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EclecticString Music
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
Gina G.
Verified review

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!!!

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Steve's Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Kevin H.
Verified review

I took my first lesson with Steve on Thursday 6/1/17. I'm very happy with him and his approach to teaching the guitar. I've been playing for many years and I know where my short comings are with the basics. Steve is helping me stay focused and rebuild my foundation. Plus he's teaching me how to read music. Which I know will be priceless in the long run with this or any instrument. We are keeping it simple and focus on reading music, music theory and the application of what I already know, but now connecting not just know how to play but the why behind the notes, chords, scales, modes, etc. I feel like a beginner all over again and I'm looking forward to each weeks new lesson. I feel like I've got a capable guide to help me along the way, at and affordable price as well.

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Paul Edelman
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Todd B.
Verified review

I decided to take guitar lessons 2 years ago after trying to learn on my own with limited success. I tried group lessons and got a little better but was limited by other students who didn't practice. I was fortunate to find Paul after talking with several teachers. Paul was willing to teach what I wanted to learn and push me to get better. Paul has exceeded my expectations. I'm better and having more fun playing guitar than I ever hoped. I highly recommend Paul for anyone wanting to learn guitar.

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  • 31 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nikki P.
Verified review

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 31 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas B.
Verified review

Going to Peaceland Music has been a very outstanding experience. My teacher, John, is very knowledgable with guitar, piano, and overall music theory. John is a very funny guy and I'm glad I've been taking guitar lessons with him for the past year and a half. He's made learning guitar very fun and interesting. Aside from learning scales and theory, you also can choose a song and John can work on it with you and help you make your performance of it better. But make sure to practice the theory and scales he gives you! You will fall behind very quick, because the lessons build off of what you previously learned. John is very good at working with people at a variety of different levels. It doesn't matter if you're beginning, intermediate, or advanced, he'll work with you at your level and help build on what you know.

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Chris Rockaway
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gina D.
Verified review

Chris is a skillful instructor who will help you develop guitar techniques in the first lesson. I needed help with the basics and he helped me improve on the fundamentals and groundwork of the guitar. Highly recommend!

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  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Priscilla C.
Verified review

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!

Eddie Montana
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie M.
Verified review

Eddie taught me to play the guitar when I was in my 50's! Being an older student I had my insecurities but he put my mind at ease and my fingers to work! I was soon playing my favorite songs! His humor and easy nature and talent brings out the best in his students! He is a master!

Guitar Lessons
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Sofina P.
Verified review

I am taking private lesson with Mike Smith. He is a very talented and patience guitar instructor.I am very happy with the quality of guitar lessons I have received from him so far. I highly recommend him to anybody who would like to take guitar lessons.

Richman Music School
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie H.
Verified review

I wanted a teacher that could work with an older adult who not had piano lessons since childhood. After many years, I wanted to challenge myself by getting back into piano and I wanted to bring music back into my life. I was a bit nervous about making the commitment and about the time investment that would be required. I also didn’t know a good teacher so I asked around. Howard’s name came up. He was recommended as a patient and knowledgeable teacher that would do wonders with students. Howard’s approach is not the conventional one that I experienced as a child. He presents many types of approaches and uses lots of tools and techniques to build your skills and understanding of the structure of music. Now, I’m stretching myself to learn, remember and apply these skills and it feels really good! I actually enjoy practicing my piano. Now thats a testimony to Howard’s influence! If you are looking for a teacher that can accommodate your needs, encourage and inspire you, meet Howard and try him out. I’m confident that you will be very pleased with him as a professional and as a teacher.

  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jack B.
Verified review

Saro is a highly experienced teacher. He comes from the prestigious USC Thornton school of music and knows what's he doing! my son first started learning the guitar with another teacher. Later I hired Saro to work with him. The outcome of his teaching was fantastic as my son's playing improved dramatically. His hand positions, tone quality and musicianship highly improved. I definitely recommend taking lessons from Saro.

Base Music Studio
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen D.
Verified review

Base is reliable, punctual, and jumps right in when he arrives! He is focused on the student and pushes them (even if shy) with kindness and humor to grow and learn. My daughter is 12 and really enjoying her vocal lessons with him. We think he's great!!

