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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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Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA

About Bil

I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80’s and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun. I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point. In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead ...

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Genevieve N. December 7, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
Gifted teacher and musician

His method of teaching is amazing. He makes music accessible and joyful. I feel challenged without being intimidated. This experience is so valuable because of his ability to bring out the musician inside of me and to help me understand why and how to make beautiful sounds.
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India E. September 6, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
A born teacher

Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to music in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week.
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Phil B.

Cambridge, MA

Are you looking to finally play that dusty guitar that's been sitting in the corner forever? Has your child been begging you for lessons? Maybe you played a long time ago and want to tune up your skills, or be able to play music at your school or place of worship, or you're a singer who's looking to accompany yourself when playing gigs. I've taught students of all ages the basics of guitar from posture to theory, reading, chords, strumming, picking, and relaxation techniques to make this instrument feel like an extension of your own body.

About Phil

Hello! My name is Phil B., I'm a working theater artist, musician, composer, and educator based in Somerville, MA. I've taught performing arts to students ages 2-75 for the last six years with organizations like the American Repertory Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, 826 Boston, Boston University, Puppet Showplace Theatre, and Cambridge Public Schools. My private lessons are completely flexible and designed to meet the needs and goals of each individual student wherever they are in their own unique creative journey. GUITAR: Are you looking to finally play that dusty guitar that's been sitting in the corner forever? Has your child been begging you for lessons? Maybe you played a long time ago and want to tune up your skills, or be able to play music at your school or place of ...

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Judy Y. May 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Phil is the best!!! He is humorous and knows how to adapt method based on my situation. He also has a piano now :))))
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Marie D. January 7, 2014
Guitar
Great Teacher!

One of my sons has been taking guitar classes and singing classes from Mr. Phil for the last two years and both of my sons have taken his theater class. Mr. Phil is an excellent teacher, great with kids, lots of fun and a great musician. We have been very happy with his teaching.
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Liz V. December 10, 2013
Guitar
Awesome Teacher!!!

Phil is an awesome guitar teacher. He is very knowledgeable and uses my musical interests and reasons for learning (the guitar) to aid in teaching. He is able to adapt and meet me at my level yet pushes me to excel and reach my potential. I am always excited for every lesson!
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Brad R.

Boston, MA

Brad will teach guitar students to: read music, tabs, play basic to advanced jazz chords, improvising guitar solos in a variety of styles, and chord progressions. Brad is ready to teach a variety of songs and well as concepts behind songs. Students are encouraged to bring in songs they are having trouble learning. Brad teaches electric and acoustic in a variety of styles including: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Folk, Flat picking, etc.

About Brad

Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery. *** Lesson Details *** Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious. He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all. Things student learn include: - ...

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Graham B. September 21, 2014
Music Theory · In home
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.

Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
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Sarah B. September 18, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
I studied music theory with Brad my senior year of high school, and it was the best decision I could have made! Brad fully prepared me for college-level theory at a conservatory, and I have excelled as a performer because of the great theory background Brad provided me with. He knows music theory inside and out, and he is able to adapt his teaching skills for any student. Thanks for all your help, Brad!

-Sarah Barrett, Hartt School of Music
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Kelly H. September 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Brad for about 4 and a half years, and learned so much- from how to tune my guitar, to really complicated pieces. Not only is he a brilliant guitarist, but he is also such a patient and encouraging teacher and genuinely cares about the success of his students! I would strongly recommend Brad to anyone looking for a guitar teacher!
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Noaa R.

Jamaica Plain, MA

Playing music is an active, conscious reprogramming of the mind- and I find that approaching this from a place of relaxation, joy, and pleasure ingrains these characteristics into your unique code. It’s a much more effective way of retaining information, finding ease in execution, and finding joy at every step of a process that is so often presented as tedious and difficult.

When we feel overwhelmed by the volume of work we have in front of us, it’s probably because we've lost sight of the fact that we literally can’t do it all at once, and that’s not the point. There is a balance between being and becoming – work on one thing at a time and hear the music in it. Relax with that one passage, with that one scale pattern, and hear how beautiful the small unit is in its simplicity. Find creative ways to alter it, to keep yourself engaged. Break more challenging material into bite-sized portions. When we speak of difficulty, we speak of a lack of familiarity. Together, we can find a ...

