San Diego Guitar Lessons

 

Pitch loves teaching guitar because it is the most versatile and portable instrument out there, which gives us insight as to why it has become the most popular instrument to play in the whole world! From learning how to play guitar to accompany yourself all the way to become a rock star guitarist, Pitch can help you achieve your guitar playing goals.

For those who are completely new to guitar and looking for some online help . I have put together a section dedicated guitar resources, filled with buying guides, lessons, etc. to aide you on your journey.  After looking over the page if you still have questions feel free to email me and I will be glad to help you.

Pitch also offers San Diego Piano Lessons, San Diego Voice Lessons.

San Diego Music Lessons

Pitch has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old.  Don’t assume you are too young or too old, never be discouraged from learning music. Contact Pitch to set up a first session.  If for some reason you and Pitch are not a good fit, Pitch will gladly refer you to a list of top notch instructors he knows from all over San Diego and, for that matter, all over the country.

Lesson scheduling and length can be arranged on a student-by-student basis and cost depends on location.  

To set up a first music lesson and for more information, please email pitchmichael@gmail.com

Click here for general info about Pitch Michael ‘The Teacher’

Pacific Coast Academy Educational Vendor

 

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Pitch Michael is proud to be an approved educational vendor through Pacific Coast Academy’s Enrichment Program. As stated on the Pacific Coast Academy website “Educational vendors are a valuable part of Pacific Coast Academy (“Charter School”) community and offer flexibility of choice and supplemental educational services for the benefit of our students and families.” As an approved vendor, Pacific Coast Academy students are able to use enrichment program educational funds to take music lessons with Pitch Michael.

 

About Pacific Coast Academy 

Pacific Coast Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school serving transitional kindergarten through 12th-grade students in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial Counties. They take great pride in being able to offer their students flexible personalized learning experiences through their many unique and dynamic programs.  They are accredited and/or affiliated with WASC – Accrediting Commission for Schools, Charter Schools Development Center, California Homeschool Network, Homeschool Association of California, California Academic Decathlon, and Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools.

The mission of Pacific Coast Academy is to develop the individual gifts of students in San Diego County and adjacent counties to become critical thinkers, responsible citizens and innovative leaders prepared for academic and real-life achievement in the 21st Century. The mission will be accomplished through quality, personalized, standards-based education which could include online coursework, offline textbook work, project-based learning, and unique hands-on and experiential learning experiences facilitated in partnership with students, parents, staff, and community.

 

 

Pacific Coast Academy Contact

Mailing Address: 13915 Danielson St. #200, Poway, CA 92064
Phone: (619) 215-0704
Fax: (619) 595-6089
Email: records@pacificcoastacademy.org
Website: http://www.pacificcoastacademy.org

Sign up for a FREE 1st lesson today!

 

 

Watch this video to learn more about Pacific Coast Academy

 

 

 

 

 

What to do when Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down?

Facebook Down

Yes, we are starting out the week with a global shutdown, but not the kind of shutdown everyone has been anticipating.  Today users around the world are experiencing outages on Facebook and related social media networks including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.  You may have thought it was an internet connection problem like I first did until I searched online and found some answers.  Even Facebook internal communication platforms are down!

WHAT CAUSED IT?  From what I read, the outage was caused by a DNS (domain name server) fail.  I guess this is the naming structure that forms the web’s infrastructure!  Not the greatest for facebook as their stock has dropped 5.5% since open!  I’m sure they will get it all figured out soon…

 

THOUGHTS… At first this may feel like an inconvenience but let’s change that posture and think of this as a gift!  Fight the urge to run to another social media outlet to like Twitter, Tiktok, or Snapchat to get your daily dose of social media.  Instead take this time to unplug and work on a fun skill!  I’d like to recommend taking this blessed time to learn music or take this time to practice your instrument of choice!  If you have already started your musical journey maybe you could learn a new piece, work on a new solo/scale, write a song!  If you are completely new to music and/or just need some guidance set up a music lesson today with a teacher in your area like me!  I personally have openings and availability throughout the week including today!  So if you reach out to me, you can start playing music before the day is over.

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Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Accepting New Students for Private & Group Lessons

ABOUT STUDIO

Studios are located in San Marcos, La Mesa and Online.  Masks are not required. Call or email for more information or to get started now by clicking the sign up button and we will contact you to set up your 1st lesson!

Offering: Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons, Voice Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, and more!

 

San Diego Guitar Repair

Don Veda of SD Guitar Repair

Pricing

Full setup on instrument  – $40
(Includes all the following)
  • Intonation
  • Truss rod adjustment
  • Fret polish
  • Fret polish
  • Guitar Cleaning
  • Bridge Action
  • Pickup height adjusment
  • Restring (you provide strings of choice)

Other Services Offered  
(contact for pricing)

  • Pickup Installation
  • Tuner Replacement/Repair
  • Instrument Cleaning & Restrings
  • Fretdress/Refrets
  • Nut & Saddle Work
  • Electronic Repair
  • Installing after market hardware.
  • Repainting/Touch ups

Recommended San Diego Guitar Tech

It’s great to officially have a guitar tech that I can recommend to all my San Diego students and local guitarists.  He is more than just a guitar tech as he is a professional touring guitarist and knows what we as musicians are wanting and needing.  As I am endorsing him please let me know how your experience is at SD Guitar Repair and if, in the unlikely case, there are any negative experiences I will personally help in remedying your situation.

