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Guitar Lessons in Charlotte

There are as many good reasons for learning to play the guitar as there are places that you can take guitar lessons in Charlotte. Whether it’s to be able to entertain family and friends, develop self-discipline, or earn a living with music, learning to play an instrument can increase your quality of life in many ways. A number of studies show that it can even make you smarter!

Charlotte is a music-loving city, and there are several establishments that can make your transition to musician as smooth and seamless as possible. Before you look for guitar lessons in Charlotte, here are a fe
w places you can go to find the right guitar for you. Howren Music and Sound, in addition to selling instruments, offers a full range of services including rentals and repairs. That means that before making an investment in a new guitar, you can try playing a few different types first. Another store that offers rental instruments is Music 49. If the cost of a new instrument is holding you back, Sam Ash Music also has a website that specializes in high quality used instruments.

Once you've found the guitar that's right for you, it's time to find the right lessons for you. Finding the right instructor, one whose teaching style matches your learning style is just as important as finding the right instrument.

Many people find that they benefit more from one-on-one instruction and love the convenience of flexible scheduling. With in-home lessons, rather than missing lessons due to schedule changes, people have the option to reschedule the lesson for another time. Consistency is an important factor in learning any new skill. Another benefit of in-home lessons is that it removes the stress associated with making mistakes in front of other people, which can often interfere with the learning process.

Once you’ve learned a song or two by taking guitar lessons in Charlotte, there are organizations, like the Charlotte Folk Society, (http://www.folksociety.org/) where you can find others to play and practice with. They even have a musical instrument lending library so you can try out other instruments! They also offer musical scholarships to some of their music workshops.
Romare Bearden Park offers a wide range of musical entertainment every Wednesday from 6 to 9 pm from May through September.Whatever your preference- jazz, rock, country, or Carolina beach music- all are represented. Once you’ve gained a little confidence, you might even consider volunteering your time and talent for one of these events.

In addition to increasing creativity and brain power, music also has healing properties. There are organizations like Arts For Life (http://www.artsforlifenc.org/) that bring the healing power of music to those facing serious illnesses and disabilities.

Learning to play a musical instrument like the guitar is an investment not only in our own quality of life, but that of our communities as well. Through music, we can all experience a deeper level of enjoyment during our personal pursuit of happiness, and share that enjoyment with others.
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John B.

Concord, NC

Acoustic or electric. Lead and rhythm. Fingerpicking or heavy metal. It's all fun to learn!!

About John

Fun, professional, and relaxed. Experienced instructor since 1988. First paid public performance was in 1983, so I've been at this a while, and love it. *** Lesson Details *** Students learn from popular music beginning with basic chords and strumming and simple melodies. After 3 months with correct practice the student should be able to strum a number of songs and change chords smoothly. After 3 months bar chords and more complex melodies are introduced, and beyond 6 months, one can expect to progress into music theory and improvisation. *** Specialties *** Rock, Southern Rock, Country, Metal, Alternative, Pop, Improvisation

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Patrick L. January 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
John is very patient and knowledgeable. You can tell that he's been teaching for a very long time. I'm self-taught and have been playing for over 20 years and within minutes of viewing me play, John was able to pick out immediately my flaws. He gives me homework every week, and gives me a hard time if I do not do it. Exactly what I look for in a teacher.
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Clayton M.

Charlotte, NC

Have played for over 20 years. Currently led a bluegrass band, and am a worship leader for over 20 years as well.

About Clayton

Besides my experience and love of music, I'm a people person with a gift of teaching, so it's a win-win. I have a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee with a minor in music. I'm a concert level clarinetist (over 30 years) as well as barbershop singer (25 years) and worship leader (20 years), & guitar player (25 years), sax player (10 years). I also play handbells, have directed three youth musicals, and have led music at youth camps, conferences, retreats, Kairos prison ministry, and other service projects. I currently lead a nine member bluegrass band which is a blast. *** Lesson Details *** I will push you for excellence and I teach in fun ways. I hope to play a lot together after the basics have been accomplished. The most important aspect of playing an instrument or ...

