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  • 22 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 28 min

Ben Y.

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Sven was great! My first guitar lesson ever! Very encouraging and can work with students of all levels. Also knows all the songs I want to learn. Looking forward to my next lesson...

Michelle D.

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Sven is very patient, positive and enthusiastic. Our daughter is enjoying her guitar lesson as he keeps it fun - she doesn't realize that she is learning so much!

Amy M.

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Sven is very nice. My son and I are both excited about our guitar lessons.

SHREDLAB

4.9

(27)

  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Cody T.

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Let me start off by saying, Andi is an incredible teacher. No, he is not magic; but he is capable of steering your guitar education in the right direction. I played guitar on-and-off for many years, it has been lackluster for the most part. Over the years, I’ve watched thousands of guitar lessons on the blackhole that is known as Youtube. Sure, I gained some knowledge, but in a very disjointed way that didn’t seem to push my guitar playing forward. My practice sessions were ineffective and I never seemed to follow a logical path to achieve my goals. I wonder how many self-taught guitarists are in the same boat? Then I started taking lessons with Andi. With some effort (and an instructor to motivate and direct), I begun to truly learn and understand things that I’d been too lazy to tackle in the past (modes, inversions, picking exercises). I’m somewhat embarrassed to say, until I took lessons with Andi; I never completely learned a song. I would pick up fragments of songs, and then move on to the next flavor of the week. Andi will spend weeks (if necessary) reviewing the material with you. He’ll break whatever solo or song you wish to learn down into bite-sized chunks; he’ll even send you slowed down mp3’s to help you learn the material. Trust me, this is very beneficial when learning the subtle nuances that make your favorite guitarist special (Prince, Nile Rodgers, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler). I have no way of really quantifying the improvement that happened while taking lessons with Andi, but my personal satisfaction has gone through the roof. My fingers and wrists are stronger, my technique has tightened, and my 16th note strumming is getting ridiculously funky these days. I could sing praises about Andi for days, but you don’t you want to try him out and see how it works for you.

E. B.

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Andi is a really awesome guitar instructor. I started guitar lessons with him with absolutely no experience playing an instrument or knowing how to read sheet music. But because he is really patient, knowledgeable, and at ease with teaching, I have been able to pick up how to play the guitar and reading the tab handouts he gives me after each lesson. He goes at the student’s pace and is willing to change his lessons to teach what new songs I want to learn. After each lesson I am always inspired and reminded why I wanted to take up guitar lessons in the first place. Andi was the very first instructor I met and I’m glad I did. I could not recommend him highly enough as an instructor.

Jay M.

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Andi brought a superb understanding of music theory to his guitar instruction approach. I never thought i would benefit from taking the time to apply the theory but it really helped my playing! Thanks Andi !

  • 17 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Anthony S.

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Garrick Davis is is easily the most artistic, fun, and creative guy I know. I have been taking lessons from him for four years now and if there is any thing I can say about him is that he is a great person and a wonderful roll model. Don't doubt him for a second he has amazing skills with the guitar and he will never leave you in the dust. He is grate at teaching you not only the song but each and every thing there is to know about each and every cord. He doesn't just teach you how to play songs, he teaches you how to play guitar.

Marilee S.

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Garrick is very patient and engaging with our 7yo son. Our son loves his guitar lessons and wants to play. He's the real deal with his own gigs and he teaches using music we love. Garrick gets 5 stars because he unexpectedly requested to join us when we purchased our guitar, picked an appropriate used(!) one with metal strings and had it modified to bring the frets in closer for small fingers. His lessons feel customized. We recommend Garrick!

Sarah G.

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I feel grateful for finding Garrick on Thumbtack! He has taught my 8 year old son, who is a beginner at guitar. Garrick's infectious love for life and music has really inspired my son. He has offered a great mix of fun and technique during lessons and my son was quickly able to play songs and enjoy playing his instrument. I would highly recommend Garrick as a teacher.

TOP PRO
  • 30 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 28 min

Robert L.

