Luke Thomas

Luke T.

Chino Hills, CA
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Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing guitar for over 20 years and have been teaching nearly as long. I have a passion for music and for sharing it with others. I grew up playing rock and funk and studied jazz and classical guitar in college. Since graduating, I have worked as a guitarist playing in bands, doing recording sessions, composing, and teaching. I can teach you just about anything you want to learn and want music to be fun for you while you learn! What do you want to learn? Send me a message or schedule a lesson now.
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About

Luke passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Luke delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
October 1997

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instruments and an amplifier. Students are expected to provide their own instrument, amplifier (for electric), a music stand, and a place where we can study without distractions and interruptions.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Jazz, Theory, and Improvisation. Also experienced in piano, bass, drums, singing, and band instruction.

Experience

Rock Band Coach/Instructor
Jun 2015 - Present
Private School

Instructor for private lessons and rock band coach for 70s Rock, Pop/Punk, Classic Rock, etc.

Private Instructor
Sep 1998 - Present
Luke Lessons

Private instructor delivering lessons at home and at several area guitar shops, as well as at my private home studio. Many of my students have been with me for several years, and many have done on to study at prestigious music schools such as LA College of Music, Musicians Institute, Berklee College of Music and more.

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Education

Ensemble Workshop Player
Sep 2011 - Present
Los Angeles College of Music (formerly LAMA)
Applied Music/Jazz Studies
Aug 1998 - Jun 2005
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Jazz/Guitar Performance
Jan 2001 - Sep 2001
Cardinal Stritch University - Milwaukee Conservatory of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BA - Applied Music
May 2004
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Awards

50 Artists to Watch - 2014
Mar 2014
Music Connection

Affiliations

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Jan 2012

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2008

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Photos & Videos

A demo I did a few years ago for Bogner Amps and Line 6.  Featuring one of my own compositions.
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Luke Thomas performing Rock Bottom Blues with Bianco Caruso live in LA
Jamming live on an original composition The Doctah with Luke Thomas Trio
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My version of Oz Noy's "What Love Is"
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6 Reviews

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Chris Apr 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I've studied with Luke for a little over a year and my playing and understanding of jazz concepts has improved tremendously. I'm primarily a rock and blues player but Luke has been able to stretch my playing out side of my rock/blues box and introduce some very cool techniques and ideas to add real interest and flavor to my playing. It's been a pure pleasure!

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Shawn Mar 10, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Great teacher! He makes it so easy to learn!

Henry Mar 10, 2016
Guitar · In home

Luke is the best guitar instructor I've ever had. He caters to my learning style very well, which is to learn just the stuff that "works" in a real life setting. His insight has made my sound 10x better and has given me a great framework for improvement (Even my band mates have noticed a difference with my playing). He also has a keen sense of where my own guitar playing issues stem from and knows what needs to be done to address them. For example, he could tell that I was gripping the strings too hard with my fingers and it would make the sound harsh.

I highly recommend Luke if you are looking to improve your sound

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Mimi Mar 10, 2016
Guitar · In home

Luke has been teaching our 13 year old son for 3 years. He knows how to engage him and support him. He even buys Girl Scout cookies from our daughter! Luke is a kind person and a great guitar teacher!

Amy Mar 10, 2016
Guitar · In home

Luke is an amazing teacher...best out there. I highly recommend him!!!

Benjamin Mar 10, 2016
Guitar · In home

At 40, I decided to try my hand at guitar, though I had never before played any instrument ever. A couple years later, I have a wonderful hobby that brings me hours of joy. Since my son took lessons too, we have something to do together.

And it's all thanks to Luke. He's patient, thorough, and his lessons make sense. My son and I think he's terrific.

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