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Memphis is music! From the home of blues on Beale Street, to the “Memphis sound” in jazz, it has a long and storied history and it’s own unique soundtrack. If you’re taking guitar lessons in Memphis, you have opportunities to participate in an amazing musical legacy and hear some of the best, most innovative musicians on the planet perform seven nights a week!

Year round, Memphis offers residents and visitors the chance to experience live music of every genre on the many stages around the city. From restaurants and clubs, to concerts and festivals, the music scene in Memphis is varied, vibrant and growing.

As an aspiring guitarist, experiencing live music is a great way to further your studies, network with other like-minded musicians, and stay inspired to keep putting in the hard work! Let’s look at a few of the best live venues to visit after your guitar lessons in Memphis!

 

Live Music Venues

Any discussion of music in Memphis starts on Beale Street. Running through the heart of Memphis, Beale Street is a melting pot of jazz, delta blues, rock, R&B and gospel. Take a walk down Beale Street and you’ll hear music everywhere! Clubs and restaurants like Rum Boogie Café and BB King’s featuring live blues and jazz seven nights a week, and The Hard Rock Cafe featuring the best in local, regional, and national rock are just steps away from each other!

While musicians like Albert King, Muddy Waters and BB King gave rise to Memphis as the birthplace of the blues, there’s more to the Memphis live music scene than that! New Daisy is on the north end of Beale Street features the newest alternative acts like The Raconteurs and Theory of a Deadman. If you’re a budding jazz guitarist Memphis has got you covered too! Onix on South Main Street features the best live jazz in Memphis every Saturday night. The Memphis Sounds Lounge and The Cove both feature live jazz frequently throughout the week with some of the hottest jazz guitarists in Memphis stopping by.

Jam Sessions

One of the fastest ways to improve as a guitarist is by jamming. If you’re taking guitar lessons in Memphis, you have a bunch of great options to break out your axe and jam! The Memphis Blues Society hosts a series of weekly jam sessions all over town! Sunday’s the session happens at the Rum Boogie Café from 7 to 11p.m.. On Tuesdays, the party moves to The Phoenix, an alternative performance space and gallery located at 1015 S Cooper, where you can play the blues from 8 to 11p.m. For the jazz guitarist, the twice monthly jams at Club Chill (2nd and 4th Sunday) and the Sunday jazz jam at Earnestine and Hazel’s are must stop destinations to get your chops cooking!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Memphis has to offer the music lover! With annual music festivals catering to the blues, jazz, Americana, rock, bluegrass, hip hop and Christian music, there are always world class guitarists coming to town to check out and meet!

 

After your guitar lessons in Memphis one final "must see" experience is the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum at 191 Beale Street. Here you’ll find the story of the original Memphis musicians from the 1920s and 30s who, through music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers. Then they came together to create a scene that changed the world!

Get out and explore music in Memphis. The city will keep you inspired and make you a better guitarist!

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Ray M.

Memphis, TN

About David "Ray"

I have played piano since age 5, saxophone since age 13, and guitar since age 15. I received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis, a Masters of Education from Union, and have taught music for Memphis City Schools for the past 6 years.

I love and play a wide variety of music including Classical, Contemporary, Rock, Folk, and Praise & Worship music.

*** Lesson Details ***
There won't be any fussing or hand slapping in my lessons. As long as a few simple procedures are followed, progress will soon come. Students will have an exercise book as well as a couple of pieces to le
arn. If a student is willing to practice about 20-25min daily, then at the end of 6 months he/she will be able to play their first piece!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ FW keyboard, guitar, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'd expect students to have their own instruments and to purchase their own books.

*** Specialties ***
Popular songs, Classic rock songs, Cinema Scores, Praise/Worship music, Standard classical piano works
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Memphis, TN 38120
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$39 / 30-min
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Russell R.

Germantown, TN

So You Are Interested In Guitar ? "Guitar" conjures up so many diverse styles and techniques. Do you love Classic Rock, Ballads, Country, Blues...? Do you Prefer the Acoustic or Electric Guitar ? The most important question you must ask is what do I want to learn and am I willing to do what is necessary to meet my own goals.. IF you answered "Yes" I strongly suggest we discuss how I can help you.

About Russell

My name is Russell "Rusty" Rainey. I have been a professional guitarist for 25 years. During the past 25 years I have managed the area's largest music stores, opened a Guitar Repair Center and became a "Certified *Fender Guitar Technician" . My experience with other musicians on stage and in the studio is without parallel. A "school" cannot duplicate real world experience. I understand the frustrations associated with finding the right person who understands how to treat you as an individual. A great instructor will not teach out of a book, they will write a book for you. A real Educati
on in "playing guitar" is much broader than what you can learn from a book. I can help you understand the guitar in a practical and logical way, how to become a "guitar player" - not just how to "play the guitar". Lets talk about how I can help you meet your goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want to make our time together something that you will look forward to each week. The guitar is a very expressive and diverse instrument. My goal as your instructor is helping you reach your own goal. I teach each student in an individual way based on your interest, and my assessment of how to help you reach those goals, every lesson is time YOUR time! I take time before each lesson planning our time together. Commit 3 months and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, 6 months and you'll begin to play through songs, after a year you will look back with pride and realize how much you have learned. I consider myself "laid back" and easy to talk too, but I will encourage you to accomplish what I know you can. When you put forth effort forth, and follow your lesson plans, you will have a great experience! ~Rusty

*** Studio Equipment ***
HOME: lessons in dedicated music room, guitars, amps, bass guitar, music stand, cords, cables, picks, tuners, stand.....

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide any materials and or equipment relative to the area of study for myself in addition to the student should that situation present itself.

