"If one’s music comes from the heart, the well will never run dry. 1 honest note will always mean more than 1000 notes coming from an empty place"
Hans Ottsen

Lessons

Ventura Guitar Lessons

Hans Ottsen has been a teacher of music (guitar/piano/theory/improvisation) since 1992. He has taught in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Ventura County. Though Hans’ main style of music is jazz, he can play and teach any style of music. Known for his extremely sensitive ear and facility for rapid, on the spot transcription, he is sought out by students seeking help in learning music off of recordings.  Because of his successes, Hans is heavily booked for guitar lessons and gigs. Contact him today and he will try to accommodate your desired time slots.

Ventura Guitar Lessons Locations - Hans teaches at Phil’s Fabulous Fiddle Shop as well as at Ottsen Music Studios, both in Ventura.  Away lessons can be arranged.

Cancellations/No-Shows – Hans’ cancellation policy is standard: 24 hours notice minimum for cancellations. Make-ups for lessons missed without notice are up to the discretion of the teacher.

If you are interested in guitar lessons, contact Hans Ottsen at Ventura Guitar Lessons by calling 805-643-6363, emailing info@venturaguitarlessons.com or filling out our online form below.

Webcam/Skype Lessons

SKYPE LESSONS: This is a terrific way to keep your guitar lessons going, even if you’re traveling or otherwise unable to physically transport yourself to my general vicinity. Just plug your webcam into your computer (if it doesn’t already have one built in – many do), go to http://www.skype.com, download the free software and you’re good to go! The slight time delay may make “jamming” difficult but for good old, quid pro quo guitar-geeking, Skype is terrific.

I’m offering a Holiday HALF OFF Skype-discount! My usual fee for a one hour Skype lesson is $60. I’m reducing that to $30 per hour on Skype ($15 per 1/2 hour, down from $30). Call 805-643-6363, fill out our online form below or email me at info@venturaguitarlessons.com for more info or to schedule a Webcam lesson or Skype lesson.

Piano Lessons & Ukulele Lessons

Though Ventura Guitar Lessons focuses on providing guitar lessons in Ventura, Hans is also very well versed in the Piano and Ukulele and offers lessons for these instruments as well. Hans’ love for music originated on the piano. He learned the basics of sight-reading and music theory on the piano and this blossomed into the exploration of other instruments, namely guitar. Because of Hans’ natural gifted ability to play the guitar, instruments like the Ukulele came easy to him and he has had fun conducting lessons at Anacapa Ukulele in Ventura, CA.

If you are interested in piano or ukulele lessons, contact Hans Ottsen at Ventura Guitar Lessons by calling 805-643-6363, emailing info@venturaguitarlessons.com or filling out our online form below.

Gift Certificates

Whether it’s a birthday, graduation or holiday present, guitar lessons are the perfect gift for your special someone! Save money by purchasing more than one lesson or just get them started by purchasing their first lesson with Hans. If you are interested in purchasing a Gift Certificate, contact Hans Ottsen at Ventura Guitar Lessons by calling 805-643-6363, emailing info@venturaguitarlessons.com or filling out our online form below.

What it costs

Lessons are $30 per half hour, $60 per hour.  If 4 one hours lessons are purchased at once, Hans offers a $10 discount off the total for all 4 – $200 for 4 one hour lessons.

Please fill out our online form for more information on or to set up guitar lessons, piano lessons, ukulele lessons or to purchase a Gift Certificate. Please indicate in the Message section what type of lessons you are interested in. We look forward to hearing from you!

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About Us

Though we draw students from Los Angeles and beyond, Ventura Guitar Lessons focuses its efforts on improving the musical talent in Ventura and the surrounding cities. Hans Ottsen has been offering his guitar teaching services in Ventura for over two decades. His extensive bio shows his music history and how he became the talented, successful teacher he is today.

Now under the Ventura Guitar Lessons name, Hans Ottsen is proud to reach out to all of you local musicians who want to further your knowledge of your instrument, your ability to perform/jam, your ability to play your favorite songs, and more! Hans’ current student roster includes students from age 4 to age 82 so you’re never too young or too old to start taking guitar lessons.