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Guitar Lessons in Saint Louis

Saint Louis is renowned for its musical heritage and especially for blues and jazz music. That makes the Gateway City one of the best places in the country to learn how to play guitar. If you’re considering taking guitar lessons in Saint Louis, you will do so in a city that absolutely embraces musical talent and will help you to get the most out of your guitar.

What You’ll Need to Get Started

Before you take guitar lessons in Saint Louis, you will need some essential equipment, starting with a good guitar that will stay in tune. In fact, it’s better if you have at least two guitars on which to practice, because, sooner or later, you will need to take one in for maintenance, and having a spare guitar will allow you to continue practicing. If you are playing an electric guitar, you will need a good practice amp. You also will want a guitar stand for each of your guitars to ensure you keep it stored properly when not in use and to avoid leaning it against a wall or other place where it could tip over and suffer damage.

A music stand will help you to comfortably look over your guitar tablature or sheet music while practicing, and you will want an assortment of guitar picks to help you find the type the best suits your playing style. One or two packs of spare guitar strings should help you to replace any strings that might break while practicing. You also will need either a good gig bag or, preferably, a guitar case for each of your guitars to help protect them from damage while traveling to and from your guitar lessons in Saint Louis.

Where to Buy Guitars in Saint Louis

When you take guitar lessons in Saint Louis, you will want to ensure you have a quality instrument that will stay in tune, be more playable and make your practice time more productive and fun. Fortunately, Saint Louis has many great local guitar stores where you can examine your potential instrument, get a feel for it, and ensure it is a good fit as your musical companion. J. Gravity Guitar Strings on South Broadway Street in Saint Louis has several new and a very wide variety of popular used guitars (http://www.gravitystrings.com/). Finding a good one that will fit your budget should be easy here.

Eddie’s Guitars on Manchester Road in nearby Maplewood is a very popular local guitar store that features many popular brands, such as Fender and Gibson, as well as its own custom guitars and a variety of quality used guitars (http://eddiesguitars.com/). Another good local guitar store is Acme Guitars on Clayton Avenue. Acme offers new and used electric and acoustic guitars and specializes in vintage guitars. Finding a great deal on a good new or used instrument for your guitar lessons in Saint Louis will prove to be a fun experience.

Best Places for Guitar Setup and Repairs

No matter how good your guitar is initially, eventually it will need maintenance and possibly repairs. You should have your guitar setup and maintained at least once per year, but every six months is preferred in order to keep it in top playing form. One of the best places to get your guitar maintained or repaired is Goez Instrument Repair on Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood. Goez is a top-rated guitar maintenance and repair shop with years of experience. Midwest Guitar Luthier & Repair on Cherokee Street in Saint Louis is another highly regarded repair shop, and so is Fazio’s Frets & Friends on Manchester Road in nearby Ellisville.

Fun Venues and Events

Finally, checking out fantastic guitarists and staying inspired to keep taking guitar lessons in Saint Louis is a cinch with all the great venues and events in the area. BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups on South Broadway offers live music seven nights a week and features many of the best local guitarists as well as top touring artists (http://bbsjazzbluessoups.com/). The Old Rock House on South 7th Street is a popular place for checking out bands playing many musical genres (http://oldrockhouse.com/), and Off Broadway on Lemp Avenue is noted for featuring many of the best local guitarists and bands in Saint Louis (http://www.offbroadwaystl.com/).

Good luck in your guitar lessons in Saint Louis, and have fun as you embark on your musical journey!

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I teach guitar from a wide background in many genres. You can expect to learn chord and scale theory, as well as mechanics, tone control, note and key identification, and ear training. We can explore any genre of interest, however my specialties are in blues, rock, classic rock, bluegrass, and country.

About Richard
Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St Louis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

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My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Terri C. May 24, 2018
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Very knowledgeable with great passion. Great musician AND teacher
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Bob October 3, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Richie is a thoughtful and flexible instructor
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Jazz, Rock, Metal.

About David
Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and Kim Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz
guitarist Peter Leitch.

In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.

As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.

As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Brian S. April 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
David is an excellent teacher and I’m really enjoying the lessons and learning a lot.
David approaches teaching based on the goals of the student and not a one approach fits all style.
I highly recommend him.
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Daniel M. April 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son is excited to be learning!
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Joe February 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dave has been able to take me on a great journey! We have covered many kinds of music, and I'm greatly appreciative of his patience and encouragement. He was able to tell after just a couple of lessons that my original plans for getting lessons was never going to be enough. He introduced several topics, and whetted my appetite for more! If only all teachers could open doors this way!!!
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Saint Louis, MO 63128
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Experienced guitar teacher of 23 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical guitar skills. I specialize in finger picking for classical, pop, rock, ETC...Typically use Hal Leonard books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: sound recording equipment, Guitar Amps, effect pedals, sheet music, and more.

