Private Lessons

McCabe's® private lessons are sold in 1/2-hour increments. The cost is $35* for each 1/2-hour ticket or $120 for four 1/2-hour tickets. Tickets should be purchased ahead of time, and then handed to your teacher at the beginning of each lesson. McCabe's lesson tickets are valid for six months.

All scheduling is done directly with each teacher. Contact info can be found on this page, or by calling the shop. There is a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel a lesson less than 24 hours in advance (or don't show up at all), your teacher is entitled to the ticket(s) required to cover the lesson time.

* Please note that this rate does not apply to all instructors. Double check individual instructor rates below.

Rental Policy

1. We rent for a minimum of three months.
2. We rent anything that retails for $500.00 or less (with some occasional exceptions).
3. The rate is 30% of the cost of instrument and case. (We will not rent without a case unless the customer already has a suitable case.)
4. The first three months' payment can apply toward purchase on that instrument or one of higher value.
5. One may continue renting at the rate of 10% per month after the initial three-month period. However, these payments do not apply toward purchase.
6. One must have a Credit card valid for at least 12 months.

Our list of incomparable instructors

Accordion

Jimi Cabeza De Vaca
(310) 972-9469

Autoharp

Kit Alderson
(310) 838-5636
jjalderson@live.com

Also known as "King Autoharp" has been playing the Autoharp for over 40 years. Kit played in the Stone Poneys which was Linda Ronstadt's original back up band. He also taught Reese Witherspoon how to play for her role in 'Walk the Line.'

Banjo

John Rosen
(818) 590-5691
banjo1228@hotmail.com

Specializing in bluegrass banjo, all levels and ages, beginner through advanced

38 years professional experience as a banjo teacher and performer

Teaches Scruggs style, melodic 3-finger style, clawhammer

Has played with the Dropkick Murphys, Ashley Campbell, Scarlet Rivera, Dan Bern, Old Man Markley, Ed Helms, the Get Down Boys, the Dust Bowl Cavaliers, and Burning Heart Bluegrass, among others.

Patient, dedicated, and FUN teacher

Available Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays

Zac Sokolow
(310) 678-6434
zacsokolow@gmail.com

Beginners and intermediate players in all styles

Bass

Denny Croy
(310) 720-5326
sideman@sbcglobal.net

Electric or upright, all styles

Teaching since the early '80s

Has played with so many bands you've heard of, it would be tedious to list them all

Specializing in theory, technique, reading, or just plain fun

Available every day but Thursdays and Saturdays

Cello

Tania Magidin
(818) 634-2232
magidint@yahoo.com

Has been teaching for more than 40 years

Earned a Master Degree in Russia studying under Gregory Pekker (who studied under Julius Klengel)

Teaches all ages, from 4 to 104

Charango

Monique Mizrahi
(424) 210-1552
monique@honeybird.net

Monique encountered the charango in a life-changing experience in Bolivia in 2003 and has been playing the charango ever since. This 10-string Andean lute creates a sonic landscape unlike any other string instrument.

Styles ranging from traditional Andean rhythms to rock, folk and soul.

Explore this instrument still quite uncharted in North America.

Monique has toured throughout Europe over the past 10 years as Honeybird, including performances on national Italian TV, national public radio in Germany and Spain, and a festival tour on electric charango with popular Italian rock band Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti.

Availability is varied and flexible

Drums

Troy Zeigler
(310) 913-5526
anaflict@yahoo.com

Any and all types, including trap set, hand drums, xylophone — everything

Graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston

Teaches at outside studio due to McCabe's space limitations

Availability is varied and flexible

Dulcimer

JoEllen Lapidus
(310) 474-1123
lapidusmusic@aol.com
www.lapidusmusic.com
 
Traditional and contemporary styles of dulcimer

Absolute beginners to advanced players

Strumming styles and finger picking styles

We have a dulcimer club: we play all kinds of music, duets, quartets, etc.

