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Guitar Lessons in Indianapolis

Taking guitar lessons in Indianapolis can be a very fun way to learn to play music and possibly earn money as a truly professional musician. Playing guitar also is a very cathartic experience that enables you to express your emotions through your playing while entertaining others or simply playing for yourself.

What to Buy Before Taking Guitar Lessons in Indianapolis

When you are learning to play guitar, you will need some basic equipment to make your experience more enjoyable. The first is a good guitar that will stay in tune. You should also buy a music stand and a guitar stand. The music stand will make it easier to read music while sitting or standing, and the guitar stand will limit the potential for mishaps.

An assortment of guitar picks is recommended, and you should have one or more packages of guitar strings on hand to replace the inevitable broken string. You also should buy some fret oil or conditioner to keep your guitar’s fingerboard moist and prevent potential cracking in dry weather. If you choose to learn on an electric guitar instead of an acoustic, you will need an amplifier. When first learning, it helps to buy a good solid state amp and later decide if you want to invest in a tube amp as your playing progresses and you consider performing live. With an electric guitar, you will want at least one good quality cable and might choose to buy effects pedals to hone your tone over time.

Guitar Stores in Indianapolis

There are many fine local guitar and music stores that can help you find anything you need for your guitar lessons in Indianapolis. Arthur’s Music Store on East Shelby Street is noted for having a great line of new and used acoustic and electric guitars and has been in business since 1952. IRC Music on East 82nd Street also offers new and used acoustic and electric guitars of many brands and styles, including the venerable Taylor acoustic guitars.

Another great place to look for your first guitar is SDC Guitars on West 96th Street. They specialize in stringed instruments and have a full line of acoustic and electric guitars available for you to try out before you decide on a purchase. Buying a guitar always works best when you can hold it in your hands and get a feel for the neck and playability.

Guitar Setup and Repair

No matter where you choose to buy your first guitar, or whether you buy new or used, it may eventually need maintenance to counteract any effects from seasonal weather changes and any normal wear and tear.

Indianapolis has a lot of great places where you can get your guitar setup, maintained, or repaired. SDC Guitars is noted for having excellent guitar techs and for getting guitars back to their owners in a reasonable amount of time. Arthur’s Music Store and Tom’s Guitar Repair on East Washington Street are some of the most-recommended repair shops in Indianapolis.

Local Venues and Events

Indianapolis has many great venues where you can see your favorite bands and check out new ones. The Jazz Kitchen is one of the preeminent jazz clubs in the United States, and the Klipsch Music Center, Slippery Noodle Inn, and The Vogue, rank among the Midwest’s best music venues and clubs. The annual Wes Fest features some of the nation’s best jazz guitarists paying tribute to the legendary Wes Montgomery and other jazz guitar greats. The annual Indiana Guitar Show offers a variety of guitar styles and performances.

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My students learn basic note reading, strumming and technique. We have fun writing songs, too! Students can expect to complete Hal Leonard's Guitar Book One, plus Hal Leonard's Easy Pop Melodies, along with plenty of supplemental songs.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio, in the World Golf Village area, and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across
the east coast, I found my life's work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've successfully taught hundreds of different students since 2003, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals.

Having both taught myself piano and received formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.
The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I recently (2014) studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.
Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, and monologue and audition coaching. Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Joe September 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I'm getting ready to sing at a family reunion. Heather has been great in helping me prepare for that.
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Savannah L. September 6, 2017
· Christian Gospel · In home
Great experience! We loved her positive teaching style and fast evaluation. Couldn't be more pleased.
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Nick August 29, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
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I've been teaching and performing professionally for over 10 years. I have my BA in music and business. I have had some amazing experiences along the way. I've worked with world renowned vocal coaches, sang at Carnegie Hall, and played on various cds to raise money/awareness for charity projects. I'm grateful for all of this, but I love working with students on their music most of all. It delights me to see a student have an "aha" moment where they realize that they have what it takes to be great. I'd love to work with you, but if I don't I hope you reach your goals and have fun doing it ! ~ Carrie Jo ~

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I'm a laid back teacher but you will definitely learn
a lot. I just believe if it starts to not be fun, what's the point? Music isn't just about perfect theory and note placement it's about enjoyment. That's why I tailor make every lesson specifically based on my student's goals. I have students that like a more traditional approach so I use standard method books with them. I also have students that want to learn how to play by ear so we use a less traditional method and I teach them chord structures and how to move around easily on their instrument. My favorite thing to teach is vocal lessons but I love teaching piano and guitar also.

