Sean Griffin Guitar Lessons

Sean Griffin Guitar Lessons

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About this pro

I started playing guitar when I was 12yrs old and began studying with Joe Satriani when I was 14. I love sharing my knowledge and the great part is get to teach students of all ages. I've always taught friends of friends and after watching thier progress I started teaching private lessons. I've aslo studied at the California Jazz Academy. Lessons are held in Berkeley, online, and I also travel to students around the Bay Area.

I've performed at every club and concert venue in the bay area and have been in countless bands playing all styles.

I focus on healthy playing and teach all styles from rock to jazz, funk, pop, alternative you name it, i've played it. I start off by really listening to what the student has to say and help them to develope a voice through music.

What I really enjoy is watching my students progress and the excitement when they come in with a song they've created. I've also noticed how learning an instrument can have a positive effect on education in general.

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Berkeley, CA 94705
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6 Reviews


  • Dimitri Smith

    He’s very patient with beginners

  • James Shanks

    Taught me a lot of great techniques I will continue using forever, as well as taking lots of time to make sure I was on the right track.

  • Gabe Man

    My 8-year-old son had never played any musical instrument before starting guitar with Sean a couple of months ago. I know nothing about music, but I can see that my son is very into it and looks forward to his lesson every week and to practicing on his own. I feel that Sean is patient and able to respond to my son's needs in getting him going. He is also very supportive in explaining to me how my son can practice (seeing as how I know nothing).

  • Aeden Jaeger

    Sean approaches lessons with an open mind and I feel he learns about the student first before he tries to teach. I came into the lessons after playing guitar for over ten years, but being completely self taught. Sean politely showed me the gaps I had in my own learning. He then taught me a systematic way to practice and how to help myself learn further, without overlooking the critical paths. He also showed me things to pay attention to that I hadn't before. Since taking the lessons my playing has improved dramatically. I am very glad I took the lessons and will continue to!

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

I get to know the student a bit first, find out what they want to learn. 

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

Studied with Joe Satriani when I was 14.

Studied at the California Jazz conservatory

HarvardX: MUS24.3x First Nights - Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the 19th Century Orchestra)

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Typically $45per 45min session

How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching friends, then friends of friends and also teaching my son piano and guitar.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students of every age including kids with learning difficulties 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently I challenged a couple of students with writing a song. The level of excitement and enthusiasm they brought was pure joy for me and now that's all they want to do.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would advise students to look for someone who really listens and is able to adapt to your skill level. Someone that will work with your likes and teach healthy playing habits.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

just a desire to play, that is all that is required.