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Popular Guitar Teachers Near Washington

Omar W.

Washington, DC
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John B.

Arlington, VA
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Ayanna G.

Washington, DC
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Omar W. Washington, DC

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When taking a lesson from me you can expect a fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique, to get my students playing right away. I Feel this boosts their confidence and help foster interest. In my experience once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.

By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord. With a little work and some practice in 3-6 months you will be playing guitar have a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony know a few scales and be able to play some awesome songs. Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore the more specific things you want to learn musically. I will get you through the basics and then the lesson will become more personalized. If you want to learn about ...

About Omar

I am musician and a visual artist who earned a Masters certification in Songwriting and Guitar from Berklee College of Music.

As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist. I have my own band in which I play guitar and do vocals. I also DJ and compose electronica.

I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip hop, and electronica.

I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to ...

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Eric A. December 10, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Totally successful lessons

I've been playing bass for literally decades, and when I needed to get my guitar playing up a level, I took lessons with Omar. Very useful overall, Omar knows his stuff and is excellent at communicating it. We were able to talk about chords, modes, improvisation and songwriting, covering everything I needed. I would recommend Omar highly.
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Bair S. August 15, 2013
Songwriting
Verified Student
Great Teacher

I've learned a lot about playing guitar, songwriting, recording, and singing from Omar and taking lessons with him definitely has helped me become a better musician. The lessons are interesting, fun, and really helpful. Great teacher.
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AngeloS July 12, 2012
Operations Manager for the U.S. Government

Working with Omar is great. He is very knowledgeable about different styles of music and can teach songs or music theory very well. As a singer/preformer he can teach singing, songwriting, producing and performance. He is also very friendly and accommodating, all in all making him a well-rounded instructor I enjoy taking lessons from.
John B. Arlington, VA

Learn how to play many styles of guitar, including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and Suzuki guitar. Through one on one instruction, students will learn scales, improvisation and solo phrasing, note reading, theory, chords and chord progressions. In addition, students will also learn how to play their favorite song/s, whether it be Led Zeppelin, Greenday, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis or Stevie Ray Vaughn. Through the useful tools on line and the many great music software programs that are now available, students will find learning a song to be very easy and enjoyable.!

About John

I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music including, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and Suzuki guitar. Students who decide to sign up with me, will have a lesson plan, a strategy for meeting their musical goals and will enjoy themselves in the process.

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Lessons are custom designed to meet the needs of every student, whether it is someone just starting out with the basics or for that seasoned player that wants to hone their professional skills. As a teacher, I consider myself easy going and laid back, with ...

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Garari M. November 26, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great Teacher! I look forward to continuing to progress with my playing.
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Kate S. October 20, 2014
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
John is an amazing teacher and an extremely talented musician. He is very patient and a great motivator. I highly recommend him :)
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Amanda L. October 8, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Sign up for classes with John. Just do it, and you won't regret it.

Whatever the opposite of musically-gifted is, that is what I am. I'm an adult beginner in the truest sense of the word - never read sheet music, couldn't hold a beat to save my life, and hadn't played an instrument. EVER. That's why I'm still amazed that I've learned to play a couple of simple songs after a few lessons with John - it's a great achievement on his part!

John has the patience of a saint and a great ability to teach. If I don't understand a concept or have difficulty contorting my fingers to hold a certain chord, he shows me a different way and can break it down to simpler terms. He's really a great teacher. On top of that, he's laid back, approachable, amiable, and very understanding of my busy work schedule. He makes sure I leave each lesson with enough homework to practice and gives me constructive criticism to work on my technique. Like another reviewer said, John is really worth his weight in gold!!
Ayanna G. Washington, DC

Learn to play melodies, chords, read music or sing along while playing.

About Ayanna

I am a jazz vocalist, spoken word artist and brass player, all of many genres. I also play percussion in a West African drumming ensemble. I have been teaching in public schools for 9 years and I am happy to call Washington DC my new home. I have been teaching private lessons on trumpet, euphonium, trombone and tuba for 12 years and jazz voice, guitar and spoken word workshops for 6 years. I have earned a BA in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. I have experience singing in clubs and in choirs, playing baritone for church and community bands, playing trombone for the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra of Portsmouth, NH and performing with the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective. Music Lessons are goal oriented and fun. ...

