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.


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, one which cultivates an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment while playing the guitar in a patient setting. I served as the guitar teaching assistant to David Tanenbaum for two years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Music degree in guitar performance. I have enjoyed teaching the guitar to children, teens, and adults since 2009.


$30 – 30 minute lesson
$60 – 60 minute lesson

$5-$10 travel fee for lessons at your location

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