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The In-Studio lessons are taught on an upright piano or acoustic/electric guitar. Student should bring own guitar. No pets. Waiting room out front for parents.

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They need their own instrument.

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I've performed at Carnegie Hall and I've had the opportunity to work with world renowned vocal coaches. I offer that as well as techniques that I've developed to help you reach your goals quickly and with great skill !
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Logan P. February 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
It was awesome! Great experience with Carrie and she got me playing within our first lesson! Couldn't be happier!
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Jennifer M. December 30, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Carrie was a great teacher for my son! It takes a special kind of person to teach my son and she did a great job at it. Unfortunately Carrie had to move and we are not able to take more lessons with her but we really enjoyed the time we had together.
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Rose G. December 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Carrie is a very warm person, very clear in her instructions, and I learned a lot from her.
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About Mike M.

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Indianapolis, IN

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My goal is to teach you the songs that you want to learn. You absolutely need to learn the fundamentals first.

With rock and metal, this means you need to learn guitar tablature, chords and reading chord charts. I have a set of lesson plans that focus on this.

I teach lead improvisation with blues and rock and country. You can start with the basics and I'll take you every step of the way or we can begin with some advanced lessons if you're ready.

I also teach modern worship songs.

About Mike
I teach fun and easy lessons that allow you to explore the guitar at your own pace. I tailor lessons around the student's musical interest. I'll have you playing your favorite songs in a matter of weeks.

I taught at my last music academy for 9 years. I am currently teaching at Sam Ash Music in Castleton, IN. I've been playing guitar since 1980 and I've taught hundreds of students thousands of songs since 1998. I have taught country, pop, and rock from the 50s to today. I have taught Elvis, The Beatles, Guns and Roses, Nirvana, Metallica and Avenged Seven Fold not to mention hundreds more.
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Larry W. October 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Mike is very patient with my 9 year who has no experience and this is what I was looking for in an instructor.
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Sudipto C. July 19, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great start.way to learn more from Mike..
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MeLisa March 1, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Mike is a wonderfully talented guitar player. He will teach you what you want to learn, picking, or chords, if your mostly wanting to sing while playing! Great guy! Thanks Mike
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About Paul W.

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I combine guitar pedagogy, music theory, and musicality to teaching all styles. I tailor my teaching to the students needs, desires, and interests and I strive to make every lesson a fun and educational experience. We'll work on

About Paul
I am a classically trained guitarist whose mission is to help my students reach their goals while inspiring a love and passion for music. Never picked up a guitar before? No problem! You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Been playing for years but need a little help overcoming that next hurdle? Great! You’ll be playing better and with more confidence than ever before. In order to truly improve you need determination and dedication, and that’s why I try to keep things fun and inspired from the very first lesson.
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Loretta M. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Paul is a very talented educator. I am in a unique situation, needing to learn guitar for my job. After working with Paul, my lessons have become the highlight of my week. I am eager to practice and work on new techniques he introduces to my skillset. He works very hard, so I always appreciate when he is flexible with my changing schedule. Before Paul, I had a teacher who simply did not meet my learning style. Paul is incredible. Thank you so much. Learning guitar has become my new passion project and I enjoy my lessons so much!
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Lauren July 25, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In home
Paul is a fantastic guitarist and an even better teacher. My child had a fantastic experience learning from him, and came home playing a whole song on day 1! Couldn't recommend him enough.
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Kyle July 13, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Paul is a phenomenal instructor with the personality and charisma it takes to teach such a distinguished instrument. Whether you are trying to learn 3 chords to impress a special someone or you have a nerve racking collegiate performance, Paul will be able to help. There is a list of qualities that come to mind when I think of the best instructors I've had and Paul checks off all those things. He is extremely helpful, he is mindful of your wants and needs in parallel to your skill level, he has a gift for attention to detail, he is passionate about the subtle art of the guitar, and he pushes you as a musician in discipline and skill. Highly recommended and easily works with your schedule.
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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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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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I have been a guitarist for 11+ years and have become proficient in many genres (blues, jazz, pop, rock, acoustic fingerpicking, etc.). I can teach any age group at any skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). I can help you learn a style of guitar as well as specific songs. I can also teach the student how to play guitar and sing at the same time, as well as help them write their own music. If you want to learn soloing and improvisation, I can help with that. If you want to learn rhythm guitar with unique chords and strumming patters (slap, fingerpicking, hybrid, etc.) I can teach you that. I am willing and able to help the student learn the way that they want to learn.

