Trevor Hamer

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA
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Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.



On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.



I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.

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  • Speaks English, German, Latin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 7 and up

Reviews (15)

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Alice F. Oct 7, 2019
Classical Guitar · In home

Trevor is wonderful, fun and patient every single class!!!! - Our 12 years old son has been with him for a year now and his playing is amazing. So much progress so fast and so many different kinds of style already - I love that my son gets so excited when it is the day of his guitar lesson with Trevor!!!!!

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test Sep 10, 2019
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

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Michael M. May 10, 2019
Guitar · Online

It was a good getting to know you lesson. Trvor's a good lislener. He has a good easy going style. I am looking forward to future lessons.

lisa May 6, 2019
Music Theory · Online

Will Jan 11, 2019
Music Theory · In home

Trevor is wonderful and sensitive to special learning needs.

Randy W. Nov 20, 2018
Bass Guitar · Online

I would think the first lesson is always the hardest to start since as an instructor you don’t know what skill level you will be teaching. Trevor started the class asking what I wanted to accomplish and ended with lots of practice lessons for me to complete. Looking forward to more classes with him.

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Mike M. Mar 9, 2017
Guitar · In home

Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.

Dan F. Mar 25, 2016
Guitar · In home

had a great first lesson

Cooper W. Nov 15, 2015
Drum · In home

Looking forward to the next one!

Bobby O. Jul 11, 2015
Guitar · In home

Trevor is an amazing teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have come across for music, and I've had several. He has a near encyclopedic knowledge on almost all things music from composition to theory with a genuine interest in the material as well as teaching it. He is extremely patient, friendly, and kind of a nerd on several fronts, in the best, most awesome way possible I mean. If you want a truly comprehensive understanding of music from someone who knows what he is talking about and is fun to learn from, I'd say go with Trevor.

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Christina Frangos Apr 30, 2015
Drum · In home

Trevor has been my 12 year-old daughter's drum teacher for over a year and has started teaching my 14 year-old daughter and me the guitar. Above all, Trevor instills his love of music into every lesson...and to every student. He custom-tailors each lesson to the student's style, needs and goals. Lessons are always fun, positive and productive. He is responsible, always on time and communicates well. Trevor has been a great find. He is an amazing teacher.

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Christopher R. Jan 3, 2015
Blues Guitar · In home

Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was looking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.

He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher.

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paul B. Jul 21, 2014
· In studio

Great teacher & guitar player. Probably the finest teacher the School of Rock & Electric Music Studios ever had. Very patient and knowledgeable about many different types of music. The kids here all LOVED Trevor!!! Highly recommended !!!!

EdwardG May 19, 2012
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\Trevor is a great teacher--and I hope to pick up the lessons later on after I get done with my doctors. When I started all I knew for sure was that the piano had white and black keys. It's always nice to learn something new. Thanks to Trevor. ED

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AmyV Oct 11, 2011
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JT's guitar lessons with Trevor

He is an amazing teacher. Teaches theory with technique and in his first three lessons with Trevor, JT has learned an incredible amount. JT has been playing for almost 8 years and is more pleased with Trevor than any other teacher he has had. Thanks so much!

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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Learn how to play classical guitar. Right and left-hand technique. Standard notation reading. Amassing a repertoire.

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Experience

Music Teacher
Apr 1998 - Present

Self-Employed

I've been teaching students, young and old, including Special Needs students since 1998.


Education

Music
Aug 2000 - May 2002

University of the Pacific

A.A. Music
Aug 1998 - Jun 2000

Modesto Junior College


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Latin

Limited Proficiency


Affiliations

Mu Phi Epsilon
Apr 2001
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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