Bio, links, teaching subjects, testimonials

Growing up in a musical and artistic household, Angela first picked up the guitar at the age of 9 and quickly immersed herself in many styles of music. At 13 began studying under established Blues guitarist Jimmy Scott. Angela received a degree in Communication Studies from UCLA and interned at a local record company, working with artists including The Bangles, Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees. In 2013, Angela founded the band Roses & Cigarettes with Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jenny Pagliaro. Roses & Cigarettes released a self-titled debut in 2015, the “Acoustic Sessions” EP in 2018, and released their sophomore album, Echoes and Silence, in 2019. Roses & Cigarettes opened for Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters, Jim Lauderdale, Luther Dickinson, Marc Broussard, The Record Company, Amanda Shires, Elizabeth Cook, Striking Matches, Eric Tessmer and Radney Foster among others. 

Angela can be seen playing her favorite guitar riffs on her popular Instagram page as well as demoing guitars as host of “Petrilli Picks” on the Norman’s Rare Guitars YouTube Channel. Angela currently resides in Los Angeles with her many, many awesome guitars. She is sponsored by Fender Guitars, C.F. Martin and Co., Fishman Transducers, and D’Addario Strings.

 Angela Petrilli  subjects:     

  • Intro to Slide - "Tone in the hands" 
  •  Intro to Hybrid Picking   
  • How to prepare for a gig  
  • Soloing As a Conversation   
  • Building your Brand on Social Media   
  • "Online and Real Life:" Being a Well Rounded Musician


“I have played guitar since I was in my teen years. I never had formal learning which limited how far I could play. Angela has brought such clarity to understanding the guitar and music theory that has greatly increased my ability and enjoyment of playing. Her lessons have direct application to improved playing! Thank you Angela!” 

Eric T. - (Skype Student) 

“As an absolute beginner to music/guitar, taking guitar lessons with Angela is an absolute pleasure and there is an excitement to practice with what she has taught. Angela explains in each of her lessons and the logic behind the lesson in a clear and detailed way that is logical, complete and comprehensive.  Angela makes learning the guitar fun but will also keep you accountable and honest with your technique. If I have any questions in between lessons, Angela responds promptly and encourages any additional questions to be asked.  I wish I had started lessons with her years ago!” 

Richard C. – (Skype Student) 

“As a guitar player of over 20 years including live and session experience, after already a few lessons Angela has helped me to hone in on exactly what I want to learn to help me truly find my own voice. She strikes the perfect balance among fostering creativity while teaching history, theory and technique, and harnessing soulful enjoyment of the instrument. I am privileged to be Angela’s student and look forward to continued growth and maturation as a blues and classic rock guitarist. And she’s a blast to play with!” 

Joel H. - (Skype Student) 

"Angela Petrilli is a gifted musician with a lovely touch on both electric and acoustic guitars. The first session we did together involved cutting live rhythm section tracks with bass, drums, and guitars on four songs. We got everything done with enough time for overdubs and even a little backwards guitar solo tape experiment.” 

Chris Schlarb - Producer (Terry Reid, Mike Watt, Swamp Dogg)