Find a guitar teacher in Santa Cruz, CA

Find guitar lessons in Santa Cruz, CA

Find guitar lessons in Santa Cruz, CA

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Top 10 guitar teachers in Santa Cruz, CA

Students agree: these Santa Cruz guitar lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Shanley Guitar Lessons

Shanley Guitar Lessons

5.0(2)
Top Pro
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
Marcell says, "Flexibility of lessons. We’ve switched focus areas multiple times and I’ve been able to learn from each topic." Read more
Matthew Hartle Music Lessons

Matthew Hartle Music Lessons

5.0(1)
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
Michelle N. says, "Sam is ecstatic to see Matt every lesson. He has grown to love the guitar and piano, both taught by his masterful musical mentor. We are grateful!!! " Read more
ERock School

ERock School

New on Lessons
Offers online services
12+ years in business
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
I'ts Not What You Play, It's How You Play Practice to a Metronome Set Goals Grade Your Performance
Matty McCann Lessons

Matty McCann Lessons

5.0Exceptional(6)
Offers online services
5 hires on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
Jeff F. says, "Easy going and very knowledgeable about music. I felt encouraged and positive throughout the lesson." Read more
Vasilevich Guitar Lessons

Vasilevich Guitar Lessons

New on Lessons
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
Vasilevich Guitar Lessons, located in the beautiful Santa Cruz, California, has been dedicated to providing affordable, multi-disciplinary classical and electric guitar lessons since 2016. Recently, they've expanded their expertise to include beginner bass and drum lessons. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a beginner, Vasilevich Guitar Lessons is your go-to destination for enhancing your musical skills.
Mikel Soria Studios

Mikel Soria Studios

New on Lessons
Offers online services
24+ years in business
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
With over 20 years of private lesson and classroom instruction, I bring a passion and knowledge base to my students. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Master of Arts in Guitar performance. My expertise is in multiple genres that include rock, jazz, pop, classical, worship, musical theater, country, blues, flamenco, bossa nova, etc.
Rory Cloud Guitar Lessons

Rory Cloud Guitar Lessons

New on Lessons
Offers online services
19+ years in business
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
From beginners to intermediate and advanced students, lessons cover a wide range of topics including - ear training, left and right hand technique for both flat-picking and finger style playing, beginning to advanced music theory, sight reading, rhythm and lead playing, and more. With nearly 2 decades performance experience and over 12 years teaching thousands of private lessons, Rory provides musical instruction tailored to individual skill sets and goals. Have any other questions? Feel free to ask!...
Music Lessons With Duncan Shipton

Music Lessons With Duncan Shipton

5.0Exceptional(10)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
Chase Y. says, "I liked how much time we spent going over guitar theory. " Read more
Steven Walters Guitar/Vocal Sessions And Songwriting.

Steven Walters Guitar/Vocal Sessions And Songwriting.

5.0(1)
Offers online services
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
Jett G. says, "Taking guitar lessons with Steve has taught me more about true musicianship than any YouTube video, practicing app, or run-of-the-mill instructor ever could. He is incredibly receptive to the music I love to listen to and play, and always finds a way of helping me reach deeper with my guitar and discover new depths." Read more
Ryan Pate Guitar Lessons

Ryan Pate Guitar Lessons

New on Lessons
21+ years in business
Serves Santa Cruz, CA
I've come to realize that teaching the indvidual student, and not only the subject of music is very important to what I do. I like to get to know the student, their musical tastes, and their goals for music, in order to more craft lessons plans with care. I love seeing students grow skill and curiosity about music after our lessons. My hope is that students will be deep appreciators of music in new and intersting ways.

Your Guitar Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do guitar lessons cost near me?

Guitar lessons cost $35 to $70 per lesson, depending on if they last 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. If it's a one-on-one lesson, it'll cost around $45 to $70 hourly. Learning guitar in a group is cheaper at $25 to $35 per session.

If you're taking lessons every month, it adds up to $170 to $315 with the typical prepaid discount.

Are guitar lessons worth it?

Guitar lessons are worth it since only a professional teacher giving you live feedback can guide you to learn faster. A good instructor helps you understand your mistakes and prevents you from developing bad habits.

Learning guitar by yourself takes a lot longer and won't prepare you as well to play in public.

At what age should I start guitar lessons?

Children can start guitar lessons from the ages of 6 to 10, or when they can comfortably hold the guitar and press the strings. Adults can start guitar lessons at any age, provided they practice regularly and patiently.

How many guitar lessons do I need?

The number of guitar lessons you need varies according to your goal and your practice routine. For many people, it typically takes about 2 to 6 months to play a simple tune. Mastering the guitar like a professional can take anywhere from 4 to 10 years.

What do you learn in guitar lessons?

In most guitar lessons, you can expect to learn:

  • How to correctly position your fingers to play chords
  • How to tune your guitar
  • How to play various scales
  • New techniques for plucking and strumming
  • How to read sheet music.

Are online guitar lessons good?

Online guitar lessons cost $35 to $55 per hour and are good for getting personal instruction from skilled teachers worldwide. Take advantage of flexible scheduling and immediate feedback while learning new guitar-playing styles. Plus, you can easily record lessons to review their advice later.

How do I find the best guitar lessons near me?

In order to find the best guitar lessons for you, look through nearby teachers listed here on the Lessons website. You can also ask for teachers at local music stores or community colleges.

Before you hire a guitar teacher, make sure to:

  • Check out prices from at least 3 different teachers.
  • Read their reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Ask for a list of their current or previous students that you can talk to.
  • Talk to other parents about the teacher's reputation with their children.
  • Make sure you get a written agreement and schedule before your first lesson.
  • Avoid making a big payment upfront for a month of lessons until you're comfortable with the teacher.

What questions do I ask when choosing a guitar teacher?

To find the right guitar teacher, you can ask them these questions:

  • What kind of music degree do you have?
  • How many years of experience do you have in teaching guitar?
  • Can I have a free trial lesson to see if your teaching style helps me?
  • What is the average age of your students?
  • Will you assign me finger exercises as homework?
  • How often should I practice between lessons?
  • What textbooks do I need, and where can I buy used ones?
  • How many guitar-playing styles are you an expert in?
  • Can you modify your teaching style to suit my learning abilities?
  • What should I bring to our lessons, and how long is each one?
  • Can I get a copy of our schedule, agreement, and payment terms?
  • What is your policy if I have to cancel a class due to an emergency?
  • Can I choose some of my favorite songs to learn on the guitar?

Reviews for Santa Cruz guitar teachers

Recent success stories from people in the Santa Cruz area.
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.
Shanley Guitar Lessons
Debbie De R.
I'm still working with Matty. Knowledgeable, patient, calm manner!
Matty McCann Lessons
Mary K.
Duncan Shipton has the guitar skills, knowledge of music theory, and the organization and patience necessary to be a great teacher. Duncan structures his lessons to include basic skills (scales, etc.), and adapts his teaching to the musical interests of the student. My son started taking guitar lessons with Duncan in second grade, and has been playing for four years. He has learned to play all kinds of music ranging from Bach Inventions to Led Zeppelin. He already has a very deep understanding of music theory that will help him throughout his life with any instrument he chooses. In his words, “Duncan is an awesome teacher! He is very clear about what to do, and how to do it.”
Music Lessons with Duncan Shipton
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