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Brodie P, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Matteo is an amazing teacher. When I was practicing without a tutor, I couldn't even wrap my hands around my guitar without becoming confused. Now I can play songs like Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come as You Are, some Metallica and RHCP, all in the course of two months! I've learned about 25-27 lessons over the span of about 10 weeks. I'm learning faster than I ever thought I could. I seriously recommend him whether you're young or old, or beginning or expert. He has practiced for 10 years with both hands, so whether you're lefty or right he'll help. He's even helped me write my own riffs.

I was completely beginner when I started with him, and had other options in mind for teachers at the time. I had an acoustic at the time, he didn't mind, just recommended getting an electric. I learned Star Wars, Simpsons, and a few other songs on the first trial day. He definitely helped me with my picking, handling, and posture purely on the first day. I thought it would take much longer to learn as much as I know now, but he has completely surpassed my expectations. I honestly can say he is one of the best people to teach guitar in San Diego. Please, if you are looking for guitar lessons, do not overlook this man. You'll be doing yourself a favor.


Allen McBeth, San Diego Guitar Lesson Review

I just had my first guitar lesson with Matteo and it was awesome. I know the basics of rhythm guitar and how to play chords but do not know anything about how to play lead guitar. Matteo very quickly taught me a simple scale that he explained had the notes in it to match a chord pattern he would play. Within minutes we were jamming a tune that sounded really cool, was simple to play but sounded elegant and smooth. I didn't know that I had it in me to play lead guitar but Matteo explained the process to me in such an easy way that it started to come naturally to me after just a few riffs. Matteo is an excellent guitar teacher. He is very patient with students like me who do not know a lot about playing guitar and he is very knowledgeable about style, technique, and how to get a great sound out of your guitar with just a few relatively simple moves. I really enjoyed my first guitar lesson with him. I learned a lot of useful lead guitar techniques in just a short amount of time and I can't wait until my next guitar lesson so I can learn to jam even more.

I forgot to mention that after just my first 1 hour guitar lesson, Matteo and I were improvising jams and playing together so well that we had a house concert that all the neighbors liked and came over to listen to. I was playing lead guitar for the first time in my life with Matteo on rhythm guitar and it actually sounded really good considering us just meeting and learning a few simple techniques 1 hour before.


Euan Middleton, San Diego Guitar Lesson Review

I've been trying to learn guitar for nearly 4 years now and at every turn there was always an excuse. Until I met Matteo. My teachers in the past have not really understood how to teach (though they could play guitar) Matteo can do both! He is passionate and really knows how to impart his knowledge to help unlock your potential. I've just started a course of lessons with him and already my attitude to practice and study is better. He makes me want to fulfill the promise I made to myself to be a good guitar player. Under his tutelage, I know I will be.


 Larry TongSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review "I was kind of stuck on just strumming chords that I had learned from a long time ago, and never progressed beyond that. A lot of times I've gone to books, and they're so overwhelming I didn't know where to start."     Danilo GarciaSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review  "I thought I was going to quit early but I didn't. I found it easier to play guitar and stay on track, and not quit guitar. I like that you showed me how to play some songs that I liked. You're a good guitar teacher in San Diego so I definitely recommend you as a teacher."  Robert SaylerSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review "These lessons have all been incredibly helpful, and without them I'd be in the same place that i was over a year ago. It's night and day compared to what I've been doing and I'm always looking forward to the next guitar lesson in San Diego." 


Anonymous Reviewer

"Matteo took the time to help someone he did not know and make the lesson work for everyone... He did not need to do this but did so without question... It was a very enjoyable lesson and was at the heart of what music is really all about. It is about people enjoying their time together."


Hosung Joun, San Diego Guitar Lesson Review

That day was such a lucky day when I found the San Diego Guitar Lessons handout. Actually I come from Korea, and I've been staying in SD for 6 months. Before I came here, I played the guitar starting 2 years ago, usually trying to find methods or lessons which could make me play guitar better, but I could only copy other band's songs (like doing covers). I just knew one scale but I didn't know how to use it, and I didn't know how to play guitar (jam) with other people. But now I can definitely say that I can. I took Matteo's class so that I can play my own melodies and understand how to make sounds, and how to use the scale, how to improvising, etc. I think I should learn more from the San Diego Guitar Lessons, and my skills are going to improve even more than they have already. I strongly recommend Matteo as a teacher if you want to start to learn the guitar or to learn more about guitar. This is one solution which can solve your guitar problems!


