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Guitar Lessons in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a great place to be a musician with many opportunities to join casino shows, entertain in local venues, or tour nearby states. With densely populated California, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and other large communities located within about a half-day's drive, you have great opportunities to take guitar lessons in Las Vegas and become a bona fide paid musician. Whether you are looking to simply learn to play the instrument, join a band, become a session player, or even compose music, it all begins with taking guitar lessons in Las Vegas.

Before Starting Lessons When you undertake guitar lessons in Las Vegas, you will want a good instrument that is set up properly. Among the best local sources for guitars are Today's Music, Ed Roman Guitars and Cowtown Guitars, in addition to the usual assortment of chain guitar dealers and online retailers. Today's Music offers quality instruments at good prices that aren't sold by larger chain stores. Among available brands are LTD, Schecter, Cort, Ibanez, and others.

Ed Roman and Cowtown are boutique stores that sell new and used guitars ranging from popular Fender and Gibson guitars to more off-brands, like Reverend. You also can have fun checking out the city’s many local pawn shops and find a gem for a reasonable price before you take guitar lessons in Las Vegas. When considering any guitar, you should ensure the neck is one that you find comfortable and playable. Locking tuners generally are preferable to standard wind-up tuners. It also helps to have a guitar that enables intonation adjustments at the bridge.

Guitar Setup and Repairs in Las Vegas If your guitar isn't set up properly, you likely will find yourself struggling with your instrument. When you buy a guitar, you should take it to a luthier or technician to ensure it is set up and will play flawlessly. Despite having a large number of musicians and guitarists residing there, Las Vegas is limited on the number of available luthiers and guitar techs. Fortunately, those that are in area are quite good and can make your guitar play properly for when you take guitar lessons in Las Vegas.

The best luthier in Las Vegas is Neil Smith, who owns Las Vegas Guitars in the southwest side of Las Vegas and only works by appointment. You might have to wait a couple of weeks before you can get your guitar in, and it likely will take a few days to a couple of weeks to complete the setup. Smith handles the guitar setups and repairs for the many Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas and has a large clientele base due to his advanced training, exceptional skills and ability to do outstanding guitar repairs and customizations.

Guitar Doctor Bob working at Today’s Music is noted for fast and affordable same-day guitar setups. Bob is a guitar tech and not a luthier, but he has many customers, including professional touring guitar players. Bob does basic guitar setups, repair work, and guitar building. Appointments generally aren't needed, but it helps to call ahead and let him know you are coming in with your guitar and any issues you might have with it.

Other locations for getting repair work done include Cowtown Guitars and Advanced Guitar and Repair. Both locations are known for doing quality restoration work, but the wait time to get it done can be several weeks and sometimes more. When you take guitar lessons in Las Vegas, your guitar instructor should be able to recommend the best option.

Local Venues

Because Las Vegas is the world's entertainment capital, you have endless options for catching great guitarists. Fremont Street has three free band stages with featured touring artists on summer weekends. Many clubs also promote great local music, with the famed Sand Dollar Lounge on the west side ranking among the best blues clubs in the West and is known to have famous guitarists sit in over the years, including B.B. King and Joe Bonamassa.

The Brooklyn Bowl, Hard Rock Live and several clubs along Fremont Street also have great bands. If you are looking for greater sophistication, the Smith Center near downtown and Ham Hall at UNLV offer great classical and jazz performances that will help to inspire you as you take guitar lessons in Las Vegas.

Annual Events Las Vegas has an ever-changing rotation of events, including music festivals and conventions. Among the best are the annual Rockabilly Festival, which pays tributes to early rock roots, the DjangoVegas Gypsy Jazz Festival, which honor the legacy of jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt, and the Life Is Beautiful Festival, which features a wide range of rock and pop music artists. The Big Blues Bender being held in September offers a multitude of the best contemporary touring blues guitarists.

Taking guitar lessons in Las Vegas will open you up to a wealth of performance opportunities. Have fun and good luck!

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Mark S.

Las Vegas, NV

I've been playing guitar for over 35 years, and teaching for over 30, using the proven CAGED system and my own innovations/contributions to this system. I specialize in helping "highly-motivated" students RAPID PROGRESS, improving/developing knowledge and skills at an accelerated rate. If you REALLY want to learn AND get REALLY GOOD REALLY FAST, I'm your man!!!

