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TakeLessons is dedicated to providing quality guitar lessons in Boston with top instructors. Boston is a great place to take guitar lessons because this city is home to many great music schools (including Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Boston Conservatory to name a few) and is an epicenter for music and the arts.

Boston’s world-renowned music schools have played a part in the lives of some of the world’s most talented guitarists from every genre, including John Mayer, Steve Vai, Pat Metheny and many others. The TakeLessons instructors who teach guitar lessons in Boston have had the unique opportunity to attend some of the most prestigious music institutions in the world and can therefore offer some of the best music instruction available anywhere to those seeking quality lessons.

Boston offers a wide variety of live musical styles easily accessed at any one of its many clubs, bars, restaurants or other musical venues, including the House of Blues, Boston Symphony Hall, the Berklee Performance Center and even the local T station. As guitar instructors in Boston, we are fortunate to be a part of a versatile and rich music environment. Students who take guitar lessons in Boston are not only receiving instruction based on their instructor’s own experience, but are also learning from the wealth of musical information that Boston has to offer the world.

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Peabody, MA

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My first priority is to inspire and motive. Find out the students wants and needs, then tackle them head on. As we do this proper technique is a must, it is the difference between a good guitarist and a great guitarist. Music theory and understand the language of music. The better we know the language the better we can speak it. Learn songs and music is a must ...it is the reason why we play.

About Billy
Billy G. - guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer is a graduate of Musician’s Institute (Hollywood CA 1991).
Billy is a veteran of the New England music scene. Over the past 20 years he has performed 1000’s of shows. A few worth mentioning would be working with Grammy life time achievement award winner and Rock and Roll hall of fame legend Bo Diddley, performing private showcases in New York and Hollywood CA for Nickelodeon, Disney along with a hand full of major labels.

His current band “The Lisa Love Experience” (a band that Billy started with his wife Lisa Love in 2001) are winners of “Best Band in Boston” by Boston.com A-List, “Best of The Knot and “Brides Choice Award Winners. They also have been featured twice on the television show Chronicle.

Billy specializes in contemporary pop, rock, blues, funk and jazz electric/acoustic
guitar, voice training and live performance.

Along with his own private teaching practice Billy also has taught at Governor’s Academy (Byfield), Music Makers (Hampton NH) and is current the guitar and voice teacher at National Music (Woburn).

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Identify your goals and take over the world! Educate and motivate!

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I have a recording studio in my home.

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Blues, Rock, Contemporary Pop, Jazz, Funk
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Ronnie N. March 17, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Billy made it fun and interesting at the same time - He told me I had hope! Not talent - Hope!
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BeataZ March 13, 2012
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He's an outstanding teacher.

He is very helpful, and easy to learn from. He is very patient if you don't understand the material right away. He is also very easy to understand. I recommend him as a teacher
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LisaP4 January 13, 2012
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excellent instructor

My daughter thinks he is awesome, she really likes taking lessons from Billy and she feels her range is expanding and her voice is stronger.
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Billy G.

Billy G.

Peabody, MA 01960
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About Bil M.

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About Bil
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80's and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.

I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.

In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Bil Mooney-McCoy is a life-long Boston resident who has been playing music all his life. Having served as a church musician for more
than 30 years, I am currently the Director of Worship for the chapel at Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston. I'm often involved in city-wide music events in Boston’s faith-based community and in demand as a featured musician for church services, parties, concerts and other events.

I hold a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles. In addition to private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. My passions include morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and trying to figure out how to use my smart phone.

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My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.

Some quotes from my students:
"I absolutely love learning from Bil! I've watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training."

"[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others."

"I have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice."

"Bil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm."

"Bil has taken me to a different level. I went from tab and basic guitar chords, to building jazz chords and a far greater understanding of music theory."

There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.

Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.

Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.

Regarding my teaching approach:
For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.

For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.

For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.

*** Studio Equipment ***
upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available keyboard and for other students to have their own instrument(s).

