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Francesca V.

(90)
Guitar
Starting at $50
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  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2000
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Francesca V.

(90)

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Private Guitar Teacher

Francesca has played guitar for 25 years. She can tailor lessons to any style comfortably with a background in classical and commercial music.

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.

Reviews
July 10, 2019
Laurie
I have been seeing Francesca for a year now. I LOVE going to my voice lessons because I know I'm going to get so much more than just a voice lesson. She always welcomes me with an open heart and love. The studios are a nice cheerful, safe space to be vulnerable while singing. My teacher is my biggest cheerleader, that's always available for a hug or advise. I'm lucky to call her my friend now. Francesca is my voice teacher and life coach. She makes me work hard and always WANT to learn more. I really couldn't recommend her more highly. She's who you need to see if you are looking to expand your artistry. I was so glad she took my call and welcomed me into her studio. It's evident that she loves what are she does. While every pro singer in town ends up at BugByte, I also see Francesca and her assistants working with beginners. So there's room for everyone there, unsurprisingly.
February 13, 2019
Eddie S.
Francesca is awesome! She is very knowledgeable and creates a really cool, welcoming environment. I had never had a voice instructor before and I wasn’t very confident with singing, but these sessions are really helping me work through that! Francesca is very encouraging and she creates lessons around the music that interests you! She taught me some really useful exercises to help me improve with range, pitch, etc. also, gives tools and homework to take home and practice! I’m stoked I found such a great voice instructor! Her dog is awesome too. 😎🤘
December 26, 2018
Alexis
Thanks Francesca for making the lesson totally fun and relevant to my present level!
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Andrew C.

(33)
Guitar
Starting at $50
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Andrew C.

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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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Adam M.

(3)
Guitar
Starting at $100
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaching since 2007
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Adam M.

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All styles, all levels, ages 10 and up

About Adam

- Juilliard graduate - extremely versatile - many styles including: jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk, r&b, acoustic, folk/country, songwriting ect. - teaches all levels/ages - willing to tailor the curriculum so that you can accomplish what YOU want I have been teaching guitar for over 12 years,

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August 12, 2019
Marcia
I have had a very positive experience with Adam as my guitar instructor. He is very knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I could see myself making progress and look forward to my next lesson!
August 12, 2019
Mark
I've been taking lessons from Adam for about 3 years now - He is an amazing teacher! I took lessons before when I was younger but I quickly lost interest. I decided to get back into it later in life (I'm 35 now), but I still struggled to find the right teacher. One was too serious and the other was too relaxed and I felt like I wasn't actually making any progress. With Adam I got the best of both worlds! I was getting better at the guitar, and at the same time I was enjoying myself throughout the whole process. I'm still taking lessons with Adam and I would recommend that you do the same!
August 12, 2019
Paul
I took jazz guitar for two years from Adam. He’s a great teacher and excellent musician. As a former “cowboy chords” guitarist, I jumped from 5 to about 15 chords in a few weeks. Adam is patient and lots of fun. I still catch some of his gigs when I’m back in NYC.
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Evelie P.

(1)
Guitar
Starting at $50
Teaching Locations:
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Studio Studio
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Teaching Locations:
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Studio Studio
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1978
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I was gifted a guitar by my godmother when I turned 13. I am self-taught and come from a musical family, who are based around the world. I have lots of experience teaching in after school programs, Summer camps and with music agencies. I lead a lot of musical bands, ensembles and blend other instruments to support the music. I play many genres due to singing in 34 languages. I have over 50 years experience performing, writing songs, teaching. Come, let's strum!

About Evelie

I am a singer-songwriter, arranger, guitarist, band/chorus/ensemble director, music teacher and consultant with over 50 years experience in the music business. With my university chorus, I sang at the Kennedy Ctr Washington DC & the Lincoln Ctr, NY. I have 3 sold out albums and new material for a t

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October 5, 2019
Erica
Engaging, friendly, knowledgeable. She gauges my daughter skill level well.
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Jaxon W.

(21)
Guitar
Starting at $40
Teaching Locations:
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Studio Studio
Home Home
Teaching Locations:
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Studio Studio
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2002
  • 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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Joe S.

