5.0 (3)
Best of 2023
5 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
23 years in business

About this pro

February 2017 and 2016 AKADEMIA Music Award for Best Ambient/Instrumental Album for Sonic Architecture and 2016's El Angel.
"This elegantly layered work of percussion and string shimmers with genius nuances of melody - sometimes somber, elsewise exultant, 'Sonic Architecture' bears the complex cues of el-magico's intriguing personality" The Akademia 2017.
"El-magico's metier heralds from the rarest aspirations in music - profoundly experimental but unfearfully aimed to the popular imagination - and the result here is a fascinating study in contrapuntal hostilities of sound and instrumentation" The Akademia 2016.

The music of El-magico, Hector Lopez, creates feels brand new and strangely familiar. The music he produces shows his musical intuition. The passion he feels for teaching and engaging people with music is inspiring. El-magico works hard every day sharing his music and talent with anyone who dares to listen and learn with him.

Teaching is like taking a glimpse into the universal pool of knowledge. You share a lot but also you learn plenty of new stuff in the process and of course you enjoy it.

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St Paul, MN 55125
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3 Reviews


  • Ozzy

    Hector takes a deep interest in understanding the individual needs of each student and tailors his wide knowledge and experience to suit the learning style of his students. Every lesson leaves me with more confidence and a desire to learn more.

  • Manuel San Miguel

    Hector has a great ability to dial in to the students level and teach them theory while giving them rewarding things to practice with that don't feel like theory. His breadth of musical knowledge allows him to adapt to many musical tastes, making the classes more enjoyable.

  • AnthonyD

    I have been taking private guitar lessons from Hector for several years and would highly recommend him to anyone interested in playing whatever genre of music. He has professional experience playing in a band and has won several prestigious music awards for his artistic production as a guitar player. Moreover, he is very patient, attentive to your learning needs, and up-to-date on the latest technology. He is a great instructor for those who value individual creativity and interpretation over simply reading music. Hector has an intuitive ability to help you make connections in order to develop a deeper understanding of what you are playing. First-class instructor!


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

1-A brief talk on the phone about prospect expectations and equipment, best time and schedule to have lessons.

2-First lesson for free to introduce my system and the student will play a basic song that day.

3-I will check the student guitar and equipment and will do some recomendations to improve the learning curve process.

4-If the student needs equipment I will recomend the best to my knowledge and help them with the purchase, I have some discounts for my students in some music stores.

5-I travel with a mini-portable recording studio where I teach the lesson, at the end of the training the student will have a lesson by e-mail or downloaded at their laptop/computer

6-I also have a studio recording at home if they decide to travel they can use the teching room or the performance room.

7-The student will receive a tab for each lesson and always a basic music theory.

8-Since the first lesson the student will be able to listen to his playing on a recording and the option to have a polished recording at my studio.

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

I had classical guitar lessons when I was young.

I learned electric guitar when I was 15 years old and blues training then.

Played for more than 40 years in different bands 3 records.

As el-magico 2 records in USA (Akademia Instrumental music award on both).

Mi music is on many different internet radio stations, On May 2017 KMIX Radio award for my song Comala Sunset number 1 on the charts.

More awards for Comala Sunset radio stations, Award winning for San Miguel new song at KMIX RADIO for #1 on the charts May 2018

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

If I drive to the student location the quote is $40.00

If the student comes to my studio the quote is $30.00

The lenght of the training is 1/2 hour once a week.

How did you get started teaching?

I started doing some quick learning blues lessons on a music store many years ago, the response was so good that I end up as a manager of that store.

Here in Minnesota I started working as a referred teacher with Guitar Center Edina.

What types of students have you worked with?

I am very good with kids and first time guitar players, but also enjoy advance teaching more related to studio recording and performance.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I travel to Mexico Playa del Carmen to my daughters wedding and I play at the wedding party for her. my best play ever.

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

Figure out if the teacher fills your expectations and do some research of his playing (Band, records?)

Ask the teacher an opinion of your guitar and equipment, 80% of the times you don't learn due to not having the right equipment.

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

Set some realistic goals and talk about with your trainer, find some one with a system that fits your time to practice and expectations.