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Andrew C.

(33)
Guitar
Starting at $50
Teaching Locations:
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Studio Studio
Teaching Locations:
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Studio Studio

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Andrew C.

(33)

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Private Guitar Teacher

Fun and personalized lessons for aspiring Guitarists of all ages. Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced, my years of experience can show you a practical approach to learning music and exploring the guitar. Enjoy learning your favorite songs in a relaxed environment at my studio or online from the comfort of your own home. My students have many different musical tastes and lessons are always unique from person to person. Learn at your own pace. I build my program around your interests and goals. Become the musician you've always wanted to be and have fun doing it!

About Andrew

Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University

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October 22, 2019
Chris M.
Best Instructor ever! I learn something new every class! Andrew is a very patient and encouraging teacher. I highly highly recommend Andrew!
October 1, 2019
Chris
Andrew is the most amazing teacher ever! Very patient! Keeps the lessons fun with music I like. Offers tons of encouragement. I highly highly recommend him!!!
September 16, 2019
Diana C.
My 10 year old son has been taking lessons with Andrew for several months and we couldn't be happier. He's very talented and can pick up the tune of any song you throw at him. My son has learned to play songs featured in his favorite movies, which makes learning them much more enjoyable. Andrew has a way of making each lesson fun while still teaching new skills. He's a friendly, cool teacher and very patient with kids. He's flexible with schedules and responds to texts quickly. I highly recommend Andrew for guitar lessons for anyone who wants to learn.
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Gavin L.

(24)
Guitar
Starting at $20
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home

  • Theater from West Virginia Wesleyan
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches students 10 and up
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Private Guitar Teacher

I have been teaching guitar, full time, professionally, for over 10 years. Even if you think you're one of those people that "just doesn't get it" you will, and I can help. From teaching beginners their first chords, to taking advanced players to the next level of chops and understanding, I've been there. Let's rock!

About Gavin

Teaching guitar, and music for over 15 years, 10+ years of that time spent in professional music schools and shops. In addition, I spent 6 years in a special needs school, teaching general music, and guitar to students with learning and behavior issues. I have had the pleasure of learning from n

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July 18, 2019
Lisa
Gavin has it all. Proud to know him and entirely thrilled about the work he has done with my teenager. He's a gem and wonderful to be around on top of being an excellent musician and gifted teacher.
May 29, 2019
Vijay
Gavin was very patient with and inspiring at the same time to our 6yr old boy who took guitar lessons at our home. Like any 6-yr old who is interested in music but also very easily distracted, Gavin did a great job in keeping him engaged and get him started with the basics. Thanks Gavin god bless you!
January 15, 2019
Brady M.
Gavin is thorough, patient & engaging. Wonderful instructor I would recommend to everyone!
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Joe S.

(17)
Guitar
Starting at $44
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Home Home
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Home Home

  • Background Checked
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Joe S.

(17)

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Private Guitar Teacher

I have been teaching guitar for almost twenty years and have been playing for almost twenty three. It is by far one of my favorite things in life...and I love passing my knowledge and expertise onto others!

About Joe

I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient

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March 12, 2019
John P.
Very happy so far
July 30, 2018
Grant
Terrific instructor...just what i was looking for.
January 4, 2018
Beth
Joe is a great teacher for my son - patient, enthusiastic and adapts the music for learning to my son's interest. Can't recommend enough - great!
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John M.

(17)
Guitar
Starting at $38
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home

  • Background Checked
  • Awarded Triple A Album of the Year from Los Angeles Music Awards
  • Teaches Beginner
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John M.

(17)

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Private Guitar Teacher

Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

About John

I have 40 years of Professional drums & percussion experience and 13 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized w

Reviews
November 5, 2019
Ronald
John, Is a knowledgeable and friendly drum teacher that is eager to help you reach your drum performance goals. Being a guitar player first, my lessons with John have been at a sporadic beginner pace as I attempt to generate time for both worlds. That being said John has been very patient and accommodating, and I'm sure he will help me dial in my drum skills.
April 4, 2019
Juliette
Fantastic
November 14, 2018
Larry Y.
I really liked John's patient approach to me as a rank beginner. He jumped right into it which I liked so we could take good advantage of our hour together.
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Jaxon W.

(21)
Guitar
Starting at $40
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home

  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Private Guitar Teacher

Any style, any level!

I'll help you reach whatever your goal is. I've had SO MANY different students over the years and I use my training from my Master's Degree to design a perfect curriculum just for you. If at any point you want to move a different direction, just let me know and we'll shift gears. I'm uniquely proficient in many styles and am not a one-trick pony, so I'm a great teacher for you if you want to dabble in many styles from an expert, but don't want to keep switching teachers.

