Justin Martinez
Arroyo Grande, CA
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Justin Martinez

Justin M.

Arroyo Grande, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
After years of playing, I know how to break down the guitar and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning guitar and will get you up and playing in no time. Lessons will teach you the following:

* songs you actually want to play
* how to read music and guitar tablature
* chords and progressions
* music theory
* guitar technique for all styles to make you a well-rounded player
* learn how to write your own tunes and jam in any style with anyone

About Justin M.

Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar.

My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to play in any style and ultimately create your own music.

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Lauren
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Keeps me engaged and is honest about where I need to improve . I love the combination of learning how to play and learning about music. Very clear instructions and makes it fun.

Posted Oct 12, 2021
Suzy
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Justin has a unique and much appreciated balance of knowledge/skill and humility/approach-ability. I'm grateful.

Posted Sep 29, 2021
Sarah
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Justin is the 100% Best Best Best. So patient, and picks great songs to learn even for true beginners like myself. I can't say enough good things about him

Posted Sep 24, 2021
LAUREN
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Great first lesson. Justin was very clear and answered all my questions. I’m learning the basics and look forward to practicing. Great instructions.

Posted Sep 14, 2021
Penn
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First lesson and it was great! Thank you, Justin!

Posted Sep 3, 2021
Scott
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Trying to memorize the chord map for the chorus is a challenge!

Posted Sep 1, 2021
Scott
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3 brand new chords! Yikes!!

Posted Aug 18, 2021
Scott
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I will have to remember what phrasing meant as a drummer!

Posted Aug 4, 2021
Christie J.
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Insightful, creative -- I can't say enough. An outstanding instructor.

Posted Jul 29, 2021
Scott
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Makes difficult rhythms easy to understand!

Posted Jul 28, 2021
Scott
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Progress for sure!

Posted Jul 21, 2021
Scott
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Making it all make sense!

Posted Jul 14, 2021
Scott
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For a 1st lesson, fantastic! Not too rushed or over my head.

Posted Jul 7, 2021
Allison
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Had a great 1st lesson with Justin. He listened to my goals and I feel great about starting with him!

Posted May 28, 2021
Ron S.
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Posted May 27, 2021
Kelly B.
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best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted May 12, 2021
sharon
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Extremely kind, warm, smart teacher! Justin set me on my path to learn mandolin, recorded our lessons and emailed them to me, and took the time to explain everything step by step. I highly recommend Justin for both first-time and expert musicians! He is exceptionally talented.

Posted May 4, 2021
Molly B.
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great instructor: good balance of basic techniques and understanding the underlying music. good information on the science and approaches to learning.

Posted May 4, 2021
Joan C.
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Enjoying lessons. Learning a lot. Justin makes learning fun. He explains very clearly and am learning to put blues soloing together to make real music. Thanks

Posted Apr 23, 2021
Tom S.
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I've had a few lessons with Justin and have really enjoyed them, but he showed how awesome he is on my last lesson where I was about to give up and he managed to reinterest me. Job well done.

Posted Apr 20, 2021
Melissa C.
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best instructor ever

Posted Apr 15, 2021
Joan C.
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Outstanding Thanks

Posted Apr 9, 2021
Melissa C.
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he is the best

Posted Apr 8, 2021
DW N.
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Even though you may have tested your equipment a few days before the lesson, make sure you test it a few minutes before your lesson to be sure everything is working.

Posted Apr 7, 2021
Tom
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Great first lesson. Beginning to understand the basics.

Posted Mar 31, 2021
Melissa C.
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best teacher ever

Posted Mar 25, 2021
Molly B.
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love the approach/philosophy along with practical lessons

Posted Mar 18, 2021
Grace
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Had a great 1st lesson and excited about practicing what I learned!

Posted Mar 10, 2021
Sarah
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He is so awesome. Patient, kind and explains things very clearly

Posted Mar 5, 2021
Jay
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Justin is patient and encouraging. I look forward to his instruction each week.

Posted Feb 24, 2021
Al
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I like the way Justin gives me bite size pieces of learning and explains it in a way that I can comprehend quickly. Also I like the feedback he gives me on my progress

Posted Feb 12, 2021
Jay
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Good first lesson. I look forward to making progress.

Posted Feb 9, 2021
Robert
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My 8 year old son, Robert is enjoying his lessons. Justin is very positive with him and is quick to recognize if Robert gets frustrated and finding what works for Robert strumming wise. It has been a great experience!

Posted Feb 3, 2021
Zhi
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Just finished first lesson with Justin.
Love his approach to teaching. He's incredibly patient and has a great ability to break things down into digestible chunks. Really looking forward to future lessons with Justin!

Posted Feb 1, 2021
Al
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Justin does a great job of explaining why he's having me do certain things and listens to my concerns and frustrations.

Posted Jan 21, 2021
Grace
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Awesome; Justin is so kind, positive and helpful. It was a lot of explanation, but that is understandable for a first session. I learned some helpful technique and I feel great about working with Justin!

Posted Jan 18, 2021
Christie J.
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Excellent

Posted Jan 14, 2021
Christie J.
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Solid Lesson. Clear. I've got goals to work on. No complaints!

Posted Jan 7, 2021
Carolyn H.
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This was my first lesson ever on a stringed instrument but I was very impressed with Justin, my instrument ended up having an issue and he still came up with stuff for us to work on despite the mandolin having a malfunction. He also helped me figure out what needs to be adjusted for my mandolin to play correctly. I am looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Michael Y.
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It was nice to have a teacher that is passionate and interested in hear other people’s perspectives. Good aspect and enjoyed the lesson

Posted Jul 14, 2020
Joe
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I enjoyed my first lesson. The time flew by. Justin was friendly and professional. I'm looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Feb 1, 2020
Walt C.
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Justin is a very knowledgeable teacher who brings of experience to this teaching. I highly recommend Justin.

Posted Dec 20, 2019
Lisa
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Justin is an excellent teacher!! He is a master guitarist, always punctual, very courteous and gives 100% to my lesson. I am learning classical guitar and jazz guitar with him and I am delighted with the progress I've made in just a few months. I am playing beautiful songs and before his lessons I could not play any classical guitar songs at all. Justin tailors the lessons to help me learn the songs I am excited about learning to play. I most highly recommend him as a teacher for any style guitar. Amazingly he also teaches ukulele and mandolin too! He has a degree from Cal Poly in music and guitar and has over 20 years teaching experience. If you really want to learn how to play guitar easily and quickly, take lessons with him!

Posted Nov 14, 2017
Chris
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Justin has been awesome. He really knows his stuff, and he has a natural gift for teaching. I am learning everything from reading tabs to playing my favorite songs. I'm having a blast!

Posted Nov 13, 2017
MacKenzie S.
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Posted Oct 7, 2021
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Posted Sep 17, 2021
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Posted Sep 13, 2021
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Posted Sep 13, 2021
Merrill
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Posted Sep 10, 2021
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Posted May 28, 2021
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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Sep 2004 - Present

Private Guitar Teacher

I teach privately in-home and online. Lessons include guitar (all styles) and mandolin. Teaching is a great way for me to make a difference in someone's musical life and hopefully spur the next generation of musicians and music lovers.

Music Teacher
Oct 2017 - Apr 2021

Music Motive

Guitar Teacher
Apr 2012 - Feb 2014

Grand Central Music

Education

B.A. Music
Sep 2002 - Dec 2006

California Polytechnic State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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