Electric bass teachers

Carlos Guadarrama

Available for lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday

For over 30 years Carlos has been playing in many different musical situations. He has performed professionally in Jazz, Classical, Rock, and other music styles. In Mexico City he was a number one call for recording the guitar and bass for Film Scores. He attended the Dick Grove School of Music, where he studied Composition, Arranging, and Film Scoring. He has been teaching for over 20 years.

Carlos also teaches Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Rock Classes.

Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

David Ernst

Available for lessons on Saturday

Dave Ernst, guitar teacher

A professional guitarist and teacher for over 30 years, David Ernst has been teaching at Bronstein Music since 2001. After attending UCSD and Berklee College of Music in Boston, David became an active member of the San Francisco music scene. He has performed with a diverse set of groups and solo-artists, including opening for such greats as Gladys Night and Mickey Hart. As a session guitarist, he has done work for Warner Brothers, Sony and Disney. He holds a California Teaching Credential in music, and a Master’s in Education, and divides his time between teaching music theory and composition at Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, where he has been the course director since 1999, and teaching music at Golden State College Preparatory Academy in Oakland. He is also a published author in guitar instruction.

David teaches all styles of guitar and electric bass, and specializes in rock, jazz, R&B, solo-acoustic (fingerstyle), and solo arrangements of pop tunes. For lead guitarists and jazz players, he has a unique system for fretboard mastery that results in the ability to play any harmonic or melodic structure anywhere on the neck, as well as developing speed and intensity. For younger students and pop fans, he teaches students how to create their own arrangements of their favorite songs, and how to use these ideas to create their own compositions.

Paul Nemeth

Available for lessons on Monday, Friday, and Saturday

Paul Nemeth, electric bass teacher

Paul Nemeth received his bachelor’s degree in commercial music from the University of Denver in 1994 (performing/recording with guests artists Doc Severinsen and Nick Brignola along the way) and moved to the Peninsula in 1995. Paul has performed with the Drifters, as well as opening for Joe Louis Walker and Charlie Musselwhite. In addition, he has performed at numerous festivals including the Monterey Blues Festival and done local TV and radio appearances.

Since 2000, Paul has been a principal member of the Church of the Highlands Orchestra, playing bass and guitar for up to 6 services per week, as well as teaching both instruments through the Highlands Conservatory. Paul describes his teaching philosophy as “teaching students to teach themselves” and combines theoretical and technical training with styles ranging from blues to jazz to hard rock.

Paul also teaches guitar.