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By Adam Tomar, Guitar Teacher in Tucson

Are you thinking about taking guitar lessons in Tucson? Although Tucson may not be a famous music destination like Nashville or Los Angeles, the city has a lot to offer to aspiring guitarists and/or hobbyists. Here are a few of my favorite places around the city to find inspiration, practice your skills, and buy some gear.

Chicago Music Store The Chicago Music Store is a local institution. They have been running a music store in the middle of downtown Tucson since the early 1900's and now have two locations. The store has an abundance of high-quality instruments for rent as well as accessories. What’s more, it's a great place to look through tons of vintage and new instruments. I know I've found a few treasures there over the years.

Metro Gnome Music Looking to trade in your old gear from some something new? Another music store I enjoy visiting is Metro Gnome Music located on Speedway Blvd. The music store has a nice selection of vintage instruments and encourages people to trade in older gear. Since it’s a local music store, they can be a little more flexible compared to some of the bigger national chains.

University of Arizona School of Music If you'd like to see some fantastic college musicians and get inspired, then check out the University of Arizona School of Music. Not only is this my alma mater, but they have also taught a ton of other classical and jazz artists throughout the years. Their symphonies and jazz bands are great, and their classical guitar department is considered one of the top 10 in the entire world. It's worth visiting the school and attending one of the many student or teacher performances.

Maker House Looking for somewhere to practice your skills in front of a crowd? Luckily for you, there are tons of places that hold open mic nights throughout Tucson. One mostly acoustic open mic is at Maker House located downtown. This is an eclectic crowd that has everyone from standard singer songwriters to standup comics. Open mic nights are held every Tuesday night, but double check to make sure of the sign up times.

Sky Bar If you play in a band or would like to try your skills in a louder venue, there's a great open mic night at Sky Bar located on 4th Ave. This is a great place if you really want to put on a show or play in a bar environment. Open mic nights are held every Wednesday night, but again check with them about sign up times because it can get crowded.

These are just a few of the resources available in Tucson for guitarists. There are tons of other music shops and venues in which you can practice your skills, gear up for a performance, or get inspired by other musicians. So, what are you waiting for? Book your guitar lessons in Tucson today!

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I have been writing and performing music since he was 15. Along the way I have played or recorded with numerous notable bands including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament Funkedic, and members of Bob Dylan's band. In classical music, I have learned music composition under Dan Asia at the University of Arizona and East Indian Classical music from master musician Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. I have been teaching lessons in guitar, vocals, banjo, and harmonica for 15 years. My lessons are always focused on whatever style the student is most interested in, yet still incorporate a dose of music theory and other styles to help inspire well rounded musicians. I can teach to any age, in any genre, as well as help with songwriting, performance techniques, recording skills, and classical compositi
on. Whether you want to learn to play songs from your favorite band, rock out with awesome guitar solos, play beautiful spanish guitar pieces, or write you masterpiece, I can help you realize your musical dreams. My goal is to inspire the next generation of musicians to get the most out of their instrument, and foster a life long love of music that can enrich their lives and the world around them.

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I am a laid back teacher with a diverse and serious knowledge of music. I truly love music and inspiring new or continuing musicians. I can adapt my lessons to the student so that if you have professional goals I will do my best to challenge and help you to reach them, or if you are a child who is just beginning I will do my best to teach you in a fun and relaxed manner that keeps you excited to come back and learn more the next week. No matter what the age or skill level I take my job very seriously, and try to make the process seriously fun.
If the students is interested in reading standard music notation I teach from the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series, which are the books of choice for countless music instructors. After 3 to 6 months most students have finished at least the first book in the series and can read and play simple songs easily.
If you are interested in reading tablature or chord charts, I have many lesson plans from years of experience that can quickly teach you how to play everything from simple folk songs and popular music to complex Jimi Hendrix solos.
If you are interested in classical guitar, or vocals I start with books of simple spanish guitar etudes and can work with you all the way up to complex advanced works from Segovia and the other masters. In a few months, even beginning students can play beautiful pieces that will impress family and friends.
If you are a banjo student I teach from the Hal Leonard Banjo Method series. I can work with simple clawhammer techniques, or more complex bluegrass methods. In a few months most students can play many simple country and folk songs.
If you are a vocal student I can teach anything from rock/country styles, to showtunes and classical techniques. In a few months I can show how to sing and breath correctly, and help learn how to read music and train your ears to sing in tune.

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practice room, amps, and the paper to write down the lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the necessary equipment, guitars, banjos, amps, etc. I expect the student to have their own instrument, but I can provide something for the lesson like an amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any genre or method. I base the lessons on the students desires and abilities, not on any predetermined plan I may have. I can teach in standard notation, tablature, chord charts, or improvisational methods. I can also teach songwriting, performance/recording techniques, and classical composition.
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Dustin July 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
OMG My son is loving this teacher and the lessons - My son has learned so much in such a short time! I'm impressed and we will continue to go every week and move on to other instruments, song writing and vocals- Thank you Adam!

