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Guitar Lessons in Cleveland

By Noel S. - Cleveland Guitar Teacher

Cleveland's rich history of culture and music will offer guitarists countless ways to expand their enjoyment with the instrument. Listed below are some of the best reasons to take guitar lessons in Cleveland!

1. Opportunities to Play and Perform

You've been making headway on your guitar skills in big leaps, so how cool would it feel to enjoy performing for others? For solo guitar or pre-rehearsed ensemble playing, open mic nights are the way to go. Check out this web address for Open Mic Cleveland for a good assortment of these opportuni
ties. http://www.openmiccleveland.com/EventListing

On this website you'll also find venues who feature on-stage jam nights for blues and rock. This is a great opportunity to take the thrill level up a notch or two since you'll be backed by professional musicians and pro equipment. One venue to check out is The Brothers Lounge in Cleveland. One Cleveland area venue has offered over $500 in cash and prizes to its best performers of rock, acoustic, blues, bluegrass, country, Americana, folk and jazz.

If you’re looking for something a little more low key, the Root cafe in Lakewood is a child-friendly environment which features a vegetarian menu. Their open mic nights are a relaxing scene for beginners just starting out. http://www.theroot-cafe.com/event/open-mic

2. Network with Other Guitarists in a Face-to-Face Environment

All of Cleveland's open mic opportunities for guitar are great ways to connect with many other musicians, but if you’re looking for something a bit more specialized- classical guitarists have their own niche too! The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society (CCGS) is a super welcoming organization that features a showcase concert for classical guitarists of all ages! http://www.clevelandclassicalguitar.org/

3. Venues for Tuning in to the Best Guitar Music in Cleveland

The CCGS typically holds concerts at The First Unitarian Church in Shaker Heights, and their annual International Guitar Week Festival takes place at The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Jazz and blues guitarists should check out Rockefellers, a gorgeously decorated restaurant venue in the Cleveland Heights historic east side that has been nominated for "Best Live Jazz" a few years running. featuring some of the area’s best musicians, it's steeped in history and beauty. Just down the road is Nighttown music club where you can enjoy local, national, and international musicians.

Still looking to discover even more chances to check out rock and blues guitar on the west side of Cleveland? The Parkview features regular rock and blues headliners.

There are so many amazing musicians to meet and venues to experience while you take guitar lessons in Cleveland. Now get out there and have some fun!
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Kyle K.

Cleveland, OH

I'll take you from zero knowledge and show you the world of music. The possibility are endless, but I'll get you to YOUR goal. You'll know musical keys, notes, scales, chords... how does it all fit and work together? I'll show you! I provide jam tracks with specific goals in mind. Knowledge plus ability equals musical freedom!

About Kyle

I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there! My musical life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen ...

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Ryan B. September 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kyle is a fantastic guitar teacher! He takes the time to show you how to play guitar with good fundamentals, and teaches you a little bit of music theory along the way without making it complicated. I tried learning on my own using online TABs and Youtube videos and a game called Rocksmith. This was a good start, but eventually I hit a wall and wasn’t really progressing. Kyle has really helped me develop my skills. We went over all the basics like how to hold a pick, how to hold the guitar, how to play single notes vs. chords, palm muting and alternate picking. I was missing all of this technique before and I was actually making playing the guitar more difficult than it needed to be! Kyle explained it all in a very easy to understand way and gives you as much detail as you need. I like lots of detail, so we went over everything! He knows a lot of little tips and tricks from playing as long as he has and this is the kind of priceless information you can't get elsewhere. He's very easy to talk to and has a breadth of knowledge on all kinds of music. We normally geek out about anything from Jimi Hendrix to 90’s music to more modern music and everything in between. I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable he is – highly recommended!
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Nicholle M. February 7, 2014
Guitar
AWESOME INSTRUCTOR!

Kyle is always friendly, patient and his enthusiasm for music is contagious. He does a fantastic job of keeping lessons fresh and fun. He has an extensive knowledge of musical theory and does a wonderful job of explaining it in terms that I am able to understand. I highly recommend Kyle as an instructor to anyone interested in learning and having fun.
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Paul M. January 13, 2014
Guitar
Great teacher!

