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Learning to Play Guitar in Tampa

By Billy W. - Tampa Guitar Teacher

The first few months of your Tampa guitar lessons are no doubt exciting. Yet as the weeks progress, it will dawn on you that playing the guitar is not as easy as playing Guitar Hero. Your amount of practice time will begin to dwindle and as the weekly assignments get harder, you become less prepared for lessons. So, what can you expect after a few months of Tampa guitar lessons?

A new student should be able to play 3 chords, switch between chords, play/make up simple grooves, make up melodies, jam with the instructor, and play one or two songs from start to finish. Having said that, keep in mind that it takes time to master new skills and build the muscles needed to play the guitar. Setting a foundation of time will help keep you from getting frustrated when a challenge seems to slow you down. Challenges will confront us, but they are also signs that we are growing.

Stop fearing mistakes - mistakes will happen, but it’s all part of the learning process. The difference between you and Jack White is that he doesn’t dwell on the mistakes and keeps playing. He is so good at playing the guitar that we think he never makes mistakes. If we cultivate an attitude of not caring about making mistakes, we will find ourselves making fewer. Like my teacher once told me, “Play the mistake two more times and everyone will think you did it on purpose.” This should give you an idea of what to expect from your Tampa guitar lessons. I hope you find this article useful and encouraging, and that you continue to grow as a guitar student.

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Experienced guitar teacher available for eager students of beginner level! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of theory skills.

About Laurie
Classically trained, Laurie has performed pieces from George Frideric Handel to Claude Debussy, performing in fine dinning restaurants and luxurious country clubs all around the Tampa Bay area, as well as teaching a music studio and managing a princess party entertainment business. Laurie has also stared in her first film this summer, playing the lead role in a futuristic thriller. Not only has she been trained for over 10 years in voice and alto saxophone, she also has dedicated her time to learning piano, guitar, theatre, ballet and salsa. Laurie has a very adventurous spirit traveling to 4 different countries and has devoted herself to learn about different cultures and speak Mandarin Chinese. Laurie looks forward to capturing the hearts of the Tampa Bay area through her talent and to continue her travels to experience new art forms.
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Emmanuel March 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Both of my boys love her!
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Olivia March 10, 2016
· Singing · In studio
The 1st lesson was terrific! Looking forward to more.
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Angela C. January 28, 2016
· Singing · In home
Fabulous teacher! Very lovely in home studio too!
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Laurie C.

Laurie C.

Plant City, FL 33566
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About Lonny
Are you ready to start performing? Or perhaps you'd just like to play your instrument for your own enjoyment? Either way you have come to the right place. Studying with me will be both fun and challenging. I will have you making music immediately and also provide easy steps towards mastering your skills at any level. I specialize in ear training and music theory so you will be reading music and making music from what you hear. I have been teaching and performing for many years. The easiest way to put it is: "Do what I say, and you will have results."
You will have an all around musical education that will be fun to share. Get ready to make some music!

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My lessons are geared specifically to the student based on age, musical preference, and seriousness of performance level desired.
I emphasize the theory based on
the circle of fifths and the relationship of intervals and modes.
I want my student to understand how music is made and why it sounds the way it does.
My students will recognize sounds and modes and chords between different songs even if they are hearing them for the first time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The in-studio lessons are taught in the largest room in the house. The room includes a guitar, bass, 88 key weighted keyboard, and drum kits. Seating is available. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Casio Privia Electric piano. 88 weighted keys. Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Yamaha Bass. Tama Drums.

*** Specialties ***
all styles
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Curtis W. May 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Lonny has a wealth of music knowledge and theory he can contribute during our sessions. This along with the mechanical teaching is going to help me immensely with my goal to finally become a musician.
He is a nice fellow and easy to learn from. I look forward to more lessons with Lonny.
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Locklan G. February 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
My son has only had one lesson with Lonny this far, but he really enjoyed his lesson. Lonny was very patient with my son (and the rest of my troop which would filter in and out of the room). Lonny was able to pick up where the last teacher left off and made it interesting for my son.
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Ron Q. May 12, 2016
· Singing · In studio
listens to your needs, takes time to teach without straining you cords. will continue later in the the future.
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Lonny S.

Lonny S.

Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
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$40 / 30-min

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During lessons, students will learn every aspect of guitar. Beginners will learn how to tune using multiple methods, string your guitar, reading guitar notation and tablatures. In-studio students can use acoustic/electric guitar and amp if needed.