Alma Music Productions
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan D.
Verified review

Alejandro is hands down a great guitar teacher. He doesn't just teach the basic guitar tricks but he goes into depthwith music theory and how you can use it while playing guitar. because of him my improv on guitar has never been better. He can be tough but in the end it's totally worth it

Leila Pari
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda S.
Verified review

Leila is the best guitar teacher I could have ever asked for. She not only helped me improve my skills overall but supported me in the most caring ways possible. If I ever need a lesson down the line, she will be there first person I’d even consider calling. She’s the best!!!

Cliff Targum Music & Lessons
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Menachem E.
Verified review

Cliff is an amazing music teacher He makes learning music very fun. I really loved and enjoyed learning guitar with him. He is an extremely talented and incredible musician he composes the most beautiful music. Cliff is the best He is the nicest guy He is always there to help

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Maddy L.
Verified review

The first time I got guitar lessons from Michael I learned the beginner guitar chords right away and he knew what pace to go at. He knows where your weaknesses and strengths are and teaches in a way that doesn't feel rushed. He's been my teacher for a few months now and it's always a blast!

Music Lessons with Davey
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
Verified review

Davey is a great teacher! He really got to know our daughter and tailors her lessons to best suit her. He teaches her how to read music while also giving her a chance to have fun with her guitar. Her lesson is the perfect balance of reading music and practicing from her book along with fun jam sessions with Davey.

  • 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.

IAR Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Liz P.
Verified review

Ivan is great... I've just had two lessons and am definitely continuing on!. I've never picked up a guitar, ever and am a complete novice adult. He's extremely patient, and has a thorough and complete knowledge of every aspect of the guitar. He guides you through (albeit clumsy attempts on my part) every aspect of playing, and spends time with you revisiting each chord until it rings out clear. I would highly recommend him on all levels!

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alex A.
Verified review

I meet him at his little studio for about half hour, went over my goals I had as a bass player no Charge. Im a 50 year old man who's been tring to learn bass. Have lots of books and computer aids like songster,Ultimate guitar pro,ect.. . He found my main weekness and started to work on it. In 4 weeks i have learned more than i have in 3 years. His lessons are fun and very informative. Highly recommend Evan Chudnow very professional. If you want to learn bass you need a teacher, books alone and computer aids don't cut it. I should have gotten myself a teacher 3 years ago instead of spend money on books and computer aid. There no substitution like having a good teacher and having the satisfaction of seeing Progress in such a short time. Thanks Evan !!

Paul's Music Lessons
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Kevin G.
Verified review

Paul is an awesome guitar teacher. He is patient, friendly, encouraging and professional. He is prompt and dependable. He is the best guitar teacher I have had!

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Need a Guitar Instructor

Santa Monica, CA

  • Student age
    10-13
  • Guitar type
    Acoustic, Electric
  • Can read the following musical notation:
    Yes, I can read music staff
  • Interested in the following musical style(s)
    Folk, Other (Pop)
  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Day preference
    Monday, Wednesday
  • Time preference
    Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    Have two daughters who both want to learn -- one is 9, the other is 12.
  • $52.5
    Average price

Need Guitar Teacher

Santa Monica, CA

  • Student age
    26-55
  • Guitar type
    Electric
  • Years of experience
    No formal training, some self-taught experience
  • Last piece performed
    (Intentionally left blank)
  • Can read the following musical notation:
    Yes, I can read guitar tabs
  • Interested in the following musical style(s)
    Rock
  • Has instrument
    Yes, I have my own instrument
  • Short term goals
    chord theory, strumming and picking skills
  • Long term goals
    solo improv, better guitar knowledge and skills
  • Amount of time student is interested in taking lessons
    Other (depends on the teacher)
  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Lesson length
    90 minutes
  • Day preference
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Time preference
    Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    I'm generally flexible on lesson days/times. i would prefer somewhere near me if i travel. santa monica ideal, with ample or easy parking.
  • $36
    Average price

Need Guitar Lessons

Santa Monica, CA

  • Student age
    14-17
  • Guitar type
    Acoustic, Classical
  • Can read the following musical notation:
    No, I cannot read music
  • Interested in the following musical style(s)
    Other (i don't know)
  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Lesson length
  • Day preference
    Sunday
  • Time preference
    Early afternoon (noon-3pm)
  • Details
    distracted easily
  • $66.25
    Average price
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