Guitar Lessons

Private guitar lessons to beginners-intermediate-advanced players. You will build effective habits and techniques on the guitar that will directly apply to the songs you love.

Mission Statement:

Providing exceptional guitar instruction that creates an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment for musicians to exude confidence and joy in their playing and musical expression for years to come.


Just starting out:

-Fundamentals of the guitar (sitting position, parts of the guitar, names of the strings)
-Effective positioning of the hands
-Basic chords and note plucking
-How to read music
-Learn fun songs and exercises


-Playing posture & reducing tension
-Learning more advanced songs and pieces
-Sight-reading music
-Finger picking (pima), barré chords
-How to play with other musicians
-Musical language
-Music theory: relating smaller concepts to a larger musical picture
-Playing by ear and learning the songs you want to play
-Chords, scales, and hand-strengthening exercises
-Musical phrasing and dynamics
-Technical tricks: harmonics, slurs, strum patterns, and more…

I believe in a positive and encouraging approach to teaching, one which cultivates an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment while playing the guitar. I have enjoyed teaching the guitar to children, teens, and adults of varying levels since 2009 and have had the honor to serve as the Guitar Teaching Assistant to David Tanenbaum for two years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I lead guitar performance classes and conducted coachings for small ensembles.


$40 – 30-minute private lessons
$60 – 45-minute private lessons
$80 – 60-minute private lessons

In-home guitar lessons available

Email or call 808-265-4099 to schedule a lesson. New students welcome!

I’ve played guitar for years, but after only one lesson with Stephan I noticed a huge improvement in sound, comfort and confidence. His talent in playing guitar is matched by his ability to teach–not a common gift. I highly recommend lessons from Stephan for anyone with a desire to take their skill to another level–beginners and experienced guitarists alike.
Laura Christine
Singer/songwriter, Yoga Teacher, LMT
Ashland, OR