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Learning the Guitar in Boston, MA

By Khris M. - Boston Guitar Teacher

TakeLessons is dedicated to providing quality guitar lessons in Boston with top instructors. Boston is a great place to take guitar lessons because this city is home to many great music schools (including Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory to name a few) and is an epicenter for music and the arts.

Boston’s world-renowned music schools have played a part in the lives of some of the world’s most talented guitarists from every genre, including John Mayer, Steve Vai, Pat Metheny and many others. The TakeLessons instructors who teach guitar lessons in Boston have had the unique opportunity to attend some of the most prestigious music institutions in the world and can therefore offer some of the best music instruction available anywhere to those seeking quality lessons.

Boston offers a wide variety of live musical styles easily accessed at any one of its many clubs, bars, restaurants or other musical venues, including the House of Blues, Boston Symphony Hall, the Berklee Performance Center and even the local T station. As guitar instructors in Boston, we are fortunate to be a part of a versatile and rich music environment. Students who take guitar lessons in Boston are not only receiving instruction based on their instructor’s own experience, but are also learning from the wealth of musical information that Boston has to offer the world.

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Ricky M.

Cambridge, MA

About Ricky

Hey guys, my name is Ricky and I'm a three-finger five-string banjoist and bluegrass guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. I moved to Boston to study banjo at the Berklee College of music and what an experience it has been! I'd love to show you what I've learned under the teachers at the college.

*** Lesson Details ***
What I like to do in my lessons is make a division between the different styles of banjo playing. These styles can be divided into three fundamentals: Scruggs style, Melodic style, and single string style. We will learn songs that highlight each style individually. The goa
l of the first lesson is to get you playing bluegrass banjo! The goal of the first set of lessons is to equip you with a couple of bluegrass standards. We will then move onto more difficult fiddle tunes and could even delve into classical style playing and improvisation.

For guitar we will discuss basic right hand technique, playing out of basic left hand positions, and rhythm playing. We'll learn standard bluegrass tunes and move on from there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gold Star GF-100 Banjo
Gold Tone BG-250 Banjo
Nechville Classic Banjo
Tabledit Software
Studio Monitors
Sibelius
Finale
Martin Guitar
Collings Mandolin
Protools

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car
Bike
Backpack Case

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass banjo
Inspiration
Motivation
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Lia S. January 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great first lesson with Ricky, he is very talented, easy going and a fun person to work with. I'm looking forward to the next lesson. In the meantime, I've got plenty of practice work on my hand that I am looking forward to digging into. Ricky has exceeded my expectations for a first lesson!
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Chriss S. October 19, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Really chill guy. He accommodated to my abilities and made the lessons fun. He also pushed me to practice a lot, which wasn't hard to do because it's fun! We ended up starting almost every lesson with talking about a new passion like a certain kind of musical sound we don't hear every day or a fun motivational speaker or a new band, etc. Be prepared to be called "dude" and "man," along with a general relaxed and fun hour.
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Ric H. September 17, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Ricky has been a wonderful teacher! I learned so much from him in our time together but I had to move so I was not able to continue. Ricky is such a patient and creative teacher which really helps with each lesson. If I could sneak in a 6th star on this review I would! Thank you so much Ricky!
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Ricky M.

Ricky M.

Cambridge, MA 02139
(5)
starting at
$70 / 60-min
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Aaron B.

Brighton, MA

About Aaron

I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to design a lesson plan for each individual student. The first lesson will begin with a basic assessment of skill
level. We will discuss goals for the lessons then get down to work!
Students will learn:
1 Technique. the proper physicality to increase dexterity and avoid injury.
2 Music theory and comprehension. Usually through learning songs and analyzing different concepts they incorporate
3 Ear-training/pitch recognition. Strengthening the ability to "pick up" new material more quickly and translate ones Ideas to the instrument.
4 Music appreciation/Musicality. Listening to new and different types of music focusing on the different elements that make up a great performer/performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: piano, stereo system, no drum there! room to sit for parents
A1: drum kit, whole performance set up with recording studio, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
amplifiers, cd/mp3 player