About Tony
If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Talent, skill, confidence- priceless!.

Choosing the right voice coach or singing teacher can be a difficult task, as there are so many coaches and teachers out there. My approach is unique in a sense that I do not believe in a "One size fits all". With Decades of working with professionals in this music industry including celebrities, platinum recording artists from American, Eastern and African continents. I have worked with contestants and music industry professionals and producers from American Idol, America's Most Talented Kids, and America's Got Talent, as well as industry insiders, AR reps, TV networks, and many venues across the USA.

*** Specialties ***
Voice coach, all genre. beginners, intermediates, advanced and professionals.
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professional
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Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Classical, Broadway.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Learning to properly handle the guitar, left and right hand techniques. learn to tune the instrument. read notes, and lean all major, minor, and seven chords by the end of book 1

Piano: learning all 12 scales by heart, proper fingers technique for both hands, reading both left and right hand notation by end of book 1.

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Tascam D8000 40 Ch. Digital mixer
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Yamaha EX5
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Digitech Vocalist II Harmony...
Pro Tools 10
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2 Saxophones

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Keyboard, Saxophone, Mic, Laptop, Amplifier, Karaoke hard drive, and software.

*** Specialties ***
Advanced Vocal Coaching, for professionals,
Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Classical, Broadway.

Composition for pro artists, 256 mix tracks, 48 khz,
Top of the line recording gear.

Classical guitar, Music Theory and Composition for writers.
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Jeri DeVale July 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
you could tell that he not only was a good and patient teacher but that he was interested in well being and was exceptional in his creative approach to teaching! most definitely a 5 star teacher.
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Jerome B. May 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He is patient and very knowledgeable going try stick as long as possible !
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Jennifer D. November 29, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This teacher is impossible to get a hold of. Tried leaving several voicemails and text messages. He has a couple different phone #'s. Don't know which, if any, is the active # to use. No response from him ever. Couldn't reschedule because of this. Plus he lied and said I never contacted him. Now I am out a ton of money for lessons I wasn't able to use. Very greedy. I am not happy.
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About Daniel B.

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Experienced guitar teacher of 13 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of rhythm and ear training skills. I specialize in harmony and theory, typically use Hal Leonard books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: analog and digital recording equipment/studio, sheet music, stings and basic guitar set-ups. I can't wait to meet you!

About Daniel
Daniel was born to play music. He's on the path the be one of the greats! A true student of music, his influences are never-ending. As a result, he is a true jack of all trades. He can be seen playing anything from classical, folk, jazz, rock, reggae, punk, psychedelic, metal, and solo guitar, but, his passion for knowledge and self-improvement is what sets him apart from your everyday musician and teacher.
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· Guitar · Online
I have been learning with Daniel for about two three months now and it never get boring. Today we had a ton of fun trying new things to old songs. Loved it!!!!
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I thoroughly enjoy teaching guitar to all ages and levels! And in a myriad of styles too- Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Flamenco, Country, Folk, etc. If you are looking to flourish and grow as a well rounded guitarist then sign up to begin your musical journey...

About David
A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Voice, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, & Ukulele! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish in their musical abilities. I have been enjoying doing this now for 20+ years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and a recording artist with my band Vision.

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever th
e interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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Fatu F. June 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
so far great as only first lesson, but seems to be qualified and commited to students. Looking forward to the next lessons.
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Amanda May 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking piano lessons with David. He makes it fun and interesting, she really enjoys the classes.
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Luke November 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He is a very kind person, very professional.
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I am eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation. I specialize in rock, pop, fusion, and progressive metal. I have several years of experience performing in various Christian worship bands and a bluegrass/folk duo.

About Travis
Hey there! My name is Travis and I can't wait to meet you! I have been playing guitar for over ten years. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Ivan February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very personable and related well to my son. Helped him learn a high interest song and made the lesson memorable.
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Harry September 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Seems like all will go well!
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Saint Louis, MO 63104
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Sight reading, finger exercises, scales, theory (varies on level of student), a song/excerpt that will match the students level, as well as allowing them to choose something to work on for future learning.

