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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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Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN

About Mark

Mark H. has been a professional teacher, musician, and singer for over 20 years. He has taught Voice, Guitar, Acting, Bass Guitar, & Music Theory to students of all ages in various settings ranging from private lessons to college classrooms. He is a fun, experienced, passionate teacher willing to work with students of all levels from beginners to professionals. Mark absolutely loves helping all his students achieve their individual goals.

Mark has performed in musical groups that have played locally and toured nationally. He has opened for national recording artists such as Eddie Money, B
lackfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Molly Hatchet, and Shooting Star (to name just a few). He has extensive songwriting experience and has composed original songs for various local bands. He has also produced musical scores for theatrical productions at the University of Minnesota, Harmon Place Players, and the Rhombus Theater Company.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect lessons to be structured while being tailored to their desires and goals. Mark likes to focus on what students want to learn while pushing them to challenge themselves. His goal is to “bring out the artist” in his students but he also understands lessons should be fun.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will suggest necessary teaching materials/books. Students need their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, etc
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Mark R. March 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is an excellent voice coach! He has been very helpful in teaching me breathing techniques, voice health, understanding my vocal range and how to improve my range. He has made me feel more confident in my abilities and I am looking forward to future lessons.

Thanks Mark!
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Kevin R. December 28, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
I couldn't of picked a better voice instructor!

I've always been a confident songwriter but when it came to singing I struggled; especially with pitch. Thats when I started my lessons with Mark and right away knew he was the right instructor. Instead of making me follow some completely pre-scripted lesson plan, Mark helped me correct my pitch and overall singing while practicing songs I had written myself.

I've been working with him for almost two years now and I've noticed significant improvements across the board and have gained so much more confidence in my singing abilities. Enough that I actually just finished recording a 13-track album of songs all written and sung by me. I can't thank Mark enough for helping me follow my dreams and for continuing to help me grow as a singer.
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BrendaK1 January 24, 2012
You are doing a great job with Robbie. He is still having a difficult time remembering the chords and he refuses to practice at home because of this. If you could give him one song to remember to practice at home that may help. He would like to practice at home but he gets so frustrated because of his memory with this. Robbie also enjoys you.
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Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
(7)
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$35 / 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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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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Jake December 15, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Rick did an excellent job with teaching me how to play the ukulele! Very fun person to be around and also very patient, as I do not have much experience. Will recommend to others throughout the area!

5 Star!
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Kate October 19, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Rick has been doing a wonderful job with our 6.5 year old son. Nice pacing, good at encouraging and reinforcing, fun and relaxed.
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Laurie F. September 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
It has been a great, easy going and super helpful experience. Highly recommended!
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Rick W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
(7)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Alex B.

Saint Paul, MN

20 years playing experience, 12,000+ lessons taught! You choose the music, I'll get you there. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of technique and theory skills. I have taught many styles and will get you playing something you like right away!

About Alex

Born and raised in north Minneapolis, Alex began taking guitar lessons at age 11 and after high school graduation was accepted to both Berklee and McNally Smith College. Alex graduated from McNally and also studied classical music in Germany at Musikhochschule Luebeck. Alex believes that well-rounded people make the best musicians and has strived to impress that idea upon his students in over 10,000 lessons since 2008.
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Krystal November 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Alex is incredibly knowledgeable and great with students off every age group! I took lessons from him for five years and my only regrets were not having more time to practice so I could get more out of my lesson times.
During lessons we worked on sight reading, ear training, memorizing chords and scales, different picking and strumming patterns, theory lessons, and anything else that I discovered and wanted to try.
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Ben November 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I first met Alex a long time ago when we were attending McNally Smith College of Music. Right off the bat, Alex impressed me with his ability to sightread and his dedication to his instrument. What started as a friendship quickly developed into a study partnership and then a learning opportunity that was of great benefit to me as a guitarist.

Alex spearheaded the forming of a Sight Reading Club and he was it's head instructor. Every week we would get together and work on our chops; very quickly I could see how valuable he was as a teacher and guitar coach. He helped me stick it out during the tough sessions and had the drive to sit patiently as I worked something out in my own time.

I would highly recommend Alex for his patience, persistence, punctuality, and (most importantly) Passion for teaching music. He is a fantastic instructor who I enthusiastically recommend to anyone looking to improve their ability to play the guitar!

Oh and BTW, he's a great blues player - just check out his videos!!!
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Eric November 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I alredy submitted one review but I failed to notice the rating stars at the top!!

A;ex is a 5 star instuctor and he has been my instructor for nearly four years. There isn’t a style of music or song that he can’t play. More importantly, there isn’t a style of music or song that he can’t teach. He is flexible, adaptive, patient, and an overall great teacher. I highly recommend Alex for beginner to advanced players and everyone in between
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Alex B.

Saint Paul, MN 55126
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starting at
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Brett S.

Minneapolis, MN

Are you a beginner? Awesome. Let's chat via email about lessons and what it takes to study an instrument such as the guitar.

Do you have prior guitar experience? I've helped students to reconnect with the instrument, discover a wide range of musical styles, compose their own music, and prepare for auditions and performances.

About Brett

Welcome! I have been teaching privately for over 6 years and have helped students young and old learn the art of guitar playing.

Are you a beginner? Awesome. Let's chat via email about lessons and what it takes to study an instrument such as the guitar.

Do you have prior guitar experience? I've helped students to reconnect with the instrument, discover a wide range of musical styles, compose their own music, and prepare for auditions and performances.

I first began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. 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. In 2013, I studied Classical Guitar at Folkwang University in Essen, Germany. In 2014, I studied Gypsy Swing (in the style of Django Reinhardt) in Barcelona for 4 months with Filip Treppesch.

After returning to the US in May of 2014, I joined a Variety-Dance Band which performed in Casinos, Resorts, Hotels, and Bars in Minnesota and Wisconsin. After a one-year-long tenure, and 70+ performances, I left the group to pursue various original projects that are, to this day, performing in a variety of venues in the Twin Cities area.
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Wyatt J. January 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful! Brett kept in contact with us several times before our first lesson. My son is completely new to music and guitar. Brett engaged him and excited him. We received a followup email with recommendations for equipment and music lesson books. I love the in home option. We will be continuing for the foreseeable future.
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Lisa Ross November 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Brett is a fantastic teacher. My husband and my son really enjoy their lessons each week. I enjoy listening to them practice. My son is 8 years old and he taught me a few beginner songs that Brett has taught him (and I know nothing about guitars). It's been fun! THANKS Brett!
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Jason R. September 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My husband and my son are both taking lessons. They both thought Brett did a fantastic job. They can't wait to learn more:)
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Brett S.

Minneapolis, MN 55405
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starting at
$22 / 30-min

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