5.0 (2)
2 hires on
1 employee
56 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: I TEACH YOU TO PLAY THE GUITAR BY TEACHING YOU THE SONGS THAT 'YOU' WANT TO BE ABLE TO PLAY. My influences are: 60's and 70's My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Your's or Mine in Fresno, CA Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: DETERMINE STYLES, ETC, DEMONSTRATIONS AND INTERVIEW. STUDENTS WHO PLAY NOT, ARE ENCOURAGED TO HOLD THE GUITAR TRY SIMPLE MOVEMENTS AND LEARN WHAT BODY PARTS ARE GOING TO HURT LIKE H#!!. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: DETERMINING, DEMONSTRATING AND STUDY OF STUDENT'S SELECTED SONG. PART OF THE PROCESS IS 'TABBING' AND SHEETING THE SONG AS IT'S PLAYED. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: ENTHUSIANSTIC, PROMPT AND PREPARED.

The satisfaction and pure joy of sharing those moments when my student just 'gets it' .  

Sometimes it takes months. I have shared all those learning pains when I was learning. I descibe it as the realization that it happened with acknowledgement or prompt.

'Bar chords' can be a difficult hurdle. I assure them that one day it will happen...and won't they be surprised.

They ALWAYS are. I love that.

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Fresno, CA 93650
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2 Reviews


  • Arthur Torres

    Great patients, great knowledge, fair pricing. Very supportive. On top of this very pleased to have a Vietnam veteran assisting in my children's dreams. Thank you Steve! And welcome home...

  • Bill Hanner

    Stephan is extremely patient With individuals like myself who like to pace myself. I’ve been taking lessons from Stephen for 5 years and have learned more songs than I ever imagined. Most of the songs I’ve learned include both rhythm and lead so I’m able to mix the two while playing and add to the pleasure of playing. I would endorse Stephen for anyone wanting to learn guitar playing. As a final note I’m 67 so it can be done


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

I first assess their present abilities. Then try to upgrade thier skill levels and techniques.

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

I have been teaching guitar since I was 15. During my life, I've learned how to transfer knowledge (teach). Not everyone learns the same. 

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

Pricing ranges from $25 to $35 an hour/per week. I feel this is reasonable compared to whatr I've found others charge. Naturally, time and travel can effect what I quote.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been a rocker all my life. As a mid teen I was 'in a band' as a matter of life. Occassionally, I'd be asked to  show 'so and so' how to play a song...and so it went. I found a way of teaching guitar that made it fun to learn. No 'music books' or 'the '* method'. No sheet music. "Me show you how to play song. Song Good!" has proven to work.

What types of students have you worked with?

From 7 yr old boy to , and 10 yr old sisters. From the 15 yrs old 'wanna be rockers'; to a good number of 50 and 60 'somethings' that remember the time (and music) of their youth.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A student struggled with 'rythm' made a weeks long effort to learn a song that was heavily rythm and finally tackled it. Week after week of coming back 'wrong' pushed him achieving success. It is exciting to be a part of this kind of thing.

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

Find one you trust. Period. I will look you in the eye and tell you that you're doping it wrong. Not to hurt you...but to give you honest ( not sugar coated ) feedback. No one wants you to succeed at this than your teacher. Doesn't matter what 'of'...math, science, English, cheerleading, music or GUITAR (which is NOT music). Guitar makes music. Music can NOT make guitar.

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

First and foremost; How important is it for me to learn to play guitar?

Your finger tips are going to hurt. Your forearm and shoulder are going ache in places you were unaware existed.

An hour a day can be's a 'commit or fail' deal. Practice

Dio I have the passion, drive and desire to learn to play guitar?

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