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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 $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $17 and $207 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$35 average
$135
45-min $15
 
$47 average
$155
60-min $17
 
$59 average
$207

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 $47, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $35.

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

Students are raving about their Guitar instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

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Eric J.

Brooklyn, NY
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Jonah R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Juan C.

New York, NY
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About Eric J.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Lead & Rhythm Guitar:

Chord voicing: triads, four note open/closed chord voicing, chord melodies, comping, strumming, fingerstyle, standard grooves in various styles

Step-by-step approach to soloing/improvisation:
major & minor scales & modes & arpeggios, blues/pentatonic scales and "licks". Phrasing & line
development over simple - sophisticated harmonic changes Alternate/sweep & tremolo picking, hybrid picking, slide guitar, hammer on/pull offs, (up to 8 finger) tapping, bending and whammy techniques.

Sight reading (standard notation/tablature)
Music Theory & Ear Training
Composition/songwriting

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Thomas April 9, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Eric was very engaged, started teaching me songs and a bit of theory right from the start. I feel like my practicing now has some structure due to his guidance.
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Kimberly V. April 7, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Eric is an excellent Teacher ! I've been a student for a little over a year and he has taught me a lot ! He has shown me things I've never even heard of . He will push you to go further than you think you can go and succeed . That's a Hallmark of a Great Teacher !!!
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Jasmine April 3, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Patient, goes the extra mile to make sure you understand and truly loves teaching

About Jonah R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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With each one of my students, I take into account how much time they are willing to practice, what genres interest them, and what learning style works best (for example, I've found that music theory makes things click faster for some people and saps all the enjoyment out of learning an instrument for others). I then come up with a structured lesson plan that is specifically catered to their needs.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Andrew April 10, 2019
· Blues Guitar · Online
Great instructor. Very well prepared, clear and precise in what I need to learn. I had fun learning blues.
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Grace February 14, 2019
· Guitar ·
My husband has been taking guitar lessons with Jonah for a couple of years now and is very happy with him. Very patient and good with all ages!
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Alex December 14, 2018
· Guitar ·
My son has been taking lessons with Jonah for almost a year, and really loves working with him. I recently decided to join in with lessons of my own to try to progress out of the guitar rut I was stuck in. Jonah is pleasure to work with. Whether you're a beginner or beyond, Jonah is a patient, capable, and engaging teacher. We recommend him highly.

About Juan C.

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New York, NY

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Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. I focus on bringing out your personal voice and to acquire the necessary technique to achieve your musical goals.

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Dawn G. July 13, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is wonderful and very knowledgeable in music. He is very patient and makes you feel comfortable. I leave a lesson feeling like I am accomplished and relaxed. It nice to see progress in such a little time. I go home with enthusiasm to learn more and want practice to do so.
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Chrystine R. February 14, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
With a patient and intuitive approach, Juan tailors each lesson to fit not only the student’s skill level, but also desire for depth of understanding. When I first began taking lessons, I was only able to plunk a few chords and play along with a few basic songs. However, over the course of a year and a half with Juan, I gained a foundational knowledge of the classical guitar, as well as the confidence to site read and play a range of other styles of guitar music. He seamlessly integrated music theory concepts into song studies, helping me learn major/minor scales and chord shapes, and then apply this knowledge to better understand song structures and composition. It has been such a great experience learning from Juan, especially because he is both an exemplary teacher and guitar player!
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Dionne T. May 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is awesome. He makes learning guitar easy and never complicates it .. and makes it fun. He's a great teacher.

Grant H.

New Orleans, LA
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Chris V.

Los Angeles, CA
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ryan S.

Franklin Park, IL
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About Grant H.

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New Orleans, LA

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I like to make learning an instrument fun and easy to fit into your schedule!

If you're an adult finally getting around to learning your dream instrument or a child following your passion of playing music I tailor your lessons specifically to you. We look at what you want to play, pick specific songs that you want to learn, and learn the techniques you need to play these songs. It sounds simple, but it's so effective and much more fun to learn this way!