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Marcelle P. July 21, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Clayton is a lovely person and a great teacher. He always shows up on time if not early and communicates right away if there is a change in the schedule which is rare. He is great with children, very patient and kind with a fun upbeat attitude. I definitely recommend him.
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Charlie P.

Charlotte, NC

Learn the basics from good posture, all the notes on the fretboard and how to play in tempo. Lots of chord and an easy way to think about playing. Also, I'll help you learn how to be as creative as possible!

About Charlie

I have been passing on what I've learned in my own studies, personal and privately taught, to help new students get the strong foundations for becoming the best musician they can be. I've been playing since age 6 (now 44) and performing since 18. I started with Classical guitar, then Rock and Jazz. In all my years of study, I've learned how to teach and how NOT to teach. I have had many years of private lessons. I've written, recorded and performed for over 20 years. My wife and I even do voice over work on occasion. *** Lesson Details *** Students have become friends and I've seen many go on to become performers, songwriters and teachers. I also use a wide range of materials when teaching like DVDs, CDs, and computer 'play along' tracks. I love teaching, seeing people smile and ...

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Joseph F. March 21, 2013
Guitar
Excellent instructor

Charlie has a vast range of talents, skills, and knowledge with music. I have been taking lessons with him for almost 6 months and I have to say that my playing abilities and comprehention of music has grown exponetially. if your looking for a music instructor that takes the time to develop your skills, then Charlie is the guy. also, please excuse any spelling errors.
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Nathan M. March 20, 2013
Bass Guitar
Awesome

Charlie is not only a great teacher, but a great guy. he is fun and easy to be around, creating a relaxing environment for learning. Everything i know how to do on bass was made possible by Charlie. He is slow with the process and makes sure not to rush you and makes sure you understand 100% of the material before moving on. He is simply awesome.
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Joey R.

Charlotte, NC

We work on techniques in using a pick, and basics with left-hand technique. For Intermediate players, often I find students hit the "wall" and feel that they are not improving. This is when a teacher is crucial, and we begin to transition from practicing 'hard' to practicing 'smart'. We introduce a more focused approach to practice.

About Joey

“Joey has done a good job working with my son, Nicholas, on his guitar playing. Despite my son’s habit of not practicing enough, Joey has been patient with him and has managed to discover what sparks my son’s interest. Now, Nicholas has greatly improved and plays guitar very often, and enjoys it. Joey has also been flexible when we have had to request schedule changes. He has also been thorough in following up on questions or discussions we have had.” Sherry Wooten Huntersville NC “Joey greeted my 10 year-old-daughter with a warm smile. A mother couldn't have asked for more! As an instructor he met my daughter where she was as a learner, and a curious beginner. He continues to help her develop in both skill and confidence. His talent and love for music keep her motivated and ...

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angela P. February 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Joey was a terrific, flexible teacher who did his best to accommodate my work schedule, etc. He was thoughtful, prepared for each lesson, and really listened to what and how I wanted to learn to play the guitar. I'd highly recommend him for anyone just beginning or wanting to improve.
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monica S. January 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Our son is enjoying learning electrical guitar thanks to Joey
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monica S. January 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great with kids
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James H.

Monroe, NC

I have been a touring musician for the last 35 + years. If you have a song you want to learn-tell me-and I'll help you learn it. I am self-taught. I play by ear. I can also make and read bar charts, which help you prepare for playing gigs, recording, etc. I can help you!

About James

My duties in The Spongetones for the last 35-plus years include songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, producer, recording engineer, arranger, bassist, sometimes drummer, and other various musical noises. I have recorded and produced all twelve records for The Spongetones, with rave reviews in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Trouser Press, Goldmine, and many others. The Spongetones are currently signed to Airmail Records in Japan.

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