Lessons: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Banjo Lessons and More at The Fret House

Get Music Lessons at The Fret House 

The Fret House offers instruction in all styles of guitar, bass, drums, banjo, mandolin, lap and pedal steel, piano, reeds, brass, and strings!

Lessons are 30 minute private lessons unless otherwise arranged. Teachers set their own rates, currently $20 to $30 per half hour, generally paid monthly in advance. Schedule your lessons in the store or on the phone! 626-339-7020


Daryl Hernandez

Teaches: Guitar (Beginners to Advanced level, classical, rock, metal, etc.)

Daryl Hernandez has been teaching guitar for over 13 years. He has a degree in music from Cal State Fullerton. He also ran the House of Rock program at The Fret House for many years, and continued the program through to Diamond Bar High School. Daryl currently plays for the metal band Death Kings, and performs with other bands and artists on a regular basis.

Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Chips Barranco

Teaches: Guitar

Chips is a charismatic working musician who is pursuing a career as a performer and instructor. He began teaching in 2013 and since then has included teaching as a big part of his musicianship. Apart from receiving private instruction in piano and guitar under a dedicated instructor for 11 years, he's earned credits in theory and performance at both Citrus College and Mt. San Antonio College where he specialized in contemporary pop styles and jazz. Chips takes an effective well-rounded approach with beginning students while also taking a disciplined method in technique and sight-reading with his intermediate students. He is outstandingly committed to the success of his students and will work with any varying goals of musicianship.

Available: Monday, Saturday

Diane Messenger

Diane Messenger is a private music teacher with over 30 years experience. She is a graduate of APU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music. Her love of music began at an early age, starting piano lessons at age 7 and violin at the age of 10. Her teaching methods are geared to the student including classical method books, Suzuki, chord work, pop, jazz, folk music, and worship music. She enjoys finding new fiddle tunes to pass on to her students.

Diane has played for weddings, receptions, retreats and private parties. For several years she played keyboards for a Celtic band featuring world fiddle champion Jacie Sites. Diane also played violin with the Idaho Falls Symphony for 2 seasons from 2010 to 2012. In the summer of 2013 she put on a week long fiddle camp for her string students, chord camp for her piano students and songwriting for several students. In her spare time Diane enjoys bicycling with her husband Dave and spending time with her granddaughters.

Available: Mondays and Thursdays

Dmitry Koudymov

Teaches: Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin Fusion.

Dmitry has been playing guitar since the age of 13. He has performed extensively throughout California and has been included in concert series and special event recitals around the area. His formal musical education includes a Bachelor’s in guitar performance from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s from USC. He is currently a grad student at USC, studying classical guitar under Scott Tennant. His teachers have included Brian Madigan, Richard Turner, David Grimes, Jack Sanders, Brian Head, Adam del Monte, Richard Smith, and Pepe Romero. Dmitry teaches all styles of guitar including classical, flamenco, rock, blues, jazz chart prep, improv in blues/rock, jazz, and Latin fusion genres.

Available: Sundays

Evan Landi

Teaches: Drums

Evan Landi is a writing, performing, and teaching drummer out of Diamond Bar, California. Playing for a little over ten years, he specializes in contemporary styles, and his main goal is to help student's develop their own sound on the kit. With four years of teaching experience, he has developed a style of teaching that stresses mechanics, feel, reading music, and musician etiquette. He's played consistent summer's as a performer at Disney's California Adventure, and performed at venues like the House of Blues and The Whiskey with various artists. For more information on lessons, call or text (909)214-2096.

Available: Mondays

George Boravich

Teaches:Electric Bass (all styles) and Guitar (beginning students-rock, folk,jazz, country):

George Boravich has been teaching electric bass at The Fret House for over twenty years. His curriculum focuses on music theory, reading, and styles applied to electric bass. With an extensive background playing rock, jazz, country, bluegrass, Latin, and blues, George is qualified to offer a very comprehensive approach to bass instruction. With over twenty-five years experience as a freelance bassist in the Los Angeles area George has played everything from musical theater to rock concerts. He also has considerable showroom experience in Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Las Vegas.

George teaches beginning guitar students with a friendly, customized approach based on each student's abilities. Whether you are an intermediate bassist/guitarist or just starting out, George's personable approach to instruction will make the learning process a positive and enjoyable experience.

Available: Mondays, Tuesdays

Keith Barry

Teaches: Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, and Chromatic Harmonica.