About Mark

I just turned 49, and have been playing electric bass and guitar since I was 14, and took up flute a few years, later, and eventually saxophone as well. I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in classical guitar, and have been teaching guitar and electric bass for over 25 years. I'm an eclectic player who has studied and integrated many concepts from varying styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock, and I've developed a unique and highly effective teaching method that draws from and builds upon the CAGED system and other established
successful methods. My approach to teaching emphasizes simultaneously learning musical concepts, knowledge and skills, and is a highly analytical approach that stresses simplifying, understanding, and mastering "the basics" of musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills. I specialize in teaching ambitious and highly-motivated students who want to learn as much as they can, go as far as they can, and are prepared to commit to diligent study and practice, and I've developed a system that makes doing so as easy as possible -while utilizing the strengths and adapting to the goals of the individual student(s).

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson approach is disciplined yet laid-back and supportive, emphasizing identifying and understanding the most basic musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills upon which everything else is based. My approach is holistic, and emphasizes understanding the connections between everything; with new students who know nothing, I of course start from scratch; with students who do have some knowledge and/or skills, I'll emphasize reinforcing their knowledge and skill and "connecting" "puzzle pieces" -knowledge they already have- to increase that understanding they already have. Early lessons emphasize acquiring knowledge of the CAGED system (especially chords, arpeggios and scales), knowledge of basic musical concepts (especially intervals and chords), tuning the instrument, and proper playing/practice technique.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs in loft or living room with bass/guitar amp, keyboard and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students coming to my home can use my amps & cords (if applicable). I provide paper & printed lesson info. I expect students to have/use their own instruments. Of course, I also have a keyboard, for reference & use.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, classical, rock & blues -with a strong flamenco influence. My approach emphasizes learning/practicing knowledge & skill(s) at the same time, using many exercises to facilitate this. I prefer teaching advanced and/or highly-motivated "serious" students. I play/teach electric, steel-string, classical guitar -both fingerstyle & pick- and electric bass. I'm also a highly-competent flute and saxophone instructor.

I strongly emphasize learning the basics of music and the Western musical alphabet, the basics of music theory, and eventually, more complex elements/aspects of music -such as advanced harmony, counterpoint, and composition.
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Joe R. April 17, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Mark is extremely knowledgeable in music. His instruction was very enlightening.
His personality is well suited for teaching mo matter the age of the student.
Very, very satisfied. Thank you Mark...
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Scott A. February 26, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher

Mark is a musical genius in my opinion. His patience level is far beyond any teachers in any learning environment I have encountered. He is very connected with my progress and puts 100 percent into every session with me. I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with Mark and appreciate his time and knowledge he shares with me in a craft he is very passionate about. Fantastic straight forward honest individual. Won't find a better teacher in my opinion!
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Kelly K. June 6, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
great teacher

Mark is a great teacher and is easy to work with. I have been a musician for many years(different)instrument and Mark has made it easy to make the transition from drums to guitar.

Rock on
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Mark S.

Mark S.

Las Vegas, NV 89145
(9)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Mark L.

Las Vegas, NV

You will be guided by me through method books. You will use a notation system that suits you best. I have developed a system a 6 year old can read/play on guitar. I will create supplemental materials to help you fill your voids so you can catch up to your appropriate level.

About Mark

I teach according to your individual needs. I help you become successful on piano, violin, viola, bass, guitar. I help you learn the instrument and learn to read music with my own ideas using fun worksheets and songs you really like to learn how to play. I fill your voids with activities such as practice techniques, sub-lessons, and ear training. I guide you toward proper posture, tone development, and the ability to keep a steady beat. I help you develop your musical independence by tweaking lessons to help you succeed. I believe talent is not a factor in learning. Mastering an instrument is
the result of effective instruction and step by step guidance toward foundations and skills. I love to teach private lessons because I believe in spreading the word to make the great gift of playing music available to many. It is an inherited right and gift to enjoy a lifetime of personal satisfaction from playing a musical instrument. I love to help students build confidence and make progress. I help them problem solve by going through problems with them. I teach "how to think" and how to become a life long learner of the instrument. I love the challenge of finding ways to help students become successful at every step of the way. I am excited and enthused to be apart of student progress. I am influenced by many 20th Century performers including Van Cliburn, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Yudi Menuhin, Issac Stern and Horowitz among others. I am passionate in my teaching about providing an effective solution to my student's needs.

I am a professional educator who works with children and has the patience to help them. I am a performer who has over 30 years of public experience in solo playing as well as ensemble work. I have performed at Nordstrom for nine years, and performed at many private functions. I have performed classical as well as jazz music as part as my performance experience. I have taught private lessons for a total of nine years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in personalizing your approach to the strangeness of the instrument. You need to learn much about posture, and proper tone production within the first year. Method books are not "how to" books. You need a teacher to guide you toward becoming familiar with the instrument. You also need to learn how to listen to the sounds you make as you play. To develop "musical independence" you need to become musically literate, develop tone production skills, and internalize a steady beat. Rhythm and tone are basic concepts that must be mastered to maximize pleasure in playing your instrument. Learning how to problem solve is another skill I teach so you can help yourself toward progress.
I believe in using the instrument in daily activities such as playing "Happy Birthday" at family get together. Christmas Songs or Hanukkah Songs can bring much joy during December family parties.
A musician in the house brings much joy during holidays and celebrations; and the families are brought closer together. Memories are created and last forever. Playing an instrument is exciting and expresses what can not be said using words. I believe in teaching students based on their strengths, and building upon them. I am excited to help you learn!!

