Jeff MacDonald


Music has been a part of my life since I choose trumpet in 4th grade.  Playing trumpet throughout my school years gave me a great foundation in reading music and appreciation for all types of music. By the 6th grade, I caught the guitar bug and it never left me. I was fortunate enough to take lessons from some great local musicians- Steve Sage, Dave Creamer & Bill Tapia.

Patience and dedication to getting the basics down are primary in the way I teach. Sure, I can show/teach you your favorite song, but that will only go so far. Learning the basic chords, rhythms, timing and some reading will build a lifetime of enjoyment thru music. Getting the most out of you and your instrument of choice, as well as theory & harmony, scales/modes, ear training, sight reading, etc. are all incorporated into the lessons depending on each student. Young and old, I've taught all ages since 1980.

Early on I preformed at the Willows Theater for plays and musicals- "Man of LaMancha" and "The Apartment".  I wrote and performed my first song for graduation at the Concord Pavilion. I've played in many local bands through the years and currently play with Dreamposse, playing a assortment of great eclectic rock/country songs. For the past 3 years, I’ve taken up the pedal steel guitar.

I started teaching in 1980, and have been specializing in the beginner student. Patience is the key. No matter the age, young or older I have the ability to bring out the best in each student. Getting down the basics is key in the way I teach. We can learn your favorite song, while making sure you are getting the education you need to play well.

quote from one of Jeff’s former students-

“Jeff is amazing. He taught me to be the next Eddie Van Halen, and now I’m raking in the big bucks!”- Larry, Pleasant Hill CA

Guitar- Bass- Mandolin- Trumpet Instruction

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