About SD Guitar Repair
San Diego Guitar Repair is owned and operated by Don Vedda, a professional touring guitarist as well as instrument luthier and guitar/bass setup professional. Don works on guitars and basses both electric and acoustic at his workshop in Escondido, California and offers the most affordable rates in San Diego with the fastest turnaround time in town.
For those looking for a professional setup or repair for their guitar or bass guitar, Pitch recommends Don Vedda, owner of SD Guitar Repair. 

Offering Free Consultations!

-Let him know Pitch sent you-

donvedda@donvedda.com

(760) 822-7443

Website

 

Guitar Buying Guide (updated 2021)

Guitar Basic Info

Types of Guitars:

The most common types of guitars are classical guitars, steel-string acoustic guitars, and electric guitars.

Classical Guitars

By the name alone one can assume classical guitars are used in ‘classical music’, though they are also heard in many other genres as well.  These guitars have a wider neck than their acoustic guitar relative and use nylon strings instead of metal.  Classical guitars are also referred to as Nylon String Guitar or Spanish Guitar. Though classical guitars are mainly heard in classical and spanish music some pop artists such as Jason Mraz have incorporated classical guitars in much of their music.

Steel String Guitars

These types of guitars are the most commonly played acoustic guitar, they can be heard densely in country music, and acoustic rock music.  They are known for there metallic sound which is heard in a lot of popular music today.

 

Click Here to see a comprehensive list of other types of guitars

Electric Guitars

Want to rock?  This is the guitar for you!  Similar to the steel string acoustic guitars,  electric guitar also use all metal strings, but because they not hollow they do not project sound far and sound best when plugged into a guitar amp.

Buying Guide

What Guitar to buy for a beginner?

If you are new to playing guitar I would recommend purchasing an acoustic guitar and specifically a classical guitar instead of the steel string guitar because the strings are much easier on the fingers due to the fact that the strings are made of nylon instead of metal.

Yamaha C40II - Classical Guitar ($149.99)

This is a great starter Classical Guitar and yamaha is  reliable brand. If you are looking for a guitar for a smaller kid yamaha makes a similar classical in 3/4 size!

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Yamah FD01S - Steel String Guitar (149.99)

This is a good price for a steel string acoustic guitar with solid spruce top, which will only sound better with age.  If you are wanting/needing a guitar with a pickup, for a little over $300 you can buy the Yamaha FSX800C or Yamaha FGX800C.

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Squier Strat by Fender - Electric Guitar ($209)

This is a good beginner electric guitar and if you follow the link bellow it gives you multiple options in colors. From sunburst (imaged above) to black, surf green to red, and more!

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Online Resources

Guitar Tuners

First thing you need to learn before learning to play guitar is how to tune your guitar to the correct notes.  Here are a few Guitar tuners I have used.

Guitar Tuna (Free)

Free Tuner App for both the Android, Apple and Window markets

Guitar-Tuner.org (Free)

This site teaches you how to…

Tune your acoustic, electric, bass guitar or ukulele
with Microphone or by Ear

 

Snark SN5X Clip-On Tuner ($11.95)

If you are wanting a physical tuner for guitar than I would recommend checking out the Snarky tuners. They can just attach to the headstock of your guitar and are ready to tune!

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Learning to Play

Ultimate Guitar (Online FREE / App Purchase)

With a 800k+ catalogue of chord charts and tabs this site is the best resource for learning new songs plus it’s free to use.  The app is a great resource as well though it is not free like the online version.

Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 ($6.99)

I use this book in conjunction with other resources for many of my beginning students.  It’s inexpensive and easy to understand.  For $4 more you can purchase this book with a CD and get access to the online resources through the Hall Leonard website.

Stop Practicing So Long!

Practice Duration & Frequency

Many of my new students (and parents) ask me how long and

how often they should practice.  After being asked this so many times I’ve learned to stop giving out a time frame or even a number of days per week that they should practice music because, honestly, everyone has different schedules and goals.  I’m not going to quote a number that they will never be able to achieve because of lifestyle.

“it is better to practice 5-10 minutes everyday during the week than 2 hours one day of the week”

With that said, there is one rule I think is important when setting up your music practice routine.  It is much better to practice consistently during the week in smaller time frames than only once a week for a long time.  For example, it is better to practice 5-10 minutes everyday during the week than 2 hours one day of the week.  Why? because getting to your instrument regularly for a few minutes everyday creates a habit for the long term where as playing your instrument for hours just one day will burn you out and will not nurture steady growth in your skill level or long term habits in practicing.

How To Practice

When starting your practice routine it’s not imperative that you divide your practice time into a specific ratio.   Practice what you want or have time for and create a habit out of it.  Again, the most important part is to get to your instrument regularly.

“start out the practice with instrument exercises… then lesson material

… and lastly songs

With my students I usually have 3 different material archetypes going on each week: Exercises, Lesson material, and Song/Piece. If you are using more than one of these as well I recommend to start out the practice with instrument exercises (scales, vocal warmup, etc), then Lesson material (theory, technique, etc), and lastly songs/pieces (rock/pop, classical, etc).  

Where To Practice

The best place to practice your instrument is somewhere you can focus on your music and not easily get distracted.  Also, as a curtesy, try to make sure you aren’t distracting others when possible.  If you are in an environment that is stimulating and distracting but want to practice I would recommend playing warmup type exercises (i.e. scales, licks, etc.).  For example, many of my guitar students will practice their scales while they watch tv.  This not only makes the practicing of scales less ‘boring’ but also can help pull the players eyes and mind off the their hands to solidify the scales into muscle memory.  After you play enough you will come to a point where you won’t really think about notes and chords being played because your hand muscles know how to play them.  When I’m playing guitar I can be playing and singing while at the same time thinking about something completely different, like what I am going to eat after, haha!

 

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