Guitar lessons near Brentwood

Guitar Lessons near Brentwood

All levels

We work with total beginners to the most advanced students.

All Ages

We work with total beginners to the most advanced students.

All Styles

We offer lessons in Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, R&B.

At Angeles Academy of Music, it’s our goal to provide the best quality private guitar lessons near you. Central to Los Angeles in Westwood Village, we are easily accessible from Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Centruy City, and Culver City. Our guitar lessons are open to all ages and levels, and for children ages five and up. We also specialize in guitar lessons for adults. For almost ten years, we have helped thousands of students on their musical journey. Our talented, friendly, and qualified faculty can help you learn any style or genre of music, including rock, pop, jazz. Additionally we offer classical guitar lessons. You will learn how hold the guitar, the proper hand position, how to play chords and tabs. More advanced guitar students learn to refine their technique and develop artistry and musicality. Our instructors are trained to not only get you the skill and technique you need, but also how to keep in fun and engaging by working on the music YOU love.

Guitar Classes for Kids

Guitar Classes for Kids

Our instructor have a lot of experience with total beginners, and know how to guide them through to an advanced level.

Guitar Lessons for Adults

Guitar Lessons for Adults

We have a large group of adult students that enjoy weekly lessons with us.

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Why Study Guitar with us?

Great Instructors “a great school is just an amazing group of teachers.”

In our hiring process, we filter hundreds of prospective instructors in search of the qualities that make a great instructor. There are four qualities we are looking for. The first is a strong, positive personality. This is just essential to keeping you excited about music, and engaged during lessons. Secondly, we look for the instructor’s ability to create intelligent, achievable goals customized to your needs. Great teachers will help you learn the techniques and skill you need, but do it though the music you love. Thirdly, a great instructor is intuitive. They have the sensitivity to know if what they are teaching you is being understood, and if their delivery is effective, (Keeping the energy and excitement high). Finally, we look for outstanding educational credentials. Our instructors possess degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world, places like Juilliard, USC, Berkley School of Music, Indiana University, and Royal Conservatory of London.

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University Trained

Background Checked

Warm Personalities

Years of Experience

Recitals and Mastercalsses

Students can interact with pears by practicipating regular recitals and masterclasses, consistency you can’t get from a small private voice studio. We have regular spring and fall recitals that all our students are welcome to participate in. These are age and level appropriate, and often include certificates, metal, and trophies for achievement.

Recitals we Offer

  • Beginning- Intermediate Level Recitals
  • Intermediate -Advanced Recital
  • Honors Recitals

Guitar Classes

Owned and Operated by Emmy Award winning Composer

In choosing a music school, its very imporant to select one that is musician owned. Angeles Academy of Music is owned by Emmy award winning composer Nathan Pangrazio. He is known for collaborating with some of the biggest directors and producers in Hollywood, including Steve Tisch, Mitchell Block and Vanessa Block. His accoplishments in the music field, combined with years of experience as a performer, composer and educator come together to make him uniquely qualified to operate a high end music school. Nathan has crafted Angeles Academy from his extensive experience in music education, with a mission to make sure each student gets the tools and the inspiration they need to meet their individual potential in music.

Open 7 Days a week for busy families

We know families in the Los Angeles area are busy, and thats why we are open 7 days a week, providing lessons from

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Additionally, we offer month to month lessons with no long term contracts or semester minimums.

Contact us today to reserve your space! Lessons are first come first serve

What will you learn in our guitar lessons?




Positioning

Sitting in a chair, put your feet on the floor and make sure your posture is upright Put the waist of the guitar on your right leg, and rest the guitar against your stomach and chest. The neck of the guitar should be horizontal with the floor. Be careful not to use the left hand to hold up the neck of the the guitar, but instead rest your upper right arm on top of the guitar to stabilize it. Once comfortable with this position, its time to place your left hand, (or your fretting hand), on the neck and frets. First, make a C shape and put your thumb between your first two fingers. Place your hand on the frets with the thumb resting behind the neck of the guitar, and press the tips of your fingers against the strings. Avoid touching the frets. Practice moving the hand up and down the neck. Maintain a good curved shape but do not squeeze. Your hand should be able to comfortable move up and down the neck.

