Rick Patino
San Antonio, TX
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Rick Patino

Rick P.

San Antonio, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I design my guitar lessons around each individual student and strive to keep the lesson light and enjoyable while also aiming for a high standard of education. Whether you are looking to play for pleasure at home,around the campfire,or want to learn practical music theory for composition and/or improvisation. I have instruction programs for all levels and styles from beginner to advanced and from ages 7 years on up.

About Rick P.

I been playing the guitar professionally for over 20 years. In that time I had the good fortune to perform and record with some really good musicians. I've played in various bands ranging from rock to jazz and flamenco. I received my bachelor's degree in recording engineer and record producer from LBCC.

I'm currently a Guitar Teacher for different music schools and have a number of private students as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
Play What You Want!!!!,Learn What You Need!!!
Focus on real-world guitar skills:
Starts on the Low E string;Learn chords from day one,from their root notes;Learn notes in a logical/alphabetical sequence;Perform rhythm and accompaniment parts right away (not just melodies).
What will my students learn: First position chords, rhythm riffs,patterns,blues and rock clichés.Music notation,tableture and chord charts.Pick and fingerstyle techniques,Improvisation and playing by ear.
Break down songs and techniques into easily digestible chunks. Individual segments are played slowly first,then brought to speed.
You'll find you're learning and improving faster than you ever believed possible.
CLASSIC ROCK: From Aerosmith to ZZTOP.
GUITAR HEROES:From Randy Rhoads to Yngwie Malmsteen
TEXAS COUNTRY: From Randy Rogers to Charlie Robinson.
TEXAS BLUES: From Freddie King to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
METAL GUITAR: CLASSIC 70's to Today's Heroes
PROGRESSIVE ROCK-METAL: From Dream Theater to Periphery..
CLASSICAL GUITAR: From Bach to Vivaldi.
And many more Styles, send me a question and ask about your personal music choice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in Specious one room of a three bedroom condo, Marshall amps ,Martin,Taylor Jackson, Dean, ESP,Takamine, Epiphone and Ovation guitars, use a plasma TV, guitar pro software, keyboards, recording softwear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and amps. books.
Student: metronome and tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Finger Picking Techniques,MusicTheory and How to get a good sound with your guitar.


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33 Reviews
Jeremy N.
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He seem to be kind and patient and that's what my grandson needs right now. Thank you.

Posted Jul 30, 2021
Navreet K.
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It was awesome experience my dye enjoyed it.

Posted Jun 11, 2020
Mark D.
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My lesson was great. I’ve struggled for years to really get everything to come together, and I’m already starting to see and feel how Rick is, and will continue to, make that happen.

Posted Aug 30, 2018
William McKinney
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Excellent teacher and musician! Very friendly.

Posted Apr 30, 2018
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As a complete novice, I’m starting to get a feel on Rick’s teaching method and how to improve my guitar skills from week to week.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
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Rick's lessons have been really enjoyable. He starts off with fundamentals, but keeps it fun by helping you learn songs of your choice. When you get further into the lessons the songs start to make more sense and I was able to understand why they sounded how they did. My lessons with Rick have been great and I feel like I've learned a lot.

Posted Sep 15, 2017
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Friendly, knowledgeable, great.

Posted Jul 2, 2017
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Great instructor, patient, and willing to work at your pace.

Posted May 24, 2017
Mark Matlock
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Rick is patient and gentle. He has a very easy way about him that makes you feel at ease and even appreciated.

Posted Mar 10, 2017
Roberto S.
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Rick is a fantastic teacher

Posted Feb 20, 2017
Steve Kustelski
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I've seen more improvement in my abilities in five lessons than I have in the last five years!

Posted Sep 21, 2016
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OUTSTANDING!!! Rick made playing the guitar fun for me again!!

Posted Sep 21, 2016
Colin M.
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Great teacher

Posted Aug 7, 2016
Leonard Sgarlata
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Rick is a wonderful teacher. I already have some previous music experience, so he is working with me at my level instead of starting me from the beginning. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Aug 24, 2015
Jasen W.
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I've been taking lessons from Rick for over 1.5 years and have shown steady improvement thanks to him. He is always prepared and gears the lessons toward the style of music I enjoy playing. He is patient and keeps the lessons at a comfortable pace while also making sure to push me to progress my abilities.

Posted Aug 4, 2014
Chris H.
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I'm a mid 40's guy who's wanted to play guitar since I was a kid. After a failed attempt in my teens, I hadn't revisited it (unless air-guitar counts) until this year. Fortunately for me, through Take Lessons, I found Rick. He is so very patient, friendly and flexible. The one thing I most enjoy about our lessons is that it's like visiting with a friend for an hour each week - whether we talk about music theory, new guitars or just about our lives, he always is engaged and accessible.

