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Francesca V.

101 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Awarded Forte Award from California Music Studios
  • Teaches students 3 to 75
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Francesca V.

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Having studied guitar in Spain with masters of the craft, Francesca has a personal passion for classical and Spanish guitar. The first instrument Francesca seriously studied was the classical guitar, starting at age 4. It is her first language. Francesca regularly travels to South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean to teach masterclasses and immerse herself in local musical cultures.

About Francesca

Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

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Heather
Francesca is wonderful. My son has developed a love of learning piano and reading music. He looks forward to every lesson. I have never had to remind him to practice- he seeks opportunities to share what he is learning and is eager to share his progress with Francesca every week. She is supportive and motivating. I know she loves to develop a love music in her students by her obvious dedication to developing their love and understanding of music.
Nicole L.
My 7 year old son won't stop singing so I figured I'd put him in some lessons. She's a good mix of patient and fun while still keeping him on track. I thought it would just be a lot of scales, but she teaches him all aspects about singing/performance and uses his favorite genres to teach them. Excellent instructor!
Andrea D.
I've been working with Francesca for a few months now, and I feel I've grown so much. Prior to this I've sparsely attempted to play instruments, but she has taken her knowledge and passion and been able to pass that on to me while constantly reminding me that one day I will be good. And I believe it! I've come a long way to establish a regular practice routine, still working on it with her, and I have high expectations for the future. I recommend her to my own people and I recommend her to you.
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Brian C.

26 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1995
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Brian C.

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We learn classical guitar by studying the works of Carcassi, Sor, Aguado & Tarrega. I have an extensive library of works from the baroque and classical periods.

About Brian

I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates. I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock musi

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Lily Hipp
Brian is the man! I've been casually learning how to play guitar on my own for the last few years, but I have very little actual music theory knowledge and I've definitely picked up some not-so-good habits along the way. Brian has been awesome at filling in the gaps and getting my fundamentals straightened out - I've learned more in just a few lessons with him than I have in years of "noodling".
Edward
Off to a great start - thanks, Brian.
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William G.

57 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Teaches students 8 to 80
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Shenandoah University Conservatory
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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William G.

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Are you interested in learning to play the music you love, using techniques that are actually healthy for your hands? My instruction promotes efficient, ergonomically sound, time-tested playing techniques.

Do you want to play well? Then you need to learn to practice well. Quality practice coaching will make a profound difference in your ability to learn and play music effectively, but it takes time. That's why I offer weekly full hour lessons at a reasonable price.

I offer training for acoustic as well as electric (steel and/or nylon string) instruments and provide instruction in popular music styles as well as formal classical.

Quality practice coaching will make a profound difference in your ability to learn and play music effectively, but it takes time. That's why I offer weekly full hour lessons at a reasonable price. Practice well and you will play well.

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About William

I am a professional guitar instructor. I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated with High Honors. My formal training includes classical guitar performance, jazz guitar and improvisation, music theory and arranging, psychology, piano, violin, recording, and much more. With

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William is friendly, knowledgable, and a great teacher. He helped me break some bad old habits and expand my music reading and playing abilities.
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Justin M.

34 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaching since 2005
  • B.A. Music from California Polytechnic State University
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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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Had a great 1st lesson with Justin. He listened to my goals and I feel great about starting with him!
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Billy N.

13 Reviews
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  • Speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 1982
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Billy N.

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I've been teaching 20 years. Classical Guitar technique is the foundation for most fingerpicking styles. Exploring the repertoire of Bach, the classic guitar composers - Sor, Guliani, Carcassi and learning how to arrange melodies for the guitar even if not written for guitar are some of the goals when I teach this style. My specialty is Brazilian Guitar and I have available vast repertoire of guitar music for the "Classical Guitar" plus I've explored the works of Piazolla and Leo Brouwer to name 2 guitarists. For Beginners we begin with 2 fingers, basic reading, getting a feel for your instrument, all made fun through the use of melodic material from various sources, sometimes pop tunes chosen by the student

About Billy

Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music

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Rolf T.
So far great - just started
Kay D.
Billy is a patient instructor who is perfect for a beginner with some musical knowledge. I feel like we accomplished quite a bit in one lesson and I am looking forward to advancing under his guidance! #totallyworthit
Flaminia D.
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
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Maria S.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks Italian, German, French, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Maria S.

