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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.

About Alex M.

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I've been playing guitar for over 12 years & spend most of my professional & personal life doing so. I'm fluent in nearly every style of music in the Western world (as well as some from the East, such as Celtic music, ragas & Japanese traditional music).

About Alex
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over
a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Instrument maintenance
Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
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Eric April 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Alex was awesome. Super knowledgeable and a great teacher. It was an all around wonderful first lesson.
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Dave L. March 3, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Had a great experience the first lesson. Look forward to the next one.
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Kyle November 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very knowledgeable! Look forward to the next lesson!
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Minneapolis, MN 55406
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About Mark H.

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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.

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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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Mike April 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
I've been a guitar player for a while and have wanted to learn how to sing along with the guitar. Mark has done an excellent job determining where I currently am as a singer and how I can get to where I want to be as a singer. He has started with the basics and explaining to me how you can improve as a singer by making routine out of several exercises. He has done a great job not just explaining what the exercises are, but why they are beneficial to me as a vocalist. After gathering a better sense of my voice, I have started bringing my guitar to lessons and he has helped me immensely to blend my voice with my instrument. Since doing these lessons, I've had the confidence in my voice to start performing at open-mic nights in the Twin Cities and I thank Mark for that! He is wonderful!
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Erik K. February 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I found Mark through TakeLessons a little over a year ago when my dad and I were looking to start learning guitar. I could not have been more pleased with how accommodating Mark was with our schedules and different skill levels. Whether its reviewing what we learned the week prior or taking on something new we are being challenged every lesson. My dad and I have come a long way since we started last year and Mark is to thank for our success. I highly recommend Mark if you are just starting out or have a few years under your belt. He is crazy knowledgeable!
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Mark January 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Really knows his stuff and is very patient. Cares about you wanting to play to the best of your ability and really stays on topic and down to business but at the same time makes you feel comfortable when talking about your influences.
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Mark H.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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$35 / 30-min

About Travis D.

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Saint Paul, MN
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I offer guitar lessons in classical, jazz, blues, rock, country, and funk guitar styles, however I have many years experience catering to the beginning child and adult guitar student. In beginning lessons we learn basic technique, open position chords, open position scales, basic rhythm, time signatures, and music chosen by the student. With young students (children 5-12) I use the Hal Leonard Method Book 1(or any comparable publication). This book teaches the basics of guitar playing in the open position as well as reading standard music notation and playing music from chord symbols and charts. After completing Book 1 we move on to playing popular songs by artists such as the Beatles, Queen, Johnny Cash, Elton John, and Bob Marley. The students job is to learn both the chords and a single note melody of each song and to perform each part, trading parts with myself. I strive to teach the language of music to students first in order to prepare them for continued guitar instruction, ...

About Travis
Seventeen years of various musical experiences put forth with a passion to speak the musical language have emblazed themselves with an authentic mark on the guitarist Travis Dalenberg. Residing in Durango CO Travis has an original sound influenced by jazz, blues, soul, pop, and R&B.

Dalenberg is a Solo finger style guitar arranger and composer whose repertoire spans Classical, Jazz, and American popular music styles such as blues, country, rock, soul, and gospel. His arrangements are lush and beautiful pieces demonstrating a unique brand of artistic style while still capturing the intent
and sensibility of his musical selections.

Also an avid improviser, collaborator, composer, and bandleader who’s more akin to blues jazz-fusion and lush harmonies than to technical proficiency insigne’s a tasteful stamp to his style. Not your traditional “shredder” or bebop technician, Dalenberg understands that music is a very personal endeavor and is mindfully aware that organic music can grow if positivity is sown into every note.

After exhausting music theory, classical guitar performance, stylistically appropriate improvisations, sight reading, scales and the like Travis’ accession into mindful and personal music lessons are backed with a traditional musical education in classical and jazz guitar as well as 11 years of professional playing and teaching experience. His lessons are geared to incite a sincere interest in playing and appreciating music, keeping it fun, and also effectively acquiring the skills to achieve ones musical goals.

Dalenberg’s biggest influences are John Schofield, Bill Frisell, Roy Hargrove, Bach, Nile Rodgers, and D’Angelo.
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Nahanni January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Travis was extremely knowledgeable about guitar and he came to the lessons well-prepared. He kept the lessons on track and my son learned a lot from him. Travis was great at motivating the learner. He was encouraging and patient. I would definitely recommend him for others. He was at times hard to get in touch with, but I thought the overall experience was great.
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Mason November 9, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Travis was great with Mason, my 10 year old. Day one he was playing Smoke on the Water and enjoying it.
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Paris L. September 9, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Great pace and information that I feel like I am implement and move forward with!
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Saint Paul, MN 55112
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About Alex B.

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Saint Paul, MN
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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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Holly April 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Alex has inspired my son to love playing music for the rest of his life. I can't think of a more wonderful gift. His technique in teaching allowed my son to enjoy learning guitar by playing songs he wanted to play. This made him want to practice just for the fun of it! Alex taught my son from the time he was 9 years old until he was 15. The easy going, positive attitude Alex exudes encouraged my son along his journey and made a strong bond and connection between the two of them. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who would like to learn to play guitar to sign up for lessons with Alex!
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Christopher February 10, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Alex is a superb teacher and is very patient and well schooled. I look forward to my lessons every Friday.
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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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Alex B.

Saint Paul, MN 55126
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About Andrew W.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I can help you with any style you want to learn. I've studied and perform every style you can think of, and love to get into little details of different styles. Whether you're just beginning or want to learn jazz chord melody, I can help you get there.

About Andrew
I've been teaching for over ten years, and can help you learn in any style you're passionate about. I graduated from McNally Smith College of music in 2010 with a bachelors in guitar performance. I enjoy all styles of music, and perform all styles of music weekly.
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Anisha C. March 14, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Andrew has been just the teacher I was looking for. He is an amazing guitarist and teacher. I have noticed that my learning curve has improved in a short time.
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William &. February 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher for our teenagers!
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Karen L. November 23, 2016
· Guitar · In home
very knowledgeable, willing to help me learn things I want to learn.
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Andrew W.

Andrew W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
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$25 / 30-min

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