Class Details

  • Beginner
  • 5 Students
  • 8+
  • 45 mins.

Class Objectives

  • Strum individual notes on the guitar using a pick

  • Play simple melodies for beginners

  • Learn how to read guitar tabs

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

Your instructor will play along with you as you learn a few familiar melodies in this interactive, group guitar class. You’ll be introduced to picking individual notes on the guitar, which will help improve your finger dexterity. Lastly, you’ll learn all about guitar tabs and how they’ll enable you to play many of your favorite songs!

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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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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Jared J.
I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.
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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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Kelsey P.
My name is Kelsey, and I teach Guitar, Voice, and Songwriting lessons. I loved learning to play guitar when I was 14 years old as I was learning to write my own songs and perform them for various audiences across Michigan. And now that I've been playing, singing and writing for 17 years, have my Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University, and years of touring experience, it has been my privilege the past 6 years to teach these skills to students of all ages out of my home studio! I love to teach and I love music and sharing this passion with my students every week is one of my greatest joys!
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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!
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Donnie E.
Hi! My name is Donnie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for several years and have loved helping my students, reach their goals! I strive to not only give my students exercises and riffs to learn, but to teach them the reasoning and Music Theory behind those notes and chords. My teaching style is committed to showing you "how" to learn and not just throwing various songs, scales, and techniques at you. I will be firm and provide you with the accountability you need to move forward.
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Chris V.
I am a jazz guitarist based out of beautiful Los Angeles, California. I received and Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2015, and have been pursuing a bachelors in Jazz Studies since then. That's what I'd hope to pass on the students; that knowledge, be it music, english, math, physiology, etc. is the key to everything. And that it doesn't have to be all stuffy and boring! I tailor my lessons to the student whether its guitar, piano, ukulele, etc. and my main objective is to learn and have fun, so the learning is reinforced with good natured thoughts. This will set up the student to actually want to practice!
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Melissa M.
My name is Melissa and I've been playing guitar for 19 years. When I was 10 years old, I asked my parents for a guitar for Christmas, and I haven't stopped playing since! I teach both acoustic and electric guitar. Guitar has always been a passion of mine. I learned rhythm guitar, lead guitar, classical guitar, and music notation. My primary method of instruction is guitar tablature. I enjoy teaching all kinds of music and especially enjoy classic rock and pop music. I can't wait to work with you!
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Zach T.
Greetings! I'm a full-time private music tutor who has taught more than 22,000 lessons in the past 15 years! I teach beginner-advanced violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano. I can't wait to work with you!
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Trevor S.
I am a diverse and skilled lead and rhythm guitarist. I play Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Balkan music. I started my journey with Eric Clapton and George Harrison in 2004. I graduated with honors from the Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art & Design in 2015. My passion for music's functionality as well as its therapeutic and experimental nature is what has drawn me to a career in music. I look forward to meeting you and passing on what I know to improve your musical skills!
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Johan S.

Reviews

7 Reviews
good experience

Jared is a perfect teacher! He is patient, nice, accommodating and never scolds when you dont get practice in. He nicely just trys to get you back on track with what you have done at that point and moves you forward at the same time. He is interested in what you want.. moves at your speed yet pushes you a little and he genuinely listens to you when you talk. He is open and will share experiences also from his life to help you and make learning fun.
Great teacher!!
Patrice (.
Dec 3, 2013
The best

Jared is an easy going & fun teacher who is very open to changing tack on a sixpence should you suddenly need/decide to change direction in what you're learning. I wouldn't use anyone else!!!
Jim M.
Apr 19, 2013
Excellent teacher in every way possible!

Jared is extremely knowledgable about the craft of music. Therefore, when he teaches piano there is much thought
as well as patience for the student. He truly loves music and
that enthusiasm is motivational for the student. I look forward to my lessons each week.
Anna J.
Dec 1, 2012
Very interactive and learned a lot quickly.
Henry S.
Apr 13, 2015
Jared is great! He's very professional, and knows his stuff. He started me at my level, and was super patient with me. Highly recommended!
Sten W.
Jun 7, 2015
I'm a beginner. Jared is very patient and takes his time to make sure that I understand, which is very much appreciated. Fun, too!
Mike K.
Jun 30, 2015
Jared is a fantastic instructor. We were a little anxious about doing online music classes, but this is amazing. Jared is very patient and obviously knows how to teach music. I was impressed how well the online lesson went. My 11 year old thinks he's the coolest!
Danni B.
Apr 26, 2016