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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing 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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Average Cost of Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $17 and $207 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$35 average
$132
45-min $15
 
$46 average
$135
60-min $17
 
$59 average
$207

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute guitar lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute guitar lessons are 23% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $35.

Curious how much guitar lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best guitar teachers .

Guitar Lesson Reviews from Students

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Matthew N.

Naperville, IL
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX
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Naperville, IL
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Matthew has studied guitar for over 15 years. He has played professionally in the Chicago area for over ten years.

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Tejas A. December 31, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My 9 year old son had his first session yesterday, and he loved it. Matthew is great, responsive and especially patient! My son is looking forward to having more sessions!
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Gabriel S. November 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Matt is an amazing instructor. I highly recommend him.
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Ryder S. October 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor! My kids really enjoyed the session and now have direction for practice this week.

About Mark B.

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Castro Valley, CA
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I teach all levels of guitar lessons, from beginner to advanced professional...in all styles, except classical/flamenco.

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Tina M. January 31, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Mark is a wonderful guitar teacher and is great for anyone at any level. He's an awesome guitarist too. I highly recommend Mark.
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Joshua November 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Mark is very patient and funny! My son and dad both enjoyed ukulele class. They are looking forward to continuing their weekly lessons. Thank you so much Mark! :)
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Scott August 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Been working with Mark for 2 years now - electric and acoustic; it's time I share just how much learning and fun is going on! Some lessons we pick apart songs to understand how/why they work. Some lessons are thematic - modes, signature changes, turnarounds, etc. Crazy impressive guitar skills, explains theory and conjures up relevant examples, very adaptable, and extremely patient. My friends say it's made a huge difference in my playing!

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San Antonio, TX
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I design my guitar lessons around each individual student and strive to keep the lesson light and enjoyable while also aiming for a high standard of education. Whether you are looking to play for pleasure at home,around the campfire,or want to learn practical music theory for composition and/or improvisation. I have instruction programs for all levels and styles from beginner to advanced and from ages 7 years on up.

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Hannah December 27, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Dara September 6, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Mark D. August 30, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My lesson was great. I’ve struggled for years to really get everything to come together, and I’m already starting to see and feel how Rick is, and will continue to, make that happen.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA
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Grant H.

New Orleans, LA
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Will V.

Seattle, WA
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El Cajon, CA

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Various genres of guitar including: rock, metal, shred, blues, funk, pop.

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Will January 11, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Trevor is wonderful and sensitive to special learning needs.
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Randy W. November 20, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I would think the first lesson is always the hardest to start since as an instructor you don’t know what skill level you will be teaching. Trevor started the class asking what I wanted to accomplish and ended with lots of practice lessons for me to complete. Looking forward to more classes with him.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.

About Grant H.

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New Orleans, LA

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I like to make learning an instrument fun and easy to fit into your schedule!

If you're an adult finally getting around to learning your dream instrument or a child following your passion of playing music I tailor your lessons specifically to you. We look at what you want to play, pick specific songs that you want to learn, and learn the techniques you need to play these songs. It sounds simple, but it's so effective and much more fun to learn this way!

If you have any questions for me hit the "Ask Grant A Question" button, I would love to hear from you and discuss your interests in music!

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Sue February 14, 2019
· Guitar · Online
It was great - really excited about learning new stuff!
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Martina February 5, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Love working with Mr. Patient Grant! I highly recommend him to others. I'm learning at my own, turtle-like pace, but I am learning.
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Martina January 29, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Finally got a chance to take private lessons to start learning to play the Ukelele. I like that Grant is patient. Look forward to my next class. Gracias!

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Seattle, WA
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I am a patient, professional teacher with over 20 years of experience. If you are a beginner, I will get you off to a great start and you be surprised at how much you wil be able to play after only one lesson. If you've already been playing for a while, I can make suggestions that will immediately improve your playing. I customize your lessons to match your learning style, so you can learn faster. The lessons are enjoyable and challenging enough to move you to the next level of your playing.

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Jack H. November 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Will was great!! Warm and welcoming to my 11 year old.
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Laurel October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Amazing! I've learned so much after just 3 lessons! I look forward to my lessons each week.
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Rick September 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Will is friendly, knowledgeable and listens to my needs. He knows the psychology of learning and playing and keeps the lesson in balance.

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Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Guitar articles on our blog.

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6 Easy-to-Learn Classic Country Songs for Guitarists

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6 Easy-to-Learn Classic Country Songs for Guitarists
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Three Legit Places to Find the Best Free Guitar Lessons
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Yearning to learn to strum a tune? Guitar teacher Kirk R. shares a perfect first lesson in strumming a guitar... Most of the songs that my guitar students want to learn consist largely, if not completely, of strummed chords. While most students are able to pick up both simple and more complicated rhythms, or strumming patterns, often I notice that beginners have a hard time keeping track of where the beat is and really getting into the groove of the song. It’s also common that I se

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Guitar Lessons

The guitar is one of the most common instruments for beginner musicians. It’s fun to play, and with practice and dedication, most students can learn to play several easy songs within 1-2 months!

It shouldn’t be a surprise that students learn faster when taking private guitar lessons or classes, compared to watching video tutorials or YouTube videos. Finding a specialized teacher - whether in-home, studio, or online classes - for one-on-one guitar tutoring will give you the feedback and personal attention you need to become the best guitar player you can be!

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert Guitar Lessons

Private Guitar lessons with a certified TakeLessons teacher are customized to each and every student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students get to practice basic songs, basic exercises, and basic techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level guitarists to develop greater skills, to break through their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately get more satisfaction, meaning, and even paid opportunities from the becoming a skilled guitarist.

