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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Boston

Derrick C.

Dedham, MA
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Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA
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Albino M.

Cambridge, MA
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Derrick C. Dedham, MA

The are four basic levels to which I try to develop students' ability. In the beginning, I focus on getting students comfortable with the instrument, showing them some songs they'll have fun with, and developing the dexterity in their hands. You'll get a huge amount of help from in learning songs as I'll give you sheet music, play along with you, and basically talk you through being able to play the song.

Once you're comfortable learning songs with that amount of help, I'll start giving you sheet music and having you take it home and practice, and then go over questions or problems you may have the next week.

When you're able to teach yourself songs from sheet music, then I'll start giving you some easy songs to try to learn by ear. I'll give you some hints in the beginning about what chords are used, or what key the song is in, but eventually I'll take the training wheels off and throw you in the pool, so to speak, and make you learn the songs by ear, and then tell you if you ...

About Derrick

I've been playing the guitar for twenty-six years now, and I've been working as a guitar teacher for the last twenty years. I've been making a living as a guitar teacher in the Boston area for fourteen years now, and I teach in two locations - Brighton and Dedham. Prior to that I also taught at Guitar Attention Center in Springfield, Ohio while I was in college, where I graduated with honors at Wright State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications. I've also played in a variety of original and cover bands, and have written a number of songs of my own. I'm working on recording these as instrumentals in my home studio. I also play in a rock cover band called Element 78. We play out every weekend, and even on some Sundays. The singer and I have also started doing some

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Bill V. May 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Terrific teacher!
Derrick does a great job of mixing fun and fundamentals. I'm a beginner, and I'm stoked to keep playing after my lessons.
I highly recommend Derrick!
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santoshn July 26, 2012
Good

He is so good at Guitar... nice to learn and much to learn from him.
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DannyL December 28, 2011
Great

Great instructor answer question in a very simple manner so you can understand it.
Bil M. Dorchester Center, MA

About Bil

I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80’s and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun. I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point. In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead ...

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Genevieve N. December 7, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
Gifted teacher and musician

His method of teaching is amazing. He makes music accessible and joyful. I feel challenged without being intimidated. This experience is so valuable because of his ability to bring out the musician inside of me and to help me understand why and how to make beautiful sounds.
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India E. September 6, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
A born teacher

Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to music in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week.
Albino M. Cambridge, MA

I have been playing guitar for 15 years and Graduated From Berklee College Of music.

About Albino

Albino was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords. Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Albino began to play in a number of local bands. As with his home-made guitar, Albino wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds. While studying music education and Performance at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about the Berklee School of Music in ...

Phillip G.

Cambridge, MA
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Jay M.

Somerville, MA
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Christopher S.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Phillip G. Cambridge, MA

Guitar is my primary instrument. I have dabbled in a large variety of styles including irish folk, jazz standards, free improvisation, funk, rock, classical, blues, and more. I can help students of all levels achieve their musical goals on this instrument and discover new musical worlds.

About Phillip

Education: ---------------- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Tufts University 2012 Currently pursuing two Masters of Arts Degrees at Longy School of Music of Bard College: Composition & Modern American Music (Guitar Performance). Expected to graduate spring 2015 Teaching Experience ---------------------------- -2 years experience teaching private lessons. -Camp counselor, piano teacher, and recorder teacher at Tufts' Summer Community Music camp. Worked with an age rage of 5 - 12. -Tutored a local composer the music notation software Sibelius. -13 years experience with guitars. Lesson Plan ----------------- I want to gear our lessons towards what the student is most interested in learning. We will talk about personal goals (ex. master a favorite song, write ...

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Traci D. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Unbelievable, Phillip is so patient w/ our 6 yr old son. He makes him eager to learn. Our son cant wait until Phillip comes over for guitar ! He wishes it was every day !
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Traci D. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Unbelievable, Philip has been so patient . Our 6 yr old is so excited when he comes for the lesson. He wishes it was every day !!
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Rebecca J. August 30, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Phil has only given my daughter one lesson but we have been very impressed with his patience and calm demeanor. When we have more lessons I will add to this
Jay M. Somerville, MA

I like to structure our lessons together based on your goals, regardless of your level of experience. We will work together to get you playing the songs you want, and learning new techniques to meet those goals.

For beginners, I'll ask for examples of the music you'd like to be playing, and we'll start with some basic chords that you'll need to play that music. Then we'll move on to more advanced techniques, and keep it fun!

For intermediate and advanced players, we'll talk about where you feel your strengths and weaknesses are in playing and practicing, and work together to push to your next level of music-making. If you are interested in learning (and it's a great benefit!), we will also focus on reading and improvisation skills.

No matter your experience, I want to work *with* you, not against you — I love students who ask questions and tell me when they need something to be clarified. We'll keep it fun, but focused. I look forward to working with you!

About Jay

Jay is a guitarist, composer, theater artist, and music director. He is originally from the Capital District of New York, but has lived in the Boston area since 2012. He started playing guitar at the age of five, and has a broad range of experience in many styles, including folk, rock, classical, jazz, blues, experimental, and several other genres. Jay teaches guitar students at all levels of experience in diverse styles. His creative work has lead him many places, including directing an arts program at a summer camp in the Adirondacks, and fixing pipe organs in Maine. He received his training at New England Conservatory, Bard College Conservatory, and Fredonia State University of New York, where he studied classical guitar performance, music education, voice performance, and ...

Christopher S. Jamaica Plain, MA

The guitar is a fantastic and extremely popular instrument. Many people can pick up a guitar and play a few chords, or sing one song. I strong urge guitarist who come to me to be interested in learning the musician aspects of the guitar as well. Most people who learn to play an instrument have to learn theory, scales, and harmony as well. On the guitar you do not have to learn these things to be able to "play" the instrument but I urge people to because that will show in the music you make.

About Christopher

Welcome! My name is Christopher S. and I am a classical guitarist, song writer, and experienced music teacher. I began learning music when I was nine on the piano however by the time I turned twelve I discovered my passion for the guitar. I began by learning songs and playing in band with some of my school friends. This was the start of my journey into music. I started with blues, rock, and pop music but I quickly moved into more complex genres such as funk and Jazz music. In college I began my studies of the historically endless and huge world of classical music. This is also when I began teaching and taking students of guitar. I studied classical music at Hofstra University and completed my degree at Humboldt State University in Northern California. After earning my degree I began ...

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Oscar S. January 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great guitar teacher! He is teaching my 11 year old son and you can see his improvement week to week. Very patient and flexible when needed, I would recommend him to all.
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Mary D. November 19, 2014
Italian · Online
Verified Student
Christopher has been able to cater the lessons to my specific level of fluency in Italian. He has been organized and has given suggestions that have been helpful.
Bravo
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danny P. October 29, 2014
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Christopher was very knowledgeable of his profession and patient with my 5 years old daughter. He has done extremely great job on online lessons.

Learning the Guitar in Boston, MA

By Khris M. - Boston Guitar Teacher

TakeLessons is dedicated to providing quality guitar lessons in Boston with top instructors. Boston is a great place to take guitar lessons because this city is home to many great music schools (including Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory to name a few) and is an epicenter for music and the arts.

Boston’s world-renowned music schools have played a part in the lives of some of the world’s most talented guitarists from every genre, including John Mayer, Steve Vai, Pat Metheny and many others. The TakeLessons instructors who teach guitar lessons in Boston have had the unique opportunity to attend some of the most prestigious music institutions in the world and can therefore offer some of the best ...

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