Class Details

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

Class Objectives

  • Learn how to hold and tune a guitar

  • Master easy guitar chords

  • Get tips for practicing guitar basics outside of class

Requirements

  • A guitar and tuner

  • 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

This beginners’ guitar class is an excellent starting point for those wanting to learn the basics of the instrument. Your instructor will cover how to hold and tune the guitar. You’ll also learn easy guitar chords and how to switch between two chords. Having a solid understanding of these concepts will set you up for success on the guitar!

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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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!
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Trevor S.

Reviews

8 Reviews
Dr.Carl is a great music teacher. He has help me with reading music and learning my instrument correctly.
Kelly G.
May 14, 2015
Carl is a wonderful music instructor and we highly recommend him!! He is patient, thorough and teaches with an individualized approach as our daughter progresses with her guitar abilities. You will be very pleased choosing Carl as your coach, mentor and teacher!
Chris C.
Jun 15, 2015
Awesome music instructor! We feel so fortunate to have Carl as our daughter's musical teacher and influence!
Chris C.
Jun 15, 2015
I feel that Carl did a great job of keeping a very positive feel throughout the lesson. I am a pure beginner so that was probably the most important thing.
Chris H.
Sep 24, 2015
First Lesson was fun and extremely informative. Can't wait to get my book and start playing some tunes!
Candace Procaccini
Feb 18, 2016
Carl is a wonderful teacher. We covered a lot of ground in my first lesson, but at a pace that was comfortable for me. Looking forward to the next lesson!
Sudin
Jun 28, 2016
Great teacher! My daughter goes back to the group lessons every chance she gets.
Tina ..
Nov 3, 2016
Carl is an exceptional teacher! He makes effective use of the time, generates and shares a lot of resources, and explains everything clearly. He provides positive and constructive feedback that encourages / motivates to continue practicing. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Jennifer S.
Jan 18, 2017