Parents of Pritam Mukhopadyaya, San Diego Guitar Lesson Review

"We were afraid our son wouldn't enjoy the lessons or practicing, because he's new at playing guitar. Our son took a class at Doyle park before and it didn't work out well. But now, we see that he's making progress and learning and at home he's practicing well. I think he's learning well and we feel Matteo is taking him through the right steps. I would definitely recommend Matteo because we are getting a result! Pritam likes it actually, he's enjoying the lessons, and he's slowly getting into it!"


Anonymous Reviewer

"Like many people my expectation are too high, to begin with. Matteo brings me back to the real world and reminds me that you have to take small steps before you can run. He takes the time to break things into small learnable amounts of information or parts."


Anonymous Reviewer

"Helped me to slow down and think about how to really practice. It is not just how much time you practice, but how you practice. I still need to break down my problem areas and work on them more. I tend to do what I know how to do, instead of working on the things I have trouble with."


Stefania Merlin, San Diego Guitar Lesson Review

I have been playing guitar for about 15 years and I have taken lessons with Matteo for 6 months. I wanted to improve my rhythm skills so I decided to take lessons with Matteo because he is an excellent teacher, he showed me lots of things about music in a new -funny- way. Matteo met my expectations teaching me how to improve my rhythm and aural skills. Matteo is a great guitar teacher!


Erik Morton, San Diego Guitar Lesson Review

"I know I have had way too many guitar teachers. With my first teacher I had problems with making chords: all we did was work on making chords. With my second teacher I had problems performing songs: all we worked on was performing songs. With my third teacher I had problems learning how to read music: what do you think was the only thing we worked on? While it is good in part to identify a target area and to find specific things to work on, if you don't take a step back and look at the bigger picture you're bound to find a way back to the same old mistakes and problems.

With my fourth guitar teacher, Matteo Miller, during our first lesson we were working on going up and down the scale, no problem when a funny thing started to happen. As we were going through the scales together, we would gradually lose synchronization. At that point he had asked me a question "have you ever worked with a metronome?" I had to stop and think about it for a second: I have owned a metronome. I've used it at least once, and when taking lessons with other teachers I had seen them work with it but never with me.

"Nope" I said "not really." Kind of a funny thought. To have something that you haven't used to help others with their similar problems and not to think to do something similar. "That's ok. You're going to learn". after some digging around I was able to find a working metronome and we started to play a scale to the beat. Immediately our synchronization went up but there was still lag popping up. "Alright, now put down your guitar and clap to the beat" so I did. After clapping with the metronome for about a minute we returned to playing the scale. Lag still happened, and still does, but for the first time in a long time I was able to say with confidence that I had made a marked improvement in my play and more importantly a marked improvement in my confidence in my ability as a guitarist.

You can try to get yourself to the next level of guitar playing on your own but having someone there to help you take a step back to look and see where you are, where you've been, and where you want to be can make all the difference. Matteo Miller is one of the better teachers I have met in my career as a guitarist. I really can't say if his methods will work for you the same way as they have for me. Only you can take that first step to the next level.


 Mehran ShafieiSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review "After a few months I realized that not only could I play what I was taught but I could actually find some tablatures online and play them. I don’t think I would have ever been able to get this far in this amount of time by myself."     Jeffery EnglemanSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review  "Once I started to get into the second book and now the third book, my speed has really picked up. I’ve seen myself progress so much that I know I can learn whatever concept I’m trying to learn because I haven’t really failed at anything so far."  Adrian MendezSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review "I felt nervous at the beginning of starting guitar, but after taking lessons with Matteo it’s been easier to play. What I liked most about the classes is he picked interesting songs. I recommend Matteo cuz he’s a really good teacher!" 


Melissa Jones, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

"Matteo has given me more than I expected, because I expected somebody to say 'Okay here, do this, do that, go home, and come back next week,' but the follow up that he has given, and the effort of sending me the lessons, and the encouragement... He's very subtle about it but he's so positive, so he has surpassed my expectations."


Dara Ghashghai, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

"Matteo has a very structured and unique way of teaching guitar lessons in San Diego. Matteo doesn't do what most guitar teachers in San Diego do, and he offered more to me than most guitar teachers in San Diego. Not only did he teach the hour lessons of instruction or whatever I needed here and there, but he offered his time in many other ways."


Master B, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

I am an intermediate level player and took lessons then had to stop due to work and financial reasons. After reaching a point with my last guitar teacher that I was not learning anything beyond the minor pentatonic scales which I know by heart, I wanted a new experience to take my guitar skills to the next level. Enter Matteo! He is fantastic and has a real passion for teaching folks to improve. After the free lesson which was incredible on how to improvise and build my skills, we started working on learning more scales and tips. Matteo is great because not only does he come to teach wherever you are which saves time and so forth but he is one of the few guitar teachers that focuses on rock metal type music. Plus he has written tons of cool guitar instruction books! How cool is that? My last guitar teacher made me buy note paper to write the riffs down and after a while he stopped even doing that and just showed off on how good he can shred. Matteo focuses on the student which I love. He is friendly low stress and fun to learn from. I am looking forward to taking my rock guitar skills to an advanced level from his lessons!