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I have been taking guitar lessons from David Williams for a few months now. I always look forward to my classes with him. He is a professional who is patient and understanding. Besides instructing me on guitar, he is also teaching me how to sing! He teaches me what I need to learn on the guitar in order to advance my knowledge. He is also open to me bringing in songs I want to play. He is a supportive teacher who is sincerely interested in his student's learning. He breaks down complicated musical concepts in a step by step process that enhances student confidence and mastery. I highly recommend David Williams.

Mark M.

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David Williams has given guitar lessons to our son for many years. We have the highest regard for his teaching and his overall positive influence. David is a highly talented musician and a gifted teacher. Our son has great respect for David's musical knowledge and his thoughtful mentoring--and we do as well. David provides very sound guidance and also works to help students achieve their own specific musical goals. David is a great person and a very fine teacher, and we're pleased to give him our highest recommendation.

Shreyas D.

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David has been teaching our son for a while now and we can't imagine having a better teacher for him. Excellent teacher: skilled, patient, creative. Our son looks forward to his guitar lessons each week and he wouldn't have come this far without David.

Sedat

4.7

(17)

  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 hours
  • Mountain View, CA

Chandrasekar R.

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Sedat is an excellent teacher. I've tried to learn guitar by myself multiple times in the last few years and have consistently given up after few weeks. With Sedat, learning is fun and I'm amazed at the progress that I'm able to make in just a few weeks. I'm also impressed by the way he assesses your progress and advances the lessons accordingly. He is very patient and attentive and adapts the lessons to the needs of the student. I would recommend Sedat to students of any skill level and age.

Desire G.

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Sedat is a very patient teacher. He is enjoyable to work with. He is great at teaching no matter how much experience you have. He has great teaching skills and is incredibly talented. I have only taken 3 bass lessons and I have learned so much and can't wait to learn more. I highly recommend Sedat for anyone who wants to learn guitar.

Thumbtack Customer

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Sedat is an excellent teacher for my 10 year old. He has lots of patience and knows how to teach kids. He is able to help with easier ways to teach chords and makes the class enjoyable. My child loves his class and he encourages to pick their favorite songs to play. I would highly recommend Sedat for kids guitar lessons.

  • 16 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Miki K.

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I would recommend Dylan to anyone looking for guitar lessons for themselves and their children! He is wonderfully patient and very knowledgeable. He will work with you on any song you like and use it to teach technique and theory, thus making it a lot more interesting. We moved about 1.5 hours away and still prefer making the trek for lessons over finding someone local to us!

Jamillah L.

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I purchased bass guitar lessons for my Dad with Dylan. Dylan was very thoughtful and responsive. My Dad has had 3 lessons so far and loves it. He had been learning on his own and says things make sense now and he also appreciates the music theory that Dylan incorporates into the lessons. He and I recommend Dylan.

Elaine S.

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I started taking guitar lessons in April 2016 and couldn't be happier working with Dylan. He is extremely patient, supportive and encouraging. I also appreciate his willingness to be flexible with my schedule! Dylan is a fantastic teacher, I highly recommend him!

  • 13 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 30 min

Patricia M.

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Michael is a great music teacher and my kids just love him. My son and daughter take guitar lessons and my granddaughter piano lessons. He is very patient with them. He is encouraging and connects with them on a personal level. He gives them good advice about where to get the best equipment. He will often spend time with them restringing their guitars before a practice.He pulled parts from two old guitars we had and made a guitar for my son. When my son was ready to move up to a better guitar, he found us a great deal on a stratocaster. We have been with Michael for five years and would not think of going to another music teacher.

Louise L.

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Michael is such a patient, knowledgable instructor. My son is having such an enjoyable time learning the guitar from him! I would highly recommend his services to anyone!

Cathy G.

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Micheal is a fantastic teacher. He has been giving music lessons to my boys for 3 years. He is very patient and makes music fun. He is a very talented musician

  • 16 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Angie M.

