Jerry Baiden
Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele Instruction
Beginning To Advanced Guitar Lessons
In Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Palo Alto,
Saratoga, Mountain View, and San Jose
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From The Beginning

       I have been playing guitar for about 38 years. I am from San Jose, California. It was full of suburban middle-class dreams that became reality as long as one stayed the course of a conventional path. Me? No way, I was not ever going to be one that followed any sort of typical, "undistinguished," and "unremarkable" course. Let's just say it was difficult.

During the time I was learning how to play, lead guitar was a very important component to most bands. Being able to perform solos that were more or less spurts of spontaneous composition (improvisation) was important to the status and prowess of bands of the day. Also, radio stations, and the industry itself, were not as genre segregated as they are now. Pop concert TV shows would feature, in the late evening, artists ranging from Black Sabbath to Earth Wind & Fire to Mahavishnu Orchestra. In turn, guitar players at that time were influenced to mimic the mastery and eclecticism of the time; in other words, we desired to play all styles at a high level. One problem with that desire was that "mastery" takes a long time, and that learning how to play like Charlie Parker and Eddie Van Halen at the same time was and is impossible. My friends and I spent so much time trying to play everything well when we should have picked one thing (or two at the most) at which to be good. The result should have been being ready in your twenties instead of finally being ready in your forties.
             Now you know my dark secret. I am ready now. I can play various styles with ease, and since I have been teaching non-stop for 27 years, I can teach each style with even greater ease. Teaching has been the greatest gig I have ever had. I have met so many wonderful people, students, parents, and colleagues, and my life is richer and more fulfilled for it. I am looking forward to helping you in fulfilling your wish to play guitar.


Established in 1986.

I started teaching in 1986 at Bronstein's Music in South San Francisco, and since then, I've been working my way to Cupertino, CA; by way of B Street Music in San Mateo, CA; Allegro Music in Fremont, CA; Showcase Music Institute in Campbell, CA; Torres' Guitars in Saratoga, CA; Haight-Asbury Music in Sunnyvale, CA; Draper's in Palo Alto, CA; Joplin & Sweeney in Los Gatos, CA; and finally, World of Music. For the last 18 years, I have been teaching in Cupertino and have never had a better gig.