Music With Frets

Music With Frets

5.0 (3)
1 employee
31 years in business

About this pro

Combined experience as a professional teacher as well as guitarist for many recording artist. Started at age 9 and began performing while in High School with various rock bands.

While in Los Angeles over the past 50 years, I worked as a production guitarist for Robert "Bumps" Blackwell who put me to work with many artist including Lou Rawls, Tina Turner and others. My first opportunity was as a arranger for the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

As a teacher, I taught guitar at St. Cyrils of Jerusalem to 6 and 7 grade students for 10 years. Also had 8 private students over that peried from the school.

I am bonded by the LAPD and Home Land Security.

I specialize in: Chord Harmony, Improvisation, Finger Syle, Flat Picking, Composition and More.  All styles: Rock, R&B, Electronic, Jazz, Standards, Fusion and More.

I can help you with whatever your goals may be. You may want to learn composition, or how to beat your competion at an audition, studio performance etc.

I look forward to meeting you and discussing your goals together and setting up a strategy that will work for you.

I love making music and watching people especially children enjoy what I do.  Mostly there is nothing better than seeing first hand a student learn.

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Glendale, CA 91206
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Diamanta Mize

    There isn't any teacher out there like Tony Pretzello. Tony completely turned my playing around over the course of the 6 years I've studied with him. Before Tony, I only knew rock progressions and was lacking a lot of technique. Tony introduced me to the world of jazz on guitar, which is something that can look so intimidating- yet Tony breaks it down and makes it simple. Tony's teaching methods and patience are like no other guitar teacher I've had, and that's the reason why I've stayed with him for 6 years. Tony is extremely passionate about music, entertaining, and fun to take lessons from. He has worked with some incredible musicians and it shows in his teaching. Tony has always worked with my schedule and does lessons with me in-person, and online. My musical vocabulary has completely expanded with his methods, learning music theory, jazz charts, arrangements, chords, harmony, dynamics. After studying with Tony, my musical understanding has blossomed from his holistic approach to teaching the guitar. I really recommend him to anyone wanting to improve their skills exponentially, because he'll take you there. If you want more details, reach out to me at [email protected] // 818-643-0513.

  • Danny Decker

    I started taking weekly guitar lessons from Tony in the 3rd grade at St. Cyril of Jerusalem, and continued until my freshman year of college. I’m now away at college but still meet with him over the school breaks from university for lessons/jam sessions. Tony has taught me a wide range of guitar skills; from rock songs for my middle school band, to advanced fingerstyle technique and improvisational soloing. While he ensures students learn the essentials such as scales and technique, he also keeps them engaged by teaching the type of music that students want to learn. Any style of guitar I have become interested in learning Tony has been able to teach. We’ve gone over blues, rock and roll, jazz, improvisational jazz soloing, fingerstyle, and classical. Tony will make students laugh and learn at the same time. He’s great at what he does and he loves doing it. If you want to get so good at guitar that your friends become envious then Tony is your guy. Feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications at [email protected] or 818-263-0554.

  • Daniel Decker

    I started taking weekly guitar lessons from Tony in the 3rd grade at St. Cyril of Jerusalem, and continued until my freshman year of college. I’m now away at college but still meet with him over the school breaks from university for lessons/jam sessions. Tony has taught me a wide range of guitar skills; from rock songs for my middle school band, to advanced finger style technique and improvisational soloing. While he ensures students learn the essentials such as scales and technique, he also keeps them engaged by teaching the type of music that students want to learn. Any style of guitar I have become interested in learning Tony has been able to teach. We’ve gone over blues, rock and roll, jazz, improvisational jazz soloing, finger style, and classical. Tony will make students laugh and learn at the same time. He’s great at what he does and he loves doing it. If you want to get so good at guitar that your friends become envious then Tony is your guy. Feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications at [email protected] or 818-263-0554.




FAQs


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

Most important Lots Of Patience.

Let some of my previous students tell you....

Enjoyable, Challenging, Fulfilling

I am finding my lessons with Tony P. to be very helpful. He is personable and knowledgable. He also seems genuinely interested in seeing me achieve my full potential as a guitarist.

And another...

Excellent Teacher and Guitarist!

Tony has been a great instructor; he is a very knowledgeable and skilled guitarist with so much passion that is very infectious! He really gives me the motivation to try harder until I get it! He is very patient and tries to understand how I learn and what I want to learn and customizes the lesson to my learning ability. It's not easy teaching me, but some how he figures it out! Tony thanks for all your time, effort and genuine care in teaching me the guitar and being the jump start for a lifetime of guitar playing!


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

Studied Spanish Classical guitar at UC Berkeley, private studies with George Van Eps and Jimmy Stewart. Composition and arranging with Bill Fritz, Cal Arts


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

i usually charge 35 per lesson.  I also hava another option where I charge 20 per lesson if you buy 5 lessons at $100. This gives the student and /or partent an opportunity to evaulate the progress.


How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching at private schools, and began to add on private students as well.  I am also bonded by the LAPD.


What types of students have you worked with?

All sorts of students have approached me including professional guitarist to enhance there chord playing.  Children from 7 on up to adults. Beggining to advanced.