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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Irvine Guitar Teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Analog Music Studios

Analog Music Studios is a music lesson and instruction school located in Newport Beach, California. Started by Ryan Heenan, Heenan is a Southern California native who graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music. He previously worked for Jay Maas at Getaway Recording Studio and then taught music in Early Education before returning to California and starting Analog Music Studios. Analog Music Studios offers lessons for guitar, ukulele, bass, and voice for multiple skill levels and styles. Analog Music Studios gives lessons on a membership with monthly payments or a single weekly payment level. There are no contractual obligations for either choice, but monthly payments receive a discounted rate.

Newport Beach, CA 92660


California Sound Studios, Inc.

California Sound Studios, Inc. is a media production company located in Lake Forest, California. As a state of the art recording facility, California Sound Studios, Inc. prides itself on quality recording at a reasonable rate. Their team is comprised of various producers, musicians, and recording engineers with years of experience and many with formal education in the subject. In addition, California Sound Studios, Inc. offers instrumental and vocal lessons for all skill levels and ages. Instructor Frank D. Wright previously earned a Master of Arts degree from the Chicago Conservatory of Music and has training in classical guitar, keyboards, trumpet, harmonica, and vocals. Lessons can be done in a group or private setting and include learning how to read and write music.

Lake Forest, CA 92630


G4 Guitar

Located in Lake Forest, California, G4 Guitar is a music lesson and instruction school with worldwide renown. G4 Guitar is a method of guitar education that aims to teach guitar in a fraction of the time by utilizing scientific studies and specific exercises. Available for all skill levels and ages 4 and up, G4 Guitar provides structured lessons with certified teachers. Their seven-step process involves picking, chords, arpeggios, scales, rhythm, reading, and theory with five weeks of lessons and all lesson materials included. Their website includes a detailed video explaining the positive effects of the method as well as various testimonials from past and current clients.

Lake Forest, CA 92360


Hamrock Music Instruction

Hamrock Music Instruction provides music lesson and instruction to clients throughout all of Orange County. Instructed by professional guitar and bass teacher Mark Hamrock, Hamrock has over two decades of experience teaching music and over thirty years of playing. He previously graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine and has studied music with professionals Rusty Anderson, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, and Alan Rowe. Hamrock has experience in multiple styles including rock, blues, jazz, and classic and teaches in a private, one-on-one setting. Lessons consist of learning proper techniques, improvising, theory, ear training, rhythm, songwriting, notation, tablature, and chart reading. Additionally, online lessons are available for out of area clients.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653


Mark J. Smith

Mark J. Smith is a professional musician based in the Orange County region of Southern California. Smith has over thirty years experience as a professional musician and has been teaching for two decades. He previously studied at UCLA, the Musicians Institute Hollywood, and with musicians Joe Pass, Ron Escheté, and Eric Henderson. However, he continues his studies at USC, UCLA, and Berklee School Of Music. Smith offers lessons for guitar, ukulele, banjo, bass, and mandolin for any age and any skill level. Additionally, lessons can be tailored depending on interest and intensity. These lessons are private one-on-one sessions and range from half an hour to an hour.

Mission Viejo, CA 92692


Orange County Guitar Academy

Based in Irvine, California, Orange County Guitar Academy is a professional service that provides guitar lessons for clients in the Orange County area. Instructed by Dr. Payam Larijani, Larijani previously earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Claremont Graduate University in the fields of classical guitar performance, music history, and music recording technology. In addition, he also holds a Masters in Commercial Music from CSU Los Angeles and has studied with other guitarists at Berklee, CGU, and UCLA. Lessons can be done in a group or private sessions, but both consist of warm-ups, proper techniques, sitting positions, rehearsal, and focusing methods. Additionally, online sessions are available upon further inquiry.

Irvine, CA 92612


Pat Hurley

Pat Hurley is a guitar instructor and musician with over 30 years of experience. Based in Aliso Viejo, California, Hurley has been consistently performing throughout the Orange County area throughout the majority of his professional career. Currently, Hurley offers both acoustic and electric guitar lessons with accommodations for beginners, intermediate, advanced, and professional skill levels. Lessons can be arranged in both group and private sessions and cover a multitude of topics ranging from basic chords, strumming, and sheet music, all the way to soloing, composition, and breaking into the industry. For professionals specifically, Hurley teaches networking, marketing, self-promotion, and booking agents to help musicians perform at a part-time or professional level.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656


Sandro Razciel

Sandro Razciel is a musician who provides lessons in Orange County. As a multi-instrumentalist, Razciel is proficient in guitar, bass, and ukulele with a formal education from the Fullerton Junior College and Cal State Fullerton. He has over 12 years of experience and has studied under top sessions musicians Mitch Holder, Joe Jewell, Mike Scott, John Caterino, and Joseph Morton. Razciel has been teaching for nearly ten years and has experience in theory, improvisation, rhythm, proper technique, and ear training. In addition, he is proficient in the styles of R&B, pop, funk, jazz, blues, classical, and rock. Lessons can be customized depending on a client’s needs and preferences and can take place at Razciel’s or the client’s home. Additionally, lessons can even be done online over Skype for clients out of the area.

Fullerton, CA 92831


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