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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 deliver 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 playi
ng 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 dive into the world of improvisation, jazz theory, and standard jazz repertoire. I use many different technique books, as well as solo transcription books for solos. I'm generally laid back in my teaching style, but to progress as a musician one must have a certain level of dedication to practicing and commitment, so I do expect my student's to want to get better and practice accordingly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Downstairs practice room: PA system, soundproof, books, music stands, amps, guitar, alto sax, tenor sax, chairs, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Amp, Saxophone, Play a longs, Music stand, and Music Literature

*** Specialties ***
Jazz guitar, General Improvisation, and classical Saxophone
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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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Larry F.

Larry F.

Denver, CO 80211
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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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 me
mber of Onsombley guitar ensemble

-Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls

-Creator of "Strum by Strum"

-Takelessons teacher since 2008

*** Lesson Details ***
The best lessons I've ever had were lessons in which I walked away saying "Man, I never KNEW that!" and it's my goal for you have that experience, too. Whether its how to play that chord or write a melody, how to get the best sound out of those stomp boxes, or when genres like shoegazer and post-rock were invented and what they sound like... there's something to be learned in every lesson.

The most important benefit of taking lessons from me is my experience. I started teaching casually as a teenager and have followed every opportunity since. My passion for music has allowed me to teach private lessons (10+ years), middle school guitar class (including a guitar ensemble), and college-level music theory classes. Extensive experience in writing, recording, and performing has only helped that passion to grow. I've developed a method to blend theory with practice every step of the way, and make the journey fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, Guitar picks, Amplifier, 1/4" cable, Footstool, and paper hand-outs provided for Students.

Lounge area, Kitchen area, Restrooms,and Parking provided for Parents

*** Specialties ***
guitar, acoustic guitar, music, songwriting, classical guitar, electric guitar, music theory
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Jordan M. August 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic! Highly recommend!!
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Hubert August 8, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
He is a very dedicated teacher, I love my interactions with him. From Hubert
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Franklin Ambrosino July 29, 2015
Songwriting · Online
Verified Student
Had my first lesson with Parker today.

Great guy - you can tell he's been teaching for a long time and really loves to share his knowledge.

I'm excited to see where these lessons take me!
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S. Parker G.

S. Parker G.

Denver, CO 80246
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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!) find their way to the joys of music. After graduating high school my passion for music kept growing and I decided to go to a school to learn more about it. While attending Moorhead State University of Minnesota I went through a speed boost to gaining knowledge about music. The wonderful teachers of MSUM provided me with direction, encouragement, and plenty of opportunities to play through ensembles. I was in Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Jazz Big Band, and Commercial Ensembles. My aspirations are to pass along the information torch that I received while attending MSUM to people who are interested and have the desire to make a sound.I am friendly, patient, and fun to work with. I believe music should be exciting and make you feel good. I teach on an individual basis. Everybody learns at different rates and in different ways. My goal is to find the best way to teach you so that you get the most out of our lessons. There are many streams that lead to the big ocean of music so there are many different ways to learn. Whether you want to learn rock, jazz, bluegrass, or folk I am flexible with teaching you what you want to learn while at the same time providing you with little golden nuggets of information to further your skills through music theory, technique exercises, and how to avoid common pit falls. With enough determination, patience, and practice you too can discover the joys of music and be able to express your individuality in a way you never thought possible. It would be an honor to help you find your own path down the road to musical bliss.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back person with an easy going approach to teaching. Music is meant to be fun! I teach you what you want to learn. I have had experience with playing rock, jazz, bluegrass, and folk. If you are not sure what you want to learn I'll ask you questions about yourself and your interests to determine the best route to go. Within the first few lessons you will learn how to tune your instrument, how to read tablature (TABS for short), and how to read chord charts. If you are interested in learning theory and how to read music I teach out of the Hal Leonard Guitar Method book series. After the first six months, depending on your level and how much you practice, you will be well on your to playing full songs by your favorite artists, have the ability to jam with other musicians, and understand the basics of your instrument. It is my belief that you get out of music what you put into it. There are no short cuts. All of the masters have one thing in common and that is practice. If you are willing to put in the work I am obliged to give you direction.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, amp, instrument cable, picks

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an amp and picks. I expect the student to provide an instrument, instrument cable (if using an electric instrument), tuner, metronome, notebook (either tab book or regular notebook),

*** Specialties ***
I play an eclectic blend of rock, jazz, folk, and bluegrass. My method of teaching is based on the individual's level and type of learning.
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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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Steve B.

Steve B.

Denver, CO 80204
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 a
m 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:

- Tuning (guitar)
- Hand stretches
- History and culture - info on influential composers & musicians.
- œReview - on previously learned material.
- Sight Reading
- œScales - review, learning, and performance.
- Solo Piece - continued work until mastery.
- Homework Assignment

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital Piano
-Assorted guitars (classical, electric, steel string acoustic)
-Mac mini w/ Logic Pro 9 recording studio and Garageband
-Mandolin
-Djembe
-Bongos
-Guitar amp, (1x12", Hughes and Kettner)
-Assorted audio cables and connections
-Assorted percussion instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Acoustic steel string guitar
-National electric guitar
-Classical guitar
-MIDI capable electronic keyboard
-Microphones, tuners, shakers, tambourines, hand drums, and other fun things to experiment with!

*** Specialties ***
Player, historian, and perpetual student in the areas of American jazz, blues, soul, r&b, and funk.
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Holly D. August 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Josh has been the most kind and patient of any instructors I have ever had! He is knowledge-able, is always finding new ways to connect the right practice and knowledge with his students, and completely dedicated in making sure the student has fun! He is good with anyone of any age and music range and will always take the time to review. I sadly could not continue with him due to my schedule and inability to make the time to practice and attend lessons, but I would recommend him to any aspiring musician looking to enhance his/her musical abilities. You cannot get any better than Josh!
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Jill L. May 27, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Josh is a Great teacher! More patience with my son than I have at times! He was very good at explaining the basic concepts behind the lessons. Josh is always on time and ready to get started. I would highly recommend Josh to anyone that is interested in getting their kids started in music.
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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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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Denver, CO 80204
(10)
starting at
$40 / 60-min
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Marcus S.

Denver, CO

Never picked-up a guitar before? That's okay. We'll jump right in and get you comfortable with the basic chords, chord progressions, strumming techniques and finger picking. In no time at all you will be well on your way to understanding music theory and everything that comes with it. You'll be able to pick-up a guitar and play a well known song or make your own. You freedom is yours!

About Marcus

Hi, there! My name is Marcus and I've been teaching private lessons since early 2014. I began playing guitar in high school and quickly discovered my passion for music. I spent the next 10 years teaching myself to play a variety of styles and techniques. Last year I decided that I wanted to take my talent to the next level by sharing my knowledge with others so that they too could experience the power of music.
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Jonathan Blaine June 26, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Marcus is the best teacher I have ever had. He took extra time out for me to get the basics down and he really seems to know his stuff. He is very patient and kind! He also knows how to motivate you. I think I would like to request some Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver.
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Marcus S.

Marcus S.

Denver, CO 80220
(1)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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