About Nicole
Nicole began her musical journey in Long Island, New York when she began piano lessons at age five. While receiving training on piano, she joined her elementary school orchestra in the 3rd grade and quickly soared with violin. During this period, Nicole began learning music theory and the art of reading music. As a fourth grader, Nicole would go on to conduct and tune every instrument in her orchestra during rehearsal. She always competed and won many NYSMA competitions for violin while attending music seminars and workshops. It was then that her teacher realized she had a gift. Nicole continued with piano lessons and began teaching herself guitar. Later, after college, she bought herself a drum set and began to teach herself drums.
As an adult, Nicole studied to become an elementary teacher and worked in the New York State Sch
ool Districts for over five years. Shortly after receiving her master€'s degree for Literacy Education, Nicole decided to attempt to share her passion for music. In 2007, Nicole opened a music studio in Holbrook, New York. Here, she refined her music teaching skills while establishing Nicolex Inc. Music Island as a leading source of quality music education. Her summer traveling music program allowed her students to experience live performances as well as create music groups with peers with the same passion for music.
Nicole now resides in Tampa, Florida with hopes to spread her business as well as the joy of music to children and adults. She currently is the singer for a local original rock band. In this band, Nicole writes songs, sings, plays guitar/piano (not all at the same time). Needless to say, she understands the importance that music has had in her life and wishes to ignite that passion in other music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is best labeled as kind but firm. I take my job very seriously and want wholeheartedly for my students to have music as a part of their life, not just a part of their day. I love to laugh and have fun but I will definitely expect my students to practice and complete any homework I assign and be prepared for the following lesson. Simply stated, music is fun and the love of my life, but if I still practice, you will as well. Otherwise, I always believe in teaching songs my students are interested in and will expand their musical skills. My experience as a public school teacher had enhanced my sense of finding individual needs of every student. Therefore, I always differentiate lessons to suit my students interest while teaching them the foundations every musician needs in order to be successful. My specialty is teaching a variety of instruments. I play drums, guitar, bass, piano, and sing as well. So, if one instrument is not for you, I can teach you something different without a problem. Long story short, friends, you are in good hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Service music room: Keyboard, Full drum kit, Electric Guitar with 30 watts Amp and Microphone/ vocal monitor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a 76 key Yahama YPG-235 Keyboard for your household to use for lessons for a small monthly rental fee. I have an Epiphone Electric Guitar with 30w amplifier. Will also bring microphone and monitor for vocal lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught mostly Rock, Blues, and Classical genres for Piano, Guitar, Drums. Vocally, I specialize in R&B, Broadway, Pop, Top 100 and alternative/Hard Rock. I will adapt to your needs.
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kassandra July 31, 2017
· Guitar · In home
She was teaching my mother with disability. Very good teacher
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Lindsay July 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Nicole is a fabulous instructor! We have been with her for over a year now and she is ALWAYS on time and wonderful with my daughter. Nicole comes in and gets straight to work. My daughter loves her and also knows there is an expectation to work and practice. Nicole even engages my younger daughter and allows her to join in at times.
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Heather W. January 12, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Nicole was patient but not a real positive attitude. We had a hard time warming up to her. She also always seem to cut our 30 minute lesson 5 minutes short which over the 5 weeks cost us 25 minutes of lost lesson time and I don't feel like my son is any further ahead than when he first started.
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Nicole C.

Nicole C.

Tampa, FL 33617
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My ROCK Guitar lessons are modern and fun. I use many different tools to teach guitar... books by Hal Leonard, authentic guitar tab song book, Rock & Pop music written for guitar. I also use the latest music gear, software/programs like Rocksmith, Garageband, Slash Amplitude,iRig, Line 6, Fender, Roland and more
I've been teaching for over 15 years. I teach all ages. Some of my students are successful working musicians on tour. Most just play for fun. No matter what your goal I can help you along the way.
I teach each student differently and provide a custom lesson based on the student. I want you to play the guitar and have fun while learning! I stay current and up to date on all new music. I play lead guitar for 3 different bands/artist including a former American Idol Finalist from season 5. I play shows almost every weekend and sometimes travel out of state to play concerts. I am mainly a Rock guitarist I do cross over to pop and modern country.

About Chrissy
In-home guitar lessons. Chrissy has been a professional touring guitarist for over 16 years. Chrissy teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Chrissy developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Artists and genres that Chrissy has experience with range from Metallica, Adele,Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Fall Out Boy, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, The Cure, Radiohead, Elle King, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, P!nk, Twenty One Pilots,Hozier Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Paramore, Nirvana, Demi Lavato, Prince, Damian Rice, Lil Wayne, Coldplay ,Katy Perry, Lad
y Gaga, No Doubt, Bush, , The White Stripes, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Taylor Swift, Cage The Elephant, Miranda Lambert, Band Perry, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrisette and more.

