Judy Gascoyne

Judy G.

San Mateo, CA
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Judy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 7+ and males 8+

Teaching since:
February 2014

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 guitar for 35+ and teaching private and group lessons for 12 years. I also teach ukulele, beginning electric bass and songwriting. ***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.***

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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Jan 1980 - Present
Groovy Judy

I've been playing guitar for over 35 years, learning and studying with several different methods and teachers. I've also been performing live for over 25 years. ๐Ÿ˜„โœŒ๐Ÿป๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽถ


BS Radio & TV Broadcasting
Sep 1989 - Jun 1992
San Francisco State University

Photos & Videos

Here's a video of me performing with my students at our annual "Teacher Jam" at B Street Music in San Mateo.
Groovy Judy spreads peace & positivity in her original song, "Give Love." Woofstock Festival, Rocklin, CA.
I taught these 2 groovy girls how to play a Traditional Devotional Indian song.  They learned how to play both the chords and the melody and took turns switching off.  It was lots of fun!
Photo by Judy G.

Photo by Judy G.

Photo by Judy G.
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13 Reviews

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Molly Mar 2, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

She's a good teacher . She also put up with me not knowing anything well.

Rodger R. Sep 28, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

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.

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Martin Aug 18, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

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.

Vishal G. Jul 21, 2016
Guitar · In home

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!

Yuki Nov 24, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

She's lesson is very efficient and fun! Can't wait next lesson!

Edward S. Sep 21, 2015
Guitar · In home

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 !

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Ifat G. Aug 17, 2015
Guitar · In home

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.

Divyaradha S. Aug 2, 2015
Guitar · In home

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.

Leah Levine-Goldberg L. Jul 30, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

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!

Joseph S. Apr 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Judy is a great teacher that will work at the student's pace with songs the student likes ! ! !

Alesa Q. Nov 15, 2013
Guitar ·

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!!!!!

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Alka K. Nov 14, 2013
Guitar ·

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.

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Judy G. Nov 13, 2013
Guitar ·

Groovy Judy is a great guitar teacher :-)

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

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