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Guitar Resources in Pasadena

Are you thinking about taking guitar lessons in Pasadena? Lucky for you, the city has a great music scene for aspiring guitarists and hobbyists. From guitar shops to live music venues, there are tons of resources available to students who want to supplement their guitar lessons. Below is just a sample of the different resources in which students can take advantage.

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Want to get inspired? Located on North Holly St., the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena is a beautiful outdoor venue where you sit back and relax while listening to music. During the summer months, the venue puts on free concerts featuring a variety of well-known and up-and-coming artists from different genres including jazz, Americana, Latin, and more. This intimate setting is the perfect place to meet other aspiring musicians and get up close and personal.

Red Zone Guitar Works

Are you looking to get a new guitar or does your current one need some repairs? Red Zone Guitar Works, located on East Colorado Blvd., has everything guitarists need. From amps to acoustic guitars, the shop has an array of high-quality products. The friendly staff is not only helpful, but extremely knowledgeable.

redwhite+bluezz

One of the best ways to perfect your guitar skills is playing in front of a real crowd. If you are an aspiring jazz guitarist, then redwhite+bluezz is the right place for you. Voted the “Best Jazz Club” by Pasadena Magazine and Pasadena Cosmopolitan, the restaurant has live jazz music every night of the week. Whether you want to take the stage or sit back and enjoy the music, redwhite+bluezz is something every jazz musician must check out.

The Pasadena Pick-up Band Meetup

Meeting other local musicians is another great way to supplement your guitar lessons in Pasadena. Luckily, there are tons of musical meetups in which guitar players gather to have jam sessions and swap tips and tricks. The Pasadena Pick-up Band Meetup, for example, is a group of amateur musicians who meet and play music with one another.

Griffins of Kinsale

Located on Mission St. in South Pasadena, Griffins of Kinsale is the quintessential Irish restaurant and bar. The restaurant features live traditional Irish music sessions every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you like the sounds of the Irish guitar and authentic Irish food, then check out the Griffins of Kinsale’s live music scene.

The Fretted Frog

The Fretted Frog, located on West Colorado Blvd., has a wide variety of musical instruments and accessories. On a tight budget? The shop has a lay-away option in which customers can put down a third of the price then pay off the rest over a two to six month period.

Taking guitar lessons is just the first step to becoming a successful musician. It’s important that you also immerse yourself in musical culture and soak up all of the tips and tricks you can. Remember, the fastest way to get better is to practice as much as you.

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I've been teaching Guitar for 27 years and my students have gone on to play in their own bands and work with major artists everywhere. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to know your way around the instrument and as time goes on you'll be able to play like a pro. I specialize in Pop, Rock, R&B, Country and Gospel and love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Gregory
The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, Motown legends Stafford Floyd & Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, also personal music instructor to Rod
Stewart's children, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, daughter of producer Don Gehman (John Cougar, Pat Benetar), musical director for rising vocal group of daughte
rs of a founding member of Earth Wind & Fire & lead singer of group led by Marko Babineau (Aerosmith, G&R.) I've also sung & ministered with outreaches to try & comfort the homeless in Skid Row-downtown LA... and put on a special special presentation for my Grandmother in her nursing home before she went on to her eternal home...the most wonderful thing I've ever done.

I sing with the 3 Gospel choirs in North Hollywood- once informed that I had become president of my Men's Choir-arranging,directing-doing the deal-as learned from personal musical mentors, Anthony Janflone Sr. (the Nicola Tesla of Music) & Motown Songwriter writer/ director, Stafford Floyd.

I also perform as a solo artist while recording/ performing with various artists including Naomi Nektare, Jillisa Lynn, Tru Addiction, Rich Vacarro, Gary Allen, Kenny Freeman & Marko Babineau & more.

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Liza March 10, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My son loves working with Greg. He is patient, creative and encouraging. We are so happy with the lessons.
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Rebecca February 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I learned SO much in this first lesson! I'm so grateful! Can't wait for the next one!
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Joey Gabra July 8, 2016
· Music Recording · In home
The first lesson was really great and informative.
Greg was easy to talk to and very knowledgable...and was able to show me some really great things to help me work better in my recording studio.

Highly recommended!
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Gregory V.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Jessica February 5, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Nils is an excellent teacher. After many years of trying to master certain songs he was able to hone in on the instruction that I needed. He helped me make progress and enjoy myself along the way.
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Adam November 1, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had several great lessons with Nils. He helped me break through a plateau I was on in terms of modal soloing and also with recognizing chord shapes and how the lie underneath scale structures. He was responsive, knowledgeable and quick to grasp what I, as an already experienced player, needed to improve. Highly recommended!
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Christi October 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son absolutely loves Nils. Nils has been his guitar teacher for a few years now and has been very patient and accommodating especially since my son has Autism which can sometimes make traditional instruction a challenge. However, Nils is able to recognize his strengths and treats him just like a regular "cool dude" and I have since seen my son be more confident with his guitar playing. Nils has helped my son become a better " Rock Star" every week.
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Stephen O.

