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San Diego: Guitar Lessons

The guitar is a musical instrument of the chordophone family, being a stringed instrument played by plucking, either with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number but sometimes more, are attached. Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with either nylon or steel strings. Some modern guitars are made of polycarbonate materials. Guitars are made and repaired by luthiers. There are two primary families of guitars: acoustic and electric.

Acoustic guitars (and similar instruments) with hollow bodies, have been in use for over a thousand years. There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar (nylon-string guitar), the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar. The tone of an acoustic guitar is produced by the vibration of the strings, which is amplified by the body of the guitar, which acts as a resonating chamber. The classical guitar is often played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive fingerpicking technique. Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, rely on an amplifier that can electronically manipulate tone. Early amplified guitars employed a hollow body, but a solid body was found more suitable. Electric guitars have had a continuing profound influence on popular culture. Guitars are recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, jazz, jota, mariachi, reggae, rock, soul, and many forms of pop.

Comments

  1. Shannon
    August 1st, 2008 | 4:12 pm

    What are your prices?

  2. don myers
    August 29th, 2008 | 8:32 pm

    I’m looking for instruction in blues slide guitar and country style lap seel guitar

  3. Joel
    October 23rd, 2008 | 4:56 am

    I really want to learn how to finger pick, style travis

  4. January 6th, 2009 | 3:11 am

    don’t see your phone number, so please reply asap

  5. Chris
    February 27th, 2009 | 12:01 am

    Hi there, I’m interested in lessons, I was wondering what your rates were. I’ve played at a beginner level for years, I would like to choose specific songs to learn. I would like to learn how to play “dracula and friends” as played by antoine dufour, you can find it on U Tube… Would you be able to teach me this? Very interested in fingerstyle guitar like that. I’ve learned the song mostly but my timing and technique is poor, need a lot of help.

    Thanks.

  6. BP
    March 19th, 2009 | 5:49 am

    Actually I’m interested in the same as the above post. I take lessons from Antoine Dufour, but wanted to find a local teacher to help me with some Andy Mckee stuff, do you play that?

  7. Cole
    October 12th, 2009 | 8:23 am

    I am interested in learning how to play andy mckee stuff also… I have been playing about 10 years… Knowledge of theory, just would like some help with the tricks

  8. Stephen
    November 4th, 2009 | 3:50 am

    Hey there, I took guitar/mando/piano/violin lessons for years growing up, and still play a bit of improv, but I’m looking to learn more guitar fingerpicking style (Don Ross, Andy McKee, etc.). Can you provide me your phone number so that we can set something up? Thanks!

    -Stephen

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