Justin Smolian

Los Angeles based Guitarist, Bassist, Producer

"My teaching approach is to base my lessons around what the student wants to learn whether it be very strict classical guitar instruction or very relaxed lessons focused learning to jam with your friends. I always include technique and a little theory in my lessons but I prefer to end the lessons by teaching the student a song that he/she wants to learn so they have something fun to practice during the week"

"I'm influenced by anyone who makes passionate music"

 Guitar lessons take place in Justin's state of the art studio or your home

Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Guidance In Equipment Selection


Justin Smolian is a lover of all music styles.  His training and professional experiences has allowed him to tour internationally performing everything from rock, blues, classical, jazz, flamenco, country, middle eastern music and more.  He has taught both bass and guitar for over 15 years.  He received his B.M. from CSUN where he was winner of the Randy Rhoads classical guitar competition, and the recipient of the Guitar Salon International Endowment.

Instruments:  Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Styles:  All Electric and Acoustic

Contact: jsmolian@yahoo.com


Teaching for over 10 years. Justin Smolian has had students of all ages from young children just learning their first instruments to adults exploring a new hobby- and everything in-between. He can help you get ready for a debut performance or introduce you to a wonderfully challenging way to express yourself.

Justin Smolian has taught professionally at numerous music schools including:

Grayson's Tune Town, Pasadena

Hollywood Academy of Music, Hollywood



"This guy is the best teacher I have ever had! Wow ha (sic) made me feel comfortable, was supportive, and so experienced. It's cool to have a teacher who has so much real life experience, and who was actually college educated in guitar. He ccan do classical or rock or jazz." -Adrienne Cross, Student of 3 years

"He makes me feel so comfortable and I always have a blast during our lessons. He will learn any song I request and teach it to me." - Erica Pandolfi, Student of 4.5 years (contact for personal reference at epandolf@ucsd.edu)