Class Details

  • Beginner
  • 5 Students
  • 10+
  • 45 mins.

What You’ll Learn

  • Parts of the guitar

  • An intro to reading music

  • Chords and scales to play easy songs

Weekly Curriculum

Thursday December 7th: Rudiments: Tab reading, parts of the guitar and easy songs

Thursday December 14th: Introduction to chords on the guitar

Thursday December 21st: Reading music on the guitar

Thursday December 28th: Introduction to Scales on the guitar

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

These guitar classes are perfect for beginners who want to quickly build their skills and knowledge of the guitar. You’ll begin with the parts of the guitar and how to read music. An introduction to chords and scales will also prepare you to start playing a few easy songs. You won’t be a beginner for long!

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.

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