Guitar Teacher/Music Teacher/Performer
Private Guitar Lessons
My name is Israel Saldana, and I teach private guitar lessons at my home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, as well as online through Zoom or Google Meet. Whether you are an adult who wants to learn a few songs, a high school student who wants to get into jazz band, or the parent of an elementary school student who wants to start from the beginning, I can help you or your child achieve your musical goals!
"Israel is a fantastic guitar teacher, willing to help both the absolute beginner as well as really accomplished players looking to hone their craft."
"Mr. Saldana is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. He has the ability to teach to anyone's music level and has a unique way of breaking down music so that a student can achieve a deeper understanding of musical concepts. I would recommend Mr. Saldana to anyone at any age."
"I was very young when I started lessons with Israel. He was patient, granting personalized, interest-based learning, and he always presented new opportunities to play live with him. That really sticks in my mind even today, some ten-fifteen years later, as something that grew my adolescent confidence just as much as my skill. Israel is not only a phenomenal teacher, but a good friend."
"I've enjoyed taking lessons and have learned a lot from Israel over the years. I have been able to play a song on stage with my grandfather at a recital. I highly recommend taking classes to any aspiring musicians that are looking to further their talent as a hobby or professionally."
"Our son has been taking lessons from Israel for a few years now. Israel is a great teacher, he keeps students interested and motivated. His lessons are engaging and educational. Our son enjoys them very much and has made great progress. Now we are looking forward to our younger son to grow up and start taking music lessons from Israel as well."
"Mr. Saldana is a great teacher! He learns his student's musical interests and creates very motivating lessons.
Mr. Saldana makes guitar lessons possible no matter what your schedule may look like. He is very accommodating... baseball season comes along, no problem, a big school project or test, no problem! This is so important for busy families and kids. They don't need to choose!
Very affordable and Mr. Saldana is very helpful if and when you need a new instrument.
Mr. Saldana is a great teacher! Not only does he do a great job teaching his students skills, but he also takes the time to have conversations about music with his students. He learns about his student's interests and always has something interesting to share whether it's about the Beatles or Nirvana!"
"Mr. Saldana is a gifted teacher, not just in conveying the technical aspects of playing music, but also in sharing a deep enthusiasm for the underlying fun and joy."
"Lessons with Mr. Saldana are awesome! Every lesson he meets you where you are at in your guitar development and makes learning it fun with music you enjoy and challenges you. He is incredibly patient, talented, can teach you any style and has an unending amount of resources. He puts a lot into each lesson and if you practice and work hard, you can get A LOT out of it!"
Remote Student Recital
In addition to teaching, I can also help with the following services:
Performances - Rock, Country, Musical Theater, Weddings/Events
Upcoming Gigs - Updated 12-6-23
January 26, 2024 - With Shanna Jackman, Valley Pub, Whittensville
January 20, 2024 - Lacquerhead, Partners Pub, Fitchburg
March 16, 2024 - Lacquerhead, Classics Pub, Fitchburg
April 13, 2024 - Lacquerhead, Partners Pub, Fitchburg
April 26, 2024 - With Shanna Jackman, Valley Pub, Whittensville
June 4, 2022 - Bolton Street Tavern - Sub guitar for Wicked Betty
June 11, 2022 - Shrewsbury Public Library - Student Recital
June 16, 2022 - Southwick Zoo - With Shanna Jackman Trio
June 17, 2022 - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion - Opening for Thomas Rhett - With Tailgates Down
June 24, 2022 - Southwick Zoo - With Tailgates Down
June 25, 2022 - Private Event
July 8, 2022 - Old Orchard Beach - With Tailgates Down
July 23, 2022 - Private Event - With Lacquerhead
July 29 - Kimball Farms - With Lacquerhead
August 6 - Partner's Pub - With Lacquerhead
August 21, 2022 - Scary Barry's Frenemies - Venue TBA
August 26, 2022 - With Shanna Jackman - Stanzy's - Peabody
September 10, 2022 - With Lacquerhead - Gardner Lithuanian Club, Gardner
September 11, 2022 - With Shanna Jackman - Indian Ranch
September 12, 2022 - With Lacquerhead, Lithuanian Club - Gardner
September 17, 2022 - With Tailgates Down - Rascals, James Street - Worcester
October 1, 2022 - With Tailgates Down - Yellow Brick Casino, New York
October 8, 2022 - With The Hotel Comforters - Venue TBA
October 14, 2022 - Private Event with Shanna Jackman and Tailgates Down
October 21, 2022 - With Wicked Betty and the Bad Habits - Lowell, MA
October 29, 2022 - Bass with Burncoat Pep Band - 10:30 am, O'Connell Field, Worcester
November 3, 2022 - Guitar Pit - Burncoat High School Fundraiser, 6-8 pm
November 4, 2022 - Guitar Pit - Burncoat High School Fundraiser, 6-8 pm
November 5, 2022 - Guitar Pit - Burncoat High School Fundraiser, 6-8 pm
November 19, 2022 - With The Hotel Comforters - Eastwood Club, Fitchburg
November 23, 2022 - With Shana Jackman/Tailgates Down - Devlin's Tavern, Bellingham 8-11 pm
December 17, 2022 - With Lacquerhead - Wachusett Brewery - 6-9pm
January 28, 2023 - Student Recital - Shrewsbury Public Library - 11am-1pm
January 28, 2023 - With The Hotel Comforters (Acoustic Duo) - Eastwood Club, Fitchburg 630-930 pm
February 3, 2023 - With Shanna Jackman/Tailgates Down - Exhibit A Brewing Company, Framingham, 7-9 pm
February 17, 2023 - With Shanna Jackman - Stanzy's Acoustic Ranch - Peabody, 7-9 pm
February 24, 2023 Man of La Mancha - Details soon
February 25, 2023 Man of La Mancha - Details soon
March 3, 2023, Man of La Mancha - Details soon (CANCELLED)
March 4 2023, Man of La Mancha - Details soon (CANCELLED)
March 5, 2023 - Man of La Mancha - Details soon (CANCELLED)
April 26, 2023 - Church Event, Westboro
April 27, 2023 - Church Event, Westboro
April 28, 2023 - Church Event, Westboro
April 29, 2023 - With Lacquerhead, Partners Pub, Fitchburg
May 27, 2023 - With Lacquerhead, Hollis Hills
June 17, 2023 - Wedding, Worcester
July 21, 2023 - With Shanna Jackman, Lookout Farm, Natick
July 22, 2023 - Private Event with Lacquerhead
July 22, 2023 - Private Event with Washy Washy
Jun 24, 2023 - Private Event with Shanna Jackman, St Mary's Church, Holliston
July 28, 2023 - Tin Rooster, Verona, NY
July 29, 2023 - Tin Rooster, Verona, NY
September 2, 2023 - Private Event, Marlboro
September 8, 2023 - With Lacquerhead, Hollis Hills, Fitchburg
September 16, 2023 - With Shanna Jackman. The Anchorage, Sunapee NH
October 7, 2023 - With Shanna Jackman, Mendon Country Festival
October 15, 2023 - With Lacquerhead, Partner's Pub, Fitchburg
November 22, 2023 - With Shanna Jackman, Gallifords, Mendon