5.0 (1)
5 employees
5 years in business

About this pro

I use a naturally progressive teaching method as taught to me at the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri known as The Vertical Truth, which is incredibly effective and fun.

I also teach any students interested in learning about such aspects as recording, live performance, promoting your music, building a great band, navigating the music industry, how to stand out from the crowd and be memorable, voice, bass, drums, keys, other stringed instruments, improvisation, accompaniment, sight-reading, and managing your money.

I have been in music since early childhood. I play 11 instruments proficiently and I'm fluent in all styles of Guitar. I have been a recording, performing, touring artist for 25 years, I manage and promote music artists and events, and know my way around the studio. 

I must admit that I really enjoy when a student of mine reports that he or she is progressing faster with me than a friend or colleague of theirs is progressing with someone else. I absolutely LOVE seeing the lights come on in a student and watching them blossom, gaining confidence and I love hearing their own original music, seeing their lessons applied to songwriting, seeing them gain exactly what I want to impart to them - the power to create good music.

Read more about this pro


San Diego, CA 92115
Email verified

1 Review


  • David Fogel

    Patrick is a highly skilled player and teacher who makes learning guitar fun!


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

The first hour (not charged) is an interview of the student, his/her background, interests and goals, followed by brief tests conducted to determine a student's potential, strengths, and weaknesses,which informs me on different approaches to teaching I might take.

The second hour is the actual first lesson. Starting from the most fundamental basics of the instrument, tuning, the names of the strings, and an intro to the language and math of music theory. I conclude this with an assignment to get the student started in the habit of daily practice.

I progress with the student from a) muscle memory and repetition of chordal shapes and scale tones and b) music theory, to more complex chordal mechanisms, scales, inversions, basic melody and harmony structures, and underscored by learning to perform songs which feature theoretical elements taught in the lessons.

By Chapter four we introduce sight reading, and tablature is phased out in favor of real musical notation. Theory and practice become progressively more intricate and broad-ranging until the student can play proficiently in any style and can teach oneself ANYTHING. Essentially I work myself out of a job, which is my ultimate goal. I train guitar gurus, teachers, mentors and rock stars.

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

I have been playing multiple instruments since age 4.

I have a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri.

I was voted Best Rock Guitarist in the KC Pitch (local music and arts publication) 1994.

I have recorded 6 albums on which I performed with my own bands, have been featured on 3 others, and have accompanied many other recording artists live and in studios.

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

If the student comes to me, my rate is $46/hour.

If I travel to the student, my rates are between $50 and $70/hour, depending on travel distance.

How did you get started teaching?

I was approached by a friend who had seen Turquoise Sol perform in 1991 and asked if I would be willing to teach. 

I still study under a few masterful players including Jay EuDaly, Michael McMasters, Danny Embry, and Eric Johnson (yes, THAT Eric Johnson)

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with beginners ranging from 8 to 62 years of age, as well as intermediate and advanced students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I couldn't possibly reveal that information.

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

I would advise the student to have a fairly clear idea of what he or she wants to achieve, WHY they want to learn, before seeking a teacher. I would say, find someone who understands your goals and isn't going to try to push you where you don't want to go or judge you for your interests or motivations. Some want to be rock stars. Some just want a hobby. Yet others want to learn some songs to impress someone. The last thing that person needs is someone chastising them for not taking it seriously enough. Jazz Nazis are really irritating people.

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

1) Do you have any particular demands of your students?

2) Are you patient?

3) Can you slow down or repeat instructions if needed?