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Matt M.

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  • Speaks english
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelors Degree of Music-Jazz Performance from William Paterson University
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Matt M.

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I've been studying guitar for 20 years and have been teaching it since 2001. I have a vast knowledge of the techniques and repertoire necessary to succeed as a classical guitarist.

About Matt

I am a professional jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter and teacher. I've been teaching music to students of all ages privately and in groups since 1998. After graduating from William Paterson University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance I spent 10 years in New York City working as a free

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Matthew
Matt was engaging, child-friendly in his instructions to our 5yo, and even took extra time to help us tune our guitar. A totally enriching experience and we look forward to more!
Stacy K.
Laid back but still professional, clearly knows his stuff, visibly very patient. really looking forward to more classes with you Matt!
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Catherine W.

19 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Awarded MSM Scholarship from Manhattan School of Music
  • Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music
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Catherine W.

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I only teach beginner level.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the Ameri

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Sophia D.
Great with children very understanding knows a lot of information willing to help you succeed in success! Would recommend to anyone.
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Merlene
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
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David R.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Speaks Italian, Italian
  • Awarded Solo Recitalist Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
  • Teaching since 1976
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David R.

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David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner. David is committed to helping students enjoy and excel in playing the music they love.

About David

David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed

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laura R.
David is a great teacher. He is very patient and he remains positive. HIs encouragement has helped me tremendously.
Aravinda K.
My daughter has been with David for 4 to 5 years, and he is an excellent teacher. He was extremely passionate, encouraging, and patient while teaching. I would 100% recommend David to anyone wanting to learn guitar.
Erin
My 11 year old daughter Alexa is enjoying her lessons with David. He has been very patient and helpful in teaching her how to play the ukulele. She has made some nice progress in just a few sessions.
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Robert M.

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  • Bachelor of Arts from University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Robert M.

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About Robert

Professional musician in the Asheville, NC. area offering private guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and bass lessons. I am also available for studio recording and live performance. With over 28 years experience, I have been teaching all ages, styles, and levels. This is not a hobby or part-time

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Wilfred B.
Very insightful — was able to immediately diagnose issues with my playing and offer solutions.
Matthew
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.
Ayman
Very insightful and made me feel comfortable right away
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Eric L.

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  • Teaching since 1977
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Award from Gigmasters
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Eric L.

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I am an experienced Classical Guitar teacher of 30 years. My students have gone on to play professionally, have their songs on iTunes and teach at the college level. Available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons to build strong technique from the ground up. I taught Classical at the College level for over 20 years and would like to put that experience to work for you! I typically use the Shearer, Noad and the Royal College of Music Series method books to get beginners and intermediate students started. I use several app which help make your learning experience more enjoyable. Looking forward to working with you.

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Hi, Welcome to my TL's profile! If you're looking at this site, you're already on your way to becoming an AWESOME musician! Whether this is your first attempt at music lessons or you've been playing for a while and trying to improve your skills, I'm EXCITED about working with you. I am a p

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It was a very good lesson
Casey K.
I have wanted to play Banjo for years. Ive taken a few lessons here and there and something seemed to always get in the way. I never got very far at all other than wasting time. I started my lessons with Take Lessons 3 weeks ago. Being a novus I was kinda weary about how long it was going to take me to learn just a basic song and was nervous about being too slow and yada yada yada. I was nervous. When my 1st lesson started with Eric I felt very comfortable. There was no rush and he explained how to correct every mistake I made. (a bunch) and now by my 3rd lesson I can actually play a SONG!! Its slow mind you but its a song! Eric gives me tips on how to practice correctly and gives me assignments for the week which I love. I can practice on my own terms through the week and then come into my lesson, show what I have learned, get great lessons on how to improve and then pick up new material for the coming week. I love it!! Its lessons in my own home, no gas, no crowds and Eric is awesome. I plan on getting more and more lessons fo sho!! Thanks Eric!!
Gary
Outstanding first session. Eric is patient and clear with explanations. He is able to help me feel motivated and confident with working towards my goals.
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Henry A.

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  • Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Awarded NAMED Music Scholarship from Northeastern Illinois University
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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Henry A.

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Tone, phrasing, and technique are what make up the bulk of the practice we will do.
My favorite composers I like to play are Bach, Andrew York, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mauro Giuliani, and Fernando Sor, but the door is always open to any repertoire you would like to bring in.