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Deborah is a truly special instructor. I came open to learn voice and piano, and I'm getting both and more. She really honed in on the work that I need: that in my head and heart. Through music, I'm learning how to dismantle the pride and fear that clouds (or prevents) my music-making. I feel so much more it touch with my inner musician, and free to let her fly. Deborah is easygoing and thoughtful, practical and resourceful. I highly recommend her.

Christian B.

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Deborah is a blast to play with and always engages the audience with her stage presence. We play as a duo, guitar and vocals. She has an excellent meter and vocal range as I always hear here hitting all the right notes.

David M.

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These were my first voice lessons ever. Lessons are fun. Deborah has lots of helpful advice and encouragement.

  • 6 years in business
  • Response time: 7 min
  • Oakland, CA

Jordan S.

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Jules is an amazingly talented musician and gifted teacher. He brings an incredibly supportive and positive spirit, and deep experience to every lesson. I have grown so much in the three years that I have been taking lessons with Jules and have enjoyed every minute. He is easily one of the best guitar teachers in the Bay Area. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Susan L.

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I have been taking guitar lessons from Jules for several months and am very happy with how much I have learned. All his lessons have educational purposes and he teaches through fun songs that make practicing enjoyable. He is very professional, knowledgeable and flexible with my schedule. I highly recommend him for beginners and experienced players alike. Susan

Darrell P.

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Jules has been great with my son. He’s taken him from a beginner to a pretty accomplished guitar player. Jules has my son playing both acoustic and electric very comfortably. He’s very patient and also really encouraging. I highly recommend Jules for lessons as well as seeing him perform live. You won’t be disappointed.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 23 hours
  • Santa Rosa, CA

Alicia S.

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I have a 10 year old daughter who has recently taken an interest in guitar. Santa Rosa has several places to choose from in regards to music lessons and we are very pleased to have found Dave. As a parent it is very important to find an instructor who is, not only knowledgeable & patient but also engaging & creative. After meeting with a couple of music teachers & inquiring for months on rates, I started feeling completely overwhelmed with over the top prices! It was a relief to find Dave. He is the owner of “Music Biz” in Santa Rosa where he also gives music lessons. On our first meeting Dave was very sweet & courteous. He asked my daughter what music she enjoyed listening to & what she would eventually like to play. My daughter said, “Taylor Swift”, Dave pulled out his iPad looked up one of her songs & began to play “You Belong With Me” on his guitar. My daughter was so surprised & excited, she turned to look at me and said, “I want him to teach me guitar!” It was this first encounter that made me feel confident that Dave was a good fit for my daughter. Dave keeps my daughter interested in guitar by teaching her the fundamentals while exposing her to a variety of music genres. She has been taking lessons with Dave for a little over 2 months & has enjoyed every minute. I would definitely recommend Dave as a music teacher to all my friends & family.

James C.

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Dave is an excellent teacher. Instead of just giving you a scripted set of lessons, Dave's lessons are built upon a developed understanding of his students musical wants and needs. Dave takes the time to get to know his students and develops there lessons around them. This leads to a system where each student learns at his or her own pace while ensuring that the lessons are challenging and entertaining. I HIGHLY recommend taking lessons with Dave as you will absolutely not be disappointed! GREAT, FUN, and PERSONABLE LESSONS!!!

Carly R.

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I just had my first lesson with Dave. In addition to giving clear and detailed instructions, he also made the lesson fun. He is clearly knowledgeable and experienced in his craft. I am looking forward to continued guitar instruction from him.

  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oakland, CA

Peter H.

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Both I and my three-year-old son have been taking guitar lessons with Robert for a year now, and we have both been consistently impressed with Robert's talent as a guitarist and a teacher. With my son he does an amazing job of translating concepts and tasks to his level, while keeping everything fun and engaging. My son loves his lessons, and he is beginning to be able to pluck a multi-note sequence. With me, Robert is fun, engaging, and a phenomenal teacher. I enjoy the lesson, and I've improved considerably over the course of the year, going from from not really knowing how to hold a guitar to being able to play a number of pieces of increasing difficulty. I would recommend Robert both to an adult interested in picking up the guitar as well as anyone with a child who has an interest.

