Groovy Judy

San Mateo, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

As an entertainer, what makes me stand out is I'm a female guitarist who really knows how to play the guitar, sing and write upbeat songs. My shows and my vibe are very positive. I'm also a true entertainer. I dress in fun costumes and tailor my performance to my client's needs. I'm also featured in Guitar Player Magazine as one of the top female guitarists in the area. As a guitar teacher, ( I also teach ukulele and bass) I'm extremely patient and easy going. I work with a lot of kids and beginners as well as adults and seniors. I do my best to make learning fun and easy. :-)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to perform, entertain and bring joy to others. :-) BTW, I'm willing to travel farther than 150 miles if the price is right and the event is groovy! :-) As a guitar teacher, I love showing others how to play and implement good habits from the start. Proper technique such as how to hold the pick, tune the guitar, what the parts of the guitar are and what they do plus rhythm, chords and strumming. I can also teach how to read music and tablature.


San Mateo, CA 94401

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12 Reviews
  • Akash M. Sep 3, 2017
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I am a beginner and didn't know much about playing Guitar and Music theory. She is a great teacher, she always has a way to make me understand the critical aspects. Within no time Judy has brought me to a level where I could read music and play basic chords and make transitions. Playing guitar is a combination of the lessons you get from your guitar teacher and practicing a lot, judy has been really good in making me focus on the right aspects of guitar playing. So far everything has been great. Looking forward to more great lessons.
  • Edwin S. Aug 9, 2017
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    She listens to about what you want to accomplish and works with you in making it happen.
    Judy G. Aug 11, 2017

    Wow, thanks so much Edwin for your kind words and review. I truly appreciate it. 😄✌🏻❤️🎶🎸

  • Janet C. Mar 23, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Great Teacher & Super Responsive!!
    Judy is responsive and a great teacher!
    Judy G. Apr 24, 2017

    Hi Janet! Thanks so much for your kind words and review. I greatly appreciate it! Cheers, Judy

  • Max Y. Dec 17, 2016
    Quality Rock and Roll in a Classy Relaxed Atmosphere.
    I saw The Groovy Judy Band play last night at Jam Cellars in Napa. They totally rocked! My friends and I initially stopped by just for a glass of wine and stayed until closing. It's nice to see quality rock and roll in a classy relaxed atmosphere. What a fun surprise.
    Judy G. Apr 24, 2017

    Hi Max! Thanks so much for your kind words and review, I greatly appreciate it! I'll be back at JaM Cellars on Friday, June 9 so I hope to see you and your friends again! Take care and much peace, Judy

  • Michael C. Dec 13, 2016
    Band Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Great wedding, party, club band!
    I hired the Groovy Judy Band for my wedding and was thoroughly impressed by their professionalism, musicianship and choice of songs. They really kept the pace going and everyone - Millennials through Boomers - were dancing and had a great time. I highly recommend Groovy Judy for any event. :-)
  • Marie H. Dec 13, 2016
    Groovy Judy's band rocks!
    We hired Groovy Judy and her band to perform at a biker event. She was extremely professional and the band was great! They played well and their song selection was perfect. I highly recommend her.
  • Pete G. Dec 13, 2016
    Fun, Positive Energy!
    Judy always puts on a great show! Her positive energy is infectious and her audience always leaves happy. And man, can she play a mean guitar!
  • Erica M. Jul 22, 2016
    Super-amazing, fun, and energetic. Groovy Judy knows how to work a crowd and ensure that everyone has a great time! She's a kid-friendly entertainer too!
    Judy G. Jul 26, 2016

    Thanks very much for the positive review! I truly appreciate it! :-) Peace & love, Judy

  • Karthik S. Feb 15, 2016
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Judy is a wonderful teacher with lot of patience and great guitar skills. She takes time to go through the minute details to make one understand. Her ever enthusiastic and positive attitude made me confident in the learning process. We also became good friends which helped in free exchange of ideas/feedback. I learnt guitar from basics and many western & eastern songs, eventually! I have never seen Judy in a bad mood :) Judy rocks!!!!
  • Ifat G. Feb 4, 2016
    My 11 year old son and now my 8 year old son have been taking guitar lessons with Judy, and really enjoy them. Judy is patient, flexible and fun. Highly recommended.
  • Angelka T. Feb 4, 2016
    My 10-year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Groovy Judy for over 2 years now. Over that time, he has learned to play quite well, but most importantly, he loves his lesson time with Groovy Judy! She relates really well with children and makes the lessons lots of fun! We are so happy to have found her as a guitar teacher!
    Judy G. Feb 4, 2016

    Thanks Angelka! I love you guys too! :-)

  • Aless Q. Feb 4, 2016
    My son has been a student of Judy for the past 5 years. She is a wonderful teacher, extrememly patient and easy work with.
    Judy G. Feb 4, 2016

    thanks Alesa! I appreciate it and love you all too! :-)


How did you get started doing this type of work?
I love music and playing the guitar. When I realized I had the talent for it and I decided to go for it. :-) I've never regretted my decision.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most common is nightclubs because they're easier to book. What I love is festivals, Summer Concerts, fairs, private parties and corporate events. I love kids so I love engaging with them at outdoor events in the Summer.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
For any customer, great and clear communication is key when setting up an engagement. Phone, email, texts - we have such great tools nowadays. Also being clear about what is needed and expectations.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That I love music, it feeds my soul and this is what I do for a living. As for my profession, I would love it if customers would view what I do as a specialized service that deserves to be compensated fairly. :-)