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With over 4 years of teaching experience, 6 years of gigging and playing the guitar for 14 years, I have cultivated a unique approach to teaching the guitar. I take the time to listen to my students, hear their struggles and dreams and create a lesson plan that is truly individual. I've worked with beginners who've never touched a guitar to professionals looking to broaden their horizons, all ages too! I am a very professional, motivated and flexible teacher looking to help you learn the guitar!

About Stephen
Hi there! My name is Steve and I have my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance for guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 13 years now and have been teaching for over 4 years. I can play Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Pop, Fusion, Funk, Jam and Singer/Songwriter. Any of these genres I'm able to teach and give insight about playing and performing. I've worked with students who are absolute beginners to professional musicians who want to further their knowledge, all ages too. I've been gigging for over 6 years as well and I utilize my experiences to give my students the best music education in a holistic way that they can understand. I am motivated, flexible and eager to teach! Take a listen to some of my music!

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Eva February 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Steve is a patient and encouraging teacher to my seven year old daughter. She enjoys the lessons very much.
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Liz February 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I've had four lessons so far with Steve, and I am so pleased with how it is going! Steve is very skilled, patient, kind, punctual and professional. He responds to all my questions, and is very encouraging. He comes to my office in Pasadena to give me my lesson.

I find that the biggest challenge in learning something new, is keeping my own internal critic under control as I struggle with note reading, and learn how to play the guitar. The fact that Steve is so patient and never critical helps to offset my internal critic. I have felt self doubting in the first two lessons, but by lesson 3, I am confident that if I keep practicing and working with Steve, eventually I will get it.

Steve also shared info re his Taylor Mini guitar which is much smaller than the typical guitar, easier for me to play because the frets are smaller for smaller hands. I just bought my own Taylor Mini, a beautiful instrument which also inspires me to keep at it! Steve is also introducing some popular songs starting in lesson 3, which also makes it more enjoyable.

This is one of the best decisions I have made for myself, and I am very happy that I was lucky to find Steve. He's great!
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Bryan November 30, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Stephen is awesome. I do the lessons online which is super easy and fun as well. I am literally just a beginner so this is very exciting and Stephen is kind and patient!
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Stephen O.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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I can teach the basics of playing guitar to any beginner students who are looking to pick up the instrument. We will go over proper playing technique, start building a knowledge of essential chords and progressions, learn scales, cover the fundamentals of music theory, and begin learning some standard repertoire.

About Steven
I consider myself dedicated to two passions in life: the art of musical creation, and the joy of kindling that spark in others. I've been teaching private music lessons for the past five years, and have worked with students of many different ages and proficiency levels. I am always on the lookout to work with new people who are just as excited about creating music as I am! My musical career began fifteen years ago as a classically-trained pianist, and soon after began to expand to more contemporary styles such as rock, pop, jazz, and electronic. I spent four years at the University of Miami studying under Academy Award nominee Chris Boardman, and graduated with a degree in Music Composition & Production and a double minor in Music Business and Creative American Music. I currently reside in Los Angeles, where I write and produce music for
films, TV shows, and video games. I look forward to meeting you and starting our musical journey together!
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Ina and Nathan K. July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Steve is a pleasure having around. He is patient, he inspired my kids and managed them well during the lesson. Steve's knowledge and love for music is motivational.
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Kaden K. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Although today was my son's first lesson with Steven, I gave him 5 stars because my son really enjoyed the lesson and also liked him a lot. From the start, Steven was calm and very very patient. He made my son comfortable and worked around his pace and level.
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London B. May 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Steven was wonderful, my granddaughter was so happy that he is her teacher. She is looking forward to her next lesson on Saturday.
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Steven G.

Winnetka, CA 91306
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I will teach you your favorite licks and riffs!

