Teacher in Southern California

Jeff Whitney
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Teacher in Southern California

Postby Jeff Whitney » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:13 pm

My 30 year old daughter is looking to buy a classical guitar and then take lessons. She has played a folk-style guitar (LaPatrie, very nice) in the past but would be a beginner with the classical (although we did some duets when she was a young teenager).

Two questions:
1: Does anyone have insight to a teacher in SoCal (Orange, Long Beach etc.)?
2: As opposed to Guitar Center, are there any small shops that would be in the area where the advice would be a little more personal with a better selection of guitars to try out?

Her budget would be up to $500.

I appreciate any input from the forum members.

Thank You
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby Jason Wolverton » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:29 pm

There's the Guitar Shoppe in Laguna Beach. Not sure if they have something in that price range, but they're a small shop with knowledgable people. I think she'd have good luck looking on Craigslist. There's bound to be some decent classical guitars in OC for that price.
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby soltirefa » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:41 pm

Here's a list of teachers on the Orange County Guitar Circle list. There are teachers listed in different areas of Southern California.

http://www.ocgc.org/pages/teachers.htm

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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby Jeff Whitney » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:59 pm

Thank you Jason and soltirefa
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby nmshu1 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:43 pm

Córdoba C7 would be recommended...
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby Jeff Whitney » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:49 pm

Yes I've been looking through the forum about buying a guitar, and for the price, the cordoba c-7 does seem reasonable.
Ultimately she will have to put a few guitars in her hands to decide.
My only concern is that she is petite and has small hands, so I thought that the best approach would be to have her schedule a lesson with an instructor from the list above and have a discussion with him/her.

I'm very much an amateur and would hesitate to offer much advice.

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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby Rick Beauregard » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:22 am

I bought my first guitar in 1980 from Kirk Sand at the Guitar Shoppe in Laguna Beach. I learned a ton from him that day and bought a sweet Dauphine 30 solid cedar top for $350 (US$ 1980) which I still own, after trying about a dozen guitars. Kirk builds fine guitars and is very knowledgeable. He recommended my first teacher, Greg Coleman, now deceased, as the best in OC. Maybe they can make another good recommendation. Good luck to your daughter.
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby Jeff Whitney » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:59 am

Thanks Rick, I plan to visit the Guitar Shoppe. Always like a reason to visit Laguna.
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby nmshu1 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:46 pm

My experience is that it is better to buy a good guitar she really likes! You should not set a limit for the $500. And later she will update... A good guitar can really help her building playing hobby life-long....

comparing to her spending time and effort... Even $5,000 means nothing!
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby nmshu1 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:49 pm

I also would recommend Picado guitar from Spain...
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby nmshu1 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:39 am

Jeff Whitney wrote:Yes I've been looking through the forum about buying a guitar, and for the price, the cordoba c-7 does seem reasonable.
Ultimately she will have to put a few guitars in her hands to decide.
My only concern is that she is petite and has small hands, so I thought that the best approach would be to have her schedule a lesson with an instructor from the list above and have a discussion with him/her.

I'm very much an amateur and would hesitate to offer much advice.

Thank You


Usually left hand span:
21-23 cm : 650
19-21 cm : 640
17-19 cm : 630
Otto Vowinkel Concert 650 / Juan Hernandez Torres 640 / German V. Rubio Concert 635
Kenny Hill Performance 630 / Córdoba C9 650 / Sweet Tone 640

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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby Jeff Whitney » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:03 pm

"Usually left hand span:
21-23 cm : 650
19-21 cm : 640
17-19 cm : 630"

I've not seen that before, thanks for the great help!
To be clear, is the span defined as the fingers splayed out or how exactly would you measure that?
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby nmshu1 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:56 pm

Pls. Find the picture about left hand span.

Another said:
>23: 650
21-23: 640
19-21: 630

I prefer:
21-23: 650
19-21: 640
17-19: 630
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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby nmshu1 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:06 pm

Usually, smaller good guitars are not easy to be available...

In USA, Kenny Hill made it, Germany V. Rubio made it and Córdoba ....
Otto Vowinkel Concert 650 / Juan Hernandez Torres 640 / German V. Rubio Concert 635
Kenny Hill Performance 630 / Córdoba C9 650 / Sweet Tone 640

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Re: Teacher in Southern California

Postby Jeff Whitney » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:56 pm

Many thanks, we'll measure today. Believe she found a teacher nearby, Amy Hite? Still working on an appointment.
I have to say, this forum is an immeasurable resource.

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