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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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Ric H. April 16, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
A really good lesson, got me excited to learn more and to practice. Anxious to take the next lesson!
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Don C. November 22, 2014
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
First off let me start by saying when I first spoke with Rick I explained that I had recently been diagnosed with a medical condition and requested he be patient with me through the learning process. He has been more than accommodating and he has made each lesson a fun learning experience . I told Rick that my goal was to be able to go to Jam sessions and fit in and be able to play along ,since i started he has been preparing me with a solid repertoire and skill set to be able to accomplish this task. I have been to a few teachers over the years and Rick is the first one that truly gets “it” . I would give Rick a solid “A” if I were to give him a grade if anybody is looking for a great Banjo teacher .
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Ricky M.

Ricky M.

Cambridge, MA 02139
(2)
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. 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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isabella J. March 1, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron’s has been such a great teacher for my son – he is encouraging, optimistic, and a great listener. Aaron has been perceptive about what motivates Jasper and so he has found a great mix for each lesson of theory, technique, and fun exploration of new music concepts. He has adapted his style for where my son is on his learning journey so that he’s always moving forward and enjoying both practice and lesson time. From after the first day with Aaron he has always looked forward to going to his lessons. Since Aaron is an experienced and active professional musician, he shares what he knows is most important, practically and technically, across many music genres, and this suits my son’s curious nature. We feel really lucky to have found Aaron – he’s been positive, interesting, professional, friendly, and challenging. What else could you want in a teacher?
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Charlestown, MA 02129
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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 the worship team at Life Church in Boston with my wife. I recently signed on as the keyboard player for Tall Enough, a Boston-based alternative rock band. I often find myself involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community, most recently arranging music and directing a 60-voice choir for Boston Night of Worship.

I enjoy my morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and watching how fast my teenage daughter can text her friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
“I absolutely love learning from Bil! I’ve watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training.”

“[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others.”

“I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice.”

“Bil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm.”

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available piano and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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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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Bil M.

Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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 b
een 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.

VOICE/SINGING: Everyone is born with their own unique voice which, over the course of a lifetime, acquires its own unique habits, tensions, fears, limitations, and strengths. I firmly believe that anyone can sing once they understand the basics of vocal mechanics: need, thought, breath, and sound. Together, we'll work to release old habits and tensions, strengthen the vocal muscles and reconnect with the true voice deep inside you.

SONGWRITING: Is there a tune you can't get out of your head? Maybe that perfect rhyme seems just out of reach, or the next chord sounds all wrong? I've written countless songs for children, crafted original English lyrics and translations for foreign artists, and composed music for poetry and prose. My feedback system will help you communicate your thoughts and emotions clearly through words and music while fostering your own unique style, sound, and personal aesthetic.

ACTING/STORYTELLING: Looking to nail that next audition? Hoping to deepen your relationship with text? Do you get nervous when asked to speak in public? In private acting/storytelling lessons, we'll discuss tools and strategies to overcome onstage jitters, analyze and interpret text, connect with the body, and release blocks and tensions in order to let any story tell itself through you.

I am able to travel to anyone within walking distance of an MBTA station/stop or host students at my home studio between Porter and Union Squares in Somerville.

My goal as a teacher is to help each student recognize and actualize their own latent ability, passion, point-of-view, and spirit through performance. Every artistic venture is a new journey, and I'm eager to walk a part of it alongside you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open space, speakers, music stand, acoustic instruments preferred.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Music Stand, Music Literature

*** Specialties ***
Singer/Songwriter Style, Folk Singing, Musical Theatre Singing, Folk Guitar, Fingerpicking, Storytelling, Children's Music, Youth Music Education, Puppetry, Playwriting, Dramaturgy
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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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Phil B.

Phil B.

Cambridge, MA 02141
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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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Rafi F. June 16, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · In home
Verified Student
John is awesome, patient and pays attention to detail. A skilled and knowledgeable dude. I highly recommend him.
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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.

John E.

Boston, MA 02115
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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