San Diego Area Guitar Teachers
Mateo Bernal has been playing guitar and electric bass for 20 years and teaching music for 10 years. His love of making music was sparked when he picked band as his elective in 7th grade, participating in his schools’ band, orchestra, mariachi, jazz and various other ensembles, through to his college years. He studied classical guitar at San Diego State University, and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Music Education. He has performed, toured and recorded with rock and metal bands in the San Diego area.
He has worked as a music educator with students across a variety of age ranges. His expertise is in electric bass and guitar in a range of styles. Mateo also has experience teaching tuba, trombone, piano and violin to beginner and intermediate level students. In addition, his passion for music history and ethnomusicology informs his approach to teaching his students.
Bucky is a guitar and ukulele instructor living in San Diego. He has been playing guitar for over 35 years and has been teaching for decades. He has been playing and teaching ukulele for the last 8 years as well. Bucky is friendly and helpful with students learning their first instrument or who want to improve their stringed instrument skills.
Bucky is comfortable teaching a wide variety of styles and techniques including blues, rock, classical, R&B, country, bluegrass, traditional Irish, old time, and Hawai'ian music. While not playing guitar Bucky enjoys spending time with his wife and two rescued dogs.
Gabriel Nelson is a composer, singer, pianist, and guitarist versed in a range of styles. He studied voice under the tutelage of the great opera basso, Louis Lebherz. He also studied with soprano Karen Bryan and has workshopped with tenor Dr. John Russell. Most recently, as a recipient of the Escondido Choral Arts Foundation Scholarship, Gabe has ascertained Master lessons with baritone and director of the group, Dr Joe Stanford. He has been exposed to the Russian School of voice, as well as the Italian and Vennard methodologies. A regular soloist, Gabe sings at local Churches and served as a Cantor for a time. Also, he sings Jazz, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Rock, Funk, and the Blues.
On the piano, Gabriel began learning at age 2 with his father, who holds a Master's at UT Austin in Composition and is an accomplished pianist. Gabriel studied with Rod Contreras, who taught a wide range of styles himself, always aware of Gabe's passion for composing and want to understand the underpinnings of how music works. Afterwards, Nelson studied with John Danke, who accompanied him for the Susan B Hawke Scholarship Foundation Vocal Competition. Gabe also studied with Maestro Fargo Rasul, a remarkable player of everything from Bach and Rachmaninov to Merengue and Salsa.
As for guitar, Gabriel has taken classes with Randy Pile, a Master Classical guitarist. He also studied Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Flamenco, in addition to developing his own fusion styles in his own songs.
Gabriel tailors each lesson to the goals and learning styles of each individual student, and takes the best modalities that he has acquired from the teachers he has had.
Nicholas Omary has been studying and playing electric and classical guitar for over 10 years. His early influences include jazz musicians such as Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and Django Reinhardt. Omary's musical range is impressive. He has been consistently learning and playing jazz, rock, metal, and funk for his entire musical career and has also been playing classical music for over 5 years.
Omary graduated with a Bachelors of Music under the instruction of John Schneiderman, a world-renowned guitar and lute player at the University of California, Irvine. He has also studied with prominent jazz musicians and instructors Darek Oles, Kei Akagi and Bobby Rodriguez.
Rachael began playing piano at the age of seven and this foundation quickly led her to learn more and more instruments - first clarinet, saxophone and vibraphone, then acoustic and electric guitar, then drum kit and violin.
In 2010 she was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston as a piano major where she furthered her instrumental studies and developed a passion for orchestral composition and film scoring. After graduating in 2012, her work with the Chicago Symphonietta led her to Chicago where she began writing music for short films and ad agencies. In 2016, the sunny weather drew her to San Diego where she currently teaches music to beginners through advanced students and hopes to inspire students to not only have a broad understanding of music but also to create and share their own works.
Sophie has been playing guitar for 15 years and has studied many different styles and techniques. She also draws from versatile knowledge of bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. She is passionate about making lessons enjoyable and empowering for students, and helping them find their own unique musical voice.
David has been teaching and performing in the San Diego area for the last eight years and shares a love for teaching and the arts. He taught in various music studios, after school centers and privately in home to a broad range of ages and skill levels. He studied jazz guitar, composition and performance under San Diego jazz native Bob Boss and was mentored by Berklee graduate Daniel Dela Cruz where he learned a wide range of music from blues, rock, funk/soul, jazz and pop to name a few.
Learning anything can be challenging, so David teaches in a patient, understanding and relatable way to ensure that anyone can achieve their musical goals whether academic or simply just for fun.