I have been teaching group and private lessons for about 30 years now. I've been a contract teacher for The City Of Chino Hills for about 10 years, and have taught for the cities of Chino, Diamond Bar and Walnut as well.
I started my teaching business, LearnGuitare around 2006 and teach group and private lessons at its studio in Chino, CA.
I have performed since the late 70s in many bands and have met an played with a lot of good musicians. In the 80s, we were part of the scene that rocked the Sunset Strip and all over Southern California. Today, I perform with my wife in our Pat Benatar tribute band, HeartBreaker which was founded in 1999. We have performed many concerts since then, and have performed in front of thousands! We have performed in Japan for our naval troops, Canada, Arizona, Las Vegas as well as many California Casinos, Concerts In The Park and other venues.
LearnGuitare is my passion and I look forward to working you and to help you reach your musical goals!
*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a fun teacher! I've been teaching guitar to all ages for over 30 years...group as well as private.
While I make the lessons fun, I also make them very informative. I am serious and passionate about teaching and I make sure that my students walk away from each lesson saying, "Wow, that was a cool lesson!"
Here is a description of the basic beginning courses I offer:
GUITAR FOR YOUNG BEGINNERS (Ages 5-8)
This course is designed to introduce younger students to the basics of guitar playing by incorporating an extensive repertoire of well-known children’s songs carefully graded into an easy-to-follow format that provides the right start to music education. Students will be introduced to playing both single note melodies and simplified chords, incorporating quarter, half and whole notes along with their equivalent rests. Students will be taught to read music and will be introduced to many basic musical terms. The material is presented with colorful illustrations throughout to stimulate and maintain young students’ interest.
BEGINNING GUITAR FOR KIDS, TEENS & ADULTS (Ages 9-adult)
Students will enjoy an easy to follow format that provides a solid music education while teaching students to play single note melodies. This course is for anyone “just learning how to play” acoustic and/or electric guitar. Lessons include tuning, first position melody playing and chords, rhythms through eighth notes, solos, ensembles, strumming and picking.
BEGINNING ROCK & BLUES GUITAR FOR TEENS & ADULTS Ages 12+
Students will enjoy a fun, easy to follow introduction to playing Rock & Blues guitar. This class covers essential basics based on rock, metal and blues styles including the 12 bar blues progression, basic rhythm patterns through eighth notes including the shuffle feel, open position chords, power chords, power chord extensions, rock & blues comping, minor and major pentatonic and blues scales, improvisation and song structure.
Unlike other beginning guitar courses that teach students to play songs like 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,' 'Jingle Bells' and 'This Old Man,' students are introduced to jamming on simple rhythm and lead patterns featuring cool riffs and licks that sound like BOSTON, METALLICA, GUNS N’ ROSES, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, NIRVANA and TRADITIONAL & MODERN BLUES.
For students with more playing experience, we can design a lessons program to fit your needs to get you to the next level of musicianship.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Amps for bass and guitar, audio for teaching, guitars and bass guitars, teaching tools, music stands, cords, metronome, lounge for parents to sit during the lessons.
*** Specialties ***
I teach many genres of music to students of all levels. Young beginners from the age of 5, children, teens and adults (it’s NEVER too late to start). I work with many styles from the most basic folk to the heaviest of metal and just about all in between. Fingerstyle, Travis Picking, Classical, Early Rock n Roll, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country are just some of the styles I work with.
Theory and reading standard notation is very important for any beginning student to learn, especially children. As students progress in their playing ability, I add music based on their interests as well. I am a music teacher first and a guitar teacher second. I don’t just teach students how to play their favorite songs either, I teach the hows and the whys while we use the student’s favorite songs as a template.
In addition to that, when a student is ready, I also introduce how to improvise in each of the genres so that the student can create their own melodies and really make music.
I also welcome students that have a little or more experience as well. Perhaps you know a few chords and can play pretty well at the moment, but maybe you have “hit the ceiling”. I can help you reach the next level of musicianship.