*** Specialties ***
strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
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Hardy C. June 23, 2017
· Songwriting · In home
Bill is a great instructor. I haven't been taught something I wasn't going to need to elevate my understanding.
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suzanne November 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
great first lesson! bill was a great choice for me!
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Patricia R. April 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He's the best. Will totally understand if I haven't had a chance to practice and still manages to make the lesson productive. He gives options on how I want to be taught and is willing to adjust. Have learned so much in so little time.
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Bil M.

Bil M.

Dorchester Center, MA 02124
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Waltham, MA
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Indivualized lessons. Whatever the student wants to focus on. Whether it be a structered lesson or just learning a song , or a specific techniqoe. My goal is to inspire the student to play!

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Hello, I have been teaching, performing , and recording for over twenty years. My teaching style is based on the indivual student, whether they want a structered lesson , just learn songs or focus on a specific technique.
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adam m.

Waltham, MA 02451
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About Eugene
I have been teaching guitar for over 27 years and have had the privilege of studying with some of the finest guitarists in the world which include Aldo Minella, Sulaiman Zai, Javier Calderon, Dr. Lily Afshar, Benjamin Verdery and Kevin Gallagher. I also studied jazz with Berklee professor Sal Difusco and Chris Buono.

As a teacher. I have been a high school teacher for the past 15 years and am certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a history teacher. I have worked with all types of learning styles and test preps. As an educator, I have gone through all the background CORI checks already.

If you are taking lessons at my studio I just wanted to alert people that we have 2 very friendly English Cocker Spaniels and an old orange tabby cat who is friendly on his own terms :-). This is obviously important for people that ha
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Joshua S. July 24, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I really enjoyed working through beginner/intermediate classical guitar with Gene. He was always prepared and very knowledgeable about the different pieces we were working on. He helped my technique tremendously, and structured my progress in a way I wouldn't have been able to do myself. If you are serious about wanting to learn guitar I strongly recommend getting a teacher, and if you live in the Boston area I highly recommend Gene.
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Mike July 11, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Gene is incredibly patient and always has materials ready for the two of us to work with. I am so lucky to be working with him as I learn a new skill.
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Charlie S. August 17, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Amazing Job. Enjoyed session very much and learned alot.
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Eugene S.

Eugene S.

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
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About Kaoru N.

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Brighton, MA

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For Beginner, I will discuss your goal and a piece you want to work on. Subjects I'll talk in this class are; Pentatonic scale, Blues scale, Diatonic chords in major and minor keys, then basic 12 bar blues chord progression and common chord progressions that often used in Pop/Rock genre. I have handouts I can give you.

For Intermediate people, I'll talk about all 7 modes, Harmonic/Melodic minor scales and diatonic chords for each scales, all diatonic chords with 7th notes, 2-5-1 chord progressions and tritone substitution, 3 deceptive resolutions. In this class, your guitar sounds a little bit Jazzy.

About Kaoru
Hello, my name is Kaoru N.
I'm originally from Tokyo Japan and just graduated from Berklee college of music in 2013 as dual major of "Classic Composition" and "Contemporary Writing & Production" major.
Back in my home, I taught Karate to kids since 1996 to 2001.
I have tutored Japanese language and guitar, sometime even Karate to whoever interested in those things. I hope you are the next one who I can teach.
I have very good materials for learning Japanese and guitar that I use in my coaching all the time.
Let's start from figuring out what's your goal so I can help you out to achieve the goal.
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Phillip S. March 14, 2017
· Japanese · Online
A very encouraging and knowledgable teacher. I would definitely recommend!
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Phillip S. February 26, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Melody M. January 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
He Is a kind, and experienced instructor. Feel lucky I selected him😊
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Brighton, MA 02135
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About Crispin S.

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Somerville, MA
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If music is a creative outlet, then teaching music must follow suit! Every student requires a different approach, so I'm not going to plug you in to a teaching system that was built without you and expect you to (1) learn and (2) be excited. I'll work to capitalize on your individual strengths and talents, and we'll work together to find creative and useful ways to solve your harder problems. Let's make music!

