Hours: Mon - Thu 10:30am - 8:00pm  -=-  Fri - Sat 10:30am - 5:30pm  -=-  211 Lambert Ave., Palo Alto, Ca 94306,  650-493-2131  -=-  Toll Free: 888-493-2131  -=-   Contact us

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Gryphon Teaching Staff

Individual Lessons are available from any of the instructors listed below (with the exception of Carol, who only teaches groups). Scheduling and payment for private lessons is done directly with the instructor, so call the numbers listed below to get started.
Click the Instructors name to read bios and learn more about them.
Darrel Ackerman
(408) 888-5316
Electric and acoustic guitar, blues and folk, theory and songwriting.
Email: DarrelAckerman@yahoo.com
Larry Chung
(415) 643 9858
Lap steel, Pedal steel and Dobro (resophonic slide guitar). All ages and styles.
Email: LarryChung@aol.com
Tom Culbertson
(650) 223 3494
Old time, clawhammer banjo, finger-style guitar, Beginning Ukulele; Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson etc.
Email: Tom@GryphonStrings.com
Joey Fabian
(650) 224-8244

Electric bass -- all styles, including 5-string and fretless.

Rick Heizman
(415) 731-7425
Electric and acoustic guitar -- classical, jazz, fingerstyle, ragtime, rock & blues.
Email: earthviewmusic@yahoo.com
Walter Jebe
(650) 996-6033

Blues- Delta, Postwar Chicago, Texas, West Coast Swing, Open G Slide. Adults and children.
Email: walterjebe@yahoo.com

Ed Johnson
(650) 996-2155
Guitar and voice: group classes, private lessons. Jazz, classical, folk,blues, rock. Vocal technique and harmony.
Email: edmundjohnson24@gmail.com
Website: http://www.edbjohnson.com/
Roz Lorenzato
(650) 307-4563
Folk-bluegrass guitar and mandolin for children ages 5 and up, string bass for all ages.
Email: rozlorenzato@yahoo.com
Carol McComb
(650) 530-2526
Group guitar classes only, in a variety of folk styles, starting 4 times a year. Special classes on topics such as songwriting & vocal harmony.
Email: carol@carolmccomb.com
Website: http://www.carolmccomb.com/
Lisa Sanchez
(415) 826-6348

Electric/acoustic guitar - jazz, theory/sight-reading,folk/fingerstyle, classic rock, blues - all levels, adults/teens.
Website: http://www.lisasanchez.com

Jack Tuttle
(650) 248-4951
Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, acoustic bass-- private lessons in bluegrass, old time, Celtic, swing. Various group classes.
Website: http://www.jacktuttle.com
Rick Vandivier
(650) 714-3323
Electric and acoustic guitar -- jazz, blues, rock.
Email: rick@rickvandivier.com
Website: http://www.rickvandivier.com
Greg Vaughan
(650) 858-0667
Electric and acoustic guitar -- contemporary and classic rock, alternative, blues. Teens through adults.
Email: greg.guitar@sbcglobal.net

Gryphon Stringed Instruments

Our Hours

Monday through Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Contact us

Our Location

211 Lambert Avenue
at the corner of Park and Lambert
Palo Alto, California 94306
Toll Free: 888.493.2131

Several of our teachers offer group classes in various styles. Usually in ten week sessions, these are really fun, and a great way to meet other players!

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Gryphon has frequent one-day workshops in a variety of styles from professional touring musicians. These can be last-minute affairs, so check often:

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Just getting started and need an instrument? Gyphon rents guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles and more.

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