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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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Jamey F.

Indianapolis, IN

I'm a beginner specialist. You cannot and will not fail using my methods.

.I can help with any and every aspect of playing guitar.

All styles, techniques, and repertory.

About Jamey

I seriously love teaching music. Having taught at a Montessori based school in Indianapolis for 17 years, I'm often the first point of contact for music for children [including my almost 5 year old]. Seeing how enthusiastic they are about making music is why I do what I do. It's amazing to see how they develop over the 10 year span [if they stay at the school for the duration]. All of them have solid technical, rhythm [everyone can play a beat on drumset], and song playing & writing skills. Do the right things for long enough and kids can play. And, it's an integrated experience...mental, emot
ional, physical, social, cultural. And, this process is the same for adults.

To check out a recent tune by the seniors at our school, check out https://soundcloud.com/jameyfaulkner/childrens-house-seniors-fixed-form-50-1-26-16-am-g-f-e-c.

For guitar [and basic drumset], I storm the city daily. I travel to the homes of wonderful clients on all sides of town. I may not drive forever, but right now I have the energy. And, I enjoy meeting everyone's pets.

I often work with students which need extra creative thinking. Whether they had a teacher that only taught one way or just want to move their playing to a new level, I adapt. My intention is to create the best possible learning scenarios from where I meet each student, including those who are uniquely-abled.

My essential philosophy is that everyone has musical genius. Discovering it is our goal. And, often my job is to convince or re-convince students that it is there. We work together to experience music making in new ways.

I have 2 degrees...Classic Guitar Performance from California State University and Master of Science, Music Technology from the Indiana School of Music. I teach traditional classical guitar to experimental techniques and everything in between. 25 years of experience has taught me more about how to engage students in music than the degrees could ever deliver.

I've published two guitar books, with many more on the way. I also build and maintain a lesson website, the Guitar Path. I released 12 stone row, a solo fingerstyle record in 1999. If you are interested in fingerpicking [fingerstyle guitar] & composition, we have this covered. I can share open/alt tuning exploration methods and keep you busy for decades.

Building a guitar practice takes time and care. Helping students to enjoy this process is always the goal.

I teach all styles and levels of guitar. I have taught for over 20 years including college courses, Montessori primary, and with uniquely abled clients. Though I have a degree in Classic Guitar from CSU, Northridge, I'm primarily a songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist.

12 stone row, a solo fingerstyle record was released in 1999. I also played bass in The Language for 2 years in Indianapolis. Currently, I work on multiple music production teams in Indianapolis.

*** Lesson Details ***
That you want to play guitar is proof that you can do it. Drive is central to success, and learning to play well is a relatively simple process with positive learning experiences.

Curriculum includes basics, chords, melody/scales, reading, music theory, songwriting, improvising, and more.

*** Specialties ***
Methods are a blend of traditional and modern approaches.
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John November 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I love working with Jamey. He's incredibly knowledgeable. He has an easy style that makes lessons fun and informative. I want to learn all there is to know about playing the guitar and Jamey is definitely the guy to teach me. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to take guitar lessons.
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Ryan D. October 4, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jamey has a natural way to engage children. My grandson was entrigued by his first lesson and excited to share what he had learned in his first lesson.
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Blake October 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My search for a guitar teacher was a long one. I asked around and would travel to meet with different "instructors". There just wasn't that spark to learn which could have been as much my fault as theirs. THEN I asked a fellow session musician and he recommended Jamey. I was a bit apprehensive but went ahead and made contact. It was/is one of the best things I did for my playing. Jamey opened up different avenues to the fretboard and the instrument. I was blown away by his passion to teach and to impart the immense knowledge he has worked so hard to accumulate. He has a natural gift and through his teaching, I know he loves what he does. A good teacher knows how to evaluate the student and, from there, communicate with them on there level. Jamey, thank you for the continued help and being my Yoda. I recommend Jamey to anyone from beginner to "Expert".
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Jamey F.

Indianapolis, IN 46237
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Mike M.

Indianapolis, IN

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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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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Juan V. February 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Outstanding teacher, I highly recommend him
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Elaine C. August 30, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mike is a great instructor. He is very accommodating and patient with our 15 year old.
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Mike M.

Indianapolis, IN 46227
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John S.

Indianapolis, IN

I have been a professional musician and composer for many years and I have performed all over the U.S. The guitar is easy to learn and gives the player a chance to learn about herself or himself as well as entertaiining others.

About John

What do you WANT to learn?

Learning should always be fun, even when it is challenging. I try to find out what my student WANTS to learn and then integrate that desire into what must be mastered. I have taught at all levels in the Indianapolis Public Schools. I have taught Literature, Composition, and Sociology, to name a few subjects, at the college level.I hold a professionalized Indiana teaching license (expires 2025) and a Master’s degree in education.I have successfully taught at-risk students as they prepared for the GED and TASC high school equivalency, even setting school records for
completion rates. I am currently preparing on-line learning courses for the state of Indiana. I home-schooled my own children and they have graduated college with honors.I have authored two best-selling novels, and have written for prestigious publications. I have performed magic, music, and comedy for Fortune 500 companies, festivals, clubs, and home audiences around the country.
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Annell B. March 26, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
John is an excellent teacher: patient, knowledgeable, fun and I learned a riff my first lesson! The online Skype format worked well. Two thumbs up!
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Pat E. March 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I had a stroke and didn't remember much about any kind of music. John was patient, and stayed a little overtime, which made me feel guilty. I think he will actually get me playing music. He's a dear.
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John S.

Indianapolis, IN 46226
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$25 / 30-min
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Devan M.

Indianapolis, IN

I have been playing guitar for over 10 years, and teaching it for over 5. I played piano from a very young age but caught a real passion for guitar around the time I was 12 or 13 after watching school of rock. For the next few years I would lock myself in my room every day after school and work playing for 2 - 4 hours every night. Initially I played a lot of rock n roll, moving from there to heavier music, and then into blues and jazz. I have played in many different bands and currently play in one now. The guitar is an extremely versatile instrument and one that helps you find your voice. The great guitarists are not great because of how fast they can play notes but how distinct a style and sound they get, and I hope I can help you find your own!

About Devan

Hi my names Devan! I have been teaching for over 5 years and am a lifelong musician.
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Devan M.

Devan M.

Indianapolis, IN 46228
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$20 / 30-min
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Octavia M.

Indianapolis, IN

I work excellently with young children and teens. Currently, I'm just teaching beginning students. I will teach students how to read chord charts, guitar tab, and standard music notion. I begin new students with a few simple songs and progress from there.

About Octavia

I've been playing guitar for 7 years. I began studying guitar at the Huntington music store in Huntington, Indiana with Eric Squires. I've taken guitar teaching training with guitar instructor Mike Middleton. I've worked at The Guitar Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana and prior to that I worked with special needs adults. I'm very good with children, friendly and have a lot of patience.
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Octavia M.

Octavia M.

Indianapolis, IN 46227
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$15 / 30-min

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