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Justin M.

34 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • B.A. Music from California Polytechnic State University
  • Teaching since 2005
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Justin M.

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After 20 years of playing and a BA in Music, I know how to break down the guitar and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning guitar and will get you up and playing in no time. If you are tired of trying to figure out how to learn guitar online or you feel stuck at your current level, then I can show you the most effective and efficient way to get your playing to the next level. Lessons will teach you the following:

* songs you actually want to play
* how to read music and guitar tablature
* music theory tailored to suit your needs
* composition and improvisation
* performance practices and music history
* how to play solo pieces and jam with your friends

About Justin

Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and t

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Kelly B.
best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sharon
Extremely kind, warm, smart teacher! Justin set me on my path to learn mandolin, recorded our lessons and emailed them to me, and took the time to explain everything step by step. I highly recommend Justin for both first-time and expert musicians! He is exceptionally talented.
Molly B.
great instructor: good balance of basic techniques and understanding the underlying music. good information on the science and approaches to learning.
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Oliver H.

24 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Bachelors in Upright Bass and Vocal Performance from Knox College
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Oliver H.

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I am here to demystify the music world--with my teaching methods any student can accomplish their dreams! First, we will start with simple techniques to embark on your musical journey and work our way towards our lofty musical goals together.

Learning guitar requires a lot of patience and a good attitude. I focus on fundamental exercises to help any beginner guitar player reach an intermediate level. I cater my lessons to learn tunes that my students care about and love. I let them guide the work!

About Oliver

I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition. I can also teac

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Benjamin
My son is very happy with Oliver as his teacher. They seem to have a good rapport and he (my son) is enthusiastic about his lessons.
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Nate
My son loved his first lesson. Can’t wait to keep going.
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Sean S.

15 Reviews
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Starting at $42
  • Speaks French, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1984
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Sean S.

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I believe that learning music should be as fun and inspiring as it can be to play. We all have a vast wellspring of creative energy within us, and the goal of the relationship between the student and the teacher is to help nurture and develop that latent talent. For this reason, my approach to teaching music is highly individualized. I start out with the premise that the student has unique gifts and my job is to help them discover what those are, and develop and refine them in order to make beautiful and deeply satisfying music, through whatever instrument and in whatever style they are drawn towards.

Depending on one's starting level of experience, some basic exercises will be assigned to develop core skills, with increasing levels of technical challenge and complexity. Elements of music theory will be woven into practical lessons. Students will have the choice to incorporate material from popular and familiar music into their studies, and as they progress they will be encouraged to

About Sean

COVID-19 Update: Due to continuing surges in coronavirus cases, I will be teaching most lessons online for now, using the TakeLessons app or through your web browser (no software is necessary to download). I've found the clarity and responsiveness excellent, and a great bonus is the option to reco

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Anna
I had some technical issues, including no voice, no picture, Echo, sound break up… definitely would not recommend to do on the phone, even with wifi. Good to have second monitor to be able to see instructor on one and online piano keys on the other display. In the end we worked out the glitches and got started. Sean was patient and very helpful. This will be fun.
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Edwin I.

119 Reviews
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Starting at $49
  • Speaks English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Awarded DownBeat Music Award 1998 from DownBeat
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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Edwin I.

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All styles - strumming, fingerpicking
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
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Music analysis

About Edwin

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons. I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 20 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

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David S.
Had an excellent initial discussion with my instructor, Edwin, today. It was big picture but at the same time Edwin’s comments & suggestions gave me confidence in his command of the art (engineering, arrangement, composition & structure, and playing techniques), all the things I’m going to need help with to take my musical projects to another level.
Mike
Edwin is chill, flexible, and conveys a ton of relevant practice tips every lesson.
Vic
I've had 4 lessons with Edwin so far and have already made a lot of good progress, by learning songs and theory and strumming patterns and fingerpicking. Edwin has a genuine interest in my improvement.
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Matthew H.

141 Reviews
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Starting at $26
  • Speaks English, French
  • Bachelors in Communication from Washington State University - Edward R Murrow School of Communications
  • Teaching since 1988
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Matthew H.

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Award-Winning Teacher - Networked/played with various members of Heart & Bad Company & Former Queensryche. Learn Your Favorite Songs Quickly & Accurately.
2020 Update - I'm Pacific NW Guitarist for Rudy Parris from "NBC TV's The Voice!" Go Team Blake -

Teaching Bluegrass Guitar Is My Specialty.. Been Playing & Performing For 35 years now!

About Matthew

Master How To Play An Instrument or Sing with Celeb Online or In-Studio Music Lessons & Personal Coaching.. Learn How Associates Of Mine Made it On American Idol 2021 & “NBC TV’s The Voice!" Develop The Sound & Singing Voice You Want & Need For Success! Congrats Ava August 2021 - I'm So Proud O

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lakshmaan
So kind and patient very perfect!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely continue lessons with him.
Parasara R
so kind and patient
Catherine
So fun! Matthew is very knowledgeable about music and how to help you meet your goals. I hadn't done anything like this before and am learning so much while having such a good time. Thanks, Matthew! Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Alex M.

