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Reverb Lessons - Los Angeles
4.6
from 79 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 377 hires on Thumbtack
Scotty H.
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I've been taking online guitar lessons on and off for years and Shawn is by far the best teacher I've had. Shawn is a great listener, has endless knowledge, and can tailor your lessons to any style of music you want to learn.

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Steve's Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael C.
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As a first-time guitar player, I thought I could just use the internet to figure out how to play. After a few months of YouTube videos, I wasn't making much progress beyond open chords and basic songs learning became mundane. As a new year resolution I've decided to find an instructor and after I started taking lessons with Steve, playing the guitar started to make sense. He is very patient and uses a practical teaching method, I feel more confident and enjoy learning to play the guitar. I still have a long way to go, but at least the foundation is building up. I would highly recommend Steve to anybody looking for a great instructor that is able to adjust to any skill level.

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  • 31 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Nikki P.
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We decided to chose Brian for my teenage daughter's beginning guitar lessons due to his willingness to teach her the type of songs that she wanted. Right away he connected with her and her music. He taught her the theory behind playing guitar as well as teaching her the tricks and skills of how to play the guitar. His practices were enjoyable and not just rote. She learned very quickly and therefore stayed excited about learning. Brian was always very complementary and encouraging. Brian also helped us buy useful equipment like a tuner, etc. She always felt safe and comfortable. We would highly recommend Brian as a guitar teacher.

Peaceland Music
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Greg L.
Verified review

Guitar and drum lessons. James is amazing. Personable, easy going, and professional. Teaches according to student's abilities and desires. Can learn any song you want to learn and then show you in a manner you can handle.

Learn Guitar with Ricky
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Luis D.
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I've been wanting to take guitar lessons for over a year after winning this great guild guitar and I haven't found anyone that I could really connect with. Took a few classes but from day one I didn't feel a connection and to me thats the most important thing. Day one with Ricky was great. We discussed the different kinds of music that I wanted to play and he even asked to listen to some of my favorite songs to get an idea of my style and we started immediately. It's only been about two months and I can already play a good handful of songs and my confidence has gone up tremendously. I think anyone who's interested in playing guitar should check Ricky out. He also has deals on his rates if you pay in advance. Dalmasy

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Savage Music and Mentoring
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Mark B.
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Beginner electric bass guitar lessons, 1 hour per week, at Rancho Canyon Music. I have been taking lessons with Lou for two months. Lou is an experienced, knowledgeable, and patient instructor. Additionally, he is personable and has a good sense of humor which makes the lessons fun. Lou finds ways to easily relate a theory or technique to you in everyday terms. He is a formally trained musician who performs regularly for audiences. His training and regular performing, coupled with his teaching techniques makes him my first choice for music instruction. Lou arrives on time and is ready begin working with you, evidence he values your time as well. Lou goes above and beyond for his students by providing in class resources, useful online content, and instructional online videos. All of which I have found helpful and not readily found in other music instructors. Lou can quickly analyze what is happening and provide you with helpful input to help you understand and improve. It is clear to me Lou understands the teaching process. He explains things in a logical order, using building blocks of learning. I would highly recommend Lou to all of my family and friends. An hour lesson is filled with easily digestible information and practical application. My understanding and enjoyment of playing my bass guitar has been energized working with Lou.

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Chris Rockaway
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Asia G.
Verified review

Chris is an amazing teacher. He really doesn’t like to mess around. Learning how to play the guitar is not an easy task at all, but after just a few lessons with Chris I can guarantee that you’ll feel more confident in your ability.

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  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Priscilla C.
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Michael, from my first lesson was so attentive to what I wanted to learn. Kind of in passing, I told him that I loved to sing but was afraid to so he really coaxed me to sing along to all the guitar songs I was learning (I really do not think that any other guitar teacher would have bothered...like "not my job". But, not Michael, he took that on as his job because he recognized that it was important to me). Likewise, when I would show an interest in a particular type of music (i.e. I like acoustic and more mellow, verging on country even), he found songs like that for me and he taught me my songs I had picked even though I doubt that they would have been his picks. In summary, he wanted me to relate to and enjoy the music; the lessons are all about what I want to get out of them...with professional guidance along the way as well. The other thing I want to definitely mention is that, Michael is top-knotch, professional and KNOWS music. He encouraged me to not only learn songs to play but to understand the theory of the music in those songs. I feel very proficient in music theory after taking classes with Michael. I not only play the stuff but I "get it." I understand the technical theory involved. I really think that this is something not every guitar teacher brings to the table or encourages. Many just do not know it! With Michael, we can move from guitar to piano so that he can illustrate something about chords in a key or the difference between major, minor, dominant and diminished chords. Bottom line, I have fun during my lesson but I learn so much more than memorizing chord shapes on the guitar. And, when I play and sing a song...well, it really feels great! Honestly, he is the BEST! He just cares so much about you learning all you can regarding music and he knows how to teach it so that you get to understand what can at first seem so unfamiliar. Michael has the holistic approach. He makes music familiar, logical, relatable and, most of all, Enjoyable. As his student, thumbs-up!

  • 10 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin F. Y.
Verified review

I took guitar lessons from Craig once a week for six months. I liked the way the way he set up his Skype camera so I could watch his fingers as he was showing me different chords and scales. I found Craig to be very knowledgeable about all kinds of music and had great answers to my various questions. His personality is very outgoing and entertaining and that made the lessons fun. I would highly recommend Craig to anyone.

