Jesse Horner

Jesse H.

10 Reviews
Del Mar, CA

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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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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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10 Reviews on Jesse H.

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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.
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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.
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Emma H. Feb 5, 2014
Guitar
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.
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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!

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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.
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Beth M. Jan 12, 2014
Guitar
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.
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Leslie R. Jan 11, 2014
Guitar
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.
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Joe T. Aug 18, 2013
Guitar
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.
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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.
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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!