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About Maria

Maria S’s love of the arts, innate gifts, and years of training have led her to perform leading and supporting roles in dozens of musicals and operas over the past 20 years. Some of those include: Meet Me In St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, The Last Five Years, Les Misérables, South Pacific, The King an

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Rose R.
Maria is by far the perfect person to start this journey with. Her knowledge is phenomenal, and I can't wait to keep growing in my singing abilities!!
Anthony C.
Maria was teaching my daughter opera, she learned a lot and we'll seek her out again to continue. She is an expert in her field. My daughter loved her and everyone she encountered in the music industry wanted to learn how she learned this and how she learned that when we told them they said she had a good teacher. We'll be back Maria. Thanks for all you've shown her.
Ava
My daughter’s first lesson was great!

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Average Cost of Classical Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute classical guitar lessons is $67. 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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"The reason why I called Jim was to help me with my classical guitar pieces for my ASU audition. I had very little experience in this side and of music and looking for a teacher was important. I hired Jim for an hour every Sunday the past month of January. The way he approached the music pieces and the knowledge he had was very impressive. Jim is also very patient and lets you have control over the lesson and start or suggest were to begin the lecture. I was able to lean a piece and know how to approach classical guitar thanks to Jim. There were somethings that I din't like about some of the lessons, There were times that when Jim was lecturing, he would get side tracked and forget about the topic and not even look at the music for a great majority of the hour, it was defiantly frustrating. Nonetheless, Jim is a great teacher, always appreciated when he stayed over the hour to further discus the piece. For these reasons I have decided to give Jim a four out of five rating."
Carlos
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Jim W.
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"Jason Free is an excellent teacher. He is able to tailor lessons to the individual student's interest and experience. I really recommend him."
Helen
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Jason F.
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"I actually got these lessons for my Mom who is 86 yrs young. After her list lesson she called me and said she was very glad I picked Diego for her instructor, he has the patience that she'd hope for. They both sang together in Spanish it was awesome and she is very excited to continue her classes with Diego.. So I'm going to bumper her up to 45 min. Instead of 30 min on her next set of classes. Thanks Diego for helping make my Mom's dreams of playing classical guitar come true.... her daughter...Susie"
Susie
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Diego H.
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"Marc is a great classical guitar teacher. He makes learning fun and easy. I highly recommend him."
Annette
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Marc M.
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"It's been a great experience taking lessons from Dennis. He is clearly very knowledgeable about the subject matter, and is very patient and clear in his teaching instructions. He also takes the time to explain the theory behind the instructions and strives to keep every session interesting and fun."
Vipin
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Dennis H.
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"Tony was awesome. This was my first ever lesson, despite having "played" for many years - Tony was friendly and gentle in his approach to showing me all my bad technique and habits and how to correct them. I'm looking forward to many more lessons and growing my ability through his guidance!"
Luke
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Antoniy K.
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"Hugo is one of a kind. Great teacher and an amazing human being! Took lessons with him back in Boston while he was still studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and it couldn't have been better. Improved my repertoire and my technique meanly when it comes to fingerstyle. Highly recommended!"
Rodrigo
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Hugo A.
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"Very good lesson. It was very enjoyable and Phillip was very encouraging."
Anna
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Phillip Z.
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"he is a great instructor."
Kristen
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Grant H.
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"I feel it's safe to say that Jason would be a great teacher for anyone. I am a 78 yr old who has been self-teaching classical/fingerstyle for years but to really make progress I need instruction from a good teacher. I had my first lesson with Jason and am confident that he will prove to be the right instructor for me. He is extremely skilled, versatile, patient, and definitely personalizes his instruction for the student. I am more enthused about playing than I’ve been for years – and only after one lesson!!"
Toddi
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Jason M.
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Private Classical Guitar Lessons Near You

The classical guitar is the father of the modern-day guitar. Normally, the classical guitar is played with the fingers, rather than a pick, and it has a wider fretboard to allow for more complex fingering positions. 

Often referred to as the “Spanish guitar,” this instrument might look like the average guitar, but it uses nylon strings. These strings feel and sound much different than the steel strings of a modern acoustic. Classical guitars can achieve a wide range of sounds - everything from soft, romantic tones to powerful, heavy notes.

When you think of classical guitar music, you likely hear the twinkling notes of beautiful pieces by composers like Vivaldi and Mozart. While these pieces are moving enough to inspire many musicians to pick up the instrument, the classic

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al guitar repertoire isn't limited to 200-year-old tunes. 