About Henry

Henry is a guitarist who is an active performer and teacher in Chicago. He has played with Grammy winning musicians, popular wedding/corporate bands, local independent artists, award winning musicals, and played many solo guitar concerts for restaurants and private events. Henry plays and teaches

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Jason S.
Love working with him he’s helped me improve greatly in just my first five lessons and makes it fun to learn.
Otto
I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.
Sarah
Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

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The average cost of 60-minute classical guitar lessons is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $276 per hour.
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"William is not only a guitar teacher, but a great life mentor and friend! I took classical guitar lessons with him while in high school. He is dedicated, patient, attentive to detail, and kind to his students. He knows how to read students and structure instruction on an individual basis and day to day. He is such an inspiration and a fantastic teacher! I highly recommend taking lessons with William. He is phenomenal!"
Ansley
Took Classical Guitar lessons from William G.
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"Loved Ben and Zane liked him also. He was on time and very patient. Loved that the lesson are in our home."
Shelley Davila
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Ben H.
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"My son is taking classes with Halec and it’s going very very well. Halec is patient, motivating and accommodating. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar."
Tibor
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Halec S.
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"I just recently started with Dee. She is doing a great job of helping me realistically assess my performance, and constructively set goals to improve the aspects that need work. It's been fun and very helpful."
TONY
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Dee F.
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"I had been playing primarily heavy metal guitar for the past decade or so, but recently I had been itching to give classical guitar a shot. I chose Shaun primarily because he lived in my area and because he offered in-home lessons at a very reasonable rate.

After 6 months of lessons or so, I have to say I've had every expectation met and exceeded. He puts a lot of effort into designing his own instructional materials (exercises, theory work, etc), and he always comes to the lesson with a plan. He's also done a great job helping me develop proper technique (particularly in the right hand) and certain musicianship skills (e.g., improv, inflection/mood). The pieces he has chosen for me to work on have been both challenging for my skill level but also musically compelling.

Most importantly, he's just the nicest guy in the world, always has a lot of enthusiasm (but isn't over the top), and has an open mind when it comes to others' taste in music and what his students want to get out of the guitar.

In sum: my lessons with him have been very effective and have been a blast, I highly recommend him!"
Alex
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Shaun Z.
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"Classical Guitar with Raymond is the best

I have been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for almost two years. I have enjoyed the lessons tremendously and have improved my playing. Raymond is a very patient teacher and is able to effectively communicate his ideas on how I can improve."
Jose
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Raymond (Remi) L.
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"I have been taking classical guitar lessons with Remi for about a month now and so far my experience has been very positive. Remi is an excellent musician with robust knowledge of theory and technique. His experience and background is impressive as well.

As a teacher, Remi is very patient and works with you to help you understand music theory and improve your techniques. He is focused on making his students well-rounded musicians and has a long-term view in mind with his teaching style, which I appreciate. His sessions are very casual and have a relaxed feeling.

Overall, I rate him very highly as an instructor and I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking to learn an instrument in which he has proficiency."
Alex
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Raymond (Remi) L.
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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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"I’m pretty obsessed with Joey. He’s been so helpful and instrumental (ha!) throughout this process, from helping me pick out my guitar to finding extra practice worksheets to send to me outside of our lessons. He is unnaturally patient (seriously, so patient), I don’t feel pressured during our sessions and in fact, I look forward to our time practicing and playing together. Joey is always ready for my many questions, (I know now what a capo is) and has methodical answers that demonstrate his comprehensive knowledge in music theory and playing classical/electrical guitar. He is truly very generous and kind, very supportive and encouraging, which I am sure is already evident from the many positive reviews from students and parents. I am sure he is an amazing mentor to his young students as he is super sweet to his adults who sound like they’re plucking chickens :)
My only regret is not finding Joey sooner. Taking guitar lessons was a huge step for me, one 20 years in the making, and I’m super thankful to have him as my teacher."
Monica
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Joseph G.
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"Will had been my teacher for about two years before I relocated to another city and he's the best instructor I've had. Will had a great level of patience, he's methodical with his lesson plans, and he's very analytical. His lessons are challenging and there is never a dull moment. Most importantly, he's passionate about music and he'll inspire you to love music as much as he does. I highly recommend Will!"
Freddy
Took Classical Guitar lessons from William G.
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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 classical 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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5 Essential Classical Guitar Exercises | Sheet Music and Video

  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 …

By Megan L.