Private guitar lessons for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players with an experienced, patient, and qualified professional. We will start from the beginning and focus on the fundamental techniques that will equip your fingers to play virtually any style of music with ease.
Guitar lessons will help you to:
Learn to read music
Develop effective practice techniques
Gain confidence in your playing and performances
Feel inspired and inspire others
Express yourself artistically
The classical guitar style will be incorporated into our weekly lessons. It is the goal of this first period to supply each student with a foundation of understanding in the classical guitar technique that will allow them to progress in the musical direction of their choice, whether they wish to continue with classical or integrate popular or folk styles. Each lesson plan is tailored to the individual student.
“I hired Stephan to continue teaching my son classical guitar, and we have been beyond pleased. Stephan has been an absolute pleasure to work with — flexible with scheduling, super friendly and very knowledgeable. Most importantly, my son really responds to him. Stephan has a very calm demeanor and is great with kids. He has also gone out of his way to let us know about classical guitar concerts and events which my son has really enjoyed. My son is really blossoming under Stephan’s instruction and seems to be genuinely inspired to continue learning.
I wholeheartedly recommend Stephan for any child or adult wanting to learn (or continue learning) classical guitar!”
“I’ve played guitar for years, but after only one lesson with Stephan I noticed a huge improvement in sound, comfort and confidence. His talent in playing guitar is matched by his ability to teach–not a common gift. I highly recommend lessons from Stephan for anyone with a desire to take their skill to another level–beginners and experienced guitarists alike.“
Performance opportunities lead to success!
Recitals are presented in the winter and spring to showcase the pieces that you have been working hard to prepare all year in a supportive performance atmosphere.
Having something to work towards creates a goal-oriented mindset leading to feeling motivated in your practice and accelerating your learning.
Performing is visual as well as aural. Guidance on performance etiquette will be offered as we approach the recital date, such as how to bow correctly, enter and exit, and connect with the audience to create an extraordinary performance.
Recital performances are optional, but all students are encouraged to play!
Listening to music
Like a painter studying how to paint, it is essential that she or he observe other paintings for inspiration and ideas throughout their development.
This is the same for musicians. We gain knowledge from what we listen to while exposing ourselves to different ideas and interpretations.
It is important to have a large listening pallet of varying interpretations of music to become a well-rounded and accomplished musician.
I sometimes recommend pieces to listen to using a customized Spotify playlist and YouTube links of pieces that I think you might enjoy and get inspired by during your guitar learning.
Book Your Zoom Lesson
Online lessons are an excellent way to learn the guitar from the comfort of your own home with the attention of a trained professional. Download Zoom for free.
Simply choose your lesson duration and the day and time you would like your lesson from the options below. You will receive a confirmation email once your lesson is booked. Due to heavy enrollment, my studio is nearing capacity and if you do not see an available time that works for you, please email me directly with your desired times as slots change and become available. *More Tuesday afternoon/evening slots will become available starting in February.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
I am based in San Francisco, California and give online lessons over Zoom (free to download).
How is the classical guitar different from the acoustic or electric guitar?
The classical guitar has nylon strings, which is easier on the fingers than the heavy steel strings of an acoustic or electric guitar. The neck is also a bit wider on the classical guitar making it better for plucking notes with your fingers instead of using a guitar pick. The technique you will learn on the classical guitar will increase your learning pace and carry over into other styles including playing the acoustic and electric guitar if you choose.
Am I too old to start learning the classical guitar?
It is never too late to start learning the guitar.
Do I need my own guitar to begin?
It is recommended that you have either your own guitar or borrow one from somebody else in order to practice throughout the week between lessons.
Do I need to take guitar lessons?
There are resources available online to supplement your guitar learning. However, taking private lessons will increase your learning pace exponentially while reducing the chances of developing bad habits in your playing, which if left unattended, could lead to carpel tunnel or other injury. Learning the guitar is a dynamic process that needs weekly attention and adjustment from a qualified teacher.
What kind of guitar should I have to get started?
A classical guitar with nylon strings is best for learning because it is easier on the fingers and the neck is wider. It also has a wider range of sounds for musical expression.
For a starter model with good quality, I would recommend any of the following models from Amazon:
For younger students, I would recommend smaller size models:
We can also figure out the right guitar size for your child during the free intro lesson.
What else do I need to get started?
Guitar foot stool (essential when learning the classical guitar to play with the correct posture)