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About Guitar Confidence

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Guitar instructor, Rex Bell, offers private in-home or studio guitar and banjo lessons throughout the East Bay including Benicia, Berkeley, Clayton, Concord, Crocket, Danville, Dublin, Fairfield, Hercules, Lafayette, Livermore, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Vallejo, and Walnut Creek, CA.

I have over 40 years of experience as a musician, music instructor, arranger and performing artist. I have been a studio guitarist in San Francisco Bay Area and New York City recording and performing with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Wild Cherry, The Drifters, Tammy Wynette, Jackson Brown, The Pointer Sisters, Tower of Power, and many others.

My formal education was at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA where I majored in music arranging and composition. I studied classical guitar at New England Conservatory, Boston MA.

I have studied under musical greats, e.g., Ron Parker, Harry Lahee, George Barrey, Warren Nunes, Don Haas and Judy Davis.

For beginning students, purchase one month of lessons, and get the 2nd month free!


Dublin, CA 94568

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  • 5/5 stars May 6, 2014

    I've worked with Rex for three months. As a beginner student I've found it challenging but rewarding. Unlike some other teachers, Rex seems genuinely interested in teaching others to play guitar. He has a curriculum that emphasizes sight reading and finger style which were both new to me. If you're willing to put in the time, I think Rex can take you where you want to go on your guitar journey.

  • 5/5 stars November 10, 2013

    Very experienced teacher and highly skilled guitarist who really knows how to teach. I started my beginning 10 yr old son with him 2 months ago. I was pleased with him so started to take jazz lessons for myself too. Worth the higher price since he is good AND comes to our house.

  • 5/5 stars November 10, 2013

    My 10 year old son and I just finished our first lesson with Rex. Fantastic! Rex kept in fun, but at the same time we learned a lot. We cannot wait until our next lesson.

  • 5/5 stars October 15, 2013

    I've been working with Rex for ten months. I'd tried other teachers in the past, but never got beyond open chords and strumming. I'm now able to read music fluently, barre and fingerpick. He is a tremendous teacher who cares about me as a person. I look forward to many more years of guitar lessons with Rex.

  • 5/5 stars October 10, 2013

    Very we'll rounded in his music , great teacher , has great methods
    Rex has been playing for many years the amount of styles and people he has played with are priceless I'm honored to be his student

  • 5/5 stars September 2, 2013

    I loved my free banjo lesson! Rex is very knowledgable and patient. He was so good that I pre-paid for my first month of lessons. I'm very excited to learn banjo from Rex.

  • 4/5 stars August 24, 2013

    Rex has been a great Ukulele teacher. He makes every lesson fun, but also constantly keeps me challenged. I have never taken any musical instruction before. But after 2 months of lessons with Rex, I am able to sight read and play some simple leads.

  • 5/5 stars August 22, 2013

    Rex is a great teacher. His method works! I've been practicing a lot and the results have been amazing. If you put in the time to practice it will work for you also.

  • 5/5 stars August 20, 2013

    My daughter has been working with Rex for about 6 months and it has been a wonderful and pleasant experience. He is full of energy, a great booster/ encouraging mentor to my daughter even when she makes mistakes. I believe my daughter is learning weekly. She is learning how to manage her school studies with her early childhood dream of learning how to play the guitar. With Rex' s knowlegde and experience of methods and techniques I'm expecting my daughter have the knowledge and skills needed to play with confidence. Looking forward to a brighter future!

  • 5/5 stars August 20, 2013

    I selected Rex from the great reviews that I read on Yelp.
    I received my first free lesson a couple of weeks ago and I was hooked. I appreciated Rex's patience. I also very much appreciated his coaching and overall teaching style. I am totally new to learning the guitar. Rex was everything that the reviews had mentioned about his expertise. patience and teaching style.
    I immediately scheduled to continue with my guitar education from Rex. He teaches in such a manner that makes is easier because he doesn't make it complicated. He is very accommodating and always accessible by phone if I have any questions. I HIGHLY recommend Rex to be your guitar instructor.

  • 5/5 stars June 16, 2013

    I have had two lessons with Rex so far. I am sort of an advanced beginner, since I've had a few years of lessons in the past. My goal is to learn to play blues guitar. Rex is a skillful guitar teacher. He comes to your home to give lessons. He has a comprehensive approach framed around two hour-long lessons per month. That means he doesn't just give you one thing to practice; he gives you exercises, scales, chords as well as songs to learn. Rex makes you nip bad habits in the bud -- he shows you the right way to do things and when you make a mistake, he patiently reminds you and has you try again until you get it right. I believe that if I keep my end of the bargain and devote enough time to practice, Rex will help me to progress in a balanced way towards my goal.

    Rex B. from Guitar Confidence replied to this review on June 25, 2013:

    Thanks so much for kind words and god Bless.

  • 5/5 stars May 22, 2013

    Excellent Guitar lesson! He teaches with passion, confidence and years of experiences. Best lesson I ever had before and he knows what to teach, what you need and prepare well enough for you to learn! Highly recommended!

    Rex B. from Guitar Confidence replied to this review on June 25, 2013:

    Thanks so much fir such kind words and God Bless.

