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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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Benjamin October 23, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Adam is very nice and adapts his lesson to my kid. I recommend him.
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Ron July 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Adam was a great singing instructor, with an eclectic background of formal music theory training, instrument training from various celebrated professionals, and performance experience in a variety of settings.

His training style is pretty laid-back, but he is also willing to go in-depth into music theory. While his training environment is modest but sufficient, he is a fantastic resource!
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Madelyn April 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Adam came for guitar lessons, but my 5 year olds hands weren't ready so we switched to piano and it has been great!
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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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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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Colin April 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Scott is immensely patient and speaks to each student at their level. Both of my children are now learning with Scott and I recommend him to everyone.
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Tucson, AZ 85746
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Beginner to Intermediate level guitar lessons. While this is not my primary instrument, I have been playing it regularly for many years.

About Brenton
"Music is the best!" --Frank Zappa

That is the only thing I can claim to know for certain.

My ideals as a teacher are sound control, fun, and community. I teach all of my students how to play their instrument in a manner which they understand and enjoy. I demonstrate how much fun music can be once my student has the facility to create sound freely. And I inspire them to use this gift for bringing people closer together.

Since beginning my musical studies at California State University Northridge, I have been working as a musician in the greater Los Angeles area. Now over a decade later, I continue to perform and teach - enjoying the whole ride wherever it takes me. While my primary instruments are Contrabass and Electric Bass Guitar, I have technical know how on a wide variety of instruments. Some of these include the viol
in, guitar, and piano.

I'm also happy to teach students who already have technical facility are interested in learning about things like musicality, melodic phrasing, harmonic analysis, rhythmic accuracy, ear training, reading in various clefs, improvisation, and much more.

Let's jam!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring whatever I need to a lesson, but I expect all of my students to take the initiative to have all necessary equipment for playing. That being said, if a problem ever arises in the procuring of this equipment, I am always happy to help in anyway that I can.
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Barry October 5, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
Brenton is certainly knowledgeable, additionally, he is caring, he wants me to get what I want out of the lessons. He always gives homework to work on away from the lesson. I feel comfortable and relaxed with the lessons. I am 68 years old just learning the fiddle.
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Beth L. September 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very thorough and patient. Makes the student think outside the box!
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Rachel M. February 27, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brenton really took an individual approach and made sure we focused on what i wanted to learn and improve on, while at the same time, reinforcing fundamentals and technique. I couldn't figure out what i was doing wrong that was keeping me from getting better. He completely focused and studied everything from my hand position, hand pressure, and posture, and insured that i understood principles and concepts that must be engaged in order to get better, and made sure he figured out everything i needed to do for me to improve, and gave me exercises and techniques to get there-almost like solving an equation. i am an adult very beginning student with no background in music theory and he made me feel comfortable right away and started teaching at the level where i was so that i stayed motivated. i would definitely recommend Brenton to help you improve your playing regardless of what level you are starting.
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Tucson, AZ 85715
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Acoustic folk country is my specialty. I have taught guitar for 35 years. played guitar professionally for over 40 years!

About Ray
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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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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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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David E. August 18, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My husband searched high and low for a voice lesson for our daughter. After reading many reviews online and interviewing a few potential voice teachers, he was convinced that Mr. Ray would be a great fit for our daughter. We instantly signed up for our daughter to work with Mr. Ray for 40 hours.

Mr. Ray has several fantastic qualities as teacher:

1. First and foremost, he is passionate about singing and music. there is nothing more paramount to us than for the love of learning to be fostered in our daughter. and Mr. Ray is perfect for this.

2. Mr. Ray has an incredible amount of experience in the music industry both as a singer/performer himself as well as a teacher and mentor.

3. Mr. Ray makes the singing lessons very fun. Our daughter giggles and laughs during classes while she is making serious progress as a singer.

4. Mr. Ray teaches beyond the classroom by sharing his personal wisdom in life. We were pleasantly surprised that our 7 year old daughter has ongoing conversations with Mr. Ray in career choice and development as well as self esteem. Let's just say Mr. Ray covers some pretty profound topics with kids during their weekly 1 hour sessions!

The list could go on, but why don't you (and your kid) see for yourselves.
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Tucson, AZ 85742
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Over 20 years experience playing guitar!

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Hello! My name is Neal Warner. I am a career musician with expertise in many different areas of the industry. I have degrees from Berklee College of Music and Wayne State University, and I am a current doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona. I understand education at all levels, and will provide the highest quality of teaching for you or your student. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Neal W.

Tucson, AZ 85719
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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.

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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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Tucson, AZ 85719
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From my past, I have 15 years of experience on the big stage. My course will allow you to master the instrument in a short time period, so that within 3 months you will be able to play your favorite songs. My classes take place in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

About Tim
I have fifteen years of experience playing on stage. I play guitar, bass, drums and percussion at a professional level. I have performed on the big stages of Spain, Italy, Germany, France, England, and many others. I participated in many different music festivals, playing on one stage with Lenny Kravitz, Sting and other well-known musicians. I also have professional experience in music production and remixing. I've been composing, arranging and recording for many years. I have worked in studios as a session musician for many years. I am currently living in Houston and teaching guitar and drums. I love working with kids and I'm great at catching interest and finding the right approach for each individual. My students say my lessons are fun and the time goes by quickly. I am responsible, punctual, dedicated, inspired, easy going. I have
been in love with playing music since early age and I would love the opportunity to help the students find inspiration and fulfillment thru music.
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Kate July 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Tim is an amazing teacher! My 8-year old son likes to go to his lessons. Tim is very organized and systematic in his teaching.
Highly recommend !
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Alex July 6, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Tim has a very good sense of rhythm and is good at teaching riffs and solos
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Elizabeth July 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have had a great experience working with him. Tim makes learning guitar fun, and it is always exciting to be able to learn new material.
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Come study Guitar with me! You will learn solid technique and fundamentals, rhythm skills, soloing, chords, melodies, and gain a deeper understanding of the hows and whys of playing this amazing instrument.

I've taught 1000's of guitar lessons, and my students always say that studying with me opened up new possibilities for them and helped them get 'over the hump' in their playing. Whether it's advanced fingering strategies, or just starting out, I can help you achieve your dreams.

I have software and hardware tools that will help your home practice, as well as unique methods that will make your practice way more fun!

About Adam
I've been teaching, performing, and writing music for more than 20 years. My students have fun and develop awesome new musical skills and vocabulary.

My number one goal is to help you become an independent, creative music maker. I can help you develop the skills and confidence to make music at any level, and in virtually any genre.

If you take lessons with me, you'll have fun, and you'll make connections to both the hows and whys of music on deep and practical levels.

Don't wait, it's always a good time to start music lessons!
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Joe B. October 18, 2017
· Cello · In home
Adam teaches at a pace I'm comfortable with and in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Timothy June 21, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Adam Jone is an excellent music instructor! He works to create an instructional path based on student interests and goals. Always easy going and flexible, he creates an environment for students to enjoy music and succeed in reaching their goals.
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Excellent teacher who can easily relate. As an adult learner and a beginning piano student, he has excellent patience and has a knack for motivating you!
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Tucson, AZ 85741
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Have fun playing guitar! Learn songs you love and sing along while playing. All aspects taught- chords, scales, notation, theory and of course, songs.

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Guitar- playing for 40 years. Semi-professional. All ages. Took formal lessons for seven years. Currently playing in an acoustic guitar group. Taught several students for blues, rock n' roll and jazz. Can teach country too. Gardening- certified by Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Home Gardener for 20 years.
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