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Guitar Lessons in Minneapolis

If you're considering taking guitar lessons in Minneapolis – congratulations! With patience and a good guitar instructor, you will find playing guitar to be very fun and rewarding. The ability to play music is something you can enjoy your entire lifetime and pass on to new generations. Playing guitar and learning to play music keeps your mind sharp, your fingers nimble, and can bring joy to family, friends, and complete strangers. Being located in Minneapolis is a bonus, as the Twin Cities is a very music-friendly community, as Prince and many other musicians know very well.

What You’ll Need to Learn Guitar

When you undertake guitar lessons in Minneapolis, you will need some standard gear to make the learning process much easier. You’ll need at least one, or preferably two, guitars of good to excellent quality and at least one good case or gig bag to protect them while going to and from your lessons (and, eventually, gigs). You also should have a guitar stand for each guitar you buy, to lessen the potential for dropping or damaging it when you aren’t using it.

A music stand will be needed to hold up your sheet music or guitar tablature and make it easier to practice and play. Guitar picks are essential items, and buying an assortment can help you to determine which one feels and plays the best for you. If you choose to play electric guitar, you will need a good practice amp and a guitar cable long enough to allow you to sit or stand comfortably while practicing. You’ll also need oil to keep your fretboard in good condition and help to prevent cracking or splitting.

Where to Buy Guitars in Minneapolis

There are many great places to buy guitars when you’re taking guitar lessons in Minneapolis. Twin Town Guitars on South Lyndale Avenue has new and used guitars and specializes in Fender and Gretsch brands (http://www.twintown.com/Store/pc/home.asp). Additionally, El Diablo Amps & Guitars on Broadway features custom and a large lineup of used and vintage electric and acoustic guitars (http://eldiabloamps.com/). The popular guitar store also offers a wide range of pedals and amplifiers.

Best Sources for Guitar Setup and Repair

Once you have your new guitar and are taking guitar lessons in Minneapolis, it’s just a matter of time before you will need to have it maintained. A good rule of thumb is to have your guitars worked on at least once or twice per year. When your guitar is maintained, a specialist will ensure the neck has the proper relief, the intonation is correct, and the action is smooth, which will make it play much better and with less effort.

Because of its large community of musicians and guitarists, the Twin Cities offers many excellent guitar techs and luthiers. Among the best places to take your guitar for maintenance or repairs is Leonard Shapiro Guitar Repair on Wabash Avenue across the river in St. Paul.

Another highly rated guitar repair shop is Madison’s Guitars on Northeast Central Avenue. Madison’s is noted for doing outstanding work in a reasonable amount of time and for a fair price. Twin Town Guitars, Willie’s American Guitars, The Podium, and El Diablo Amps & Guitars also are also known for high quality service.

Great Venues and Guitar Events

Staying inspired to continue taking guitar lessons in Minneapolis is easy to do when you attend the area’s many great venues and events. Among the best places to see a great show is First Avenue, where Prince cut his teeth and eventually became world-famous (http://first-avenue.com/). The club features many of the best touring acts in the nation, as well as the best local artists playing a wide range of musical styles. Cabooze on Cedar Avenue is another popular venue for live music in an intimate setting (http://www.cabooze.com/). The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and the Target Center in Minneapolis host the most popular touring acts in the United States and world.

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Jessica Y.

Minneapolis, MN

My students are a combination of adults who are learning for fun and younger children who are having fun learning! :) I teach note reading and strumming for acoustic guitar, and am happy to teach you the songs that will motivate you to practice most! Additionally, I can give you a good foundation in chart reading and chord vocabulary that will all you to explore the guitar further on your own! I use a variety of method books and supplement with charts of popular songs.

About Jessica

Over the course of my music career, I've worn a lot of different hats including: member of the Board of Admissions for Berklee College of Music, singer/songwriter independently releasing 2 albums of original music, touring artists performing around the country, monthly singer/songwriter series host in both Chicago and Boston, band leader with many different musicians, and music teacher of the internationally acclaimed early childhood program, Music Together, in both Chicago and the Twin Cities.

My music training began when I was a young girl in church choir in Memphis, TN. Since then, I've
had the opportunity to study in a lot of different ways including guitar lessons at the age of 10, classical training on flute throughout high school and a year at UMass Amherst, coursework in ear training, harmony and guitar at Berklee College of music, guitar lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and Music Education courses at Concordia St. Paul.

