- What are your rates?
Check here for current rates and package deals!
- How long is a lesson?
All private lessons are 1 hour long.
- What days and times do you teach?
I teach Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm.
- Why are night time lessons more expensive?
I currently have very little space for teaching at night and other opportunities for work that I turn down in order to teach these hours. I understand most people work during the day; I am available at my cheaper rate via Skype during lunch hours if possible! I would like to teach everyone but sadly there aren't enough hours in the day!
- Where are you located?
I am located in Downtown LA in the Financial District at 801 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
- What is the parking situation?
My building is located two blocks from the 7th and Metro station. Skip traffic and take the metro from almost anywhere in LA! Check this map for Park and Ride locations near you.
There are many parking options around my building. The average is $6 for the day, but can change depending on the day and time of day. Meters are free and available after 6pm usually.
Once we have estabilished a set time for the lesson, I can help you further with parking if you have questions!
I also offer Skype lessons so that you can learn guitar without even leaving your house!
- Do you travel?
I stay so busy these days that it simply isn't possible for me to travel. However, I do offer Skype lessons that you can take from the comfort of your home!
- Do I need to bring my amp?
I have an amp available for your use in private lessons.
Students in group classes should bring an acoustic guitar or be okay playing their electric guitar unplugged for the class.
- What levels do you teach?
I have successfully taught very advanced students and students with no musical experience whatsoever. All levels are welcome.
- It is difficult for me to predict my schedule. What is your policy for this?
As long as I can fit you into my schedule, I have no problem scheduling last minute lessons. Alternatively, we can schedule a weekly lesson, and if you need to cancel, just make sure to give me at least 24 hours notice.
- Do you teach kids?
I typically do not teach anyone under the age of 18. I love teaching kids, but I require that they be very interested in guitar without the pressure of others, parents must be present throughout the entire lesson, and parents must guarantee 30 minutes of practice 6 days a week.
Group classes are available to anyone 16 and over.
- Will your rates increase while I'm a student?
My policy is that as long as you take regular lessons, I will honor the price advertised at sign up for at least a year. I am very loyal to my students and want to see them improve. I raise my rates as demand and other opportunities increase, but teaching is not just cash flow for me, so I want to make sure people have a fair amount of time to take lessons and improve without having to worrying about adjusting their budgeting.
If a student takes a break from lessons for two or more months without discussing their return with me first, however, I will charge the new rates should they return.
- Can I buy lessons for my friend/coworker/family member/significant other/dog?
I do offer gift certificates. Go here, follow the instructions as normal, and once we have set up the lesson I will email you a small printable gift certificate with all my info on it for you to give to the recipient!
- Should I start with an acoustic guitar or an electric?
A well set-up guitar of either type will play very similarly and the mechanics are the exact same. You should start with the style of guitar you are most excited to play.
- How many lessons a week do you suggest?
Unless you are an advanced player or plan to play professionally on some level, once a week is sufficient for steady progress without feeling overwhelmed.
- How quick can I expect to progress?
Progress is a direct function of practicing. I will teach you good practice techniques and give you a list of three things (in descending order of importance) each week, so you know exactly how and what to practice. If you can afford to practice an hour a day, you will see very steady progress, but even 15 minutes a day will yield satisfying results over the course of a few months.
- What teaching materials do you use?
I have created hundreds of custom handouts to make sure that I have just the right reference for what each student is learning. I even sell them to teachers and students around the world! You can get a preview here: ProfessionalGuitarLessonHandouts.com
- What kind of music do you play?
I love any technically challenging guitar music! This includes bluegrass, slap guitar, metal, classical music, and many other kinds!