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By Joshua B. Guitar Teacher in Denver

Hi there! I’m Joshua B. and I teach guitar here in the "Mile High City" of Denver, CO. Being nestled next to the gorgeous Rocky Mountains sets the perfect mood for the vibrant music happening around us here in Denver, and the sound of jazz just seems to be everywhere.

If you’re interested in taking guitar lessons in Denver then you’re in the right spot! We are fortunate to have a thriving jazz music scene that has been serenading this city for many years. Clubs like Dazzle Jazz Lounge, El Chapultepec, and several others d
eliver top notch music performances, mixing new talent with seasoned jazz veterans.

Denver’s jazz music scene is so alive and prominent that we have listener-supported public jazz radio at 89.3 KUVO. They have provided a thoughtful, handpicked soundtrack to this great city for over 30 years. Listeners of the station will find KUVO playing just about every type of jazz imaginable, with an emphasis on the history that goes alongside the music. It’s a great station to listen to if you want to get inspired!

For those looking for that classic small room underground jazz club feel, you may find yourself at home on Monday nights at The Meadowlark. The music starts picking up around 10 p.m., and the talent is incredible. People will roll in all night off the street with horns, unique voices, dancing, and hands for rhythm instruments. The crowd is beautifully mixed, and the vibe is right.

For those in the mood for other genres of music, many popular touring acts in rock and alternative music pass through clubs like The Bluebird, Fillmore Auditorium, and Summit Music Hall. It is common to see big name guitarists pass through these venues, and people will line up down the block to see the bands they love.

Looking for an open mic jam sort of night? Try out Armoury downtown on Larimer St. every Wednesday around 9 p.m. for their funk jam. The owners running the place are very nice, and they have a great little pub atmosphere. Amps, mics, and drums are provided for those looking to get down. Just bring your guitar to sit in with the band. The best part? Entrance is free!

Of course never to be forgotten is the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater. It’s safe to say that nearly every significant guitarist has played Red Rocks at some point in their career, and maybe even more than once. It’s truly a place for all different varieties of music and performances. A naturally formed amphitheater in the foothills of the amazing rocky mountains, Red Rocks has a sound quality that is unmatched by any other venue.

Denver also has great local resources for musical instrument repair and sales. I typically take my guitars to Colfax Guitar Shop whenever I need any set-ups, adjustments, or custom work done. The owner Dave runs a quality establishment, and he seems to love what he does.

Rockley Music is also a great resource in town, dealing many different musical instruments with a nice emphasis on quality pianos. They also have a decent size room for guitars, and the staff has been patient and friendly. It’s always a plus to have a local shop where you can find quality instruments of all kinds.

Denver is a great place to live if you are a guitarist, or musician of any kind for that matter. Many opportunities are around us in this modestly-musical city of Denver, and it’s been exciting to see even more music coming here over the past couple of years. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for guitar lessons in Denver today!
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Larry F.

Denver, CO

About Larry

Music has been a huge part of my life, and I couldn't imagine a life without it. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Guitar and have been exposed to nearly ever form of music imaginable. I began playing saxophone as a child, and picked up guitar shortly after. For the past decade I've played professionally and taught all around the country. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons will be designed around each individual player's needs, but ultimately we will address proper technique, scales to chord relationships, rhythmic accuracy, soloing, and how to have enjoy playing your instrument while sounding the best as possible. For classical players will will focus on classical theory, etudes, patterns, and general technique for proper tone. For jazz players we will ...

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Kelly M. August 30, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Larry is a great teacher. He knows how to explain and break down things in a way that makes sense. Larry is clearly very knowledgeable about the saxophone and has lots of great resources.
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S. Parker G.

Denver, CO

Chords, Rhythm, Note-Reading, Soloing, and technique from the simplest to most complex levels

About S. Parker

Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had. -Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver -Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston -Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005) -Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013) -Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble -Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls -Creator of "Strum by Strum" -Takelessons teacher since 2008 *** Lesson Details *** The ...

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Bo H. May 18, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Parker was very helpful!
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Greg M. May 14, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Awesome teacher. Very patient, knowledgeable and fun to work with. Obviously enjoys his job and working with students, even the ones as difficult as myself. :)
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Karen L. May 6, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
In the few short months I have been with Parker, I have first and foremost have learned patience- Something a self taught guitarist does not have.

He sets a solid foundation, very crucial to making progress, enabling me to take simple practice pieces to showmanship quality.

He also teaches the student how to better teach ourselves with an intuitiveness to direct them to where they need to go to achieve their goals.

