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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Minneapolis

Diedrich W.

Minneapolis, MN
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Mark F.

Chanhassen, MN
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Jason S.

Chaska, MN
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Diedrich W. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Country Singing, Ear Training, Guitar, Harmonica, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I hold a Music and English degree from Hamline University, but that doesn't make me a good teacher. I've played professionally for over 25 years, have taught English as a Second Language, Hockey and Audio Engineering, taught people age 5 to 75, and have taught private music lessons full time in Minneapolis for the past 9 years, but this doesn't make me a good teacher. What makes me a good teacher is that I have an infectious love of music and a passionate commitment to helping people. I do have specialties, like helping singer/songwriters develop their lyrics, arrangements, voice, and performance as well as helping artists get through creativity blocks, stage fright and preparing for studio recording. My experience as a producer, studio musician and audio engineer has allowed me to understand what an artist needs from writing a song to releasing a CD that represents who you are at your best. I love what I do whether you have aspirations to be a professional musician or simply want you or your child to enjoy playing an instrument for yourself or friends and family.

*** Lesson Details ***
From the first lesson, my students learn, they grow, they feel good about themselves - and they get results. Whether adult, teenager or child, I find out what music inspires and I use this music to give access to learning regardless of level. Whether a Disney song, the Doors, or Debussy, I fuel your lesson with what lights you up. I am positive, attentive and also discerning. Quickly, I find out what learning style works best for my student; by ear, visually, or intellectually, and I spend the time to customize their materials and lesson plans to an extraordinary degree. If a student thrives with me being highly energized, or with me being more mellow, or if they have special needs, I'‚™m able to adapt to what works best for my student. It is a joy and privilege to be a teacher, but especially a music teacher!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have instruments, amps, laptop, mics...anything we need.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I often allow new students to use a loaner guitar of mine until they feel comfortable committing to purchasing their own. I help them find the right guitar for themselves by searching for used gear and accompanying them to the store. I provide all audio files and written materials.

*** Specialties ***
I teach ALL styles. I most often teach students wanting to play and sing songs from pop, show tunes, alternative, country, rock, singer/songwriter and jazz standards. I specialize in songwriting and often my students create their own compositions regardless of level. Improvisation (just playing!) is also a key part of my teaching.

Mark F. Chanhassen, MN

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar

About Me

Dear Students and Parents,
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. I played in various rock bands for fun growing up and then developed a passion for acoustic finger-style guitar playing by songwriters like James Taylor. While still in high school, I opened a concert for Livingston Taylor (James Taylor's™ brother). After high school I decided to pursue my passion for guitar in college and received my Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance studying with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. I also love to write music so after graduating from SMU I went out to Los Angeles and worked in the film music industry at Warner Bros. Studios for many years. I am currently working at MakeMusic, Inc., a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop innovative solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned, and performed. I currently play electric and acoustic guitar in the worship band at Westwood Community Church. We cover many different styles of music that make it challenging and fun to play.
Making music makes me happy and I want to share that experience with you or your child on the guitar. The guitar i™s a great instrument for sharing the joy of making music.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my page and I hope to see you soon!

Mark F.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've had some great guitar teachers in my life and I've learned a lot from them about music and playing the guitar. I will use what my teachers taught me to help you or your child learn how to play the guitar. I teach beginning to advanced players (except for classical guitar which I teach beginning to intermediate levels), kids and adults, and will work with you in a fun and challenging environment to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. I am a very calm and friendly teacher who will make our lessons fun while also encouraging you to make progress. I will strive to keep you motivated to improve and will document your progress with the use of technology like audio recordings and video so you can see and hear your progress. I like to work from guitar method books so we can establish specific and measurable goals, but I do respect and accommodate different learning styles. And, of course, we will™ work progressively on any songs that you have your heart set on learning so that you can soon be playing the music that you love!
I believe that there i™s always room for improvement. I continue to look for new ways to improve my own playing. I a™m sure that I will be learning some things from you, too, so let'™s get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently teach in the living room of my home while my basement music room is being remodeled. I provide a music stand, a metronome, a tuner and recording capability so students can see and hear themselves play. I expect the student to bring his or her own instrument and to purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small amp for electric guitar if the student doesn't have one. I expect the
student to provide his or her own instrument, a music stand, and to
purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you to play guitar in any style of music that you want to play, from folk to rock , country to classical and bluegrass to contemporary Christian. I specialize in finger-style acoustic guitar that I have adapted from my many years of classical guitar training, but I also love to play the electric guitar, too.

Jason S. Chaska, MN

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Songwriting

About Me

Music comes from our souls and is an incredibly passionate form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put their confidence and abilities and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.

Jason has been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for 8 years. Jason's passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music, and he loves to share that passion with his students in an encouraging and patient environment. Communication is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. He has given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understands that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be developed. Music would be pretty dull if everyone was the same, wouldn't it?

Jason has been a singer/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 8 years and has played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. His debut album was released in 2007 and he has been a part of numerous projects since that time. Jason has also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.

*** Lesson Details ***
Jason is a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. He has experience with and enjoys teaching all ages and abilities. He likes to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During his lessons, Jason will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
None

*** Travel Equipment ***
Musical Materials, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Amp, Pedaboard, Metronome

*** Specialties ***
I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I will, of course, teach them some basic note reading and the fretboard. I feel that learning chords and strumming is a great way to ensure that students feel success as they progress...as they can begin to play simple songs. I play all sorts of music myself, from rock to folk to blues.

Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN
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Scott S.

Minneapolis, MN
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Matthew G.

Saint Paul, MN
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Eric C. Saint Paul, MN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Performing and recording musician with several groups for over ten years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to start playing simple songs and melodies quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.

Scott S. Minneapolis, MN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Classical Piano, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I began playing guitar as a teenager and fell in love with the instrument. I immersed myself in everything I could get my hands on: rock, blues, classical scores, you name it. Through private instruction I learned the science behind the instrument and the fundamentals of music theory. I began performing in local bands when I was 14, getting on stage to play anything from punk to acoustic alternative. It was at this time that I discovered other instruments. I began to sing and play piano, which are now passions of mine

I entered the University of Minnesota's School of Music in 2009 and music became my life. I furthered my performance abilities and expanded my interests. I graduated in early 2014 with my degree in music therapy.

I currently teach music full time and perform regularly around the Twin Cities. I play as lead guitar and backup vocalist for The Paper Days, a local folk rock group. I perform as a solo artist at local coffee shops, restaurants and bars.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amplifiers for acoustic and electric guitars; effects pedals; Vocal and instrumental microphones; recording software

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own instruments and sheet music. I expect students to have their own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, folk, acoustic, alternative rock, classic rock, modern rock, pop, classical, jazz.

Matthew G. Saint Paul, MN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Guitar

About Me

Hi! My name is Matthew, and I have a great PASSION for MUSIC!

My heart, and mission, is to take your passion for music, and the music in your heart, and put it in your hands!

I've been playing acoustic guitar for 7 years, I've been leading worship at various places since I was 14, and I'm starting to produce my own music, and start a recording studio.

Right now you may be thinking: "I'll never be able to make my own music; I'm just not musical." If that's what you're thinking, I want you to STOP, because that is a lie. If you have a desire to learn, and are willing to practice even a few minutes a day, then the only thing keeping you from your dream, is the lie that you can't live it.

So what are you waiting for? Let me help you make your dream HAPPEN!!!

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