About Emo
I've been a professional vocalist and guitarist for 15 years and have been teaching voice for half that duration. I own a music school and recording studio in Santa Ana called Granted Records. I have been trained by the best vocal coach in the business Ron Anderson and I'm excited to carry on his teachings as well as other teachings including guitar song writing and music production. I have written recorded mixed and mastered 8 albums and have amassed a great following in Europe and the Middle East in addition to my fans in the U.S.
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Enver W. May 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I saw a huge improvement with the 5 voice lessons that i took with Emo. He had a way of opening up my voice and expanding it and pushing me to get there. Even on days when i felt like my voice felt worn or hoarse and i though would not get anywhere with the lesson together we found a range that would allow me to push through it! Every time i leave his lesson my voice feels clear, more crisp and powerful even when speaking. I highly reccomend Emo, he is intuitive, kind and genuinely interested in helping you improve. cant wait to book more lessons with him!
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Addison February 22, 2018
· Singing · Online
Emo is wonderful! He’s incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, encouraging, and most definitely makes you better in all aspects. I wouldn’t recommend anyone but him!
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Seshu February 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Emo is one of the best guitar teachers I seen around. He is very patient and great positive attitude working with kids. He is also flexible with our pace and teaching us our favorite songs. I highly recommend Emo!
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Emo A.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
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I have been teaching guitar and bass for five years now and I'm really passionate about being completely focused on the needs of the student, not complicated theory (unless they want that of course!).

About Fionn
I'm a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, and I'm extremely passionate about helping others reach their potential! Learning an instrument can be a difficult process but with the right teacher it can be an extremely rewarding one. I understand that different students have different wants and needs and I'm 100% focused on delivering the right service for you!

I've spend the last few years performing on all sorts of stages, from intimate jazz clubs in Boston to Glastonbury, the largest festival in England. I appreciate the varied ways we all experience different types of music and I want to teach you music YOU want to learn. If you want to learn theory, that's fine too but I understand that not everyone wants to.

Let me know as soon possible so we can get started!
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Nick January 2, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Fionn is the best bass player I could find for my son’s private lessons. I am a musician myself and I can see that his progress is outstanding! He is also having loads of fun with Fionn and they get along very well, as he is a very fun and trustworthy person.
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Declan November 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I got bass lessons from Fionn in 2016, and it was fantastic. He's a brilliant teacher, and extremely patient. I switched from drums so he basically had to teach me music theory and how to read music too, which he did with ease. Really enjoyable lessons that I learned a lot from, I'd highly recommend Fionn as a teacher.
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Hannah Crowley November 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I just began playing guitar a year ago, but had terrible technique. I began taking lessons with Fionn and noticed a huge difference in my playing almost immediately. Fionn is an incredible teacher and so easy going, I couldn't recommend him enough! I have started playing in front of small audiences now which I never would have had the confidence to do before. He's also great value for money! All I can say is TAKE HIM!!
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North Hollywood, CA 91601
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I play guitar since I am 10 years old and I have never been into a music school. My guitar teacher was certificated by some jazz school and public music school so I know the theory but it is not necessary the most important step especially when you begin. You need to enjoy your time with your guitar and that is my goal for you.
My philosophy of teaching will be to fit you and your expectations about the instrument to always have pleasure when you play so having the envy to pursue.

About Florian
I am a french guitarist, bassist, drummer, pianist, singer, didgeridoo player, composer and sound engineer. I am certified by ESRA-ISTS in France that is a school for audiovisual and sound. My own music is more blues, rock, funk, world, hip hop but when I do produce for others it can be jazz or orchestral too.

Guitar and bassist students can expect to have the same kind of lessons I had. I will focus on your expectations, your goals and we will work mostly around music that you do like or want to work on.

For sound engineering I do have a ProTools 12HD user level certified by Avid. I can teach you also Logic Pro. We will discover the soft and their own logic to record, edit, mix, produce, create sounds.

For french students, I am a native french from Paris. I have moved in the USA almost 2 years ago and I am according to my friends here
very good with English. Same things than for the others, we will move at your rhythm because every student is special and develop her/his skills at her/his own time. We will work with written part and phonetically part. As you may know Paris, as a big city, doesn't have to much accent so it will be the more neutral french accent that you can find.
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Florian P.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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I have been teaching for many years and I will make sure my students learn exactly the music skills or songs they like. I am very friendly and funny! :-)

About Maziyar
I have always loved music. especially the sound of a guitar (both acoustic and electric). I started learning guitar when I was 15 years old. From that day on I
practiced everyday and I soon began playing with other musicians on a regular basis. I especially enjoy playing Rock, Fusion, Pop, Country, and Blues. In 2004, a few of my friends asked me to teach them how to play and that is how I discovered the joy and fulfi llment that comes from teaching. I have been teaching ever since. I teach basic, beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar, in a wide variety of musical styles, to kids and adults. I really enjoy helping my students grow to become great guitar players. In addition to my love of music I enjoy studying Social Science, Philosophy, language, and different cultures. I possess a Bachelor’s Degree in L
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Maziyar A.

