“With a sincere appreciation of each student’s journey in music, it is my absolute pleasure and honor to aid in their success no matter the goal. I feel that my contagious enthusiasm and understanding of songwriting, practicing, recording and performing would prove helpful in surpassing any plateau. Most of all, I just love everything about music, whether it’s playing, listening or talking about it.”

Eli Santana began playing guitar in 1992 and taking lessons from Rob Szajkowski. At the age of 15 Eli began performing live and recording with an array of bands and artists.
Eli received his Associate’s Degree from Mira Costa in 2002 where he studied Composition, Music Theory, Voice, Classical Guitar, Musicianship, Recording and Performance.

In 2004, Eli earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Northridge in Music Industry Studies where he received the Most Outstanding Student Award. While attending Northridge, Eli studied Composition, Ear Training, Song Writing, Choir, Steel Drums, Midi Programming, Piano and World Music. Eli was also fortunate enough to study classical guitar under world-renowned classical guitarist Steve Thachuk.

After college, Eli worked in the business side of the Music Industry, taking up employment at Capitol Records and Alfred Publishing.

Eli joined the band Holy Grail in 2008. After signing with Prosthetic Records in 2009, Holy Grail has recorded 2 EP’s and 2 full-length albums (“Crisis in Utopia” was in Revolver Magazine’s top 20 albums of 2010) and has been able to work with production greats Matt Hyde (Slayer, Strung Out, Children of Bodom, etc…) and Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, Perfect Circle, Hollywood Undead, etc….). HG has toured all over North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Japan and Australia playing such festivals as Download, Loud Park, Soundwave, Hammerfest and Wacken and touring with 3 Inches of Blood, Amon Amarth, Exodus, Dragonforce, Blind Guardian, etc…

Subjects Taught

Classical, Pop, Blues, Rock, Metal, R&B, Reggae, The Sky's the Limit!

 

Ear Training, Reading Music, Composition, Music Theory, Advanced Shred Guitar, Solo Construction, Individuality/Style Developement, Performance

Equipment

ESP Guitars, EMG Pickups, Dunlop Picks and Strings, ENGL Amps and MXR Pedals.

Locations I Teach

Skype - Online Lessons, Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, San Marcos

Influences

Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen, Cacophony, Muse, and Katy Perry

 

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