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  • 16 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94705

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!

  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oakland, CA 94609


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.

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94121


Experience one-on-one guitar lessons with Mark Newstetter. Mark has been a guitarist for over 40 years, a guitar teacher since 1987, and has authored 4 guitar instruction books. He works with students at all levels. If you are a total beginner or if you already play and just need some coaching, Mark will help you play the music you want to play.

  • 20 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


We love FAME. Ms. Gloria is a fantastic teacher. She makes piano lessons fun.

  • 14 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Walnut Creek, CA 94597


I am a bass player who has always played guitar here and there but nothing too serious, and about a year ago decided I really want to know the fundשmentals of guitar. A friend recommended Jacob Light, whom I've heard play before in local bands, and I decided to take the chance. I wasn't dissapointed to say the least. Jacob is a really down to earth guy who immediately understood my musical style and focused mainly on what I wanted to know, unlike other teachers I've had experience with. Even so, he knew what subjects to insist I learn, like improvisation. and scales. all this was done in a friendly, calm, cool yet persistent atmosphere which is just the right blend for learning, in my opinion.Soon enough I started feeling I really understand guitar, and this new kno'ledge even helped me with my bass guitar playing. Ive been taking guitar lessons with Jacon for 6 months and the only downdise I can think of is the fact he moved to California, otherwise I would have still take lessons from him, without a doubt.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94703

Julia M.

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Russ was my son's guitar teacher for years and the experience was fantastic! My son grew as a musician and the best part was he had a 'cool' mentor through high school that he could jam with and learn from. Russ inspired my son to put together a band and they have had a few great gigs at the Gilman. Russ was there to help them through sound checks and cheered them on during the shows. My son loved having him there! Russ is a fantastic teacher and I highly recommend him!! He has a way of inspiring his students to explore their own creativity and potential. He also goes above and beyond to give his students the support they need.

  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94127


I offer private lessons on the four, five, or six-string electric bass or the acoustic bass guitar. Do you want to play bass in a band? Are you already in a band and want to play better? If you are a beginning through semi-pro player of any age who wants to get more from your music, let me give you a free lesson to show you how! I know you're out there; you know you need lessons to be a better bass player or even to start from scratch. Learn the right way. You'll be playing quicker and better before you know it. Take a leap into learning how to play the mighty, mighty bass or raising your playing to the next level. It doesn't matter if you've never played an instrument before, or if you've been plugging away for years, or maybe you've put the thing down for a few years and want to get back in the game. I've had decades of experience playing and teaching, and I can help. YOUR FIRST LESSON IS ALWAYS FREE! I offer: * Low-pressure; learn at your own pace * Convenient San Francisco location * Day and evening times available * Easy parking or public transportation * Affordable rates; monthly discount Decide that now is the time to get moving with your music. Contact me; you've got nothing to lose! Testimonial from a student: "Jerry is a great bass teacher, I would recommend him to anyone but especially to people like myself who started off self-taught and want to expand their skills. He shows his genuine love of the instrument as well as a love for all kinds of music, and combines the two while connecting the different aspects of bass playing. You get bass lessons AND a music appreciation course." -Xavior Breff, Dance Party Boys

  • 37 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94702


I initially thought about looking into lessons with Garth after I saw him perform. He's truly an incredible guitar player with a style that is uniquely his own. It's probably why he's been invited to play with legends such as Miles Davis. Shortly after seeing Garth perform, I was playing at a party and happened to meet a guy who said he was a bass player and had only very recently taken up guitar. So when he began playing in an impressive manner, I asked him how he got so good, so quick. His answer was that he'd been taking lessons from Garth. I'd heard enough. I booked lessons with Garth and have been taking lessons with him ever since. Garth's teaching style is very player friendly. He understands that the ultimate goal is to acquire the ability to make great music and to have fun doing it I've had some good teachers in the past, but I've never enjoyed the experience as much as I do with Garth. He's very laid back and able to break down licks and techniques in a manner that is easy to grasp. He allows me to record my lessons and each day I look forward to reviewing the material that we covered. I would highly recommend Garth to anyone looking to learn guitar.

  • 42 years in business
  • Lafayette, CA 94549


Steve Sage is undoubtedly one of the finest guitar teachers around. He is an exceptional player and a passionate educator. He does not boast in being the best (nevertheless, he is a stellar player!) but he does express that he cares the most. You will learn practically everything one needs to know in order to play the guitar well. Furthermore, he will help you develop your own sound! I can attest to all of this as I had the privilege of studying privately with him for ten years. If you want to excel as a musician and player, look no further. - CA

  • 9 years in business
  • Vallejo, CA 94590


I have taken bass lessons from a handful of instructors over the years. Ariane is different. She has explained things to me that I have either never heard or never understood in new ways that help me to connect the dots. She makes the lessons fun and always challenges me and encourages me to stretch myself while giving me to the tools to do so. Do not hesitate to give hear a test drive.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oakland, CA 94607


Dave's a great teacher and guitarist and fun to be with. He's very encouraging and inspiring. I took several lessons from him, and always had fun while also learning things in the process - and I'm an experienced guitarist. You can tell Dave loves what he does. I recommend his lessons for guitarists at any skill level. I watched him teach my brother, who is a beginner, and Dave was great with him, too.

  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94703


I teach guitar and specialize in acoustic blues, slide, finger style, and ragtime. I also teach rock, electric blues, funk, rockabilly, heavy metal, and early jazz. I provide my students with lots of material, from written music to TAB, mp3 files which I e-mail. I also have a lot of on-line video tutorials on my website. I do my best to make my lessons fun and informative. Private lessons and classes take place at my comfortable studio in Kensington, CA. I accept beginners through advanced students. I serve the Berkeley area.

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Concord, CA 94521


since my daughter has started her guitar lessons with Ken, she's been very confident and takIng a greater passion in learning guitar, ken is very kind, patient and talented individual and I am very happy having him as my daughter's instructor

  • San Francisco, CA 94122


John is an amazing teacher. I took guitar lessons with him several years ago, and I still remember and appreciate the experience. I consider myself a somewhat difficult student when it comes to music, because I tend to be very hard on myself and can easily give up in frustration. John is patient, encouraging, fun and positive. Additionally, he is extremely knowledgeable. Highly Recommended!

  • 27 years in business
  • Concord, CA 94519


I've been teaching guitar and music theory since 1991 in almost all styles which include rock soloing and rhythm techniques, blues, beginning jazz as well as various finger style genres such as folk, classical and flamenco. I teach beginner to advance students. I often use the student's favorite songs to incorporate theory and technique. I am patient but thorough and always respectful and professional. I believe in trying to pass on my strong love of music alongside essential musical knowledge. To me, music is about joy, passion, meditation, healing and self expression. I've been hooked since the age of 8!

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“Need Guitar Teacher”

San Francisco, CA

Student age
Guitar type
Years of experience
Last piece performed
Hotel California
Can read the following musical notation:
Yes, I can read guitar tabs, No, I cannot read music
Interested in the following musical style(s)
Blues, Rock
Has instrument
Yes, I have my own instrument
Short term goals
I want to be able to play a few songs proficiently and learn how to jam with friends.
Long term goals
I want to be able to read music.
Amount of time student is interested in taking lessons
6 months
Frequency of lessons
Once a week
Lesson length
Day preference
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Time preference
Evening (after 6pm)
I don't have a car, so ideally I would like a studio in San Francisco.
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“Need a Guitar Instructor for a 5-year Old Beginner”

Fremont, CA

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No experience
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I'm not sure yet
I would like to find an instructor to teach my 5 year old son the basics of playing a guitar.
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