Marc Aliana

Marc A.

Oakland, CA
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About

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Marc delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 13+

Teaching since:
2000

I’m a professional guitar instructor, lead guitarist, singer & songwriter. For the last 16 years, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the finest acts in the world, including Grammy-Award-winning artists & producers, and tours across the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and South Africa. With 16 years of experience teaching, I adapt to each student’s goals and tastes in music through fun and engaging lessons. My aim is to share my passion for music and help you learn how to play with ease.

Experience

Guitar Instructor
May 2016 - Present
Reverb Lessons

In-home, in-studio and online guitar lessons.

Session Guitarist
Jan 2004 - Present
Own Business

In-studio recording sessions, with credits including award-winning artists and producers, such as Bunbury (2011), Loquillo (2011), and Grammy-winner Sadaharu Yagi (2014), among others.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present
Own Business

In-home, in-studio, and online guitar lessons.

Lead Guitarist
Oct 2016 - Nov 2016
Burn The Floor

Performed at The Peacock Theatre in the West End (London, England).

Lead Guitarist
Jan 2016 - Apr 2016
Burn The Floor

Toured in Australia, Japan, and South Africa.

Lead Guitarist
Apr 2015 - Sep 2015
NCL/Legends In Concert/Burn The Floor

Performed in a double-show residency on board the Norwegian Epic cruise ship.

Lead Guitarist & Backup Vocalist
Jun 2012 - Feb 2015
Red Not Chili Peppers

Toured all over the US, Mexico, and Japan.

Lead Guitarist & Musical Director
Jan 2008 - Sep 2013
Carlos Ann

Toured in Spain, Mexico, and the US.

Guitar Instructor & Coordinator
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Vilassar de Mar Social Center

Led guitar workshops for adolescents at risk of social exclusion.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Taller de Premia

Taught guitar students of all levels, ages 10 and up.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2008 - Jun 2010
Diapaso Musical Center

Taught guitar students of all levels, ages 12 and up.

Education

Vocal Technique
Apr 2014 - Sep 2014
Roger Burnley Voice Studio
Sound Engineering
Sep 2004 - Jun 2006
Mk3 Superior School
Guitar, Music Theory, Harmony & Music History
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
Taller De Musics

Languages

Catalan
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Nominee
Jul 2015
Hollywood Songwriting Competition
Nominee
Oct 2014
American Songwriting Awards

Photos & Videos

Short video highlighting some of my work as a professional guitarist.
Live in Australia with Burn The Floor.

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Live in San Diego, CA, with the Red Not Chili Peppers.

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Live in Norfolk, VA, with the Red Not Chili Peppers.

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Live in London with Burn The Floor.

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Trying out guitars at James Trussart's Workshop in Los Angeles, CA.

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Live solo in San Diego, CA.

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Before a show in Osaka, Japan.

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Live in Colorado with Franklin Manor.
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10 Reviews

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Kathleen Silver May 4, 2017
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Marc is a patient, and a diligent teacher. He's creative and applies multiple ideas in getting me to "get it" when I'm stuck. I am very pleased with my experience. He's an accomplished musician and I can tell he studies how to make others learn best. He also makes certain to praise my progress and, he's not afraid to shift gears if my playing interest is getting stale.

I came into this with NO experience. A complete novice AND, a left handed novice at that! After 8 lessons now, I've progressed really well and I'm satisfied with the outcomes so far. I'm on my way!

And, I highly recommend Marc!

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Ken Angelo Jan 24, 2017
Guitar ·

Lessons with Marc have been a blast. I have never taken guitar lessons before. Marc's encouragement and enthusiasm immediately put me at ease and got me excited to be playing. He really went out of way to find out what I was interested in learning and gave me suggestions of new music to listen to based on what I want to learn. He does an excellent job breaking musical concepts down to make learning easier. It is clear he cares a lot about teaching and his passion for music is contagious. I highly recommend taking lessons from Marc!

