Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and perform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.
I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.
*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.
Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.
Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.
*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
Teaching since 2003
My 9-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son have been taking uke lessons for 3 weeks now and they really enjoy Ruben's style of teaching; so do we. He provides a great combination of making it fun while also really teaching them the foundations of music. They are already reading and writing some music and they enjoy doing their music homework. Most important, they are having fun at the lessons and while practicing at home.Show More
Great fun, well done. Excellent teacher!
Ruben IS the TEACHER, calm, very knowledgeable a great professional and kind and KNOWS THE MATH behind the music. Even though I have dabbled for 40 years with the guitar I feel secure in my baby steps.
Our first session focused first on what I want to learn and where I am right now. Most enjoyable. He knows his stuff.
Great first introduction to the instrument.
Paient and understanding, a terrific instaructor.
everything I want and some.... very knowledgeable
Rubens good. I do wish I would have known what to bring before the 1st lesson as I feel I lost some time by not having the necessary tools right up front. I brought my Uke only. Looking forward to learning withRuben.
Great lesson. Really enjoyed it!
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!Show More
My 9 year old son has been taking lessons with Ruben for a couple of years now. Ruben's patience is nothing short of amazing. He is so wonderful with my son and has instilled a love for music in him. He is an incredible teacher.
My son took lessons from Ruben for several years - including being in a rock band led by Ruben. Talk about fun.
Ruben was always prepared and had his lessons planned out. Calm, patient and very skilled. He set a great example for kids and adults.
I would highly recommend Ruben for any type of Guitar lessons you need!
Eric Opdahl - State Farm Agent Oceanside CA
Ruben is such a bright, talented teacher! He has found the perfect blend of pushing me as a student to achieve goals, but also patience to get through the more difficult techniques. I highly recommend him as a teacher!
My son attended an ukulele camp last summer and loved it. It took me several months to find an instructor and we are thrilled to have found Ruben. My son is 8 years old and absolutely loves going to class. He has learned a lot in the past month and we are looking forward to our future lessons.Show More
Ruben has been an excellent instructor. Very patient and very knowledgeable. He is also flexible in that he allows me to "dabble" in various areas of instruction. He provides excellent suggestions that can be used outside of the class room environment. So far all suggestions have been very helpful in advancing my progress. I highly recommend!
Great Teacher, Great Learning Environment
I've dabbled and noodled around playing guitar for about 10 years but never took it seriously. I still don't want to take it seriously but Ruben is helping me get over some learning humps that have always overwhelmed me in the past. Patient and very knowledgeable which is suiting my learning style very well. I would highly recommend.
I have had two children take lessons from Reuben and he was great with both of them. They enjoyed going to lessons.
Ruben is great!
Ruben is very patient, friendly and knowledgeable. He makes each ukulele lesson fun and interesting. The time just flies by during our sessions. I would highly recommend Ruben for anyone looking for a teacher who is fun, easy-going and very knowledgeable. He sure is teaching this old dog new tricks! Thanks Ruben!
Ruben has a great teaching ability, both kind and assertive, intuitive as well motivating.
Good for a beginner like me
Ruben has been patient with me and he has a easy going personality.
Ruben is an amazing teacher and he is wonderful with my daughter. She has learned so much in a short time and looks forward to each lesson.
Ruben is great!
My daughter has had 3 guitar lessions with Ruben so far and she love it! He is a great teacher, very patient, and makes her want to learn. I would highly recommend him
lots of patienceeasy to talk withobserves my problem areas and corrects themGreat teacher.
Ruben D. gave me a ukulele lesson this morning to prepare me for a group lesson i want to join. He taught me so much and really helped me to be prepared. Nice guy and nice little studio.
For someone who never played a guitar or any instrument before and has never read music. Ruben is the guy to work with. Having a ball learning from him.
Ruben has been a great instructor. He is patient and always keeps me moving forward. I have learned so much from him already after only a few lessons!
Ruben is very professional and my children are greatly benefitting from his lessons. He is always prompt and focused. One thing I appreciate is how Ruben looks for each child's emerging strengths and encourages them to develop.
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Students will learn the chords and rhythms that are most used with blues music. Students will also be able to visualize the fretboard for improvising over common blues progressions.
Instructing students about the basics in guitar playing. Striking a fine blend of theory and practical while teaching the techniques and methods of guitar playing. Ensuring that training sessions are conducted in a friendly manner while maintaining the discipline as well. Ability to understand the needs, short and long term goals of different students and changing the methods of teaching accordingly. Conducting special summer camp guitar coaching sessions Organizing guitar playing competitions to boost up the confidence of students and thus encouraging them for a better performance.
Fluent / Native Proficiency
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