Rebecca Brumberg, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Working with Matteo has been awesome!  He's always professional and on time.  His method and enthusiasm have really helped me make quick progress and I plan to continue with his lessons for a while.  He makes his own lesson books and they are so fun and teach a variety of skills.


Steve H, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

I was a novice when my wife surprised me with guitar lessons for Christmas. Matteo was the perfect teacher/instructor that she could have picked. He is extremely patient and non-judgemental of your skill set. He finds ways to connect with your abilities to bring out the best guitar player you can be; even blowing away your guitar knowledge expectations. Whether a beginner or a seasoned guitar player, there is no one more qualified or competent to take you to another level than Matteo. The course flow focuses on all aspects of the guitar and doesn't leave any missed opportunities for progression. I would highly recommend any person who is interested in learning to play and understand the guitar to contact Matteo!


Edzel Barrett, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Matteo is a great instructor and very patient and he makes our session really fun. I never play a guitar before but now I can play some chords. For a 51 years old who never pick up a guitar before and was nervous about playing.


Jessica M, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Matteo is great with my daughter! He has a lot of patience and explains things in a way for her 10-year old mind to understand. He makes it fun for her! She has learned a lot and I am impressed in her skills of playing. She played her guitar for a family gathering and it was wonderful to hear her play! Thanks Matteo for the great job on teaching!


Kevin Williams, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Matteo is the best! I started taking lessons with him as a self-taught intermediate player. I felt like I could learn a bunch of songs, but I wanted to know how to truly play the guitar. Basically, I wanted to get my skills to the next level, but didn't know how on my own. Matteo has outdone my expectations in terms of tailoring our lessons to exactly what I need to improve. He really knows how to teach--I'm consistently impressed by how dedicated he is and his ability to break down these skills in brilliantly simple ways. He's so excited about playing and teaching guitar that it makes you feel great about your progress.  He wants to be the best teacher around and always seems to be coming up with something new to help us improve. I recently held a jam session with a friend I hadn't played with for about a year. He was amazed at my progress and said he was jealous of my new soloing skills! Thanks Matteo!


 Manuel CarrascoSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review "I was worried of not being able to learn guitar at all. I found that with patience and with specific exercises I can start building muscle memory and really get a grasp of specific techniques and build from there. I definitely recommend Matteo as a guitar teacher in San Diego."    Yuki YanaiSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review  "I thought it was going to be difficult but it was easier than I thought. You taught me exactly what I wanted, and even more than what I had in mind. The pace of the learning is not too fast or too slow, its a really good pace so its really fun to take guitar lessons in San Diego!"   Kevin WilliamsSan Diego Guitar Lessons Review "Guitar lessons in San Diego are fun and I actually feel like I've been getting better, I'm seeing progress every week. Matteo really gives a lot of thought into his lesson plans. It's not just him showing up and saying 'oh lets work on this this week'."  


David H, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Matteo is an incredible and patient teacher. I am 61 years old and only started playing guitar two years ago. Slow-going does not begin to cover it!

Then Matteo! He has brought me along and broadened my horizons with never a cross word. He is smart and funny and an excellent teacher for those of us who struggle with the guitar.

"He is conveniently located in the heart of UTC; Matteo comes to my home once a week home which makes the lessons much more enjoyable and impactful,

After only a handful of lessons with Matteo, I feel like I'm improved drastically, and am getting to learn my favorite songs.

If you are considering picking up the guitar for the first time, or you are tired of playing the same three chords over and over, please consider a free lesson with this fine gentleman.


Manuel Carrasco, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

My son and Myself have been taking Guitar Lessons for longer than a year and we have been able to advance greatly in technique and capability.

Matteo is amazingly savvy about electric guitar. Whatever your level is he is able to take you up to your next level.


Steven Jella, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Amazingly patient and flexible to my learning style. I have been studying with Mateo for over a year and a half and I feel like I make great strides every class.


Jonathan D, Guitar Lessons San Diego Review

Matteo is an awesome teacher!

He's very focused during the lessons, analyzing and advising me on anything I might need to improve on. Positive based mentality and a friendly character. There isn't much of a choice in San Diego when it comes to Guitar Lessons.

Thanks again, Matteo. I'll be looking forward to what courses you have lined up during the winter!!


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