Achille Bocus


Mandolin lessons in the Bay Area since 2009

I love to teach. It is always a good opportunity to meet great people.

I have 49 years of experience in practicing music, 40 years as a professional musician, and 30 years as teacher.

I’m from Milan Italy where I get my degree in music in the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano, now Claudio Abbado.

I played Double Bass in Classical Orchestra for 20 years, while in the same time I played mandolin and electric bass in diverse situation, classical, rock, and folk.

In 2009 I moved to the Bay Area where I teach mandolin and conduct the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra.
At the moment I teach at Gryphon in Palo Alto on Saturdays and at home in Oakland on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Online lessons are available on Zoom, Skype, and Facetime.

Lessons are normally one hour long with emphasis on developing a nice clear picking technique typical of the classical Italian tradition. This is the technique that facilitates a nice expressive tremolo, the quintessential sound of the mandolin. In order to have a beautifully resonant sound it is very important to work on the left hand just as much as the right.

We mostly use Italian traditional methods and repertoire ranging from easy songs to baroque concertos to keep the lessons interesting and alive.

I prefer to have one lesson per week, but I am open to different arrangements.
For a first lesson simply send me a message.”


Tel. 510-332-1676