Jesse Horner

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA

About Jesse H.

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Jesse teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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.

Photos and Videos

Jesse plays Cavatina by the pool

Experience

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

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Limited Proficiency
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35 Reviews on Jesse H.

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Robert T. Apr 27, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Blake E. Apr 19, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
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!
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Vint Feb 24, 2016
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He is a patient man!
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Willy Jan 24, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Highly recommended.
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Martin S. Jan 9, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Friendly and professional. My son really enjoyed the lesson!
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Yijia L. Dec 16, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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!
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Linda Dec 15, 2015
Ukulele · In home
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.
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Don M. Dec 7, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
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
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Jackie K. Nov 14, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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".
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Don M. Oct 28, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
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.