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Tony is a professional songwriter and performer that plays guitar, mandolin, and ukulele.  He has studied music and songwriting for over 30 years and has taught for over 25 years. Tony’s playing is stylistically diverse and includes blues, country, folk, bluegrass, jazz, and funk. Tony is an enthusiastic instructor and teaches songwriting to beginning and advanced students. As both an accomplished player and songwriter, he is able to tailor his lessons according to the needs and goals of each student. www.tonybrucco.com

Tony Brucco

Whether you are looking to play for fun and learn songs or have a discussion about theory and harmony, Michael is up for it. Whatever you decide to do, Michael will make every lesson a fun, interactive experience. Michael is proficient in a variety of styles including country, blues, funk, reggae, finger style, and fusion. A recent graduate from UC San Diego, Michael has a strong sense of discipline that is evident in his teaching though he never forgets that playing guitar is all about having fun!

Michael Praisler

John Heussenstamm


Ed Krajec
Ben Wagner
Gabe Rosales

Greg Colman

Peter Dobson
Will Brady
Bob Hawkins
Randy Rusk
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Lessons are given Monday through Saturday, late morning to early evening. Instructors require 24 hour notice to avoid charging for canceled or missed appointments. Please make lesson payments directly to the instructors. Monthly payments are appreciated and encouraged. Metered parking is available on the highway and side streets. Yes we have quarters for the meters. Infact, we will give you FIVE quarters for one dollar! Please do not park in the lighting store lot or the motel lot.

We have a waiting room for parents and others (yes free WIFI) or please take advantage of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world... Less then a block away!

 Gabe has over 21 years of experience in bass and guitar playing, songwriting, touring, and producing. He has worked with many big names in the industry, including guitar virtuoso George Lynch and pop-star Jennifer Lopez! Not only is he an accomplished player, Gabe is a dedicated teacher and song writer. He is a very positive and fun spirit whose students leave every lesson with a big smile! We are proud to have Gabe on our staff of teachers!


 Ben started his guitar career at the age of 10 at the Guitar Shoppe, and has studied many styles of guitar under Peter Dobson and Dave Cross. Being obsessed with Blues starting at a young age, he’s shared the stage with Blues Masters, Dewey Terry, Henry Butler, Leo Nocentelli and Steve Froehn. Ben now performs throughout the southland and teaches the styles of blues, rock, country, reggae, folk and finger style..

   Ed is our resident rock guitarist. He possesses the unique ability to inspire players of all ages —especially young beginners — and get them having fun immediately! Ed’s song catalog is vast and he is able to teach students the music that is important to them. Ed currently plays solo acoustic guitar at local art shows as well as many gigs with different bands around Southern California. His favorite saying is “remember to have fun while you learn!”

 Peter is a prolific composer, recording artist, and record producer. An Oxford graduate and BBC composer, he began his recording career at Abbey Road for George Martin’s AIR label. His touring and recording bio includes such artists as The Crusaders, The Soul Train Band, The Wailers, The International Reggae Allstars, and Taj Majal’s Phantom Blues Band. Peter’s students keep his ear open to the ever evolving diversity of musical styles. In return he respects the goal each student sets, be it professional, academic, recreational.
 Greg will always be missed. Greg passed away September 16th, 2005 following a valiant battle with cancer. He stretched a “3-month prognosis” into two years. Beside being an accomplished mountain climber and wilderness hiker, Greg taught classical and flamenco guitar for over 40 years. He studied with Pepe Romero, Fredrick Noad and Joe Pass. Greg has 3 recently published books of fingerstyle arrangements put out by Warner Brothers. The books’ titles are "Movie Themes", "Great Standards", and "The Official Star Wars Song Book". On April 11th 2006, Greg was posthumously awarded his hard-earned Master’s Degree in Music from the University of California.
 Will is the essence of cool which can be seen and heard in his playing and teaching! He is a “Pro Member” of the National Academy of Songwriters and is a boundless source of knowledge and inspiration to aspiring songwriters.  He has opened for many artists including The Beach Boys, Albert King, Loggins & Messina, Linda Ronstadt, Santana, and Van Halen. Will is a solo performer and has produced 3 CD’s which are all available at: www.willbrady.com

   Randy’s dedication to music and music education is truly lifelong. If you're a brand new student or studying complex chord melody, Randy is a great guide on your musical journey. Under Randy’s tutelage, many students have gone on to the most prestigious music schools in the country! Randy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from UC Irvine and also teaches at Saddleback College. His series of instructional books, “The Key”, are available here at the Guitar Shoppe. www.randyrusk.com

 I recognize that each student is unique, so I don't subscribe to one size fits all prescriptions. Having said that, whether we focus on learning songs, improving strumming technique, or expanding the chord vocabulary, a rudimentary grasp of basic music theory is something from which every student, at any level, can benefit hugely. I strive to inject a bit of the “why” behind the “what,” without forgetting that fun is an essential part of our pursuit of guitar nirvana.

  With over 40 years of professional experience, John has developed a formidable technical prowess on the guitar. He specializes in jazz, blues, modern fusion, rock, and country. John teaches players of all ages and skill levels, inspiring and motivating his students to exceed their expectations and reach their potential. John’s most recent tour finished in Australia and we feel very fortunate to have him back teaching again. John is a published author of books & videos for Hal Leonard Publications. www.johnhguitar.com


  We are very proud of our teaching staff and our facilities. We offer private one-on-one lessons in air conditioned, studios. We have a comfortable waiting area for parents and others. The cost for lessons is $30.00 per week. You receive a half hour private lesson tailored to your needs and desires. From "Fun Approach" to dedicated study, we attempt to fulfill your needs. Each member of our teaching staff can help beginning to advanced players understand and master a variety of guitar styles.

Our Teaching Staff