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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Guitar On In Cincinnati

Bet you can’t wait to get your hands on a guitar and start playing! Luckily for you, Cincinnati is a fantastic place to get into playing guitar, make friends in the music scene, and check out some great live performances. Before you get started with guitar lessons in Cincinnati, take a look at all the amazing things this city has to offer to aspiring musicians!

If you don’t have a guitar already, there are lots of places in Cincinnati where you can get one. Besides the big shops like Guitar Center and Sam Ash, you’ll find unique and welcoming local music stores that make you feel like part of the community. Mike’s Music in Cincinnati (http://www.mikesmusicohio.com/) has a huge selection of vintage and used guitars. If electric guitar is your thing, you can also pick up an amp and other accessories at Mike’s for a reasonable price.

Gary’s Classic Guitars (http://www.garysguitars.com/) carries a variety of acoustic and electric vintage guitars in excellent condition. At Gary’s Classic Guitars, you can also buy an amp to go along with your vintage electric guitar, and you know that you’ll be taking home something truly special.

Or, for a truly unique shopping experience, check out the annual Cincinnati Guitar Show (http://cincyguitarshow.com/). At the show, you can buy, sell, or trade guitars. You’ll see hundreds of instruments, and most likely learn a thing or two about guitars. It might not be the best event to visit alone if you’re a total newbie to the guitar, however, but perhaps your guitar teacher might like to take you and a few other students on a field trip!

When you’re ready to start meeting people and playing guitar together, look into some of the great guitar Meetup groups in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Very Amateur Musicians Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Cincinnati-Amateur-Musicians-Meetup/) is a particularly great group for beginners to join, as many of the other members are beginning to intermediate musicians.

Finally, you can always find great live music and inspiring performances any day of the week in Cincinnati. If you’re interested in taking in an intimate show by a national touring band, check out the upcoming events calendar at the Taft Theatre (http://tafttheatre.org/). Built in 1928, the Taft features music most nights of the week and has a great ambience for enjoying the show.

Riverbend Music Center (http://www.riverbend.org/) is another popular destination for checking out live music and getting inspired. Some of music’s biggest names come through this venue, so you can be sure that the shows you decide to attend here will be fantastic! Or, for more local music, check out Northside Tavern (http://www.northsidetav.com/cincy/). At Northside Tavern, you can enjoy live music in a fun, pub environment.

Enjoy your guitar lessons in Cincinnati, and don’t forget to take advantage of all the great things this city has to offer. Take advantage of them, and also be sure to practice every day. If you keep playing and keep a positive attitude, you’ll soon find you’re a better guitar player than you ever dreamed.

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Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH

I teach and perform styles ranging from classical and Jazz to country, classic rock and even metal. I enjoy teaching all styles and ability levels.

About Jon

I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a s
tudent and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
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Cafroline April 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson! She is excited to go back.
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Ethan February 28, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son feels very comfortable with Jon. Jon's enthusiasm and passion for music and teaching is very evident. My son can't wait for his next lesson and practices diligently.
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Matthew L. August 21, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have been working with Jon for coming up on a year and i am thrilled. a great guy who has the knowledge/skill with the guitar, but also excellent ability to communicate. even when i couldn't get something (my own inability) he found other ways of presenting/teaching that make a difference - i highly recommend Jon for beginners (i was one) and experienced players alike
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Jon A.

Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH 45255
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Margaret O.

Cincinnati, OH

I have been teaching guitar for the last 7 years. Originally a classical trained pianist I became the leader of an ensemble which included several guitarists. If order to lead them I had to learn how they think. So I bought a guitar and started learning from them. My method of teaching combines my classical background from the piano with styles used in playing with the ensemble. Most guitarists don't read music but my students learn to read music from the very beginning. Music theory is one of my strengths and I pass that on to my students.

About Margaret

I have taught the piano along with guitar and voice for over 40 years, since I was 16 years old. I started lessons at 9 and continued lessons while I began teaching beginners at a music studio. Since then I have had many different experiences with all kinds of students. I love sharing the gift of music with my students. My goal is to give them a wonderful musical experience and allow them to expand their knowledge of music in a structured manner and can grow to become a casual or professional musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my teaching style to the students goals. I like to sa
y I am laid back but do expect progress each week. I can teach the piano for beginner to advanced students. Some students are college bound and need to learn the disciplines of music. Other students just want to learn to play for enjoyment. My main goal to to keep them interested and practicing. I use a composite of different methods depending on the students goals. I have found that each publisher of method books focus on different styles of music. Over the years I have picked the best of each one and we will use the best of the best. I also have edited music for students over the years and have a wide collection of supplemental music. As an example I love Disney music and a beginner after 3 months they will be learning "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. I can teach beginning Guitar students. My specialty is teaching to read "real" music as opposed to tab. Beginners need lots of TLC with the guitar because of the length of time it takes to make "good" sounds of the guitar. Learning good technique in a fun way is essential for good student progress.

