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Steve Smyth

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

Steve Smyth is a highly skilled guitar instructor with over 30 years of private and professional experience.  As a guitar instructor, he has prepared hundreds of students for university level music courses with over 40,000+ lessons and workshops taught around the San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout the United States and Europe. His reputation and instruction is highly sought after for those who take learning seriously, and equally want to have fun with music.

Steve enjoys working with students of all ages, skill levels and music styles to help improve a student’s technique, theory, sight reading, and improvisation. His areas of specialty include heavy, progressive and fusion rock music. Occasionally, Steve teaches Master Workshop Class for groups of students, and facilitates recital performances for his private students performing solo and group pieces.

In addition to his vast teaching experience, Steve has extensively toured and recorded with various international groups including, NevermoreTestamentForbiddenDragonlord and Vicious Rumors. He is the current lead guitarist/songwriter/founder of Scarlet Records recording artists One Machine, and is also a member of The EssenEss Project, a progressive rock instrumental duo co-founded by Steve. Through his real-life experiences as a performing and recording artist, Steve can help guide students along the key aspects of becoming a professional musician.

Steve’s commitment is to his student’s success and enjoyment of guitar to better prepare them for a lifelong love of music. Whether you’re looking to just get started on guitar, or push yourself to the extreme, Steve is a great option for you. Call the store to get signed up with Steve today.

Available Wednesday & Sunday

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"This is my go-to music store. My two kids have taken guitar lessons here, and both loved it...I would give them six stars if I could."

Mark K.
San Ramon, CA

"Just used JAMS Music to repair my daughter's flute. Ian, the brass & woodwind repair tech is excellent. He knows what he's doing and is very ethical. I won't hesitate to bring my future business back there!"

Linda K.
Dublin, CA

"It was about time for the Tri-Valley to get a really top-notch music store.  I have been going to JAMS Music for a little over 2 years, and the place gets better every time I go in...I am a very happy and satisfied customer, and recommend JAMS Music to all my musician friends.  It an absolutely wonderful and friendly environment, and they are very easy to do business with.  

Gail E.
Livermore, CA

"All of the staff were welcoming and always answered my questions thoroughly.  I highly recommend these guys."

Steve B.
San Ramon, CA

"I commuted here all the way from Stockton because of the high praise this place has on Yelp. From my recent experience, JAMS Music has totally exceeded my expectations."

Andy D.
Ripon, CA