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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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Dunedin, FL

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I have studied Guitar with Joe Settlemires who taught players like Brad Paisley, and Vince Gill. I started playing guitar at 15 and have toured all over the country. If your'e just starting to play or you're mastering advanced shredding skills I can help you accomplish your musical goals while feeding your addiction of music!

About Jeremy
I have been a professional performing musician and producer for over 10 years and have had hundreds of students during that time. I grew up playing classic rock and classical. By the time I graduated high school I had visited 26 states playing music. I have studied music at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and have performed in various groups. I have a unique passion for teaching music and making it fun. I have the classical training and performance experience to help take your musicianship to the next level while having a blast.
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Nick May 3, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I've been taking lessons with Jeremy for a month now. He is a great instructor.
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Kristina May 2, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent progression of lessons. The “homework” practices have been really enjoyable and have helped me progress more rapidly than I had thought I would.
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Kristina April 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent, very personable instructor. Met me right at my level and set me on the path to my goals. So looking forward to the next lesson.
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Jeremy R.

Jeremy R.

Dunedin, FL 34698
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$15 / 30-min

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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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Eric February 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
Eric (7) is a beginner but shows a lot of interest in the piano. Lonny picked right up on his strengths and the first lesson was very productive. Lonny is a very patient and perseptive teacher.
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Alex February 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
Lonny did a great job instructing Alex (6). He was patient and included the genre of Music that Alex enjoys into the sesson. At the conclusion of the first lesson Alex had a huge smile.
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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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Lonny S.

Lonny S.

Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
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$40 / 30-min

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I have been teaching guitar for 23 years. I emphasize the details of good technique and reading music skills. You will learn and develop the basics so that you can progress to any style of music you would like to play. Picking and finger style guitar are both offered. Begin making music on the guitar today!

About Norman
I have recently located to the Tampa, Florida area and I live in Lutz. I have enjoyed teaching and helping students of all ages for 26 years in achieving their goals in learning to play their instruments. Educated at Columbus State University with a Music Education degree, I teach many instruments including piano, guitar, including Classical style, banjo, saxophone and clarinet. If you would like to start on the trumpet or trombone, I can help you as well. I specialize in working with the first time beginner, giving them a solid foundation in instrumental technique and musical knowledge, as well as helping those who have some experience on their instruments and who are looking to advance.

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My goal for every student is to experience learning their instrument in an environment that is both encouraging and rewar
ding. I exhibit patience with the student knowing what it takes to develop new skills and I work hard in helping each student feel at ease in expressing themselves. I have used many different materials over the years, depending on the individual student's needs and desires to play their music. I do stress learning to read music notation so that you can approach with confidence any piece of music that you would like to play. With the proper dedication, every student can enjoy making music in a short period of time, getting better and better along their musical journey.

*** Specialties ***
I have used many of the published methods for all of the instruments over the years. I am always open to any approach that will work for any given student.
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Mack S. March 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
The lesson was very relaxed, informative and productive. Look forward to my next lesson. I'm 63 and just beginning this journey.
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Liam February 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great first lesson, my grandson is looking forward to learning from Norman
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william September 9, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
Great first lesson. Very personable and engaging. Looking forward to my remaining lessons.
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Norman T.

Norman T.

Lutz, FL 33559
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$30 / 30-min

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Experienced guitar teacher of 23 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical guitar skills. I specialize in finger picking for classical, pop, rock, ETC...Typically use Hal Leonard books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: sound recording equipment, Guitar Amps, effect pedals, sheet music, and more.

About Tony
If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Talent, skill, confidence- priceless!.

Choosing the right voice coach or singing teacher can be a difficult task, as there are so many coaches and teachers out there. My approach is unique in a sense that I do not believe in a "One size fits all". With Decades of working with professionals in this music industry including celebrities, platinum recording artists from American, Eastern and African continents. I have worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, AR reps, TV networks, and many venues across the USA.

*** Specialties ***
Voice coach, all genre. beginners, intermediates, advanced and professionals.
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professional
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Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Classical, Broadway.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Learning to properly handle the guitar, left and right hand techniques. learn to tune the instrument. read notes, and lean all major, minor, and seven chords by the end of book 1

Piano: learning all 12 scales by heart, proper fingers technique for both hands, reading both left and right hand notation by end of book 1.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tascam D8000 40 Ch. Digital mixer
Alesus quad Reverb,
Yamaha EX5
Korg Sound module
Digitech Vocalist II Harmony...
Pro Tools 10
Sonar XL XIII
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7 Pianos
5 Guitars,
Bass,
2 Saxophones

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Mic, Laptop, Amplifier, Karaoke hard drive, and software.

*** Specialties ***
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professionals,
Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Classical, Broadway.

Composition for pro artists, 256 mix tracks, 48 khz,
Top of the line recording gear.

Classical guitar, Music Theory and Composition for writers.
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Jerome B. May 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He is patient and very knowledgeable going try stick as long as possible !
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Jennifer D. November 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This teacher is impossible to get a hold of. Tried leaving several voicemails and text messages. He has a couple different phone #'s. Don't know which, if any, is the active # to use. No response from him ever. Couldn't reschedule because of this. Plus he lied and said I never contacted him. Now I am out a ton of money for lessons I wasn't able to use. Very greedy. I am not happy.
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Stephanie P. September 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great start. Learned how to read the base notes. And immediate hands on practice. 😃
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Seminole, FL 33772
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Clearwater, FL
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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.

Palm Harbor, FL 34684
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$25 / 30-min

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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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Vlad May 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great professor and person.
It is unfortunate that I have developed some health problems that resulted in me having to interrupt the lessons.
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Vlad April 19, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It was mostly what you would expect. Enjoyable first lesson.
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Carl P.

Dunedin, FL 34698
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$20 / 30-min

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Safety Harbor, FL

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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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LaTunja May 23, 2018
· Billiards · Online
I didn't know what to expect trying to learn pool online but it was an amazing experience. I came away with some great tips on starting out as a beginner. Will definitely do more classes
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Mazen H. March 29, 2018
· Billiards · In studio
Rob is easy to get along with and is a great instructor I learned so much in the first hour and improved my game.
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Gerry November 10, 2017
· Billiards · In studio
Rob was great. Very flexible on scheduling, knowledgeable, and engaging. He was able to customize the lessons to my goals and interests. I highly recommend him!
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Rob R.

Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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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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Passionate about teaching kids to love and create music. I have 5+ years teaching elementary and younger. I am eager to instruct students of all ages who desire to learn a new art and develop a creative outlet. Music has changed my life and I desire to give you the skills and knowledge allow the discovery of music to change yours as well.

About Brent
I am a professional musician who has a love for children and a desire to inspire young minds with the wonder and beauty of music. I have been working with children professionally for 5+ years and would be thrilled to bring music into your homes and lives. I use music, guitar, and voice every day of my life and with good application of music theory have been successful not only at a personal level, but in instruction and inspiring students to dream bigger and achieve more. I am 25 years old with a wife and child (2 year old son) who are my absolute joy in life. Our familie’s love language is music and there is no greater joy than a home filled with music.
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Brent A.

New Port Richey, FL 34655
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