Savage Music Mentoring

Savage Music Mentoring

5.0 (6)
4 hires on
30 years in business

About this pro

I’ve accumulated decades of learning techniques that I’ve used myself and for my students. Playing an instrument requires talent, like so many other things, but we must remember that it requires 99% skill. 

Talent is something you have. Skills are something you learn. 

I like building relationships with my students. Teaching is teamwork, even though the team is just the student and teacher. 

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Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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6 Reviews


  • Craig Miller

  • Julie M

    Lou relates well with my 12-year-old son. My son enjoys learning music with Lou. Lou has been especially good at knowing when to be patient and when to tell my son to practice. I recommend Lou as a music teacher.

  • Scot Falkesntien

    I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Lou. I have been playing bass for over 20 years but always considered myself a mediocre player at best. I wanted to bring my playing and understanding of the bass to the next level by eliminating my crutches (TAB!) and bad habits. I have had several lessons with Lou, covering many subjects and music genres. I knew within the first 5 minutes of my first lesson with him that I had picked the right mentor. I use the word mentor rather than teacher because my experience with Lou is that he not only "teaches" you what you need to know, but offers PERSPECTIVE which in my opinion always elevates what is being taught - knowledge plus experience. Lou covers both in a patient and easy to understand manner. Highly recommended.

  • Tom Bowman

    As our work together has progressed, Lou's coaching has branched effortlessly wherever it has needed to go: from bass technique to music theory to lots of practical, real world tips and challenges. His knowledge, experience and flexibility have been extremely helpful to me.

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

First I ask them the question, “So what do you already know about this instrument?” 

The answer is nothing or something. Nothing is easy. Something means I need to know what that means to them. 

For instance: A student says he’s played cello for 8 years. Does that mean he took up cello in 6th grade but doesn’t play anymore? Was he ever any good at it? Does he still play now, or is the cello sitting in the closet? It’s often unclear until the end of the first lesson. 

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

I’ve been a professional, performing musician since my teens. Orchestras, bar bands, ethnic ensembles, rock bands, RnB bands, jazz groups, church choirs. A little of everything. 

That all happened before, during and after having gone to music school. I’ve gone to 3: Berklee in Boston, Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, and Cleveland Institute of Music, where I got my degree. 

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

My fees are $35/30 min, $50/45 min, and $70/60 min. I normally charge by the month, but can flex according to students’ needs. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Doctors, lawyers, moms, grandparents, 4-year olds, teens, experts and beginners alike.