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Guitar Music in the Colorado Rockies

By Wendy H. - Colorado Springs Guitar Teacher

It’s another beautiful day in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the sun shines about 360 days a year. In addition to mostly mild weather, there is always something musical going on. My name is Wendy, and I’ve lived here for over 30 years now as a guitar, piano and singing teacher. With the recent introduction of guitar video games, guitar has become all the more popular to learn and play. If you, too, are looking to take guitar lessons in Colorado Springs, here are a few helpful tips that I have to share!

What to Learn

Having taught guitar for over 30 years, I firmly believe that both note reading and music theory are very important to learn, especially if students are going to make music their career. I like to teach my students to read notes because it allows them to be able to look at any piece of music - whether it’s written for guitar or not - and adapt it to be played with their guitar. Music theory is also important to learn, because this is the writing of music. If students are writing out music, such as notes or chords, then they gain a good understanding of how music works. Just as learning the alphabet is necessary to being able to read and write words, sentences or paragraphs, music theory is necessary to being able to read, play and compose music. These are two areas that I work very hard on with my students so that they will be successful with their musical skills.

Where to Get Experience

If guitarists are looking to improve their skills or get out in front of an audience to improve their performance level, there are many ways to accomplish this. The school that they attend may offer a talent show competition. This is a great way to gain some performing experience with minimal pressure. Schools will also offer a yearly city-wide competition which gets guitarists in front of judges who listen and critique their playing and give them helpful hints on improving their overall performance. Many schools are also adding guitarists to the instruments being played in their school bands. This opportunity helps guitarists learn how to work with other instruments in a group setting.

Additionally, there are many opportunities around the city of Colorado Springs to get involved in in order to continue to improve your playing and performance skills. You can play at coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and dance halls. Churches, too, are now using guitarists for Praise and Worship bands, so this is a good way to get more playing experience. Weddings are also going with nontraditional instruments for the ceremony. Guitar is a beautiful alternative for this and many other special occasions, too.

Where to See Live Music

To supplement your own performances and your guitar lessons in Colorado Springs, check out the live music scene in the summer. The city hosts many free concerts in local parks. There are all types and styles of music being play. I like to encourage my students to go and listen to all types of music and instruments being played. It adds to their knowledge of how music is played and what they can do to improve their own skills. These activities can be found by checking the Colorado Springs community websites. Churches have some fantastic free concerts, too. So don’t forget to check church websites for dates and times for these music events. The local music stores, Graner and Meeker Music, have a bulletin board with lots of music activities to join or go see, especially during the summer.

This is a very exciting city to get involved in the local music community. So, if you would like to start guitar lessons in Colorado Springs, then find me on TakeLessons, and schedule some lessons with me!

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I have been playing guitar since I was 14, and have been performing and teaching for over 20 years.
I studied jazz guitar, composition, and theory at the Mannes Conservatory in NYC, NY., and also with several private teachers.
I teach many styles, including rock, pop, blues, folk, and jazz.
(I do NOT play classical or flamenco.)
I tailor my lessons to meet the interests and learning styles of my students. I teach playing by ear, music reading, tablature, and theory. I enjoy teaching students of all ages - children, teens, and adults.
I make lessons fun for young children, by including some musical games and activities. With teens and adults, I have the students choose the songs and styles they wish to work on, and go from there.

About Linda
*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so.

I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children.

The students must have their own instruments, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs.
Piano: I prefer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory, with en emphasis on rock, pop, and folk music. I include arranging, chord theory, and use of the many features of an elec
tronic keyboard, in the lessons.
Bass Guitar: I teach rock, pop, funk, and country music on bass.
Banjo: I teach bluegrass, country, and some blues and rock music. I can also teach a bit of old-timey frailing/clawhammer style.
English and Reading: I am highly qualified, to tutor/teach English (spoken, written, and reading comprehension) to both native English speakers and to those learning it as a second language.
*** I am particularly good at working with children who have a.d.h.d. and other learning disabilities!
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Raye June 27, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Linda gave me a lot to work on for my first lesson. I am enthusiastic for the week ahead, practicing what she showed me. Great lesson!
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Joe G. January 16, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Everything went great teacher is great can't wait until next lesson
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Ella August 11, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Linda is easily the most patient and welcoming person I've ever worked with. She has incredible knowledge over a vast array of topics and she is eager to share with others. This, in my opinion, is the most important quality of all teachers. Her lessons have proved a great way to build a solid base in my field of interest. as well as providing me with a well rounded and wonderful mentor that I'm sure to rely on for many other lessons in the future- banjo or otherwise!
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I will work with you to develop a lesson plan based on your musical interests and stylistic goals! Everyone's journey with the instrument is different. From achieving a strong basic foundation on the instrument to mastering a very specific skill, I look forward to helping you achieve on the instrument.

About Ben
Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and
experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

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Breedlove AC25/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Goldtone Dojo (Banjo/Dobro)
Emmons Pedal Steel
Gretsch Lap Steel
VOX AC-30 amp
Fender Bassman amp
Fender GDEC amp
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Tim D. November 3, 2017
· Banjo · Online
I was a great experience and Ben is very knowledgeable easy to learn from
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Lance August 9, 2017
· Country Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)
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Rick June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Just my first lesson with Ben. But clearly he's very knowledgeable and loves what he does. He quickly assessed where I was, stayed positive, and gave me some things to work on and practice before our next lesson. Glad I found him!
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I teach basic guitar technique, chord reading, contemporary music skills, and music theory that fits into the student's current level of understanding.