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Sivan Goobich Dec 13, 2016
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Marc is great teacher! He is positive, customizes the lessons to what I am interested in, delivers feedback really well, and has helped me learn new skills and techniques. I definitely feel like I am improving a lot after each lesson and becoming a more polished player. He also sends great notes after the lesson with reminders or suggestions, which I really appreciate.

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Rachel Dec 7, 2016
Guitar · In home

Marc ROCKS! He is not only an incredibly talented musician, he is a dedicated and passionate teacher as well. As a classical pianist, I have always been intimidated by learning guitar because I was hesitant to put in all of the hours of practice it would take to actually play something decent. I have been taking lessons with Marc over the last 6 months and couldn't have asked for a better teacher. He has shown me easy and fun techniques to approach learning guitar, which have made the learning experience more motivating for me. My guitar skills have improved tremendously, and I've been able to apply what I've learned to playing piano as well. Marc has opened up my world to another side of music that I never experienced before. If you're looking for a patient and creative teacher who will inspire you to reach your goals, look no further!

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Lewis Dec 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Greatest guitar instructor I've ever had, and I've had a few. After playing guitar and receiving lessons for almost 10 years, I felt like I was stuck on playing the same licks over and over. Marc helped me reinvent my playing, not only by showing me a new approach to technique and improvisation, but also by opening my musical mind. Marc is a real musician with real-world musical experience, and he knows how to bring all of that into his lessons, with great patience and character. I will surely go back to him when I run out of ideas again. Totally recommended!

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Rachel Harmon Dec 1, 2016
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Marc ROCKS! He is not only an incredibly talented musician, he is a dedicated and passionate teacher as well. As a classical pianist, I have always been intimidated by learning guitar because I was hesitant to put in all of the hours of practice it would take to actually play something decent. I have been taking lessons with Marc over the last 6 months and couldn't have asked for a better teacher. He has shown me easy and fun techniques to approach learning guitar, which have made the learning experience more motivating for me. My guitar skills have improved tremendously, and I've been able to apply what I've learned to playing piano as well. Marc has opened up my world to another side of music that I never experienced before. If you're looking for a patient and creative teacher who will inspire you to reach your goals, look no further!

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Audrey Liu Sep 19, 2016
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I am a complete beginner when it comes to guitar, but it has long been something that I've wanted to do and finally made time for it. I signed up for 12 lessons with Marc before we even met for the first time and I'm so glad I did. Marc is a great teacher. He's patient, very approachable, and takes the time to break down guitar technique into very digestible bits. He's also really good at understanding where and how to push you, so that you see quick progress and improvement. By my second lesson, I was playing Knockin on Heaven's Door...not well, but you could sort of hear it. Marc is also a very talented musician and can play any style that you can think of. I highly recommend him for any level of learning and highly recommend the guitar for anyone looking to pick up a musical instrument! Couldn't be happier :)

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Dan Travis Sep 14, 2016
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Marc is a great teacher. Very patient with beginners, and really good at breaking down complicated subject matter. If you are a beginner looking to learn or intermediate looking to get better, Marc will be able to guide you on your journey.

Radley Lane Jul 11, 2016
Guitar ·

Amazing Teacher!!! First of all, Marc is an insanely great guitar player. He shreds in any style of music you can throw at him. But that's only part of why he's a fantastic teacher. He's not only able to play, but can break down the process and show you the right way to become a great player. Technique, scales, styles.. this guy knows it all!

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Ofier Zigner Jul 7, 2016
Guitar ·

Marc is a phenomenal instructor. I am an intermediate guitarist and he taught me how to take my playing to the next level. He taught me about the modes, advanced scales, how to do chord inversions on piano and guitar and was able to break everything down to easy to digest material. I would recommend him to anyone from beginner to pro as this guy knows it all!! Thank you for transforming my playing Marc, it has changed my life as a musician!!

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