Where do the lessons take place?
I teach the classes in my studio at Avda Ronda del Tamarguillo, near the intersection with Avenida Hytasa. I will let you know the exact address and floor number when we schedule your classes. It is not in the city center but is easily accessible by public transport, taxi, bike, or a long walk. See below for detailed directions.
How much do the lessons cost?
Lessons are 30€ for one hour and 40€ for 90 minutes. One hour lessons work best for students who will be in Seville for several weeks and will be taking many lessons. For visitors on shorter stays who just want one class or a couple classes, I recommend 90-minute lessons. That way we'll have more time to give you a thorough introduction.
STUDENT DISCOUNT: If you'll be studying abroad in Seville and plan on taking lessons for a few months, please ask me about my student rates, I'll be glad to give you a discount!
How can I pay and when is payment due?
I accept payment via:
Generally, payment is due in full on the first day of your series of lessons. If you want to reserve many hours for an intensive guitar course, I may require that you pay half the cost at the time of reservation. That way I can be sure of your commitment before I rearrange my regular teaching schedule.
How do I get to the lessons?
If you're staying in the center, these are your options:
BIKE (15 minutes): Visitors can rent Seville's public bikes (Sevici) during their stay. Start at Prado de San Sebastian, and go southeast (away from the center) on Avda Carlos V, which turns into Calle Enramadilla and later Avda Ramon y Cajal, until you hit Avda Ronda del Tamarguillo. There is a traffic circle with a large tree in it to mark this intersection. Cross Avda Ronda del Tamarguillo, turn right on the small street that runs along side the busy avenue, and look for my number. If you hit the supermarket Alcampo, you have gone too far. See the map below.
Classical guitar lessons are a great way to musically enrich your visit to Seville, Spain. The classical guitar as a musical instrument developed principally in Spain over the past several hundred years. Much of the classical guitar's most beloved repertoire was written by Spanish composers and inspired by the many different cultures that have inhabited Spain through the ages. I teach private classical guitar lessons to students of all levels, and I can usually accommodate as few or as many classes your visit allows.
Get in touch using the form below and check out the FAQ that follows to learn more.
LONG WALK (30 minutes from Prado de San Sebastian, 40 minutes from La Giralda Cathedral): Same directions as biking.
BUS (15 minutes riding, 3 minutes walking): Start at Prado de San Sebastian, which is on Avenida Carlos V between the Alcazar and Plaza España. Take the bus number 26 to the stop Canal (Parroco Antonio Gomez Villalobos), cross Avda de Hytasa, and my house is on the small street on the left.
METRO (5 minutes riding, 15 minutes walking): Take the metro from Puerta de Jerez or Prado de San Sebastian to the stop Gran Plaza.
TAXI: Taxis are fairly cheap and everywhere in Seville. Give them the address and mention that it is near 'el supermercado Alcampo'.
The circled zone is a great area to stay in if you want to be within an easy walk of both the center and your lessons.
Do I need to know how to read music? Will you teach me if I don't already know how?
Generally, yes to both questions. Reading music notation is part of playing classical guitar, and you'll have a lot more repertoire available to you if you speak the language of the instrument. If you don't know how to read notation yet, I will teach you if time allows. However, if you let me know ahead of time that you're not interested in notation, I can transcribe a few pieces to TAB.
Do you offer intensive classical guitar lessons?
Yes! Just get in touch with me as early as possible, please, so that I can reserve space in my schedule. I can usually offer classes as intensive as you want, as long as you can be flexible and work around my normal class schedule. Past guitar students' have taken: two weeks of daily 2-hour lessons, one month of five one-hour lessons per week, one month of three one-hour classes per week.
Where should I stay? Do you arrange accommodations for students?
I do not arrange accommodations for students. Seville is full of hotels, hostels, and AirBnB lodgings, you will have no trouble finding a place on your own. For visitors who are coming primarily for intensive flamenco guitar classes, I recommend finding an AirBnB somewhere in between my studio and the center (see map below), for example, in the zone 'San Bernardo'. That way both the center and your lessons will be an easy walk away. If you plan on playing guitar a lot during your stay, please check with your host that it won't be a problem!
I'll be in Seville for several months. Can I rent your guitar long-term?
Yes, you can, if it's available, but it probably wouldn't make financial sense. You would be better off bringing your own guitar (check with your airline!) or buying a cheap student guitar (around 150€) to use during your stay. If choose the latter option and don't want to take it home with you, you can give it away (or, if you're lucky, sell it), when you leave.
I want to buy a nice guitar while in Seville, where should I go?
Get in touch with me! It mostly depends on your budget. You can get a decent factory-made guitar starting around 300 or 400€, which would be fine if you're a serious student on a tight budget. Hand-made, professional quality guitars start around 800€. I can point you toward some good sources, and, depending on my schedule, possibly help you decide.
Besides the guitar, what else do I need for lessons?
If you are just here for one or two lessons, you don't need anything else. I have everything you'll need during classes and will provide any music we'll be working on. If you'll be taking classes for several weeks, you may need to purchase sheet music or a method book. Also, you may want the following items to make your practice more comfortable: footstool, music stand, guitar stand, clip-on tuner.
Is it okay if I'm a beginning guitarist?
It is perfectly fine if you are new to classical guitar. I teach students of all levels on a regular basis, and you'll be sure to progress and learn some fun and beautiful music. That said, if you will be visiting for just one or two lessons, it will help a whole lot if you already know how to play a bit of guitar (any style). If you know a few basic chords and right-hand arpeggios, you'll be in good shape.
If you are complete beginner and want a crash course in classical guitar, try to arrange a stay that allows you to take daily hour-long lessons for at least a couple weeks. That will give us enough time to cover the fundamentals so that you can return home with some new skills to show off (and, hopefully, continue building on).
Do I need a guitar during the lesson?
YES! You'll also need one for practice in between lessons.
Do you have a guitar I can rent or borrow?
Yes! If you need to use a guitar during a lesson, you can use one of my extras for free, no problem.
If you'll be staying for several lessons and want to take a guitar with you for practice, I have Yamaha classical guitar (CG-151S) that you can rent if it is available. It is very comfortable and easy to play. It comes with a back-pack style gig bag, and can include a clip-on tuner and capo if needed. The cost of rent is 25€ per week, plus a 300€ deposit that I return to you when you return the guitar. Please check in advance on availability!
Is there anything else I should know?