You can advance quickly if you are taught to listen to yourself and use common sense, and make sense of the music theory I will teach you.I will guide you every step of the way to understand how music works. Music lessons are fun and enjoyable. I am pleased to guide you through your learning every step of the way. My students in Las Vegas have had much success with my teaching and guidance. I will succeed where others fail. You will reap the benefits of my professional instruction.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano 5'1', Digital Piano 88 Keys, Violin, Viola, Bass Guitar ( 5 String Fretless), electric guitar (Fender), Upright Bass 3/4 Size French/German Bows.
I also have instruments to loan out to new students. They include; Full Size Violin, 3/4 Size Violin, Viola, Various Guitars, and various Keyboards including 88 Key Digital Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry a piano keyboard, guitar, 5 string bass guitar, violin, viola, electric guitar (Fender).

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for string instruments. Thompson, Schawm for piano. Blues, Jazz and " real book " for jazz piano as well as Frank Mantooth books for chords. I also create materials to suit individual student needs. Classical piano volumes
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Steven A. July 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Really enjoying learning to read music and more!
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Mayumi M. June 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mark did great! My daughter really did a great job on her first lesson. Mark is very patient and knows how to make a little kid like mine to listen to him..what an incredible teacher! but the location from where I live is very far...but it's all worth it.
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Denise G. April 1, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I'm just starting so it was great to get so much encouragement from Mark! Plus, he helped me find a violin online to purchase. Thanks Mark!!
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Mark L.

Mark L.

Las Vegas, NV 89156
(14)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Michelle W.

North Las Vegas, NV

Each lesson will consist of a unique and personalized curriculum to fit the student’s needs. This will be done at a pace that allows for confidence to be built and a complete understanding of the material. Each student is taught the basic skills of guitar so that they can become an independent and self-sufficient musician with a strong fundamental foundation. Crucial skills such as reading music, scales, various chords, and more will be taught in each lesson. Each lesson will be just as enjoyable as it is informative. After all, “pleasure in a job puts perfection in the work”. That is why I ask each Student to bring a song or piece that he/she enjoys working on. Overtime, all the skills learned will allow students the freedom to play any music style or genre of their choice.

About Michelle

I am a 20 yrs. old student at the College of Southern Nevada who is currently working toward a degree in music; while still making time to play in a band. I was in High School When I bought my first guitar and developed a passion for music. For me music opened the door to a new lifestyle and ultimately led me to begin teaching and sharing music with others. I have taught a variety of ages, ranging from children to adults. For beginner guitarists, I believe there can be just as much joy and fun as there can be practice. I strive to make everything simple while important skills are learned. I am
a patient and committed teacher who can show you these skills that will help to make you a well-rounded musician.

***Lesson Details***
Each lesson will consist of a unique and personalized curriculum to fit the student’s needs. This will be done at a pace that allows for confidence to be built and a complete understanding of the material. Each student is taught the basic skills of guitar so that they can become an independent and self-sufficient musician with a strong fundamental foundation. Crucial skills such as reading music, scales, various chords, and more will be taught in each lesson. Each lesson will be just as enjoyable as it is informative. After all, “pleasure in a job puts perfection in the work”. That is why I ask each Student to bring a song or piece that he/she enjoys working on. Overtime, all the skills learned will allow students the freedom to play any music style or genre of their choice.

***Studio Equipment***
Students will be provided all handouts and paper material. Books, guitars, and amps are available to use during each lesson. Over time it is recommended that you work on acquiring your own equipment as well.
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Sylvia S. June 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Really enjoyed Michelle. She was very patient and kind.
Love her beautiful attitude.
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Melissa G. December 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I found Michelle for my 7 year old son who wanted to learn to play the guitar. Michelle is very patient with him and he loves going to see her. I highly recommend her as a teacher for a person just learning to play or someone who is just trying to sharpen their skills. She is awesome!!
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Ed A. November 2, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Michelle is very patient especially for a late learner of guitar like me. She's very knowledgeable about her craft. Able to explain things that I'm not familiar with. My understanding of tabs, chords and basic musical notes open up and widens because of her instruction and guidance. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn to play guitar.
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Michelle W.

Michelle W.