23 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Teaches students 8 to 65
  • Teaching since 2003
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Alex M.

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From strumming chords & holding a pick, to using thumb & finger picks, alternate tuning & capo strategies, I work to inspire & elevate technique, musicality & fluency in the bluegrass genre.

About Alex

My name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, Oud, bouzouki, 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

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Ron P.
Alex was awesome- I really enjoyed the time and learned a lot Alex has a great skill of being able to connect with people.
Cathleen
Alex is a terrific teacher. He really connects with my son and introduces new musical ideas to him. My son is always happy after his lessons with Alex whether they meet in person or streaming.
Richard B.
One cannot do better than lessons with Alex. He is extremely knowledgeable and explains the most difficult concepts in a clear and perceptive ways.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing bluegrass guitar teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream bluegrass guitar teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute bluegrass guitar lessons is $87. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $50 and $300 per hour.
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"I get a lot out of every lesson and a lot to take away and work on in practice as well. Great experience and I've noticeably improved after just a few lessons."
Matthew
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Robert M.
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"Works very well with beginners like myself. Kind, patient, and helpful. Looking forward to further lessons."
Cady
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Richard C.
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"I had a wonderful first lesson with Richard. It was fun and he taught me exercises that I can actually do and really make music right off the bat. I was scared that I'd be overwhelmed and not be able to do anything right but Richard broke things down into small steps that were easy to follow. I'm really looking forward to my next lesson. Thanks Richard!"
Janice
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Richard C.
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"Lucian will listen to whatever it is that you want to learn and give you all the building blocks to play how you want to play and explore your options on the neck in many different ways. I am a intermediate guitar player and within a few lessons with Lucian I was given tools to work on and practice for months to improve my skills and technique/ approach to playing. I would recommend his lessons to ANYONE looking to improve!"
Chase
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Lucian W.
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"Brad Farmer is a classically trained guitarist with an emphasis in Bluegrass guitar. He has the perfect teacher "temperament" and never gets frustrated with me...very patient and able to provide great insight on the best ways to practice so that you can obtain your goals quickly. While taking lessons with Brad, I have made marked improvements in a short period of time. Highly recommended!"
Landon
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Brad F.
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"Max was a great teacher. I walked in wanting to learn better soloing techniques for my bluegrass guitar. With Max's help, I got over several humps in my playing and solo creating skills. If you're looking for a solid teacher that listens to what you have to say, Max is your teacher."
Matthew
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Max Z.
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"Brad is an excellent instructor. Willing to work with the student on their goals."
Tim
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Brad F.
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"Very insightful — was able to immediately diagnose issues with my playing and offer solutions."
Wilfred
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Robert M.
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"Tara has been teaching our 8 year old Evan Bluegrass guitar for a little over two years. He looked forward to his weekly opportunity to learn and play with Ms. Tara. To watch her interact - educate - and entertain Evan - was just a joy. We are sorry she has left Virginia - impossible to replace - if you get the chance - take it! She is an amazing teacher and a great friend of our Son."
Don
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Tara L.
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"Alex has been my guitar teacher now for about 9 months and I have thoroughly enjoyed the lessons. He is always enthusiastic with the music we're learning and has a very clear way of explaining new ideas. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher!"
Catherine
Took Bluegrass Guitar lessons from Alex R.
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Private Bluegrass Guitar Lessons Near You

First developed and explored by musicians in the 1940s, bluegrass guitar is a style of playing the acoustic flat-top guitar that's defined by the rhythms, runs, leads, and picking used by the guitar player. Bluegrass guitar styles are commonly played in American bluegrass, folk, and country music. Thanks to the versatility of the style, bluegrass guitar players can easily blend into the background chorus of a song or take center stage with an impressive flatpicking run. 

You can introduce yourself to the musical stylings that make bluegrass unique by listening to and learning to play some of the genre's standard and most popular songs. We recommend checking out recordings of "Whiskey Before Breakfast," "Blackberry Blossom," "Red-Haired Boy," "Salt Creek," and "Old Joe Clark." Blu

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egrass guitar players today can be found touring the country with sold-out performances or playing small local stages at barn dances and more. There are opportunities for bluegrass guitar players all over, since this popular style of music is so well-loved by fans. 

Why Learn to Play Bluegrass Guitar?

The most common reason musicians and aspiring musicians alike turn to bluegrass guitar is for the love of bluegrass music. Bluegrass guitar has the capacity to convey a range of sounds and emotions. Bluegrass covers it all — from sweet tunes that tug listeners' heartstrings and sorrowful melodies that draw tears to toe-tapping tunes and catchy refrains to which audiences can't help but dance and sing along. 