Chrissy was Lead Guitarist Co-Writer for the Rock band Someday Souvenir (Winner of MTV Takes The Stage contest), American Idol Finalist Melissa McGhee (Season 5) She currently plays in a Top 40 cover band as well as an original Rock band. Chrissy has been in Billboard Magazine, Creative Loafing, Tampa Tribune and TBO online. Clips of Chrissy playing guitar with different artist have been on CNN, MTV, FOX News, ABC, NBC and VH1.

Chrissy is constantly continuing her education with music theory books, video’s, guitar music, as well as private guitar instruction. She has attended guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson) Gary Hoey, Joe Satriani and more

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Chrissy is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits! Chrissy’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine, and won awards for their music.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the students schedule when possible.

Students can contact Chrissy anytime with question regarding their lesson through email or text. Chrissy is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!

*** Software / gear used to enhance lesson ***

Rocksmith software

Riff Station for guitar

Laptop with Garage Band/Backtrack, Guitar Pro Tab & iTunes

M13 Line 6 effects and looper

Roland Amp

Various guitars depending on project

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Here's what my personal students & clients have to say:

Slader P."By far the most outstanding teacher I took lessons from. I took lessons from Chrissy for over 7 years and I can truly say she's an incredible teacher. She's fun to work with, very patient with both new and intermediate players, and has a background knowledge on a many genres of music. I would recommend Chrissy to anyone! "​

Sam F.Chrissy is a talented musician and a gifted teacher. We are very happy to have her teaching our daughter.She is responsible, accessible and responsive. Rate A+++"​

Matt R. (St Petersburg Police Officer)Excellent!

MJ K."Chrissy D. is a wonderful teacher. She is a patient and kind. She gives exercises to work on during the week and has explained that by practicing just a little each day she will improve. My daughter looks forward to lessons each week. "​

Susan F."Chrissy taught my teenage son for several years in my home. She is very talented, has a flexible teaching style and does a great job with different personalities. She always kept my son engaged and was very encouraging. She is reliable, timely and communicates well. I highly recommend her!"​

TS K."Chrissy taught both of my boys ages 10 and 11 to play the guitar. She was awesome and they couldn't wait until their lesson each week. Chrissy was always punctual and full of spunk. They learned very cool tunes that were current so they really enjoyed it!"​

Dana Jim L."We have really enjoyed our daughter having lessons with Chrissy. She is great with kids and in only a few lessons, our child can play the guitar! Amazing!"
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Brad February 24, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great first step. Supportive, positive, and focused.
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Amanda Y. October 8, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Chrissy is always punctual and professional. After just three lessons I am seeing great improvements not only in my daughters guitar skills, but her confidence as well. She is also working with my husband. He is enjoying the lessons and is inspired by observing her rip out some rock tunes.
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Liz B. August 16, 2014
· Guitar · In home
She was very good at explaining everything to me. It was a very great experience and I recommend if you want to start learning. You really get your money's worth.
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Chrissy D.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
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I have been teaching for 15 years...playing since I was 12. Studied under a variety of musicians. I base my lessons on your goals i.e. reading music, understanding tablature, improvising and being unique. Performing since the 1970s. Blues, Rock, Country..anything you want to learn!

About Ross
Hi, my name is Rosgo. I've been teaching guitar for about 15 years. I've studied under many musicians from the age of 10 to 59 I teach rock, metal, blues and country. I focus lessons on what you want to learn. I teach to read music and understand tablature. I can teach you how to sweep shred, harmonics, tapping, playing over the top, drop tuning, slide, playing chords, finger picking and lead.
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Jim April 20, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In home
Ross is very patient and easy going with a lot of knowledge. Great teacher they only way not to learn is to not practice,
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Jace W. February 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Ross is very kind and patient with Jace. Unfortunately Jace does not seem to be either of the age yet to master guitar or his coordination is lacking. We appreciate all Ross did to work with him.
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Cheryl January 30, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Ross is awesome! My 9 yr old daughter loves him.
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Ross L.

Clearwater, FL 33755
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Dunedin, FL

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Play songs you like! Private lessons are customized to suit your goals. Some of my former students have gone on to become professionals, some just like to play music with their friends.

About Carl
I have been playing guitar since childhood. I gave lessons in Washington, DC for fourteen years, averaging sixty students per week. I moved to Key West in 1995, and have been primarily performing for the last twenty years, although I have had a few students also.
I like teaching material of a student's choosing. It is fun to learn music you like, and after all, the same notes are used in all types of music.
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Carl P.