Bunyada K.

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I contacted Robert as he is one of the few guitar instructors that I found willing to work with my 3 1/2 y.o. boy. Through the communication process, I ended up wanting to learn guitar myself, and it has so far been a great experience. He's very understanding of our little guy and has been an excellent instructor to for this beginner student. He also gets my little guy even more excited about guitar lessons.

Ritu S.

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My 10 year old son is taking Guitar lessons from Robert. Our experience with him had been very nice. He is very friendly and makes the lessons fun. The class is more fun learning and my son is progressing well. My son looks forward for the class.

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Pidge M.

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Mark is an exceptional guitar teacher. I came to him when I was "relearning" guitar, after about a 12 year hiatus from when I initially learned to play. His teaching style is simultaneously relaxed and laser-focused, which makes for enjoyable lessons that also really help me to achieve significant progress week over week. He gives great, specific feedback and it's always in a positive context. His own guitar playing is amazing, and his knowledge of music and music theory is expert-level. He is always very flexible in terms of focusing on what is most important to me -- he easily shifts gears between teaching me fundamentals, to working on specific songs I'm learning to play, to helping me understand chord theory and musical notation, to giving me feedback and help in arranging songs that I am writing. I have worked with a lot of music teachers over the 35 years that I have sung and played music (guitar, piano, clarinet, and voice) and Mark is the best of the best. His lessons are worth so much more than what he charges -- every session is master class level.

Rick L.

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I began lessons with Mark as an adult who had been soured on music lessons as a kid. I was a 3 chord player (not a good one) who wanted to learn music and the instrument. Mark has patiently made me a better player (and better appreciator of music) than I would have thought possible. He is a master at teaching the fretboard, chord construction, how to deal with difficulties and how to enjoy what you are doing. I know now more theory than I thought possible. Picking up the guitar is now one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things I do, and I have Mark to thank.

Marie D.

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I took bass lessons with Mark, and wish I'd taken them a lot sooner in my musical career! I was resistant to learning theory (wanted to keep playing by tabs, like a dork) but Mark really knows how to break it down and make it non-arduous. Very patient, great sense of humor, too. Highly recommended.

  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 hours

Assal T.

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Joann is a wonderful knowledgeable piano instructor. I stared my son in weekly piano lessons with Joann at age 6, last year. I was very impressed with her ability to teach the basics in a way he understood and connected to. He likes and respects her and is eager to learn. Joann is very relaxed, patient, and positive with him. I am very pleased! I would definitely recommend her to other potential students, young or old.

Jen M.

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Joann taught me piano lessons for over three years, and she worked on and off with my children for over a year. I started as a beginner, and she was instrumental in teaching me everything I know about piano. She was always on time, focused, and knowlegable. Joann works really well with children as well. She is positive and encouraging. She has fun and creative ways to engage the kids.

Gina R.

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I took voice and piano lessons with Joann. She was very encouraging. She believed in me and pushed me just enough to achieve my goals. Super thankful I got to work with her.

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 38 min
  • San Francisco, CA

Luveda B.

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I have had guitar lessons with John Lewis for two months now and I have to say without a doubt, he has exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only is he a very talented musician, he also possesses a rare talent for communicating and teaching guitar and musical concepts that are sometimes hard to grasp. He is patient, kind, encouraging, inspirational, and very creative in his teaching style. He knows how to judge exactly how much information I can handle at one time and I never leave feeling overwhelmed. He always makes the lessons interesting, challenging, and FUN! I am so grateful to have found this wonderful teacher and I highly recommend him to anyone from beginner to advanced. He truly is the Best of the Best!!!

Clark G.

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John is the first guitar teacher I have ever worked with. He got back to me immediately and made me feel very comfortable getting started. He took the time to learn my interest in playing and tailored everything to my goals, getting me excited to learn more and more. Thank you John!

Mehdi S.

