For the very first time in his long and illustrious career, veteran musician Billy Hinsche is offering personalized, one to one guitar and piano lessons from his home in Las Vegas via SKYPE video. All you need is a computer with a camera, a SKYPE account, and a desire to learn. Billy says, “It's never too late to learn how to play guitar.”

Billy with guitar

Getting Started

Download and install SKYPE:
Link for MAC users
Link for Windows users

Chose a SKYPE name and password — it's easy and FREE.

For any questions regarding guitar or piano lessons, you can send a private message to Billy on Facebook or you can email Billy — serious inquiries only, please.

Watch Billy's promo video!


Billy says, “You are invited into my home — and I look forward to working with you in the familiar and comfortable setting of your own living room, den, office or wherever. I have a casual, unstructured approach to my lessons and I think we can have some fun while learning how to play the guitar. My stories and anecdotes about the incredible people I have met and worked with over the last 45 years, the advice on your career and how to be a better professional musician, and my rock 'n' roll travel tips are all free — but here's what my personalized guitar lessons will cost.”


Package One: Making a commitment to four (4) 30 minute lessons and paying for all the lessons in advance: $275 (cost would be $300 if paid by the lesson) — a savings of $25.

Package Two: Making a commitment to four (4) 60 minute lessons and paying for all the lessons in advance: $450 (cost would be $500 if paid by the lesson) — a savings of $50.

Package Three: Making a commitment to four (4) 90 minute lessons and paying for all the lessons in advance: $650 (cost would be $700 if paid by the lesson) — a savings of $50.

All payments must be made by credit card using the PayPal system and by sending all US dollar payments to Once your payment has been received, Billy will contact you via Facebook messaging or by email to discuss your personal goals and to schedule your lesson.


Billy is a founding member of the '60s pop group Dino, Desi & Billy, longtime touring and recording member of the Beach Boys Band, the Carl Wilson Band, and the Brian Wilson Band and is currently the Musical Director for the Al Jardine Band.

He has also worked with, recorded with, or shared the stage with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page, Nigel Olsson, Joe Walsh, Paul Simon, Ronnie Spector, Steve Miller, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Joan Jett, Willie Nelson, Darlene Love, Billy Joel, Julio Iglesias, Chicago, La Toya Jackson, America, The Doobie Brothers, David Cassidy, Three Dog Night, Van Dyke Parks, Lowell George, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, Denny Laine, The Moody Blues, Gordon Waller, Roger McGuinn, Jan & Dean, Burton Cummings, Belinda Carlisle, Paul Shaffer, Max Weinberg, Eric Carmen, Christopher Cross, The Everly Brothers, Charles Lloyd, Glen Campbell, Sugar Ray, Ambrosia, Matthew Sweet, The Captain & Tennille, Sonny & Cher, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Righteous Brothers, John Sebastian, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty, Carnie & Wendy Wilson and many, many others.

As a songwriter, Billy has written songs with Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson and his songs have been recorded by Dean Martin, Nelson Riddle, Carl Wilson and Dino, Desi & Billy. He has written a network television theme song “Automan” and one of his compositions “Patria” appeared in the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Television Special. His solo CDs include Bay of Plenty, Mixed Messages and Billy Hinsche Live at The Cannery.

He has appeared on every major television show of the '60s including Shindig, Shivaree, Hullabaloo, Mike Douglas, Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s Thanksgiving Day Special, Where the Action Is and the Ed Sullivan Show. Other televised appearances include Solid Gold, The Midnight Special, Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, The Beach Boys 25th Anniversary from Hawaii, Live Aid and Farm Aid.

Billy has performed at every major prestigious venue in the world including the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, the LA Forum, the LA Coliseum, the Rose Bowl, the Hula Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Boston Garden, the Georgia Dome, The Spectrum, Soldier Field, Oakland Stadium, Foxboro Stadium, Giants Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, JFK Stadium, Riverfront Stadium, RFK Stadium, Wembley Stadium (UK), the Canadian National Exhibition Place, Maple Leaf Gardens, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Pine Knob Theater, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and many more; including performances for Presidents Carter, Ford and Bush (Sr.) and a special show at the White House for President and Mrs. Reagan and the Kennedy family's Special Olympics organization.

As an archivist, he has licensed rare historical footage and has appeared as a spokesperson in television documentaries and DVDs about the Beach Boys including The Beach Boys: An American Band (1985), Endless Harmony for VH-1 (1998), Brian Wilson for A&E Biography (1999), Andere Tijden on the making of the Beach Boys' Holland (Netherlands 2009), Brian Wilson Songwriter (UK 2010) and is a noted documentary filmmaker himself having produced and directed Dennis Wilson Forever — Interviews with the People Who Knew Him Best, 1974 — On the Road with The Beach Boys, The Road Well Traveled, Know the Road, One in a Million, and is currently working on a new film about the late Carl Wilson. He made a well received video called Play Songs of the Beach Boys for Homespun Tapes and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Motion Pictures/Television from UCLA.

Billy sits on the Board of Directors for the Carl Wilson Foundation.


“The Internet is a blessing, for sure, but having access to Billy Hinsche to teach me guitar via the Internet was a godsend! His patience and technique is so far superior to anything I have ever encountered and his stories alone are worth the price of admission!”
Scott Sandler (Scottsdale, AZ)

“It is a great honor to say that I have rock 'n' roll legend Billy Hinsche as a music teacher. As a founding member of Dino, Desi & Billy and his many years working with the legendary Beach Boys, his knowledge and musical talent is second to none. You will never find a better teacher.”
Michael Roberts (Henderson, NV)

“I love taking lessons from Mr. Hinsche and have been a student of his for over two years. He makes learning fun because he sings and he sometimes plays the piano. Playing guitar has helped me to learn the violin in orchestra at school. I have moved up a level and am way ahead of my class!”
Brooke Harrison (age 11, Boulder City, NV)

“Working with Billy has taught me more about music theory, various techniques, improvisation and hints on showmanship than I could ever have learned anywhere else.”
Louis Gorts (Summerlin, NV)

“Billy is the type of teacher who can take from hearing the music, to feeling the music.”
Fred Messina (Anthem, NV)

“I cannot say enough about Mr. Billy Hinsche. Aside from being incredibly gifted, I'd be willing to bet he has more experience in the actual music industry than almost anyone else in his field. What I've found most impressive about him though is his unique ability to reach children. In a situation where mistakes are unavoidable and the student finds it difficult to sit in one place for longer than five minutes, this rare quality is of immeasurable importance.”
Tahnee Harrison (Boulder City, NV)