About Crispin
Crispin S. is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who specializes in early and contemporary music. Crispin teaches classical guitar, directs the early music ensemble NeumeMusic, manages the Oberlin Classical Guitar Association, and frequently performs as a freelance guitarist and vocalist.

In the last several years, he performed Bill Morrison and Michael Gordon’s Decasia in New York with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, premiered many student compositions, wrote and recorded an album, and toured Minnesota with a self-directed small early music ensemble to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. He has also volunteered for Equality Maine and Oregon United for Marriage.

In December of 2012, Crispin was awarded the Conservatory Initiative Grant Supporting Imagination and Excellence (CIGSIE) by Oberlin Conservatory to finance a
n independent research project in York, United Kingdom. While in the UK, Crispin worked with faculty at the University of York to create modern performance editions from early music manuscripts with special attention to paleography and music philology.

Crispin strives to communicate music with clarity, humanity, exuberance and self-awareness. Crispin studies classical guitar performance and politics at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
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Samuel F. February 17, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I can't say enough good things about Crispin. He is a generous and attentive teacher who helped me to develop a deeper relationship with the guitar. I was introduced to ways of physically approaching the guitar which solved issues I had been harboring for years. He encourages a bold and expressive performance practice that truly helped to liberate the way I listen to as well as perform classical music.
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carm O. February 15, 2015
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Crispin is a gifted classical guitarist and exceptional teacher who cares about his students. He is the reason why my son’s favorite instrument is the guitar. Crispin took the time to get to know and understand my son and the best way he learned. My son had 2 to 3 lessons a week, and in a year’s time, flourished on the guitar. Just last week, my son played in an event in front of 350 people. He did well. I attribute my son’s success on the guitar to Crispin. What a blessing.
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Porter J. February 4, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I studied classical guitar with Crispin for about five months, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better teacher. Crispin is versatile, easy to work with and good at adapting to whatever your musical goals are. I went from being an absolute beginner to being able to play a simple Bach arrangement in a matter of months.
I would also add that Crispin is one of the most well-rounded musicians I know—so—you’re in Good Hands!
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Crispin S.

Somerville, MA 02143
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Middleton, MA

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I have a fun, step by step approach individualized for each student, based on your needs and goals. The emphasis is on FUN! Lessons are never overwhelming, dull or intimidating. Results are guaranteed if you do the work on a consistent basis. All Styles, All Levels! All aspects of music and music development!
I've been teaching guitar since 1980, with a PERFORMANCE DEGREE from Berklee College of Music. Performing/recording with many top world class artists since the late 70's; Larry Coryell, Chick Corea, Grover Washington, Joe Beck, Victor Bailey, Kenwood Dennard, and many more.

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Hi, Bob here...... very much looking forward to meeting you! I've been teaching music since 1980 (Guitar, Bass, Piano and Voice) and I love helping my students play well! Of course we throw jamming and/or composing music into the mix when desired and appropriate. Many of my students perform, and record their music.
I earned my degrees from the Berklee College of Music for Performance and Music Ed. in 1980. I founded my School of Music in 1983, which served as a prep school for Berklee and other schools. We offered private instruction, courses, ensembles and recording courses and producing artists and band's CD's. Many of my former students have become major stars and celebs in music.
I'm a warm, funny, passionate person. I love to teach and my teaching style is a patient, step by step, and custom tailored approach for your individu
al needs and goals. Always an emphasis on FUN! My philosophy as a teacher is to give you the tools and help you develop skills with them so that you can learn and grow musically on your own! I look forward to helping you reach and achieve all your goals!
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Henry M. October 19, 2017
· Banjo ·
Excellent instructor, I learned a lot from Bob very helpful.
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Lavinia October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very patient and understanding... looking forward to more lessons!
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Henry M. September 27, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Very informative learning experience
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Bob W.