About Noaa

A current student at Berklee College of Music, I have found myself led holistically to teaching by my innate aptitude in areas of communication, interaction, and creativity. I grew up playing everything from punk to fingerstyle to jazz all around California's Bay Area, and had the pleasure of performing with amazing musicians such as Michael Manring and Alex Degrassi (with whom I also studied privately). I continued to receive world-class instruction at Berklee from David Gilmore, Bret Wilmott, Norman Zocher, and others. My background in the physical arts, most notably my studies in freestyle embodiment with movement practitioner and TED presenter Aaron Cantor, informs my approach to learning and teaching as an exploratory process that emphasizes inquiry, presence, pleasure, and ...

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Yarrow S. November 7, 2014
Guitar · In home
This super committed guy is awesome and I can't recommend him enough.
Noaa is not only way skilled and knowledgeable, he is an incredibly effective, patient and adaptive teacher. Having taking lessons from Noaa for about 2 months now, he's helped me make a ton of progress developing my technique, ear and music theory knowledge.
He's a totally chill dude and his easy to understand and digest lessons have left me feeling motivated and inspired every time. His easygoing, friendly personality and serious passion for music is easily apparent and I don't plan on witting lessons with Noaa anytime soon.
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kevin M. November 6, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
have known Noaa for a few years now both as a fellow musician and music teacher. We even shared the stage once in 2011 when we opened up for the infamous punk rock band Agent Orange in Reno N.V. Noaa's musical skill and wisdom has been truly inspiring and I was amazed by his talent when I first met and played with him, and I think he was only seventeen! I was driven to push myself to my full musical potential, and not settle on the idea of "well I'm good enough". A few years later Noaa was home for the summer from Berklee School of Music when I decided it was time for me to learn something knew and Noaa was the guy to help me. I have taken many guitar lessons throughout my life from many teachers, but I've never had a teacher who was so detailed and passionate about their craft. Noaa seems to have this amazing ability to asses a students needs and deliver a comprehensive lesson that the student will understand. I truly felt like he helped me grow and progress as a guitar player and would definitely recommend him.
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Nick P. October 18, 2014
Guitar · In home
To whom it may concern:
I have been playing guitar for some 27 years and used to study with serious heavyweights. After a nearly 16 year hiatus from taking lessons I asked a young man who had done studio work at my recording studio, is clearly a skilled guitarist, and who was studying at Berklee College of Music if he could fit in a lesson or two for me as I wanted to transcend my plateau and reach into the higher dimensions of non-diantonic and diatonic real time melodic improvisation. I could not have been more pleased. Noaa was able to customize the material, the style, the pace, and the presentation of advanced theory and application base don my own comments on my own particular learning particularities in real time while we studied without even blinking. His knowledge of theory, technique, the structuring of a path to build on, as well as his pure joy in music itself is comprehensive, infectious, and inspiring. Meanwhile, he let m film him covering some key concepts so that I can review the material in the approximately 2-3 years I expect it to take for me to absorb the material he exposed me to in 4 extended lessons. I would highly, highly recommend him to any player wishing to take their playing to the next level, even advanced players. Feel free to call me with questions about Noaa, as I could go on, but trust me, this cat is for real. Nick Peters Toothless Monkey Music, LLC & BodydeepMusic Studio.
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John E.

Boston, MA

Guitar is one of my newer undertakings, however I feel still feel confident in my ability to teach proper technique, improvisation, audio effects and various styles/traditions.

First I will ask you some basic questions. Then I will immediately begin sharing information / training you. The fastest road to your success is my goal.

About John

Meet John Egizi, the trombonist, bassist and world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, extremely well networked and generous with his knowledge. Students from New York City and Boston can work with John in person.

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Ryan G. November 24, 2014
Trombone · In studio
John is one of the most gifted musicians I know. His ability to see music as an extension of his soul sets him apart from the herd. John helped with my breathing so I can last longer. I would recommend anyone to meet with john and take a lesson on anything musical. Love this guy!!!
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Madeline L. November 18, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
John is extremely versatile and talented, and his love for music is so obvious and inspiring. I went to him with what I thought was a solid foundation of knowledge but he brought so many new ideas to the table that I started thinking of music in a whole new-and positive- way. He is very personable and easy to work with, and he treats you with respect and focused attention to detail. Definitely try working with him, you won't regret it!
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John E. November 18, 2014
Life Coaching · In studio
I just taught myself how to use takelessons.com!

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