  • 5/5 stars March 30, 2013

    My 8 year old daughter has had two lessons with Rex so far, but she responds really well with him. His teaching style is perfect for her and she is excited about learning. He not only is teaching her how to play, but how to read music as well. I'm excited to see where she will go with him!

  • 5/5 stars March 18, 2013

    Rex was so generous and kind to drive clear out to my house(a looong way from his area!) and give a my first banjo lesson. Before he even got there he helped me pick out and purchase the perfect banjo for my needs. In my one hour free lesson he covered a lot of area and gave me a helpful book. Because of my remote location we are going to attempt Skype lessons in the future. He was very supportive and encouraging...which is what I needed.

  • 5/5 stars January 11, 2013

    It was an awesome experience with him in the first class... He gave me a good practice on bar cards and beats. And he talks very funny and jovial towards students which helps us more closer to clarify our doubts. I would recommend him to other guitar begineers too...

  • 4/5 stars December 7, 2012

    It's only been a few weeks since I started my lessons with Rex on the electric guitar and I may have to come back to this review later and edit. So far he's been great. He's on-time, very responsive and a very nice gentleman. He doesn't mind staying extra time if he can to review more material. I will reserve the final star for 6 months down the road. If things are as great then as they are now I will change the rating. I highly recommend him to any beginner wanting to get private lessons on the guitar.

  • 5/5 stars December 4, 2012

    I have had three lessons with Rex and he is an amazing teacher; Playing guitar was a dream, and Rex shows me the path to reach it. Rex really develops the confidence of his student by being patient, repeating gestures many times, explaining again and again until the student understands. Besides, when I have question, he is always available to answer me. Rex, your technique is impressive, but more than that your pedagogy is what makes you a great teacher. Lastly, Rex is friendly and have a good sense of humor that makes the learning a beautiful experience. I really excited about the level of mastery these lessons will take me in one year.
    Alexandre Mikano

  • 5/5 stars December 1, 2012

    First off I consider myself a beginner. I've had a few lessons with Rex and have thoroughly enjoyed them - not just because I'm learning a lot but also he's just a cool guy to hang out with. He has interesting teaching methods which help learn the fundamentals in an engaging way. I really like how his lesson plan is taylor made for each student. I'm particularly interested in learning jazz and bossa nova so he's put together a curriculum that suits me, which includes learning diatonic 7th chords (which are used a lot in jazz) and a few jazz/bossa nova chord melody solos just to name a few things. He's also extremely organized and outlines the exact things (by sending me an email) that I need to work on between lessons. I look forward to furthering my guitar skills with Rex. I highly recommend him for anyone who is serious about progressing as a guitarist!

  • 5/5 stars November 30, 2012

    I had my first lesson with Rex this past week. I was truly impressed how quickly we got into matters of substance that I could actually use to improve my playing. I consider myself a novice on guitar, but I have a musical background that Rex was able to utilize so I could really begin making progress instantly. I look forward to continuing to learn and improve under his teaching.

    Rex B. from Guitar Confidence replied to this review on November 30, 2012:

    Thanks for such kind wors and I to look forward to you having fun while expanding your guitar chops and vocal chops.

  • 5/5 stars September 5, 2012

    The Most Inspiring, and Gifted Musician I Have Ever Known, but Beyond All That as a Teacher Rex You Are Absolutely Amazing !! So Easy to Practice lessons You give because You Zero in on the Key areas that get a person where THEY Want to Be, and that is so Motivating and Just Awesome as can be when a desire and Dream Happens in Leaps and bounds You Know This is The Real Deal ! YOU ARE A BLESSING TO MUSIC AND ANY ONE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO LEARN FROM THE BEST !

    Rex B. from Guitar Confidence replied to this review on September 6, 2012:

    Thank my brother. Your props humble me for you were a joy for sharing my music expertise in arranging, orchestration, charting and chord substitutions.l God bless u.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Guitar & Banjo lessons throughout out the East Bay Area of California. I work with beginning students up to professional musicians. Many of my students are accomplished guitar players wanting to take their skill to the next level. My touring experience and musical background are invaluable for students that want to become professional musicians.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. I have had the pleasure of rehearsing and performing with Rex over the past 8 years and am a performing musician who continues to take guitar lessons from him. His knowledge of not only guitar technique but his vast understanding of music theory and arranging – and – what it takes to perform with professional musicians puts him on a level truly unmatched by most other instructors. Craig H. – San Ramon CA

Rex has been a God send to me. I have been an entertainer vocals and guitar for 35 years. I learned most of the Micky Baker jazz chords but never understood completely what made 7th 5ths etc.. After one month of guitar lessons with Rex… Its all starting to fit like a puzzle. Its very rare in life we get work with an extraordinary highly developed professional like Rex Bell. - John R

Rex, for over twenty years I have tried to learn to play the Banjo. Last Monday was the flrst time that I actually played a tune on it. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!! Larry R. - San Ramon California

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. My rates are unbelievable for someone with my background and experience. Most instructors in the East Bay haven't toured with the caliber of performers that I have, nor do they have the breadth & depth of education that I do. Check us all out, give me a try - you'll be blown away!

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