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EclecticString Music
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro 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 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Dillan W.
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Great Teacher! His playing demonstrates a profound knowledge of his instrument. Whether hes teaching you new techniques, chords and inversions, different styles of playing, or the basics of music theory, the lessons are presented in a way tangible to the student. He is better than any guitar player I've seen, so he can take you to the next level if you are already good, or he can help you as a beginner like me.

Paul Edelman
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Todd B.
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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
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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.

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Peaceland Music
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Nicholas B.
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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 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Doyle W.
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Mike is super cool and very patient, i've been playing for over 30 years. 2 years of classical guitar, a whole life of playing by ear, I played in a rock band and a punk band, studied heavy metal lead guitar (years of scale study), I changed my genre to rockabilly and swing during these years. I stopped play after a move to LA, I was diagnosed with cancer and went through radiation therapy, during my rehab I unpacked my gear and started playing again. I started listening to country blues, gypsy jazz, western swing, and blue grass. My wonderful wife enrolled me into Artisticworks Academy of Bluegrass (Flat picking). I got deep into the realms of the music surrounding this style of music and found that I loved the rhythm parts of this music and fell in love with this wonderful back beat!!! I searched the Internet for months and only found the solo and finger picking style of this genre. After months of frustration looking for tabs or anything that would lead me down this path. I decided to seek out instructors in my area and thumbtack popped up with several qualified instructors, after a few weeks of thought and trying to figure out the the chord progressions by ear I decided to contact Mike, and in these last few weeks of continued frustration the clouds are starting to clear, Mike is leading me down the path of music theory. Mike can see my frustration learning this and assures me everything will be make complete sense in no to time 150,000 percent!!! I have learned so much in 3 week then I have in over 25 years of hardcore jamming (believe me I rocked the metal) this new genre is so opposite of what I know and he sees this and helps me work work with my frustration. If you are looking for an excellent instructor this is the dude!!! Thanks Mike!!!

Starliner Music
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Peter B.
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I've been taking guitar lessons with Kimberly since the beginning of 2011. At the time I'd had several years of lessons using a traditional method on acoustic guitar and was looking for a teacher who could help me focus on electric blues rock and move me beyond my intermediate skill level. Kimberly has a real focus on and talent for teaching. My lessons are tailored to meet my interests. A large part of the lesson is devoted to learning her method for blues soloing--at least 5 approaches to improvisation and comping. After several years, I've come to see how these approaches interweave, complement each other and have become an intuitive part of my musical vocabulary. Also, because I expressed an interest, part of the lesson involves sight reading, learning blues and jazz theory, developing rhythmic playing sense, and learning a few favorite solos. Kimberly has an amazing ability to tab out and teach any song you give her. Which leads to the best part--after 6 months I was invited to play with one of her ensemble classes. While I was absolutely petrified with fear at the beginning, this has turned into one of the highlights of my week every week. It is just downright fun! It's a safe and forgiving environment where you can make mistakes and learn, or try things out that might flop, or turn into something cool. Every teacher and guitar magazine article all point to the need to play with other musicians to develop your skills and this is where Kimberly Allison really delivers. I feel that I could now sit in with other musicians and contribute. I give my highest recommendation for taking lessons with Kimberly.

Damien Smith Productions
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Abigail U.
Verified review

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.

Guitar Lessons
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 32 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.
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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.

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Max Sindermann Music
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Eric W.
Verified review

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.

Daniel Muñoz
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Destiny S.
Verified review

Daniel has been giving my 10 year old son guitar lessons online for several months now and I couldn't be happier with our experience! The online lessons are extremely convenient for our busy lifestyle and Daniel's teaching technique has captured the attention of my busy body son. He's learned so much these past few months and he loves it! Thank you Daniel!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Max M.
Verified review

Been taking Guitar/Vocal lessons with Michael for 7 years. Not only is he a skilled Musician and Teacher, but he is also an exemplar and will push you out of your comfort zone.

Base Music Studio
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 31 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!!

Leila Pari
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 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!!!

Music lessons with Steve
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ann Louise T.
Verified review

Steve is a wonderful teacher. When I started lessons I had been playing for a while but I needed guidance on where to go from just basic chords and strumming patterns. Steve tailored my lessons to the genres I wanted to study while giving me exercises that would better my study no matter what direction I chose to go. We even started coupling the guitar lessons with banjo lessons! Steve is well versed in so many genres and instruments and on top of that, he is a friendly, patient and fun person who communicates well and is easy to get along with.

Bennett Stein
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Emmanuelle B.
Verified review

Bennett has an extraordinary ability to zero in on his student's skills and musical affinities... He has a nerdy, highly precise knowledge of the instrument, of guitar technique and of music history... Months ago I would barely sing with anyone else in the room, and didn't know how to play guitar. This morning I played guitar and harmonized with Bennett on a Stones song. Take music lessons with Bennett - only good can come of it.

Music Lessons with Davey
5.0
from 7 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.

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

My daughter Shavanie has been with at SoundCheck for about two months. First off I must say Dan & Electra are very friendly and down to earth people. My daughter does Vocal & Piano lessons with Electra, she is one of the best music coach my daughter has worked with so far...... I am amazed by her progress. She also does Guitar lessons with Josh, who is also amazing...she is finally enjoying her guitar :) Since my daughter has been with SoundCheck she has shown more excitement towards music vocally and instrumentally. I can't thank them enough! :-) I truly recommend SoundCheck, you will not regret it.

CJ Tywoniak Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew M.
Verified review

My name is Matthew Matz and I consider C.J. Tywoniak the best instructor I have ever worked with. I have release several CD's and therefore I needed someone who is not only an excellent musician but also needs to understand music theory. C.J. is both. He is a virtuoso on the guitar but also understands complex theory that I needed as a song writer. He is patience and really gets into your playing and the goals you want to achieve. He makes learning fun. He would still be teaching me today if he hadn't gone and move 3000 miles away! C.J. is the only person you need to consider to up your game.....

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Need guitar lessons

Santa Monica, CA

  • Student age
    18-25
  • Guitar type
    Acoustic
  • Can read the following musical notation:
    Yes, I can read guitar tabs
  • Interested in the following musical style(s)
    Blues, Folk, Country
  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Day preference
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
  • Time preference
    Early morning (before 9am), Morning (9am-noon), Early afternoon (noon-3pm), Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    i want to learn reggae and more complex finger picking styles
  • $51.67
    Average price

Need guitar lessons

Santa Monica, CA

  • Student age
    26-55
  • Guitar type
    Not sure, Other (I would also like my 10 year old child to learn)
  • Can read the following musical notation:
    No, I cannot read music
  • Interested in the following musical style(s)
    Folk, Country, Other (everything)
  • Has instrument
    Yes, I have my own instrument
  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Lesson length
    As recommended by professional
  • Day preference
    Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Time preference
    Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm), Other (mon tues after 6 - sat sun open)
  • Details
    I have a guitar but I am not sure if it is

Need guitar lessons

Santa Monica, CA

  • Student age
    26-55
  • Guitar type
    Not sure
  • Can read the following musical notation:
    Yes, I can read music staff
  • Interested in the following musical style(s)
    Folk, Country
  • Has instrument
  • Frequency of lessons
    Once a week
  • Lesson length
    As recommended by professional
  • Day preference
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time preference
    Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    I can buy my own guitar once I know what to buy.
  • $40
    Average price
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