All of these experiences have exposed me to a variety of skill levels and forms of musical expression – working with people from infancy through adulthood. I love exposing people to new styles and sounds and helping to make singing and playing guitar an accessible form of expression in daily life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Having spent the last 4 years working with children and families, I have a special place in my heart and a knack for lesson planning for family music. So, if you are a parent hoping to make music with your children, I'm your teacher! And, if you are the parent of a budding musician who's ready to try an instrument, I can help with that, too!

Having spent the last 7 years as a professional singer/songwriter, I have a special place in my heart and a knack for lesson planning for singer/songwriters! So, if you're a budding songwriter looking for gentle feedback or constructive criticism on your songs, I can help! Or, if you're interested in contemporary singer/songwriter music, I can help you expand your repertoire.

I was taught to play guitar and sing at the same time, so I will always encourage that in my students. However, if you are looking for help with basic note or tab reading and want to get some scale patterns in your fingers for soloing, I can get you started on that path as well. I am best suited for work with very beginners (from choosing an instrument and strumming your first chords) to intermediate players (who already know a few chords and are looking to expand their repertoire).

Guitar is a great social instrument in that it is portable, affordable and can easily be incorporated into events like family cookouts, campfires and holiday get together. My goal is to help you make music a regular part of your daily life and I look forward to hearing your goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Our studio is a separate room in our house. We have a, keyboard and various percussion and stringed instruments for instruction and gigging that we may occasionally incorporate into lessons. We also have seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I have been trained and registered Music Together Teacher for early childhood music education. As a guitarist, I specialize in folk music and songwriting.
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Katelyn H. May 14, 2014
Acoustic Guitar
Verified Student
Adult Beginner Loving My Lessons!

I picked up the guitar a couple of months ago and have been taking lessons with Jess since I started playing. She tailors the lessons to what I want to learn, so I'm very motivated to practice and play. I picked up the guitar for fun, and Jess has helped make it so enjoyable. As a beginner, I really appreciate her patience and encouragement. She has a really laid back, comfortable style, and I always look forward to my lessons. I've improved a ton taking lessons from her!
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John R. February 17, 2013
Guitar
Great Guitar Instructor

Jessica teaches our two boys ages 7 and 11 together. They have now had four lessons with her and they look forward to going each week. In a matter of weeks she has them learning songs they love, like Bon Jovi's Living On a Prayer.

She is always prepared for lessons, keeps it fun for the boys and motivates them to keep working by setting good goals and sending them Utube videos to play along with her.

We drive 20 miles to do lessons with her and its worth every mile. She really is the best!
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Elizabeth V. October 30, 2012
Guitar
Fantastic with young children

Jessica is always prepared with a lesson plan. She is an avid researcher of child development and loves finding ways to incorporate her learnings into her teachings. I also appreciate her fun smile and bubbly attitude.
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Jessica Y.

Jessica Y.

Minneapolis, MN 55413
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Don S.

Minneapolis, MN

Yes, you can learn to do this. It's actually fun!

About Don

Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). I specialize in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching. Tutoring and computer help also offered. Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and vid
eo) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty of mine and are most welcome as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the individual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, ProTools Digi002, Garageband, Kurzweil 2500, Mac Pro Desktop computers, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

*** Specialties ***
Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students. Tutoring/homework help in English, mac computers and basic academic subjects for K-12 and adult students. Technology (geek) help/support with computers, digital gadgets (especially Apple) for "non-techies".
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Amanda J. July 19, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Don was a great instructor. I only had a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning the Ukulele during the summer, but he helped me meet and exceed my goals. He is very friendly and personable. I highly recommend anyone interested in lessons that they give Don a try.
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Lauren F. June 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
This has been a truly enjoyable experience.

Don was teaching several of my charter high school students in guitar/vocal and music production. After a quick observation of his classes, I signed up for lessons as well. I am an adult student and have been taking guitar/vocal performance lessons with Don for three years. This has been a truly enjoyable experience. Don combines proper technique with enough creativity to make our lessons fun. Don is an inspirational teacher. He tuned into my musical tastes and tailored his lessons to my desires. I highly recommend Don to any adult or youth students interested in furthering their skills and enjoyment of music performance.
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Sage H. March 28, 2014
Ukulele
Family Fun on Ukelele and Strumstick

Don has been wonderful to work with as a Ukelele and Strumstick instructor. I had an idea to get music lessons for my husband and 5 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. The thought was to have special Daddy and daughter time; sharing something that my husband loves to do. Don has worked with us to create a whole experience for them around music lessons. Don has succeeded in building an environment for our daughter to enjoy the music lesson experience. The first time she played 'hot crossed buns' brought a tear of joy to my eyes. He has even included me in the group lessons on Strumstick. My husband has expanded his knowledge of musical instruments and enhanced his playing skills with Don's skillful instruction. Don has made the whole experience delightful for our family.
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Don S.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN

Guitar is my primary instrument and I have been playing it since 2001. I have a wide range of experience when it comes to genres and have studied under many different teachers and played in many different bands. I can teach many different playing styles on both electric and acoustic guitar.

