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Jeremy P.

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Starting at $35
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor of Art in Music from Sonoma State University
  • Teaching since 2006
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Jeremy P.

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Work on any subjects you'd like to cover! Whether you want to accompany yourself singing, learn to play Bach, or learn country, blues, jazz, rock, or a little bit of everything, we can customize your lessons to work on what you want to learn! Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

About Jeremy

I began playing guitar by ear around age ten. I learned rock songs from records for a few years, and then I began a more serious study of theory in high school. Over the next several years I alternated between pursuing my music degree and playing in bands around the midwest. In 2004, I transferred f

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Aloha! I am a student from Hawaii! Wow, my words are not enough to express how awesome Jeremy is as a teacher. What a wonderful person he is, he is so friendly and patient. It is extremely difficult for me to learn anything but he make it super easy. It’s also really cool that he has an online option so I can learn anywhere. I must say, I am very proud of myself and how much I’ve accomplished through his teachings. I highly recommend Jeremy and you will not regret it! Amazing teacher and I am grateful. Thank you Jeremy and please don’t ever stop teaching! Mahalo!
Michelle C.
Great teacher. Takes time to answer questions Very thorough
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Francesca V.

104 Reviews
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Starting at $125
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • BM, Vocal Performance from CSULA
  • Teaches students 3 to 75
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Francesca V.

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Francesca has played guitar for since 1987. She can tailor lessons to any style comfortably with a background in classical and commercial music. Francesca's first language was guitar.

About Francesca

Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast array of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage with a chamber orchestra as she is with a rock band.

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Heather
Francesca is wonderful. My son has developed a love of learning piano and reading music. He looks forward to every lesson. I have never had to remind him to practice- he seeks opportunities to share what he is learning and is eager to share his progress with Francesca every week. She is supportive and motivating. I know she loves to develop a love music in her students by her obvious dedication to developing their love and understanding of music.
Nicole L.
My 7 year old son won't stop singing so I figured I'd put him in some lessons. She's a good mix of patient and fun while still keeping him on track. I thought it would just be a lot of scales, but she teaches him all aspects about singing/performance and uses his favorite genres to teach them. Excellent instructor!
Andrea D.
I've been working with Francesca for a few months now, and I feel I've grown so much. Prior to this I've sparsely attempted to play instruments, but she has taken her knowledge and passion and been able to pass that on to me while constantly reminding me that one day I will be good. And I believe it! I've come a long way to establish a regular practice routine, still working on it with her, and I have high expectations for the future. I recommend her to my own people and I recommend her to you.
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Jordan M.

118 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Awarded 2013 Award for Outstanding Graduate Student - Music - from San Diego State University School of Music and Dance Faculty
  • Teaching since 2003
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Jordan M.

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Learn guitar in a relaxed, encouraging environment with a friendly expert :) Experienced guitar teacher for over 15 years and more than 11,000 lessons taught. Posture, hand position, chords, strumming, lead guitar, soloing, scales, and most importantly - your favorite songs!

About Jordan

1. All my students feel like rock stars! Each lesson is fun and enriching. 2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances. *Experienced teacher and professional musician. *Has performed with: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bobby Kimball former lead si

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Ethan A.
Thank you so much for a great first lesson!
Jeff C.
Jordan is a professional, first class person and instructor
Thaddeus
JJordan was patient and instructive. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for a novice like me.
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Andrew C.

85 Reviews
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Starting at $55
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies/Music Education from University of the Arts
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Andrew C.

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Fun and personalized lessons for aspiring Guitarists of all ages. Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced, my years of experience can show you a practical approach to learning music and exploring the guitar. Enjoy learning your favorite songs in a relaxed environment at my studio or online from the comfort of your own home. My students have many different musical tastes and lessons are always unique from person to person. Learn at your own pace. I build my program around your interests and goals. Become the musician you've always wanted to be and have fun doing it!

About Andrew

Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University o

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Awesome lesson.
Hannah
Andrew has been a fantastic guitar instructor! I organized lessons for my godson to see if he would develop an interest and he loves it! Andrew is patient, great at providing tailored instruction based on the student's ability, is always positive, and makes it enjoyable. I highly recommend Andrew!
Jeff C.
Andrew does a great job with these lessons. He's a great instructor, is very patient, and has a great personality for teaching. Very happy that we went with him and I would definitely recommend him!
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Avi B.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • BA in Music from CUNY City College of New York
  • Teaching since 2007
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Avi B.

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Experienced Guitar teacher of over 10 years available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of musical and critical listening skills. I specialize in rock, punk, metal, progressive, pop, and blues, and have cultivated my own curriculum which is personalized to each student.

