Best Guitar Teachers
in San Francisco

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 Francisco, 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.

Acme House of Music

Acme House of Music is an Oakland business that sells, rents, and fixes new and used instruments and offers workshops and music lessons. The owners are a husband and wife team and the business has been serving customers for over 10 years. Lessons are available in most instruments and last 30 or 60 minutes. Customers appreciate their friendliness and fair prices.

Oakland, CA(510) 655-2263


Axes of E’ville

Axes of E’ville is an Emeryville business that provides custom guitar lessons for individuals and groups of two, three, or more. Damon posts private audios of each lesson on his site along with information such as homework and lesson notes students can refer to in between lessons. Lessons are 40 minutes long and students do not need to own a guitar for the first lesson. Damon has one they can use and he will go shopping to help them pick out their own a guitar.

Emeryville, CA(510) 982-6062



BandWorks is a Berkeley business that provides a program that puts musicians together in bands to play, develop their skills, and perform on stage. The business offers summer camps, youth programs, adult band workshops, and private lessons. BandWorks recommends that those in rock band workshops also take private lessons. The lessons are 30 or 60 minutes long and take place at students’ homes or in the studio. Students can take lessons in piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, bass, drums, and guitar. Students and parents appreciate the teachers’ skill, professionalism, and organization.

Berkeley, CA(510) 843-2263



Bird School of Music, LLC is a San Francisco business that offers rehearsal space, band sessions, recording artist sessions, and music lessons. Lessons are semi-private and private in a variety of instruments including horns, voice, piano, keyboard, drums, bass, and guitar. The lessons last 30 or 60 minutes and are for ages five to adult. The school gives back to the community and supports music programs in school and take their community band music into schools, nursing homes, and the street.

San Francisco, CA(415) 441-3551


Brad Rosten

Brad Rosten is an Oakland musician and composer who provides private acoustic and electric guitar lessons in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also provides lessons via Skype to those in other areas. Lessons are for beginner students up to advanced students. Styles include funk, blues, folk, country, rock, and bluegrass. Lessons often cover ear training, chords, scales, hand technique, songs, and composition.

Oakland, CA(510) 761-5026


Bronstein Music

Bronstein Music is a San Francisco independent music store that has been serving customers for over 69 years. The store offers an instrument rental program, musical instruments, a repair shop, music accessories, sheet music, and a music school. Bronstein Music offers lessons in a variety of instruments including clarinet, ukulele, piano, bass, oboe, flute, voice, French horn, tuba, trombone, saxophone, cello, guitar, and more. Lessons are mostly 30 minutes long, but some are 45 or 60 minutes long. Semi-private and group lessons are available for some instruments. Some ensembles are available during the year.

San Francisco, CA(650) 588-2502


Greg Studley

Greg Studley is a San Francisco professional musician who performs and offers music lessons in piano, bass, and guitar. Greg has been teaching for over 10 years and provides one-on-one lessons for adults and children at all skill levels. He has written several books including A Guitarist’s Guide to Improvising with Knowledge and Essentials of Rhythm Guitar. Some of what guitar students will learn is how to read chord charts and symbols, strumming patterns, the most common guitar chords, and jazz chords. Lessons are an hour for adults and 30 minutes for children.

San Francisco, CA(415) 238-6689


Jay Skyler

Jay Skyler is a San Francisco performer, musician, and guitar teacher who offers lessons in blues, folk, metal, and rock on acoustic and electric guitar. He has been teaching guitar lessons for over 12 years in metal, rock, singer-songwriter folk, and blues. Students appreciate Jay’s teaching approach, patience, and knowledge.

San Francisco, CA(415) 845-5471


Joe Rizzo

Joe Rizzo is an El Cerrito musician who provides live performances, film scoring, digital audio recording and production, and guitar lessons. Lessons are in acoustic or electric guitar for beginner up to advanced students, and are available in person at Cosmic Circuit Studio or via Skype, Facetime, iChat, and other video chats. The styles include ragtime, rock, blues, reggae, folk, fingerpicking, bluegrass, and more. Some of what Joe teaches includes recording, songwriting, playing by ear, improvising, singing and playing at the same time, and how to practice.