About John
My name is John O. and I have been playing guitar for 11+ years. I have always loved all genres of music, but I am especially fond of blues guitar, jazz, and acoustic pop-rock. I am a Bible teacher and just love teaching things in general, like guitar. I don't believe in being rude or impatient with students, but rather I try to be encouraging and helpful to all who are taught by me. I hope you will consider me to he your guitar teacher. Guitar is such a great instrument and I would love to be the one to help you become proficient at it.
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Welcome! I'm so glad you want to learn guitar, and I'd be happy to do whatever I can to help you achieve the goals you set for yourself. I have been playing myself for over 30 years and teach and perform a wide variety of styles and levels. Specifically, I love rock, blues, jazz and classical. If this sounds like what you're interested in, contact me!

About Dan
Dan Spollen plays a wide range of musical styles, including classical, jazz, rock, and blues. Dan also composes original music for solo guitar, band, and orchestra.

After early lessons on piano and drums, Dan discovered guitar, learning the basics through self study. This led to enrollment at Berklee College of Music, where he formally studied jazz, rock and other styles, and subsequently West Chester University, studying classical guitar, theory, composition, and performance. While attending WCU, Dan continued private lessons in jazz and began teaching and playing gigs in various group and solo settings.

Dan began playing professionally in 1990, performing regionally, nationally and abroad in a variety of ensembles. Notable events include performances for the Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor. Dan also worked in Los Angele
s, working as a session player, arranger, and composer.

In 2001, Dan's original composition, "The Truth Of Being", was released worldwide on Real Music records.

In 2008, Dan collaborated with YES singer Jon Anderson, resulting in the “Survival & Other Stories” album. Then again in 2016, composing two pieces for Jon's album "Invention Of Knowledge".

In 2012, Dan scored the documentary film "The Great Lesson".

Dan's original music has appeared on MTV, The Learning Channel, and The Weather Channel.

Today, Dan focuses on composition and recording at his home studio, and on performing original and arranged pieces for solo guitar.

Besides performing and composing, Dan teaches music, providing private and group lessons. Many of his students have continued on to university music programs and music careers of their own.

Dan also freelances as a graphic designer and sketch artist, and has been commissioned for advertising campaigns, logo redesigns, and portrait artworks.
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There is no such thing as talent! Talent is only an illusion of learned skills and ANYONE can do it. Remember you only fail if you stop trying! As an instructor it is my job to show you how to be a self sufficient guitar player. To me this means that I should be giving you and teaching you tools to be able to hold your own as a great musician. I am a Junior at Iupui majoring in Music Technology with a minor in New Media and I have been playing guitar, piano, bass, percussion, and working in DAW's much longer than I'm proud to say. I've taught all ages and playing levels. My goal is to stop you from looking around for answers and lead you down a straighter path. I will help you learn about your guitar and the functions of music theory applied directly. In this way, regardless of genre styles you will see that all music is the same. Thus, you can be a musician and not just a guitar player.

About Paul
Hello, I'm Paul Weber and I am here to help you become a better musician on your guitar. I will explain techniques and proper use of the instrument as well as music theory. I want you to understand what is going on so that you don't feel frustrated or confused any longer. I have personally spent countless hours studying and trying to find the right answer not having proper instruction and it can be so frustrating and discouraging to you as a player. I'm looking forward to guiding you and getting you up to the next level much quicker than I ever did!
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Paul W.

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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