Stephan's Lessons
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Annisa H.
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I took guitar lessons with Stephan for about 6 months before I moved away from Los Angeles. I was a beginner who had tried to teach myself the acoustic guitar for a few years prior, but I never progressed very far until I started taking lessons with Stephan. I enjoyed the style of his lessons, in that I could choose what songs I wanted to learn and therefore actually want to practice them on my own, while at the same time learning theory that Stephan would weave into lessons. Stephan was great at coming up with the best approach for me to learn any song of my choice for my skill level, while also allowing me to learn new techniques. I was impressed that he was able to figure out how to play songs from a wide range of genres that I chose, and he was really able to pack a lot of information into a 30 minute lesson. I accomplished everything that I wanted from our lessons these past months (e.g. learning different strum patterns, building up a repertoire of songs to play for friends). Stephan is very energetic, positive, patient, and kind, plus it was always very enjoyable to listen to him play. I highly recommend Stephan for guitar lessons!

  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nikita A.
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I've had a handful of music teachers throughout my life and Dory is head and shoulders above the rest. He has a knack for explaining the concepts of music theory with great clarity and enthusiasm. In addition to his proficiency at playing and teaching music, Dory is also very well-organized and attentive. His lessons are focused and purposeful. If you're at all thinking of learning piano, guitar, or music in general I cannot recommend Dory enough!

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Max Sindermann Music
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Eric W.
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Max is a great guitar teacher. Right from the get-go he was flexible, friendly and seemed to get what I needed as a musician. I've had lessons in the past where it was either boring (music theory) or too scatterbrained for me to connect all the dots. Max has a way of zoning in on what you need specifically at the moment and tailoring the lesson toward that. I don't think you can find a better deal in Los Angeles.

  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
H. D.
Verified review

I highly recommend learning guitar with Scot. He is an extremely patient teacher and explains musical concepts very clearly. He is also rigorous, which is something I appreciate from a teacher. He provides structure for students to fulfill on their potential-- i.e, he instructs that each practice and lesson should include a warm up, scale practice, and specific content. As someone who is easily overwhelmed by learning new skills, I really appreciated Scot's clarity, patience, and support.

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa P.
Verified review

Our daughter, Emily, took guitar lessons from Kipp Kahlia for over a year and a half. We find it a bit difficult to put into words what Kipp did for Emily. At 16, Emily first enrolled in the Long Beach Parks and Recreation group class taught by Kipp. Kipp had such a comforting, encouraging, and yet “cool” way with the students that Emily asked to take private lessons. Kipp brings to the lessons her knowledge and skill with the guitar, as well as the extensive life skills she has learned. Emily felt comfortable talking with Kipp, and her confidence grew. Kipp helped her in many ways – with her friendships, her relationships in the family, and she also helped Emily in school. As a result of Kipp’s guidance and suggestions, Emily’s study habits improved. She has since passed on those study techniques to her two younger sisters. This was a rough time in Emily’s life, and Kipp was a vital part in helping her grow. We are forever grateful to her

Guitar lessons
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal A.
Verified review

My son has really enjoyed his guitar lessons with Will. Will is professional, yet approachable and easy going. He has let my son pick out songs that he'd like to learn, and that has really helped keep him excited about playing. Highly recommended!!

Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Anthony M.
Verified review

Erik will teach you any song or solo you want to learn and will not need any notice before the lesson. He will listen to the solo right infront of you and transcribe note-for-note on paper and then teach it to you making it simple and breaking it down into sections. The best way to improve your guitar is to learn the solos of your favorite artists. I've had several teachers since I dicided to take up guitar again and he is bar none the best! Not just because he's able to articulate and give you very structured lessons with hand written notes that will eliminate the guess work later, he's also the best because he's a very nice guy and you won't feel awkward to go for a lick and mess up! Even though the guy you're playing with (Erik) is 10 times better then you! Quick side note, I accepted a long time ago that would never learn the modes (greek scale system for soloing to different styles of music), every other teacher (some who didn't know them and some who did) could not explain it and felt like I would have to learn a 100 scales so I ignored them. Erik taught me them and I can solo in any mode and in any key with ease, it took about 8 weeks, lessons once a week and during those lessons I still walked away with a complete solo to learn each time. Taking lessons is not just about investing in yourself and in your playing. You need to find a great teacher, Erik is the man!

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Adam M.
Verified review

I have had many guitar teachers, Sam is by far, the best. He isn't just teaching me how to play guitar, he is teaching me how to be a musician. I look forward to my lesson each week.

  • 2 years in business
Shala M.
Verified review

Kelvin made my dream of learning to play guitar come true! He’s super throrough and his lessons are the right amount of fun and difficult. I can’t wait for my next lesson!

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanette G.
Verified review

Samuel has great patience and knowledge. My sons love having Samuel come over to give them guitar lessons. Over all, I would definitely recommend him to others. Thank you, Samuel, for all the great work!!

Dave Rosser's Guitar Studio
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kim R.
Verified review

My daughter had the good fortune to connect with Dave for guitar lessons at a private music studio for about 6 months and then we transitioned to private in-home lessons for an additional 2 years. My two sons also took lessons with Dave during that time. Not only is Dave a very talented musician, but he is also amazingly versatile and a gifted teacher. He taught electric and acoustic guitar as well as piano to my children, and worked on a lot of composition and songwriting with my daughter. He even went above and beyond his teaching role to help her record some of her songs. Dave is an excellent teacher - very patient and adaptable with all ages and skill levels, dependable and flexible - a true professional and a pleasure to work with!

Daryl Grone
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 35 years in business
Charlyn G.
Verified review

Daryl is great with kids! I've been taking lessons from him for a few months, and recently got him to give my 10 year old nephew a lesson. My nephew is so excited about guitar and motivated to learn, and is already playing simple chords and songs. My nephew and I look forward to continuing with Daryl.

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