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John is super patient with me. I'm a total beginner to music/guitar, so definitely a plus! You can see he is passionate about music and I can't wait to see the progress I'm going to make with him!

  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Palo Alto, CA

Cc C.

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We have been working with Ms. White since January 2016. My boys, ages 6 and 7 walked out of their very first lesson knowing “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and this quick, concrete “take away” gave them a sense of excitement and confidence! Ms. White is very thoughtful with her instruction. She has realistic and responsive goals--like helping accommodate a variety of sports seasons and understanding the difference between her student’s temperament and attention span. She has nurtured an intrinsic and age appropriate interest and exposure to the world of piano playing. My boys pick up and play piano on their own and they love teaching their father and me their new skills. I would highly recommend Ms. White for piano lessons.

Marion W.

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I enjoyed how Alison interacted with my children in teaching the guitar and piano.not only was she professional, knowledgable, but she made the lessons enjoyable. My children look forward to their lessons & I would reccomend her wholeheartedly

Sudha S.

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Alison is a very nice teacher and I enjoyed my trial lesson with her. Unfortunately being a student I am unable to afford lessons or pay for a good guitar so I'm placing this passion of mine on a hold.

  • 13 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 18 hours

Nathaniel M.

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Had a great time learning from Ian. Awesome teacher and super responsive to all my needs. I went from not being able to play a chord to learning Stairway to Heaven within a couple months. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for guitar lessons in the Bay Area. In fact, I did recommend it to my niece and she's having a great time as well.

Hannah W.

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My daughter absolutely adores her guitar teacher Adrianna. Her lessons give her something to look forward to every week and she's grown much more confident in her playing. Adrianna is an inspiration and keeps my daughter motivated!

Jasmine V.

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I took lessons from Adrianna, and she was awesome. She knows so much about a lot of styles, and never made me feel bad for being so uncoordinated and goofy.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 min
  • San Francisco, CA

Pearce M.

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About Jerry: Jerry knows bass. He knows technique, he knows theory, he knows gear, he knows music history (past and present). Most importantly, he knows how students learn bass and thus he is able to tell you what you need to know and what to practice in oder to improve. My Experience: Jerry immediately found the holes in my technique and gave me a few lessons in bass theory that I hadn't already figured out by trial-and-error and applying theory from other instruments. He gave me exercises to work on to improve my chops and get my playing to a higher technical level. He taught me about the intricacies of the bass instrument and the gear associated in creating bass tone. He gave me songs and bass players to listen to and play along to in order to get the basslines I wrote sounding more mature and appropriate for the style/genre of their songs. And all the while he would immerse me in the culture of bass. Turning me on to the history of the instrument, the evolution of how it has been played through the years, the different styles of playing and how they fit into each genre, and of course the great players of the past and present. His body of knowledge around bass is just staggering. About Me: I'd been playing bass for fun for about 10 years at jams and also for about 6 months in an americana band. I'm also a serious keys player and know my music theory solid. Then I started playing bass in a funk/soul band with more technical players and realized I needed to develop some serious chops to keep up. I chose Jerry because he wasn't a guitar-player teaching bass, he's a died-in-the-wool bass player who had been teaching for years. I wanted a specialist, not someone who was going to teach me basic theory.

Steve H.

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Jerry was very charismatic and knowledgeable about bass guitar. I've played guitar for a few years and recently picked up a used bass, and I took several lessons with Jerry to explore the fundamentals of bass playing. He quickly pointed out some problems in the way I played coming from guitar and pushed me to improve so I could play better and help protect myself from injuries. He also worked with me to improve the feel of my bass playing, that hard-to-describe quality that clearly separates a good player from a weak one. I'm glad I found Jerry and he got me on the right path!

Fred S.

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Have enjoyed our two lessons so far. Jerry is very knowledgeable and makes it fun and interesting. He's able to hold the attention of my 8 yr-old son (a total beginner) for the entire hour, and I get a lot of out of the instruction as well!

  • 28 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Jove D.

