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Brendon R.

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  • Speaks Spanish
  • MM, Composition from Yale School of Music
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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Brendon R.

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I teach good playing technique and broadly applicable musical knowledge by working on music you actually want to play. I've played and worked with students on Bach sonatas, Dylan/Donovan style fingerpicking, jazz comping and solos, rock, metal and punk riffs, Steve Vai-esque two-hand tapping, as well as songwriting, music theory, and aural skills, so no matter what kind of music you like or how you're looking to improve, chances are I can help take you do it. Intermediate level and above.

About Brendon

I have taught music extensively for the past 15+ years in a variety of settings, including teaching private guitar lessons at Saint David's School in Manhattan, teaching private composition lessons and TA'ing two electronic music courses at Yale; teaching guitar and musicianship in public elementary

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Brendon helped me get started writing songs / producing music. Brendon was very helpful getting past anxieties with getting started and feeling overwhelmed by all the possible ways you can go about making music. Each week he had suggestions on how to improve the structure of my music. Also, he was willing to go wherever my interests were at.
Furthermore, he's nice.
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Elena D.

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  • Speaks Italian, English
  • Awarded Nominated for "Album of the year" from Los Angeles Music Awards
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Elena D.

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I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock, as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About Elena

Hello! Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already p

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My teacher was really nice. I’m excited to continue.
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Just had my first lesson with Elena and I’m excited to continue learning with her!
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Give great information on how to improve singing ability
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Billy D.

45 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Jazz Trombone from New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • Awarded The Musicianship Award for Excellence in Music Theory and Composition from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
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Billy D.

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Whether you dream of becoming a singer-songwriter, or the lead guitarist in a rock band, I will provide you the tools you need to make those dreams come true. I have many years of experience playing and teaching many styles of music. If you want to learn to play your favorite songs, or even right your own music, I can help you.

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I am a professional musician based in New York City with a degree from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. I have many years of teaching and performing experience, touring all across Europe and played at many venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Standard, and Sm

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Billy offered great content, customized to my level, and I found him to be an easy going relatable instructor. A great learning environment and experience overall!
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Kevin T.

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  • Speaks Chinese (Mandarin), English
  • Teaching since 1990
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kevin T.

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Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, and specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

Styles taught: Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical

About Kevin

Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music busine

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Keith
I’ve been taking lessons from Kevin for about 2 months. Before that I’d been kind of aimlessly playing around with guitar. I was playing by myself for about 20 years and basically had no timing and rhythm. I’m not a funk master yet but Kevin has given me tools that have greatly improved my timing and for the first time actually believing that I’m going to do this. Thanks
Asam
I started taking lessons with Kevin about a month ago I took lessons when I was a kid, and remember some things, but my hands do not yet so what my head is telling them. Kevin has been great, adjusting to what I already know and adding a lot of music theory, which I never had learned before. Highly recommend Kevin.
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I started learning Ukulele with Kevin and then picked up Guitar lately, Kevin has a systematic way of teaching, instead of covering each and every chords, he summarizes them by different shapes, and also their variations, so you can memorize the basics and find their "relative" chords easier. He also taught music theories, how each chord is formed, and if you want to play a specific song, he's also glad to help on finding the exact chord and transfer them into different notes that suits you. Definitely have your notebook ready since there's a lot to learn. The harder thing for myself is with the online class, it's not as efficient as a face-to-face one, I also tend to be less motivated to practise but you ought to just find your own motivation!
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Esther B.

51 Reviews
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  • Speaks Korean, Korean, English, English
  • Awarded Annabelle Jones Rose Memorial Scholarship from Sacramento City College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Esther B.

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I have been teaching the guitar 10 years. I'm building a strong foundation of techniques.I specialize in Blues, classical &typically use MelBay books and also have the following to use the Sheet music.
In addition,I emphasize how to read a good sight reading.

About Esther

I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka &

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Natalia
Esther is amazing! My daughter enjoys her piano lessons.
Jacey
Mrs. Esther is a really kind, patient, and honest piano teacher. She helped me work through my mistakes and told me what I needed to work on in order to improve. Her way of teaching is effective and it helped me gain more knowledge about piano and the techniques of being a good pianist. She is very caring and understands when I'm in a difficult situation and she always encourages me to keep going. I enjoyed all the experiences I had with Mrs. Esther and the unique personality she had. For the past 9 years, I have learned a lot about music and the hard work that goes into playing the piano. I will never regret having Mrs. Esther as my piano teacher and the adventures I had.
Lawrence
Mrs. Esther has taught me piano over the past 9 years. Over those years, I was able to learn a lot about the innerworkings of the piano, both theory and playing. Mrs. Esther carefully taught me piano with both elegance and patience and created wonderful experiences through the community concerts that she holds. Her kindness reached me in times where I was overburdened with both the study of piano and my schoolwork. The 9 years of piano that I spent with her have been very rewarding and an experience that I will continue to cherish as I continue pianoing.
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Jordan M.

118 Reviews
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  • Awarded 2013 Award for Outstanding Graduate Student - Music - from San Diego State University School of Music and Dance Faculty
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2003
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Jordan M.

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Learn guitar in a relaxed, encouraging environment with a friendly expert :) Experienced guitar teacher for over 15 years and more than 11,000 lessons taught. Posture, hand position, chords, strumming, lead guitar, soloing, scales, and most importantly - your favorite songs!

About Jordan

1. All my students feel like rock stars! Each lesson is fun and enriching. 2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances. *Experienced teacher and professional musician. *Has performed with: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bobby Kimball lead singer of

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Jordan is a professional, first class person and instructor
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JJordan was patient and instructive. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for a novice like me.