*** Specialties ***
ear training, most musical styles (pop/rock, r&b, reggae, jazz , world)
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willie L. September 14, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Aaron was a great teacher! I enjoyed how great he was at explaining things to me and he really went at a pace that worked well for me. I think that Aaron really knows his stuff and it come's out when he teaches his lessons. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Aaron!
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willie L. June 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very good teacher
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Patrick B. April 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron is a really great musician, a phenomenal teacher, and just an all-around awesome person to work with. I took guitar lessons with Aaron for about two years and he was very accommodating for my busy, inconsistent schedule. He is a great listener and really tries to cater his lesson plans to his student’s interests. While I was studying with Aaron we covered a huge spectrum of genres including funk, jazz, rock, r&b, and studied artists like Led Zeppelin, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and John Scofield, all according to my own personal interests. In addition to teaching you the songs that you want to learn, Aaron is also really great at finding easy and relatable ways to integrate theory and technique into his lessons plans. I found that almost every lesson I would walk away with some useful or nifty trick that helped me understand and navigate the fret-board a little better. He’s got great taste in music, and will inevitably introduce you to some really awesome new artists and songs that can help you to expand your musical interests. I also love writing music, and Aaron spent a lot of his personal time helping me write, record and produce my songs. Whether you are a beginner or have just gotten out of music school, I would highly recommend studying with Aaron. Stop by Wally’s Cafe any Tuesday night to hear him play and you’ll know why!
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Charlestown, MA 02129
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Paulo L.

Boston, MA

I have a ten year experience career teaching guitar - privately and throughout official schools - to students of all ages, from curious toddlers to contemplative seniors. Prior to move to the United States, I taught at AMVP Musical Academy (Portugal) where I also got my conservatory degree in Guitar performance. Relying on a fundamental classic technique I can guide you through every musical genre that you wish to approach and enlighten you with the best musical foundation that there is. Whether you want to learn a specific song/repertoire or you want me to guide you trough the keystones of this instrument I will always lookout for your personal satisfaction and development in the process.

I'm a recorded artist with two albums as a member of the AMVP Guitar Orchestra: Contrastes (2003) and Plaisir (2005) and appeared at prestigious venues in Portugal, Saint Peterburg (Russia), Paris (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).

About Paulo

I'm a professional guitar player, an Opera Singer and also an experienced and supportive teacher. I will meet your personal goals choosing the right method for your own pace and focus on helping you to develop your artistry. If you want to know more about me just visit paulolapa.com

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GUITAR: I have a ten year experience career teaching guitar - privately and throughout official schools - to students of all ages, from curious toddlers to contemplative seniors. Prior to move to the United States, I taught at A
MVP Musical Academy (Portugal) where I also got my conservatory degree in Guitar performance. Relying on a fundamental classic technique I can guide you through every musical genre that you wish to approach and enlighten you with the best musical foundation that there is. Whether you want to learn a specific song/repertoire or you want me to guide you trough the keystones of this instrument I will always lookout for your personal satisfaction and development in the process.

I'm a recorded artist with two albums as a member of the AMVP Guitar Orchestra: Contrastes (2003) and Plaisir (2005) and appeared at prestigious venues in Portugal, Saint Peterburg (Russia), Paris (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).

SINGING: My voice studio teaches singers from beginner to advanced levels who are eager to properly use their own voice, master the fundamental notions of a healthy singing technique and how to potentiate themselves as individual artists. If you're preparing for an audition or are just curious about what you can do with your voice, I'll be glad to help you. The process that allowed me to become a professional Opera singer gave me the clear notion that as a student you want to have the balance between clear and accurate concepts and a positive experience.

Because singing was always a passion in my life I also pursued my advanced studies in Classical Voice, and as a result I graduated from Aveiro University (Portugal) in Music and Vocal Performance. My goal as a voice teacher is to help you understand the basic fundamentals of a healthy singing voice: breathing technique, clarity of tone, balance between natural resonators and clear diction - regardless of what genre you're singing. I can also assist you in the proper diction of the romantic languages (Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese).

