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The Guitar Scene in Riverside

By Taylor P. - Riverside Guitar Teacher

Learning to play and perform the guitar can be a fun and challenging experience. TakeLessons has qualified music instructors in the Riverside area who can assist students in their quest for musical growth. Whether you are interested in playing in the comfort of your home or performing on stage, teachers continue to help and inspire students to develop their talents from proper technique of the instrument to stage presence.

For the student who is interested in taking guitar lessons in Riverside with the performance aspect in mind, Riverside has many places and various hot spots for local musicians to get involved and become an active part of the music community. Local Coffee houses such as Jazz-n-Java, Back to the Grind and Borders host weekly open mic nights for musicians of all styles and skill levels to perform. Local restaurants and bars such as The Plum House, Lake Alice and Romano’s also host open mic nights and feature local bands on various nights.

Downtown Riverside hosts a monthly Art Walk on the first Thursday of every month. This event is open to the public and an excellent place to see and meet local musicians. The Riverside Plaza is another place to enjoy local music from genres ranging from Rock to Jazz, Blues and Swing. Schedules and lineups are available online as well as in the Inland Empire Weekly, a local paper specializing in the local music and art scene.

Riverside is also home to the historical Fox Performing Arts Center, which features performances by a wide variety of well known and respected music artists. Another favorite amongst guitarists is Wild West Guitars and the exclusive Voodoo Lounge. Featuring big names in the guitar community and a collection of prized instruments, these sites are a must see for any aspiring guitarist. The Fender Museum (just outside of Riverside) is also a fascinating place for a guitarist to visit as well as to see big names perform.

As a teacher and performer, I always stress the importance of attending concerts and seeing local artists play to my students who are taking guitar lessons in Riverside. It’s a way of learning through others, getting perspective, and becoming inspired. I enjoy hearing my students talk about how a certain musician inspired them after seeing a performance. Being involved in the music community is beneficial to all music students who are taking guitar lessons in Riverside. Networking and meeting with other musicians is how ideas can develop and grow.

About Milton J.

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I've been teaching guitar for over four years. I've previously been a part of two bands during my formative years and recently have been a session guitar player for four upcoming indie rock, alternative, and R&B/Soul albums.
For children and beginners, I use the Mel Bay publication Children's Guitar Chord Book as well as Hal Leonard's Guitar Method series. I also apply basic music theory that includes learning the Circle of Fifths and basic reading of sheet music.

For intermediate guitar players, I utilize the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series to teach Power Chord Formation and Delivery, Fingerpicking, Pentatonic Scales, Reading Tabulature, and tackling some of classic rock and jazz's favorite tunes.

For guitar lessons at my studio, I leverage Guitar Pro to project and display tabs and play-alongs with ease. For in-home lessons, I use the software for select lessons as we begin song selection and play-alongs.

I can't wait to rock out with you as you find your inner ...

About Milton
Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Stud
ies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recently graduate of the University of Redlands with a Master's in Music Education, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and professionals. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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Lilly March 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
He is a great instructor and my daughter has improved her vocals so much since she started!!

Very flexible and communication is always on point.
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jzaquise March 23, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I don't have another instructor to compare, and this was only the first lesson, but he seems to meet all of the qualifications I am looking for. He was patient and created a calm environment. I am looking forward to continuing my learning with him.
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Sally March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
My son was close to giving up on piano because he was struggling with dynamics. Rather than quit piano, we decided to try switching to a new teacher. My son started lessons with Milton a year ago and is now enjoying piano again. In working with Milton, my son realized that his former teacher did not cover music theory and felt lost at times during the lessons. We brought this to Milton's attention, and Milton made the necessary adjustments to keep my son feeling good about the lessons.
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Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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$35 / 30-min

About Omar G.

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Riverside, CA

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I've been teaching music for 15 yrs on guitar, piano, bass, cello and bass. My students have ranged from from 5yrs to 75yrs of age. I have seen many student go on to join orchestras, bands, broadway shows or simply continued their education to a university or college. Being able to read music profeciently has given me the opportunity to teach off many method books but like to use Alfred Method, Mel Bay and Frederick Noad Method books. I teach many styles ranging from classical, jazz & blues, rock, contemporary and pop. I do stress and recommend all my students to learn how to read music and usually by our second or third lesson they will playing simple songs. I am here to help you make music!