*** Specialties ***
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, and Country. I teach "slide" guitar for those students who are interested in learning more about "delta-blues" and rock guitar utilizing the slide in style very similar to Z.Z. Top.
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Greg G. December 22, 2015
Verified Student
Very talented and gifted instructor. I really enjoyed the lessons and learned more about the guitar. Good energy. Recommend!
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Nathan C. July 21, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
I enrolled in lessons as a beginner. Russell did a great job with the 5 lessons that I took with him.
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Nathan C. June 23, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
He was great. The first session made me look forward to the next session. He was fantastic and very easy to talk to. I feel very fortunate to have gotten such a great instructor. I feel very fortunate!
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Russell R.

Russell R.

Germantown, TN 38138
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$75 / 45-min
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John S.

Collierville, TN

I can teach beginning guitar students how to play their favorite songs. Also, how to read tabs and chord charts. Advanced students can learn theory and jazz improvisation. I can help students who have been using a capo learn how to play bar chords so you will no longer need a capo.
Guitar students should be at least nine years old.
I do not teach finger picking style.

About John

I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory.
One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, o
r the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students.
My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most. For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward.
For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band.
For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice.
My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like.
I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.

*** Specialties ***
I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory.
I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
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Chris August 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
John does a great job and gets along great with the kids.
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Pat S. May 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
John was very good and very patient. I really think I am going to love this
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Carter March 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
John is a great teacher! This was my son's first piano lesson last night. He enjoyed it and also learned quite a bit during the half-hour session. My other son has been taking guitar lessons from John for over two years, and he has been a pleasure to work with during this time. We highly recommend him for lessons of various instruments!
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John S.

Collierville, TN 38017
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Joel B.

Cordova, TN

I will have you playing songs you like as quick as 2-3 lessons ! Focus is on playing songs you want to learn. how to solo, singing and some theory.

About Joel

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele teacher with over 20 years experience located in Union county. With a fully customizable approach to teaching, Joel will have you up and playing the songs you want to learn as fast as after a few lessons. All ages at all levels of playing ability. Learning music is fun with Joel !

Not only will we be learning how to play the guitar, bass or ukulele and playing songs, but also learning how to sing them as well. As you progress along you will learn how to improvise and make a melodic solo. I will explain theory in an easy to understand way and how to compose your own
songs too !

Joël has worked as a professional musician, teacher, producer/engineer, and concert promoter for the past 30 years. Joël studied composition at Humber College in Toronto before relocating to London with his alternative rock band Melt. Melt quickly grabbed the attention of the critics, and received extensive play on BBC Radio One, XFM, and London FM. Rock journalists wrote rave reviews of Melt for Melody Maker and NME and was given "Single Of The Week" status. Melt performed with Supergrass, Modest Mouse, Eels, Julianna Hatfield, and Hefner.

Joël moved to New York and formed his next band, Mutronium who were voted #2 favorite of the year on WFMU Radio. Mutronium performed with Grizzly Bear, Au Revoir Simone, and BM Linx before disbanding. Joel then turned his attention to production work, producing and engineering recordings for TVT recording artists Ambulance Ltd. and 11 albums for U.K. band Hefner. Currently Joël is working on placement music for TV and films.
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David B. May 5, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Very good. Teacher knows his stuff. Teaches at the proper level for the student.
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Joel B.

Cordova, TN 38016
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$25 / 30-min
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Lauren J.

Memphis, TN

I am a professional classical guitarist with a degree in music performance from Liberty University. I will begin graduate studies in music performance this fall. I've been teaching lessons for about 8 years and have taught students ranging in age from eight to fifty in a variety of styles such as rhythm/acoustic, pop, rock, classical and finger style.

About Lauren

My name is Lauren Jones and I am a classical guitarist living in Memphis, Tennessee. I graduated from Liberty University in December of 2015 with a degree in classical guitar performance. I will be starting my masters degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Memphis in August 2016.
My primary love is classical music, but I have studied country, pop, rock and fingerstyle guitar.
My approach to teaching is to get you excited about learning guitar! You will pick the style and the song you want to learn and you will be playing guitar within the first lesson! I like to spend t
ime getting to know your musical taste and knowing what your goals are for taking lessons. No matter what your goals are, I want to work with you and first and foremost have fun while fostering a love for music!
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Matthew July 18, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
I am fairly useless when it comes to music but Lauren was incredibly patient and understanding when I fumbled through her beginning lessons. We went at a pace that was not difficult to follow,and I can safely say I learned a great deal from her in just a few lessons, and when I am ready to get back on that horse I will make sure to have her as my instructor.
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Christine Trout July 17, 2016
Lauren taught my son to play acoustic guitar several years ago. She did more than teach him the basics of playing. Lauren's enthusiasm in her love of music was contagious too. My son now plays in his own band, writes music, plays for worship at church and in his school. Lauren has always been an excellent music instructor, but now has expanded her abilities to teach several genres given her bachelor's degree completion. As a music educator, I highly recommend Lauren Jones to any prospective student!
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John Trout July 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
She was my second guitar teacher and she was the best! I owe most of my guitar skills to her and I wouldn't have even been as interested as I am now if it weren't for her. She didn't just teach me, but she also made it a ton of fun. I'm now in a band (Fisherman's Fable) that's just starting out, and I know it wouldn't have happened if she didn't teach me strumming patterns, bar chords, finger picking, and singing while playing ten years ago, and she has only gotten better with her study at Liberty. I put down Acoustic Guitar, but she has also helped me some with classical as well. I'd say stop looking at all the other teachers you're considering, she's the one you want.
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Lauren J.

Memphis, TN 38115
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