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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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David P.

Cincinnati, OH

For guitar, students will learn notes on the guitar, chords, scales, key signatures, read music and play songs, including, pop, rock, indie, jazz, folk, and traditional. Students can learn to play their favorite songs. I accept students from beginner to intermediate experience on guitar.

About David

David P. began formal training with St. Elizabeth’s church organist on piano at age eight.  His older brothers and sisters taught him how to play guitar at home, and at school he was a featured vocal soloist at concert performances.  During his high school years, he began playing drums and singing at shows around the greater Cincinnati area.  While attending Xavier University, David continued to play in several groups.  He performed with the Xavier University Choir for four years under the direction of conductor and music department chair Helmut Roerig.  David performed with the Xavier
University Percussion Ensemble and studied drums with John Gardner of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four years.  He studied voice with Harriet Beebe and piano with Rebecca Slater among others for four year also.  While studying electronic music at Xavier, David began teaching classes with professor James Hart.  Today, professor Hart and David are co-composers at Ambient Studios.  David has written countless compositions heard across the globe on networks such as Lifetime, MTV and VH-1.  He is the head of Ambient Studios and Ambient Studios Music Academy.  David has taught at Midwest Music, Queen City Music, Take Lessons, Willis Music, Music Makers, Norwood High School, and Roger Bacon High School. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will learn to read music literature, play songs, and have fun!  I am an easy-going instructor, while at the same time, I still want to challenge students so they can excel at their instrument.  Most students really look forward to their lessons all week. For drums, students will learn rhythm, rudiments, beats, and fills.  I use a couple of Rick Latham's drum workbooks, and a couple of Ted Reed's workbooks among others.  For beginner's I have eighteen lessons I've designed to get started.  For piano, students will learn keys on the piano, chords, scales, key signatures, grand staff, read music and play songs of all styles, including classical, pop, jazz, folk, gospel, indie, and traditional.  There are children and adult beginners and intermediate workbooks that will be referred to students.  I also have a lot of material I like to use that I've designed.  For voice, students will learn scales, keys, breathing techniques, delivery, and diction.  Breath is the most important tool for proper pitch and vocal strength.  Students are encouraged to play an instrument to help with voice lessons, but this is not necessary.  For guitar, students will learn notes on the guitar, chords, scales, key signatures, read music and play songs, including, pop, rock, indie, jazz, folk, and traditional.  Students can learn to play their favorite songs.  I accept students from beginner to intermediate experience on guitar.  For music theory, students will learn intervals, chords, scales, key signatures, harmony, composition, and figured bass.  Students are encouraged to learn music theory using a piano, but another instrument may be used as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are held at Ambient Studios, a professional commercial recording studio where famous legends like Bootsy Collins have recorded.  Here, students are able to record their own performances, and perfect their craft.  Available instruments are a Roland V-drum set, a Mapex acoustic drum set, a Studiologic 88-key grand piano, Fender, Yamaha, Gibson, and Martin guitars, and state-of-the-art pre-amps and microphones.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, and funk drums. For piano I specialize in classical, pop, rock, and gospel. For voice I specialize in pop, rock, classical, broadway, and gospel. For guitar I specialize in pop, rock, and folk.
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Lucas B. September 30, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Terrific Teacher

He is a stupendous teacher. He makes his students feel comfortable, which is essential for optimal performance, without being excessively lax. The diaphragmatic breathing technique he began our first lesson with has proven to be incredibly valuable in signing and in my life in general.
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Alex C. September 13, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Has a gifted teaching ability

David has been an excellent teacher for my young children. He is patient, encouraging, and has a good teaching method. My children made good progress and although they were skeptical about taking lessons, once they had a lesson with David, they continued to come back and made very good progress.
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Zach B. August 22, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
David is an incredible teacher and mentor. I recommend him without any reservations.

David is not only gifted at building your talent and ability - he will help you build your confidence. I took weekly singing lessons with David, starting with no experience at all, and he took me to a place I never thought I could be. Lessons are relaxed, efficient, and directed at your own pace, and David has a way of making you very comfortable with his patient, kind demeanor. He is a diamond in the rough, and easily worth 2x the money.
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David P.

Cincinnati, OH 45213
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starting at
$47.50 / 30-min
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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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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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Tricia R. January 20, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Amazing Teacher

Jon is a great teacher, I went in not having any experiance. Jon has taken his time with me and Ive learned so much in the month that I have been taking lessons. All and all hes the perfect guy for the job.
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Hyman B. November 20, 2012
Verified Student
Amazing teacher!

Jon is a very good teacher. He takes the time to explain the concepts of the lesson for the week and then presents a good example of style and technique to help make me a better player.
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Jon A.

Cincinnati, OH 45255
(3)
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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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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Jenny M. June 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has had 3 lessons so far and is really enjoying it. She really likes Ms. Margaret, she gives great instruction without being demeaning, and is very patient, and positive.
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Kaitlin G. May 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Always patient, pleasant and love learning the guitar.
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Margaret O.

Margaret O.

Cincinnati, OH 45245
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Billy Z.

Cincinnati, OH

-Songwriting
-Chord Structuring and Note Placement
-Major/Minor Keys and Scales
-Strumming Patterns and Accenting
-Precise Execution
-Audio Engineering (Producing and Mixing)
-Studio Tracking
-Freestyle Playing

About Billy

Billy Z. is a hard-working, self-taught Rock/Metal musician who has over ten years of playing experience, almost five years of performing experience, and four years of studio experience. Billy is experienced in playing both acoustic and electric guitar, as well as bass guitar. His playing skills range in the following genres; Metal/Hardcore, Southern Rock, Indie/Alternative Rock, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. Billy is currently the lead guitarist for the Metal band Allies Aside, and was recently the touring guitarist for the up-and-coming Pop-Punk band Boymeetsworld.

Billy has taken the approach of le
arning almost everything he knows by ear, and would be honored to pass down what he has learned to any passionate, aspiring musician.
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Billy Z.

Billy Z.

Cincinnati, OH 45238
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Aaron L.

Kings Mills, OH

My lessons will consist mostly of instruction in forming chords and playing basic scales. Students will learn to form all chords in open positions first and later how to form them in a barred position. Students will be able to choose from a variety of simple songs to learn. When practiced often, these should help form a solid foundation for further exploration. Students will also become familiar with guitar tablature, chord charts, and basic language associated with guitar-playing.

About Aaron

Hey! My name's Aaron and I love to play the guitar. I'm totally passionate about the instrument but I also like to approach it from an analytic, theoretical point of view, thanks to some formal training in piano. I am (almost) completely self-taught since the age of 10 when my dad taught me my first few chords. It didn't take long for me to take off from there, teaching myself songs by alternative rock artists such as Green Day and Nirvana from tablature on the internet. Throughout the school day, thoughts of guitar and music would keep me occupied, then I'd go home and play for hours. O
ver the years, my musical taste broadened as well as my style of playing, which has come to include techniques of rock & roll, country, blues, and jazz. My favorite kind of guitar to play is acoustic. Lessons may include an overview of the guitar as an instrument, basic chords, scales, and variations of such. Also, instruction in styles of notation such as guitar tablature (tabs).
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Aaron L.

Aaron L.

Kings Mills, OH 45034
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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