Music written and arranged for classical guitar runs the gambit and includes genres like Latin, R&B, and pop. So whether you want to rock Bach or serenade your special someone, you can do it all with the musical stylings of a classical guitar.

Why Learn Classical Guitar?

There are lots of reasons why learning the classical guitar is a good investment. Learning to read guitar tablature, while memorizing and forming chord shapes, is like a trip to the gym for your brain's memory. Playing classical guitar improves both muscle and cognitive memory. 

Since the classical guitar and its music is so tonally driven, practicing it also improves your ability to listen, hear, and understand language. In addition to this mental workout, classical guitar also strengthens your wrists and fingers, improving dexterity and motor skills. 

When taking classical guitar lessons near you, you'll start to experience all of these benefits and more. Plus, while playing the soft nylon strings of a classical guitar, you won't have to endure nearly as much pain as you would while learning to play on a steel string guitar.

Topics You'll Learn in Classical Guitar Classes Near You

When you’re ready to learn to play classical guitar, taking one-on-one lessons with a teacher is the best way to go. When studying with a private classical guitar teacher, you'll find that you learn faster with prompt feedback and lessons designed to meet your individual needs and goals. 

All TakeLessons teachers select inspiring repertoire that is appropriate for your skill level and interests. With customized lesson plans, students of all ages can learn classical guitar quickly. Keep in mind that classical guitar lessons for kids differ greatly from classical guitar lessons for adults, but here are some of the general topics you’ll learn at each level. 

Sample Curriculum in Classical Guitar for Beginners

Classical guitar lessons for beginners are designed to introduce you to music theory and the basics of playing the instrument. As you advance in lessons, you'll build upon the foundational skills learned in classical guitar for beginners. Here are some of the topics your teacher will likely cover at this level:

  • Guitar tuning
  • Proper posture and hold
  • Hand and finger exercises
  • Right and left hand positions
  • Plucking and strumming techniques
  • Introduction to music theory
  • Reading music notation, and tablature
  • Playing simple melodies

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Classical Guitar Lessons

Intermediate lessons are intended for students who are already familiar with the basics of classical guitar. While honing your existing skills, intermediate lessons will help you explore new techniques and improve your sound. Lessons at this stage often cover the following topics:

  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Arpeggio exercises
  • Rhythm
  • Slurs
  • Half barres
  • Upper positions

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Classical Guitar Lessons

Advanced classical guitar lessons are intended for highly experienced students who have mastered the skills needed to play almost any piece of music. In these lessons, you’ll experiment with new sounds and techniques, while learning the following topics:

  • Advanced fingering and finger agility
  • Tremolo techniques
  • Vibrato
  • Harmonics
  • Composition and songwriting
  • Improvisation
  • Performance preparation

Finding Classical Guitar Teachers Near You

If you're ready to learn to play classical guitar, you'll need to find a good instructor. A quick search in our directory will reveal hundreds of classical guitar teachers near you. Whether you wish to study in a music studio or sign up for online lessons, you'll be able to find an experienced and highly qualified teacher at TakeLessons. 

Our highly rated teachers offer lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. Be sure to check out the reviews and recommendations left by students just like you. Whether classical guitar is the first or fifth instrument you plan to learn, working with a TakeLessons teacher will help you make new discoveries every lesson and overcome challenges as you practice.

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  Earlier, we took a look at how to develop your right hand for classical guitar. In this article, guitar teacher Raymond L. will add to the balance by teaching you exercises for the left hand... The classical guitar repertoire covers more scales and arpeggios than any other technical skill. Therefore, I consider it important for you, as a classical guitar player or student, to focus on these following exercises. They're based on scales and arpeggios for the purpose of developing …

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When it comes to playing the guitar, there are many different kinds of styles you can explore. Of course, you’ve probably heard of acoustic and guitar songs, but then there is also jazz, country, funk, and blues guitar music, among many other styles. On top of that, you may discover the world of classical guitar music. But what exactly is classical guitar music?  Classical guitar music most often refers to a style of guitar music that was popular in the 1700s and 1800s. To perform this …

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With so many different types of music in San Francisco and so many cultural activities to explore, it can be easy to forget that SF has an incredible classical music scene! Here's your guide to classical concerts in San Francisco, plus other ways to listen to Wagner, Haydn, Stravinsky, Bach, and Chopin while living in the City by the Bay. Classical Music on the Radio in San Francisco The radio is your daily connection to classical music, whether you're commuting in your car, working at your …

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