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  • 16 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Redwood City, CA 94062


Garrick is very patient and engaging with our 7yo son. Our son loves his guitar lessons and wants to play. He's the real deal with his own gigs and he teaches using music we love. Garrick gets 5 stars because he unexpectedly requested to join us when we purchased our guitar, picked an appropriate used(!) one with metal strings and had it modified to bring the frets in closer for small fingers. His lessons feel customized. We recommend Garrick!

  • 36 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94702


I initially thought about looking into lessons with Garth after I saw him perform. He's truly an incredible guitar player with a style that is uniquely his own. It's probably why he's been invited to play with legends such as Miles Davis. Shortly after seeing Garth perform, I was playing at a party and happened to meet a guy who said he was a bass player and had only very recently taken up guitar. So when he began playing in an impressive manner, I asked him how he got so good, so quick. His answer was that he'd been taking lessons from Garth. I'd heard enough. I booked lessons with Garth and have been taking lessons with him ever since. Garth's teaching style is very player friendly. He understands that the ultimate goal is to acquire the ability to make great music and to have fun doing it I've had some good teachers in the past, but I've never enjoyed the experience as much as I do with Garth. He's very laid back and able to break down licks and techniques in a manner that is easy to grasp. He allows me to record my lessons and each day I look forward to reviewing the material that we covered. I would highly recommend Garth to anyone looking to learn guitar.

  • Berkeley, CA 94707


I have been taking lessons from Josh for about a year now (for guitar). He really makes guitar lessons fun, but teaches you a lot at the same time. He doesn't make you do crazy amounts of work either. He's very flexible when it comes to what you want to learn: he let's you bring your own music in, and he is very knowledgeable about different genres as well. I always am looking forward to the next lesson. The best environment for learning music is when you can just freely play with your friend or someone you are comfortable with...that's the environment Josh creates in his lessons, a jam session!! I would strongly recommend Josh to anyone looking for guitar/ukelele lessons! Thanks Josh!

  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94116


Hi, my name is Justin Houchin. I began playing rock and blues guitar at the age of thirteen. In college, I studied classical guitar performance, and I am currently a 3rd-year student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I study with world-renowned guitarist and composer Sergio Assad. Whether you are picking up the guitar for the first time or are already a trained guitarist looking to expand or improve your technique, I can help you. Every person has their own musical tastes and aspirations and it is my goal to help you become the guitarist and musician that YOU want to be. I help each individual student learn to play the music that they like and reach their own goals. My teaching experience includes a studio of private students as well as a the San Francisco Bay academy and the Myriad Music School. TESTIMONIALS: Justin'’s encouragement and uncanny ability to break things down to simplicity helped me become the musician that I am today.” Kean Eggett, lead guitarist for The Curs “I had so much fun in my lessons that I often didn’t even realize how much I was learning.” Luis Flores, guitarist for Grapes and Nuts I am available for private or group lessons throughout San Francisco.

  • San Francisco, CA 94122


John is an amazing teacher. I took guitar lessons with him several years ago, and I still remember and appreciate the experience. I consider myself a somewhat difficult student when it comes to music, because I tend to be very hard on myself and can easily give up in frustration. John is patient, encouraging, fun and positive. Additionally, he is extremely knowledgeable. Highly Recommended!

  • 15 years in business
  • San Francisco, CA 94115


Learn how to play the guitar, violin or harmonica! I offer the following: * Fun and lighthearted lessons -- I am very patient and encouraging, and I can really work with you to isolate and master trouble spots. * Over 10 years or experience -- I have worked with students of all ages and musical backgrounds. I've worked with students of many different learning styles, and I am very good at catering to an individual's unique way of learning. I studied music and communications at U-Mass Amherst, class of 2000. * Music theory expert -- I have been studying music theory since I was about 5 years old, and I can teach you the "why" as well as the "how." * Many styles and genres -- I can teach you classical, folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, and electronic. You can let me know what you are most interested in. * Technique -- I will work with you on technique and make sure you get the best sound out of your instrument. * Basics -- We will work on scales, chords, arpeggios, reading music, as well as the most effective ways to practice. * Chord theory -- We will cover intervals, key signatures, and progressions. * Melody and harmony theory -- We will learn the structures and patterns of scales and will cover the fundamentals for song writing and improvisation. * Rhythm theory -- I will teach you about time signatures, song structures, syncopation, etc. * Recitals -- For those who would like to perform, I will set up recitals, which you can invite your friends to and show off your new skills. For these recitals, you can let me know a song you'd like to learn, and I will learn it (if I don't know it already) and teach it to you, or you may choose from the many songs that I can offer.

