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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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What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

Average Cost of Guitar Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute guitar lessons is $57. 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 $184 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$34 average
$125
45-min $15
 
$45 average
$167
60-min $15
 
$57 average
$184

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 22% less expensive at $45, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% 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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Bill G.

Troy, MI
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Will F.

Knoxville, TN
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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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I teach everything from finger style classical/Flamenco guitar to all classic/alternative/indie rock; as well as songwriting development and arranging, and music theory.

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Mikaela B. September 27, 2018
· Guitar · In home
It is with the utmost enthusiasm that I express my admiration for Bill's ability to make my first guitar lesson pleasant and comfortable (even when I know little to nothing about playing guitar). I am confident my future guitar lessons with Bill will provide me with solid guitar playing abilities, and will prove to be compelling and diversified.
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Jane August 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Bill is a nice teacher with full patience with kids. My son likes the class. I see fast improvement in my son's guitar skills.
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Rosalinda June 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
I have zero background with playing ukulele but Bill made it easy to start.
If you're an adult looking to learn how to play guitar or ukulele but is hesitating because finding the right instructor/teacher is a bit of a task, try a lesson or two with this guy.

About Will F.

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Knoxville, TN
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currently working with 10 guitar clients

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Eban P. October 1, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
Will was everything I expected. I was looking for someone to teach naturally as opposed to rote (boring) learning. I'm sure Will can do rote but he did what I asked.

He really knows his music and can teach in a way that gets my son directly into actually playing music, which is exactly what I was after.

He’s really flexible and can take anything and turn it into something good.

The pace was spot-on, matching perfectly the maximum my son could understand at the time.

I think my son learnt the absolute maximum he could in that short space of time and he learned a LOT.
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Eddie October 1, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
Great Fun!
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Alan May 4, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
things are going well.....Will is a very helpfull and agreeable teacher....am considering more lessons in the future....but i don't like this company's auto renewing me for lessons...but...that ain't Wills fault....i look forward to seeing his Studio in Action!.....that's the next lesson.....

Rick P.

San Antonio, TX
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA
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James C.

Daytona Beach, FL
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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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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.
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William McKinney April 30, 2018
· Music Recording · In home
Excellent teacher and musician! Very friendly.

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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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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.
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Dan F. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!

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Daytona Beach, FL
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“Jim is a blues-rock guitar master from Florida who can play as well as blues greats like BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.”
- Gail Worley
I have been an on-call recording artist and producer for Full Sail University for over 10 years. It is my duty as such, to have quality musicians available for both audio and video recordings, usually on very short notice.
I have also been teaching guitar for 40 years.
James is currently on several radio airplay lists with The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Joe Satriani, Ozzy, Albert King, Led Zeppelin, and many more.

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

4 Common Challenges Faced By New Guitar Students (And How To Overcome Them)

4 Common Challenges Faced By New Guitar Students (And How To Overcome Them)

As with any new skill, learning how to play the guitar comes with challenges. Here, Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S. shares his guitar playing tips to help you stay motivated...   I've been teaching guitar to students of all ages and skill levels for many years and have gotten quite adept at spotting and remedying the challenges faced by beginners. So I've decided to address them in this article to offer students and their parents some insight on how to get beyond the problems so they … Read More

4 Common Challenges Faced By New Guitar Students (And How To Overcome Them)
As with any new skill, learning how to play the guitar comes with challenges. Here, Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S. shares his guitar playing tips to help you stay motivated...   I've been teaching guitar to students of all ages and skill levels for many years and have gotten quite adept at spotting and remedying the challenges faced by beginners. So I've decided to address them in this article to offer students and their parents some insight on how to get beyond the problems so they
5 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Guitar
If you're in the market for an inexpensive guitar, you've probably noticed there are many, many used guitars for sale. How do you find a great guitar and avoid the lemons? Follow this guide from guitar teacher James W. and you'll be on your way to finding the perfect new-used guitar... Buying a used guitar can be a fun and rewarding experience if you know what to look for and what to avoid. Let’s delve into the details in a step-by-step way that makes sense. First off, what kind of guitar do
How To Find New & Interesting Guitar Chords Using a Capo
So you've memorized the basic major and minor chords, and learned a few easy guitar songs. What's next? Check out what a capo can do for you in this guest post by Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   In case you're unfamiliar with a capo, they're those metal devices that clip onto the neck of a guitar, as you see in the photo above. If you're a guitarist and you don't own a capo yet, but are curious about them, my hope is that you'll want to get one after reading this article. And
5 Best Bass Guitar Brands on a Budget
In the market for a bass guitar? Here, Orange, CA teacher Miller W. explores the best bass guitar brands to consider if you're on a budget...   This list of the best bass guitar brands will give you a good frame of reference for finding a quality instrument while on a budget. While not always the cheapest options available, these basses are built to a reliably high standard for the price and can always be found for at least under $1000, if not much less. 1) Squier by Fender (Range: $
10 Things Only Guitar Players Understand
Do you know the secrets of being a guitar player? Check out this list by guitar teacher Jessica D. and let us know if you can relate... Psst. Hey you—guitar player—you may not know it, but you’re actually an elite member in a group of very special people—people who play the guitar. Sure, there are a lot of us out there, but there are still many others of all ages who are mystified by our moves, flummuxed by our finger work and down right impressed with our axes. They look from the outs

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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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