Guitar Chords

To get the best sound strumming the guitar, put either your fingertips or the pick over the sound hole. You can experiment with going a little to the left and the right, and see how that affects the sound quality. You will want to start with downstrokes, strumming all the strings equally. Make sure the wrist is flexible, and try to create as natural a motion as possible. Once this is mastered, go on to upstrokes. You do not need to hit all the strings on an upstroke, as you do on the downstroke. Again make sure your wrist is flexible, and nothing is held tightly in the fingers, wrist and elbow. After some time begin to combine the downstroke and the upstroke together.

If your using a pick, avoid squeezing it too tightly. Experiment with how much tension you need to hold the pick between your fingers, and don’t use more than is required to just keep it in place. It is a good idea to spend lots of time getting comfortable with strumming before incorporating the right hand, or the “fret hand”.

Voice Reader

Sight reading is an important skill for any aspiring musician. To begin, students are taught about treble and bass clefs, (different ranges), and to identify notes that are on the lines, and notes that are in the spaces between the lines. To remember the notes on the lines, students learn phrases such as, “every good boy does fine” The first letter of each word are the notes on the lines of the treble clef from bottom to top. E, G, B, D, F. The notes that are in the spaces between the lines spell the word “Face”, F, A, C, E. As students become faster at identifying these notes based on these simple phrases, the phrases wear off and they simply recognize the note for what it is. In addition to identifying notes, sight reading includes understanding rhythm. Rhythm is differentiated in notation by notes filled in or empty, and with different stems and beams. These indicate different speeds of notes. Even the most accomplished musicians can often improve their sight reading. More advanced training involves pushing speed and looking ahead, and through creating progressive goals.

Voice Theory

Music theory teaches us how recognize and identify patterns across all music. It is fascinating because it starts to bring together a clearer understanding, and patterns once complex become simple. Imagine a complicated math equation that actually has a very simple answer.

Learning theory involves a mixture of ear training, (the ability to identify harmonies and melodies), as well as identifying and labeling these patterns on paper. Harmony is seen in notation vertically, and is often what might be described as the background in which a melody is set. Harmony consists of chords, (3 or more notes heard simultaneously), and can be Major, Minor, Diminished, and several others. These differences in sound are often described emotionally; happy, sad, or scary. The beginning of music theory training might involve identifying the difference between a couple of these chords. Ultimately, advanced theory students are able to write out the music they hear, and to analyze harmonies and melodies in musical scores. A full grasp on the structure of music can take years to develop.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Guitar Lessons

Why choose the Guitar?

The guitar is the second most popular instument to learn. Nearly every song we know and love encorperates guitar in some way. It is a very portable instument, making it easy to practice while out of town or on vacations, and has a mellow and pleasant sound even in the initial stages of learning. The guitar is extremely versitle, with syles ranging from Classical and Flaminco, to Jazz, and Pop, and Rock. This means there are endless musical worlds to explore once you get the basics. While it is a serious solo instument, it can also be great to accompany yourself while singing, or to play with bands and ensembles.

When should my Child start guitar classes?

Generally around 6 or 7 years old. Although there are exceptions, the challenge of learning guitar for the very young is that pressing the strings down can quickly get tiring. Certianly there are exceptions however, and it really depends on how focused and interested the child is. We usually recommend that kids try it for a couple months and see how it goes.

How long does it take to learn to play the Guitar?

You will often see results in a few months, however its hard to predict. It really depends on how consistent the student is with classes, and of course with daily practice. We find that setting clear goals and also participating in recitals tend to boost progress.

Is it too late to learn Guitar?

No. This is a question we frequently get from adult students. Over the years, we have trained hundreds of adult students, from college age, to students in their 90’s. We train adults who are getting back to guitar after a long hieties from lessons, as well as adults who are starting the instument for the first time. Our instructors really enjoy working with adults, and we even find some adults learn faster than children because they often have longer attention spans and great ability to understand the mechanics of the instument.

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