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My experience with Atemu at Mu-Sick Beats was very good. Atemu taught me vocal lessons and music theory, and I learned an incredible amount from him. He is extremely knowledgeable about music, and very professional, and packs every lesson with depth and insight. He has a way of knowing exactly where you are and delivering what you need... he really tunes in. I walked away from every lesson feeling inspired and excited to dig in even more. I highly recommend Atemu and Mu-Sick Beats Jam Studio as a great source of musical knowledge and inspiration.

Liam D.

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Had a great lesson and jam with Atemu. Right from the start I could tell that this was someone I would learn a lot from. He takes the time to understand your goals and then helps you achieve them - a great teacher!

Zach L.

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Had a fun time and learned a lot, even on our first lesson. I already scheduled more lessons!

  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Tom B.

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I have experimented with music (guitar and harmonica) for a number of years without any direction or form and I'm so blessed to have found Cherie. She creates a relaxing environment where I can focus and understand basic music theory, she makes it comprehensive which others have not been able to do up to this point. And I have now expanded into a new area in my music lessons with voice training. Each lesson gives me more confidence and assurance in my playing and singing. I highly recommend Cherie. I am also impressed with her as a performer and feel honored to have as my musical guru. Click here to Reply or Forward 2.44 GB (16%) of 15 GB used Manage Terms - Privacy Last account activity: 3 minutes ago Details

Janet R.

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Cherie is a great instructor. Before I started lessons with her I was trying to teach myself and found that I’d hit a wall, just wasn’t getting where I wanted to be, she helped me out of that rut. She opened up my options by laying down the basics, then expanded my palette based on where I wanted to go with songs and guitar. She likes to balance what she calls the weigh-lifting of guitar and the fun stuff - exercises and songs. I never felt bored or very frustrated. She pays attention. I really felt she was teaching me what I needed to learn. She also teaches singing lessons and we worked a bit on my vocals during our guitar lessons. Was a nice add-on. She’s a pro and very easy to work with.

Tom B.

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I have experimented with music (guitar and harmonica) for a number of years without any direction or form and I'm so blessed to have found Cherie. She creates a relaxing environment where I can focus and understand basic music theory, she makes it comprehensive which others have not been able to do up to this point. And I have now expanded into a new area in my music lessons with voice training. Each lesson gives me more confidence and assurance in my playing and singing. I highly recommend Cherie. I am also impressed with her as a performer and feel honored to have as my musical guru.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 27 min
  • San Rafael, CA

Becca M.

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Seth is exactly what I was looking for. My boys love music and have learned a tremendous amount from Seth, ranging from taking a guitar solo at a live gig to taking the microphone and singing with gusto. My 8 year old takes private drum lessons for less than a year, and we are impressed by how many beats he now knows. It is clear that Seth loves what he does. He is skilled at relating to children and getting them excited to play music. He is fun and light and that carries over I'm his teaching style. We couldn't be happier and highly recommend him.

Adam S.

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We first met Seth when we signed our son Mark up for Bandworks. We were so impressed with Seth's energy, patience and infectious love for music that we signed Mark up with Seth for private drum lessons. Seth is a wonderful teacher, especially with young children. He is incredibly patient and encouraging, and always makes the lessons fun and relevant. We are now in our second Bandworks session with Seth, and Mark couldn't be happier. We would highly recommend Seth to anyone who's serious about learning (and loving) their craft.

Andrea H.

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It's obvious Seth loves what he does. He has the right blend of preparedness, professionalism and lightheartedness. He took time on his own to study the music for whatever song I requested to learn. I would highly recommend Seth as a guitar instructor.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 hours

Victor P.

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Experience is good so far. Only one lesson, but already scheduled a lesson for next week.

  • 52 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 min

Adam D.

