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Judy G. - Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Songwriting Teacher

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$60per hour

Guitar Lessons For Children

Judy's lessons:

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Songwriting

Guitar Lessons

7 and Up

Ukulele Lessons

7 and Up

Bass Lessons

7 and Up

Songwriting Lessons



Thanks for checking out my lessons. My name is Judy aka Groovy Judy. I'm a guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. I've been playing guitar for 35+ and teaching private and group lessons for 12 years. I also teach ukulele, beginning electric bass and songwriting. ***Please note - I'm located on the Peninsula, so the areas I serve are: Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton & Menlo Park.***

I work with a lot of kids (as well as adults) and beginners. I'm extremely patient, and I enjoy getting brand new students up and running with proper techniques and good habits. My teaching style/philosophy is to get my students playing as soon as possible in an easy and fun way. I focus on basics such as tuning, rhythm, proper pick technique, strumming, reading guitar tab and/or sheet music, and playing songs. I tailor my lessons to the student so it's fun for both of us.

The styles I teach are: rock (classic, indie, punk) folk, pop, reggae/ska funk, blues, r&b, country, some finger-picking, and a bit of classical. I can teach you any song you want to play whether it's rap, rock hip-hop or a piano piece. I will find a way to do it and make it fun. :-)

My style is easy going, but not lackadaisical. I take teaching seriously and do my best to make the student feel comfortable. I give my students weekly assignments that I ask them to complete. However, if a student doesn't work on their assignment, I don't criticize or condemn them. I go over the assignment with them and gently remind them to play and work on the materials I've given.

I love teaching, music, and sharing my gifts with others.

Thanks and I look forward to working with you!
Judy G. aka Groovy Judy

Reviews from students :-)

Karthik S. on February 15, 2016

Judy is a wonderful teacher with lot of patience and great guitar skills. She takes time to go through the minute details to make one understand. Her ever enthusiastic and positive attitude made me confident in the learning process. We also became good friends which helped in free exchange of ideas/feedback. I learnt guitar from basics and many western & eastern songs, eventually! I have never seen Judy in a bad mood :) Judy rocks!!!!

Angelka T. on February 4, 2016

My 10-year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Groovy Judy for over 2 years now. Over that time, he has learned to play quite well, but most importantly, he loves his lesson time with Groovy Judy! She relates really well with children and makes the lessons lots of fun! We are so happy to have found her as a guitar teacher!

By Yuki on 11/24/2015
Ukulele, In studio

She's lesson is very efficient and fun! Can't wait next lesson!
By Edward S. on 9/21/2015
Guitar, In home

Groovy Judy is a "great guitar teacher" with "unique" and "very effective" teaching methods.
Thanks to Judy, my son Joseph plays complete songs very well by Pink Floyd, Green Day, Modest Mouse and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers using strumming and picking.
Joseph is extremely happy with the guitar skills that he received from Groovy Judy !
By Ifat G. on 8/17/2015
Guitar, In home

My 10 year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Judy for over a year, and he really enjoys them. Judy is patient, flexible and fun. Highly recommended.
By Divyaradha S. on 8/2/2015
Guitar, In home

I was very lucky to find Judy. I am taking guitar lessons from Judy for almost an year. She is an amazing instructor especially for beginners. She is very friendly and encouraging. She helps me work on my weakness to improve. I highly recommend her.
By Leah Levine-Goldberg L. on 7/30/2015
Ukulele, In studio

Judy is a fantastic teacher. She knew exactly how to help me get started at Ukulele and feel like I was making progress quickly! She makes students feel comfortable and successful. Highly recommended kids or adults!
By Alesa Q. on 11/15/2013

Best Guitar Teacher Evah!!!!

My 9yo son has been taking lessons from Judy since he was a young 6. Judy is patient and keeps the lessons fun and will adjust music to the child's interests. He knows the ins & outs of a guitar, can read sheet music, pick or strum a song, has great rhythm & loves guitar all thanks to Judy!!!!!
By Alka K. on 11/14/2013

Highly recommend Judy!

Our daughters have been taking private guitar lessons with Judy for the past year. They both really enjoy working with Judy and have made great improvements in their skills.

It was really important for us to work towards a goal of having the kids perform at a community function. Judy worked with us to write the music of a traditional Indian song and helped the girls learn the chords and melody to be able to play together skillfully.

Judy has been very flexible with our home lesson timings, working around the kids' school and sports schedules. She knows the bands/artists they like and always brings them music that they would want to learn and play from these artists. She makes learning fun and has a great way of interacting with the kids.

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BA Communications

Sep 1989 - Aug 1992San Francisco State University


ASCAPlus Songwriter Award

September 2015ASCAP

Songwriting award for original compositions.

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency
  • SpanishLimited Proficiency


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