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Getting Started: How Much Are Guitar Lessons?

When you're looking around for guitar lessons, be aware that there are many different things that can change the cost per lesson. While the average price for guitar lessons falls somewhere between $20 and $40, a few important factors can determine whether you're at the low or the upper end of the spectrum. Instructor and Student Experience Most guitar teachers starting out are not only trying to teach music; they are also trying to get their name out there into the music community. The average … Read More
Getting Started: How Much Are Guitar Lessons?
When you're looking around for guitar lessons, be aware that there are many different things that can change the cost per lesson. While the average price for guitar lessons falls somewhere between $20 and $40, a few important factors can determine whether you're at the low or the upper end of the spectrum. Instructor and Student Experience Most guitar teachers starting out are not only trying to teach music; they are also trying to get their name out there into the music community. The average
Electric Guitar Accessories: What's in Your Gig Bag?
Got the gig? Great! Now… what should you bring? Read on to learn about the electric guitar accessories that Charleston, SC teacher Christopher A. recommends stowing in your gig bag… As you get into playing guitar, opportunities may arise to showcase your talents in a live setting. Regardless of the performance location, be it a bar, coffeehouse, or your high school gymnasium, there are a few essentials you should carry with you in your gig bag or guitar case. Making a list of items you need f
A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Guitar Chord Progressions
Learning to play the guitar is a task that's undertaken by thousands, if not millions of people each and every year. The guitar, as the second most popular musical instrument in the world (right behind the piano at number one), is the peoples' choice for a myriad of reasons. Most commonly, however, people decide they want to play the guitar because of how prominently it's featured in today's top music. Many people enjoy pop music because it's catchy and the lyrics are infectious. The guit
7 Essential Rhythm Guitar Techniques
Strumming a chord sounds pretty good, but these rhythm guitar techniques truly bring a song to life! Guitar teacher Jerry W. shares the tricks you'll need to have up your sleeve... Rhythm guitar is both easy to learn and hard to master. It is relatively easy to learn the open chords and strum along with someone as they sing. But what if you want to take your playing to the next level? What are some of the essential techniques that will help you become a more complete rhythm guitarist? Let me
How to Write a Song When You Know Next to Nothing About Guitar
Even if you just started learning to play guitar,  you already have the tools to write your first song. Guitar teacher Aimee B. shares how to get started... You can write a song on guitar as early as after your first lesson or once you’ve learned a few basic chords. Whether you ultimately want to accompany your lead vocal, jam with others, or to be a wailing lead guitarist, you can, at anytime, write your own unique song. So where do you begin? How do you write a song? Here's how to wr

Guitar in Jacksonville

by James W. - Jacksonville Guitar Teacher

Jacksonville, Florida, a beach town on the Atlantic coast of North Florida, is the birthplace of southern rock and a great city to be a guitar player. Jacksonville - or “Jax” as it's known locally - has rich music roots, origins of jam band culture and a diverse, live downtown music scene, which includes local and national artists, southern rock, indie, underground, country western/cross-over rock, Christian rock, hip hop and punk.

Jax natives encourage guitar playing and original songwriting regardless of age or skill level. Guitar players in Jacksonville will find a mix of new and established sounds and genres, heavily influenced by southern and country rock and live performance. There are many opportunities for local talent, and southern hospitality is alive and well. For those who want to jam, take guitar lessons in Jacksonville and get a start in town, discover these Jacksonville venues:

  1. Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach attracts national talent and regional acts, so it’s a great exposure for young talent. They boast two bars, and seeing how a local band owns the “big stage” is a huge benefit to young musicians. Are you forming a band? Come watch and learn. This is the place to go to get your start. http://www.freebirdlive.com/

  2. Shantytown Pub is “Your neighborhood Springfield pub." Downtown and open to 18+ crowds, aspiring guitarists and graffiti artists can get in. Intimate. The real benefit is that Saturdays are Record Label Night. It’s a chance to hobnob with label owners and reps, shop a demo and get tips on getting started in the music industry. Some musicians who met here formed their own bands. Artists and their dogs are welcome.

  3. Burro Bar is an edgy experiment by the owners and friends of the old London Bridge Pub. Music is on every night. Simply submit your music to be accepted to the downtown fun, and set up and play. They have tech meets, live music, and a growing bunch of regulars – all aspiring artists are networking here! Local bands are encouraged to register. http://burrobarjax.com/

  4. Underbelly’s is also downtown and was voted one of the top music venues in Florida. Guitar players would do well to frequent this hot spot not far from the Central Station. If you love jam music, this is it! If you think you’re ready, it is also a chance to observe, get up and play, jam with humble seasoned professional touring artists and learn from them. A great atmosphere. http://underbellylive.com/

  5. Jack Rabbits is for national and local bands and is just south of downtown. This is a small venue and bar located just across the St. John’s River from Willow Branch Park where The Allmans had played Sunday afternoons for free. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but inside its a-hoppin’! The staff are nice people; the sound system is stellar. Best of all, the stage is “roomy” so you don’t feel cramped when playing live. To get your licks in on guitar is not a problem, as this place is “built for live music.”

  6. Brewster’s Megaplex is a very approachable gig if there ever was one in Jax. Sporting four live venues, it just sings with good times. Located in the vicinity of the Town and Country Mall in Arlington area east of downtown, Go Big Entertainment book the Vans Warped Tour here. If you ever thought that you want to play the Warped Tour in Jax, this is for you. Go there to get a feel for what’s expected of your band. Most local bands will show up and play after competing in early rounds, a few great live bands play the finals, and the excitement is in the air every July on the stage. Both Ernie Ball and the Entertainment Workshop sponsor the event, and beginning and intermediate guitarists will benefit big time from the workshops. http://www.brewstersmegaplex.com/ www.vanswarpedtour.com www.ernieball.com

It’s a good idea to make the rounds and connect with other like-minded musicians so you improve your playing while taking guitar lessons in Jacksonville. And Jax will encourage you to do that in that down-to-earth way. People are not as judgmental about skill level here. I found that the kind of people I meet in Jax are full of energy to play, and socializing with them gives me a place I feel at home. I haven’t met anyone I didn’t like or who wouldn’t share knowledge. Live music is a way of life. It's easier to be inspired to study music in Jacksonville, due to the fact that you're surrounded by music makers who have been where you are now and now hold out their hand in friendship. And that’s what it’s all about.

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