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I've been taking lessons from Ken for over a year and he's helped me enormously improve my improvisational technique, learn a variety of different styles, and gain confidence soloing. He's also a fantastic repository of musical knowledge, providing new and unusual charts from classical to Brazilian choro to gypsy jazz, or coming up with hip arrangements of familiar tunes. He also provides helpful practice aids such as audio backing tracks and written-out solo ideas. As an intermediate jazz musician that plays in a group, I have been focused on building a repertoire and becoming a better accompanist, soloist, and improviser. I recommend Ken as a great teacher for anyone trying to do the same.

Lucia D.

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You can tell that he is passionate about his playing and the music which encourages the student to learn as much as they can. Just started lessons and I already have picked up a bunch of new techniques.

Andrew K.

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Ken is able to break down the process of learning the guitar into easy and manageable steps. Great teacher !

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 16 min
  • San Jose, CA

Denise G.

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He'said very patient and has a unique way of teaching that is easy for a person to learn.

Ed B.

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He is very professional and patient. I am a beginner and that is very important to me.

  • 4 years in business
  • San Francisco, CA

Sunny S.

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Instructor was calm even through I was slow to learn. Very willing to teach at my pace and really understood acoustic guitar.

Hiram C.

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Amazing experience all of around. I got exactly what I was looking for. Now im learning how to play Guitar even better

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • Martinez, CA

Thumbtack Customer

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Very glad to discover this teacher in our area. Very patient - highly recommend

Bridget K.

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He was very kind and good with my daughter.

  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 hours

Suzanne B.

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My son has had a great experience with the California Conservatory of Music. He has developed a love for all kinds of music and discipline to move through challenging pieces. This discipline and work ethic has transferred to other areas of his life as well. The teachers have been fantastic in developing a well rounded musician and making the process enjoyable.

Anar G.

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I have three kids all taking music lessons at the school. Its great to be able to bring them to the school and have them take lessons at the same time. The teachers are very inspiring and professional. We will be here for years!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA

Suzanne P.

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Eric was a wonderful teacher and my 4 year old absolutely loved him! I couldn't believe how patient he was and that he was able to get her to focus. I would recommend him to anyone.

Amy O.

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Eric is an excellent teacher. My son has learned so much from him including a love of music that will enrich his life.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 55 min
  • Moss Beach, CA

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Epic teacher, learned so much so fast, would hire any day 10/10

  • 3 years in business
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • San Francisco, CA

Warren B.

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Conrad was an incredible teacher for my son. Lessons were always fun and he was very patient, allowing my son to learn at his own pace. My son always looked forward to his lessons as the highlight of his week. Conrad is also very good at teaching a variety of styles from rock to jazz. Highest possible recommendation.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 16 hours
  • Rohnert Park, CA

Chris A.

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Very experienced , great composition mentor, lots of performance under his belt which there is no substitute for - I got a great teacher/mentor

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“Need a Guitar Teacher”

San Francisco, CA

Student age
26-55
Guitar type
Acoustic, Electric
Can read the following musical notation:
Yes, I can read music staff
Interested in the following musical style(s)
Blues, Rock
Has instrument
No, I need the instructor to help me rent an instrument
Frequency of lessons
Once a week
Lesson length
60 minutes
Day preference
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
Time preference
Evening (after 6pm)
Details
i commute from SF TO palo alt most days so evenings are better! am more flexible on weekends.
$40
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“Need Guitar Teacher”

San Francisco, CA

Student age
26-55
Guitar type
Acoustic
Years of experience
No formal training, some self-taught experience
Last piece performed
Eleanor Rigby -
Can read the following musical notation:
Other (GuitarBot app, )
Interested in the following musical style(s)
Rock, Country
Has instrument
Yes, I have my own instrument
Short term goals
Pick up some fun songs for parties/gatherings
Long term goals
Be able to play popular sing-a-long songs around the campfire
Amount of time student is interested in taking lessons
As recommended by teacher
Frequency of lessons
Once or twice a month
Lesson length
Day preference
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Time preference
Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm)
Details
Totally self taught, can fret pretty well but only have basic chords. I was using GuitarBots (like guitarhero for the actual guitar) but the app was discontinued. I used to play the Tuba, and i have a pretty good ear for music.
$40
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