About Jaxon

*See further below for lesson details!* Jaxon the Guitarist: I am a Doctoral Guitar Major at USC studying classical guitar. I have been playing the guitar for over 20 years and teaching for 15. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it

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July 31, 2019
Jesse Dunham
February 6, 2019
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August 21, 2018
John T.
Jaxon is an excellent guitarist but also a great educator and communicator. My son's guitar skills have significantly improved since he began lessons thanks to Jaxon's instruction. We highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Nils B.

(25)
Guitar
Starting at $40
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home
Teaching Locations:
Online Online
Studio Studio
Home Home

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  • Speaks English, Dutch
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Nils B.

(25)

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Private Guitar Teacher

Obviously also depending on your specific goals and experience, besides learning your favorite songs, we'll discuss techniques, music theory and creating music yourself (improvisation and songwriting).

I can also provide helpful advice on guitar related aspects like sound/equipment, instrument setup /maintenance and recording.

About Nils

Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar. Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.

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November 11, 2019
Lauren Marie
I am beyond grateful for finding Nils. Not only is he is so kind and encouraging [with amazing energy], but he has also opened up parts of my brain that have previously fought to stay closed. The way he explains things really makes more sense to me than ever before, and with his help, I'm confident that my skills with increase tremendously -- as they already have begun to--- . I highly suggest taking lessons with Nils!
November 8, 2019
Michael Flanders
As an older beginner, I was a bit reluctant to try to learn to play guitar. However, working with Nils has allowed me to progress further and faster than I could have imagined. Nils has a way of making each lesson interesting, enjoyable, and very productive.
September 8, 2019
Tadeh Alvandi
Nils has been amazing to work with. Having used books and some other self teaching methods in the past, I felt stuck and after 1 lesson with Nils I immediately was able to get to the next step. One huge difference from other instructors is that Nils encourages me to learn with music that I like which makes a huge difference when practicing. Nils is extremely knowledgeable and patient, I can't thank him enough for his help and expertise.

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

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $176 per hour.
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"Very excited to start lessons with Trevor he has been very accommodating, knowledgeable, and friendly!"
- Tom
Took Guitar lessons from Trevor P.
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"Dennis is a friendly and kompetent teacher and I am looking forward to his next lesson!"
- Jennifer
Took Guitar lessons from Dennis B.
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"Phil is a naturally gifted teacher. He listens well and took time to understand what I feel I need to concentrate on right now. He knows how to work with a person effectively."
- Carolyn
Took Guitar lessons from Phillip Z.
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"Nicole is a very good teacher. She is encouraging and patient. I am thankful to be learning from her and really feel that my skill level will grow leaps and bounds."
- Martin
Took Guitar lessons from Nicole C.
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"Rick is an exceptional instructor!!!

i could not have asked for a better instructor. i am a "no nothing" about music person. Rick is encouraging, kindhearted, and sincere. Even when i dont make much progress he still cheers me on. He gives me the will to learn this guitar, for it is very hard for me. if you dont know a thing about music, or you just want a great guy teaching you good music, Rick is the one for you.

Keep up the GREAT WORK."
- Tammy
Took Guitar lessons from Rick P.
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"Daniel is a wonderful teacher. Dan is having a really great time taking guitar lessons. Dan has since put a pickup in his guitar skills and practicing more effectively at home now. Thank you very much for helping my son have this opportunity!"
- Jane
Took Guitar lessons from Daniel B.
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"My daughter enjoys the class. Lena uses the time really well for my daughter's advantage. She is knowledgeable and has good teaching techniques."
- Beth and Amy K
Took Guitar lessons from Lena E.
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"Excellent Instructor

Wes is an excellent instructor. He is patient, clear, encouraging, fun, and totally professional. I highly recommend him to anyone (young or old) wanting to learn the guitar.

Wes listens to what the student wants to learn and sets his lessons to help the student achieve their goals. Our lessons are in the instructor's studio, which is a safe, accessible, and clean environment.

I look forward to our future sessions and continuing my guitar learning under his instruction."
- Paul
Took Guitar lessons from Wes F.
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"Very Professional

Daniel is a very skilled and reliable musician. His passion for music is passed on to others and always leave with a great understanding of not only guitar, but the art of music. Great Job Daniel!"
- Ricardo
Took Guitar lessons from Daniel M.
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"Fantastic teacher!

