Scott Spindel

Scott S.

Newbury Park, CA
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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Experienced guitar teacher of 25 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of fundamental guitar skills. I specialize in rock, blues, and country, flat picking, finger picking. Typically use study books, and also have sheet music available to use during lessons. You will learn simple and complex chords, lead guitar scales and melodies, music sight reading and music theory.

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Scott teaches



Scott delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have been teaching private lessons since 1990 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home, or in my studio. I have helped students learn chords to accompany themselves when singing, learn rock, blues, and country lead guitar, and read music. Together we can tailor a course that will help you achieve your personal musical goals.

I have been playing guitar since 1968. I have enjoyed my life making music and love sharing my knowledge. I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is fun, casual, and challenging. Let's make this happen for you!


Lead Guitarist
Jul 2014 - Present
The Unusual Suspects

Lead guitarist for Top 40 dance band, touring Southern and Central California

Guitar Player/Lead Singer
Jun 1999 - Aug 2013
Beats Workin'

Lead guitarist and lead singer in 70s & 80s cover band, touring throughout Southern California

Guitar player/Lead Singer
Apr 1984 - Aug 1989
County Line Band

Lead guitarist and singer in country rock band, touring throughout Southern California.


BA in Graphic Design
Sep 1979 - Dec 1981
Cal State University Long Beach
Music Theory
Sep 1973 - Jun 1974
Thousand Oaks High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Oct 2007
National Association of Realtors


First Place Battle of the Bands
Aug 1989
Simi Valley Days


Ventura County Blues Society
Jun 2009

The Ventura County Blues Society is dedicated to preserving the rich history of Blues music by providing awareness and supporting Blues education in the Ventura County and surrounding areas. In addition, the society will provide funding to community charities.
This will be accomplished by: Promoting community blues events. Providing a forum to discuss blues music, its performers, performances, writers, promoters and historians. Increasing awareness of blues events, performers, venues, publications and recordings.
Providing access to all music lovers in support of the blues genre by scheduling monthly events.

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Photos & Videos

Live at The Oxnard Strawberry Festival with The Unusual Suspects

Live at the Route 66 Car Show with Beats Workin'

Live in Simi Valley with The Coveralls

Live at the Majestic Ventura Theatre with Beats Workin'

Live at Tilted Kilt in Thousand Oaks

lesson on moveable jazz chords
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27 Reviews

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Sean Sep 25, 2018
Guitar · Online

I have been playing guitar (self taught) for about 25 years, just not very well. I was looking for a teacher that could help me fill in the music theory gaps. As well as help me formulate a meaningful practice plan that will get me over my hump. I gotta say Scott has hit the nail on the head every lesson. He first listened.. and as a result has delivered an eye opening and inspiring lesson every time. I highly recommend Scott for guitarists of all levels. He knows his STUFF!! Better yet, he knows how pull what YOU need from what he knows and deliver it effectively.

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Laura Netherlin Jun 21, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Mike S. Jun 6, 2018
Guitar · In home

Listened well and taught me what I needed.

Howard Sep 13, 2017
Guitar · In home

Scott is very knowledgeable and experienced in classic rock. I was impressed by his willingness to let me lead and explain what I wanted to learn, without much technical music theory. I highly recommend Scott to anyone.

Barry Mar 26, 2017
Guitar · In home

Scott is a great guitar teacher. Willing to work with my work schedule. Very patient and flexible in teaching methods and focuses on what I want to learn and not his own agenda. Just about the best guitar instructor I've ever had!

Laura Netherlin Mar 3, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Scott is a great guitar instructor. Patient, relaxed and very encouraging. He makes learning guitar a wonderful experience for my 10 year old.

Callie Mar 2, 2017
Guitar · In studio

My daughter just had her very first guitar lesson with Scott. He kept her engaged and quickly seemed to find the pace she was comfortable with. I asked her on the way home what she thought and she said "I loved it"

Cliff Feb 22, 2017
Guitar · Online

Scott knows his stuff! He meets you at the level where you are and starts working you up from there. Once we got past the website technical problems (not his fault) we were able to use another method to continue online with much better results. Plenty of homework to do now to get ready for the next lesson.

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Jane B. Feb 3, 2017
Guitar · In home

I've been taking lessons from Scott for 6 months. It's obvious he really likes what he does. He packs a lot into a lesson, listens to and answers questions. He is teaching me to read music, something I've always wanted. Maintains high expectations. I respect his knowledge and ability. Can't wait to learn more!

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Jimmy Sep 13, 2016
Guitar · Online

Scott is a fantastic teacher. He is very clear in his explanations and gives immediate feedback to help you avoid developing bad habits. I highly recommend him.

Jennifer K. Aug 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Scott is great! My daughter is leaning so much from him and looks forward to her weekly lessons.

Jennifer K. Aug 24, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Scott is great! My daughter is leaning so much from him and looks forward to her weekly lessons.

Jane B. Aug 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio

He did a lot in my first lesson. Friendly and knowledgeable. I'm excited about learning more.

Daniel D. Aug 4, 2016
· In home

He's a kind-hearted man and an inspirational teacher.

Loribeth B. Aug 1, 2016
Guitar · In home

Friendly guy. Highly recommended. He shreds.

Donna May 16, 2016
Guitar · In home

In just four lessons my daughter has learned a lot from Scott and is excited about practicing and learning more. He is a very easy going, patient and fun teacher.

Phil Mar 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Scott really knows his stuff. His playing and understanding of music is outstanding. I look forward to him teaching more about playing guitar.

Joe Sep 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I hired Scott to teach my teenage daughter the Acoustic Guitar. She took weekly lessons for almost a year, with GREAT results. Scott has amazing skill in both guitar playing and teaching, a wonderful combination of talents. My daughter's love and dedication to her music lives on, due to a large extent on his teaching and encouragement.

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Riis Sep 22, 2015

Scott is very efficient and gave me a huge experience of new songs and learning. He is very helpful when it comes to when you are confused or irritated with something

John Sep 18, 2015
Guitar ·

Scott is an excellent guitarist with excellent knowledge of music theory.

Tom Sep 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Scott knows so much about playing and is very good at passing that knowledge on to me in a way I can easily understand. He makes it very easy for me to learn and is is extremely patient, understanding, and supportive. Great teacher.

Valerie Sep 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Scott is an amazing guitarist! Although I never officially took lessons from Scott, I played with him in a few bands and he was always helpful and patient in showing me different tips and tricks. He also got me up and running on the basics on electric guitar last year. If I lived back in his area, I would for sure sign up for lessons with him to improve my skills!

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Mary B. Sep 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Scott is a great musician, an excellent communicator and a compassionate and caring human being! Life is more fun where Scott is. As Praise/Worship Leader of my congregation, the band, people and co-workers always enjoyed working alongside Scott and learned so much from him. He is a an excellent musician and is great to work with.

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Michael Sep 16, 2015
Guitar · In home

Professional, accomplished, and experienced!

Alex Sep 16, 2015
Guitar ·

Scott is a really great musician and person, he's very Patient and knows his music ,I've had the pleasure of playing with Scott on many occasion's and he's always a Professional, I would defiantly recommend Scott to my friends and Family.

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Steve Sep 16, 2015
Guitar · In home

Scott is an accomplished guitarist and musician who know has deep knowledge of most musical genre's. He is also very patient and clear as a teacher. I highly recommend him.

Tom Sep 16, 2015

Scott helped me grow as a guitar player and singer during our time together.

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