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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for general info about Pitch Michael ‘The Teacher’
- 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
- 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
For those looking for a professional setup or repair for their guitar or bass guitar, Pitch recommends Don Vedda, owner of SD Guitar Repair.
Guitar Basic Info
Types of Guitars:
The most common types of guitars are classical guitars, steel-string acoustic guitars, and electric guitars.
Steel String Guitars
Click Here to see a comprehensive list of other types of guitars
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.
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.
Learning to Play
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!