Steve Calabrese – Guitar Teacher

Guitar Teacher in Philadelphia,
The Main Line and Lower Merion
Also teaches Bass Guitar
Studio and In-Home Lessons
Specializing in Rock, Blues, Jazz
Thoery, Fretboard Knowledge and Soloing
Attended University of the Arts
All ages and skill levels

guitar instructorI am a guitarist, singer, and songwriter born and raised in South Philadelphia. I began playing the guitar at age eight and instantly fell in love with all things music. When I was thirteen years old I was chosen to be the guitarist in the Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble in which I was the guitarist for three consecutive years performing in and around the Philadelphia area. I attended the University Of Arts for music from 2008-2011. During my time at Uarts I formed The Steve Cal’ Band, an original blues/rock trio. Our 2014 album Room To Move was played on hundreds of radio stations around the world, topping multiple blues music charts. I’ve been a guitar teacher for five years both privately and in local music shops. I really enjoy seeing my student’s progress in their guitar playing and overall musical knowledge. I personalize my lessons to the particular student’s level of ability and goals set in mind.

When did you begin playing guitar/bass, and why?:
I remember my father playing Carlos Santana’s greatest instrumentals CD in the car one night. After hearing the song Samba Pa Ti I said to my parents “I want to take guitar lessons and learn to play guitar like that!”

What are your personal goals as a musician?:
I’d like to have a reputation as a solid guitarist with good taste who can write some decent songs.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
The concept being – To begin to understand popular music whether it be rock & roll, jazz, or whatever else, you should have an understanding of blues music and have respect for where most of all these other styles developed from.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
When I was first starting out to play I was having difficulty with a few techniques and was becoming frustrated when and I remember my guitar teacher at the time Mr. Morgan telling me to just hang in there and once you get over that hump everything will start to become easier and it’s not as hard as it seems. He was right!

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
I can’t think of one particular moment. I think the most difficult thing is the thing at the time that you want to know how to play but don’t know how to do it and it seems impossible that you ever will. Then that thing either stays difficult and you forget about it or you get yourself to a point of learning it.
What is your biggest musical achievement?:
Having my 2014 independently released album Room To Move played on hundreds of radio stations around the world. It was #1 on multiple blues radio charts for several weeks in the summer of ’15.

Favorite thing about teaching?:
Seeing the student’s progression and growing as a player.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Play for the pleasure and love for the music. Make the instrument and craft the number one priority. The career will then follow, or might not.

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
The Steve Cal’ Band (blues/rock trio and sometimes 5-piece band)


                  Room To Move (2014)

                  Live At The Ruba Club (2015)