With private lessons, you'll learn to stir a full spectrum of emotions in your audience. You'll wield the same musical power as bluegrass guitar legends, like Lester Flatt, Carter Stanley, Doc Watson, and Ricky Skaggs. Whether you plan to play for family and friends, perform on your own, or join a band, learning to play bluegrass guitar will open up a variety of musical opportunities both on stage and off. 

The Best Way to Learn Bluegrass Guitar and What You'll Study

Although it's easy to find free bluegrass guitar classes online, the best way to learn is by studying with a private bluegrass guitar tutor. Learning and teaching bluegrass guitar isn't a one-size-fits all technique. In private lessons, you'll enjoy course content that's customized to your individual interests, abilities, and learning style. No two private lessons are the same, and bluegrass guitar classes for adults differ greatly in terms of content and teaching methods from children's bluegrass guitar lessons. 

In private lessons, you'll quickly overcome challenges. You'll also avoid developing bad, potentially harmful habits with your posture or playing technique. With your teacher's immediate feedback and undivided attention, your skills will improve fast, as you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Bluegrass Guitar Lessons

If you have little or no previous experience playing guitar, then beginner bluegrass guitar lessons are for you. In beginner lessons, you'll learn the basics of playing guitar and be introduced to the basics techniques that give bluegrass its unique sound. Your beginner bluegrass guitar tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Guitar anatomy and care
  • Proper guitar hold and posture
  • Boom-chuck bluegrass rhythm
  • Basic chords and fingering
  • Learn how to read musical notation and guitar tablature
  • Introduction to music theory

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Bluegrass Guitar Classes

Intermediate bluegrass guitar lessons are perfect for students who are familiar with the basics of playing guitar. In intermediate lessons, you'll learn more challenging bluegrass techniques and practice exercises to strengthen and develop your skill level. Your bluegrass guitar teacher might cover some of the following topics:

  • Strumming techniques
  • Flatpicking and alternate picking
  • Major, minor, and pentatonic scales
  • Pick exercises
  • Upstrokes and swing
  • Downstrokes and bass notes

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Bluegrass Guitar lessons

Advanced bluegrass guitar lessons are intended for students who've almost mastered the art of playing bluegrass guitar. In advanced lessons, you'll further challenge yourself to improve, while developing your own unique style. Although course content in advanced lessons depends greatly on the student's interests and goals, your teacher might cover some of the following topics:

  • Expert licks
  • Improve efficiency of movement
  • Developing personal bluegrass style
  • Soloing and improvisation
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Bluegrass Guitar Teacher Near You

If you're ready to learn to play bluegrass guitar like the greats, then you're in luck! Finding a bluegrass guitar teacher on TakeLessons is easy. A quick search will direct you to variety of highly experienced, qualified tutors offering lessons near you and online. Before selecting the teacher that's right for you, we recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other bluegrass guitar students. 

The price of bluegrass guitar classes varies, but most teachers charge rates based on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding a bluegrass guitar tutor who fits both your schedule and budget. Plus, investing in private lessons pays off big-time! With your teacher's personalized instruction, you'll be flatpicking and rolling in no time!

Popular Bluegrass Guitar Articles from our Blog

3 Common Bluegrass Guitar Terms and Techniques

Want to join in a bluegrass song circle or play on your own for fun? Guitar teacher Matthew K. shares the three terms and techniques you'll need to know to play bluegrass guitar... Learning bluegrass on the guitar is not much different than learning blues, rock, or country guitar. There are terms and techniques that you will come across in learning bluegrass guitar that may confuse you, but do not fret! Below are three common bluegrass terms that you will certainly come across while learnin …

By Megan L.

How To Play Bluegrass Guitar: Common Fingerstyle Techniques

Want to master blisteringly fast bluegrass guitar picking? Guitar teacher Collin K. shares the essential fingerstyle techniques to practice to get you up to lightning speed! Ever thought of becoming a successful bluegrass guitarist like Doc Watson, Clarence White, or Lester Flatt? Well you can, and it’s easier than you think! Before beginning you will need a thumb pick, two finger picks, and preferably a metronome. If you don't have a metronome, you can find a free internet plugin by using …

By Suzy S.

7 Easy Bluegrass Songs on Guitar

Even beginners can start playing a little bluegrass guitar. Music teacher Matthew K. shares a selection of his favorite easy bluegrass guitar songs... When I first listened to bluegrass music, I knew I had to learn the guitar parts. They are very intricate and fun! The patterns weave in and out of each other, creating a sound that is unique to the genre. It can be a daunting sound for any beginner - and it may seem impossible at first - but remember, everyone has to start at the beginning …

By Megan L.