  • El Granada, CA 94018


All student levels are welcome, and I offer a money-back guarantee for your private lessons! If you are a beginning student who wants to learn how to play and approach the guitar the right way, an intermediate guitarist who wants to break through to the next level, or a more advanced player who wants to learn pure guitar technique and improve your performances, these lessons will be right for you. Whether you can study 5 minutes a day or 5 hours a day, I can confidently say that these lessons will immediately improve your current guitar skills and will help you reach your goals twice as fast because the lessons include some of the finest and preferred guitar studies and methods from guitar teachers around the world. For the past 40 years, I have taught hundreds of guitarists in various styles, especially acoustic, melody-chord arranging, classical, jazz, flamenco, folk, singer-songwriter, vocal accompaniment, chord systems, scales, arpeggios, fingerpicking, soloing and theory. Each lesson will be designed around your goals, style, time commitment and finger dexterity. I've had the opportunity to record over 100 albums and perform concerts around the world. I've collaborated with many fellow professional guitarists and also worked with a wide variety of guitar students along the way. Many of these guitarists have shared their knowledge, understanding, technique, approach and methods with me, and I've incorporated these systems into the studies. I believe you will appreciate this information and will notice rapid growth and results in your technique immediately, even after the first lesson! Private, one-on-one lessons are held at my guitar studio in El Granada on the coastside, which is located between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, just 30 minutes south of San Francisco and 20 minutes from San Mateo. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. I recommend coming in for at least one initial guitar lesson, so I can introduce a customized study program for you. The first 1/2 hour is also free!

  • 1 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Jose, CA 95129


My teaching methods will not only help you play your instrument, but master it as well. My teachings can only go as far as the student is willing to learn. Practice on your part is crucial for increasing your skill level. Customers love how easy going I am, and that when they come to learn, they get the opportunity to play/practice like you're in a real band. My practice space is filled with equipment (drums, guitar amps, bass amps, etc.). I can also record my students if they're interested.

  • Redwood City, CA 94063


We are a music instruction studio that also operates a full-recording studio and band rehearsal rooms. We teach voice, guitar, bass, drums, and piano. We teach bands in group classes, and we run music camps in the summer. Our teachers are top notch, and our students have a blast!

  • Berkeley, CA 94710


What does it take to improve on your instrument? Patience, consistency, determination, and of course, aptitude can't hurt. But the best students (and eventually, the best musicians) are the ones that cannot put their instruments down. As a teacher, this is my goal: to make playing the guitar so engaging, so satisfying, and (as often as possible) so fun that learning how to play it is like diving into an amazing book, one that keeps you up well into the night needing to read what happens next. This is what the guitar was to me when I began playing it, and it still is. With beginners, I focus on open-string chords (G, C, Am, etc.) and basic right hand technique (strumming, picking, fingerpicking), introducing scales, linear patterns, and more advanced chords after a few months of playing. Intermediate students learn more about chord formation and working out of various neighborhoods and positions on the fretboard, as well as further exploration of scales, introduction to the modes and basic music theory. With advanced students, we work on creating one's own vocabulary of chord voicings, advanced linear patterns, more theory, and improvisation. At every level, I offer advice about songwriting, composition, and arranging (if sought). With all students, I try to help them learn whatever style of music will keep them eager to learn, and I try to expose them to unfamiliar music that may inspire them further. I was studying with an intermediate student who loves indy/alternative rock, and somewhere in between lessons built around radiohead and broken social scene songs, we got into Brazilian music and spent many months working on bossas and all the great tropicalia stuff from the 60s and 70s... Music is music; you never know what will rock your world next. About me: I remained self-taught into my 20s and was studying medicine instead, but music kept calling until I finally went back to college to study music full-time. I received a B.M. in classical composition from SFSU, and have been playing and teaching full-time since. I like playing jazz, gospel/R&B, rock, Latin (Cuban, Brasilian, tango), some classical, and anything else I find interesting. Over the last few years I've had the opportunity to perform with Roy Ayers, Lyrics Born, Chali Tuna, Jazz Mafia, Rogue Wave, and play Outside Lands, Stern Grove, Summerstage (New York) and Symbiosis Festivals, as well as the Montreal, Monterey, Newport and Playboy Jazz Festivals. With guitar lessons, the very best I can do is to help you become your own teacher! I charge $50/hour and $30/half hour, and teach, for now, at student's houses. Many thanks, Jon

  • San Francisco, CA 94110


I'm a guitarist from Salzburg, Austria. I moved to SF in September 2009. Where I teach guitar is at the Berkeley Academy of Music and the Zambaleta World Music School. I studied classical guitar at the the University Mozarteum in Salzburg with various professors such as Eliot Fisk, Marco Tamayo, Izabel Siewers and Mathias Seidel. In November 2008, I got my Master's degree in classical guitar. I have over 10 years of experience in teaching all levels and styles of guitar. For 2 years, I was assistant guitar teacher at the Univesity for Music and Fine Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg. The first lesson is free. That gives you the possibility to check it out and then decide if you would like to go on taking lessons with me. Lessons take place either at your home or mine.

