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The San Diego Guitar Scene

By Aaron D. - San Diego Guitar Teacher

Many of you know San Diego for its beautiful beaches, great weather, Sea World and the zoo, but did you know that San Diego is home to a great many guitarists? As a new resident of San Diego, I recently realized the amount of talent present in this great city. Wherever you go, you can always hear the unmistakable sound of the guitar, whether it’s the strumming of an acoustic on the beaches of La Jolla, some blues licks played on a Les Paul in a downtown club, or the plucking of a classical in the streets of North Park, there’s always something exciting to hear from this great instrument. Many great guitarists, local and non-local, perform and have honed their skills in San Diego and the surrounding areas. Local jazz legend Peter Sprague can be caught playing almost nightly, and Carlos
Santana learned to play on the streets of nearby Tijuana. Bands such as Blink 182, Switchfoot, and P.O.D. have all called San Diego home, and local talent such as Intransit Audio, Foreign Film, and Science Fiction are making their names and building followings in the bustling local music scene.

So as a San Diegan, you may ask yourself, “How do I become a part of all this?” Well, for one, I’m sure many of you have at least one friend who plays the guitar, and he or she is always willing to get you started in the right direction. Or you can always find a great, local guitar instructor here at TakeLessons who can teach you in the comfort of your own home. Whatever your fancy, San Diego is a great place for guitarists and music lovers alike. Join the fun and sign up for guitar lessons in San Diego today!
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Aaron D. San Diego, CA

Guitar is my main instrument which I have been teaching for 13 years. I like to start beginner students with a basic knowledge of chords and rhythm to get them playing as soon as possible, and then supplement that knowledge with some music theory.

About Aaron

Hello fellow and future musicians, and thanks for checking out my profile! To tell you a little about myself, I was exposed to music at a very young age since my dad was a musician. I first picked up the drums at the age of 5, and took piano lessons for a year when I was 6. I later played the saxophone in 4th grade, and finally discovered the guitar when I was 9. (Ironic since my dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) He showed me my first chords and really got me started on the instrument, and I played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. I really didn't take music seriously until I was in college, and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the ...

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Shannon G. January 28, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
He has great patience and makes the instructions clear. He is very nice and friendly.
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Bella C. November 21, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I took my two boys one is 8 yrs. old and the other one is 14 yrs. old and both they never had any experience on playing the guitar and when they started going with Aaron, my kids where so happy to have a nice and knowledgeable instructor, they do know now how to read notes and they starting to play the guitar. Aaron has a lot of patience when it comes to kids and teenagers that starting to want to play the guitar, Aaron will explain and teach in a manner that kids want to go back the very next day and also teaches on a way it's fun for them and not boring. I will give Aaron 5 stars because he is a great instructor.
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Quynh T. October 19, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We love Aaron! My 9-year-old daughter is taking beginner guitar lessons. He's very patient and teaches at a pace that she's comfortable with. He's helpful in correcting her mistakes and is very encouraging. This has allowed her to grow an abundance of new skills. She also teaches them to me! Through this experience, she has taken a new interest in ukulele as well.

Aaron's very knowledgeable, talented and is accommodating to our busy schedule. Plus he's very funny! I've also learned a lot in this process as an observer. I'd definitely recommend him as a teacher to anyone who is a beginner or would like advance their skills.
Francis R. San Diego, CA

I want to help you find your voice. Anyone can play a guitar, but it takes some hard work, determination, and proper guidance to truly sound great when playing one. My curriculum will be determined by your goals, but most everyone will be subjected to some amount of ear training, hand and body posture training, technique, and basic theory. I will teach you to play an acoustic or electric guitar with a pick or with your fingers (or both).

Another often overlooked advantage of having a guitar teacher is having somebody to reach out to for guidance when buying a new instrument. I won't charge you for that, though; I like exploring a music shop as much as anyone else!

About Francis

Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007. I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and released three albums of original music. I want to make your goals accessible. *** Lesson Details *** I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love ...

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Bjoern P. March 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Francis has been just fantastic as my first ever singing teacher. He completely made me feel at ease, provided me with material to practice in between lessons, and is just a genuinely nice guy to be around. He provided good and intuitive help to improve my singing, and I fell I have improved lightyears in just a few weeks.
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Richard C. November 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is a fantastic instructor. He is very patient and knowledgeable. My friends asked me to play bass guitar in their rock band so I needed to learn fast. Francis taught me the basics and quickly moved on to tips and tricks to help me advance. I am having a blast.
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David K. June 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is great. Always on time, always available to chat about areas I had questions or challenges, always insightful.
Kevin F. San Diego, CA

I began playing guitar 16 years ago and teaching guitar a few years after. I have played professionally in the San Diego area in many different styles including jazz, pop, rock, funk and 80's New Wave. I have a large collection of lessons for beginners up to advanced students which use popular songs as a way of addressing technical issues. I strive to make the lessons fun as well as informative while keeping each individual student's goals in mind.