Here are the tools available to use during lessons: Ovation Celebrity, Gibson SG Standard, Schechter Diamond Series, Marshall AVT50, Digitech RP500 effects pedal, and Logic Pro X.

Want to learn to play your favorite songs and find out why they're your favorite songs? I'm your guy!

Note: I also do double-lessons for parents/guardians and kids or friends to learn together. For this option, please choose the “60min— $120” offer. Thanks and see you soon!

About Avi

***COVID-19 UPDATE: Until authorities have deemed it safe, all of my lessons will take place online. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this strange and important time.*** Greetings! My name’s Avi and I’m committed to getting you to rock your heart out as quickly as possible.

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Dominick
Absolutely amazing teacher. Helped me work out some fundamental issues I had and then moved on to more of theory and workshopping.
Very knowledgeable and very helpful.
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Brendon R.

21 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Awarded Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP Foundation
  • Teaching since 2009
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Brendon R.

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I teach good playing technique and broadly applicable musical knowledge by working on music you actually want to play. I've played and worked with students on Bach sonatas, Dylan/Donovan style fingerpicking, jazz comping and solos, rock, metal and punk riffs, Steve Vai-esque two-hand tapping, as well as songwriting, music theory, and aural skills, so no matter what kind of music you like or how you're looking to improve, chances are I can help take you do it. Intermediate level and above.

About Brendon

I have taught music extensively for the past 15+ years in a variety of settings, including teaching private guitar lessons at Saint David's School in Manhattan, teaching private composition lessons and TA'ing two electronic music courses at Yale; teaching guitar and musicianship in public elementary

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David
Brendon helped me get started writing songs / producing music. Brendon was very helpful getting past anxieties with getting started and feeling overwhelmed by all the possible ways you can go about making music. Each week he had suggestions on how to improve the structure of my music. Also, he was willing to go wherever my interests were at.
Furthermore, he's nice.
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The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $28 and $300 per hour.
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"After my very first guitar lesson ever, I'm happy to have Matt as a teacher. He is very good at communicating and seems very knowledgeable. I look forward to growing under his instruction."
Dakota
Took Guitar lessons from Mathew M.
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"Kelvin is a phenomenal teacher of classical guitar. Our teenage son wanted to take classical lessons for a while, after having happily done a couple years with School of Rock. He and Kelvin meshed well, and I feel our son learned a lot over the course of a couple more years.

When one of us had a schedule conflict, we had the ability to do a lesson via Skype. Let me tell you, that came in mighty handy in the winter of 2019.

Schedule with Kelvin; I am certain you'll be glad that you did."
Angela
Took Guitar lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Brandi is a great teacher and I love taking lessons with her. I tried to teach myself how to play the guitar and I couldn't figure it out. It's nice to have a very knowledgeable teacher who has similar taste in music.
See You Next Week!"
Monica DeShay
Took Guitar lessons from Brandi B.
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"My daughter is 8years old, beginning to play guitar.
He is patient with her and know what he's doing. We are happy with Eric's guitar lesson 👍"
Bobae
Took Guitar lessons from Eric L.
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"I started working with LeRoy over a year ago, after 10 years not picking up my guitar at all. He has been extremely helpful across a variety of topics that range from very basic to advanced. His teaching style is very approachable , and he is able to customize content of lessons to match your needs at the time."
Bob
Took Guitar lessons from LeRoy B.
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"This guy is incredible. He creates a safe space where you feel inspired to improvise and experiment with music. He showed me songs that changed my music taste and playing style completely. The best part of learning with him is that it feels like you are jamming with a good friend. He not only is an incredible musician but also a great mentor. I have only good things to say about Charlie"
Larry B
Took Guitar lessons from Charlie M.
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"Enjoyed my first lesson. Onward..."
Rick
Took Guitar lessons from Oliver H.
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"Andrea is an excellent teacher. He does not only teaches an instrument: he can really share with you his passion for music, he puts everything in perspective and let you follow your personal taste for music. He's great..."
Saverio
Took Guitar lessons from Andrea B.
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"Very pleased with my son's first class. He is very excited for many more lessons with Cole."
DJ
Took Guitar lessons from Russell P.
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Private Guitar Lessons and Classes

The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments of all time. The versatility of the instrument, along with its iconic tone, makes it a favorite for new and experienced musicians alike.

Acoustic, electric, and classical guitars can all be adapted and used to play a variety of genres of music. Guitar players are capable of both stealing the show and providing rhythmic support to the rest of the band. Whether you want to take the stage or just play for fun at home, private guitar lessons help you reach your musical goals in the fastest way possible.

Although a world-class rock star may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the guitar, there is a wide range of possibilities with the instrument. Jazz, country, folk, pop, or classical music can a

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ll fit gracefully on the fretboard, providing countless avenues for musical expression.

