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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 $58. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $15 and $180 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$34 average
$107
45-min $15
 
$46 average
$134
60-min $15
 
$58 average
$180

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 21% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $34.

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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Popular Guitar teachers

Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Rick P.

San Antonio, TX
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Neil K.

San Jose, CA
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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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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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Jordan July 22, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Highly knowledgeable and an excellent teacher. Always finds a way to make lessons entertaining.

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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.

About Neil K.

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San Jose, CA

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I've been teaching guitar for the past 15 years. I help students find their unique musical voice through the study of songs and techniques they are interested in. For younger students I also use the Hal Leonard guitar method books to learn music reading. As students advance we switch to William Levitt's Modern method for guitar for jazz students, or Christopher Parkening's classical guitar method for fingerstyle players. Students should be able to play chords to their favorite tunes within 6 weeks. I teach to inspire passion for music. If you love music it makes it fun to practice. When you practice it makes music fun!

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Jane D. October 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Neil is an amazing music teacher! I wanted to learn guitar from scratch and he worked around all of my obstacles. He is beyond patient, super easy to learn from, and highly reliable. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of music but if you're not interested in that, he'll just help you put your hands on the instrument and play. Highly recommend!!!
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Jane D. December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Neil couldn't be better for a first-time player! Very patient and positive. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Inja K. August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very good !

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA
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Lars N.

Atlanta, GA
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Peter S.

East Setauket, NY
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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 Lars N.

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I've been a writing, recording, performing and touring artist for 21 years now. I play in a national band and also do singer/songwriter solo work.
All of it came from learning how to play the guitar. I firmly believe that anybody can learn this, if they want to put in the work and effort. I guess the saying is: ''you don't work music, you play it, but it takes work to learn to play it''. Anyways, I've gathered a lot of experience over the years and still learning everyday. I really enjoy the teaching aspect of music and to make those musical connections with people. I think Keith Richards said it best when asked about the best part of being a musician,: ''you pass it on''. I will stand by that. Looking forward to meeting you!

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Sri April 6, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars is a really good teacher. He makes teaching fun. He teaches with great patience to my 5 year old since he is too little to handle guitar. My son loves the classes and eagerly waits for the next lesson. My elder one started to play lead guitar. We would highly recommend him.
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Robert March 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars is an awesome guitar teacher for my 14-year-old son, Robert! He's cool 😎 and he's also a really talented instructor. Not everyone has the gift of teaching, but Lars is really good with kids and patient with beginners. It's also super convenient to have him come to our home.
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Shweta P. April 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He is a great teacher

About Peter S.

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East Setauket, NY

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Experienced teacher of 12 years, working with all ages and playing abilities. I will organize a individual lesson plan and help you reach any of your goals. I can teach technique, songs, theory, reading, exercises in any style wether it's rock, jazz, pop, or classical. I also can help with songwriting and recording/producing your own music.

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Ryan J. January 5, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I started with Peter when I was 13 years old and continued taking weekly lessons until I was 19. In those 7 years Peter helped take my playing from an intermediate level to a near expert level. Our weekly meetings ranged from just learning new songs, music theory, or just jamming over backing tracks we would create. Peter is knowledgable in every form of music. In our years of lessons we enjoyed playing classic rock, blues, jazz, classical, and gypsy jazz. Peter was able to walk me teach me through the beginning levels of Music Theory.

Most importantly through our 7 years together, became was able to take me from a very shy musician to someone who was very confident on stage playing at different bars. Peter went from being a teacher to a very close friend as he helped me grow. Although I do not take lessons with him anymore due to being away at college, I keep in touch with Peter every time I am home.

I would highly recommend Peter to anyone at any level guitar playing. He has the patience someone needs if you're just starting out and the expertise to help take even some of the best players to the next level.
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Doug L December 24, 2018
· Classical Guitar · Online
Peter I’ve played guitar for 30 years and since playing under your guidance I feel I have rediscovered my own nstrument..... I truly thank you....
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Zachary December 15, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Peter Scoma is the best spankin guitar teacher on the island let me just say. This man has tought be how to be one with my instrument. Understand that this plank of wood with strings must be used to pull music out of your soul with the upper most of precision and dedication. Without this dudes dedication of 11 EMPHASIZE 11 years I would NEVER be half the musician I am. Not only has he promoted me to be the best musician I could be, but the best human I could be. I could never imagine my life with out his upbringings and could not imagine my life without an instructor of his caliber. I’m forever greatful for Peter F***** Scoma! Take lessons with this dude.

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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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