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Ethan A. July 25, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
ADam was on time and an amazing teacher! Both my kids really enjoyed working with him.
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John May 26, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Adam listens very well. Makes learning easier.
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About Dennis H.

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Over 20 years of professional teaching experience. I will help you develop your chord and scale theory as well as tips on effective practicing. I will help you develop your ear as well as bring out the musician within you.

About Dennis
With a bachelor's degree in music from Rutgers University, I began teaching guitar over 20 years ago. I have recorded with Larry Coryell and many other artists over the course of my career.
My teaching style is direct and to the point. We will go through all the necessary theory of music and apply it to the fretboard to unleash your creativity. If you are looking to advance your style beyond what you thought you could not play, let's get started with some lessons.
With certification on ProTools, I have recorded and worked with Jon Anderson(Yes), as a producer and engineer. I can teach you the art of recording and editing for music production.

*** Lesson Details ***
Fretboard fingering positions.
Music Theory.
Scales and modes.
Fingerpicking.
Hybrid Picking.
Legato vs. Staccato playing.
Reading charts.
Comping
Soloing.

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* Studio Equipment ***
ProTools 11.2 fully equipped recording studio.

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I can provide instruments, amplification. Also audio equipment for teaching digital recording.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in jazz performance, progressive rock, music theory, guitar technique.
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Vipin December 11, 2016
· Classical Guitar · Online
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Vipin December 6, 2015
· Classical Guitar · Online
It's been a great experience taking lessons from Dennis. He is clearly very knowledgeable about the subject matter, and is very patient and clear in his teaching instructions. He also takes the time to explain the theory behind the instructions and strives to keep every session interesting and fun.
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Rick Payne August 8, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Dennis makes you comfortable right away. Very easy to relate to. He moves at a pace his students are comfortable with. I look forward to MANY more lessons.
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About Scott K.

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From producing your first note to shredding solos and slick jazz improv.

About Scott
As a composer I have found it necessary never to stray too far from performance. The shear exhilaration one can obtain through playing an instrument is unique and powerful. I have devoted my life to trying to understand and master this elusive beast we call Music. As a child, of a peculiar spirit, I demanded my parents get me guitar and piano lessons. I felt an instant connection to these instruments and was compelled to investigate. After years of inquiry I ended up attending New School for the Arts, a high school devoted to the arts where I
studied music composition. From there, I went on to the University of Arizona to receive degrees in Music Composition and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and English Literature. For my Masters' programs I wondered into the world of contemporary composers and experimental music at Mills College
in Oakland where I finished my M.A. in Music Composition as well as my M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media. All the while pursuing a mastery of the instruments that caught my ear in the first place.

I have now returned to Tucson to work on my music and further my education in the field of philosophy at the University of Arizona.

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I am laid back and playful in my approach. I like to gear lessons toward the interests of the student, and if I am doing my job correctly, all traditional technique will be painless. I also like to delve into music theory to give one a deeper appreciation as well as an understanding and steady grasp of the tools of composition if their heart is so inclined. When it comes to music I am rather eclectic and I feel every style has something to add to the techniques of a solid performer, so I tend to draw from many disparate places to offer a fuller experience. In no time at all, you should be playing pieces you love, understanding how they work, and perhaps embellishing them or writing your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Provide: My guitar, music stand, and amp if necessary.
Student Provides: Their instrument (Piano/guitar etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
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CLIFF June 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
this was my first guitar lesson with scott, and it's been many years since i've even tried picking up a guitar. i enjoyed the lesson. scott started with me at a place that was good and comfortable for me. i felt like a klutz and he had a good way as a teacher in working with me at that klutzy level, listening to me and going at a pace that felt good. i'm grateful, and i know i need to show it by practicing!
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Izzy August 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Scott has been working with my six year old and teaching her piano. He is very patient and consistent and my daughter really enjoys these lessons.
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Mo P. June 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Scott is very good with kids and is willing to take the time that is needed to help my son progress at his own speed. He is very knowledgable in his craft and we thoroughly enjoy learning from him.
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Tucson, AZ 85746
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About Ray F.

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Acoustic folk country is my specialty. I have taught guitar for 35 years. played guitar professionally for over 40 years!

