a wonderful guy!

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Bill F.
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Very good beginning. He has a perfect teaching style for me. On time and displays a very broad knowledge of the business. I look forward to the next lesson.

Posted Mar 22, 2017
Bud R.
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Jesse was very personable, patient, and encouraging. Especially for an older student who is learning late in life. Look forward to more lessons with him.

Posted Dec 18, 2016
Maikha B.
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Good instructor. We would like to learn more Hawaiian music. Also play more music. Season was also very short. How long are lessons?

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Taira G.
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Excellent!

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Haleigh C.
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My impression was Jesse had a cool vibe about him. He's also an amazing musician and worked great with my 10 yr old, and he really knows a lot about music and teaching music. He had no ego. He just wants to make learning a fun and enjoyable experience.

Posted Oct 14, 2016
Gina M.
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Jesse does a great job of giving positive feedback, while providing tips for improvement.

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Andrew
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Jesse has such a great disposition. He is so calm and so relaxed. His experience is unmatched. Playing guitar for so long and with advanced training. One day I messaged him that I wanted to learn a couple specific rock songs and he showed up with the tablature all printed out for me!

Posted May 19, 2016
Robert T.
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Jesse is going to be a great teacher for me. He obviously knows what he is teaching and I can already tell, that he will be able to judge how far to push me, or to back off a bit if I get stumped. His enthusiasm is contagious.I am already looking forward to future lessons.
I am a visual person so his method makes perfect sense to me, just have to get the
fingers to keep up with my brain. I was afraid it might be the other way around, so am pleasantly surprised. Now, practice begins.

Posted Apr 27, 2016
Blake E.
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Jesse is our first music teacher and my 9 year old son is really enjoying his Ukulele lessons. My favorite thing about Jesse is how often he compliments my son during his 30 minute lesson. Practicing has yet to be a struggle and my son looks forward to his lesson. Jesse is able to keep my son's attention and make his lesson fun for him. In 5 lessons my son has learned to read music and several basic songs. It is easy to welcome Jesse in our home for the lesson. We highly recomend him as a teacher. My son wants me to add that when Jesse rides his motorcycle to our house for the lesson it is also super cool!

Posted Apr 19, 2016
Vint
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He is a patient man!

Posted Feb 24, 2016
Willy
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Highly recommended.

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Martin S.
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Friendly and professional. My son really enjoyed the lesson!

Posted Jan 9, 2016
Yijia L.
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I enjoy the lessons with Jesse very much!!! He is professional, patient and with a pleasant personality. I never touched guitar before. It's amazing how Jesse taught me from the very begining and helped me to reach the goals each time. Looking forward to the upcoming lessons!

Posted Dec 16, 2015
Linda
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Jesse is an amazing teacher with my 12 y/o daughter. He's kind, patient and is in tune to what she likes. He communicates well with her and she very much looks forward to her lessons with him. In just a short time (maybe 6 lessons), she's learned so much and plays many songs already and has had almost no exposure to any instrument to this point. Plus, you can't help but smile when there's a Ukulele being played in the house! Thank you Jesse for sharing your gift and passion of music to others.

Posted Dec 15, 2015
Don M.
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I'm progressing with Jesse teaching uke, but just wanted to say in his behalf that he takes extraordinary care prepping for our sessions. He listens carefully each time, figures out what I need as we go, then comes back with THE MOST APPROPRIATE LESSON, next session....a superb teacher

Posted Dec 7, 2015
Jackie K.
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Pretty cool! As impatient as I am, Jesse is pretty good at letting me know about improvements and how to play and still makes it a relaxed environment. SO much better than learning when i was a kid in public schools with instructors on a "lesson plan".

Posted Nov 14, 2015
Don M.
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The best teachers don teach; theylisten to the learner and work from there. That's pretty much what Jesse did. Enuf said, Looks like it's going to be a good trip.

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Madison A.
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Jesse's approach to music really fit my learning style.

Posted Aug 22, 2015
Kristin G.
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Jesse is so patient and encouraging. My granddaughter loves her guitar lessons and he makes it real, by accompanying her and applauding her songs. Jesse offers a great balance of exercises on the guitar and songs she likes. She is learning so fast we are amazed! She got to hear his band play this week and that motivated her even more. We give Jesse a 10!