I've never been more wholly dedicated to my practices, nor have seen such advancement in my playing, for which I am truly grateful!
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TJ W.

Denver, CO

The guitar can be played in so many different ways. Let's pick the style that best works for you.

About TJ

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, I started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. Since that time, my love for music has grown with each passing day. I graduated from The Entertainment Career Connection in 2010 with a certification in Audio Engineering and Production. There I studied audio mixing, recording, production and mastering. I currently study music performance and non profit administration at Denver Metropolitan University. I am very active in the community working with my non profit, Wealth In Community Knowledge. In addition, I keep myself busy musically playing in my bands, Sing, Cicadas, and The Free Electric Band. I continue to follow my life-long passion for music by educating others. I believe that music lessons should be a fun and rewarding experience, and place

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Ren T. May 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
TJ was a great instructor. He catered to my needs and took the lessons at a pace that was challenging yet rewarding. I was never frustrated. He has a very good process and I highly recommend him!
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Rich L. April 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
TJ is a great person and great instructor. He is always enthusiastic and brings a very positive attitude to his teaching. He is willing to work at whatever pace is best for you and spends time personalizing lessons so they're enjoyable yet challenging. I'd definitely recommend him as an instructor.
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Marriah G. March 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is currently taking beginner's piano lessons with TJ. He is extremely patient and encouraging. TJ makes the lessons fun and teaches at a pace that is right for the student. My daughter isn't afraid to ask questions and doesn't feel intimidated when she doesn't understand something. TJ is a great teacher. We couldn't ask for more!
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Steve B.

Denver, CO

Your guitar lesson will be tailored to your level and what you want to learn. We will go over technique (chords, and scales), repertoire (songs of your choice and songs I suggest), and sight reading (Jerry Snyder's Guitar Method Book, Alfred's guitar book or Hal Leonard's guitar book). In addition, we will work on soloing techniques.

About Steve

When I was growing up I thought music was like magic and that only special people with super-human powers could play. I would think to myself, "How are they doing that? I would never be able to play music in a million years!" It wasn't until I was 14 I discovered guitar magazines and a method of reading called guitar tablature that I realized anybody can learn guitar! With determination, patience, and practice I learned as many songs and techniques from my heroes (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) as I could. I realized there is so much to learn about music that I could learn something new everyday. This still holds true to this day. I keep digging to find that magic place to which music can take you. It is my goal as a musician and a teacher to help other aspiring musicians (YOU!)

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Kendra S. April 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome! Made me comfortable when I was so nervous, was flexible with scheduling and very awesome teaching techniques.
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Cameron S. February 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Steve has been great so far. Our son is interested in everything that has to do with music and Steve has managed to find teaching moments in each and every adventure.
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Cameron S. November 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Steve has been great so far. His skills are up-to-snuff and his manner is perfect for a young child with a wild imagination. But more importantly, Steve communicates very well and is on time. This may seem like small stuff but it's uncommon in the private music instruction realm.
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Joshua B.

Denver, CO

Learn a specific style, or blend of a few!

About Joshua

I want to share my passion and knowledge of music with you! I've been involved with music for as long as I can remember, and was classically trained in guitar, piano, and trombone. I've taught private lessons since 2003, and have worked in performance ensembles, recording studios, bands, and other assorted musical areas throughout that time. My teaching experience comes from summer camps, private in-home lessons, workshops, and online curriculum. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to each student's individual goals, and can be as interdisciplinary as they may like. I am always open to suggestions from both parents and students, so let me know what I can do to make your lessons the best they can be. A typical lesson would include some of the following elements:

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Nicholas H. May 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joshua has been teaching our kids, aged 6 and 8, piano and guitar for almost a year and the experience has been wonderful, both for us as parents, and our children. Joshua connected quickly and easily with our children while at the same time commanding their respect. His methodology works well with their age group and skill level. Joshua has always been extremely professional, punctual, and courteous; I highly recommend him!
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Benny S. December 3, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Josh is an amazing musician and teacher. His knowledge of music is absolutely incredible and he makes understanding things very easy. He has great patients and is a fun guy to be around. He makes the learning experience extremely fun. I look forward to my lessons each and every week. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a fun upbeat teacher you can enjoy spending time and learning with. I am more than happy with Josh and how he has helped me!!!!
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Jesse F. November 3, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Josh is AMAZING!!!! His creativity with the lessons has not only kept the interest and attention of all 3 of my kids but have them excited for "Piano Day" every week at our home. His enthusiasm and love for music makes it seem so easy to teach the kids! Josh will definitely be a part of our weekly schedule for years to come!!!!

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