I have been receiving lessons from Kyle for several months now and I am very impressed with his musical knowledge and his professionalism. Under his instruction, I have made gray progress on the guitar and my understanding of musical theory. Kyle is a very friendly and patient teacher as well. Highly recommended!
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Daniel C.

Cleveland, OH

All levels, all styles, all techniques,
instructed by guitar master with over 25 years experience.

About Daniel

I am recent graduate of Music Composition and Theory from Antioch College, and I am a veteran of many bands, having performed in some of the largest venues around the country. I favor a 'learning through experience' instruction style where my students can gain an in-depth understanding of music through the practice of their instrument. My students will quickly and simply learn the essentials of music theory, an understanding of what musical concepts are right for each situation and why, and the ability to compose and improvise musically while they are gaining the technical abilities and skills to flawlessly perform on their instrument. *** Lesson Details *** My students will learn about scale, harmony, and its correct application. I will instruct them to quickly grasp the lay-out of ...

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TinaB1 June 26, 2012
Very Happy

I'm very happy with my teacher. I feel very comfortable trying to learn something that is new to me and Daniel always answers all of my questions.
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BernieA January 9, 2012
Instructor is very good and easy to work with. I seem to be making progress (slowly).However, I found an "app" called ultimate guitar chords that give fingering for all notes and lets you hear alternate (simpler) fingering to test how it would sound.Depending on how that comes out will may change my plans to continue with lessons after the first four.
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SteveW2 June 23, 2011
great teacher

Daniel is a great teacher. He takes his time and makes the lessons easy to understand.
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George F. H.

Cleveland, OH

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching method is very practical and customized to every individual. I do not believe that you can use the same style with every student because everyone learns differently. With any instrument I teach, I usually approach things from a three-part method, technique, theory, and application.

Examples of technique for guitar:
Beginners : how to hold a pick, hand placement on the neck, how to palm mute, amp settings to achieve different tones, etc.
Advanced: sweep picking, fingerstyle, hybrid picking,etc.

Examples of theory for guitar:
Beginners: knowing what note you are playing on the guitar, names of chords and different ways to grab them, finding the same notes in different places on the neck.
Advanced: chord building, scales and improvisation, arpeggio shapes and application to song structure.

Application:

Beginner: finding three favorite groups and or songs of the student and setting achievable goals to play music that they enjoy. ...

About George F.

I've been playing and singing music professionally for about 20 years. As a family man and father of two, I also I earn my living and support my family with music. I have a very student-driven teaching style, work with students of all ages, with focus on helping the student achieve his or her individual goals, small or large. I try to keep the lessons fun but focused at the same time. I bring a balanced and personalized teaching style to my lessons, based on a well rounded education and wide range of real-world life experience. I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and have performance experience on many different fronts, from local rock cover bands to Top 40, from acoustic soloist to fronting a nationally touring Metallica tribute. I come from a musical family - my father is also a pro

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Sidd A. March 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgable, easy to establish rapport, and great teacher with great resources.
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Dave C. February 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoy taking singing and guitar lessons from George. He always makes me feel comfortable and the lessons are always interesting and informative.

I am a 61 year old guy that just wants to have fun playing and singing with other people and during our lesson George makes me feel like I am singing and playing with a friend. I started out with a 45 minute lesson but increased it to an hour so that I could record a video of a summary of my lesson on my cell phone.

It is very easy to schedule a lesson with George. I have an appointment every 2 weeks at the same time and day of the week. I leave each lesson with a lesson plan so that I can practice the technique before my next lesson.
I highly recommend George.
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Eric A. December 5, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've been a guitar player for many years, but was never confident enough to sing to myself, let alone in front of friends and never in public.

I found George here at "Take Lessons" and had the objective of becoming competent enough to be able to sing in front of friends and family, this was not a quest for stardom.

