California Music Studios

Guitar Lessons

For beginners, intermediate & advanced students.


Learn to play guitar.

Acoustic, electric & bass guitar.

Lessons are available in your home or in-studio. You’ll get an experienced instructor matched to your musical interests & goals.

Guitar lessons

California Music Studios matches you with a professional guitar teacher in your area that best fits your own personal musical interests and goals. Learn classical guitar, flamenco, rock, jazz, blues — whatever style you prefer.

Instructors are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar players throughout the Southern California area: In Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside County, and San Bernardino.

Every instructor is qualified through a stringent evaluation process and has passed a thorough personal and professional background check.

Your teacher will build a personal connection with you for a custom lesson plan – so you have all of the tools you need to be successful!

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  • FAQ: Guitar lessons

  • What is a good age to start guitar lessons?

    If you’re looking for guitar lessons for your kids, realize that it’s much easier if they are at least age 7. It takes a lot of strength in the wrists and fingers to push down the strings, which can lead to easy frustrations. If your child is younger and persistently wants to play the guitar, you should ease her into music by introducing her to piano first. Piano is the best instrument to start with, and it will help your child when she does transfer to the guitar. However, if she has her heart set on the ole six string, by all means let her learn to play the guitar.

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  • As a beginner, should I learn acoustic or electric guitar?

    The acoustic and electric guitar have many similarities. Generally, electric guitars are easier to play. The strings are lighter and easier to press down. Sore fingers, which many novices experience when learning acoustic guitar, are not nearly as severe when learning to play electric guitar. If you decide to start with acoustic, it is best to choose an acoustic guitar with light gauge or even nylon strings. You should also use a guitar with low action, which requires less pressure to make the strings touch the fretboard. An acoustic guitar with nylon strings is well suited for classical and folk. Guitar teachers can sometimes set you straight with a beginner-friendly guitar setup. If not, find a friendly local guitar shop.

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  • Do I need to know how to play acoustic or electric guitar before learning bass guitar?

    No. Pick up a bass guitar and dive into your favorite bass lines. Playing in the rhythm section of a band is different than playing lead melodies on acoustic or electric guitar. Some bands do not even have lead guitar, comprising nothing more than drums and bass, using vocals, hi-hats, harmonica, or synth to fill in the higher frequencies.

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  • FAQ: Guitar lessons
  • Learn to play guitar like a pro.

    Here’s some inspiration from famous guitarists:

    In addition to guitar, California Music Schools offers students the chance to learn how to play the piano, drums, clarinet, brass, flute, French horn, trumpet, saxophone, and many other instruments.
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    Getting started is easy.

    Here’s how it works:

    Step 1

    Call us for a quick chat so we can understand what you are looking for.

    Step 2

    A highly trained placement coordinator finds your ideal teacher.

    Step 3

    Your instructor will contact you to schedule lessons in your home or in a studio.

    You get more.

    California Music Schools benefits you more than any other music school or service.

    Required background checks
    Custom teacher selection
    In-person teacher screening
    65+ FREE recitals a year
    US-based live customer support
    In business for 30+ years

    Get your free phone consult!

    We’ll find the perfect teacher for you!

    Call (800) 227-6222 now

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    So GLAD I Found CMS! ..The teacher they recommended is very nice and is great with kids! You guys are AMAZING!

    Jasmine Deadmon

    San Jose, CA

    Very professional, they understand the needs of young musicians!

    Christina Sousa

    San Diego, CA

    Our family could not be happier with Shayla — she is a wonderful piano teacher! My son is excited to play piano each week.  I feel like we are giving him a gift that will last a lifetime.  Thanks, California Music Studios!!!

    Kent S.

    Encinitas, CA


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