Also I can teach beginning-intermediate vocal lessons. My main focus is developing proper vocal technique with vocal exercises and breathing techniques and still making it interesting and fun.
With all of this, i also teach music theory. Whether by itself or along with instrumental lessons, music theory is an essential for all musicians. Music theory is the how and why of everything we do in music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently have a baby grand, a spinet piano, 16 track sequencer, performance digital piano, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, flute, music stands and keyboard stands.

*** Specialties ***
For the piano I use a mixed method of teaching depending on the students goals. I have used Schaum, Faber, Alfred, Thompson and Bastien. I also use Hannon for advanced students and Duvornoy, Alfred and other types of pedagogy for technique and exercises. I have also edited many pieces of music for early beginners to have fun with. Disney is my favorite. I use these supplemental pieces along with the method books to keep their interest in practicing.
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Brenda D. October 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
U had a great time ....can't wait till next Tuesday
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Alicia September 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Margaret is an excellent piano teacher! Her lessons are upbeat, informative and engaging for my eight-year-old son. She interacts with him so well, both encouraging him and also holding him accountable for the techniques she has taught him. Assignments each week include a wide variety of scales, warm-ups and pieces so that he never gets bored. In six short months, he has gone from not reading a note of music to having a nice repertoire of pieces that impresses his friends and family--including his church organist great-grandmother! We are so pleased with Mrs. Osinski's lessons. It was an excellent decision.
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Mary K. August 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Margaret is energetic and well versed in piano. We highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Margaret O.

Margaret O.

Cincinnati, OH 45245
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$25 / 30-min
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Spencer E.

Cincinnati, OH

Starting where you are to get you to where you want to be makes sense. You have music in your head that you've been listening to all your life; I take the songs you know and find the best way to break them down for you. I help you access them through your guitar, allowing you to recreate the music you already know.

I have had great success with this approach over the years. It provides built-in flexibility and accommodations for your interests in music, even as they change with time!

About Spencer

These lessons are about you and your personal aspirations in music. Break into playing music for the first time or bust past that professional plateau. I will help you set realistic short-term goals that aim at whatever long-term goals you already have (of being a rock star, fluent improviser, early childhood song-leader, praise-band leader, rock star, songwriter, garage/basement/bedroom music troll . . . rock star).

I teach beginners, professionals, and everyone in between. I hold a masters in music education, and have taught most styles of music, including (but never limited!) classic ro
ck, new rock, pop rock, rockabilly, blues, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, Klezmer, solo acoustic, classical, and the Beatles (who get their own genre).
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Hady May 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Spencer is professional it is very good experience for me to take lessons with if I have to learn more it will be with him and only him.
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Kelsey March 29, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Spencer was a great instructor for me, as a young adult new to guitar. He was encouraging, flexible, and gave me lessons that were personalized to my skills and musical tastes, but also broadened my repertoire. I can't thank him enough for inspiring me through his love of music and of teaching. I will continue recommend Spencer's studio to others.
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Mark E. of Columbus October 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Spencer transfers his genuine appreciation of music and extensive guitar knowledge through a versatile teaching approach to meet individual needs. He fosters a challenging and fun learning session. He quickly tapped in to my musical interests and goals (I'm in my 50s) and instructed me, in a way, that encouraged both growth and confidence in playing. Spencer mentored and advised me on songwriting development, as well as provided practical advice/feedback on performance. If you want to learn about guitar, improve on your skills, and have fun doing it, Spencer is your guy.
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Spencer E.

Spencer E.

Cincinnati, OH 45213
(5)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Todd T.

Cincinnati, OH

Students learn to practice effectively and efficiently, and to play with security and confidence.

About Todd

About Guitar Lessons With Todd

"Todd is a very gifted and motivated guitarist with an uncommon aptitude for teaching."
Rodney Stucky

"Todd is passionate about teaching, and dedicates himself to this with utmost energy and purpose. He is always extremely successful in producing a high level of achievement with every student." Jeffrey Van

One of the most important duties of a competent instructor is teaching students how to practice. This is just as true for the rank beginner as it is for the advanced student, or even professional. Everyone can learn to play music and play it well if
given competent instruction. Learning to play well is learning about the mind and body, and how to use it to one's potential. As the awareness of the self is refined, not only is the playing improved, but the potential for greatness is elevated. Learning to perform music with security and confidence is fun!
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Eric S. January 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first day!
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Holly January 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Todd was great to start from the very beginning with me. I have no experience at all with the guitar but his confidence in his teaching and in me is encouraging.
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Todd T.

Todd T.

Cincinnati, OH 45202
(2)
starting at
$45 / 60-min
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John W.

Cincinnati, OH

Musician all my life can teach all guitar styles. Swing Jazz, Country chops, Classical, Rock, Folk, Fingerstyle

About John

Studied Music Theory and Jazz Guitar at University of Cincinnati CCM. Been teaching since 1992 at the Music Shoppe in Harrison Ohio, Willis Music Tri County mall as well as home students in my home and theirs. I'm also on thumbtack and am house guitarist at Vinoklet Wine in Colerain. You can hear my solo guitar music stream or download for free complete evenings of music usually two or three sets.
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John W.

John W.

Cincinnati, OH 45218
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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