About Todd
Hello. My name is Todd. I've been playing music for most of my life. I recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in music after receiving an AA in guitar performance at SWIC. I play in several bands in the St. Louis music scene and try to play music as often as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Anthony December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son has really enjoyed his lessons and even practices without my nagging!
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Chris March 9, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Todd is a fantastic guy! He's patient, informative, and genuinely educates you, even at the most basic level.

Highly recommended!
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T.C. March 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, Nice and very informative!
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Saint Louis, MO 63118
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Guitar is my main instrument as a music major in college. I want students to learn at their on pace while motivating them to progress with each lesson. Students should be able to request certain genres and songs to learn. I am open to teaching any genre as well as the theory aspect necessary to truly understand the guitar.

About Kaitlin
I have been playing guitar for almost ten years, piano for three years, and singing for most of my life (with vocal training for six years). I want students to learn at their own pace while motivating them to progress with each lesson. Students are welcome to request certain genres and songs to learn. I am open to teaching any genre as well as the theory aspect, necessary to truly understand the instruments. The ultimate goal is to provide students with the musical knowledge they request, while having fun!
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Kaitlin E.

Saint Louis, MO 63141
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A personalized game plan to get that student to guitar proficiency, playing the types of songs that they want to play. An ultimate focus on improvement that is reinforced with strategies that allow the player to have as much fun learning as they possibly can!

About Sammy
Hi! I am a guitarist, vocalist, and beatboxer looking to help others get started with guitar (but I can throw in beatboxing tips too!!).

When I was 13, after tearing my way through the Guitar Hero franchise, my brother suggested I give the real instrument a shot. I used my saved up cash to buy a guitar, learn every Red Hot Chili Peppers song I possibly could, form a band, and jam endlessly.

As a player, I've faced what every new student of the instrument has: turbulent confidence, inconsistency with motivation, tendencies to stick with what's comfortable and avoid what is scary or could potentially lead to failure, etc. Eventually, I began to realize that music, guitar, and artistic expression were absolutely essential in my life to be happy, and I couldn't put down my guitar from that day forward. That fundamental hunger to express
is something I really hope to bring out in others as I help them get started with their personal guitar journey, whether they have musical experience or not.

As a teacher, I taught beginner acoustic guitar extensively as a summer camp counselor at Camp Eagle Ridge leadership camp (co-ed, ages 7-17). I'm especially experienced in working with kids, but I also have experience working with adults. Do note that I'm willing to teach to students that want to learn electric guitar, as well as those who want to learn acoustic.

Whether you enjoy listening to rock, funk, blues, hip-hop, indy, country, metal, or anything else, I guarantee I share a few favorite artists and a passion on some level. I hope to create a lesson plan that is personalized to what you like!

Please note that at this time I'm only looking to teach beginners or people bridging the gap between beginner and intermediate. Reach out if you have any questions. Looking forward to getting started!
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Ron July 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I have picked up and put down the guitar more times than I can count in my life. No one has gotten me further in my skill set than Sammy. To start, he’s very concrete in his teaching style. He helps me set specific, realistic goals and tailors his lessons around meeting them- both in the short and long term. Above being an incredibly skilled guitarist, he is a very clear communicator. He is able to clearly talk me through where I am and the rationale in how we’re going to get me to where I want to be. Above all, and I can’t empahsize this enough, Sammy “gets” the human element. He helps me work through inevitable frustrations and difficulties, while being very vocal in his praise when I hit a milestone. Sammy REALLY cares about my success, which has made me even more invested in learning. I could not recommend Sammy more, as both a guitarist and as a great guy. Thank you Sammy!
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Lorabelle R. June 29, 2018
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Sammy was prompt and very personable. I was very happy with how he customized the lesson to help meet my end goal in learning to play a specific song. He gave me enough to work on my own during the week. I look forward to the next lesson in fine tuning what I’ve learned and in learning a little bit more. Thanks, Sammy!
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Are you or someone you know looking to add music to your life? I provide a laid back approach to learning an art form that you or your child already know and love!!! I have been playing and performing on both guitar and bass for over 20 years. Offering a flexible schedule and comfortable atmosphere I provide a relaxed but effective learning environment. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? LEARN HOW TO PLAY!

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My name is Jonathan and I started playing guitar and bass guitar when I was 12 years old. Since then I have been fortunate enough home my skills which ultimately gave me the opportunity to play to audiences of all sizes around the US and Caribbean. My influences are Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz and pop music. I've also learned how maintain and properly set up fretted instruments as well as amplifiers and speakers.
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Saint Louis, MO 63139
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