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How to Learn Beginner Guitar Songs

Mastering the guitar is an endeavor that takes a lifetime. While some people like the idea of headlining a stadium full of raucous fans and some people prefer playing alone in a cozy bedroom with a pair of headphones, all guitarists have one thing in common: they want to play songs.

In time, you’ll be able to learn even the most complex songs by ear. You’ll be able to write songs from scratch, and even improvise with no previous planning.

But to start, the only way to learn songs and get better is to focus on learning beginner guitar songs.

What exactly is it that makes beginner guitar songs easy to learn? And what’s the right way to learn them?

Elements of Beginner Guitar Songs

Let’s start by defining what makes an ideal “beginner” guitar song.

These hallmarks make a song easy and approachable, while still presenting a valuable educational opportunity for new guitarists:

  • A slow or steady tempo. Slow songs provide you with more flexibility and are less physically demanding. Steady tempos are also better for training your rhythmic abilities.
  • Minimal length. A short song can be repeated many times in a single practice session, while longer songs are harder to practice consistently and harder to memorize.
  • Repetitive sections. For similar reasons, songs with highly repetitive sections are ideal; repeated segments buy you more practice time and help you master songs faster.
  • Basic chords. Complex jazz chords with added 9ths and intentional dissonance are only going to confuse you at this point. It’s better to start with basics like major and minor variants of A, D, and E.
  • Minimal dexterity requirements. Your long-term goal might be to perform the solo from Stairway to Heaven perfectly, but this requires finger strength, speed, and dexterity that even the most ambitious amateur won’t be able to meet. Start with songs with lower physical requirements.

Choosing Your First Beginner Guitar Songs

When looking for beginner guitar songs, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Choose something you genuinely like. Even if the song doesn’t meet all the aforementioned criteria, it’s worth taking on if you genuinely like it. Songs you love will be more familiar to you, and therefore easier to learn – and you’ll likely enjoy the learning process a lot more. Don’t be afraid to tailor your curriculum to your personal tastes.
  • Keep an eye out for alternative arrangements. In many cases, complex songs have alternative arrangements or simpler ways to play them. For example, instead of playing the lead guitar part or a complex fingerpicking arrangement, you could focus on learning an arrangement that focuses on just the basic chords.
  • Pick up a reliable tablature (tab). In time, you’ll want to learn how to read and play sheet music. But in the meantime, tablatures (tabs) are a simpler way to learn songs. With tabs, you can see exactly where your fingers are supposed to be. Find a reliable source and select tabs with a high user rating; these will make it much easier to learn beginner guitar songs from scratch.

How to Learn Beginner Guitar Songs

When you’re ready to start learning beginner guitar songs, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  • Listen to the song. The Suzuki method and most other modern styles of music education stress the importance of listening as a tool for learning. Before you touch the guitar or try to read a tab, just spend some time listening to the song and absorbing the music. Think about how it feels and how it flows. This is subjective, but it will make it much easier to learn in the coming steps.
  • Listen to the guitar exclusively. After a couple of listens, listen to the song again, and this time, try to focus exclusively on the guitar parts. If you can, isolate the guitar tracks or listen to a guitar-only cover version. This will familiarize you with the guitar’s role in the arrangement.
  • Read along while listening. Next, read the tab or sheet music as you listen to the song. Follow along as you hear individual notes and chords. Try to see the relationship between the notation and the music you hear.
  • Play along to a small section. Pick a small section to start, such as the intro or the chorus, and start playing along with it, reading the tab or sheet music as you play. Don’t try to learn the entire song at once.
  • Repeat until you achieve mastery. Repeat this section over and over until you can play it competently. Listen to the music, read the tab or sheet music, and iron out your slip-ups.
  • Learn new sections gradually. With one section down, work on another section and try to link them together. Repeat this until you know each section.
  • Play everything at once, with and without accompaniment. At this point, you should be able to play along with the music from start to finish. Do this a few times, until you’re comfortable, then try to play the song without music.
  • Wean yourself off the tab/sheet music. There are competing schools of thought on this subject, but it can be useful to memorize songs rather than always relying on tabs or sheet music. Gradually wean yourself off the written notation by playing longer and longer sections from memory.

Additional Tips for Learning Beginner Guitar Songs

We’ve also got a handful of bonus tips to get more out of your beginner guitar song learning experience:

  • Work with a pro. If you can, try to work with a pro. Taking guitar lessons will help you learn faster and more effectively than if you merely try to teach yourself. Additionally, an expert teacher will be able to identify mistakes and bad habits you might not be able to recognize in yourself.
  • Rotate playing new and familiar songs. As you learn more beginner guitar songs, put together a rotation of new and previously learned numbers. Keep familiar songs fresh in your mind and keep challenging yourself with new material.
  • Play to a metronome (or with someone else). For a musician, timing is everything. Make sure you practice with a metronome at least occasionally and consider playing along with another live musician if you can.
  • Experiment to liven things up. When you’re very familiar with a song, consider experimenting with it. Play it at different tempos, change up the rhythm, or if you’re feeling brave, add your own solo. It will help you get even better acquainted with the music and will keep things interesting as you practice it repeatedly.

Once you have a few beginner guitar songs under your belt, you’ll feel much more confident as a guitarist. You’ll be able to play songs in front of other people and you’ll begin to get a feel for your strengths and weaknesses as a musician.

If you want to keep growing to that intermediate (and eventually expert) level, you’ll need the help of a professional trainer. Our online guitar lessons are perfect for the endeavor! Sign up today and meet your online guitar instructor. Your first lesson is 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed.

Average Cost of Online Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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