Guitar Lessons in West Covina, CA

Conviently located for guitar students in West Covina, Covina, Glendora, La Puente, Azusa, San Dimas, La Verne, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills and Walnut.

John Caterino Music has been helping music students to reach their goals since 1979.

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The Studio

Unlike music store lessons where you might have drum or trumpet lessons going on in the next cubicle. I have only one student (parents are always welcome to join us) at a time in my studio. The studio is spacious and well equipped with a recording studio that is available for lesson projects. There is convenient parking and easy access to the studio.

Learn To Play The Guitar

Learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be a difficult process. I've spent over 30 years studying, performing and teaching the guitar, piano and bass and I know that I can help you achieve your musical goals. Whether you're a beginning or advanced guitar player I can help you improve your skills. How?

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For Beginners :

  • Basic (open string) chords
  • Barre chords
  • Reading chord charts
  • Strum and picking technique

For Intermediate Students:

  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Note reading
  • Improvisation
  • Music theory

For Advanced Students:

  • Ear training
  • Advanced chord studies
  • Playing with a band
  • Solo Guitar
  • Styles

Playing guitar is all about making music and we won't forget about that. Once you've learned some of the basics we will get to the music that you want to play.

Private lessons with a qualified instructor have many advantages over video lessons. Video lessons can’t give students the feedback that is critical to the development of proficiency on an instrument. Students that use online lessons often miss fundamentals. For a beginner these might include the proper way to hold the guitar, fingering technique, strum and picking technique, rhythm and others. Without a private teacher watching and coaching the student, he or she might develop habits that hinder rather than help their development. Intermediate and advanced students can also benefit from the feedback of an experienced professional. A private instructor can assess a student’s ability and come up with a plan to help the student achieve his or her goals.Photo of a guitar student and instructor.

Group lessons present a different set of problems. A group class often includes people that are at different stages in their musical development. Complete beginners may feel that they are being left behind and confused while more experienced players think the pace is too slow. A group of five or ten guitar players strumming and picking away can make a noisy and confusing learning environment.

I am not only a guitar teacher I am a music coach and trainer. My lessons are not a lecture series they are interactive. Yes, I do present concepts and techniques but I don’t stop there. I work with each student to make sure they understand and can perform the lesson material. We will of course spend lesson time learning songs that you enjoy but I always encourage students to really learn the guitar. It’s nice to be able to play a few songs but it’s much better to be a musician and that is what we strive for at John Caterino Music.


John Caterino Music offers private instruction on guitar, piano, bass, music theory, ear training, and audio recording. We also offer piano tuning and repair.


Call Today

Making music is a wonderful experience. The study of music has many benefits for children and adults. By the way, it's a lot of fun. Give me a call and we can discuss your future in music.

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (626) 919-1556
  • Email:
  • Address:
    1532 E Garvey Ave S
  • West Covina, CA 91791
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