I can't say enough about Rick, he is a very knowledgeable musician, he genuinely cares that you reach your goal and is a really, really pleasant person. If your dream is just to play some of your favorite songs, or to go on to be a professional musician - Rick is definitely who I would recommend.

Posted Aug 4, 2014
Bill B.

First rate instructor - fabulous

I'm a 50 something music student who loves guitar but has no particular talent. Rick has been patient with me and his lessons have improved my playing after a short time. I'm playing songs that I would otherwise never attempt.

Posted Nov 26, 2013
Holly C.

Excellent Bass Guitar Instructor!

Rick has been my son's bass guitar teacher for the last year. We are impressed with his genuine care and concern for our 17 year old son as a person and a bass guitar player. He always works with us and our schedule considering we have to make a 30-40 minute drive across San Antonio for his lessons. We highly recommend Rick for both his great character qualities as well as his guitar instructor expertise!

Posted Jul 25, 2013
Tammy L.

Rick is an exceptional instructor!!!

i could not have asked for a better instructor. i am a "no nothing" about music person. Rick is encouraging, kindhearted, and sincere. Even when i dont make much progress he still cheers me on. He gives me the will to learn this guitar, for it is very hard for me. if you dont know a thing about music, or you just want a great guy teaching you good music, Rick is the one for you.

Keep up the GREAT WORK.

Posted May 5, 2013
Jeremy J.

Rick is great

Rick is a great teacher, he listens and makes this new process really fun

Posted Feb 1, 2013

Rick is very knowledgable, patient and flexible. He readily adeapts to your learning style and offers constructive pointers in a friendly manner.

Posted Jan 10, 2012


I really appreciate Rick's lessons. He is very patient and makes learning easy. I have and will continue to recomend him and get his name out there. Thank you

Posted Nov 25, 2011

Fabulous! Rick is not only an expert guitar player, he is an excellent TEACHER of guitar. His patience and skill are awesome!

Posted Oct 6, 2011

Definitely Reccomended

I started guitar lessons with Rick as a complete begginer. He is extremely patient and knowledgeable. He listens to what kind of music you would like to learn and makes it a reality.

Posted Jul 27, 2011

Rick is an awesome instructor. He makes learning very easy and fun. He shows a great interest in your individual needs. My 9 year-old daugther has learned how to play the guitar in such a short amount of time. We highly recommend Rick to anyone who is looking for an amazing instructor!

Posted Jun 19, 2011

Great instructor

Rick is a fantastic instructor. He allows the student to advance at their own pace. He is patient and kind. He is very knowledgeable and builds a good rapport with his students. I would recommend him to other inspiring guitarists.

Posted Mar 28, 2011

A Fantastic Teacher and Great Person

I could not be happier with the guitar instruction I have received from Rick. He is a consumate professional, always completely prepared and extremely well organized. He is very patient and has taken the time to understand and fully comprehend my own inate learning style and has tailor-made my instruction on what he has leared. He allowed himself to be influenced by me before attempting to influence. His talent with the guitar is extraordinary. His demeanor is always pleasant and supportive. Most important, I am learning, a lot, and fast! He has managed to instruct the fundamentals of 12-bar blues (a personal favorite) to a 44-year old dog, who, thanks to Rick, is learning a new trick. I would recommend Rick to anyone. I have already re-upped for four more lessons and hope (money permitting) to stay with him for a very long time. I am extremely glad I decided to contact TakeLessons. THANK YOU ALL and THANK YOU RICK!

Posted Mar 24, 2011

Know his stuff!

Rick listened carefully to what I wanted to learn and designed a focused cirriculum to help me reach my goals. He helped me improve my technique as well as how to apply music theory. I really appreciate his positive and encouraging attitude.

Posted Mar 22, 2011
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Guitar Teacher
Jan 2019 - Present

School of Rock

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Guitar Teacher
Jan 2007 - Dec 2009

Taylor-Robinson Music

Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Guitar Teacher
Nov 2002 - Dec 2006


Guitar & Bass Guitar Teacher

Recording Engineer
Jan 1997 - Dec 2001

Headway Music Complex/Orange County California

Record,Edit Manipulate mixes or master sounds. Post Production.Worked with Artist and Record Producers creative vision making artistic and technical decisions.


Film Scoring Seminar
Jun 1996 - Aug 1996


Bachelor's degree in Recording Engineering and Record Production
Sep 1991 - May 1994

Long Beach City College



Professional Proficiency


Certificate of Excellence
Aug 2006


Student Preparation Summer Music Recital
Certificate of Appreciation
Dec 2005


Private Music Instruction and Dedication to The Students


Music Recital Award
Aug 2005


High Achievement Award
Dec 2004



Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2001
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.

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