Guitar teachers

GG Amos

Available for lessons on Wednesday

GG Amos, guitar teacher

GG Amos has been performing since age 5, playing guitar since age 10. So over the course of 46 years she's mastered rhythm and lead guitar, having played many American styles of music, from Folk to Country, Rock to Soul, Jazz to Blues (her specialty), as well as Pop and various Latin styles. Since 2001 GG has taught students from age 7 through 65 how to achieve their own goals on guitar.

Her approach to teaching is focusing on fundamental techniques: Rhythm & Strumming, Lead guitar soloing, Finger and Flat Picking, Chords, Scales, Good hand and body positioning and much more. She likes to learn what each student's goals are and using songs, intuitively and patiently tailor lessons to achieve them, all while having fun!

GG studied with several teachers including classical guitarist Mark Purtill in her hometown of Sacramento and continues to study music theory, arranging and songwriting. She has toured the US and Poland and performs her own compositions as well as unique arrangements of cover tunes at clubs and festivals. Appearances with John Lee Hooker and Guitar Shorty, Jimmie McCracklin and Lowell Fulson, Johnnie Heartsman and many other West Coast blues & soul artists over the years has given her a world of experience and education. Her CDs "Gotts Ta Go" and "West Coast" are available on CD Baby and other online outlets.

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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.

Carlos Guadarrama

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

Carlos Guadarrama, guitar teacher

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 Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Rock Classes.

Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

Paul Nemeth

Available for lessons on Monday, Friday, and Saturday

Paul Nemeth, guitar 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 electric bass.

Vincent Thai

Available for lessons on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Vincent Thai, guitar teacher

Vinh is a composer and pianist who is familiar with many styles of music. He has played Classical, New Age, Jazz, Rock, Pop/Rock and Latin. He has a degree in music from SFSU. With extensive teaching experience in private and group settings, Vinh enjoys presenting new and interesting music to his students, letting them explore the beauty of every style. He has scored music for short films and composed Pop/Rock music for his performing band.

Languages spoken: Chinese Cantonese, Vietnamese, Spanish and English.

Vinh also teaches piano.