Renzo offers private classes in guitar performance (all styles), songwriting, music theory, and music production. Lessons take place in a state-of-the-art music production studio in Santa Cruz California (on the West Side by Santa Cruz High). Most required materials will be provided: sheet music, recordings and jam tracks such as those found on Renzo's YouTube channel "Now YOU Shred". Lessons can be very structured or as relaxed as the student prefers. Subjects of study may include rock, blues, funk, jazz, folk, classical and Latin American guitar styles, Cuban tres guitar, as well as music production using Ableton Live. Guitars and amplifiers are available for use during all sessions.

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  • Highly individualized classes include customized lesson plans and materials.

  • Featuring flexible scheduling for busy professionals.

  • Classes are organized for maximum efficiency and marked improvement.

  • Classes employ the latest technology and current musical philosophy.

  • Studies culminate periodically with a public performance or production of real recorded music, either composed, performed or produced by the student.

Renzo Staiano


Here's a basic overview of potential topics we could cover, filmed in the studio where lessons take place.


  • Weekly in-studio private classes are $80 an hour, paid monthly in advance (4-5 classes per month)

  • House calls in San Francisco and Oakland are available on a per-lesson basis: $120

Block rates are also available for busy professionals. Classes may be scheduled in advance on a regular OR per lesson basis (all classes not used within the 6 month period are forfeited)

  • 25 classes in a 6 month period: $1750

  • 12 classes in a 6 month period: $900


*Ask about special rates for music majors and professional musicians, and stay tuned for Skype lessons!

Previous Students

Here are some videos which feature people who have studies with Renzo in the past.

After an interesting night at a Midnight Movie (aided by funny treats) the band play a show at Bottom Of The Hill.

Excerpt from "I'm the only one"

Recorded "Darkest Blue from our upcoming release at Gadgetbox by Andy Zenczak. Video by George Chadwick.

Yashas Tune (Storm Nilson ) Matt Otto SAX Qasim Naqvi DRUMS Richard Giddens BASS Storm Nilson GUITAR live recording from Feb 2009 Wave Street Studios