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I grew up in a musical family in Tucson, where my dad was a high school choir teacher for 25 years. I had the privilege to be in his choirs for 2 years! I attended Northern Arizona University studying music education/performance 3 years (music scholarship), Pima College music ed. 1 year. This included 3 hours per semester of private voice. Basically a different language every semester (French, Italian, German). During this time I formed an acoustic folk/rock duo night club act and played around Tucson for several years. Then I moved to L.A. to pursue my dreams. There I played beach clubs in another duo. I also was a studio singer and produced and sold a couple of jingles. I have been a staff singer with Arizona Opera since 1992. I have been in 80 + productions/600+ performances. I just signed a contract to be in 3 operas in the 2012 - 201
3 season. Also in 1992 I started my own business as a pre-school music specialist and that has been my day job for the last 20 years. I'm known as "Mr. Ray" to tens of thousands of Tucson pre-schoolers and see about 1500 little guys a week!

I have been teaching guitar and voice privately for 35years. I've had students as long as 8 years! Teaching is one of my greatest passions in life. I have a wealth of experience to draw from and would love to help you or your child realize your dreams! Obviously I specialize in kids but have had many adult students also.

I am also a recording engineer with a multi track project studio. I have produced 2 children's CD's: "Mr. Ray Sings the Dinosaur Dance and Other Favorites" and "Mr. Ray Sings Lullabies".

I've been writing songs since the 70's and can help you in many ways in that field!

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I have a patient style that is infused with energy! My curriculum depends on age and student goals. Acoustic guitar and voice are my specialties. Texts include Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books 1 - 3 and Beginning Classroom Guitar by Philip Hemo as well as strumming patterns and finger picking. I do assign homework. Voice lessons include ear training, vocal exercises, accessing all notes in your range and , of course, working on songs of music styles/artists you like. All students are furnished with a cd recording of the lesson. The goal for most is to perform and I have many opportunities including recitals and X-mas shows. After 3 - 6 months? Progress depends on you!

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Lessons in a music room, recording equipment, keyboard, PA system, mic, multi-track recorder, double french doors in glass so parents can see the lessons without being in the same room. Students take home a CD of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
acoustic guitar, all styles vocal
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Gabriel July 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My 13 year old son just had his first lesson with Ray to improve his vocals for musicals, and we were both so impressed. Ray subtly evaluated where my son was starting from, and how quickly he could master a technique and move on. He has a laid back style and is kind and funny, yet manages to stay focused and move the lesson forward with efficiency. He offered both recommendations for improvement as well as positive reinforcement. The CD that he sends home with each student after each lesson is a brilliant idea... when we got home, my son listened to how much his voice improved in just that 45 minutes, and why, and practiced those techniques. Ray's home studio is comfortable and airy, and there is a nice sitting area outside the studio's glass doors for parents during the lesson. We can't wait for the next lesson!
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Dave Epperson February 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
excellent class, information and instruction were first rate
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Caye Norwick November 17, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I have never had lessons before, I was very impressed with Ray. His knowledge and his teaching style. He stayed on task and was very informative and helpful
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Kevin J. has been writing, recording, and playing music for over 25 years. Music is meant to be fun and it is his goal to help others enjoy music. He has been a teacher for 11 years and has composed hundreds of songs. He is passionate about teaching his students the songs they want to learn, no matter the difficulty. He specialized in guitar, drums, and song writing. Kevin has a great way of encouraging others to keep going no matter what challenge is in front of them.

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I truly enjoy teaching. I've taught in the public school classroom for 11 years. Teaching music is so so much FUN! And it should be fun for the students to learn. When I'm teaching I tell all my students that if they don't enjoy and smile about something, then we need to change something.

I would love to start lessons with you soon.
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Aidan May 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I was out of town when my 15-year old son had his lesson with Kevin, so I sent a text to my son to find out how it went. "He is the best guitar teacher ever!!" my son replied. I think that says it all.
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Ava Z. March 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson was great! On the drive home Ava said, " I'm so excited I feel like I could run a marathon!"
Haha Thank you Kevin!
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Igor March 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Exceptional pro - highly recommend!
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I've been playing guitar since I was 10 years old and love making up my own music (which I can show you how to do too) and reading music on guitar. I can teach you how to read music, play chords, form a song, and have a great time.

About Ashley
Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm a recent both music and writing graduate of William Paterson University.

I am a passionate multi-instrumentalist.

Do you want to learn how to play your instrument and make up your own music too one day?

If you'd like to try out a teacher who truly loves what they do, I may be right selection. My primary instrument is piano, though I play several others such as flute, clarinet, guitar and violin. I am most proficient on piano, flute, clarinet and guitar so I feel more comfortable teaching these instruments in order to give students the best possible musical foundation. All students are welcome to learn from me, and I have a soft spot and understanding for special needs students.

Music has been in my life since I was a young child, as my grandfather who was proficient on both organ and clarinet
, taught me how to read music and play keyboard. Music is something that can never escape my life! I practice my instruments on a daily basis and avidly compose my own music as well. Besides being involved with piano at school, I was a member of the William Paterson Symphony Orchestra where I played second violin, as well as a member of the school's flute ensemble. My goal is to have a career in which I can instill within my students the same love, endearment and appreciation for music that has grown with me over the years.

