Judy Gascoyne
San Mateo, CA
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Judy Gascoyne

Judy G.

San Mateo, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been playing guitar for 40 years, teaching guitar for over 15 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to tune the instrument and play easy songs.

My lessons tailored to the student. We’ll create a Lesson plan with goals and a have live performance opportunity quarterly.

I typically use Hal Leonard books, as well as various other books and songs. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels. I can't wait to meet you!

About Judy G.

Thanks for checking out my lessons. My name is Judy aka Groovy Judy. I'm a guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. I've been playing music for 45 years and teaching private and group lessons for 17 years. I teach guitar, ukulele, beginning electric bass, beginning piano and songwriting. I’m currently teaching online via TakeLessons Classroom, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or Microsoft Teams.

I work with a lot of kids (as well as adults) and beginners. I'm extremely patient, and I enjoy getting brand new students up and running with proper techniques and good habits. My teaching style/philosophy is to get my students playing as soon as possible in an easy and fun way. I focus on basics such as tuning, rhythm, proper pick technique, strumming, reading guitar tab and/or sheet music, and playing songs. I tailor my lessons to the student so it's fun for both of us.

The styles I teach are: rock (classic, indie, punk) folk, pop, reggae/ska funk, blues, r&b, country, some finger-picking, and a bit of classical. I can teach you any song you want to play whether it's rap, rock hip-hop or a piano piece. I will find a way to do it and make it fun. :-)

My style is easy going, but not lackadaisical. I take teaching seriously and do my best to make the student feel comfortable. I give my students weekly assignments that I ask them to complete. However, if a student doesn't work on their assignment, I don't criticize or condemn them. I go over the assignment with them and gently remind them to play and work on the materials I've given.

I love teaching, music, and sharing my gifts with others.

Thanks and I look forward to working with you!
Judy G. aka Groovy Judy

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are once a week. Payment is due at the time of the lesson. Package rates are available upon availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 guitar amps, a guitar stand, a music stand, mp3 player, a lava lamp and some cool rock posters 

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic and electric guitars, music stand, small amp, mp3 player and lots of cool music ***Please note - I'm located on the Peninsula, so the areas I serve are: Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton & Menlo Park.***

*** Specialties ***
I love rock, pop, folk, funk, fingerpicking and the blues. I teach all of those styles and songs by great artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and many more.


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27 Reviews
Lindsey Smith
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Best Guitar teacher by far! Judy possesses a wealth of practical experience combining playing professionally with her ability to teach at all levels. And it shows. Judy brings her teaching techniques and presents them in such a way, at a level and speed, you, the student, can feel comfortable. Judy is quite knowledgeable. To ensure your on the right track Judy provides additional learning material, techniques and special custom training videos which are extremely helpful. This last comment is above and beyond that normal lesson. That's a great teacher! A teacher that is committed to achieving your goals. Its a good indication Judy is there to provide the student a strong positive platform and learning experience to advance your ability to play Guitar.

Posted Oct 7, 2021
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Judy has been an amazing teacher for our eight year old daughter Elizabeth! Rock on!

Posted Aug 12, 2021
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Judy is fantastic and super nice!!!!

Posted Jun 25, 2021
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I'm a reasonably advanced bass player who needs to pick up some other instruments including guitar. This puts me in the awkward position of knowing too much for my own good when it comes to learning.

Judy has been great about reigning in my tendency to expect to "get it" immediately. At the same time, she's helped me make real, concrete progress in becoming competent on guitar. In the short time I've been taking lessons from her I've gone from being able to noodle a bit with random blues licks to being able to play actual songs and recognize and play chords.

I went into this knowing I would be a difficult student no matter how hard I tried not to be. Judy has not only coped, she has excelled.

Posted Jun 25, 2021
McKenzie H.
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This was my daughter's first lesson. She loved working with Judy. Said she makes learning to play the Ukulele fun and easy.

Posted Jun 3, 2021
heather *.
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Groovy Judy is an excellent teacher. Very responsive, patient and most importantly fun to learn from. She follows up each class with an email including the music we worked on and short video of the strumming patterns if needed. So glad I signed up to learn Uke from her!

