Anthony Cortez Guitar Lessons

Anthony Cortez Guitar Lessons

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Students will get lesson designed to meet their desired goals. Everything they need will be given to them to go home and practice. The only thing they will need to bring is their guitar.

Seeing the excited look on a students face as they improve and reach their goals is the best feeing in the world!

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La Mirada, CA 90638
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  • Joey Alessandro

    Anthony is always prepared for the lesson and has a very clear way to help you understand what he is teaching you. Not only he is a good teacher, put a great player as well and that helps to translate the lesson into being fun and motivates you to learn!

  • Dustin Gebhard

    Anthony is a very good guitar player and more importantly an awesome teacher. I am very grateful to have him as a teacher. He always knows what I am asking for and knows what direction I should progress in. Definitely recommend him to any and all students from beginners to pros.

  • Byron C.

    I took lessons with Anthony for over 8 years. Whatever your goals may be, Anthony can help you achieve them. The lessons are fun and challenging. I started taking lessons with Anthony when I was 12 years old. Anthony was patient with me and challenged me in a way that kept me motivated to play and practice every day. It’s now been about 22 years since I first started my lessons with Anthony and his guitar playing still motivates me to play better. We are still friends and if I had the time I would go back and take lessons from him. He is a great teacher and a great player.

  • Greg Charman

    I have been taking lessons from Anthony for 15 yrs. He has a broad range of musical background and knowledge. He is able to clearly instruct in theory and guitar technique. He has a very positive teaching style and is always encouraging. His lessons are always challenging but balanced with fun so that you easily progress in your ability. He is also flexible with his class schedule so I am able to adjust lesson date & times if needed. I would highly recommend him as a teacher for beginning to advanced players.

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

I ask them what style of music they are interested in. I review the parts of the guitar, how to hold a pick, read a chord chart, music terminology. I give them a practice schedule With specific areas and a time table for each area.

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

I have studied with Horace Hackett who played with The Jimmy Dorsey band, Red Nichols, Ted Fio Rico. He was a CBS studio musician. He taught many styles of guitar, including chord melody.

I studied with Rusty Anderson, who is Paul McCartney guitar player. Topics we covered included scales, improvisation, chord substitution, to name a few.

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

My rates are $25.00 for a 30 minute lesson and $50.00 for a 60 minute lesson.

How did you get started teaching?

I started in 1984 at a music store in Placentia called Instant Guitar. I was the only electric and bass instructor at this store.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with beginners through advanced students. My students range in age from 10 to 60 years.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my current adult students just recently succeeded in being able to execute a Bachman Turner Overdrive song. This is his favorite bands of all time. It was such a great feeling watching him play the song with confidence and great execution!

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

Always ask questions to make sure your comfortable with your understanding of what it is your practicing. If you are feeling like you don’t quite get what’s being explained, tell that individual to slow down and take it one step at a time.

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

What excites me about guitar? What do I want to be able to do? Is it your goal to play a particular song, or to be able to jam with friends, play in a band? Is there a particular style of guitar you like? These are a good point of reference you can ask your teacher.

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