I am someone who truly has a passionate love for music, as it is what my whole life is about and brings me immense happiness on a daily basis. I am not just a robotic teacher who is providing lessons as a financial opportunity, but someone who honestly cares about the growth of a student's musical ability and love for music itself.

A huge part of music is not just learning how to play the notes correctly, but to come to understand the amazement that can be experienced from the act of playing an instrument. To be the most successful in any music related business, I feel that it is essential to love what you do and to practice as much as you possibly can. Love and practice can take someone very far if they are truly dedicated to their art.

Witnessing a student enjoy what they're doing while improving their skills in the process is an amazing feeling for both student and teacher. I want to show people what it is I love about music so much, and hopefully instill within them the same love and passion.

I would like possible future students to know that I am not like any other instructor, as generic as this may sound. I have a true, fervent passion for music which I yearn to share with others.
Whether music is a way of life or just a hobby for someone, it can be something that sticks with them for the remainder of their lives and brings great happiness and enjoyment.
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steve konopka May 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
i took lessons for 1 year when she worked at the music store and really enjoyed it so thanks
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Jared May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ashley rocks. My son has learned a lot in such a short period of time.
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Michelle May 9, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Teacher for past year now-great with kids. Can't ask for better
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Students will learn how to read music in standard notation. Depending on the style(s) of music the student is most interested in we will either work on developing a classical style technique or spend our time working on more popular styles of music.

About LeeLee
While I teach many styles of music, I emphasize foundations in classical technique and encourage all of my students to have a basic understanding of musical principles in order to strengthen their playing and comprehension of the music. I received my Bachelors and Masters of Music in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and currently am working on my Doctorate at the University of Arizona; I also teach and perform throughout the Tucson area. All of my students are encouraged to participate in recitals and performances while they are taking lessons. I believe that sharing your musical talents is an important part of learning an instrument.
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Soha October 8, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
LeeLee is a really wonderful teacher. She’s calm, patient, knowledgeable, and flexible. She is able to offer insights that are allowing me to make much faster progress than I ever have on my own or with any other ukulele teacher, so I’m motivated to continue. With her instruction, I’m finally enjoying playing my instrument, and I see that proficiency is on the horizon. I’d recommend her to anyone.
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Lynnetta July 29, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I started taking ukulele lessons with LeeLee as an adult. She was very encouraging, professional, and flexible. She focused on the basic musical elements, always explaining concepts. She was willing to explore the types of songs I wanted to learn to play. She made taking lessons again very fun. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Chris July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing instructor. My son lived Leelee she always made lessons fun n exciting
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I have been playing the guitar for over 10 years, it is something that I am passionate about and it brings me joy to share that skill with others.

I'm excited to become your teacher and start on this learning path together

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I have always enjoyed teaching and helping others since I can remember.

One of my strongest qualities in teaching is my patience with my students.
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Tucson, AZ 85712
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*** Lesson Details ***
As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor and blues scales, general rhythm/timing, and beginner technique).

For younger students, I get them started on a beginner book for basic reading music and simple/basic songs to start with and build up their ability.

If a student is a little more capable, we start on a more modern/popular song they like. For my more advanced students, we get into music theory (cycle of fifths, harmony, chord language, etc.) and with some students we study specific genres.

My approach is one of building up a student's self confidence, and ultimately making learning fun. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and to make their lessons worth while. All ages and levels are welcome!

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I'm a singer/songwriter as well as a guitar player/instructor, so the construction and arranging of a song; from the music to the lyrics; ...

About Ben
Born in Manhatten, NY, USA on December 10th, 1980, life for Ben Klein has been punctuated by memorable events, the most recent of which includes morphing from progressive rock influences to a new age sound of trance and electronic based music. Now Ben is on to the blues as he has discovered the talent of John Mayer.

Ben has been a music lover ever since he picked up the guitar at age 9. At first Ben spent his time as a guitarist trying to emulate the sweet sounds of the sultans of swing. Ben found the mystic rhythms of Rush and began his musical career in sharing passion and great sound with the masses. Now on the way to educating people from all walks of life to talk the language of the guitar!

Ben’s unique approach to music has stemmed from over a decade of demanding and diverse musical and production pursuits and projects, founding
the Klein's Music Recording studio at the young age of 21. From performing live, to production, engineering and mixing of numerous albums, Ben’s resume now includes collaboration on the music video "Shabbat Light" with Shabbat.com and many more..

Confident yet amazingly down to earth, Ben’s goal remains to make great music, put a smile on people’s faces, and show his diversity as an artist. Ben is well on his way to achieving these goals, and it is just the beginning!
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