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Catherine W.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, mandarin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2014
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Catherine W.

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Only beginner and intermediate guitar.

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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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.
Teba
My two oldest children (one more advanced in piano than the other) began taking lessons with Catherine just this year. They have both shown significant improvement and love her as an instructor. They also look forward to practicing in between lessons. We could not be happier.
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Mark S.

13 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1995
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Mark S.

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With my broad performance and compositional background in folk, classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, soul, blues, and musical theater, I offer students a wide musical perspective and tailor lessons to match student interests. I work with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition.

For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, Mark offers coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.

About Mark

I am a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter working in a variety of genres. I regularly perform around the Washington, DC, area as a solo guitarist, as a singer/songwriter, and with numerous classical, folk, rock, and musical theater groups. My primary musical influences include folk and

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Kristen
Mark has been a great teacher for this adult beginner! I take lessons in clawhammer banjo and ukulele with him, and his easy-going nature and skill in identifying ways to improve make it a joyful experience! Highly recommend.
SK
Mr. Sylvester is one of the greatest. He is not just an amazing guitarist, but he is also very kind. He treats people with so much respect. He speaks to me and my mom so nicely. He is very patient. He has a deep knowledge of music and knows how to get the most out of even the least talented people (like me!). He doesn't ever get mad if you make a mistake or forget to bring your music notes. We were so lucky to find Mr. Sylvester.
Virginia
Mark is a talented musician who plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments. His lessons are always informative and supportive. They are driven by the student’s interest, so anything you want o learn— styles of music, how to do a particular technique, music theory— you can bring to class. And every now and then he organizes a recital— terrifying but great practice!
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Aaron C.

Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 16 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2017
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Aaron C.

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Experienced guitarist/composer specializing in beginner and intermediate guitar, theory, and composition lessons. Every student learns differently, so we will discuss your goals and then craft a lesson plan that will best help you to get where you want to be! Working through chord progressions and songs, learning how to play melodies, and gaining a better overall knowledge of the instrument are all key concepts which will be covered at the pace of the particular student. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested or have any questions!

About Aaron

I am a guitarist, percussionist, and composer originally from Maine and now based in the Boston area. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern Maine, where I also studied jazz guitar. I'm currently a graduate student at Longy School of Music, in Cambridge,

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Gareth F.

Teaches Online
Starting at $67
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Countess of Munster Trust from Munster Trust
  • Teaching since 2005
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Gareth F.

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I have had the great opportunity to teach all levels for over 15 years in the United Kingdom, South Africa and the USA. I have held positions as guitar teacher at many Colleges, Universities and Companies around the UK and USA. I have worked in the distant learning department at the Manhattan School of Music, teaching students around the country from their studio base. With many of my students going onto music schools such as The New School, NYC, Queens College, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire I believe that I have a wide range of experience with all age ranges from beginners to beyond advanced. I focus on making the lessons as fun and engaging as possible whilst keeping on track to certain goals set by myself and the student throughout the year.

About Gareth

Hello! I am a British Guitarist based in Manhattan. I have had over 15 years experience teaching in the UK, South Africa and USA. I have had guitar positions at Colleges, Universities, Music Academies and High Schools and taught all ages from 3 upwards. Some of my students have accepted places into

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Andrew C.

34 Reviews
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Starting at $50
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies/Music Education from University of the Arts
  • 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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Jason S.
Andrew was nice and easy to understand.
Chris M.
Best Instructor ever! I learn something new every class! Andrew is a very patient and encouraging teacher. I highly highly recommend Andrew!
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!!!
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Jaxon W.

24 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Awarded 4th Prize, Sierra International Guitar Competition from Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition
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Jaxon W.

24 Reviews
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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 have a Doctorate in classical guitar from USC's renowned Thornton School of Music. I have been playing the guitar for 25 years and teaching for 17. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I w

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Jay
Jaxon is awesome! He teaches at my level, is patient and very knowledgeable. His techniques and feedback is always useful and helping me improve. He provides written feedback and lesson plans that keep me on track and moving forward. I highly recommend.
Rio
Great start! Learned a lot!
Jay

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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 $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $24 and $276 per hour.
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$39 average
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$52 average
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$65 average

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"Lesson was good."
- Sumeet
Took Guitar lessons from Daniel B.
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"Nils is a very professional and great teacher, after only one lesson I felt a huge improvement and had a template to grow as an artist.

I would highly recommend his teaching to anyone looking to become a better guitar player!"
- Tyler
Took Guitar lessons from Nils B.
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"I’m an adult learner and could not be more pleased with Nate as a teacher. His energy, talent, knowledge of all kinds of music and easy going, relaxed personality has made lessons fun and without stress. Nate prepares and goes out of his way to research and find things for me to learn and work on. He is able to come up with things on the fly that can benefit you while in the lesson. He communicates very well, and explains more complex things in a way you can understand them and if not…he’s very easy to talk to and I don’t’ feel embarrassed to as those “stupid” questions. He is able to help me with any kind of music whether it be the blues, country, rock and roll or heavy metal. With all that said, I would highly recommend Nate as a teacher for guitar for all ages."
- Scott
Took Guitar lessons from Nathan D.
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"Super lay back and knowledgeable. This guy will take you to the places you want to go in your guitar journey."
- Samuel
Took Guitar lessons from Justin L.
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"Excellent! I am very excited. He is a GREAT Teacher!"
- Myat
Took Guitar lessons from Dave K.
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"excellent teacher

I have been a student of Mike and he is an incredible teacher. He is honest about your progress and very motivating at times of difficulty. Many guitar teachers that I have had in the past were boring and dull but Mike keeps his classes exciting with his Enthusiasm and positive attitude. Mike has forever widened my interest in guitar and music."
- samuel
Took Guitar lessons from Mike B.
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"My 12-year old son has been learning classical guitar and piano with Remi for over a year since we moved to the Jacksonville area. Thanks to Remi's instruction, my son's music proficiency has improved greatly. We are so glad that we found him.
Remi definitely is a music virtuoso. Not every great musician is a good music teacher, but Remi deserves both titles."
- Fiona
Took Guitar lessons from Raymond (Remi) L.
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"Great first lesson"
- Yvonne
Took Guitar lessons from Jimmy C.
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"Luther is an awesome teacher. There are no shortcuts with learning music, despite what the Internet may say. Luther will take you down a path that, with commitment and practice, you will gain the skills to play any style. He will help you master proper fundamentals that can be built on. He has years of experience, and a proven methodology of teaching that will benefit anyone who will apply it."
- Keith
Took Guitar lessons from Luther B.
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"Polite, knowledgeable, and flexible about scheduling!"
- Chris
Took Guitar lessons from Sam M.
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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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