About Matt
With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before,
and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Alyssa B. November 24, 2017
· Music Recording · In home
Matt is so great! He is super patient and very good with my daughter.
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Megan K. September 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He is very talented person. He has alot of patience and makes the lesson enjoyable.
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Ira L. February 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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Basic chords, right hand, left hand and technique for any type of guitar but more specialized for classical and flamenco guitarists

About Antonio
SPANISH GUITAR: Flamenco & Classical

Check out my artist bio at:

http://jaredgl14.wixsite.com/antoniogarcia/biography
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Cierra Herring September 4, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Love Antonio's Spanish guitar, he is the only flamenco guitarist I have seen perform in the area! He makes his guitar sing:)
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Daniel Oliveira September 1, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Had the opportunity of listening to Antonio at the Latino Festival in Provo. Brilliant technique and wonderful refreshing music, one of a kind in Utah
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Vania September 1, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Antonio is a great teacher! He is very patience and is always willing to help me improve my guitar skills. He has great passion for music and of course for the guitar. I'm very glad I was able to find Antonio because I have learned guitar concepts in English and Spanish!
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My lessons are catered to the individual student. Typically half of the session is spent on technique/fretboard harmony and the other half is spent on learning music/songs. I have found it is best for younger students (12 and under) to learn from a book - for added structure).

About Richard
I have 22 years of professional gigging experience - 17 years of teaching experience and a college education from ASU School of Music. My lessons are catered to the individual student. Typically half of the session is spent on technique/fretboard harmony and the other half is spent on learning music/songs. I have found it is best for younger students (12 and under) to learn from a book - for added structure).
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I offer practical experience in playing and performing guitar at the beginner level. Together we'll explore common chord patterns and structures, how to read chord charts as well as play by ear. I'll demonstrate several strumming patterns, including finger picking, as well as offer pointers for coming up with your own for different styles of songs. My goal by the end of our lessons together is to have you feeling comfortable not only playing basic songs but learning and performing new songs on your own.

About Emily
Hi there! My goal is to share my passion for music along with the technical skills that make it possible. I've been playing and performing the piano for about twenty years, and guitar eight years. I've given private lessons on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of what level you are currently at, I enjoy teaching people who are genuinely interested in learning. My job is to enable you to express yourself.
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Kevin werre January 15, 2018
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Very thorough. I have a lot to learn and Emily appears to be up to the challenge and very capable.
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Dean October 31, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Emily is an amazing musician. She interacts so well with my children, even my shyest feels comfortable around her. Highly recommended.
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I have not only enjoyed Emily's radiant and engaging personality, but also been blessed to see her love and passion for good music, be it on the piano, guitar or several other instruments. She is a very talented young lady with a love to pass on her passion for music. I believe she would be a great teacher to anybody who wants to enhance his/her musical skills, children and adults alike. One more benefit: she teaches out of her home AND in-home.
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Let's do songs you love. The guitar is a big brown beautiful graph. We'll mix in scales and music theory that aren't boring to unlock the entirety of the neck. Including techniques I learned at Berklee College of Music.

About Noah
Berklee College of Music '16 - Voice principle, B.M. Songwriting
I have taken a lot of voice lessons with a lot of different teachers. Most teachers are hard and fast in their opinions about styles that are "worthy" or "not worthy" of teaching. I am confident in the fact that learning R&B is no better or worse than learning classical music, musical theater or jazz or rock. They ALL provide benefits to the voice, to the musician. I've sung and played in a wide variety of ensembles and styles myself, from psychedelic rock to 'Singin' in the Rain' to Jazz to classical arias, to synth pop. My goal is to find music that moves the student emotionally wether it was on the radio or not. From there we can mix in exercises and adaptations the emphasize vocal/musical health, musicianship and fun. After all, if it isn't fun or cathartic, why make mu
sic at all? I also play piano, electric bass and guitar, with a degree in Songwriting from Berklee CoM, so I'm well equipped to assist young singer/songwriters.
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Nissim December 23, 2017
· Piano · Online
We had one lesson but great so far! Very friendly and easy to get to know.
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Ralph L. December 6, 2017
· Piano · Online
BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!
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Deb November 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Noah is such a great teacher! He was super flexible with genre and learning styles and it was very effective.
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Experienced teacher of 6 years, teaching a wide variety of styles and genres on the guitar. I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals!

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Hey, my name is Cosmos, and I'm looking forward to teaching you guitar! I love playing guitar, and over the years, I've learned many styles and genres, including rock, pop, blues, folk, and soul/R&B. I am passionate about experimenting and incorporating new styles into my own, such as world music influences. I'd love to share my experience and passion for guitar with you!
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Im 23 (young) Im a female guitarist and feel that i appeal to young women as well as male aspiring guitarist. I can play a wide variety of generes including pop rock metal jazz and blues music. I have high energy and love teaching my favorite instrument of all time!

About Diamond
Hello future guitar students! My name is Diamond Mckoi. I am a female guitarist/instructor located in Atlanta Georgia. I'm excited to be able to help you learn your favorite songs, play guitar fluently, begin reading and playing music by ear and performing!
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