Corona, CA 92882
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Music is the greatest thing in the world. I grew up listening to my parent's music and began connecting to it at a very young age. By the time I was 12 I was singing and playing along to all my favorite records and fronting my own band. By 15 I was playing live shows with Don Was and Glenn Frey and doing session work in Glenn's studio. I performed at the Panama Jazz festival at 17 with my Jazz band, performed as finalists in the Monterey Jazz High School competition, and went on to study Popular Music Performance at USC. I am currently 25 years of age and write, produce, MD, perform, teach, and do session work for a living. My passion is sharing the gift of music with others that I cary with the utmost joy and gratitude. My goal is to help you reach your musical goals, and help you discover the ones you may not yet be aware of. I have an extensive musical vocabulary from all the listening and playing I've done across all genres, that enriches my musical life. It ranges from ...

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Music is the greatest thing in the world. I grew up listening to my parent's music and began connecting to it at a very young age. By the time I was 12 I was singing and playing along to all my favorite records and fronting my own band. By 15 I was playing live shows with Don Was and Glenn Frey and doing session work in Glenn's studio. I performed at the Panama Jazz festival at 17 with my Jazz band, performed as finalists in the Monterey Jazz High School competition, and went on to study Popular Music Performance at USC. I am currenty 25 years of age and write, produce, MD, perform, teach, and do session work for a living. My passion is sharing the gift of music with others that I cary with the utmost joy and gratitude. My goal is to help you reach your musical goals, and help you discover the ones you may not yet be aware of. I h
ave an extensive musical vocabulary from all the listening and playing I've done accross all genres, that enriches my musical life. It ranges from early blues and American roots music all the way to contemporary pop music that can be heard everywhere today. Whether you just want to learn how to strum a few chords or develop into a fully realized proffesional musician, I know how to help you get there. I've been teaching privately in Los Angeles for 7 years and have seen it all. My students range from 7 year olds with no experience all the way to seasoned pros. Im confident I can help you meet your goals and enjoy a life of music.
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Nick S.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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Saro is a USC Thornton School of Music Graduate. He has been teaching guitar for several years around Los Angeles and Armenia. Saro offers lessons in three languages: English, Armenian and Arabic. Some of his younger students are competition winner in Armenia. Saro prepares serious students who want to continue their studies at music colleges and universities, as well as he works with beginner/intermediate students and takes them to next level.

About Saro
Saro Babikian was born in Damascus, Syria in 1995 and started playing the classical guitar at age 10. He attended the Solhi Al-Wadi Conservatory of Music in Damascus. In 2012 he performed at the Damascus Opera House in a concert hosted by the Ministry of Culture, for outstanding students of the conservatory. Later that same year he moved to Los Angeles and continued his guitar studies with the renowned Armenian guitarist Sarkis Turgutyan. In 2015 he was admitted to the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Classical Guitar Program under the instruction of Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser. Saro also takes flamenco lessons with Adam del Monte at USC He graduated with honors with his BM degree in classical guitar in 2018 and been awarded scholarship from USC Thornton to continue his masters's studies. Saro has parti
cipated in numerous masterclasses with renowned musicians and guitarists such as David Russell, Pepe Romero and Paul O'Dette. Saro was also awarded several awards in various guitar competitions such Honorable Mention Award at the Gohar and Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition in. !st prize at Intentional music competition in Serbia. Saro was invited as a guest artist to the 3rd Yerevan International Guitar Festival for in Yerevan, Armenia in 2017. Saro regularly is invited to Armenia to hold guitar classes and play concerts. Saro also organizes concerts for his students.
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Saro is an accomplished and dedicated instructor, with many years of experience under his belt. I've worked alongside Saro for years now and I'm impressed at how all of his students all love the guitar and play really well. Would definitely recommend.
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  Earlier, we took a look at how to develop your right hand for classical guitar. In this article, guitar teacher Raymond L. will add to the balance by teaching you exercises for the left hand...   The classical guitar repertoire covers more scales and arpeggios than any other technical skill. Therefore, I consider it important for you, as a classical guitar player or student, to focus on these following exercises. They're based on scales and arpeggios for the purpose of de
Electric Guitar Accessories: What's in Your Gig Bag?
Got the gig? Great! Now… what should you bring? Read on to learn about the electric guitar accessories that Charleston, SC teacher Christopher A. recommends stowing in your gig bag… As you get into playing guitar, opportunities may arise to showcase your talents in a live setting. Regardless of the performance location, be it a bar, coffeehouse, or your high school gymnasium, there are a few essentials you should carry with you in your gig bag or guitar case. Making a list of items you need f

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