El Cerrito, CA(510) 868-9323


Justin Houchin

Justin Houchin is a San Francisco musician who composes, performs at events, and offers music lessons. Justin offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced guitar lessons. He has over eight years of teaching experience and provides 30-minute or 60-minute lessons at his home. For a fee, he is willing to travel. Justin has won awards for his performances and he has a B.M. in Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory. Students appreciate his patience, encouragement, and knowledge.

San Francisco, CA(818) 331-0618


Kennedy Music Studio

Kennedy Music Studio is a San Francisco business that offers bass and guitar lessons in Benicia and San Francisco. Mark Kennedy has been teaching since 1975 and is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston with a focus on music education. He tailors his lessons to each student and teaches note reading, harmony, rhythm, ear training, and improvisation. Lessons are in styles such as rock, pop, classical, blues, and jazz. Students appreciate Mark’s knowledge and patience.

San Francisco, CA(415) 282-8244


Little Mission Studio

Little Mission Studio is a San Francisco independent music school that provides music education to people of all skill levels and ages. The school offers private lessons in piano, trumpet, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion/drums, viola, songwriting, saxophone, voice, and guitar. Little Mission Studio also offers group music classes, seminars and workshops, summer music camps, paired vocal and piano coaching, seasonal recitals, and rehearsal and practice space rental. Private music lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long. The teachers perform regularly, have conservatory-level education, and most have advanced degrees or many music degrees. Students appreciate the encouraging teachers.

San Francisco, CA(415) 857-3408


Manor Music

Manor Music is a Pacifica music store that has been serving customers for over 50 years. The store sells musical instruments, gear, and sheet music, and offers rentals and repairs, and music lessons. The experienced teachers provide lessons to children and adults at all skill levels that are tailored to the students’ preferred style of music. Lessons are in piano, drums, trumpet, tuba, trombone, cornet, French horn, flugelhorn, bass, baritone, and guitar. Manor Music offers lessons six days a week.

Pacifica, CA(650) 355-5769


Peghead Nation

Peghead Nation is a Fairfax business that provides roots music instruction through subscription e-learning courses. There are many string courses to choose from including beginning guitar, beginning mandolin, blues guitar, flatpicking guitar, Celtic guitar, beginning banjo, guitar chord theory, old-time fiddle, beginning dobro, ukulele, Irish fiddle, and more. The instructors provide songs to play from the beginning in high-quality videos. Peghead Nation’s site also provides news from the roots music community, video and album reviews, new instrument and gear video demonstrations, and more.

Fairfax, CA(415) 448-7718


San Francisco Guitar Lessons

San Francisco Guitar Lessons is a business that provides private guitar lessons, and the first lesson is free. Mike Florentino has over 20 years’ experience teaching guitar and has played in several bands such as Train, Imagine Dragons, Blues Traveler, and more. His lessons include chord progressions, improvisation, songwriting, musicality, rhythm and technique studies, and scale and chord theory. The lessons are tailored to the student’s skill level. Students appreciate Mike’s enthusiasm and teaching approach.

San Francisco, CA(415) 637-3920


Sunset Academy of Music and Music Store

Sunset Academy of Music and Music Store is a San Francisco business that provides private music lessons and sells, repairs, and rents musical instruments. Lessons are available in a wide variety of instruments including banjo, trumpet, flute, violin, ukulele, trombone, harmonica, cello, voice, drums, clarinet, piano, saxophone, guitar, and more. One-on-one lessons are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes long.

San Francisco, CA(415) 661-1814


The Upthegrove Music School

The Upthegrove Music School is a San Francisco family owned and operated business that has been providing music lessons to students in their homes for over four years. The school serves students in Burlingame, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Redwood City, Half Moon Bay, and Foster City. Lessons are available in ukulele, saxophone, piano, drums, voice, and guitar. Styles include contemporary, rock, soul, classical, blues, jazz, soul, and pop.

San Francisco, CA(650) 339-2719


ViBO Music School

ViBO Music School is a San Francisco business that offers weekly semi-private and private music lessons for all skill levels and ages. Lessons are available in many instruments including clarinet, trumpet, oboe, violin, piano, trombone, flute, voice, hand percussion, cello, and guitar. In addition to lessons and workshops and other music programs, ViBO Music School also features recitals and special events. Students remark on the welcoming environment and the knowledgeable and encouraging staff.

San Francisco, CA(415) 584-2873


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