We understand advancing guitarists might have professional goals, so our teachers can guide you how to increase chances of getting more and higher paying gigs. Who knows, someday, you might even become a TakeLessons guitar instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring guitarists like you.

Guitar Lessons for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

If you’re the type of parent who believes music can improve early childhood development, science has good news for you. A recent study suggests that guitar practice can help children better and faster process music and verbal language. Hearing different pitches and tones can help one better parse spoken words. So while every parent should remain careful not to forcefully involve their little ones in music, sports, and other interests, parents can still take a gentler approach that stimulates joy and curiosity, and plant a seed for lifelong learning.

Guitar Lessons for Kindergartners and Grade Schoolers

Science also has good news for kids older than preschool age. Research suggests music lessons improve academic performance, as well as cognitive skills in children. Guitar lessons and practice can help improve motor skills, cognitive performance, and listening skills at a young age.

TakeLessons instructors are background-checked, and highly qualified to give your kids the lessons they need to stay engaged, enjoy the learning process, and to gradually and continually improve one key, one note at a time. After all, learning at a younger age yields the greatest and most long-lasting benefits.

The last thing you want to do is force a kid into playing and practicing so much that they begin to flame out and reject something as powerful and life-changing as the Guitar.

Guitar Lessons for Students with Special Needs

Some TakeLessons instructors specialize in teaching students with special needs. We believe that not every student learns the same way, and that every student, regardless of their special needs, is capable of becoming a great guitar player and musician.

If you can’t find a special needs teacher near you, try searching for online teachers, to find the perfect teacher that can meet your or your child’s needs.

Guitar Lessons for Teenagers and High Schoolers

The teen and tween years are the make or break years for most people, in deciding whether they’re going to stick with a childhood hobby or interest, for life. As you go through puberty, and begin preparing for life as an adult, and responsibilities pile on your plate, the first things to go tend to be the personal interests you’re passionate about, because they don’t pay the bills. Also, because they’re not an official part of your school curriculum. In other words, what was once a must-have becomes a nice-to-have.

This is why it’s important to have someone that holds you accountable for prolonging your learning and practicing, regardless of whether it’s a musical instrument, or a sport, or any other after-school matter. Someone to keep you motivated. And if you decide to make your passion a profession, someone to guide you along the way on how to find the right opportunities for paid gigs, or even a full-time career in playing the Guitar.

Guitar Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t the best idea for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and practicing. You can still work on the guitar by taking classes or participating in music programs at your college. These tend to be more affordable, more social, and less stressful than trying to fit private lessons into your routine.

Another great option is TakeLessons Live, where you can take unlimited group classes led by an expert guitar teacher, whenever you want for FREE, and practice the guitar with others like you.

Guitar Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the Guitar or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for routine Guitar practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that Guitar practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

A new study on the long-term benefits of music lessons reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not, regardless of whether it was a Guitar, or a harmonica, or an accordion, or any instrument for that matter.

The study found that participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had faster responses to speech sounds than participants without any training — even though no one in the first group had played an instrument for about 40 years.

Guitar Lessons for Senior Citizens & Retirees

Another study showed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21463047 that practicing a musical instrument can slow down the aging process. The study of adults ranging from ages 60 to 83 revealed that those who played music regularly had better verbal and non-verbal memory, verbal fluency, visuomotor speed, and cognitive flexibility.

Even if you’ve never played a musical instrument or shown any interest, it’s never too late to start. Even latecomers can fall in love with something as timeless as the Guitar. After all, age isn’t a relevant factor, when it comes to curiosity, pleasure, and determination.

What to Learn with Private Guitar Lessons

Learn about Guitar basics such as the role of strings, notes, chords, progressions, scales, tabs, and guitar theory.

Learn about modes, licks, triads, riffs, arpeggios, tuners, amps, the fretboard. Learn to play with picks or fingers.

Learn how to read sheet music, to play guitar by ear, and to understand music theory.

Learn about differences between acoustic and electric guitars, and other specific types of guitars, such as country, blues, and of course, the classical.

Learn how to sing and play guitar solo, or how to play guitar in a band.

Learn about the various ways to tune a guitar: standard, alternative, and scordatura.

Learn about the capo, slides, straps, amplifiers, speakers and other accessories used to hold and play the guitar, and to produce high quality sound.

Learn about playing posture with both right and left hands, and dozens of techniques such as strumming, flat picking, finger picking, percussive, legato, harmonic, and other cool techniques.

Free Guitar Lessons and Classes

Check out this free video tutorial on how to play guitar like Prince.

A free video lesson on guitar power chords.

A free lesson on guitar fretboard exercises

A free lesson on guitar scales

An easy guitar tutorial to play “Same Old Love” by Selena Gomez

An intro to guitar scales

A free guitar lesson on how to play notes on A and E strings

Lastly, to practice the guitar with others like you, sign up for TakeLessons Live Guitar, and take unlimited classes for free.

Be sure to check out our blog for tips, advice, tutorials, infographics and more on learning the guitar fast.

Other Benefits of Guitar Lessons

• Lessons are fully customized for your age, experience level and interests.
• Extensive roster of certified, friendly teachers.
• Access to an online lesson journal to keep you on track and motivated.
• 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Our guitar instructors work with students of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. We guarantee a customized experience that will exceed your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

We have local teachers available near you and in thousands of cities across the United States, with online guitar lessons as an option as well. Sign up today! If you're not ready for private lessons, learn how to play guitar with TakeLessons Live group classes, the new and affordable way to get expert instruction.

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