Shanley Guitar Lessons

Shanley Guitar Lessons

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Jonathan is a guitarist and pianist based in San Francisco originally hailing from the East Coast. He has a Master’s Degree in Guitar Studies from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Dr. David Tanenbaum. Along the way, he has taken part in lessons and Master Classes with notable performers and composers such as Sergio Assad, Thomas Viloteau, and Jason Vieaux.

Jonathan has been teaching guitar for over 5 years and his goal is to cultivate his students’ love for the arts and for life. Jonathan uses observations of what inspires his students to develop lesson plans that encourage enthusiasm for their art form, discipline in their study, and confident freedom of expression in their performance.


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Hired 1 time
1 employee
1 year in business
Serves SF , CA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal, Apple Pay, Zelle, Bitcoin

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Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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    Flexibility of lessons. We’ve switched focus areas multiple times and I’ve been able to learn from each topic.
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    January 19, 2023


    Saulo Q.

    Jonathan is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the guitar. He takes his time explaining and breaking concepts down and has always worked with me to meet my specific needs. I have tried lessons with other people before, and by far Jonathan has been the best experience I have ever had with a guitar instructor. I have now been taking lessons for a year and a half and am grateful for every single moment.
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    January 08, 2023

    Frequently asked questions

    I ask the student some questions about what they are interested in, get an idea of their current ability level, and form an individualized lesson plan to help them get where they want to go!

    With a student just starting their journey with the guitar I usually start with an introduction to the anatomy of the guitar, then work on proper posture, move to how to hold it, and then begin with right hand technique before adding the left.

    I took lessons in Jazz Guitar for 8 years with Belleville, NJ based teacher, Sandy Renda.

    I have a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where I dual-tracked in Music Education and Guitar Performance where I studied with Dr. Matthew Slotkin focusing on Classical Guitar.

    I am currently finishing a Master's in Guitar Studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and am set to graduate this May. My studio professor here is Maestro David Tanenbaum. I have studied a wide array of genres and techniques here, acquiring a repertoire that encompasses music across the 500 year history of the music for the instrument.

    Along the way I have participated in auxiliary lessons and masterclasses with other notable performers and composers such as Sergio Assad, Thomas Viloteau, and Jason Vieaux. 

    30-minute Trial Lesson: Free

    Once Weekly 60-minute Lessons: $250/month

    Once Weekly 30-minute Lessons: $140/month

    Individual 60-minute Lesson: $70

    Individual 30-minute Lesson: $35

    I have been playing guitar most of my life and have wanted to teach from a very young age. My career is the realization of a childhood dream. I originally started teaching during my undergraduate in music education. Friends and friends of friends became students. Since then my credentials have grown with my student base. I started teaching seriously in 2018 so I have been teaching professionally for about 5 years now.

    I have worked with children as early as 4 years old and adults around 70 years of age. My students come from a wide array of age, ethnicities, gender, and income levels.

    I have had many students come to me with interest in a wide variety of genres as well. 

    I focused a lot on technique and reading with a student for a while, they have been expressing interest in music involving jazz chords and techniques for a bit so recently I switched the focus of our lessons to involve Jazz Standards and Improvisation to great effect. The student seems very interested and involved and it's been fun.

    First: See if they're a good player. See if you can find any videos online of them playing.

    Second: Check their credentials. 

    Third: Have a lesson to see if you work well with their teaching style. Ask questions and make sure they are able to get you where you want to go.

    Am I willing to practice? Practice is essential toward growth with the instrument. Teachers are guides, but you have to do the work!

    What do you want out of my guitar lessons? Are you playing just for yourself? Do you want to perform in coffee shops or a bar? What kind of music are you interested in playing?

    The clearer a vision you have of what you want to do the better I will be able to assist you in getting to it.

    Services offered

    Music Theory