Wes's music lessons
Wes's music lessons

Wes's music lessons

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Introduction: Hi! I’m Wes Nelson, and I am a professional bass and guitar teacher. I can teach whatever style of music you're interested in (indie, rock, pop, funk, jazz, etc.) as well as songwriting, sightreading, production, and music theory. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is required. My teaching combines hands-on playing with theory so that you not only learn your favorite music, but how it works. My purpose as your teacher is to help you realize and achieve your goals as an aspiring musician. I have 16 years of music experience as both a bass player and guitarist and have an MFA in music from CalArts. I have extensive international touring, studio, and performance experience alongside artists like Mike Stern, zzzahara, Ny Oh, LP Giobbi, DJ Tennis, Bonzie, and Randy Brecker and at recording studios like East West and Capitol Records. I have 6+ years of experience teaching privately and in public high schools. All of this has given me a deep perspective on what it means to be a musician. Music has deeply enriched my life and my job is to help it enrich yours regardless of your skill level or goals. Lessons are available both in-person and online.

Hired 3 times

Serves Los Angeles, CA

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7 years in business

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Amber P.
Dec 12, 2023

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Hired on Thumbtack

Wes is a brilliant musician and would be a dream guitar instructor for any student. Im a beginner with zero musical experience, and after a few months, I’m already playing my favorite songs and reading tabs and strumming and plucking away. He’s unbelievably patient. He aims to be thorough, and he’s a gentle corrector, encouraging and motivating without being condescending. He has an abundance of knowledge to share and excellently communicates concepts, techniques, and music theory to me in terms i’d understand. He makes learning and playing guitar fun and challenging, individually tailoring to my ability, interests, and eccentricities; and i appreciate most his troubleshooting skills: he will often quickly diagnose a problem im having and offer adjustments that miraculously resolve the issue. He’s the best. Couldn’t ask for a better teacher. And just as a person, *super bonus levels* he’s naturally and genuinely respectful, has a great go-with-the-flow vibe, and i feel safe and comfortable having him in my home. He’s gold stars all around ✨

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Electric • Blues • Country • Rock • Folk • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Rachel A.
Dec 13, 2023
Wes is a musical genius imo. First off, He has all the skills that you’d expect in any good teacher - patience, professionalism, communication, attentiveness, adaptability, etc. But more importantly, he has an insane level of knowledge and wisdom that I’ve never come across before in any other music teacher (including in professional music schools). The fundamental ideas and techniques that I’ve been learning from him have completely elevated my skill and interest in the guitar, and music in general. I’ve never considered myself particularly musically-inclined, but now I can envision a future where I’m an actual talented, respected bass player (if I practice, of course). To me, he’s a very inspiring teacher and I’m super grateful to have found him.
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Brooke S.
Jul 26, 2023
Wes is a patient and extremely knowledgable music teacher. We've worked together for many years and I always see growth in his students! I highly recommend Wes for all of your private lesson needs.
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Luis S.
Jul 22, 2023
I’m an amateur bass player who’s always wanted to write my own songs but never knew how. Wes has helped me over the past 6 months or so understand songwriting and music as a whole far better than any other teacher I’ve had. He’s even really impacted how I listen to music. He’s an enthusiastic, articulate, patient teacher and I will study with him for as long as I can :) thanks Wes!
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Barry R.
Sep 15, 2023

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Hired on Thumbtack

Wes is an excellent musician. Easy to work with. Highly recommended!

Details: Services • Music composition only • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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