Dunedin, FL 34698
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I am here to combine my academic teaching background with my guitar/music background. I have been playing for many years and I enjoy almost all types of music. I use many resources depending on what the student wants to learn. I can teach all ages and all learning backgrounds, I will adapt the instruction to what your strengths are.

About Rob
I am an easy going, knowledgable and creative teacher. I strive to put the students and their personal needs first. I'm very aware that each student/person learns differently and I incorporate various strategies of learning into my lessons. There is a lot of humor and dialogue with my lessons, allowing my students the freedom to be themselves while playing.

As a school teacher, I have lots of experience in building student confidence and knowledge. If you aren't confident then you aren't progressing!

I like to record my students at different intervals of their education so they can hear the progress! I email a lesson recap after every lesson so that the student can see what we learned that week, including any notes/attachments for the student to review.

I also encourage my students to text/email/ or call with any questi
ons/concerns between lessons. This gives my students the ability to get through a challenging or difficult concept/strategy when its happening and not have to wait till the next lesson.
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Mona August 16, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Rob is an excellent guitar teacher - very knowledgable and inspiring. And also a really nice guy!
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Tedd June 1, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Extremely knowledgeable, fun and easy going! Can't wait to sign my daughter up as well!
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Ben H. March 19, 2017
· Billiards · Online
Rob was awesome!! He went above and beyond to accommodate my needs. Will definitely hire him again!
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Rob R.

Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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Expect to work hard, practice and become proficient at reading, writing and playing your instrument. I will give you my all and I expect the same in return. I can make you a great musician and I have examples of some remarkable kids and adults I have taught. Hard work pays off!

About Don
I have the gift of music and love to share it. I have been teaching guitar, bass and drums for over thirty years. Many of my students have received full scholarships to the best music schools. I teach reading and theory as well as ear training. I have references from previous students as well as parents.
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Ela Z. August 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
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Aviv Z. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Super professional teacher!!!!!!
Highly recommended!!!!!
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Don M.

Valrico, FL 33596
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My lessons are unique because in addition to being a musician in classical guitar and nylon fingerstyle I also have the tools to transmit knowledge in a successful and enjoyable way, I adapt to the expectations and needs of each student by creating a program of classes personalized for each student. I have taught strudents successfully in tis manner for the past 7 years.

About Pedro
Pedro A Ariza began his studies with fingerstyle guitar in his native Florence with Professor Duberney Pineda, and starting on classical guitar with professor Luis Eduardo Ortiz. In the city of Cali, he obtained an academic training as a guitar player at the Conservatory of Fine Arts in Cali, studying with teachers Gustavo Nino, Carlos Torres and Marc Jean-Bernard. Guitarist of the Popular School of Music of Cali under the tutelage of the teacher Gustavo Sierra in Colombia, also graduated as professor in the teaching of music with emphasis in guitar at the National University of Costa Rica.
He has been a member of the Ensemble of guitars of the Conservatory of Fine Arts of Cali Colombia, has performed as a soloist and performed in groups in different venues in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Florida (USA) and Costa Rica, acting as representative
of Colombian music and Different genres of music in the world.
As a classical guitarist, he has mastered the repertoire of Renaissance music, baroque, romantic, modern, popular,rock,contemporary and also specialized in Latin American music from Colombia. He has participated in the guitars ensemble of the National University of Costa Rica, in different Costa Rican scenarios and invited to the young festival of Cartago guitar with the Izquier 2 Duo guitar duo.
As a distinguished teacher in areas of nylon fingerstyle and classical guitar, musical grammar, musical appreciation, solfeggio, harmony, complementary piano, creator of works, arrangements and original compositions for the guitar.
Pedro A. now recently resides in Clearwater FL, and I am interested in transmitting my knowledge and secrets of the guitar interpretation to all lovers of music !
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Pedro A.

Clearwater, FL 33759
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Practical but professional.
I teach in a way that any student can connect with the composer/musician inside them via practical knowledge.

About Elem
Musician & Composer with 10+ years of experience.
Professional Guitar player & singer/songwriter.

I will ensure you connect with the MUSICIAN/COMPOSER in you. Do not waste time and money, and get results with practical YET PROFESSIONAL tools.

Learn how to talk, read, and understand music within months or even weeks.

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- Experienced
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Donald Cosper September 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Patience with me.
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Nichole August 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Amazing, pleasant experience. I've been learning so much since I have been attending the classes. I love how I can learn the proper technique so it is more comfortable and so much fun!!!! Highly recommended!!!
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Elem B.

Clearwater, FL 33760
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