Class Details

  • Beginner
  • 5 Students
  • 5+
  • 45 mins.

What You’ll Learn

  • Four chords to use in everyday playing

  • How to play new songs

  • Playing guitar in various musical genres

Requirements

A reliable internet connection

A laptop or desktop computer if you’re joining from home - The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for computer users

A tablet or smartphone if you’re on-the-go - The TakeLessons app (for Android or iPhone) is required for smartphone users

A built-in or external webcam

Description

You’ll be surprised how many songs you can play with just four chords! These weekly classes will show you not only what those chords are, but all of the different songs you can play from rock to pop, to blues and R&B. Whatever genre is your favorite you’ll definitely pick up a few songs to learn so you can impress your friends with your new skills!

Teachers

To provide the greatest availability of start dates we have assigned multiple teachers to this class. All teachers will cover the same class material however their teaching styles may vary.
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Allen D.
Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 13 years, and teaching for the past 8. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I can't wait to see you in class and help you reach your goals with guitar!

I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach 40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I am playing with three bands at this moment. Quel Bordel, Science Fiction Jazz, and Foreign Film. These bands have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.
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Edwin I.
I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002. During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.
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Carl S.
Dr. Carl S. is currently Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University, a position he has held since 2014. His responsibilities include directing the SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, and teaching the saxophone studio. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools.
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Grant H.
My name is Grant and I’ve been helping students grow for almost 10 years now! How time flies! I started playing music at the age of 9 and have been in love with it ever since, staying active in my local music scene as an instructor, performer, manager and booking agent. I have also earned a degree in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University for all of the students wishing improve their writing skills.

I pride myself in taking a students learning needs and using that as my basis for their specific lesson plan, always on a case-by-case basis, tailored to each individual student. Everyone is at a different waypoint on their path so why would I use a predetermined formula to try and help them, am I right? I am excited to meet and grow with every single one of you, let's learn to love the life we have and let our studies become radiant!

Reviews

4 Reviews
Edwin has been teaching my 10 year old daughter for a year. He is sooo patient. It is nice that he asks her what songs she would like to learn and it allows her to have a say in what she plays! He is a great teacher!!
Nicole K.
Aug 27, 2014
Edwin was very patient with my daughter. He had to start from basics as she was not sure of her self. He took his time and went over the piano keys.
Emily
Jan 7, 2016
Edwin is very patient and an excellent teacher. He provides a good structure that helps my developing my skills. It's great working with him.
Mate G.
Jul 7, 2016
Today was my husband and I first lesson with our teacher Ewind Itoh. He is very patient and has good teaching experience to guide us, and listen to us what we want to acomplish our dream for learning Piano and Ukulele. We were searching teacher for long time, now we are happy to ready to learn from him.
Jing W.
Aug 26, 2016