Bruce Burger

Bruce Burger

4.8 (5)
3 hires on

About this pro

I've been teaching guitar for over 30 years.  Electric, acoustic,... all are fair game.  Making it fun, while developing skills and technique is where I focus.  Nothing succeeds like success so we go from strength to strength.  This applies to all ages, children through adults.  Improvisation is always fun and inspiring so we learn music theory, applying it along the way.  It's also interesting to introduce other styles like world music while still working on more expected styles like blues, classic rock, and jazz.  My students range from amateurs, playing for enjoyment to professionals who have gone on to do great things.

Nothing beats the satisfaction of watching a student jump to the next level and conquer new territory.

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Piedmont, CA 94611
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5 Reviews


  • Jim Cone

    Bruce is a very patient teacher who adapts lessons to the needs and interests of the student. He is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and practice.

  • Alicia

    He is a dedicated instructor. Has a lot of knowledge on music theory and is patient. Very good instructor!

  • Donna

    I have just started taking lessons with Bruce. I have found him to be accessible and responsive. He is also a kind and supportive teacher. His approach is pretty organic in that he doesn’t come with a set lesson plan but instead has been tailoring the lessons to my interests and abilities. I find it really easy to communicate with him, and he’s obviously a very skilled musician.

  • Hank Adams

    Bruce is a very conscientious and creative instructor that will connect what’s you’re interested in personally (musically) to what he knows that will give you the best foundation (from his vast experience) in music/guitar while making in fun and entertaining. He is one of the best musicians/instructor that I know...

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

!I like to start with music that the student likes to listen to.  It makes it more fun and motivating.  From there, it's easy to transition into topics and skills like technique, the fingerboard, etc. using the songs that the student is inspired to play.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I went to the School Of Hard Knocks!

How did you get started teaching?

As a professional studio musician in LA, I was first asked to teach music theory to professional players who were interested in getting better at improvisation.  Most of them were not even guitar players.  Then, I was recruited by music teachers at the Dick Grove School and Musicians Institute (MI) to sub for their classes.  The topics ranged widely from reading to technical skills to playing grooves and more and more songs.

What types of students have you worked with?

From children through adults, beginners through professionals.  It's all just music and it's all fun.