Richard Peikoff

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GUITAR LESSONS~Established Teacher~Guitar Player Magazine~20 yrs. Exp.

Private Instruction: Beginning | Intermediate | Advanced

Instruction with Richard Peikoff:

I am an experienced full-time teacher who can help students launch &/or advance their creative process. I create 'personalized' programs of study for all levels of students. My approach to playing & teaching is dedicated to tone, articulation & intonation, with a.. strong emphasis on deconstructing melodies & harmonies, in standard & altered tunings. Additionally I've devoted many years to the study of Dadgad tuning as well as fingerstyle & slide guitar. If you're writing songs we can also enhance that process. I teach all levels & I've been successful with each of my student's interests.

If you're a beginning student, you'll need an instrument that is easy to play, & you will also want to make a commitment in order to learn:

> How to play basic chord shapes.
> Make chord changes.
> Study songs & lessons specific to the guitar.

Teaching Schedule:

Tuesday through Thursday: 11 am to 9 pm || Friday through Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm. I offer new students an initial 75 to 90 minute lesson for $50 to $60, depending on availability. After that there is a discount for each series of 3 lessons or more ($50/hr.). Or you can choose to take individual sessions @ $60/hr. I have been teaching for nearly 20 years in this country & abroad. For further information or to reserve a time please contact me. Thanks.


"Splendid playing." Jas Obrecht (Editor) | Guitar Player Magazine

"A gifted musician & teacher." Chris Hillman | The Byrds

"Richard creates beautiful audible emotion." Steve Vai | Favored Nations

"Peikoff has developed an extremely cool approach to solo fingerstyle guitar: informed by the tradition of the instrument, but with his own unique twists." Michael Manring | Windham Hill

"Highly Recommended." Fred Walecki/Owner | Westwood Music (Los Angeles family owned & operated premier pro-shop since 1944).

"Richard's music extracts emotions out of his listeners; & to me that is the most important thing in music. Listening to his music has been inspiring: in both a technical & a spiritual way."
Joy Basu | Berklee College of Music & Musician's Institute Teacher

For the following links please go to

> Two Hours of Free Original Instrumental Guitar Performances: Solo | Duet | Ensemble. Featured Guests: Kit Walker & Michael Manring (Windham Hill) | John Keane (Crime Scene Investigation) | Jeff Miley (Code 3) | Paul Livingstone | Buzz Feiten.

> Teaching | Influences | Background.

> Discography: 5 CD Releases.

> Original Charts & Tutorials (AGF):


Business details

Age Groups

  • Teens & Adults

Music Styles

  • Contemporary
  • Country & Western
  • Folk
  • Hawaiian
  • Pop Music
  • Rhythm & Blues
  • Rock N' Roll


  • Guitars

Skill Levels

  • Any Level

Hours of Operation

* By Appointment Only

Payments Accepted

  • Cash Only
  • Personal Checks

Year Established


Languages Spoken

  • English


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