Stephen Bordas

Stephen B.

Irvine, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Each lesson is designed on the level of the student's ability from beginner to advanced. Rock, R&B, funk, jazz, blues, POP and country music. I like to use song learning as a vehicle to sharpen your skills. Learning skills through songs is more fun for beginners. More advanced students will work on everything from theory, reading, harmony; and how you can use scales and arpeggios in a number of ways over several different styles of music.
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Stephen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+

Teaching since:

~ Customized Lesson Plan for You. ~

Learning the guitar is a fun, yet, challenging experience. Having an instructor guide you through the process makes learning easier and more efficient. The internet provides a wealth of information but can not interact with you and help your specific needs. Many guitar players get frustrated and give up. Getting the encouragement and expertise of an instructor who has been there before greatly enhances chances of success.

My style of teaching is founded on fun with the instrument and guiding students to real music situations. Many students come to me with an incomplete set of skills. These (self taught) players have several basic fundamental holes in their playing.

It is also important to me that students have a basic knowledge of music theory. This way, they can enjoy the guitar for the rest of their life. If you just learn to put your hands in a certain place to play a certain song, you are missing out. If you learn what it is your actually doing, you can apply it. This may be the most important benefit of a private instructor.

What You Will Learn:

​Beginning Students:
In my experience, over several years, I find most beginners are surprised the guitar is so hard to play. Having an instructor to help you past that frustration will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of your guitar in the songs you love.
- Learning the basic chords.
- How to move from chord to chord smoothly.
- Using these chords to play your favorite songs.
- Understanding guitar notation (tabs, chord grids, song books, standard notation).
This way, the skills you learn will last a life time!

Intermediate/ Advanced Students:
This is for the hungry players. You will be given the direction to achieve a high level of musicianship. You will be challenged to reach your full potential.
- Technique drills
- Scale knowledge
- Advanced chords
- Improvisation tips
- Chop Building
- Theory
- Reading
- Composition

Experience & Background:

I've teaching and performing professionally for 23 years.
- One year OCHSA jazz combo.
- 15 years performing music clubs, casuals as a solo performer and in a jazz trio.
- 23 years teaching individuals and groups.
- 11 years as Irvine and Laguna YAMAHA Music school instructor.

I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).

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Instructor- Stephen Bordas
Mar 2006 - Aug 2017
YAMAHA Music School ( Irvine & Laguna )

Group and private guitar & bass lessons.


Bachelor of Arts
Feb 1995 - May 1998
California State University, San Francisco
Sep 1989 - Jun 1992
Los Alamitos High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Guitar and Bass Lessons.

Peyton and I started out when he was in middle school.  When I met him, he did not know a single chord. Four years later, this is Peyton.
Guitar Student Lesson Sample.
Guitar Student Lesson Sample.
LeBron P. is playing Rude Mood by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Danial found me on TakeLessons around 6 months ago. This is an example of him improvising over the chord changes of "comfortably numb".
Jan could play basic chords when I met him 3 mo ago. Singer & Songwriter. Now he sees how good he is and how it helps develop his melodies.
Bass Playing over Bass.
Slow Groove by Stephen Bordas.
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15 Reviews

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Mike May 6, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Incredible and knowledgeable guitar instructor!

I just realized how important to have a teacher right in front me to guide and correct my fingers when I had my 1st class with Stephen. Just like everybody else, I took the online lessons for few months with other teacher and also learned from Youtube on my own in the last two years. I can play but I knew I was missing something.

He really brought me to the next level.

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Katherine Dec 6, 2018
Electric Guitar · In studio

Lesson was fun!!!!

I can play the basic chords before I met him. Stephen can oversee the problems and fix it when in the first lesson. I was like....WoW!!! He is a experienced guitar instructor. Impressed!!!

Rob T. Jun 4, 2018
Electric Guitar · In home

Stephen is a brilliant and experienced guitar instructor. My wife signed me up the electric guitar lesson with Stephen after my retirement about a year ago. I told him that I had no music background and just wanted to be able to play the 70’s songs I like. The lesson plan is based on my level and my goal. I started the fundamentals and now I can play most my favorite 70’s songs. I enjoy every lesson with him. What I learn in one hour class can fill out the rest of the week. Thank you for making my retired life so meaningful. “It’s never too old to play guitar! “ I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar!

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Emma M. May 21, 2018
Electric Guitar · In studio

Amazing guitar learning experience with Stephen!!!
Stephen is a very knowledgeable and professional music instructor. I have been taking lesson at his studio for about 8 months. I go there once a week for my 45 min class and practice 15 min every other days at home. Now I can play the musics I like. Also, during the lesson, he always put the me in the live band situation so I can react to the beats and rhythm from different instruments. Fun!!!!!!!!!

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Gilbert .. Feb 28, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Stephen is an aw some teacher.

Jason J. Jan 31, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Stephen is an excellent musician and experienced in teaching guitar. I try to learn the basic chords from YouTube that worked but then I didn't know what to do with them. I've gotten better very quickly using what I already knew. I highly recommend him.

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Brandon Oct 7, 2017
Guitar · In home

Stephen is the best guitar instructor I have ever had. He uses the music that you enjoy to keep you motivated and makes the exercises fun. He doesn't just tell you where to place your fingers, he explains the music theory behind it. Stephen has helped me to become a much better player and I always look forward to my sessions.

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Tommie W. Aug 4, 2017
Bass Guitar · In home

First lesson went great; looking forward to more.

John D. Jun 15, 2017
Guitar · In home

Great instructor!

Brandon Apr 11, 2017
Guitar · In home

I had an amazing first lesson. Stephen was knowledgeable and patient. He tailors your learning to the type of music you enjoy. I cant wait for the next lesson!

Marc Jan 14, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Not bad.

Daniel Oct 27, 2016
Guitar · In home

Stephen is the best teacher I have ever had. He is great at showing you proper practice techniques while also working on fun pieces. I have improved a lot since I started taking lessons with him and can't recommend him enough.

Tyler Sep 4, 2016
Guitar · In home

Great way to start!

Zachary B. Aug 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

My son loved his first lesson. Stephen is great!

Jessie Feb 28, 2016
Guitar · In home

I have learned so much from Stephen about guitar. Stephen has taught me for a number of years and I have made great progress with the guitar, especially with chords and sight reading. He is an incredibly talented musician. He makes sure that lessons are interesting and increasingly challenging.

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