Find a acoustic guitar lessons in San Mateo, CA

Find acoustic guitar lessons in San Mateo, CA

Find acoustic guitar lessons in San Mateo, CA

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Top 10 acoustic guitar lessons in San Mateo, CA

Students agree: these instructors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Ed Johnson Guitar/Novo Tempo Productions

Ed Johnson Guitar/Novo Tempo Productions

Offers online services
33+ years in business
Serves San Mateo, CA
Francesco D. says, "Ed is super friendly, calm, and very knowledgeable. He knows how to tailor lessons to my skill level and interests, and I've made great progress in my singing and guitar playing over the past few years. You can tell how much he loves music, and he truly seems to enjoy sharing the gift of music with me. I always feel comfortable making mistakes given how supportive and encouraging he is. I'm really glad I've got Ed as a teacher!" Read more
John K. Mello Guitar Studio At Lesson's On B

John K. Mello Guitar Studio At Lesson's On B

New on Lessons
10 hires on Lessons
28+ years in business
Serves San Mateo, CA
I can now offer online sessions. So distance is no longer a issue. Learning from my students. Teaching makes me a better musician because I'm required to explain what I do and how I do it.
SHREDLAB Guitar Lesson Studio

SHREDLAB Guitar Lesson Studio

Offers online services
9 hires on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves San Mateo, CA
Kevin K. says, "Andy is good teacher and takes me along at a pace that is challenging, but not overly so." Read more
Sean Griffin Guitar Lessons

Sean Griffin Guitar Lessons

Offers online services
15 hires on Lessons
Serves San Mateo, CA
Patrick G. says, "Sean was extremely helpful with our lessons, he was very understanding with some out-of-the-blue cancelations. He was also very encouraging and a great teacher. " Read more

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Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
26+ years in business
Serves San Mateo, CA
Milo Y. says, "Mike Finley is among the most genuine people I've ever met, and as far as musical knowledge, awareness, taste, and pedagogy, he is at the top. Capable of playing some of the most technical material available on the guitar, the bass, and the drums, and able to instruct on the piano, Mike's dynamism in musical instruction has become irreplaceable to me. His catalog of both teaching material (music theory, technique, etc.) and discography is deeper and broader than anyone I know, and his awareness of the student's shortcomings and accomplishments is keen. His generative ability for exercises and studies to round out the skills of his students is truly uncanny, and all the work he gives is certain to improve the musicianship of his students. I have no doubt that Mike can take any student to their musical peak, provided they do the work. Working with him over the past year has been incredibly fulfilling and may be the most important endeavor I've yet undertaken. Beyond being just a great music teacher, Mike Finley is good person, who is smart, nurturing, understanding, thoughtful, funny, attentive and generous, and his constitution of character may well eclipse his virtuosity and pedagogy, both of which are par excellence. If you are looking to learn music seriously, there is nobody I would recommend more than Mike Finley." Read more


New on Lessons
Offers online services
15+ years in business
Serves San Mateo, CA
I have well over two decades of experience in person and online. I was trained as a Certificate of Merit student in Classical, including theory and technique. Uniquely, I tailor lessons to your goals. MUSIC first (theory secondarily). I teach all levels and popular genres! I can easily teach chord method, ear-training, improvisation, songwriting. I also teach guitar, ukulele and am an experienced vocal coach. I write and record in several genres as well and I am a creativity coach.

Your acoustic guitar questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do acoustic guitar lessons cost near me?

Most acoustic guitar lessons cost $35 to $70 per session for 30 to 60 minutes. Private class prices are $45 to $70 per hour and give students the most attention. Group guitar lessons cost $25 to $35 per session for a collaborative learning environment with less personal attention.

Subscriptions for ongoing lessons are available from $170 to $315 per month.

Are acoustic guitar lessons worth it?

Acoustic guitar lessons are worth it because the structured teaching style motivates students and enhances faster progress. A private instructor also helps to prevent the development of poor techniques common in self-taught musicians.

What age is good to start acoustic guitar lessons?

You can start acoustic guitar lessons for children from ages 6 to 10 years old while adults can start lessons at any age. The journey of mastering the guitar is dependent on your dedication to practice and your teacher's qualifications.

How many acoustic guitar lessons do I need?

The amount of acoustic guitar lessons you need will depend on what you want to accomplish and how frequently you practice. Learning a simple song takes 2 to 6 months on average. However, mastering the guitar like a professional musician takes 4 to 10 years.

Is there a difference between electric and acoustic guitar lessons?

There are many differences between electric and acoustic guitar lessons because these instruments have unique features.

An electric guitar requires you to learn:

  • How to use an amplifier
  • How to work with effects and foot pedals
  • What makes a wide range of sounds for rock, metal, blues, or jazz
  • Techniques like power chords, palm muting, and note bending

However, learning to play an acoustic guitar is simpler because it doesn't connect to amplifiers or cables. Acoustic guitar playing uses different finger techniques to make a resonant sound suitable for folk, country, pop, and blues music.

How do I find the best acoustic guitar lessons near me?

To find the most suitable acoustic guitar lessons, you can peruse the list of nearby teachers here on the Lessons website. Also, don't overlook the potential of local music stores for guitar lessons.

Before settling on a guitar teacher, it's crucial to:

  • Review the prices from at least 3 different teachers.
  • Examine reviews about them on Google and Lessons.
  • Ask for references from other students they've taught.
  • Consult with other parents to gauge their children's experience with the teacher.
  • Get a written schedule and contract prior to the first lesson.
  • Evaluate the teacher's compatibility before signing up for a full month.

What questions do I ask when choosing an acoustic guitar teacher?

To choose the best acoustic guitar teacher, it helps to pose these questions:

  • What music-related degrees do you have?
  • Is there an option for a complimentary first session to see if we're a good fit?
  • What is the extent of your experience in teaching guitar?
  • Which type of acoustic guitar would be most appropriate for me to practice on?
  • What's the average age range of your student base?
  • Will you assign finger drills for me to practice outside of lessons?
  • How much independent practice do you recommend between classes?
  • Which specific textbooks should I get?
  • How many styles of guitar music can you teach?
  • Could you adjust your instructional methods if I'm having difficulties?
  • What should I bring to our classes?
  • How long is each session?
  • Could I get a copy of our class timetable, agreement, and terms of payment?
  • What is your protocol to cancel a class due to an unforeseen circumstance?
  • Is there flexibility to add some of my favorite songs into the curriculum?

Reviews for San Mateo acoustic guitar lessons

Recent success stories from people in the San Mateo area.
Tara C.
Ed Johnson is an extremely accomplished musician while also being an extremely effective teacher. He is a true master of the guitar in wide-ranging musical styles, vocal instruction, choral arranging, songwriting, composition, music theory and music recording/production. As a teacher, is he is ambitious on his students' behalf while remaining kind and patient. Well worth the investment, you cannot work with or learn from a finer musician!
Ed Johnson Guitar/Novo Tempo Productions
Gatlen C.
Sean is a very talented, nice, and patient guitar instructor. He worked around my interests in song playing (ie: wanting to play a particular song, finger style, electric vs acoustic, etc.) and loved discussing different songs/genres etc. Worked hard to make sure I had the right posture and avoided many of the bad habits that people end up forming. I wish I spent more time on the exercises he sent me home with. Would definitely recommend Sean! (He also has a cute cat <3)
Sean Griffin Guitar Lessons
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