North Las Vegas, NV 89031
(6)
starting at
$15 / 60-min
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Oliver B.

Las Vegas, NV

Names of the Strings, Basic Chords, Melodies, Reading and writing music (if interested). Reading tablature, Reading picture chords, Strumming patterns, Rhythm, Technique, How to use an amplifier etc.

About Oliver

Oliver B. is an all around musician hailing from Chicago IL. He has 15 years experience playing drums, 6 years experience playing piano, and 5 years experience playing guitar. Through his understanding of these instruments, he has developed a thorough sense for the fundamentals of music.

Along with writing, recording, and performing, Oliver has a deep passion for teaching. He values making lessons fun, challenging, and rewarding. For him, learning music should not only teach you how to improve on your instrument, but it should give you valuable skills that can help you in life. He does hi
s best to provide this instruction all while creating a positive and fun experience.

After graduating high school, Oliver earned a degree in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst College. During his years in college, he was able to perform in different ensembles such as Band, Choir, Vocal Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz combos, and Electric Guitar ensemble. Graduating in June 2013, he began teaching both privately and in schools.

With such a broad skill set and a love for teaching, Oliver provides great instruction for anyone who is willing to learn.

***Lesson Details***

All lessons are documented by the teacher through a notebook kept by the student. Important concepts, musical graphs, musical exercises, and weekly goals are added to the notebook each week. Fundamentals of Rhythm, Pitch, and Tone are emphasized for all instruments.

Lessons are goal oriented, fun, and exciting. Any musical challenge is addressed from different angles in order to find a solution. The teacher uses "jamming" (improvising together) as a way for students to get better while having fun. Oliver can jam with the student through playing different instruments.

All musical lessons are open to what the student wants to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano (Casio Privia)
Electric and Acoustic Guitar
amplifier

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar
Ukelele
Drum sticks
Teacher Lesson Books

*** Specialties ***
Rhythm
Pitch
Tone
Jamming
Songwriting
Recording
"Big Picture" of Music
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Harvey S. June 30, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
so far everything went well. Very nice young man.
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Walter C. May 20, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughters confidence while singing has improved since taking lessons with Oliver. And while listening in last week I could definitely here the improvement in her voice. He has helped take her to the next level.
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Rich K. September 4, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ollie has been teaching my two 7 and 8 yr old daughters for about 6 months. They love the lessons and Ollie keeps them challenged, engaged and inspired to play. We have been very happy with their progress and watching their confidence grow as they love showing off the new skills and songs as they learn them. Ollie is very patient so it allows my girls a chance to feel comfortable as they move through the lessons.
(Ollie, how was that? Can I get my kid back now?!?)

Just kidding. I'm kidding. He's honestly very good.

Rich Kee
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Oliver B.

Oliver B.

Las Vegas, NV 89101
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Marlow V.

Las Vegas, NV

Been playing guitar since age 12. Studied with professional guitarists Geary Queen and Jazz icon Joe Lano. Experienced in multiple genres including Rock, Classical and Jazz. Professional guitarist who has had the luxury of performing with the likes of Gonzalo Bergara, John Jorgenson, & Robin Nolan. Spent the last number of years performing for Hot Club of Las Vegas, traveling and performing in Utah, Nevada, California and Washington.

About Marlow

My name is Marlow and I've been playing guitar for 17 years. I have an Associates of Arts (Guitar Emphasis) and am finishing up a Bachelors in Education (Music Emphasis). I have studied classical guitar and jazz guitar at the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (respectively). I have been active in the Las Vegas music scene for the past 10 years, playing in hard rock groups, performing singer/songwriter music and, most recently (past 7 years), been the rhythm guitarist for a gypsy jazz group called Hot Club of Las Vegas.

I enjoy teaching privately and have had
the pleasure to teach in my own studio, as well as, my own beginning guitar class for the Eductional Outreach program at UNLV.

Recently, I have been focusing on composing music and bettering my teaching craft. I'm looking forward to expanding my studio and teaching more students the beauty and enjoyment of playing the guitar!
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Eleanore H. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Marlow is a fantastic young man. He was able to diagnose my limitations and work around them, as well as help me work on them. He knew where I was coming from without my ever having to tell him, and whenever an issue came up, he helped me through it by explaining things in a very professional way. I highly recommend Marlow as a teacher
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Eleanore H. May 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Marlow has to be a dedicated professional musician. He knows his subject and easily shows his student how to achieve. He is patient, understanding, out going, and corrects any mistake with ease. The student is able to take corrections without feeling bad.
This was my first lesson and I am looking forward for further lessons with the feeling of accomplishment .
Marlow is a great teacher.
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Marlow V.

Las Vegas, NV 89119
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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