About Aaron

I am extremely passionate about music, and even more so passionate about helping others. To combine the two through providing musical instruction is something I have always enjoyed doing.

I have been playing guitar and drums for over a decade and teaching for about half of that time. I have a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary, Urban, and Pop Music with guitar as my primary instrument and drums as my secondary. I obtained my degree from Columbia College Chicago. While in school, I also spent much of my time studying songwriting and music production. I have played and toured with many differe
nt bands with music from a variety of styles and genres, and have spent vast amounts of time in the studio recording and producing myself and various other artists.

In terms of teaching lessons, I realize that all students have individual ways of learning and have their own goals in mind in relation to their musical ability. I desire to provide lessons that allow students to reach those goals in the most enjoyable and effective way possible. 
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andy B. November 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Aaron has been an excellent teacher for my 9 year old son.
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Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN 55112
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN

I focus on teaching all Popular Music Styles: Riffs, Parts, Changes, and Improvisation. I play guitar in local bands Four Pints Shy, Tuesdays Robot, and formerly, Great Big Dreams/Sunny Wicked.

About Rick

Rick's been teaching Pop Styles Guitar at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis (M-Th) ever since graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota (T.C. and Duluth Campuses) in 2003. He also teaches traveling lessons to students in the south and southwest metro areas. Rick plays around town in 3 bands and also does the occasional Musical Pit Orchestra and Wedding gig. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA Stories and Musicals, as well as running a Songwriting and Music Theory
Blog about Tonal Trends in popular music, and a Guitar Curriculum Blog based on Karate Belts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of Ear Training, Improv/Jamming, learning Popular Guitar Riffs/Changes/Parts/Etc., Note Reading, the Music Biz, and learning about all the cool new Music Technologies of the day. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wifi, Computer, and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Guitarbots, Slow Down Music Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand (if needed), and iPhone tech.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Songwriting.
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Kirk B. July 13, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Rick is very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and patient! On every visit I gain greater knowledge of music, my instrument and how to play it. Rick keeps the lessons challenging and fun! It is always a joy to meet with him.
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John E. October 31, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Rick has been great in writing out (and instructing me how to play) music that I have enjoyed... Really knowledgeable and patient... It was a really good experience.. I would continue, but my schedule has become too cluttered..
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James R. October 14, 2014
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Rick taught our 7-year old son for quite a few months, and did a fantastic job. We were pleased with his energy, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with young people.

We were sad when our son decided that he'd like to take a break from music and play more tennis, but hope that this, his first musical experience, will inspire him to return to it at some later point.

I highly recommend Rick.
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Rick W.

Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
(3)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Brett S.

Minneapolis, MN

I've been teaching students of all levels for over 6 years helping students to better understand the guitar, how to improvise, and find their own voice through the instrument. I've studied guitar in Germany and Spain, performed in 5 European countries and perform 1-2x a week in the Twin Cities. I use a variety of material from William Leavett and Christopher Parkening books, to various exercises I've learned from my past teachers. I look forward to helping you grow as a guitarist and artist!

About Brett

Greetings! I'm very excited that you are interested in music lessons! I have been teaching privately for over 6 years and have helped students discover a wide range of musical styles, compose their own music, and prepare for auditions and performances. My past students have gone on to play in local bands, enroll in music colleges (Berklee, McNally Smith), and perform in LA as a member of the Grammy Band.

I began playing guitar at age 10, performing with friends in garages and at local churches. In high school, I was a member of the 2010-2011 MN All-State Jazz Ensemble, and the MN Youth Jazz
I Ensemble, performing in Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands. At age 19, I was awarded 1st Place in the McNally Smith Teen Guitar Competition. I studied Classical Guitar at Folkwang University in Germany for one year (2013), and studied privately with Dale Kavanagh as well. I, then, studied Gypsy Swing in Barcelona for 4 months with Filip Treppesch. Currently, I'm living in Minneapolis and attending MCTC.
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Brett S.

Brett S.

Minneapolis, MN 55404
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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