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By Michael K. - Arlington Guitar Teacher

Love listening to guitar music? Want to take guitar lessons in Arlington, VA?

The Washington, DC metro area - which also includes Arlington, northern Virginia and southern Maryland - has some of the finest opportunities to get inspired and watch and hear great guitarists perform every week. From restaurants and small performance venues to large concert halls - from classical, bluegrass, jazz to rock - we have it all here!

Blues Alley, The Birchmere, The Hamilton, The Barns at Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, 9:30 Club, U Street M
usic Hall, Bohemian Caverns, Black Cat, Howard Theatre, Gypsy Sally’s, Echostage, Hill Country Live, Artisphere, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Patriot Center, Lisner Auditorium (I’m just getting warmed up here!); all these venues host guitarists and bands throughout the year. Washington, DC attracts regional and international artists.

If you live in Arlington, you are within 15 miles of all of the above venues. Here’s my little secret - I love the venues that don't have reserved seating (you will have to call each venue or check online to find out their policy). I arrive before the doors even open (the earlier the better) and then run to get a front row seat. I've been literally 10 feet away from watching some of the best guitarists in the world! I will always remember being just feet away from the great Larry Carlton - watching every guitar lick he was playing!!! Very cool! Kind of like a private guitar lesson in my living room (with a few strangers around)!

There are also many open mic nights right in Arlington - Cafe Montmartre, Northside Social, Epicure Cafe, and Front Page. I highly recommend checking out the open mic nights. It’s kind of like the tryouts for “American Idol” - anything goes! So, don’t be shy if you’re just a beginner. Getting in front of a live audience and playing “three string rock” is an excellent experience. I even have my own students participate. And, finally, the audience is usually really friendly and will hoot and howl (which is usually a greater reaction than you’ll get from your brother, sister, husband or wife)!

The City Paper (which is free at the metro station) is a great resource to find out who is playing, or you can check out the weekend section of the Washington Post. There are also many FREE concerts at places such as the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art and many churches throughout the area. Yes, you will have to look for those guitar performances or groups with guitarists - but you will find them.

So, what does all of this have to do with taking guitar lessons in Arlington? Well, inspiration is key - and if you don’t get inspired by the guy or gal guitarist at the coffee house (or the neighbor next door), I can assure you that you will at these other venues. Plus, just watching and listening to a guitarist is a learning experience - regardless of how good they are. You might hear a new song, chord or guitar lick that you want to learn, and just getting to recognize “stage presence” and “entertainment” is priceless.

I have been teaching for many years - so just remember that when you're starting off, you won't start where the pros start; but, learning the guitar, learning to play some simple tunes, and having fun is what it's all about! Cheers!!
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Jon W.

Washington, DC

Can teach everything from different styles to technical aspects to help you hone in on your own individual sound. I can also teach pedal/FX knowledge, pickup selection, and amp designs!

About Jon

I have been playing guitar for 10 years and have been writing for about 6. I have taken lessons from various teachers for multiple years including notably the University of Maryland jazz professor Gerry Kunkel. I can teach songwriting and performance as well as many different forms of music, with a specialty in modern rock and indie rock. I write for a DC indie rock band that has sold out the 9:30 Club & Black Cat and has played other iconic DC venues such as The Howard Theatre. I have been teaching friends in their 20's and children for 3 years now and love working with all ages. I have a true passion for teaching and music and I look forward to getting to know my students and to help mentor them to be the best musician and songwriter they can be. I believe I can offer an unmatchable ...

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Athena J. December 29, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jon is fantastic. He has been incredibly patient with me - both as a brand new player and as a busy working mom who sometimes needs to shuffle things around or doesn't always have as much practice time as I'd like. He teaches comprehensively - from reading music to understanding every aspect of my guitar to learning how to play. He's laid back but takes his teaching seriously, and is generally just a joy to learn from. I would recommend him to anyone - beginner on up, and at any age. I can imagine him being great with kids. He has seemingly endless patience!
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James G. November 26, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jon is a really talented and passionate teacher that I'd highly recommend. He makes the lessons fun, will tailor every one completely around your interests, and is very attentive and patient. Also, he's just a super nice guy that you'll enjoy being around. Very humble, and seems to genuinely enjoy helping people develop.
As for logistics, Jon works with my schedule and is great about communicating. I enjoy learning at his house and he even lends me a guitar so I don’t have to bring mine across the city. So I'd encourage anyone interested in guitar to seek him out... he makes it easy, really encourages you, and is the kind of teacher who will keep you moving forward.
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Madelyn B. November 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jon is a great guitar teacher and I've learned so much already and I'm only a few lessons in! He's patient, encouraging and knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone!
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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. *** Lesson Details *** 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 an ...

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Nicole D. May 15, 2015
Mandolin · In studio
Verified Student
Very productive! Happy with the experience and looking forward to upcoming lessons
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Melvin C. February 18, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
If there was anyway to give John 6 stars I would! John is the best teacher and also a really great guy all around. John is very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from my lessons with him. John is a very patient instructor which helped make the lessons better. I would be remiss not to mention his cool cat Mr. Buttons who would often come down just to listen in on our lessons and even the occasional jam session we would have afterwards. Thank you for all that you do John!
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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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Miles H.

