California Music Studios

Learn Music in Costa Mesa

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Costa Mesa Music Lessons

Many people understand that music is a form of communication, but science has discovered that making music actually connects minds. Playing in a band causes your brainwaves to synchronize with those of your bandmates. It’s as close as you’ll get to being psychic and attuned to everyone around you!

That seems like a cool enough reason to take music lessons in Costa Mesa, but with California Music Studios, you can garner so many more benefits.

Why California Music Studios?

With over a quarter century of experience, we can match you with a talented music teacher for private in-home or studio music lessons in Costa Mesa. The teachers we work with must meet our high standards and undergo a stringent screening process that includes personal and professional background checks as well as in-person evaluations. We have a 97% or better success rate when it comes to matching teachers and students, but if you aren’t satisfied at any point in your music education, we can easily switch your teacher.

One-on-one instruction not only ensures that you or your children get the necessary attention you need during your guitar, violin, or piano lessons in Costa Mesa, but are also tailored to your own pace and learning style. We recommend hour-long lessons once or twice a week, but you can choose to take more or fewer lessons depending on your circumstances.


What Do You Want to Play?

We work with a network of over 350 teachers, so you have a ton of different instruments and disciplines to choose from, including:

  • Strings:
  • Guitar: A staple of rock, country, jazz, classical, and just about every other genre in existence. Guitar lessons in Costa Mesa introduce you to the wide and varied guitar tradition, including acoustic, electric, and bass.
  • Violin: The violin is actually the smallest member of the violin family. Sound is primarily produced by drawing a bow over the strings, but many violinists also pluck and even strum strings. Other members of the violin family include:
    • Viola
    • Cello
    • Double bass
  • Harp: The harp offers the widest range of sound of all the strings. A full-sized pedal harp has 47 strings and seven pedals that can raise or lower pitch a half step.
  • Mandolin: The mandolin has four pairs of strings that produce a beautifully harmonized sound that perfectly fits folk, country, bluegrass, and classical music.
  • Banjo: The banjo is the true sound of the South. The plucking is both percussive and melodic and drives folk, bluegrass, and country.
  • Ukulele: An instrument that mixes Hawaiian culture with the string instruments of Portugal, the ukulele has found its place in many bands with its light yet complex sound.
  • Keys:
  • Piano: The piano is arguably the most influential instrument in musical history. It’s no coincidence that the most famous composers wrote music via the piano. Along with a versatile sound, the piano caters to in-depth music theory. With a few years of piano lessons in Costa Mesa under your belt, you can easily transition to other non-keyed instruments.
  • Organ: Organs are close cousins of the piano, producing an eerie but oddly pleasant sound that is most often found in operas and churches.
  • Accordion: There’s something just plain fun about the accordion, from its sound to its playing action. Don’t underestimate it though. The accordion offers plenty of flexibility for various music genres.
  • Singing:
  • Your voice is the most unique instrument. No two voices are the exact same, and with a little training, you can sing confidently.


  • Woodwinds:
  • Harmonica: Mistakenly considered a toy, this handheld instrument actually requires some complex techniques to deliver a versatile sound.
  • Flute: Categorized as edge-blown aerophones, flutes have been around for centuries with the oldest flute dating back 43,000 years. Flutes offer a light sound that conjures images of fluttering butterflies.
  • Oboe: The oboe is a double reed instrument that has a clear voice more powerful and penetrating than other modern woodwinds.
  • Clarinet: The clarinet is one of the quieter instruments in classical ensembles but has been used to great effect in jazz.
  • Saxophone: The sax was developed as an instrument that would bridge the gap between woodwinds and brass. Along with an amazing range, saxophones offer a powerful sound with plenty of personality that has been most used in jazz, classical, and military band music.
  • Bassoon: Bassoons are one of the larger woodwinds and are capable of producing a warm, dark timbre with a wide range and distinctive tones.
  • Drums:
  • The kick of the bass, the roll of the snare, and a final cymbal crash—the drums provide a multitude of different noises to accent, punctuate, accompany, and fill in the blanks, all while keeping the beat and pushing the tempo.
  • Brass:
  • Trumpet: Providing the highest register in the brass family, trumpets offer a solid sound with a wide arsenal of playing techniques.
  • French horn: Alternately known as the corno or horn, the French horn is actually German in origin. Providing a voice that is purely brass, the horn is one of the more difficult instruments to master as pitch is dependent upon careful control of the embouchure, valves, and your fist inside the bell.
  • Trombone: While some have valves like the trumpet, most trombones operate via a telescoping slide mechanism. The trombone provides the tenor voice of the brass family and is actually one of the louder brass instruments.
  • Tuba: Offering the deep bass notes of the brass family, the tuba’s warm, agile sound belies its cumbersome size.




  • Frequently Asked Questions About Music

  • How do I get better at barre chords?

    One of the biggest hurdles for those taking guitar lessons in Costa Mesa is the barre chord, which involves pressing down multiple strings with a single finger. While it might seem tempting to avoid barre chords and use alternate fingerings, barring is a fundamental part of playing guitar that will make the act of playing so much easier.

    Technique is definitely important. You should press down the strings using the side of your index finger, not the flat part. Don’t hold down too hard. If your grip is numb from how much force you’re exerting, you’re probably doing it wrong. If all else fails, try adjusting your wrist position. Moving your wrist forward is generally enough to improve your barring abilities.

    Above all, practice daily. Try to play songs that use barre chords, and focus on making each string ring even and full.

  • How do I get better at playing music?

    There’s no magic formula to playing better. It takes time, patience, and practice. Not just mindless practice, either. Deliberate practice is structured and involves repetition, striving to reach a specific goal, and constantly challenging yourself by targeting your weaknesses. This can feel difficult and tiresome, but with enough motivation and guidance from your teacher, you can practice efficiently and develop your musicality. You’ll grow as a musician and a person at once.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Music

  • Want to learn all the benefits that playing music can bring to your life? Contact California Music Studios for more information about music lessons for children, teens, and adults today.

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