Guitar & Bass Lessons
Our Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach locations offer guitar lessons for students ages 8 years to adult, of all abilities from beginners to very advanced students. 8 years old is the earliest we recommend for guitar lessons. Guitar playing requires a fair amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing on the strings. Children under 8 generally have small hands and may find playing uncomfortable. Therefore for 4½ - 7 year olds, we offer Guitar Jr. to get a head start on learning using a smaller guitar. Guitar Jr. is made to introduce the children to beginning theory, playing simple rhythms and songs with a single string and with easy chords.
Our private guitar lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. We offer instruction in various styles from rock to classical, jazz and pop. We have students who want to play just for fun and students who wish excel with our 24-level motivational goal system. The goal system incorporates a means to track progress on note reading, music theory, sight-reading and ear training activities in our private lessons. Students can complete the levels at their own pace and are rewarded at the end of each level with a medal and a CD containing an archive of themselves performing and recording their favorite songs from the year!
Bass guitar students are generally at least 10 years old.
Why learn guitar?
Guitars are nearly ubiquitous in modern music, showing up in jazz, rock, pop, country, and other styles of music. As such, they are very versatile instruments.
Countless studies sing the developmental praises of learning a musical instrument, with benefits (eighteen of which can be found here) as wide ranging as better memory and improved math skills. Learning guitar, in particular, can teach students chord progression and other fundamentals of musical theory alongside musical benefits that come from studying other instruments. It’s easy to begin playing the guitar, but there are always new techniques for advanced students to master.
Isn’t four kind of young to start?
Not at all! Younger students whose hands and bodies aren’t large enough to handle a full-size guitar may begin on smaller-student versions of the instrument, but kids as young as four can certainly begin learning how to play. Musical instruments like the guitar are exciting new things to explore. Kids need encouragement, but the guitar can be a great way for a kid to learn patience and discipline while still seeing plenty of results to stay excited about learning.
Acoustic, Electric, Bass – How do I choose?
A lot of it depends on what kind of music you or your child wants to play and what your (child’s) musical experience is. An acoustic guitar is typically made of wood, and doesn’t require an amplifier or other electronic components. It’s probably what you think of when you first think “guitar.” If you’re just starting out, learning acoustic guitar is a great foundation. From flamenco music and lyric guitar songs, to folk music and rock solos, it’s all played on the acoustic guitar.
But maybe you’re ready to plug in and rock out with your band. Maybe electric guitar lessons are for you. Electric guitars can be heard just about everywhere you turn. They’re a staple of rock and pop music, but in the right hands are no less versatile than their acoustic brethren.
But what is a bass? A bass is the guitar’s deeper-ranged cousin, an essential piece of any rock band or jazz group. It (usually) only has four or five strings (compared to six on the guitar), but is larger overall. Basses are incredibly versatile instruments that can go from providing the heart and groove in a group setting to headlining a solo show.
Of course, like most things choosing which instrument to play (or what class to take) ultimately comes down to what gets the student excited. Does your child want to try out the bass? Go for it! Prefer rhythm guitar? That’s great too!
Why Choose Us?
- Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
- Small class sizes
- Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
- Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
- University trained teachers
- Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
- Optional, low pressure recitals
"It has been amazing to see my son tranformed through his discovery of the violin. Since starting at the School of Dance & Music, he has gained a deep sense of accomplishment and confidence."
"My 7-year-old son LIVES for his weekly electric guitar lesson! We have to ask him to stop practicing!"
"I love the School of Dance and Music! I have danced there for years and I always love my teachers. They are always willing to listen and are open to what the students have to say. I like that all the teachers are friends and are nice. The teachers and students works well together (we are a team) and when I am there I feel at home."
"My daughter has met lots of friends at the school and has a great time coming here. She loves the teachers and staff and looks forward to the fabulous dance & music recitals they put on every year. The school is very well run and very accommodating to stressed out parents with ever changing schedules."
"What wonderful life long lessons my kids are learning at the School of Dance & Music! The teachers are positive and motivating and they each bring their own originality every week. The staff is kind and professional. Our family looks forward to a long relationship with the school."
Starting Lessons Off Right
- How Young is Too Young. Starting at the Right Age
- Insist on Private Lessons When Learning a Specific Instrument
- Take Lessons in a Professional Teaching Environment
- Make Practicing Easier
- Use Recognized Teaching Materials
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take a piano lessons?
A: It is ideal if you have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most our students rent or buy...
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