Middleton, MA 01949
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Cambridge, MA

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Alex has been a professional touring musician and teacher since 2011, teaching both privately and as an extension faculty member. He has worked with students of all ages and skill levels, tailoring his lesson plans for the needs of the student. Alex does not believe that one rigid method will fit for everyone, and tries to ensure that every student is having fun and learning in a personalized way. His specialties include flatpicking and fingerpicking the acoustic guitar.

About Alex
Alex is a Boston-based guitarist and educator. At the age of 17, Alex turned his musical interests from classical violin to bluegrass guitar, and has yet to reconsider. After completing an undergraduate biology degree at Cornell University in 2011, he returned to the vibrant Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann. In 2014, Alex started the folk duo, No Bones About It, which has performed around the northeast, including performances at the Freshgrass Music Festival and Club Passim, as well as completing a country-wide tour of New Zealand. In March 2016, Alex joined the April Verch Band, with whom he tours around the globe.
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Mick August 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Alex is great. He is very patient and supportive. He does a great job of explaining things without overwhelming me with too much information to process. He keeps me interested by changing things up and challenging me every lesson. I'm an adult beginner, and Alex strikes a great balance between teaching me music that I want to learn and things that will help me become a better player. I highly recommend Alex as a teacher.
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Joe June 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've had 5 lessons with Alex and have already seen incredible improvement. Alex's methodology is to teach lessons but taking a song you really would like to learn, and walking you through the steps necessary to be playing it seamlessly and quickly. He throws in musical theory and other important elements of learning the instrument in there as well. I love that he always emails me a rundown of our lesson via email after the lesson so I can be reminded of things when practicing. He is extremely accommodating with his schedule, which I also really appreciate. Overall, it's been an incredibly enjoyable experience and I recommend Alex to anyone trying to learn!
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Jeremy D. September 10, 2016
· Mandolin · In studio
I had a great experience with Alex. He is very flexible and catered each lesson to my learning style and goals. You can learn music theory, technique, and how to have fun playing music with your instrument. I kept finding that one hour flew by with the amount of music that was being played. I highly recommend to anyone on both sides of the spectrum; someone who knows exactly what they want to achieve and someone who doesn't know where to begin.
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Alex R.

Cambridge, MA 02139
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I am a songwriter and guitar player, performing in two bands around Boston. I play both acoustic and electric guitar, mostly in pop/rock/blues styles.

I studied with country blues guitarist Woody Mann. I am a graduate f Berklee College of Music and have a good foundation of music theory, and try to incorporate this knowledge together with instrumental studies. I am a current Guitar Instructor at a local music school.

About Claire
Violinist, Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer and Audio Engineer
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Laura January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Claire is so talented and personable. She has an amazing musical background and truly a gifted teacher!!
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Stella P. December 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
On first lesson with our daughter, Claire quickly created rapport and engaged her easily. Off to a great start, thanks!
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Claire G.

Claire G.

Allston, MA 02134
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Berklee graduate devoted to helping you make progress, whether it is a song you want to master, a new technique or simply the basics.

About Guilherme
Hello! Let's make music! I am a recent graduate of Berklee, where I earned my degree in both Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance. Whether you've just picked up the guitar or you are looking to explore a new style, I enjoy motivating my students to learn. Growing up in Brazil, I have a strong background in Samba, Bossa nova and other Latin styles such as Flamenco. With the opportunity to study at Berklee, I took full advantage of studying under renown professors of Jazz and Blues. I enjoy transferring this enthusiasm for music to my students, guiding them toward their goals and having fun along the way. I look forward to hearing from you!
I also perform regularly with my duo.
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stephen October 3, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
This was my first lesson ever and it was a great experience. Guilherme is a very kind, fun, and professional teacher and I would recommend him. He helped me with new techniques and was very patient with me.
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Melody September 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very nice gentleman!

My daughter and I both liked him a lot!
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Igor August 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Class went very well!
Looking forward to learn new things!!!

Thank you!
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Guilherme F.

Roslindale, MA 02131
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The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons in Boston is $57. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $80 per hour.

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