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  • 4 years in business
  • 103 hires 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!!!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 39 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.

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Paul Edelman
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan C.
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Paul is a fabulous teacher. Really knows a lot about jazz guitar and working with an ensemble. He is both knowledgeable and patient, and he really pushes you to get the best out of yourself. I have learned so much since working with him!

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

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Chris Rockaway
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Asia G.
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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.

Damien Smith Productions
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Ellis M.
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Guitar lessons. Music theory. Song transcriptions. A knowledgable and easy going guy who obviously loves what he does. Very patient, he will teach at your pace. He customizes your lessons to suit you as an individual. I leave excited to go home and practice what I have learned. You can't go wrong.

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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jack B.
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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.

  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nikita A.
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I've had a handful of music teachers throughout my life and Dory is head and shoulders above the rest. He has a knack for explaining the concepts of music theory with great clarity and enthusiasm. In addition to his proficiency at playing and teaching music, Dory is also very well-organized and attentive. His lessons are focused and purposeful. If you're at all thinking of learning piano, guitar, or music in general I cannot recommend Dory enough!

Eugene's Music Studio
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ted H.
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My son loves his guitar lessons with Jonathan Snell-Callanen. He is so sweet with kids, and he is so patient and understanding with my son during the lessons.

Cliff Targum Music & Lessons
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Robert D.
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Cliff is very professional and makes learning the guitar fun and rewarding. Highly recommended!

Lucas Martinez
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 5 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.

  • 2 years in business
Shala M.
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Kelvin made my dream of learning to play guitar come true! He’s super throrough and his lessons are the right amount of fun and difficult. I can’t wait for my next lesson!

Lewis Meyer Music
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Omeed S.
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Amazing teacher! Great at figuring out what needs work and catering that to my interests so that it’s engaging and fun. Never knew taking music lessons could be so much fun — look forward to it every session!

  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kellie S.
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My daughter had never played an instrument before and, with Mitch's help, she learned to play her favorite songs on the guitar. Mitch is very friendly and reliable. He has tremendous patience with his students, which builds confidence and a feeling of success. I would definitely recommend Mitch!

IAR Guitar Lessons
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica M.
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Ivan showed up on time, and had an extra guitar for me handy (per my request). He was very informative and affable. Ivan taught me five chords, and showed me how to use an electronic tuner. I can't wait to move forward with our weekly sessions.

  • 4 years in business
Raphael C.
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Dominic is a great motivator as a teacher in classical and jazz styles for guitar. He has an incredible mind that allowes you to expand what you could do with the guitar. Not only he is a great musician to work with, but a great guy/friend to get to know. It was a very innovating experience working with him!

Brian Waldron
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Maggie B.
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Brian is a really great teacher. I'm a self-taught folk guitar player with a million bad habits and a degree in music and I feel extremely fortunate to have found him. I always wanted to take guitar lessons but had trouble finding a teacher that made me feel comfortable. Brian is super patient, flexible, affordable and gifted-- I'm proud of the improvements I've made so far and I highly recommend him!

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!

Guitar Instructor
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Erin F.
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I had taken guitar classes several times in the past, but always gave up at a certain point. I needed a teacher who would help me get past that point and learn the instrument correctly. Marc turned out to be that teacher. I think he is an excellent teacher and he makes me want to practice and continue learning. Also, the lessons are a real value, especially considering his level of expertise. He's not just a good teacher; he's a good musician, too! I highly recommend him for adults and kids.

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