Guitar San Francisco

Learning with Guitar San Francisco

Lessons are taught in a low-stress format, meeting once a week for a half-hour or full-hour lesson, and follow a program developed by the Guitar Cities instructors based on their experiences as instructors and their careers as touring and recording professionals. Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of every individual student. You will be getting an instructor that is a career musician and their main goal is to teach you the in the way you will learn the most effectively. Students also have the opportunity to apply their instruction by writing and recording their own songs on professional studio equipment.

Convenient Location

Guitar San Francisco is located in the Embarcadero/ financial district. Perfect for those working downtown, lessons are a short walk from most businesses. We are located on the corner of Sansome and Sutter (near Market)

One Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104.

(35th Floor)

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Dan DeWitt began playing guitar in 1995 when his parents bought him an electric guitar. His early tastes included classic rock, blues, and jazz and within his first few months he was experimenting with slide guitar, effects, and taking the BART to San Francisco and Berkeley to perform in the streets to overcome his stage fright. Dan received his BA in Music from Sonoma State University where he studied classical guitar with Tom Leisek. In the 2001-2002 school year Dan participated in the CSU study abroad program and was given a chance to study classical guitar with Professor Andreas Higi at the Staatliche Hochsschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany and travel Europe with a mini disc recorder doing field recordings of every musician he encountered. Dan began performing and teaching professionally upon his return from Germany in the summer of 2002; his career has taken him from playing dive bars in blues and rock bands to the most prestigious wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties as a classical guitarist. Dan teaches all styles of guitar, electric bass, and ukulele and likes to balance theory, technique, and ear training with improvisation and having fun. Click here to watch Dan perform.

Julian Shipp is a Jazz Pianist and guitar player based in San Francisco. He began playing cello as a third grader, and by fifth grade had repossessed his brother's electric bass guitar to form his first band. While living in Connecticut he studied Cello, Saxophones, French Horn, Tuba, and Guitar before moving to California in 2000. Attending High School in San Francisco Julian was introduced to jazz music and began performing on keyboard with a blues band. After studying Jazz Bass at Lamont School of Music in Denver, he moved back to San Francisco to complete a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano at San Francisco State University. Presently, Julian teaches at Guitar San Francisco and gigs around the city with a variety of ensembles, including his trio, 'The Midnight Moods'.
Julian teaches piano and guitar

A graduate of Hope College (Holland, MI, USA) in Psychology, Music, and Business, James Lenger has been teaching guitar and bass professionally for 21 years and has given over 70,000 lessons during that time. After touring with his band for a number of years, he founded Guitar Cities. James will be teaching seasonally at Guitar Cities - San Francisco. Check out James' music with the Green Room here.


  - there is no registration fee for any of the classes at Guitar Cities - San Francisco!

Register for Private Instruction

Most of the students that take lessons at Guitar San Francisco are part of their private instruction program. Lessons are available Monday through Friday and are available all day. If you have any questions about private instruction, please email us at If you wish to take our private instruction classes, please go to the schedule page here:

Guitar San Francisco Private Instruction Schedule.

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Lessons can be booked over the phone at (415)946-8891 or fill out the convenient form below to have us contact you!


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