Posted May 28, 2021
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Judy is a great teacher. Strongly recommend!!!

Posted May 26, 2021
Mychael L.
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AwesomeπŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½I’m forever grateful and inspired! Thank you!!!

Posted Feb 23, 2021
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Judy has tailored a program for my daughter that challenges her and simultaneously nurtures her love of bass guitar. We are very happy.

Posted Feb 8, 2021
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enjoying my class =)

Posted Feb 3, 2021
Rebekah M.
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very patient and allowed me to mess up.
I am excited about the next lesson.

Posted Jan 9, 2021
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Judy was great dealing with an admittedly difficult student. I expect to learn a lot from her.

Posted Dec 7, 2020
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Judy was very supportive, cheerful, and kind.

Posted Feb 18, 2020
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She's a good teacher . She also put up with me not knowing anything well.

Posted Mar 2, 2017
Rodger R.
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Started with some basics and built on that. Was very helpful in showing me tuning, proper hand positioning, and how to improve my fingering (those pesky notes). Got a lot for the first class and enough homework to keep me busy! Will be meeting again next week.

Posted Sep 28, 2016
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Lesson was great fun. Judy is very good at making you feel that you're actually making progress and she is very patient with absolute rookies.

Posted Aug 18, 2016
Vishal G.
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In the words of my 9 year old - "Best music teacher ever!!" Thank you, Judy, for an awesome first lesson and a great first impression on our boy!

Posted Jul 21, 2016
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She's lesson is very efficient and fun! Can't wait next lesson!

Posted Nov 24, 2015
Edward S.
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Groovy Judy is a "great guitar teacher" with "unique" and "very effective" teaching methods.
Thanks to Judy, my son Joseph plays complete songs very well by Pink Floyd, Green Day, Modest Mouse and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers using strumming and picking.
Joseph is extremely happy with the guitar skills that he received from Groovy Judy !

Posted Sep 21, 2015
Ifat G.
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My 10 year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Judy for over a year, and he really enjoys them. Judy is patient, flexible and fun. Highly recommended.

Posted Aug 17, 2015
Divyaradha S.
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I was very lucky to find Judy.I am taking guitar lessons from Judy for almost an year.She is an amazing instructor especially for beginners.She is very friendly and encouraging.She helps me work on my weakness to improve.I highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 2, 2015
Leah Levine-Goldberg L.
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Judy is a fantastic teacher. She knew exactly how to help me get started at Ukulele and feel like I was making progress quickly! She makes students feel comfortable and successful. Highly recommended kids or adults!

Posted Jul 30, 2015
Joseph S.
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Judy is a great teacher that will work at the student's pace with songs the student likes ! ! !

Posted Apr 9, 2015
Alesa Q.

Best Guitar Teacher Evah!!!!

My 9yo son has been taking lessons from Judy since he was a young 6. Judy is patient and keeps the lessons fun and will adjust music to the child's interests. He knows the ins & outs of a guitar, can read sheet music, pick or strum a song, has great rhythm & loves guitar all thanks to Judy!!!!!

Posted Nov 15, 2013
Alka K.

Highly recommend Judy!

Our daughters have been taking private guitar lessons with Judy for the past year. They both really enjoy working with Judy and have made great improvements in their skills.

It was really important for us to work towards a goal of having the kids perform at a community function. Judy worked with us to write the music of a traditional Indian song and helped the girls learn the chords and melody to be able to play together skillfully.

Judy has been very flexible with our home lesson timings, working around the kids' school and sports schedules. She knows the bands/artists they like and always brings them music that they would want to learn and play from these artists. She makes learning fun and has a great way of interacting with the kids.

Posted Nov 14, 2013
Judy G.

Groovy Judy is a great guitar teacher :-)

she's great, patient, fun to work with. Highly rec

Posted Nov 13, 2013
Reed G.
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Posted Jan 6, 2021

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Jan 1980 - Present

Groovy Judy

I've been playing guitar for over 42 years, learning and studying with several different methods and teachers. I've also been performing live for over 30 years. πŸ˜„βœŒπŸ»οΈβ€οΈπŸŽΈπŸŽΆ


BS Radio & TV Broadcasting
Sep 1989 - Jun 1992

San Francisco State University

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