Guitar classes make your music learning journey as fun and efficient as it can be. With every in-person or online guitar lesson, your knowledge of the fretboard will expand, and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your musical goals.

While everyone has their reasons for wanting to take guitar lessons, there are some benefits to learning music that you may not be aware of. Let’s dive into the many reasons to pick up the guitar, which topics your guitar teacher will cover, and how to improve your skills as quickly as possible!

Many Reasons to Take Guitar Classes

There are plenty of reasons to pick up the guitar besides just looking cool. Thanks to the versatility and mobility of the instrument, it wields great social power in a variety of settings. With an acoustic guitar and a few songs up your sleeve, you can bring groups of people together in song, anywhere you go.

Playing the guitar also imparts several mental benefits. Reading musical notation, guitar tabs, and chords can improve your memory and concentration. Plus, the skills needed to play guitar improve your hand-eye coordination, listening abilities, and multitasking prowess. With time, practicing guitar will strengthen your hands, wrists, and arms, improving dexterity and flexibility.

The benefits aren’t just for adults, either. Learning guitar enriches a child's development by improving cognitive ability, motor skills, academic abilities, and confidence. Playing the guitar has also been shown to be a useful therapy for children with ADHD, as it directs a child's energy toward a creative pursuit and improves their focus and discipline.

Topics You'll Learn in Private Guitar Lessons

With a private teacher, you can learn to play the exact style of music you love. The genre of music and type of guitar that you ultimately want to play will dictate which techniques you learn and how your guitar instructor plans your lessons. In addition, guitar lessons for kids will differ greatly in terms of content and teaching style than guitar lessons for adults will.

With in-person and online guitar classes, you'll benefit from receiving prompt feedback and lesson plans that are tailored to your needs. As you learn to play guitar, you'll practice fingering, picking, and strumming techniques, learn about your instrument and its care, and you’ll develop a solid understanding of music theory. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Guitar Lessons

The goal of guitar lessons for beginners is to establish a strong foundation of fundamental skills, techniques, and theory. The topics learned in beginner lessons will be used during a lifetime of playing guitar. Lessons at this level may cover the following topics:

  • How to tune and hold your guitar
  • How to hold a pick
  • Introduction to music theory
  • Reading music notation, guitar tablature (tabs), and chords
  • Basic chords
  • Fretting, strumming, and picking
  • Guitar anatomy
  • Basic guitar care and re-stringing

Your guitar teacher will break these concepts down in an understandable way and set out achievable goals to help you progress. Do you have a particular song you’d like to learn? Let your teacher know.

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Guitar Lessons

Intermediate guitar classes are designed to take your skills to the next level while you practice playing your desired genre of music. At this stage, you can start to widen your perspective of the instrument and branch out into other styles as well. With intermediate lessons, your guitar teacher may cover the following topics:

  • Open chords and power chords
  • Advanced strumming patterns
  • Intermediate riffs and licks
  • Barre chords
  • Extended chords
  • Major, minor, and pentatonic scales
  • Position playing
  • Alternate tunings
  • Modes, arpeggios, and more!

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Guitar Lessons

Advanced lessons are intended for musicians who have already had plenty of practice and experience on the instrument. In advanced lessons, guitar players sharpen their techniques and practice improvisation, as well as take on challenging pieces of music. They'll also receive professional advice regarding the music business, auditions, and performances. Lessons often cover the following topics:

  • Advanced rhythmic techniques
  • Alternate and sweep picking
  • Legato phrasing
  • Right-hand tapping
  • String skipping
  • Solo artistry
  • Improvisation
  • Performance preparation
  • Composition and songwriting

Wondering how long it’ll take you to master the guitar? This can vary depending on the frequency of lessons and how often you practice, but if you’re dedicated to learning, most students can play several easy songs within one to two months.

Learn with In-Person and Online Guitar Classes

When you're ready to learn guitar, you can easily find the perfect guitar teacher right here at TakeLessons. You'll find hundreds of instructors offering acoustic and electric guitar lessons both in-person and online, to students of all ages. Online guitar lessons are an excellent option for kids and parents with busy schedules, who would prefer to learn from the comfort of home!

Browsing through our teachers’ profiles, you'll see that many are experienced in the music business and have years of teaching experience. Plus, all TakeLessons teachers are required to pass a thorough background check.

In order to narrow down your options, we recommend looking for a teacher who specializes in your preferred genre and style of guitar music. You can also read through reviews left by other students and ask the teacher any questions you may have about lessons. 

Once you've selected a teacher, give one of our friendly Student Counselors a call to schedule your very first TakeLessons guitar class. With a private guitar instructor, you'll be well on your way to becoming the rock star you’ve always dreamed of being!

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