Best Guitar
Teachers in
San Diego

Why These Guitar Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored guitar teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best guitar teachers in San Diego, CA.

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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.

A Dawn of Music Studios

A Dawn of Music Studios is a San Diego business that provides music lessons to students of all levels and ages. The studio provides lessons in ukulele, voice, cello, piano, viola, keyboard, performance preparation, and guitar. Guitar lessons are for students five years old and up and styles include rock, metal, blues, classical, and country on acoustic guitars. Beginner lessons include easy melodies and songs, chords, theory, and sight reading.

San Diego, CA(619) 500-3296


American Music Exchange

American Music Exchange is an Encinitas business that has been serving customers for over 27 years. The store offers repairs, new and used products, and music lessons in bass, drums, vocals, harmonica, piano, ukulele, percussion, recording techniques, songwriting, and guitar. American Music Exchange has a variety of teachers and provides lessons for all skill levels and styles of music.

Encinitas, CA(760) 632-1024


Bob’s North County Guitar Lessons

Bob’s North County Guitar Lessons is an Escondido business that teaches all skill levels and ages in all styles. Bob Balch is the lead guitarist in the rock band Fu Manchu, and provides lessons to students in the San Marcos, Vista, and Escondido area. The weekly half-hour lessons include a CD that provides information about what to practice that week.

Escondido, CA(858) 699-6179


City Heights Music School

City Heights Music School is a San Diego business that provides lessons in a variety of musical instruments to learners of all ages. Lessons are available in drums, mariachi, piano, ukulele, voice, violin, and guitar. Guitar lessons start for beginners at level 1 and progress to the advanced level 3.

San Diego, CA(619) 280-9622


Greg Russell Guitar

Greg Russell Guitar is a Santee business that offers guitar lessons to students seven years old and up. Greg has over 25 years of experience and knowledge and teaches styles including jazz, rock, metal, funk, alternative, R&B, blues, and more. He provides learning materials for the students. Greg has won awards including Best Music Teacher of 2014 from Best Businesses of San Diego and Best of 2015 Thumbtack Award. Students appreciate his skill and fun lessons.

Santee, CA(619) 592-1761


Guitar Lessons Poway

Guitar Lessons Poway is a business that provides keyboard, piano, and guitar lessons to students in San Diego, Sabre Springs, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway, and surrounding areas. Lessons are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students and styles include rock, jazz, classical, blues, pop, metal, R&B, funk, folk, country, and more. Glenn Sutton teaches electric, bass, and acoustic guitar lessons and has over 30 years’ experience.

Poway, CA(619) 306-3664


Jan Rivera’s Private Studio

Jan Rivera’s Private Studio is a San Diego business that provides private in-home and Skype guitar lessons. Lessons are available for groups of two as well. Jan Rivera has an A.A. and a B.M. in Electric Guitar Performance from Musicians Institute, and a B.A. in Music and a B.M. in Music Education from the Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico. He has also written a book called Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar.

San Diego, CA(310) 488-5715


Moze Guitars

Moze Guitars is a La Mesa business that repairs and sells a variety of new and used guitars and equipment and offers lessons. Instructors are educated and experienced and teach all ages and skill levels in private and group lessons. Several instructors have a B.A. and an M.A. in Music. Customers appreciate their knowledge, customer service, and selection.

La Mesa, CA(619) 698-1185



Musicstar is a Riverside business that provides music lessons to Orange County, San Diego County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Venture County, and Riverside County. Students have a choice of private lessons or group classes, and private students get a free lesson book. There are no long-term contracts and the first lesson is free. Lessons are available in trumpet, cell, accordion, piano, voice, mandolin, drums, clarinet, violin, bass, ukulele, guitar, music technology, composition and songwriting, and more. Musicstar also sells and rents instruments.

Riverside, CA(866) 793-9394


Nick Rail Music

Nick Rail Music is a San Diego business that rents and repairs musical instruments and provides music lessons. The business started in Santa Barbara over 29 years ago and has five other locations. The private lessons are offered in a variety of instruments for beginner up to advanced students. Instruments include saxophone, flute, violin, clarinet, cello, banjo, keyboard, trombone, oboe, ukulele, and guitar. Rentals are available which allow students to try an instrument to see if they like it before committing to it. Rental fees can be applied to an instrument’s purchase. Nick Rail Music also sells woodwinds, brass, books, and accessories.

