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Benjamin K.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Bachelors of the Arts in Jazz Studies from Carnegie Mellon University
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Benjamin K.

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Guitar is my main instrument. I teach all styles from blues, to rock, to shredding, to jazz to classical to flamenco. Learn how to pick like Johnny Cash or fly like Steve Vai.

About Benjamin

I grew up in Glenside moved to Pittsburgh for school and came back because I love it here...I've been playing for 17 years and have a smorgasbord of influences from Zeppelin to the Beatles to Phish to Radiohead to the dirty projectors to Jay Z to Kurt Rosenwinkel & John Scofield. I have been compos

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Benjamin seemed knowledgeable and was very helpful.
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Michael K.

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  • Speaks ENGLISH
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Michael K.

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- I teach beginners, and intermediate guitar students. - My students' ages range from 8 years to older adults. - Styles taught: Folk, Folk Rock, and Classical - I have taught guitar for more than 10 years. - I have performed professionally for o

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Lori B.
I have been taking lessons from Michael for a few years now, first in his home, and now with Covid online. I look forward to my lessons because Michael is not only very knowledgeable but is very supportive and adaptable.
Matt
I have been taking lessons from Michael for about 9 months, and it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. He is an excellent guitar player, and instructor. He is patient, thorough, and very willing to pace his instruction with the ability of the student. I am in my late 50's and he is just the person I had hoped for in a teacher. I consider going to lesson not a chore, but a pleasure.
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Ben Z.

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  • Speaks English, German
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2003
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Ben Z.

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I will work with you to develop a lesson plan based on your musical interests and stylistic goals! Everyone's journey with the instrument is different. From achieving a strong basic foundation on the instrument to mastering a very specific skill, I look forward to helping you achieve on the instrument.

About Ben

Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the studen

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Zoe W.
Great guy! Really easy-going and knows what he is doing. 10yr old daughter can’t wait for the next lesson!
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Ben was really chill, and even though I had no experience at all, he was patient. His style is super easy to follow, and he encouraged me to really enjoy it.
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Judy G.

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  • BS Radio & TV Broadcasting from San Francisco State University
  • Teaches students Male: 8 and up; Female: 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Judy G.

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Greetings!
I've been playing guitar for 40 years, teaching guitar for over 15 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to tune the instrument and play easy songs.

My lessons tailored to the student. We’ll create a Lesson plan with goals and a have live performance opportunity quarterly.

I typically use Hal Leonard books, as well as various other books and songs. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels. I can't wait to meet you!

About Judy

Greetings! Thanks for checking out my lessons. My name is Judy aka Groovy Judy. I'm a guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. I've been playing music for 45 years and teaching private and group lessons for 17 years. I teach guitar, ukulele, beginning electric bass, beginning piano and songwri

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Judy has tailored a program for my daughter that challenges her and simultaneously nurtures her love of bass guitar. We are very happy.
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enjoying my class =)
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Ian M.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 2001
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Ian M.

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About Ian

I started playing guitar originally in 1991. Over the years I eventually picked up bass and ukulele as well (not to mention a plethora of other instruments, such as voice, drums, piano, and harp). I started teaching in 2001 throughout the Chicagoland area. First in music stores, then schools, then

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Bobby P.
Ian has been wonderful with my bonus son. He's learning the ukelele quickly, and I'm so excited to see the world of music beginning to open up for him!
Janet B.
Excellent!
William Z.
First lesson was great. It took a little time setting up and getting to know each other. For a first lesson, I came away with some very useful information on a song I was having a problem with. I like the direction it is going. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Erick B.

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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Associates in Arts from Miami Dade College
  • Teaching since 2003
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Erick B.

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When studying acoustic guitar we'll explore basic theory, harmony, learn chords and songs, and explore techniques such as strumming and finger-style picking amongst other things.

I love tailoring my lessons to my students' specific needs. I have experience teaching students who have performed on tour in styles ranging from pop, rock, latin, even mariachi! :) Can't wait to jam with you!

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*** Lesson Details *** I have 17 years of music teaching experience and I have learned how to explain what seems "complicated" in the most effective and simple manner. My philosophy is that music must make us happy. We have to enjoy the process of learning, practicing, and performing music. We ha

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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 $63. 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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