Keith Barry is a unique and versatile multi-instrumentalist. He plays the Viola, Saxophone, Flute and Harmonica. He also composes, arranges and sings. Keith has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray Charles and Israel Lopez "Cachao". In 2001 Keith and long time friend Flea, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to facilitating music education for children. In the fifth decade of his study of music Keith Barry enjoys sharing his experience with his many students.

Available: Tuesdays

Les Johnson

Teaches: Guitar (Jazz, Rock, Commercial), Beginning Electric Bass, and Beginning Violin.

Guitarist/teacher Les Johnson graduated cum laude from California State University at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Since the age of eighteen, he has been performing professionally in a wide variety of musical situations ranging from a performance at the Playboy Jazz Festival to playing Dolly Parton’s bass player in the movie “Get To The Heart—The Barbara Mandrell Story”. He received a fellowship to play in the Aspen Jazz Ensemble under the direction of UCLA professor and clarinetist Gary Gray. Les is also a veteran of several tours performing for U. S. peacekeeping and NATO forces in Bosnia and Kosovo, and for U.S. troops in Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He teaches guitar and violin at the Fret House and continues to play professionally. In addition to being a credentialed music teacher in the Ontario-Montclair School District, Les recently earned a master’s degree in music at CSULA. Les Johnson has performed with: Woody Herman, Herb Ellis, Shorty Rogers, Buddy Tate (sax w/Count Basie), clarinetist Eddie Daniels, film composer Dave Grusin (The Graduate, On Golden Pond), The Coasters, and blues guitarist Pee Wee Crayton.

Available: Mondays, Fridays.

Marcia Bateman

Teaches: Voice and Beginning Piano

Marcia Martinez Bateman, soprano, received her education from Boston University (BMus) and New England Conservatory of Music (MM). Ms. Bateman has given concerts in Guadalajara, Mexico; Berlin, Germany and Den Hague, Holland. On Stage, Ms. Bateman has had success with both Opera and Musical Theatre. She has performed in Vanessa, Romeo et Juliette, Pirates of Penzance, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Patience, Oklahoma, Into the Woods, Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dream coat just to name a few. As an educator, Ms. Bateman has taught music successfully in grades Tk-12 in not only a classroom environment but also in developing choral programs. Marcia has taught voice and piano privately for 16 years and specializes in the Bel Canto technique for singing. Regardless of your style of singing, Marcia enjoys bringing the best out in her students and helping them reach their potential. Please visit her website to learn more. https://mabateman1.wixsite.com/learntosing

Available: Saturdays

Mark Switzer

Teaches: Guitar (Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, Mandolin, and Banjo)

Available: Wednesdays.

Martin Winer

Teaches: Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone.

Martin Winer has been teaching guitar, electric bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet and saxophone for over 20 years at the Fret House. His background includes a Bachelor’s in Music -Cal State Fullerton, a lifetime teaching credential in California, and 37 years teaching band in the public school system. Martin’s professional experience includes long time performances with the Cal State Fullerton Studio Band, Johnny Otis, and various R&B bands. He currently writes and arranges music with a specialty in Jazz guitar.

Available: Tuesdays.

Andy Rau

Teaches:5-String Banjo, beginner to advanced.

Andy Rau has been performing professionally since 1975. He began his career as the in-house banjo player at Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in his home town of Buena Park. With his long time group, The Andy Rau Band, he has toured the country and released a number of critically acclaimed albums. Andy can also be seen performing frequently at Disneyland, and he is an endorsed Teaching Artist of Deering Banjos.

Available: Tuesdays.


Max McGuire

Teaches: Guitar and Bass.

Hi there, glad you dropped in to the website! My name is Max Mcguire and I teach guitar and bass. I’ve been teaching 35 years, and playing, touring, and recording even longer with (not to brag) some of the heaviest hitters in the business. (Go ahead, Google it!)

My approach to teaching is simple: show you technique, note reading, theory and ear training. All of this goes to play the style of music YOU are passionate about. Do you like rock? Fine! Country? Lets do it! Classical? Okay by me! You will be well prepared for the music you want to play, and it will be a whole lot of fun!

- Hope to see you soon, Max.

Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.

Tom Seymour

Teaches: Guitar (Beginners and Fingerstyle), autoharp, and ukelele.

Tom Seymour is the founder and owner of The Fret House. He began teaching guitar in 1963 during the folk era. He has primarily taught private lessons and group classes in adult education and he maintains a small teaching load to this day. He prefers to teach students from the beginning of their studies. He is retired from teaching elementary school (primary grades).

Available: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays.