Steven Elster PhD, Classical And Folk Guitar, Music Theory And Sight Reading  Lessons

Steven Elster PhD, Classical And Folk Guitar, Music Theory And Sight Reading Lessons

5.0Exceptional(9 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


Hello Prospective Students:

I have been teaching guitar, both classical and beginning folk, for 40 plus years. I am extremely interested in helping people to learn to play guitar, I don't skip any steps. I provide custom lessons. My goal is to introduce students to the joy of learning to play guitar and appreciating music. I have my PhD in music from UCSD and a great breath and depth of experience, both in studying and in performing music.

I have a straightforward method that guitarists use to learn to read music.

I look forward to speaking with you,

Steven elster, PhD


[email protected]


Hired 2 times
1 employee
53 years in business
Serves San Diego , CA
Offers online services


Musical styles

Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old


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George C.

I huge endorsement for Steven. You are learning from a concert performer that is purely focused on your success. You will enjoy listening to him play as much as learning yourself. He has endless patients to ensure that you are building the fundamentals needed to reach your goals. Many teachers will let you short cut your way through the learning process which may have you playing a specific melody faster. However, you will build a bunch of bad habits that will limit your potential, slow you down, and ultimately another teacher will have to fix later. Don’t delay…get started…just pick up the guitar for 15 minutes a day to start and follow his direction.
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July 19, 2021

Gabriel I.

Steven has been an excellent teacher of a wide range of guitar styles - classical, brazilian, spanish, and more. He has a strong background in classical guitar, with decades of experience in performance and instruction. No matter what style, he can identify ways to improve your technique and expression, with lessons that apply to all genres. He patiently points out important lessons about hand positions, dynamics, tempo, and melody that begin to build up a strong basis of technique over the course of a few lessons. After several months of practicing these tips, I was surprised at how natural my guitar playing had become and how much my overall playing had improved. I strongly recommend Stevens instruction.
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July 12, 2021

Brendan K.

Steven has the ability to find exactly where your ability/skill level is and develop a well designed plan to allow you to move forward in whatever discipline of music you may be interested in. I chose Zoom as my method of learning and have to say that Steven has an array of ‘up to date’ online tools that allows a student like me to easily follow his instructional directions. He is very knowledgeable and very savvy. You will not be disappointed, I say that with confidence!!
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July 11, 2021

Russell R.

Steve zeroed in on my skill level and has given me appropriate lessons that have increased my skill levels. He’s really good at pressing me forward with a skill level that’s almost uncanny and obviously born out of a lot of experience and integrity. He’s the best thing that ever happened to me as far as guitar instruction goes. I can’t recommend him strongly enough.
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July 11, 2021

Katya Z.

Steven is an expert at everything guitar. Our son now loves guitar and has improved his playing thanks to the patient and creative ways of engaging a 9 year old. My husband also started from scratch and now knows how to read music. Very impressive. I would highly recommend Steven.
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July 11, 2021
Hired on Lessons

Jenny Z.

I like how he always has many new things prepared for me to learn, and how I can always learn new things in each lesson
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July 11, 2021
Hired on Lessons

Frequently asked questions

I will give anybody interested in taking guitar lessons one free lesson. I am interested in both myself and prospective students finding out if we match, if our interests sync. I want this to be a good experience for students.

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