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Ruben D.

Vista, CA

Reading Treble staff, chord shapes, improvisation, finger technique, tablature reading and composition.

About Ruben

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 p
erform. 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


Dan H. July 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson. Really enjoyed it!
Susana W. January 26, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA

Learn any song you want from any time. I have a good ear and can pick any song off a CD or YouTube. I can then write it out for you and teach it to you in any key. Don't be afraid, I like to use Tablature so you don't need to be able to read music.

Do you want to play Lead Guitar? I can teach you all the scales, arpeggios & Pentatonics that you need to know to become a rock 'n' roll guitar god!

About Jesse

Jesse H. plays guitar with The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best-known dance and party bands. But he’s more than just a rock-and-roller — he’s studied jazz and classical guitar with other master musicians.

His lessons focus on developing:

- Right and left hand technique
- Finger picking and flat picking
- Tonal and sound quality
- Playing and singing
- The ability to play a solo
- Chords, scales, and arpeggios

Jesse’s broad skill set allows him to teach a variety of styles, though he’s happy to focus on one particular style if that’s what the student prefers.

Don’t miss this o
pportunity to take guitar or ukulele lessons from one of the top musicians in San Diego.

*** Overview ***
I studied jazz guitar with Peter Sprague and classical guitar with Celin Romero. While at UCSD, I studied with Pepe Romero in master classes. In 1982, I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. During my time with the band, I’ve learned and performed many classic rock hits. One of the best-known dance/party bands in San Diego, the Mar Dels continue to play at private and public events locally, nationally, and globally.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music. Most classical guitar music can’t be played well with a standard rock left hand technique, but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique. 

Most of the studies I use with my students are songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

I emphasize the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. Many musicians feel that playing a piece of music is like running a 100-yard dash. I prefer that my students play at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds, rather than rushing through a song simply to show an ability to play fast. I feel that it’s very important to practice any new piece or exercise at a slow tempo till it can be played well with relaxed hands. When the tempo is gradually increased, one acquires beauty with speed.

Within the first three months, the average student should be able to play some open position chords, bar chords, and arpeggios, and be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within six months that they could play for their friends or parents. If the student’s goal is to use the guitar to accompany their voice, they can learn to sing and play at the same time. This is a special skill that takes time to master, and is something that I have done for years. I’m happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately, the progress of the student depends on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills. If a student is interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus on it; however, I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible.

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.


Taira G. October 18, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Haleigh C. October 14, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
My impression was Jesse had a cool vibe about him. He's also an amazing musician and worked great with my 10 yr old, and he really knows a lot about music and teaching music. He had no ego. He just wants to make learning a fun and enjoyable experience.
Gina M. September 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse does a great job of giving positive feedback, while providing tips for improvement.
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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Tom S.

Encinitas, CA

Have fun and learn from a pro! A graduate of Berklee College of Music, GRAMMY NOMINATED, many recording and live performance credits.

About Tom

Tom has been teaching private lessons since 1987 and is currently available to teach lessons at his studio in Encinitas, CA. He has helped many students exceed their expectations not only as guitarists, but as very well rounded musicians.

Tom received his training at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1987 where he received a degree in Music specializing in Music Production and Engineering. As an expert in his field, he looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Tom's versatility as a live performer has brought him into opening slots for the following major headli
ning acts:


*The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
*Central Park, NYC
*and more

L.L. Cool J & Jewel
*Presidential Inaugural Ball - Bill Clinton

Isaac Hayes
Boz Scaggs
Collective Soul
Huey Lewis and the News
Maceo Parker
They Might Be Giants
Lyle Lovett
Ratdog (Bob Weir)
Chaka Khan
Los Lobos
Ben Harper

Jazz & Acid Jazz:

George Benson
Charlie Hunter
Michael Brecker
Roy Haynes Trio
Count Basie Orchestra
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Wayne Shorter


B.B. King
Jonny Lang
Buddy Guy
Koko Taylor
Lonnie Mack
Etta James
…and many more

In the studio, Tom has recorded on countless TV & Radio commercials including:

State Farm
Ford Motor Co.
Miller Brewing Co.
…and many many more.

Tom has also played on many CDs receiving local and international acclaim. In 2001 Tom garnered a GRAMMY NOMINATION for his work with the Chicago based band Liquid Soul.

He has written and performed on music for TV and has even recorded on a few tracks that have hit the Billboard charts.


James P. July 31, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Hey. I thought I had to click one star at a time to get to all of them. Tom was great! Change my rating to 5 STARS.
Chris P. June 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first start.
Remy S. April 3, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is fantastic! Teaches two of my children and they come out of their lessons beaming!
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Tom S.

Tom S.

Encinitas, CA 92024
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Sean H.

San Diego, CA

I've been playing guitar in pop, rock, and jazz settings for several years, and strive to teach all of my students how to best express themselves musically. If you would like to play in a band, learn how to write songs, or even learn to improvise, I can help you achieve your musical goals.

About Sean

Hello! My name is Sean H and I am very passionate about music, and about helping my students accomplish their musical goals. I have been teaching for a little over three years and also have experience as a section leader and band leader. I have received several musical awards, including the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and I am currently working towards a degree in Jazz Studies at San Diego State University.

As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader, I have experience in many different aspects of music that I pass along to my students. I give lessons on upright and e
lectric bass, guitar, piano, saxophone, and clarinet. In addition to this, I offer songwriting, ear training, and music theory lessons.


Adrian September 14, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Sean is a great teacher. Very patient and knowledgable.
Highly recommend him.
Jake D. September 11, 2016
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Sean is amazing! Best instructor my son could ever ask for. Reliable, knows his stuff and absolutely the best!!! Very highly recommended!
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Sean H.

Sean H.

San Diego, CA 92131
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Andrew S.

San Diego, CA

I have played many styles growing up but my focus has been Jazz in school. Lessons will be lots of fun because that's what music is all about! I will give you as much information as possible when it comes to learning aspects of guitar and music. We will focus on the music you listen to, and I'll give you music to add to your repeitoire based on what you like. I will teach you all of the things I have learned from teachers and peers over the years that have helped me succeed.

About Andrew

Hello! I have been playing guitar for the past 8 years now. I've been studying music in college; got a AA in Jazz performance from Mira Costa College and now currently at SDSU as a Jazz Studies Major. I love and play all kinds of styles but especially Rock, Blues, and Jazz. I can teach anyone who is beginning to intermediate.


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Dennis May 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Andrew is passionate about music and guitar. He appreciates many styles of music from jazz to rock. He is well-spoken, friendly, and his enthusiasm gets students motivated! You will be very happy with him!!!
Luis May 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Andrew has tons of skills and plenty of theory knowledge to not only play others music but to create your own music. Also, he is an amazing section leader; the best.
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Shannon May 17, 2016
Guitar · Online
Andrew was one of the most attentive guitar teachers my son has ever had. My son really responds to Andrew because he is warm, nice, and always has a smile on his face. My son has really taken a liking to Andrew.
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Andrew S.

Andrew S.

San Diego, CA 92127
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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