After 4 or 5 sessions with George he has certainly assured me that I can carry a tune, and we are working on expanding the range as I develop confidence that I really can do this. Even now, he tells me, I could hold my own at an open mike night, Even though that is not what I am looking for, he is a great confidence builder and is willing to tailor the lessons to the areas of interest to me.

He provides an environment where it is safe to expose your weaknesses. He provides the safety net to not be embarrassed, and the instruction and encouragement needed to polish the rough spots into something that is really quite comfortable.

We have a ways to go, however, George has already provided a great boost for my confidence, and I'm satisfied that he is going to lead me to a much broader range of material that I can confidently perform in front of even strangers.
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Alex B.

Lakewood, OH

Any genre except metal.

About Alex

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from internationally recognized Baldwin-Wallace College. I have been playing and touring professionally for 9 years now with a band called Ward 9, and 4 years with a band called Dan Miraldi & The Albino Winos. I currently produce and run my own recording studio, and offer lessons as well. I am certified to teach all ages, any instrument, but focus mainly on bass, guitar, piano and vocals. *** Lesson Details *** When taking lessons with me, students can expect to move just a little faster than their perceived pace. I say this because students feel like they can accomplish A, but I know they are capable of more! They can expect to be held accountable to correct technique and gain a fundamental base of music theory as well. If they put ...

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Chris W. August 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
What a great experience!!! I'm a mid-thirties male with zero performance background of any kind. I can't say enough about my experience. Alex is full of information and he's able to explain the fundamentals in an easy to understand way. I was nervous going into the session, I've never sang in front of anyone, by the time the session ended I was ready for my next one. I would highly recommend Alex to anyone looking for music lessons. I couldn't imagine a better first experience.
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Bill L. May 30, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
What a fantastic find! Alex has been instructing my 2 sons (middle school and high school age) for the past year in our home once a week. We divided the hour lesson to cover bass guitar for one and guitar for the other. I can't say enough about Alex. He is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and has really pushed the boys to a new skill level. His academic and performance background enhance what he brings to each lesson, not to mention the fact that he's a genuinely nice guy and very flexible in working around our family's hectic schedule. The boys look forward to each lesson and I'm impressed with the advancement in their guitar playing. I highly recommend Alex!
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Brittany F. May 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is an amazing person and an awesome singing coach. I came to him with absolutely no experience at all had a wonderful time learning the basics and experimenting in the studio for the first time. He is very easy going and made me feel comfortable. Without Alex's help I wouldn't have been able to come out of my shell enough to continue my lessons.

I definitely recommend Alex if you are in the Cleveland are and are looking for a great singing coach!
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Eric H.

Cleveland, OH

About Eric

I've taught over 30,000 private music lessons to students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I've had tremendous success at helping students reach their musical goals and become well rounded musicians. I have an associates degree in liberal arts with a concentration on music and studied privately with several of the best teachers in Buffalo, NY. Additionally, I was in 3 successful bands, played hundreds of shows, made 2 professional recordings and have recorded other artists in my studio...I specialize in teaching beginners and children and have vast experience with both. *** Lesson Details *** I try and make the rapport with students comfortable and informal while at the same time constantly pushing them to improve and grow. I strongly encourage all students to work on all ...

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Sashewa G. April 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric has been great he has really helped my son already with getting better at playing the guitar and becoming more passionate and active with playing. He is very patient and so far what I have seen great with Kids. My son is very excited to be taking these lessons. Great set up at Eric place for conducting lessons.

Thanks Eric
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Jorge L. February 9, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Doing the Right Thing

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
Peter F. Drucker

I have respect for people who believe in themselves - Eric is that guy. You could say that he will let you see what he sees.

Someone once said that art is the greatest deception of all: 1 note by itself is simply dull, but putting them all together and you got a sonata. I guess that's how I can summarize my music lessons with Eric: 1 lesson by itself stands small compared to the benefit you could take from continuing your guitar lessons.

Hope this note summarizes my review properly.

Regards,

JDL

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