Jesse Horner

Jesse H.

10 Reviews
Del Mar, CA

Average response time: 6 hours

About Jesse H.

Background check: Last verified 10/22/2014
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Jesse teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: October 2005
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I studied Jazz Guitar with Peter Sprague and then went on to study the classical guitar with Celin Romero. Later on, while I attended UCSD I studied with Pepe Romero in master classes. In 1982 I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. We still play all over the world for private and public events. During my time with The Mar Dels I have learned and performed many of the classic rock hits.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am interested in giving my students a solid background in right and left hand technique for the guitar. This will include finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. I would like all my students to develop a correct left hand position. This is very important to the student 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 later on. Most classical guitar music cannot 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 scales and arpeggios that I have written notes on and have in my personal library, so at first it will not be necessary for my students to buy any books. I can suggest some titles if they feel they must have some additional materials to review.

My approach is to place an emphasis on the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. This may be slightly different than many musicians who feel that a piece of music is like a 100 yard dash. I would rather have my student play a song at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds than to rush through simply to show an ability to play fast.

In the first three months I believe that the average student should be able to play some open position chords, some bar chords, some arpeggios, be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I would like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within 6 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 could learn to sing a song and back themselves up on the guitar. To be able to sing and play at the same time is a special skill that takes time to master and is something that I have done for years. I am happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately the progress of the student will depend on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills that are presented to them. I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible but if they are interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus entirely on that.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on what the student was interested in learning I would have with me a steel string or classical guitar and would prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If the lesson was an introduction to a beginning student, I could 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


Guitar & Ukulele Teacher Nov 2011 - Present

Teaching beginning through advanced guitar and ukulele.


Music Sep 1982 - Jun 1986
Music Sep 1982 - Jun 1985

Languages Spoken

Spanish Limited Proficiency
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10 Reviews on Jesse H.

Zina G. Feb 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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.
Bart M. Jan 2, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse is very patient and encouraging. I especially appreciate Jesse's ability to simplify what I find complex.
Emma H. Feb 5, 2014
Verified Student
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.
Jesse H. Jan 19, 2014
Classical Guitar
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!

Ashley C. Jan 13, 2014
Classical Guitar
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.
Beth M. Jan 12, 2014
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.
Leslie R. Jan 11, 2014
Verified Student
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.
Joe T. Aug 18, 2013
Verified Student
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.
BrianF1 Jun 8, 2012
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.
kathlyni Apr 6, 2012
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!