Private lessons at my office in Westwood

Guitar

Kit Alderson
(310) 838-5636
jjalderson@live.com

Folk, pop, rock, some classical and also jazz (mostly fingerstyle)

Can also transcribe many songs from fingerstyle

Does not teach electric guitar, and does not take students under 16

Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, plus Wednesday mornings

Jimi Cabeza De Vaca
(310) 972-9469

Ricardo Davila
(323) 299-7109
rickyricardod@hotmail.com

Flamenco, beginning to advanced, focusing on technique and compas (rhythm)

Teaches both traditional and modern styles, but specializes in Jerez

Studied in Spain, and has been playing for 20+ years

Excellent knowledge of accompaniment for baile (dance) and cante (song)

Available Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays

Please bring small cassette or mini-recorder

David Ellis
(424) 603-4042
dellisgtr@aol.com

Beginning (all ages — absolute beginners should have a nylon-string guitar)
Folk, blues, flamenco and rock (beginning to intermediate)
Classical (all levels)

David has been a guitar instructor at McCabe's Guitar Shop® in Santa Monica for the past twenty-six years. His students have been accepted into music programs at USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach and the Berkelee School of Music.

Performance highlights include playing several concerts with the Broadway singer Kristin Chenoweth, playing on the red carpet for the 71st- 74th Academy Awards, performing with the Los Robles Master Chorale, and performing in the garden of the newly opened Disney Hall.

He also has a band called the Attractive Nuisance. Check the calendar for local show dates!

Available:
Wednesdays and Thursdays 3-10pm
Fridays 3-6pm
Saturdays 10am-6pm
Sundays 10am-6pm

Vicki Hill
(323) 286-8163
vickihill@sbcglobal.net

Beginning guitar for kids and adults, with some theory and singing

Available afternoons and evenings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Paula McMath
(310) 394-4640
paula@paulamcmath.com
* Specializes in teaching guitar to children
* Believes in allowing interest to drive material selection, and strives to have kids "feel" music as well as hear and see it
* Emphasizes: fingerboard knowledge, use of music notation, chord vocabulary, fingerpicking, right-hand rhythm techniques, scales, scale tone chords, and songwriting
* Extensive training and experience in ORFF Schulwerk — a system of teaching music which utilizes singing, speech, movement, body percussion, and small pitched and unpitched percussion instruments
* Works professionally as a singer/guitarist/songwriter in the Los Angeles area — and in her native Canada
* Launching a children’s project: veryhappyday.com
* Available Monday evenings at McCabe’s

Joel Morrison
(310) 483-3235
blindrevmorrison@gmail.com

All levels, especially beginners
Rock, Blues, Folk, including Finger Picking and Slide
Specializing in Electric, Acoustic, and Resonator guitar, Theory, and Advanced Technique
BFA in performance from CalArts
Theory for the Working or aspiring Working musician: Everything you need to know presented in a simple straightforward manner with an emphasis on the most important and usable things first.
All classes would include a section on guitar gear and set-up.

Harry Orlove
(661) 312-5803
commail1@socal.rr.com

Specializes in:
Bluegrass, Electric Blues, Jazz, Western Swing, Country, Roots Rock

Proud to have had artist endorsements from The Martin Guitar Company, Eastman Guitars, Danelectro, Fishman Transducers, Elixir Strings and Fender Musical Instruments

Highly experienced in commercial studio work for TV and film

Was touring with Tom Rapp, in the band Pearls Before Swine by the age of 17

Moved to LA in 1979 and landed a job in the house band of the World Famous Palomino Club where he got to work with music legends like James Burton, Jimmy Bryant, Thumbs Carlisle, "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow and Jay Dee Maness

Available Thursday evenings only

Steve Rose
(310) 890-4017
ukerocker@gmail.com

Pop, jazz, rock, folk

Guitar arranging for singers and songwriters

Theory and improvisation

Cheryl Saunders
(310) 721-2357
canalligator@gmail.com

Jazz, blues and bossa nova

Chord melody arranging

Theory and improvisation

Many years of teaching and professional performing experience

Group classes and private lessons available

Pete Snell
(310) 387-0930
petesnell@verizon.net

Specializing in theory and improvisation for blues, jazz, pop and rock

Played jazz guitar in New York in early '80s while studying composition at Manhattan School of Music

Landed recording deal with Capitol Records in L.A., writing and producing two albums for the band In Vitro

Joined Lyle Lovett in 1990, and toured with Bonnie Raitt, Sam Phillips, Rickie Lee Jones, Lou Reed, John Denver and many others while playing sessions for TV and films

Fred Sokolow
(310) 838-4215
sokolowmusic@gmail.com

Private lessons in
Blues (electric and acoustic), Jazz, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Bottleneck, Fingerpicking, Flatpicking

Lots of theory and improv skills taught, as well as songs

Pete Steinberg
(310) 367-2220
3fingerpete@earthlink.net

Private lessons in fingerstyle guitar.

