Adult Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons For Adults In Huntington Beach

Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach’s original school of rock, metal, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for adult guitar lessons.


Learning a new skill or hobby as an adult is a completely different experience from learning it as a child. Adults have so many more questions than children, you need further explanation and have responsibilities that affect your ability to consistently practice. While many schools and teachers are content to just teach the notes of a new song each week, we go beyond, teaching you the rhythm, theory and musical secrets behind what makes your favorite song, your favorite song.

Making the commitment to becoming a musician as an adult is something special, but not something easy. You need a guide who can help you through the challenges that are thrown at you, that you may not understand. The music teachers at VTMA have years of experience mastering the differences in adult and child music education.

Can you learn to play guitar on YouTube? 

Absolutely! YouTube guitar lessons are an amazingly helpful tool in becoming a better guitarist. However, there are a few things that YouTube or music learning sites will never be able to help you with. Specifically:

  • They can’t tell you if you’re doing it right – Did that note sound good? Are you getting better? Who knows!
  • They can’t answer your questions – video music lessons are geared for short attention spans to maximize clicks, so you mostly get a quick overview of whatever song or concept the video is teaching
  • They’re often wrong – there are some fantastic instructors online, we know some of the best ones personally, but for every good online instructor, there are thousands who simply either don’t know what they’re talking about, or don’t know who to teach it clearly

Most Importantly

  • They’re not focused on YOU! – If you have a family, you know what happens. The moment you sit down to do anything for yourself, you get bombarded with questions about weekend schedules, children shouting, a dog barking for no reason, or that little someone wants to strum along to the song you’re practicing. When you come in for your weekly, private music lesson at VTMA, it’s exactly that, p-r-i-v-a-t-e. Just you, the instructor, your guitar and some great music.

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About our adult guitar program:

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In our guitar program, students are invited to learn whichever style of music that interests them, whether it is Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Punk, Blues or even Classical Finger Style. Beginning Electric Guitar students start off with songs like Smoke on the Water, American Idiot, Iron Man, the 12 Bar Blues, and House of the Rising Sun. This gives them the foundation from which most music is based. Our advanced students master scales, improvisation, speed picking, slide guitar, and famous guitar solos to give them the tools necessary to begin writing their own music and performing it live. Acoustic Guitar students start by learning songs from Bob Dylan, Collective Soul, Tom Petty, and The Eagles which teaches them all the open chords needed to sound like a pro when at a camp fire. Once these chords and songs are mastered, students learn finger picking, open tuning, and advanced right hand rhythms so they can perform material from Acoustic Guitar greats such as Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, and Robert Johnson.

Taking guitar lessons at Van Tuyl Music Academy is an experience unlike any other. Our facilities have clean rooms, the latest technology and a large music library. Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock, metal, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for guitar. We’re so much more than just a music factory of lessons in OC.