If you have any questions for me hit the "Ask Grant A Question" button, I would love to hear from you and discuss your interests in music!

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Bruce S. April 20, 2019
· Guitar · Online
Very personable. Great at getting to the point, staying on track . We had a great knowledge of the guitar
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Martina April 2, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Great session. Teacher says I'm making progress; he must be hard-of hearing. Highly recommend Teacher Grant for group or private lessons.
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Martina March 26, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Slowly but surely, I'm getting some things right. It helps to know the lyrics to help with tempo/timing. I'll keep at it with a bit more practice. Thank you, Grant, for making revisions to accommodate my abilities.

About Chris V.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I want to have you walking out of the lesson happy, and excited to go home and practice some new material. With me you'll learn about guitar, but you'll also learn about music and how playing can help you in life (perseverance, basic math foundations, etc.)

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Caleb April 6, 2019
· Piano · Online
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Ronald R. September 26, 2018
· Electric Guitar · Online
Chris is a great teacher. I met him in group lessons. And now I’m using him for personal lessons. It was a good lesson.
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Synnove September 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Chris was really great with my daughter! She can't wait for her next lesson.

About ryan S.

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Franklin Park, IL
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I have been playing guitar for over a decade and have tons of performance experience gigging in a local rock band. Combine that with a curriculum that starts with fundamentals and expands quickly into playing your favorite songs and you have a great start to beginning or expanding your guitar playing abilities.

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Mark Herr May 12, 2017
· Blues Guitar ·
Ryan was great! He's obviously a talented guitarist and he is very laid back and makes you feel comfortable. He shows you in detail what you need to do to become a better guitar player. My ONLY advice, and the reason he doesn't get 5 stars, is I think he should have more visual aids with his lessons. For example, write down the different scales or transcribe the first several measures of a song. Then, one has something to refer back to when you are practicing and invariably get stuck. Other than that, I would highly recommend Ryan as a guitar teacher!
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Jasmen malave January 19, 2017
· Guitar ·
Ryan is prompt and very respectful and patient.
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Nancy Christensen October 3, 2016
· Guitar ·
We are so happy to have Ryan as our guitar instructor. Ryan is very knowledgeable and kind. Our son really enjoys having Ryan as a teacher.

Nancy and Andy.

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Getting your first guitar is a super exciting milestone in your musical life! If you've never made such a big purchase before, you might have a lot of questions about how to buy a guitar. In this guide, we'll go over the basics so you know where to go, what to look for, and the extras you'll need to start jamming out. What Kind of Guitar Should I Get? There are two main types of guitars, acoustic and electric. So, what's the difference between the two and what kind of guitar should you buy … Read More

How to Buy a Guitar: All Your Questions Answered
Getting your first guitar is a super exciting milestone in your musical life! If you've never made such a big purchase before, you might have a lot of questions about how to buy a guitar. In this guide, we'll go over the basics so you know where to go, what to look for, and the extras you'll need to start jamming out. What Kind of Guitar Should I Get? There are two main types of guitars, acoustic and electric. So, what's the difference between the two and what kind of guitar should you buy
Wanna Be a Music Major? 10 Guitar Strategies for a Successful College Audition
Is a music major in your academic future? Guitar teacher Brett M. shares 10 things you need to know to have a great guitar audition at the music college of your choice... If you’re a guitarist who’s planning to continue your music education at the college level, then this may be one of the most important articles you could ever read. In fact, it’s something that I wish I could have read, before auditioning and (luckily) getting accepted into Berklee College of Music over a dozen years 
Guitar Theory: Your Secret Weapon
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Electric Guitar Accessories: What's in Your Gig Bag?
Got the gig? Great! Now… what should you bring? Read on to learn about the electric guitar accessories that Charleston, SC teacher Christopher A. recommends stowing in your gig bag… As you get into playing guitar, opportunities may arise to showcase your talents in a live setting. Regardless of the performance location, be it a bar, coffeehouse, or your high school gymnasium, there are a few essentials you should carry with you in your gig bag or guitar case. Making a list of items you need f

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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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