408 377-2504 (Union Ave Store)

408 629-1812 (Santa Teresa Blvd. Store)

James Riley

Instrument: Guitar Teacher

Store: Santa Teresa Store

Santa Teresa - Guitar and Harmonica Teacher


I've been teaching guitar in the South Bay for over 25 years. I teach all levels from beginning to advanced/professional, and cover many styles with emphasis on rock, jazz, and blues. 

I teach what you want to learn, as well as what you need to learn to become a well-rounded musician, an excellent player, or to just have fun if that's you're preference. I've encountered many types of learners over the years, and I am confident that my approach will help you progress and break through any musical roadblocks you encounter along the way. Many of my students have come to me as beginners and developed into "monster" professional players. A few of my students are guitar teachers as well. Not to mention one ex student on "The Voice" is now on "Team Blake"

My expertise includes theory of improvisation, modern approaches, advanced chord voicing and chord substitutions, composition and arranging, harmony, rhythms, sight-reading, transcribing, finger picking, slide guitar, tapping, sweeping, use of harmonics and more. Some students want to learn it all, and others prefer to focus on their areas of interest. I use tablature, grid, and traditional notation, again depending on the student's preference. For readers, I prefer Alfred's Modern Guitar Method books one through seven. Mel Bay Method is fine too. I also bring in random charts so that you're not only reading from a workbook.

I ask my students to practice for at least one half hour 5 days per week. If you honor that, I can guarantee we'll see good results. Call James to discuss lessons and schedule. 408-509-3216 


I am offering lessons on the chromatic harmonica. To be clear the chromatic is the one with a button/slide enabling you to hit every note like a sax or piano. I specialize in jazz, but am happy to teach in others styles. I take on beginners and up to higher levels. We will be reading music, learning scales, arpeggios, licks, and concepts to aid in melody and soloing. I charge $150 per month. Give a call with any questions. 408-509-3216