Noel's Guitar Lessons

Noel's Guitar Lessons

5.0 (5)
4 hires on
8 years in business

About this pro

I teach how to play music by ear. Learning music is like learning a language. You have to learn how to listen, and how to speak. I teach my students to be able to speak the language of music naturally, just like a language.

Topics covered:  Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Songwriting

I love to give people the tools they need to excel in music.  

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Oakwood, CA 90004
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5 Reviews


  • Tonia Brock-Petroshius

    Noel is an excellent teacher! He is patient and very helpful

  • Ashley Kim

    Noel has been great to work with! His first priority is to help you meet your personal goals as a guitarist. He’s very flexible in working with your schedule and knows how to adjust lessons to best suit your time commitment. His wide experience in music and passion for guitar is inspiring and contagious to his students.

  • Bernadette Martinez

    Noel is very knowledgeable, professional and flexible teacher. He taught my son guitar the right way with proper techniques right from the start.

  • Eric

    He genuinely cares about the potential and growth of his students! He is also fun to work with

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

We talk about why they want to learn the guitar, what kind of music they listen to, and what they eventually want to be able to play.  Then I will outline a roadmap to how we will achieve the students goals.  

When we begin playing the guitar, I always try to give music that will be fun for my students and is in a style they are interested in. 

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

B.A. Professional Music from Berklee College of Music

M.M Studio/Jazz Guitar from USC

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching after graduating from Berklee.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students from all age ranges, from elementary students to middle aged adults.  My students have been from a variety of skill levels from beginner to intermediate.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I showed one of my students how to practice recognizing intervals by ear.  A lot of people want to be able to play by ear but they don't know how to and it seems kind of mystical.  After I taught him this skill he said he was mindblown and super motivated to start practicing so he could start playing music by ear as well!

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

Find a teacher whose personality you are comfortable with and get along, and someone who can teach you the style of music that you are interested in.  

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

Why do I want to play the guitar?  For fun, for a band, as a profession...

What do I want to eventually be able to play on the guitar?

What areas to do I want to progress in?  

Who are my favorite artists? 

These questions will give me a good idea of what direction to head in our lessons.