Payam Larijani

Payam L.

Irvine, CA
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Learn all the chords, scales, and proper techniques correctly the first time around. I have spent my life dedicated to learning how to best perform and teach guitar to my students and clients/fans.
My specialty is Spanish Classical Guitar, Electric Rock Guitar, as well as Jazz Guitar and some Flamenco.

About Payam L.

Payam’s music creates the classy, upbeat, fun and enthusiastic environment that you are looking to achieve! Payam’s wide range of influences include Andres Segovia, the great classical guitarist, to rocks, Jimi Hendrix and jazz’s Wes Montegomery.

Payam education includes a Bachelors of Arts in Music from UCLA in classical guitar performance. A Masters in Commercial Music from CSU Los Angeles, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts with emphasis in classical guitar performance from Claremont Graduate University.
He resides in the Orange County and Los Angeles Regions and has a teaching studio based in Irvine. The virtuoso classical/acoustic/electric guitarist and vocalist is liability insured. He is specialized in solo, duo, and ensemble/band based private bookings for individuals and businesses. House parties, corporate events, weddings, public concerts, master class instruction, etc.

# 1 Ranked Classic Virtuoso Guitarist in Orange County and Gigmasters nationwide. Winner of 3 music scholarships at UCLA, Cal State Los Angeles, and Claremont Graduate University.

Payam has been a featured performer at many UCLA Alumni Events, including The Chancellor’s Milestone Fundraising Dinner, Powell Library Rotunda Series Concerts, and opening for special guest Nancy Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the UCLA Hospital Dedication Ceremony in 2006 and 3-time returning entertainer for the Waterman’s Ball 2009-12 as their featured artist.

What makes Payam interesting and different is his approach towards performance of the classic guitar, and the specific repertoire that he plays. His experiences, attention to detail, and professional style are hallmarks of his character!
The UCLA daily bruin described his onstage performances as “remarkable, & impeccable.” But perhaps equally as important is his reputation for expanding the contemporary classical guitar repertoire. He brings a well-rounded thinking approach to music, which soothes the soul and intrigues the mind. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginning Guitar
Winter 2013

(A ten-week course for the general student, with one class meetings each week.)
Course Description and Methods of Evaluation:

Students provide their own guitars, and will purchase a workbook of materials.

Week 1:
Tuning, sitting position, right and left hand techniques, the natural notes in the first position.
Week 2:
The five chord forms, CAGED, and simple meters (2/4, ¾, 4/4)
Week 3:
Right hand accompaniment patterns, strums and arpeggios, harmonizing melodies using Tonic, Sub-dominant, and Dominant chords (I-IV-V)
Week 4:
More note reading, major scales (Segovia), transposing scale and chord forms
Week 5:
Basic songwriting using the guitar, bass progressions, key and chord patters.
Week 6:
Performance techniques, stage preparations, in-class performance for peers.
Week 7:
Modes, Harmonic scales, Blues Scales
Week 8:
Introduction to Jazz guitar, basic jazz chord shapes
Week 9
and 10:
Basic accompaniment strum patters for jazz, walking bass lines, preparation for concert.
Tuning, note-naming, 5 chord forms, 3 minor forms, F and B7 forms, the bar chord concept, I, IV, V chords for the keys CAGED (transposing), strummed and plucked accompaniment patterns, ¾, 4/4, 2/4, and 6/8 meters. A sample song. A sample instrumental.


Frederick Noad, First Book for the Guitar
Peter Yates, Creating a Method
Payam L., Basic Guitar Skills

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Mac Book Pro
Motu 828 Firewire
Motu Midi Timepiece
Focus Rite Pre Amp
Rode NTK mic
Furman Power Conditioner
Fostex Monitors
27 inch Apple Cinema Display
Alesis QS8 Keyboard
Roland R-8M drum machine
Fender Strat Deluxe
Line 6 2X12 Amp w/floor board pedals
Mustang Bass
Fender Bass Amp
Roland Micro Cube

*** Travel Equipment ***
Roland Cube Street
Mackie 828S PA Amp
Yamaha Speakers for PA
Shure Beta 78
Shure SM 58 mics
and much more...

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar is what I studied at UCLA and CGU. I spent my Masters degree working with Electric Guitar and Computer Recording with ProTools, Digital Performer and other DAWs..


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Jan 2014 - Present

Orange County Guitar Academy

Learn the basic foundation of guitar and music to set your own path as I guide you along the way. Find a song, technique, or artist you like and we will try to learn his/her style and employ techniques I have learned from over 25 years of playing and lessons.


Doctorate of Musical Arts
Feb 2005 - Dec 2011

Claremont Graduate University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


MS Walk Sponsor 2013
Apr 2013

MS Society

Donated my time for the last 5 years for the MS Walk at UC Irvine. I would love to see us beat this debilitating disease!


Randy Rhoads Guitar Scholarship Competition
Nov 2001

UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles Department of Music


National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2014
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.

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