(17)
Guitar
Starting at $44
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Sociology / Psychology from Illinois State University
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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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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 $179 per hour.
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"Alex is a wonderful teacher. Our son Kai is a pretty non-traditional student- he was really interested in jingles and commercial music. Some teachers would have gone the traditional route but Alex really listened to Kai and customized a lesson plan that made it fun and interesting for him incorporating the types of music he liked no matter how left field. Kept his interest so it was fun not work and he really developed his skills and appreciation for making music."
- Shannon
Took Guitar lessons from Alex B.
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"It's been going great, very supportive and attentive to the areas I need the most help."
- Dominique
Took Guitar lessons from Ramona D.
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"Michael is an exceptionaly talented musician, as well as a wonderful mentor who has taught so many students and enriched their lives. He has students with only 2 yrs of experience who sound as if they have been playing for 20 years! What a Role Model!!! With a lifetime of experience under his belt, Michael has mastered music and recording. He will help you; It really doesn't get any better than that. I am a reporter for a good paper. I wrote this about Michael after an interview. Michael and his band had the placed packed, all ages, and everyone insisted on being as close to the music as humanly possible. Michael works as a guitar instructor and runs several studios. Michael is truly a "gifted guitar player" and his vocals are just as nice and polished. The Next time this gifted musician and band rolls into town check him out."
- Tina
Took Guitar lessons from Michael C.
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"Sasha is a wonderful guitar instructor for my 14 yr old daughter! She teaches her vocals along with her guitar lessons and my daughter enjoys it. She is patient, kind and encouraging to her students. She teaches my daughter how to play current artist songs that a teenager would like, as well as the traditional guitar. I enjoy having her as an instructor for my daughter."
- Angela
Took Guitar lessons from Sasha V.
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"Nicole is very patient, fun and a pleasure to work with. I felt comfortable right away with her. Id highly recommend her after just one lesson. Al Gavin."
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"If you are interested in music lessons Stan Munslow is a great instructor. He is patient,kind, and a highly skilled musician. You will learn to play an instrument and find a new appreciation for music."
- Chrristine
Took Guitar lessons from Stan M.
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"Paul is an awesome teacher! He's friendly and encouraging and never made me feel bad if I didn't have time to practice. I learned a lot in just a few meetings, gained confidence, and had a lot of fun. The lessons didn't feel like lessons and the time flew by. Thanks, Paul!"
- Nora
Took Guitar lessons from Paul W.
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"First lesson went well, played some blues, received some lessons to practice. Carla is a competent teacher and I am looking forward to future lessons."
- Bill
Took Guitar lessons from Carla U.
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"In my opinion, I have very little natural talent for music. I hadn't played an instrument with any proficiency in the past. Well, I had played air guitar and guitar hero before, but neither of them really prepared me for actually playing a guitar. Sometimes I'd sing in the safety of my commute to work, but that's about it.

Riley helped me pick a guitar, gave me a book, and play along recordings. He had me playing classic chords in about two lessons. I can now read guitar music and have come up with some of my own tunes. I wasnt a very good student at first, but I showed up for my lessons. Just that took me a long way until I actually wanted to practice and really started to enjoy my guitar.

I was missing something in my life - all I did was work, eat, and sleep. I hadn't considered music as an outlet. My wife just signed me up one night and then told me I was going to learn something new. I was kind of mad at her at first (and hence my resistance to practicing), but I'm really glad she did that for me - and I thank her every time I play guitar.

Riley is great - he has a ton of patience with me. Considering that he went to one of the best guitar schools in the country (MIT/GIT), and can pretty much play wherever he wants, this really shows how much he loves to teach. Riley can play the obscure tune, pop, metal, classical guitar (he's got me on Beethoven now), and he even played yngvei with serious proficiency. The man has mastered the guitar and wants to teach. He is a working musician, and has had gigs every week that I've known him. He understands the music business, so he can give sound advice if you want a music career. So far as lessons go, it's just a matter of practicing what he tells you. There is no guitar, amp, or pick that can make you sound better. But Riley can.

I wish I (or my wife) had signed me up a long time ago. Best money I spend each month. Anyway, I better get back to practicing."
- Eric
Took Guitar lessons from Riley W.
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- Roberto Weinmann
Took Guitar lessons from William G.
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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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