Flamenco & Classical Guitar Lessons
ONLINE (ENGLISH OR SPANISH)
My goals as a teacher & coach
I've specialized in flamenco and classical guitar for over 21 years and have taught and coached over 10,000 one-on-one lessons. In my personal journey as a guitarist I've had both good and bad teachers and know how frustrating it is to leave a lesson more confused than when you walked in. So when I began teaching in 2002 I promised myself that I would dedicate my lessons to explaining not only WHAT to practice but HOW to practice correctly. I am truly passionate about teaching and hope that I can help you create the most effective path toward your goal.
My education & experience
I earned a Masters degree in flamenco pedagogy, musicology and ethnomusicology ("Flamencología") from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) and my masters thesis analyzed and systematized expert performance strategies in flamenco guitar via pedagogical evolution, expert guitarist interviews and testimonials, and scientific research on learning ad expertise. My research has allowed me to effectively implement expert performance and expert practice strategies directly into my teaching.
As a guitarist and student of flamenco guitar, I lived in Sevilla, Spain for 3 years where I attended and graduated from the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance. At the Fundación I studied daily with Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Paco Cortés, Eduardo Rebollar, Pepa Sanchez, Javi Gomez, and Tino Van Der Sman and I have also taken numerous master classes and workshops with virtuosos such as Flavio Rodrigues, Juan Carmona, Jose Luis de la Paz, Miguel Angel Cortes and many others.
Although my main focus has been flamenco guitar I also have a strong background in classical guitar (Peter Aglinskas, Denis Azabagic) and jazz theory (John Moulder, David Bloom) and I enjoy teaching classical guitar and incorporating jazz theory concepts into my lessons.
For My Students
My goal is to help my students improve as efficiently as possible. To make this possible I provide every student with the following material in addition to our lessons:
A customized practice plan on the first lesson which is updated in each lesson.
An email summary of important lesson notes that include technique, repertoire, practice reminders & science based practice strategies from performance psychology.
PDFs and/or audio files of exercises, etudes, falsetas, repertoire, harmony and/or music theory.
Video recordings (Zoom) of new material including exercises, etudes, falsetas, pieces, repertoire sections and breakdowns of challenge spots ("CSs").
Inspirational classical and flamenco "performance of the week" emails every Sunday with educational information about each performance. (Students only)
Between Lessons: Students are encouraged to email me if there are questions about lesson material before the next lesson.
Get in touch
Contact me below for flamenco guitar lessons and classical guitar lessons online (English and Spanish). You can view my rates and lesson policy here. For online lessons I prefer using Zoom, Skype or FaceTime and have had amazing success with these platforms. Online lessons have proven to be just as effective -- if not more effective -- as in-person lessons and all of my students love the benefits and convenience of learning guitar remotely. I highly recommend it!
"Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous, patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. Diego has given me the key to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!"
- Martin M. (M.A. Education, B.A. Guitar Performance)