No pop or rock styles, such as Jackson Browne or Aerosmith and no "Tequila Sunrise."

Availability varies, but evenings are preferred.

Harmonica

Dave Gage
http://harmonicalessons.com/contact.html

All levels and styles, including standard 10-hole diatonic and chromatic

Available Tuesdays 4-10pm

Contact Dave for current rates

Lapsteel

Fred Sokolow
(310) 838-4215
sokolowmusic@gmail.com

Private lessons in
Blues (electric and acoustic), Jazz, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Bottleneck, Fingerpicking, Flatpicking

Lots of theory and improv skills taught, as well as songs

Mandolin

Zac Sokolow
(310) 678-6434
zacsokolow@gmail.com

Zac teachers here when he is not on tour with his band The Americans.

Piano

Rose Brant
(310) 922-8572
rose90230@gmail.com

All ages, styles and levels - - beginners welcome.

Many years experience teaching successful practice and performance techniques.

Flexible availability.

Available at McCabe's on Wednesdays, 10am-3pm.

Please inquire about rates as they differ from those of other teachers

Julie Ingram
(512) 567-4870
JuliePianoKey@gmail.com

Adult Beginners, all styles

BA from UC Berkeley and Masters in Music from UT Austin

Composer, Certified Orff Instructor and trained Remo Drums HealthRHYTHMS® facilitator

Also teaches Xylophone, Marimba & Vibraphone

Ukulele

Steve Rose
(310) 890-4017
ukerocker@gmail.com

All levels
Vintage jazz and Hawaiian
Chord and solo playing

Major fun!

Violin

Tom McEvilley
(310) 968-5647

Attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.
Earned a BM in Violin and Viola Performance from the University of Houston School of Music on a full scholarship, and also studied at Rice University.
Guitar and composition studies with Ralph Towner at Naropa Institute led to playing at master classes for Joe Pass.
Credits include Houston Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Hollywood Film Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque, Warner Bros. Orchestra, Disney,
ABC, NBC, NHK, CCTV, Good Morning America, and many others.
Twenty- one years of international touring with Mantovani including extensive tours throughout Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, and the US.
Has also toured to Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi with the Mesto Orchestra of Los Angeles.
Has taught throughout his performing career, and believes in the positive reinforcement method.
A step-by-step technique builds a solid foundation; keeping learning fun is also important.
Students are encouraged to look behind the notes on the page, to find deeper more personal meanings in musical expression.
Also teaches viola.

Voice

Lawrence Lebo
(818) 606-5326
lawrencelebo@lawrencelebo.com

Professional musican/performer and private vocal coach for over 25 years, with a BA from UCLA

Critically acclaimed indie recording artist whose CDs have appeared on the Blues, Folk and Jazz charts

Currently listed as a Blues educator with The Blues Foundation

Specializes in:
Pop, Rock, Roots, Blues, Folk, and Jazz

Developing a strong support foundation

Building performance skills

All ages, all levels

1 hour minimum at $65.00 per hour

Sue Fink
(310) 397-3193
suefink9@gmail.com

Vocal coach for over 25 years, with California teaching credential

Award-winning songwriter and composer with 3 cd releases

Artistic Director/Conductor for Angel City Chorale

Has worked either as a vocal coach or conductor with:
-Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters)
-Mary Chapin Carpenter, Natasha Bedingfield, Stevie Wonder
-Luther Vandross, Diane Reeves, Judith Light, etc.

All levels beginning to professional
Adults and kids 10 and up
Live Piano accompaniment provided, and a CD recording of your session

Specializing in:
-all aspects of vocal technique
-performance and style enhancement in all styles from pop, -rock, folk, country, blues, classical, jazz to musical -- theatre
-audition prep and college audition prep
-vocal and song development for songwriters

Group lessons in technique and stage performance taught at McCabe's.

Private lessons taught in nearby studio with necessary microphones and recording equipment

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