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Santa Monica Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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EclecticString Music
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Gina G.
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Paul is amazing!!!! He is so patient and supportive as an instructor. So pleased with my decision to hire Paul. He has a great relationship with my 6 year old and I am confident in his ability to teach her how to play the guitar. Paul is so awesome that I decided to take guitar lessons as well! Looking forward to making music with my daughter!!! Thank you Paul!!!

Top Pro
  • 31 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Taylor J.
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Brian is a great guitar instructor. He has a wide knowledge of different styles and a lot of instructive tips for beginner guitars. His setup is professional, he's able to evaluate and teach what you want to learn, and is very patient. I recommend him!

Paul Edelman
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Jason P.
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Been taking electric guitar lessons with Paul for a few months. Would recommend him to others: -Positive and constructive demeanor -Interested in the student -Easy to contact and flexible in scheduling -Has a basic curriculum, but is just as willing to work on specific areas or help you learn your favorite song -Solid practical knowledge of the guitar, backed up with proper music education

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Peaceland Music
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sen K.
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John is great person. Currently my daughter's are learning guitar and piano with the help of John. I am 43 years old and I am taking guitar lessons through John. Very polite and extraordinary knowledge about music. Cheers John!!!

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Steve's Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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!

Savage Music and Mentoring
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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.

Starliner Music
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Mike F.
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I have been a student with Kimberly for ten years. I have been taking blues guitar lessons from her weekly. Kim is extremely professional. She tailors her teaching to the students interest and playing style. She is very patient and often goes the extra mile to help students progress. I have been a dedicated student because of this. I have had the pleasure of playing guitar with some of her other students in ensemble classes who all give her praise for the way she conducts business and teaches her classes. I highly recommend Kimberly Allison of Starliner music to anyone wishing to develop their skills in music.

Damien Smith Productions
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Abigail U.
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Hello, My name is Abigail. I’m 11 years old and have been taking guitar lessons from Damien for about 2 years now. He has taught me how to read music. I have learned step by step, no rushing into music whatsoever. In the beginning of my lessons, Damien gave me a booklet/guitar notebook to record every lesson. My first lessons were basically getting to know music and my guitar. The next couple of lessons he began teaching me how to play simple songs like “Twinkle-Twinkle,” “Happy Birthday” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Further on, Damien allowed me to choose a couple of my favorite songs, which he then taught me how to play. I definitely recommend any beginners to attend his lessons because you will not regret it.

LearnGuitare
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Julian S.
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At the age of 9 my son Julian started to take group guitar lessons from Pat. After that session I ask Pat if he does private lessons, he said yes but its at La Puente. So from Chino Hills I took my son to La Puente every Saturday for the next 5 years. He is very good with kids and I highly recommend him. My son now 18 enjoys writing songs & performing.

Lessons by Lyndon
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
June L.
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He is a knowledgable guitar/piano instructor and takes teaching seriously, but he also has a way of keeping lessons lively and fun. He has done well instructing my daughter on guitar.

Lewis Meyer Music
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Maija G.
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Lewis is a fantastic teacher! I can only speak to how he teaches a complete beginner but he makes guitar very approachable and his style makes it feel like progress comes quickly. His teaching tools and pieces are fun and don’t feel like going through a beginner handbook of basic cords and songs. He is great at tailoring his teaching style to your personal interests and musical goals.

Daniel Muñoz
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Camilo A.
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In this Online session, Daniel was able to give some wisdom about guitar use, history and his own experience learning guitar for the first time. Being a beginner he gave me some exercises to practice on my guitar which helped with chord progression and technique (Hands were on fire!). Very understanding when it came to internet connection issues and helped me to learn my favorite song! Definitely recommend him for a lesson.

Lucas Martinez
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Armi S.
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Lucas is a very talented musician and teacher. He has taught guitar to both of my kids for the past 5 years. He's patient, fun and willing to tailor lessons to the individual's needs and personal goals. My 13 year old son (who has taken lessons with Lucas since 2nd grade) has learned to read notes, play chords and how to improvise on the guitar through his lessons with Lucas. He plays in our church band and does very well.

Mike Georgia
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michael B.
Verified review

Guitar theory lessons. Mike is a very knowledgeable musician with a lot of patience and a knack for explaining thing in several different ways so as you can grasp the concept of what is being studied. He's very friendly and makes you comfortable while learning what he's teaching you.

Aaron M.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Heather C.
Verified review

Five years ago, when my daughters were 6 and 8 years old, they received guitars for Christmas. They had one lesson at a local guitar store, but the teacher talked to them as if they were adults and the information went way over their heads. They were frustrated and lost. Then, we found Aaron and everything changed. His love for guitar and teaching shined through, from the moment we walked in the door. Aaron's teaching methods and personality were perfect. My little girls were hooked and couldn't wait until their lessons each week. They were motivated to practice and excited to perform at the end of each session. The pace at which they excelled was astounding. With Aaron's background in so many genres, they could experiment with different styles of music. When they turned 10 and 12 years of age, they decided that they wanted to audition for our local art school's guitar program. Aaron worked with them on their classical audition pieces over the months and they were both accepted! Now they are 11 and 13 years old and are still in love with guitar. They continue to attend the art school in the guitar program, perform all over the place and even enjoy practicing. Having a successful learning experience early on is so important and Aaron played a big part in that. We highly recommend Aaron as a guitar teacher for any age.

Green Monster Music
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Renelle L.
Verified review

John Doyle is a highly gifted musician and and an incredibly talented guitar instructor. He has been my daughter's private guitar instructor for five years and I am continually impressed with John's dedication as a teacher. My daughter has not only learned how to play the guitar proficiently, but she has learned so much about music theory and improvisation. John also possesses the patience necessary to be a top-notch music teacher. My daughter always looks forward to her guitar lessons and has developed a love for the instrument, which I feel is a reflection of John's talent as a teacher. I would highly recommend John as a guitar instructor.

SoundCheck Music School
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Gayathri N.
Verified review

My son Prahalad had taken piano lessons with Cesar Canocelis before we moved to Northern California. Prahalad started out as a complete beginner and within a year, he was playing some beautiful pieces. Cesar is engaging, energetic and very good with kids. He has a good sense for what each child will enjoy and how each child learns. Prahalad always looked forward to his lessons and stayed interested in piano throughout. Cesar focussed on technique, skill and theory while cultivating a genuine love for the instrument in the child. Prahalad still loves to play the piano, thanks to Cesar and the wonderful foundation he gave him!

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel T.
Verified review

Fretz was amazing. He contacted us before leaving for the appt. with my son. Took the time to listen and teach my son who is a beginner (like only a few days with a guitar). The lesson went well over the time we agreed on but Fretz didn’t expect any extra compensation he did it cuz of his passion. Would definitely recommend and will use again.

Guitar by Larry
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Therese L.
Verified review

Working with Larry has been worth my while. I had no experience in guitar when I first began lessons. Mr. Haney took it one step at a time making sure I was understanding the material. His methods really helped me catch on pretty quickly and even when I had trouble we went at my pace. He is very easy going and a pleasure to talk to. Mr. Haney is punctual to lessons and always communicates with his students. He is flexible and understanding with your time. I highly recommend taking guitar lessons with Larry whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years.

Tate Music

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I offer guitar lessons from a pro musician of 38 years. I am a former guitarist for Freddy Fender. Lessons are given at my church, P.O.P. Lutheran in Covina which is a very comfortable place! I charge $30.00 for 1/2 hour.

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