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Dena H. September 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ayanna is the best!!! She is a beautiful singer herself, and she is the perfect match for my daughter. She is never critical, always positive, and so good at pointing out ways to make the songs special. She also works with vocal exercises that are fun. We have tried other voice teachers, and nobody comes close.
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Kara D. November 6, 2012
Verified Student
Ayanna is great teacher - so patient

Ayanna has been so patient with me. She has a gift for being able hear and correct my learned behaviors related to singing. I really enjoy our sessions and look forward to checking off 'singing in a band' from my bucket list!

Charles T.

Silver Spring, MD
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Grant F.

Washington, DC
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Kevin B.

Takoma Park, MD
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Charles T. Silver Spring, MD

All styles. No classical

About Charles

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The student must have their own instrument and access to that instrument in order to practice regularly.

Other than piano, I bring my own instrument to the lessons.

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Guitar Electric and Acoustic I teach Jazz Rock, Pop, Folk and how to read charts and music,, I make a living playing guitar and singing. 17pc Jazz.
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top 40 dance band
I utilize printed materials as well as my own books.
Also, supplemental pieces appropriate to the student's ability and tastes. I transcribe and arrange music for guitar that is not otherwise available. Also, technique exercises specifically designed to help the student progress and excel but are also interesting to play and listen to.

Grant F. Washington, DC

I play many different styles of guitar and love them all. I am happy to teach a particular style or help bring your musical interests along with some of what I already know from many varieties.

About Grant

My name is Grant and I have been playing the guitar/piano for almost 20 years. I am 30 years old and have a passion for playing and recording music. I love sharing what I know and bringing students to the level they want to be playing. Lessons will be different for students of different skill level, but all will revolve around catering to what the student wishes to learn. I can play many different styles on the guitar and would love to share them all.

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julie L. October 27, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Grant is GREAT! Very knowledgeable about the guitar. His positive and encouraging attitude was a wonderful bonus.
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Tim T. July 17, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Over the last year, I have taken many guitar lessons in the greater DC area in search of a teacher that will help further craft my amateur skill set. To-date, Grant has not only been the most knowledgeable out of any of the musicians, he also beams with passion for the trade. Not to mention his patience and encouragement - a quality that makes even the most rookie guitarist feel like he is the next "The Edge."

- Tim T.
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Jon T. July 16, 2014
Guitar · In home
I have always wanted to learn to play guitar but I never pushed myself passed learning basic cords and several elementary songs via videos and books. Recently, I decided if I wanted to really learn it was now or never and I started taking lessons with Grant. In addition to his ability to shred on the guitar, which he gladly did when I asked for a demonstration, he is a great teacher. He has been a patient teacher when I repeatedly make mistakes and always sends me off with something cool to practice before the next lesson. I strongly recommend Grant and will continue to use him as my teacher.
Kevin B. Takoma Park, MD

I specialize in chords, reading tablature, singing and playing

About Kevin

My name is Kevin. I am a classically trained actor with a background in musical theatre, classical theatre, experimental theatre, and improvisational theatre. I am also a singer and guitarist. I recently graduated from the DC's own Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical at the George Washington University (whew, long title). I graduated with a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). I am comfortable working with a wide age range, and have worked and performed with children in schools, summer camps, and universities. I take pride in quickly building a fun, supportive, and educational environment with my students. I take special care to help my students as much as I can while also building confidence with a strong foundation in fundamentals.

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B. H. December 15, 2014
Speaking Voice · In home
Verified Student
Kevin is an Excellent teacher. He has been working with me on corporate interview skills, relaxing under pressure, speech habits, likability, voice control and facial expression control.

The Founding Father of the Guitar Scene in Washington, DC

By Bob W. - DC Guitar Teacher

Most guitar aficionados know of Andres Segovia's role in bringing the classical guitar to world prominence. However, I think fewer know about Segovia’s friend, Sophocles Papas, who also had a huge influence on guitar culture originating in the Washington, DC area.

Papas was born in 1893 in Sopiki, Greece. In his early teens, he began studying guitar and other instruments. He moved to Washington, DC in the early 1920’s to begin his career as a music teacher and performer. At that time, the guitar was not considered a serious solo concert instrument.

In 1928, Papas attended Segovia’s American debut, and saw the full potential of the classical guitar. Papas began to write about Segovia and his classical technique in a publication called ...

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