After completing my studies in Portugal, I moved to Boston where I developed a relationship with the VOICExperience Foundation and the Savannah Voice Festival led by the great Opera legend Sherrill Milnes. While in the United States, I have performed in musical concerts, opera and musical scenes, private performances and outreach events in Savannah, Georgia, New York City, Tampa Bay, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina.
In Savannah I've been working regularly - throughout a series of Masterclasses - with a group of teenagers from Bethesda Academy introducing them to the Opera world and showing how to use their own voice and body as a way to fully express themselves.
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Kevin February 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Our son liked the first lesson.
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Steve S. January 9, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I'm a new singer and the first lesson was really helpful and at the same time not stressful. Paulo was engaging and made it very comfortable. I'm looking forward continuing and learning how to get the most out of my voice.
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Robin M. January 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson with Paulo was great! He provided great information about the components of singing and even emailed me a document after the lesson with a summary. He was professional, friendly and made me feel very comfortable. I'm looking forward to the next lesson!
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Paulo L.

Paulo L.

Boston, MA 02115
(10)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Kaoru N.

Brighton, MA

For Beginner, I will discuss your goal and a piece you want to work on. Subjects I'll talk in this class are; Pentatonic scale, Blues scale, Diatonic chords in major and minor keys, then basic 12 bar blues chord progression and common chord progressions that often used in Pop/Rock genre. I have handouts I can give you.

For Intermediate people, I'll talk about all 7 modes, Harmonic/Melodic minor scales and diatonic chords for each scales, all diatonic chords with 7th notes, 2-5-1 chord progressions and tritone substitution, 3 deceptive resolutions. In this class, your guitar sounds a little bit Jazzy.

About Kaoru

Hello, my name is Kaoru N.
I'm originally from Tokyo Japan and just graduated from Berklee college of music in 2013 as dual major of "Classic Composition" and "Contemporary Writing & Production" major.
Back in my home, I taught Karate to kids since 1996 to 2001.
I have tutored Japanese language and guitar, sometime even Karate to whoever interested in those things. I hope you are the next one who I can teach.
I have very good materials for learning Japanese and guitar that I use in my coaching all the time.
Let's start from figuring out what's your goal so I can help you out to achieve th
e goal.
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David L. February 6, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson and Kaoru was very knowledgable, patient and had the chops to back it up.
Can't wait for my next lesson, thanks!
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Ben H. February 1, 2016
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
Ben really enjoyed meeting and working with Kaoru. He is eager to share what he learned and to finish his work sheets. Thank you Kaoru!
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Kyle January 8, 2016
Japanese · Online
Verified Student
First lesson was very nice! He was very precise and made sure I knew what I was doing. Very good teacher! Anyone looking to get into learning Japanese, I highly recommend Kaoru!
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Kaoru N.

Kaoru N.

Brighton, MA 02135
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Cameron R.

Boston, MA

I will teach you what you need to know to achieve your personal goals. If you want to make a living as a performing musician, we will go over recording and studio work, and information related to getting gigs. If you want to learn songs, we will focus on exactly that. I will not teach you information that is not beneficial to you and your individual dreams.

About Cameron

I'm a 20 year old guitarist and composer, currently attending Berklee College of Music. I can teach you how to reach your goals as a musician or songwriter. I have extensive recording and studio experience. I will teach you what is necessary for you to reach your goals. If you are interested in just learning songs, I will not focus on theory or songwriting. If you want to learn how to compose music, I will teach you about harmony and what makes the difference between a good song and a hit song. I can also help you get accepted to any music school in the country.
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Nick January 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Great knowledge of guitar, music theory and composition. Cameron will keep you on track and focused on what you want to learn.
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Tessa January 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Cameron was one of the best teachers i have ever come into contact with. What struck me most was his patience, understanding and independent thinking. He was very observant of what worked best for me and he made the teaching program fit my speed and comfortability,while at the same time pushing me out of my comfort zone. Cameron is very thorough and fills his lessons with personal experiences of his own,new ways of thinking, good starting points and things to remember. Feel free to ask him questions about whatever is on your mind when it comes to guitar playing. With Cameron's knowledge, he will leave you with new ways of thinking about guitar, questions answered, and a new understanding. I would strongly suggest sharing the knowledge given to you by Cameron with everyone you know. His lessons are accurate, thorough, and factual. I would recommend him to anyone, especially people who want the best for their money and for their time.
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Marcus Shalamo October 25, 2015
Guitar · Online
Cameron helped me improve my guitar playing a lot. I came to him as a complete beginner, and after 1 week, I was already able to play some of my favorite songs.
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Cameron R.

Cameron R.

Boston, MA 02115
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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