About OMAR
Knowing that you are looking for a instructor to teach you music puts a smile on my face. You see, music has been a part of my life since the age of 3. Some of my first memories are of me accompanying my father at home with his rehearsals or just singing together to have fun as a family. I believe music is a gift that unites people together bringing out our deepest emotions that words cannot express. At the age of 5 I received an organ and from that point on I embarked on a long life journey to indulge and learn more about music. In elementary, junior high and high school I was involved in an
y subject dealing with music. I joined school choirs, orchestras, bands, marching bands, jazz bands, musicals you name it. While enjoying all school music activities I was selected to join in honor county and state orchestras and choirs. In junior high and high school I was selected to play for the Junior Pacific Symphony Orchestra, received scholarships to music summer camps, and was selected musician of the year. In college my quest continued with the Orange Coast College Orchestra, Praise Symphony Orchestra, Vanguard University Orchestra as well as guitar ensembles and college choir groups. I've also taken private lessons from Dr. Art David (Julliard graduate) in stand up bass as well as David Black (Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and classical guitar with Richard Glenn and David Murray. I've been teaching now for 15 years in guitar, classical guitar, bass guitar, stand up bass, cello, piano and voice ranging from 5 yr old to 65 yr old. My styles of music range from classical, jazz, rock, blues and contemporary. At this point I'm enjoying playing and singing in my church choir and worship team as well as teaching my two kids the joys of music. I hope you truly enjoy the joy of learning music whether it be through me or another teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I require all students to set time aside to practice. For without it, it is only wasting your time, your money and my time. I don't expect a total dedication to it but I do want to see some effort put into it. A little practice can go a long way and the more you do it, the faster you will progress and the more you will enjoy it. We will first start off with what you want out of music and the level you are at and go from there. Student can bring their own music either thru tabs, music sheet or just by ear but one thing I do expect is a student to learn how to read music notation. We will go thru the regular warm up exercises, material practiced during the week and any new music for the following week. Correct techniques in how to hold your instrument or voice procedures will be addressed. Music theory will also be part of the lesson as well as ear training. At the end of either 3 to 6 months you will have learned the basics of music and will be playing songs for you or someone else to enjoy. I will make it a total relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere but some dedication has to put on the students' part.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room, guitar both classical and electric, piano, cello, upright bass and electric bass guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument. I can also provide music stand, small amplifier if needed and music material for the first few lesson until student provides for him/her self. Student must have own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
My way of teaching would have to be that they must learn how to read music while learning how to play an instrument.
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Zac P. March 2, 2017
Verified Student · Cello · In studio
Great teacher. Thanks for accommodating our busy schedule!!!
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Thomas J. March 1, 2017
Verified Student · Cello · In studio
Omar was kind with my never had a lesson status said we should get started and had me making some nice sounds with the cello in no time at all
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Allen S. January 14, 2017
Verified Student · Bass Guitar · In studio
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Omar G.

Omar G.

Riverside, CA 92503
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$30 / 30-min

About Christopher M.

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Become the guitar player you've always wanted to be! Learn to play along to your favorite songs, how to figure out your favorite songs, how to solo in ANY genre and ANY key, how to use modes, construct any chord arpeggiate/sweep, write your own songs, music theory, ear training, reading music and more!

About Christopher
My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

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When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country
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Robert J. March 1, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Christopher is an excellent instructor. I had a little acoustic guitar experience before I asked him to help me with electric guitar. Not only did he create custom lessons based on my experience, he also anticipates mistakes that can be made and prepares me for them. His knowledge of guitar music theory shows through when he is instructing. I know Chris will be the guy who can help me take my guitar skills to the next level.
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Bill J. February 8, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Asked me questions about where I was and where I wanted to be as a guitar player and we got right to work. Great 1st lesson. Looking forward to my future lessons.
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Marty B. January 23, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. We were on the same page right away. He understood my skill level, and exactly where I wanted to go, and developed the plan to get me there.
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Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
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$25 / 30-min

About Stephen L.

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You will learn the essential fundamentals, and specific exercises that will increase your chops!
Learn your scales, modes. and how to improvise!
Learn music theory, how to read notation, not just tab!
Learn to follow chord changes and play with a real band!
Learn to play by ear and to read music, putting you in high demand!
Email me today!

About Stephen
Hello my name is Steve Layton,
I am 34 years old and I have been playing trombone and bass guitar for over twenty years, and I also play other instruments as well. I have extensive experience as a touring musician and performing musician with several rock/pop groups over the years. I am currently finishing my BA in music Education at California State University Fullerton. I also perform in the top groups at the University. I will bring the best out of your playing, take a lesson with me, and you will get better! I have years of experience that you can tap into, in order to reach musical goal
s. For more info go to www.dpsteve.com
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Stephen L.

Stephen L.

Riverside, CA 92503
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$25 / 30-min

About Oliver J.

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My students can expect customized and in-depth lesson plan based on their experience level, personal preferences and their particular learning style. We will develop a strategy together to help you or your child unlock the musician within. I have spent my life playing and improving my skills. Let me pass on what I have learned to you.

About Oliver
Hi there! My name is Oliver Jackson and I have been teaching guitar on and off for about 11 years. It is truly my passion. I currently work a corporate 9-5 job, but in my spare time I'm a member of two very different bands. Playing guitar holds a special kind of joy for me, and it thrills me to be able to share this with my students. I am a knowledgeable and very patient instructor. If you are just beginning or already know your way around the strings, I will come up with a personalized lesson plan just for you. My goal is not just to teach the mechanics of playing, but to help unlock the mys
teries of music to make it less intimidating. Contact me for more information and how I can help you achieve your musical goals.
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Lauren February 15, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Oliver is a very patient teacher. I am a beginner and he is teaching me acoustic guitar. I have fun in our lessons and always feel like I have learned something new. I can tell he likes teaching, so it makes the lessons more fun for me. -Lauren age 10
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Oliver J.

Riverside, CA 92501
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