Posted Aug 15, 2015
Brett R.
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Very nice and easy to work with

Posted Aug 15, 2015
Canace L.
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When my son started Ukelele lesson, he was only 5 years old. Jesse has been very patient and taught him all the kids' songs. Ever since then, my son has increased interest in learning more and has memorized his finger positions really well. Jesse is very professional and always pleasant. We highly recommend him.

Posted Aug 9, 2015
Scott
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Jesse has done amazing things with our son, age 12. Jesse's relaxed, low-pressure approach has worked really well to keep him interested without any resistance. In the process he has become quite an accomplished guitarist! Jesse truly has a gift for teaching.

Posted Jul 30, 2015
Pam
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Jesse has been a great guitar/ukulele teacher for our daughter. He keeps the lessons interesting by introducing new and hip music. He is patient and always punctual. Da Best! :)

Posted Jul 27, 2015
Irene R.
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Jessie has taught my daughter classical and regular guitar for a couple of years. There are many, many thing I like about Jesse's teaching. One of the things that I like most is that he asks my daughter what she wants to learn and then teaches it to her. He mixes up the theory and it's application with what she wants to learn keeping interest and motivation at a high. Another thing that I like is the breadth of material he brings. His students end up well versed in all types of music and are able to play well known pieces in many different genres. Yet another thing that I like is his creditability. He walks the walk. His group plays regularly. Any doubts that your teenager may have about him can be quickly and easily put to rest just by going to hear him perform. Jesse is a good teacher and I highly recommend him.

Posted Jul 21, 2015
Chris/Jane Q.
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Jesse has been teaching our 10 year old daughter ukulele for the past year and she's loving it! He's a wonderful teacher with a kind demeanor. Jesse is always encouraging and patient. He always finds songs that my daughter is excited to play. We highly recommend Jesse!

Posted Jul 16, 2015
Richard Y.
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Jesse is a wonderful teacher. Kind, patient, and most of all passionate about music and teaching it. I would highly recommend him to anyone old or young who wants to learn a new instrument. I have learned Ukelele from Jesse since November 2014 and look forward to many more happy sessions with him. You won't regret it!
Richard

Posted Jul 16, 2015
Gail
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Jesse has been a great teacher for the last two years for our 12 year old son who with just one lesson a week has progressed to an advanced level on the guitar and is consistently energized and enthusiastic after each lesson. Jesse is a professional and a fabulous musician and we feel fortunate to have him come to our home to teach our son. Jesse arrives on time, is dedicated and inspirational, and makes sure to schedule make up lessons when needed.

Posted Jul 15, 2015
Gloria C.
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Jessee was great! Was amazing with our 6 year old as well as her dad! Would definitely recommend.

Posted Jul 15, 2015
Julia M.
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Jesse is patient and kind. He pushes my 9 year old granddaughter a bit and she responds! She's already playing a few songs (recognizable, even) after only about 3-4 lessons. She practices many days (not all) and seems, in her unassuming way, to look forward to showing Jesse how she is doing.

Posted Jul 1, 2015
Simon M.
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Jesse is gentle and patient with my 5 year old grandson. Simon sits and waits for him, holding his Ukulele. One time we missed the cancellation and Simon was so sad!

Posted Jul 1, 2015
Janna L.
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Jesse has been teaching me ukelele and my husband guitar for the past few months. I had never picked up a ukelele before I started, and at the end of my first lesson he had me playing a song! He works great with absolute beginners (like me) and with those who have been playing but want to hone their skills (like my husband). He comes to our house, is always on time, and is a great teacher. I would recommend Jesse to anyone.

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Kristin G.
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Jesse was a real confidence builder on the first lesson. My granddaughter has been practicing and is excited to have a second lesson. Jesse taught both grandchildren and he carefully adapted to the learning needs/style of each one and made the lesson just the right "dose".

Posted Jun 16, 2015
Zina G.
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Jesse is a wonderful guitar instructor. He is very encouraging and has a gentle but effective way of communicating. He keeps the lessons moving well too. I strongly recommend him.

