Steve Dawson - Los Angeles based Professional Guitar Player & Instructor




I'm a Los Angeles-based guitar player & instructor, originally from NYC, who has worked & performed with many notable & versatile artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Ronnie Spector, Bill Burr, members of the Ramones, Dee Snider, Alan Cumming, members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jesse Malin, John Cameron Mitchell, Janiva Magness & Bridget Everett. I've toured throughout the world & performed at Carnegie Hall, Austin City Limits Festival & the Tampa Blues Festival, among many other venues. I've worked in TV - notably Jay Leno's Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien & run my personal guitar instruction classes, via in-home or online.



Having taught hundreds of students throughout over 25 years of professional experience, I've earned a reputation as a personable instructor who's maintained the integrity of focusing on what each student needs to enhance their individual & unique musical expression. I encourage their strengths, which I feel is the key to achieving my students goals.

I've privately tutored students on all levels & cover many playing styles & genres, including rock/pop/r&b, acoustic, classical, chord structures/harmony, music theory/sight reading, ear training/rhythm/phrasing & of course, TRANSCRIBING & TEACHING your FAVORITE CHOICE SONGS.

I focus on collaborating with other musicians & the importance of good communication with others in a group environment. I've worked closely for many years with the SCHOOL OF ROCK students, staff & perform at LA's PARAMOUNT ACADEMY OF MUSIC in Studio City.


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Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Ronnie Spector, CJ Ramone, Bill Burr, John Cameron Mitchell / Lena Hall (Hedwig & The Angry Inch), Jesse Malin, Janiva Magness (Grammy nominated Blues/Americana artist), Alan Cumming, Dee Snider, Bridget Everett (Amy Schumer/Comedy Central), Members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Corn Mo, Joan Jett/Blackhearts (Thommy Price),  Bianca Marroquin (Chicago, In The Heights, Solo Pido) & Muzz Skillings / Living Colour. I've been a member of NYC's Arlene Grocery Live Karaoke Band & regularly perform at LA's SOUNDCHECK LIVE/LUCKY STRIKE & ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT/WHISKY-A-GO-GO-.




The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Carnegie Hall / Bruce Springsteen Tribute w/ Ronnie Spector

Austin City Limits Festival

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

VH1 - "Opportunity Rocks" with Leif Garrett

NPR - "All Songs Considered"

Dane Cook's Tourgasm

MTV Europe

The World Cafe

BBC Radio 1

Sirius XM Radio


A knowledgeable Pro Tools / Digidesign user & has worked on many recording sessions as player, engineer or commercial/VO work composer, most recently for SPRINT, JANUVIA & ADAM FOLTIN.

Featured by Michael Molenda in Guitar Player Magazine - visit "HEAVY FROGS" to preview. 

For more music, visit my music page YouTube/MUSIC or SoundCloud.







Also available is the soundtrack score to "Absence", a psychological thriller, written & directed by Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer - directors of "Pet Sematary" - along with Chuck Palahniuks' ('FIGHT CLUB') executive production assistance. This was a collaboration between James Lord, Randy Lord & myself, under the name "THE ALDENTE QUAKERS"


I wrote, recorded & produced the audio to the computer animation, "Odbod", created by exhibiting artist Faye Maxwell at Hybrid Life Forms (Australian New Media Art) at The Netherlands New Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  






I'm the co-founder of The Fuzz Haunted, who's song "Tiger Balm" was the primary record chosen by NPR for their debut "ALL SONGS CONSIDERED" / Podcast. And if you like TFH, check out Slimbot.





During my years at The Magic Shop with founder & owner Steve Rosenthal, I worked with countless top-notch artists & engineers, including Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, Al Kooper, Monster Magnet, Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead, Juliana Hatfiled, Arto Lindsay, The Smithereens, Yo La Tengo, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Vivino, Joe Warda, Andrew Loog Oldham, John Agnello, Kevin Killen, Dave Sardy & Jerry Harrison. I assisted on the 1st "legitimate" mix & release of the "The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus". The Magic Shop's final days were prominently featured in Dave Grohl's 'Sonic Highways' HBO series with the Foo Fighters.






I currently live in Los Angeles, keep a busy schedule of music projects & remain an active guitar teacher. I've worked with hundreds of students for over 2 decades & still love turning people on to the guitar. It continues to bring me joy when someone becomes truly inspired by the power of music & the instrument that I believe in!

For information regarding GUITAR INSTRUCTION (via HOME or ONLINE) or bookings, please EMAIL via the contact page.


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