Lightning Joe’s Guitar Heaven Lessons

Private lessons/$125-$200 Per Month

Available Tuesday-Saturday / 12pm-5pm

One Half Hour or Hour Lesson Per Week

Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced


Given on our top floor, all three lesson rooms have a spacious and inspirational atmosphere. Lessons are available for guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, violin, harmonica and vocal.

Lesson Rooms:



Robin White

Robin has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He has played in several local bands, including the Slo Motion Blues Band, Stone Fusion and Rockin’ Robin. Robin was the musical director for the Peggy Penny television show for over 10 years. He has also produced several original albums for himself and other local artists. Robin has been teaching guitar, bass and ukulele at Lightning Joe’s for 15 years. With Robin you will learn and develop the tools required for independent learning of your favorite songs. Technique and chord knowledge with a touch of music theory will be the class focus. Robin’s main influences are The Beatles, Billy Joel and Boston.








Toan Chau

Toan is a working professional musician and has 33 years experience as a guitar player. He plays in a variety of local bands including Cuesta Ridge, The Gipsy All Stars, Shantastics and more, in addition to solo performances. Over the past 23 years, Toan has taught private lessons off and on, which makes him a great addition to the team. Styles/genres of music that he likes to teach are blues, slide blues guitar, rock, country, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, funk and classical, and teaches acoustic and electric guitar (beginner to intermediate), bass (beginner), and banjo (beginner). Toan has a open and flexible approach to teaching, where he helps the student focus on what they like to learn and play while providing knowledge and insight to help you reach your musical goals.







Charlie Foppiano

Charlie is a second generation working musician that graduated from Musicians Institute in 2008 with an Associates Degree and has made a living playing and teaching for 13 years here on the Central Coast. His self described “Musical ADD” has aided him in absorbing a variety of genres and styles over the years, and takes pride in his ability at teaching and communicating what he has learned to brand new beginners to more advanced players. Charlie teaches guitar, bass, and ukulele and prefers to work with his students to craft a curriculum suited specifically to their interests, as well as the musical theory and techniques required achieve their goals. Also, with Charlie’s many years of studio recording experience, he is the perfect choice for students interested in learning the ins and outs of home recording and the knowledge necessary to teach themselves what they need to know to get started. Anyone looking to improve their skills will have a great time learning with Charlie, whatever they’re trying to accomplish.