  • San Francisco, CA 94123


Learn to play music. Blue Bear provides private lessons and group class in rock, blues, jazz, and other pop music styles for all ages and all levels. Learn guitar, voice, piano, bass, drums, sax, flute, banjo, ukulele or mandolin, or join a band and rock out. Learning in a school environment is fun and inspiring!

  • San Francisco, CA 94115


My name's Jeff Feldman and I'm a guitar teacher in San Francisco, specializing in teaching beginners. I also teach songwriting for guitarists. I've studied music for the past 17 years, including studying music theory, composition, and aural skills at the University of Puget Sound, where I earned my BA. Before teaching guitar full-time, I taught beginning sailing and racing to students ages 8 to adult, and am a TESOL-certified teacher. My philosophy is simple: Guitar should be fun. My years as both a student and a teacher have taught me that making a subject fun involves a personal connection to the material, giving yourself small challenges to overcome, and feeling like you are making consistent, real progress -- all in an environment where you feel safe and free to make mistakes. I enjoy working with students of different ages and backgrounds, and particularly enjoy helping beginners discover their inner musician. No prior music experience is required. For more information on me, my background, and guitar lessons in San Francisco, feel free to contact me with your questions.

  • San Francisco, CA 94127


Ever wanted to step up your guitar playing past that beginner level? Want to learn more complex concepts, how to improve your playing, learn music theory? Want to learn rock, metal, or jazz? Are you just a complete beginner? Well then I'm the guitar teacher for you. I teach all age groups. Having studied classical music at the San Francisco Conservatory for over 8 years and contemporary music in Davis for 5 I take music very seriously and love teaching. I studied guitar under legendary guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth) and Steve Smyth (Forbidden), I am fully-equipped to teach all levels of guitar in a wide range of styles. I am a graduate of UC Davis and have taught at the UC Davis Experimental College and private lessons in the Davis/Sacramento area for over 4 years. I have a deep passion for teaching and plan to eventually pursue a master's degree in music theory. I recently moved back to San Francisco and am continuing my lessons here with students of all ages and interests! What I offer YOU: -Experience in a wide range of styles -The ability to take lessons with me in person or via webcam -Group discounts on lessons (come learn with a friend!) -Interactive lesson tools given via digital download so that you don't have to buy guitar books or spend money on extra material -The ability to record backing tracks and audio examples that you can listen to Your first introductory lesson is free!

  • Oakland, CA 94610


I am a music theory and guitar instructor. I teach using the various goal oriented methods that have proven themselves to work in the musicianship and playing of both myself and my students. I offer a money-back guarantee. I have never taught someone who hasn't grown as a musician and/or guitarist after studying with me. I have formal training in most styles of music, and I am happy to teach all levels of advancement. I also offer group lessons which is a great way to save money for two or more students that are at similar levels.


Zambaleta is a non-profit world music and dance school. At Zambaleta, you can learn to sing, drum, dance, or play the ukulele. Did we mention Andean panpipes, gypsy jazz guitar, dumbek, accordion, and old-time fiddle? Find out what you will be playing next by checking our new class listings at our website.

  • Redwood City, CA 94063


I can teach beginner to intermediate guitar players looking to advance their technique. I am also a Spanish major and have studied abroad in South America so my knowledge is considered to be advanced. I am also fluent in French (being born in Belgium), so I can also help people with their conversation skills.

  • San Francisco, CA 94130


At 24 years old, and after 16 years of guitar playing, I want to offer what I've learned to you at a fair price! I teach theory, I teach rhythm, I teach what you want to know. I've been playing folk and rock music for years, I've played live shows, I've done it all. Let me teach you what I know. I also teach over Skype. Contact me at hexibar there. First lesson is half the price off!

  • San Francisco, CA 94116


I have been teaching guitar for over 20 years and am a player on a world class level. Check out my resume on my web site. I can teach you what you want to learn. I have been fortunate to have studied with great teachers and will teach you the right way. It is essential, especially in the beginning stages, not to develop bad habits. We have 2 San Francisco locations. I charge $25 per half hour and $50 per hour at my studio or your place. I offer free introductory lesson. I teach the following lessons: - All Styles - Theory - Ear Training - Conceptual Development - Sight Reading

  • 1 hires on Thumbtack
  • Hayward, CA 94544


We offer lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drums, violin, keyboard, bass guitar, clarinet, saxophone, ukulele, mandolin,and banjo. Our experienced and caring instructors teach in a professional, supportive, and fun setting. Students of all ages and levels are welcome. We are open 6 days a week, by appointment and till late evening. Other services include live bands for all occasions, recording studio services, piano tuning, and guitar repair.


Need music lessons? Want to know more about playing guitar, bass or songwriting? Let me help you out! - I have been teaching students from 12-50 for years. - I have studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. - I have written music for ABC Television. - I play in various bands and record all throughout the Bay Area and California. Check out our website to access more info, pictures, music and more.

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