Falls Church, VA

I not only focus on reading, technique and theory but how these subjects relate to the music you listen to.

I believe music is a language and is understood best in context of of what music you enjoy on a daily basis, that way you can play along.

I like to structure my lessons around the student, focusing on their goals and aspirations.

About Miles

Miles was born in Bogota, Colombia, but raised in Annapolis, MD. Early in life, he began to take classical piano lessons, but after 9 years, guitar became his instrument of choice (though he still has a fond appreciation for the piano). He then went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. His time at Berklee has enabled Miles to play in venues all around the Boston/Cambridge area. He has been teaching around NOVA/DC for 3 years. Miles does his best to make lessons incorporate the music you enjoy listening to in conjunction with the necessary theory and technique to do so. Fun Fact: Two of his guitars are custom built by himself. He often provides students assistance in maintenance of their instrument. "Musical training is ...

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Marty F. February 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I'm a beginning guitar student and have just started taking guitar lessons from Miles. He's very knowledgable, patient, and kind. I haven't quite made "friends" with those strings yet, but with Miles' help, I know I will.
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Carolee A. June 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking guitar lessons from Miles for almost two years. He is very patient, flexible, and supportive and really knows his stuff. :) I highly recommend him.
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Amber H. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Miles is fantastic!

Miles is great at working with my 11 year old on both what she wants to learn and what she needs to learn; he ensures the right balance of theory and contemporary music to keep her interested. We move a lot and have had other piano teachers over the last several years, but Miles is top notch. His calm demeanor and endless patience is much appreciated in this house! Hope he continues to teach my daughter for years to come.
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Dennis B.

Bethesda, MD

I teach all levels of guitar in the areas of rock, blues and jazz, but I really focus more on the musical skills need to play guitar in any style. These include a thorough chord vocabulary, experience playing rhythm guitar, and a complete progressive study of scales and their use in improvisation (lead guitar) starting with pentatonic scales and progressing to major scales, different forms of minor scales and modes. All scales are learned in multiple positions and the student learns to perform with them in any key. In every lesson the student and I play exercises and study materials together to make actual music from the materials being studied.

About Dennis

I have been teaching guitar for 25 years in the Washington DC metro area. I work with students 12 years of age and up, but I am especially experienced at teaching adult students regardless of whether they are beginners or have previous guitar experience. I have performed in acoustic Celtic, new age, funk, progressive rock, fusion and contemporary jazz groups and am currently performing regularly as a solo acoustic guitarist. I have composed over 40 works for solo guitar as well as numerous pieces for small jazz bands. I have played on numerous CDs including my most recent solo CD 'DARK MATTER'. *** Lesson Details *** I tailor the lesson materials to suit the interest of the student but I am dedicated to teaching students at any level to learn to better understand the fundamentals of ...

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Edward M. April 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dennis is a real musician and a great teacher.
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David G. December 15, 2013
Guitar
fabulous teacher

Dennis is a wonderful teacher. His extensive knowledge of all forms of music comes through in his teaching skills. He is extremely patient and understanding as we work through pieces. I started taking classes as an adult in retirement, with past experience limited to a few chords learned way back in high school. We're now well into number of beautiful classical pieces, I've gained a significant knowledge of music theory, and we've just now starting to tackle the blues !!. I may have eclectic tastes, but Dennis feels very comfortable with it and loves teaching all types of music. I know I'm in the hands of a master musician and teacher.
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Marilyn W. December 9, 2013
Guitar
If you are serious about learning this instrument, you couldn't find a better teacher.

Dennis is extraordinary in all ways: He knows about all there is to know about harmony; he can pinpoint and diagnose exactly what difficulty a student might be having and then explain how to overcome it; he is a talented composer and improvisor; and above all, in whatever genre he chooses to play, he is simply a beautiful musician.
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Michael K.

Arlington, VA

About Michael

- I teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students. - My students' ages range from 6 years to older adults. - Styles taught: Folk, Folk Rock, Classical, Jazz, Blues & Country. - I have taught guitar for more than 10 years. - I have performed professionally for over 25 years. - I have released five audio recordings. *** Lesson Details *** My students' musical interests, goals and abilities dictate the direction that we select for their lesson plans. By recognizing and understanding each students learning style, I use techniques/methods that are suited to that particular student. This improves the speed and the quality of learning. I am flexible and easy going but focused - and I encourage my students to do the same. I want

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Cin C. February 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My 9 year old daughter has been taking weekly lessons with Michael for about 6 months. In that time, her guitar skills have really progressed. Michael is a very patient instructor who strives to make each lesson an enjoyable learning experience. My daughter is inspired to practice, and she looks forward to her lesson each week.
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Lori B. September 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've just started lessons with Michael. He has been very aware of my goals and learning style and has adjusted his approach to suit me. I've been very pleased.
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John B. January 18, 2014
Guitar
Excellent Musician and Teacher

Michael is the ultimate professional musician and guitarist. He's very well versed in many styles of music, including Classical, Jazz, Country, Blues and Rock. He's very responsible. easy going and takes care to assure that his student's get the best in quality guitar instruction. I highly recommend Michael for all of your guitar instructional needs. You will be very pleased with the outcome!

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