My daughter had very little previous guitar experience, but within 5 short lessons, he instilled in her a love for playing the guitar and gave her a level of confidence, despite her normally shy demeanor, that allowed her to join him on stage in a jam session to play a couple of songs with him. It's an experience that she will never forget and his friendly and easy going personality is a bonus to his teaching skills."
- Joe
Took Guitar lessons from Jesse H.
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Private Guitar Classes Near You

The guitar is one of the most universal musical instruments. Acoustic, electric, and classical guitars can all be adapted and used to play a variety of genres of music. Guitar players are capable of both stealing the show and providing rhythmic support to the rest of the band.

When you think of a guitar player, you might imagine your favorite rock stars on stage. While guitarists definitely fit the rock star bill, they can also focus on jazz, country, pop, or Christian music. When you learn to play guitar, the choice is yours to pick the genre of music that makes you happiest, or that gets you the most gigs in the music business!

Many Reasons to Learn Guitar

Besides looking cool, learning to play the guitar is highly beneficial. Thanks to its versatility and mobility, this instrument wields great social power. With an acoustic guitar and a few songs up your sleeve, you can bring groups of people together in song, anywhere you go.

Playing the guitar also imparts several mental benefits. Reading guitar tabs and chords improves your memory and concentration. Plus, the skills needed to play guitar improve your hand-eye coordination, listening abilities, and multitasking. With time, practicing guitar will strengthen your hands, wrists, and arms, improving dexterity and flexibility.

The benefits aren’t just for adults either. Learning guitar enriches a child's development while improving cognitive ability, motor skills, academic abilities, and confidence. Playing the guitar has also been shown to be a useful therapy for children with ADHD, as it directs a child's energy toward a creative pursuit and improves their focus and discipline.

Topics You'll Learn in Private Guitar Lessons Near You

With a private teacher, you can learn to play the exact style of music you love. The genre of music and type of guitar that you ultimately want to play will dictate which techniques you learn and how your guitar instructor plans your lessons. In addition, guitar lessons for kids will differ greatly in terms of content and teaching style than guitar lessons for adults near you.

With acoustic guitar lessons, you'll benefit from receiving prompt feedback and classes that are tailored to your needs. As you learn to play guitar, you'll practice fingering, picking, and strumming techniques, learn about your instrument and its care, and develop a solid understanding of music theory. 

Sample Curriculum from Guitar Lessons for Beginners

The goal of guitar lessons for beginners is to establish a strong foundation of fundamental skills, techniques, and theory. The topics learned in beginner lessons will be used during a lifetime of playing guitar. Lessons at this level may cover the following topics:

  • How to tune and hold your guitar
  • How to hold a pick
  • Introduction to music theory
  • Reading music notation, guitar tablature (tabs), and chords
  • Basic chords
  • Fretting, strumming, and picking
  • Guitar anatomy
  • Basic guitar care and re-stringing

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Guitar Lessons

Intermediate guitar classes near you are designed to take your skills to the next level while you practice playing your desired genre of music. Intermediate lessons may cover the following topics:

  • Open chords and power chords
  • Advanced strumming patterns
  • Intermediate riffs and licks
  • Barre chords
  • Extended chords
  • Major, minor, and pentatonic scales
  • Position playing
  • Alternate tunings
  • Modes, arpeggios, and more!

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Guitar Lessons

Advanced lessons are intended for musicians who have already had plenty of practice and experience. In advanced lessons, guitar players sharpen their techniques, practice improvisation, and playing by ear. They'll also receive professional advice regarding the music business, auditions, and performances. Lessons often cover the following topics:

  • Advanced rhythmic techniques
  • Alternate and sweep picking
  • Legato phrasing
  • Right-hand tapping
  • String skipping
  • Solo artistry
  • Improvisation
  • Performance preparation
  • Composition and songwriting

Wondering how long it’ll take you to master the guitar? This can vary depending on the frequency of lessons and how often you practice, but if you’re dedicated to learning, most students can play several easy songs within one to two months.

Learn with a Guitar Teacher Near You

When you're ready to learn guitar, you can easily search for guitar teachers near you right here at TakeLessons. You'll find hundreds of instructors offering acoustic guitar lessons near you and online, to students of all ages. 

Browsing through our teachers’ profiles, you'll see that many are experienced in the music business and have years of teaching experience. Plus, all TakeLessons teachers are required to pass a thorough background check.

In order to narrow down your options, we recommend looking for a teacher who specializes in your preferred genre and style of guitar music. You can also read through reviews left by other students. 

Once you've selected a teacher, give one of our friendly Student Counselors a call to schedule your very first TakeLessons guitar class. With a private guitar instructor, you'll be well on your way to becoming the rock star you’ve always dreamed of being!

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