Posted Feb 28, 2015
Bart M.
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Jesse is very patient and encouraging. I especially appreciate Jesse's ability to simplify what I find complex.

Posted Jan 2, 2015
Emma H.

Great teacher!

We moved to the area from aboard 6 months ago and didn't no how to find a guitar teacher for our daughter.
Take lessons pointed us in the direction of Jesse, and we haven't looked back!
Our daughter thoroughly enjoys her lessons with Jesse, who makes it a lot more appealing by introducing modern music to the lessons. I have and would continue to recommend him.

Posted Feb 5, 2014
Jesse H.

My main regret is that I did not start with him when I was much younger!

I have had the pleasure of lessons from Jesse Horner for two years. I started when I was 73 years old and never had any music training before, so I started from scratch. Jesse has been great in guiding me in the direction I seemed to want to go. With almost 40 years experience, I think Jesse has experience and knowledge of every aspect of music theory, guitars and guitar playing(also Ukuleles). He makes the lessons enjoyable and is very flexible and understanding in his teaching process. My main regret is that I did not start with him when I was much younger!

elgie

Posted Jan 19, 2014
Ashley C.

If you have high standards, you'll be pleased

Having moved from Barcelona Spain we were interested in continuing our daughter's classical guitar lessons. He is able to connect to our daughter (age 10) and encourage her while giving her good feedback. She practices on her own (without reminders) and looks forward to Jesse's visits. You won't be disappointed.

Posted Jan 13, 2014
Beth M.

Great with Kids

Jesse has been very patient and understanding with our shy child. He brings out the best in her and is very encouraging and patient while she slowly builds her new skills. He has found great ways to keep her interested in learning this difficult instrument. He is easy to get a hold of and always on time.

Posted Jan 12, 2014
Leslie R.

You can't go wrong with Jesse

Our daughter who just turned 9 started taking guitar lessons with Jesse a few months ago as a beginner with no experience. We have been very satisfied with her progress and her enthusiasm has grown the more she learns. Jesse has a very kind, patient, and flexible style of teaching. He took the time to get to know our daughter and allows her to have input on the songs and music that they work on. My son once took guitar lessons and never really progressed and eventually quit. I see a huge difference with my daughter's guitar lessons experience and I attribute that all to the excellence in teaching that Jesse provides.

Posted Jan 11, 2014
Joe T.

Fantastic teacher!

My daughter had very little previous guitar experience, but within 5 short lessons, he instilled in her a love for playing the guitar and gave her a level of confidence, despite her normally shy demeanor, that allowed her to join him on stage in a jam session to play a couple of songs with him. It's an experience that she will never forget and his friendly and easy going personality is a bonus to his teaching skills.

Posted Aug 18, 2013
BrianF1

Jesse is excellent...patient, encouraging and very sensitive/skilled re:how and when to offer constructive suggestions about things you are doing incorrectly.He is a really really good teacher and a very nice guy.

Posted Jun 8, 2012
kathlyni

Jesse H. ROCKS!

Jesse is teaching my 11 year old son and he is doing the best job. My son is learning at a fast pace and enjoys practicing on his own. Jesse is doing a fantastic job!

Posted Apr 6, 2012

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Guitar & Ukulele Teacher
Nov 2011 - Present

TakeLessons.com

Teaching beginning through advanced guitar and ukulele.

Chief Financial Officer, musician / singer
Sep 1982 - Present

The Mar Dels Band, Inc.

I have held my position with The Mar Dels, Inc. for over thirty years which is an unusually long time be a top performer in the music business. In addition to playing guitar and singing during Mar Dels performances my responsibilities include, contracting events, holding deposits, banking, keeping calendars up to date, paying the performers and keeping books and financial records, filing all quarterly payroll tax returns and end of the year corporate tax returns and filing our annual statement of domestic stock. I am also involved in producing all of the promotional recordings, videos, website information and e-mail blasts about public events. Somewhere in this big mess I need to find time to practice my own music and increase my own skill level. I also need to practice to learn my parts as the band adds new songs.

Education

Music
Sep 1982 - Jun 1986

UCSD

Music
Sep 1982 - Jun 1985

UCSD

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