About Kevin

I have been teaching and performing in the San Diego area for many years and have used that experience to develop lessons for any level of player. My program emphasizes all around musicianship in addition to technical ability. Being a musician is more than simply learning repertoire. I help my students get the skills needed to be capable, independent performers. While studying at UCSD, I was awarded double honors for my work in Guitar Performance and Composition. In 2010, I was given awards for "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior" and "Outstanding Classical Music Performance". In January of this year, my latest ensemble piece "Bell Music" was given its premiere in Zurich, Switzerland by Ensemble TaG. *** Lesson Details *** While I am a very easy going teacher, I do require dedication ...

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Daniel S. January 5, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent Instructor

Kevin has taken my 14yo son from an absolute beginner to a good guitar player. He has been patient and professional all times and my son truly likes him, as do I. I have referred him to several friends now and will continue to do so.
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Delia S. October 30, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Kevin's been working with my 12-year-old son for about 6 months now. My son has learned a lot of new songs and proper playing techniques. Kevin is very professional, reliable, and gets along well with my son. I recommend him!
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Gwynne L. July 26, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
wonderful!

Kevin is very patient, helpful and fun! At 23, I thought I was too old to start learning an instrument and Kevin made me feel comfortable right away. He constantly updated the lesson plan and adjusted it to my skill level.
Nick W. San Diego, CA

My first instrument, I now perform fingerstyle acoustic guitar almost exclusively for live performances but do studio work on electric and classical.

About Nicholas

I began playing trumpet at age 9, guitar at age 12, and bass at age 16. While I am a serviceable trumpet player, I found my true loves in guitar and bass and perform almost exclusively on those instruments today. I played in my high school Jazz and Concert bands, as well as rock bands outside of school. I followed my passion for music to college, where I graduated with Honors from the rigorous Music program at Roosevelt University in Chicago, with a bachelors degree in music performance. I focused on Jazz, but did learn classical theory and harmony as well. Throughout college I earned income teaching lessons, and continue to this day, giving me over 12 years teaching experience. I perform professionally for a variety of bands in many genres, and write music for my own ...

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Steve C. January 25, 2013
Verified Student
Personlized lesson plan

Nick tailors my lessons to what I need to learn. Nick has a great understanding of music theory
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LenM December 16, 2010
Nick is a great guy and a very good instructor who seems to really care about his students and their progress. Highly recommend him anytime anywhere!
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KevinB January 29, 2009
Incredibly bright and talented guitar teacher

I highly recommend Nick for anyone looking to take their guitar playing to the next level. I've played for several years without much professional direction. At this point I've had about 4 lessons and already see a huge improvement in my playing. Don't think twice, just book your lesson with Nick!!!
Ben Z. San Diego, CA

About Ben

Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children ...

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Cengiz K. December 15, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
It was a very productive lesson. Ben was able to teach a lot of things in the limited time given, and he gives enough material to work on that can easily last me a week. He makes his lessons enjoyable and educational at the same time.
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Cengiz K. December 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Although it was the first lesson , It is obvious Ben is very good on teaching.His approach is totally according to student's needs and level (it is very important!) He is very kind person and explains the things very well .My 13 years old daughter liked his teaching so much. Most important for us,was He does not start with boring cliches which you can find anywhere in the planet . You start to play with Ben from the first lesson. He is also very cooperative and flexible and open for the new ideas and requests. I strongly recommend him for all level guitarists , especially who already knows a few things and wants to improve to next level . Regards
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Peg J. July 16, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is a great guy. He starts with the basics and focuses a lot on technique. He has played the guitar for 20 years so he has lots of experience.
I really enjoy my lessons with him.
Steven B. Coronado, CA

ABOUT THE GUITAR TEACHER
Steven B is a professional teacher of guitar. He teaches all levels. Beginners are welcome. In 30 years, he has successfully taught hundreds of students. Some of his students take lessons on two instruments as in voice and guitar. He offers 30-minute lessons, 45-minute lessons, or 60-minute lessons.

GUITAR - Acoustic or Electric Guitar
The teacher combines methods of teaching reading music, playing by ear, and improvisation... and this work wonders for his guitar students. Through the process, he teaches all the fundamentals of technique in guitar for correct hand positions, fingering, and posture. Strumming, fingerpicking, hybrid picking, the CAGED formula are included. The teacher maps out chord changes on popular songs and the standards. He has his recording studio, and produces recordings and CDs to aid in the learning process, as well as making it more fun for his guitar students. Whether his students take lessons in the Coronado Music Studio or ...

About Steven

Reviews from students and parents I took piano and voice lessons in Steven B's studio and also online via Skype. Both experiences were great, and it was really convenient to do the lessons on Skype. Steven B is an excellent teacher, and he is very patient. I recommend him to anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument or sing! Kat Steven B is a wonderful teacher! He is talented, always enthusiastic, and extremely motivational! Each lesson is designed specifically for our daughter Kelsey's ability and desired genre of music! Kelsey began guitar and voice lessons in the Coronado studio and is now taking lessons via Skype since our move to Virginia. The lessons are convenient, affordable, and productive. We are excited to be able to still have Steven B as her guitar and ...

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