San Diego, CA(858) 679-7333


Norwood Music Studios

Norwood Music Studios is a Solana Beach business that provides private music lessons to the San Diego County. Students can take lessons in piano, voice, and guitar. The independent instructors have years of experience performing live and teaching. Joe Norwood has over 29 years’ experience as a professional guitarist. His private guitar lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long.

Solana Beach, CA(858) 876-7464


Paper Moon Music

Paper Moon Music is a San Diego business that has been providing music lessons for over 11 years. Lessons are for various skill levels in lap steel guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo, and guitar. Music styles are Latin, country, rock, flamenco, jazz, classical, and more. Paper Moon Music also has bi-annual recitals in which students can get performance experience. The instructors are university educated and have a lot of experience performing. Lessons are month to month, so no long-term contract is required to take lessons. Students appreciate their patience, talent, and fun lessons.

San Diego, CA(619) 341-0552


Rock and Roll San Diego

Rock and Roll San Diego is a music facility that provides musicians with rehearsal rooms, rentals and repairs, recording services, and music lessons. The music lessons are for students of all skill levels from age three to adult. There is a rockstar program in which students learn in three-hour weekly group lessons. Rock and Roll San Diego also offers voice lessons, industry lessons which involve songwriting, music theory, production, and more. Private instrument lessons are in woodwinds, piano, brass, bass, drums, strings, and guitar. The facility is 12,500 square feet and has 12 rehearsal studios. Customers appreciate their knowledge, friendliness, and the atmosphere.

San Diego, CA(619) 255-9594


Royal Academy of Performing Arts

Royal Academy of Performing Arts is a 15,000 square foot San Diego art facility that provides classes for children and adults. The facility was renovated in 2014 and has an acting studio, an auditorium, five dance studios, three recording studios, and more. Classes include dance, filmmaking, yoga, Pilates, acting, gyrotonic, and music. Music classes are availble in violin, flute, voice, piano, recorder, keyboards, guitar, and other instruments.

San Diego, CA(858) 259-7272


Sally Piano Music

Sally Piano Music is a San Diego business that provides private and group music lessons to students of all ages. Lessons available are in voice, violin, piano, and guitar lessons for beginner up to advanced students. The experienced teachers provide individualized lessons suited to each student. Guitar teachers help students pick a guitar suited to them and they teach different styles including pop, jazz, classical, rock, blues, and Flamenco. Sally Piano Music provides home and studio lessons, payment options, and no long-term contracts.

San Diego, CA(855) 226-8742


Staump Music School

Staump Music School is a Santee business that provides affordable private and group lessons. Lessons are available in piano, cello, ukulele, saxophone, drums/percussion, voice, marimba, violin, and guitar. Staump Music School provides customized lessons for students from age three and up which include technique, music theory, recording, performance, and more. Group classes are also available for voice, drums, piano, guitar, ukulele, and choir. Local shows and concerts allow students to perform in a friendly environment. Students remark on the positive environment and the teachers’ professionalism.

Santee, CA(619) 212-6656


The Blue Guitar

The Blue Guitar is a San Diego business that has been serving customers for over 54 years. The shop has a variety of guitars from around the world and offers string instrument repair and restoration. The shop also offers guitar and ukulele lessons in styles such as jazz, rock, blues, and classical. The teachers have a combined 72+ years of experience. Customers appreciate their knowledge and customer service.

San Diego, CA(619) 283-2700


The Fine Tune Academy

The Fine Tune Academy is an Encinitas business that has been providing music lessons for over 12 years to students in North County San Diego. Lessons are available in drums, piano, singing, and guitar. Guitar lessons include music theory, sight reading, songwriting, and guitar technique. The Fine Tune Academy also offers workshops, field trips, and shows.

Encinitas, CA(760) 908-4911


The Guitar Aces

The Guitar Aces is a Poway business that has been serving Rancho Bernardino, Mira Mesa, Del Sur, Scripps Ranch, Escondido, Carmel Valley, Ramona, and other areas for over 16 years. The business offers guitar lessons to children, teens, and adults. Mike offers guitar lessons at workplaces at lunchtime or after work to promote a stress-free environment. Students appreciate his patience, encouragement, and teaching style.

Poway, CA(858) 381-2239


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